Ferguson Violence, Synagogue Slaughter, and Demons of the LatterDays

Prophetic events predicted in the Bible are picking up in speed and ferocity! Demons are flooding planet earth, perhaps in preparation for the Great Tribulation. Satan will be ecstatic when the believing church is raptured off the earth and when the Holy Spirit will allow the arising of the predicted Antichrist. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12)

We have seen a replay of riots in Ferguson Missouri last night, and perhaps more godless violence, robbery and general mayhem will follow tonight! It is too bad that President Obama could not take a stronger and more consistent stand for lawfulness and submission to authority. With his unconstitutional executive action, ignoring the law of deportation of illegal immigrants recently, he has sent the signal that it is ok to be lawless if you think things aren’t going your way.

Unfortunately, many in Ferguson, and other places in the country are following his lead.  And I have a creepy feeling that his lead extends all the way to Israel.  There we heard of the godless slaughter of innocent Jews who were murdered while worshipping in their synagogue in Israel’s Old City on November 18.  They were killed while they were praying toward the place where the ancient temple stood.  They were killed by two Moslem men who were filled with hate against the Hebrew people with whom God has made an eternal covenant.  (Genesis 12:1-3)

Of course, President Obama and the godless liberal left in America did not cause these things, but I have no doubt they influenced them.  Proverbs 29:2 says: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” 

God is not included in the affairs of our present political leadership in America.  When a nation is established upon Biblical precepts and supports the belief and practice of Christianity and Judaism, God will hold that nation accountable when they turn away from God.  Thus, lawlessness reigns in many of the streets of America, and as a nation we have become afraid to support Israel.  From this comes riots in the streets.  Largely, this is influenced by Democratic politicians who stir up division.  Yet we must also realize that a portion of the problems are influenced by Republican politicians who largely remain silent.  And the preachers, where are they?  Why aren’t the Bible believing preachers speaking out from their pulpits?

Little wonder that demonic activity is rising rapidly in America.  We wonder how can people act this way?  The Bible says:  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)  So, we are actually seeing people, in Ferguson,  in Israel, and the Middle East, controlled by demons.  These evil spirits are directing many to hate and commit violence against others.  Often drinking and drugs are involved, but behind it all is godless and demonic hatred of others.

Now, this is not true of those who have an honest and Christ like approach to protesting and making their hurts and disappointments known publicly and peacefully.

But Jesus clearly told us:  “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. (Luke 6:35) 

James clearly said where hatred comes from: the Devil himself:  “This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.” (James 3:15) 

Too bad there are so few pastors with the courage to preach to their people that we are living in the last days, and so to help them to put into perspective why we are seeing such horrible atrocities in America, Israel and around the world at the hands of demonized and wicked people.  The problem in America today is not racial, political or financial; the problem is spiritual!  But this would require preachers to actually mention world events and the rise of rank and demonic sin in their sermons, which they are loath to do as that might make the attendance go down.

We are certainly living in dark and demonic times today!  Yet, for the Christian, there is good news on the horizon.  Jesus Christ is coming again!  And He predicted that He would return to rapture His Church during times just like we are living in today.  We are living in days like the days of Noah. (Matthew 24:38)  Jesus will return, perhaps even today for His Church.  This should be a wonderful encouragement for you to have hope and an incentive to witness for Christ in these last days.  The biblical truth of the rapture is our encouragement to engage the world with the claims of Jesus Christ and to encourage the lost to make a decision to trust in Him alone for forgiveness and everlasting life.

 

 

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The Latter Days, A Time of Increased Travel and Knowledge

“But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” (Daniel 12:4)

For many years, prophecy scholars have believed that this amazing verse in Daniel predicts the rapid increase in travel and knowledge in the latter days. It believe that this is exactly what the Holy Spirit is revealing to Daniel. We certainly see this being fulfilled today, but there is something more to this, I believe. It seems that this verse also shows us that we need to understand how in the days just prior to the coming of the Lord Jesus there will be a great increase in desire for knowledge, and not simply scientific knowledge but also spiritual knowledge.

There is a great increase in our days in America and in many countries around the world for greater and deeper knowledge of spiritual truth. Many are seeking and obtaining greater insights into Bible prophecy. The things of the future that the Bible has had within its pages for thousands of years are coming to light today as we draw closer to the coming of the Lord to rapture His church to heaven.

God told Daniel to “conceal,” or “seal up,” the words of the prophecies that the Lord had revealed to Daniel. This “concealing” of these prophecies does not mean that there would not be any understanding as to what they mean until the end times, but that many of the details of these prophecies would be hidden.  Not even Daniel fully understood the implications of these prophecies but he was assured they would be understood in the latter days:  And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (Daniel 12:8-9)  The details of what God predicted through Daniel awaited a time, such as we are in today, that many events predicted in Scripture would become fulfilled. For example, Israel became a nation again in 1948 and still exists as a distinct country today.  This reality signals the ensuing of many predicted latter days prophecies!  Since Israel became a nation once again, there have been many predictions in the Bible that have come to light for our understanding today.

Keep your eyes on Israel. The growing hatred of the nations toward this little country show that God’s Word is true. He has a distinct purpose in  re-establishing Israel as a nation. Their existence today, which is against all human odds, is a distinct sign that the Lord is coming soon.

The rise of violence, earthquakes and pestilences such as the recent Ebola outbreaks in Africa as well as its presence in America show that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled before our eyes. The more that happens today, the more millions of people are beginning seriously to search the Bible for clarity as to what is unfolding. More people are watching the news, and more are generally keeping up with world events than ever before. But above all, people are wondering, what are the indications of the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ?  You can search out these answers for yourself.  This is the reason that we have put Prophecy in Perspective on line. You can go to our home page and click on our newsletters, or our videos, or browse the blog articles.  We also offer books for study on the subject of prophecy and its application to practical Christian living.  Our greatest desire is to provide you with insights into the latest world events and issues in the light of God’s inerrant and infallible Word of prophecy.

Along with growing interest in Bible prophecy there is also a tremendous rise in deceptive and misleading teachings today.  (2 Timothy 4:1-4) Satan’s desire is to get people off track of what God has in mind for the world.  But God’s Word, will always lead you into His true intentions for you and for the world.  The Bible will warn you of the many spiritual lies that the devil is seeking to bring upon the world through false religions and cults.  Remember, with the rise in people seeking knowledge of spiritual truth in the latter days will also come the rapid rise of seductive lies of the cults, the occult and of false and deadly religions.  Therefore, there should be no surprise at the scary things that we are seeing today in the religious realm.  Satan hates the fact that Jesus is going to return, so he is working hard to draw off multitudes into religious deception, compromise and even complacency!

Watch out for spiritual charlatans  who are misquoting the Scriptures on the television and in their books!  They draw big crowds by telling them big but seductive lies! I would not commit one cent of God’s money to support them or to subscribe to their money making schemes.   They will  be responsible for sending many to an eternal hell through their mishandling of God’s Word.   Bible prophecy warns us:  “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13)

As Christians, we should spend much time in the Word of God and prayer as we live out holy lives before the Lord and before the lost so they too would desire to come to know Jesus Christ as their soon coming Savior.  Remember, Jesus is the only way to heaven.  In John 14:16, Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  Jesus said that in the end times:  “Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many” (Mark 13:6) 

So many today are scurrying and frantically seeking answers through relationships, jobs, politics, and even religion, but none of these in themselves can truly  help us spiritually.  Over focus on any of these will only lead to deception and bondage because they cannot impart new and eternal life.  But Jesus Christ alone can give you life, hope,  forgiveness and promise of an eternal future.  Jesus said:  “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)  

Today, there is much to learn about Bible prophecy.  Through study of the complete Word of God, the Bible, through prayer and the leading of the Holy spirit you can  know more details of Bible prophecy in these latter days than even Daniel.  You can understand these amazing prophecies as God unfolds the details of His prophetic purpose in the events of our days.

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Ebola, Plus Government Incompetence, Minus God, Equals: Plague

Jesus promised that in the latter days:

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:5-8)

Pestilences are among the various judgments that God promises to bring upon any people or nation that once dedicated themselves to God, but then reject Him. President Obama has clearly stated that America is not a Christian nation. But once a nation is dedicated to God, there is no going back on it with out dire consequences. God has entrusted America with the care of millions of Jews. It would not be a stretch to say that America is much like Israel in terms of how God holds us accountable for how we respond to His people, the Jews, to Christians and to the innocent unborn, the little children. Presently, America is failing miserably on all three of these.

The Obama Administration is mistreating Israel, supporting the destruction of America’s children through abortion, and by generally denying that America is a Christian nation. People who are supportive of Mr. Obama, like the lesbian mayor of Houston, Texas, are adding to America’s burden of judgment.  The Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, has demanded, that the preachers in Houston turn over their sermons to her.  She knows these preachers have taken a stand against making the bathrooms in Houston gender neutral so men could use the women’s bathrooms, etc.  I believe that underlying Mrs. Parker’s Christophobia is her outright bibliophobic animosity that fears the truth of what the Bible actually teaches about the sin of homosexuality. (Genesis 19:5; Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27)

It is very Strange to me that Mayor Parker persecutes only the Christian preachers for supporting the Bible’s stance, but she has not demanded the Islamic imams in Houston’s Mosques to surrender their sermons also.  Islam is also against homosexuality and you had better believe they preach against it to their congregants.  The Qur’an states that homosexuality is an abomination!  “And Lot! when he said unto his folk: will ye commit abomination knowingly?” (Surah 27:54, Compare with Genesis 19:5)  The answer to this glaring contradiction is obvious!  The mayor of Houston is at war with Christians!  This reveals the anti-Christian bigotry that is acceptable in this country today.  This anti-Christian bigotry is promoted by the Obama Administration.  I praise God for the bold preachers in Houston!  Many of them are preaching God’s Word and taking a courageous  stance for truth!  I pray that more of America’s preachers would do this!  But, because we are in the latter days just prior to the return of Jesus Christ, most preachers are too weak and don’t believe the whole Bible anyway!

This brings me to the subject of Ebola.  The first case of it in America was also in Texas, Dallas, that is.  I believe Texas, by the way, is an example of how a state should stand for God and country!  Through allowing Ebola to come into this country, God is showing America that He means business.  I believe God is bringing judgment upon this nation.  In my last Prophecy in Perspective newsletter I wrote on how God determines to send judgment upon any nation that kicks God out of its public life.  One type of judgment that God uses to get the attention of a nation is pestilence.

I believe God is preparing a plague for this nation if America does not repent.  Ebola may be only the beginning.  Looking at the ineptitude of how the Ebola problem has been handled and bungled so far shows that God is pulling back the hedge around America even more as Ebola spreads today.  I think, however, that in answer to the Ebola problem, our leadership will do what they do the best.   They will arrogantly assert over and over that they have everything under control and everything will be alright.

According to the CDC’s Dr. Tom Frieden, and no doubt, his puppet master, President Obama, things will be alright so long was we don’t stop flights from coming in from the West African countries affected by this disease and so long as we do not close our southern border.  It is absolutely amazing that the most common sense steps to protect the US from this and other diseases is to stop the inflow of those who have the most potential for carrying it into our country in the first place.  But, to speak plainly, if you want to make America more like a third world country, this would be how you would do it.  Therefore, until there is repentance in America, this formula will ensue:  Ebola, Plus Government Incompetence, Minus God, Equals: Plague. 

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Is the Handwriting On the Wall for America?

In the prophetic book of Daniel, chapter six we can witness the dismal ending of an empire through sinful neglect, and mockery of God. Belshazzar, the Babylonian king had a great party and mocked the God of Israel whom the Babylonians had conquered years before. But God was about to bring Belshazzar’s kingdom to an end as he partied into the night with all of his kingdom cronies.

During the night of drunken festivities, a hand appeared and wrote a cryptic message on the wall. Belshazzar, the vain and debauched ruler, was terrified! Daniel, the Jewish prophet was brought in and he interpreted the writing to mean: “God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it! Thou are weighed in the balances, and art found wanting! Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” (Daniel 5:25-28)  America’s leaders, following the lead of our present leader, Barak Obama, are willfully oblivious to God’s prophetic warnings and promises!

Belshazzar mocked the one true God of Israel.  While he partied, Babylon’s enemies were blocking up the Euphrates river that flowed under the city walls.  I think there is a parallel between Belshazzar and President Obama.  Mr. Obama, like Belshazzar, parties and parades while stealth invasions are happening not only to America by domestic terrorism, but also in Ukraine, by Putin’s Russia, in Iraq, through ISIS, and Israel by Hamas and Iran.  While he partied, Belshazzar, and all his cronies, “drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.”  While he was drunk with his own inflated view of himself, his kingdom was being taken over.

Belshazzar was warned by God’s prophet, Daniel, but he did not listen.  He and his kingdom went on to be destroyed by the enemies he ignored.  We are now witnessing the disintegration of the Obama presidency.  We are also seeing the downgrade of the United States as a world superpower,  protector of Israel and of the world’s oppressed.  Barak Obama’s neglect even appears to be deliberate and systematic.

Obama stated yesterday that he had no strategy for dealing with the problem of ISIS’ invasion of Iraq, nor with the problem of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  Neither will the President even use the terms Islamic terrorism as related to ISIS.  Nor, as of yet, will he acknowledge that Russia has actually invaded Ukraine.  Yet the Whitehouse parties continue, the fundraisers continue, the golf games continue!  While beheadings of our citizens are broadcast world-wide, so are the smiling and laughing scenes of America’s President on the golf course!

God will not be mocked! (Galatians 6:7) The invasions and satanic world-wide oppressions of the innocent continue. Terrorist threat levels are being raised in Britain.  Prime Minister David Cameron is boldly taking action in Great Britain against the threat of Islamic terrorism, which term he uses in reference to ISIS.  He articulated a clear strategy for dealing with this terror threat this morning.  Thank the Lord that He is raising up the leadership of Great Britain, and of Prime Minister Cameron, even while America is made to sit idly by to watch the world being set on fire by the wicked.

By consistent indecision and inactivity, President Obama is telling  the threatened citizens of Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, and Israel, that he is not really concerned enough to stop his parties, recreation and fundraising to devote time to develop a plan of action help them.  The individual citizens of these beleaguered and neglected countries need to seek the Lord Jesus Christ who will come to their help and rescue.  The Psalms of the Bible will certainly be an encouragement.  But also the many prophecies in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel will help to assure them that the Lord will vindicate their suffering at the hands of Satan’s armies.  God promises eternal salvation for those who trust in Jesus Christ, and He will bring daily victory when no one else is willing to help! (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Today, America’s President is sending a clear message that he has no plans to do anything to stop ISIS or Russia from doing exactly what they want to do to the weak and venerable in those lands.   While Obama parties away his time, we can be sure the handwriting is on the wall!

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Earthquake in Napa California: More to Come?

 

The fact that God speaks and acts through earthquakes, shocks and after shocks is well established in the Bible. When Paul and Silas were in prison in Philippi, an earthquake set them free and facilitated their leading the Philippian jailer and his family to faith in Jesus Christ:

“And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” (See Philippians 16:25-31)

An earthquake occurred at the time that the stone was rolled away at Jesus’ tomb by an angel at the great event of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This was a time when God was showing to the world that Christ was already raised bodily from the dead and that the tomb was empty:

“And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.” (Matthew 28:2)

Earthquakes are used in the Bible, and I believe today, as a time marker, as is the case in the book of the prophecies of Amos:

The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. (Amos 1:1)

Earthquakes also serve to protect Israel, God’s covenant people, from the destruction of their enemies, as in the case of the future attack on Israel by Russia, Iran, and other Islamic nations:

“In My zeal and in My blazing wrath I declare that on that day there will surely be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. (Ezekiel 38:19, NASB)

Jesus stated that earthquakes would occur in the last days as prophetic markers and as warnings for the faithful to be ready:

There will be great earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places. There will be TERRORS and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11)

Notice how complete this pronouncement is for us to see today!  The Ebola outbreak should be taken as God’s warning that we are only at the beginning of the times of the “plagues in various places” that are to come! Notice that “there will be terrors.”   We have seen the terror of the beheading of an American Journalist by an ISIS terrorist.  This is only one example of the “terrors,”to come.  These  terrors are arising in these latter days through the demonically directed attack by anti-Semitic Islamic terrorists upon all representatives, participants, and protectors of Israel and the Jews.  The Aramaic translation of this verse is insightful:

“Great earthquakes shall be in various places, and there shall be famines and plagues and panics and TERROR, and great signs from the sky shall appear and there shall be great storms.” (Luke 21:11, ABPE)

We are hearing continued warnings about the 6.5 earthquake in Napa California, that there will likely be more to come!  Experts believe that an earthquake many times worse than the one on August 24th can soon shake the West Coast with catastrophic consequences for human life and property.  We are hearing of concerns over the effects this will have on the tourist season and even the price of wine!  Like the days of impending judgment in the Old Testament when people continued to focus on the wrong things, so, in these latter days, many don’t notice that it is the Lord who is speaking, warning, and calling mankind to Himself!

Earthquake, plagues, terrors, signs in the skies and storms are but a few of the predicted divine indicators that we are in the latter days!  How will you respond to what God is saying?

God loves the world and so is warning the world that there are eternal consequences for sin and for rejecting His Son Jesus Christ who came to save us and who is coming back! (John 3:16)  We will watch and pray for Napa California and all of America.  We all need to pay attention to what God is saying about His love for us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.  God wants us to know that He is active in the world and our lives, especially if we know Jesus Christ as personal Savior. (John 1:12) God wants us to understand how He speaks through His Word, the Bible and through Bible prophecy.  He wants us to notice the signs indicating that Jesus is coming soon!

 

 

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Satan: Alive and Well in Ferguson Missouri, And Other Strategic Locations

In the Gospel of John, Jesus said concerning the work of the devil and Jesus’ own work: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 NASB)

This contrast is more clear now in these latter days, just prior to the rapture of the church, than even before! The violence and confusion the world is witnessing in Ferguson Missouri is another important sign of what Jesus predicted for the last days.

For those of you who have read the Bible with any attention to details, you can easily match up the unfolding of events in Ferguson with so many that are recorded in the Scriptures that speak of death, confusion, riots, hurt and hatred.

What is happening in Ferguson is very similar to what we are witnessing in so many other parts of the world today. Let there be no doubt that the real enemy in these recent days and nights of violent unrest, hurt, heartbreak, anger and hatred is Satan himself. Satan is the invisible enemy of mankind’s peace. The devil, as the robber and murderer that he is, has brought death and loss to an already hurting town. But death and thievery is Satan’s stock and trade!

We should not be surprised that he has brought these events to pass in Ferguson, but we do not have to be perpetual victims of the devil’s deception. There is power far greater than his, and that is the infinite power of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ there is power to overthrow the spirit of anger and animosity that has entered through the horrible event of an as of yet unexplained shooting of a young man by a Ferguson police officer.

Jesus specifically stated to His disciples that there would be certain characteristics that will appear in the end times. Among these will be a horrible hatred that will arise between people and even between family members: “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:10-12, NIV)

Because America has become such a godless nation through much glaring sin and wickedness of all imaginable kinds, Satan has gained much ground in this land to cause people to hate each other.

His chief success is that he has deceived people into thinking he does not exist.  His desire is to cause as much chaos as he possibly can to divert people from truly thinking about the Lord Jesus Christ and to keep them from serving Him and watching for His coming.  Satan is now at work in the minds of those who are not serving the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is blinding them to truth and provoking them to do Satan’s work for him, such as robbing, fighting, shooting, using drugs, and stirring unrest and discontentedness. (2 Corinthians 4:4) Remember that Satan is the evil spirit behind, prejudice, drug use, robbery, murder, riots, and rebellion against authority.

There are important prophetic warnings given by the Lord Jesus that satanically motivated events, activities and attitudes will arise in the latter days.  These will serve to destabilize society so as to create a global outcry for a new leader who will bring justice and peace.  This new global leader will be the Antichrist. (Revelation 13)

False prophets will suddenly and strategically show up on the scenes of unrest, such as we are certainly seeing in Ferguson and many other places of rising violence around the world.  They will speak bold words that will serve only to cause people to be further stirred to make wrong decisions and draw wrong conclusions!  The false prophets will only increase confusion over what is right and what is wrong.  Only confusion and destruction can come from their false doctrines!  The false prophets can be political leaders, or social activists.

Satan works strategically.  Remember that the devil cannot be in all places at all times.  He is a spirit being that uses billions of demons to do his work for him.  He has these demon forces ranked in descending order as “powers, principalities, forces of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places.” (6:12)  People would do well to realize that sudden and simmering hatred, desire to do evil such as rob, do drugs, have illicit sex, murder or harm people, etc. are caused by demonic activity.  Yes, we choose to do these things, but we can often be motivated and temped by Satan or his demons to carry these things out.  Pay close attention to sudden changes in mood or thoughts that bring depression, despair or that draw you to commit sin.  These could well be indications of demonic activity!

Demons are very active in these current events in Ferguson.  They are also active in other strategic locations globally.  For example, demonic activity is now apparent causing people to seek the destruction of Israel through Hamas and Iran.  Demons are active in the diabolical Islamic savages in Iraq seeking the annihilation of Christians and all who are different from them.  We must face the reality that there is no other explanation of global events, much less of those happening in Ferguson, than that Satan is at work.

Satan works strategically in his efforts in these latter days to take peace from the earth. Jesus predicted through John in the book of Revelation: “And another, a red horse, (a demon) went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.” (Revelation 6:4) 

The devil wants the death of young people, and the ruination of reputable law enforcement officers and of political leaders who otherwise desire the best for their constituents.

But the answer is for Christians to pray for all concerned in Ferguson.  There is no doubt in my mind that God can use even these events to advance His purpose in the world, especially if Christians will walk and witness in a faithful way in these dark and challenging times.  While we know that Satan is a real, ruthless and deceptive enemy, we also know that those who do know their God will  do exploits.  (Daniel 11:32)   These are the days about which the Bible especially tells us to watch for the coming of the Lord to rapture away His church.  While we watch for Him, may we walk in holiness, and be active and dynamic witnesses for s Christ.  In this way, through our testimony, and in spite of Satan’s most diabolical efforts, the world might know Jesus’ peace, power and  promise of eternal life through faith in His name:   “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

 

 

 

 

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Rise of Anti-Semitism, Anti-Christian Hate: Are These Signs of the Lord’s Coming?

I believe Satan knows the return of Jesus Christ is drawing near! A growing number of people are equating world peace with the elimination of Israel. Many also are explaining the troubles in the world by blaming the presence of Christians on earth. Many people who are naturally inclined to seek easy liberal solutions to social issues are succumbing to the evil rancor of Muslims who are settling in numerous European countries and American states who have an engrained hatred toward Jews and any who support them.  Rising pro-Nazi movements that also feed this general spirit of anti-Semitic, and Anti-Christian fervor.

Many of these countries have abandoned the Bible for past decades in favor of a more humanistic and globalistic outlook.  To the maximum extent, they  have abandoned the idea of supernatural revelation through the Bible.  For these and other reasons, many have become intellectually and morally lazy. The result is a general disinterest in the problems in the middle east and a growing desire to take a hands-off approach to resolving these issues. “If Islam is interested in getting rid of the Jews and the Christians,” some might reason, “well then, maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing.” This kind of lazy thinking can even occur, and sometimes does occur,  below the level of conscious awareness.  I think this may influence the great delays in both action and follow through from our leadership in America.

Yet the problems are real, and avoiding or ignoring them will only allow those who seek the obliteration of the Jew and the people of the cross to have a freer hand to kill, steal and destroy.  This is Satan’s three-fold strategy to bring about his ideal world order. (John 10:10) Yet Jesus’ purpose is stated in the second part of that verse and in stark contrast to Satan: “I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly!”

Satan’s goal of destroying Israel and marginalizing the Christian Church is what is being pushed and accepted today with growing regard and even respectability among many movie stars and others of notoriety.

Anti-Semitism and Christian bashing has become trendy! It escapes the typical European and American that the Islamic takeover and murder of those in “far away” countries today, also can mean the destruction of America and those same European societies tomorrow! Radical Islam will not stop so long as there are vulnerable people to subjugate or destroy, property and equipment to steal, or caliphates to establish. Erasing Israel or the churches will  not satisfy them.  All along, seeming by-standers, Like America, and leaders, like President Obama (and there are others) often give the appearance that they are more interested in being entertained or noticed then in actually working to resolve problems by addressing them boldly and honestly!  This is a part of the spiritual blindness that Satan brings and which will worsen as the Lord’s coming draws nearer (2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:1f)

The disregard for God, the Bible, and biblical morality even in small measure here in America and other nations that serve as Israel’s allies does a great deal to induce a vile murder rampage in other parts of the world, say, in Gaza, or in Iraq.  It is an inviolable principle of Scripture:  “Be not deceived, God is not (will not be) mocked, for whatsoever a man (or a nation) soweth, that shall he also reap!” (Galatians 6:7) Sin in a person’s life, or family, or nation, gives opportunity, also called, “permission,” or “ground” to Satan to effect others both within our sphear of influence and out side of it, as God gives permission for the Devil and His demons to do so. (See Daniel 10:12-14; Ephesians 4:27; 6:10-18)

As Satan and his demons are given opportunity through sin, missiles are fired unprovoked, by Hamas into Israel.

Churches are burned and murdered in Iraq. Even the members of the Yazidis sect are targeted by ISIS because they claim to be a mix of Christian, Zoroastrian and Islamic religions.

Remember that because of Satanic hatred, radical Islam is an equal opportunity murderer!

Our willful spiritual blindness here in America, through blasphemous support of abortion, pornography, abandonment of the biblical definition of marriage, etc. will be magnified, through demonic influence wherever Satan is most desiring to advance his evil!   Lack of real prayer, and proclamation of biblical truth which is lived out consistently, will, through direct and indirect means, foster greater advances of evil.  So, our own sins and disregard for God, gives opportunity for Satan to work more evil in the world!

Isaiah predicted that God would one day “go forth as a mighty man, He shall stir up jealousy as a man of war, He shall cry, yes, roar; He shall prevail against His enemies.” Isaiah 42:13) This was written in the context of prophecies of both the first and second comings of Jesus Christ.

First Jesus was to come as a suffering servant (Isaiah  42:1-4; see also this fulfillment in Matthew 12:18-21). Then, Jesus was to come back to the earth, specifically, the middleast, and Israel, to completely overthrow and destroy His enemies.(Isaiah 42:8-25; 63:1-4).

This is why present events in Iraq, with the burning of churches and destruction of anything Christian, or Jewish, and all that is non-Islamic is being carried out with such zeal. It is perhaps because the devil knows that he has only a short time. (Revelation 12:12)

There is little or no prophecy in the books of other religions besides that of the Bible.  This is what really distinguishes the Bible from religious books, like, the Quran.  In Isaiah 41:20-22 the challenge is given that for one to authoritatively speak for God he must be able to write what God intends to do in the future.  Prophecy is a distinguishing mark of Divine revelation and authority. The many

biblical Prophecies that have already come true add credibility to those prophecies which have yet to be fulfilled.  Yet for centuries, as well as today, millions have followed religious teachers and founders who’s writings contain no prophecy.  The Apostle Peter assures us that we have a “more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well to take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place (like the evil world we live in). (2 Peter 1:19)

In the Bible there are many prophecies yet to come to pass.  The Bible shows itself to be the world’s only valid and historically verifiable book of God’s revelation of Himself and of His truth for all mankind. The clear prophecies of Scripture are one key reason why this is true.  Only the One true God can declare the future before it happens!  Only the Bible contains these prophetic Divine declarations!  Isaiah records the very words of God as he writes:  “Behold, the former things are come to pass (which God foretold through His biblical prophets) and new things do I declare: Before they spring forth I tell you of them!” (Isaiah 42:9)

Jesus, and the New Testament writers prophetically warned of rising persecution against Israel and the Church in the latter days. (Read Matthew, chapters 24-25, and, 1 Peter 4:7-14) This is why, while we are greatly concerned about the rise of hatred today, we do not need to be fearful, but prayerful.  For, as Christians, knowing the prophecies of the Lord’s coming, we can be hopeful and even joyful in the midst of these trials while we watch for Him!  The Bible assures us that Jesus will return to catch us away to heaven at the rapture. (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)  All of  these events serve as markers for us that the Bible is true and that Jesus Christ is coming soon!  (Luke 21:28)

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Threatened People of Ancient Nineveh, Modern Destruction by ISIS is Looming

Several minorities living in the area of the ancient land of Nineveh are now being threatened by the ISIS Islamic radicals which have swept into Iraq from Syria like a swarm of Old Testament locusts! These minorities now in need of food and rescue are made up of Christians, Zoroastrians, Sunni and Shiite Muslims, all desperately calling for some nation to come and help them. Some 40,000 of them are hold up on Mount Sinjar

ISIS has already destroyed Jonah’s Tomb, as well as many other ancient monuments, buildings and churches. They have murdered thousands of Iraqis! The demonic spirit of the Nazis is very much alive and active in this wicked group. They have also taken over a dam in Mosel from where ISIS is able to flood millions in Bagdad if they choose to. I believe that this group represents the growing evil that the world can expect to see as Islam advances un-challenged by once great powers like the United States, Great Britain and others.  In these latter days foretold by the ancient biblical prophets, the wicked grow more bold to do evil and the good grow more fearful to stand against the wicked!

Will America intervene and help these poor people on the brink of destruction? It is absolutely astounding that President Obama has done nothing thus far. What an opportunity for a world leader to demonstrate resolve.  Will the president stand up against this obvious evil in Iraq as well as offer help to people who are crying out to the world as they are about to be slaughtered if they do not convert to Islam? Could it be that Mr Obama has a difficult time standing opposed to Islam! Is it difficult for him even if it takes such an evil form as ISIS, even to protect other Muslims from senseless destruction?

In the book of Jonah, when the people of Nineveh cried out in a humble and desperate appeal to God, He heard them. It looks like we need to call out to God in their behalf again today, for God, once again to supernaturally intervene. God does not care about political ramifications for political parties like Mr. Obama plainly does. Be sure that if God calls us to help and we turn a deaf ear, the Lord of the earth will not forget. It is not just the People of modern Nineveh who might be destroyed by our disregard for their cries, but America as well. As ISIS is transforming Iraq, we are undergoing a transformation of our own in America. While the people of Nineveh cry out, America needs to realize that we need to call out to God as well!   The same satanic power energizing ISIS to destroy Iraq and Nineveh, is also using other means to achieve the destruction of America.  How long, if our leadership stays un-convicted and passive in the face of rising evil, will it take before the churches and synagogues in America are burning too?

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Ebola, The United States, and the Outbreak of Plagues in the Latter Days

Jesus predicted that in the latter days : “great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” (Luke 21:11) “They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” (Revelation 6:8b)
All indications are that these prophetic markers truly designate our present days as likely being the latter days predicted in the Bible. We are witnessing the arising of new and devastating types of plagues and diseases. When Jesus predicted these times to His disciples, He fully expected and warned them to be aware that these trials will affect them as well. (Luke 21:11-13) But the Lord will victoriously use the suffering believers of the last days who are touched by these future trials which are to come upon the wicked, “And it shall turn to you for a testimony.” (Luke 21:13)   As I will show later in this article, I also believe God is speaking to America and sending a warning through the arrival of the Ebola virus on our soil for the first time in history.

An example of how Christians can suffer from trials that God may send upon others as judgments of the end times is found today in Christians who truly love God such as the two Samaritans Purse missionaries, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nurse Nancy Writebol. Who, because they too have contracted the Ebola virus, show us how these plagues can certainly affect Christians as well. However, believers who get these diseases or who are affected by the ravages of God’s judgment, whether through pestilence, war or natural disasters do not indicate that God is judging the innocent. These missionaries show that bad things do not hinder those sold out for God and who love people in the name of Jesus Christ. While seeking to render aid to them in the name of Christ, they also run the risk of suffering with them. This is exactly what Jesus did when he came to earth and walked among sinners and healed the sick, and even died for the world of sinners. He died for us because of the punishment for the sins that we deserved! But He also rose again! The following article from The Huffington Post, a decidedly liberal publication, shows the amazing testimony of how the pestilence of Ebola can be used by God through surrendered servants of Christ as a powerful testimony to the lost of the unconquerable love of God through Jesus Christ!

Doctor Infected With Ebola Makes Selfless Gesture To Fellow Patient
The Huffington Post | By Amanda L. Chan
An experimental serum against Ebola virus —- enough for one patient —- arrived in Liberia yesterday. The problem: There are two U.S. aid workers who are in grave condition after they contracted the virus.

There had to be a choice made about which aid worker would receive the serum — Dr. Kent Brantly, a doctor who was helping patients in the country through the U.S. organization Samaritan’s Purse, or Nancy Writebol, who was working through the organization SIM as a hygienist to help decontaminate people entering and leaving the isolation ward at ELWA Hospital.

“Dr. Brantly asked that it be given to Nancy Writebol,” Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, said in a statement. “However, Dr. Brantly received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who had survived Ebola because of Dr. Brantly’s care. The young boy and his family wanted to be able to help the doctor that saved his life.”
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa — the worst Ebola outbreak in history — has now killed 729 people, according to figures released on July 31. Deaths were reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Liberia has shut down schools and put out an order for public servants to stay home in efforts to curb spread of the virus, and Sierra Leone is working to place sick patients under quarantine, CBS News reported.–

What Are the Implications for Christians, America and All Nations?
Christians should keep Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol in their prayers for the days ahead as one or both of them are airlifted to Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. We need to keep the United States in prayer as well as it would seem that God is bringing Ebola to America.  The scientists say that there is always a chance that this virus can spread in this country.  Although, they try to assure us that the chances of this happening are small.  As Christians, we are grateful to these two dedicated missionaries for their selfless sacrifice.  But I believe that almighty God, who will not be mocked will hold America accountable for the disease of  sin that is being advanced by many today.  “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”  (Galatians 6:7-8) President Obama and Secretary Kerry have, up to this time, shown, at best, only a confused approach to defending Israel’s right to defend themselves and even their right to exist as a sovereign nation.  This is why we must take the arrival of Ebola onto American soil as a definitive sign that God is trying, once again, to get our attention!

I and, I am sure, many thousands of Christians will continue to ask the Lord to heal these missionaries.  I believe the Lord will turn their sacrificial suffering for the Lord and for others into a dynamic and life changing testimony to a world that desperately needs to notice the mighty power of God that is always at work in the world through Jesus Christ. The pestilences of the latter days that the Lord predicted would come upon the earth are not beyond His sovereign ability to use  for advancing His redemptive purpose, and even for our good. Paul said in Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” 

The Lord has a calling for each of us who are born-again Christians to fulfill His will as we courageously witness for Jesus Christ and even suffer for His name. Still, it is vitally important for us to be aware that the Lord is active even today in preparing the earth and the nations for certain and thorough judgment. This is as Romans 1:18 states, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness.”

If indeed God is bringing a new pestilence into the United States to warn us of a much-needed moral and spiritual correction regarding God and our defense of Israel, then He can and will bring similar pestilences upon other nations as well.  Primarily, I believe that God will focus these types of warnings especially upon nations that once were supporters of Israel and the Jew, but now are turning away from God and Israel. (Psalm 2)  Many nations are therefore succumbing to the spirit of Antichrist (1 John 4:3b) through a highly infectious moral and spiritual virus called anti-Semitism. These nations have been in spiritual decline for decades. This spiritual decline has produced a vacuum that Marxism, New Age, and especially, Islam are filling rapidly. Many of these nations, including the United States, thus are admitting vast numbers of Peoples who are largely without God and who are, to a great extent, anti-Semitic. Or, they are at least vulnerable to the infection of the politically powerful contagion of demonic anti-Semitism.

Remember that as we wait for the Lord from heaven, (Philippians 3:20) we need to stay faithful in our defense of God and His people Israel.  God will hold us accountable for this, both as Christians and as a nation!  This is true for America, but it is also true for any nation! As we do this we can walk and work for Him in victory, no matter the threat or trial, for He has already overcome the world, and He promises never to leave or forsake us and to return for us at any moment!

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Vladimir Putin, The Vain Thoughts of Man, And the Victory of God

We have recently seen that the Russians are firing artillery across the border from Russia into Ukraine. It looks like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is no longer being hidden.  Mr. Putin plainly has great, and I believe, global ambitions. Today, Ukraine, tomorrow, Israel and the world.

God knows the future. This is why Bible prophecy needs to be considered when evaluating current world issues and events.  In recent articles I have explained how Russia will have Israel in their sights for conquest. Israel is the prize! But God will see to it that His people, the Jews, and His nation, Israel will never be destroyed. For over a century, and especially since the re-establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, God has been restoring the Jews to their land.  God has been calling the Jews back from foreign countries where they have been scattered for centuries. This is definitely a sign that the end times are upon us!

Vladimir Putin does not realize that he is being directed by demonic forces! He will never stop his advance into Ukraine. From there he (or a future Russian leader) will eventually head south, along with Iran and other Islamic nations who are hateful toward Israel with the hopes of destroying God’s covenant people. This is all part of the behind the scenes planning on the part of nations that plot against Israel! In the public eye, they may seem cordial or helpful toward the Jews, yet covertly, they have other designs for God’s covenant nation. (See Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39)

Psalm 2 is a prophecy as to the continual plotting of Israel’s enemies for their destruction.  It shows that they themselves will be destroyed by God’s judgment because, as they fight against Israel and God’s people, they fight against God and His Son, Jesus Christ as well.  Jesus Christ, will return and establish His throne in Zion.  That is:  Jerusalem!  He will rule the entire earth from there after He returns visibly to the earth.  Read what Psalm 2 says:

Why are the nations in an uproar
            And the peoples devising a vain thing?

      The kings of the earth take their stand
            And the rulers take counsel together
            Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,

      “Let us tear their fetters apart
            And cast away their cords from us!”

      He who sits in the heavens laughs,
            The Lord scoffs at them.

      Then He will speak to them in His anger
            And terrify them in His fury, saying,

      “But as for Me, I have installed My King
            Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

      “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
            He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
            Today I have begotten You.

      ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
            And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.

      ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
            You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

      Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
            Take warning, O judges of the earth.

      Worship the LORD with reverence
            And rejoice with trembling.

      Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
            For His wrath may soon be kindled. (NASB)

As Putin’s  forces fire upon military positions within Ukraine from Russia, and as persecution of Jews continues in Ukraine, God sees this and God will act! Psalm 94:9-11 says:

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

He that chastiseth (disciplines) the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?

The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, THAT THEY ARE VANITY. (NASB)

Growing numbers of Jews are seeking to flee Ukraine and fly to Israel.  We see, however, that through this very persecution and threatening of the Jews will come a real strengthening of Israel!  In fact, the more rockets Hamas fires into Israel, the greater their resolve and desire to defend themselves at any cost.  The demonic spirit of Adolf Hitler, and the Nazis is very much alive through organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah today.  But the Holy Spirit of the God of Israel is far greater, and He will not be defeated!

 Putin’s persecution of Jews in Ukraine, and those of the followers of Muhammad in lands that have declared themselves to be the enemies of the Jews,  have actually declared war against the God of the Bible!  But the Lord has declared His verdict: The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity!”  (Psalm 98:11)

I believe that we are right at the time when the world will witness the sudden disappearance of millions who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their crucified and resurrected Savior.  The Bible does not tells us the day this will occur, but it is clear that Jesus Christ will return in the air to snatch away all believers off of the earth suddenly and to the surprise of the entire world!  The Bible clearly predicts this magnificent and epochal  event of the rapture:

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the LORD HIMSELF SHALL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain SHALL BE CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words (1Thessalonians 4;13-18)

No wonder so many religions and religious leaders fear the Bible!  It is no surprise that ISIS wants to get rid of churches and Christians in Iraq.  They, and leaders of other false religions and cults, fear the truth of the God of the Bible who loves the world and sent His only Son to die on the cross for us. (John 3:16)  They know that to simply and thoroughly read and study the Bible will result in people placing their faith in Jesus Christ and hurriedly departing their old false religions.  They are afraid that they will find new life and new hope by the millions from among those who are now in bondage to false gods and false works for salvation.

Yet the Bible clearly shows that God is righteous and He will strike at any nation that strikes against, or plots against His people, whether Israel or the Church.  The ISIS terrorists in Iraq, who now purpose to bring more horrors upon the poor women of that desecrated and neglected country, are so blinded with hatred and lust for blood and power that they do not even know that their activities will bring horrible future and eternal judgment upon them. The God of the Bible does see and He does know, and He will judge.

But God, through Jesus Christ, His Son still wants to save!  God says through the prophet Isaiah: “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear” (Isaiah 59:1)  Paul said in Romans 12:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Vain leaders like Putin, Hamas, ISIS, al-Qaeda and others today, should not distract us from the truth that the God of the Bible will win the victory!  He will completely rout the enemies of His people! Rest assured,  Second Coming of Jesus Christ is at hand! (Read Matthew 24-25)

 

 

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