26 Signs of the Lord’s Soon Return – part 5

The signs continue being revealed to us in our day. After God revealed to Daniel the very end events that would hit the world, He made this statement –

Sign 16: Knowledge would increase

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” – Dan. 12:4

Just as it was promised to Daniel, knowledge has indeed been increased. More books are published every year than can be read in a lifetime. In the USA alone $25.7 billion dollars are spent on books. That does not include the $1.3 billion spent on audio books or the $191 million spent on E-books each year.

air-travelPeople certainly “run to-and-fro” today. Travel that used to take months, even years, is now done in mere hours. The airplane has done wonders for travel: “The air traffic to and from Europe has peaked at 4.29 million passengers, representing a 100.3 per cent increase compared to April 2021, the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) has revealed.

The Book of Daniel was “shut up” for many years but now its message is beginning to be understood. For example, he prophesied to the day the time of Messiah’s appearance and rejection by Israel. For this reason, many Rabbis in Israel forsook the Book of Daniel but now his message is once again being heard.

web pictures 100But the knowledge spoken about here is most likely meant to be knowledge of the Scriptures and that is certainly the case. With all the modern-day tools of interpretation and language translations, availability of the printed Word in almost every language, man is without excuse for not knowing what God has said in His Word. Such online programs as the Blue Letter Bible offer translations from many different Bibles as well from the Greek and Hebrew of the original languages. People today have no excuse for not knowing the Word of God!

Sign 17: There would be hypocrites within the Church

“but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up? ’But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” – Matthew 13:25-30

The word ‘hypocrite’ means ‘one who acts’, in other words, they pretend to be someone they are not. For example, Hollywood is full of hypocrites (actors). What is sad is when the Church is filled with hypocrites! They are Christians on Sunday but, live like the devil the rest of the week. I’m not talking about the fact that we all sin as long as we repent and resolve to stop doing it. I’m talking about those who use Christianity as a life insurance policy and have no intention of changing their sinful lifestyles! There have always been some of these in the Church, but now they are often in the majority. Jesus predicted they would be there.

The problem is when they are in a majority, they rob the Church of being the salt and light society needs to remain following God! They cannot be light for they have no light themselves and they cannot be salt because they are not following Christ. So the Church is not the ‘restrainer’ against the world’s evil it was intended to be.

Sign 18: There would be an increase of religious cults/false teachers

Jesus said, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” and “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:11, 24).

There are more than I can write about here but, an example would be Wayne Bent, (aka: Michael Travesser) who is the founder of The Lord Our Righteousness Church, and claims that during an experience in his living room in March 2000, God told him, “You are Messiah.” Bent has since asserted, “I am the embodiment of God. I am divinity and humanity combined.” 

Then there is the Hispanic embodiment of Jesus in Florida shown in the following video –

Then there are more than 70 U.S. churches who celebrated Christlam last year. They say Allah and Yahweh are the same God and combine Islam and Christianity in their services.

One-World-Religion-ChrislamTHE CATHOLIC-MUSLIM INTERFAITH COUNCIL CREATED BY POPE FRANCIS ANNOUNCES NEW CHRISLAM HEADQUARTERS OPENING IN 2022 THAT COMBINES A MOSQUE AND CHURCH ACCORDING TO SIGNED COVENANT.

Sign 19: The future would seem fearful to many The rise of heart attacks today is evident and one of the main causes is identified as stress; from uncertainty, finances, threat of wars, etc.

Men’s heart failing for fear, and looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. – Luke 21:26)

The news today is filled with warnings about coming food shortages and the rise in gasoline prices is beginning to increase fear about the ability to get to work or jobs being canceled because businesses are being forced to close due to rising costs. These fears will lead many to surrender their God-given freedoms for an answer. The weight of inflation is being felt by all but the super rich, such as those meeting in Davos which do not care about the ‘lower classes’!

What is their agenda? Watch the video below for what they consider is a positive spin on the authoritative initiatives they are advocating. Remember, this is THEIR video–it makes it seem positive and beneficial to submit to their agenda.

Sign 20: Humanity would become materialistic As a result, spiritual truths are seldom referred to and even less often practiced. Big cities seem to be more affected than rural areas where riots and mob actions occur over many causes. It has become more and more common for people in government or colleges to sell their information to foreigners for money. As Paul said, they have become –

“traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,” – 2 Tim. 3:4

Today, most people are controlled by advertisement. All the holidays have become just one big chance to advertise. Stores will begin their advertising up to two months before the holiday but, little is said about the reason for the holiday. Remember most advertising is done to make you dissatisfied with what you already have or don’t have and want. Most advertising is designed to make you a puppet jumping to their tune!

I will finish the last six signs in the next article. I hope you continue.

26 Signs of the Lord’s Soon Return – part 4

The sign I have listed as eleventh is probably the most important in regard to its impact on society.

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A Good Marriage of 60 Years with Eight Children

Sign 11: The institution of marriage would be forsaken by many (1 Timothy 4:3). Many will think of the hot-button current issue of homosexual and lesbian marriage sweeping the land. However, the problem is much greater than this! Teacher friends tell me that the typical classroom is filled with 50%, or more, children living in broken homes or with unmarried parents. Some have no idea who their real father is or where he is!

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry,” – 1 Timothy 4:1-3

The concept of “No-Fault Divorce” is indeed a doctrine of demons and those who participate in it do indeed have their consciences seared with a hot iron. They are no longer sensitive to the harm they are causing to their children or to their relationship with God who looks on marriage as a covenant with Him!

All of society is based on the family. Without it there is no stability. King David understood this when he wrote, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3). The answer is NOT MUCH! The prophet Malachi states the purpose of marriage –

“Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.” – Malachi 2:14,15

God has given to humans the unique ability to reproduce children made in their own image and thus in the image of God – each marriage covenanted with God has a ‘residue’ of the Spirit with allows them to produce children destined for godliness. Marriage involves a covenant with God therefore broken marriage relations equals broken relationship with God. God’s purpose in marriage is to produce ‘godly seed’, in other words, well adjusted children that understand what life is all about. Is this failure the reason behind the rise in violent youth culture, such as gangs, crime raves, ‘knock out’ games, yes even our youth willing to become terrorists?

There is an answer to this problem, it is repentance. But, first the Church needs to preach the truth about divorce because the only who wins in a divorce is the devil!

These trends were predicted and are signs of the soon coming of the Lord. Have they happened before? Perhaps some of them, but not in the combination and severity of today’s culture. But, I don’t want to leave you on such a negative note. The same Bible that did not hide the problems that accompany the end times also encouraged us that when we see these things, “LOOK UP! FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR!”

Sign 12: Jesus Himself warned there would be an increase in famines

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” – Matt. 24:7

In an earlier sign, I covered how wars are causing famines. According to the World Food Programme, “hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria & tuberculosis combined.” Some 805 million people do not have enough food to lead healthy lives. Economic downturns and wars exacerbate this problem.

Sign13: Paul warned vegetarianism would increase

“and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” – 1 Timothy 4:3-5

Recent attempts by former First Lady Michelle Obama and others to restrict foods to what they consider good not only war against our freedom but often against God’s laws.

Sign 14: There would be an increase in those crying out for peace. However, peace is often interpreted to mean what is good for those clambering for it! If their marches do not bring the desired results, they often turn to violence themselves. The “hope and peace” offered by the world is a fantasy not based on the truth of God’s word. There will be no peace without the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

“For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:3

Jerusalem ComingSign 15: The possession of Jerusalem would be at the center of international turmoil. This is the constant theme in most major newspapers, TV news programs, and United Nations resolutions. Psalm 2 outlines the end time struggle for us clearly: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain (futile) thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” God claims Jerusalem as His city and the world, under the influence of Satan, can’t stand it. It is as Zechariah predicted:

“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. – Zechariah 12:3

Ever since 2017 when President Trump declared that Jerusalem was the Capital of Israel and moved our embassy there the raging of the heathen has only increased. And the anger of American Democrats has also increased because Trump did it when they couldn’t! Now a Democrat President, who is an usurper, is about to declare Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians! Biden is following in the footsteps of his mentor President Obama.

president betrays Israel The possession of Jerusalem is at the center of international turmoil. Israel has claimed it as their eternal capitol. Arabs claim it as the capitol of a new Palestinian state. The United Nations has censured Israel and favored Palestinian claims so many times that I’ve lost count. The United States has usually been the only nation with veto privilege in the UN Security Council to block these attempts. But President Barack Obama, a Muslim sympathizer, has signaled he may not veto this latest attempt to divide Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Palestinian terrorists continue bombing, shooting, and driving cars into civilian crowds trying to intimidate and blackmail Israel into concessions. While many Jews, in true pogrom mentality, try to appease the Muslims by giving into their demands, such as Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, who says Jews praying on their own Temple Mount will just lead to more violence. Fortunately their are still some Davids in the land who are resisting Arab terrorists. Sadly, they have to walk a tightrope between the freedom to exist and appeasing so-called allies, like the United States, who are constantly demanding Israel to yield to Islamic pressure or lose American support. American lawmakers and its President need to consider the consequence of these actions. God long ago foresaw this rebellion of the nations –

“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. – Zechariah 12:3

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” – Joel 3:2

26 End-Time Signs Revisited part 3

days of noahThe signs continue because Jesus does not want us to be ignorant of them. Have you ever wondered what were the conditions that led God to destroy the then known word with a flood? Here they are in God’s own words –

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” – Gen. 6:5-7

“the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” was the condition of man. Scripture says the condition of man will once again be this way when the Lord returns in judgement. God placed His Church on the earth as a restrainer to this kind of evil but, what happens if the Church succumbs to the same evils? That is the subject of this next sign –

Sign 7: There would be a cold religious system, in denying God’s power. Men will have a “form of godliness but deny its power. From such people turn away! (2 Timothy 3:5). They will claim they are Christian but will try to solve mankind’s problems with logic and science. They have succumbed to the philosophy of Humanism. They deny the true power of godliness. The say the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was only for Biblical days thus denying the truth that we are living in Biblical days!

The power of godliness can make the economic system work for all, it can mend families making them whole, it can end the racial conflict between races, it can replace brutality with justice and mercy, and it can restore society to a stable foundation. The true power behind godliness is the Holy Spirit not religion. 

Sign 8:  Men will substitute fantasy in place of Christian truth

MP900446409[1] (2)“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” – 2 Tim. 4:3-4

This is so evident at Christmas when the birth of the Savior is lost behind the myth of Santa Claus or the Easter bunny instead of the Lord’s resurrection. These used to be minor distractions while Christmas and Easter pageants celebrating the Savior, Jesus Christ dominated homes, schools, and society. Today, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny dominate and schools and businesses dare not mention the birth of Jesus for fear of law suits!

But the same could be said of the Church which has substituted infant baptism for a real born again experience. Or I could also mention the doctrine going around in many churches that the God of the Bible is the same god as Allah of the Muslims, known as Chrislam. Much of the church has substituted a liturgy for the great truths of the Bible. Thus they shift truth which should be experienced now to a memory of some past event!

What goes on in the Church eventually bleeds out into the society! As Isaiah prophesied “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” (Isaiah 59:14). Men of economics and business were willing to sacrifice truth for the sake of a buck. The people accepted the changes for the sake of entertainment and leaders of the Church accepted it because pleasing the people was more important than pleasing God. What no one realized was any weakening of God’s truth also diminishes justice.

Sign 9: Deadly diseases would be prevalent 

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences (literally, the disease, or figuratively, a pest), and earthquakes in various places.” – Matt. 24:7

The worldwide increase in AIDS deaths is almost inestimable. Over 160,000 Americans die of cancer each year. Everyone is now aware of the danger of Ebola that is sweeping through many parts of Africa, and may spread to other parts of the world as well. New deadly viruses seem to appear yearly, such as the mysterious fever that is now paralyzing and killing American children. And who can forget the deadly Covid19 virus currently spreading. Then there is the threat of Monkey Pox which is affecting those engaged in illicit sex.

Sign 10:  The fact that God once flooded the earth (the Noahic flood) will be denied 

“For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” – 2 Pet. 3:5-7

While there is a mass of fossil evidence to prove this fact of a world-wide flood, yet it is flatly ignored by the scientific world because of its uncanny implication. If they accept this, they would have to admit the God of the Bible exists, evolution is wrong, and mankind’s sin is a reality! This willingness of men to ignore truth they cannot explain with their intellect has now led to the acceptance of such theories as Global Warming, which is a clear hoax used to bilk billions of dollars with no scientific proof.

“O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge (science)—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.” – 1 Tim. 6:20-21

The false doctrine of evolution, as it is now taught, has been used by the devil to subvert the faith of many in the Church.

I will continue with the Signs the Bible gives in the next article.

26 End-Time Signs Revisited part 2

I will continue with signs of the Lord’s soon return.

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Sign 4: Stress would be part of living. Jesus predicted “men’s hearts would be failing them for fear” (Lk. 21:26) and there is no denying the spirit of fear that has been released on the world and our country! Stress is a factor in modern day life and is causing many sicknesses. As the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:” (perilous means hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous, harsh, fierce, savage) – 2 Tim. 3:1

Loss of employment due to Covid restrictions, rampant inflation making cost of basic items skyrocket, Government becoming more Communistic, schools teaching Critical Race Theory and subverting parental authority over their children, threats of more ‘lockdowns’ coming, rise in criminal activity, invasion on our Southern Border, fear of more Covid19 outbreaks or fear about war with Russia, are all contributing to the rise of stress felt by the citizen. It is times like these that Paul was warning Timothy of.

The answer is “turn to Jesus and the word of God for comfort and answers”!

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

Paul wrote to the Philippians,

“Be anxious (fearful) for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Phil. 4:6-7

Sign 5: Many wars would erupt. This includes country against country and ethnic group against ethnic group. In other words, the rise in racial tensions is being predicted.

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, . . .” – Matt. 24:6-7

war in Donbass UkraineCurrent Conflicts in the World Today and Their Effects on Global Hunger. And this says nothing about the continuing conflict caused by Iran and its terrorist sponsored groups.

  • 1) Ukraine. The war in Ukraine is the latest conflict to erupt. It has caused over a million refugees to flee the country and created a new hotspot that will have ramifications for the entire world.
  • 2) Afghanistan. This recent upheaval has thrown the lives of Afghan families into turmoil and uncertainty yet again. Decades of conflict — combined with the impacts of climate change, gender inequality, economic instability and the COVID-19 pandemic — have caused deep hunger and suffering for Afghan communities across the country.
  • 3) Ethiopia. The conflicts have exacted a devastating toll on civilians. Communities are continuously caught in the middle — killed, displaced and pushed into starvation as conflict blocks aid and cuts off communication.
  • 4) South Sudan. More than 7 million people — 60 percent of the entire population — still doesn’t know where their next meal will come from.
  • 5) Syria. Some 12.4 million people — almost 60 percent of the population — are hungry and don’t know where their next meal will come from. This is a 57 percent increase since 2019 and the highest number ever recorded in the history of Syria.
  • 6) Yemen. Now, nearly a decade of war has left thousands dead, and more than 4 million people displaced. Fighting between government coalition forces and Houthi rebels in the country continues to harm and displace Yemeni families.

Sign 6: People would forsake the Ten Commandments as a moral code. Jesus said “committing adultery, stealing, lying, and killing: and because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”10-commandments – Matthew 24:12 The phrase lawlessness refers to the Ten Commandments, which are God’s law for human relationships. They are also the definition for true love because God is love! A whole paper could be written on this alone; social, religious, governmental lawlessness. In 1980 the Supreme Court ruled that the 10 Commandments could not be displayed in schools and it has been a downward slide ever since!

Ever since then, lawlessness has been on the increase in our country, until now it threatens the very fabric of society – the family. We need to see lawlessness as an evil spirit that has been released on us because of our wicked choices. It is preparing the way for the Antichrist! Paul wrote –

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” – 2 Thes. 2:9-12

Lawlessness is like a deadly virus and the vaccine we need to counter it is Truth! If we continue rejecting the truth of God’s Word then He will give us a strong delusion so that we will not be able to believe the truth! I cannot think of a more serious condition and I think many are very close to that happening right now.

I will continue with further signs in the next article.

26 End-Time Signs Revisited

the return The signs of the Lord’s return are everywhere evident to those who have eyes to see. I have listed here 26 of them but, there are more. The re-establishment of the nation of Israel is one of the biggest and most evident. The prophet Isaiah called it an “ensign to the nations”.  I have spent little time on it even though there are an abundance of prophesies signaling this event as a last day’s signpost. The prophets Joel and Zachariah declare it is the main argument God uses to judge the nations and that Jerusalem will be a “heavy stone” and burdensome weight to the world.

“For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.” – Joel 3:1-2

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.” – Zech. 12:2-3

Sign 1: But there are many more signs to examine. The Bible says False Bible teachers would be money hungry. They would be smooth talkers, have many followers, and slur the Christian faith. Many will claim to be Christian but their goal is to  ‘make merchandise’ of those who follow them. Some will deny Jesus as the Son of God substituting themselves or some other god

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.” – 2 Pet. 2:1-3

The prophet Isaiah said –

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” – Isa. 5:20

chuck schumer These false teachers would include secular leaders as well as religious leaders. First, I accuse the politicians, mainly Democrats, who immediately upon election call for more abortion of the innocent. They are introducing socialism for our Republic. They are promoting homosexual, lesbian, transgender lifestyles in their laws and at the same time opposing biblical based morality. They talk out of both sides of their mouths, calling evil good and good evil. They oppose common sense legislation, that they agreed with when under President Obama, just because President Trump proposed it. They give $500 million for a wall in the middle east but not one cent for a wall on our southern border. If all the ‘fine print’ of the Bills Congress passes (Some 1000’s of pages long) would be known by the public, I’m sure the public would kick them out of office!

Christian Apostacy

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Lastly, I accuse the false church leaders which continue spewing left leaning ideas; saying Jesus is not the only way to heaven, standing against the nation of Israel, blessing abortion centers, supporting the homosexual lifestyle, and discounting the Bible as the word of God. Their leaders not only won’t enter the kingdom of God but, they also block the way for their followers.

There is currently a doctrine (teaching) being pushed on the Church that there is a separate plan of salvation for Jews and Gentiles, that the Jews are saved just by virtue of being Jews. It even claims that Jesus is not the Messiah and that He never claimed that He was. This is dangerous teaching because of the deception that it fosters on both believers and on unbelievers who happen to be Jewish. Let’s look at what the Scriptures themselves have to say about this topic:

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. – Acts 4:8-12

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. – John 14:6

These two Scripture references are all inclusive; both Jew and Gentile are included. There is no separate path for salvation for the Jew or for the Gentile! Scripture makes it very clear, the Gospel is to be taken “to the Jew first, then to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16). This is not an age-related dispensation formula but, a “for all time” strategy for the Church.

One of the devil’s main avenues of attack is deception. Saying that Jews are saved by election is certainly one of those deceptions. I wonder who those who believe this heresy think were present 2000 years ago to hear Peter’s Pentecost sermon? If this doctrine is true, then Peter’s sermon was wasted effort because all who were present were Jews! No, the Church began by preaching the Gospel to the Jew first, then the Gentile and that mandate hasn’t changed in 2000 years.

Rebellious Jews and Gentiles alike are still claiming Jesus is not the Messiah and that He never claimed He was, but, let’s let Jesus Himself answer their claims –

The Samaritan woman said to Jesus,  “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He. – John 4:25-26

There is much more evidence of current false teachers and prophets in our day but, I want to continue with another sign.

Sign 2: Homosexuality would be increasingly evident at the end of the age.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” – Rom. 1:18-24

Sadly, the Church is gradually caving in to the pressure of ‘political correctness’ and acknowledging homosexuality as a viable lifestyle. The latest church to affirm homosexuals and transgenderism is The Disciples of Christ. In 2008 the Democratic Party voted in a new party platform accepting them. In May, President Barack Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage one day after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage. This makes all who vote Democrat in direct opposition to God, who condemns this lifestyle because “they did not like to retain God in their knowledge”.

Sign 3: The increase in major Earthquakes would be in diverse places.

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” – Matt. 24:7-8

earthquake riseOnly the illiterate would not realize the increase of devastating earthquakes around the world. One energy researcher writes: ”Earthquakes and volcanic activity have increased worldwide. In 2013 10 major volcanoes along the ring of fire became active. The USGS has been strangely silent about this . At the same time land and underwater volcanoes on the planet are awakening up in record numbers. Unrest is growing among world’s super volcanoes like Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S, Laguna del Maule in Chile, Santorini in Greece, Campi Flegrei in Italy. Almost all of the world’s active super volcanoes are now exhibiting clear sign of inflation which is an indication that an eruption will take place in the near future.”

I will end this article with 3 end time signs and continue the other 23 in a subsequent article. The Devil’s trickery is to lull people into the unawareness of sleep to the danger approaching. However, Jesus is still warning with the message – “Watch and Pray”.

The Message of Liberty

When I look at the landscape in America and listen to the news blaring a stream of lies into the air, I shudder to think how far we have fallen from the truth spoken in God’s word. The Apostle Paul warned Timothy of these days –

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” – 2 Tim. 3:1-5

Jesus warned all of us in His letters to the seven churches in Revelation. And I feel I must repost an article I wrote in 2020 –

In the beginning of the Book of Revelation, Jesus dictates letters to seven churches which were found in Asia. These letters have always carried an aura of mystery about them because at the time of Revelation there were more than seven churches existing so why did Jesus single out these seven? I believe these letters are both historic and prophetic. These churches actually existed but the message to them also has prophetic undertones of the end time churches. Five of the churches have fallen in different ways and need correction, one is suffering heavy persecution, and one is small but still standing on God’s word. The last of the five who have fallen is a ‘lukewarm’ church who has grown comfortable in her position – the church of Laodicea –

“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” – Rev. 3:14-16

These letters fit the church today exactly. Much of the church has given in to a Jezebel spirit, much has allowed spirits of sexual immorality to be within, much has allowed the lure on money and power to blind it, some of it is suffering heavy persecution in the Mideast and Africa, and a small remnant of faithful is trying to  “keep My word, and have not denied My name.”

Because of the church’s weakened condition, the demonic forces of hell are attacking our country with a vengeance. When the church’s light begins to dim, the forces of darkness cover the land. That is what is happening today in our land as the forces of Democrat Socialism, which is nothing less than Communism under a new guise, rise to the forefront. The spirit of lawlessness has been unleashed against us and many in the church have embraced it. But God is still on the Throne and He is speaking to His Church. I include here a three part prophetic message from an Australian Pastor to the church in America. I pray you will listen to it and heed it’s message.

Since I live in Wisconsin, I am earnestly looking for the sign that will come out of Wisconsin but, I already see small flames of revival beginning in the U.S. as true believers see past the lies the media tell us and the un-American restrictions those using the virus pandemic are trying to put on us (I’m not denying the virus but the overblown fear some have fostered by it.), and see the truth God is saying, truth that will call us back to our heritage in God and in the Constitution our god fearing founders gave us.

I will leave you with this last message by Bobby Conner, Bible teacher, which is a call to Bible believing Christians to fight for the Liberty our founders gave to us. Liberty that is written on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

“‘And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.” – Lev. 25:10


God bless you and God bless America.

Love Letter to Laodicea

Now we come to the last letter Jesus dictated to His Church, the letter to the Church of Laodicea. I call it a ‘love letter’ because when a parent corrects his or her child, it is out of love that they do it!

This is the last letter out of seven that Jesus dictated, and it is perhaps the saddest for it highlights how easy it is for all of us to get complacent and satisfied with the status quo. Hear the message –

(I would like to thank Day of Eternity for the background music used in this video)

I like to think of these seven letters as ‘love letters of Jesus‘ to me. He said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent.” and just because He may chastise us it does not mean He does not love us. It is just because He loves us that He must correct us when we go astray because He desires our best.

The church of Laodicea had become comfortable with where they were, and we are not to be comfortable in this world. We are to be world-changers, pilgrims, citizens of heaven. The message of the true church is not to get us ready to live in this world but, in the next! We are not to move in the natural but in the supernatural.

The first lesson to learn from Laodicea is – the Church only functions with supernatural energy – the wisdom, the knowledge, and the life of the Holy Spirit of God. Nothing else will bring a lifeless, sleeping church to life. My ideas, your ideas, nor any of man’s schemes will suffice.

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Only you can open the door

The final lesson of Laodicea is – it is personal. Jesus is at the door but only you can open it – your friends can’t, your parents can’t, just you. That is why the message of Scripture is “you are the living stones that make up the Church.” – 1 Pet. 2:5.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” – 1 Cor. 3:16

Everything that is important in life, your family, and even your church, begins with you and you must be the one to choose your pathway – only you.

angel of rev 10-1The hour is late, the trumpets of yom teruah“ (day of trumpets) have sounded and we will soon face  yom kippur” (Day of Atonement) when God’s books are opened in heaven to see who is in them and who has been ‘blotted out’ (Rev. 3:5). One day Jesus will come, I believe to fulfill the Day of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement – it was not this year but, it may be soon. Will you be ready?

Please choose wisely.

An Open Door to the Church of Philadelphia

House church As those claiming to be Christian fail to follow the Lord’s commands or as political regimes turn their authority against those of faith in Jesus, causing those followers to meet underground or in small house groups, we need to remember Christ’s letter to the Philadelphia Church of Revelation.

God has a word specifically to small churches and home churches. It is found in Revelation chapter three, verses 7 through 13, and is known as the letter to the Philadelphia Church.

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”. I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; “ – Rev. 3:7, 8

This is part of the letters the Lord Jesus dictated to John on the Isle of Patmos. Notice in the very first of the letter the Lord emphasizes holiness and truth. These are two of the most important aspects for any church to recognize and follow. If their message does not include holiness and truth (God’s truth), they are not truly following the Lord.

The Lord then gives them an open door into the plans and purposes of God but, He makes sure they know that He alone can open such a door. Next He tells them why –

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” – Rev. 3:8

“For you have a little strength” is translated from the Greek and means ‘small of quantity: i.e. number, or amount’ and ‘power and resources arising from numbers’. In other words the Philadelphia Church was a small church, maybe even a house church. But, they kept the word of the Lord and did not deny His name. When the authorities of their day told them to stop meeting, they obeyed the word of the Lord instead.

“not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Heb. 10:25

Or when the authorities told them to stop singing praise to the Lord, they praised Him anyway.

“To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” – Ps. 32:12

“I will give You thanks in the great assembly;
I will praise You among many people.” – Ps 35:18

Indeed, the Lord promised that He would make those in authority, those being led by the devil, whether secular or religious, to come and bow down at their feet and recognize that the Lord loves them.

“Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” – Rev. 3:9

We must remember that everyone serves some religion, whether it is demons, false gods, or humanism, which is really serving man.

And further the Lord promises that He will keep them from the ‘hour of trial’ that is coming on the whole world.

“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” – Rev. 3:10

Why is the Lord promising this? Because they had kept His command to ‘persevere’. This word translated in the Greek means “a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance”. In fact, the KJV of the Bible translates it as “word of my patience”. Some, who believe in a pre-Tribulation rapture, interpret this to mean they will be raptured before the great tribulation but, the Lord promises to ‘keep’ them from the hour of trial, not take them out of it. The word ‘keep’ in the Greek means to “guard or to keep one in the state in which he is found”. It is like God kept Noah. He didn’t take him out of the flood but, He kept him in it with an ark of safety.

The Lord is promising them Psalm 91 –

“Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” – Psalm 91:3-11 KJV

What a glorious promise this is. Those in this church do not need to be afraid of a Covid19 plague or at the hate directed towards them. They will have angelic protection and they will certainly not face the wrath of God, which will be poured out on the wicked.

So, what does it take to be a “Philadelphia Church”? You need to live in holiness and honor the truth. You need to keep the Lord’s words and not deny His name. You can’t separate your secular or political life from your religious life. You need to persevere and in patience keep following the Lord, no matter what happens to you. You need to hold fast to the truth’s the Lord teaches, even when society does not. You need to resist any temptations to vary from the truth as the Lord speaks it so no one can take your crown of righteousness.

And most of all, you need to heed the Lord’s word – “Behold, I am coming quickly.”

canada-churches-vandalized-090The Church in Canada is facing these trials right now as their government is trying to shut them down. Some churches are bowing to the government’s wishes believing they are God’s authority but that is the same error the Jews facing the Philadelphia Church made claiming to represent God, but Jesus said they did not! Any government that has God’s authority would not willingly disobey God’s commands or force others to do so. So Canadian Christians are meeting in homes and small groups and some pastors are being arrested for being rebellious, but they are not, they are just obeying God!

These evil forces are being deployed against Christians around the world and they are beginning to also be felt in the United States – so I pray we will learn the lessons of the Philadelphia Church.

Sardis – the Church that had a name of being alive, but was dead!

The next letter of Jesus was to the Church of Sardis – a church more connected to the world than to Christ.

The church of Sardis presents us with the dilemma Jesus warned about in the parable of the tares (in Matt. 13:24-43): There will be true and false Christians in the church right up to the 2nd coming of Christ when the angels will gather out the tares and burn them in the fire. The message of repent and watch for the Lord’s coming is given to all but, only the faithful will hear it. The following video explains the church of Sardis –

The main lesson is “don’t judge success the way the world judges” but, remember what Samuel told King Saul – “obedience is better than sacrifice”. Many are putting their hope in false assurances such as infant baptism, church membership, faithful attendance at mass, giving, exuberant worship, or church growth – all of which may be good but, they do not secure your personal salvation.

You must be personally be ‘born again’; convicted by the Holy Spirit, being led to repent, and asking Jesus to come into your life. He will come and He will erase your sins and give you a ‘robe of righteousness’ to wear but, but, but, you must put it on and keep it on by surrendering to His commands and endeavor to obey them. He will help you with this but, you must be willing. You can’t be selective in what you will obey and what you ignore. As Paul preached, you must take the ‘full gospel’

“Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” – Rom. 15:19

In other words, there are no Sunday only Christians! If you really mean business with God He will bless you but, the religious crowd will hate you just as they do to Jewish believers in Israel –

Not much has changed since the days of Jesus’ first coming. Jews who should have welcomed His coming rejected it and lost their place in God’s Book of Life.

We just celebrated Yom Teruah (feast of Trumpets) and that is what it is all about – a warning to get ready for God’s judgment 10 days later on the Day of Atonement. I’m not predicting that it will happen this Feast of Trumpets but, it will happen on one Feast of Trumpets. With all the signs presently taking place, surely it is time to get right with God, not with hate and threats but with love and truth.

That is the lesson from the church of Sardis.

I believe Revival is coming but, it is more than big church services, lively worship sessions, or even fiery messages – it is evidence of repentance with full altars, and it is changed lives in homes, in businesses, in social interactions and in government! This revival is coming to those who believe and want the message of Peter –

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus ChristIn his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” – 1 Pet. 1:3

The Spirit of Jezebel is Alive Today!

hand-on-wall Now we come to a church that forgot a key tenant of service to God – obedience is better than sacrifice!

The church in Thyatira had many good qualities and works, and their works were increasing. But, they had the cart before the horse, so to speak. Right relationship with the Son and Father will lead to good works, but works alone can never lead to right relationship with the Son and the Father. Jesus told a story that has always put the fear of God into me –

“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” – Matthew 7:21-23

Who then can be saved? Those who are not lawless and obey Him. God told King Saul, through Samuel, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”

While Thyatira was doing many good things, they were allowing disobedience to God’s word in their midst. They were allowing women to usurp the authority God placed in men. I know many today will disagree with my interpretation of this but, I must be faithful to declare the truth that God has revealed, not what a politically correct culture declares.

With this introduction I show the video on Thyatira –

The issue is being whom God designed us to be. I believe God knew us before we were knit together in our mother’s womb as David declared.

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” – Psalm 139:13-17

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He alone decided if we should be male or female and our days were hand fashioned just for us. We are wonderfully special to God.

God also reveals His plan for womanhood and marriage through Malachi where He declares that He hates divorce –

“And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.” – Malachi 2:15

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‘and still counting’

We have been given the wonderful blessing to be able to procreate – to join with God in bringing forth new life dedicated to Him. Jezebel wanted to change all that and be in control. Like Satan, she desired what God had not given.

“And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.” – 1 Timothy 2:12-15

Christian ApostacyThe devil has been successful in destroying not only many families because of this lack of understanding but he has also corrupted the Church with his lies just like he did to the church of Thyatira with Jezebel.

The Jezebel spirit is alive and thriving in American churches today. And we can see that many of the so-called women pastors have been deceived into supporting Satan’s causes in the name of Christianity.

However, I must also say, many men are not exempt from the blame of this feminist movement. They often have not taken the God-given task of leading their families in a godly fashion. Men should be praying for their wives and children, leading them in prayer and teaching the Word of God to them. Men are to provide a spiritual covering for their families just like Christ provides for His church.

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:” – Eph. 5:25-29

The letter to the church in Thyatira reminds us why these churches were picked by Jesus out of all the churches that existed in that time – because the church in these end-times will be facing the same issues they did. How do we react to these deceptions in the church? Jesus gives the answer –

Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—” Revelation 2:24-26

I believe Christ is in the process of cleansing His Church right now. His coming is not far away – hold fast! Love the Lord with all your heart and follow His word. As we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.