I wrote in a previous article titled 2018 Days of Elijah that humanism is the deception of our generation. Humanism places man in the seat of God as the chief arbitrator of what is good and what is bad. “A typical deception of humanistic thinking is the belief that you can compartmentalize your life into separate boxes, such as political, financial, social, or religious. And that truth is somehow different for each box. That is partly why seemingly moral people can vote for politicians who represent philosophies they personally find abhorrent. The Democrat Party caters to those who disrespect the American flag and all it stands for except – the welfare benefits it gives. And they want immigration laws that allow more like-minded people into the country. Yet, I know many Democrats who Continue reading
“Woe is me!
For I am like those who gather summer fruits,
Like those who glean vintage grapes; There is no cluster to eat of the first-ripe fruit which my soul desires. The faithful man has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net. That they may successfully do evil with both hands— The prince asks for gifts, the judge seeks a bribe, and the great man utters his evil desire; So they scheme together.” – Micah 7:1-3
“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water. ….. A voice was heard on the desolate heights, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel. For they have perverted their way; They have forgotten the LORD their God. “Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.
Indeed we do come to You, for You are the LORD our God. Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains; Truly, in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.” – Jeremiah 2:13, 3:21-23
At the risk of being called too negative, I share this message. I believe the prophets Micah and Jeremiah, though they spoke hundreds of years ago to Israel, are speaking through the Holy Spirit to our generation as well. At a time of harvest, Micah laments that the Lord can find little fruit and he plainly identifies the reason; faithful men are being quieted and wickedness is being exalted. Leaders, who should do righteousness, sell their influence to those who pay the most (or for the sake of votes), judges forsake justice (which is always based on God’s will) ruling instead out of their own rebellion and corruption. There are many examples I could site but I will use just one – Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government forces employers to endorse abortion and LGTB agenda in order to receive governments grants or contracts. Similar actions have taken place in the England and the U.S. as well as those who stand for Biblical truth are being censored and ridiculed.
“215 million Christians experience high levels of persecution” around the world, according to Open Doors, a human rights organization. On its recently released World Watch List 2018, which ranks the world’s 50 worst nations wherein to be Christian, 3,066 Christians were killed, 1,252 abducted, and 1,020 raped or sexually harassed on account of their faith; and 793 churches were attacked or destroyed. The Islamic world had the lion’s share of this persecution; 38 of the 50 worst nations are Muslim-majority. The report further cites “Islamic oppression” behind the “extreme persecution” that prevails in eight of the 10 worst nations.
It is time for the righteous to take up their weapons and join the battle and remember what James wrote, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” This does not mean that we are perfect but, that the Lord has given His righteousness to us and we follow Him.
“Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” – 2 Tim. 4:8
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Cor. 5:21
A typical deception of humanistic thinking is the belief that you can compartmentalize your life into separate boxes, such as political, financial, social, or religious. And that truth is somehow different for each box. That is partly why seemingly moral people can vote for politicians who represent philosophies they personally find abhorrent. The Democrat Party caters to those who disrespect the American flag and all it stands for except – the welfare benefits it gives. And they want immigration laws that allow more such people in the country. Yet, I know many Democrats who served in the military and fought for and respect this same flag. Continue reading
We have now entered the year 2018, a year that I believe will be marked by new directions and new fulfillments of God’s word. Politically, we already are witnessing the turmoil new directions can bring.
The United Nations was formed after WWII with the hope of world peace but it’s founders forgot the key ingredient of peace – the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Either Christ will rule in the hearts of men or Satan will, but egotistical men want to believe they can achieve what God says is not possible without Him. And these men have only succeeded in building another Tower of Babel
“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. … There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” – Isa. 48:18-22
One goal God has made clear in the Bible is the restoration of Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple in Jerusalem where God’s name is to be remembered. Since the very beginning of the United Nations, they have opposed this goal. Much of the church world also has opposed this goal, claiming Israel has ceased to exist or the Church has replaced it. Through ignorance and rebellion they have been doing the devil’s work. The United Nations passes more sanctions against Israel than all the other nations combined even though many of those nations are oppressing and killing their own people. Israel is always ready to help when disasters hit other nations, even though those same nations are condemning Israel and denying its right to exist. Did this opposition to His stated goal catch God by surprise? No, He just uses it as a signpost to those watching, warning of the nearness of the end. He said,
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” – Zechariah 12:3
“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
The nations have been gathered politically against Israel (in the United Nations) and they will soon be gathered militarily against Israel as well. As I wrote in Preparation for the Battle Ahead, there is a heavenly war that is about to break out between Satan’s angels and God’s angels and Satan is going to be cast down to earth with his angles. Then will begin his final assault on God’s chosen people, Israel and those who have the testimony of Jesus.
But, there is a principle revealed in the Bible that many have overlooked. It is the principle of the Restrainer. God even placed a constellation in the heavens to remind man of this. God’s plan will always come to pass and He often uses Gentile nations to perform it. He used Cyrus and Darius of Persia to fulfill His word to Jeremiah. He also used Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and the Assyrians to chastise Israel and Judah for their disobedience. Jesus Himself restrained Rome from destroying Israel while He was on earth. There is another Restrainer talked about in the New Testament by the Apostle Paul.
“Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He (or he) who now restrains will do so until He (or he) is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” – 2 Thes. 2:5-8
The Antichrist and his rule are coming and he will be revealed after the War in Heaven John wrote about in Revelation 12. And even though the mystery of lawlessness is at work, it can only go so far – it is being restrained. Is there any doubt that if unrestrained the Muslim countries of the East would be on Israel like rabid dogs? Or is there any doubt that China and its surrogates in the East would be doing the same things Japan tried in WWII? Russia and the European nations have always longed to restore the Roman Empire. But, there is a Restrainer at work to stop their opposition of God’s plans. Who or what is it?
I believe it currently is the United States and its close allies. However, the spirit of Antichrist is very close to victory against us – England is all but overcome with Islam as is Canada with French humanistic doctrine that is against God and all He stands for. Under President Obama this evil spirit has come very close to overcoming America and removing its Judeo-Christian foundations. But, in answer to many prayers and in support of His plans, God gave us a reprieve – the election of Donald Trump. America has once again become a force with which the Antichrist spirit has to reckon with. Most of the nations of the world and certainly all those ruled by the Antichrist spirit hate us and President Trump with vitriolic hatred. Iran calls the United States “the Great Satan”, China uses its surrogate North Korea to threaten war with us while staying in the background in case something goes wrong. Russia is undermining our influence in the Mideast with an aim to destroy Israel. Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt want our money but, work to remove us as a support to Israel. But, their time is soon at hand.
Remember, the time for this Restrainer is limited – he will be removed when God is ready to conclude His plans. We should prepare for this time and Paul tells us how to prepare.
“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. … Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.” – 2 Thes. 2:9-15
As Paul wrote, we should love the truth (God’s word), stand on the Biblical traditions, and take no pleasure in unrighteous acts (this eliminates most of what comes out of Hollywood and TV). Biblical traditions include marriage between one man and one woman, only two genders – male or female. If we hold to these traditions, we will have opposition enough. Remember, Jesus said “if they hate the Master, they will hate His servants as well”. But, if we stand to the end, we shall be saved.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” – Zech. 12:2,3
The middle east is a constant source of tension in today’s world. While the threat of North Korea is worrying many today, few realize that it also is connected to the middle east through Iran. It is in Iran’s interest to have North Korea threaten the United States. When our attention is focused on North Korea, Iran is free to move towards its domination of the middle east. Also, I do not doubt that Iran supplies North Korea with finances, etc. while it gets nuclear technology from them. All the millions of dollars Obama gave to Iran not only finances terrorism but, it also bolsters North Korea which has become a major threat to us.
I believe J.D. Farag, a prophecy teacher, was correct to remind Americans that Iran calls America ‘the Great Satan’ and Israel ‘the Lesser Satan’. Islamic groups like CAIR are working tirelessly to weaken and bring down a Christian America. That is why it is so damaging to have Speaker Paul Ryan block Amendments that would stop funding Hamas, a law sponsored by CAIR and voted in under Obama. Iran is systematically trying to remove any American influence in the middle east and any who are friends with America.
Saudi Arabia is under attack by Iran and has even been attacked by its proxies which may well set off a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The Zechariah scriptures I began this article with are explained more fully by prophecy teacher Bill Salis and author of the book Psalm 83 War. In a recent interview, he explained what he sees as the upcoming fulfillment of Zechariah 12 – it is worth watching.
The admonishment of Jesus and many of the Apostles is to watch and pray. I offer these thoughts on prophecy with that warning as well – watch and pray. Some may wonder why I included statements from J.D. Farag, when in my last article I included him among the false teachers? I do not count him as a false teacher, just a mistaken one on the point of repentance. There are no perfect teachers, correct on every point, myself included. Just those sincerely trying to obey the Holy Spirit and to be faithful to teach what we understand. So, we must trust the body of Christ and other teachers to point out mistakes and errors. It is why we are urged by John –
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1
I hope these thought will help prepare you for the days we live in.
A church that is asleep or compromised might as well be dead as far as being salt in a corrupt society or being light in a dark world are concerned.
“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.” – Rev. 3:1,2
Jesus warned that false prophets and false teachers would abound in the end days so, I should not be surprised when I see it, but I am still grieved. I just heard a prophecy teacher named J.D. Farag talk about what he called Lordship Salvation, which he called ‘another gospel’ than the one Paul preached. He made the statement that shocked me – “Repentance cannot be a precondition for salvation”. He claimed that made our salvation a product of works and went against Paul’s statement that “we are saved by grace and that not of ourselves”. By his circular reasoning and taking Scripture out of context, he Continue reading
I just heard one preacher say “These are the days of Elijah” and I believe it! Elijah ministered during a time of government elitism and corruption and when social norms had departed their Biblical roots and were now pagan in their norms: worshipping false gods that brought them money, power, lust, and control. We are there!
Elijah challenged them with the true God and sometimes with laughter at their foolishness. When he challenged the prophets of Baal to a ‘cook-off’ . He told Ahab, the wicked king at that time –
“Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.” – 1 Kings 18:19
Elijah then challenged Baal’s prophets to a contest –
“Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.” – 1 Kings 18:23-25
Now the prophets of Baal could not call down fire, no matter how hard they tried so, Elijah taunted them –
“Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.”
They tried harder, even becoming bloody as they cut themselves – but to no avail. Then Elijah took over and called the fire of God down from heaven. He challenged the people as well, saying –
“How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.”
Some today are following Baal, the god of false promises. They may be trusting in government as the answer to their problems: that is like leaning on a broken stick for support, government can only give what it takes and it never gives back as much as it takes and it often lies about what it will do!
Or they may be looking to a church that is preaching prosperity and feel-good messages but it is only God that can prosper anyone and He always demands obedience to His word. King David wrote “I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread” (Ps 37:25) but, the price is ‘righteousness”.
Or they may look to a political party to solve their problems like many did 8 years ago with Barak Hussein Obama who promised ‘hope and change’ – well the best I can say about this is to play a video that expresses what he and the Democrats gave us –
This may sound funny to you if you are a Republican but, in fairness, they are no better. They campaigned for 8 years promising to repeal ObamaCare, even voting for it when they knew Obama would veto it. But, when they had a Republican President who promised to sign it into law, suddenly they didn’t have the votes! The Republican House and Senate not only didn’t defund Planned Parenthood, they gave more money to it. They talk big during election time but disappear during legislation time. They hide their real voting record behind all the procedural votes taken on every bill so they can please their constituents no matter which side of the isle they are on.
President Trump is no different. He prides himself on being the ‘great negotiator’ but, he gave away Syria to the Russians and Iranians and reneged on his promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Now he is backtracking on building the wall! His willingness to work deals with Schumer and Pelosi highlights his ego and pride more than one who stands on principle. He seems oblivious to Islamic deception and to God’s word as he prepares to negotiate with the PA and Hamas to give them part of Israel for a country.
He will find that God does not negotiate! Those who seek to divide His land will reap bad consequences!
“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
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” – Zec. 12:3
These indeed seem to be ‘Days of Elijah’ and those who love God and the truth need an answer by fire as Elijah did.
“and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God.”
John the baptist, who came in the spirit of Elijah said of Jesus –
“John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” – Luke 3:16
It is time for the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn away the chaff and the dross from the people of God so we may be clean wheat and silver without blemish. When the world looks at the Church, they need to see someone different than the world – someone who can heal the sick, cast out demons, and declare truth not tainted by political correctness or fear!
This is the word of the Lord – hear it.