The 2017 American Eclipse

The 2017 American Eclipse

I am a watchman on the wall for Jesus Christ.

Over recent years, I have been watching prophetic activity related to end-times events with an increasing amount of interest. Before anyone gets started on me… ‘Oh, not that again… are you born-again Christian wingnuts still harping about the end of the world??’… please let me say that I am not going to set a date regarding any specific end-times event that is yet to occur. I am going to present what I regard as a warning: what you do with that warning is entirely your affair.

Setting dates for specific end-time events is useless, and for evidence that is so, I cite the words of the KING of kings and the LORD of lords, Jesus Christ, the Son of God:

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Matthew 24:36)

Consider this matter… setting dates for specific end-times events… closed.

However, while Jesus said that specific dates for specific events could never be set by anyone, He did indicate that it was possible to know the season within which specific end-times events would occur, and for evidence that is so, I once again cite the words of the KING of kings and the LORD of lords, Jesus Christ, the Son of God:

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:37-39)

How was it in the ‘days of Noah’? The Word of God tells us exactly how it was:

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. (Genesis 6:5-6)

Does God’s assessment of the world as it was in the days of Noah ring a bell? Doesn’t that sound eerily like an assessment of the world as it is in the present day? Is there anyone with the slightest discernment that can rationally deny that the world in general, and the United States in particular, is a moral and spiritual cesspool? Despite the signs of the times that are evidence of our moral decay and spiritual corruption, there are many who cannot see those signs. Be aware that many in the time of Jesus Christ also could not see the signs of the times:

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. (Matthew 16:1-3)

In the days of Noah, he preached coming destruction on the earth for 120 years before the Flood came and destroyed everything with the breath of life in it:

Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” 

NO ONE LISTENED.

In the days of Jesus, He predicted to His disciples that destruction would come upon the Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred in 70 AD when Roman legions destroyed the temple and the city of Jerusalem as well:

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:1-2)

NO ONE LISTENED.

Personally, at this time, I do not believe that mankind has reached the depths of depravity that are possible, although it is making great strides toward that goal. While mankind has not sunk to that deplorable depth yet, that in no way means that God can’t send warnings of impending judgment upon the nations. God does use the lights of His creation for signs (italic emphasis mine):

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” (Genesis 1:14-15)

With regard to the Day of the Lord (which is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ), the lights of His creation are seen to be used as harbingers of that event:

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. (Joel 2:28-31)

Note that Joel states that the sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon will be turned to blood… BEFORE… the Day of the Lord.

We are in that season now. 4 blood moons have occurred across 2014 (April 5, October 8) and 2015 (April 4, September 28), and a solar eclipse will occur in 2017 on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Traditionally, signs involving the moon (like blood moons) are interpreted as warnings for Israel and the Jewish people, while signs involving the sun (like solar eclipses) are interpreted as warnings for the Gentile nations.

The solar eclipse that is occurring on Monday, August 21, 2017 crosses one… and only one… nation.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

It is the opinion of this watchman that God is warning the United States of America of His impending judgments.

What form the judgments take, and when the judgments will occur, I do not know.

If you scoff and wonder why God would bring judgments upon the United States of America, I gently suggest that you awake from your sleep and take a long and hard look around yourself. In the meantime, there are pertinent words for you from God:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. (2 Peter 3:3-10)

Come to God through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ… while there is still time.

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My 2 Cents’ Worth

My 2 Cents’ Worth

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”

The above is a famous line from the song ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ by Bob Dylan.

Just as surely as you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, neither do you need a superlatively-honed power of perception to know that this world is a mess. I think that you need discernment, not perception. Instead of just tossing those two terms out there, let’s take a moment to see the definitions of them.

According to the American Heritage Dictionary:

Perception
n. 1. The process, act or faculty of perceiving. 2. The effect or product of perceiving. 3. a. Insight, intuition, or knowledge gained by perceiving. b. The capacity for such insight. [Lat. perception < percipere, to perceive.]

Too much use of the terms ‘perceive’ and ‘perceiving’ in the above to define perception, don’t you agree? Not a satisfying definition!

Discernment
n. 1. The act or process of discerning. 2. Keenness of discrimination; perspicacity.

That’s somewhat better (at least the second definition). Let’s finally look at the terms discrimination and perspicacity, to round things out.

According to the American Heritage Dictionary:

Discrimination
n. 1. The act of discriminating. 2. The ability or power to see or make fine distinctions; discernment. 3. An act based on prejudice.

Perspicacity
n. Acuteness of perception, discernment, or understanding.

Blending the above somewhat, and expanding upon it, a hybrid definition of discernment (as I see it) emerges:

“An acute and accurate blend of insight, intuition, knowledge and understanding derived from fine distinctions made between single and/or multiple observations of events, people, places, things and trends across past, present and future dimensions of time.”

I do apologize for that mouthful…

Where was I? Yes… the world is a mess.

I am a Bible-believing, blood-bought, born-again Christian. What that means is that I believe in the Judeo-Christian God as described in the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) and the Christian Scriptures (the New Testament). I believe in a Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, three distinct Beings with an identical essence combined into the Godhead. I believe that God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. I believe that all things, seen and unseen, were created by God, and are sustained by God. I believe that the Jews are the chosen people of God, and dearly loved by Him. I believe that God incarnated His Only Son Jesus Christ in the flesh, and sent Him into this world to become the sinless sacrifice for all humanity, washing away our sins by His shed blood, so that the just and awful wrath of God the Father against our sins, and His penalty of eternal death for our sins, would fall upon Jesus rather than upon us. I believe that after 3 days in the tomb, Jesus Christ was raised to eternal life as the first fruits from the dead, by the power of God the Father. I believe that Jesus Christ was seen in His resurrected body by hundreds of His saints, and was ascended into heaven 40 days after He had risen from the dead. I believe that the Holy Spirit of God lives in me, and has not only sealed my soul against the coming Day of God’s judgment, but guides me daily in holy and righteous living. I believe in the Holy Scriptures (both Old Testament and New Testament) as the inspired and error-free Word of God, and as the final authority for how people should live. I believe that there is only one way to the Kingdom of heaven, through God’s Son Jesus Christ. I believe in a daily repentance from sin. I believe that there will be a coming 7-year Tribulation for the sake of the remnant of the Jews who will be saved for the Kingdom of God, along with the Gentiles that have been saved for the Kingdom of God by way of salvation during the Church Age. I believe that all truly saved Christians will be judged at the Bema Seat Judgment of Jesus Christ, for the giving of crowns for service to God. I believe that all the wicked will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment by way of the records of their works, and will be cast into the lake of fire, with hell and death, for eternity.

Why do I tell you about my faith as a Christian?

Because my faith is my lens out into the world.

The world has been in ‘the last days’ ever since the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven following His resurrection from the dead, but these days are ‘the very last of the last days’. If you believe that this is an overly melodramatic assessment, I invite your attention to 101 prophecies from the Holy Bible, authored from 1,900 to 3,500 years ago, that prove this world is in the very last of the last days before the return of our LORD and SAVIOR Jesus Christ.

Thanks to the website http://www.eternal-productions.org/101prophecy.html

As a prelude, the Holy Bible says this (italic emphasis mine):

See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” (Isaiah 42:9)

Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginningfrom ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ (Isaiah 46:9-10)

I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. (John 13:19)

Jesus said that when all of the signs indicating the end of days started to come together, His return would become increasingly imminent:

Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the doorTruly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. (Matthew 24:33-34)

The Holy Bible is (by orders of magnitude) the most thoroughly attested document to come out of ancient times, and to this very hour, has withstood all serious challenges, and continues to be published. According to “The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy” by J. Barton Payne, there are 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament and 578 prophecies in the New Testament for a total of 1,817. These prophecies are contained in 8,352 of the Bible’s verses. Since there are 31,124 verses in the Bible, the 8,352 verses that contain prophecy constitute 26.8 percent of the Bible’s volume. What is even more important than the Holy Bible being more than 25% prophecy (the foretelling of future events) is that, for any and all prophecies known to have been fulfilled (such as the first advent of Jesus Christ), have been fulfilled without a single miss. This perfect (100% correct) track record establishes the authenticity and authority of the Holy Bible.

If you are a non-believer in Christianity, or a seeker, before I go any further, I appeal to your intellectual honesty. Please use the following link (and please use the links inside of it) to gain a backdrop for understanding the 101 prophecies that will be presented proving that the world is in the very last of the last days.

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Welcome back!

I hope that you had a good read through all that was presented. Now let’s take a look at the 101 prophecies, all of which indicate trends that are occurring NOW and TOGETHER in the world today. My guess is that you will not need to read through all of the prophecies to come to an understanding that the Holy Bible is 100% accurate in its predictions… ALL of the prophecies documented below have not only come to pass, but are occurring together: a critically important fact to note, as stated by Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:33-34:

Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

The entire purpose of this post is to provide anyone who wants to assess evidence of the truthfulness of Christianity, and the worthiness of God and of His Son Jesus Christ, the opportunity to do that. The evidence is overwhelming, but what clinches the matter for me is that in all of the Holy Bible’s prophecies, the majority of them have been fulfilled by this time in history IN THEIR ENTIRETY WITHOUT A SINGLE MISS. This type of proof, over a period of thousands of years, DEMANDS a decision of the heart for God and for what He has seen fit, in His mercy and compassion, to do for humanity: to deliver all who will come to Him in faith from eternal death in the lake of fire. The choice for or against God and His Son Jesus Christ is YOUR decision. He WILL NOT compel you to love Him if you decide that you will not fall at His feet to call Him LORD and GOD. If you reject His offer of the free pardon of sin, and salvation, that has come by the blood of His Son Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice, then at the Great White Throne Judgment of unbelievers, you will be judged according to your works as measured against the peerless standard of God’s Law, and you WILL be cast into the lake of fire to be separated from God, and tormented, for eternity. DO NOT play games with God and come down on the wrong side of eternity, because eternity is measureless as there is no time as we know it; it simply continues without end. If you find your heart being convicted by the truth of what you have read so far, then…

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Prophecy #1
False teachers of the Holy Bible will introduce heresies, will be followed faithfully by many people, and will cause their followers to reject the Word of God. Many people who cannot, or will not, compare what these false teachers say against the Word of God will cause those people to reject the Word of God.

Foretold by: 2 Peter 2:1-2
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.

Prophecy #2
False prophets will be smooth talkers who are hungry only for money. They will twist the words of the Holy Bible to their own evil purposes, and will use misleading words to suit their own agendas.

Foretold by: 2 Peter 2:3
In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

Prophecy #3
The Christian Gospel will be preached world-wide as a witness to all people. Today, portions of the Holy Bible, and the entire Holy Bible itself, have been translated into more than 2,400 languages and dialects covering well over 90% of all people on earth.

Foretold by:
Matthew 24:14
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Mark 13:10
And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
Revelation 14:6
Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.

Prophecy #4
Global communications foreseen. The Holy Bible is clear that the entire world will witness certain events; the advent of radio, television and the internet have made this possible.

Foretold by:
Revelation 11:9-10
For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
Revelation 17:8
The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.

Prophecy #5
Mankind will develop the capability to destroy all life on earth.

Foretold by: Matthew 24:21-22
For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

Prophecy #6
Nuclear weapons use foreseen.

Foretold by: Zechariah 14:12
This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.

Prophecy #7
A concerted, global cry for peace foreseen. Never in the history of the world before this current time has there ever been a world-wide outcry for peace such as is seen today.

Foretold by: 1 Thessalonians 5:3
While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Prophecy #8
The Antichrist using false promises of peace and solutions to mounting problems to destroy many foreseen. Never before in the history of the world has there been a world-wide clamor for a “savior” to deliver everyone from problems that seem to do nothing but increase in frequency, intensity and complexity.

Foretold by: Daniel 8:23-25
“In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.

Prophecy #9
In the last days, Israel will have a 7-year peace treaty in place, brokered by the Antichrist, that he will break at the 3-1/2 year mark. Currently, major nations have been trying to put such a peace treaty for Israel into place for many years.

Foretold by: Daniel 9:27
He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.

Prophecy #10
The destruction of Damascus, Syria, foretold.

Foretold by:
Isaiah 17:1
A prophecy against Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.
Jeremiah 49:23-27
Concerning Damascus:
“Hamath and Arpad are dismayed, for they have heard bad news. They are disheartened, troubled like the restless sea. Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor. Why has the city of renown not been abandoned, the town in which I delight? Surely, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will set fire to the walls of Damascus; it will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad.”
Amos 1:3-5
This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Damascus, even for four, I will not relent. Because she threshed Gilead with sledges having iron teeth, I will send fire on the house of Hazael that will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad. I will break down the gate of Damascus; I will destroy the king who is in the Valley of Aven and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden. The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir,” says the Lord.
Zechariah 9:1-8
A prophecy: T
he word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrak and will come to rest on Damascus—for the eyes of all people and all the tribes of Israel are on the Lordand on Hamath too, which borders on it, and on Tyre and Sidon, though they are very skillful. Tyre has built herself a stronghold; she has heaped up silver like dust, and gold like the dirt of the streets. But the Lord will take away her possessions and destroy her power on the sea, and she will be consumed by fire. Ashkelon will see it and fear; Gaza will writhe in agony, and Ekron too, for her hope will wither. Gaza will lose her king and Ashkelon will be deserted. A mongrel people will occupy Ashdod, and I will put an end to the pride of the Philistines. I will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth. Those who are left will belong to our God and become a clan in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites. But I will encamp at my temple to guard it against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch.

Prophecy #11
Chaotic weather, increasing exponentially in frequency and intensity (like birth pangs of a pregnant woman) foreseen. In the last 20-30 years, there has been a definite up-tick in the number (increasing frequency) and intensity (increasing severity) of weather events, which continues.

Foretold by: Luke 21:25-26
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

Prophecy #12
A single global government foreseen. Movements like the European Union have served the interests of globalization, and a remnant of such a governing organization will rise and strive to unite everyone economically, politically, socially and religiously.

Foretold by:
Daniel 2:40-44
Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay. “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.
Daniel 7:23
“He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.
Revelation 13:7-8
It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.

Prophecy #13
The re-emergence of literal Babylon in Iran foreseen. In the world today, Saddam Hussein spent more than 20 years rebuilding Babylon, and the international community is still discussing how the effort might be advanced again.

Foretold by:
Zechariah 5:11
He replied, “To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it. When the house is ready, the basket will be set there in its place.”
Isaiah 13:19
Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the pride and glory of the Babylonians, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.

Prophecy #14
That God once flooded the entire world to destroy all life would be denied, foreseen, despite abundant fossil evidence for proof.

Foretold by: 2 Peter 3:5-6
But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.

Prophecy #15
Increased interest in vegetarianism foreseen. The New Age movement has drastically increased interest in not only vegetarianism, but in veganism (strict vegetarianism) as well.

Foretold by: 1 Timothy 4:3-4
They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

Prophecy #16
A significant increase in wars foreseen. In the 20th century alone, more people have died than in all the wars fought in all of mankind’s previous history.

Foretold by: Mark 13:7-8
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

Prophecy #17
A profusion of ethnic conflicts foreseen. In the 20th century, over 100 million people have been victims of ethnic cleansing conflicts.

Foretold by:
Matthew 24:7
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 
Luke 21:10
Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

Prophesy #18
The earth filled with violence foreseen. Since 1960 in the United States, violent crime has increased by more than 500%, and abortion on-demand and available in most nations results in the death of 46 million babies annually.

Foretold by:
Luke 17:26
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.
Genesis 6:11-13
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

Prophecy #19
Many fearful sights foreseen. For example, according to the US State Department, between 1981 and 2001, there have been more than 75,000 international terrorist attacks.

Foretold by: Luke 21:11
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Prophecy #20
Multitudes of people traveling to and fro foreseen. Since the Industrial Revolution, people have traveled with increasing frequency, many going to the furthest reaches of the earth, in less and less time.

Foretold by: Daniel 12:4
But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

Prophecy #21
A vast increase in human knowledge foreseen. With the coming of internet technology, the cumulative knowledge of humanity is doubling every 5 years or so.

Foretold by: Daniel 12:4
But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

Prophecy #22
The increasing prevalence of deadly diseases (pestilences) foreseen. Emerging diseases have joined re-emerging traditional infectious diseases, despite the best efforts of modern medicine to contain them.

Foretold by:
Matthew 24:7
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Revelation 6:8
I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. 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.

Prophecy #23
The final generation marked in the right hand or forehead foreseen. For the first time in human history, global tracking and universal identification technologies are available for widespread use.

Foretold by: Revelation 13:16
It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,

Prophecy #24
A global economic system foreseen. Connecting everyone in the world monetarily, and controlling all buying and selling, are current globalist goals.

Foretold by: Revelation 13:16-17
It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

Prophecy #25
One person controlling all banking and commerce foreseen. This prophecy was written 2,000 years prior to the advent of computer technology!

Foretold by: Revelation 13:16-17
It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

Prophecy #26
Famines becoming common foreseen. According to the United Nations, in 2010, 925 million people went hungry.

Foretold by:
Luke 21:11
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
Revelation 6:5-8
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. 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.

Prophecy #27
Great signs from heaven foreseen. There has been a profusion of unexplained sightings in the sky, that is increasing. Since 1947, UFO sightings have exploded, and are concerning many people.

Foretold by:
Luke 21:11
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
Luke 21:26
People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

Prophecy #28
The sun scorching inhabitants of the earth foreseen. Recent years have seen solar activity increase significantly.

Foretold by: Revelation 16:8-9
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him. 

Prophecy #29
Israel as a nation born in a single day foreseen. Israel became an independent, sovereign nation on May 14, 1948.

Foretold by: Isaiah 66:8
Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.

Prophecy #30
The Jews beginning to re-gather in Israel foreseen. In recent years, over 5 million Jews have been re-gathered to Israel, an ongoing event unprecedented in human history.

Foretold by:
Isaiah 11:11-12
In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.
Ezekiel 37:21-22
and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.
Ezekiel 38:8
After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.
Luke 21:29-31
He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

Prophecy #31
Jews returning to Israel coming from every corner of the earth foreseen. Returning Jews have come from the north, south, east and west… from Russia in the north, more than a million Jews have emigrated to Israel. From the south, over 100,000 Jews have emigrated to Israel from Ethiopia and other locations. Since 1948, with increasing volumes, Jews from the world over have emigrated to Israel.

Foretold by:
Isaiah 43:5-6
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
Jeremiah 31:7-10
This is what the Lord says:
“Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations.
Make your praises heard, and say, Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth.
Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return. They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back.
I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son. “Hear the word of the Lord, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’
Zephaniah 3:10
From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings.

Prophecy #32
Israel becoming for a time a wasteland foreseen. During the past 1,900 years, Israel was for long periods of time a nearly uninhabited, desolate wasteland.

Foretold by:
Deuteronomy 29:23-28
The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, which the Lord overthrew in fierce anger. All the nations will ask: “Why has the Lord done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?” And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt. They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them. Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book. In furious anger and in great wrath the Lord uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now.”
Ezekiel 36:8-11
“‘But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I will cause many people to live on you—yes, all of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
Ezekiel 36:33-36
“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’

Prophecy #33
Israel as an exporter of produce to the entire earth foreseen. Increased rainfall in Israel, and the use of leading-edge irrigation technology, have caused Israel to yield more than 1.2 billion dollars of fresh produce that has been exported worldwide.

Foretold by:
Isaiah 27:6
In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.
Isaiah 35:1-2
The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lordthe splendor of our God.
Ezekiel 36:34-36
The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’

Prophecy #34
Israel would prosper economically foreseen. In 2010, Israel exported over 54 billion dollars in products.

Foretold by: Ezekiel 38:12-13
I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.” Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?”’

Prophecy #35
That Israel would once again plant vineyards foreseen. An abundance of wine flows from the Golan Heights and from other locations in the mountains of Israel.

Foretold by:
Joel 3:18
“In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of acacias.
Amos 9:13-15
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills, and I will bring my people Israel back from exile. “They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God.

Prophecy #36
The Jews would plant forests of trees in Israel foreseen. The Holy Bible even specifies the variety of trees, which are there today (cedar, acacia, myrtle, oil, cypress, pine, box, etc.). Since 1900, more than 1 billion trees have been planted in Israel.

Foretold by: Isaiah 41:18-20
I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Prophecy #37
That a pure language would be restored foreseen. Originally, the entire world had one common speech:
Genesis 11:1
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
In 1948, Hebrew became an official language of Israel. Interestingly, and not surprisingly, Hebrew has no swear words.

Foretold by:
Zephaniah 3:9
“Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder.
Isaiah 19:18
In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun.

Prophecy #38
Jerusalem rebuilt on its own ruins foreseen. Since 1948, Jerusalem has been rebuilt on its ruins exactly as prophesied.

Foretold by:
Jeremiah 30:18
“This is what the Lord says: “‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place.
Zechariah 12:6
“On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.

Prophecy #39
That Jerusalem would be trampled by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles was fulfilled foreseen. Since 70 A.D., when the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans, the Gentiles have trampled Jerusalem until it was recaptured by Israel in 1967 during the Six Days’ War.

Foretold by: Luke 21:24
They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Prophecy #40
Anti-Semitism world-wide foreseen. History is a witness that the Jews have been persecuted more than any other ethnic group, and today, anti-Semitism is at a higher level throughout the world than it was at any other time with the exception of the height of the Second World War. Of the more than 700 General Assembly resolutions that have come out of the United Nations, more than 60% overtly condemn Israel.

Foretold by:
Deuteronomy 28:37
You will become a thing of horror, a byword and an object of ridicule among all the peoples where the Lord will drive you.
Jeremiah 29:18
I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse and an object of horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them.
Jeremiah 44:8
Why arouse my anger with what your hands have made, burning incense to other gods in Egypt, where you have come to live? You will destroy yourselves and make yourselves a curse and an object of reproach among all the nations on earth.
Luke 21:20-24
“When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Revelation 12:17
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.

Prophecy #41
All nations surrounding Israel uniting against her foreseen. While this type of a hostile alliance has never before occurred historically, Israel is, today, surrounded my multiple nations seeking her obliteration.

Foretold by:
Psalm 83:4-8
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you—the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.
Zechariah 12:2
“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.

Prophecy #42
Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all surrounding peoples foreseen. Jerusalem is a small city, with insignificant industrial and manufacturing capabilities, no port, and no natural resources, yet it causes other nations to tremble.

Foretold by: Zechariah 12:2
“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.

Prophecy #43
Jerusalem a burdensome stone to all nations foreseen. There are almost daily news reports concerning the conflict over Jerusalem. Powers like the United Nations, the Vatican and many world leaders want to make it an international city, but God says that the city is His and that He has given it to the Jews as a lasting possession; all who burden themselves with a different viewpoint concerning Jerusalem will be “cut into pieces”. UN Resolution 476 stridently denies Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as null and void, which causes all the nations of the earth to not locate their embassies in Jerusalem.

Foretold by:
Zechariah 12:3
On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.
Genesis 15:18
On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—
Leviticus 25:23
“‘The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.
2 Chronicles 6:6
But now I have chosen Jerusalem for my Name to be there, and I have chosen David to rule my people Israel.’

Prophecy #44
That Israel would be invincible foreseen. Since 1948, Israel has been embroiled in 3 major wars and multiple lesser conflicts, and has always emerged victorious; even in her final battle, God will deliver her.

Foretold by:
Zechariah 12:6-9
“On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place. “The Lord will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem’s inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. On that day the Lord will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord going before them. On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.
Micah 4:11-13
But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, “Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!” But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor. “Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion, for I will give you horns of iron; I will give you hooves of bronze, and you will break to pieces many nations.” You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the Lordtheir wealth to the Lord of all the earth.
Micah 5:7-15
The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the Lordlike showers on the grass, which do not wait for anyone or depend on man. The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles as it goes, and no one can rescue. Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed. 
“In that day,” declares the Lord, “I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your chariots. I will destroy the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds. I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells. I will destroy your idols and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands. I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles when I demolish your cities. I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.”
Jeremiah 30:3-7
The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.” 
These are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah: “This is what the Lord says: “‘Cries of fear are heard—terror, not peace. Ask and see: Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale? How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.
Zechariah 14:1-4
A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls. 
I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.
Mark 13:14-20
“When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that this will not take place in winter, because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again. 
“If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.

Prophecy #45
Israel partitioned by all nations foreseen. In 1947, United Nations Resolution 181 addressed the partitioning of Israel. The West Bank and Gaza have become Jewish and Palestinian settlement centers. The division of Judea, Jerusalem and Samaria are being considered for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Foretold by:
Joel 3:2
I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.
Daniel 11:39
He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price. 

Prophecy #46
Jerusalem’s Eastern Gate remaining closed until the coming of the Messiah foreseen. Christ’s Second Coming will see Him enter through the now-sealed Eastern Gate. Today, as prophesied, the Eastern Gate remains sealed.

Foretold by: Ezekiel 44:1-3
Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. The Lord said to me, “This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it. The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the Lord. He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same way.”

Prophecy #47
The nation of Israel (divided into 2 kingdoms since the time of King Solomon in 950 B.C. … Israel in the north and Juda in the south) reunited into one nation in the time of the last days foreseen. Today, Israel is one nation.

Foretold by:
Ezekiel 37:15-22
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. “When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’ Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.
Isaiah 11:11-13
 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean. 
He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth. Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish, and Judah’s enemies will be destroyed; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.
Jeremiah 3:18
In those days the people of Judah will join the people of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your ancestors as an inheritance.
Hosea 1:11
The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.

Prophecy #48
Returning Jews would have no king until the return of Jesus foreseen. As prophesied, Israel has been without a king for over 2,500 years. In keeping with this, Israel is no longer a theocracy, but a democracy with multiple political parties.

Foretold by: Hosea 3:4-5
For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.

Prophecy #49
A rebuilt (3rd) Temple foreseen. Jesus, the prophet Daniel and the Apostles Paul and John all refer to the Temple. Preparations in these days by the Temple Institute are complete, and only the building of the Temple remains.

Foretold by:
Daniel 9:27
He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
Daniel 12:11
“From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.
Mark 13:14
“When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
2 Thessalonians 2:4
He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
Revelation 11:1-2
I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.

Prophecy #50
Temple sacrifices reinstituted in Israel foreseen. The prophet Daniel saw in his vision the Antichrist putting a stop to the daily temple sacrifices, so the Jewish sacrificial system will be reactivated. Preparations for the building of the 3rd Temple are almost completed (Temple furniture, vessels, priestly garments, etc.), and hundreds of young Jewish men are being trained for the Levitical priesthood.

Foretold by:
Daniel 9:27
He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
Daniel 12:11
“From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.
Matthew 24:15
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—

Prophecy #51
A sacrifice of a red heifer without defect to purify the rebuilt Temple foreseen. The Temple Institute is searching for, and will certify when found, such an animal.

Foretold by: Numbers 19:2-9
“This is a requirement of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke. Give it to Eleazar the priest; it is to be taken outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence. Then Eleazar the priest is to take some of its blood on his finger and sprinkle it seven times toward the front of the tent of meeting. While he watches, the heifer is to be burned—its hide, flesh, blood and intestines. The priest is to take some cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet wool and throw them onto the burning heifer. After that, the priest must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water. He may then come into the camp, but he will be ceremonially unclean till evening. The man who burns it must also wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he too will be unclean till evening. “A man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They are to be kept by the Israelite community for use in the water of cleansing; it is for purification from sin.

Prophecy #52
The Jews remaining blind to Jesus Christ as their Messiah until the time of the end foreseen. Despite this, in recent years, thousands of Jews have come to faith in Jesus Christ as their messiah.

Foretold by:
Luke 19:41-42
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
Luke 13:34-35
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
Romans 11:25-27
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”

Prophecy #53
Ancient Petra (the rock city of Sela) to become a refuge from Jews fleeing during the Tribulation foreseen.

Foretold by:
Isaiah 16:1-4
Send lambs as tribute to the ruler of the land, from Sela, across the desert, to the mount of Daughter Zion. Like fluttering birds pushed from the nest, so are the women of Moab at the fords of the Arnon. “Make up your mind,” Moab says. “Render a decision. Make your shadow like night—at high noon. Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees. Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you; be their shelter from the destroyer.” The oppressor will come to an end, and destruction will cease; the aggressor will vanish from the land.
Matthew 24:16
then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Revelation 12:6
The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
Revelation 12:14
The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.

Before the Tribulation, Israel will subdue and annex part of Jordan.

Foretold by:
Psalm 83
Jeremiah 49
Ezekiel 39:11
“‘On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.
Amos 1
Obadiah

Prophecy #54
Russia (biblical Magog) rises as a military power leading an attack against Israel foreseen. Today, most of the southern states of the former Soviet Union are Muslim majority military powers.

Foretold by: Ezekiel 38

Prophecy #55
Iran (biblical Persia), Sudan (biblical Cush) and Libya (biblical Put) joining Russia (biblical Magog) in war against Israel foreseen. Anti-Semitism in the Islamic world is rampant at this time in history; Muslims are enjoined by their scriptures (Surahs 9:5 and 47:4; vol. 1, b. 2, Hadith #24 and #35)  to fight and slay those who are not Muslims in holy war (Jihad) unless they convert to Islam.

Foretold by: Ezekiel 38

Prophecy #56
Turkey (biblical Gomer) joining Russia (biblical Magog) and her allies in war against Israel foreseen. In 2002, Turkey elected a pro-Islamic government. In 2005, Hitler’s Mein Kampf became a bestseller in Turkey. In 2007, Turkey elected an Islamist President.

Foretold by: Ezekiel 38

Prophecy #57
Russia (biblical Magog) and her allies coming against Israel in war to plunder her of her assets foreseen. Israel has only recently discovered massive amounts of natural gas, and a large amount of oil, in her territorial waters, which Russia and her allies want; a war to achieve these natural resources from Israel would alter geopolitical balance of power in the Middle East.

Foretold by: Ezekiel 38:10-13
“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.” Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?”’ 

Prophecy #58
Birds of prey eating the dead flesh of fallen armies of the enemies of Israel foreseen. It is little known that Israel is the bird migration capital of the entire world; during spring and fall migrations, billions of birds pass over Israel… including among them 34 species of flesh-eating avian raptors.

Foretold by:
Ezekiel 39:4
On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.
Ezekiel 39:17
“Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Call out to every kind of bird and all the wild animals: ‘Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There you will eat flesh and drink blood.
Revelation 19:17-21
And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.” Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

Prophecy #59
Jesus saying there would be “distress of nations, with perplexity” foreseen. In today’s world, with nuclear proliferation, global terrorism and increasing ecological fears and problems, not to mention sociological and economic fears and problems, all nations are seeing an overall degradation of the world that apparently has no resolution.

Foretold by: Luke 21:25
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.

Prophecy #60
The Euphrates river drying up foreseen. Today, the massive Ataturk dam, completed in 1990, can reduce the Euphrates river to a trickle.

Foretold by: Revelation 16:12
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.

Prophecy #61
The kings of the East (Asia) raising a 200-million man army in the last days foreseen. Today, China alone can raise an army of more than 300 million men by itself.

Foretold by:
Revelation 9:14-16
It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.  
Revelation 16:12
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.

Prophecy #62
A population explosion on the earth, and great multitudes in heaven coming out of the Great Tribulation, foreseen. There is at this time in history a population on earth so vast (7.2 billion as of 2013) that it is almost unsustainable.

Foretold by:
Revelation 7:9
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
Revelation 7:14
I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Prophecy #63
Many nations would “bud” (be born) foreseen. Since 1945, more than 80 former colonies/protectorates, etc., have gained their independence, signaling the end of the colonial era. In the Holy Bible, a tree is figuratively used to describe a nation (Ezekiel 17:22-24; Ezekiel 31:3-6; Daniel 4:20-22).

Foretold by: Luke 21:29-32
He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

Prophecy #64
Egypt existing in the last days as only a “lowly kingdom” foreseen. Egypt was once the mightiest of civilizations, but today exists only as a third-world nation that will never again achieve such a lofty status. However, as prophesied, Egypt remains to this day: all other ancient civilizations have vanished.

Foretold by: Ezekiel 29:14-16
I will bring them back from captivity and return them to Upper Egypt, the land of their ancestry. There they will be a lowly kingdom. It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations. Egypt will no longer be a source of confidence for the people of Israel but will be a reminder of their sin in turning to her for help. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.’”

Prophecy #65
Great earthquakes of significant magnitude in diverse places foreseen. For the last 20-30 years at least, seismic activity has been on the rise.

Foretold by:
Luke 21:11
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
Isaiah 24:19-20
The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is violently shaken. The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls—never to rise again.
Revelation 6:12-14
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
Revelation 16:18-20
Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.

Prophecy #66
Marriage being forbidden by many foreseen. According to the Holy Bible, marriage is honorable for all (Hebrews 13:4). Yet the Catholic Church forbids priests, nuns and many monks/brothers from marrying; the Orthodox Church, as well as Hindus, Buddhists and other religious groups also forbid marriage for certain orders.

Foretold by: 1 Timothy 4:3
They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.

Prophecy #67
The abounding of deceptive signs and wonders foreseen. Deceptive ‘signs and wonders’ movements have swept over the earth in recent decades, replacing the Word of God with emotional experiences that do not result in souls being saved.

Foretold by:
Matthew 7:22-23
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Matthew 24:24
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
2 Thessalonians 2:9
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,

Prophecy #68
Men lovers of themselves foreseen. In today’s world, it is “all about me”; the focus is squarely on self so “what’s in it for me” is on everyone’s mind. This attitude is encouraged by the media and everything and everyone else, and even a majority of churches are preaching not repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, but 15-minute (if that) sermonettes and ‘feel good’ messages.

Foretold by: 2 Timothy 3:1-4
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—

Prophecy #69
Youth becoming increasingly rebellious foreseen. Especially since the early 1960s, young people have increasingly been unwilling to conform even to essential discipline.

Foretold by:
2 Timothy 2:2-3
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,
Mark 13:12
“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.  

Prophecy #70
Humanity becoming increasingly materialistic and pleasure-loving foreseen. There have been no generations in history like the current ones (post-World War 2 and beyond) that have had more options available to their people for self-entertainment, arousal of the senses, and every form of self-gratification. Every hedonistic pleasure imaginable is big business, and the search is on for those hedonistic pleasures that have not yet been discovered or developed. In contrast, Jesus taught self-denial.

Foretold by: 2 Timothy 3:1-5
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 

Prophecy #71
Christians hated for the sake of Jesus Christ foreseen. People that hate Jesus Christ and Christianity have banned the Holy Bible, public prayer, the 10 Commandments, nativity scenes, Christmas songs, and other things besides. Conversely, there has been approval for evil things, such as abortion, homosexuality, images of pagan gods in public places, and other things besides. Additionally more Christians have been martyred for their faith in the last one hundred years than in all of previous human history.

Foretold by:
Luke 21:17
Everyone will hate you because of me.
Revelation 6:9-11
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.
Revelation 20:4
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Prophecy #72
Homosexuality flaunted at the end of the age foreseen. Jesus warned that the last days would be like the days of Lot, who lived in the wicked city of Sodom (Luke 17:28-30). The root of Sodom’s sin was pride and complacency, just as is seen today (Ezekiel 16:49). Today, the homosexual lifestyle is openly flaunted and forced on society (for example, same-sex marriage is the law in all 50 states of the United States).

Foretold by:
Genesis 19
Jude 7
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

Prophecy #73
Substantial wealth and luxuries foreseen. While some 40 and more years ago, experts were predicting that the world’s population was growing so quickly that the world’s resources would soon be depleted, that has not occurred, and the wealthy are wealthier (as a class) than ever before at any time in history.

Foretold by:
James 5:1-3
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.
Revelation 3:17
You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Revelation 18

Prophecy #74
Fallen angels interacting with humanity foreseen. There has been an explosion of ET/alien reports over the last 60 years or so. Studies have indicated that these entities have behaved more like demons than travelers of space and time, transcending the laws of physics, invoking fear and delivering anti-Christian messages.

Foretold by:
1 Timothy 4:1
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
Luke 17:26
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.
Genesis 6:1-4
When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

Prophecy #75
Apostasy occurring and increasing significantly just before the revealing of the Antichrist foreseen. Experience-based “Christianity” is replacing the Word of God as the standard for saving faith. The ecumenical movement strives for unity above truth. The exclusive claims of Jesus Christ are rejected in the name of tolerance.

Foretold by:
2 Thessalonians 2:3
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.  

Prophecy #76
A one-world religion in the last days foreseen. Today, as has never been seen before in human history, multiple religions are joining hands in the search for unity and tolerance.

Foretold by:
Revelation 13:8
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
Revelation 13:12
It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
Revelation 17

Prophecy #77
Statements that Christ is in the secret chambers or inner rooms in the last days foreseen. According to the Catholic church, Christ is in the inner rooms of hundreds of thousands of Catholic churches either in Eucharistic tabernacles or monstrances.

Foretold by:
Matthew 24:26
“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 

Prophecy #78
Deceptions of Eucharistic miracles in the last days foreseen. Currently, Eucharistic, apparitional and related miracles and signs are reported from around the earth.

Foretold by: Matthew 24:23-27
At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Prophecy #79
A woman calling herself “queen”, heading the global church in the last days, an imposter, foreseen. Tens of millions follow Mary (the mother of Jesus Christ), regarding her as the Mother of the Church, Lady of All Nations, Co-Redemptrix with Christ, and the Queen of Heaven.

Foretold by:
Revelation 17
Revelation 18:7
Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’
Isaiah 47

Prophecy #80
A woman representing a great city set on 7 hills in the last days foreseen. The Queen of Heaven is considered the mother of the Roman Catholic Church, which has its headquarters situated on 7 hills.

Foretold by:
Revelation 17:9
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits.
Revelation 17:18
The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

Prophecy #81
In the last days, a wicked woman going out over all the earth associated with a global curse, foreseen. Her final destination would be Babylon in the country of Biblical Shinar. It is interesting to note that the apparition of Mary claims that she will soon travel over the earth saving those who look to her.

Foretold by: Zechariah 5

Prophecy #82
Epidemic drug use and abuse foreseen. In the current age, the use of illegal drugs, and of mind-altering drugs, has risen very sharply.

Foretold by: Revelation 9:21
Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Prophecy #83
Sorceries referring to witchcraft, magic and occult practices used to enchant, entice and ultimately deceive foreseen. Interest in the occult in the current culture has exploded.

Foretold by:
Revelation 9:21
Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Revelation 18:23
The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.
Revelation 21:8
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Isaiah 47:9-15
Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells. You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you. 
“Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror. All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by. That is all they are to you—these you have dealt with and labored with since childhood. All of them go on in their error; there is not one that can save you.
Micah 5:10-15
“In that day,” declares the Lord, “
I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your chariots. I will destroy the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds. I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells. I will destroy your idols and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands. I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles when I demolish your cities. I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.”

Prophecy #84
Preparations for global warfare foreseen. Never before in all of human history have so many nations stockpiled so many weapons of mass destruction.

Foretold by:
Joel 3:9-14
Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!” Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, Lord“Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side. Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow—so great is their wickedness!” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
Matthew 24:22
 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
Revelation 16:14
They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

Prophecy #85
Environmental devastation of the earth foreseen. The current generation has done more to ravage the environment than any generation that has gone before.

Foretold by: Revelation 11:18
The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small—and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”  

Prophecy #86
In the last day, signs in the sun foreseen. In recent years, a massive increase in solar activity has occurred. However, future paranormal events must yet occur.

Foretold by:
Luke 21:25
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.
Revelation 13:13-14
And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
Revelation 16:14
They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

Prophecy #87
Many that would call themselves the Christ foreseen. Jesus Christ said that in future days, many would come in His Name, calling themselves the Christ. Today, people associated with the New Age movement, Eastern religions and cults have the audacity to call themselves the Christ!

Foretold by: Matthew 24:5
For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

Prophecy #88
God’s Name would be great among the nations foreseen. Today, Jesus (in Hebrew, Jehoshuah, “Jehovah Saves”) is universally regarded as the greatest prophet and teacher that there has ever been, is now, or ever will be. However, He is so much more than that: He is God!

Foretold by:
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty.
Philippians 2:9-11
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Prophecy #89
That Jesus’ words will never pass away foreseen. After 2 millennia, the words of Jesus Christ remain as powerful, persuasive, penetrating, loving and convicting as when He spoke them. Even today in a world that has become largely anti-Christian, Bible societies and other channels create and distribute far in excess of 500 million portions of the Holy Bible, or complete Holy Bibles, annually.

Foretold by: Luke 21:33
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Prophecy #90
Many people taken off guard by events of the last days foreseen. The Holy Bible is more than 25% prophecy, but despite all the warnings that God has given throughout the 2 millennia of the Church Age through His Word and His prophets, relatively few people are prepared to meet their Creator.

Foretold by:
Luke 21:34-36
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
1 Thessalonians 5:2-6
for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.
Revelation 3:3
Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Prophecy #91
True followers of Jesus Christ raptured, foreseen. A false explanation (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12) will deceive the unsuspecting masses. Today, many apparitions, angels, ETs, channelers and New Agers are already offering counterfeit explanations for the Rapture.

Foretold by:
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

Prophecy #92
Innumerable people from every nation, tribe, tongue and custom waking up and turning to the True Christ of the Holy Bible and being saved foreseen. Today, the seeds of the Gospel are being planted in every nation and place on earth.

Foretold by:
Revelation 7:9-17
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.” All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Daniel 12:10
Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.
Zechariah 2:11
“Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.
Acts 2:17-21
“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Prophecy #93
Many from Egypt and Syria (Iraq and the Middle East) calling on the Name of Jesus Christ to be saved foreseen. God is moving in mighty ways throughout the Middle East in the last days to save souls, and all who call on the Name of the Lord will be saved!

Foretold by:
Isaiah 19:16-25
In that day the Egyptians will become weaklings. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the Lord Almighty raises against them. And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the Lord Almighty is planning against them. In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun. In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them. The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”
Romans 10:13
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Prophecy #94
Some departing from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, foreseen. Today’s people have witnessed the explosion of so-called “heavenly visitors” and false doctrines that are embraced by professing Christians even though their messages contradict the Word of God… channeling, witchcraft, yoga, psychics, to mention a few, are popular although forbidden by God.

Foretold by:
1 Timothy 4:1
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.

Prophecy #95
People rejecting the sound doctrine of the Word of God and following the doctrines of men that appeal to their lusts foreseen, as well as others professing Christ but not obeying Him.

Foretold by:
2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Acts 20:29-30
I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.
Matthew 24:48-51
But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 7:22-23
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Prophecy #96
The forsaking of the Ten Commandments as a moral code foreseen. Today, blaspheming, committing adultery, disobeying parents, lying, stealing, cheating and coveting, among others, is rampant.

Foretold by:
Matthew 24:12
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
Revelation 9:21
Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Prophecy #97
Idolatry will be pervasive foreseen. An idol is anything the competes for the attention due only to God… statues, images, charms, false gods, angels, apparitions, possessions, position, pleasures, people, self, or any created thing can become an idol that takes the place of God in our lives.

Foretold by:
Revelation 9:20
The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
Revelation 13:12-15
It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
Revelation 19:20
But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
Micah 5:10-15
“In that day,” declares the Lord, “I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your chariots. I will destroy the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds. I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells. I will destroy your idols and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands. I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles when I demolish your cities. I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.”
Zechariah 13:1-2
“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. 
“On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more,” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land.
Romans 1:18-25
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Prophecy #98
Blasphemy becoming common foreseen. Today, more than ever before, people everywhere use the Creator’s Name, the source and the sustainer of every blessing, as a curse word.

Foretold by:
2 Timothy 3:2
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
Revelation 16:9
They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.
Revelation 16:11
and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
Revelation 16:21
From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.

Prophecy #99
Sexual immorality prevalent foreseen. Jesus said that whoever looks to lust has already committed adultery in the heart. Therefore, God equates pornography, and lustful movies, TV shows and print (and other) media as fornication. In today’s world, the promotion of sexual immorality, and the consumption of it in all its forms, has exploded: the United States is the foremost producer of pornography in the world.

Foretold by:
Jude 18
They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”
Revelation 9:21
Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Matthew 5:28
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Prophecy #100
People searing their conscience so as to continue willingly in a lifestyle of sin foreseen. The conscience is where God reveals that which is right from that which is wrong. ‘con’ means with, and ‘science’ means knowledge. Therefore, we sin WITH knowledge that we are sinning when we willingly violate God’s known moral law, or His moral law as revealed by our conscience.

Foretold by: 1 Timothy 4:2
Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

Prophecy #101
People openly mocking the signs from God regarding the end of days foreseen. People mock Christians warning of the end of days, saying that ‘the signs’ have been around for as long as creation has been around. They are ‘right’, but they are wrong because never before in human history have the signs been occurring with the increasing frequency and intensity that has been observed, but all of the signs are occurring together. The Holy Bible even reveals the motivation of such people: they love their sin and their lust, and wish to continue in it unabated.

Foretold by: 2 Peter 3:3-4
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

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The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier

If you have watched television for an appreciable amount of time (or if your surf your TV channels for series reruns in syndication), you will remember Star Trek, TOS (The Original Series). The series was produced from September 1966 to December 1967 by Norway Productions and Desilu Productions, and by Paramount Television from January 1968 to June 1969. Star Trek aired on NBC from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969 and was actually seen first on September 6, 1966, on Canada’s CTV network, going on for three seasons and a total of 79 episodes.

Who can forget the opening of each episode: a panorama of outer space, with lead actor William Shatner voicing the initial words… “Space: the final frontier…”.

People do think of space as the final frontier. Although we do not completely understand them to this very day, the ‘final frontiers’ that humans discovered on the earth (the earth was not flat, the discovery and exploration of lands other than those commonly thought to be in existence, the seas, flight, etc.), all once thought to be so daunting as to challenge the capabilities of humans beyond their limits have, under the forces of time and knowledge, fallen to routine status. If we don’t know everything there is to know about something, no matter how daunting it is, we will eventually get to understand everything about it: even space, regarded as the final frontier, will eventually fall into routine status.

I submit that this is false. There are 2 additional frontiers that together are the final frontier, and we have to look no further for them than in our chests and between our ears, with not even 12 inches to separate them.

Our hearts and our minds.

Consider that the heart does much more than its physical duty of pumping blood, and that the mind does much more than its physical duties of ordered thought and spontaneous inspiration; they are intimately interwoven and thoroughly intimate partners with each other; together, they determine where we as a species are going, and where we as a species are going to end up.

To anyone who cannot, by observing the manner in which the heart and mind inter-operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, appreciate that these parts of us (as well as all the remaining parts of us) are the products of an intelligent designer rather than a chance result of an evolution from primordial sludge, there is nothing that can be said other than they lack critical thinking and analysis skills. That is a harsh statement; in actuality, they truly do not lack these skills so much as they have deliberately chosen, by means of pride, to set those skills aside.

I don’t believe in evolutions from primordial sludge. Even if some fantastical evolution from such primordial sludge, involving billions of trillions of chemical interactions ALL OF THEM occurring in the EXACTLY CORRECT INTRA-RELATED AND INTER-RELATED SEQUENCES, was possible, and resulted in where humanity is at this point in time… where did the primordial sludge come from? Even the most stoic scientist, soaked through and through with empirical methods, when faced with this question, must admit that such an evolution as above described is impossible, and that there must be…

A pre-existent intelligent designer.

Holy Scripture defines this pre-existent intelligent designer:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-3)

The last sentence says it all.

Holy Scripture records the creation of all that we see in Holy Scripture, in the book of Genesis, Chapter 1, verses 1-31. Creation was accomplished in 6 days, with God resting on the 7th day beholding all that He had created. Largely, the Creation account offends the academic sensibilities of the scientific community, but I look upon that offense as an injury to its pride: after all, why believe in a Biblical account of Creation (thereby giving all of the glory to God) when a scientific account of Creation can be suggested, no matter how patently improbable (thereby giving all of the glory to men)? I also suggest to the scientific community that, because of the manner in which God views time:

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (2 Peter 3:8)

it is eminently plausible that Creation was accomplished over the course of multiple (and certainly parallel) dimensions of time, some or many of which humans are not aware of.

The God of the Bible has the 3 attributes necessary to be a pre-existent intelligent designer:

-He is Omnipresent… He is present in every moment of time, across every dimension of time, from eternity past through the present time to eternity future, all at the same time.

-He is Omniscient… He possesses all knowledge, past present and future.

-He is Omnipotent… He possesses all power as unlimited power, expressed by any channel at His disposal, be it force of will, voice, touch or any other.

The Creation account states, at multiple points throughout the creation process, that God saw that what He had done was ‘good’. Perfect goodness is only one of the signature hallmarks of God; He is good, and He can only do good; Holy Scripture attests to this:

He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4)

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. (Psalms 18:30)

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. (Mark 10:18)

God is surely good, and can surely only do good, but man… the crowning achievement of His Creation… was given a free will, that he might choose to freely believe in and freely love his Creator, but he chose instead to follow his own path, thinking that he had a better way than God had. The fall of man is recorded in the book of Genesis, Chapter 3, verses 1-13. Humanity had 1 commandment to observe… not to eat of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden… and humanity deliberately disobeyed that 1 commandment when tempted by Satan. Humanity inherited a sin nature, what had once been a paradise was turned into a nightmare, and ever since humanity’s fall from God’s grace and God’s bountiful provision, we have struggled with the result of our sin (which is rebellion against the commandments and the will of God): a broken world that to all appearances could never be remedied. The penalty that loomed was that humanity would live in a fallen state from which it could never be redeemed.

Didn’t I say earlier that God is good, and can only do good?

Holy Scripture gives evidence of this in the book of Genesis in Chapter 3, verses 14-15:

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)

There would be war between God and Satan. This the first prophecy recorded in Holy Scripture. Though it would be far in the future, God promised with this first prophecy that what Satan had introduced to the world… sin… would be dealt with.

God was faithful to His promise, as is recorded in the book of Galatians, Chapter 4, verses 4-7, thousands of years after the transgression of our first parents in the Garden of Eden:

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:4-7)

Holy Scripture is in no way false; approximately 1/3 of its content is prophecy, with somewhat more than half of specifically stated prophecies (approximately 2,000 in all) fulfilled without a single miss. If you are a betting person, the prophecies recorded in Holy Scripture can be ‘taken to the bank’.

Expanding upon His initial promise after humanity fell in the Garden of Eden to Satan’s temptations, since God already knew from before the world even was that His Son Jesus Christ would be the perfect sacrifice for all sin, more than 360 separate prophecies, over a period of several thousand years, would be recorded in the Old Testament prophesying the coming of Jesus Christ as the Messiah… who would die to deliver not only the Jews (God’s chosen people), but also the Gentiles who were initially outside of His grace, mercy and compassion, from the penalty of eternal separation from Him as the punishment for sin. Every one of the prophecies concerning Jesus Christ as the Messiah were fulfilled exactly as written, hundreds if not thousands of years before Jesus Christ was born, against mathematical odds so astronomical that there isn’t a number named that is indicative of the scope of the probability of all of them being fulfilled.

The best evidence that God is good, and can only do good, is shown through a verse of Holy Scripture that is… unarguably… the best-known verse, known even by those who are unbelievers, spoken by the One whose coming as the Messiah was foretold:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

What… you may say… does all this have to do with the heart and the mind determining where we as humanity are headed?

First, Holy Scripture attests to how the heart is:

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

Second, Holy Scripture attests to what the mind does:

 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:13-15)

Because of our fall from God’s grace, we are disposed to sin (the heart is deceitful) and we commit sin (the mind concurs with the heart)… the result is death:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Since we as a humanity are: 1) disposed to sin, and 2) commit sin… how then can we be rescued from that deathly circumstance? Is there any way out?

The way out does exist… and it is called Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ died once, to atone by His blood sacrifice for ALL of the sin in the world, past, present and future. This sacrifice was made by Him on behalf of all, but one’s heart and mind must agree that His sacrifice is all-sufficient, and accept it as a free gift for the full payment of one’s sin debt to a just, pure, holy and righteous God.

No one deserves salvation on the basis of one’s own righteousness, and salvation cannot be earned as Jesus Christ has accomplished it on His own merits as the sinless sacrifice that addressed God the Father’s requirement for the punishment that sin must have. Holy Scripture shows the way that the heart and mind must work in concert to achieve the free gift of salvation:

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)

Despite all evidence, there are those that resist the love of God the Father, and the sacrifice of God the Son. Please understand that Jesus did what He did for humanity because there was no other way. That makes Jesus’ sacrifice of such monumental proportion that the book of Hebrews speaks with compelling and sobering words regarding what Jesus has accomplished, and why what He has accomplished cannot be ignored without peril:

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’”

First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”

And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:1-31)

God in His mercy and compassion, because of the righteousness of His Son, has made ONE WAY for humanity to be redeemed. While salvation is a free gift for all who will come to Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life, it was not free for Jesus Christ: He had to pay with His blood. Holy Scripture says that we were bought at a price:

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

One believes with the heart, and the mind, following the heart, causes the mouth to profess saving faith.

Understand this:

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-9)

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)

The time is short before the return of the LORD Jesus Christ. I pray that I have made the case that your heart and your mind, working together, will indeed determine where you are headed; the choices are 2: an eternity in the presence of God in the Kingdom of heaven, or an eternity in the lake of fire. I pray that you will choose wisely.

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What Makes You Special?

What Makes You Special?

Everyone likes to think that they are special in some way.

The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition, defines ‘special’ this way:

adj. 1. Surpassing what is common or usual; exceptional: a special occasion.

People find all sorts of ways to be special… some become more knowledgeable regarding a particular subject or discipline than others, and boast about that, some earn more money than others, and boast about that, some boast about their achievements, and/or their children’s achievements in life, and boast about that, some consume drugs, and boast about that, some indulge in alcohol, and boast about that, some indulge in sex, and boast about that, some practice meanness to others, and boast about that, and so on.

You may have noticed in the preceding paragraph that I mentioned the word ‘boast’ in every example. I used the word ‘boast’ because it is common for people everywhere to indulge in boasting to some degree simply because it reinforces for us our being special in some way; being special somehow separates us from, and elevates us above, everyone else.

I submit that as human beings, we cannot (in the normal course of events) stop boasting; the way the secular world is wired is for each one of us to inflate our own importance, oftentimes at the expense of others. This tendency is so ingrained in us that we do not have to think about it before making it happen.

If you boast in anything to be special, during most of those times you are regarding yourself as superior to others around you, and during all of those times you are convincing yourself that you have a right to feel that way. If you are intellectually honest, you know that what I have said is the truth.

Now with all of this having been said… the problem and resulting question is this:

We know that we have a need within ourselves to be special in some way. Is there a way to do this without vain boasting?

Yes there is.

Be a child of God.

God is the mightiest Being there is: Omnipresent, He transcends time as we understand it, existing from eternity past into, through and beyond the current temporal time that we exist in, into eternity future, present in every moment of every dimension of time known and unknown. Omniscient, He possesses all knowledge of all things known and unknown, past, present and future. Omnipotent, He possesses unlimited power, only one example of which is His creation of all that is seen and unseen in 6 literal days by the force of His will and the words from His mouth.

This same mightiest God gave His only Son Jesus Christ to suffer a horrendous death on the cross to pay the sin debt of humanity so that it would not be condemned before Him. His Son, by the mystery of the Holy Trinity, is this same mightiest Being there is:

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20)

All people have a sin nature, having inherited it through the disobedience of our original parents Adam and Eve, and this is God’s view of humanity:

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1:18-23)

For our sins against a just, pure, holy and righteous God, the penalty is eternal death:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Everyone… EVERYONE… is a sinner before God.

No one… NO ONE… deserves mercy on their own merits before God.

The good news…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Because of the good news…

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

This is the promise…

Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:5-13)

The steps are easy:

  1. Declare with your mouth…
  2. Believe in your heart…
  3. Repent of your past sins.
  4. Walk in the path of righteousness according to God’s Word in Holy Scripture.

You are a child of God.

You are special in the eyes of God because you have worth to Him. Do you want to know what that worth is? Understand that whatever something is worth is what someone will pay for it.

God paid for you with His Son’s blood.

This is all the worth you will ever need, because when you one day die to this world and stand before God in judgment, He will look at you and see not the filthy, rotten-to-the-core sinner that you are, but the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ, whose holy Name you professed and believed on.

Oh, yes… about boasting. What is ‘good boasting’? Here is what it is…

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

If you haven’t guessed by now, we who believe are the ‘foolish things’, the ‘weak things’, the ‘lowly things’ and the ‘despised things’ of this world… but we were chosen by God to confound the wise, strong, high and loved things of this world. Why did He do this? Behold the wisdom, not of men, but of God:

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

You are special, indeed!

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Salvation On 1 Page

Salvation On 1 Page

Salvation is deliverance from the power, and the consequences, of sin.

Salvation comes by belief in Jesus Christ as the sinless Son of God who died to pay your sin debt to God the Father.

The very bad news:
Not many are going to the Kingdom of heaven.

The very good news:
You can go to the Kingdom of heaven.

God has made the “Good News” of salvation through Jesus Christ simple to understand.

Here is ‘salvation on 1 page’:

You must acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of a Savior.

  • Romans 3:10 As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one,
  • Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  • Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

We are all sinners, and need to be born again of the Spirit.

  • Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,
  • Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us

If you die without trusting in Christ, you die in your sins and will face judgment by a sinless God! Christ paid our death penalty with His own death. Salvation is a free gift, offered freely to us.

  • Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Not ‘You could be saved’, or ‘You might be saved’, or ‘You may be saved’, but… YOU WILL BE SAVED.

  • Luke 21:28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

This is true ONLY IF you know Jesus as KING and LORD, Savior and Messiah.

  • 2 Corinthians 6:2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

You will say: “Where is the love?” This is the truth… in love. The truth is spoken because of love. If a Christian did not love you, a Christian would not bother to tell you the truth… in love.

You will say: “You’re not the judge of me!!” That is true… God is the Judge of you:

  • Hebrews 9:27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment

There is a difference between being a judge (which we cannot be), and having judgment (which we can have): good and sound judgment that discerns what is to come, and speaks a sober warning regarding it.

If you do not believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, The Way, the Truth and the Life, the only way to salvation and the Kingdom of heaven, I implore you, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, to STOP… to call upon the Name of the LORD Jesus Christ, and to not put it off a second longer, because…

  • Romans 10:13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Don’t worry about cleaning yourself up before calling on the Name of the LORD – Jesus will do that when, by His power, you are in-dwelled with the Holy Spirit and enabled to lead a holy life.

The time is short… and the clock is ticking…

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Prayer Is A Battle

Prayer Is A Battle

The 1984 NIV translation of the Holy Bible cites 237 instances of the word ‘prayer’ (and its derivatives such as ‘prayed’, ‘prayer’, etc.) in 227 verses.

Prayer is important to God, as may be readily observed from its mention so many times throughout the Word that He has given us in His Holy Scriptures. Why is prayer important to God?

Because God is a jealous God:

Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14)

For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:24)

Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. (Deuteronomy 6:14-15)

Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. (Joshua 24:19)

The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. (Nahum 1:2)

I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. (2 Corinthians 11:2)

Why is God a jealous God? Because of who He is… God is Almighty Father, Everlasting God, the Great I AM:

“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. (Isaiah 42:8)

For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another. (Isaiah 48:11)

God is jealous for His Name, His glory, and His people. How do we, those who have been formed from the dust of the ground and who will return to that dust, approach such a One as He? God takes counsel from no one, as He is omniscient, having all knowledge:

“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. (Job 12:13)

Expanding upon this, we see that God is omnipotent, having all power:

What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man he imprisons cannot be released. If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land. To him belong strength and victory; both deceived and deceiver are his. He leads counselors away stripped and makes fools of judges. He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist. He leads priests away stripped and overthrows men long established. He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders. He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty. He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light. He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them. He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he sends them wandering through a trackless waste. They grope in darkness with no light; he makes them stagger like drunkards. (Job 12:14-25)

God is before past time, in present time, and after future time, having omnipresence before, across and after all ages:

to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Jude 25)

Again… how do we, mere mortals, nothing more than thoroughly sinful, corrupted, debauched sinners, approach such a God?

Prayer

Prayer is two-way communication with God, an expression of godly submission to our Creator and Provider, offered in godly sorrow and repentance for the offenses that we have given Him, with grateful thanks for His goodness, grace, mercy, compassion, provision and forgiveness.

Understand that while God loves to hear His children, understand also that not all people are God’s children. To be a child implies that there is a relationship between the child and a father and/or mother. God’s children are those people who have: 1) acknowledged Him as Almighty God, 2) also acknowledged His Son Jesus Christ, and 3) willingly established themselves in a relationship with both God and His Son Jesus Christ. In this we see the dynamic of submission: can anyone have a relationship with someone without submitting to that arrangement?

Love for God and love for His Son Jesus Christ is not all about religion: it has nothing to do with religion. It has everything to do with relationship.

A relationship with God and with His Son Jesus Christ is not like the worldly relationships that we know. In worldly relationships, the focus is almost always on “What’s in this for me?” This should not surprise anyone, as we are routinely selfish, self-absorbed, and consumed with getting for ourselves everything that we can, by any manner of hook or crook that is available to us. If you doubt this, consider that while we must teach children how to be good, and invest quite a bit of time and effort to do so, we don’t have to invest any time or effort to teach children to be bad… that is already built-in to people as a result of our original fall from God’s grace in the Garden of Eden.

Our relationship with God is very special, and utterly unique (italic emphasis mine):

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

Our relationship with God never fails (italic emphasis mine):

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Our relationship with God is as familiar to us as one we see inside our homes:

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)

Oh, that a just, pure, holy and righteous God would stoop so low as to have a relationship with we sinners! God owes us nothing, but He offers us everything:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)

And this is the God that we communicate with through prayer! How wonderful is that?

Most people don’t understand that there is a proper use of prayer. Prayer is used properly when it petitions God for the fulfillment of the things that are on His heart, not when it petitions God as if He were a free-of-charge vending machine in the sky:

You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (James 4:2-3)

When we pray to God in accordance with His will, our prayers will be fulfilled to the letter, each and every time. Why? Because God is exalted and glorified by inhabiting the praises of His people. We are created in the image of God, and when we as His handiwork exalt and praise Him, it adds to His glory and honor, and God is pleased.

There is a higher purpose yet for prayer, and that is fighting the good fight of the true faith that is found in God and in His Son Jesus Christ alone:

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. (Jude 3)

From the beginning, there has been a continual war between God and the evil one. After the fall of man from God’s grace in the Garden of Eden due to man’s disobedience, God proclaimed the war that would be between the children of Adam and Eve, and the forces of the evil one:

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)

The war has intensified by this time in human history, as anyone should be able to discern simply by taking a serious look at the world around them. Christian believers need to be fully aware of the resolve of the evil one to destroy God’s handiwork (italic emphasis mine):

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Revelation 12:10-12)

So we have a battle on our hands, Christian believers! Holy Scripture tells us that this is so:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)

We do not go into battle without armor:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:10-11)

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17)

And don’t forget… to pray:

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18)

Understand that when you pray, you don’t have to go to great lengths with many words:

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:7-8)

Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of prayer, the very pinnacle of its awesome power, is realized when we understand that, even if we do not know what to ask God for, and we are so weak that all we can do is groan because we have no words, our prayers will still be effective:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (Romans 8:26-27)

Christian believers can be assured of this:

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

How must Christian believers be (italic emphasis mine)?

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

What must Christian believers do?

Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22)

Understand that God, through Jesus Christ, has already won the battle that we are engaged in… we cannot lose, and we are victorious because sin and death have been defeated at the cross where Jesus Christ gave His life that all humanity would be saved. May our prayers to our Almighty God and Father exalt and praise and glorify Him, and cause Him to bring us safely to His Kingdom on the great and awesome Day of the Lord. Pray, Christians, pray!! The words that change eternity are in our hearts and minds; may they ring through the halls of heaven to praise our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father who gave Him for our redemption… AMEN, thank God, and glory to God!!

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“What is that to you?”

What is that to you?

If a person is a confessed and professing Christian believer, there had better be some evidence of spiritual growth.

I was sitting at my kitchen table on Easter Sunday afternoon, viewing a YouTube video on Barry Scarbrough’s channel. In part, the video addressed an issue that, unarguably, turns off more people to Christianity than any other:

Self-righteous judgment of others.

At the same time, the topic of this post… “What is that to you?”… was given to me by the Holy Ghost.

There is a very important story at the end of John’s gospel, which bears repeating here. The scene is the shore of the Sea of Galilee, following the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Apostles had gone out to fish. From the shore, Jesus called out to them to ask if they had caught anything; they replied (not knowing that it was Jesus) that they had not. Jesus instructed them to cast their net on the right side of the boat and that they would find some when they did so. Many fish were found, and the Apostles recognized that the One who had spoken to them was Jesus. They came ashore with their fish, and had breakfast with Jesus, rejoicing and fellowshiping in their third encounter with the Risen Lord.

Things got down to brass tacks quickly…

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? (John 21:15-23)

Please take a moment to see where I have put italic emphases in the above passages.

Peter had been told what would happen to him. However, he was not content just to know that he had been reinstated by his Lord and Savior… he also wanted to know what would happen to John!

Here we have perhaps the prime example of man’s hubris!

Dare we presumptuously, in such a prideful fashion, demand that the KING of kings and the LORD of lords should, upon the authority of our own arrogant selfishness, tell us what He has planned for anyone else but ourselves?

Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. If He is the way… the direction… we, as those who profess to love and serve Him, should be fully content to do what He asked Peter to do: “You must follow me”.

If we truly believe that we must follow Jesus, then does that not totally eliminate useless questions like ‘What about non-Christians? What happens to them?”

Remember the words of Jesus: What is that to you? You must follow me.

Brothers and sisters, we greatly clarify things when we follow our Savior’s lead. He is not a God of confusion in His thoughts, words and actions: He makes His goal clear, which in turn makes our responsibility simple.

God’s goal:
The salvation of humanity through His Son Jesus Christ.

Our responsibility:
To proclaim, and live, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul dismantles a Christian’s perceived right to sit in judgment on anyone (except in the narrowest of circumstances, reserved for those professing to be Christians but not living like Christians):

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.” (1 Corinthians 5:12-13)

Regarding judgment across Christians and non-Christians, note what Paul says:

You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? (Romans 14:10a,b)

Good questions! Note what follows:

For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. (Romans 14:10c)

Note the word “all”. God will address the issue of judgment! Except for the situations where Christians are explicitly given a limited, Biblically-based authority to judge, we are to live up to a simple responsibility: live like Christians and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

It is pride… the sin that caused the evil one to become the evil one… that makes us sit in self-righteous judgment on others. Calling on the power of the indwelling Holy Ghost, we must put pride aside, reject the temptations of the evil one to judge, degrade, humiliate and in other ways bring down the people around us, and live victoriously as the children of the KING of kings and the LORD of lords that we are.

You might say “I don’t specifically know what I should be doing to live like a Christian and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ!”

Oh, yes… you do.

Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (Matthew 22:37-40)

Pure genius, right?

You’re welcome!

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