Monday, July 24, 2017

THE AGE OF THE GENTILES IS ABOUT OVER



by Gene Lawley






It is my belief that this age of the Gentiles, this age of grace, is near its end, and following are some reasons why I think that.
 
First of all, Jesus aid, in Luke 21:28, "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near," just after He gave a whole list of cataclysmic events that will come upon the world so that men's hearts will fail them for fear.
 
The Great Deceiver, whose goal is to lull everyone to sleep and unaware of eternal danger ahead, has come up with "man-made climate change" to explain it all. It was once called "global warming" until the heavy snow storms came upon us in the middle of the outcry of concern for global warming with melting of the icebergs and rising of ocean levels that would overcome the land masses.
 
In that list of stormy events Jesus said there would be earthquakes in different places, places that were not previously normal for them to be experienced. Ravaging hurricanes, ice storms, tornados with devastating effect have been happening.
 
The statement He made next, however, gives us the "times and seasons" in which these things would appear. He spoke, in Luke 21:29-32 in parable form, that the blossoming of the fig tree-a type of or identity of the nation of Israel-would mark the time of the end. Note His words:
 
"Then He spoke to them a parable: 'Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.'"
 
If He meant the generation which heard Him say that, as perhaps some might want to argue, then you and I would never have been born. No, He was talking of the generation which would see the return of Israel to its place as a nation among the nations. This happened on May 14, 1948, sixty-nine years ago. How long is a generation in God's timetable? Psalm 90:10 gives us a clue:
 
"The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away."
 
(This last part reminds me of that old faithful gospel song, "I'll Fly Away" and probably is the source of that title.)
 
When He says "all things take place," it is clear that He means the final seven years that are called the Tribulation period, for it ends with Jesus coming to the earth to reign as King of kings on earth for a thousand years. (See Revelation 20.)
 
Based on the accumulation of years since the rebirth of Israel, we are in the range of months only until Jesus comes in the Rapture of the saints.
 
There are other telltale events in this world, also, that indicate that the time is very short. In 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3 Paul tells us that a "falling away" must come before the appearance of the lawless one.  Some argue that this means "taking away" as in the Rapture, which is mentioned later in the chapter as being "when the one who restrains is taken out of the way."
 
I looked at how about 52 English translations and paraphrases recorded that phrase, "falling away," or if it were translated as "taking away" instead. Almost all were using "falling away" or a similar wording as their translation variation. The closest phrase used was "departure," which can easily mean "departure from the faith." None of them specifically identified the phrase with the Rapture, however.
 
It is totally conceivable that the end result of "falling away" from lawfulness will usher in that very image of lawlessness-the devil himself. That turning from lawfulness is confirmed by other Scripture, as follows, in spite of the argument as to the meaning of that phrase in the original Greek:
 
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron..." (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
 
 "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away" (2 Timothy 3:1-5). 
 
"But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived" (2 Timothy 3:13).
 
"Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming?
 
For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men" (2 Peter 3:1-7).
 
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world" (1 John 4:1-3).
 
(I have noted before that an uncle once complained that details of topics of the Bible were not put together under each respective topic heading, as in an encyclopedia, and now I have almost done the same thing. However, here I have quoted Paul, Peter and John to confirm the consistency of the Scriptures as one message.)
 
It is almost unbelievable what we see in the news every day , not only in America but the whole world, the turn to lawlessness. Terrorism runs rampant and it seems no one can get a handle on it with any authority. Political correctness has become the controlling principle for social relationships. There is a faction that is quick to call any contrary judgment to their way of thinking "racism" no matter what is the real issue.
 
Here in America the absolute hate for President Trump is so very vivid in the  liberal side of our culture that there seems to be no way to resolve the differences. The very things which the leftist Democrats have always said they are for are the things Donald Trump promised he would do and is doing them, yet their hate is so strong they will not cooperate at all to get those things done.
 
President Trump is president of the people of America, but he does not fit their mold of a president, so "he just is not presidential." They strongly deny it, but it does appear that they would rather destroy America than to see President Trump succeed.
 
Check the source of their "wisdom." Solomon wrote in Proverbs 9:10, "the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom," so it is no wonder that their default position turns out to be lawlessness, right out of the pit of the devil's habitat.
 
Just like Jesus said, false prophets with their false doctrines are abounding and are giving the masses a casual attitude regarding any sense of impending judgment and the end of the age. A news person the other day told of a bumper sticker that said, "Jesus Is Coming-Look Busy." When sunlight is filtered through darkness, its intensity is greatly diminished and therefore, its effect shows up as increased lawlessness, in spiritual terms.
 
Why does God allow such to happen? There seems to be a principle that God allows mankind to embrace sinfulness in a big way once he has rejected God as his Master. It confirms Man's judgment for his rebellion. Yet, God says He is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" in 2 Peter 3:9.
 
 None will enter the presence of God having not repented and turned away from his rebellion against God and receiving Jesus as his personal Savior, just as John 14:6 declares that none can be saved except through Him. 
 

SATAN'S BATTLE FOR NEW BELIEVERS

by Bill Perkins



 
"Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one   of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away   from the living God." Heb. 3:12 There are myriads of Christians alive today who have been beaten down to unfruitfulness by Satan's relentless tactics. Despite having been saved, winning the victory and securing the undeserved prize of eternal life in heaven, the excitement of trusting Jesus as Lord and Savior eventually is lost as they retreat back into the entanglements and mire of life. Yet we were warned this could happen:
 
 "But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons," 1Tim. 4:1 The Barna Group, a large Christian research company, found that less than 1 percent of the adult population in the United States has a solid biblical foundation. And less than 1/2 of one percent of Christian youth (ages of 18-23) has a biblical worldview. (1)
 
Christians can "fall away" due to deception, temptation or persecution. But the root cause for why Christians fall off the wagon is that the armor of the Word of God was never properly instilled early in their Christian walk.  And without solid armor, without maturing to build your Biblical defenses, you can be easily torpedoed by Satan's lies-which are sure to come.
 
Christians have enough problems dealing with the unbiblical "pray-this-prayer-and-you're-in" style of witnessing.(2) And when they try to build on a sand foundation, the results are predictable. Although this is not a salvation issue, their growth and maturity into solid Believers is at risk.
 
Putting Babies into Battle And who is first in line to teach a new Believer? The person who God uses to lead them to Him. The early oversight, Bible teaching and scriptural protection should first come from those who led them to the Lord!
 
A new Believer is no different than an unarmored baby being sent to battle. Yet most brand-new Christians are usually left to fend for themselves in a new, unfamiliar and wicked spiritual battle.
 
Paul and Peter both referred to Christians starting out as babies.
 
 "like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation," 1Pet. 2:2  "And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able," 1Cor. 3:1-2
 
Most of us had children to raise, or have been around small infants, so think about this implication: God compares a new born-again Believer to a newborn baby!
 
When God blessed Susie and me with babies, they were totally dependent on us feeding them, protecting them and watching over them. If we did nothing, they would have died from lack of nourishment. God placed them into our care and we hovered over them like a mother hen as they slowly grew.
 
And after a while they began to crawl, and we had to keep them from getting into the wrong things. They were too young to know what was dangerous to eat or how to stay away from harmful spots in the house like a hot stove or iron. They were totally dependent on our constant oversight to keep them out of trouble.
 
Then they were able to walk-this was problems times 10! The new mobility made it much harder watching over them. We then REALLY had to pay attention to keep them out of harm's way. If we took our eyes off them for one second, they could get badly hurt!
 
When we took them out of the safe confines of our home, we had to hold their hands to keep them from walking into danger. We could never leave them alone. If we couldn't be there, we got a babysitter or a family member to do our job while we were gone.
 
Then they could run. Oh dear! Problems times ten again! The older our kids became the more we learned to pray for their safety. We taught them Biblical truths with great enthusiasm and applied what they were learning to sports, learning life's lessons, learning to drive, how to dress, and learning responsibility and stewardship. We invested daily into what the Lord had given us, as did most of you reading this with your own kids.
 
And yet a newborn baby growing up is what God uses to illustrate what we're dealing with new born again Believers. But we rarely seem to think of new Believers as being dependent on those whom God uses to convey the salvation message.
 
Let's be realistic. We usually simply give a new Believer a Bible, answer the most basic of questions, maybe find them a church or a Bible study to attend and hope for the best. We certainly don't think that their spiritual maturity has anything to do with the one God used to lead them to Him. But it is directly connected!
 
The Bob Dylan Travesty  I think of the famous singer/songwriter in the 1970s, Bob Dylan, and his conversion some 40 years ago. He was genuinely saved as evidenced by his many public confessions of Jesus being his Lord and Savior, as well as his new Holy Spirit-inspired lyrics that he began to compose.
 
But as a new Believer, he was a babe in Christ without the Biblical armor needed to fend off the Evil One. Yet that didn't stop well-meaning Christians from parading him around like an elephant in a circus tent.
Dylan got pulled in every direction due to his lack of having been afforded the time to adequately build a solid Biblical foundation on which to stand. He ultimately withdrew from even discussing his faith...saying it was private. Such a travesty.
 
If Dylan or any other new Believer, plants deep roots in the Word, they have a fighting chance to stay above the fray. But if they're Bob Dylan 1970 not taught early, it can get ugly quickly as their adversary doesn't waste any time coming after them:
 
 "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart." Matt. 13:19
 
Paul's Delayed Teaching When Paul got saved on the road to Damascus, almost immediately God sent him into the wilderness for years to study the Old Testament before he began teaching in the Church Age (Gal. 1:16-18). This is further evidenced by the over 90 quotes from the Old Testament he referenced in his Epistles.(3)
 
The Bible even warns about taking new Believers and moving them too fast into leadership. Within the long list of leadership characteristics listed in Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus, this one is included:
 
 "and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil." 1Tim. 3:6 The Four Results Of Witnessing Jesus tells us one of four things happens when someone hears Biblical truth, and three of them are bad.
 
1) Satan Snatches Away Truth   "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road." Matt. 13:19
 
2) Persecution Pushes Away Truth  "The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. Matt. 13:20-21 3) Worries and Wealth Choke The Truth  "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Matt. 13:22 4) Hear And Understand Truth "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty." Matt. 13:23 Granted, Jesus wrote that to the Jews under the law, not to those of us living post-cross in the Church Age. But the point is clear for all...our goal for new Believers is for them to UNDERSTAND scripture. We must watch over them until they have built a scriptural armor to stand against the wiles of Satan.

The Believer's Responsibility If God uses you to lead people to Him, we must act as if they are our newborn babies. We have a responsibility to protect them as we nourish them with the Word of God, which becomes their Biblical armor against lies from Satan and the world.
 
We must continuously be aware of their vulnerability to the enemy... that Satan is alive, active and doesn't like this new Believer. And he certainly doesn't want a mature Believer to bloom! So we must stay in contact, either teaching, or see that they are being taught, truth on a daily basis.
 
 "...reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction."          2Tim. 4:2 There are myriads of Christians alive today who have been beaten down to unfruitfulness by Satan's followers' because they didn't get the protection they should have received by those who led them to the Lord. They were sent into battle with little or no defense. And this unseen spiritual battle is really wicked! (Eph. 6)
 
A New Believers Class at church, run by mature Believers, is definitely good. But it's no substitute for the personal, individual accountability a new Believer needs to grow into the mature Believer who can be used mightily by God.
 
So when God causes your witnessing to result in his/her trusting the shed blood of Jesus to pay for their sin and His resurrection defeating death, God has placed a major responsibility in your life. So take the bull by the horns-pray for wisdom and the new baby's protection! What a privilege!
 
          "Train up a child in the way he should go,   Even when he is old he will not depart from it." Prov. 22:6 BP

ESCAPE FROM A FALLEN PLANET


By Pete Garcia




Growing up, I used to listen to a Christian pop-rock band called 'Crumbacher', who released an album in the mid-80's called 'Escape from the Fallen Planet'.  It was a little campy, full of keyboard riffs and cheesy 80's outfits, but looking back on it, I've grown quite fond of the concept of it as in regards to the Rapture.
 
So, it's not that I'm a fan of escapism, but of one day being reconciled to my Creator and becoming what I was intended to become.  Not a tent of flesh, prone to sin and the fallenness of this planet, but a building from God in whom we long to be clothed with. (2 Cor 5:1-5)
 
As Christians, our hope, our reason for drudging on day after day lies in the reality, that Jesus is God, and He promised that one day He would return for us so that we could be where He is.
 
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."  John 14:1-3
 
So where are we?
 
I've often wondered how long exactly the Lord would tarry.  We know His return is imminent in the sense that it could happen at any moment, but would He stay His hand another few decades or come before the end of the month?  Has the 2000 years been enough?  Or does the increasing population on planet earth necessitate a longer time needed to fulfill the final harvest of men and womens' souls?  No one currently alive can peak into the future, and we are explicitly told by Jesus Himself that 'no one will know the day or hour' of His coming.
 
So how do we gauge were exactly we are in history?
 
Aside from scriptures, that leaves only looking around at our current state, and looking into the past to see where we've come from.  We also know, that certain prophetic events that are currently in motion, have if you will, a shelf life.  They just can't continue to go on and on without some sort of finality to them.
 
I have a personal theory that men like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein weren't really gifted with supernatural intelligence.  God just allowed them to use ALL of their brains, unlike most of us who only use a small percentage at any given moment.
 
These men were sprinkled throughout history to allow mankind to progress at a set pace, but not too quickly.  As we have progressed through time, more and more of these men (and women) appear on the scene to quicken the pace in which we progress.
 
But those times have changed, in large part due to the invention of the computer and the internet (thanks Al Gore!). The amount of information available to anyone with access to it is mind boggling.  Today's average person has more information at their fingertips than the smartest men of ages past had their whole lives, which is why we keep leap frogging (technology wise) at an incredible pace.  So based on that, we have a long, long, long period of time when man was limited as far as ability goes, and only just recently (last 100 years or so) have we exponentially exploded with a technological race unmatched in all our short 6,000 year history.
 
The questions are these; if we are physically and biologically the same people we were 500, 1000, 2,000 years ago, why did it take so long for us to get to where we are today?  Why was man limited to the speed of horse up until the early 20th century?  How could we go from building the Great Pyramid before the Noahic Flood to living in mud huts for the better part of 4,000 years following?  What do these have to do with the Rapture of the Church?
 
Dispensations and Creation
 
Looking at the big picture, it would appear that God has allowed mankind a set amount of time.  From Adam until the 2nd Coming, there is a predetermined number of years that mankind will be able to remain in a fallen state and populate this world, conducting what he/she thinks is their affairs in this realm of reality.  Based solely on the history we do have written for us in scriptures, we can know generally how much time has gone by.  So let's do some simple calculations and see how much time man roughly has:
 
If the Age of Man is divided up into Seven parts, matching the order of Creation, and the Seven Letters to the Seven Churches in Revelation marking the age of the Church, it would appear like this:
  1. 1.    Day 1: Age of Innocence: Adam's creation to Fall (unknown time)
  2. 2.    Day 2: Age of Conscience: Fall to Flood (1656 years roughly)
  3. 3.    Day 3: Age of Human Government: Flood-Abraham (427 years???)
  4. 4.    Day 4: Age of Promise: Abraham till the Law (430 years)
  5. 5.    Day 5: Age of Law: Moses until the Cross (1500 years)
  6. 6.    Day 6: Age of Grace (Church): From Pentecost till today (1979 years)
    1. 1.    Ephesus (30-100 AD)
    2. 2.    Smyrna (100-300 AD)
    3. 3.    Pergamos (300-606 AD)
    4. 4.    Thyatira (606 AD- Tribulation)
    5. 5.    Sardis (15th Century-Tribulation)
    6. 6.    Philedelphia (19th Century-Rapture)
    7. 7.    Laodecia (20th Century-Tribulation)
7.   Day 7: Kingdom Age: From 2nd Coming until Great White Throne Judgment (1000 years)
 
The total brings you to about 5,592 years, give or take a few.
 
*I'm not dogmatically holding to these numbers, just throwing these out there to give the general idea.
 
So based on the numbers, IF Creation were represented by one thousand years for each day, mankind would have 7000 years.  But we know that the times do not line themselves up all nice and neat, and some periods are longer than others, but in the end, they would total 7,000 years.  Seven, scripturally signifies perfection and completion.  Since man was created on the 6th day of Creation, it signifies man's imperfection (compared to God) but also may show something else.
 
Man, created in the image of God, was the pinnacle of Creation.  He was the highest order created within the 6 days of Creation, and the world was given unto him to have dominion over (Genesis 1:28).
 
We currently inhabit (somewhere near) the 6,000th year of mankind's existence here on earth that we know of, by recorded history.
 
At the present moment, mankind is at the pinnacle of his existence, having mastered space flight, instantaneous information, and supersonic travel.  We have explored the known and unknown world, mapped the oceans, discovered the complex DNA double helix, and sent our cameras deep into space to explore the rest of the universe.  We have within the past century, created weapons so devastating that we could destroy our world many times over. 
 
We have created a level of luxury attainable by the average person that only the wealthiest royalties of ages past, could only dream of. (think ice cubes, instant meals, automobile travel, television, etc).  It would seem, that man has finally reached again that time when he has dominion over the earth.  Granted, man has coexisted with nature throughout our short time here, but it's only been in the last 100 years that we've harnessed electricity, divided the atom, pulled oil from the depths of the earth, etc.  Man has not conquered natural catastrophes, but we have learned how to forewarn ourselves of everything from hurricanes and tornados, to earthquakes and solar storms. 
 
If for nothing else, based on our level of achievement alone, we should realize that we are the well toward the end of the timeline, on the very trailing edge of our time left in this day and age we live in.  With prophetic scriptures pinpointing exact events that would transpire coming to the forefront of the news daily showing without a doubt, both the validity and accuracy of the Bible telling us where we are.
 
But the earth itself is in revolt, groaning with birth pangs, awaiting it's liberation, as are we Christians.
 
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."  Romans 8:22-23
 
Maybe not the best analogy, but the only thing that comes close is in the same lines that animals can sense an earthquake before an earthquakes strikes, we (Christians) can sense that our deliverance from this fallen planet is very close at hand.  We can feel it in our bones, that our time here is about done, and it makes us all the more excited.  Unlike our unbelieving friends and neighbors who trudge along thinking that this life is all there is, we have something glorious and grand that we look forward to with great anticipation:
 
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Titus 2:13-14
 
There is an escape off this fallen planet, and it is only attainable by the forgiveness of sins, through the shed blood of God Himself on Calvary's cross, some 2,000 years ago.  Jesus died so that man could inhabit eternity with Himself in perfect harmony.
 
He endured allowing His creation to beat Him, spit on Him, pull His beard out of His face, and curse Him so that you and I could become the 'righteousness of God' through His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
 
It is only natural that we 'groan' within ourselves, longing for the redemption of our fallen bodies we inhabit, to finally attain that perfect body, which does not sin (nor wants too) to match that 'new creation' we became when we first believed (2 Corinthians 5:17, Eph 1:13-14) because of our sealing by the Holy Spirit.
 
If only God the Father knows, and we have received salvation through God the Son, and are currently being indwelt by God the Holy Spirit, and they all belong to the same Tripartite Godhead, it is no wonder so many of us believers sense that are redemption draws nigh.
 
From the beginning, Satan has been seeking to undo the Promise God made in Genesis 3:15, beginning with the murder of Abel by his brother Cain.  Six thousand years is about the end of the line for man on this earth, and if for nothing else, written history can only trace back about that long, it would seem that the shelf life for fallen man is about to expire.
 
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." 1 John 3:2-3

Sunday, July 23, 2017

THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS

by Jack kinsella



I've always been a keen student of history, as far back as I can remember. Even before I understood the logic of the question, ''how can you know where you are going if you don't know where you have been?'', the history of man has fascinated me.
I would learn some new historical fact that would explain the reason for some contemporary situation and, bingo! The lights would come on and it would all make sense.
I was always fascinated with the way all the tiny details had to fit together exactly, and what a difference a single change could make to the Big Picture as it exists today.
What if Gavrilo Princip had not shot Franz and Sophie Ferdinand to death on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo?
(Who? I'm glad you asked.)
Gavrilo Princip was a member of a Serbian nationalist terrorist squad. Franz Ferdinand was the Archduke of Austria, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia and heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.
His assassination precipitated the Austria declaration of war that triggered the First World War.
What if Princip was captured or killed before he could do the deed that ultimately killed more than thirty-eight million people? That single event forever changed the course of history, brought down empires, and freed the Holy Land from centuries of Islamic rule.
So, what if Gavrilo Princip missed? What if his weapon misfired? Jerusalem would have remained a minor city in minor province of the Islamic Ottoman Empire. The modern map of the Middle East would not exist. Germany would have no need of a Jew-hating rabble rouser demanding vengeance for its defeat in a war that didn't take place.
A single act by a single person on a single day that essentially created modern history. Who could have predicted such a thing? Yet had this one thing not happened, the world as we know it would not exist.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ was asked by His disciples to outline the signs of His Second Coming in the last days. In His reply, He said,
"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." (Matthew 24:6)
Jesus outlined the signs that would signal His return chronologically.
"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." (v.7-8)
As we go on, it is important to keep our historical perspective. Jesus was speaking from the perspective of His audience, the Jews of Israel.
The history of the 20th century is one of constant war, both hot wars and the Cold War (the ULTIMATE 'rumor" of war), but it was those wars that gave us our present world situation. It was the First World War that liberated the Holy Land from Islamic control.
"Then shall they deliver you [the Jews] up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake. [Christ-killers]." (24:9)
It was the Holocaust of WWII that ultimately resulted in the restoration of Israel in 1948. And it was Israel's declaration of statehood that has driven the course of modern history since.
"And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another." (v.10)
The Arab-Israeli conflict shaped the lines of the Cold War, dominated the United Nations agenda for a half-century, provided the backdrop for the Persian Gulf War, and sparked the current Islamic terror war against the West.
The outline that Jesus gave on the Mount of Olives 2000 years ago is a perfect fit for the outline of world history as this current generation has experienced it.
We grew up amidst the wars and rumors of wars, watched world events literally shape our history before our eyes, from Yasser Arafat's invention of aircraft hijacking as a terrorist weapon of the Middle East in 1968 to the attacks on the US homeland in 2001.
Now, to return to the question: What if Gavrilo Princip had not shot Franz and Sophie Ferdinand to death on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo?
Assessment:
For 1900 years, the prophecies of the signs of the Second Coming just sat there, unfulfilled and largely ignored by students of Scripture. Although the great Reformers like Calvin and Luther wrote commentaries on the entire Bible, neither attempted to expound on either Daniel or Revelation.
Neither made any sense at the time and were written off as "symbolic" or "allegorical".
When the Prophet Daniel, who didn't understand the visions himself, asked the revealing angel what they meant, he was told,
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." (Daniel 12:4)
The Olivet Discourse was similarly written off as 'allegory' by centuries of Bible scholarship, until after Gavrilo Princip shot Franz Ferdinand.
Then the pieces began to fall into place, one by one, detail by detail, from the 'beginning of sorrows' through the Holocaust, to the restoration of Israel, to the 9/11 attacks, right up to the impending Persian/Islamic war just over the horizon.
For Jesus Christ to get it right, Gavrilo Princip had to shoot Ferdinand. The first World War precipitated the rise of a discontented Prussian corporal to Fuehrer of the Third Reich and architect of the Holocaust. The Holocaust precipitated the sudden influx of Jews to Jerusalem and its environs.
All these were the beginnings of sorrows. But they HAD to happen EXACTLY in order for the Words of Jesus, spoken some 1900 years before, to find their fulfillment in this generation.
Bible prophecy is the Signature of its Author. Only God can predict the future.
Logic dictates that in every generation of history from AD 33 to this present day, there has been a Gavrilo Princip, some unknown actor whose actions shaped the events of the next generation.
And EVERY SINGLE ONE of them had to do EXACTLY as they did for Jesus to get it right on the Mount of Olives 2000 years ago.
Had Gavrilo Princip not killed Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in June, 1914, there would be no Israel to be threatened by its Islamic neighbor states in 2007.
Having outlined events as they would happen, 1900 years in advance, Jesus paused to remind His audience, "Behold, I have told you before." (Matthew 24:25)
Bible prophecy is undeniable evidence that the God we worship is no 'cunningly devised fable' to this generation, anymore than it was to Peter when he wrote:
"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty." (2nd Peter 1:16)
We have that same assurance, because, (now think about this!) Bible prophecy provides us with that same EYEWITNESS to His majesty! Nobody else but God could know in advance about all the Gavrilo Princips scattered throughout history.
We are eyewitnesses to history, and that history confirms His Word to the tiniest detail.
The same God Who outlined history in advance also assured us:
"In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:2-3)
He IS coming soon! And He's provided us with all the evidence necessary to prove it.

We need to get the word out.

CLEANING UP THE MESS IN THE SWAMP OF WASHINGTON




The challenges President Trump faces are far reaching, extending to all aspects of governing this great nation-issues that touch our lives in one way or another. They consist of deconstructing radical job killing regulations; repatriating multinational corporations; reforming the complex tax system; repealing the abomination of Obamacare; improving our domestic infrastructure by lifting restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars worth of job-producing American energy reserves like shale, oil, coal, and natural gas; lifting the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and completing energy infrastructure projects such as the Keystone Pipeline.
Rebuilding our military is high on President Trump's list of making America great again (which includes taking care of and honoring our great veterans). He is also working to undo the damage done by the former Obama Administration's crusade to undermine the police.
Additionally, the following issues are also being addressed: crushing militant Islamic terrorism; arresting and deporting illegal alien criminals; securing our borders (which includes building the wall across the southern border), eliminating lawless sanctuary cities, scaling down government overreach imposed by the so-called environmental laws and regulations; strengthening our economy by identifying and ending all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers; dealing with numerous domestic and foreign policies, and restoring America's leadership in the world. These are just some of issues our new president is addressing.
President Trump is encountering intense opposition from many members in Congress when it comes to actually moving forward with various aspects of his pro-America agenda. Many members of Congress are controlled by people who have been never voted into office, primarily unelected bureaucrats (the "swamp").
These special interest groups and lobbyists have a strong hold on Democrats and far too many Republicans. It is too early in Trump's presidency to see how this simmering battle between him and the official "Washington insiders" will play out. Nonetheless, progress is being made; overall our country is already in much better shape than it was before President Trump took office.
In 2016 the Huffington Post, known for its anti-Israel bias predicted that Hillary Clinton had a 98.1% chance of winning the presidency, which would have meant a mere 1.6% chance for Donald Trump to be victorious. The incessant attempts to demoralize the population and stop votes for candidate Trump fizzled-despite the media's all-out blitzkrieg against him. They failed then and as we can see, they are failing today. Despite the brazen ongoing circulation of fake news, overwhelming numbers of patriotic Americans are not buying into the media's hysterical anti-Trump propaganda.
Previous liberal administrations, especially the deceptive lawless Obama Administration have greatly harmed and betrayed our nation-creating so many serious problems that they seem insurmountable. With the stroke of a pen on his way out the door at the end of his term, Obama seized land from Utah and Nevada to add to his total land grab of over 553 million land and sea acreage, making it all unavailable to the American people-declaring it all government property.
He also smugly declared that the action he took cannot be undone; that it is irreversible. Obama was allowed to simply snatch land from under the feet of the American people because of the Antiquities Act of 1906. The Act was initially intended to set aside small portions of land for monuments and national parks, but has since been abused by lawmakers to control large quantities of property.
President Trump is already taking steps to stop this excessive land-grab and find a way to reverse this abuse of government power. He has ordered the Interior Department to review national monument designations dating back twenty years for millions of acres of land, pointing out that former presidents have abused the system. He has vowed to return such authority to citizens and state lawmakers. At issue is the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives president's authority to "protect" land.
President Trump said the law also gives the federal government "unlimited power to lock up millions of acres of land and water" and that it has been used on hundreds of millions of acres. He has vowed to "end these abuses." Government land grabs hinder economic growth by denying the exploration and use of our natural resources-which would ultimately result in energy independence. This government overreach of land confiscation also prohibits human settlement in those specific areas, wasting good land which could be used to build new homes and create thriving communities and businesses.
Government abuses against the American people seem unending. But God still intervenes in our lives and we have a new president who loves and respects this country. He is a great advocate for liberty, individual freedoms and prosperity-the basic tenets upon which this nation was founded-as documented in the Constitution of the United States.
Rogue government officials in every state throughout the U.S.A. are working to undermine the constitutional rights of the American people. Activist liberal judges use their power to abrogate our constitutional system; they wrap their judicial tyranny around the lives of the American people.
Judges are not appointed to conduct foreign policy undermining federal laws and the constitutional powers of the president of the United States. But Obama appointees are doing exactly that (for the time being until they can be stopped by the United States Supreme Court). We can see a concentrated effort by corrupt leftist activist judges trying to stop President Trump from enforcing existing laws and succeeding as president.
A pattern has been established over the years by liberal Democratic presidents appointing biased leftist judges to actively work against the rule of law, which in turn helps facilitate the implementation of lawless global tyranny. When liberals lose at the ballot box they turn to judicial activists to get their way.
Political espionage is another unconstitutional weapon being used to try to take down our new president. The tentacles of the globalist criminals are strategically woven into all aspects of government, education, business, you name it-their evil presence can be found nearly everywhere.
The Scriptures encourage Christians to be aware of what is going on around them, to watch for signs leading to the end of the Church Age and Jesus' return. By being aware of what is going on politically and globally we can better discern the times in which we live, and better reinforce to others the many reasons why the need to accept Jesus' free gift of salvation is so necessary.
"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober " (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6).
President Trump is obviously for the American people, and our new pro-life president does not shy away from acknowledging Almighty God. He is taking deliberate steps to undo the damage done by the enemies of American sovereignty. President Trump is working to strengthen our God-given rights for the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
On April 18, 2017, the same day President Trump signed his "Buy American, Hire American" executive order, Adam Credo reported in the Washington Free Beacon that federal authorities have opened investigations into radical Islamic terrorists in all 50 states, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS warned that the threat of terrorism in the United States has reached an all time high with radicalized individuals in the country plotting to strike "each and every single day." This effort to make our country safer, identify and weed out dangerous people would have never happened under Obama's watch.
We can thank the previous Obama Administration, former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for keeping our borders wide open for decades. Many enemies of this country have already invaded our country. The Trump Administration has been able to dramatically slow down the flow of illegal aliens entering our nation, but it will take more time and effort to firmly secure the borders, and to find ways to carefully vet those who seek to enter the USA.
We can also credit former president, Bill Clinton for enabling North Korea to have nuclear weapons; a very delicate and dangerous situation threatening the world at this very moment. "The North Korean deal of 1994 is the prototype for why open societies should not negotiate arms control agreements with rogue regimes," said Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy at Pepperdine University. "The North Koreans duped Jimmy Carter-an emissary of Clinton, and the Clinton Administration to subsidize the North Korean nuclear program in exchange for the counterfeit promise that North Korea would limit itself to civilian nuclear power."
Obama made the same terrible mistake with his Iran deal. He made a deal with the number one terrorist state, essentially enabling it to eventually create nuclear weapons. Whenever Obama tried to undermine Israel during his tenure as president, his anti-Semitic bias and hatred of God's chosen nation was loud and clear. The disastrous deal he made with Iran is most dangerous for Israel. These reckless liberal presidents need to be held accountable for the damage they have done to the security of our nation and others.
President Trump's call for "extreme vetting" is greatly needed and methods to investigate those who are already here illegally or legally must be a priority-in order to identify and stop those who intend to cause us harm.
We can be sure those who comprise the fascist left-the irrational hate-filled hostile Democrats, the leftist lapdog media along with some turncoat Republicans, rogue Washington insiders, liberal lawless activist judges and the paid loony activist protesters (agitators) will continue to oppose President Trump's administration as they work to stop the efforts of the globalists-the godless tyrants who are trying to takeover our sovereign nation. With God's help, positive inroads will be made by President Trump to investigate and bring to justice those who pose a threat to our country.
We know one of the methods of the fascist left is to target good people and try to take them down. When it comes to President Trump, they have outdone themselves and yet he remains standing. His pro-America agenda is moving forward. He has made a lot of progress in a very short time.
An example of how deranged and brainwashed some people have become can be seen in this "news" headline recently posted on a number of websites: "Cry Baby Students Say Truth Is a Tool of White Supremacists." I am unable to come up with any words to adequately comment on such a ridiculous statement and belief. But it makes perfect sense when analyzing the ongoing demise of any kind of common sense to be found amongst the dumbed-down, brainwashed population.
The politically correct days of not investigating mosques and other possible terrorist hideouts may be over, thanks to the Trump Administration's new policies of stopping terrorism full-force, and not appeasing the enemy. According to DHS Secretary John Kelly there have been at least 37 "ISIS-linked plots to attack our country" since 2013, a number that shows no signs of diminishing. Even with the recent slow-down of illegal aliens entering our country, our borders still need to be effectively secured.
Secretary Kelly, in his first wide-ranging public address on the threat of terrorism in America since taking office, warned that there is evidence terror-linked individuals continue to exploit our national security weaknesses and are entering the United States. All of these security weaknesses can be attributed to the previous presidents who took a weak stance on enforcing immigration laws.
I will never forget when George W. Bush made this gushing doe-eyed statement, "Family values don't stop at the Rio Grande River." He was (is) all for illegal aliens getting into and staying in our country under the guise of "charitable" amnesty. I knew then for sure that he is a sell-out open borders globalist just like Obama and the Clinton's.
To add fuel to the fire of Islamic terrorism, in May of 2011, the former administration of Barack Hussein Obama eliminated the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program requiring non-citizens from high risk countries to register in a federal database-primarily Arab and Muslim men from many high risk countries. How progressive of Obama to make it easy for Muslim terrorists to penetrate our borders and place the lives of Americans at risk.
"We don't know their intentions," John Kelly said during an address at George Washington University. "We don't know why they're here or why they're coming. We are completely blind to what they're capable of." The United States, he continued, is "under attack" from a wide variety of bad actors, including "failed states, cyber-terrorists, vicious smugglers, and sadistic radicals."
President Trump said those very same things again and again during his presidential campaign, warning Americans that the flood of illegal aliens into the U.S. must stop; that many dangerous people with bad intentions are living amongst us with many more trying to get in. He also stressed that many individuals come into our country legally through various Visa programs posing as students or any number of legally accepted identities; but their true intentions to cause Americans harm could be masked.
This type of assessment from the current Department of Homeland Security should cause every American to support stronger immigration policies, and at the very least-support the strict enforcement of immigration laws that already exist. Yet we continue to find willfully ignorant people in every aspect of government, media and in all walks of life-dismissing the truth of terrorist threats and other serious problems that work against the safety and well being of the American people.


President Trump has tried to awaken people to the dangers around us but as the saying goes, "The patients are running the asylum." The arrogant cynics refuse to listen. Instead they relentlessly mock our president and anyone who holds to conservative principles and a virtuous way of life. When a major terrorist attack hits the U.S. the same psychotic people who have ignored the president's warnings will blame him.
I see all these issues as a strong indication of the end-times; so many people are self-absorbed, deceived and so full of hate that they have no common sense. A demonic rage is seething from so many people that we can be sure that the "father of lies" (John 8:44) is working overtime in the spiritual realm to keep his useful stooges actively participating in anything dark and sinister.
When the Tribulation begins, these same people will line up to support the Antichrist and the False Prophet. I don't see that the spiritual apathy of the majority of these gullible naysayers and opponents of God and individual liberty dissipating. They are far too self-righteous and fully committed to bringing down our Judeo-Christian way of life.
President Trump has said many times over that he has inherited "A mess." The "mess" is enormous. It is evident that he has a huge number of issues to deal with, far beyond what any of us can fully know. Most believers understand that we are living in a spiritual war zone. We can see that the battles fought in the spiritual realm are manifesting in the physical world through the hostile irrational behavior of individuals and groups.
Evil is well represented and its advocates are increasing in number. The hatred for President Trump is very similar to the hatred toward Israel. Both President Trump and Israel are treated with great disdain by much of the world. The ongoing efforts to delegitimize Trump's presidency and deny Israel's right to exist are very telling of growing satanic strongholds.
Every day we can see evidence and signs of thousands, if not millions of demonically oppressed people behaving in ways that can only be explained in spiritual terms. We see it in the crazed anti-Trump brigades. We see it in the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel mantras and threats; and of course in many other aspects of this life.
Some of these lost souls serve phantom gods that don't exist; some proudly profess atheism. The only "safe zone" is with Jesus. We must trust Him completely and keep His words close to our hearts, and share the gospel with those willing to listen. The broad road to eternal destruction is getting very crowded (Matthew 7:13).
"Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:2-4).