The Word of God clearly teaches that in the very Last Days, one of the main SIGNS of the TIMES to look for will be the great FALLING AWAY of those who profess to be Christians. Jesus clearly teaches that in the very Last Days, the lost will become more and more blinded from hearing Biblical truth, because many who claim to be God’s anointed will NOT be preaching the whole truth! Jesus clearly teaches that He will come back one day. However, it will only happen when many within the mainline church stop looking for Him to come (1 Tim 6:3-15, 2 Tim 4:1-8, Rev Ch’s 2-3). Could we be living in that time? “Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the APOSTASY comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come]” (2 Thess 2 :3 Amp, Amos 8:11-12). It appears that many who have eliminated the last days’ message of the soon coming of our Lord from their Sunday sermons have been devastated.
Unfortunately, right before our Lord comes for His bride, too many who claim to be God’s anointed, will be reaching this unsaved world through many Newspaper headlines that read: “Lutherans welcome 7 gay pastors.” “Episcopal court finds pastor guilty of theft.” ‘Abortion doctor killed in church.” “Pastor takes leave amid allegations of gay sex and the illegal use of drugs.” “The Gospel of Prosperity. Who really prospers?” “Minister held on incest charge.” “Does God want you to be rich? Yes, say some mega churches. Others call it HERESY!” “Presbyterian Church OKs gay ordinations.” “Scholars wrap up vote on Gospels, 80% of Jesus’ Words ruled out.” “Ohio Episcopalians split on banning gays from clergy.” “Church clears minister and finds him innocent for disobeying church rules for performing a lesbian unity ceremony.” “Christians addicted to porn.” “Televangelist eyed in funds lawsuit.” “Prominent clergyman accused of sex assault.” “No Christmas bail for jailed pastor.” “Abortion doctor killed in church.”(Local news papers). Is this the fruit of much of the mainline church and is this how the church is supposed to be reaching this hurting world with the love and truth of Jesus? “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Tim 4:1). “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God”(1 Pet 4:17).
Ever since California passed the gay marriage law in 2008, they have experienced RECORD BREAKING forest fires and a financial collapse like never before. For the past few years, the United States has also experienced many record breaking and catastrophic weather related problems to mainly include unusual mini TORNATEOS in mountain areas, hail storms and earthquakes! The last burst of approximately 245 TORNATOES that hit N. Carolina in April, killed over 40 people and devoured the land and Texas is knee deep in ashes. People are sitting back and wondering why the economy is crumbling. This current government is going to cut back on teachers, yet leave the high school grads of today with the largest deficit ever in U.S. history. Friends, God’s Word clearly teaches that He will not bless a nation that has turned their backs on Him. Get ready, all hell is about to unfold! (Ps 9:17).
Jesus clearly explains that there will be one Last Day’s generation that will see all of the Biblical signs from the heavens and from the earth, unfold in a powerful way, UNLIKE EVER BEFORE! “Jesus also teaches that when much of the church falls away from the faith, and ALL of the catastrophic signs BEGIN to INCREASE at the same time on a global scale, the true believer would know that the coming of our Lord is near. One thing is sure, all of the signs of the times are not decreasing; they are INCREASING all around the world! “But you brothers are not in darkness so that this Day should surprise you like a thief” (1Thess 5:4). “But let us encourage one another, and all the more as you SEE the DAY APPROACHING” (Heb 10:25).
Jesus teaches that EARTHQUAKES will INCREASE in the very last days (Matt 24:7-8, Luke 21:10-11). As we see the EARTHQUAKES increase around the world each day, we wonder what area of the world could be crushed next. Could California be next? If you look at the most recent earthquake charts in America, you will see that many are taking place on the coasts of California. Weekly reports show us that earthquakes are increasing on a global scale, not only in volume, but also in magnitude. The latest 9.0 that hit Japan has set the earth off of its normal rotational cycle. The 9.0 earthquake in Asia a few years back, was sending waves through the ocean at 500 miles per hour. Scientists say that it could have also disturbed the earth’s rotation. The same was reported concerning last year’s 8.8 earthquake that hit Chile. “The Chile quake probably affected Earth’s rotation and shortened the day by 1.26 million of a second, says NASA scientist.”
What about this global warming issue? Is GLOBAL WARMING a reality? Could it be that the huge brown clouds that hover over major cities around the world are going to go away? Are the clouds increasing or decreasing? Could it be that global warming has triggered the global weather systems, which is causing the unusual weather behavior around the world? What about the unusual floods and mudslides that have taken place in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana and in the various locations in California and in many other areas around the world? What about the increase of the size of hailstones that have been reported within the past few years, punching holes the size of basketballs in the roofs of houses? What about the record breaking snow storms in the Eastern states? Can global warming trigger larger summer hail and more winter snow? “And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great HAILSTORM.” “From the sky huge HAILSTONES of about a hundred pounds each fell on men” (Rev 11:19, 16:21).
Recent reports also show that the increase of VOLCANIC ACTIVITY could be another contributing factor in global warming. In January 2005, Guatemala declared a state of alert, after three volcanoes have became active after 31 years. The current iceberg warnings show that there is more activity taking place in the Antarctica. Larger icebergs are now being reported. Scientists are now concerned that the loose burgs could start to collide and crumble faster, causing more fresh water to enter the salt water stream, which was illustrated in the movie, The Day After Tomorrow. This could explain why some small islands, that have been inhabited for thousands of years are now starting to be submerged completely under water. The current report coming from Time Magazine, April 3 2006, clearly confirms that global warming is a very alarming reality. Current events clearly show us that the tornadoes have tripled within the past few years. Floods, hail, torrential rain; hurricanes and catastrophic events are at an all time high as we can clearly see that they are building even more momentum. Even the precious coral in the eastern Caribbean Sea has researchers devastated because of its massive losses. Sea grasses are starting to disappear in widespread masses, which is also affecting the natural ocean cycles. Reports show that one-third of the coral has died in areas regularly monitored. What about the OZONE? Reports show that even though the hole is starting to close because of the chemical band, enormous levels of greenhouse gases are increasing. Reports show that the greenhouse gases have doubled within the past 30 years. Is the Polar Bear’s natural habitat coming to an end? What about the Pine Beetle eating the forest away? Could the major oil spills that took place a year ago have been a contributing factor concerning several reports of birds falling out of the sky? What about the reports of dolphins washing up on shore along with many other sea life to include star fish.
What’s going on in the HEAVENS? “There will be signs in SUN, moon and STARS. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror and their hearts will fail them, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the HEAVENLY BODIES will be SHAKEN ” (Luke 21:25-26) Reports show us that in 2003, one of the biggest sunspots in a decade ejected a massive cloud of charged gases which streaked toward the Earth at a million miles per hour. Another major solar flair exploded a few days later, knocking out high-frequency radio communications across the United States. Revelation 6:13 indicates that the STARS, which translates to ASTEROIDS, will fall from the sky, during the very beginning of the great tribulation, and will hit the earth (Rev 6:12-14). Reports show, dating back 10 years that a 1,000-foot asteroid missed the earth by only six hours. On May 14th 1996, an asteroid passed within 280,000 miles of the Earth, by astronomical terms, “a bullet burn.” Reports also show that there is an asteroid the size of a house flying between the Earth and the moon once per day, and an asteroid the size of a football field flying between the Earth and moon, one every month. November of 2003 Earth Watch reported that a man from India dropped dead on the spot as he saw an asteroid blaze across the land. January 2005 Earth Watch reported a 35-pound meteor hitting a house in Iran. National Geographic “ASTEROID” showed how a cluster of asteroids hit Jupiter in 1994. Other reports show how another asteroid hit Jupiter in 2009. Several near-earth asteroids have been reported throughout the past 10 years and they appear to be increasing. “and the STARS in the sky fell to the earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind” (Rev 6:12-14- Strong’s Concordance-Greek #792 means “aster”).
In addition to fearful events, could the Trade Center disaster have been prophesied hundreds of years ago in the Holy Bible to illustrate the magnitude of VIOLENCE in the Last Days? Zephaniah 1:16-17, KJ, says, “A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the HIGH TOWERS.” In the Gideon paperback Bible that is sent into prisons, Zephaniah 1:16-17, is located on page 911.
Has VIOLENCE increased in these last days? Jesus teaches us in Luke 17:26-28 that the people will be living just as they were in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot, when He returns. With the absence of God in our school systems, rebellion, destruction and devastation can only be expected. News reports clearly show us that violence is literally out of control. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 teaches us that violence and immorality will increase in the last days. Each night on the news we can see violence being reported. Each night we turn on the news to hear the reports of violence, rape, murder, gunpoint robbery, theft, bombings, drug trafficking, sexual immorality and greed. How close are we? Newspapers clearly show that society is becoming barbaric in violence. The combination of a godless society and the use of deadly drugs is at the heart of outrage and violence in these last days. Is God lifting His hedge of protection off of society?
When you push God out of the picture, devastation increases. Jesus said in Luke 21:10-11, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. “There WILL BE great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” Are the worldwide sicknesses and diseases getting better or worse? What about violence and terrorism? Should we be standing up behind the pulpit preaching health, wealth and prosperity? Or should we be preaching fire and brimstone, turn or burn, get right or get left behind (Luke 21:34-36, 1Thess 1:9-10, Rev 3:10-11)?
What is the main purpose of this ALERT? Jesus commands all who claim to be Christians to come out from among the world and to face up to BIBLICAL reality. Unfortunately, there are way too many that claim to be born-again, yet they are being more conformed to the pattern of this world. What does the Word of God say? “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 in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live Holy and Godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with His promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of RIGHTEOUSNESS”(2 Peter 3:10-13).
Current reports show that some of the fundamental Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious groups are getting together to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, which is a major sign of the times. Who is the temple being prepared for? The Middle East countries, one at a time, are rising up against their current leaders and they are getting ready to roll out the red carpet for their long-awaited Messiah, who is about to entire onto the scene.
Remember friends, the true church is supposed to be RESTRAINING the anti-Christ from coming forth. Soon Jesus will take the true restrainer out of the way when He comes (2 Thess 2:1-12). Those who are playing church will be left behind to meet the anti-Christ, face to face (Matt 25:1-13, Rev Ch’s 2-3). The good news is that God will deliver those who have remained faithful in these very Last Days. “They tell how you TURNED to God from idols, to SERVE the living and true God, and to WAIT for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead–Jesus who RESCUES us from the coming wrath (1Thess 1:9-12, Luke 21:34-36, Heb 9:28, 2 Pet 2:1-10, 3:1-12, Rev 3:10-11).
It is the FEAR of the Lord that generates the urgency which will sustain our Christian life, here on earth, while we are eagerly waiting for our Lord to come. “The FEAR of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction”(Prov 1:7). “The FEAR of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom” (Prov 9:10). “For God has not given me a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2Tim 1:7).
Until next time, Jesus is coming very soon, are you going to be ready? For questions or comments, please call Michael 303-726-5585.