The Aftermath Of Sandy: Conditioning The World For What’s To Come

Several politicians “floated the buoy,” and signaled that there must be preparation for what will happen after the hurricane pass.

Of course, they were referring to the cleanup, restoration of electrical power to homes and business, rescue and recovery efforts of first responders, and the monetary damage in its wake.

But no one really anticipated the lack of gas for automobiles, trucks, and other essentials. For the first time in over 40 years, we’ve seen gas lines just like during the Carter Administration.

I remember my dad having to drive cab and go to the gas station every other day and wait on line. All throughout the country, people were getting on line for gas. This brought about the strategic petroleum initiative where during a crisis, the United States would be able to tap into these reserves until the crisis is resolved.

But here were are again. But in the northeast.

In looking back at the oil crisis in the late 1970’s, it opened my eyes to the end times where goods and services would be rationed or during the seven year tribulation period, if you did not have the mark of the beast in the right hand or on your forehead, you were prohibited from buying or selling (see Revelation 13:16-18).

I know that there are a lot of pre and post tribulation beliefs, but this is not the time to argue about that, so please save your comments along the lines of arguing to prove your point about pre-trib for another time. Just write a blog about it.

Any way, there is no question that we are seeing a conditioning for governments to take action at the expense of people. Never would I thought to see the day where soldiers would walk the cities, armed and ready to do battle. Watching police units train on the level of special weapons and tactics (SWAT) to go after criminals that walk the street with military grade weapons.

Close Quarters Battle is an urban thing.

But now, we are seeing regular deployment of military forces on the federal and state level (National Guard). Terrorism changed the climate and playing field to where, at anytime, the government will impose a “marital law” on its own citizens. We all know that freedom is never free, but the freedoms that we used to enjoy is now removed because of the paranoia of government. But it’s more than that. Governmental paranoia is smoke screen for the willful intent to control apart from the rule of law, its citizens.

These are the end times.

All across the world we are seeing our militaries¬†cozy” up to each other by training together. This is not something new. During my days as a Navy Cold War veteran, we’ve always trained with allied forces to tighten up integration to ensure tactical cohesion in the event the Soviet Union crossed the line, so to speak.

During the Cold War, NATO forces were defending true democracy against Soviet aggression. In a way, there is still some measurable distrust but they have subsided because of the monetary pursuit of nations.

Wars of the future are now about money instead of Idealism.

Paul said it very powerfully, by the Spirit of God in 1 Timothy 6:10….

“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”

After all, covetousness is what brought us to the current economic crisis to begin with. This form of covetousness is consistent with the sins of the flesh. And the Lord Jesus touched on this in Luke 12:13-21.

A young man complained to the Lord about his brother not sharing the inheritance. But Jesus cut right to the chase and shared about covetousness.

Paul called covetousness idolatry (see Colossians 3:5). Idolatry, according to the Greek Interlinear means “image worship.”

So the young man that approached Jesus was worshipping the inheritance. Whatever was left behind by his father, it turned into an idol and he bowed down and worshipped possessions. He was obsessed with possession to the degree that he sought the Lord to join in his obsession, but the Lord Jesus would have no part with it and set him straight.

Remember when the Lord Jesus was tempted of the devil?

The devil took Jesus “on a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.”

And the devil said to Him…“All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I will give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

Like the true snake that he is, the devil offered to the Lord Jesus what was already His.

Did you see this?

The worship of things always lead to the worship of the devil.

Covetousness is idolatry.

We know that idolatry is demon worship so the way the devil gets his worship is when you start worshipping your car, your house, your money.

Eventually, you start worshipping you. When you go to the gym or the beauty shops and parlors, your appearance is an image. The outward human is now worshipped. Then the body expresses further self worshipping through commission of sexual immorality in fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bisexuality, porn and self gratification, commonly called masturbation.

The worship of you.

The things of the world is not really yours outright anyway.

It all belongs to the Creator and we are stewards of what we possess. If we were to remain on the earth and if we were the creator of the thing, we would be out right owners of what we possess. But because we have to die, we are stewards.

It gets turned over to others after we die. Or it gets turned over to the Lord after He restores all things. Then after a thousand years, a new heaven and a new earth will be made. Regardless. Ownership belongs to the Lord.

I said all this to say this….

The conditions of the aftermath of Sandy is further conditioning the generation that now is, and should the Lord Jesus tarry, the generation behind us, of the condition that is to come.

Already we are seeing a continual deterioration of the spiritual fiber of pastors, ministers, bishops, and elders. We are seeing false apostles, prophets, and teachers rise up from within the church. We have seen sexual immorality topple churches. For years, the homosexual agenda to infiltrate and now, boldly plant churches, and multiply, is the current trend. Just look at the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops and other similar “credentialed” organizations (see GCMWatch.com for this story).

The face of the church is just changing to attract those trapped in the sin of sexual immorality to find a safe haven where they could sin at will and worship Jesus simultaneously.

Sexual immorality is the new religion.

For the African American, we are seeing a continual reduction in our numbers. If African Americans could see that as long as we remain ignorant of the times we are in, we will not look at abortion as one of many demonic tools to further decimation of our numbers. We will never look at homosexuality and lesbianism as a threat to our existence.

Two men and two women cannot procreate.

We’ve always looked at the disproportionate numbers of African American males incarcerated. If we fail to look at this diabolical plan to keep us away from the economic empowerment that we’ve sought for years, we will continue to buy products that we do not need through credit and unfair lending practices. Not that I am a fan of borrowing because the borrower is slave to the lender.

By the way, the purchasing power of African Americans could eclipse the total wealth of the American government if we would stop aborting our children. If we stop and do things the way the Lord intended by getting married and having children, and raise them in the Lord. Instead of fornicating and having love children through adultery, we could raise up righteous seed to bring about the changes in our societies that would glorify God.

African Americans makes up roughly 12% of the American population. According to George Barna, 6% attend church. It doesn’t mean that the entire 6% know the Lord. It is indicative of the fact that we know where to find God. While White Americans are still the majority, they attend church much less.

A white man once said, (paraphrasing) that the Black man is the most powerful preacher. Do not let this get to your head. We now preach messages of inclusion and prosperity, and we are still economically impotent. Besides, when the true power of the gospel is preached, society is liberated, when they heed the Word of God, and make Jesus Lord.

Pastors have defected and they are coming out of the closet, and they are taking many that are confused, lukewarm, carnal people, to hell with him or her. Professing to know Him, but deny Him with the way they act (see 1 John 1:7-10).

We all know that worshipping Jesus and deliberately and intentionally participating in sin is impossible because of Romans 1:18-32, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, and 1 John 3:7-9, 5:1-5.

Jesus is not Lord over the house of whores, homosexuals, and other blatant sins of the flesh and mind.

Catholicism has always been labeled as part of the system of Babylon. For centuries, they have been harboring sexual immorality and their hidden shame is exposed for all the world to see. For an organization that is against homosexuality and abortion, the sins of their organization is the only thing that they are really known for.

Also, for the first time, at least to my recollection, the election day may be moved because the northeast is recovering. In the air is so many lies, misconceived and misconstrued theories, and other rumors that is bringing more confusion to what is a very confusing election year.

That’s why there is no Biblical mandate to vote. There is only a Biblical mandate to pray. You do not have to listen to God, the Word of God, or His true ministers. You are a free moral agent and you can do what you want. But I have made a decision not to vote.

Except for Jesus to be Lord over the nations. Hands down, He has dominion anyway, so why not go and vote for God? The political pundits, and even religious or even evangelical pastors and people are voting for Mitt Romney. Folks, I’m not fooled in the least. Just because you say you believe in God, it doesn’t mean that you are a shoe in. Besides, Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and Mormonism is a cult. So hands down, it’s a no vote for me.

We all know that president Obama is pro homosexual and pro abortion. So, that’s another person that will not get my vote.

But what is this all leading up to?

More end time issues.

Oh, by the way. The Lord has a way of setting the stage. No matter what the plans of men may be, the Lord knows how to interrupt these plans. The Lord did not speak a word through this storm. Natural disasters are a result of the fall of Adam. The timing of such disasters, however, cannot be ignored. Halloween was postponed, at least in the areas hit by Sandy.

Natural disasters are not planned by man but they are a result of the fallen state of man. Natural disasters further put a damper on any economic recovery in the northeast. Covetousness already decimated people’s lives. Add to these sorrows natural disasters and what you are now watching is a struggle just to live.

But thank God Jesus is still on the right hand of the throne of majesty. Thank God that His Word never changes. Thank God that your name is written in heaven and that you are a child of God.

That no matter what happens, you are watched and kept by God. That nothing that the devil does will separate you from the love of God. That nothing that this earth can do, in terms of natural disasters, could disrupt our spirit and in truth worship of God.

We must remember what’s important.

Loss of life, family, material, and other things is devastating. But when you have the Lord on your side, it makes what you are going through bearable. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. We are over-comers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. In Christ, we are always led in triumph.

The sufferings of this present hour cannot be compared with the glory that shall be revealed.

So, take a good look as you walk or drive around NYC or any part of the United States that was hit by Sandy.

What you are seeing is what is to come, but on a scale unimagined.

But for the saints of God, you can look up to the God of our salvation, and hope in Him. He will bring His expectation for you to pass.

Do not let the aftermath of Sandy drive you to depression, despair, and heartlessness. Do not dwell in hopelessness.

The Lord is on our side, and Jehovah is His name. He is a Strong Tower, and a Mighty Fortress is He. The Right Arm of the Lord does valiantly. Trust in the Lord God, Jehovah, for in Him is everlasting strength.

Economic Catastrophic Disaster

by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor. Economic Catastrophic Disaster Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

For the last 20 years, the current economic system is showing clear signs of an impending catastrophic collapse. Not just in the United States but around the world.

Two instruments opened the door for this to occur.

One, China entering the WTO (World Trade Organization) and two, the Free Trade Agreement.

The economic pressure is rising and must release a cataclysmic disaster that will be unrecoverable by mere humanistic means. While there were other factors that opened the door for a complete global economic collapse, the Bible clearly speaks to the events surrounding our time.

For instance, James 5:1-6.

“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.”

Where the Word says, “he does not resist you,” is evidence of a person giving up without a fight. For many, death is more welcomed than continuing in suffering. “Just kill me,” is their cry.

This crying out is evidenced in Libya, Greece, London(?), and Syria. Famine is hitting Somalia and other nations where millions of people and children are dying in the thousands.

Just as I was thinking about this, the Lord took me back to the Book of Genesis. The sons of Noah in particular. The Lord told me that Ham had his day. Shem had his day, and Japheth, his days are coming to a close.

If you look at the prophecy of Daniel. Daniel 2:28 says, “But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.”

Notice the latter portion. “…what will be in the latter days.”

It is amazing that the Lord sets in motion the final events from the time the Israelis were exiled to Babylon. Why? The book of Revelation speaks of the Great Whore, Babylon in Revelation 14.

The current financial system is about to close in dramatic fashion to set itself up for the arrival of the kingdom of Babylon as declared in the book of Revelation. All across the world, we are seeing clear indications of many nations attempting to climb out of a slippery financial pit just to get sucked under as part of the beginning of the end of all things.

The only humanistic answer that the European nations and the United States have is to raise the debt ceiling or make more loans to itself. Bailout or borrow to pay for what we borrowed. This kind of madness is very risky.

Billions of people are maxed out on credit cards and loans. The United States government is experiencing what every American in debt is experiencing and they are using the same system imposed on it’s people to attempt to bail itself out of debt.

Billions of people do not have jobs to pay for what was borrowed, let alone provide for their basic needs. Many are strategically defaulting because their pay, for those that are working, will never be able to catch up to pay down their debt, taxes, and the increased cost of living.

Greed has finally caught up to every person on the planet.

Just look across your towns, municipalities, and “empires.” Businesses are closing. The buildings that they once occupied are closed. For “sale” or for “lease” signs are all across the nation. Small businesses are closing because no one is buying their products. People are unemployed. State budgets are beyond saving. Most states are selling their own properties to attempt to close their out of control budget gaps.

Some states are touting their fiscal discipline but it will be short lived. Many other states are attacking unions to destroy their bargaining agreements and pensions. Companies are laying off thousands of workers to save their bottom lines.

Come to think of it.

Perhaps Bernie Madoff and Ken Lay saw what was about to come. Panicked. And started to store up or have a good time because it would be the last time anyone would have good times. One is serving time and the other one is dead.

It is time for the church to grasp this reality.

Throw away the error of the gospel of prosperity.

It is time to preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ commensurate with the times we are currently living in.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 says,

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

Verse 11 says, “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

Have you ever watched a movie when the part comes where destruction is about to come and someone is told to run but they don’t run? They ask a whole lot of questions, questioning why they have to run. Then some of them end up dead or barely escaped disaster?

So it is with many of you that do not pay attention to the Scripture above. I and God cannot make you run, but after you are destroyed, when it’s too late, it’s the only time when what is said here makes any kind of sense to you.

We are not about to enter into desperate times.

We are in desperate times.

Doomsday is no longer a great novel.

Doomsday is at the door.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, “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!”

Already we are seeing regular families struggle. Recently, I read where a mother killed her son and then committed suicide because she was unable to financially make ends meet.

China sent a message to the United States through the New York Times (NYT) telling us the truth. The United States is addicted to debt. This is a clear sign to the US that the sins of this nation are approaching full. The judgment for sexual sins, covetousness, abortion, and blasphemy against the Lord have come upon her and the Christian church.

This is too gloomy. Could you please preach nice things preacher?

No!

It’s time to face reality and preach the Word of God in season and out of season. Whether you want to hear it or not.

Because these are the times that the Lord warned us about. Forget about any return to the good ol’ days. From here on out, we are going to see more financially destructive times. Just pay attention to 1 Timothy chapter 6 and verse 11.

Just as Paul told Timothy. “But you, O man of God, flee these things…

And while you are running, you might as well… “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

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