Since there has been a good head of steam to legitimize the sin of homosexuality, the foundation was laid years ago when adultery and fornication became a regular occurrence on the job, in church, and in other places.
The continued erosion of righteousness, loss of morals, and a clear disregard for the Word of God undoubtedly was a plan of the devil long ago.
Here is a Scripture to consider.
2 Peter 3:1-4 says “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 (mockers) 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.”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (Proverbs 1:7a)
As a little child, I would remember that when dad or mom would tell us to behave and then walk out the door, if we misbehaved, we would be in big trouble.
Today it’s no different.
The Lord Jesus went back to heaven to be seated at the right hand of God, but He said He would be coming back.
Well, just like what the Spirit of God said through Peter, many mocked the coming of the Lord. They are walking according to their own lusts. They all say, “Nothing’s changed. We might as well keep on doing what we were doing all along.”
Only, it’s gotten worse.
In the blink of an eye, homosexuality is gripping the nation. The next thing on the horizon is the forcing of the church to accept homosexuality. Talk about forcing something down someone’s throat?
Sexual immorality is one of the signs of the end times.
Jesus alluded to this in Luke 17:26-30 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”
In Noah’s day, the people’s imaginations were only evil continually. In Lot’s day, perversion called homosexuality permeated the region. In both instances, destruction came.
The push is on to legalize and normalize homosexuality in this nation. In other parts of the world, we see that the sin of homosexuality is normalized. But at a great price. Proponents of the sin of homosexuality hate the Scriptures.
In the Word of God is God’s mind about the sin of homosexuality.
The sin of homosexuality is “an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22.
In the book of Romans, chapter one, those that practice the sin of homosexuality receive “…in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Romans 1:27.
As I have said previously, proponents of homosexuality can make all the laws they want to legalize homosexual marriage, but they cannot write laws to stop the “penalty of their error which was due.”
In other words, they cannot stop diseases from manifesting in their bodies should they insist on continuing in sexual sins.
The two eras of time, Noah and Lot, is a clear sign that we are in the last days and that the coming of the Lord is nearer than when we first believed.
Jesus said, “Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” Matthew 24:12.
1 John 3:4, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”
The fool-safe proof that the sin of homosexuality is lawlessness is the manifestation of sexually transmitted diseases.
Because people do not believe the Word of God, the diseases that manifest ought to be deterrence enough. However, we see that they refuse the admonition and prohibition of the Scriptures, and the disease manifests. “The penalty of their error which was due.”
Many people are inflicted with HIV/AIDS and other STDs, some as a direct involvement in the sin of homosexuality, others as a result of “collateral damage.”
The suffering continues but it is a clear sign that the Lord Jesus in on His way to the earth and that these are the last days.
It is only through the love expressed by the Father that we can have eternal life.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Think about it.
How much time do you have left on earth? Whether the coming of the Lord, or your death? Whichever comes first.
The last days is happening and there is nothing that you could do to stop it. The real question is this.
Will you be in Christ or will you suffer the eternal penalty unnecessarily?
It’s up to you.
“A judge overturned Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday in a ruling that could add the state to a growing list of those were same-sex marriages are legal. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison, who heard arguments on Sept. 29, determined the law is unconstitutional.”
More sin will envelope this country.
It’s judicial activism to declare that a ban on SSM is unconstitutional.
Thanks be to God that judges can’t overturn the Lord, and His Word.
Homosexuality is a sin. Just like adultery, fornication, lying, bisexuality, extortioners, drunkenness, sodomy, covetous, murderers, and mischievous revilers will not inherit the kingdom of God (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Earthly judges will be overturned by the Judge of all the earth, the Lord Jesus Christ.
As I have said before, this did not catch God by surprise.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
While sinners are pursuing destroying this nation with more sin, God is still stretching out His hand to man through His Son.
While man runs from God, while they have blood running warm in their veins, and while they have air in their lungs, unrepentant man has a chance to reconsider their wicked ways.
That’s why it is important for the true church to keep the faith in Christ. Preach the gospel to all the world, and pray that they would turn from sin before death seals their fate.
The course of this world is set by the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience. Those that follow the ways of the wicked one must repent. Those that refuse to repent have been condemned already (see John 3:18-19). They can come out of their own condemnation when they come to the light of the glorious gospel.
As far as these judges are concerned, it is clear that sin is more important than righteousness.
Proverbs 18:5 says, “It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.”
The ban of SSM was from the righteous. A judge overturns the will of the righteous in a show of partiality to the wicked.
“It is not good.”
Most people know that when unmarried couples engage in sex, the risks of STDs is there. With the sin of homosexuality, it’s common knowledge that STDs will happen. Nobody pays any attention to the the fact that sin brings forth death. As smart and intelligent as these judges are, it seems to all of us that no one is really concerned about the fact that the God of all the earth will pour out His judgment on sin.
And that consequential judgment comes when sin is committed.
God will not let the guilty go unpunished.
Judges that pervert the right ways of the Lord are not exempt.
Judges, out of all people, should know that when you are convicted of a crime, the punishment must be meted out.
These judges are doing the opposite.
They ignore the judgment that is to come in eternity so that people on earth could pursue sinful pleasure on earth.
Hence, the Judge of all the earth will now issue the punishment that men and women deserve for ignoring the Bible.
Judges are lawyers. So when they deal with law, they know what the law says. These lawyers spent thousands of dollars on learning the law. They are experts at crafting stories and asking questions to either smoke screen the truth or to get the truth.
There is no smoke screen with the Word of God.
The Bible said “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
They say that crime doesn’t pay.
The Bible says “The wages of sin is death…”
Sin’s wages is death.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, after this the judgment.”
Whether you are an agnostic or an atheist, even they believe death is coming. The thing that they deliberately ignore is the Judge of all the earth.
You can ignore God all you want, He is not going to go away. And the judgment is not going to go away either.
So if death is true on one hand, judgment is true on the other.
So the only way out of judgment is repentance. The only way to avoid judgment is to ask the Lord for forgiveness of sins. To be born again by the Holy Spirit.
More activist judges will declare bans of SSM unconstitutional. More states will permit SSM. Eventually, the US Constitution will legalize SSM. The church will continue to pray to the God of heaven and earth. The church will continue to be faithful to the Lord of all the earth. The people of the Lord will continue to be a shining light for people in darkness. As long as the Lord tarries, the people of God will be the preserving salt in the earth.
The heart of deceitful and desperately wicked men and women will insist of their evil ways, but as the Bible says, the Lord will come with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment on the earth. That will be a terrible day because God is gracious to man but His grace has an end date.
“Behold now is acceptable time. Behold now is the day of salvation.”
“How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?”
When the Lord sends His Son, it’s game over.
It was a calm Tuesday morning. In NYC, the polls were open. Voting was in full swing. My wife took my daughter to school on the upper east side of Harlem. I just got back from running and voting. I went to bed and then I decided to turn on the TV. On the screen was the North Tower with a gapping hole at an angle.
Smoke was ascending and blowing to the south, south west.
I went to the roof and wondered what was really going on.
First, the air traffic pattern for that area flies right over the apartment building we were in. Since my dad was the landlord at the time, I had access to the roof. I quickly went to the roof for a better sight. I said to myself this must be a serious error of judgment from the pilot. Several planes flew over the house from the south, on final approach to LaGuardia.
I went back to my apartment to get my camera because this was a significant event. After retrieving my camera to take photos, I thought that perhaps, the pilot had equipment trouble but with clear skies, VFR (Visual Flying Rules) were in effect. However, on approach, there is a certain pattern that requires a few turns to get “in line” for your final, but never from the north unless you are flying at a certain altitude.
Such an alternate pattern would take you back towards Coney Island north to south, circle around to the east, and then north again, and then the final to LaGuardia.
I was never an Air Traffic Controller in the Navy, but as an Operations Specialist, vectoring military helicopters was part of my MOS.
Then out of the corner of my eye, I observed a dark plane flying from the south, flying at a very high rate of speed, sloping into the south tower.
Sound travels at eleven hundred feet per second and I was roughly three miles or more from lower Manhattan. In three or five seconds, I heard and felt the explosion as the plane slammed violently into the tower.
At that moment, I said to myself, “This is no accident. This is an attack.”
I went back down stairs and my wife just got home.
We watched in horror what was happening.
Then the south tower collapsed. Then a while later, the north tower collapsed.
I said to my wife, let’s get our daughter.
The smell was incredibly toxic. For weeks, this smell of death permeated the area. It was a solemn reminder that death could happen at any moment.
We drove to the Triboro Bridge (renamed Robert F. Kennedy), parked the car on the Queens side. I asked my wife to stay with the car as I walked over the bridge to Harlem. Sheryl was not there because she had left with a friend over the Triboro Bridge on the opposite side. I came back to the car and Sheryl was with my wife.
At that moment, it was God that made that happen because I didn’t want her to take the train. Underground is too complicated when a city is under attack. It’s the last place you want to go unless you have no other options.
Reunited with my family, I felt obligated to go back into military service but I would have to get waivers for my age. My wife and daughter cried because the way I saw it, the only way to get back at who did this was to go over there and kill them.
The attacks were too close to home.
Years later, it would have been the wrong decision to go.
Almost 3000 people were wiped off the face of the earth. You want revenge and you want to do it in a way where there is no mistake about it. Having served in the greatest Navy the world has ever seen, I know that we would be able to deliver the goods.
I found out later that like the children of Israel, when you sin as a nation, the boarders are wide open for judgment.
That’s right. JUDGMENT!!!!
The symbols of power of this nation were attacked.
Financial and military.
Note Psalm 33:10-16 “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.
No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.”
When a nation and the people of God in this nation deliberately defies God and turn its back on Him, we have no protection. Under all the intelligence operations apparatuses, under the radar of our military might, under the watchful eyes of our satellites, we were reduced, mocked, and made a laughing stock.
People from the mountain regions, that lived in the valleys visited America to do harm.
Much like the children of Israel. Invincibility is never a guarantee when God is not found among the people of God. We must also remember that America, or any other nation, for that matter, is not Israel, nor are Americans true believers unless they repent and make Jesus Lord, and be born again.
To humiliate this nation, God sends a weak group of people to terrorize a mighty nation.
That’s right. God sent them.
Look at the many small and large nations that the Lord sent to judge Israel because they deliberately disobeyed Him.
This nation is not to be blamed alone.
The sleeping giant, called the church. Christians. Believers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Any believers that live in sin opens the doors of judgment.
Even today, the people in the church, the Body of Christ is Samson, tied between the posts with our eyes gouged out as the Philistines make sport of us.
Peter said these words, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
What about this nation?
Study the OT, and you will see that every nation that never repented were severely judged. Some nations never recovered and ceased to exist.
The United States has experienced the grace of God for 238 years. This graced is about to come to a close.
We must remember that these are the end times.
Sadly, many people want the good times to return. However, as Jesus said in Matthew 24, “Because of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.”
We are seeing this unfold before our very eyes.
The major sins of this nation is covetousness or greed, the sin of homosexuality, and abortion.
As long as we kill innocent children and insist on the sin of homosexuality, adultery, fornication, bisexuality, bestiality or zoophilia, porn, masturbation and all other sins, this nation must come to a close.
Repentance spares people from what is to come.
Hell for all eternity.
Many people do not believe that this is going to come to an end. That life will go on.
Do not fool yourself.
Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, after this the judgment.”
If death is true, judgment is true.
Those that died that day on 9/11 was judgment on this nation for its pride and arrogance.
Many will say that I am very cold for saying this.
Luke 13 is your answer.
Was Jesus cold in saying that “Unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish?”
The very Jesus that sinners want believers of Jesus to become.
This Jesus, who is God is warning every one of us to repent or we will perish in the same manner. Out of all those that died on that fateful day, we pray that some of them were true believers and made it into heaven. In Matthew’s account of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Lord said, “Many are on the road leading to destruction.”
On the streets as I am preaching, many pass by me and never pay attention to the warning to be saved, to repent and be born again.
Noah, not the movie, a preacher of righteousness, according to Peter’s general epistle, preached to the people about the coming judgment. No one listened and they all perished. Sodom and Gomorrah. Same thing. No one repented. God rescued Lot, his wife, and two daughters. Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.
Such is the case today.
Many of God’s people have already looked back and became a pillar of salt.
As we preach, many ignore the call to repent.
A sure sign of one thing.
At every Yankee game during the seventh inning stretch, they would play and sing “God Bless America.”
With beer in their hands, they would sing.
With sin in our lives, we would sing.
With unrepentant hearts, we would sing.
God Bless America, when we kill babies.
God Bless America as the Congress sung on the Capital steps on the night of 9/11. The same ones that legislate immorality.
God Bless America when we perform SSM.
God Bless America without God in our schools.
God Bless America with attacks on preachers regarding free speech.
God Bless America when preachers watch porn and masturbates.
God Bless America when church vixens dress provocatively to trip up a pastor.
God Bless America when a pastor infects women with HIV/AIDS, or sexually takes advantage of emotionally unstable women in church.
God Bless America when Jezebel and Delilah walk through the doors.
God Bless America when homosexuals play and sing gospel.
God Bless America when pastors take over churches on the rogue.
God Bless America when child Sunday School workers are child molesters.
God Bless America when Preachers of LA, Preacher’s Daughters, Ex Wives of Preachers, Sunday Best uncover what is really going on in the house of worship.
God Bless America when churches are having orgies as they are worshipping sex.
God Bless America when we are covetous in goods, rich in wealth and not rich towards God.
God Bless America when good is evil and evil is good.
God Bless America when LGBTQ churches open up all across the land.
The hypocrisy in the church is reflected in the fabric of America.
There is still a remnant that refuse to live in sin. There is a remnant that is serious about living right before God in holiness. There is a remnant that is preaching the gospel and living what they are preaching. There is a remnant that is praying and seeking the face of God. There is a remnant that tells the devil forever no, and told God forever yes.
The presidential election was a disappointment to many Christians. Because the Republican party failed to get into the White House, the wounds of this loss will be felt for a long time. We all know that President Barack Obama has set the nation on a course that is crosswise of the Word of God. We all know his history as a “professed believer” fails, big time, of the essentials of what makes a person a genuine, authentic child of God.
It wasn’t so much the president that set the course alone, but rather those that have his ear. Coupled with his version of “faith” and those that “have a form of godliness,” denying its power, we see that this perilous course will continue.
Welcome to the last days.
This is the agenda from here on out.
Protect the right to choose abortion and push, from the executive branch, the sin of homosexuality and other forms of immorality.
As the late Pastor John Osteen, father of Joel Osteen over 30 years ago once said….
“We must have the power of God for the dark days that lie ahead.”
The economy is being judged and as a result, at any moment, when there is no real solutions to reduce the government’s debt, accept to raise the credit limit, increase taxes, and increase the age of retirement for new hires, grid lock politics between the two parties, and the potential to select possibly two new supreme court justices of the liberal brand, this country could experience a serious collapse.
But is it that serious? 16 trillion dollar deficit and climbing and the high cost of living is a serious threat to this nation.
Consistent with the end times, we are seeing a funneling of economic policies towards a one world system monetarily. While the evidence is still lacking, we really do not see apocalyptic set ups just yet. But when you really do not know how all of this will play itself out, we must heed the admonition of Jesus. Be ready.
The character of a nation is defined by its moral fiber or lack thereof. The “moral” thing to do is to change the definition of morality to that which is “immoral.” See Isaiah 5:20-21.
But one thing is certain. The president’s “explanation” of justifying the sins of abortion and homosexuality falls tremendously short of true Biblical values.
If you look at the Republican presidential candidates, we see that many had placed their hopes in someone that is a practicing Mormon.
Just go to their website mormon.org to read what they believe.
When you get to the Mormon page, you will see a picture of Jesus and we do not need reminders of what others “think” of what Jesus looked like. I do not accept pictures of the Lord Jesus because the person putting up these pictures really take away from the Bible’s description. Fixated in our memory are good looking men that does a disservice. In fact, I call it idolatry because none except those that walked with Him, knew what He looked like.
So, please save us all the trouble and get rid of all these pictures. Black. White. All of these pictures are intentionally and deliberately misleading.
Anyway, for the most part, the conservatives on Charisma and other evangelicals thought that by overlooking what Mormons believe, we could some how, backdoor conservative values into the White House to stop the Democratic agenda of abortion and the sin of homosexuality. To check the spead of spiritual erosion.
The 40 Days of Prayer reported in Charisma Magazine reminded me of when there is trouble in the land, break out the good ol’ dependable in battle, Ark of the Covenant. Hophni and Phinehas were priests of sexual perversion. Sons of Belial. Eli, the high priest was overweight and going blind (doesn’t that sound like the prominent preachers of our day and the church) failed to discipline and kill his sons. The Israelites lost the battle against the Philistines twice and Ichabod became the epitaph of Israel. Phinehas’ wife named her child that name and died at child birth. Her husband committed adultery for a long time and they paid with their lives.
Christian conservatives all are wrong, or at the very lease misguided about abortion. Abortion is a solution of demonic proportions. But we have failed to address Secret Sexual Sins. We have failed to address, from the Bible, the evil sins of adultery and fornication. These sins went untouched.
We protest so much against abortion that the cause for pregnancy is completely overlooked.
When was the last time you heard on the anti abortion platform the call to abstain from fornication and adultery?
98% of all abortions are unintended pregnancies. But how did these pregnancies come to be?
Fornication and adultery.
We conservative Christians thought that if we would be outraged about abortion that America would return to Christian values. At the same time, because we thought that when we protest against abortion, and stop the murdering of innocent children, perhaps America would come to its senses. But we see that the world is entrenched in abortion because the world is entrenched in the sin of adultery and fornication.
And this is not to say that if we address the sins of fornication and adultery, abortion would stop.
The church has stuff going on that makes what the world do seem like child’s play.
The disappointment that you all feel as conservative values Christians is in the failure to clean the inside of the bowl first.
Our hypocritical walk before the world is deafening the ears of the world. You can’t argue with professional sinners. They know a sinning child of God when they see one. You can fool yourself, but you can’t fool the ones that watch you walk into their bar for a drink and some booty.
Our loud preaching is followed by our loud hypocrisy.
Sex And The City?
Sex And The Church!
We know that behind the scenes lurk an evil agenda to plunge America further into darkness.
And then the Lord said to me…“They are Americanizing Christianity.”
That’s where the problem is.
For years, we have been saying that Americans were founded on Judao-Christian values as established by the forefathers of this nation. That the founding fathers were Christians. But we sort of side step the fact that some of these guys, including George Washington were Freemasons.
Secret societies that we know is connected to demon power.
We are so proud of our culture as free people that our own freedoms has ensnared the people.
The freedom of free speech has been hijacked. Here is an example.
In prisons across America, the first amendment allows prisoners to have pinups. Just in case some of you all do not know what a pin up is. It is a sex picture. And there is only one purpose. When you are a prisoner, and you can’t have women, except in certain places that allow for conjugal visits, the pin up is a sexual image that men use to gratify themselves. Eventually, they go from fantasy to homosexuality in the prison system. This is a subject but it is related.
Sexual immorality has been interpreted as free speech and this sin is protected, knowing full well that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?”
These obscenity laws were tested on prime time national TV when NYPD Blue came out. The fixation of soft porn at 10 PM became the standard and they almost got away with it. But the movie houses are filled with soft porn. The new Denzel Washington picture “Flight,” is an example of soft porn. I did not see the movie and I do not intend to, but just to know that soft porn is the norm on the movie set is a clear example of the media teaching the world about the acceptance and normalization of the perversion of sexuality.
Even on national TV, the acceptance as normal of the sin of homosexuality in sitcoms, is indoctrinating the people on the “vile passions” of MSM and FSF. But there is nothing great about HIV/AIDS and other STDs that manifests as a direct result of Secret Sexual Sins.
The point is clear. We must stop trying to fit Christ into the culture of Americanism. Jesus is not an American.
Jesus is Lord.
The culture of America is not Christian. The culture of America is freedom to do as one pleases apart from God. While many will say that the founding fathers were Christians, and there may not be much to dispute it, I find it very hard for a person that claims Jesus as Lord to be bedfellows of secret societies attached to their obituary. It’s a bed of spiritual orgies of epic proportions.
We have been beguiled into thinking that we could some how “return” to what we think is Christianity by Americanizing it. And that is not the way to go. We are to make disciple of every nation. In other words, let God use His people to present the gospel to a person living in America.
The ideals and culture of a nation is bent on perversion and sin. We must drop the notion of trying to change the landscape, leased by the devil. The god of this world is not going to let you usurp what is temporarily in his hands.
The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof. The church is on enemy territory until the complete redemption of Christ occurs.
Let’s be found doing what we are called to do. Make disciples, not remake a nation.
There is strong disagreement. People honestly believe that the entire nation would turn. Look outside your window, spiritually. The decline has continued. Revival in Nineveh can happen, but with all places that turn away from God afterwards, they returned to their vomit, never to recover. The days of America have already been numbered. The grace of God may have extended it. More like mercy to me.
Matthew 24 tells us plainly of these things that the decline of nations must take place.
Welcome to the last days.
As I read blog after blog and new report after news report, I see so much about repentance, prayer, and fasting to turn this nation. We see that the Word of the Lord was in the mouth of Dr. Billy Graham about America repenting and turning to God like Nineveh did when Jonah had preached the word of repentance for them.
Evidently, his preaching was effective because Nineveh turned around.
And yes, Nineveh repented but eventually, Nineveh reverted back to its sins and was eventually judged, and destroyed in 612 BC (see Nahum 2).
As a note, according to Nelson’s Bible Dictionary…
“At the time of the greatest prosperity of Nineveh as described by Jonah, the city was surrounded by a circuit wall almost 13 kilometers (eight miles) long. This “great city” would have had an area sufficient to contain a population of 120,000, as indicated by Jonah 4:11 and 3:2. Evidence for this is provided by Calah to the south, where 69,754 persons lived in a city half the size of Nineveh. As a result, it would have required a “three day’s journey” to go around the city, and a “day’s journey” would have been needed to reach the city center from the outlying suburbs, just as the Book of Jonah reports (Jonah 3:4).”
Filled with prosperity. A very large city. A great recipe for cares, riches and pleasures of this life, without God, and full of debauchery.
Folks, I’ve gone past the world because the world is run by the “prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.”
We are seeing the church, living any ol’ kind of way and thumbing its nose at God.
Then I remember what the Lord said.
“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
We also bring to bear the word of the Lord in Luke 17….
“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man: they ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
We also bring to bear the word of the Lord to Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
“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!”
The days of Noah and Lot are indicative of the current times we are living in.
All around us, even in a downturn economy, people are eating, drinking, and getting married. However, the level of prosperity is significantly diminished. However, the perverseness of men’s hearts is increasing. People are callous and cold. Quick to kill.
The days of Lot is reminiscent of Sodom and Gomorrah where today LGBT issues are at the forefront of our times. And we are seeing church leaders caving in and capitulating to the mean and gross spirit of homosexuality and lesbianism unlike at anytime.
We are seeing the secrets of pastors portrayed before our eyes. People living in sin as if it is nothing before God. The next thing that we need to ask ourselves is…..
Are we praying, fasting, and repenting to stay what is to come?
We should be on our face before God and we need to warn the people inside and outside the church because when the destruction of the wrath of God falls, no one will be spared except those that know Him.
What we are doing is buying more time for more souls to come into the kingdom because when He says…“Sound the trumpet,” it’s over.
For the earth, it will be 7 years. For us in heaven according to Ephesians chapter 1, it will be a quick turn around.
But the thing that is lurking behind all of this is the fact that many preachers in leadership will revert backwards to business as usual after all of the repenting, and fasting, and praying. For some, repentance will not stick. And by the Spirit of God, Peter gives us a reason.
“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. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you…”
Many have already betrayed the Lord with their evil living and sensual lifestyles. Many of them were demonic plants that knew how to deceive the very elect. And as a result, instead of these believers, with their Bibles, walk away from them, they embraced their sin and perverted preaching.
Sadly, many will never recover.
We are still hearing “self help” messages which is what Paul warned of in Ephesians 4, and he warned the elders before he left for Jerusalem in Acts 20.
We hear messages that make a mess like…..”Wait till the storm pass and it will be alright” kind of messages. When it is clear as day that we are heading towards the climax of the ages.
There are many false misfit prophets for profits, false teachers and false preachers that still talk about “their anointings,” breakthrough power, and accumulating mass amounts of wealth off of the backs of uncomprehending Bible readers that are revelatory sucker/gullible saints (see Acts 17:11).
We need to own up to the known fact that the Body of Christ is off point and off message. We are having a good time in church but we are not seeing the destruction that is pending upon the entire globe. We are still worried about big church buildings, great anointed services, tickle my ears preaching and teaching and we are completely ineffective, blind, lame and miserable.
Perhaps, we are the most ineffective church to ever arrive on the earth. Perhaps, we are Sampson with our eyes gouged out and tied between the post. Perhaps we are an apostate bunch of hypocrites. But thank God that there is a remnant that refuses to walk like the Gentiles walk.
It’s not all grim out there.
It’s good that we are setting times of prayer, fasting, and repentance. I believe this is Ephesians 5:26-27 and 2 Corinthians 7:1 in operation for the times we are living in. However, we need also be mindful that the end time events are sure to come.
Peter tells us…
“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
You see, no matter how much we would like to see this nation turn around, the nation within a nation (the church) must recognize that it must stop compromising and make a stand against the winds of deception that blow against her.
Saints must remain saints and discard sin, no matter how much it hurts. Ezra, the scribe told the Israelites to put away the foreign wives. It hurts when you have to get rid of someone beautiful. You’ve connected in the bedroom and you figured that you are going to live a long time together. But you know what the Word of the Lord was and you knew that one day it would all come to an end.
So it is with the sin you love.
If you are going to make it into the kingdom, everything that is not of God must go.
Shed tears, complain, murmur, but you know what must be done.
The sooner, the better.
Hebrews 12 tells us…
“Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which does so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith…”
Yes, let’s continue to pray but look at the sands of the hour glass. It is as low and getting lower at the top. Time is wasting according to Romans 13:11-14.
About 35 or 40 years ago, the church appeared to be moving in a very powerful direction.
Or so it seemed.
A shift took place when many denominational believers started abandoning the traditional churches for “WOF” or Word of Faith churches. Faith churches, as we would call them, were popping up all over the place.
Mind you that during the 70’s and 80’s, the economy wasn’t doing well either. Some of you will remember the long gas lines, high inflation, and low employment. The Cold War and other threats significantly heightened our anxiety levels. For some believers, the “rapture” seemed imminent.
All of a sudden, faith, other tongues, healing, and “positive thinking” according to “E. W. Kenyon” came out. At the same time, credit was a “blessing.” Greed is good even in the church. Many faith teachers came on the scene had overlapping messages. Sometimes you could close your eyes and it may be a different voice but the teaching was consistently the same.
Preachers that you never heard of were taking advantage of the simultaneous boom. Giving in these WOF churches and para-ministries increased. The preachers of today emerged and were living like the stars of Hollywood. Such extravagant living would make the apostle Paul drool.
Then, things appeared to stabilize and increase in the 1990’s. The United States economy was now showing a surplus and mega churches sprouted out of the ground faster than corn. The office of the pastor and teacher were the prominent offices. Praise and Worship was like heaven on earth.
It appeared that the church is in a “Third Wave.”
Then sexual immorality sprung up during the 90’s in the White House which almost cost the Presidency of William Jefferson Clinton. Reverend Jesse Jackson, President Clinton’s counselor during the Monica Lewinski scandal, had a “love child.” Reverend Lyons using hush money to conceal an affair and a “love child.”
In the 80’s it was Jim Bakker with a secretary. Jimmy Swaggart with a prostitute on more than one occasion. Even politicians were caught in sexual scandals such as Presidential candidates Gary Hart, and Jonathan Edwards had an affair and “love child” while his wife had terminal cancer.
As a foot note, Donna Rice, the woman in that famous “Monkey Business” photo with Gary Hart, is now married (not to Hart) and is President of Enough Is Enough which is an organization dealing with Internet Safety for children. This is true redemption. Donna Rice Hughes is getting back at the devil by heading an organization determined to blow the whistle on Internet sleaze designed to attack children.
During the Civil Rights era, according to sources, it is alleged that Dr. King was involved in adultery. “The King Tapes” that the FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover, a known homosexual, illegally had on Dr. King were ordered sealed by a judge until 2027. The wires for these tapes were placed in his hotel room because they thought that Dr. King had connections to communism.
It turns out that they (the FBI) may have gotten more than what they’ve bargained for.
According to one source, right up to the night of his “Mountain Top” speech, allegedly, he had committed adultery. If this is true, it is devastating. If it isn’t true then it was just another attempt to smear a man of God.
Dr. Ralph Abernathy, Dr. King’s very close friend, said that Dr. King “had a weakness for women.”
While I am aware that anything could be done to make tapes and voices, there is a claim of eyewitness accounts. I pray these are lies.
This is not about slinging dirt and mud on folks.
This is about revealing the darkness in places where light ought to be. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:3 that, “fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you…”
Homosexuality was real hidden, yet, out in the open in the church. James Cleveland and many other “gospel” singers, keyboard players, and “praise dancers” emerged as practicing homosexuals in the church. In my former home church, there were many practicing homosexuals playing for the church.
We didn’t understand it until HIV/AIDS became the disease most associated with homosexuality. No one ever thought that the unnatural act of same sex would be so disgusting. No other disease distinguishes homosexuality (see Romans chapter 1).
Fast forward to today, and you will see that the fast pace of sexual immorality in the world is in the church on the pandemic level.
When there is a moral decline of this sort in a nation, there is nothing left but to watch the nation be reduced to depravity unless the church repents, seeks the face of God, and rise up in this hour.
The USS Cole was attacked. Two US Embassies in Africa were hit by terrorist bombs. The World Trade Center was bombed. 9/11. Katrina and more natural disasters. The Great Depression of the 21st Century.
How much more could this unrepentant church and nation take?
These are the last days and it’s not over. More turmoil at the hands of unrepentant man are on the way. More natural disasters are coming.
The Lord is not sitting by and permitting things to happen because He hates man.
The Lord is only revealing these things to us to prepare us for the final hours of this world. We can no longer assume that things will be easy and that there would be a resumption of “peace and safety.”
With millions in the US unemployed, and now we are seeing Michigan about to limit further welfare benefits, it is about to get desperately drastic unless the church prays and then affect change in the communities.
Everyday that the church waits. Every day that the church sides in with the world. Every day that the church fails is a day that souls that could have been won to the Lord are now lost forever.
Is there a bright spot? Is there any hope?
But it all depends upon you, child of God. You must no longer debate what you need to do.
Stop reasoning with the Word of God and live the way Jesus lived! The Holy Spirit will give you grace to help in time of need.
Be holy for God is holy. Walk as children of light. The night is far spent. Put on light like a garment and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts. Glorify God in your body and your spirit which are God’s.
From here on, we must be prepared for persecution, pain, economic disasters, natural disasters, and other end time events.
The end times are not fun times.
By Fred C. Rochester, Pastor. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.
Since Harold Camping’s, consistent failure to pinpoint the exact date of the end of time, there is no mistake about the finality of this planet. It would be error to applaud his error but he did spark interest in the end times. Many were counting on his prediction to be right.
And for good reason.
People have had enough of this out of control world. But something more ominous is on the horizon.
You should be equally concerned of your own mortality.
It is important to pay attention to the natural disasters that are happening at a more frequent pace. Each earthquake is intense or less intense. The glaciers are melting. Each storm is destructive and devastating.
The Bible tells us of the first earthquake in Genesis chapter 10 and verse 25.
“…for in his days the earth was divided…”
When the Lord set the nations up, it was clear that God would govern the times, seasons, and course of all the nations. As the earth separated, there is no question that there was quite a shaking.
But notice what Acts 17 tells us.
Paul was in Greece. Athens to be specific and observed that the entire city was turned over to idolatry. The ineffectiveness of the Jewish synagogue to articulate to these philosophers who God is, has given these Gentiles reason enough to turn themselves over to idolatry.
Sounds like the modern day church today.
So Paul saw that it was an opportunity to preach Jesus to them.
Paul starts out by letting the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers know who the “UNKNOWN GOD” is.
“…God made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands…He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings…”
The definitive answer to the Lordship of Jesus is found in John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:15-17. You go back to the question, “Who made all of this?” It all goes back to Genesis chapter 1.
When Adam sinned, all of creation was placed on a clock.
The title of this blog could be misunderstood because this planet is not the world that I am talking about.
The end of your world is you.
God determined before hand everyone’s time. Everything is pre-appointed. This pre-appointment is not based on God forcing you to do what you do. It is based on what God already knew what you would do as a free moral agent. He created you with an independent will. At any time you could make a decision and it will either mean your life or your death.
Every decision you make is a decision God knew ahead of time that you would make. At anytime, you could have change your mind. God already knows who would be saved and who would reject His salvation. Just because He knows this, it doesn’t mean that you couldn’t get into the kingdom.
When it comes to sickness and disease, you know that if you were diagnosed with a terminal illness, you know that the clock is really ticking. Most of the times when I watch certain medical shows like ER Trauma or Dr. G., Medical Examiner, we see death up front.
What I’ve also observed in these and similar shows is that while people are faced with the end of their world, the Person they need most is not even thought of sometimes. They use abstract thinking or reasoning that sounds religious but you could see that there is no real connection to God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
A person’s world is passing before their eyes and faster than they could think. Very few realize that when earthly life is over, eternity is next. Or they do know that death is about to take them but they play it off like it’s not really happening to them.
Because of Adam’s transgression, all of us received the death penalty but through Jesus, we, through His death can receive eternal life. If we reject God’s provision for salvation, we must be eternally separated forever (see John 3:15-21).
The answer is found in the Scripture quoted directly above.
Very few have made the decision to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and they are not ready to pass into eternity into heaven. Very many pass into eternity without knowing the Savior.
In one particular show other than the ones I mentioned above, she explained to me that a person died of a heart attack. When they revived him, they asked him a question. “Did you see anything?” He answered, “It was dark. I didn’t see a blanking thing.”
Just because you didn’t see anything it doesn’t mean that you saw everything.
Millions that have pass away are brought back to this life. Not realizing that it was somebody, either in heaven, or in earth, or both that prayed to the Father to spare your life so that you could get a chance to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.
So the next time death is about to fully take you, you will not go the way of all the earth into a dark eternity apart from God.
Hebrews 9:27 says,
“It is appointed unto men once to die, after this the judgment.”
Everyone knows that the appointment of death is coming. But after death, the judgment is coming. You will be judge according to what you’ve done and primarily what you have done with Jesus.
Did you accept Him or reject Him.
We see death as a reminder when the hearse goes by. We see it when we watch wars or murders. We see it when we watch our relatives or our loved ones pass through the doors of death. We know that the end of our world is soon coming.
The point is, will you pass through into eternity with Christ or without Him.
“God, I come to You, a sinner. I desire salvation. I repent of all my sins. I believe that Jesus is Lord. I believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God. I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. I believe that right now, I am saved. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
If you prayed that prayer for the very first time, Welcome into the Kingdom of our risen Savior. Now click the link below, click the “Sinner’s Prayer” and you will find out more about what you did to become a child of the King.
It is clear that the direction of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is questionable. The world is heading on a collision course with the end times. The economic conditions worldwide is funneling the people in a direction that is unavoidable. This includes many believers or those that profess to be believers in Christ. Where is the Church and it’s leaders? Where is strong Christian leadership in the hour needed the most? Why are believers unaware of the hour we are living in? These are very good questions and the Bible has the answers. The direction of the church is crystal clear according to 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11. The one thing that you will know, and it is consistent throughout the Scriptures, that God always has a faithful bunch of people in reserve that will never yield to the conditions of the world according to Romans 12:1-2. If you dare to take a step towards completely renouncing evil and walking in the light as He is in the light, you will never be denied by the Lord Jesus when this is over.
What do you believe is the direction of the Lord for the Church?
Please share your thoughts.