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Jerusalem -- End of the Line - Jack Kinsella -
By every measurable historical standard, the city of Jerusalem should have fallen into oblivion centuries ago. The city was destroyed in AD 70 by the Romans and its founders and traditional inhabitants were killed or fled into exile in foreign lands.
It has no natural wealth. It has no coastline. It sits inconveniently upon a mountain. It overlooks nothing of strategic military value.
It is on no ancient trade route. The King's Highway of David's time ran north and south through modern Jordan. Jerusalem was well off the beaten path -- folks didn't pass through Jerusalem on their way to somewhere else -- Jerusalem was the end of the line.
Like other historical 'end of the line' cities, once its reason to exist was extinguished by the destruction of its native population, so should its history.
The once-great city of Babylon is a perfect example. Once capital of the world's greatest empire, it is today little more than a living museum, devoid of influence or even much interest outside scholarly circles.
Over the centuries, it has been fought over by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids, Romans, Byzantines, Persians, Arabs, Seljuks, Crusaders, Mongols, Mamelukes, by the Turks, the British, Jordan and most recently, by those Jordanians who became 'Palestinians' after Jordan's defeat in the 1967 War.
Jerusalem remains one of the most contested cities on earth to this day. That list doesn't include the approximately two hundred million Islamic fundamentalists or Islamic states like Iran or Saudi Arabia who have conducted a decades-long shadow war to 'liberate' the city from Jewish control.
Despite two thousand years of war aimed at destroying the Jews and seizing their city, in this generation, the Jews again inhabit an undivided Jerusalem.
"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." (Luke 21:24)
Jesus' sweeping prophecy concerning the future of the city of Jerusalem and its inhabitants was fulfilled to the letter throughout history, including its restoration to Jewish hands.
Note that its restoration signals the fulfillment of the 'times of the Gentiles'.
The Apostle Paul called himself the 'apostle of the Gentiles' (Romans 11:13) but Paul had formerly been known as Saul of Tarsus, a Pharisee (lawyer) and Jewish religious leader. Paul explains that the Church is a 'graft' from the original tree (Judaism), saying,
"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in." Romans 11:25)
Here we find the same phraseology that was employed by Jesus concerning the 'times of the Gentiles'. Jesus referred to the times of the Gentiles as being 'fulfilled'. Paul speaks of the 'fulness of the Gentiles'.
Paul says that, following the 'fulness of the Gentiles',
"And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins." (Romans 11:27)
Paul notes that, during the Church Age,
"As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes," but Paul cautions; "but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes."
Then Paul wraps it all together by saying,
"For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." (Romans 11:29)
This is one of the great mysteries of Scripture. The Jews are enemies of the Gospel for 'our sakes'. What does that mean?
Jesus taught that His mission was to come first to the Jews. When approached by the Samaritan woman begging Him to help her daughter, Jesus told her, "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matthew 15:24)
To the Jews He prophesied,
"I am come in My Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive." (John 5:43)
If the Jews had accepted their Messiah at His First Advent, there would have been no Church Age and the Lord would have set up the Millennial Kingdom right then and there. Salvation was only opened to the Gentiles after the Gospel was rejected by the Jews.
Jesus prophesied that because of their rejection of Him, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate."
This prophecy was fulfilled in AD 70 with the destruction of Jerusalem. And thus begins the 'Times of the Gentiles.'
The usurper, who comes in his own name and is received by the Jews as their Messiah, is not revealed until after the 'fulness of the Gentiles' is come in.
Jeremiah calls it the 'Time of Jacob's Trouble' (Jeremiah 30:7). Jesus calls it the 'Tribulation' (Matthew 24:29). The prophet Daniel outlines the Tribulation's six-fold purpose, from the perspective of Israel;
"(1) to finish the transgression, and (2) to make an end of sins, and (3) to make reconciliation for iniquity, and (4) to bring in everlasting righteousness, and (5) to seal up the vision and prophecy, and (6) to anoint the most Holy." (Daniel 9:24)
Let's connect the dots and see how the Big Picture develops here. Jesus said that the restoration of Jerusalem to Jewish control would signal that the 'fulness of the Gentiles be come in'.
Jesus said of the generation on earth at that time,
"This generation shall not pass away, till ALL be fulfilled." (Luke 21:32)
Paul says that the Jews, as an institution, rejected Jesus so that the Gentiles would have a chance at salvation. He said that God would not return His attention to Israel until 'the fulness of the Gentiles be come in'.
The 'fulness of the Gentiles' indicates a finite number -- a 'quota', so to speak -- of Gentiles who will come to know Christ during the Church Age.
Once that quota -- the Church Age 'elect' have been gathered, God returns His attention to the Jews, "And so all Israel shall be saved" -- because "the gifts and calling of God are without repentance."
That Jesus offered salvation first to Israel is confirmed by His own Words as recorded by John.
The 'Time of Jacob's Trouble' is so-called because of its purpose as outlined by Daniel -- the six-fold purpose that culminates with the 'anointment of the most Holy' as Messiah and the beginning of the Millennial Reign from Jerusalem.
Note how clearly the two Dispensations are divided. Until the Crucifixion, God's attention was focused on Israel. Until the 'fulness of the Gentiles be come in' God's attention is focused on the Church.
The Church, as the 'Bride of Christ' serves no role in Daniel's six-point outline for the Tribulation Period. Take another look at Daniel 9:24 before we go on.
The transgression was finished at the Cross. The Blood of Christ takes away all sin. (1st John 1:7) His death and resurrection reconciled the Church to God.
"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." (2nd Corinthians 5:18-19)
To the saved believer reconciled to God by the Blood of Christ, 'everlasting righteousness' is a gift of grace through faith, 'sealing' the vision and prophecy of the Old Covenant and introducing the New Covenant with the Church.
The believer knows that Jesus is ALREADY anointed King of King and Lord of Lords and is awaiting His return at the end of the Church Age.
There is no role for the Church Age during the Time of Jacob's Trouble -- it doesn't begin until after the 'fulness of the Gentiles' is come in. And this is the generation in which Jerusalem was recovered from Gentile control, signaling the approach of the fullness of the Gentiles'.
The Tribulation serves two main purposes; the first is the judgment of God on a Christ-rejecting world. The second is the national redemption of Israel. By definition, Church-Age believers have NOT rejected Christ, and need no further redemption.
The Bible says that, before the unfolding of the Time of Jacob's Trouble, there will come an ingathering of Church Age believers:
"Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." (Revelation 3:10)
Jerusalem is the signal that this is the generation that will see the 'fullness of the Gentiles be come in'. It was to that generation that Paul promised:
"For this we say unto you BY THE WORD OF THE LORD, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall . . . be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1st Thessalonians 4:15,17b)
The time is short. Don't let anybody steal your victory. Jesus is coming soon for His Church:
"And THEN shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming." (2nd Thessalonians 2:
Get excited! The time is short, the fulness of the Gentiles is at hand; the Lord IS coming soon!
"Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (2nd Thessalonians 4:18)
Israel's 70th Anniversary and the Convergence of End-Times Prophecies - By Isaiah Anderson -
Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary, as a reborn nation on Monday, May 14, 2018. Many Christians see the miracle of Israel, as the long-awaited fulfillment of the prophesied return of the Jewish People to their divinely given homeland.
"But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come. For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited, and the ruins rebuilt. - Ezek 36:8-10 (NKJV)
Many students of Bible prophecy can't help but notice the converging End-times signs prophesied in the Bible, which will culminate with several events, chiefly the return of Jesus Christ. Before this can occur, many have longed to see the Jewish people return to their ancient homeland, which officially became a State on May 14, 1948.
The miraculous return of the Jewish people to their homeland, after nearly 2000 years of dispersion throughout the world, it was indeed a miracle! The very term "The wandering Jew" became an idiom of the Jewish plight and their endless struggle without a homeland, and it all the more reflects how much of a miracle it was.
The Jewish people made quarters for themselves in the dispersed lands they found themselves, often thriving, they built entire communities of commerce, education, and faith.
Jews experienced tremendous struggles and persecutions, and those persecutions culminated in Europe, as World War II was beginning and the world was realizing the fears of another world war. The Jewish people were experiencing the worst cruelties and horrors imaginable, the Nazi's final solution, the irrational hatred and systematic extermination of the Jewish people throughout Europe.
By supernatural intervention and the liberating armies of the allies, the Jewish people survived the nightmares of the Holocaust, leaving us with names that will forever be infamous reminders of the world's cruelty towards the Jewish people, Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Dachau. Through the spiritual cleansing of the Holocaust, God moved the shocked nations of the world into establishing the Jewish State of Israel, which became a reality May 14th, 1948, exactly seventy years ago.
'Thus says the Lord God: "On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.' Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it." 'Thus says the Lord God: "I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the Lord." ' " - Ezek 36:33-38 (NKJV)
Israel became a nation in a single day, recognized by the nations of the world, which was quickly followed by the invasion of several Arab armies bent on the destruction of this infant nation. Although greatly outnumbered and with very little fighting equipment, the Jewish people won the War of 1948.
Other wars were still to come, but the miracle of the War of 1948, was not lost on many Christians, who prayed for the survival of the fledgling Jewish nation. Israel was facing six well equipped and trained Arab armies, yet with great determination and courage they prevailed over the overwhelming odds and won the war, it was indeed a miracle.
History was written, Israel was born in one day, without a fight for liberty, as most nations begin, just a simple vote at the UN and Israel was a nation. The labor started after its birth and has continued to this day. Amazingly, the Bible gives this exact prophecy, regarding the country of Israel, which was literally fulfilled seventy years ago.
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. - Isaiah 66:7-9 (KJV)
God demonstrates His love and patience for His people, even in their sins and rejection. God promised to restore Israel as a nation for His namesake, so the modern miracle of Israel is a witness to the world of God's grace and faithfulness.
We must remember, God returned the Jews to Israel, not because they're perfect people, far from it, he did it for His own Glory and to fulfill His promises to not only the Jews but to all mankind.
"Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord God: "I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord," says the Lord God, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. - Ezek 36:22-24 (NKJV)
Is this the end of the miracle, the return of Israel? Absolutely not, it's literally the only the beginning.
In this article, I hope to reflect on the rapidly changing events of the day, as we look at this event through the prism of Biblical prophecy, which begins with the promised return of the Nation of Israel and the convergence of End-times prophecies quickly coming into reality.
As Christians, we are commanded to be looking for the Lord's imminent return. Jesus said, "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." - Luke 21:28 (NKJV).
Jesus gives a stern warning, Christians are to be looking for the beginning manifestations of prophetic events given of the final End-times prophecies, which all begins with the rebirth of Israel.
I believe Jesus used the analogy of the fig tree to represent Israel, the generation to witness the re-birth of Israel will not pass until all things are fulfilled.
"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. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." - Luke 21:29-36 (NKJV)
If Israel is the beginning initiator of the End-times, which I believe the overall prophetic texts clearly indicate, how close are we and what significant converging signs should we be looking for?
The first overall sign or initiator would be the restoration of the Jewish people back to their land, control over Jerusalem and Judea. We see this prophesied in a number of the prophetic writings, but to condense the article we will only focus on the Prophet Joel.
The Prophet Joel clearly says, when we see the Jews return to Jerusalem and Judea, God will create a global issue to bring the nations of the world to judgment in the valley of Jehoshaphat or the Valley of Judgment.
God's prophetic time clock of the End-times begins with the restoration of Jerusalem and Judea. Much debate has been made on if this has been completed, it indeed doesn't seem so, but we can all agree the initial stages of restoration are clearly occurring today.
For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. - Joel 3:1-2 (NKJV)
The second converging sign would be, the preoccupation with Jerusalem by the surrounding nations. The Prophet Zachariah speaks of a time when the city would become a global problem, and their fascination would ultimately lead to it being surrounded and attacked. Clearly, we see Jerusalem in the news almost daily, which is amazing when you consider the prophecy was given over 2500 year ago.
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. - Zech 12:2-3 (NKJV)
The third converging sign is Globalism, or more specifically Global government. The Bible says we will have a global government and it will ultimately be headed by the Antichrist.
Today we literally have hundreds of global organization, all of them are substantial bureaucratic organizations, working and funded to ensure greater integration of national economies on trade and commerce, banking, military interoperations, legal systems, intelligence agencies, and government health agencies. The overall global integration of countries is almost mind-boggling, especially the primary institution for international forums on international cooperation, the United Nations.
It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. - Rev 13:7 (NKJV)
The fourth convergence is Global communication. Clearly, the world is in a very unique period of time, nearly every electronic transaction or communication made is immediately recorded and ultimately controlled by the governments of the world.
The American Government openly acknowledged the recording of every person on the planet, whether phone and electronic activities by Government filters and surveillance agencies. All banking transactions are monitored as well. Total control is limited merely by the desire of governments will and self-constraint.
The Bible speaks of a coming time when the people of the world will be required to receive an economic identification [mark], that will allow one to work, buy, sell and trade within this global electronic system. Some believe this is far off but is it really...The technology is already being tested in small companies around the world, which should be a wake-up call to everyone!
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. - Rev 13:16-18 (NKJV)
The fifth converging sign is the preparation for rebuilding the Jewish Temple. Please see my article "The coming Jewish Temple." The preparation is ongoing and very intricate, which again should be a major wake up call to anyone with ears to hear and eyes to see.
Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, "Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. 2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.Rev 11:1-2 (NKJV)
A great apostasy within the Christian faith would occur right before the coming Antichrist is revealed. Today we see the increasing departure from the Biblical faith given to us by Christ Jesus and the Apostles, but this is quickly being departed by many liberal-minded and socially oriented "Christians."
The increased carnality and depravity would be a global phenomenon.
The revival of the Roman Empire (Possibly some form of the EU) would be a reality.
Increase in natural disasters.
National and military alliances that fit the End-Times prophetic signs.
All of the above signs are currently happening with breathtaking speed. I plan to do additional articles on the above, additional signs, but for now simply seeing their passing fulfillments should be enough to open the eyes and ears of those willing to see and hear the truth.
As Jesus said, "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." - Luke 21:28 (NKJV).
Being Justified and Sanctified - by Pastor Mike Taylor -
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." through (Romans 8:29-30)
How I love the book of Romans, especially the 8th chapter. Here the Apostle Paul chronicles the blessings and promises of God. Many will look at their Christian walk and ponder why things don't seem to work out as they envisioned. They grow discouraged and become listless in their daily walk with God. They wonder if God is really on their side. They fail to take hold of the promises of God, grasping it with both hands and endure what they must suffer in this life. Let us examine some of these promises and why you should be joyful and singing the praises of Almighty God for His wondrous mercy.
Look at the opening verses to this message and ponder for a moment the ramifications of what Paul is attempting to preach to them, and to us. This is not a confirmation of predestination, but God in His infinite knowledge, knew that you would accept payment for your sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. God who knows the beginning from the end, and saw you make that heart felt decision to accept the gift provided by His Son, long before you even knew it yourself. In no way does this foreknowledge affect your own self will to make that decision on your own. It's just that God saw you do it.
God has a purpose for all this and it was for your salvation before time began. Some will say, "Then why does God allow suffering in this world, if He called me out of it before time began.?" Why does God allow Christians to go through trials and tribulations of this world? God has a specific plan in place for refining each of us into the image of His Son through sanctification. It's not random occurrences that we have no control over .
"But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." (Isaiah 64:
God is the Potter, we are the clay. He is the One doing the shaping, the molding, the creating. "It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves."
I am a firm believer that God does not allow one thing to happen to a born again Christian unless He allows it. Why would God do that?
BORN IN SIN
Understand that man is a mortal being that has a sin nature that wars with the spiritual man daily. He will never totally escape it, until Jesus comes and perfects him by changing him from a mortal being into immortality and remove our sin nature for eternity.
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 "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.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." (1st John 3:1-3)
That will come when Jesus breaks through the clouds and calls His church to join Him at the changing of us, "in the twinkling of an eye" we know as the Rapture. But, Paul lamented over his sin nature in the previous chapter of Romans :
15 "For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me."(Romans 7:15-20)
Paul was distraught that he could not, nor could any other man escape his sin nature. But what does Paul say in the final verses?
"24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."
Many don't know that Paul was making reference to a Roman practice for those condemned to be chained to a corpse and the soldiers betting on how long it would take for the condemned to resort to cannibalism to prevent their own death. It was an analogy that many during Paul's day would have recognized and being chained to a sinful nature of death. Who frees them from that body of death? Jesus Christ is Who frees us.
If God allows us to be tested, to be refined, and to experience difficulties in this life, then what is the purpose for God allowing this to happen?
The Bible says that even a sparrow in the sky is so important to God that not one of them shall fall to the ground without His knowledge and permission.
29 "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:29-31)
What is the purpose here? Does God have a purpose? Concerning the analogy of a sparrow, it is more than mere rhetoric. If God cares about a sparrow and not one falls from the sky without it being part of His plan, then how likely is it that He allows you to undergo trials and tribulations for no purpose?
God foreknew us and determined to call us before He ever made His summons known to us. By doing so, He was making a prognosis. We are in this elite group, (the called), only because the great God of heaven and earth specifically and personally summoned us by forcibly bringing the good news to our attention so we would be motivated to choose to respond freely to it. But that is only the beginning. We are then in the school of God's Holy Spirit that will refine us, smooth off the rough edges and make us into the image of God's only Son. It is a lifelong process of being molded, or sanctified.
THE LESSON OF JOB
Remember the story of Job? Here was a righteous man who endured unspeakable trials in his life. This was allowed to test Job and to refine him even through boils that raised up on his body, the loss of his family and all of his wealth. Now granted, this is an extreme case of God allowing adversity to come into a man's life, but can we draw a lesson from the book of Job? In the final analogy, Job learned that you must have total faith and reliance on your Heavenly Father. For He cares for us with a Divine love that was shown by the death of His only Son. It comes down to value.
If God values even a little sparrow and we are worth more than many sparrows, and worth more than the life of His only Son, then what was God's purpose? It was that God saw you as valuable. Your value, in God's eyes, is such that Jesus Christ died in your place so that you might have everlasting life. Your purpose is also clearly outlined in Scripture. When you were lost, your purpose was to be saved. God had a desire for a "family" and made man in His image. God was ultimately "reproducing Himself" when He made man. God was not content to just throw man away, when he fell at the temptation brought forth by Satan and man sinned against God. It is why God sent His only Son, to be the propitiation (substitute) sacrifice for our sins, so that we may be justified because of HIM. Jesus redeemed what had been lost, as our "Kinsman Redeemer".
It really isn't that difficult a concept, if we are willing to accept God as He describes Himself and accept the Bible as a true record.
You were to be conformed to His Son through being justified then for the rest of your life, sanctified as the opening verse testifies. "Conformed" is the English rendering of the Greek word, "summorphos" meaning, "jointly formed, fashioned like unto." Note that you didn't conform yourself to the image of His Son, it was done for you. You were foreknown, predestinated, called, justified, sanctified and destined for glory- all in the past tense indicating that it is already accomplished.
It doesn't say you will be justified, sanctified or glorified when you get to heaven. It says it was already accomplished in heaven before the world began. I have often mentioned that there is only one reason that you and I were born into this world, ultimately. That is, what will you do with the man, Jesus Christ? See, God knows everything...because He is God. He knows if you will accept, but He also knows you who will reject the call of the Holy Spirit. God will not override a man's freewill to choose.
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began." (Titus 1:2)
God cannot lie. Eternal life was promised, not according to our works, before the world began. You were foreknown, predestinated, called, justified, sanctified and glorified to the Glory of God the Father and His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
It isn't a linguistic trick. It isn't a mistranslation or a misunderstanding of either the original Greek or in our English translation.
To every thing there is a purpose, the Bible says, and for every purpose God has appointed a time.
" No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:44)
God works even to make sure that His people have the faith they need! God supplies everything except one's decision-and even in the decision a person makes, He keeps poking us in the ribs, shoving us in the back, to move us in the right direction. He does not give up easily once He sets his mind to do something. We must come to God by faith, but even that faith to believe on the FULL payment for our sins, by Jesus Christ was given by the Father God in heaven.
THE COMING TRIBULATION
If we are being refined now, sanctified into the image of His Son after conversion and being baptized, then what is the point of the Church going through the Tribulation that is coming at us like a locomotive? What is the purpose of the Tribulation? In my discernment of what the Bible teaches, the only answer is two objectives by God.
To bring Israel to the knowledge and recognition of her Messiah that they had crucified 2000 years ago and to cry out in agony, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord."
To completely destroy all rebellion of a Christ rejecting world and purify the world of those who take the mark of the beast, as prophesied in Revelation. God will wipe this planet clean of rebellion.
It is called the Tribulation Period. (Greek: thlipsis: "affliction, anguish,
burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble"). And, it is called, "The time of Jacobs trouble" for an obvious reason. It is the time when God will return His full focus on saving Israel as He promised.
The affliction, anguish, burden, persecution, tribulation and trouble of this time is to be inflicted upon all those that dwell upon the earth. The Bible tells us that it will be meted out in the form of 21 judgments. God will purge Israel, not leaving them unpunished, but will save a remnant through this awful time.
25 "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." (Romans 11:25-29)
Those that hold to a literal "refining" of the church during the Tribulation in addition to the defined two reasons noted above, negate the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ. To embrace a mid-tribulation, Pre-wrath, or a post-tribulation model is to diminish the work of the cross. Was Jesus sacrifice not good enough? Was it lacking in its freeing the Christian from the penalty of enduring God's wrath that shall cover the whole earth? Is this not the same as the false doctrine of Catholic purgatory, which we know is a lie?
When are we forgiven our sins? Is it not when we accept Jesus by faith and the Holy Spirit dwells within our spirit? Then why must we be refined? So if there are extra requirements that must be brought to the table, they are extra requirements imposed by you, not by God. God says, "whosoever will."
At the moment of salvation, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us and bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. " (Romans 8:16-17)
That leads to another problem with the concept of error that the church of Jesus Christ must endure the Tribulation. Jesus promised us that He would send us the "Comforter" the Holy Spirit and He would never leave us or forsake us.
"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17, Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18, I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." (John 14:16-18)
Jesus said He would never leave us alone, but the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is taken out of the world to allow the indwelling of the spirit of Satan in the Anti-Christ and he will overcome the "saints"
4 "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" (1st John 5:4-5)
But Paul reveals that the Holy Spirit will be taken out of this world!!
6, "And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7, For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8, And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: " (II Thessalonians 2:6-
But the Anti-Christ overcomes the Tribulation saints........
"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." (Revelation 13:7)
So which is it? God dwells with us forever, but leaves us defenseless and powerless to the conquest of the Anti-Christ? Since God cannot lie, it is obvious that if the Holy Spirit is removed to make way for the spirit of Anti-Christ that shall overcome the saints, then since the Holy Spirit was removed, then so is the Church. Each Child of God has an earnest deposit of God's Holy Spirit which is our guarantee of future glorification at the return of Christ. So if the Holy Spirit is withdrawn, as Paul reveals through Divine inspiration, then so are the vessels He dwells within.
GOD HAS A PURPOSE
Christians undergo trials and tribulations in this life according to His purposes. What is the purpose behind Blood-bought, eternally-saved, indwelt Christians being separated from the indwelling Holy Spirit so that they can undergo half or all of the judgment period set aside for those that rejected Christ?
Why would the Lord subject His own Bride to judgment for sin after He had already redeemed that Bride from judgment for sin at the Cross? It is a conflict that those who don't discern the purpose of God make the error that the Church must be refined, right along with the rest of a God rejecting world.
We endure the consequences of sin all the time because the world is created in sin, but consequences aren't the same as judgment.
WE ARE BEING TRANSFORMED NOW
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2, And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3, For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." (Romans 12:1-3)
The church has a glorious future that no one can begin to imagine. As it is written "eye hath not seen, or ear heard, or entered into the heart of man, what God has prepared for those who love Him." (1st Corinthians 2:9)
And the Bible states further......
14, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15, For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16, The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17, And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18, For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." (Romans 8:14-18)
WILL YOU BE AMONG THOSE WHO ARE HEIRS OF GOD?
One fly in the ointment so to speak, those who are being made into the image of God are those who have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and God knows in advance who that person is, each of us. Those who read this message, or have not taken the free gift of eternal life with a repentant heart (meaning change your mind about sin and about God) cannot embrace the glory that awaits those that have. God will not beat you into submission, but will continue to convict you of your condition, until you are beyond hope of recovery. God knows when that time is, that you are "irredeemable". So, you ask me, what must I do to have this type of eternal existence and a glorious future?
Realize you are a sinner. " For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
Realize that God made a way for those sins to be forgiven and live with God forever.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
Confession before God in a broken and contrite heart calling out to God,
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9)
You say, that "sounds simple"...yes, it is simple that a child can understand it...I did when I was 10 years old. But you must believe in your heart, not just in your head with "childlike" faith. It must enter into a humbled and contrite heart that knows that without God you are doomed for a devil's hell, or to experience that hell on earth, called the Tribulation and possibly even the Lake of Fire if those years of the Tribulation don't call you to repentance before God. The horrors of the period are too gruesome to even ponder, as hardly any flesh will be saved, and many will be martyred by beheading. Sounds awful and it's all right there in your Bible in the last book of Revelation. You don't want to find out I'm right by first-hand experience.
The saints of the church are being sanctified, conformed and transformed into the image of Jesus Christ, one lesson at a time. I know that I will never be perfect in this life, but I will be perfect in the next life when Jesus comes for me and all who believe by faith in His death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the Father in Heaven. But it's not about works, but His mercy and grace....and the best part...IT"S FREE FOR THE ASKING....We await the coming of our Lord with a trumpet blast, that could sound very soon...very soon. Because all the signs point to this great event on the near horizon. I've written extensively in detail of that coming period on my blog. If you have time, check them out.
Don't wait too long, as you are not promised even tomorrow. To stand before a Holy God and not have Jesus as your substitute payment for your sins, is a vision I wish for no one, no matter what you have done. Jesus awaits your decision...call on Him today...be justified today by the sacrifice of our Lord, then submit to Godly instruction on how to be sanctified and being made into the image of His Son, as humanly possible this side of the coming of our Lord for His Church.
This is pastor Mike Taylor, praying your acceptance of our Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Should you need counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, email me at
, . God bless you all........
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
Israel And Iran-Mageddon On Path to Ezekiel 38-39 War? Mideast Tinderbox Only Awaits End-Times Spark - By David Wainer , Donna Abu-Nasr , and Henry Meyer -
There have been coups and revolutions, external invasions and proxy conflicts, but the Middle East hasn't seen a head-to-head war between major regional powers since the 1980s.
There's a growing risk that one is about to break out in Syria, pitting Israel against Iran.
The Islamic Republic's forces are entrenching there, after joining the fight to prop up President Bashar al-Assad. The Jewish state, perceiving a direct threat on its border, is subjecting them to an escalating barrage of airstrikes. Nobody expects those strikes to go unanswered.
The path to escalation is clear, and the rhetoric is apocalyptic. "We will demolish every site where we see an Iranian attempt to position itself,'' Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told the London-based Saudi newspaper Elaph, adding that the Iranian regime is "living its final days.''
In Tehran, Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, said that "100,000 missiles are ready to fly'' in Israel's direction, and warned they could bring about its "annihilation and collapse.''
Light a Match
Iran and Israel have been exchanging threats for decades. What's different now is that Syria's civil war, which sucked in both countries, provides a potential battlespace -- one that's much closer to Jerusalem than to Tehran.
Israeli officials say there are 80,000 fighters in Syria who take orders from Iran. As they help Assad recapture territory, militiamen from Hezbollah have deployed within a few kilometers of the Golan Heights on Israel's border. Iran has vowed to avenge its citizens killed by the Israeli airstrikes, and it has plenty of options for doing so.
It's a tinderbox, says Ofer Shelach, a member of the foreign affairs and defense committee in Israel's parliament. "I'm worried about the possibility that a match ignited in the Golan will light up a war going all the way to the sea.''
Even more troubling is the absence of firefighters.
Israelis lament that Washington has become a bit-part player, unable to impose a Syrian settlement that would guarantee its ally's security. Absent that, "we can only represent our interests through force,'' Shelach says.
Asked about Israel-Iran tensions at a press briefing on Thursday, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the U.S. is concerned by Iranian actions that "destabilize the region," including through its proxy Hezbollah. "Wherever Iran is, chaos follows," she said.
Able or Willing
Far from tamping down tensions, President Donald Trump -- egged on by Israel -- has been ramping them up. By threatening to withdraw next week from the international agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, he's added another volatile element to the regional mix.
The only power with channels open to both sides, and the clout to play mediator, is Russia.
President Vladimir Putin's intervention in 2015 to shore up Assad has left Russia as the strongest actor in Syria. Putin is seeking to impose a peace that would lock in his political gains, so he has every interest in averting any spread of the war.
But that doesn't mean he's able or willing to rein in Iran. While Russia has cordial ties with Israel, they're likely outweighed by the confluence of interests with the Islamic Republic, whose ground forces were crucial to the success of Putin's Syrian gambit. Repeatedly threatened with attack or regime-change by its enemies, Iran sees the sympathetic governments in Damascus and Beirut as providing strategic depth.
Now, the Iranians in Syria have graduated from helping Assad to "building their strategic presence against Israel,'' said Paul Salem, senior vice president at the Middle East Institute in Washington. "It appears that neither the Russians nor the Assad regime are in control or can limit these things,'' he said. "The situation is highly unstable and highly unmanaged.''
One test of Russia's ability to manage it may come in southern Syria, where Islamic State and other jihadists and rebels still hold territory near Israel's border -- enclaves that are among the likely next targets for Assad's advancing army.
"Before they do that, the Russians need to have an arrangement with the Israelis,'' said Yuri Barmin, a Middle East expert at the Russian International Affairs Council, which advises the Kremlin. Russia is "willing to negotiate on the issue of Iran and Iran's presence'' in those regions, he said.
That may not be enough to meet Israeli concerns, which extend far beyond the border.
Earlier in the Syrian conflict, Israel's airstrikes typically aimed to destroy weapons convoys bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon. There's been a significant change. Two strikes in the past month -- widely attributed to Israel, though the Jewish state doesn't comment on such matters -- targeted permanent infrastructure used by Iran's forces. Both took place deep inside Syrian territory.
"It's shortsighted to look at it in terms of how many kilometers from the border Iran is sitting,'' said Amos Gilad, who recently stepped down as director of political-military affairs at Israel's Defense Ministry. "Iran cannot be allowed to base themselves militarily in Syria. And Israel is fully determined to prevent that.''
To be sure, the goal could be achieved without a full-blown war. Salem, at the Middle East Institute, says the likeliest outcome is that Israel and Iran will avoid a conflict that neither really wants -- though he says the risk that they'll end up fighting is higher than at any time since the Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006.
And although hostilities have effectively begun with the airstrikes, many analysts say that they can be contained to Syria -- where Israel and Iran can square off without their allies necessarily being drawn into the fight.
"Never!'' said Liberman, when asked if clashes with Iran could lead to clashes with Russia. "There will be no confrontation with them.''
In Beirut, Sami Nader of the Levant Institute for Strategic Studies said that Russia may not oppose an Israeli attack on Iranian positions in Syria, provided it doesn't threaten to topple the Assad regime that is "the Russians' main card at the negotiating table." Barmin, the Kremlin adviser, said there's plenty of daylight between the "diverging interests" of Russia and Iran.
So far, Russia's response to Israeli airstrikes has been muted. But after the U.S. bombed Syrian targets last month, to punish Assad for an alleged chemical attack, Russian officials said they may deliver state-of-the-art S-300 missile defense systems to Syria. That would pose new risks for the Israeli air force -- and increase the chance of a flashpoint.
Israel's parliament this week passed a law empowering the prime minister and defense to declare war without wider Cabinet approval in "extreme circumstances."
Half a century ago, Israel launched a surprise attack against its Arab enemies. A few years later, in 1973, the tables were turned. In both cases, one of the combatants consciously opted for war.
But that's not how Israel's more recent conflicts have started, says Shelach. "It always happened because the situation escalated, deteriorated, without any of the sides making a decision.''
And that's the risk he sees now, with no obvious off-ramp.
Have You Been Left Behind? - By Pastor Mike Taylor -
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2nd Thessalonians 2:8-12)
21 "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before." (Matthew 24:21-25)
As we enter the end of days, many people believe so many different religious beliefs, that its hard for the one who is seeking truth to find biblical reality, instead of finding perversions of that truth.
Both my Lord Jesus and the Apostle Paul prophesied that in the end of days, that there would come a deception, a delusion so strong that men and women will believe a total lie. I've often contemplated and wondered, what could it be that will be shown to unrepentant men in the coming Tribulation that would be so convincing that most people would accept it without question? The question becomes, "how can the coming Beast Power introduce the Anti-Christ to the world and have near total compliance from the unrighteous masses that will inhabit the coming Tribulation?"
I say total compliance, as it will be those who love unrighteousness and want to continue in their sins. Many in this world have no interest in the things of God, but there are those who think they are following the Truth of God's Word, but are deceived by cunning charlatans who have nothing in their minds, but power control over the people. There will be many who won't buy what they are selling, as they have been on the fringes of Christianity, but never had made a commitment to Jesus Christ, much to their dismay. Those who have been taught all their lives a false religiousity have just been subjected to the complete chaos that is gripping their world. What am I talking about that will leave many people totally confused and distraught? The event that just now happened, right before their eyes is the catching away of the Church, and the resulting frightened masses that will want an answer to what just happened. The powers of government must cause the unsuspecting masses of sheeple to follow their song and dance of the New World Order and follow the coming dictator known as the Anti-Christ. How will they do it?
DURING THE COMING TRIBULATION
What I'm about to discuss with you is so disturbing to me and should the average Christian, it will make you lean back in your chair, scratching your head. It will give, or should, the lateness of the hour and the urgency to reach your loved ones, your friends, or anybody that will listen to what may be coming upon the earth. If you are reading this, and what I'm about to discuss and even what is suggested becomes a matter of fact, then my friend, you will be ripe for a strong delusion without realizing what is being said is a big lie from the depths of hell.
Let me begin by saying, technology has become so fast paced the world knowledge has increased at such an astounding speed, (doubling every few years), as God through Gabriel told Daniel in chapter 12:
"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 was told that knowledge would be increased in the last days in which the bible said an image would be set up in the temple in Jerusalem and would be an abomination that causes desolation.
WHAT IS THIS ABOMINATION?
I have had many people ask me, or tell me, what is the abomination that the Bible speaks of. Many get it wrong. I had one fellow tell me is was the rejection of the Law of God. I had to educate the man that it would be as it was in 167 BC when a Syrian king came into Israel, into Jerusalem and stopped the sacrifices in the Temple of God and set up a statue of Zeus with his face on it and demand worship. The man also had a pig sacrificed on the altar and in the eyes of the people, a pig was blasphemy as it is considered unclean by any standards. Who was this man I speak of? It was his goal to Hellenize the people to Greek thinking and to do away with Jewish traditions and customs. His name was Antiochus Epiphanes and the desecration of the Temple kindled the Maccabean Revolt that expelled the invaders and began what is called "the days of Hanakkah" where the temple was cleansed, and the oil of the Menorah burned for 8 days by Divine will as they were out of Holy Oil to burn in the lamps.
In our time, this event will transpire once again, as our Lord Jesus plainly tells us.
15 "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." (Matthew 24:15-21)
This whole chapter sets dead aim at the Jewish people of modern day Israel. It was written for no other nation, as Jesus was a Jewish man speaking to other Jewish men and telling them what would happen, but it was partially for their time and also another time in the far distant future that would have duality of prophecy, as the Abomination had only happened once and it was almost 200 years in their past of the above event noted and described.
13 "And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:" (Revelation 13:13-16)
Many who read this passage come away puzzled and can't figure out how an image would conceivably be able to speak and demand worship of itself. I envision that this idol will be as it was in 167 BC and have the face of the coming Anti-Christ on the idol and display it much as King Nebuchadnezzer displayed his golden image before the people and also demanded worship of it.
We see technology growing by leaps and bounds to the point, as it was in the days of Noah, that nothing was not beyond being made that came into the imagination of mankind. This was a time of the "sons of God" or fallen angels mating with women and created hybrid offspring, we call now, the Nephilim. These all had supernatural knowledge of dark and evil manifestations that caused judgment to fall upon this earth.
Today we have explored and created the same evil practices that were done in this Antediluvian time period before the flood. Mankind has explored crossing animal with humans, artificial intelligence of robotics that appear almost human and many scientific discoveries that were best left undiscovered, as God destroyed the earth once by water, and will again, by fire.
Course, I'm not concerned with this coming to pass, as I fully believe the Church of the Living God will not be on this planet when all this comes to pass. I envision a huge AI (Artificial Intelligence) idol being able to speak on command from those who control its functions....For myself, I am not concerned, but am for the millions to billions of people who will be totally deceived and will worship this image, not so much because they believe it is a "god" but they wish to continue their lifestyle of wickedness and "what a little worship of some mechanical idol" a big deal anyway, (as long as I can live as I want, or as evil as I want). So will be the mindset of those in this coming time we have come to know as "Jacob's Trouble" or the coming Tribulation.
3 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:" (2nd Thessalonians 2:3-
The Wicked shall be revealed, the Anti-Christ, ONLY after the church is removed, right along with the Holy Spirit, ("He who will let will let, until HE be taken out of the way"). Understand, that this message is primarily for the unbeliever that comes on the internet that is searching for a reason for the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of people, including their loved ones, and the rise of a powerful dictator that came on the scene out of nowhere, known as the Anti-Christ who has control of the Beast Power, prophesied and fulfilled in this "lawless one". You may be confused. If you are not part of those who just want to live in their sinful ways, you may be scared out of your mind and you may have been introduced to something that does nothing but raise more questions than answers them.
The coming idol that will be set up in the newly constructed third Temple in Jerusalem, is but one of the ways that the coming "lawless one" will attempt to deceive, right along with his right-hand man, the False Prophet.
Then there was always the question before the internet age of how some of the prophecies of the end times would be carried out and be fulfilled. Let's take the scriptures that speak of the two witnesses that preach the Gospel in the first part of the Tribulation found in Revelation,
3 "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." (Revelation 11:3-
Those born in our recent past history, say 100 years ago, could not fathom how the world would be able to see these two men who proclaimed the Gospel of God at the Temple, would be killed by the "beast who rises out of the bottomless pit, and would kill them and leave their bodies without the respect of a proper burial. They wondered how would they be seen worldwide and would finally see them raised from the dead after 3.5 days
Of course, in our day and age, the answer is easy, as we live with it everyday. The invention of mass communication and satellite links that broadcast worldwide with news in the moment it is happening, through the internet and satellite TV has happened in our time. What is happening on the other side of the planet can now be viewed by anybody a world away, LIVE! So that answers that question, but how will the statue that is set up in the Holy of Holies as an abomination toward God speak to the world who will follow the Anti-Christ? The words of this idol will be broadcast to the world via satellite TV. Not only will this idol speak and demand worship of the one whose face it displays, but I may have discovered how there is another way they will do it, or a possible solution. And what will be the strong delusions that make a person believe a lie, as spoken of in scripture?
WHAT MAY BE COMING?
As mentioned, this message is for those who are left behind, meaning those who miss the greatest event, apart from the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, in all the history of man. That being the coming of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, our Lord in the clouds to separate His church from the coming wrath that is about to overtake the earth. We, who are in the day light and not living in the night, will not be surprised by the events that transpire before the Anti-Christ takes the stage. For as Paul wrote to the Thessalonians:
3 "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.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him." (1st Thessalonians 5:3-10)
As we are discussing, evil men will attempt to explain the whole "missing millions" by hook or crook, and they will use modern technology to do it. Their only goal is to usher in a New World Order, headed by the risen Anti-Christ to power and for a time, promote a One World religion, with the Anti-Christ their sole object of worship.
In the past, I have spoken of a possible explanation of an "alien invasion" that has removed hundreds of thousands of people who have suddenly disappeared from off the planet. No plausible explanation can be provided, but the globalist will try and leaders of the world will be searching for any talking point to calm the fears of the masses that know that something they cannot explain has just happened. I have dealt with the possible explanation of this alien invasion, as they will allow nothing to stand in their way of their concept of the coming "utopia" that this New Age religion and secular forces of this fallen world will push at you to convince you that those that "stood in the way of the next level of human existence" have been removed. As Rahm Emanuel made famous by saying "Never let a crisis go to waste"
I do believe, besides technology of AI and the false explanation of what happened to millions of people from all over the planet, they will attempt to "mesmerize" you with false prophecies that come "out of thin air".
This new approach in addition to the possible explanation of an alien invasion is the world leaders need to get the people of the world to follow them and secure their loyalty to follow this new world dictatorship comprised of ten regions or "Ten Horns" of Daniel's prophesy in chapter 7, and headed eventually by a one world dictator, the Anti-Christ. We must remember that the new age religion is the very foundation for the new world government, where without some kind of faith based religion, even a false religion the dictatorship of the new world order is completely impossible. That's why the next topic of this message is so important to the powers that be.
THE BLUE BEAM PROJECT?
I got an email message from one of the members of my online congregation that pointed me to something so outlandish and devilish, so diabolical that I was taken back when I started to research what he sent me. The subject deals with a type of technology that has been or will be developed shortly. It will attempt to explain what has happened, and designed to deceive unrighteous men and those who have rejected Jesus Christ as Messiah, to believe a strong delusion that God will allow and cause them to become submissive to the worship of the coming Anti-Christ. They will even fake a rapture type event where people are swooshed away to a "never, never land"...all smoke and mirrors so to speak.
Let's begin by discussing a Canadian journalist by the name of Serge Monast that gave a speech and wrote about concerning a military project using NASA to wage war on other nations by using technology on the enemy that is nothing short of what we saw on the series "Star Trek"and many outer space movies of fantastic graphics and computer images...I believe the world has been being primed by everything "Outer Space" since the 1970's for what is being planned to overtake the world. This journalist warned that the military had the ability to cause confusion and wage war with high tech technology in any given population and this technology would be used to usher in the coming One World Government and its major religion, headed by what we call the "False Prophet".
This began back in the 1980s and was projected to begin in 1983. The time was rescheduled for the 1990s, and the man who broke this story died suddenly of a supposed heart attack, when he had no cardiac history before his demise. Was somebody trying to shut him up? Circumstances of his death are a little suspicious. Now get ready for a summary of how this technology, according to Monast and those who further researched this Blue Beam Project, how it would be used. Oh, there are a lot of scoffers and detractors that spoof this report, but in this day and age we live in of government improprieties, it's not beyond the realm of total possibility.
The first step concerns the breakdown of all archeological knowledge. It deals with the setup with artificially created earthquakes at certain precise locations on the planet where, supposedly, new discoveries will finally explain to all people the error of all fundamental religious doctrines. These new "discoveries" will cast doubt on what people have believed in their different faiths and by using man made earthquakes ( can you say HAARP?) that will open up selected areas for these discoveries that disprove religious doctrine. What could these "new discoveries" be? Could they have found evidence of the origins of the seeding of our planet by a "master race" from other planets? Will they find evidence of space craft that have been buried for thousands of years? Lord only knows, but to cast doubt on every religions basic faith and beliefs would have to dismiss that the true God, or the god of their religion has been nothing but a sham, or complete misinterpretation of reality. Of course, I hypothesize, as I can only guess what highly technological device they will use.
The second step is to produce what can only be likened to a manufactured space show. Remember all the 3-D movies you've gone to, and the computer images that were all too real? How convincing would it be if this delusion was projected on the atmosphere in a holographic image to introduce the deity of the culture, or those of different religions, in different regions of the world, ie. Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna, etc and each image speaking in the regions language, and through computers, make the people believe that their chosen "god" is speaking to them in their ears, and in their minds? The images reportedly will tell the people that they have misunderstood their religious books and the very foundation of their beliefs.
Thirdly, to go further in regard to the new technology which is at the base of the NASA Blue Beam Project, we have to consider this statement by psychologist James V. McConnell which was published in a 1970s issue of Psychology Today. He said, "The day has come when we can combine sensory deprivation with drug hypnosis and astute manipulation of reward and punishment to gain almost absolute control over an individual's behavior. It should then be possible to achieve a very rapid and highly effective type of positive brainwashing that would allow us to make dramatic changes in a person's behavior and personality." (Thewatcherfiles.com/bluebeam)
The result of deliberately staged events will be to show the world this new "christ," or the new messiah for the immediate implementation into the new world religion. Enough truth will be foisted upon the unsuspecting to hook them into the lie. "Even the most learned will be deceived." And as the Bible clearly tells us:
10 "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." ( 2nd Thessalonians 2:10-12)
Each of these fake "deities" will proclaim that the "messiah" is on earth and will broadcast his picture all over the planet in a holographic image, to every region, to every tongue and nationality, and to every man and woman.
A quote from a website called "The Watcher's Files" and they hypothesize:
"Then the projections of Jesus, Mohammed, Buddah, Krishna, etc., will merge into one after correct explanations of the mysteries and revelations will have been disclosed. This one god will, in fact, be the Antichrist, who will explain that the various scriptures have been misunderstood and misinterpreted, and that the religions of old are responsible for turning brother against brother, and nation against nation, therefore old religions must be abolished to make way for the new age new world religion, representing the one god the Antichrist they see before them." (the Watcherfiles.com)
DOES SUCH TECHNOLOGY EVEN EXIST?
As I said, the very idea that there is a technology that can confuse and deceive the masses of people, (let alone control them) which are left to endure the Tribulation is what may be in store for those who live out this dark time of man's depravity. Our government, or any government that could launch a program to explain the disappearance of people all over the planet and promote a "new god" called the Anti-Christ revealed in your Bible, (called the man of sin), makes the human mind reel. If this has happened, and you are reading this, I'm sure your mind is in much turmoil. You may have lost a loved one, a small child, a close friend, a wife, or a husband and frankly, you're scared. I would be, too, if I was present after this strange sky show and people have gone missing.
"New World Order planners can possibly "take over the world by projecting holographic images into the sky while beaming thoughts directly into our heads, telling us to accept the new 'god' of their design." [HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon Of The Conspiracy , by Jerry E. Smith, p. 15; New Age adherent]
Let me confess one thing here and you may be feeling the same thing, I was a little skeptical concerning this new technology, but my skepticism took a huge hit when I discovered that indeed our military in the USAF and most likely other nations have the technology to do just what is described above...you may browse the websites to reach what the U.S. Air Force is using militarily on other nations for computer wars of the future, and what hit me the most, was they use holographic images to further their objectives in a war model to defeat the enemy. You who read this, will be the enemy they wish to control.
USAF CENTER OF STRATEGY AND TECHNOLOGY.
The military of the USA and that of the world are most advanced for warfare, but also can be used for just such a scenario noted above using holographic images and computer generated speech that seems to come out of space. Now would our own government do such a thing? Of course they would as they are more than lawless, they are treasonous. Who knows who will come to power in the near future that will throw our Constitution under the bus. They are already trying to do it as I type. Another website shows that technology is present to use optics to project such images on the clouds and even the blue sky.
Anyone can do a Google search and explore what can be done with holographic images and the capabilities of nefarious governments and the elite promoting a new world order by creating a new world religion. As I have spoken of this new world order needs as its foundation a world religion to base the takeover of the governments of the world into one. This project will focus the attention of the world population of the Tribulation to follow a "false religion" built on lies. Religion is the basis for any loyalty of a new government that will be put into place. The Anti-Christ will use the new "religion" headed by the false prophet to secure the loyalty and the compliance all who are alive during this time by joining all religions into one, then focusing those who are adherents to this bait and switch, to the Beast Power as shown in prophecy. It is all about total control and was presented in the past at the U.N. This is part of the coming Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development that was promoted by none other than the Pope in Rome, as he pushes all his priest to promote the plan in all their masses, as reported in the news.
3 "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." (Revelation 17:3-
Fellow Christians, believers in Jesus Christ, the world is going to "hell" in a hand basket, literally and sooner than any of us even imagine. Jesus could literally sound the trump of God and call with a loud voice, "come up hither" any moment from this time forward.13 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18)
In our Lord Jesus' own words in Matthew,44 "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."
Scoffers who read this will dismiss my call to come into the "Light" of Jesus Christ. But when you are living it, you may remember these words. The night is close at hand, when Satan will be loosed and his agent, the Anti-Christ will have full sway over every human being on this planet. It will cost you your eternal soul and spirit by complying. To oppose his agenda of total domination over all nations, will cost you your head, literally. The past ISIS rampage in the Middle East was just a warm up for what carnage will be performed during this 7 year of unspeakable horror and human suffering. But there is a remedy and a plan to save you from ever having to worry about the Tribulation:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18,)
8 "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." (Romans 10:8-11)
If the events that I have briefly described have come to pass and reading this message after the fact, then you have missed the "snatching away" of the Church, and will have to make an even harder choice, than the one you missed making in the past Age of Grace, or the Age of the Church. The Rapture has taken place and to coin a phrase, you "have been left behind" to face unspeakable pain and suffering. Either in the short term, with those who proclaim Jesus as Savior and endure to the end, will loose their life by the favorite form of execution, beheadings. Those who submit will have an even greater punishment as they are slain with the Sword of the Mouth of a returning Jesus Christ and be cast into the Lake of Fire forever....an eternity with no end of suffering.
11" And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." (Revelation 19:11-15)
Call His name right now. He will save you when you ask Him in all humbleness and repenting of your sins. He will honor your prayer and become your best Friend, Savior and Redeemer. Do not neglect so great a salvation.
"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;" (Hebrews 2:3)
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying the you call on the only Name that is above every name, Jesus Christ my Lord for your eternal salvation. If you have a need for prayer, counseling, or just a listening ear, email me at
. God bless you all..
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
I forgot to post this about a conference on at the moment called Basics for those in ministry. It is hosted by Parkside Church and Truth for Life where Alistair Begg preaches. Conference started yesterday but you can catch up at