Monday, December 12, 2011

He's With Me

Yes, December 11th, as I was leaving the church after morning service, I saw on my phone that my sister had called. I immediately called her back, at which time she informed me that her husband's son had been killed the night before in an auto accident.

I turned the truck around and headed back to church, knowing that the pastor and his wife would still be there. As soon as I told them what had happened, we all joined hands and began praying for the family.

As I was praying I began to hear the Lord's voice, "He's with me." Then He went on to say that with what is coming on the earth very shortly that he, George, wouldn't have been able to maintain his faith. He would have been lost for eternity. "What the enemy meant for evil, God will turn to good."

This was confirmed as a word from the Lord, when I shared this with my brother-in-law. His response was that this agreed with what the Holy Spirit had been telling him.

We may be seeing more of these sudden unexpected deaths among Believers. Instead of being overcome with grief, try to thank the Lord that in His wisdom He is taking home those who are ready, but perhaps who lack the faith and strength to stand for Him through the upcoming troubles.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

That Day Shall Not Come

That phrase "that day shall not come" as found in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is totally ignored by those who have bought into the pre-trib rapture theory.

Paul is writing to the church as Thessalonica, telling them not to worry about the rumor that the Day of the Lord was at hand. He goes on to give signs that would indicate the timing, and he says: "don't be deceived. The Day of the Lord will not come until there's a falling away and the Antichrist appears."

Read it for yourself:

2Th 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Th 2:2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2Th 2:3  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

What? That's doesn't line up with what the Pre-trib Rapture theory espouses. In that false teaching, christian dead and alive, will be gone before the Antichrist is revealed.

Paul then goes on to describe how to recognize the Antichrist:

2Th 2:4  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.

Paul says that "when you see this person sitting on the throne in the "temple of God" claiming to be God, then you'll know that's the Antichrist and that the Day of the Lord is at hand.

2Th 2:8  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:

Here it says that the brightness of the Lord's coming will bring an end to the Antichrist's claim and reveal the truth.

Another way to recognize the Antichrist arrival/appearing will be all the "power, signs and lying wonders" of Satan

2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Who will be deceived? The unrighteous? Those that "received not the love of the truth."

2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Here it is very clear that the Lord's coming will not be until after the appearance of the Antichrist. Because there is nowhere in the Bible that talks of a "secret" coming of the Lord, there can only be one Second Coming. Not a half-coming, where He sneaks in and snatches out believers all kind of sneaky.

No. Instead we see that the Day of the Lord comes in with a lot of noise (trumpets), earthquakes and fire. More...

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Destroying Wind

Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind; (Jer 51:1)

No one can deny that the anti-God, anti-Christian elements in the United States have risen up against God. Here we are heading into a season that traditionally has represented Christ, but now is a season marked by greed, commercialism, and an x-ing out of any mention of Christ. It should not be any surprise that God has had it with this country and the "wild winds" that destroyed homes, trees, vehicles, fences and other property, might be His response.

When you hear newscaster and weathermen describe seemingly "natural" weather phenomenon as "unusual", "unprecedented", "monster" in describing "hurricane force winds" of upwards of 120 to 140 miles per hour in some places, then you could say they were describing a "destroying wind." 

Here are just a few of the headlines for the "destroying" winds that struck the western US yesterday, December 1, 2011:

'Monster Winds' Roar Across Utah; California Also Whipped

Strong Winds Down Trees and Power Lines in West

Strong winds hit southern California, Pasadena declares state of emergency

100 mph winds buffet Utah, toppling trucks, trees, power lines

What's next?

And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about. (Jer 51:2)

What's a "fanner"?

A primitive root; to turn aside (especially for lodging); hence to be a foreigner, strange, profane; specifically (active participle) to commit adultery: - (come from) another (man, place), fanner, go away, (e-) strange (-r, thing, woman).

So here the Word says that God will send foreigners that will "fan"

A primitive root (compare H2114); to toss about; by implication to diffuse, winnow: - cast away, compass, disperse, fan, scatter (away), spread, strew, winnow. 

God will send foreigners that will disperse/scatter away/strew - in other words cause a disruption of life as it is known and "empty her land"

A primitive root; to pour out, that is, to empty, figuratively to depopulate; by analogy to spread out (as a fruitful vine): - (make) empty (out), fail, X utterly, make void.

Notice the "depopulate"

If as I and many prophecy watchers believe, that Jeremiah 51 is a dual prophecy talking about Ancient Babylon as well as describing a future type of Babylon, and that the US may be that Babylon, then we need to pay attention to this.

Is this what's coming? Are foreigners going to empty our land, many believe it's coming...or maybe it's already happening as more and more "foreigners" sneak into our country some wanting a new life, others coming for nefarious, criminal and terroristic reasons.

What's next?