Revival may be a thing of the past for the Western nations but worldwide, Christianity is growing despite persecution and the threat of death. The world is being 'ripened' as an apple on a tree long dormant, as the soon return of the King of Kings approaches. The world is getting ready for revival.
A recent article at foxnews.com addressed the world’s fastest growing church, in of all places, Iran; the seat of worldwide Islamic terror. They have no room for converts and neither does the Church.
We have created a hungry monster known as the institutional church. Crowds are needed to maintain salaries of the professionals, facilities payments or maintenance, along with extra curricular activities which do not come free. Membership qualifications need to be more accommodating.
Paul marveled at the Galatians being so soon removed from Him that called them into the grace of Christ to another gospel. Today for many, water baptism stands as a requirement for salvation; making grace no longer grace but subject to man's will and his obedience. It is a deadly deception.
This is not in the form of a question but a statement of fact from close observation of today’s gatherings called churches. In a world where the lines between politics, religion and reality have all but disappeared; we must step back and weigh the evidence. It is not pretty.
It’s a no-brainer that the lost hate the Christian, but myriads of practitioners of the so-called Christian religions also detest true Believers. Once upon a time in America, the line was drawn in the sand between righteous living and the world. Today, only a small vestige of that line remains.
Hollywood used and uses the term, "found religion" to describe an apparent sinner's release from their sinful ways. Family relationships restored, addictions defeated, fears overcome and the proverbial happy ending. How quaint; but tragically flawed and potentially fatal.
Unwittingly, people flock to modern assemblies masquerading as churches to have their ears tickled and their consciences appeased. The evidence is overwhelming, for those who identify with these institutions, have no love of the Truth and disdain for anything contrary to their new found belief.
The church has become hard of hearing, impractical in nature, filled with dogma based upon personal bias, along with ignorance of the scriptures . This results in unteachable spirits, hardheartedness and no love of the brethren. We have met the enemy and it is us.
A virus has been downloaded into the minds and psyches of myriads of men, women and children on a world-wide basis…by God. This virus has no cure, as its purpose is to cause untold millions to believe a lie that they may be damned as those who have no love of the Truth.
In a world that supposed Christians purposefully ignore the O.T., teach the unconditional love of God as a half-truth, avoid context and privately interpret scripture in selective pieces to support one’s current belief system; the Devil is truly in the details.
The bigger the crowd, the easier it is to hide one’s true identity among fellow chameleons. The more intimate the gathering, the more chameleon-like one must become to blend in. The question becomes; how to identify the chameleons among us?
Martin Luther: “This free will is a special doctrine of the antichrist.” Not the Antichrist of Revelation but the spirit of false teachers and their followers being “anti” the sound doctrines of Scripture. Today these antichrists proliferate the airways and pulpits of the world.
Christianity is a religion and in large part has nothing to do one’s saving relationship to Christ. It has become a system of belief that differs greatly from the Word and yet shares so many similarities with other religions; including Islam. How does being a Christian differ from Christianity?
Not only do the Grinches of Christendom surface this time of year, they also pollute the social media with abhorrence for those who should differ; thus, sowing discord among the brethren. They are so absorbed in their own world, they neglect the fact the God is God, not them.
The pulpits and pews in tandem with the social media are filled with soundbite Christians who cut and paste Scripture according to their own personal doctrines, ignore proper grammar and fill one another’s heads with confusion resulting in bad doctrine.
The worldly religionists work overtime, attempting to convince themselves that God loves everyone. Surely a loving God would never be angry enough to condemn anyone to an eternal hell if it should exist. Even pronouncing heresy towards those who believe and teach otherwise.
It is amazing that this country has a day set aside for the giving of thanks, with some great religious overtones. Sadly, this day also has been usurped by our modern culture and the church has more than dutifully followed. The church has fallen asleep, for the world now owns the day.
The world has created God in their own image. Subsequently, there are myriads of roads one may follow to reach their desired goal once this earthly life ceases to exist. Sadly, this too is the case within today's churches all across America and confusion reigns. Many shall say Lord, Lord...
Why is it that when the going gets tough, Christians desire to have things go back to the way they were? In essence, we try to remove God from our current circumstances as if He is on vacation during our present tribulations.
Everywhere I turn I see Christians being urged to pray for our country’s return to God. This country was never with God, but our God has been with this country in spite of ourselves. It is the true believers that must return to the Word.
In a nutshell, they lack the fear of God and judgment. As science advances at lightspeed, worldwide communications engulf the masses and wickedness grows exponentially; the tools of unbelief seem to dominate the souls of man.
The Word of God is very explicit concerning the description of the “church” being overwhelmed by “Selfism” as a sign of the perilous last days. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 lists 19 traits of the self-indulgent who frequent the halls of many so-called Christian institutions known as churches.
SELFISM - was used by Paul Vitz in his 1977 book Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship. He claimed that all of modern-day liberalism found within churches are essentially SELFISM at their core. He blames prominent psychologists of the third quarter of the 20th century, I do not.
Today our congregations are full of both wheat and tares; the wheat being more likely the minority. They look the same, sound very much alike but are worlds apart in their relationship to God.
Today, you find a lot of very smart people within the "church", most of which have less godly wisdom than a rock, including the majority of the so-called leadership. We know that if man will not acknowledge the Son of God, at least the rocks will cry out.
Today’s modern gospel propagates the message that Jesus is love: that He loves everybody all the time and is sorrowful of spirit that so many people would reject His free offer of salvation. This is a devilish lie; one that keeps so many comfortable on their journey to hell.
We have lost the catastrophic difference between the meaning of the words many and few. Per the words of Jesus – broad is the way…many, and … narrow is the way…few, also - in that day many…I never knew you. Easy believism is a doctrine that makes church goers feel good on their way to hell.
God's design for the culmination of the ages, cannot be thwarted by neither man nor Beast. His ways and His thoughts are beyond us and why He has chosen the weak, the simple and the nothings of this world to carry His message makes this writer more than qualified.
Man foolishly believes that we control our own fate; whether it be how well we shall live or how well it shall be with us in death. The fifth trumpet of Revelation demonstrates the words of Jesus, that the HE alone possesses the keys to life and death; many will seek death but it shall elude them.
Even when a person has empirical evidence staring them in the face, yet they choose to believe a lie rather than the God of the Bible, proves this most important point: salvation stands upon election by a sovereign God; not by the will of the flesh or man's free will.
The world will never be the same and is totally unaware that it is being drawn together, fully under the sovereign design of God, for judgment. Even then, God in His mercy, will pull many from the jaws of eternal death, even though it means the bodily death of being a Martyr.
One can only imagine what it would be like to live in a world without a strong voice for the Gospel, where wickedness grows daily and those who strive to remember the "good old days" and to keep religion alive are a dwindling number. Everyone making it to the next day, hoping things will change.
Popular Christian literature depicts catastrophic events surrounding the rapture of the Church: scripture does not support this view. Israel is the centerpiece of the 70th week, not the Bride; we must focus on His people to understand how God will bring history to a climax.
Media rhetoric is filled with hatred of anything resembling Christianity. In California a politician introduced legislation that would possibly put churches or faith based groups open to legal action for counseling or promoting literature (Bible?) against certain sexual practices. The game is afoot.
The church for the most part rightly condemns abortion, yet the most precious gift of God to the family, our children, we ABANDON to the professional "holy" men, to their worldly ways and teachings.
WE have been so blind being unable to see the "forest for the trees"; the falling away has been in full bloom for the better part of a century, never realizing that we were are a part of the problem.
A spiritual war rages for the minds of man within the church and upon social media; a massive battlefield where the great deceiver unleashes his lies in the form of 'religion', bringing doubt, false hopes and rejection to many.
For such a freedom loving people here in America; why is there such an incredible hatred and violent protesting against another's freedom loving view? It is simple; freedom is a very dangerous weapon.
To love God is to hate sin; yet churches overlook trivial and worldly sinful behavior for there is no fear of the written Word from the pulpit or the pew. Ignorance is not bliss but a stench to God.
Almost ALL religion is like an old western movie set; a facade erected to hide the emptiness within. Not many would outwardly characterize themselves as God haters, but their "religion" betrays them.
If one thinks that Christianity is immune from the delusion of a "God-Complex", the enemy has succeeded in blinding believers to the Trojan Horse, the 5th Column in our midst. Itching ears demanding false hope and myriads of charlatans ready to accommodate them with lies.
Know that the wicked will "wax worse and worse" as the END nears; little did we realize the threat lies deeply embedded within America's hallowed halls and assemblies. Time for the redeemed to awaken.
God raised Assyria in 772 BC to take idolatrous Israel into captivity for their sin. The complacent American church is due for a rude awakening; to separate us (the wheat) from the dead chaff within.
History is replete with the legacies of those who lived good and honorable lives; later to be usurped by the nefarious and self-centered agenda of those who seek an air of legitimacy for their hatred.
Jeremiah was of the last faithful pastors to Judah and God's indictment against the pastors of Jeremiah's day proves that there is NOTHING new under the sun. "Deja vu" - the nightmare has returned.
As the Pharisees were an extremely principled lot; the self-serving American "christian" indignantly stands upon principles, trusting not in a sovereign God but in their own evil "self-righteousness".
Our enemy the Devil is the master of deceitfulness and there is NO Truth in him; yet out of our pulpits and across social media a most clever of lies is perpetuated as the basic tenet of the Gospel.
I will guarantee that the majority of you have never heard a sermon or teaching on Deuteronomy 14: 22-29; The Law of the Tithe. Why? It's impossible to justify current tithing doctrine by God's Word!
There is a shaking going on within today's churches, as generally accepted norms for the roles, rules and content are being questioned, not by crackpots but with well thought out biblical arguments.
We are a nation full of Christian whiners, missing the good ole' days of "peaceful prosperity", where being a believer meant to be free from being held accountable to God for our lackadaisical walk.
Today's churches are so caught up in enjoying the American way of life; the wealth, the freedom and the relative security; that we have equated being an American to that of being a Christian nation.
Old enemies have again reared their heads into the current fray for the souls of men. "Out-of-body" and "near-death" experiences are becoming of interest again after nearly 30 years of lying dormant.
What can one say when life has run its course: the next stop - eternity? We cannot go back to right wrongs, nor recall unloving words. Rest assured, our impact in others lives does not end at death.
Why are believers so enamored with the American way of life? What ever happened to living for Christ first; praying for the grace to live a life that embodies our Savior's love and His righteousness.
Have we become too wise in our own estimation, too confident in our own strength and too esteemed in our personal religiosity that we have overlooked the fact that it is a Sovereign God behind it all.
The American church has become fat, lazy and apethetic - towards politics? - No: towards living a life that is "..good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior". We want it our way not His Way.
To those who do not believe that Jesus is God Almighty and that hell is just a figment of the Christian's Trinitarian mindset; let the buyer beware, for the day is approaching when you will believe!
As the Judaizers have come into vogue lately; Unitarianism is becoming aggressive as they oppose the Christian position on the Trinity in today's social media; but that is only the tip of the iceberg.
As hunger among Christians for pastors/teachers that proclaim the Truth grows; godly men of yesteryear, are maligned from the pulpits, saying their messages are outdated and not relevant today. A LIE!
"God is NOT a man that He should lie" and that He should ever condemn someone to hell whose sins were removed "as far as the east is from the west" is to say that He is a God who is NOT to be trusted.
What was once thought to be a perfect choice of parents has become the root of the problem that has seen the American Church become powerless and worldly. Sadly, we have taken this disease around the world, rearing its ugly head...everywhere.
Why is it with this modern church, the only time the subject of death is broached from the pulpit or bible study is when death necessitates a funeral: even then it is softened so as not to offend kith and kindred?
Holding an evolutionist stance is so very easy because it only requires one answer when anyone should question your beloved "theory": TIME! Not one unique set of evidences that is not common to all.
An hour or two a week we seemly gather as a community of believers to "worship": sadly what we witness on any given Saturday or Sunday has NOTHING to do with biblical worship in far too many churches. One thing it does do, it makes it inviting to the world to come and see the show.
There truly is nothing new under the sun. What we are beholding today as in regards to the terror that is gripping the world known as Islam, is akin to Deja vu as far as the Middle East is concerned.
The question is NOT whether we are perfect in all of our ways or the magnitude of our failures exceeds that of our Lord's tolerance but in His perfect love for us according to His sovereign character.
The Devil relishes every moment he can cause one who claims the name of Christ to stumble; especially if it brings shame upon our Lord and His people. Unwittingly, we can be a partner in his deceit.
Why would one who professes to be a Christian AND a student of the Bible put their hopes for the coming year in the hands of a political outcome, a stable economy or in world peace becoming a reality?
The Christmas story is more than its celebrated beginning: it is a tale of love and compassion woven around the lives of those who beheld our Lord's glory, with an ending that shook heaven and earth.
Tis' is the season for the pharisaical "grinches" of "Christendom" to spread their vitriolic, dismal and unloving doctrines, calling anyone who does not hold to their standards of conduct; a heretic.
As tragedy strikes close to home, a sudden epiphany storms the minds of those who either ignore or keep God on a shelf titled, "Open ONLY in Case of Emergency" but silent when it is another's problem.
Fear has plagued man from the beginning, its ebb and flow within society, from times of peace then of great despair; an endless cycle. It is the sum of all fears we now witness as the END draws nigh.
It's one thing for the world to desire the belief in evolution as they desperately seek a reason to not believe; but as for the educated Western Christian, it has made us biblically illiterate, weak and a fearful people.
Our Christianity is like a grocery store: we march down the aisles, pick and choose our favorite brand, read labels if it is too close to call and end up with a mixed bag that suits our tastes alone.
Our world is in a state of flux and confusion: the war of religious ideologies, the climate as a political issue, marriage a raging battlefield and all because mankind desires NOT the Truth but a lie.
Election, a very controversial subject among Christians; an object of distain to the unbeliever looking into a world they see as foolishness. Election: is it the will of man or is it the will of God?
The Western culture's perverted view of love, which is continually being crammed down our throats, has wormed its way into our churches, infecting our pulpits, ministries and witness to a dying world.
The violence within America seems to rock our sensibilities on a daily basis with barbaric acts against family, law and order. Sadly, society only reflects the dying influence of the American church.
So much of the social media today when it comes to Christianity is filled with self-seeking and legalistic preaching, which is diametrically opposed to the Word and the everlasting Gospel of our Lord.
We will be judged for every word that comes from our mouths and that which is sung from our mouths will carry the same scrutiny from our God. We have become self-centered and arrogant with our music.
Inclusive-"ism", a suitable descriptive for the Western church. We not only incorporate the world's methods and style, we embrace them. Where is the separation the Word commands in 2 Corinthians 6:17?
Over 50 years ago on September 19th, 1968, a young man woke up to this being his last day alive before taking his own life. Later that evening, the Truth set him free: I am that young man.
Have you ever stopped to consider why there is unbelief. Why we, who were once unbelievers, are so nasty towards others who have not come to the Light. We need to reconsidered who we were and are in Christ.
It would appear as if there is more than one God of the Bible, by the way individuals or denominations believe, teach and preach on the role of God working within the affairs of man and creation.
The end is near, for our adversary, the Devil, using a ruse from the beginnings of Christianity, has resurrected the Judaizers of old who are actively working overtime within the modern social media.
A fear shadows those who believe they could lose their salvation at the slightest infraction of God's law, robbing them of the joy and the "peace" that passes all understanding that GUARDS our hearts.
A controversial subject among many Christians; not just the timing but does the Bible actually supports the doctrine of a rapture for believers only. It is the Old Testament that lays its foundation.
What the world deems acceptable concerning marriage has NO bearing upon what God has ordained for a Christian's marriage. You live out YOUR marriage to the glory of God and "let your light so shine".
The West's Christian culture's addiction to a sound-bite mentality; "cherry picking" Revelation for the personal, of interest items has spawned many books, movies and worst of all, broken fellowships.
What we see and hear from the pulpits of America and the internet is a mass of illogical ideas and concepts of what God has prepared for the millennium: we need to separate biblical fact from fiction.
This is my case for the new heavens and earth, along with the New Jerusalem being immediately present following the 70th Week of Daniel. Home of the saints for the 1,000 year millennium and eternity.
Why did the Devil escape the Lake of Fire at Christ's return? God's ways are not our ways; He is not yet finished with him. Our God has another task for the great deceiver to perform; then judgment.
The return of Jesus is the most anticipated and dreaded event in the history of creation. The few yearn for His return while the many, fallen angels included, live in absolute terror of that day!
The 7th Bowl judgment along with the destruction of Babylon the Great must be considered as "one" final act of God upon the wicked before being overtaken by the "thief in the night": our Lord Jesus.
When judgment comes, it will be too late to repent; all our sorrow and tears over our sins will be of no avail. As time runs out for humanity, terror will replace hope and worse, death will offer no escape.
Not all of the world will have the Mark of the Beast or will worship his image; only the 'haves'. The number of have nots will far exceed those who sold their souls for a bowl of pottage as did Esau … but the Sheep are in for a pleasant surprise.
All prophetic Scripture shall be fulfilled as our God will not overlook a single detail. Seemingly mysterious at times because; "His ways are not our ways nor His thoughts our thoughts". Isaiah 55:8
The world does not want the Truth; it desires someone to tell them what they want to hear. During the darkest days of mankind, they shall desire a LIE as they blindly march on to their death by fire.
The Antichrist, a title that has spawned books and movies. The world is facing a leadership vacuum that is soon to be filled. Who is this man of perdition; or a better question; what is he?
Revelation's road map can appear confusing at first glance but when we step back, take a breath and look at it with a singularity of purpose, using all of Scripture, it comes together quite nicely.
Beware, this world has never seen the full wrath of the Devil released upon mankind, but that is soon going to change. At God's direction, he is now banned to earth knowing his days are numbered.
Satan's hatred of Israel has driven the histories of empires and conquest for thousands of years. Expulsion from heaven only aggravates his hatred, forcing a race against the clock: God's timepiece.
The two witnesses take on the Beast with the God given supernatural powers of their own. No tent or revival meetings; just condemnation, plagues and fire. They are without rival among prophets EVER!
The Western Christian world, argues over who these two are: Moses, Elijah or Enoch, etc. Well, they are greatly mistaken, as I was. I believe the Word will demonstrate a much different picture.
One Woe down. The second Woe will bring about the deaths of a third of all mankind; carnage that will last for over three years. Stay tuned, the third Woe, the worst of them all, is yet to come.
Five months will feel like an eternity as a demonic hoard from the Abyss descends upon mankind with "specific" orders directly from the throne of God. We also will be introduced to a new antagonist .
As a horror movie's menacing terror is amplified by darkness; the ills that now beset creation take on the pallor of a plague with NO cure in sight. A fool says in his heart, there is no God.
God's assault upon wicked mankind and a broken creation continues; this time against the source of badly needed rain for a scorched earth and life giving fresh water.
A broken planet suffering from the effects of man's sin is the first to feel the might of God's judgment: to get the attention of man. The 144,000 will have fulfilled prophecy in their arsenal.
It is a merciful God that will execute the deserved judgment upon an unrepentant world and an uncountable number shall be redeemed out of the coming chaos via a redeemed Israel.
Too many within the Church believe the rapture triggers the 70th week of Daniel: not so, for it is only one of many events that lead to a purified Israel, the sealing of the 144,000 and then to judgment!
The opening of the seals continues with the two major themes of Revelation: 1) Martyrdom for the "seed" of Israel's witness and 2) the full wrath of God being unleashed upon an unrepentant world.
A sovereign God introduces mankind to the unholy Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; His instruments of wrath and judgment for a wicked and unrepentant world.
Too many Christians believe that evolution vs creation is just a war of words or a different way to view the universe. Not so, its cancer has impacted almost every area of one's daily life.
Those who do not ignore the daily assault of evolutionary thinking, teaching and media, have a greater sense of the impending judgment and the true relevance of Revelation in today's culture and life.
Evolution: the most diabolical and perfect of lies ever perpetrated by Satan upon our educated society since the Garden of Eden. It's sole purpose is to blind men to the Truth as revealed in the book of Revelation. Christ will return and all will give an account.
Logic is required concerning the events surrounding the Rapture, to help us think outside the current popular fictionalized scenarios in both print and film.
To be raptured or not to be raptured: that is the question. The thought of the rapture has brought comfort to many, confusion to some and sorry to say, very heated disagreements among a few.
An amazing scene in heaven opens; the vision of the things that will take place which has excited, mystified, confused and caused schisms among believers for centuries, now begins in the most Holy.
The omniscient Lord issues His call to corporate godliness tempered with hard words for five of the churches, but promises of joy in victory for the those who are the over-comers found in each church.
Jesus' insight into His Church truly shows that He has chosen the foolish, the weak and the nothings of this world for His Bride and to present us faultless before the Father is a miracle indeed.
Per Amos 3:7 God will do nothing without telling His prophets first. Revelation is a message from our heavenly Father to empower the Church into action and to warn the world of their impending doom.
When I first addressed Revelation, I truly had no idea of how many professing believers actually avoid Revelation, as if it were a scary journey into the unknown. It is the Book with a great promise to those who read, hear and meditate upon its’ words. It is a gift from God.
The key to studying the scriptures is to set for yourself certain parameters; know your baseline beliefs of no compromise, make no assumptions based upon your non-baseline beliefs and most important: be teachable.
As the 70th week of Daniel draws near there should be great concern among the American Christian community as to whether we will be found faithful at our Lord's return.