Friday, July 5, 2013

What in the World is going on?

       I remember  reading a book by Mike Evans entitled "The Return." The opening scenario had a group of scientists, military types, etc. gathered around a super-computer that was crunching data compiled from different sources in an effort to determine "What in the World is going on?"
       The answer the computer gave was: The Return. The return of what or who? The return of Jesus Christ. Although the book was published back in 1989, events even then could be seen by those who knew what Scripture said about the time leading up to the Second Coming of Christ as setting the stage for the finale of the end of this age. Yes, yes, I hear you saying "Well, people have been saying this for hundreds of years. And he STILL hasn't returned!" You are aware, are you not, that that attitude itself is prophesied in Scripture? 2Peter 3:3-4:  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
        Simply because some have set dates for the Second Coming (in violation of Scripture, I may add) and have been proven wrong regarding those dates does not invalidate the truth of the event happening at all. Jesus himself told us that the Father has put the times and seasons of the end in His own power, Acts 1:7. God will not allow men to delay by even one day what He has decreed shall be accomplished.
       Lets take a brief look at some of the signposts given in Scripture regarding the season of his return.

       1: The regathering if Israel into her land as a nation.
       This is the cardinal sign among all others. There are two basic reasons why Jesus is coming back. The first is rid this planet of sin and evil, and the second is to fulfill the promises made to the Jewish nation. God gave the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) specific promises regarding the land of Israel, and of the Jewish people's place in it. They will inherit a kingdom which shall never pass away. They will dwell forever in peace and security. Thye will be the primary nation among all the peoples of this earth.
        In Luke's Gospel we read: Luke 1:32-33  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
        Jesus is returning to set up that everlasting kingdom, and he shall sit on the throne of David forever. Notice whom he shall rule over: the house of Jacob. Recall that in Genesis 32:24-26 Jacob wrestled with an angel all night. In verse 28, Jacob has his name changed to Israel. From thence to the end of Genesis he is called one or the other. So the identification of Israel with Jacob is clear. While Jesus will be ruler over the entire earth, his special focus will be upon Israel. However, from AD 70 until May 15, 1948 there was no nation called Israel. For 1878 years, there was no nation of Israel for Jesus to rule over!
        Israel is now back in her land, in fulfillment of prophecy. And it happened in one day, as Isaiah predicted: 66:8  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. 

            2: The official language of Israel is Hebrew.
            During the time when Jesus walked in Israel, the Jew's didn't use Hebrew as their common language. They spoke Greek or Aramaic. Hebrew was used as a ceremonial language, much as the Catholic church uses Latin as a ceremonial language. The prophet Zephaniah predicted 3:9  For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. 
             Eliezer Ben-Yehuda was born in Russia in 1858. He became acquainted with Zionism and emigrated to Israel. He produced a Hebrew lexicon and the driving force of his life was the reintroduction of Hebrew into modern Jewish life. The Jewish nation now has one official language, Hebrew, in fulfillment of prophecy.

            3. The moral decay of society.
            Don't you roll your eyes at me! I know what you're thinking: There has always been rot and decay in society. It's normal. While it is true that there has always been an element of evil in society, it has never been so bad on a global scale as it is today.
            In 2Timothy we read: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  2Timothy 3:1-4
             Never before has society on a global scale seen such tolerance, acceptance, and glorification of that which God declares abominable in his eyes.. This world murders the innocent at at a rate of 45 million per year, according to the WHO. But they don't call it murder. It's "elective abortion." Call it what you will, it's still murder. And God hates it.
           Proverbs 6:16  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue,  and hands that shed innocent blood,
            Madame, if you have had an elective abortion know this: God can and will forgive you for it. If you humbly repent and ask his forgiveness, he will forgive you. Abortion is not the unpardonable sin. You are not outside the bounds of his love, but you must repent and ask forgiveness. 
            Everyday we see in the newspaper people marching in the streets demanding that society not only accept their sinful acts, but actually glorifying their behavior. This will not continue much longer. God will put an end to mans sinful behavior.

            4. A push for global government.
          After the flood of Noah's time, God's commandment to he people was to scatter and disperse to repopulate the earth. Instead, man decided to stay in one area and build a tower to the heavens. The king at the time was a man named Nimrod. The story is told in Genesis chapter 11. As it was, so it shall be again. The book of Revelation chapter 13 describes a coming dictator who shall arise and gain control of the entire world for a period of 7 years. 
            And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:1-8
            From the White House to the UN to the halls of the European parliament, there is a growing cry for a one world governing authority to get mankind out of the political, social, and economic mess in which it finds itself. Former president George H.W. Bush created quite a stir when he first used the phrase 'New World Order.' Now, however, nobody says a word about it when government leaders around the globe echo the same call. Even the pope has gotten in on the act: " During a recent speech he made before the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in Rome on December 3, Pope Benedict XVI, the current leader of the Roman Catholic Church, called for what can only be described as a unified world government, which he dubbed a "new evangelization of society" that aligns with the spirit of visions brought forth by previous popes."

            Not to be left out, pope Francis stated during a speech on January 1st, 2013 that: "While we must work hard to build a new world order based on truth, freedom, love and justice, as Pope John XXIII wrote in ‘Pacem in Terris’ half a century ago, we must also recognise that true peace is also a gift from God."

There will indeed be a new world order, just as prophecy predicts.
             5. A cashless monetary system.
           In Revelation 13:16-18 we read: 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: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
            While there is much talk and speculation regarding exactly what this mark will be, I would like to focus on the result: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. In order for there to be such complete economic control, cash will have to be eliminated. Otherwise, there will always be a underground cash only economy. No mark? No problem! Just pay grossly inflated cash prices to your friendly neighborhood smuggler for your basic necessities of life. There is coming a day when cash will be done away with in the developed areas of the world. If you wish to buy or sell, you need to be part of the system, and that means you will need to have the mark. Refusing the mark will place you outside the boundaries of the global economic system, and you will be financially unable to do anything! Taking the mark, however, will cost you your soul.
            Receiving the mark will cost you your eternal soul:  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Revelation 14:9-11
            The percentage money globally that actually consists of coin or paper hat you can hold in your hand is around 3 percent. 97 percent of all money consists of bits of information in a computer system. If you are unable to access that system, you are economically isolated. Have you used a credit or debit card recently? It takes only seconds for the transaction to be processed. The computers used by the worlds banking system are incredibly fast and powerful. We live in the first generation that has the technological capability to accomplish this prophecy. And it will be fulfilled.
            6. As it was in the days of Noah.
            In Luke 17:26-27, Jesus said: And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
            As it was in the days of Noah. Most people reading these verses think that Jesus was ONLY saying that life would be seemingly normal up until the time of his return. While I do not dispute that he said that, I do not think that that was the only thing implied in the statement "And as it was in the days of Noe." I believe he was hinting at something else, something far more sinister and, for most people, almost unbelievable. Let's go back to Genesis 6 and see what set Noah's day apart from all the other "normal" generations.
Gen 6:1  And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
Gen 6:2  That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
Gen 6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Gen 6:4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:6  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Gen 6:7  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
Gen 6:8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Gen 6:9  These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 

         Other than the sinful behavior of men, which has been occurring for the past 6000 years, what distinguished Noah's time? Verse 2: That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 
             Who were these 'sons of God'? The Hebrew phrase is bane ha Elohim. If you do a search for that phrase in the Old Testament, you will find that every time it occurs, it refers to angels. The theory that the phrase refers to the godly line of Seth is a theory that cannot be traced back any farther that the 4th century AD. The apostolic and early church fathers believed it referred to fallen angels, as did the Jewish rabbis of old. Given that history, and the witness of Scripture, I too believe that the phrase refers to fallen angels. These angels cohabited with human women and produced a race of beings known as the Nephilim.  They were a hybrid race of human-angel beings. Notice this phrase from verse 4: "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that". What does the 'after that' refer to? Recall that when the Hebrew's came out of Egypt, and were preparing to enter Canaan that Moses sent in 12 spies. When they came back, 10 of them said "And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. " Numbers 13:33
         So the Nephilim, which had been wiped out during the flood, reappeared during the time of the Hebrew conquest of Canaan. Satan tried again to corrupt the human gene pool.
            But let's get back to Noah. Genesis 6:9 says "Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations." The Hebrew word for perfect is tâmı̂ym, which means entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth: - without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright (-ly), whole. Noah, as a member of the fallen human race, was obviously not perfect on the moral level. But his bloodline had not been corrupted by the ploy of Satan to pollute the human genome, and thus prevent the birth of Christ. For if Satan had succeeded in corrupting the genetic structure of all human beings, Christ would have been unable to be born, because there would be no genetically pure bloodline for him to be born through. Noah, however, had not been tainted by the genetic corruption going on around him, so he was spared from the flood. One of, if not THE, primary reasons for the flood was to cleanse the human gene pool of the corruption of the Nephilim. During the time when the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, Satan  tried to corrupt the genome of those living in Canaan. This is why Joshua was told to exterminate every man, woman and child, not of the entire country, but only of certain tribes. Joshua didn't do so, though.
          Satan isn't done trying his genetic corruption, however. "As it was in the days of Noah." In Daniel 2:43 we read: And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
        The context of this verse is the famous dream of Nebuchadnezzar regarding the statue made of different metals. This verse is speaking of the ten toes, in reference to the final human kingdom before Christ returns. There is a very interesting phrase in this verse. Most people just blow past it at 90 miles an hour and never even realize it's there: they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men. Some commentators have said that this is the Roman soldiers marrying amongst the people of the lands they conquered, but in the context of the days of Noah I think it means something more sinister than that.
           I believe Satan is going to attempt to corrupt the gene pool once again. He has an undying hatred for mankind. He knows that his destiny is the lake of fire, and he is determined to take as many  people with him as possible. I also believe that his attempt has already begun. Many of those who have studied the UFO phenomenon have concluded that the ET's are not interplanetary, but inter-dimensional. They have also concluded that the main interest of the ET's seems to be a breeding program, designed to mingle alien DNA with human DNA. As it was in the days of Noah.
            I would encourage you to research this on your own, as you will probably be more convinced by what you discover than just me telling you about it.

            Jesus is most assuredly coming again. Nobody knows the day or the hour. I do not claim to know. But I can tell by looking at the signs that we are in the season of his return. We are the first generation since Israel has returned to her land that has the technological capability to create a functional cashless society, and structure it so that only those who meet certain qualifications can partake of the resulting financial structure. For centuries, people have wondered at and scoffed at the notion of everyone around the world being able to look at two dead bodies in Jerusalem, in real time, for three days (Revelation 11:7-11). We live in a generation when the clamor for world government is loud and increasing in volume every day. It won't be long now.
            Jesus is coming very soon. That much is certain. The question is: Whose side are you on?
            More to come.......

The World, as I see it

Well, I have been dragged kicking and screaming into one of the dark little corners of the internet, the blogosphere. That fringe area on the edge of cyberspace where anything can be posted, provided you don't want you boss, wife or girlfriend to see it. And if you have both of the latter, you should probably not post at all!
I have no idea where the exit door is. Perfect for strange minds such as mine.
So, why am I doing this? I'll tell you. I have no idea.
Perhaps to let my thoughts wander free. Perhaps to discover myself. Perhaps as mental therapy. Perhaps to change America for the better, since Washington doesn't seem to be able to.
This blog is written from the perspective of a conservative, born-again Christian soon to be 52 year old male, who has a wonderful wife (I don't care if she reads that part) and two great kids: a 16 year old daughter and a 13 year old son. Height, weight, and BMI will be provided upon receipt of a signed notarized request.
As I have gotten older, I have learned a few things:
I have learned that love is not a feeling, it is a decision. You may not always feel love for your significant other, but you can always decide to love them.
I have learned that family is much more important than career success. I have never met any who has watched their children grow up and then said to themselves "I sure wish I had spent more time at the office."
I have learned to enjoy the simple hings in life; the laughter of a child during a good tickle fight, the setting of the sun on a warm summers evening, the sound of a gentle rain, the quiet stillness of a morning after a heavy snowfall ( before the snowblowers roar to life!).
I have learned to tolerate my wife's tear during a mushy movie, simply because it's what she wanted to watch.
I have learned that true wealth comes from what we give to others, not in what we collect for ourselves.
I have learned that God really does have everything under control, whether we believe it or not.
I have learned that it is important to just relax sometimes, and simply BE!
I have learned that writing is a catharsis for the soul.
I have learned to say "Thank You."

More to come!