Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Sign of Jonah

Two days ago, the United States witnessed an astronomical phenomenon that had not occurred in 38 years, when there was a total eclipse of the Sun visible in the Continental U.S. The thing that made this one so unique is that it traversed the entirety of the country from Pacific to Atlantic. Furthermore, when the Eclipse began in Salem, Oregon, it was nightfall in Jerusalem, Israel, leading some to say that this Eclipse was some sort of Prophetic Sign and others to link it to the Old Testament Prophet Jonah, who was an Israelite called of God to Prophesy against the Gentile City of Ninevah and the Assyrian Empire. Further adding to the frenzy is the fact that another total solar eclipse is scheduled to happen in April of 2024, 7 YEARS FROM NOW! This has led many date setters to speculate that 33 days from the Eclipse, during the Jewish Feast of Trumpets, the Rapture will occur and the Great Tribulation will begin.

But so we won't get too sidetracked with the date setters [I will deal with them later.], is this the "Sign of Jonah?" The reason many believe that it is, is that many historians, Bible Scholars, and Archaeologists believe that a total Eclipse of the Sun occurred in Ancient Ninevah on June 15, 763 BCE, approximately the time that Jonah would have been preaching in Ninevah. Adding further excitement are ancient manuscripts and artifacts which suggest that According to Assyrian tradition, in the event of a total solar eclipse, the King would give up his throne to an outsider until the danger had passed. [You may read more about the Ancient Eclipse and Jonah in a work published in 1979 by Donald Wiseman, here.] Also, we know that an Eclipse or something occurred while Jesus was hanging on the cross, as there was darkness for the space of 3 hours. But was that the Sign of Jonah?And what does the Bible say? The following passage is from Matthew 12.

38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

Jesus was pronouncing judgment on the Pharisees for their unbelief in constantly seeking for a sign. So Jesus said He would only give them one sign, being the Sign of the Prophet Jonah. But what was that? We must look at the passage to get a better idea. Many of the Pharisees had just committed the Unpardonable Sin by blaspheming the work of the Holy Spirit, being done through Christ. They were mocking Him, saying "Give us a Sign" or some miraculous work. Of course, they had already seen many signs and wonders which they refused to acknowledge. So, He gives them just one sign, which pointed to His greatest Miracle, His resurrection from the dead. "AS JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE WHALE'S BELLY; SO SHALL THE SON OF MAN BE THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE HEART OF THE EARTH." His Resurrection IS THE SIGN OF JONAH!  So while it is interesting to note that perhaps an Eclipse was used of God to validate the preaching of Jonah to the pagan Gentile City of Ninevah, an Eclipse is not the Sign of Jonah.

So, is there any prophetic significance to the Eclipse that just occurred? Again we turn to Scripture. On the 4th Day of Creation, God created the Sun, Moon and Stars, and He said in Genesis 1:14, "...And let them be for signs..." Psalm 19:1 tells us that the Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork." So, certainly phenomena of nature should cause us to stop and look up to see God's perfect plan and order coming about.

Luke 21:25, in the context of the Coming of the Son of Man, states: "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;" 

So certainly, these things can be in conjunction with the return of the Lord, but we must exercise caution and not be dogmatic, because Jesus said, "No man knoweth the day nor the hour." We can't say for certain, but must live as the Early Apostles with a constant hope and expectation of His return. So don't become alarmed by the Date Setters! Live with the Blessed Hope Every Day!

To tie all of this together, the Sign of Jonah, is 3 fold: 1. It gives us hope that because Jesus died and Rose, we too will rise; 2. It is the Greatest Sign and Wonder that the world has ever seen in that a Man Died, and Rose, never to die again, and has become the Savior of the World; but 3. It serves as a warning of impending judgment!

Because of their leaders unbelief, the Nation of Israel and the Jewish people would be cut off for the next 1900+ years. We in America, are not above the judgment of God. We have murdered a whole generation in the womb since 1973; we have embraced perversions and abominations as normal expressions of love; and we have become the habitation of demons full of hatred, envy, strife and violence. SO WHY WOULDN'T HE JUDGE US!?! The sad thing about the last days is that in Revelation 9, when the Wrath of God is being poured out, it tells us in verse 21, "They Repented Not!" MAY WE REPENT BEFORE JUDGMENT IS POURED OUT! And may we live in light of the Blessed Hope, watching, and waiting with expectation for His Return! God bless!

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Rainbow, an End-Times Sign of Man's Rebellion Against God

Image result for white house rainbowFriday, June 26, 2015, it was announced that by a vote of 5-4 our Supreme Court has struck down every state law that prohibited gay marriage in their state. That night we saw the White House lit up in the colors of the rainbow. Many marched in solidarity carrying rainbow colored flags. And on Facebook, people are superimposing the rainbow colors over their profile pictures to show their support of the ruling. Several have remarked that it looks like a war broke out on Facebook between the Confederates and a Skittles Factory.

But all joking aside, I feel that it's time to address the question, "Why are they using a rainbow?" I believe to answer this question, we must first look at passages of Scripture where the Rainbow is seen. First, we see it mentioned in the Book of Genesis.

I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud
And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

So, the Rainbow was first used as a sign of God's Covenant with Noah after the flood that He would not destroy the Earth or mankind again with water.

In Revelation 4:3 we are told that there is a Rainbow round about the Throne in Heaven.

And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
According to J. Vernon McGee in his "Through the Bible" Commentary, this is a scene from Heaven just prior to the Great Tribulation, and God is showing that as the prophet Habbakkuk prayed, in Grace He will remember mercy.  So, the Rainbow here is again a sign of God's Covenant with the Earth, but more importantly His mercy upon the Earth and Mankind.

Finally, we are told in Revelation 10 of a Mighty Angel that comes down with a Rainbow on His Head. 

And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
Here, again Dr. McGee states that the rainbow is a sign of God's Covenant with man not to destroy Him with a flood.  So throughout Scripture, the Rainbow is consistently seen as a sign of God's Covenant with mankind not to destroy the Earth again with Water. 

Yet mankind was given a responsibility with His Covenant. He was according to Genesis 8:17 to be fruitful and multiply upon the Earth. Yet, today....


Furthermore, we see a rider of a White Horse in Revelation 6:2, whom many believe to be the Antichrist, arise with a bow and a crown. Some suggest that this rider is Christ, yet the word for Crown is not a Diadem (Permanent Crown) but a Temporary Crown, because his conquest is for a short time. The Bow, however is interesting to note.  According to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance the bow is...

  • Bow #5115 ~ toxon, a bow (as the simplest fabric): from the base of #5088 - tikto, a strengthened form of a primary; to produce (from seed, as a mother, a plant, the earth) lit. or fig. - bear, be born, bring forth, be delivered, be in travail.
So this bow of simplest fabric arises in a time of travail.  Jon Courson and others say that the bow is representative of a false covenant Antichrist will make between Israel and the Arabs ushering in a false and temporary peace.  But could it be something even more sinister? Listen to the words of Hosea.

  • Hosea 7:13,16 Woe unto them! for they have fled from Me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against Me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against Me. (16) They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.

A true bow is made of water and sunlight. This deceitful bow is made of fabric. Hosea talks of a group of people that had transgressed against God and His Covenant, that they are like a deceitful bow. True Children of God are faithful to God to stand under His True Bow/Covenant, but unregenerate man has always tried to make his own Covenant and are in essence standing under a Deceitful Rainbow.

The Truth is that Satan is a usurper and a Counterfeiter. He has a counterfeit for everything God has made as an original.

  • God made man. The Fallen Angels produced the Nephilim.
  • God made a Covenant with Man. Satan offers Man a False Covenant.
  • God has the Elect. Satan has his Apostates.
  • God offers genuine conversion and salvation (His Wheat). Satan sows Tares among the Wheat.
  • God has His Christ. Satan has his Antichrist.
  • God has His standards. Satan has his new morality.
  • God has His Truth. Satan has his Relative Truth.
  • God Alone is Worthy of Worship. Satan wants to steal God's glory and get worship for himself.

So why a Rainbow? Simply put, it is the Deception of Satan blinding mankind to spit in God's Face choosing wickedness and abominations over the Righteous Standards of God and His Word.  Even going to the point of flaunting it in public, and the Buildings of Government being painted with this Deceitful Bow.


God will get the last say! First of all, this is simply another sign that we are living in the Last Days!  Jesus said...

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.
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Mankind continues in his rebellion against God, with false prophets giving mankind a false assurance of peace. Mankind continues to live his life in rebellion totally oblivious to the Wrath of God that will be revealed from Heaven against ALL UNRIGHTEOUNSESS.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

"Effiminate and Abuses or themselves with mankind" is simply translated, "Homosexuals and Sodomites." You can't live in open sin and rebellion and be a True Child of God!  And when you get right down to it, there are 2 types of people in this lifestyle: Those who have been abused and/or deceived or pressured into it by someone else, and Those who have willfully chosen it, while knowing the commandments of God. Those are in a far more precarious position, according to Scripture!

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Are these people the willful pawns of Satan in his feeble attempt to replace God and Usurp His Glory and gain worship for Himself? NO! Many though have willfully chosen to forsake God for their own sinful pleasures, and some have been "GIVEN UP!"

OTHERS THOUGH ARE IN THIS LIFESTYLE AND WANT OUT! You know it isn't right but don't know how to escape! RUN TO JESUS! 2 Corinthians 5:17 still states, "If any man be in Christ, HE IS A NEW CREATURE!" YOU CAN BE FREE IN JESUS! I

I URGE YOU! It is becoming more and more evident that we ARE IN THE LAST DAYS just before Jesus returns! SO PLEASE FLEE FROM THE WRATH TO COME! Throw yourself at God's Mercy and by His Grace and Faith in His Son be Saved!  Listen to the Words of John!

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.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

To all those Saved but Discouraged about the Direction of our Country and the World, LOOK UP! JESUS IS COMING SOON! DON'T COMPROMISE! OUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH! MARANATHA!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

A God of Order

Scripture teaches us that God is a God of Order and design. From the beginning of Creation, He set the world in motion with mathematical precision and intelligent order. In the Church Age, he admonishes us, "Let everything be done DECENTLY and IN ORDER." God doesn't want ANY confusion among His people about ANYTHING that He Sovereignly chooses to do! From the Gifts of the Spirit (there is an order they are to be done in, especially tongues, which was not to be done in a corporate service without an interpretation so the whole Body can receive edification) to the return of Christ (He tells the Thessalonians, "That day should not overtake you as a thief."), Everything, even in the way that we do them, is to point others to Christ and bring glory to this God of Order and Design whom we serve!  It is to NEVER bring confusion because Satan and not God is the Author of that!

In fact, Creation Scientists have coined a term in order to go more mainstream and get their views taught alongside evolution in the Public Schools, and that term is "Intelligent Design." I like that because our God is a God of Intelligent Design! When He spoke the worlds into existence, He created them with lights and laws to govern them from their beginning to their ending. In fact, on Day 4 of Creation God set into motion His timetable and prophetic calendar, which He has PROGRESSIVELY REVEALED to mankind, and it will culminate in a Kingdom Age with Christ seated on the throne of David in Jerusalem.

In Genesis 1:14, "Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and LET THEM BE FOR SIGNS and seasons, and for days and years." The HCSB renders this verse, "...they will serve as signs for festivals and days of years." And the NLT renders it, "...let them be for signs to mark the seasons."  When we fast forward to Sinai, we realize further what this meant.  They were given a lunar and not a solar calendar, by which God Himself still operates. Just as God worked for 6 days and rested on the 7th at creation, they were to work 6 days and rest on the 7th. Likewise, they were to work 6 years and rest the 7th year, letting the fields rest and go unplanted, the debts would be cancelled and the slaves would be set free. Because they didn't keep these Sabbaths, they went into exile for 70 years in Babylon, one for every Sabbath year they failed to keep.  They were to plant their crops and celebrate their feasts by this calendar, and according to schedule, God's prophetic plan was fulfilled in the first 4 of these Feasts down to the very day!  

Jesus was crucified on Passover (Nisan 14). He was buried on Unleavened Bread eradicating our sin. He rose on Firstfruits, become the firstfruits of our Resurrection. And the Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost, when 2 loaves were being offered signifying that 2 men (Jew and Gentile) were now becoming one! 

The last 3 are yet to be fulfilled but soon will! Jesus will return to catch away His Bride during Trumpets; the Jewish people will endure a Great Tribulation fulfilled by the Day of Atonement when a nation turns to Christ in a Day; and the Feast of Tabernacles will be fulfilled in the Kingdom Age when Christ tabernacles again with His people!

But how will we know when we are getting close so "That Day doesn't overtake us as a thief?" Jesus gave us prophetic indicators. He said in Luke 21:24, speaking of the impending destruction of the Temple, "And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations, and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles UNTIL THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES BE FULFILLED!" Just as Jesus predicted/revealed, Jerusalem was trodden down by Gentile Rule for 1900 years until June 5, 1967, when the Temple Mount came back under Jewish Control. Jesus said, in Luke 21:32-33, "Assuredly, i say to you, this generation will by no means pass away until all is fulfilled. Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." 

Jesus said the generation (usually 40 or 70 years) would not pass away until ALL was fulfilled!

Jesus said there would be distress of nations in these last days (Luke  21:25), and there would be signs in the Sun, Moon and Stars.  
Joel 2:30-31, which Peter equated with the Last Days (Acts 2:17-21), states, "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth; blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood BEFORE that great and terrible day of the Lord." Listen to how Acts 2:19-20 read in the NLT, "And i will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below- blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red BEFORE that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives."

Friends, we are in the midst of a rare Blood Moon Tetrad (4 consecutive Blood Moons), which coincide with 4 consecutive Feasts of the Lord, in the midst of which will be a solar eclipse also coinciding with a Feast of the Lord! And this is happening to this generation which is promised the fulfillment and restitution of all things!  Is this coincidence or is it a God of Order showing us His precision and Sovereignty through prophetic fulfillment?

  • Israel was restored as a nation (May 14, 1948).
  • Jerusalem was restored as the capital of Israel (June 5, 1967).
  • There has been an awakening to eschatology and the books of Daniel and Revelation, which were sealed until the time of the End (Daniel 12:4).
  • There has been a knowledge explosion and the nations are in distress.
  • ISIS and Radical Islam are on the Move.  The map is being redrawn as I write.
  • The economies of the world are in crisis and currency in collapsing.
THIS ALL SCREAMS, "Look up, lift up your head! Your redemption draweth nigh!" Jesus could come at any moment.   How close are we? I believe we're close! But I know that the world as we know it ends for someone every day! Are you ready to meet Jesus? Have you surrendered to His lordship? Are you a follower of Jesus Christ?  If not call on the Lord today! Turn from your sins and turn to Him as Savior!

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Sins of Sodom

Last night at the Grammys, we saw that wickedness and perversion is not only out of the closet, but it is in your face! The new Anything but Christianity Goes philosophy was seen in Katy Perry's performance that was laced with occultism and witchcraft, even portraying herself as the Antichrist, to Queen Latifah's sacrilegious and abominable mass wedding for Homosexual Couples in a Church-Like setting complete with Stained Glass and Everything.

It is no longer that the pushers of porn and perversion are "out of the closet," but now they are in your face. They aren't satisfied with simple tolerance but want acceptance, or else you will be labeled as intolerant which is the worst sin in this postmodern and post-Christian era of America!

We have now lived to see in our own nation, the Systematic Dismantling of Judeo-Christian Morality and the Progressive Sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.  And this is EXACTLY how Christ Jesus said it would be leading up to His Return in Power and Glory!

Luke 17:28-32 tell us that it will be "As it were in the days of Lot." The book of Genesis chapter 19 tells us that Lot had become a Keeper in the Gate of Sodom.  He was a leader and judge in the most wicked city of that time.  He was a true child of Jehovah, yet he had learned to make it in Sodom.  As a result he loses everything including his wife who wanted another look at the Wicked City she was leaving behind.  Only he and his daughters escaped as the Judgment of God fell in the form of fire and brimstone.  Jesus said, they were partying and having a good time, and were completely taken by surprise when the judgment came.  

Now, when we think of Sodom and Gomorrah, we automatically think of the sins of sexual perversion, homosexuality in particular.  While it is true that according to the Scripture that was prevalent at the end, and yes "in your face," as they were trying to terrorize and rape the strangers whom Lot had taken into his house, it was only the last sin in a progression of wickedness.  

The book of Ezekiel chapter 16 gives us the whole picture of the Sins of Sodom, when he is prophesying the destruction of Jerusalem during the days of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon.  He likens Jerusalem to "her sister Sodom," and he lists these sins as causation for destruction and judgment.

Eze 16:49
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Eze 16:50
And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Long before they committed abomination they were proud.  And God hates a proud look! After their pride, they were filled with bread while the poor and needy were neglected, and they had great riches but became idle and lazy!  In fact, even to this day, the area around the Dead Sea, where Sodom was located is filled with tar pits containing Bitumen.  Today, Bitumen is used in Asphalt and the making of roads.  But in Ancient times, it was used to make mortar for bricks and to waterproof ships. The Judaican Bitumen was considered the best in the world and the people of Sodom could literally go outside and scoop up as much of it as possible.  They became wealthy and didn't have to work for it.  As a result, they became lazy, gluttonous and filled with unbridled lust and greed.  

Romans 1 tells us that before they committed abomination/homosexuality, they were not thankful and worshipped other gods.  IN OTHER WORDS, Sodomy/In Your Face Homosexuality IS THE LAST SIN IN A PROGRESSION OF SINS just before God's Judgment falls! AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE WE'VE GOTTEN TO AS A SOCIETY IN AMERICA! If we do not have revival soon, GOD'S JUDGMENT WILL FALL! 

The good news is that it is also a sign of the 2nd Coming of Christ! Jesus is coming again soon! JUST AS LOT, THE JUST MAN ACCORDING TO PETER, ESCAPED PRIOR TO JUDGMENT, SO TOO WILL THE MEEK BE HIDDEN IN THE DAY OF THE LORD'S WRATH [ZEPHANIAH 2:3]! Christ will return and catch away/Rapture His Bride prior to the Wrath of the Lamb being poured out on the Earth! GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF HIS OWN!  Hebrews 9:28 tells us that He will appear the 2nd time unto them that look for Him!

Friends, Jesus could come at any moment! THAT IS GOOD NEWS AND OUR BLESSED HOPE! Are you prepared and ready for His return? If not, get your house in order and surrender afresh and anew unto Christ! And share this blessed hope with all who will listen! LIFT UP YOUR HEAD! REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH! MARANATHA!

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Fullness of the Time

It's been a year since I last posted on here, and for this I apologize! It's not that I've lost interest in Prophecy, because I know that prophecies are being fulfilled daily.  In fact, if nothing else, WE ARE 1 YEAR CLOSER TO THE RETURN OF THE LORD than the last time I posted!  LET THAT SINK IN!

Who have you led to Christ this last year? What new insights have you discovered as you dug deep into God's Word?  I preached a message a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday Night, in which I explored the story of Christmas (the 1st Advent) and the 2nd Coming (2nd Advent) from the light of Bible prophecy! You may find that message with the same title as this blogpost at:

Friends, Our Blessed Hope is for Christ to return and call us home!  Paul told us in Galatians 4:4, "When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son..."  God sent Jesus into the world as the Express Image of His Person (Hebrews 1:3), the fullness of the Godhead Bodily (Colossians 2:9), and the one who is full of grace and truth and declares the Father to us (John 1:17-18), AT EXACTLY THE RIGHT TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY! In fact, the term, "Fullness of the Time," in Galatians 4:4 actually means, "The end or completion of a time period!" GOD HAS ALL TIMES AND SEASONS IN HIS OWN POWER! God knows the end from the beginning and He wins in EVER DISPENSATION!!! 

God had orchestrated Human Events in order to make the world ready for the 1st Advent of His Son!

  • Time was right politically as the Pax Romana afforded protection and process of law to all Roman Citizens. The Roman Government had built roads to connect the major cities with one another and ultimately with Rome.  This allowed the Gospel to spread quickly across Europe and Asia Minor.
  • Time was right culturally as Latin and Greek were spoken by almost everyone in the Empire and everyone from the Greeks to the Jews were looking for a Messianic Hero to arrive on the Scene!
  • And Time was right prophetically! As Daniel had prophesied about 500 years earlier in Daniel 9:24, the time of Messiah's appearing and being cut off was nigh at hand.  This prompted Magi to show up in Jerusalem shortly after His birth, looking for the One born King of the Jews to worship!

And God has orchestrated Human Events once again to make the world ready for the 2nd Advent of His Son!

  • We see signs in the Heavens with blood moons, comets and planetary alignments.
  • We hear of wars and rumors of wars on Earth in Syria and Northern Africa.
  • We have knowledge increasing everywhere and in particular knowledge concerning the book of Daniel! 
  • We are the generation that saw Jerusalem become the capital of the Jews once again that Jesus said would see all fulfilled (Luke 21:24-32).
  • Many are departing from the faith giving heed to doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1) with movements such as the Jesus Seminar and others that would revise the gospel!
  • The English language, which is the language of business, now dominates the globe as Latin and Greek did in the 1st Century! 
  • And the World is clamoring for a leader to solve its economic, spiritual and political woes! 
 COULD IT BE THAT THE FULLNESS OF THE TIME is coming full circle!?! Could it be that Jesus is about to return and our Faith become Sight! FRIENDS, THAT IS OUR BLESSED HOPE! And because we have this hope, we should purify ourselves as He is pure! We should Occupy until He comes by laboring in the Fields that are White unto Harvest! And we should watch and pray and be ready for it will catch most of the World, even the Church World by surprise! 

I hope you are ready to meet Jesus, for He could come back at any moment! If you aren't, call on Him, turn from your sins, and trust Him as your Savior and Lord today! God bless you! MARANATHA!

Monday, November 19, 2012


In Matthew 25, verse 1-13, we have a parable concerning the Kingdom of God and the return of the Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus.  As His Church, we are the Bride of Christ, and He is our bridegroom.  We are in the interval between where He has gone to the Father's House to prepare a place for us, and when He'll return to call us home to be with Him in the Father's House (John 14:1-3). During this time we are to watch and be ready, for in such an hour as we think not, HE WILL RETURN!

The Parable, tells us that there were 10 virgins awaiting the return of the Bridegroom. Five were wise, because they had oil in their lamps, which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.  Five were foolish because they had no oil, which is a picture of dead religion apart from the powerful inner working of the Holy Spirit.  HOWEVER, the saddest verse in Scripture, perhaps, is verse 5 of Matthew 25, which states: "WHILE THE BRIDEGROOM TARRIED, THEY ALL SLUMBERED AND SLEPT!"

How can this be, that even the wise, the saved, the Spirit-filled believers would be asleep?  Several factors can attribute.  Jesus said in Matthew 24:12, "And because iniquity [literally lawlessness] shall abound, the love of many will grow cold."

  • We're legalizing and legitimizing perversion (sodomy, gay marriage, etc.)!
  • We're rationalizing and decriminalizing murder and bloodshed (Abortion)!
  • We're encouraging immorality welfare state!
  • We're incentivizing laziness through our welfare state as well!
  • We've lost respect for human life and personal property!
Because of these and others, even the Church has lost its compassion for others!
  • We don't extend our hand to the poor!
  • We don't do it to "the least of these!"
  • We're bogged down in partisan, political and petty bickering within the body!
  • We're not fulfilling the Great Commission!
  • We're not speaking the truth in love!
  • We're not being salt and light to our community!
  • The Middle East is on fire with the Muslim Crescent!
  • Ezekiel 38-39 read like the morning Newspaper!
  • We're nearing the end of the generation that saw the Fig Tree Bud!
  • The Times of Gentiles are coming to a close!
  • We are hearing of wars and rumors of wars!
  • There are pandemics of pestilence breaking out everywhere!
  • The waves of the sea are roaring!

Friends, I believe our time is short! We must trim our lamps; Die to self; and Be filled with the Spirit! We must work the works of Him while it is day.  We must get serious about the Great Commission and redeeming the time for the days are evil! OUR BLESSED HOPE COULD BE FULFILLED AT ANY MOMENT! I leave you with the words of Matthew 25:6, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh! Go ye out to meet Him!" ARE YOU READY? IF NOT, GET READY & HELP GET SOMEONE ELSE READY! MARANATHA!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Are prophecies in Scripture meant to be simple warning?

Several years ago, a book came out called the Bible code.  A mathematician had discovered that you could take the Torah as it was originally written in Hebrew, and you could find different codes encrypted within it.  They found codes predicting the 2000 election and how a judge would decide it's outcome, to more ominous codes about 9/11 and world wars.  The writer of the book decided that prophecies and codes found in Scripture were meant to be warnings about what might be.

While I don't know how much stock I put into these "Bible Codes," I do know that the Bible is a prophetic book.  It is full of prophecies which we have already seen fulfilled and others which are yet to be fulfilled. In fact, approximately one-fourth of the Bible was prophetic at the time it was written.  There are enough prophecies right before our eyes to be concerned with, without searching for hidden codes and mysteries encrypted in the original texts.  I'm not knocking groups and individuals who have made them a hobby.  They are very interesting! I'm just saying we can keep ourselves occupied with the prophecies before our eyes on the pages of Scripture.

But let's deal a moment with the premise that prophecies were just warnings.  THAT IS ILLOGICAL AND INACCURATE! It is illogical because true prophecy is "History written in advance." According to Scripture, the litmus test for a prophet is whether his/her prophecies come true! The very nature of a prophet and prophecy is that there is an element of foretelling the future.  And from Scripture and History, we see that prophecies have already been fulfilled, EXACTLY as the prophet said it would!

So, on this blog, when we deal with prophecy, we will approach it from the standpoint of what it says will happen, and then apply it to current events to see that we are possibly seeing their fulfillment in our lifetime.  If there is a warning to be given from studying prophecy, it is that as we see the day approaching of Christ's return, we should purify ourselves (making sure we're right with God) and occupy ourselves (telling others about Jesus) with Greater Urgency knowing that our time is short.  If you're not saved, you must repent (turn from your sin) and receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, or you will perish in the Wrath to Come!

As for prophecies that we are seeing fulfilled in our lifetime, which point to the soon return of the Lord and the fact that we're living in the Last Days, we go to the words of our Lord Jesus.  In Matthew 24:3, it is recorded that the Disciples asked Him to "Tell us when these things shall be (speaking of the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D.); and WHAT SHALL BE THE SIGN OF THY COMING, and of the end of the world." They wanted to know what it would be like before the Temple was destroyed, and because they listened to Jesus, History tells us that they fled to the Mountains when Jerusalem was surrounded by Armies and not a Christian was killed when the Romans destroyed it. GLAD THEY LISTENED TO AND STUDIED PROPHECY!  But they also wanted to know what it would be like when Christ returned.  History does repeat itself, and so the signs given were both for the immediate future when the Temple would be destroyed and the distant future when Christ would return.  SO WHAT ARE THE SIGNS JESUS GAVE?

In verses 4 and 5, He said it would be a time of deception where many would come saying they were Christ.  We've lived to see that, whether from cult leaders like David Koresh and Jim Jones, or from the Christ Consciousness of the New Age Movement with leaders like Oprah Winfrey, Eckhart Tolley, Deepak Chopra and others. 

In verse 6, He said it would be a time of trouble with wars and rumors of wars.  We know from other Scriptures [go to the blog about the Epicenter and read more], we know that these end times battles have to do with Israel, oil, and religion Zechariah 12:3, from which this blog gets its name, tells us that in particular the last battles will be over the City of Jerusalem.  And what do we see occurring in recent weeks and the last year? We see conflicts involving Israel and the Arabs.  We see the Muslim world becoming more radical; and we see Russia and the Arabs forging coalitions against America and Israel.  Just as the Prophet Ezekiel said would happen 2,500+ years ago! What is this screaming?  JESUS IS COMING SOON! PREPARE! GET READY!!!

In verse 7, he said that there would be famines, earthquakes and pestilences (diseases).  We see each of these on an almost daily basis as we open our newspapers or turn on the TV News channels!  We could go on verse by verse through the rest of the Chapter, but for sake of time, I'll just encourage you to do that! PROPHECY IS BEING FULFILLED IN FRONT OF OUR EYES AS WE WATCH IT ON THE NIGHTLY NEWS!!!

Friend, as plainly as I can make it, I DON'T BELIEVE WE HAVE MUCH TIME! If you've been riding the Fence about Jesus, it's time to choose which side you're going to be on in this end times battle.  Have you repented of your sins and turned your life over to Jesus Christ as Lord?  If not, you need to make preparation today by doing that! And saved friends, are you living for Jesus and sharing Him with a lost world in light of His soon return? If not, GET BUSY! Let's redeem the time and make every day count for Jesus as if it would be our last! IT JUST MIGHT BE!!! GOD BLESS & MARANATHA!!!