What Time Is It?
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" 2 Peter 3:8-11
"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof". Romans 13:14
The times they are a changin, crooned the old 60s folk song. This simple statement is no less true today than it was then. Today is a time of enormous change and deception. We find politicians unwilling to keep promises, people unwilling to keep commitments and a mainstream media unwilling to tell the whole truth. Simply stated; deception on one level or another is the norm in our troubled times and not the exception. That is why Jesus told of times of deceit and betrayal not just in the world but amongst those that profess Christ:
"And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another" -Matt 24:10
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." -Matt 24:4-5
Of a key component of the end time system that Satan will be allowed to set up the end times. The spirit says this:
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live." -Rev 13:13-14 (italics mine)
So that we can understand really who is behind the deception in the end times, the spirit put it in plain words, just in case some are a little dull of understanding and are a little less clear thinking here is another verse telling who is responsible:
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. -Rev 12:9
What is unusual about this is that we see that the ultimate Evil, Satan himself, will be cast on the earth and it is HE that deceives the whole world. Yes, deceit is the norm. Notice the scripture does not say he deceives only other people or he deceives a sizable portion of the world or he deceives only liberals or only conservatives but the WHOLE world. Does this include Christians? The answer to that is yes... and no.
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." John 15:19
True Christians are not of the world as Jesus has chosen them out of the world. Keep in mind that it is Christ that does the choosing and it is his decision. The LORD knows those that are his for he has chosen them. They will not be deceived because they are not of this world. Jesus warning regarding false prophets is especially relevant here:
"For there shall arise false Christ's, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." -Matt 24:24
So deceptive will these prophets be, yet it is implies that the very elect will not be fooled. Why? Because they are not of the world having been truly born into the kingdom of God. Here is the sum of the matter. If you are comfortable with your spiritual knowledge and place in Christ, you are a prime candidate for deception. This is mainly because a deceived person does not know he is, nor does he think he really can be deceived. If he did, he would not be deceived. Comfort and ease in ones spiritual state in tantamount to the spiritual slumber Christ warned about (Matt 25:1-13).
These things have been covered more or less in other places on this site yet it is of importance to Christians living today that we heed the clarion call of the scriptures in these matters. These are times of enormous deception. I sense we are on the verge of some very big global changes. Changes which will affect every American and every person on this planet. We are in a period of transition right now. One that is deceptively rather calm, and has not affected the everyday lives of most people. That will change. Not all at once and not right away, but changes are in the offing that will cause many to gasp and be utterly confounded at what will be happening right before their eyes. I know this from the scriptures and from what the LORD has shown me personally. Things will not go well for the US for much longer. There are several reasons for this, which I will not go into here; this site is FULL of information on the "Whys" of these things. This rest of this article will attempt to say, to a very small degree, what may very well happen and what to do.
First of all this is not panic time. This is not written to instill panic or fear nor is it written with some ulterior motive of getting you, the reader, to buy something. I do not sell Gold or Silver or survival gear nor do I get kickbacks from big companies for recommending certain products to buy. In short, I am not going to tell you to buy anything, except perhaps a Bible if you dont have one (and no, I am not selling those either). I do want to impress on you that there are many so-called prophets who are engaged in some sort of scam that fill the hearer with all sorts of conspiracy theories (some valid, some not) and information (some useful some not) for the specific purpose of getting the hearer to buy something, a book, newsletter or some equipment. These men and women are involved in a very troubling enterprise and frankly are no better than many of the televangelists who will sell you a touch from God or some other religious trinket for a small donation. This is something Christians must be aware of in these times, the marketing of Gods prophetic word. This is Wrong and Unacceptable under most circumstances. Reader Beware! Gods gift is not for sale (See Acts 8:9-23)
I see massive changes in the way the world economic system will operate. Exactly what types of changes I do not know, but the Dollars preeminence as the reserve currency of the World will in all likelihood come to an end. I see a time when prices in the US become astronomically high. This may not continue for long but I do see it happening in relatively short order. The stock markets decline portends an ominous reason for concern. This is not a typical cyclical decline as there are fundamental problems in the US economy and in the very nature of a so-called service economy that the US will have to reckon with. The 'service economy' is the reason the US has enormous and rising trade deficits. Ultimately, this will mean that those goods and services that people must have to get by will become more expensive (such as oil and energy and possibly food) and those things that people can do without will become cheaper and cheaper (such as computers and palm-pilots, certain luxury items) because of falling demand. The squeeze is already on and Christians should go over all of their monthly expenses now and get rid of those things that really arent necessary and cut out the waste in the family budget. Most Americans will find they have a lot of waste if they honestly look for it. God is not pleased with waste as it is, in short, very poor stewardship. I believe that this is where the next series of changes will begin, on the economic front. Those that arent listening to the LORD will be badly burned financially if they do not begin to manage their finances with Christ at the head and as LORD. They may very well will find themselves renting at sky high rates to a slumlord, when they once owned a big $500K house. Now hear me carefully, whatever you do, don't say it isn't possible. It is because God can make it happen to the unjust, unrighteous and disobedient steward. Get your house in order. The heydays of the 90s were mostly a mirage in that money was created out of thin air at such a rate that the economy had to accelerate. There was no miracle, just printed money chasing worthless dot-com stocks. It was called prosperity by the talking heads on financial TV.
Here is an area that is probably the most difficult to write about. There is enormous deception is American Politics. It is not as small a matter as simply a few broken campaign promises, though that too is a problem. The real problem is the endemic nature of our two party system which his essentially really only a one party system with two competing branches. Now I am not saying that there is no difference between the two mainstream parties - there are many. I am not saying that party politics inside these two are dead it is not. What I am saying is that on certain key issues, there is no difference whatever between the two, other than the occasional rhetoric we hear. To put it plainly, the rich and powerful men of America and the world are the real power brokers in American politics. It is these people the LORD becomes especially angry with in the last days. For it is they who run the end time system (see Rev. chapters 17 & 18). This system is evil and it is being erected right before our eyes. These two parties have one main agenda right now. Globalize. This is all done piecemeal step by step, here a little, there a little with treaties that individually do not seem relevant to the people at large. However, when taken collectively they portend of such fundamental change as to to divert real political, military, legal and economic decision making out of the hands of America's elected officials and into the hands of well connected elite in international institutions who do not answer to the people. Today, it does not matter weather you vote Democrat or Republican the move to globalize trade, legal systems and finally political systems is already in high gear moving down the political autobahn at top speed. Any one with semi regular access to news can see that treaties are being ratified, international agreements are being reached, global trade liberalized, new regional multi-national currencies are being minted, global tribunals being convened and global armies deployed all over the world. This is a trend that the captains of finance and the rich men of the Earth are pushing with unrelenting speed and, yes... agility. While the overall scope of these changes cannot be aired on mainstream TV and Newspapers, anyone with any sort of independent and critical thinking skills can see that our policy makers are moving us in a direction that they have not fully revealed to the American people at large. The deceit is real in that news and informational omissions are a key tool in the plan to globalize our world, using the US as a catalyst. Now don't get this wrong, that does not mean there are not some very sharp divisions among our leaders as to methodology or tactics to be used. There are often sharp disagreements, but they do not include going backwards on globalization. This includes our new President who has put high on his list of 'things to do' while in office getting a regional trade association started for the the Western Hemisphere called the Free Trade of the Americans (FTAA). This is much like NAFTA only it is to include all (at least most of ) South and Central America. This is another step in Globalizing trade and to some degree, a legal regime that supports these efforts. It is why the Bush administration is lobbying hard to renew fast track trade authority, so that the Congress can only vote up or down and cannot amend any treaty he and his cabinet negotiate. Make no mistake while many conservatives have breathed a sigh of relief that Clinton is no longer the President, Bush will continue the march towards Global Governance come: hell or high water. His emphasis, tactics and tone will be decidedly different than Clinton's. Additionally, a different group of rich men will prosper more under Bush that under Clinton.
Today, on prime time cable, necromancy (speaking to spirits claiming to be dead people) and spiritism is now here. One cable channel has a person who claims to communicate with the dead. The scriptures are very clear about this. This is an abomination. Something that God clearly condemns. It is now 'mainstream' in America. Our nation is abandoning Biblical Christianity. Please understand, 'Christianity' is here, it is just that the majority of Churches are not practicing Biblical Christianity. While outright error and false teaching is not often found (though this is becoming less and less the case) being preached in the pulpits, it is evident by the silence of pastors on many important things going on in Christianity and America. This is the sin of omission. Omission, in that, so much of what Christ preached and taught are deliberately ignored, in almost every case this is not innocent oversight. It is part of an overall plan by Satan to silence the whole and complete message of Christ. Satan has used many tools to undermine the Church in the US, his two most important tools are a) the IRS and b) the mainstream media. Some of you know about Tax free status of Churches. 501(C)3 allows churches to operate tax free yet it does so with certain stipulations. Today, a church that preaches the imminent return of Jesus Christ and believes what the bible teaches about a coming Global government can be labeled a 'terrorist' organization by the US Government (http://www.fbi.gov/library/megiddo/megiddo.pdf). These are dangerous times, but perhaps less dangerous than for the German Churches under Hitler. Most German Churches supported Hitler, or at least remained silent as he persecuted and slaughtered Churchmen who stood up against his evil. Most Churches 'went along to get along' with the the Devil. Most were afraid. Afraid of persecution and losing special favor with the Nazi party and German Government. They were afraid to preach all of the Gospel. So they 'adjusted' their message to fit the times and allowed cowardice and fear to take hold. It is very interesting to me that one of the main groups of people that end up in the Lake of Fire (aka: hell fire) are the fearful (Rev 21:8). Deception and cowardice in these times is a mark of a false Church. It is a mark that the leadership in the Church may not have its anointing from God but an appointment from the prince of this world.
Being a pastor today is a pretty lucrative proposition, from a strictly IRS tax perspective. Pastors get a special housing allowance paid for by the Church to cover the pastors mortgage and insurance including other living expenses. The pastor gets to deduct the mortgage interest on his house and gets to exclude the housing allowance from taxable income...pretty sweet huh? This only applies to IRS ministers. This also applies if the Pastor quits. He keeps the profit on his house even though it was paid for with the offerings of the Church. Here we may find at least part of the reason IRS pastors were so silent when, for the first time in American History, the IRS seized a American Christian Church. The Indianapolis Baptist Temple was seized by the IRS on February 13, 2001. Scores of Armed Federal Agents (after getting the go-ahead from 'Born Again' Ashcroft and Bush) removed the pastor and parishioners for income tax violations. These so-called tax violations were procedural only and did not cheat the Government out of one red cent. The Pastor did not withhold income taxes from employees who were acting as independent contractors even though the employees reported the income and paid the taxes separately. It seems the IRS is not interested in the tax money, but in the CONTROL and REPORTING that comes with the IRS's Lordship over the Church.
This seizure is most strange because when Jesse Jackson clearly violated the Law by:
using Tax free foundation money to house a mistress and pay for an illegitimate child
raising money in Black Churches for his Presidential Campaign (Clearly Illegal)
no one prosecuted him or seized his assets.
The reason is simple, the Dragon (who gives power to the BEAST) is only against those that are doing God's work and looks the other way when those who serve the beast do the exact same things. The enemy, it is clear, is Biblical, pure Christianity. The weapon used against it: The IRS. This sounds like it can't be true. Not in America you may say. I believe God is showing those of his people that are awake, the true nature of the US Government, or at least powerful interests, including so-called 'born again' officials. He is showing us who the real power behind the throne is. Jesus said that Satan was the prince of this world, that the kingdoms of the earth are his, until the Second Coming. Yes, that seems to track with what is going on quite nicely.
There will be a major shifting in Global alliances as the US begins its economic reorganization ( I hesitate to use the word decline). I see three countries playing a major role in the next few years, Russia, China and India. These three will cause the US a great deal of grief as they will move to counter the unipolar world that now exists since the demise of the Soviet Union. This is not to say OPEC nations the EU and other regional powers will necessarily wane in importance. It does mean that these three nations in particular will in various ways play increasingly important geo-political roles. Each has large populations (Russia is an exception as its population is declining) and each is a nuclear power (India does not have nuclear weapons delivery systems with a credible range yet, but will soon). American Intelligence underestimated the number of nuclear devices India and Pakistan had and is almost certainly behind the power curve on missile delivery technology as well. North Korea's 3 stage Rocket was considered a distant technological breakthrough for Pyongyang, that is until the rocket lifted off of the launch pad.
It remains to be seen how hostile this new axis will be to the US once disputes between these three powers are settled. China and India have a long contested border region that has seen skirmishes in the past. It can be safely surmised however, that if they can form a unified diplomatic front, political and military front on key issues, like opposing US hegemony, it will pose a significant challenge for US foreign policy. I see a weakening of resolve on the part of the US to stand up for the principles that once made the US the world leader. From here forward, look for democractic principles to take a back seat to corporate profits and human rights to fall behind trade policies. America will increasingly be seen around the world as a power that cannot and will not stand for anything except the interests of the most wealthy and powerful. Once this is demonstrated a few more times on the global stage, America's leadership will dwindle. As the US continues to show weakness of resolve it will create a vacuum to be filled by other players who are more capable of executing global stratagems with more clearness of purpose.
We are entering a dangerous period where the vast majority of professing Christians are fast asleep and dead in sins. This is not the time to sleep nor is it the time to be cowering with fear. It is a time to be bold and faithful to the Christ who sacrificed himself for us. It is time to learn of Christ and his ways now. It is time to do exactly what Jesus told us to do in these times; watch and pray. Most do not understand what to watch for and are confused as to why Jesus emphasized it so much. It is because the things will be happening exactly as the bible foretold but the vast majority of people will not see it. They will not comprehend what is happening and will thus be fooled. This is happening today. Watch and don't fall asleep is the message of Christ to the Church today, yet the message of the 'Church' is "relax and be rich and whatever you do don't oppose evil. Simply 'adjust' your message to the times and you will do fine". (See Matthew 19:23-24; Matthew 16:24-26; Mark 4:15-19; James 5:1-6)
To be called into the kingdom of God is to be called out of the world and out of the kingdom of Mammon (worldly riches). This is NOT what is being preached today. Mammon and Church-ianity are quite comfortable together in the modern church. This is a big deception that most people refuse to see because it forces them to re-examine their own lives, their own priorities and their own spiritual state. People like their Lexus', their half a million dollar houses and tickets to the latest Broadway musical. This is NOT the Christianity that Christ preached. One MUST put the desires of Christ first and foremost in ones life if one is to be saved. In Short, this is the essence of making Christ the LORD in ones life. The way that Jesus Christ of the Bible taught is a narrow and straight path that is full of obstacles. One must love Jesus first and foremost and have his or her heart fully (100% ) committed to finishing the path, if one is to see life (See Luke 13:24) Strive to enter into the gate, don't just seek. Many of those who only seek will not be able to enter in! Here is where a key teaching is that is lacking the in churches today: Namely turning ones back on Mammon, often this doctrine is openly scoffed at. Some teachers go so far as to say that if you are poor (i.e, not rich like them) you are outside of God's will. Today a system of Mammon is coming into preeminence in the world and it is based on greed, debt, usury, buying, selling advertising, merchandising promoting, leveraging, monopolizing, stealing and the likes. It is a system the Church and organized religion is increasing a KEY part of. This is not the way to Life Jesus taught, but the way to hell the Satan is leading the masses to.
This final end time system being set up is a conspiracy against God, his Christ and his people. It is designed to set up an one world government and economic system that will enslave (not simply rule over) the entire earth (any and all who take the mark of the Beast). It may not be totally clear to most because God calls this entire system a 'Mystery'. The scriptures teach that this mystery is mostly active among the kings and the rulers of the earth (Rev:17:2) It is not seen by the vast majority. Indeed the worlds secret societies have been working secretly in the highest echelons in Western Governments to bring about the 'New Age' of 'peace' and' a 'universal brotherhood'. Partnerships between Corporations and these Governments and The UN are now driving Public Policy all over the globe. This is where power in this end time system really lies. It is the power of Satan as it is he who gives his power to this system.
Come out of this system. Ask God exactly what he requires of you in order to be separate unto him. What he requires of one person is not necessarily what he may require of another, except to be separate unto the LORD. Those who refuse to come out of the Mystery Babylon will share in he plagues and torment (Rev 18:3-4).