A look at the World and the Church today!

 

Well good day to you saints of God!! I trust that you are all well and looking forward to the “rapture” of the Church of Jesus Christ. Oh yes, my friend this event is going to happen because God tells us so in His Word. Jesus said to His disciples, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; and that where I am, there ye may be also”, John 14:2-3. Then the Apostle Paul gives us the ultimate assurance that this promise that Jesus spoke of will take place in the not to far off future. “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; And then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words”, 1Thessalonians 4:13-18. My friend if ever there is an event that will grab the world’s attention, it is the sudden disappearing of millions of people from the earth. Never in the history of mankind has something happened [And I don’t mean that the first advent of Christ was not an attention grabber] that will grab the world’s attention like this event. All of a sudden the earth will be thrown into turmoil and chaos. Now I know that there are many who disagree concerning the “sudden catching away” or “rapture” of millions of human beings from the earth, and there are many who have their opinions concerning this. There are many who believe in a pre-tribulation, a mid-tribulation and a post-tribulation. Each category has a reasonable argument concerning their belief, but that is not going to be argued here. I am of the belief that Jesus is coming to fetch His Church before the Great Tribulation period spoken of in Matthew 24:21 and Revelation 4-18. We are the generation that has seen all those things come to pass spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24. The generation that is now alive is seeing all of this come to pass in an unprecedented way, and it is getting worse daily before our eyes. Matthew 24: 36-44; Mark 13: 32-37; Luke 17: 26-36, 21:34-36 is unfolding before our eyes. The Word of God is warning mankind once again like never before that the time is running out for them to repent and turn too Him, but of course as it was in the days of Noah so they are rejecting the call today. When time had run out for the people of Noah’s day God Almighty destroyed them like He had warned. And time is running out in this generation that you and I are living in. God is going to put a stop to what is going on in this world. Man has become so wicked in our time that God cannot allow this to carry on much longer. Look at the television or the newspapers and see how wicked man has become. We have reached the point where a human life means nothing. Men murdering each other are the order of the day. Women and children are raped and abused daily all around us. Teenagers who become pregnant are the order of the day. Homosexuals and lesbians have the same rights and more than any heterosexual relationship. Wars and famines, earthquakes, floods and pestilences are getting out of control. In other words folks because of these warnings from the Bible I believe in a pre-tribulation event. For all obvious reasons I cannot and do not believe that a loving merciful God would want His children to go through a period of such devastation [Great Tribulation-Matthew 24:2; Revelation: 4-18] under the ruthless rule of the Antichrist as is spoken of our Lord Jesus to his disciples, and then John the apostle on the Isle of Patmos. I believe the Church will be removed from the earth to be with the Lord as Paul indicates in the above scriptures. The “rapture” will take place with the Lord not being visible as He calls His children home. He will however be visible to the world when He returns with the armies and the saints of Heaven to do battle with the Antichrist at the place called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon. It stands to reason that if we are to believe that Paul spoke of the dead in Christ rising first [speaking of the saints who have died through the ages], and them who are alive in Christ at this time would amount to millions being snatched away, 1Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1Corinthians 15:51-53. And those who return with the Lord dressed in white robes riding on white horses would be those saints from both these categories who were taken away at the rapture, Revelation 19:1-21.

The title of this message is, “A look at the World and the Church”. And my friend there is not a very bright future for planet earth at the moment. And the Church is not looking too bright either. For the past several months some devastating events have taken place on this planet that would without a doubt indicate what Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24. Christ told us of wars and rumours of wars [v6]; He spoke of earthquakes, and famines and pestilences, of nation that rise against nation [v7]; Jesus said all these are the beginning of sorrows [v8]; He spoke of many false prophets that shall rise [v11]; Included in all these natural disasters are floods and hurricanes, as Luke 21:25 warns about the ‘roaring seas and waves’. On the 15th Sept, Typhoon Koppu hit China as it crossed the coast near Taishan bringing winds of up to 139 kph, injuring some 58 people, and schools and businesses had to close. At the same time Typhoon Choi-wan was causing waves of 38 feet as it headed towards the islands of Agrihan and Alamagan, expecting to cause much damage for the inhabitants and the islands. These are just a few of the storms and the roaring of the seas Jesus warned us about.    This speaks of nothing that would indicate a bright future for planet earth as some are predicting. You see the world [politicians\economists] tells us there is a turn-around in the economy world-wide. Things are changing for the better they say, so life goes on as usual for many of the world’s people. Be that as it may my friend, that is not the truth of the situation. As I look at where we stand at this moment in time, I see a world that is a picture perfect parallel to the days of Noah before the flood, and the days of Lot as described in Matthew:24 and Luke:17. Our Lord is coming back for His Church soon, because everything fits more closely with the description of the days of Noah and Lot. Of course it would be useless for anyone to predict a “day and hour” wherein our Lord will show up, but He did tell us to be ready every day. He told us to be always watching, ready and alert so when He does come we are ready for Him. My friend Jesus could come at any moment, are you ready to receive Him at his coming. I believe the Lord would have our hearts to have no strings attached to the “things” of the world. Our hearts should be 100% focused heavenward with zero attachments to this world. We are to be counted worthy at His coming as indicated in Luke 21:36, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand worthy before the Son of man”. The world is living in darkness never before experienced in the history of mankind. This world has arrived at the point where evil is good and good is now evil. Sadly this seems to be the case within the Church also.

We have only to see what the Apostle Paul has to say concerning the evil of man as far as sin is concerned. All restraint is thrown overboard as Paul gives us the truth of humanity’s moral decline, For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse; 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 them-selves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the un-corruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed 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: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever, Amen’. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature [lesbianism]; and likewise also the men leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust one toward the other [homosexuality]; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in them-selves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, malicious-ness, full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful; who knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them”, Romans1:18-32. Would this be a description of what our world is all about today? This world has now reached the point where it no longer is has a need to disguise anything. Everything is done in the open. I mentioned a moment ago that evil is now looked upon as good, and good is now looked upon as evil. God Almighty has since the creation made Him-self intelligible and clearly discernable to man through His handiworks. So men are without any excuse that they did not know about God’s warnings through the ages. Man is without excuse when God’s wrath and judgements are going to be revealed on this world. Paul makes it very clear concerning the wrath to come because man no longer has respect for those things that were held up as pure and moral maybe 20-30 years ago. Sin was called by its name not so many years ago. Homosexual acts were called by its biblical name of “abomination” a few years back. Now it is called same sex marriages\partners. They are called “gays” nowadays. The homosexuals in most every western country on earth is protected by legislation and may not be discriminated against. God still calls it an abomination, Leviticus 20:13. South Africa is known for its gay friendly atrocities. We have the most well known spokesperson for the homosexual lifestyle right at the fore-front. Who other than Bishop Desmond Tutu do you need to promote this promiscuous lifestyle? If Bishop Tutu says it is ok then let’s live this lifestyle to the fullest. Bishop Tutu recently gave his full support to the appointment of an openly-active homosexual minister, Scott Rennie, to the post of minister\pastor of Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. Tutu made the comment in his speech that it “amazes me how the Church keeps itself busy with who goes to bed with who, when people around them are dying of Aids, hunger-famines and wars”. Tutu continued by making the following statement. “I will find it difficult to look the other way when people are discriminated against for something they can do absolutely nothing about. [speaking here of their sexual-orientation]. As noble as this may sound, Mr Tutu seems to ignore the fact that the Bible, and therefore God Himself condemns this homosexual lifestyle, and the excuse that homosexuals cannot be held responsible for this is nothing short of total ignorance of the Word of God. Obviously Mr Tutu does not understand the warnings of Leviticus 20:13 and Romans 1:26-27. Jesus died on a cruel Cross for the sins of mankind. Every sin that is and has ever been, and will ever be committed is covered by that sacrifice. And that includes the sin\bondage of homosexuality. The Blood still sets men free; it is still as powerful today as it was 2000 years ago. And no homosexual-bondage whether born that way or not as Tutu would have us believe is immune to the Blood of Jesus Christ. It is demonic and there is deliverance for the person who is bound by this lifestyle. God the Father loves those who are caught in this bondage, for that is what it is. He desires to set them free but the homosexual and lesbian must want to be freed from this lifestyle. And I can assure you that the Lord does want to do this. Yes the Lord does love them, but He hates their lifestyle. So every Christian should have that attitude toward them also. You may be asking yourself, William why do you keep on writing on this subject and why do you continue to mention the prominent Bishop and others of like mind? For this reason that it was the sin of homosexuality that God destroyed cities and men and women who practiced this abomination in the Old Testament times. Satan has perverted the sexual relationship that God intended to be holy and pure between a man and a woman within the structures of marriage. And the likes of Bishop Tutu and even President Obama among others who both claim to be Christians should know better than to make claims such as they have been making. But then I dare say that they are Christians in name only. You see folks the devil is an imitator, deceiver and a liar and he will do anything that God intended to be holy and pure and moral, and turn it into something that is ugly and perverse. Because of his music-ability [Ezekiel 28] when Lucifer was created he was appointed by God to lead the heavenly choirs in worship. When Lucifer was found to be full of pride and rebelled against God, he was cast out of Heaven. Lucifer once again took that which was pure and holy [his music ability] and perverted it through the ages to what we see nowadays as music that is nothing else but demonic. One need only to listen to the music of rock bands the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Uriah Heap, Pink Floyd, Judas Priest of years gone by, and many of today’s rock-bands and see the perversion. Listen to the songs sung by the likes of a Michael Jackson, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Eminem and these so-called rock-singers\rappers promoting illicit sex and drug use. Satan is praised no end in their lyrics; and the stage antics of these so-called rock idols beggar description. Many of the early rock singers of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s either died of drug overdoses or suicide which is Satan’s reward to those who follow him. One only has to look at what Paul says in Romans 1 to see the effect of when men “become vain in their own imaginations, and they changed the truth of God into a lie to worship and serve the creature [Lucifer, Satan, devil] more than the Creator”. Whereas the exact opposite can be said of the God of the universe and the many that serve Him, “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly”, John 10:10.

 

Lets recap some more what is going on within the Anglican Church worldwide and see what the Bible refers to as “many false prophets will arise and deceive many in the last days”, Matthew 24: 11. “Now, I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them”, Romans 16:17. “that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”, Ephesians 4:14. “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devil”, 1Timothy 4:1 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”, 2Timothy 4:3. The Word of God spells it out very clearly that in the latter times [end times] many will stray from the principle teachings of the gospel. The Anglican Church worldwide has been in the news for several months concerning the debate of ordaining homosexual\gay bishops. Of course this is partly true, but it is far deeper than this though; there is an ideological war being waged by secular leaders who seek to undermine the Bible and the basic tenets of the Christian Faith. The Anglican Church has through the centuries been part of the spreading of the Word of God, and they have faithfully been building the Body of Christ. But today, liberal leaders have occupied key positions within the Church hierarchy and are deliberately undermining the Bible teachings of Christianity. As fellow believers I believe it is our duty to take a stand against this on-slaught of the enemy. But let’s see what these so-called prominent liberal\secular leaders are saying.

Rowan Williams the Archbishop of Canterbury who is responsible for guiding the Anglican Church worldwide is trying to maintain unity in the Church i.e. of the split that has occurred , but sadly he is more a of a “fence sitter” and has not taken an outright stand on the heresies being spread within the communion of  Anglicans.

Katherine Jefferts Schori is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. She has taken a liberal stance on Bible doctrine and is partly responsible for the divide in the Anglican Church. A quote from her: the verse “that no one comes to the Father except by the Son”in its narrow construction tends to eliminate other possibilities…human beings come to relationships with God largely through their experience of holiness in other human beings”. One can only ask here what ever happened to what Jesus also said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him”…John 6:44. There is no other way but through Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. God will accept no other road but through Calvary.

Katherine Ragsdale is the Dean of divinity School and is militantly liberal. She has gone down as the person who has integrated Buddhist meditation practices in school seminars. Worrying statements by her: “We are grounded in feminist liberation theologies,” and “I believe that abortion is a blessing”.

Gene Robinson is the first openly gay, non-celibate bishop ordained in the major Christian denomination. His ordination sparked the crisis in 2003 in the global Anglican Church that several years on, has led to a split between the conservative and the liberals worldwide. Robinson has led a gay retreat for gay Catholic priests and is strongly opposed to the ban on gay seminarians.

 John Spong is a retired American Bishop who is liberal to the point of promoting liberal causes and a fundamental re-thinking of Christian belief, away from what he terms as Theism and from the afterlife as reward or punishment. “The view of the Cross as the sacrifice for the sins of the world is a barbarian idea based on the primitive concepts of God and must be dismissed.” What Bible does Spong read, if he does even bother to read what the Word of God says about sin and the necessity for a person to confess that he is a sinner and needs a Saviour? In other words, Spong is saying no sacrifice no forgiveness.

But thank God for men like Henry Orombi, Chris Sugden, Peter Akinola, Peter Jensen, Emmanuel Kolini and Bob Duncan who have taken a stand concerning these heresies within the Anglican Church worldwide. These godly-men still uphold the authority of the Bible concerning faith, sin and redemption, and also the fundamental basics of Scripture.

Early this year a so-called pastor of a church called God First Church opened in the Johannesburg area where some 1500 congregants gather at different locations weekly. The leaders of this church placed a billboard advertisement that reads “Jozi loves sex, God loves sex. Let’s talk”. Making a statement like this borders on blasphemy ladies and gentlemen. This church if one can call it that hosted an 8 week course called, Sex in the City, which included topics like, All Night Long, and I Kissed a Girl and Liked it. The Advertising Standards Authority [ASA] eventually ruled the advert too hot after complaints that it “trivialised God and ordered the church to remove it. Senior-pastor PJ Smyth told the Sunday Times he was surprised by the ruling as his church was trying to intrigue people. Smyth claimed the ASA also said it offended religious people, “but our primary mission was to connect with non-religious people”. [No Mr Smyth it is not the job of the church to intrigue people. The Church’s commission according to Acts: 2 is to preach the gospel of salvation and deliverance]. I really wanted to blur the lines between where church begins and ends and doing church at the Monte-casino is a start”, he said.  Smyth told the Sunday Times that the meetings at the casino’s Theatre and Studio arena raised eyebrows but it made church accessible to people who don’t do church, ‘I  mean how bad could it be—it’s at Monte and you can grab a beer before or after service”. Smyth boasted of local celebrities, Michael Mol and his wife Jacqui, as well as former Miss South Africa Amy Kleinhans-Curd. Smyth continued by saying, the church has been criticised for lowering itself to society’s standards”, but he insisted its approach to be contemporary, without compromise. One can only say to this so-called pastor, the fact that your approach is contemporary, which actually means world-like, is already a fact of compromise. His argument that people criticise his church for “lowering itself” to society’s standards is proof enough that they have compromised not only the “standard of righteousness but also the “gospel of Jesus Christ; as they are trying to bring God down to the level of mans thinking. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”, Isaiah 55:8-9.

God cannot be brought down to man’s level, because He will not compromise His holiness and His very nature will not allow it. Jesus said many false prophets will arise in the latter times, “and the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they shall turn away from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables”, 2Timothy 4:3-4. People no longer want to listen to the straight forward old fashioned Cross of Calvary preaching because it offends their modern way of thinking. But listen to me whoever happens to be reading this message; it is only the preaching of the Cross and Jesus Christ who saves, Jesus Christ who heals, Jesus Christ who sets the captive free, and a personal relationship with Him that will get you to heaven. God the Father will accept no other gospel, for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God”, 1Corinthians 1:18.

But let’s continue with some more of what is going on within the church-world. Recently a so-called minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in Coligny has found himself in an un-compromising situation where he was literally caught with his pants down, as he was having oral sex performed on him by a young man. The person who captured the pair in this position is the lover of this young man. The minister pleaded with the angry lover not to tell his wife and children and offered him several thousand rands for his silence. The minister whose name [as well as the young man’s cannot be revealed] is now faced with a court case and most likely dismissal from his position as minister. My friend I am talking about what is happening within the Church of Jesus Christ. It is not only happening in other countries but right here in South Africa. Mark my words; there will soon be a split within the DRC [the conservatives and liberals] concerning the issue of homosexuals as is happening within the Anglican Church.  In a previous message, I told you of what is happening within the DRC as far as salvation is concerned, so an incident like this spoken of here does not come as a surprise. Click onto http://www.truthlifewayministries.co.za/Apostasy in the Church-An end time Prophesy-2.  While this is happening here in South Africa, a British reporter says the UK could become a Muslim nation. “A broadcaster and journalist has been telling London’s Premier Radio that the UK “Could soon become a Muslim Country”. Peter Hitchins, who is an Anglican, says it’s because Christianity is too feeble in Great Britain. Hitchins is concerned the Christian religion that British society is based on is “constantly trashed by the liberal and secular press, and he predicts eventually Islam will become a dominant religion in Britain. Islamisation in the UK won’t happen because Muslims are conspiring for it to happen, but it will happen because Christianity is too feeble. Islam has the strength and will eventually also have the numbers to become dominant. The people who want to drive Christianity out should work out if they would prefer Islam in its place”. While this is happening in the UK we have our Purpose Driven evangelical pastor in the USA, Rick Warren sitting at the same table smoking the Muslim “peace-pipe” making it very clear that his goal behind every speaking engagement is always the same -- for the global Glory of God. “I invest my time speaking to groups of unbelievers that most pastors never get the opportunity to share with. Every time I speak to any non-Christian group, I get criticised by well meaning believers who don’t really understand how much Jesus loves lost people”. Warren insisted that if the Church wants to have a Christ-like ministry, it has to build relationships of love and respect and trust with unbelievers”. This coming from the same man who told the Muslim audience he addressed at the 46th Islamic Society of North America that, “I have no desire to engage in theological debate but rather to engage in social projects that will help poor  people live better lives and in peace with each other”. One wonders if Rick Warren has ever read the Quran where it quotes that Allah requires that all infidels of which he is one must be killed if they do not convert to the Muslim faith. Does Warren even know that the Islamic faith is not founded on peace and love, but rather on mayhem and destruction? World dominance is their objective. I cannot for one moment condone what Rick Warren is doing, as noble as it may sound, for the very reason that the Islamic religion denies the “deity of Jesus Christ” and they reject that Jesus is the “Son of God”. Mr Warren stresses the need for Christians to build bridges, but how does one build a bridge that is constantly being torn down by radical Muslims in countries where the Christians are being murdered for their faith and churches are burned down. Warren is speaking in big auditoriums in America, and Christian brothers and sisters are being murdered and church-buildings are burned to the ground in the Islamic countries and he has no desire to engage in theological discussions with Muslims. How hypocritical can he be? In Iran as of this writing the government has cracked down on Christian TV-channels by somehow “blocking” them being beamed into Iran without jamming satellites that would affect the entire Middle East. Somehow they have developed a new technology too simply and simultaneously block access to multiple channels in their major cities. Since the June 12th elections, Iran’s government has restricted cell-phone and satellite signals; and because of the demonstrations that occur to protest the invalid elections, the government has banned reporters leaving their offices to cover the demonstrations. Other than blocking satellite TV, the authorities have also closed down access to much of the internet and the use of text messaging. But, SAT-7 International founder, Terry Ascott noted that satellite TV is not jammed 24\7, and at times Iranians are able to catch some of the Christian programmes. Therefore the Iranian peoples who are caught up in the changes happening in the Middles East are more open to the Gospel of Christ.

In Honduras, Christians are under great stress since the removal of President Manuel Zelaya from power by that country’s military-coup. The interim government has imposed a 9 p.m. curfew on the entire country as well as a ban on public meetings, including all religious services. There is much confusion concerning the curfew that some say has [now] been lifted but are not sure whether religious meetings are still prohibited. But despite the curfew Bible League officials and local clergyman in Honduras are still confidant that the Christian community will unite together in prayer and continue its mission to share the gospel of Christ and God’s Word, which transcends politics. Their evangelical-mission is to reach the Catholic-dominant population with the true message of salvation. Although there are so many negative things happening in the Church, there is of course much happening that is positive. The Church is alive and well and despite the hardships God is busy pouring out His Spirit all over the world upon His children. The gospel is reaching people where it was previously impossible to preach the gospel of Christ. There is an awakening in Portugal, where 77% of the population has no knowledge of the Word of God due to the lack of people’s interest in going to church, or even to be involved in any religious activity. But thank the Lord this is starting to change as young people have taken to the streets to praise and worship God and preach the gospel. In Nepal there is much political-unrest, but despite this the “Gospel for Asia Action” group is experiencing the blessings of God upon their efforts to bring the gospel to a hungry nation. Recently a three-day conference was held and many young people came hungry for God.

Ok, let’s turn our attention to the Middle East situation. The weight of the world is soon going to be brought to bear upon the Iran Nuclear issue; this is an unavoidable situation that planet earth faces. The question is does the civilised free World allow the Republic of Iran to go past the point of no return so that the Iranians can join the Club of Nuclear Nations? If this is allowed I believe the Iranians will exercise an agenda and their dominance of the Middle East and also throughout the world. Can you imagine a modern type Hitler hatred of Jews whose objective is to remove the Jewish nation Israel from the world map? That is exactly what the President of Iran has said back in 2005. Nuclear bombs in the hands of Iran will not be good for world peace. We have the armies of Islam marching across the globe in their modern Jihad [Holy War] with their hatred of America [big Satan] and Israel [little Satan]. Their objective as mentioned above is world-dominance. Iran and Saudi Arabia are at the forefront of terrorism across the globe. The USA is at war with Iran in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Obama has promised to recall US troops over the next two years, but I doubt whether this will happen. Israel has already said that they will maybe have to attack Iran by December 2009 if Western powers do not impose a more serious sanction against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel has made it very clear that, “it cannot live under the shadow of an Iran with nuclear weapons, and by the end of the year, if there is no agreement on crippling sanctions aimed at this regime, we will have no choice”, quote by former defence-minister Ephraim Sneh in an interview to ‘Reuters’  in the UK. The nations of the world no longer fight with swords and spears; but here in the 21st Century Nuclear and Chemical weapons are and can be used with capabilities to wipe out whole nations and even destroy the very existence of human life on the planet, and God help us should these rogue Muslim-nations manage to trigger nuclear weapons. If America or Israel should attack Iran’s nuclear facilities this could trigger a reaction from them that would unleash the very pit of hell against these nations and the rest of the world. I believe we are approaching a global crossroads and the possibility of peace in this generation is not a reality. Friends these are frightening times for planet earth, but we who claim Jesus as Lord and Saviour do not have to be afraid for He has promised in His Word deliverance shall come and real peace will come when Christ returns to earth. Also one of the major prophecy signs this generation is seeing come to pass is the quest to divide Israel. Do you know why the USA is declining in its super-power status? It is because they have taken a position that is against God Almighty. Any nation that divides Israel is going to be destroyed. And should this become a reality when Israel does attack Iran to protect itself, most assuredly Russia and Iran’s allies will respond by joining forces against God’s people. The River Euphrates is drying up [due to the drought that is experienced there, which is prophecy being fulfilled] faster than we realise, as this will be the way that the armies from the east will be able to reach that place where God is drawing them too, namely the Valley of Megiddo. God spoke through the prophet in Ezekiel 38 that He will draw the enemies of Israel to this place so that He can once again show the world that He is God Sovereign. So when the armies of the north and the east being Russia and the Moslem nations who dare to attack God’s beloved people, that is when the Lord Almighty will destroy them. Ezekiel 39:1-6, gives us a picture of what is soon to come to pass, “therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say. Thus saith the Lord God; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: and I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel; and I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Though shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee; I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field, to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field; for I have spoken it saith the Lord God”.

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In Matthew 24:33-34 we read what Jesus said concerning the generation that will see all these things come to pass. Without a doubt we are that generation seeing all these prophesies take place. Israel is reborn [May 14, 1948] the revived Roman Empire is already standing and waiting for control to be taken of it, the world like never before since Noah and Lot is turning to homosexuality, the call for peace and safety is being heard daily on our news-casts, this generation is seeing an increase of knowledge like never before in the history of mankind and travelling back and forth is the order of the day. The world is seeing some of the most devastating storms; floods, heat waves and earthquakes, diseases, droughts, and the economic decline are experienced by every nation on the planet. People are starving in their millions as food prices are skyrocketing. The Arab nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39 are aligning themselves with Russia to come against the nation of God, Israel. And it is not a battle that will be won by Russia or the Islamic nations. My friend these are just some of the warnings Jesus spoke of, so if ever there was a time for you to accept Christ as your Saviour now would be an opportune time, for the trump of God is about to sound and Jesus will take His children from the earth out of harms way. Everything that is about to come upon the earth and its inhabitants is and was prophesied some 2000 years ago by Christ. The war of Ezekiel 38-39 against Israel was foretold even before Christ’s first advent. This is one of the major prophecy signs the prophet Zechariah spoke concerning Jerusalem, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem, and in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, 12:2-3. The Apostle Paul said, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them…as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape, 1Thessalonians 5:3. The Lord warned so long ago what would happen to those who come against Jerusalem. The nations who seek to divide Jerusalem will all of a sudden find themselves at the wrong side of the stick so to speak, as the Lord God avenges Israel against those enemies who have now dared to come against His elect. The Obama administration is now so fervently working for a peace settlement in the Middle East. It will look as if peace has been brokered and Israel, with Jerusalem as the ultimate prize is divided into 2 nations to accommodate Palestine. They will cry Peace and safety and what Paul and Zechariah spoke of will suddenly befall them. Those of you who read this will wonder; this is something great, that the West and especially the US has so long worked for and at last peace has been achieved in the Israel\Middle East conflict. My friends don’t be fooled by this. God forewarned that whoever [nations] divides the land of Israel will be destroyed. If this happens and I believe this will come to pass soon, America will have passed the point to return back from God’s curse found in Genesis 12:2-3, “I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall the families of the earth be blessed”. God gave the land of Israel to Abraham as an inheritance for the nation of Israel, “And the Lord said unto Abraham, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever, Genesis 13:14-15; Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee, [v17].

The USA as a super-power is declining to make way for the last world-empire that Daniel warned us about. Keep in mind that the revived Roman Empire would be the last world empire which will be ruled by the Antichrist. America has for decades in its 230 years of existence been the richest and strongest nation on the planet. The European Union since its formation in 1954 has now crushed the mighty dollar and become the richest Union in the world. The reason for this is that our Lord’s words are coming to pass and the Antichrist is going to make his appearance from within this revived Roman Empire. Without a doubt my brothers and sisters the Antichrist is alive today and waiting to take centre stage, but as Paul says, “Now we beseech you, brethren by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by means; for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what with- holdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doeth already work: only he that now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they shall believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness”, 2Thessalonians 2:1-12. This man of sin is being groomed I believe by the powers of darkness to make an appearance that will astound the world as to his ability and political prowess. He will not be revealed yet because the Church of Jesus Christ which is led by the Holy Spirit is still on earth, [v6-7]. As soon as the Church is removed he will make his presence known with such deceit [v9-10] because Satan himself will guide him with extraordinary power and ability. His authority will be such that even Israel will become convinced and they will sign an immediate 7 year peace-treaty and be under the protection of this man. But let’s summarise here how the three main religions sees the end of days. In Christianity and Judaism, we know exactly what the vision of the end times\days are. In Judaism, it is as Isaiah predicted; peace between nations, not just one nation but between all nations of the world. People will not have any more need for weapons and nature will be changed – a beautiful end of days and the kingdom of God on earth. Christianity goes to Revelation to see a day that Satan himself is obliterated. There will be no more powers of evil as God Himself destroys the hold that Satan and his kingdom of darkness has over mankind. That is the vision of Christianity. In the end of days, Islam sees a world that is totally Moslem, completely Moslem under the rule of Islam. There cannot be any other religion or nation ruling over them as a defeated foe, for that will prove that their [god] Allah and his prophet Mohammad were false all along. Complete and final victory is their objective. According to Islamic traditions, the Christians will not exist. And the Moslems who are in hell will be replaced by somebody [Christians]. The Jews will no longer exist, because there will be a war against the Jews where all Jews will be killed. Every young Moslem child is taught this in their schools. This is what Allah has predicted and it is an Islamic fundamental truth. Whereas the Jewish nation does not see a way of escape for the situation they are facing, God Jehovah has promised that He will once again show to Israel [His beloved] that He is still their God, as proven in Ezekiel 39.

But what has Osama bin Laden up to since Sep 11 2001, when the world stood shocked at what happened when the Al Qaeda terrorist group flew hi-jacked planes into the Twin Towers in New York. Bin Laden has of course been mostly undetectable and out of arms reach for the US to capture. But believe you me he has been very busy all though it has been underground strategies. But recently he distributed pamphlets around the world calling for a jihad against America, [wars and rumours of wars] as the US is the leader of the Christian world, not because the US is a supporter of Israel. According to the pamphlet Americans are desecrating Arabia with their filthy feet. In this pamphlet there is no mention of Israel, only that Americans are desecrating the home of their prophet Mohammed. Some believe that Israel is not the first target for the jihad, but the USA and her allies are. Bin Laden is focusing his attention on Jerusalem when Al Qaeda posted on their website and took full responsibility for the recent attacks on northern Israel from southern Lebanon. Bin Laden also was quoted as saying the September 11, 2001 attack on the US is a response to America’s traditional close ties with Israel, and they would face further atrocities if they do not abandon all support for the Jewish state. The prophet Zechariah told us that in the last days Jerusalem would be the focus of much trouble, but that the Lord would bring deliverance to the city, 12:1-10. Iranian President has recently alluded on TV of Iran’s intent in destroying Israel. He of course is falling right into the hands of the Lord; so when Iran invades Israel with Russia and their allies, it will be these nations who will be wiped out once again showing the entire world that Jehovah is the Lord God of Israel. Recently I spoke with someone from the UK visiting in South Africa. And I was told that the UK is definitely going to regret their involvement with the USA. We only have to look at the bombings in London and elsewhere to see the intent. The Muslim’s are making in-roads into all political spheres of government and the social structures. I mean folks the UK recently removed from their school curriculum any mention of the Holocaust because it offends the minority Muslim community who are adamant that this event in human history never happened. Christians are being persecuted in the UK by the liberal press and the unbelieving leaders in government. No folks I’m not sucking this out of my thumb, this was on BBC news just the other day. The very country that built its foundations on missionary work all over the world is now at war with Christianity to appease the Muslim-community, the liberal press, the atheist believers and such ilk. Great Britain should no longer be called great but rather weak\feeble Britain. The Muslims are progressing not out of force in these fields but because England is weak, and people who support this should re-think if they want to be dominated by Islam.

There is a storm on the horizon that will for ever change this planet and its inhabitants. This storm dear reader is called the “Tribulation”. For centuries now the Word of God has warned mankind about this, and we are without a doubt heading straight toward that period faster than you can imagine. Jesus warned us himself that we would see certain things come to pass. Matthew 24 is of course the signs of which he spoke. He told us that when these things come to pass, that the end is not yet in sight as the following scriptures indicate, Matthew 24:6; Mark 13:29; Luke 21:7,9,28,31,37. There are certain events that must take place and are at this time happening on a massive scale as we see each day on the news on TV. But their must come the 7 year period wherein the Antichrist must first sign a peace accord with Israel, and only thereafter, somewhere during the three and one-half way mark that things will truly start to hot up for the Jewish nation. About half way through the “Tribulation” the Antichrist will desecrate the temple which the Jews re-build, by entering in and placing himself on the throne, making himself God and demanding that not only Israel [Jews] but the whole world must worship him as God. It is then that he will show his true intention toward all the earth. And my friend you don’t want to be here when this happens.  Are you going to continue ignoring these warning? There is a way of escape as Jesus is soon to return. Are you ready to meet Him? Please dear readers make sure that you will be found worthy to stand before the King of Kings.

 

 

God bless.

 

 


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