Are we living in the Last days-2?
Good day too you beloved of the Lord Jesus Christ. As promised I felt moved to continue with the all important message, “Are we living in the end times.” And once again I make this statement without fear or trembling. Yes we are living in the last days. The song writer says, “He’s coming soon, He’s coming soon, with joy we’ll welcome His returning. It may be morn, it may be night or noon, and I know He’s coming very soon.” My friend be assured, Jesus Christ is coming too fetch His Church, and it may be sooner than you think. Matthew 24:36-37, states, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall the coming of the Son of man be, for as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Mark 13:32-37; Luke 17:26-36, 21:34-36, gives us a similar picture of what Jesus was speaking and teaching the disciples what would transpire during these last days. You see folks the men of Noah’s day were insensible to the Prophecies predicting the coming flood. They ridiculed and mocked Noah for building this enormous boat. For the +- 120 years that Noah was building the ark and preaching to mankind about a coming destruction upon the earth; he was mocked beyond measure. People did not heed the warnings, and carried on in their sinful and unrighteous ways. Drinking, marrying and divorcing. The state of man’s sin became so that God had no alternative but to destroy the earth. Noah kept warning and pleading for men to repent, but they kept saying in mockery that the earth would never be destroyed by rain as it had never before rained in the short history of mankind up until then. And man today has and is doing exactly the same foolish thing that was done in Noah’s time. Man for the last 2000 years has mocked and ridiculed the message of salvation and refused to come into that ark of safety from God’s wrath. They are saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the Creation” 2Peter 3:4. The Apostle Peter is speaking of end time events that are being scoffed at. The two major themes of the Word of God that will be attacked more than any other is the Atoning work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, and the prophecies pertaining to End time events. Matthew Henry in his “Commentary of the whole Bible” has this to say concerning the apostle’s teaching.
“The purified minds of Christians are to be stirred up, that they may be active and lively in the work of holiness. There will be scoffers in the last days, under the gospel, men who make light of sin, and mock at salvation by Jesus Christ. One very principal article of our faith refers to what only has a promise to rest upon, and scoffers will attack it till our Lord is come. They will not believe that he will come. Because they see no changes, therefore they fear not God, Psalms 55:19. What he never has done, they fancy he never can do, or never will do.
Or so they think Brother Matthew!! More than any given time in history man is mocking and scoffing at these end-times prophecies. I may be sounding at this moment like a doomsday announcer, but my friend there is a day of reckoning coming when God will say enough is enough. “I can no longer allow sin to continue unpunished”. History has proven through the ages that where sin has abounded and destroyed the morals of a nation, and its peoples that nation has been punished for its sin. All through the Bible we read of civilisations that have disregarded God Almighty and His laws, and were destroyed by His Mighty Hand. I truly believe that the reason nations are not destroyed today as such were before, is because we are living in the age of grace. God is withholding His wrath because He does not want anyone to go lost. Nations like Russia who produced the Stalin’s and Lenin’s, and Germany that brought us the madness of Hitler who literally shoved their fists in the face of God Almighty. In our own back yard of South Africa we have the Robert Mugabe’s and other despots on the continent of Africa who not only challenge God Almighty in their stupidity, thinking that there is no one who can take them from their seats of power; yet God has through the ages gone, proved that He can and will do it. These nations exist today only because God would have even them to come into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. But time is fast running out for all nations and its peoples to come into the ark of salvation. But it is not to be as man stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that there is only one True God. Speaking of back yards, here in South Africa we have scenarios where the moral degeneration of a country\nation is fast sliding into the pit of morass, as a godless government goes against everything that is God ordained and moral. Let me point out the reality of our situation and I’m not going to candy-coat my words. In 1996 the “Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Act” was passed in Parliament. Women and even young girls as young as 12-13 years of age who find themselves in a situation where they are pregnant now can chose to abort that baby without a parent’s consent. Neighbour, that is murder because God Almighty calls it that. Isaiah 59:7; Jeremiah 7:6, 22:3, God warns us concerning the shedding of innocent blood, and my friend when a doctor aborts a baby by consent and choice that doctor is committing murder. The law may protect him and others because legislation was passed through parliament and makes it legal, but God is keeping record of all this and the guilty will stand before the Judgement Seat of God and answer to this slaughtering of innocent blood. I thank the Lord for those doctors’s and nurses who refuse to partake of this inhumane act. Some time ago Doctors for Life International, won a High Court decision against a Durban based clinic for illegal abortion. DFL and a young 18 year old girl brought the action against Rose Clinic in Durban. The Director and his staff at the clinic pleaded guilty to 5800 illegal abortions, but have been charged on more than 24,000 counts, including culpable homicide, corruption and contravention of various acts. But hey listen to this. Hundreds of babies have died from infection and Klebsiella -- pneumonia at the Mahatma Ghandi Hospital and not one person has taken responsibility for these deaths. Even the former Minister of Health, Dr Mantombazana Tshabalala-Msimang refuses to be held responsible, and would not pay compensation to any of the grieving parents. But this I do know; that God Almighty keeps record of these unrighteous acts of these ungodly people. They will stand before a Holy God before the Judgement Throne and give an account. Then the record will be set straight…Hallelujah! Listen to this. National Union of Mineworkers [NUM] President, Senzeni Zokwana at a union rally some time ago arrogantly boasted when he insulted Christians by saying, “We don’t listen to the Ten Commandments and we don’t listen when Christians tell us adultery is wrong. We also don’t need Christians to tell us who our leaders are to be.” Zokwana of course was referring here in defence of now President of South Africa Jacob Zuma. Yet many of NUM’S members are devout Christians. One only wonders if they will choose to move and seek Godly leadership, instead of godless, leaders who have no respect or regard for a Holy God. Yet there is coming a day when leaders like this will stand before the Sovereign God of the universe, and give an account of there repetitions.
I want to get realistic here for a few minutes and say to the Church of Jesus Christ here in South Africa. If the statistics can be believed, then South Africa is supposed to be 70\80% Christian. Then I ask this question to the Christians of South Africa. Why is there not a government in parliament that is God-fearing and who can lead a people and nation to be obedient and serve God Almighty the only True God? Let me answer this same question. I do not believe that 70\80% of South Africa is Christian. They are Christian in name only, and that is as far as it goes. If these so-called 70\80% are still allowing and voting a godless government into power then those who do such are of the same mind as to what the power’s to be do and pass in parliament; that is make abortion legal, allow same sex marriages, give bail to the criminals who have murdered the innocent and raped little children, raped and abused women and children. The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ must make its voice heard in this god-forsaken land of SA. But how does one do this when so-called churches like Rhema ministries allow the now elected President of South Africa who is by all reasons not a Christian or even better a born-again child of God onto their platform; how can they allow a man who was in court for having a sexual-liaison with a HIV-infected young lady, and boasting in the newspapers that one can take a shower after having intercourse with such a person and not become infected. Albeit that he was found not guilty for rape, and had the charges of corruption, fraud dropped against him. The church is by all means a sanctuary where God Almighty dwells, and a person such as Jacob Zuma who obviously has not repented of his wicked ways is allowed to stand behind the sacred pulpit. This same so-called President stands behind the pulpits of churches such as the International Pentecostal Holiness Church on Easter Sunday and amid songs of praise, and hallelujahs preaches love, forgiveness and polygamy. Hold on a moment William what is wrong with speaking on love and forgiveness? Absolutely nothing if it is preached in the right context of God’s Holy Word. But my big problem here is that Zuma as does the same church promotes polygamy. Zuma told the congregation that other churches should learn from this same church’s [PHC], endorsement of polygamy, which they justify through a narrow interpretation of the Old Testament. No Mr Zuma, God Almighty forbids this type of marriages for the simple reason it is a sin. The enemy is destroying this once beautiful thriving country that before honoured Almighty God and gave Him His rightful place of authority. Since prayer was removed from our schools, from the opening of Parliament, we have seen a decline in morality and righteousness. Corruption is the order of the day. Murder is an everyday occurrence, and rape and abuse of women and children it seems are not even a priority for the government. We have a situation here in South Africa where the politicians, who most of them were prisoners, are so corrupt and they are brought to justice and the most expensive attorneys get assigned to their cases at tax-payers money. These so-called elected officials ride the “gravy train” as the saying goes until they are caught then are put into retirement with massive pensions. But a day of reckoning is coming when these officials will stand before a Sovereign God and give an account of there doings, that they have maybe escaped unpunished from here on this earth.
Folks let me move on to the four most pivotal events of history that has and is being attacked more than anything else. The most significant events of history have marked the end of an age. Three are past; and the most important one of all is soon to happen. All were titanic conflicts between a Sovereign God, and Satan for the devotion of mankind; and all left a significant impact on the generations that have followed those events. The first three are the Creation, the Flood, and the Cross, or first coming of Christ which included His death and resurrection for the sins of mankind. The fourth and final event is the second coming of Christ to this earth. Let me reflect just shortly the highlights of each event.
According to the first chapter of Genesis, which means “beginnings”, the Creation highlights the origin of that very special creature, a man, who is composed not only of a body and a mind but also an eternal soul. This was and still is the pinnacle of all God’s creation. This event is recorded in the first 3 chapters of Genesis. The fall of man, this is, the sin of Adam and Eve, who were created holy and to live forever on the earth, used their free will to disobey God- plunged the world into sin and corruption, producing a pre-flood population that became so wicked in only one thousand years of existence that God had no alternative but to destroy them all, except for Noah and his family.
The worldwide Flood, described in detail in Genesis 6-8, shows how God repopulated the earth from only eight people. This monumental event is mentioned in the literature of various peoples of the ancient world, with compelling evidence of its universality. If the scientists would recognise that fact, the theory of not only evolution, but “theistic-evolution” [God guided evolution] would be done away with, but humanistic man would rather believe unscientific theories of this lie than the truth of scripture; that God created man and will hold man accountable for the way he lives.
The third pivotal event of history that stands out above all others was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The cross symbolises His virgin birth in fulfilment of prophecy, His sinless life, His sacrificial death, and His resurrection. When He as God’s only begotten Son gave Himself to die on that cross for “the sins of the whole world,” He ended the age of law and introduced the “age of grace”. Because of this individuals through the ages have been able to be eternally saved, “through faith in Jesus Christ”, for what was wrought on Calvary’s Cross. Because man can now call on Christ to save them, is why we call it the “age of grace” And this age as we know it will end soon with the next pivotal event.
The Second Coming:
The second coming of Jesus Christ, and the many lesser events leading up to it, and following it, is what prophecy is primarily about. This event is without a doubt the greatest story of the future to be found anywhere. There is no other religion, culture and no literature that can offer such a sublime concept of future events. This not only leads to a better eternity, but it proves so thrilling and exciting and inspiring, that countless millions have through the ages given up their very lives, turned from their sins to serve Christ as their Lord and Saviour. And we can see so many of these exciting events being fulfilled in our lifetime. As mentioned in the writings above the two most fundamental doctrines of the Bible, the Cross or Crucifixion\Resurrection, and the Rapture of the Church are most attacked today not only from the secular world but sadly from within the church-world at large. You can read more of this in our sermons link; Will there be a Rapture of the Church?
There were other important events in history, but none of greater significance than these four, and while the Bible merely refers to the eternal ages of the past, it provides much detail about the conflict of the ages, Satan’s rebellion, his attempt to deceive man about God, eternity and the wonderful climax of a one-thousand year age of peace. The enemy of the soul of man in his rebellion and deceit tried to stop the coming of the “second Adam” by attempting to destroy Israel through whom the Saviour would be born into this world. He tried killing the baby Jesus by using a king [Herod] to kill all babies under the age of two. But he was not successful. He has tried for the past 2000 years to rid Israel and the Jews and almost succeeded at times. Why does the enemy so want to destroy Israel? For the only reason that if he can succeed in destroying the Jewish nation and wiping them from the face of the earth, Satan will succeed in proving that the Messiah did not come from this nation and therefore the Saviour of the world is nothing but a myth. God has reserved these Hebrews to be His special people and no one can and will ever succeed in destroying them. Even now as this message is being penned the State of Israel is fighting for its very existence as the odds are stacked against them. The Arab nations that surround Israel is trying all in there power to destroy this nation of Israelites. The western nations such as the USA are pressurising Israel to give up a part of their land for the Palestine’s. But my friend the Islamic nations do not only want a part of the land of Israel, they want to completely destroy Israel if it could be possible. The President of Iran has said very clearly over international television, “Israel must be wiped from the map of the world.” Iran, a rogue Islamic terrorist state, has officially joined the nuclear club. So that makes it possible for them to attempt what they so wish to accomplish. Islam today has one goal in sight and that is to have a successful holy war [a jihad] against the USA [big Satan] and Israel [little Satan]. To achieve this goal, Iran continues to seek support from terrorist organisations in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine, and this includes support from Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network of terror. Will the Islamic nations such as Iran succeed in destroying the Land of Israel and the Jews? Not if God Almighty has anything to say about the matter.
Many people today believe that because the world’s three major religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam came from the same roots; there is no reason why they cannot exist side by side today in peace. But listen, Islam’s theology is that of triumphalism, the dominance of one nation over another nation’s ideology, or religious creed. Islam teaches that Muhammad superceded the patriarchs and Christ. To a Muslim, it is Allah’s will to rule the world. To you who do not know this, but the word Islam does not mean peace --- it means submission. Their objective is for everyone to be in submission to them. The reason for the Islamic prayer tower as the highest point in every city is its desire for physical supremacy. The impasse between Palestine and Israel is of course control of Jerusalem, but at the very throat of all Islamic nations is the small state of Israel; “with an unconditional blood covenant from the throne of God, that has given to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the land of Israel forever”. Did you hear that? God did not loan the land to the Israelites, He gave it to them. And that flies in the face of Islam, because they believe that through the teachings of Muhammad, it is the will of Allah [Islamic God] for the Muslims to rule the earth. The bottom line for this reasoning is that if Islam does not defeat Israel, Muhammad and the Quran were wrong –and that is unthinkable. If Israel survives, then Islamic theology is not true. The real difference between the two religions, however, lies in their basis for belief. Judaism is based on the unique historical event of a divine revelation experienced by the entire nation, whereas Islam is based on the prophetic claims of a single individual who subsequently convinced other to follow his ways. There is not a day that goes by that you cannot look on your television or read the newspaper, or even listen on the radio something about Israel. God’s time-clock for the whole world is coupled to this beleaguered nation called Israel. From the beginning of its existence this small nation has been the focus point of world affairs. Satan has through the ages attempted to destroy this people’s that are called the Jews/Hebrews. Lucifer in his fury has tried and almost succeeded as recently as in Hitler’s Nazi-Germany. Six million Jews murdered in the gas chambers of Buchanau, Treblinka and Auschwitz. Yes friend the Holocaust did happen. The photos, films, testimonies are proof of this horror that took place 60 years ago. That is why General Dwight Eisenhower when he saw this gave instructions for this horror to be photographed and filmed. Testimonies were to be recorded, and as the General so bluntly said, some.………is going to say this never happened. And yet 60 year’s later countries like the United Kingdom have taken this out of their School curriculum, because it offends the Muslim population in England who claims the holocaust never happened. Yes my friend the United Kingdom. Why would they do such? Is it because they fear reprisals such as the bombing a few years back? Countries like Iran say the holocaust is a myth. But there is coming a day of reckoning when nations who have harmed Israel, after God promised in His Word, “and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed”, Genesis 12:3. My friend the Almighty has through the ages blessed nations for their faithfulness toward Israel, but He has also destroyed many a nation for daring to harm His chosen people. That same blessing and curse is effective today. So any nation who has done Israel wrong will be destroyed, by the Lord Himself. Countries like Iran and Palestine in their quest to destroy God’s people will have to answer to Him. Speaking of the terrible things that have been done to Israel through the years lets turn our attention to what the Bible teaches on a man that will make his appearance on the world scene. The world is in chaos after the event of the ages has happened. The most talked about event that is ridiculed and scorned at not just by the secular world but sadly even the Church. And that event or happening is what we know as the “Rapture of the Church.” And the man who the Bible refers to as, Antichrist is the one who appears on the scene. In Revelation 13, we have a description of the Antichrist whom the Apostle Paul warns us about, “Let no man deceive you by any 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 called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God”, 2Thessalonians 2:3-4. This man will be so charismatic a leader and will do wonderful things, and this is how the prophet Daniel describes him. He is a false messiah and the chief son of Satan, and will have;
Supernatural demonic power to know the unknown:
The Bible says he will have a, “fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences”, or understands sinister schemes”, Daniel 8:23 It will not be possible to keep or hide anything secret from him because of the satanic power he possesses.
Cause craft [or deceit] to prosper, Danielv25:
Hitler came to power because Germany was in chaos and the economy at an all time low. He rebuilt the economy of Germany, bring prosperity and pride to a nation that had been crushed. As Germany’s messiah, Hitler became a monster, sweeping the world into war, and the devastating Holocaust bringing twelve years of living hell on earth. The Antichrist will come to power at a time of international economic crisis. He will cause craft and deceit to prosper. No man will be able to but or sell without having the mark of the beast on his right hand or on his forehead, Revelation 13:17. The Antichrist will control the world’s economy and it will flourish. But then he will drag the world into the Battle of Armageddon, just like Hitler did and a total bloodbath the equal of which the world has never experienced.
Make a seven-year peace treaty with Israel, which he will break at the end of three and a half years:
He….by peace shall destroy many, Daniel 8:25. The Antichrist will be shot in the head and miraculously recover, emulating the death and resurrection of Christ. At this point, he will turn on the Jewish people with a vengeance. Daniel writes that he, “shall destroy the mighty and holy people”, Daniel 4:24. The holy people are of course the Jews. They are the authors of the Word of God. Without the Jewish contributions to Christianity there would be no Christianity.
Be a Prideful whoremonger:
This false messiah is so arrogant that he, “shall exalt himself in his heart”, Daniel 8:25. Revelation 13:5, confirms this by saying, “He was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months,” or three and a half years. This demonic world leader will create a one-world government, a one-world currency, and a one-world religion. At this very moment one can clearly observe that these three things are coming into reality.
Oppose Jesus Christ Himself:
Daniel 8:25, states that antichrist will even stand/rise against the Prince of princes. At the Battle of Armageddon this chief son of Satan, this false messiah with enormous demonic powers, will oppose the King of Glory, Jesus Christ Himself. But he will not be successful! He will be cast into the bottomless pit by the Conqueror of Calvary for a period of one-thousand years… Amen!
When does all this happen you may be asking? We read in 1Thessalonians 4:13-18, the apostle Paul describes an event that is soon to happen. That is the catching away of the Church called the “Rapture”. The Greek  word, harpazo-[syn] generally denotes at times robbery or stealing, it is not exclusively used thus. It is at times used to forcibly remove, seize upon, or snatch away as recorded in Matthew 13:19; John 6: 15; Acts 23:10; Jude 1:23. But it is especially used of the rapture to better explain catch away or caught up, Acts 8:39; 2Corinthians 12:2, 4; 1Thessalonians 4:17, Revelation 5:5. And the scripture most commonly used to explain this event is 1Thessalonians 4:13-18. Sometime after the rapture the Antichrist, that man of sin who is now revealed, because the Church is removed, 2Thessalonians 2:3-4, is given power [by Satan] to rule over every tribe, nation and tongue, Revelation 13:7. Because of the prosperity that the Antichrist is able to maintain for the world at this time, Israel is drawn in by this super charismatic leader as someone who can be trusted. The Antichrist and Israel will then sign a seven year peace treaty. Israel is now at peace because the Aran-nations have been subdued and mostly destroyed by the armies of Antichrist. Mt friend the Rapture is imminent! One of the chief characteristics of the Rapture of the church is that it will be sudden, unexpected, and will catch people by surprise. Of course some Bible students will anticipate “a season” or general period-atmosphere. But as our Lord said, “of that day or hour knoweth no man”; which is why we should live our lives so as to “be ready” for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him, Matthew 24:44. Therefore with this promise and stern warning from our Lord, one can conclude rightfully so that the pre-tribulation rapture preserves that at-any-moment expectation of His coming. I know that some students of the Bible are of the opinion that there is no pre-tribulation rapture, but as some are of the opinion that the rapture will take place at mid-tribulation or even a post-tribulation, and as some have even said that the tribulation whether pre-mid or post is a scam and a hoax. I respect each one’s opinions but I am of the conviction with all the overwhelming evidence of scriptures in the Word of God that the “Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ will happen before the Great Tribulation. God, in His wise providence, has designed Bible prophecy in such a manner that the Rapture has appeared imminent to Christians of every generation. While I do not assert that our brothers and sisters who are looking for a Saviour after the Tribulation are deceived by the devil, I, as many others do, not think their positions do anything to motivate the body of Christ to heed the Saviour’s words, “occupy till I come” Luke 19:13.
My dear reader as I have tried to relate some facts of our situation today, not only here in South Africa but also of the important matters on the International scene and the happenings as they occur each day, are proof of what the Bible tells us how the morality of mankind are deteriorating more and more to the level of Noahs day, which is an indication that Jesus can return at any moment. This subject of, Are we living in the last days, is of such enormous importance that I want to end here with the possibility of a follow up to this subject. Please feel free to write and ask us if you do not understand or even disagree on what is said here. I would love to correspond with you to discuss these matters. Jesus loves you and wants to save you so that you and your loved one’s can spend eternity with Him.
As this message was being prepared to be posted the news over television and the newspapers related that Pope Benedict XVI was calling for a one world government. He has asked President Barack Obama to address this issue at the G8 summit meeting of world leaders. This is a clear sign that the Catholic Church is the forerunner for the works of the Antichrist. As soon as this one-world government is within reach of certainty, this will make it so much easier for the Antichrist to establish his one-world religion. Saints of the Lord hold onto to your salvation and your faith in Jesus Christ, the trump of God is about to sound…Hallelujah!!