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America’s final judgment is nearly here as she continues in her pernicious and rebellious ways against God!
(Author’s note May 2015: This post was written nearly 2 years ago, and America continues in its steep spiritual, moral, and economic decline. Next month June 2015, the US Supreme Court will render a decision to make Same-Sex Marriage mandatory for the 13 of 50 holdout states that are still against it. If so, then America will become the new Sodom and Gomorrah, whom God utterly destroyedGe19:24,25.
The US National Debt is presently over $18 trillion, equivalent to $60,000 for every man, woman, and child. The debt continues to soar and Congress has no solution to mitigate it. Thus, America is heading for a sure bankruptcy. California’s exceptional drought is heading into its 4th year, with just one year supply of water for human consumption and for agricultural needs. Produce, poultry, and livestock prices will soar, perhaps even doubling!
There are 38 million people now living in California, over 10% of the entire nation! Where will they all go to when the water…
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MANY– The Sad Plight of MANY in the Last Days
This paper is about the word MANY as it is mentioned in the Holy Bible, the Word of God. The word MANY is used to describe the multitudes, the crowd, the majority of people living on this earth- MANY people, in contrast to a FEW or a minority of people! The word MANY is used to describe the sad destiny of MANY in life today, and their final destination- HELL. This is not a polite subject, but a very impolite and inconvenient truth where MANY people or most people choose not to hear, or choose to ignore to their own demise!
Throughout the Bible, it teaches that ‘there is a heaven to gain, and a hell to shun’. Jesus said ‘For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ Mt16:26. Here Jesus is saying that, all the power, riches, and pleasures of this world are not worth one day of going to hell forever, when one loses his soul. There is no need to convince anyone of HELL, because deep in the recesses of everyone’s mind, everyone thinks of his own mortality, and what will happen to him after he dies. Heb9:27 tells us ‘..it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’. But MANY choose to ignore or deny the subject of DEATH and HELL, since they may find it as a VERY INCONVENIENT TRUTH.
There is a CLIFF that MANY will one-day fall into that is far greater than the FISCAL CLIFF that America now faces and will one day soon plunge over. MANY will fall over into an abyss, a deep chasm, into an unquenchable everlasting fire, and an inescapable place called HELL. This is the reason God sent Jesus Christ to earth; to pay for our sins through His death and resurrection, in order to save our souls. Jn3:16-18 spell it out very simply: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God’. Here we will examine how the word MANY is negatively used in the Bible to describe MANY people, and conditions that affect MANY in these last days.
1. MANY Not Saved and Heading for Destruction and HELL
Mt7:13,14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it. Mt24:12 .. because iniquity shall abound, the love of MANY shall wax cold.
2. MANY Backslidden Pastors, Leaders, and Followers Will Deny Jesus, and Be Denied by Him
Mt7:22,23 MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done MANY wonderful works? ..then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Mt19:30 .. MANY that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Mt20:16 .. last shall be first, and the first last: for MANY be called, but FEW chosen. Jn6:60 MANY therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? Jn6:66 From that time MANY of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 1Co11:30 For this cause MANY are weak and sickly among you, and MANY sleep (die not discerning the body of Christ v29).
3. MANY False Prophets- False Christs and Teachers in the Churches Will Deceive MANY and Cause a Great Falling Away
Mt24:5 For MANY shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive MANY. Mt24:11 and Mk13:6.. MANY false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive MANY. Lk21:8 .. Take heed that ye be not deceived: for MANY shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ.. 2Co2:17 For we are not as MANY, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity.. in the sight of God speak we in Christ. Php3:18 For MANY walk, of whom I have told you often.. they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things v19. Tit1:10 For there are MANY unruly and vain talkers and deceivers.. 1Jn4:1 ..believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because MANY false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Th2:3 ..for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4. MANY Afflicted By Devils and Evil Spirits Even Today
Mk6:13 and they cast out MANY devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. Lk4:41 devils also came out of MANY, crying out… Thou art Christ the Son of God. Lk7:21 Jesus.. cured MANY of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto MANY that were blind he gave sight. Lk8:30 Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? and he said, Legion: because MANY devils were entered into him.
5. MANY Seeking Riches Will Destroy Themselves and Go To HELL
1Ti6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into MANY foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 1Ti6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with MANY sorrows. Heb12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby MANY be defiled; Jas3:1 .. be not MANY masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2Pe2:2 .. MANY shall follow their pernicious (wicked) ways.. whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
6. MANY Antichrists Are in the World Today
1Jn2:18 ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there MANY antichrists.. 2Jn1:7 For MANY deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Re13:4,5 ..they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? and there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue 42 months. Re13:15 ..that as MANY as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
The Bible Warns That MANY Will Go To HELL
From the scriptures above, the Bible warns that MANY people will not be saved, and sadly, will go to HELL. Is5:4 states ‘..HELL hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure..’.
In Part 1, Jesus states the way to HELL is a Broadway that MANY people will use to go there- which leads to destruction Mt7:13. Jesus also said because evil shall abound, the love of MANY for God and for the things of God shall become cold Mt24:12. MANY will be backslidden and will be destroyed!
In PART 2, Jesus said MANY will profess to know Him and supposedly serve Him, and use His name, but He will deny ever knowing them because they had worked iniquity (not doing the Father’s will, but their own will) Mt7:21-23. Jesus said MANY are first shall be last Mt19:30; MANY are called, but FEW are chosen Mt22:14. In Jn6:60-66, Jesus stated that MANY of his disciples left Him because they could not follow his hard saying, even like it is today. This group also includes those supposedly serving the Lord like in the ministry or priesthood, but are rife with charges of pedophilia and other sexual sins, and also those that have departed from the faith by unscriptural teachings, supporting gay marriages and even gay ministers! Because Jesus will profess that He never knew them and they are not in the book of life, MANY ministers and leaders will end up in the lake of fire forever Re20:15!
In PART 3, Jesus said in the endtimes, there will be MANY false christs and false prophets who shall deceive MANY Mt24:4,5,11. Jesus warned that there will gross deception such that it shall destroy MANY people’s souls. Paul wrote that there are MANY who will corrupt the Word of God 2Co2:17, and are enemies of the cross of Christ Php3:18. Paul said there will be a great falling away of once believers, and the AntiChrist (the man of sin) will be revealed 2Th2:3! John, the beloved, told us not be believe every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God, for MANY false prophets are in the world 1Jn4:1!
MANY people do not know what ‘being saved or born again’ means Jn3:3,5. MANY people in churches today may not be saved, or think they are saved because they go to church! It is only once after accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, and living a NEW LIFE as a believer are you saved! 2Co5:17 states ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’.
In PART 4, during Jesus days there were MANY people afflicted, tormented, or possessed by devils or evil spirits, and Jesus delivered and cured them from all of them. The Bible speaks more about devils/demons/evil spirits than it does about angels. They are evil and unclean spirits Lk8:2,Mk5:8; they are MANY Lk8:3; they are under the control of Satan Lk13:16; & they can possess people Mt8:29. Strong evidence that these demons are real and present today are the recent mass killings in schools and public places such as in Columbine, CO in 1999, Virginia Tech 2007, Fort Hood, TX 2009, Aurora, CO 2012, and Newport, CT 2012. MANY of these killers appeared deranged, depraved, drugged, and glassy-eyed, like some evil force took over them. These are extreme cases, but there are also MANY people today that are under the influence of Satan and some are ‘demon-possessed’ in our society!
In PART 5, Paul wrote that MANY people, in seeking riches fall into temptation and snares, destroy themselves. In today’s hedonistic society there is a great effort to gain wealth and riches for ones own pleasure, often they are ‘ill-gotten’. This is particularly so with the big bankers and Wall-Streeters, big corporations, drug companies, gamblers, drug-dealers, prostitutes, criminals and mafiosos, actors, ministers of the Gospel, prosperity preachers, televangelists, professional sports people, politicians, developers, labor-leaders, etc. MANY of these people have literally sold their souls to the devil for riches, and one day, will go to HELL! Paul said ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil’1Ti6:10. The love of money or gain is the basic motivation or root cause of all evil!
In PART 6, John wrote of antichrists, stating that there are MANY antichrists that are entered into the world. A broad definition of an anti-christ is one who is anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Jesus Christ. From this definition, one can see that the antichrist is not only a person, but also a political system, such as in America, which is fast becoming antichrist. The Bible states that the AntiChrist, the Beast, will arise one day to rule the world for 42 months. The AntiChrist will force people to worship him and his image, and all those who refused should be killed by beheading Re20:4.
The Testimony of Howard Pittman– MANY Heading For HELL
This is a testimony of a man who had a Near Death Experience (NDE), whom I personally met in 1999 while he was speaking in Hawaii. Howard Pittman, a Baptist minister for 35 years, had a NDE in 1979 after suffering a massive internal hemorrhage. Pittman was born in 1928 and may still be alive. Pittman shared of the glories of heaven, but he also spoke of a very disturbing & shocking observation. While visiting for a short time in heaven, the Holy Spirit showed him that 2000 people on earth died, but only 50 or 2.5% went to heaven; the rest, 1950 went to Hell. Pittman said 97.5% of the people did not make it to heaven but went to Hell.
In Matthew chapter 13 the parable of the Sower, Jesus stated that three out of four or 75% of the people that heard the Gospel rejected it. Only one of four heard and understood the Word of God, and became fruitful. If you also include the multitudes that have not heard the Gospel, then the 97.5% figure that Pittman gave is quite plausible. Jesus said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14.
Pittman laid the blame for this disastrous situation to the backslidden Laodicean churches of today Re3:14-17. He said that churches today are lukewarm, self-assured, and not preaching against sin and the need for repentance, and the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. They are preaching soft, warm and fuzzy messages in comfortable churches, but not reaching out to the lost and warning the people about God’s judgment to come. Jesus said ‘But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men’ Mt15:9. There are very little teachings on holiness, sin, the devil, judgment, HELL and damnation, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, on the Rapture, the Endtimes, Satan, the Great Tribulation, the Antichrist, the mark of the Beast, and the return of Jesus Christ.
Ez3:18-19 warned ‘When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul’. Jesus asked ‘..when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?’ Lk18:8.
Thus, we see that the fate of MANY will be very bad- one of eternal damnation. The MANY include our family members, friends, neighbors, associates, fellow church members, ministers, and total strangers. We must warn the MANY to repent and also to not be in this crowd of MANY!
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your heart as your Saviour, or have not repented of your sin, or if you are not sure of where you would go should you die, you can say this simple prayer of faith. The Lord will hear you and save you, and one day you will be with the Lord in heaven. Just pray, ‘Dear Jesus, I am a lost sinner. I believe that you died for me. Please forgive me for all my sins and come into my heart today. I accept you as my Lord and my Savior and with your help, I will live for you. Amen!’
Please DON’T BE A PART OF THE MANY that will go to HELL! Jesus said ‘..except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3. But the Bible also states when one sinner comes to the Lord, all heaven rejoices: ‘Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth’ Lk15:10. Also Paul wrote ‘.. work out your OWN salvation with fear and trembling’ Php2:12!
The Last Days Are Upon Us- “When Evil Is Good and Good Is Evil”
The Lord recently gave my wife a poem early one morning to portray that the last days are upon us. The Bible states ‘..the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people..‘ Is60:2. This poem certainly describes present-day America where pot is being legalized, where pornography proliferates, where gay marriages and civil unions are now legal in 24 of the 50 states, homosexuality prevalent, abortion common, decadent bestiality (sex with animals) rising, and debauchery soaring! PARTY TIME: On Dec 21, 2012, there were ‘End of the World Parties‘ being booked in many cities and countries!
The Christian voice and public prayers are all but muted, by vociferous complaints from a few God-hating individuals and organizations. Evil is now good, and good is now evil, but things will get even worse in the coming days! As God, the Bible, and prayer have been expelled from the public places and schools, Satan has gleefully entered in to fill the void, using others to do his dastardly deeds of killing people and destroying lives!
Case in point is the recent egregious massacre of 20 innocent children and 7 adults in Newtown, CT. Here, a demon-possessed youth, well-honed in the mind-addicting and diabolic computer war games, went from virtual reality to actual killing. This demoniac slaughtered the lives of these precious and beautiful children; lives with great potential, and innocent loving adults who served these children. He also destroyed the lives of many others- related parents, husbands, siblings, relatives, and horrified an entire nation by this reprehensive and heinous killing! For some, the pain and hurt will never go away, being ingrained in their psyches for as long as they shall live. This incident is not much different from the Aurora, CO killing of 12 people and the injuring of 58 others in a theater showing the Batman movie Dark Knight Rises on July 25 less than 5 months ago. Today, there is no differentiation of good and evil, reality and fantasy, as Satan has blinded the eyes and minds of many people, especially these drugged and deranged killers!
The Lord, who gave this poem, certainly sees and knows everything that goes on. So everyone will one day be held accountable in the Day of Judgment for their own deeds, and many not found in the book of life shall be cast into the lake of fire forever Re20:15! We will look into the Bible, the Word of God, to relate to what was written below:
WHEN EVIL IS GOOD AND GOOD IS EVIL by Elizabeth Au
The last days are upon us!
When evil is good and good is evil,
Adults do drugs and smoke pot with their kids
Both old and young alike become perverted
And society is grossly depraved
Men lusting after men, women after women
As in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah
Before God destroyed the cities by fire.
The last days are upon us!
When evil is good and good is evil,
Less clothes is cool with much exposed
But going bare is with everything showing is better
Though some are gawking and others object
They are driven by lunatic demons who do such things
But one man became of sound mind and put clothes on
When he met Jesus.
The last days are upon us!
When evil is good and good is evil,
To shed innocent blood and murder babies
And the infirm and elderly for convenience sake,
A mother tries to kill her reprobate daughter
A husband and 5 children will kill their mother
Since she left her faith to follow Christ
To kill Christians and Jews is to do God a favor.
The last days are upon us!
When evil is good and good is evil,
Men shall be lovers of selves as in the days of Noah
Partying and reveling in riotous living
Lovers of pleasures and haters of God
Changing the laws for the changing times
Making what was evil, good
And what was good, evil.
The last days are upon us!
There is no fear of God, but God is not mocked
Whatever a man sows is what he will reap.
So REPENT while there is still time
To have your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life
For every man will be judged according to his works
And whosoever was not found written in the Book of life
Was cast into the Lake of Fire!
Here are some Bible scripture references to the poem above:
In the first stanza, it speaks of pervasive perversion by both old and young alike. In the days of Noah, society was so grossly depraved that God ‘repented that He made man on the earth. God saw that the wickedness of man was great.. every thought evil.. the earth was corrupt before God.. and filled with violence‘ Ge6:5,6,7,11. In the days of Lot, old and young men, small and great in Sodom desired to have perverted sex with the two angelic visitors of Lot, refusing Lot’s offer of his own two daughters instead Ge19:4,8,9,11. Jesus said when He shall return to earth, world conditions will be similar to the days of Noah Mt24:37-39 and to the days of Lot Lk17:27-29. Today, the earth is corrupt and filled with violence! Homosexuality has gone rampant as men lust after men, and women, after women Ro1:27. 2Ti3:3 speaks of people without natural affection in the last days. As God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with brimstone and fire Ge19:24, would He not do the same to San Francisco or Las Vegas, or any other immoral city?
In the next stanza, it speaks of gross nudity or transvestite and cross-dressers, flaunting themselves publicly, such as in San Francisco, and in gay pride parades. This is happening all over America, especially in the month of June, which is officially dubbed ‘GAY PRIDE MONTH‘. Many of the participants are driven by lunatic demon spirits similar to ‘..a certain man which had devils a long time and ware no clothes‘ Lk8:27. Jesus cast the devils from him and he sought to be clothed. Paul wrote in the last days people will be ‘..unholy.. incontinent (without self-control)’ 2Ti3:2,3. There is no shame today. Anything goes!
In the 3rd stanza, in the last days, the innocent will be killed or murdered. This alludes to the US legalization of abortion, the killing of the unborn babies where since 1973, over 50 million babies have been killed, and to today’s strong move for euthanasia of the infirm and elderly. Ps106:38 states ‘they sacrificed their sons & their daughters unto devils, And shed innocent blood..‘. Then stories are being written of people killing their own children for becoming Christians. According to the Qur’an, it is OK to kill any infidel, like a Christian or Jew, or even one’s own family! It would be like doing Allah a favor!
In the 4th stanza, in the last days, men shall be lovers of selves. 2Ti3:1-2,4 state ‘..in the last days perilous times shall come, men lovers of their own selves.. lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God‘. As in the days of Noah, people today are partying & reveling in riotous living. Mt24:38 states ‘before the flood they were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage‘. Also in the last days, people are changing the laws for the changing times, making what was evil, good- legalizing evil, such as sodomy, gay-rights, abortion, and drugs. Da7:25 speaks of the AntiChrist, who ‘shall speak great words against the most High.. and think to change times and laws‘. Is5:20 states ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Already the Bible, the 10 Commandments, God, and prayer have been outlawed from public places and the schools.
In the 5th and last stanza, in the last days, man will have no fear of God, but instead will mock Him. Ro3:18 states ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes‘. Ga6:7 tells ‘..God is not mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap‘. Jesus said ‘..except ye repent, ye shall also likewise perish‘ Lk13:3. We need to repent of our sins in order to have our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life Re21:27. Jesus said ‘..I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me‘ Jn14:6. Re20:13,15 tell ‘.. they were judged every man according to their works.. whosoever not found in the book of life shall be cast into the lake of fire‘.
Surely, The Last Days Are Upon Us- When Evil Is Good and Good Is Evil. 1Ti4:1 states ‘Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils’. Then 2Ti3:1-5 list the conditions existing in the last days: ‘This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away’. 2Ti3:12-13 continue ‘Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived’. We are indeed living in the last days and in the latter times where seducing spirits, evil and deception abound. All this will culminate into the Great Tribulation and the end of this age, before Jesus establishes His kingdom on earth! Amen!
APOCALYPTIC SIGNS OF THE ENDTIMES
There are many apocalyptic signs today heralding that we are living in the last days. This post is Part II, continuation of The Last Days of the Last Age Before Jesus Christ Returns Part I that began over two weeks ago. It was postponed in order to write about Superstorm Sandy- the Angry Fury of God’s Wrath. Sandy wreaked great havoc and unimaginable suffering over the large northeast population corridor of the US. Because God is in control of the world and the weather, Sandy was a sure sign of God’s displeasure and judgment upon America- for rejecting Him and forsaking His ways.
AMERICA IN DEEP DECLINE AND UNDER GREAT FINANCIAL DISTRESS
The American people have recently chosen whom they want to lead them as their president for the next four years, and this is what he faces- an America in decline and under great financial distress! Even now, it has been reported that for October 2012 the US budget deficit was $120 billion. Before the year 2008, this DOLLAR amount would have been considered a terrible deficit for any given year. But it now appears that the US is heading for its fifth $1 trillion budget deficit in as many years in FY2013, in runaway spending and shortage of tax receipts! In just 4 years, our national debt in a runaway mode has ballooned 60% from $10 trillion to $16 trillion. The US budget deficit will soon bring about a sharp downgrade of the US Treasury Bond rating, causing interest rates to rise sharply, the FRB Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) not withstanding. It will further exacerbate our weakening US economy, bring further disdain and weakness to the US$ as the world’s reserve currency, and cause a deeper recession!
America’s Coming Fiscal Cliff has now come front and center stage in our nation’s political and economic life, and the US Congress that has brought us this problem with their reckless spending over the decades, is now hard pressed to decide what to do to prevent America from crashing and burning over the cliff! Proverbs 29:2 states ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn‘.
Will America and the rest of the world survive a financial collapse or is it already too late? Will the situation in the Middle East quiet down, or an apocalyptic war will soon break out at any minute? Will the nations of the world armed to their teeth with nuclear warheads refrain from using them, or will they be employed as ‘weapons of last resort’? Here we will look at the signs pointing out that we are living in the last days of the last age before Jesus Christ returns.
SIGNIFICANT SIGNS OF THE LAST AGE BEFORE JESUS CHRIST RETURNS
The Bible characterizes the end of this age as when travel and knowledge shall be increased. The angel Gabriel told the prophet Daniel, ‘But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the TIME OF THE END; for many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased’ Dan4:12. With the advent of the Jet Age travel and the Computer Age, this prophecy given 2500 years ago is now being fulfilled today in the ‘TIME OF THE END‘! Here are some significant accounts and Bible prophecies fulfilled during the past 70 years since World War II that tell us that we are living in the last days of the last age of man’s incompetent and corrupt rule upon the earth:
- Age of Genocide– 1940s during WWII. Persecution. Germans slaughtered 6 million Jews; 3 million in Poland alone, just for being Jews.
- Age of the Mighty US$, the World Reserve Currency– 1944 agreed upon by 44 nations at Bretton Woods NH; supplanting the British Pound Sterling. US$ exchangeable into gold!
- The Atomic Age Began– Aug 1945, 2 small atomic bombs just 20 kilotons each destroyed two cities in Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and killed nearly 250,000.
- World War II Ends in 1945– 45 million killed during war. Germany surrendered in May 1945; Japan Sep 2, 1945. For America, World War II lasted less than 4 yrs; began Dec 7, 1941.
- One World Government Arises– the United Nations formed on 26 June 1945.
- Israel A Nation– Became a nation after 2500 years of exile by UN declaration 14 May 1948. Is66:8 fulfilled ‘..shall a nation be born at once?’
- The Space Age Began– Russian launched Sputnik satellite in 1957. Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon Jul 1969. Hubble telescope launched 1990 to unlock the secrets of the universe.
- Israel Takes Control of Jerusalem- for 1st time in 2500 years, during the 6-day war of June 5, 1967. The times of the Gentiles fulfilled Lk21:24.
- Age of Weapons of Mass Destruction– In 1960s Russia test exploded a 100-megaton bomb, 5000 times stronger than those that fell on Japan.
- Today’s Nuclear Club Nations– US, Russia, UK, France, China, Israel, India, Iran, Pakistan, and N. Korea. Over 22,000 nuclear warheads now stockpiled!
- The Computer Age– Widespread use of high-speed computers began in 1960’s. Internet use has become ubiquitous since the 1990s.
- Age of Jet Travel- Also began in the 1960’s. Fulfillment of Da12:4- knowledge shall increase and people will travel greatly and widely!
- Age of Atheism-1962 Madelyn O’Hare expelled prayer, the Bible, and God from US public schools; The Pledge of Allegiance survived and still mentions America under God!
- Rise of Islam and Eastern Religions- U.S. and around world. Many Christians departing from the faith; great falling away 1Ti4:1, 2Th2:3.
- Age of Worthless US$$- 1971 Pres. Nixon closed gold window and denied foreign gov’ts from exchanging US$$ into gold. Since then, US$ is no longer backed by anything! It is just paper.
- Age of Abortion– 1973 US legalized abortion and 50 million babies killed the past 40 years. Worldwide- Estimated 46 million abortions annually.
- Age of AIDS and SARS- Since 1981 AIDS 15m deaths, 40m now infected. SARS– Spring 2003- 8000 infected, 735 deaths.
- Age of Pedophiles– Since 1990s Catholic Church embroiled in pedophilia scandal. Oct 2003 Boston archdiocese paid $85M to 120 people. Many litigations and suits still pending.
- The Internet Age– Since 1995 everyone wired together by the Internet- proliferation of email, information, web sites, and pornography.
- Age of Witchcraft- 2000 Harry Potter books open millions of children to witchcraft, seducing spirits and doctrines of devils 1Ti4:1. Halloween becoming a bigger holiday than Christmas!
- Age of International Terrorism– World Trade Center bombing 9/11/2001, 2726 killed. Twin Towers destroyed within one hour Re18:10,17,18. Increase in suicide bombings worldwide, Spain, London, Indonesia, Philippines..
- War On Terrorism– US invades Afghanistan Oct 2001 (still ongoing), and Iraq Mar 2003. Iraq War lasted 9 years and finally ended in 2012- twice as long as WWII!
- Age of Sodomy- Gay Sex decriminalized Summer 2003 by US Supreme Court. Gay Episcopal Bishop allowed Aug 6, 2003. Other protestant denominations also allow for homosexual ministers!
- Age of Legalized Gay Marriages – Since 2003, America goes gay! Nov 2012 20 states in US allow for Gay Marriages (9 states +DC) and for Civil Unions (11 other states).
- Great Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami. Dec 2004 a 9.3 earthquake and waves up to 100 ft caused over 275,000 deaths in 15 countries.
- US Hit by Many Hurricanes– 2004 Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne. 2005 Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Sam and Wilma.
- Oil Prices Soar $147 per Barrel– July 2008. May go higher if Israel makes a preemptive strike on Iran nuclear capabilities and war comes to the Middle East.
- The 2008 Subprime Mortgage Crash– Millions of US homes in default and hundreds of banks in trouble.
- Age of Giant US Companies Bankruptcy– 2008 Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Countrywide Financing, Merrill Lynch Brokerage, AIG, Washington Mutual, Wachovia Bank, IndyMac Bank, CitiGroup, General Motors, etc.
- The Great 2008 Recession Began– Unemployment near 10%- millions of home foreclosed, many business failed, and many personal bankruptcies.
- The Great Bernard Madoff Caper– Dec 2008 $50 billion swindled from 1000s of investors in the world’s largest Ponzi scheme ever.
- Age of Homelessness– A growing number of nearly 500,000 people in America are homeless, about 10,000 per state!
- Age of Quantitative Easing: QE1- Between Nov 2008 thru Nov 2010, the US Federal Reserve Bank printed $1.25 trillion to stimulate the US mortgage business, to support the stock market, and to prevent the US economy from collapsing.
- The 2009 Stock Market Crash– DJIA falls to 6469 on Mar 9, 2009, from a previous all-time high of 14614 on Oct 9, 2007.
- Age of US Bank Failures– Since late 2008 more than 445 banks failed and merged!
- America’s Disastrous Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill- Apr-Aug 2010, 500 million gallons of oil leaked from British Petroleum busted pipeline. The wildlife and our seafood source were destroyed.
- Sorceries, More Money Created Out of Thin Air Re18:23– US Federal Reserve Bank prints huge sums of paper money to save the US economy and banks. Over $16 trillion created since 2008 for economic stimulus, bailouts, bond-buying operations.
- Gold and Silver Prices Soar– Gold broke $1000 in Apr 2008, and now near $1800 Oct 2012. Silver also on a sharp rise.
- Sovereign Debt Crisis- Since 2010 PIIGS countries, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain- near default and collapse under ballooning debts. Civil protests and riots rampant! 25% or higher unemployment rate very common. People suffering greatly due to sharp drop in living standards.
- Foreclosure Gate Opened– Since 2008, nearly 4 million homes foreclosed. Many cannot be processed due to sloppy underwriting under MERS.. many banks in trouble.
- Rise of the King of the East- China- #2 World Economic Power Aug 2010; surpassed Japan, now under a strong recession with a nearly 250% national debt to GDP.
- Increasing Poverty in America- Sep 2012 Dept of Agriculture reports nearly 47 million Americans on Food Stamps.
- QE2 Nov 2010 Quantitative Easing– 2nd time of printing more paper money to pay off debt with fiat money.
- Euro Currency Ready to Collapse– Created in 1999, the Euro is ready to fail due to great indebtedness of the 5 PIIGS European countries.
- The World Goes Gay..Marriages– Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, S. Africa, Spain, Sweden..
- 2010 Significant Earthquakes– Jan 12, 7.0 in Haiti, 200,000 killed. Others 8.8 off Chile- 7th strongest ever, Sumatra 7.7, Mindanao PI, 7.6, Bonin Island Japan 7.5, Vanuatu 7.6, etc.
- Age of Bankruptcies of US Cities and States. Since 2008 42 municipalities have filed for chapter 9 bankruptcy; re-sked of debts and pensions.
- US Military Goes Homosexual– Dec 2010 Congress repeals ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ directive with Pres Obama’s support.
- 2011 Arab Spring– Uprising of Muslim countries; Middle East North Africa and around Israel; Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Jordan.. a great destabilization in the Middle East and now threatening the life of Israel!
- 2011 Mar 11- 9.0 Japan Earthquake. Over 21000 death; generated 20 ft Pacific tsunami. Nuclear meltdown of Fukushima looming! A significant and uncontrollable worldwide disaster brewing!
- 2012 US Widespread Summer Drought- comparable to the 1980s, 50s, and may be as bad as the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
- Record US Debt Announced- Sep 2012 debt over $16 trillion, increase of 60% in 4 years.
- QE3 Federal Reserve Bank Sep 2012 – announced indefinite purchase of $40B/mo of mortgage-backed bonds. Total monthly QE- now $85 billion ea mo or $1 trillion in one yr!
- Superstorm Sandy Oct 29, 2012- A terrible and very costly storm devastated the NE US, affecting nearly 100 million people in 20 states! Nearly 200 killed. Cost over $100 billion.
- Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood- Nov 2012 another Mideast War looming against Israel. Tel Aviv under attack and Israeli Defense Force under high alert!
- America Coming Fiscal Cliff of Jan 2013. Bush-era tax cut phases out, sharp cuts in military and civilian programs. Unless Congress acts soon to postpone it, a deeper recession will result!
FUTURE COMING EVENTS PROPHESIED IN THE BIBLE
- Great Earthquakes Forecast– Lk21:11, Re6:12,16:18. Also many personal prophecies and visions of California sinking into the ocean.
- Great Drought Coming Hag1:11. California already in severe drought and getting worse. Where will her 38 million residents go when they run out of water?
- US Runaway Inflation– US$ losing value due to extreme money printing and debt. Soaring food and oil prices worldwide Re6:6!
- Daniel’s 70th Week– 70 weeks of years- 490 years determined upon Israel Dan9:24-27. Israel final 7 years to begin soon before Messiah returns.
- The Rise of the AntiChrist- The Man of Sin.. the son of Perdition 2Th2:3-12, ‘a beast rising out of the sea’ Re13:1, ‘speak great words against the Most High‘ Dan7:25-26, ‘exalt.. himself‘ Dan11:36-37.
- The Ezekiel Ch 38-39 War– Russia and neighboring Islamic countries to attack Israel. Will be defeated supernaturally with God’s intervention.
- Rapture of the Saints– Jesus secretly coming for His own, like a thief in the night 1Th4:16-18,5:2. Rapture– an Escape from the coming Great Tribulation Lk21:28,36, 1Th5:9, He2:3.
- Death of the US$- The world reserve currency since 1944 will collapse under severe and mounting national indebtedness Re18:2,9-19!
- New World Order Begins– Under the Antichrist rule, the man of sin 2Th2:3-12- the Beast, and his false prophet Re13:2-19.
- A One World Gov’t comprising of a One World Currency, One World Economy, One World Religion Re13:3,8,16-18.
- Great Tribulation Begins– Jesus foretold of the worse time ever to be living Mt24:21. Great misery lasting 1260 days/42 months Re12:6,14,13:5, with many killed.
- Mark of the Beast 666– All paper money no longer good. A mark issued in right hand or in the fore-head in order to buy/sell Re13:16. Great torment coming to those taking the mark 666 Re14:9,10.
- Tribulation Saints- Many beheaded for not worshipping the beast (the AntiChrist), or accepting his Mark 666 Re7:11, 20:4.
- Final War of Armageddon– Jesus will return to do battle with the beast (the AntiChrist) and his false prophet, cast them both alive in a lake of fire Re19:20, and utterly destroy their armies Zech14,
- Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ on Earth- 1000 yr reign of Jesus Christ. Satan bound, then loosed for a short while, and finally cast into the lake of fire. Re20:1-10.
- Great White Throne Judgment of God- All the dead shall be judged according to their works Re20:11-15.
- The Lake of Fire- Those who are not found in the book of life will be tormented day and night forever and cast into the lake of fire including death and hell Re20:10,14,15.
- The Manifestation of the Sons of God Like Jesus Christ- to rule & reign with Him for a 1000 years, and to inherit all things Ro8:19,29-30, 2Co3:18, Php2:15, Heb2:10, 1Jn3:1-3, Re20:6,21:7.
- The Beginning of the Endless Eternity- After the 1000 yr reign, a new heaven and a new earth will come forth, the old being passed away. ‘.. New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband‘ Re21:1,2.
These events happening in world in the past 70 years since World War II tell us that we are living in the last days in a world that is literally falling apart. But there are still deadly more events to come. According to the Bible, there will be an increase in the frequency and intensity of earthquakes and other natural disasters. Man’s inability to govern himself and also live in peace with his neighbors is a telling harbinger of war and doom to come. Unlike never before, the major nations of the world today are in grave financial trouble, besieged with unbearable monetary debts, which will in turn cause a great worldwide economic collapse. This will then usher in the AntiChrist’s One World Government.
God hates idolatry, immorality and homosexuality. As God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah Ge19:24, He will also destroy the earth, for the whole world has gone into whoredom. Jesus likened the endtimes as in the days of Noah Mt24:37, when corruption and violence were rife Ge6:11, such as today. Thus God will destroy the earth again; this time not by water, but by fire as stated by the apostle Peter 2Pe3:10-12. The fire Peter wrote about suggests the detonation of nuclear warheads, for ‘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’. Jesus warned ‘Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3.
We are nearing the end of this age when all Bible prophecies written therein will be fulfilled. Our only hope and help is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Apart from Him, there is no salvation of either our body or our soul Ac4:12. Jn3:16 states ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not PERISH, but have everlasting life’. Without Jesus, who died for our sins and now lives, no one can be saved. Only Jesus can deliver us from the wrath to come 1Th1:10, by the Rapture of the Saints 1Th4:16-18, Tit2:13. We are indeed living in the last days of the last age before Jesus Christ returns to the earth to rule all of mankind. In the last words of the Bible, Jesus said ‘.. Surely I come quickly’ Re22:20.. ‘Even so, come Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.’ Re22:21.
Time Running Out On Mankind
Earlier, it was mentioned how the world will collapse under the huge amount of debt the major nations have already accumulated. America is a sterling example of deficit spending- borrowing to run a big federal government- for her growing social programs, and to fight no-win wars in far-off lands. Here is what has happened to the US national debt. It took 200 years for our nation to grow to $1 trillion in debt; then 10 years later 1986, $2 trillion. By 1992, it doubled to $4 trillion, and doubled again in 2005 to $8 trillion. Today in 2012, the US national debt is almost $16 trillion, representing about $50,000 per person for everyone living in America. Since Pres. Obama took office just 3 1/2 years ago, our national debt has ballooned over 60%, from $10 trillion to $16 trillion. (Source: theeconomiccollapseblog.com).
With just normal progression, where would you think the US national debt and the US$ will be in three or four years? Since Pres. Nixon in 1971 closed the ‘gold window’ for foreign nations to exchange their US$ into gold, the value of the US$ today is only worth 18 cents in purchasing power, and will continue to lose value due to excessive printing of US$ by the Federal Reserve Bank. The present US national debt situation is untenable, as nations of the world are dumping their weakening US$, and seeking another world reserve currency to replace the US$, which has been king since 1943. Before this happens, the US national debt will exceed $20 trillion and the US$ will be worth less than 10 cents. A financial collapse will certainly occur in the next few years, if not sooner!
Mankind’s 6000 Years Almost Over- Jesus Will Soon Return
The 6000-year period since Adam is significant because it signifies that we are living in the last days of mankind. The Bible speaks of the last days of mankind. Peter stated ‘that one day is with the Lord as a 1000 years, and a 1000 years as one day..’ 2Pe3:8,9. So by God’s own reckoning, from Adam till today is six days, or 6000 years. As God created the heavens and the earth in six days and rested on the 7th day, God will soon rest when Jesus Christ returns and establishes His millennial kingdom on earth. But before this happens, all the terrible judgments and woes cited in the book of Revelation will come to pass before He returns. There are many signs pointing to the last days. God has chosen the nation of Israel to reveal His timetable. A significant sign is the rebirth of the nation of Israel. On May 14, 1948, after 2500 years of foreign rule, the Jews returned to their homeland by a UN decree. In concession for the 6 million European Jews killed during WWII, the Jews were allowed to ingather from many nations into Israel. The prophet Isaiah rhetorically asked ‘Who hath heard such a thing? .. shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children’ Is66:8. In 1948, the nation of Israel was born at once. Another sign, Jesus foretold 2000 years ago, that the Jews then would ‘fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled’ Lk21:24. The destruction of Jerusalem happened in 70 AD under the Roman Emperor Titus, and the Jews were led captivity into all nations. But in the 1967 Six Day War, for the 1st time in 2500 years, Israel was able to regain control of Jerusalem from the Gentiles by miraculously defeating a superior multi-national force. Zech14:1-3 foretell of a final war involving all nations against Israel which will occur soon, and that ‘the Lord shall go forth and fight against those nations’. God promised Abraham, ‘And I will make of thee a great nation.. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’ Ge12:2,3. In the end, those nations that side with Israel will be blessed, and those against her will be cursed. Jesus will then reign from Jerusalem over the world for 1000 years. Here we see that God’s 7000-year plan for mankind is integrally and mysteriously tied in with the nation of Israel.
Another sign of the last days is the increase in man’s arrogance and immorality. Paul said ‘that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away’ 2Ti3:1-5 (very little repentance, salvation, healing, and deliverance in today’s churches). Still another key sign, Jesus foretold of rampant deception in the last days Mt24:4,5,11,24. Through deception by many false prophets and false christs, the churches today are in steep apostasy. Paul wrote speaking of the Antichrist, ‘that the day of Lord shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition’ 2Th2:3. We are certainly living in the last days before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Satan’s 6000-Year Dominion Soon Coming To An End
Through the 6000 years of civilization, kingdoms have risen and fallen. Satan controlled all of them, using evil men to do his bidding. Satan even offered to give Jesus: ‘all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them.. will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me’ Mt4:8,9. The strong prey upon the weak; the mighty, the helpless. There have been countless wars, battles, and conflicts resulting in many deaths. Rapes, suicides, murders, and killings are common. People worship Satan, many false gods, and money. False religions and idolatry proliferate, keeping people in ignorance, and in fear and bondage. Sicknesses, diseases, famines, pestilence, and natural disasters are commonplace. Satan has killed many people, stolen many souls, and continues to destroy mankind Jn10:10. Satan has caused multitudes to go to hell. However, Satan’s dominion over mankind is soon coming to a close. The Bible states ‘Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time’ Re12:12. Jesus will soon return to battle the beast and the false prophet, and will cast them both into the lake of fire Re19:19,20. Then an angel from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand will bind Satan and cast him into the bottomless pit for a 1000 years Re20:1,2. When Satan is bound, this ends his 6000-year dominion over mankind, and he loses all his kingdoms. Re11:15 states ‘the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever’. The 7th 1000-year of God’s plan for mankind as found in the Bible, the 7th day, the day of God’s rest, will then come to pass. A new age of righteousness, peace and joy is coming when Jesus, the Prince of Peace, returns to establish His kingdom on earth. Then after Jesus 1000-year reign, there will be a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and earth were passed away Re21:2. New Jerusalem, the holy city, the bride of Christ, will descend out of heaven from God Re21:2,9,10. Eternity will then begin!
God’s Plan For Mankind- a Holy People For Himself
In the process of the 6000 years of mankind since Adam, God has been calling a holy people unto Himself to be separated from the world, and to follow Him. To achieve that, God sent Jesus Christ to save us and to be our example. God then gave us His Holy Spirit to lead us; to be like Christ, and the Holy Bible to guide us in our walk. An acronym for the BIBLE is ‘Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth’; another, ‘Believers Instruction Book for Life Eternal’. Because God is Love 1Jn4:8, He wants to give us everything that He has. But because God is also Holy and Just, He is constrained to give it only to those that are holy and deserving. So this is the reason why God created us– to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- to be His heirs. Ro8:16,17 state ‘we are the children of God.. heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together’. Ro8:29 says ‘For whom (God) did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brethren’. Re21:7 states ‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son’. Mt25:34 says ‘Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’. God wants us to reign with Jesus Christ in his millennial kingdom Re5:10. Finally, God wants to give us His glory Jn17:22, and for us to become like Him Ep3:19. Heb2:10 states ‘It became (God).. in bringing many sons unto glory..’. Our short time on earth is just a testing period for God to find out who is worthy to receive His glory. God is preparing a holy people unto Himself for eternity, which goes far beyond the Bible’s 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind. In short, God wants us to be like Him Ep3:19,1Jn3:2, and to give us everything that He has, including eternity- forever and ever. Amen!
Time is running out on mankind. The whole world appears in serious trouble of destruction and collapse. Financially, Europe is in near collapse, and America is not very far behind. Japan has the most public debt equivalent to 250% of their annual gross domestic product (GDP) of any major nation in the world. Excessive debt is strangling the economies of the world. Recent natural disasters are also taking its toll, such as the 9.0 earthquake in Northern Japan last year, and now the drought that is spreading over the entire US farmlands. Grain prices, especially corn, wheat, and soybeans, have rocketed since the beginning of July 2012, as the recent heat wave broke over 3000 temperature records in the US. Farmers in the US are comparing this with with the terrible dust bowl drought of the 1930s. If drought conditions continue, we in America will experience soaring prices for our food, energy, and even for water. Add to this is an incipient major war in the Mideast, where the major nations in the world are lining up and taking sides. Things are really looking bad for mankind, and what will happen next is very well-scripted in the Holy Bible, written thousands of years ago. For a more cogent background on the world economic collapse, please refer to http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/
The Bible- the History of Mankind
The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, covers a period of only 7000 years of mankind on earth. Some Bible scholars have traced the timeline from Adam to Christ as 4000 years, and from Christ till today, about 2000 years. Then Jesus will return and establish His 1000 year reign on earth. There is very little mentioned in the Bible of what happened before and what will happen after. Why did God create us? What is life all about? Why are we here? Why is life so short? Do we all have to die? What does God have in mind for man? What will happen after the 7000-year period? Where will we spend eternity? Nearly 6000 years have passed since Adam, and the Bible states Jesus will return to establish His 1000 years kingdom on earth.
In short, the Bible can be summarized as an account of man’s generation, degeneration and regeneration. It speaks of man’s redemption- salvation, justification, sanctification, and glorification Ro8:30. It speaks of how God came to earth 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ, to die for our sins in order to redeem us. Jesus is the only person, who fulfilled his own prophecy of his death and resurrection. Jesus was crucified, died, became alive again, and ascended into heaven. Jesus then sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to preach the gospel into all the world; after that He said he will return again to earth.
The Fall of Mankind- Three Epic Falls Over a 6000 Year Period
The Bible speaks of two past great falls of mankind, and a 3rd great fall coming up again, near the end of 6000 years. The 1st fall of man occurred in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve sinned against God. This is when sin and death entered into the world Ro5:12. Then about 1500 years later, the 2nd fall of man occurred. In Noah’s days, the debauchery, corruption, and violence led God to destroy millions of people with a great flood, except for Noah and his family. Ge6:5,10-12 state ‘The wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart’. The 3rd and final fall of man will occur soon when God will destroy the earth again, this time not by water, but by fire. Peter said ‘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..’ 2Pe3:10. Jesus said to watch for the signs and to be ready for His coming. One key sign of Jesus’ return is the increasing corruption and violence on earth as in the days of Noah. God’s severe judgment will again fall on the earth. Jesus warned ‘For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be’ Mt24:21. Jesus said ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ Mt24:35.
The Bible- Only a 7000 year Account of Mankind and the Brevity of Our Lives On Earth
Though scientists claim that earth is about 4.5 billion years old, the Bible is only a 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind. The Bible reveals God’s plan and purpose for man, of which 6000 years have nearly transpired, and there is still another 1000 years to go. To illustrate how short 6000 years is, a 60 year old man living today would only have to go back a 100 generations and he would meet up with Adam. After this, Jesus will establish His 1000-year kingdom on earth. The big question is what happens after the 7000 years of mankind. The Bible states there will be a new heaven and a new earth Re21:1, and then eternity will begin. In God’s eyes, 7000 years is like a blink. It is insignificant compared to the endless eternity and the everlasting life that God promised to those who believe in Jesus Christ. Simply put, man’s time on earth is very short. The scripture states ‘..what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away’ Jas4:14. Our lives are like the grass that withers away Ps102:11. King David said ‘The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years..’ Ps 90:10. From the days of David, 3000 years ago to today, our life expectancy is not much more than 70 to 80 years. Whether we live for 60, 70, 80, or 100 years, the brevity of our lives on earth should compel us to repent, and accept Jesus Christ as Saviour so that we can escape hell and have everlasting life in heaven.
The Earth- Our Testing Place and Our Lives a Test
Our short lives on earth is a test. Ecc3:1,2 state ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die’. If this life is so short, where will you spend eternity? Our next destination after earth is either heaven or hell. Jesus said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat, Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. Earth is our testing place where we will either accept Jesus Christ as Saviour, or not. God never sends anyone to hell; it is our sins that will, for there is no sin in heaven. The New Testament is God’s love letter to us. Jn3:16-17 state ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved’. Jn3:36 states ‘He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him’. The only chance we will have to accept Jesus and be saved is during our lifetime. He9:27 tells ‘It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’. Ro6:23 states ‘The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’. The state of our soul upon death, whether we are saved or not, will determine our destination. The Bible states that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun.
Earthly and Immoral Pursuits, vs Eternal Life
The Bible says the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word of God and make us unfruitful in the things of God Mt13:22. In America and elsewhere, many seek riches, better jobs and cars, bigger homes, more real estate, stocks and bonds investments and more money. Jesus said ‘.. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God’ Mt19:23,24. Jesus questioned ‘For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ Mk8:36,37. Paul said ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows’ 1Ti6:10. The wealth of many is often ill-gotten through devious means of exploitation, cheating, theft, drugs, crimes, pornography, prostitution, gambling, real estate and stock manipulations, war-profiting, and other evils. The price of our own soul and eternal life is worth much more than all the riches of the world. Today, there are over 1200 billionaires, and untold millionaires in this world. But no one can buy eternal life because it is not for sale; ‘.. it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast’ Ep2:8,9. After death, their money will be useless to them. Also their wealth is often a hindrance to their salvation. James wrote ‘Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days’ Jas5:1-3. Billions in hell have exchanged their souls for temporary pleasures, power, and riches in earthly and immoral pursuits. We all have our own freewill to choose between eternal life and eternal damnation. This is all part of God’s 6000-year plan for man; whether we will choose Jesus and eternal life or not!
End of Part I. To be continued…