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!
In The Coming Great Worldwide Tribulation Part I, it was discussed ‘What is Tribulation‘, How long is ‘the Tribulation‘, and what is the ‘Great Tribulation‘? It was also mentioned that ‘the Tribulation‘ will be worldwide and is synonymous with the term ‘Great Tribulation‘. It will not be 7 years long as many believe (See Part I), but only 3½ years as revealed in the Holy Bible, particularly in the book of Revelation.
Revelation chapters 6 through 16 reveal that there will be 21 specific judgments to affect the whole world which will be the wrath of God ‘poured’ upon the earth on a sinful and rebellious people. The judgments will include the world’s greatest war, drought, famine, persecution, storm, disaster, pestilence, epidemic, scorching, plague, and earthquake to come; all never ever experienced before in intensity and in magnitude. It will be the most fearful and demoralizing time to be living on the earth. Lk21:26-28 state
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
The Redemption mentioned here is the Rapture of the Saints, that God has provided as an escape for faithful believers, for all those that are In Christ. This is now discussed here in Part II.
THE COMING RAPTURE of the SAINTS before the GREAT Worldwide TRIBULATION Part II
The concepts of the coming Rapture and Great Tribulation are intimately connected, with the Rapture occurring before the Great Tribulation takes place! The Bible bears this truth out in many places. The word Rapture is a commonly used term to describe an escape from the coming Great Tribulation. It comes from the Latin word ‘rapiemur’, which means to be ‘snatched up’, ‘caught up’, ‘raised up’, ‘to be seized’, or ‘to be translated‘ into heaven such as Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus were in the past! Paul wrote:
‘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: 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’ 1Th4:16-18. Also, ‘In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed’ 1Co15:52.
Jesus has provided an escape when He will secretly come only for those ready for Him in the Rapture. Only faithful believers In Christ, who are watching and praying, looking for His return, obeying His Word, and readying themselves by being pure and holy, will escape the coming wrath of God in the Rapture, and not go through the Great Tribulation. Here are some Tribulation and Rapture scriptures that substantiate this point:
Ro1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men..
1Th5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Re3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
1Th1:10 ..wait for his Son from heaven.. even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
Lk21:28 ..when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Lk21:36 Watch ye.. and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Heb2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation..
1Co10:13 ..God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape..
Ep1:13 ..after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your Salvation.. ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise..
Ep4:30 ..grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Jn14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.. 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; that where I am, there ye may be also.
2Co6:17 ..come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
1Jn2:28 ..abide in him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
1Jn3:2 ..now are we the sons of God..we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Mt16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Re22:12 ‘..behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according to his works shall be.
Tit2:13 ‘..Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ..’
(In the King James Version (KJV) Bible, there are key words or phrases that are repetitive, which often help in giving revelation and deeper understanding of the scripture verses. For example the words WRATH, SALVATION, REDEMPTION, ESCAPE, SEALED, RECEIVE, and REWARD are repeated in several of the scriptures above. Likewise there are phrases such as ‘COME TO PASS‘, and ‘WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR‘ that are also repeated. Often times, these repeated words and phrases are related in meaning, and when searching for them, the Bible gives a clearer picture of what the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to us. Jesus said ‘Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me‘ Jn5:39.)
Here are the explanations of the scriptures above: The Bible states that the WRATH OF GOD is against all ungodliness and unrighteousness Ro1:18. There is a coming WRATH OF GOD upon all mankind (GREAT TRIBULATION), but not upon faithful believers 1Th5:9. The GREAT TRIBULATION is also called the HOUR OF TEMPTATION which will try all that dwell on the earth; but we are to wait patiently for Jesus Re3:10, who shall delivered us from the WRATH to come 1Th1:10. Jesus then said when these things begin to COME TO PASS (before the GREAT TRIBULATION), look up, lift up your heads for your REDEMPTION (the RAPTURE) draws near Lk21:28. Jesus then said to watch and pray that we may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE all these thing that shall COME TO PASS (the GREAT TRIBULATION), and stand before Him (the RAPTURE) at His coming Lk21:36.
Lk21:36 and Heb2:3 both describe the RAPTURE as our great ESCAPE and great SALVATION. Ep1:13 and Ep4:30 both state that believers are ‘SEALED with the Holy Spirit of Promise (the RAPTURE)’, unto ‘The Day Of REDEMPTION (the RAPTURE)’. The Promise of the RAPTURE was also given by Jesus when He said ‘I go to prepare a place for you.. I will come again, and RECEIVE you unto myself (the RAPTURE); that where I am, there ye may be also’ Jn14:2,3. Paul also wrote that if we separate ourselves and be holy, God will RECEIVE us (the RAPTURE) 2Co6:17. The apostle John said to abide in Jesus; that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, we may have Confidence, and not be ASHAMED Before Him At His Coming (the RAPTURE) 1Jn2:28. This verse also suggests that some people will be ASHAMED before Him at His Coming; they were NOT READY! Also WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR (the RAPTURE), we shall be like Jesus for we shall see Him as He is 1Jn3:2!
Finally, Jesus will REWARD us at His coming, according to our works Mt16:27, Re22:12. Thus, the RAPTURE is our ESCAPE and our REWARD– to be saved from the coming GREAT TRIBULATION! The RAPTURE is also our REDEMPTION and SALVATION, and our BLESSED HOPE. Paul told us to look for that BLESSED HOPE (the RAPTURE), and the GLORIOUS APPEARING of our Great God and Saviour, the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ Tit2:13!
In conclusion, there is a GREAT TRIBULATION coming soon upon the earth as prophesied by Jesus in Mt24:21 and in the book of Revelation! Presently, the earth is going through tremendous convulsions with nations rising against nations. There are wars and rumors of war, great earthquakes, droughts, famines, and great natural disasters. Add to this the great economic woes and the slowing down of the world’s economies especially in America and Europe, both in near collapse due to extreme indebtedness. The GREAT TRIBULATION of 3½ years may be sooner than later, and perhaps right around the corner. The recent destabilization of the Middle East and the further isolation of Israel by the United Nations in granting Palestine non-member status by a vote of 138 to 9, are also sure signs of a great war coming in the last days.
But all this is necessary, for all Bible prophecies must be fulfilled before the establishment of the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ on earth. The AntiChrist will arise up during the GREAT TRIBULATION, and ‘destroy wonderfully’ Da8:24. He will put the entire world under his diabolic rule in a NEW WORLD ORDER- a One World Gov’t, One World Economy, and a One World Religion. Then the people of the world must either worship the AntiChrist as their god, or be beheaded. Re20:4 tells ‘..I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands..’ (A word of caution- if anyone worships the Beast or his image, or accepts his mark 666 Re13:16-18, he will be doomed and tormented in fire and brimstone forever Re14:9-11).
Surely you will never read about this in the NEW YORK TIMES, but there is a coming GREAT TRIBULATION to try every living soul on the earth! Thus, we must be watching and praying, be pure and holy, and be ready to escape in the RAPTURE! The RAPTURE is an ELECTIVE EVENT, meaning only you can decide to be TAKEN by making yourself READY. Otherwise, you will be LEFT BEHIND; ‘For many are called, but few are chosen‘ Mt22:14! Paul admonished us ‘..work out your OWN SALVATION with fear and trembling’ Php2:12. Amen!
Jesus said ‘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.
What is Tribulation; How Long is ‘the Tribulation’; What is ‘the Great Tribulation’? Tribulation is a general term that describes great difficulties, afflictions, suffering, hardships, and distresses. In this world, tribulations are quite common in many places at any given time, caused by greed, persecutions, war, droughts, famine, pestilence, and natural disasters. There has never been a period in history without tribulation of some kind in the world. During the great World Wars I and II, tribulation was widespread, ubiquitous, consuming, and affected major parts, if not the entire world. Countries in all major continents have experienced great tribulation during times of wars. Thus, even the phrase ‘great tribulation’ is a very relative term often used only by those in the midst of their suffering. While there may be great tribulation in Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Egypt, Greece, or Spain, for the other parts of the world, things may not be so bad, or might even be good. So the use of the word(s) tribulation or great tribulation is a relative word, and should always be viewed in the context of what really happened! Jesus also said ‘..in the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’ Jn16:33. As long as we are in this world, we will suffer some kind of tribulation!
Superstorm Sandy– a ‘Great Tribulation’? The recent Superstorm Sandy that struck the great northeast corridor of America’s population was a great tribulation, but certainly not ‘the Tribulation’, or ‘the Great Tribulation’. How would those whose homes were damaged by waves or washed out to sea, burned down by natural gas fire, or blown apart by strong winds describe what happened to them in terms of the word ‘tribulation’? Many suffered long periods without food and water, in the cold without electricity and heat, were trapped in high-rise buildings without elevator service; unable to leave or get to their homes, work or schools due to high-water, damaged roadways, shut-down public transportation, lack of gasoline, or damaged cars! How long will it take for things to return to normal, if ever? Who will help those with little or no money? How will the individuals, businesses, the counties or states recover their financial losses? The people living there have experienced and suffered tribulation or even great tribulation as never before. This example is given so that we can better understand the term ‘the Tribulation’ or ‘the Great Tribulation’, as Jesus spoke of. In Mt24:21, Jesus foretold that things in the end will get even worse worldwide.
Will ‘the Tribulation’ Prophesied By Jesus Really Be 7 Years Long? Here we will examine a specific period called ‘the Tribulation’ that many Bible students are seeking to understand in order to gauge when the Rapture will take place. While the Bible mentions the word ‘tribulation(s)’ 26 times (4 in the Old Testament, and 22 in the New Testament), the term ‘the Tribulation’ is only mentioned once (Mt24:29), and ‘that Tribulation’, only once also (Mk13:24)- both referring to the same specific period Jesus spoke of, but recorded by two Gospel writers, Matthew and Mark. The term ‘the Tribulation’ is not found anywhere in the book of Daniel, but most Bible scholars have inferred that ‘the Tribulation’ will be 7 years long from reading Da9:27, which states ‘..he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate’ (a week being 7 years). But in this verse, the first part of this 7-year covenant appears to be a rather peaceful time than a time of tribulation. Also does this verse really say that there will be a world-wide desolation, or just to the Jews? Da9:24 states ‘Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city..’ clearly referring to the Jews and the city of Jerusalem. The peace accord will be for 7 years, but will ‘the Tribulation’ be during this entire period or just in the latter 3½ years?
In Da9:27, it is commonly accepted that the ‘he’ mentioned 3 times is the AntiChrist who will confirm a ‘peace covenant’ with the Jews for one week, (being interpreted as ‘7 years’), and in the middle of this period 3½ years will break the ‘covenant’ and destroy the Jewish people! But nowhere is the term ‘the Tribulation’ mentioned in the book of Daniel, or that the beginning of the peace treaty will begin ‘the Tribulation’! However to be fair, Da12:7 does mention‘a time, times, and an half’, basically, 3½ years; ‘a time of trouble’ v1 for the Jewish people living in ‘the time of the end’ v9! Ezekiel chapters 38/39 also speak of a great war coming to the Middle East, with armies from the North countries attacking Israel Ez38:15. It states that God will supernaturally intervene on behalf of Israel to defeat the enemy and it would then take 7 years to burn the weapons of war Ez39:9,10. But again, this does not mean that ‘the Tribulation’ would be 7 years long.
The Great Tribulation– the Worst Time Ever to Be Living The term Great Tribulation is mentioned only three times in the Bible, and only in the New Testament. Jesus said ‘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. In Re7:14, it states ‘.. These are they which came out of Great Tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’. The 3rd reference, Re2:22 ‘Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds’, appears to refer to something else. In context, both Mt24:21 and Re7:14 refer to the same Great Tribulation that will be absolutely horrible. Here the Tribulation Saints, will be martyred and beheaded for their faith in Jesus Christ Re20:4. In Re7:9, it describes these saints as a great multitude that came out of the Great Tribulation from all ‘.. nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues’ from all over the world, not just the 144,000 Jews earlier mentioned from the 12 tribes of Israel.
The Great Tribulation – When Will It Begin and How Long Will It Last? When will this Great Tribulation begin and how many years will it last? The Bible does not state when it will happen, but it appears that it will be at ‘the end of the world’ Mt24:3. Jesus said ‘And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened’ Mt24:22; the elect, meaning the Jews. But the Bible does make reference to a time period of ‘a thousand two hundred and threescore days’ Re11:3,12:6, ‘forty and two months’ Re11:2, 13:5, and ‘a time, times, and an half’ Re12:14, basically 3½ years! The Greek calendar treats a year as 360 days, so 1260 days would equal 3½ years. While the Bible does not specifically state that the Great Tribulation will be 3½ years, the use of the above terms suggests that it will be 3½ years long, concluding with the war of Armageddon Re16:16, the return of Jesus Christ to defeat the Beast and the False Prophet Re19:20, and to establish His kingdom on earth!
In Revelation chapter 6, the Great Tribulation begins with the opening of the 7 seals. In Re6:9-11, they state ‘And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled’. Those slain for the Word of God and given white robes are very similar to those mentioned in Re7:14 ‘these are they which came out of Great Tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’. However before then, faithful believers in Christ will already be ‘taken out’ in a pre-tribulation Rapture. Re4:1 states a voice said ‘Come up hither’, which signifies the Rapture! In Re11:12, the phrase ‘Come up hither’ is also used, when two witnesses of God who had prophesied for 1260 days are killed, but after 3½ days, brought back to life and ‘ascended up to heaven in a cloud’.
End of Part I. To Be Continued Soon….
The Dark Knight Rising
Like the recent notorious Batman movie, the Dark Knight Rises, the coming Antichrist will be a harbinger of doom for the whole world. The recent massacre of 12 people and the wounding of 58 others in a movie theater in Aurora, CO showing the movie Dark Knight Rises reveals that Satan is actively working in this world. Indeed, one day the Antichrist,the man of sin, the son of perdition will arise that will be even more diabolical and evil than the movie’s Joker, or the demon-possessed young man that did all the wanton killing and wounding.
The Antichrist is the personification of Satan. Everything that Satan can be in a human being will be embodied in the Antichrist 2Th2:9. He will rule the world after all the economies of the world collapse and all paper money becomes worthless. Unlike the Dark Knight, a fictional person, the Antichrist will be REAL, an absolute dictator Re13:7, who will demand worship of himself Re13:15, or else suffer death by beheading Re20:4! We will now look into the Word of God to learn who this Person is!
The Antichrist- A False Christ; Another Saviour, Messiah, and Deliverer
Today the world is looking for ‘another Messiah or another Christ’; someone to deliver us from our economic and financial problems, or to protect us from our enemies. The world is looking for a leader to lead us out of our economic malaise that we are in. Americans are looking for a leader to save our economy. Israel is still looking for a messiah to deliver her from the many nations that seek to destroy her. As can be seen, many people are looking for a Messiah who will come one day and supposedly liberate them financially or physically. This would be the Antichrist, the false Christ.
Many today are more interested in being saved from economic disaster than in the personal salvation of their own soul. Many do not believe in the need for Jesus Christ to be saved Jn3:16, and that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. People are just looking for someone to save the economy and to maintain the good life for them, or to protect them. So the kind of messiah the world is seeking is very different from Jesus Christ, the Saviour! The Bible tells us the Antichrist will indeed come, deceive and destroy many people wonderfully Da8:24, and will take them to hell and eternal damnation!
What is Anti-Christ? Who is Anti-Christ? Who is the Antichrist? When will the Antichrist appear?
With America in very deep financial troubles, mega banks going bankrupt and requiring huge Gov’t bailouts, with oil prices gyrating sharply, fuel and food prices inflating higher due to the weak US$ and now a severe drought, the stock markets in convulsion, unemployment still very high, a new president soon to be elected, great concerns and uncertainties are on the people’s mind. Some are even asking if one of the presidential candidates may be the Antichrist mentioned in the Bible.
Many are looking for clues. Is that person very articulate and charismatic, one who arose from nowhere? Background investigations are being made to check on their past life, roots, activities, education, religion, belief, associations, etc., even birth certificates and social security number. Books have already been written on both presidential candidates. The spirit of suspicion is running rampant in many Christian circles. What does it mean to be anti-Christ? Who is the Antichrist and what does the Bible say about the Antichrist!
The Meaning of Anti-Christ- A System of Rule as Well as a Person or Persons
The word antichrist can either mean in opposition to Christ or in place of Christ. However way one looks at the Antichrist– one who opposes Christ and his teachings or another Christ not found in the Bible, the word antichrist encompasses both meanings. The word antichrist appears only five times in the Bible and only in the epistles of John. In those passages, it explains who an antichrist is, and about antichrists.
The Antichrist can also be considered a system of rule – a government full of controls, a police state under martial laws, confiscation, high taxations, depredation, and the loss of all personal freedom– of speech, movement, worship, possession, right to bear arms, and the pursuit of happiness. Thus, the Antichrist is also an absolute system of dictatorial rule, devoid of God and the Bible, as well as a living Person!
The Antichrist is Satan Personified
As Jesus Christ is God personified Co1:15, Heb1:3, the Antichrist is Satan personified 2Th2:9, Re13:4. John wrote ‘Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son’ 1Jn2:22. 1Jn4:3 further states ‘.. every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world’.
All those denying the divinity of Jesus Christ are antichrists. 2Jn1:7 states that an antichristis a deceiver and that there are many deceivers in the world: ‘who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist’. An antichrist is one that denies that Jesus Christ is God who came in the flesh. The five verses in the epistles of John, speak only of antichrists and the spirit of antichrist, but not the Antichrist. Though the Bible states there are many antichrists 1Jn2:18, in the endtimes there will be One Antichrist. Many rightly believe that this Antichrist will be extremely powerful, a very diabolical person who will one day rule the whole world and will destroy all those that oppose him, especially Christians.
The Antichrist- the Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition, 2ndThessalonians Chapter 2
The Bible speaks of a great deceiver who will come to deceive the world. 2Th2:1-12 state ‘Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him1, 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 the day of Christ is at hand 2. 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 3; 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, shewing himself that he is God 4.. 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: 8 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders 9, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved 10. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 11 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness12’.
Here we see in these verses that day of the Rapture shall not come, except there will be a falling away first of many church believers, and the man of sin and the son of perdition will be revealed v3, who will come against and exalt himself above all, even God. This very wicked person empowered by Satan, shall be revealed and will deceive the world with all power and signs and lying wonders, whom the Lord shall consume with fire from His mouth and destroyed him with the brightness of his coming vs8,9. The Antichrist will deceive many people because they received not the love of the truth that they may be saved v10! God shall send strong delusion that they should believe a lie v12. This will happen after the Rapture Jn14:3, during the great tribulation Mt24:21.
The Dark Knight Rising- World Domination and Slavery
Satan’s surrogate, the Antichrist, will soon have worldwide domination and bring slavery to all mankind. Re12:12 states ‘for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time’.
One of the main signs of the coming Antichrist is that he ‘will weaken the nations’ Is14:12. That this is happening today is so very obvious as we hear the daily news of great economic and financial distresses of the major countries of the world such as America, Japan, and the PIIGS nations namely Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain. The eventual collapse of the PIIGS nations in Europe due to their huge sovereign debts will also cause the demise of other countries such as Germany and France. Then China, the rising economic dragon, will falter greatly because ‘there is no one (no money) to buy her goods’ Re18:11.
The now ubiquitous ‘Made in China’ label will one day become a byword as the world’s economy gravitates into a period of ‘zero trade’ because of the specious weakening paper currencies such as the US$, €, £, ¥; till we all come into a ‘cashless society’, and into the mark of the beast 666 system.
Can you imagine 7 billion thirsty, hungry, desperate, and angry people in this world? This is part of the coming Great Tribulation spoken by Jesus, coupled with wars, droughts, famines, and great natural disasters! Jesus said ‘For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved..’ Mt24:21,22. We will continue to examine who the Antichrist is from the books of Revelation and Daniel, and look into the Antichrist system!
The Antichrist- the Beast, and the False Prophet Revelation 13
Revelation Chapter 13 further metaphorically reveals the Antichrist; a beast rising out of the sea, with the name of blasphemy written on his heads1, who is given great power and authority by Satan2. This beast, the Antichrist, will cause people to worship him4 and all that dwell upon the earth ‘whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’ 8. He will be so powerful and feared that no one would want to fight against him4. He will blaspheme against God, and the name of Jesus Christ6. The Antichrist will war against God’s people, the saints, and will overcome them7. He will be an absolute ruler over the whole world- all kindreds, and tongues, and nations7– for 42 months5. The Antichrist will have a partner, another beast11, called the False Prophet Re16:13, also having great powers like the Antichrist, who will promote worship of the Antichrist12.
The False Prophet will have powers to do great wonders, to call down fire from heaven13, do deceiving miracles14, and to make an image of the Antichrist and give life to it. Anyone who would not worship this image should be killed15. By deception14, the False Prophet will also cause all to receive the mark of the Beast in their right hand, or in their foreheads16– the number of the Antichrist, the number 66618.
The mark of the Beast system will be tied into a New World Order, in an electronic monetary system in a ‘cashless society’17, because all the major currencies of the world such as the US$, €, £, ¥, etc., will fail and become worthless under extreme national debts! Without the mark of the Beast, no will be able to buy or sell, make transactions, get access or withdraw from their personal accounts, or receive their pay or pension checks- their social security and Gov’t entitlements. This identification mark will be an implanted computer chip, with all ones personal vital information stored in a chip the size of a grain of rice.
To survive, you must have the mark of the Beast. But the Bible also states that any man who worships the Beast and his image, and takes his mark, will suffer God’s wrath, and ‘be tormented with fire and brimstone.. forever’ Re14:9-11. Those believers refusing the mark of the Beast will be beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God Re20:4. Do you know which ethnic group today still does execution by beheading?
The book of Daniel chapters 7,8,9,10,11, also speaks of the Antichrist, a beast rising out of the sea with ten horns Da7:3,7. The Antichrist is described as a king with fierce countenance Da8:23, who will rail against God Da7:25, war against the saints Da7:21,25 and will prevail and overcome them Da11:7. He will be a great speaker Da7:8,11, a great intellectual Da8:23, and a great political strategist Da8:23-25. He will be a world dictator Da7:23, and a raiser of taxes Da11:20. At first the Antichrist will be known as a man of peace Da8:25, but then through deceit, he shall destroy wonderfully Da8:24; making a peace covenant with Israel and later turning against her Da9:27. He will exalt himself even above the Almighty God Da11:36. Though there are other references in the Bible to the Antichrist, the books of Daniel, 2Thessalonians and Revelation give a good composite of this coming Antichrist, who will one day rule the whole world with great power Da7:7,19, Re13:5,7.
The Antichrist System- Very Evident in America Today
Has it ever occurred to you that America is already in the Antichrist system today? Earlier, it was mentioned that the Antichrist was as much a system of rule, as it is a person. From the Y2K scare that all computers will go bonkers in 2000, to the 911 attacks in New York and the Pentagon on Sep 11, 2001, to the long-drawn Mar 2003 Iraqi war on the false pretext of Iraq having WMD- weapons of mass destruction, to great inconveniences to travel due to terrorism, the serial massacres at the Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood TX, and recently in a Colorado movie theater, these events have greatly helped to usher in the Antichrist system in America– a system of fear, suspicion, control, intimidation, deprivation, and loss of personal freedom.
Before the Antichrist is eventually revealed, the apostle John already said ‘even now are there many antichrists’ 1Jn2:18. So some in the world are still looking for the Antichrist to appear, the Bible states that there are already many antichrists today- those that are anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-Christ, and anti-freedom; seeking to enslave mankind for their own diabolical purpose, and this system is already in its incipient stages here in America!
America is no longer a Christian nation, having rejected God, and the biblical principles that made her great. Instead, the Antichrist system has slowly transitioned into our once great democratic nation. We have kicked God out by removing prayers and the Bible from our public schools. The 10 Commandments were removed and no longer grace the US courthouses. Others sought to remove God from the Pledge of Allegiance, and from our coinage. Since 1973, over 50 million babies have been killed in legalized abortion. Pornography runs rampant today. Sodomy laws were gradually removed in all 50 states beginning 1971 and finalized by the US Supreme Court in 2003, allowing for widespread homosexuality today. Thirty-six states have already passed laws allowing for same-sex marriages, and the rest will soon follow suit. Some churches even allow their ministers to perform gay marriages and some ministers are also gay homosexuals.
With the death in 2007 of Jerry Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority, America lost a very strong voice for God’s righteousness. Instead we now have leaders like Pres. Obama, who earlier stated that the federal Gov’t will no longer defend DOMA, the Defense of the Marriage Act in court, a law passed by Congress in 1996. Last year, Obama also removed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell rule in the US military, and recently, Obama became the first president to openly declare his support for gay marriages. For the first time in history June 2012, the Pentagon has allowed for the celebration of gay pride week. (On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court struck down DOMA, and declared that Same-Sex Marriage is now legal in America).
Also, uncontrolled spending by Congress, and gov’t leaders have brought America to the brink of bankruptcy and thereby, future enslavement. Of late, we also had a rash of ‘flash mob riots and lootings’, flesh-eating Zombies, teenage vampires, and demon-possessed massacrers. But this is only one side of the decline and degradation of America. Another side to the encroaching Antichrist system in America is the curtailment of our personal freedom.
In America, we are slowly losing our personal freedom by new laws, legislation, presidential executive orders, and US Supreme Court decisions. The freedoms referred to are that of the freedom of speech, movement, religion, possession, conscience, privacy, due process, and the right to bear arms. An example is the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) passed by Congress in Dec 2011, allowing for the indefinite detention by the military of anyone who is suspected of terrorism, without charge or trial, or the Mar 2010 passing of the healthcare law, mandating US citizens to purchase healthcare insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act, or face heavy tax penalties. It was recently upheld by the US Supreme Court as constitutional.
It has been reported that this law will require everyone to have a RFID (radio frequency ID) microchip implanted in his body in 2013 http://www.newswithviews.com/McGuire/paul135.htm. It is also rumored that Medicare payments will double by 2014 to pay for the new program; thousands of IRS agents hired to insure compliance, and healthcare availability may be even far less for many, giving rise to ‘death panels’ for older folks or those deemed hopeless! The Gov’t and Congress have taken our country down a road that we have never gone before, abridging our freedom and turning America into a totalitarian state; an Antichrist system of fear, control, constraint, confiscation, manipulation, and penury. The godless Antichrist system is now alive and transforming America right before our very eyes!
The Worldwide Antichrist System- What Will Happen Next
Many antichrists today, archetypes of the coming Antichrist, must first engineer a total collapse of the present world’s economy before the Antichrist is fully revealed 2Th2:3,6, and assume world domination. This will happen soon as nations will be falling like dominoes due to excessive spending, debt, and taxation; when hyperinflation sets in, such that just a loaf of bread will cost a day’s wages Re6:6.
The 7 seals of the book of Revelation will be opened- of conquest, war, inflation, famine, death/hell, martyrdom, and a great earthquake. Then the sounding of the 7 trumpets of cataclysmic disasters and the pouring out of the 7 vials of God’s wrath will ensue before the unveiling of the Antichrist. In all this, the Antichrist and False Prophet will rise up to take control of the world for 42 months, force people to worship the Antichrist or be killed, and issue out the infamous mark 666 in order to buy or sell. Jesus will then return from heaven with His army to war against, defeat and cast alive both the Antichrist and False Prophet into the lake of fire Re19:11-15,19,20. Jesus will then establish His 1000-year kingdom on earth Re20:4! ‘Even so, come, Lord Jesus’ Re22:20.
America in Decline and Under God’s Judgment Part II Conclusion
As some of us enjoyed the 4th of July Independence Day with its picnics, barbeques, and fireworks, a good part of the America is suffering with wildfires, power outages including our nation’s Capitol, heat waves, and misery.
Deuteronomy chapter 28- God’s Warning of National Curses
These are the curses Moses wrote about should the nation of Israel disobey God’s Word: ‘But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee’ De28:15. They shall be cursed in the city, in the field, in their food supplies, and not be fruitful. Nothing would go right with them. There would be troubles, and rebukes in all that they do, and they will be destroyed and perish quickly because of their wickedness of forsaking God. The Lord would bring pestilence and consume them off the land. He would smite them with a consumption and sickness; with the sword, with blasting and mildew. Thy heaven shall be brass and the earth shall be iron; their prayers will not be answered and God will not help them. Drought and dust will set in when the rain ceases. The Lord will allow their enemies to overcome them. They will be in deep confusion, madness, blinded, and not prosper. They shall be oppressed and spoiled. Their wives shall be abused by other men; homes stolen from them. They shall plant a vineyard, but will not enjoy the fruits of their labor. The locusts or others shall consume them. Others shall also take and consume their cattle and sheep. Their sons and daughters shall also go into captivity. They shall be an oppressed and desolate people, be taken into captivity and scattered, and become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword of a once great nation! They shall need to borrow and no longer be the head, but the tail v44. All these curses came upon Israel and will also come upon America!
America, Once the Beautiful is now America the Broken
Perhaps the song America the Beautiful should have been our national anthem, the words being so beautiful. This is the 1st verse:
‘O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties. Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea’.
But this is no longer true! Why is America in such a terrible financial, economical, and moral shape? Our productivity has fallen sharply and many factories are shuttered; the national housing market has collapsed; personal debt is at record levels; banking and corporate failures rife. Over 46 million people are receiving food stamps and over 53% of our college graduates today are either unemployed or under-employed, some with loans exceeding a $100,000. Because of the present recession, over 25 million adults are living at home with their aging parents. Many cities today are now blighted, with increasing street gangs and crime, such as Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Kansas City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Newark, Washington D.C, Baltimore, and Oakland. In Detroit, a 3-br home can be purchased for below $10,000. Many municipalities are also running out of money and in sharp deficit. Corporate and personal bankruptcies continue to skyrocket. Since 2008 the housing market has crashed with over 4 million homes foreclosed. Latest gov’t statistics report an 8.2% unemployment rate, but using a former method of calculation, it should be more like 15%. California recently announced a $16 billion deficit for FY2012, revised upward from an earlier $9 billion. The US national debts stand at nearly $16 trillion, while back in 2008 it was less than $10 trillion. America has fought two costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wasting vast amounts of money. These no-win wars have saddled America with huge unrepayable debt. Daily, the US Gov’t spends over $4 billion more than what it receives, with annual deficits nearly $1.5 trillion over the past three years. Today for every dollar America spends, nearly 50 cents is borrowed money with interest added on daily. Presently there is a record heat wave hovering across the US with over 2000 records broken so far this year. Severe thunderstorms have struck the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic states causing fallen trees and power outages affecting 4 million people. Wildfires have also broken out in many places, such that in Colorado Springs over 350 homes have been destroyed so far. Texas is experiencing its worst drought in history, with a once 6000-acre lake completely dried up. America appears forsaken by God and is no longer blessed, with all of her myriad social, economical, financial, and spiritual problems, and making the curses spoken by Moses in Deuteronomy 28 ring very true.
America Under Judgment- Obama Nation
A nation is only as great as its leaders. Pr29:2 states ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn’. If the leaders are righteous, that nation will be blessed. If the leaders are corrupt and evil, that nation will be brought down low. This is also true for any organization, such as a church, a school system, and society in general. This is God’s spiritual principle- do good, live; do evil, perish! The Bible reveals many of God’s judgments on mankind due to violence and corruption. In May 2012 Pres. Obama announced his support of gay marriages. Earlier he declared that he would not defend the federal law passed by Congress in 1996 against gay marriages, DOMA (Defense of the Marriage Act) in federal courts. He also removed the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ rule for the military. Obama said his views have evolved through the influence of his friends and family, such that he now approves of gay marriages. While Obama claims to be a Christian, he has openly praised the Koran and mocked the Holy Bible. Conservative author David Barton’s wrote that Obama is the most biblically hostile president ever in America: http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=106938
In 2008 it was shown that Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright was very harsh against white America, even calling for God to damn her. Before his inauguration, Obama in his travels abroad stated that America is no longer a Christian nation; neither a Muslim nor a Jewish nation. Also Pres. Obama has been soft in his support of the traditional National Day of Prayer began in 1952 by Pres. Truman, not holding a White House ceremony generally in May for this occasion, like his predecessor George W. Bush. But he has recently invited a LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transexuals) coalition to the White House on June 15, 2012, attended by 20 groups to advance their cause. In America, June is Gay Pride month. The Pentagon recently announced they would allow the US military to celebrate it for the first time ever. America is challenging and provoking God, and under her present immoral leadership is quickly becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah!
America’s Freedom at Stake- More Obama Nation; More Judgment Coming
Someone said ‘Today, freedom is taken away by a stroke of a pen; tomorrow, it will be at the end of a gun barrel’. The freedom that we long enjoyed is being eroded by new laws and actions by Congress and the Gov’t. This year the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) was enacted which allows the military to imprison anyone without an arrest warrant, without issuing Miranda rights, without telling you why you are being seized and allowing you access to an attorney; against your constitutional rights, etc., all in the name of fighting terrorism. On March 16, 2012 Pres. Obama issued an executive order called the NDRP (National Defense Resources Preparedness) that allows the Gov’t in a national emergency to confiscate anything that they deemed necessary- food, oil, water, etc. It has recently been revealed that the NSA (National Security Agency) is building a super-spy data center in Utah by Sep 2013, to capture all forms of personal electronic communications, including the contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches; all sorts of personal data trails. The use of spy drones with very powerful cameras in America’s skies is also increasing. It is a ‘total information awareness’ program and a huge invasion of our personal privacy. America’s freedom of information, of privacy, of speech, of religion, of movement, and of property are now at great risk- taken away by a stroke of a pen today, and later by a gun barrel. This is the prelude to the full establishment of the Antichrist system that the Bible revealed in chapter 13 of the book of Revelation. What will happen to America? Obama and many of our leaders today are archetypes of the coming Antichrist 1Jn2:18. Their decisions to support same sex marriage will turn America into a Sodom and Gomorrah and make America ripe for God’s judgment. America is on a fast track to destruction. She has become morally corrupt with sexual perversions, and is financially bankrupt! Every major institution today now suffers malaise- marriages, families, churches, schools, etc. Because we have rejected God and have forsaken His ways as written in the Holy Bible, God will also forsake us! America is certainly in decline and under God’s judgment!