THE GREAT FALLING AWAY IN THE LAST DAYS
The Holy Bible has much to say regarding the LAST DAYS of man’s rule on earth, and the coming GREAT FALLING AWAY of society before God ushers in the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ with ‘Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Men’. It has been 2000 years since Jesus Christ came to earth to save us from our sins, and from hell and eternal damnation. While the shepherds were tending their flock at night, an angel appeared with a multitude of the heavenly host praising God saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men’ Lk2:14. But the irony of this great and precious message is ‘where is this peace and good will toward all men’, and when will it come? Today, our world is in great turmoil, morally, spiritually, culturally, financially, and economically.
Today, the nations of the world are running on ‘fumes’ due to the printing of enormous amounts of unbacked paper money to fuel their high living standards and to support their expensive military and destructive war machines. This is particularly so with the major nations such as the US, China, Japan, Russia, England, and the Eurozone countries. The world is also embroiled in wars and rumours of wars, conflicts of nation against nation, particularly in the Middle East. The world is heading for an unprecedented economic collapse greater than the Great Depression of the 1930s. In America, since 2014 began, the Eastern US has experienced relentless Arctic blasts of winter storms with extreme cold and snowfall. An incipient severe drought and water shortage is also developing in the Western US, and in many other parts of the world. This will cause sharply rising food prices, buying panic, food shortage, and even prolonged famines. A global stock market crash is highly probable and if so, will exacerbate the world’s economic and monetary situation even further.
JESUS prophesied that there will be ‘famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places’ and false prophets and teachers arising to deceive many as the ‘sign of his coming and of the end of the world’ Mt24:3-8,11. There will be no peace until JESUS CHRIST ‘The Prince of Peace’ establishes His kingdom on earth Is9:6,7. But before this happens, there will be a GREAT FALLING AWAY of mankind in abject rebellion against God, and great depravity of the human soul, giving rise to THE ANTICHRIST, who will then rule over the world in the most terrible period ever for mankind, described by JESUS as the GREAT TRIBULATION Mt24:21.
The COMING GREAT FALLING AWAY
The GREAT FALLING AWAY refers not only to the APOSTASY of the endtime churches and lukewarm believers, but also to a general worldwide breakdown in society of morality, ethics, and character. The apostle Paul wrote ‘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’ 2Th2:3. Paul said ‘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, truce- breakers, 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..’ 2Ti3:1-4. It will be the wholesale breakdown of society, nations, governments, military, institutions, marriages, churches, universities, and public morality, leading to the coming ANTICHRIST, the One World Government and the GREAT TRIBULATION. The GREAT FALLING AWAY will be ubiquitous, affecting everyone in the world.
In America, the FALLING AWAY is readily apparent as we witness the great moral failings of our political leaders and society, and the major economic and financial problems facing us: the recision of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in Sep. 20, 2011 allowing for open homo- sexuality in the US Military, the defeat of DOMA– (marriage between a male and female) through the legalization of Same-Sex Marriage by the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2013, the recent legalization and/or consideration of marijuana use by many other states, and the US insurmountable runaway national debt. America is financially broke. Churches must soon decide whether they will perform SSM. If they refuse, they will be charged with discrimination, and one day may lose their tax exempt status. As God warned Israel 3500 years ago, ‘Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the INIQUITY thereof upon it, and the land itself VOMITETH out her inhabitants’ Lev18:24,25, so shall it be with America!
The COMING ANTICHRIST
The apostle Paul succinctly described the coming of THE ANTICHRIST in the LAST DAYS: ’Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.. now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that WICKED be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2Th2:3-12. In just 10 short verses, Paul has succeeded to prophesy what will happen in the LAST DAYS!
THE ANTICHRIST will be the incarnation and embodiment of SATAN, the DEVIL LUCIFER, revealed in an individual. As SATAN entered into Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus Lk22:3, he will so enter into that MAN OF SIN, the SON OF PERDITION. The WICKED ANTICHRIST will do ‘the WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish..’ 2Th2:9,10. He will have great supernatural powers to deceive, and ‘..by peace shall destroy many’ Da8:25. God will allow THE ANTICHRIST to deceive MANY, because they love not the truth, that they might be saved. The apostle John warned that there are many antichrists, but THE ANTICHRIST will be revealed in the last days. John wrote ‘as ye have heard that ANTICHRIST shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is THE LAST TIME’ 1Jn2:18.
SATAN’s Obsession For Worship and to Be Like God
The Bible reveals that SATAN desires to be worshipped, to steal God’s glory, and supplant Him. The ‘5 I wills’ of LUCIFER, aka SATAN, are revealed in Is14:12-14: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH’ . Worship belongs only to God, who commanded Moses ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before ME’ Ex20:3. The Bible states ‘Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: WORSHIP the LORD in the beauty of holiness’ 1Ch16:29. But SATAN, in his obsession for worship, has succeeded to deceive MANY people to worship him through his promise of pleasure, prosperity and power.
So besides his desire to destroy all of us, SATAN also desires worship from us. He once offered JESUS all the kingdoms of the world if He would just fall down and worship him. JESUS replied ‘Thou shalt WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, and him only shalt thou serve’ Mt4:10. In the Endtimes, THE ANTICHRIST, the persona of SATAN, will ‘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’ 2Th2:4.The Bible tells that an image of THE ANTICHRIST will be made and given life, and‘many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed’ Re13:14. Here we also see that the TEMPLE OF GOD will be rebuilt in Jerusalem for the Jews to worship in, fulfilling what Jesus said ‘When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place.. Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains’ Mt24:15,16. This will all happen during the coming GREAT TRIBULATION.
GROWING OPEN SATANIC WORSHIP TODAY
It is undeniable that there is an increasing OPEN WORSHIP of SATAN today. It is very apparent in the lyrics of the songs and dances, in print, movies and on TV, on the radio and Internet, and during many recent mega-events like the 2012 London Olympics, and the 2012, 2013, 2014 NFL Super Bowls featuring Madonna, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars (song- Locked Out of Heaven) all glorifying the devil. The costumes and dances of the two women were lewd, occultic, and vulgar, but viewed and enjoyed by over 100 million people in the US, and billions elsewhere.
Paul McGuire, a Christian writer and popular radio host said ‘At the Grammy Awards there were open practice and worship of SATAN, the vilest forms of demonic and perverse sexuality where orgies, S and M (sadomasochism), sex with fallen angels or demons, witchcraft and the occult enacted with lyrics to confirm it. Rock artists performed open ceremonies worshipping of SATAN’. This really excites SATAN very much as he relishes in these black magic witchcraft rituals, especially before a great worldwide audience honoring him as the ‘god of this world‘ 2Co4:4. Satanic worship is increasing sharply in these LAST DAYS, and will culminate in the UNIVERSAL OPEN WORSHIPPING of SATAN and THE ANTICHRIST during the GREAT TRIBULATION, replacing the worshipping of ALMIGHTY GOD and our LORD JESUS CHRIST!
SATAN- The Author of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
How SATAN has succeeded over the past 6000 years of mankind to subtly, secretly, and mysteriously infiltrate the world using evil men and women, immoral rulers, leaders and corrupt politicians to subvert society, and false prophets and false teachers to corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY 2Th2:7. The Bible speaks of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY that is working mysteriously pervading and penetrating the whole world, with most people oblivious to what is or why it is happening, and why the world is in such a deplorable and desperate state of moral decline.
INIQUITY means evil, wickedness, lawlessness, sinfulness, immorality, perversion, drunkenness, greed, lust, theft, adultery, homosexuality, murders, etc. With regards to the Church, heresies and false doctrines have been planted by evil men influenced by seducing and demonic spirits. The apostle Paul wrote ‘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’ 1Ti4:1. The apostle Peter said ‘But there were FALSE PROPHETS also among the people, even as there shall be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction’ 2Pe2:1. SATAN has long ago infiltrated the churches and is using MANY people today to spread his INIQUITY, especially in these LAST DAYS.
The MYSTERY OF INIQUITY will culminate in the final GREAT FALLING AWAY of most people in society, including those attending churches that have gone into complete APOSTASY. Paul said ‘For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way’ 2Th2:7. Some Bible scholars interpret this verse as the RIGHTEOUS BELIEVERS must first be taken out in the RAPTURE, before the GREAT FALLING AWAY will be allowed to begin. What we now see is the lining up of events before THE ANTICHRIST is revealed in the NEW WORLD ORDER– a One World Government, a One World Economy, and a One World Religion. Paul wrote ‘because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they ALL might be DAMNED who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2Th2:10,11. Sadly, it is because of their own INIQUITY, immorality and sin, MANY people will be DAMNED forever!
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY- INIQUITY SHALL ABOUND
In describing the END of the world to His disciples Mt24:3, Jesus said ‘..because INIQUITY shall abound, the love of MANY shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the END, the same shall be saved’ Mt24:12,13. This has direct implications against the churches, and LUKEWARM Christians, who have backslidden and are no longer saved. They were once followers, but have become lukewarm to God’s precepts and commandments, and have left their first love Re2:4. Jesus said ‘So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot, I will SPUE thee out of my mouth’ Re3:16. This fact is very apparent today, as many denominational churches are not warning their members about Christ’s return, the RAPTURE, Satan, sin and hell, and eternal judgment, but have compromised the Word of God.
For many years now, the media has been rife with news of widespread pedophilia, homosexuality, and pornography among clergy, pastors, and ministers, with some denominations even allowing ordained Gay or Lesbian ministers to serve. So far, the Catholic Church in America alone has paid out over $2.5 billion in child sex abuse settlement over the past decades. Jesus had a special warning to ministers: ‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the WILL of my Father which is in heaven. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work INIQUITY’ Mt7:21-23.
How MANY ministers who thought they were serving Jesus, will learn that He had disavowed ever knowing them? Re20:15 warns ‘And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire’. In the END, INIQUITY shall abound and MANY who turn away from God will perish– priests, pastors, politicians, and people alike!
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY– Choose Whom You Will Serve Today
As Paul stated in 2Th2:3-12, THE RAPTURE shall come, then the FALLING AWAY will ensue, and the MAN OF SIN will be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION aka THE ANTICHRIST, who will then rule the world for 42 months Re13:5 during the GREAT TRIBULATION, spoken by Jesus Mt24:21. Then JESUS will return to earth and ‘destroy (THE ANTICHRIST) with the brightness of His coming‘ 2Th2:8, Re19:15,20.
God is warning us through His Word to decide whom we will serve today and where we will spend eternity! Will you choose GOD or SATAN, JESUS CHRIST or THE ANTICHRIST, good or evil, righteousness or sin, life or death, blessings or curses, heaven or hell, eternal life or eternal damnation? 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. As the world is literally falling apart in increasing sin and shame, one can either continue on the broad road to destruction like MANY are already on, or take the narrow road to eternal life, with only a FEW on it now.
It is not necessary for anyone to perish in the lake of fire, because Jesus already paid the price for our sins Jn3:16. But we all need to REPENT and RETURN to God, and REMAIN with Him! Jesus warned ‘except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3. The KEY to our SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE is REPENTANCE, and accepting JESUS CHRIST as our personal SAVIOUR! 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…