MANY– The Sad Plight of MANY in the Last Days
This paper is about the word MANY as it is mentioned in the Holy Bible, the Word of God. The word MANY is used to describe the multitudes, the crowd, the majority of people living on this earth- MANY people, in contrast to a FEW or a minority of people! The word MANY is used to describe the sad destiny of MANY in life today, and their final destination- HELL. This is not a polite subject, but a very impolite and inconvenient truth where MANY people or most people choose not to hear, or choose to ignore to their own demise!
Throughout the Bible, it teaches that ‘there is a heaven to gain, and a hell to shun’. Jesus said ‘For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ Mt16:26. Here Jesus is saying that, all the power, riches, and pleasures of this world are not worth one day of going to hell forever, when one loses his soul. There is no need to convince anyone of HELL, because deep in the recesses of everyone’s mind, everyone thinks of his own mortality, and what will happen to him after he dies. Heb9:27 tells us ‘..it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’. But MANY choose to ignore or deny the subject of DEATH and HELL, since they may find it as a VERY INCONVENIENT TRUTH.
There is a CLIFF that MANY will one-day fall into that is far greater than the FISCAL CLIFF that America now faces and will one day soon plunge over. MANY will fall over into an abyss, a deep chasm, into an unquenchable everlasting fire, and an inescapable place called HELL. This is the reason God sent Jesus Christ to earth; to pay for our sins through His death and resurrection, in order to save our souls. Jn3:16-18 spell it out very simply: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God’. Here we will examine how the word MANY is negatively used in the Bible to describe MANY people, and conditions that affect MANY in these last days.
1. MANY Not Saved and Heading for Destruction and HELL
Mt7:13,14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it. Mt24:12 .. because iniquity shall abound, the love of MANY shall wax cold.
2. MANY Backslidden Pastors, Leaders, and Followers Will Deny Jesus, and Be Denied by Him
Mt7:22,23 MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done MANY wonderful works? ..then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Mt19:30 .. MANY that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Mt20:16 .. last shall be first, and the first last: for MANY be called, but FEW chosen. Jn6:60 MANY therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? Jn6:66 From that time MANY of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 1Co11:30 For this cause MANY are weak and sickly among you, and MANY sleep (die not discerning the body of Christ v29).
3. MANY False Prophets- False Christs and Teachers in the Churches Will Deceive MANY and Cause a Great Falling Away
Mt24:5 For MANY shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive MANY. Mt24:11 and Mk13:6.. MANY false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive MANY. Lk21:8 .. Take heed that ye be not deceived: for MANY shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ.. 2Co2:17 For we are not as MANY, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity.. in the sight of God speak we in Christ. Php3:18 For MANY walk, of whom I have told you often.. they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things v19. Tit1:10 For there are MANY unruly and vain talkers and deceivers.. 1Jn4:1 ..believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because MANY false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Th2:3 ..for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4. MANY Afflicted By Devils and Evil Spirits Even Today
Mk6:13 and they cast out MANY devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. Lk4:41 devils also came out of MANY, crying out… Thou art Christ the Son of God. Lk7:21 Jesus.. cured MANY of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto MANY that were blind he gave sight. Lk8:30 Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? and he said, Legion: because MANY devils were entered into him.
5. MANY Seeking Riches Will Destroy Themselves and Go To HELL
1Ti6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into MANY foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 1Ti6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with MANY sorrows. Heb12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby MANY be defiled; Jas3:1 .. be not MANY masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2Pe2:2 .. MANY shall follow their pernicious (wicked) ways.. whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
6. MANY Antichrists Are in the World Today
1Jn2:18 ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there MANY antichrists.. 2Jn1:7 For MANY deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Re13:4,5 ..they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? and there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue 42 months. Re13:15 ..that as MANY as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
The Bible Warns That MANY Will Go To HELL
From the scriptures above, the Bible warns that MANY people will not be saved, and sadly, will go to HELL. Is5:4 states ‘..HELL hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure..’.
In Part 1, Jesus states the way to HELL is a Broadway that MANY people will use to go there- which leads to destruction Mt7:13. Jesus also said because evil shall abound, the love of MANY for God and for the things of God shall become cold Mt24:12. MANY will be backslidden and will be destroyed!
In PART 2, Jesus said MANY will profess to know Him and supposedly serve Him, and use His name, but He will deny ever knowing them because they had worked iniquity (not doing the Father’s will, but their own will) Mt7:21-23. Jesus said MANY are first shall be last Mt19:30; MANY are called, but FEW are chosen Mt22:14. In Jn6:60-66, Jesus stated that MANY of his disciples left Him because they could not follow his hard saying, even like it is today. This group also includes those supposedly serving the Lord like in the ministry or priesthood, but are rife with charges of pedophilia and other sexual sins, and also those that have departed from the faith by unscriptural teachings, supporting gay marriages and even gay ministers! Because Jesus will profess that He never knew them and they are not in the book of life, MANY ministers and leaders will end up in the lake of fire forever Re20:15!
In PART 3, Jesus said in the endtimes, there will be MANY false christs and false prophets who shall deceive MANY Mt24:4,5,11. Jesus warned that there will gross deception such that it shall destroy MANY people’s souls. Paul wrote that there are MANY who will corrupt the Word of God 2Co2:17, and are enemies of the cross of Christ Php3:18. Paul said there will be a great falling away of once believers, and the AntiChrist (the man of sin) will be revealed 2Th2:3! John, the beloved, told us not be believe every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God, for MANY false prophets are in the world 1Jn4:1!
MANY people do not know what ‘being saved or born again’ means Jn3:3,5. MANY people in churches today may not be saved, or think they are saved because they go to church! It is only once after accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, and living a NEW LIFE as a believer are you saved! 2Co5:17 states ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’.
In PART 4, during Jesus days there were MANY people afflicted, tormented, or possessed by devils or evil spirits, and Jesus delivered and cured them from all of them. The Bible speaks more about devils/demons/evil spirits than it does about angels. They are evil and unclean spirits Lk8:2,Mk5:8; they are MANY Lk8:3; they are under the control of Satan Lk13:16; & they can possess people Mt8:29. Strong evidence that these demons are real and present today are the recent mass killings in schools and public places such as in Columbine, CO in 1999, Virginia Tech 2007, Fort Hood, TX 2009, Aurora, CO 2012, and Newport, CT 2012. MANY of these killers appeared deranged, depraved, drugged, and glassy-eyed, like some evil force took over them. These are extreme cases, but there are also MANY people today that are under the influence of Satan and some are ‘demon-possessed’ in our society!
In PART 5, Paul wrote that MANY people, in seeking riches fall into temptation and snares, destroy themselves. In today’s hedonistic society there is a great effort to gain wealth and riches for ones own pleasure, often they are ‘ill-gotten’. This is particularly so with the big bankers and Wall-Streeters, big corporations, drug companies, gamblers, drug-dealers, prostitutes, criminals and mafiosos, actors, ministers of the Gospel, prosperity preachers, televangelists, professional sports people, politicians, developers, labor-leaders, etc. MANY of these people have literally sold their souls to the devil for riches, and one day, will go to HELL! Paul said ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil’1Ti6:10. The love of money or gain is the basic motivation or root cause of all evil!
In PART 6, John wrote of antichrists, stating that there are MANY antichrists that are entered into the world. A broad definition of an anti-christ is one who is anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Jesus Christ. From this definition, one can see that the antichrist is not only a person, but also a political system, such as in America, which is fast becoming antichrist. The Bible states that the AntiChrist, the Beast, will arise one day to rule the world for 42 months. The AntiChrist will force people to worship him and his image, and all those who refused should be killed by beheading Re20:4.
The Testimony of Howard Pittman– MANY Heading For HELL
This is a testimony of a man who had a Near Death Experience (NDE), whom I personally met in 1999 while he was speaking in Hawaii. Howard Pittman, a Baptist minister for 35 years, had a NDE in 1979 after suffering a massive internal hemorrhage. Pittman was born in 1928 and may still be alive. Pittman shared of the glories of heaven, but he also spoke of a very disturbing & shocking observation. While visiting for a short time in heaven, the Holy Spirit showed him that 2000 people on earth died, but only 50 or 2.5% went to heaven; the rest, 1950 went to Hell. Pittman said 97.5% of the people did not make it to heaven but went to Hell.
In Matthew chapter 13 the parable of the Sower, Jesus stated that three out of four or 75% of the people that heard the Gospel rejected it. Only one of four heard and understood the Word of God, and became fruitful. If you also include the multitudes that have not heard the Gospel, then the 97.5% figure that Pittman gave is quite plausible. Jesus said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14.
Pittman laid the blame for this disastrous situation to the backslidden Laodicean churches of today Re3:14-17. He said that churches today are lukewarm, self-assured, and not preaching against sin and the need for repentance, and the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. They are preaching soft, warm and fuzzy messages in comfortable churches, but not reaching out to the lost and warning the people about God’s judgment to come. Jesus said ‘But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men’ Mt15:9. There are very little teachings on holiness, sin, the devil, judgment, HELL and damnation, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, on the Rapture, the Endtimes, Satan, the Great Tribulation, the Antichrist, the mark of the Beast, and the return of Jesus Christ.
Ez3:18-19 warned ‘When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul’. Jesus asked ‘..when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?’ Lk18:8.
Thus, we see that the fate of MANY will be very bad- one of eternal damnation. The MANY include our family members, friends, neighbors, associates, fellow church members, ministers, and total strangers. We must warn the MANY to repent and also to not be in this crowd of MANY!
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your heart as your Saviour, or have not repented of your sin, or if you are not sure of where you would go should you die, you can say this simple prayer of faith. The Lord will hear you and save you, and one day you will be with the Lord in heaven. Just pray, ‘Dear Jesus, I am a lost sinner. I believe that you died for me. Please forgive me for all my sins and come into my heart today. I accept you as my Lord and my Savior and with your help, I will live for you. Amen!’
Please DON’T BE A PART OF THE MANY that will go to HELL! Jesus said ‘..except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3. But the Bible also states when one sinner comes to the Lord, all heaven rejoices: ‘Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth’ Lk15:10. Also Paul wrote ‘.. work out your OWN salvation with fear and trembling’ Php2:12!
The Last Days Are Upon Us- “When Evil Is Good and Good Is Evil”
The Lord recently gave my wife a poem early one morning to portray that the last days are upon us. The Bible states ‘..the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people..‘ Is60:2. This poem certainly describes present-day America where pot is being legalized, where pornography proliferates, where gay marriages and civil unions are now legal in 24 of the 50 states, homosexuality prevalent, abortion common, decadent bestiality (sex with animals) rising, and debauchery soaring! PARTY TIME: On Dec 21, 2012, there were ‘End of the World Parties‘ being booked in many cities and countries!
The Christian voice and public prayers are all but muted, by vociferous complaints from a few God-hating individuals and organizations. Evil is now good, and good is now evil, but things will get even worse in the coming days! As God, the Bible, and prayer have been expelled from the public places and schools, Satan has gleefully entered in to fill the void, using others to do his dastardly deeds of killing people and destroying lives!
Case in point is the recent egregious massacre of 20 innocent children and 7 adults in Newtown, CT. Here, a demon-possessed youth, well-honed in the mind-addicting and diabolic computer war games, went from virtual reality to actual killing. This demoniac slaughtered the lives of these precious and beautiful children; lives with great potential, and innocent loving adults who served these children. He also destroyed the lives of many others- related parents, husbands, siblings, relatives, and horrified an entire nation by this reprehensive and heinous killing! For some, the pain and hurt will never go away, being ingrained in their psyches for as long as they shall live. This incident is not much different from the Aurora, CO killing of 12 people and the injuring of 58 others in a theater showing the Batman movie Dark Knight Rises on July 25 less than 5 months ago. Today, there is no differentiation of good and evil, reality and fantasy, as Satan has blinded the eyes and minds of many people, especially these drugged and deranged killers!
The Lord, who gave this poem, certainly sees and knows everything that goes on. So everyone will one day be held accountable in the Day of Judgment for their own deeds, and many not found in the book of life shall be cast into the lake of fire forever Re20:15! We will look into the Bible, the Word of God, to relate to what was written below:
WHEN EVIL IS GOOD AND GOOD IS EVIL by Elizabeth Au
The last days are upon us!
When evil is good and good is evil,
Adults do drugs and smoke pot with their kids
Both old and young alike become perverted
And society is grossly depraved
Men lusting after men, women after women
As in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah
Before God destroyed the cities by fire.
The last days are upon us!
When evil is good and good is evil,
Less clothes is cool with much exposed
But going bare is with everything showing is better
Though some are gawking and others object
They are driven by lunatic demons who do such things
But one man became of sound mind and put clothes on
When he met Jesus.
The last days are upon us!
When evil is good and good is evil,
To shed innocent blood and murder babies
And the infirm and elderly for convenience sake,
A mother tries to kill her reprobate daughter
A husband and 5 children will kill their mother
Since she left her faith to follow Christ
To kill Christians and Jews is to do God a favor.
The last days are upon us!
When evil is good and good is evil,
Men shall be lovers of selves as in the days of Noah
Partying and reveling in riotous living
Lovers of pleasures and haters of God
Changing the laws for the changing times
Making what was evil, good
And what was good, evil.
The last days are upon us!
There is no fear of God, but God is not mocked
Whatever a man sows is what he will reap.
So REPENT while there is still time
To have your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life
For every man will be judged according to his works
And whosoever was not found written in the Book of life
Was cast into the Lake of Fire!
Here are some Bible scripture references to the poem above:
In the first stanza, it speaks of pervasive perversion by both old and young alike. In the days of Noah, society was so grossly depraved that God ‘repented that He made man on the earth. God saw that the wickedness of man was great.. every thought evil.. the earth was corrupt before God.. and filled with violence‘ Ge6:5,6,7,11. In the days of Lot, old and young men, small and great in Sodom desired to have perverted sex with the two angelic visitors of Lot, refusing Lot’s offer of his own two daughters instead Ge19:4,8,9,11. Jesus said when He shall return to earth, world conditions will be similar to the days of Noah Mt24:37-39 and to the days of Lot Lk17:27-29. Today, the earth is corrupt and filled with violence! Homosexuality has gone rampant as men lust after men, and women, after women Ro1:27. 2Ti3:3 speaks of people without natural affection in the last days. As God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with brimstone and fire Ge19:24, would He not do the same to San Francisco or Las Vegas, or any other immoral city?
In the next stanza, it speaks of gross nudity or transvestite and cross-dressers, flaunting themselves publicly, such as in San Francisco, and in gay pride parades. This is happening all over America, especially in the month of June, which is officially dubbed ‘GAY PRIDE MONTH‘. Many of the participants are driven by lunatic demon spirits similar to ‘..a certain man which had devils a long time and ware no clothes‘ Lk8:27. Jesus cast the devils from him and he sought to be clothed. Paul wrote in the last days people will be ‘..unholy.. incontinent (without self-control)’ 2Ti3:2,3. There is no shame today. Anything goes!
In the 3rd stanza, in the last days, the innocent will be killed or murdered. This alludes to the US legalization of abortion, the killing of the unborn babies where since 1973, over 50 million babies have been killed, and to today’s strong move for euthanasia of the infirm and elderly. Ps106:38 states ‘they sacrificed their sons & their daughters unto devils, And shed innocent blood..‘. Then stories are being written of people killing their own children for becoming Christians. According to the Qur’an, it is OK to kill any infidel, like a Christian or Jew, or even one’s own family! It would be like doing Allah a favor!
In the 4th stanza, in the last days, men shall be lovers of selves. 2Ti3:1-2,4 state ‘..in the last days perilous times shall come, men lovers of their own selves.. lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God‘. As in the days of Noah, people today are partying & reveling in riotous living. Mt24:38 states ‘before the flood they were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage‘. Also in the last days, people are changing the laws for the changing times, making what was evil, good- legalizing evil, such as sodomy, gay-rights, abortion, and drugs. Da7:25 speaks of the AntiChrist, who ‘shall speak great words against the most High.. and think to change times and laws‘. Is5:20 states ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Already the Bible, the 10 Commandments, God, and prayer have been outlawed from public places and the schools.
In the 5th and last stanza, in the last days, man will have no fear of God, but instead will mock Him. Ro3:18 states ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes‘. Ga6:7 tells ‘..God is not mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap‘. Jesus said ‘..except ye repent, ye shall also likewise perish‘ Lk13:3. We need to repent of our sins in order to have our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life Re21:27. Jesus said ‘..I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me‘ Jn14:6. Re20:13,15 tell ‘.. they were judged every man according to their works.. whosoever not found in the book of life shall be cast into the lake of fire‘.
Surely, The Last Days Are Upon Us- When Evil Is Good and Good Is Evil. 1Ti4:1 states ‘Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils’. Then 2Ti3:1-5 list the conditions existing in the last days: ‘This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away’. 2Ti3:12-13 continue ‘Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived’. We are indeed living in the last days and in the latter times where seducing spirits, evil and deception abound. All this will culminate into the Great Tribulation and the end of this age, before Jesus establishes His kingdom on earth! Amen!
The Last Age Before Jesus Returns
Many people are wondering whether we are living in the last days of the last age before Jesus Christ returns to earth. With the economic systems in America and Europe ready to collapse due to their great monetary indebtedness, an incipient war brewing in the Middle East, and with many nations armed to their teeth with nuclear warheads, many are wondering whether we are living in the endtimes. Even now, there is a monster storm named HURRICANE SANDY moving north along the northeast corridor off the Atlantic Seaboard where over 50 million people are living. This hurricane is appropriately dubbed FRANKENSTORM, in deference to the coming Halloween holiday- a day of celebration of Satan and his demonic forces- ghosts and goblins, which the world is unwittingly caught up in! Could this monster apocalyptic storm FRANKENSTORM be a sign of God’s great displeasure with America? Is God trying to get our attention or to tell us something?
But then there are also many scoffers and unbelievers who think that the earth will continue as it is, and are very skeptical that the end and the return of Jesus Christ to earth are very near. Nearly 2000 years ago, the apostle Peter wrote
‘Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation’ 2Pe2:3,4.
Since the first man Adam partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil Ge3:12, man has degenerated into a very evil being, filled with lusts, greed, corruption, and violence. Man is literally destroying himself and the earth, and has proven himself incapable of governing himself. We live in a very troubled world, and man’s capacity for wickedness knows no bounds. The Bible states God will ‘.. destroy them which destroy the earth’ Re11:18. We will soon see what it is like when mankind falls into the hands of an angry God. The wrath of God will soon be poured upon all mankind from the ‘cup of his indignation’ Re14:10. God will judge the earth with His fury. Heb10:31 states ‘It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God’, and Heb12:29, ‘For our God is a consuming fire’. After God’s judgment, Jesus Christ will then return and establish His millennial kingdom on earth as ‘KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS’ Re19:16.
About 2000 years ago, Jesus’ disciples asked him ‘what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?’ Mt24:3. This very provocative question is more appropriate today, and has a greater and more profound meaning than ever before. His disciples fully expected Jesus to leave them, but also to return as he had told them that he would Jn14:2,3. They did not know where He was going, how he was going to get there, and when He would return. But they sensed that the world was going to end soon, perhaps in their lifetime. The disciples’ world then was very small, perhaps no more than 2000 miles in any direction. The world today is in great economic upheaval with great strife among the nations, and the earth is experiencing great apocalyptic natural disasters- weather, earthquakes and tsunamis!
The Bible Details the Endtimes- Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 and the Book of Revelation
The Bible details the last days before Jesus’ return in these chapters and book. In Mt24:4-39, as signs of the endtimes, Jesus spoke of widespread deception, wars, famines and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places. The endtimes are characterized by Jesus’ warnings of false Christs and false prophets, and of great spiritual deception Mt24:4,11,24. Jesus said there will be a great falling way due to immorality v12. He said ‘this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come’v14. With air travel, radio, satellite TV coverage, and now the Internet, this prophecy of the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world today has been greatly facilitated. Lk21:25,26 state ‘there will be ‘distress of nations, with perplexity.. 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’. The Temple in Jerusalem will soon be rebuilt, and animal sacrifice restored. Then the Antichrist will cause the abomination of desolation, spoken by Daniel the prophet v15. Those in Judaea are told to flee into the mountains v16. Jesus said GREAT TRIBULATION such as the world has never experienced, shall then occur v21. Jesus will then return in that generation when all these things are fulfilled v34. The time of the end is sooner than most people think, and many will not be ready when Jesus returns!
Luke 21 adds more details regarding the time of the end. Jesus said the Jews 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 v24. This happened at the destruction of Jerusalem by Roman General Favius Titus in 70 AD. When the Jews returned to Israel in 1948, the times of the Gentiles were fulfilled. Jesus said there will be signs in the heavens and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts will fail them for fear and looking after those things which are coming on the earth. The powers of heaven shall be shaken. Economic collapse will surely occur! Revelation also reveals of things which shall be hereafter during the endtimes Re1:19: the opening of the 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 vials of judgments; the fate of the endtime false church system MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS and ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH Re17:5; the collapse of the world economic system Re18. There will be a World War where over 1/4 to 1/3 of the world will be killed or destroyed Re6:8,8:8-11; and the rise of the Antichrist, the man of sin 2Th2:3,4,8-12, Re13:1 and his False Prophet v11. Then will be the time of the Great Tribulation that will last for 42 months v5, before the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to earth Jude14,15, Re19:11-16.
The apostle Paul also warns us that in the last days perilous times shall come. ‘For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof..’ 2Ti3:1-5. Also, increasing homosexuality; people filled with ‘all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents..’ Ro1:26-31. ‘They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God’ Ga5:19-21.
The Return of Israel as a Nation- One of the Most Significant Endtime Signs
When Israel became a nation again on May 14, 1948, she allowed for the many prophecies written by the prophets by Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, etc., to be fulfilled. After 2600 years of scattering (diaspora), because of her great suffering and the slaughter of 6 million of Jews in the Holocaust of WWII, the United Nations declared Israel a nation again and gave the Jews a homeland in the land of Palestine, a fulfillment of what God told Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the prophets. Now Satan and the world’s hatred for Israel will also then bring forth the final war of Armageddon!
In Part II, we will look at some of the significant events that have occurred since the beginning of World War II, over the past 70 years, that signified that we are living in the endtimes, and what is yet to be fulfilled in this Last Age Before Jesus Returns! We will look at the mess that the world is in and why Jesus will come again in the Rapture, to deliver us from the wrath to come 1Th1:10!
To be continued soon… Part II to follow.
Be Rapture Ready or Be Left Behind
A few years ago, Angelica Zambrano, a young Ecuadorean girl in her early twenties, posted her riveting account of seeing heaven and hell, and of the Rapture. It has been visited by millions of people worldwide (See BLOGROLL on right side bar below). It can also be found at http://spiritlessons.com/documents/Prepare_to_meet_your_God/index.htm . Angela said ‘Jesus is only coming back for a holy people, and many of God’s children will not be ready on that day, and will be left behind in a world that will fall apart‘.
How can we be Rapture Ready and not be Left Behind? The Bible, through Jesus Christ, is our roadmap to the Father. Jesus said ‘I am the way the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’ Jn14:6.. ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’ Heb13:5. Jesus said ‘.. the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life’ Jn6:63. By following Jesus words, we will find eternal life.
How to Be ‘Rapture Ready’ and to Prepare for the Lord’s coming. Here are some guidelines:
Love God and His Word, Abide In Jesus– Be Filled, Be Led, and Be Sealed by the Holy Spirit.
We must love the Lord thy God Mt22:37,Lk10:27; love one another Jn13:34,35. Abide in Jesus and His Word in us Jn15:7. We must be ‘filled with the Spirit’ Ep5:18. We must be led by the Holy Spirit: ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’ Ro8:14. We must be sealed by the Holy Spirit: ‘.. grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption’ Ep4:30. We must depend on the Spirit of Truth to teach and guide us Jn14:26,16:13. We must have fresh revelation from the Holy Spirit Jn16:13; to know what God is doing in these last days; ‘meat in due season’ Mt24:45. Paul wrote ‘But if the Spirit of (God) that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, (God) that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you’ Ro8:11. It is the Holy Spirit who will raise us to meet Jesus in the air 1Th4:17.
Watch and Pray
Jesus said ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ Lk21:36. ‘Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come’ Mt24:42. ‘Pray without ceasing’ 1Th5:17. Pray ‘in the Spirit’ Ep6:18. Pray in the Holy Ghost Jude20. ‘The Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered’ Ro8:26. ‘And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance’ Ac2:4. Jesus said ‘..they shall speak with new tongues’ Mk16:17. Paul said ‘I speak with tongues more than ye all’1Co14:18. Ask God for wisdom on how to be ready for His coming Jas1:5. Look for Jesus coming Ti2:13.
Know the Word of God- Have Faith in God
Faith is needed to please God He11:6. We must have faith in God Mk11:22. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God Ro10:17. Believe God and doubt not Mk11:23. We must know the Word to increase our faith Lk17:5. We must study the Word to be approved unto God. We must be able to rightly divide the Word of truth 2Ti2:15. We must live by ‘every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God’ Mt4:4. We must be sanctified by thy Word Jn17:17; be ‘sanctified and cleansed by the washing of the water by the Word’ Ep5:26. We must hide His Word in our hearts so as not to sin against God Ps119:11.
Know the many promises of God for protection, provisions and blessings Php4:19,Ps84:11. Know Psalm 91– the Psalm of protection from the devil- terror by night, arrow by day, pestilence, destruction and plagues; for long life and for salvation. Know Jesus, the Blessed Hope 1Tit2:13, and the power of his resurrection Php 3:10. Know who the Blessed are in the Beatitudes– the poor in spirit; they that mourn; the meek; they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness; the merciful; the pure in heart; the peacemakers; the persecuted and those persecuted for Jesus’ sake Mt5:3-16.
Repent- Be Pure and Holy
Repent and believe the gospel Mk1:15. ‘Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord’ Ac3:19. Ask God to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness 1Jn1:9. Forgive one another Mt6:12. Confess our faults Jas5:16. Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with thy God Mi6:8. We must be ‘.. in Christ, a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’ 2Co5:17. We must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus; lose our lives for His sake Mt16:24,25.
‘Purify ourselves’ 1Jn3:3. Only the pure in heart shall see God Mt5:8, and be like Jesus 1Jn3:2. Ti2:13,14 tell us ‘Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works’. ‘Be ye holy; for I am holy’ 1Pe1:16. Paul wrote ‘Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord’ Heb12:14. God has called us unto holiness 1Th4:7. We must have clean hands and a pure heart Ps24:4; to walk up-rightly and work righteousness, and speak the truth Ps15:2.
Rejoice in the Lord Always and Praise the Lord
The joy of the Lord is our strength Ne8:10. Rejoice in the Lord always Php4:4. In God’s presence there is fulness of joy Ps16:11. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.. Serve the Lord with gladness Ps100:1,2. Give thanks unto the Lord Ps92:1. Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good Ps135:3,Ps150. In everything give thanks 1Th5:18. Offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually.. the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Name Heb13:15. There is power and personal deliverance when we praise the Lord!
Know Your Spiritual Authority Over the Devil
The enemy of our souls is Satan Re12:9, but we can have spiritual authority over him. Paul wrote we ‘.. wrestle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places’ Ep6:12. ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour’ 1Pe5:8. Know the ‘weapons of our warfare’ 2Co10:4; the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony Re12:11; the name of the Jesus Christ Mk16:17, Co3:17; the Word of God 1Jn2:14; even our faith 1Jn5:4; ‘
‘Finally ..be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might’ Ep6:10. ‘Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil’ Ep6:11; Praying.. in the Spirit Ep6:18. Know our power over the enemy. Binding and loosening Mt16:19,18:18. Use the name of Jesus to cast out devils Mk16:17. Stand on the Word of God for ‘..greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world’ 1Jn4:4. God has given us the Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind 2Ti1:7. Jesus has given us power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy Lk10:19.
The Rapture Will Be An Elective One- Only You Alone Can Decide to be Taken Up
Who determines whether you will be taken in the Rapture or not? Like in accepting Jesus Christ to be saved, you alone must decide to be taken by making yourself ready as Jesus told us to do so! If you love the Lord’s appearing 2Ti4:8, are looking for that Blessed Hope Ti2:13, and for your redemption Lk21:28; if you are watching and praying to be accounted worthy to escape the coming evil Lk21:36; want to please God Heb11:5, have clean hands and a pure heart Ps24:4, are led by the Holy Spirit Ro8:14, seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness Mt6:33, are pure and holy Mt5:8,1Pe1:16, then Jesus will return to take you to heaven with Him Jn14:3.
If you want to participate in the Rapture, then you must prepare for it yourself! You must learn what the Bible says about the Rapture and how to be ready. If you do not want to be left behind, then you must make yourself ready. Thus the Rapture will be a very selective one! Only you alone can and will decide to be taken up in the Rapture or not!
Be Rapture Ready or Be Left Behind
Back in 1995, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins co-authored a New York Times best-seller book titled Left Behind, a Novel of the Earth’s Last Days, based upon their study of the Holy Bible and its references to the Rapture of ready believers, and of those Left Behind. The widely popular book then became a series of 16 books, known as the Left Behind Series relating to the subject of the Rapture. The last book in the series was Kingdom Come: the Final Victory published in 2007. All told, nearly 50 million books were purchased, and likely read by millions more.
As world events are heating up in the world- countries and governments are growing broke under huge unrepayable debts, worldwide economic instabilities, recent severe droughts in the US where nearly 50% of exports of the corn, wheat, and soybeans to the rest of the world come from, tension and a probable war looming in the Mideast with the threats of nuclear bombs being employed, and the likelihood of resulting sharply rising gasoline prices , an Armageddon syndrome pervades the minds of many people all over the world, and many are wondering if the end is near!
From the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus warned us that there will great tribulation such as the world never experienced, neither will it ever Mt24:21. Jesus said ‘.. be ye also ready; for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of man cometh’ Mt24:44, and ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ Lk21:36. In both verses, Jesus was speaking of the Rapture!
The Case for Being Rapture Ready
We must be ready because Jesus is coming quickly, as ‘a thief in the night’ 1Th5:2. Jesus is coming only for those who are ready for Him; for a Church without spot or wrinkle Ep5:27; for a pure and holy people. Paul wrote God ‘shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1Co1:8. Jesus said ‘.. behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be’ Re22:12. Heb9:28 tells ‘..unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation’. After the Rapture, Great Judgment and Tribulation will fall upon the earth Mt24:21.
Great anxiety, perplexities and suffering shall affect every living soul. Paul wrote before the Lord’s return, there will be a falling away of many church members into apostasy 2Th2:3-12. Jesus said ‘.. except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:5; ‘.. except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved’ Mt24:22. ‘For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1Th5:9. Jesus will deliver us from the ‘wrath to come‘ 1Th1:10.
Without Jesus, there is no hope. Not to be ready, is to suffer in the forthcoming Great Tribulation. Those who left their first love, the fornicators and the lukewarm in Re2 and Re3 will not be ready, and will be Left Behind. While it is not certain when the Rapture will take place, we are told to watch for the signs and be ready for His coming.
In 1Th4:15-18, Paul wrote about the Rapture of both the dead and of the living. He said ‘.. 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.’ This is the Rapture of the saints at the time of Christ’s coming.
Jesus himself shall descend from heaven and cause the dead and the alive in Christ to arise, to be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air, to ever be with Him. We are told to comfort one another with these words. All of this sounds very simple and clear. Jesus will return for His own, to take them to be with Him. Jesus said ‘.. 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’ Jn14:3. Jesus prayed ‘Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, BE WITH ME WHERE I AM..’ Jn17:24. Where is Jesus today? With the Father in heaven Ac1:11, Mk16:19!
Instead of comforting one another with these words, many pastors and leaders are not warning their congregation about the soon coming of the Lord and of the Rapture; not warning them to be ready. They give no comfort as they were told to do so. There is presently also a great denial that we are living in the last days and in the endtimes. Thus, many believers are duped and unprepared for the return of Jesus. We need to be ‘Rapture Ready’ or we will be ‘Left Behind’ when Jesus returns for his own as He had promised 2000 years ago.
The Rapture, Our Only Escape
God said ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee’ Hos4:6. Unless we have knowledge of the endtimes and are preparing for Jesus’ coming, we will be Left Behind in a very perverted Antichrist and anti-God system that is now subtly engulfing the world. Unless pastors and leaders prepare people for Jesus’ coming, many believers will be Left Behind including themselves. God is seeking a pure and holy people Tit2:13,14 to take them with Him to heaven in the Rapture.
Jesus said ‘..I will come again, and receive you unto myself’ Jn14:3. We must be ‘Rapture Ready’ in order to escape the wrath of God coming upon the earth 1Th1:10. Like the people in Noah’s days that perished in the flood, and the 5 foolish virgins who were not ready in Mt25:11, many believers will be left behind and perish because they were not prepared to escape, ‘the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience’ Co3:6.
The Rapture in itself is an Escape from the Great Tribulation coming upon the earth. Referring to the Rapture, Paul wrote ‘.. how shall we Escape, if we neglect so great salvation..’ Heb2:3. Paul also wrote ‘.. work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ Php2:12b. Jesus said ‘when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh’ Lk21:28! Jesus said ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to Escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ Lk21:36. The Rapture is our only Escape from the terrible Great Tribulation coming upon the earth.
Signs of Jesus’ Coming
There are many signs written in the Bible heralding the soon coming of Jesus Christ to earth. They are found throughout the Bible, especially in Mt24, Mk13, and Lk21. Here are some important signs: 1. The rebirth of the nation Israel Is66:8, 2. The worldwide preaching of the gospel of the kingdom to all nations Mt 24:14, 3. Great earthquakes in divers places; famines, and pestilences; fearful sights and great signs from heaven Lk21:11, 4. Increasing immorality, corruption, and violence 2Pe2:6, 5. Many false prophets deceiving many believers Mt24:11; 6. Great apostasy in the churches 2Ti3:5, and a falling away of believers 2Th2:2-12, 7. Wars and rumors of war Mk13:7, 8. Distress of nations with perplexity Lk21:25, 9. The rise of the Antichrist in a New World Order– a one world gov’t, religion, society, economic and monetary system Re13:1-18, 10. Great tribulation such as the world has never known Mt24:21.
The first sign, Israel’s rebirth on May 14, 1948, has already past, and the remaining signs are either in progress or will soon be fulfilled. Other signs describe people in the last days as being very greedy, immoral, wicked, proud and arrogant; hedonists, homosexuals, and false worshippers 2Ti3:5. The book of Revelation gives many more endtime signs before Jesus returns. It speaks of the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse– of war, famine, death and destruction Re6:1-8, of worldwide pestilence and desolation. One third of the earth will be affected, and many killed Re8 and Re9. Today there are over 10 nations with nuclear weapons, so a nuclear war seems imminent.
Jesus said ‘But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved’ Mt24:13. We must endure till the end to be to be saved from the terrible things coming upon the earth; to escape death and to take part in the Rapture of the saints. To be ‘Rapture Ready’ requires revelation on what God is doing, what is happening today, an understanding that we are near the end, and to be prepared and ready for the Lord’s coming.
Another Sign of the End- Worldwide Economic Collapse
Today we live in a global economy. What happens in Europe and America will affect the rest of the world. The whole world is built upon a mountain of debt ready to collapse. The present debt crises in the PIIGS countries, namely, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain, are a grave danger that will soon topple the rest of the world. Also Japan’s debt is huge, nearly 2.5 times its annual productivity (GDP). But America is in the worst debt crisis than all these countries combined. In 2005, our national debt was $8 trillion.
Today, like an unstoppable runaway train, it is about $19 trillion (2016) equivalent to over $60,000 for every man, woman and child. Our leaders are powerless and not interested in reducing or to pay off the debt. The only recourse is for the US Federal Reserve Bank to print more money. Because the US$ has been the world’s reserve currency since WWII, the demise of the US$ due to excessive debts will eventually destroy the present world’s economic system. An economic collapse due to bank failures, terrorism, war, famine or any national calamity or disaster will bring America to ‘her knees’ in an economic depression worse than that of the 1930s.
When America collapses, all nations will suffer along with her. Jesus spoke of a time when ‘Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth..’ Lk21:26. Many heart attacks will occur when the markets of the world crash. So how do we prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ? What must we know and what must we do to be ready?
End of Part I… Please see Part II- https://drgoldsite.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/be-rapture-ready-or-be-left-behind-part-ii-conclusion/