Good evening...another Saturday night before worship services tomorrow...I trust that you will be in your house of worship on Sunday...well, how does the end look? The following article by Michael G. Mickey is very intertesting:
How The End Looks
by Michael G. Mickey
I continue to catch a lot of heat from those skeptical of the position of this small ministry for Christ, which is that Jesus Christ is coming soon, but, whenever I'm feeling beaten down or wearied, all I have to do is look at the news of our world today and compare it with Bible prophecy. That does the trick for me each and every time.
Rarely does a 24-hour period go by that I can't find something in the news that I can point to and say to anyone, "THIS is how the end looks, according to Bible prophecy!"
Let's review a few examples of recent findings I've come across that point to this being the case.
The United States on its way out as a superpower
Anyone who has examined Bible prophecy extensively or tried to answer the question of where the USA is located in prophecy has ultimately come to a very limited number of conclusions. Me? I've come to the conclusion that the USA isn't going to remain the all-powerful nation it is today OR the USA, whether willfully or by necessity, is going to become part of the revived Roman empire of Bible prophecy we today refer to as the European Union, the embryo of the new world order to come. Looking at the news of late, I can see potential for either to occur.
Fox News is reporting the following, in part:
The next two decades will see a world living with the daily threat of nuclear war, environmental catastrophe and the decline of America as the dominant global power, according to a frighteningly bleak assessment by the U.S. intelligence community.
"The world of the near future will be subject to an increased likelihood of conflict over resources, including food and water, and will be haunted by the persistence of rogue states and terrorist groups with greater access to nuclear weapons," said the report by the National Intelligence Council.
The analysts said that the report had been prepared in time for Barack Obama's entry into the Oval office on January 20, where he will be faced with some of the greatest challenges of any newly-elected president.
"The likelihood that nuclear weapons will be used will increase with expanded access to technology and a widening range of options for limited strikes," the 121-page assessment said.
Living under a daily threat of nuclear war? Environmental catastrophes occurring regularly? A world in persistent threat of armed conflict because of supply being unable to match demand for the earth's ever-dwindling resources? All of this is inevitable. Because of an ever-growing human populace, the spread of weapons of mass destruction and evil world leaders coming to power periodically as they have throughout human history, these things are bound to happen! Not only that, it's how the end looks according to God's prophetic Word, isn't it?
Not only can students of Bible prophecy see we're reaching a critical point in human history, voices from the secular world are expressing concerns, predicting calamities galore even!
Christians, we have a lot of work to do - and not a lot of time left to do it, in all likelihood, this side of the Rapture of the Church, but let's continue on the topic at hand for now.
I remember that it wasn't too long ago that I was receiving quite a bit of criticism for suggesting that the United States might be overcome by the rising new world order being born in Europe. I'm not being laughed at so much anymore, particularly with NewsMax.com, for example, chillingly reporting the following, in part (emphasis added mine):
The results of the G-20 economic summit amount to nothing less than the seamless integration of the United States into the European economy.
In one month of legislation and one diplomatic meeting, the United States has unilaterally abdicated all the gains for the concept of free markets won by the Reagan administration and surrendered, in total, to the Western European model of socialism, stagnation, and excessive government regulation.
Sovereignty is out the window. Without a vote, we are suddenly members of the European Union.
My theories? They're not quite so outlandish anymore. They never were to me because I've read my Bible and folks? This is how the end looks!
NewsMax.com isn't the only news source telling us that the new world order the Antichrist is someday going to lead is rising before our very eyes. Consider the headline of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article I was made aware of. It reads: 'New global order' begins
A look inside the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette piece finds that the recent G-20 meeting, about which the article was written, ended with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown stating that the "birth pains" of a "new global order" have commenced - a most interesting choice of words in light of 1st Thessalonians 5:3 which gives us a hint into what the world will be saying when the advent of the prophesied Antichrist occurs and, ironically, a description likening the Tribulation Period to birth pains: "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."
Birth pains, Christians! A new global order is experiencing birth pains! This is how the end looks!
I'm not alone in seeing how the pieces of the end times puzzle are being arranged. Just today I saw that Gordon James Klingenschmitt, a former naval chaplain who only a short time ago went on a hunger strike outside the White House because he wasn't allowed to share Jesus Christ with others as he felt led to while acting in that role, is concerned that our military is becoming atheistic, which he believes is a necessary element of the Antichrist rising to become a global dictator with power "over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations" in the prophetic future. Revelation 13:7
In a OneNewsNow.com article, Klingenschmitt is quoted as saying, "There is a day coming in the end times when the military will be forced to be atheistic because, in order for the eventual man who is the man of sin -- the Anti-Christ -- as it is describe in the Bible, for him to come to power and to stamp out Christianity around the globe, he's going to need a good strong atheist military. That is the first step toward Armageddon, and I'm concerned about that. And I pray that President (elect) Obama is not foolish enough to lead us down that road."
Quite frankly, I would be surprised if the Left-leaning Obama administration did anything other than weaken the role faith plays in our armed forces. Obama didn't beat out Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to earn the title of most liberal Senator in the United States Congress to suddenly have a change of heart and become a moderate in the White House, in my humble opinion.
As Klingenschmitt fears may occur, our armed forces, as well as the forces of the entire rising new world order, are likely going to become more secularized and atheistic in preparation of the advent of the Antichrist to occur. In the OneNewsNow.com article, Klingenschmitt vows he's going to "blow the trumpet and sound the alarm" if he sees that happening.
From where I'm sitting? If Klingenschmitt blows the trumpet so loud and long people's ears begin to ring, few in our world today, even in the Christian community, are going to get up in arms about it, no pun intended. Why? Because a Church that is willing to elect a man like Barack Obama isn't likely to put a great deal of effort into demanding that our military chaplains be allowed to share the gospel according to their faith.
A Church Asleep Behind The Wheel
I've ranted and raved on the issue of the Church of these last days sitting on its hands where condemning rampant sinfulness is concerned and, in many instances, flat out supporting evil that I've practically turned blue in the face, Christians voting for Barack Hussein Obama topping the list of my most recent frustrations.
Does anyone remember September 11th? I know I do. It was a day that will haunt me as long as I live and yet, based on the election of Barack Obama, it seems that many Christians would've voted in favor of that kind of loss of life happening each and every day! Shocking, isn't it?
Consider the following excerpt from a commentary written by Thomas A. Glessner for WorldNetDaily.com:
As evangelical leaders "tone down" their voices of opposition to abortion, unborn children continue to die at a rate of 3,300 per day. In other words, America experiences every day a silent 9/11 attack within abortion clinics across the country while voices in opposition to such an onslaught become weaker and more muted.
In regards to abortion and the cultural battle over the sanctity of life ethic, we need to seriously ask: Whatever happened to the community of faith?
A thought-provoking question, isn't it?
If you're anything like me, you probably think of September 11th occasionally. Whenever you see the twin towers fall in your mind, see people jumping to their deaths to escape the heat and smoke of that horrific day and all the other painful memories we associate with it, we should consider all the children that are going to continue to die every single day - each of them part of a daily 'September 11th' occurring in abortion clinics all over America. That's what a vote for Obama brought with it, not to mention emboldening the homosexual community to pursue it agenda more militantly than ever before which we're already seeing become more problematic because Christians failed to stand united on biblical principles at the polls.
Some will undoubtedly write to me and say, "Mike, the GOP isn't much better." I wouldn't raise a great deal of objection to that, but at this point? Even somewhat better is better than the absolute worst of liberalism that is going to become prevalent in our society beginning on January 20th, 2009!
I read the other day that unhappy people watch more television. If that's true, I guess I'll be watching more beginning next year. We won't be able to afford to do much else anyhow once Obama begins raising all our taxes, but I digress.
Thomas A. Glessner asked, "Whatever happened to the community of faith?" I don't know, exactly, but this is how the end looks, isn't it?
A dramatic "falling away" from the faith has taken place since I was a child which doesn't seem that long ago, although my graying hair reminds me that it may have been a bit longer than I remember.
Almost Out of Time
In closing, probably because I'm planning on being away from my computer for a bit due to family obligations I have that will carry me into remote areas of Appalachia where frustrated small town America clings to guns and religion and has little to no internet connectivity, I'm rambling a bit I fear. Please forgive me if so as there's a lot I want to get out to my readers before taking this brief rest to recharge my brain and see some of my family I don't get to very often.
Barring the Rapture of the Church or circumstances beyond my control, I'll be back at work shortly. I'll have to be, quite frankly, or the big show may well be over and me with a very full inbox of information at that! Unacceptable short of the Rapture!
An article by Russia Today opens as follows, reinforcing my point made in all of the above:
You may not need to write your last will and testament after all. Now a group of pessimistic scientists from the U.S., the UK and France say humanity has reached the point of no return and has little hope of continuing life on Earth.
A new study published by The Open Atmospheric Science Journal says the concentration of CO2 in the planet’s atmosphere has reached the point at which irreversible changes to climate start. Even if the concentration of carbon dioxide is lowered from its current level in record time, the catastrophic effects will still occur. The scientists give us about 30 years till the end of the planet to which humans are adapted.
Yes, this is how the end looks according to Bible prophecy and secular mankind as well! And in spite of it? Those of us working hardest to alert a lost and dying world that time is swiftly running out for them to come to faith in the only One who can save them from certain and eternal destruction? We're the punchline of many a joke it seems, but even that, as ironic as it is? Just how the end looks. Exactly how it looks.
2nd Peter 3:3-4: 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.
It's time to get serious while you still have time!
If you're reading this and you've never accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, what are you waiting for? Are you waiting for the actual end to come? If so, that will be too late.
You need Jesus Christ in your life and you need Him right now. Tomorrow may be one day too late as the Lord's plan? It's proceeding precisely as we were told to expect it to - and more dramatically by the minute it seems.
Suddenly, we're told, Christ will come for His Church, after which the world is going to descend into utter madness on the road to Armageddon.
Please don't be left behind. Cry out to Jesus! He's listening for you!