Frank J. Casler and Susan E. (Zellweger) Casler
This marriage was made in heaven, but so was lightening and thunder!
It will be sooner than you want. Life is but a vapor. It is written!
IT WAS JUST AN ORDINARY DAY!
It was just an ordinary day several years ago when my friend Steve and his wife were leaving for a normal Sunday at church. Steve, along with his wife and two children were driving to church as usual on a normal Sunday morning. They reached an intersection the exact time as another vehicle hurdled through at nearly 100 mph. The impact was sudden, powerful and caused the end to an entire family in an instant. The suspect that was fleeing the police in a high speed chase was virtually unharmed in the crash. The funeral was difficult with Steve in one casket along with his tiny son and his wife in the other casket with her young daughter. Four people were taken away in the blink of an eye on an ordinary Sunday morning. Memorable to say the least!
It was just an ordinary day last year when my friend Aaron (coincidentally in the same family as Steve) went out to prepare firewood to heat his home. When he didn't come in for supper his wife went out and found him next to the woodpile. He had suffered a heart attack. In the blink of an eye he was gone.
It was just an ordinary day on September 11 ten years ago. It was an ordinary and delightful sunny morning when two planes suddenly crashed into the world trade center killing many thousands. When they left home that morning they had no idea they would never return home again.
So what do you think? If today is your ordinary day which turns into your last, are you ready?
It is Hell (Hades) Hell is what we need to talk about!
Heaven is where we all want to end up.
But most will not.
A loved husband will end up in Hell while his wife goes to Heaven.
Beloved wives will end up in Hell and the husband in Heaven.
Children of parents will go to Hell and the parent to Heaven.
Brother will go to Heaven and sister to Hell.
Sister to Heaven and brother to Hell. Think about this!
Mother to Heaven and Father to hell and vise verse…
Some of our loved ones are already in Hell. This should cause tears to be shed… Can we let this happen without trying to have us all together in Glory?
You can find the path to Heaven after my explanation of Hell.
The path to heaven is narrow and not easy.
The path to Hell is wide and almost like a greased downhill slide.
Take heed and please make a wise choice.
This is a very heavy message to receive and so goes my warning to you right up front.
Why do I want to address the subject of Hell? I want to address Hell because no one is doing it anymore. Most clergy and churches nowadays won’t touch the subject because it doesn’t make people feel good. Most Christians don’t talk about it much either. Modern church not talking about hell is something I have a hard time understanding due to this one fact. The Bible has much, much more in its pages about hades and hell than it has about heaven. That alone should make you think twice about the subject.
44 years ago something profound happened to me. I was at church. My mother made sure I was there every Sunday whether I wanted to be or not. This was a hot and muggy Sunday evening in August. It was August 8, 1965. The preacher, Pastor Danner, had delivered a message that must have been one of those old time Baptist “Hellfire and Brimstone” sermons.
I was moved. I did not want to go to Hell. I didn’t even have a Bible back then and didn’t know much about scripture. All I knew was there is difference between heaven and hell and that I could die accidentally any time. I knew heaven was my vote and hell most definitely scared me to death. I repented and asked God to forgive me and let me be one of His. I embraced Christ through faith.
(John 3:16-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.)
I have not heard too many sermons like that since. I know I can count them on one hand.
Please understand that you and I are no different. With the things I address on this page we are the same. All born as mortals in sin.
(Romans 3:23-For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God ;)
I won’t mention heaven much on this page because heaven is all good and positive and it is Hell that needs to be explained. Some have no idea...
(Matthew 3;11- I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:)
(Romans 2:8- But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,)
(2 Thessalonians 1:8- In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:)
It is a place of wrath! God will inflict vengeance on they that do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Hell is not a place I would send my worst enemy. And that is the truth!
Yes, there is a heaven and there definitely is a hell. For it is written. And this is of grave importance. (No pun intended!)
There are three major witnesses to the truth that everyone has:
1. 1. You see God in creation. You see the beauty and awe of creation all around shouting “There is a GOD!” You can see it.
2. 2. You hear the voice of conscience that He gave you. You know in your heart when you do wrong. Hear it. Hear the reality of God!
3. 3. The word of God. The Holy Bible. It stands forever, never changed. It is the only book known to mankind that has predicted the future and has come true in absolute accuracy. It continues to foretell the future as it is written. The truth will set you free.
Most people don’t want this to be true. They suppress the truth! They do not want to answer for what they have done. No excuse! God says there is no excuse.
It’s important to examine your life, death, heaven and hell. How do you live and what happens when you die?
If you are reading this you were born so there is life. You most likely have a date of birth on a birth certificate. I have some stark news for you if you haven’t heard it yet. You will die! All that’s left to be determined is when your date of death is stamped on the death certificate. It may be today or it may hopefully be another but most don’t expect it when it happens. And for many, when it does, it’s too late. Isn’t that a great way to start?
Nothing on earth is more sobering than a talk about hell. As real as the hope of heaven is, so too is the reality of hell. There will be a moment one day in the future that the only thing about you that will matter is your relationship with God. Your occupation, your good character, your status, sex, or race will mean nothing apart from your standing before God. What will that moment be like for you? Are you just hoping that everything will work out or are you confident in what is ahead for you?
You can know for sure!
This day is rushing toward
you.Make certain of your destiny.
So what do you think? Come on… put some thought into this important subject. I am sure you have done some good and you have done some bad. You may be thinking God will grade you on a curve like the teachers do in school. You may think you can get to heaven on your own because you are not as bad as others.
Here is the truth: If you are going to heaven it is because you repented and embraced Christ by faith. If you have not done this you are going to hell.
There are people in hell right now. How sad but true this is. What about you?
(Luke 16:19-35- There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.)
Hell is populated by two groups. Those that have never done it (repented and embraced Christ by faith) and those that thought they had but did not.
It is written: Hell is eternal torment for the impenitent.
The subject of Hell is obstinately ignored by all. It is ignored primarily because of a move in our country toward universalism and health and wealth theology. Most religions won’t touch it because it is not popular and won’t make people feel good.
You need the truth! Can you handle the truth? Truth doesn’t always feel good.
Will it be heaven or hell for you? You can know for sure!
This day is rushing toward you.
Make certain of your destiny.
I have done it, I repented, I could not gain my own way to heaven. I humbled myself before God. I embraced Jesus Christ as forgiveness for my sins. I did not deserve it, but, I got it. Through God’s grace I am saved from hell.
This is your chance! Right now!
You can turn from your sin and embrace Christ and be changed. Every day is your day of opportunity.
But… when time comes to a close… it is over.
Today, if you hear Him… please respond? I am talking about things eternal.
It is almost impossible today to get a person to think seriously for even a moment about where they are going when they die.
I fear you do not comprehend what a huge deal this is!
We are talking about eternity separated from God! We don’t want to go there. We don’t want anyone we know to go there. We want to keep people from going there!
(Hebrews 9:27- And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:)
(Matthew 8:12- But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.)
(Matthew 25:30- And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Bible gives direct terms of fire, weeping and gnashing of teeth, outer darkness, torment, anguish, isolation and eternal destruction.
Every day of your life God calls out to you!
(2 Peter 3:9- The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.)
He wants all to come to repentance. God wants everyone rewarded with salvation.
God provided a way out of hell but it is up to you to take up the opportunity!
Hear His voice! Hear it today!
You must be sure… the way to hell is wide and easy. The way to heaven is narrow but not complicated. Repent and acknowledge you deserve hell. Embrace Jesus Christ now by faith and ask Him to come into your life and forgive you. Ask him to save you!
God is real. His word is real. His love is real. His working in the world is real. He is real!God is near to any who would have Him.
(Jeremiah 29:13- You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.)
He wants to offer you a relationship not possible with any person. Only God. No one else can offer you forgiveness of sins and eternal life. No one else can offer you a personal relationship with the divine Creator; only the Creator can do that.
No one else can offer to touch you at the deepest level of your being and bring healing from heartache and despair.
And no one else can offer you the unconditional love we all crave.
Reach out. He’s waiting.
God is active and He is near.
I want to invite you to make Christ your Lord and Savior by repenting of your sins and calling on Him for forgiveness and eternal life, believing that He died for you and rose from the grave. The Bible says that all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. And that is very good news.
Act on the words of God, will you?
The path to Heaven!
The information below explains how you can have a personal relationship with God.
1. God loves you and wants a personal relationship with you.
God has a wonderful plan for your life now and forever. The central theme of the Bible is God's love for you and all people. Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
God's plan: Jesus said, "I came that they might have life and might have it abundantly (full and meaningful). This is eternal life: that they may know You the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 10:10; 17:3).
2. Because we are all sinful and separated from God.
Because of sin we cannot know God personally or experience His love and plan for our lives. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Man was created to have a relationship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion (lying, stealing, murder, drunkenness, adultery, fornication etc.) or passive indifference (disinterest; preoccupation with possessions, career etc.), is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
We are all separated from God because of sin. For the result of sin is death (spiritual separation from God) (Romans 6:23). Heaven and Hell are real destinations and the ultimate choice is ours. The Good News is there is a hell...but we don't have to go there!
This above diagram illustrates that God is Holy and we are sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows show that man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as living a good life, doing good deeds, following philosophies, religions, cults etc. The next point explains the only way to bridge this gulf.
3. Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin.
Through Jesus Christ alone we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives. God demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Jesus Christ died for our sins... He was buried... He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures... He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred (I Corinthians 15:3-6).
Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
It is not enough just to know the above information. The next point is the most important.
4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
We must receive Jesus Christ by faith (i.e. by trusting or believing) so we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His Name (John 1:12). For by grace you have been saved, through faith and not by yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We experience a new spiritual birth when we receive Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Do not be surprised when I say you must be born again. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit" (John 3:1-8).
We can receive Jesus Christ by personal invitation. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20).
Receiving Jesus Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Jesus to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us the kind of people He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We must receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of will.
The two circles below represent two kinds of lives, the self-directed life and the Christ-directed life:
Which circle best represents your life? Which circle would you like to have represent your life?
How you can receive Jesus Christ right now by prayer and faith:
Prayer is talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
The following is a suggested prayer. It is only an example for you. Dear God/Heavenly Father, I know that I have sinned. I believe You sent Jesus Christ to save me. I believe Jesus was crucified on the cross, he was buried, raised from the dead, and He ascended into heaven and sat down at Your right hand. I thank You Jesus for taking away my sins forever. I believe Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and I am now born again and will have eternal life. Take control of my life and make me the person You want me to be. Thank You God, for forgiving me and giving me everlasting life. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, pray this prayer or one like it right now. It need not be the same and should be your own words. If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved (Romans 10:9). If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all wrong doing (1 John 1:9). Jesus said, "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance" (Luke 15:7).
5. How you can grow as a new member of God’s Kingdom.
Talk to God in prayer daily. Matthew 21:22 All things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Mark 11:24 Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Attend church regularly. Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
Read God's Word, the Bible, often. 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Obey God always. John 14:21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.
Be a good witness and live for God by your life and words. John 15:8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Trust God for every detail of your life. 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Trust the Holy Spirit to help you daily. Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
If you need some encouragement or help along your new walk and new life please contact me using the mail link. At the least I would like to pray for you. Please let me know your needs by e-mail.
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Jesus died for us.
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God: I believe that there is one God who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus: I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, was born of a virgin, was wholly God and wholly man, lived a sinless life, died in our place as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended into Heaven.
Christ's Return: I believe that Jesus Christ will literally return to earth.
Holy Spirit: I believe that God the Holy Spirit is active in convincing unbelievers of their need for salvation, and is the Comforter and Guide Who lives in every believer.
Bible: I believe that the Bible is the Word of God without any error, the sole authority for life and faith.
Man: I believe that man is a special creation of God, made in His image, but that through the sin of the first man, Adam, mankind fell so that all men are sinners and need salvation.
Salvation: I believe that salvation is a gift received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Assurance: I believe that every person who is truly saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eternity: I believe that those persons who die in their sins without Christ spend eternity in Hell and those persons who die with their sins forgiven through Christ spend eternity in Heaven.
Baptism: I believe that water baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion after salvation.
Church: I believe that the church is a local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the Head.
Prayer: I believe that each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Government: I believe in the separation of church and state, but not in separation of God and government. Christians are salt and light in society.
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget god. PS. 9:17 KJV
It is true indeed, there is a hell, and wicked men shall unavoidably come to hell. As John says, “You serpents and generation of vipers, how shall you escape the damnation of hell?” But all you who are elect of God are not only forewarned, but are forearmed also. You need not fear this place of hell, for first, you need not fear the devil, that is, the torments in hell, because “God shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.” Though he now goes about like a roaring lion, “seeking his prey, whom he may devour,” yet then he shall be in chains and go about no more. And second, you need not fear those torments in hell the damned undergo. Though there is a worm that shall never die, a fire that shall never go out, though there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, though they lie under the wrath of an incensed God, yet lift up your heads with joy, you elect of God, for Jesus Christ is your redemption and your life! “He hath destroyed him which had the power of death, the devil,” Hebrews 2:14. “Hereupon, you are by Christ delivered from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:10.
Here then, is a matter of joy for you. Though there is a hell, and the wicked tormented night and day, yet by Jesus Christ you are delivered from this wrath to come.
*Taken as an excerpt from The Works of Christopher Love, published by Soli Deo Gloria.
The Bible gives many examples of signs that should warn us of the coming end of the age. Six such signs are given by Jesus, two characteristics are given by Paul, and eleven other occurrences are given by the prophets to occur prior to or soon after the end of the age. While we are also told we will not know the time of the End, God obviously wanted us to know when that time was getting closer. As the Christian church is increasingly drawn into the interfaith movement, and as more and more churches go into isolation, preparing to sleep through the growing attacks on their faith, perhaps God knew it would take a few signs to wake us up and remind us that we have work to do.
Unfortunately, many Christians take the verses that tell us we won't know the time of His coming to mean they should ignore any and all scripture that might warn us of this time of tribulation. Others have fallen into the trap of fearing being labeled a "conspiracy theorist" should they display an interest in the Biblical prophecies about our future on Earth. My philosophy is simple. God included it in the Bible and, since God is all knowing, we should trust that it is something we should know and study along with the rest of His Word.
It is increasingly obvious that the time of our Lord's coming is drawing near. Prophecy is being fulfilled daily, and at a faster pace than ever before. Whether you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, or believe Christians will be witness to the full tribulation, wrath, and final judgments, matters not. The beginning of birth pains and the signs of the times should have the same effect on all of us. It should motivate us to save as many souls as we can in the time that we have left. The Great Commission tells us to be disciples to all nations, bringing the message of salvation through Christ to all people. If the Church is raptured before the tribulation, it is important that we leave behind an explanation for the trials and judgments those left behind will face. How else will they recognize the deception of the anti-Christ and seek instead the truth of the Bible? If we are to endure the tribulation along side them, we will need to be prepared to not only share the message of salvation, but share with them the reasons for God's judgment and hold it up as further proof of their need to be saved.
Below is a study of the prophetic signs God gave us as a warning of the approaching end of the age. Many of them are being fulfilled now and many will be fulfilled in the near future. I would encourage you to study prophecy, know what is coming and be prepared to share it with others.
SIX SIGNS GIVEN BY JESUS TO INDICATE HIS COMING AND THE END OF THE AGE
In Matthew 24:3 Jesus was asked, "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?" Jesus told his apostles to look for the following signs prior to his second coming and the end of the age.
1. FALSE PROPHETS AND CHRISTS
Matthew 24:5 "For many will come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and will mislead many."
Matthew 24:11 "And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many."
In the last several years many have claimed to be the Messiah. Jim Jones and David Koresh are examples of these false christs as well as countless others who are not as newsworthy. These false prophets are a prelude to the ultimate false christ, the antichrist. Many New Age groups, some even NGO's working for the United Nations, are anxiously awaiting the antichrist, preparing the way for his acceptance as the head of the hierarchy of gods and the one who will usher in world peace.
Matthew 24:6 "And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end."
Rumors of wars in all areas of the world now occur frequently thanks to instant media coverage and the availability of a multitude of 24-hour news sources.
Matthew 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes."
More people have been killed in warfare in this century than at any other time in history. As the death toll rises in the Middle East, more and more countries work feverishly to develop devastating weapons of mass destruction. Add to that the expanding threat of terrorism and unpredictable dictators such as Saddam Hussein, and the potential for the outbreak of war exists in nations, kingdoms and places across the globe.
Matthew 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes."
As white, Christian farmers are driven out of Zimbabwe in increasing numbers, and foreigners move in to replace life-sustaining crops with poppies that now supply 25% of the worlds drugs, famine spreads across the African continent. The undernourished are not limited to Africa, however. A large portion of the worlds 5 billion people suffers from a shortage of food.
Matthew 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes."
The number and intensity of earthquakes this century is at a level higher than any other time in history. A staggering number of seismic events occur around the world daily. The earthquake seismic monitor IRIS shows all major earthquakes for the last year. Indicated by yellow and red circles, the seismic events of the last 15 days provides strong evidence of the fulfillment of Matthew 24:7 in our day. By contrast, in the years from 1890 to 1900 there was only one major earthquake in the world.
Matthew 24:8-9 "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of my name."
Christians are under attack throughout the world today. In the United States Christians still enjoy freedom to worship God without suffering much more than ridicule, hatred, or discrimination at work and school. However in many other countries such as China, Sudan, Africa, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Russia, and many Muslim nations, Christian suffer much greater persecution and often times death for their faith. During the tribulation this suffering will be worldwide and will continue even to the point of martyrdom. These first 5 signs will increase in intensity and severity as the tribulation approaches, much like the birth pangs or contractions of a pregnant woman worsen as the delivery time approaches.
6. THE GOSPEL WILL BE PREACHED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come."
This prophecy has already been fulfilled through television, radio, missionaries, the translation of the Bible into many languages, and the internet. People all over the world now hear the message of Christ from missionaries who have the means to travel the globe, and via technology that allows us to communicate with people on the other side of the world right from our own homes, churches and offices.
TWO CHARACTERISTICS OF THE END OF THE AGE FROM THE APOSTLE PAUL
1. GODLESSNESS IN THE LAST DAYS
II Timothy 3:1-5,7 "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of god; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
For anyone who has watched television, read a newspaper, lost a retirement to corporate greed and corruption, or just walked outside their front door, it is obvious this prophecy has been fulfilled by our generation. Our leaders are often corrupt; our cities are filled with crime, brutality, and neon signs proclaiming our sinful, godless nature. The New Age Movement brings in increasing numbers of mystics who claim to be the enlightened ones. They are some of the most educated and influential people in our societies, and yet the most lacking in real truth.
2. APOSTASY (FALLING AWAY FROM THE FAITH)
I Timothy 4:1-3 "But the spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. By means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth."Churches today are becoming more and more ecumenical, embracing the New Age interfaith agenda, and denying Christ as the only way to salvation. Giving in to the politically correct media and a corrupt society, they have embrace homosexuality as an acceptable alternate lifestyle and preach tolerance and compromise in place of God's truth for the salvation of the world. The environmentalist movement within the New Age movement lures them into a worship of mother earth, belief in past lives, reincarnation, and Karma while demonizing all those who would eat the meat God gave us as nourishment for our bodies.
ELEVEN FULFILLMENTS OF BIBLE PROPHECY REQUIRED FOR THE END OF THE AGE
1. EXISTENCE OF A 200,000,000 MAN ARMY IN THE EAST
Revelation 9:16 "And the number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them."
An army of that size had never existed until China's army reached that number in the 1960's.
2. REDEVELOPMENT OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (EUROPEAN COMMUNITY)
Daniel 2:32-33 "The head of the statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay."
Daniel 2:40-43 "Then there will be a fourth kingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch as iron crushes and shatters all things, so like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and break all these in pieces. And in that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have the toughness of iron, and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. And in that you saw the iron mixed with clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery."
The fourth kingdom of iron is the Roman empire according to Daniel's interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream. The two legs are the division of the Roman empire into an eastern portion called the Byzantine empire which ended in the 1400's and a western portion based in Rome which ended in the 400's. The nations of Europe since the Roman empire dissolved have never adhered or formed one empire but continue as separate nations, however, the European Union now has 15 Member States and is preparing for the accession of 13 eastern and southern European countries.
3. RETURN OF THE ONE PURE LANGUAGE, HEBREW, TO ISRAEL
Zephaniah 3:9 "For then I will return to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent."
Prior to the restoration of Israel in 1948, Hebrew was a dead language. Now Hebrew is spoken throughout Israel.
4. REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE, RESTORATION OF TEMPLE WORSHIP AND ANIMAL SACRIFICES IN JERUSALEM
For several end time prophecies to be fulfilled, the temple will have to be rebuilt.
Revelation 11:2 "Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the oly city for forty-two months."
Daniel 9:27 "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolation, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate."
Daniel 9:26 "Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary."
Some archeologists believe that the temple mount is actually 340 feet south of the Dome of the Rock site, putting the Dome of the Rock within the Court of the Gentiles. This may be the court outside the temple that is left out.
There are many groups already working on preparations for the new temple. The blueprints are already done, the temple garments have been made, and there have already been attempts to lay the cornerstone of the temple. The only thing standing in the way of the construction of the new temple is Islam's third holiest site, the Dome of the Rock and government support for such an undertaking. Some possible scenarios for the rebuilding of the temple are as follows:
1. The persuasion and performing of miracles by the Antichrist and False Prophet convinces the Islamic world to approve the rebuilding.
2. The United Nations will negotiate the rebuilding of the temple following a war with the armies from the North (Russia and Islamic forces). This assumes that the war with the armies from the North is not the battle of Armageddon as some feel and that this attack occurs before the rapture or tribulation period begins. The supernatural destruction of the Russian army and Islamic forces will cause an outpouring of Christian worship and zeal amongst the Jewish people who will reconstruct the temple.
3. It is determined that the site of the first two temples is actually south of the Dome of the Rock, and the court of the gentiles (Dome of the Rock) will be left out of the 3rd temple.
A group in Israel called the Temple Mount Faithful have obtained most of the clothing, instruments and other equipment required for temple worship and are actively preparing for the laying of the third temple's cornerstone.
5. APPEARANCE OF THE RED HEIFER AFTER 2000 YEARS
Numbers 19:2-7 "This is the statute of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been placed. "You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence. Next Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle some of its blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times. "Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight; its hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse, shall be burned. "The priest shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward come into the camp, but the priest shall be unclean until evening."
A red heifer will be required to be used in the process of purification described in the book of Numbers. In May 1997 the first Red Heifer was born in 2000 years. Another red Heifer was born in Israel in March of 2002.
6. INCREASE IN KNOWLEDGE AND TRAVEL
Daniel 12:4 "But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."
Billy Graham was quoted as saying, "ninety percent of all the engineers and scientists who have ever lived are alive today." Air travel, space travel, DNA research and human cloning are all examples of the rapid increase in knowledge in our generation.
7. RETURN OF THE ETHIOPIAN JEWS TO ISRAEL
Zephaniah 3:10-11 "From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, My dispersed ones, will bring My offerings. In that day you will feel no shame because of all your deeds by which you have rebelled against Me; For then I will remove from your midst your proud, exulting ones, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain."
In 1984, Operation Moses saw the airlift of 15,000 Jews who had already fled to refugee camps in Sudan to escape starvation. In 1991, Operation Solomon flew 20,000 Jews to Israel from Ethiopia itself. A further airlift began in June of 1999, aimed at transporting the last 3,000 members of the Quara Jewish community from northeastern Ethiopia to Israel.
8. THE RISE OF RUSSIA
Ezekiel 38:2,4,8 "Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords. After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them."
In order for some end time events to occur Russia will have to be a strong nation with a strong military.
9. RETURN OF RUSSIAN JEWS TO ISRAEL
Jeremiah 23:7-8 "Therefore behold, the days are coming declares the Lord, when they will no longer say, as the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt, but as the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I have driven them. Then they will live on their own soil."
In the 1970's and 1980's there was a mass exodus of Russian Jews out of Communist Russia. In 1999 the Associated Press reported a dramatic increase in the number of Jewish immigrants from Russia, bringing the largest number of Russian Jews to Israel since the early 1990's.
10. TECHNOLOGY FOR THE MARK OF THE BEAST
Revelation 13:16-17 "And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name."
On May 10, three members of a family in Florida became the first people to receive the biochip implant. Each device, made of silicon and called a VeriChip, is a small radio transmitter about the size of a piece of rice that is injected under a person's skin. It transmits a unique personal ID number whenever it is within a few feet of a special receiver unit. VeriChip's maker describes it as "a miniaturized, implantable, radio frequency identification device (RFID) that can be used in a variety of security, emergency and healthcare applications."
Is the biochip the mark of the beast to be used by the antichrist? We can't really know. What is significant is that people are being softened to the idea of a mark or an implant as a means of maintaining security, providing medical information, and regulating a more interdependent world. As attitudes change, fears subside, and people are convinced of the need for such a mark, the true mark of the beast will be easily introduced to the world by the antichrist.
11. PLANS FOR THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT
The United Nations, World Trade Organization, International Criminal Court, UN peacekeeping/police force, numerous UN NGO's, and other agencies are preliminary steps to the formation of a one world government. We now have the communications technology, transportation, and the pro-globalization media necessary to usher in the one world government headed by the antichrist. The increasing terrorist threat and the middle east conflict will only speed up the formation of this governing body as fear and promises of better security make more people willing to give up their national sovereignty for global governance.
12. INSTANT COMMUNICATION AROUND THE WORLD
Revelation 11:3, 7-10 "And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophecy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth."
Television and the 24-hour news networks make it possible for people around the world to see the dead prophets and rejoice at their deaths.
Luke 21:32 "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place."
The U.S.A. was founded on Christian principles. If you do not believe that, look at the history of our country and the Constitution to see. It is true, that we have drifted far away from these principles. Sad but true, nonetheless.
Fear and anger are the two dominant attitudes of Americans today. Fear about their future and anger at those they see as responsible for the crisis. There is a crisis of confidence in our leaders of America.
This fear and anger cuts across a broad range of ages and asset levels. It is not limited to a small segment. The psyche of Americans is most certainly altered because of events and situations over the last decade.
About their finances. In a recent survey, 73 percent of Americans said they "worried about money" during the previous day, up from 56 percent in March of 2009 when there was serious talk of a global meltdown.
A recent New York Times article on dollar stores pointed to a "new consumerism" among the affluent; households with incomes over $70,000 today make up almost 25 percent of dollar-store customers and that is the fastest growing segment of shoppers.
About their future. Nearly six in 10 Americans say the latest market downturn will limit the opportunities to pursue their future objectives. And only 11 percent say they have "strong or very strong control of their financial lives, "down from 17 percent in March of 2009.
About the way ahead for the U.S. Over half of Americans are moderately or very fearful about the future of the United States. These fears are not new! Even before the recent financial events, surveys showed for the first time that Americans are unsure about whether their children will be better of than they are. House prices, unemployment, extensive media coverage about the deficit and debt ceiling have heightened this anxiety.
The survey found that 59 percent of Americans are moderately or very angry about the challenges facing the United States, but their anger goes beyond that to real frustration with the way the financial industry and government in America operates today.
Jason Zweig of the Wall Street Journal recently wrote "People seem to feel like bystanders at their own financial lives- almost as if they were spectators at a race track equally incapable of stopping an impending car crash and of tearing their eyes away from it."
In an interview, Zweig said that many feel victimized by a system rigged against them, constructed by policy makers, regulators, banks, and Wall Street firms for their own benefit. More than at any time since the 1930's people feel the rules are tilted against them. This has contributed to a "buyer's strike" on stocks. While existing holdings aren't being sold, new money is staying on the sidelines, even in the face of record low returns on bonds and cash.
Whether the complaints from people are fair is irrelevant. They are real in the minds of many Americans.
I can honestly say I don't very often worry about money and therefore do not claim to be part of the 73 percent mentioned above. I thank God for his protection and blessings. It is time to acknowledge today's challenges, but not overstate them. It is time to get back to the fundamentals of our land. It is time to realize that our government's constitution was based around God's principles. It is time to pray! It is time for real leadership and a restoration or rebuilding of confidence. How long will it take for us to repent as a nation and put our faith in God once again. In God we Trust!
If we are to save our beloved America, all of us must turn to Jesus Christ and follow Him. Each of us must live by the principles set down by Him and let Him lead us. If we do not, The United States of America will cease to be in a very short time.
I am not an alarmist. I do not want anyone to panic. However history should tell us that we are following every great nation that has ever existed; we are becoming more and more immoral and Godless with each passing day. Our beloved God should have destroyed us already. He is indeed longsuffering, but His patience does have a limit.
We must turn, and turn quickly, lest He come as a thief in the night. Then, as individuals, we will be able to go with Him to heaven IF we are His true followers. But how many Americans will go? Not many, I fear.
I beg each and every citizen of this country to repent and follow Jesus NOW, before it is too late.
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