Churches Have Always Preached End Times – But Why Is Today Different?
Daily we see Headline News about unemployment, bad economy, poverty, crooked government, divorce, heartache, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, wall street, foreclosures, liberal media, elections, conservative, democrat, disease, epidemic, out of business sales, global warming, global markets, murders, family values in decline, homosexuality, lesbianism, secularism, politically correctness, class wars, race wars, prostitution, socialism, the rich élite, George Soros, world currency, wars, Israel, US, Iraq, Afghanistan and Russia.
The list goes on and on!
All through-out the history of our country, we have suffered from many of the very same Headline Events that are going on today. And churches have always tied these events to “end times” or what many call “the last days”, which by name are deceptive and incorrect. So why is today’s political, economic and weather events any different today, than in our past? All you would have to do is, change the names of the people in power and of the names of the countries we are at war with and we can see that these are some of the very same events.
So Why Are Today’s Events Different?
So about the economic, political or weather events that we are witnessing; why are they any different from past events such as the Great depression for one example? Or for another example; like the earthquakes that are in great abundance all over the world today. How are they any different from the multiple earthquakes of the late 1800’s? These are great questions and these questions should be asked, even if it is just out of common sense. The thought of Past vs Present events at the very least should peak any partially intelligent person’s curiosity.
But the funny thing to me is that these in-particular questions can easily and adequately be answered in scripture, but rarely are. I just haven’t heard many churches answer this question correctly, so that people will have confidence in knowing where we are in time, according to the Word of God. My concern is that many people will lose hope in these times because our Churches are avoiding study of prophecy and teaching on eschatology. A lot of damage can also be done from the pulpit if a teacher’s study in prophecy is not taken serious. To teach prophecy correctly, it takes many years of researching scripture and always the divine help of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Scripture Does Clearly Identify Today’s Times
There is at least one verse in the New Testament that clearly identifies “today’s times” and I rarely hear it taught or preached about. Nay Sayers that always will say “that today’s events are no different from past events” And when I show them scripture to prove otherwise, it does shut them up almost every-time. Although they cannot argue with it, many will still refuse to believe it. This is a what I will call a “spirit of fear’ in many folks that fear change and will refuse the truth because of it. Meaning: Many people here on earth will place their love of worldly possessions such as money or just their love of life and they will misplace their hope in corrupt Governments, over God. This is tragic to me, but for some people who will never change, but when Truth is preached, it will always at the very least end all disputes regardless whether they believe it or not.
Predestined events does not affect freewill in any way, freewill is designed by the Father to run side by side with predestined events.
By studying when these events that will take place, we come to know God better through our relationship with God in His Word.. It brings to a place to make a decision of our own freewill.
There were many prophecies about Jesus coming the first time, those prophecies about Jesus coming all rang true! And those prophecies about Jesus, had to come to pass and had to happen, right? It was God’s plan for our salvation, so Jesus coming the first time was predestined, right? There are also many unfulfilled prophecies in the New And Old Testament, that are also predestined to happen, so they will also have to happen all according to God. They are part of His plan, they are all going to take place. That will not change regardless of what we do. God’s plan is on the table and already in motion and we need to know and accept this.
This is not going to be a long drawn out complicated message, I promise. But before I point out in scripture where we are in time at the end of this lesson, there’s a couple of things I want to bring out first. I meet many types of people within the church who I believe without even realizing it, allow Satan to control their attitude and their walk with God. Guard against being an emotional person or an emotionless person.
Do not get over emotional or in fear (afraid) of what is coming, learn about it. Revelation knowledge in His Word will bring hope.
Also know this….. That Fear only comes, when we don’t know God’s plan. God gave us freewill and we can exercise it to mentally prepare spiritually for what is predestined to happen and written in His Word. Do not get in fear about the coming events, Satan is the author of fear. God does not want us to be scared about what is coming. If you know scripture, then Satan cannot twist scripture to scare you and use it against you. Now we have a freewill to either accept or reject God and His Word, and accept or reject what He has done for us. God loves us and Jesus has a great plan for His Bride, who is us… So do not get in fear or do you want to learn about His plan? Let us study Amen.
And the opposite of fear is just as alarming, to have no passion or to be emotionless about what is coming…
People who are emotionless about prophecy, are either overwhelmed by it or worse, just don’t care and have no urgency at all…. If you just don’t care, this should raise a concern in yourself about your relationship is with God. And do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed either. A person who knows Truth in scripture will always have a defense and a strong advantage over deception. To have no urgency at all is also deception. Why? Because Satan does not want you thinking it is time for you to prepare yourself and your family.
Satan will always take a scripture and use it out of context to confuse you. Satan will either create fear or mislead you to into thinking it is not important. Let me give you an example:
Below, what Jesus saying in Matt 24:36 which is of-course is true. First, Jesus didn’t lie, he doesn’t know the day nor the exact hour. But Jesus was by no means was giving us an excuse to not to study prophecy in the Word of God about His coming for His Bride or His Second coming. That would be exactly how Satan would use this scripture to deceive people through ignorance in church doctrine. That is not at all what Jesus was saying. Now let me complicate this a little more. Which event was Jesus referring to? His coming for His Bride (the rapture) or His second Coming? See folks, these are things we need to research in prophecy scripture and learn.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. KJV
We may not know the day or the hour, but we will know the time. I will prove that in a moment…. Jesus himself says much more about knowing and recognizing the day in which these events will occur, we will get to that. Let me finish about Satan’s ways of deception first.
Satan will deceive many through the church… How? Through poor study ethics of people and even Pastors and Teachers who do not labor in the Word, who unable to discern the Times. Teachers should always keep their mind and heart open to learn, even from a student.
Now let me take this a bit further and elaborate a little more.
Matt 24:36, which is a great scripture in its context. But if Matt 24:36 were the only scripture that I knew and that I had to use to base a decision on about prophecy; then first why would God have written prophecy? And second; Why should we read any prophecy scripture at all, If God doesn’t want us to know. This is exactly how many churches are avoid teaching on prophecy and there is a danger in that message. It is giving the message to people “not to worry about anything, don’t concern yourself with prophecy”. Churches sometimes are deceived by their own doctrine of thinking, and this will always happen when they will take a scripture out of context like Matt 24:36 alone and ignoring many other scriptures that apply to the subject. This always results in just teaching in partial truth, which is as dangerous as not telling the truth.
To many Teachers and Pastors today use one scripture like Matt 24:31 alone for an excuse as to why they teach little about prophecy. To use excuses to not study and teach prophecy is wrong. But I will say this; “that I believe that it is mostly is being unintentionally deceptive” on their part. Here is why I say they are unintentionally misleading their people.
Researching and tying scripture together to get a clearer picture in and about prophecy, is a life long study and very time-consuming. Studying prophecy is mentally taxing, labor intensive and is very hard work, that just does not have an end. We will never see it all or even come any closer than just scratching the surface of what is in prophecy. But know that by laboring in the Word for answers, it will create a hunger for the Word and bring peace and hope to us individually and as a Church. And I promise; the more you learn, the more you realize that you don’t know about the Word.. But you will start to see the big picture. God’s Word has great depth especially when you scratch through the surface and greater things start to become visible. Again make no mistake, any Man or Great Teacher in their life-time study will not come learn any-more than a fraction of what is there is actually to be learned in the Word Of God.
Learning and seeing prophecy that has been fulfilled in scripture, will always strengthen your faith.
Teaching a message that suggest that we should not be concerned about anything in the Word Of God, is just like a teacher saying to be ignorant. The early Catholic church was guilty of keeping people in the dark concerning the Word of God, by lack of knowledge they maintained power over the people.. So the horrid result in teaching this way is; why then seek God for any answers.? If you are ignorant of the Word, Satan will allow Governments and bad people in authority, to pull your strings like a puppet the rest of your life. Would teachers teach that way about salvation? Of course not! So the point I am trying to get across to my readers is that this type teaching really down-plays “good urgency created by God in prophecy” as irrelevant, in a time where “urgency to prepare a family is really needed” for coming events. That would always be exactly what Satan would want you to do, not to worry about it.
Some Foolish Terms from the Pulpit…
And worse yet, many churches will preach and teach in church that “we should always be ready”. Well that sounds good in theory, but won’t work.. laughing. But by preaching this they are setting people up for a false standard of living that cannot not be kept by mans natural human ability. Also know that, no person can ever be ready “by works”, but rather “by faith”.
Peter’s message was this; that we should create urgency that we see in prophecy and to believe by faith in prophecy, that by faith in prophecy is that which brings hope. Satan always steals hope, that is exactly how he operates. But by preaching “to just always be ready” or by teaching that “you must live perfect enough somehow’ which is by works. You think by now in this country, that the church would learn that teaching legalism never works. Our works our are worthless, we cannot earn what was a free gift to us.
Trying to tell people to always be in a “state of readiness” by living up to a standard, is a setup for you to feel like a failure, not if but when you fall short. When you beat yourself up for not “hitting the mark” so to speak, then we can lose hope. This is dangerous and know that we all fall short of the glory of God and know that our works of the flesh in the body that we live in, just will never meet perfection. Readiness comes not by works, but faith in the Christ Also know that Jesus is “the One who made us perfect in spirit” that is the readiness we walk in daily.
It was not by our works that we were made perfect… Nor will it ever be by our own works.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. KJV
When the church teaches through legalism or denominational-ism, it will always result in keeping you in the dark or ignorant of the Word. Subconsciously and sometimes consciously Pastors and Teachers will use a fear method of teaching to get and to maintain control over its congregation. Satan is usually at play in this situation and will always attack those who do not labor in the Word of God. Meaning: if you are ignorant of the Word, then Satan can easily induce his power of deception over you and your thinking. That is exactly how Satan used the Early Catholic Church to run different countries by keeping people in the dark. Do not repeat the mistakes of history nor buy into what Satan is manipulating. If the Churches teach you about God’s love, then through your love will you serve Him, and only through love will you serve God with all your heart. Amen.
Now read what Peter said about prophecy…..
2 Peter 1:19
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: KJV
2 Peter 1:21
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. KJV
Now let’s look at what Paul said and what Jesus said about being blind and ignorant.
3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? KJV
Now read what Paul said:
1 Thess 5:4
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. KJV
Knowing the Word Creates Confidence in Truth. The big question; Why was the “First Great Depression” any different from the “Economic Melt Down” of today’s times?
How can we as believers be completely confident that these are the “very times and events” that Jesus preached about? And that we are “that generation” Jesus spoke of? And what we are witnessing, is what exactly what Jesus said it would be?
Right here is the answer that tells where we are in time…..
First thing Jesus said is what? To learn it, Right? So I am going to teach it to you.
28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. KJV
In verse 28 “fig tree” represents: – Israel. Israel became a nation again in May of 1948 after the “first depression” right? And the completion Israel becoming a nation was in the “Six-Day War” when Israel took possession of “God’s Holy City Jerusalem” in June 1967.
let us take it a little further
Jesus said “Yet Tender”, this means: – young. Jesus said we would see these things when Israel was still a “young country”.
How long is a generation?
We also know a generation is about forty years from Exodus. We see in Exodus when Moses and the people wondered in the wilderness for “a Generation” it said it was a time of Forty years.
Notice that Jesus says this in a very interesting way in verse 30.
Now read again what Jesus said in verse 30, Jesus said this…….
30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. KJV
That this generation “shall not pass” meaning that this generation might be a slightly longer than a generation of 40 years.
Israel had to become a nation first, that prophecy had not been fulfilled completely until June of 1967! This is pretty simple math and there is urgency created in this is; we are now today been about 45 years since June of 1967 since Israel took God’s Holy City back, slightly over a generation by five years…… So if the Word of God is true, which I believe it is, then it is time……. Amen
Go home gentlemen, it is a time today where we need to be responsible husbands, fathers and grandfathers as a spiritual head of your household and tend to your garden. Now is the time to get your family ready in and by faith for the Lord to return for His Bride, this is the time for a little urgency, I promise.
May God bless you all. Amen
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