Like the loving parent who gently shakes a child to wake them up, God is shaking the world today in an attempt to wake us from our slumber. And like the child who doesn’t wake up immediately, the shaking becomes a bit more firm and serious. As South Africa and, for that matter – the world continues in its slumber, the shaking becomes stronger and more severe.
And, God continues shaking our world trying to Wake us up!
What will it take to us wake up? How many more signs do we need to witness before we begin to see what is happening around us?
Those who are awake and warning others of the impending crisis are scoffed at, ridiculed, and mocked as wacky conspiracy theorists.
There is a storm coming!
The faithful, as they see the intensification of the signs around us, will know that the day of the Lord’s return for them is quickly “approaching” (Hebrews 10:25) and will be those who stand firm in their faith through all the end-time distress (Matt. 24:13).
They will be the ones who have applied the power of Scripture to all the little problems of daily living: anger; frustration with employment; debt, parenting; marital relationships; forgiveness; etc. The Scriptural teaching is that we must faithfully surrender to God in the small things of life before we graduate to the next level of experiencing God’s provision:
“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. ” [Matthew 25.21]
If we cannot believe Him and surrender to His power in the daily frustrations of life, how can we have faith and receive His power in the big problems of life? Our lack of faith (acting upon our trust in God’s Word and provision through the Holy Spirit) in the small things prohibits us from maturing and growing in faith for the large problems. Thus, when the storm beats against our house, will we have the faith to stand firm?
For others they will have become so comfortable with their life of tolerance, compromise, convenience and appeasement that to accept the lies and deception of an Antichrist will not be difficult for them.
The Wise and the Foolish
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” [Matthew 7:21-27]
You see, there will be two kinds of Christians in these last days: the wise and foolish.
• There will be one group of believers who will not fall – they will be able to withstand every demonic onslaught that comes on them. Nothing will be able to move them when the storm comes.
• There will be another group of Christians whose fall will be great – total, complete, devastating collapse of everything.
They built two different kinds of houses. And the only thing that will hold up in the coming storm is to be the house established on a rock foundation.
Many Christians may say, “I’m a believer. I’ve built on the rock.” Yet they don’t truly understand what this phrase means. And they will have a great shock and surprise when their relationship with Jesus does not endure the storm. They will be exposed as having no foundation.
What are you building our house on now? What is it’s foundation? Those things you are building into your faith now have certain characteristics that will determine how you react under pressure in the future.
The Beginning of Birth Pains
In America we see deepening poverty, debt, racial division, homelessness, crime, physical and sexual abuse, and thedisintegration of the traditional family. Alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography, and other dangerous behaviors are eating away at society. And these are further complicated by plagues of many kinds, including AIDS, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases. Combined with earthquakes, physical storms, and natural disasters of many kinds all across the land, one wonders how much longer before we wake up and recognize their significance and our response to them. Jesus said these are merely a warning of things yet to come.
All these are the beginning of birth pains. [Matthew 24:8]
We are being shaken – gently. But like the birth pains of childbirth, the shaking is getting more frequent and severe.
Isaiah prophesies that God will one day rise up and shake the whole earth – more firmly and with eternal seriousness.
See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants– it will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor. The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The LORD has spoken this word.
The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.
The new wine dries up and the vine withers; all the merrymakers groan. The gaiety of the tambourines is stilled, the noise of the revelers has stopped, the joyful harp is silent. No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
The ruined city lies desolate; the entrance to every house is barred. In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all gaiety is banished from the earth. The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces. So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.
They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty. Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea. From the ends of the earth we hear singing: “Glory to the Righteous One.”
But I said, “I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me! The treacherous betray! With treachery the treacherous betray!” Terror and pit and snare await you, O people of the earth. Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare.
The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake. The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is thoroughly shaken. The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls–never to rise again.
In that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below. They will be herded together like prisoners bound in a dungeon; they will be shut up in prison and be punished after many days. The moon will be abashed, the sun ashamed; for the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders, gloriously. [Isaiah 24:1-23]
God will shake our economy, the stock market, Fortune 500 companies, banks, insurance companies, our education system, our government, our families, our churches – everything we put our trust and confidence in, everything that seems safe and secure.
As a matter of fact, it’s when people are saying,
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. [1 Thess. 5:3]
Peace and Safety
Right now in The World, there is a false peace sweeping through churches – a peace that will fail in the troubled days ahead. It is the false peace of stubborn, sin-blinded Christians. Moses called such believers “self-blessed” – meaning, self-deceived. He warned Israel that a curse would come upon all wicked, disobedient children of God who walked in idolatry. He said they would plaster over their sinful ways with a false sense of peace:
And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst. [Deuteronomy 29:19]
We have become desensitized to Satan’s evil plans. Things that once appalled us now have become commonplace and we’ve heard so much evil that it doesn’t bother us any more.
The New World Order is Here
Knowing his time is short he will pour out more of his filth, wickedness and testings beyond anything our minds can imagine. Those testings are now reaching critical mass and we seem to be ignoring it. It will become increasingly difficult for many to distinguish God’s truth from Satan’s lie as the church spirals into moral relativism.
• We tolerate killing our unborn children and call it “freedom of choice.”
• We tolerate homosexuality and call it “diversity”
• We tolerate paganism and call it “multiculturalism”
• We tolerate killing of the elderly or sick and call it “compassion”
• We tolerate religious segregation and call it “denominationalism”
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. [Isa. 5:20]
The liberal humanist agenda is clear: to do away with God by denying the conscience He has given us. Virtue is ridiculed, evil is praised as good and liberating, and God-given moral standards are mocked as the narrow-minded thinking of a past generation.
Others have given up, believing that everyone and everything is so corrupt, there is nothing that can be done. As a result, they accept any activity that appears to improve their life. Christians have allowed society to pervert and confound religious doctrines and have turned morality upside down. They seem to prefer erroneous and fake doctrines to the true, and they prefer an evil to an upright course of conduct.
• We accept “affirmative action” as a solution to racism rather than dealing with the condition of the heart that brings about such an evil.
• We accept “higher taxes” in order to bail out failed social policies rather than accepting our God given responsibilities to be “our brothers keeper.”
• We become increasingly indebted to credit card companies, banks, and others rather than accepting our personal responsibility to be “good stewards” of what God has given us.
• We accept police intrusion into our homes, businesses and automobiles to rid us of guns and drugs.
• We allow the government to regulate with impunity our businesses to give us a sense of security in our business dealings, while at the same time allow white-collar banker criminals to freely enlarge their empire of debt and slavery.
• We accept censorship of the media so we’re not offended, rather than turning our TV’s off, throwing away our pornography, and not supporting those companies that sell us their filth.
“…When electoral push comes to shove, all too many Americans will vote against the Constitution from crass self-interest. Aside from members of the Establishment themselves (a small number), and individuals who directly profit from (or at least believe that they profit from) fiat currency and fractional-reserve banking (a larger number), a great many people vote for the Establishment’s Bolshevik and Menshevik candidates because of the governmental benefits these politicians promise them. Such people may know nothing about the Federal Reserve System; but the candidates they elect understand perfectly well that they cannot deliver ever-increasing benefits unless the central bank can open the spigots of fiat currency on demand (primarily, through monetization of public debt) whenever necessary.”
– Dr. Edwin Vieira, “Don’t Count on Washington to Protect us from Looming Banking Crisis”
When presented with alternatives, it’s as if many don’t even hear them. In fact, they probably don’t want to hear them because it would call for them to change.
We are now living in very dramatic times
The past several decades have been very interesting times from a Bible prophecy perspective. We have witnessed and are now witnessing many of the signs of the end times coming true before our eyes. And, the rate of change has increased so fast that few are able to keep up with it. Combined with all we have witnessed, the next several months and years might prove even more dramatic as God pours out His judgment upon the earth.
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it”
– Albert Einstein
You Are Being Groomed to Accept the Antichrist