Mr. Kerry’s False Hope

“What is the greatest problem in the Middle East?” If you were a multi-millionaire with a degree from Yale University and another degree from Boston College Law School with an annual salary—close to $200,000, and you worked for the President of the United States, and you supervised about 12,000 people, and you had years of government experience, do you think you could come close to the right answer?

Would your answer be the greatest problem in the Middle East is the Islamic State? They have attacked Iraq, Syria, and the Kurds; threatened Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan; captured cities, robbed banks, burned churches; raped women and young girls; beheaded people, crucified people, buried people alive; sold women and children into slavery; forced people to pay for protection and starved people to death. They have practiced ethnic cleansing, religious cleansing, forced women into second class citizenship and more.

Would your answer be the greatest problem in the Middle East is the civil war in Syria? As of September 2014, the death toll surpassed 200,000 people. Nine and one-half million people have been forcefully displaced. Three million people have fled the country. Hundreds of thousands live in the squalor of cold tents and go to bed hungry.

Thousands have been tortured, thousands have disappeared, thousands of women have been raped, many men and women have been chained naked to walls and beds, many don’t have enough food or medicine. Chemical weapons have been used and one UN official, Paulo Sergio Pinhero, said, “I have run out of words to depict the gravity of the crimes depicted inside Syria.”

Would your answer be the greatest problem in the Middle East is Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons? Iran calls Israel a one-bomb nation because Iran believes one nuclear bomb is all that is needed to wipe Israel off the map. Iran says if we can make a nuclear bomb, will use it on Israel (and some say Saudi Arabia too).

Israel says she won’t let Iran get a nuclear bomb; Israel budgeted money two years in a row for a war with Iran; Israel increased her military spending to upgrade her air force in 2015. Russia says an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be considered an attack on Moscow, it would heighten the prospect of WW III, and it could lead to the use of nuclear weapons.

Would your answer be the greatest problem in the Middle East is the religious conflict the different groups of Muslims: Sunnis against Alawites; Sunnis against Shiites; Sunnis against Kurds; Sunnis against Yazidis, etc? The civil war in Syria is a war between the majority Sunni population and the minority Alawite population. The Islamic State’s war with Iraq is primarily a war between Sunnis and Shiites, but the Sunnis are also killing the Yazidis and Kurds.

You see, every one of these Muslim sects believes their sect is the only true sect and every one of them believes all of the other sects are pagans. All of them believe they have a religious responsibility to kill pagans and they believe the sect that follows the true Islamic religion will be the last one standing. So even though all of them have people that kill Christians, Jews and others it is a fact that Muslims kill more Muslims than anyone else.

More could be said, but it is time to get to the point. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was recently asked about the greatest problem in the Middle East and according to him it is not the Islamic State, Syria’s civil war, Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons or the religious conflict between Muslims. Mr. Kerry believes the greatest problem in the Middle East is the conflict between Israel and the PA. He even seems to believe that all of the problems in the Middle East can be solved if Israel will just agree to a peace treaty on the PA’s terms.

This is the real Jayvee team in action. Mr. Kerry actually believes the conflict between Israel and the PA is worse than the 200,000 killed in Syria, the nine and one-half million displaced there; the Islamic State beheadings, slavery, rape of women, killing of children; the Russian threat of WW III and the use of nuclear weapons; the multitudes killed in the Islamic religious wars, etc. It is incredible, but he believes that all of these wars, killings, murders, rapes and starvations are directly related to Israel’s refusal to sign a peace treaty on the PA’s terms despite the fact that the roots of these conflicts precede the existence of Israel and the PA.

According to what I have read, Mr. Kerry is probably worth somewhere between 200 and 300 million dollars and his wife Teresa is probably worth somewhere between 165 million and 3.2 billion dollars. So Mr. Kerry doesn’t need a refund on his education at Yale or the Boston College Law School, but his total lack of common sense and his incredible inability to understand the situation indicates that he wasted his money.

His false hope that all of the problems in the Middle East can be solved by forcing Israel to accept a peace treaty on the PA’s terms is misguided. If that treaty gets confirmed while Mr. Kerry is still alive, he will probably shout “peace and safety.” But when those famous words are shouted the problems in the Middle East will make the current situation seem like child’s play.

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
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The Night Is Far Spent

It has been nearly 2000 years since the risen Christ (Messiah), Jesus of Nazareth, the very Son of God, ascended into heaven and was seated at God’s right hand. During His relatively short life on earth, the self-described Son of Man accomplished everything His heavenly Father had tasked Him to do. Most specifically, His death on Calvary paid the sin debt of all mankind (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23), both past and future. And His subsequent burial and resurrection proved Him victorious over sin and death enabling all who confess and believe on Him (Romans 10:9-13) to be saved from the penalty of that sin debt.

The ascension of Jesus Christ ushered in the Age of Grace or the Church Age, which began at Pentecost when the promised Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ descended on the disciples, indwelling them (Acts 2). During this Age of Grace, through the work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ has been calling out (1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 3:1) from among Jews and Gentiles alike, His church; (Matthew 16:18), “thou art Peter [pétros; a small stone = Peter] and upon this rock [pétra; a mass of rock = Jesus Christ] I will build My [Jesus Christ] church.”

Jesus is the Rock the church is built on, not Peter, which is also the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:15-23; Colossians 1:13-18) redeemed to serve Him (Titus 2:14). This Age of Grace will culminate when Jesus Christ raptures His church (1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17) to join Him before the throne of God in preparation for His eternal reign.

During this nearly 2000 years the church of Jesus Christ has grown despite the ever-present darkness and attacks from Satan and his demonic forces (Ephesians 2:2; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8). But unfortunately, right alongside the true church of Jesus Christ we have witnessed the growth of a false church (2 Peter 2:1-2), a counterfeit church which has a form of godliness, religious in nature, yet its false prophets and false teachers lack the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit. They are actually doing the work of Satan (Matthew 24:11) by giving those in their congregations a false representation of salvation leaving many to believe they are “Christians” who actually have no relationship with the risen Christ.

Today, we as the true church need to heed the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 13:11-14:

“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

Unfortunately complacency in the true church has in many cases caused it to become as ineffectual as the counterfeit church. Many followers of Christ have grown contented with their present life, and while they believe that Jesus will return someday, they are no more looking for His return than those in the false church. Paul is telling us to wake up and wake up we should. If the imminence of Christ’s return was real to the church of Jesus Christ in Paul’s day, we need to understand that almost 2000 years later our salvation is in fact “nearer than when we first believed.” Throughout the entire Church Age the church of Jesus Christ has grown, yet too has the darkness of the demonic influence of the prince of the power of the air. Only the spiritually ignorant would in any way claim that the condition of the world is less sinful today than in the first century. In fact, man’s moral and spiritual depravity has grown exponentially between the time of the ascension of Jesus Christ and today.

However, a simple examination of the growing fulfillment of biblical end-times prophecies and the birth pangs described by our Lord in Matthew 24, should cause the follower of Jesus Christ to see, that indeed, “the night is far spent,” and “the day is at hand.” The night in which we have long been enveloped by the reign of Satan’s darkness on this earth has nearly run its course, and will soon give way for the Christian to the dawning of the day in which Christ Jesus will return in the clouds of glory to call His church to meet Him in the air. Because of this, Paul encourages us to put on the armor of light.

Notice Paul did not tell us to put on white robes of righteousness (which we will receive from Christ in glory), but armor. The armor of God, which is the armor of light, is the holy protective cover for the warrior of Christ. We are not yet to be dressed for eternity but rather for conflict. Our armor and armament are described in Ephesians 6:10-18 and are given to us in this present age so that we might be able to stand for righteousness against darkness and the demonic rulers of this present age.

If we belong to the day we must be equipped for the fight because there is always fighting to be done. The armor shows the character traits of the true Christian which are in fact a reflection of the character of Jesus Christ. Therefore when we put on the armor of God, which is the armor of light, we in truth are doing as Paul encouraged in Romans 3:14 and have “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ means that we become a reflection of Him in word and deed, desiring to have the mind of Christ, following His example of life. Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ means that in obedience we are willing to be conformed to His will for our lives, submitting ourselves to that will.

Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ requires continual effort, a daily dying to self, so that He can make of us warriors worthy of the cross. If we so put on Christ, not only will we be protected from the works of darkness, not making “provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts,” we will also be equipped to stand for Jesus Christ as He defeats the rulers of darkness in this age.

Make no mistake, the true church of Jesus Christ, the Body of Believers (Jew and Gentile) which make up His remnant church of the last days, are and will be under attack by Satan as he utilizes every weapon in his arsenal, including the apostate false “Christian” church. Until Christ raptures His church, we can only expect the battle for the souls of men to intensify and grow in graphic devastation.

In anticipation of the blessed “dawning of that day,” we as followers of Christ should be excited that we have been given the opportunity to stand with our Lord and Savior by putting on the whole armor of God which He has provided for us. For when that day has fully dawned we will be allowed to set aside the armor for the pure white robe with which Christ will clothe us. For in that day we will have been deemed to be “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37) and standing before the Bema will hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand.”

Even So Come.

Lord Change Me!

“Nevertheless when he shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:12-18)

We spend far too much time praying, “God, change my circumstances…change my coworkers…change my family situation…change the conditions in my life…” Yet we seldom pray this most important prayer: “Change me, Lord. The real trouble isn’t my spouse, my sibling, my friend. I’m the one who stands in need of prayer.”

God orchestrates the steps and lives of all of his children. He doesn’t allow anything to happen to us merely by happenstance or fate. And that means he has allowed your crisis. What is he trying to tell you through it? He’s saying you need to change.
Like it or not, we’re all in the process of changing, in one way or another. In the spiritual realm, there is no such thing as mere existence; we’re continually being changed, either for good or for bad. We’re either becoming more like our Lord or more like the world — either growing in Christ or backsliding.

So, are you becoming more sweet-spirited, like Jesus? Are you looking soberly in the mirror each day and praying, “Lord, I want to conform to your image in every area of my life”? Or has your bitterness taken root, turning into rebellion and hardness of heart? Have you learned to shield yourself from the convicting word of God and the voice of his Spirit?

If this describes you, let me tell you plainly: You will never receive deliverance unless you change. Your life will only become more chaotic, and your situation will worsen. Stop building your case, pointing your finger, justifying yourself. God won’t meet you until you wake up and admit, “Nothing is going to change for me, unless I’m changed.”

Excerpted from the Message; “Change Me O’ Lord” by David Wilkerson 1999

Words of Grace for Strength

Many Christians have encountered problems in their walk with Christ and therefore their relationships with others because they have failed to understand the process of sanctification in their lives. When we accept Christ as our Savior we are justified before God through the blood of Christ at Calvary. But, the Christian’s journey has only just begun at the cross. Sanctification is an ongoing process of change which the believer in Christ must be continually working at as he strives to be more Christ-like.

Let us always remember the world we are called out of when we answered the call of our Lord. It is a world centered in self-absorption, self-gratification, and self-importance. In our sin nature, with which we struggle as we move through our sanctification, we are likely to find vestiges of this self-worth clinging to us still. It might seem at times quite natural to pray for the Lord to change others instead of ourselves. For as we are still coming to terms with who we are to be in Christ, that easy road will seem more appealing if one is not centered in Christ.

Too often, the new Christian is not properly discipled in sanctification. This causes almost immediate stagnation and often frustration for the new believer because they think all of their problems should have been put behind them when they turned to Christ. They believe everyone and everything around them should be changed, when the reality is they should be still crying out to God to change them.

It is the responsibility of every Christian to be a disciple and a discipler of others. As we grow in Christ we learn to say “Lord change ME” rather than “they need to change.” Only when we have yielded our will to God’s will and therefore experience the freedom of the process of sanctification and change, are we able to effectively disciple others into change.

The process of sanctification involves a daily structured Bible study, a disciplined prayer life, and submitting yourself in a relationship of discipleship with a more mature Christian (a Christian who, although more mature than you, should also be seeking and submitting in a relationship to a Christian who has walked the road to a point of more mature sanctification). These three elements of growing in a sanctified life should never change as we go through life, a process that continues until we are called home by Jesus. Realizing the day in which we live is chaotic and filled with trials for the follower of Christ, nevertheless we can and must grow and change more into His likeness every day to reach others with the Gospel.

Time is short! Lord Change Me!

Five Is Not Enough

The Bible teaches that ten kings (ten horns or ten leaders) will appear at the end of the age and then an eleventh, a little horn (a little king or a little leader), called the Antichrist will appear (Dan. 7:24; Rev. 17:12). Many outstanding prophecy teachers believe these ten kings will be ten leaders in a reunited Europe. But I disagree because the feet and toes on the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Dan. 2:41-43) are feet and toes of iron plus clay (not iron by itself). I believe the clay represents nations other than a re-united Europe.

So it is my opinion that the ten kings will be ten rulers over ten groups of nations in the world not ten rulers over ten divisions in a re-united Europe. Put another way, I believe the most powerful of the ten kings will be the king from the Old Roman Empire (iron) and the other nine kings will be rulers over non-Roman Empire groups of nations (clay). I believe the ten kings will rule over a world government (iron plus clay) not just a reunited Europe (iron).

It seems significant to me that the UN Charter calls for the establishment of a world government with administrative regions. It doesn’t say how many regions the UN wants in its desired world government, but based on the Bible I believe that the world will wind-up with ten regions and each region will have its own leader (or king) for a total of ten leaders (or ten kings). After the ten kings appear, an eleventh king known as the Antichrist will appear. But the Rapture will be before that (II Thess. 2:6-8).

At this time, the UN Security Council has five permanent members with veto power, but most of the other nations don’t like that. They say that it is unfair to allow one nation on the UN Security Council to veto resolutions that have been passed in the UN General Assembly by a hundred or more other nations. They say that it is unfair to allow one nation (the U.S.) to block General Assembly resolutions against Israel or to allow one nation (Russia) to block General Assembly resolutions against Syria or Iran that have been passed by most of the world.

For years, some of these General Assembly nations have called for the UN Security Council to be restructured. But the five permanent members of the UN Security Council have always ignored their call and steadfastly refused to restructure and give up their veto power.

On Sept. 29, 2014 during the sixty-ninth Session of the UN General Assembly, Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey addressed the issue and said, “The world is bigger than five.” Leaders from all over the world agreed with him and they called for the immediate restructuring of the UN Security Council. But there was more. They also called for the UN to create regions in the world and to have leaders to represent those regions.

I have no way of knowing what the five permanent members of the UN Security Council will do or when they will do it. They may continue to ignore the call of the General Assembly nations to expand the number of permanent members in the UN Security Council and to create regions with regional leaders, or they may stop ignoring them and finally come around and do what the General Assembly is asking them to do. But I will say that it is just my opinion that the UN Security Council will soon restructure into ten groups or regions of nations.

Globalists are already pushing for the creation of regional groups of nations in North Africa and South America patterned after the European Union. Russia and several other nations have already signed a document creating a group of nations called the Eurasian Economic Union. Brazil, India and others are already saying that their growing economic clout accompanied by the economic problems in Europe and Asia means that they should be given a greater voice in the world. And in July 2014, more than 130 nations signed a document called a “New World Order to Live By.”

So at some point I believe change will come to the UN. That change will be followed by the rise of the Antichrist. And his appearance will be preceded by the Rapture.

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
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Sobering Scripture

There is much that is joyous in Scripture which makes the heart of the child of God leap up and sing. There is also much sadness in the disobedience to the Lord, with lives wasted and opportunities missed which are chronicled in God’s Word. And more than a few passages of Scripture which make one pause, in sober reflection of God’s sovereignty, His patience and His grace. Here are a couple I have reflected on often.

When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel. – Judges 2:10

It is sobering to think that a people, holy and righteous in the eyes of God can be a generation away from falling away from the Lord. The generation of children who grew up during Israel’s desert wandering, who learned of the consequences of faithlessness or disobedience to the Lord from their parent’s dying off in the desert raised a generation that did the same. Joshua and the leaders of the generation to enter the Promised Land died off and look what happened.

The sad truth is that any nation, no matter how diligent in following after God is only a generation away from falling away from the Lord. Without godly parenting and biblical teaching; without a love for the Lord instilled in the upcoming generations, a nation can easily and quickly fall from the grace of God. As I look at America, and what has happened in the past few years, as I read of the concerns in the books of earlier preachers and teachers of the Bible, it may be that generation by generation, we have, as a nation, been slowly but steadily falling away from the Lord. Our fear is that we have reached a tipping point, an inflection point, a point of no return. It may be that there is no coming back for us, and all we await is God’s judgment upon our nation as He has judged many nations before us.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. – Romans 1:24-25

It is sobering to think that an individual, or possibly even a society or culture as a whole, can be so enamored of self, so lustful and desirous of fulfilling personal cravings and sinful urges that a point can be reached whereby God gives us over to our own sinfulness. A sinfulness becoming so self-absorbed as to reach that point of no return. A worship of self so deeply rooted within a person that God hardens the heart which is in sinful defiance and disobedience. A hardened heart and eyes blind and ears deaf to sin, insensate to the call of the Lord and the prompting of His Spirit.

The frightening prospect is that there is no border fence we can see approaching, no cliff we see dropping off in the (not so far) distance, no warning or hazard signs. It happens when God, with a grievous heart has had enough. When a loving, merciful, gracious God will tolerate no more. For many it could be tomorrow, for many it could be now, for our nation it may have already passed. Dead for eternity, but unaware of the catastrophic loss of God’s grace.

These thoughts should make those of us who have Jesus as our Lord and Savior tremble in fear for the lost. It should give us renewed energy and urgency to proclaim the Gospel to a fallen world. For Jesus is coming soon! It may not be today nor tomorrow, but for any one person’s lost soul, today or tomorrow may be the last chance to turn to Him.

Nothing, outside of tears shed for our own sins which caused our Lord to have to die upon the Cross, should cause us to cry like the thought of another soul being separated eternally from the creator God of the universe. Nothing should make tears well up like knowing it may well be happening today to someone we know and love. This should encourage and exhort us to preach Christ, and Him crucified, to all, whether they will listen or not.

Jesus is coming soon! Yet for many, it may already be too late.

 

This Present Apostasy

The last days in the time of the return of our Lord Jesus will be a time of apostasy. We read in 1 Timothy 4:1; “But the Spirit saith expressly, that in latter times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.” By “doctrines of demons” is evidently meant teachings that evil spirits will promulgate through those men and women who are under their control, such, for example, as the teaching of modern “spiritualism,” which might more properly be termed “demonism.”

The marvelous growth of belief in the “occult” in our days seems to be a fulfillment of this word of prophecy. On every hand men seem to be departing from the faith once delivered to the saints and giving heed to all manner of evil spirits. We are further told by Paul in his second epistle to Timothy that those days shall be “grievous times.” He says, “but know this that in the last days grievous times shall come; for men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, traders, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof” (2 Timothy 5:1-3).

These words present to us a remarkably accurate picture of our own time. If one should take up in detail each item in Paul’s characterization of the last days, he would find it marvelously fulfilled in our own day. This naturally leads many to suppose that the Lord’s coming is very near to hand. However, we should always bear in mind that earnest men of God and students of the Bible have often thought in bygone days that the coming of the Lord was very near. Luther, for example, thought this centuries ago. These men of the past were not mistaken. The return of our Lord was very near. Those who were mistaken were those who thought it so far away that they let it have no effect upon their lives. But at the present time, the multiplied iniquities of our day, the apostasy into damning error and unbelief of many professed and hitherto apparently sincere Christians, and of many professedly evangelical preachers, and of numerous professors of theology in seminaries built at great sacrifice by Orthodox men and women for the promulgation of truth and not for the breeding of error, the increase of lawlessness on the part of great corporations on the one hand and on the part of the oppressed poor on the other hand, the mutterings preceding the storm of wild anarchy that seems likely soon to break, all these things are signs of His coming which may be very near at hand. Men’s hearts are “fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on the world” (Luke 21:26).

Many of the greatest statesmen of England, America and Germany have forebodings which they scarcely dared to put in words of what lies just a little way ahead of the nations of the earth. But in such days as these our hearts should not faint nor fear. “When these things begin to come to pass” we should “look up and lift up our heads, because our redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). The darker the day grows, the nearer at hand is the dawn, and just at the moment when things seem unendurable, the brightest, gladdest day the earth ever saw is breaking.

Excerpted from: The Return of the Lord Jesus by R. A. Torrey, D. D. Copyright 1913

Words of Grace for Strength

Reading Torrey’s description of the apostasy he recognized at the time he wrote the words quoted above, Christians, true followers of Jesus Christ, should recognize how much farther the “church” has fallen into apostasy today. A century has passed since his writing, and with it once godly nations, which at one point contained countless local church bodies, have turned their backs on God because the truth of the gospel is no longer preached from the pulpits in those churches. The spiritualism and occultism which he recognized as invading Christianity in his day, have now so polluted the “church” that the message of the gospel is unrecognizable. The “church” has replaced repentance with tolerance and compromise; sanctification with indulgence and permissiveness; and righteousness with irreverence and outright blasphemy. The false prophets and false teachers which dominate the “church” pulpits today are offenders rather than defenders of the gospel, which are either twisting the Word of God for their own benefit, denying its sufficiency and authority, or ignoring it altogether.

Of the 85% of people in the US who claim to be Christians, research has shown that only 9% affirm a true saving faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, true biblical Christianity. So in truth the “church” is populated with “Christians” who really are not, because they have no relationship with the one who paid their sin debt at Calvary, Jesus who is the Christ, the son of man and the Son of God, and in fact, very God! Having no relationship with Christ, they certainly are not indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and therefore do not and cannot understand the prophetic Word of God. Therefore, many who populate the “church” today are operating under the false notion that what they “believe” or are “comfortable with,” will assure them a place in heaven without having to repent, confess, and turn away from their sin before God, acknowledging Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

As troubling as that is, it is not something unexpected, at least from the Lord’s perspective. Look at the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus proclaims to all those who made a false profession,  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:23). Even in the Olivet discourse He states many did not do for Him as they did not do for others (Matthew 25:45). Jesus Himself makes clear that there will be many who either proclaim the Lord or claim to serve Him who will hear the words of the Lord disavowing them and judging them in condemnation. No sadder words could be heard in that time of the Lord’s great majesty and power.

The prophetic words of the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 5:1-3 have indeed come to fruition. Those things which Christ prophesied would “soon come to pass” in His Olivet discourse in Matthew 24 are indeed doing so. The convergence of all of these End Times prophecies should indeed cause us to “look up and lift up our heads.” While only the Father in heaven knows the “day and hour” (Matthew 24:36) in which Christ will return for His True Church, certainly we are nearer to that day than was Torrey, and exponentially nearer than was Paul.

Those of us who are true followers of Christ in these last days, those of us in the 9%, have a responsibility to be obedient servants of the cross of Christ, proclaiming the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, with absolutely everyone who will listen. While we are not all called to be Preachers or Teachers, we are all called to be ministers of the gospel. The fact that we see the convergence of End Times prophecy being fulfilled before our very eyes, should be the impetus for a growing urgency within us to do just that. The Rapture of the Church is imminent, and soon to follow that, the return of Jesus Christ in judgment.

EvenSoCome

Suicide and Cremation

A lady recently asked my wife, Rachel, if a relative that committed suicide and was cremated could go to heaven. Two or three days later, a different lady asked me about one of her relatives that committed suicide. She said several members of her family, especially the parents and wife of the deceased, are having trouble dealing with it.

These questions have nothing to do with Bible prophecy, but they concern ministry, and the proximity of the two incidents caused Rachel to suggest that I write an article on this.

Understand that I am not saying that cremation is a good thing. As a general rule, I advise against it because it can lead to problems like the ones that are mentioned above. But a person’s salvation is not based upon how a person dies or what happens to their body after they die. It is based on their decision to accept or reject Jesus before they die. Their soul and spirit will be in heaven or hell before anything is ever done with their body.

Many Christians have been burned at the stake. Others have died in bombed buildings, burned down houses, plane crashes, car accidents and the like. They didn’t go to hell because their body was incinerated. But even if they did go to hell or they drowned at sea hundreds of years ago, God will still raise them from the dead (I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:13). God couldn’t do all things, if He couldn’t raise those from the dead who have been cremated, but He can do all things.

There is just one unpardonable sin and it is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (unbelief or attributing the works of God to Satan) not cremation (Matt. 12:31). Also, if the grace of God can cover sins such as murder, adultery and lying, it can cover suicide and cremation.

Paul made a very important statement along these lines. He said, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39). “Us” is a key word in this passage. It refers to those who have truly accepted Jesus. The passage means a sincere confession of faith in Jesus is not canceled by how a person died or what happened to their body.

The story of Samson is an excellent example (Jud. 13:24-16:31). In essence, Samson committed suicide and God gave him the strength to do it. Even though he took his own life, Samson was saved because he is mentioned in the Hall of Faith (Heb. 11:32).

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
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