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Increase in Demonic Activity

The Catholic church is reporting an increase in exorcisms being conducted world wide according to a recent report. The release of a new handbook on how to conduct exorcisms by using certain prayers has led to a renewed effort on the church’s part to prepare their priests for the increased activity.

While I am not a member of the Catholic church, Protestant groups around the world are also seeing the same increase in demonic activity and we need to be prepared to encounter this in our lives.

Demons are manifesting more due to an increase in occult and satanic activity and also New Age teachings that are becoming more popular in the general community. We may also just be hearing more about this demonic activity as more clergy are talking openly about it and not keeping it in a cloud of secrecy.

We also need to be more aware of the subtle attacks of the enemy in the church and that is false teachers misleading our congregations through teaching that tickles the ears. The hearts of those in the church and those of people in general will wax cold to the true message of the gospel as the last days approach. We will see an increase in preachers who openly will tickle their congregations astray. Scripture confirms this as the case.

I also believe we will see an increase in the true church in a strengthening of faith and an increased focus on personal holiness. We need to understand that the good fish and thew bad fish from Matthew 13 are in the same net until the separation at the end of the age, that the wheat and tares are in the same field until the harvest at the end, and that the 10 virgins are all together until the bridegroom comes suddenly and the 5 who are ready leave with him and go to the marriage supper with him.

We are almost there and the demonic activity will also increase accordingly.

Keep looking up!

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Paul, Timothy and the End Times

Apostasy is growing in the church around the world. Here is a great article documenting all of Paul’s discussion with Timothy on this topic. It is interesting to note the timing of events in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8: the falling away, the rapture and the revealing of the Antichrist. Enjoy Jack Kelley’s article.

Decoded

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The Coming of Jesus

Here is the post seen on David Wilkerson’s blog entry page yesterday….

 

THE COMING OF JESUSby David Wilkerson | March 29, 2011

I believe Jesus is coming very soon. We see the Lord gathering the nations together against Israel. Events are moving rapidly toward Armageddon.

“When you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:33).

“Of the day and hour knoweth no man, no, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (v. 36).

All signs point to a Mideast war against Israel. Out of the turmoil in Arab nations will come a united call to destroy Israel. We are beholding the fulfillment of prophecies we have preached about for many hears.

Those who know the Scriptures have a Holy Ghost inner sense of the Lord’s return. We hear the call of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, crying, “Even so, Lord Jesus, come.” Jesus said,
“Watch therefore: for you know no what hour your Lord will come” (v. 42).

“Be ready, for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh” (v. 44).

“Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord, when he comes, shall find so doing” (v. 46).

Beloved, do you feel—do you sense—that these are the last of the last days? Do you share the longing for his appearance?

Look up; our redemption is drawing near!

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God is Shaking the Nations

Jan Markell from Olive tree Ministries is on March 23rd wrote an interesting article around how 2011 seems as if the signs from Matthew 24 and the accompanying birth [pains have increased and that maybe God has turned up the switch in regard to Matthew 24 fulfillment.

She lists the things that have occurred in the world since the beginning of 2011 and asks and rigjtly so is God shaking the nations? I beleive He is. Things are happening so quickly and in so many places that the world is being put on notice that Christ’s return is very near even at the door.

While we do not know the exact day or hour (that is what the Word says) we are commanded to know the times and seasons and to be alert to the soon coming. This article is right on track with this and also points out the need to educate and inform people to the soon return of the Lord.

Scoffers in the church need to step aside as the truth of this Glorious Day should be our message to our people when they ask about all the troubles and turmoils in the world.

Enjoy the article as I am attaching it in it’s entirety.

Keep looking up!

God Is Shaking the Nations

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Return of Christ is Near – Greg Laurie

Noted pastor Greg Laurie says while we do not know the exact day or hour of the return of our Lord we are told to know the signs of the times that would preceed His return,. Laurie believes the return is very near. Keep looking up!

Calif. Pastor: End of the World Is Near, Really

By Audrey Barrick|Christian Post Reporter

Every generation has cried “the end of the world is near.” Yet “here we are still,” noted one Southern California pastor.

Signs of the Times

“Haven’t we heard this all before?” Greg Laurie acknowledged on Sunday. “Every generation … that has thought it was the generation that would see the Lord’s return has been wrong because he didn’t come, did he?”

“This idea of the end of the world coming, Christ returning, is this the truth?”

Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., continued his messages on the end times in light of recent events, including the deadly earthquake in Japan.

This generation might be repeating what past generations have been saying, that these are the last days, but Laurie wonders whether the “cumulative effect” and the frequency of the events are cause to believe that indeed Jesus might return in his lifetime.

“Yes, we have heard this message before but over the years, certain things have happened that have immense prophetic significance,” he said.

“I want more Christian news!”

He listed the dramatic escalation of global wars and terrorism, the push for unity or globalism, the change in world economics toward a cashless society, the unprecedented increase of killer earthquakes, and false teaching permeating the church.

The world isn’t quite yet at the seven-year Tribulation Period that the Bible prophesizes, Laurie said, but he believes it’s close.

“That means the return of Jesus Christ is even closer yet,” he said.

There may be some disagreements over the order of the prophetic events, he noted. But there is no division on “this one truth: that Jesus Christ is coming back again soon.”

Of course, no one can say with certainty when that day will be.

“I’m not one of those date setters,” the famed evangelist said. “Some looney tune will come along and say he’s cracked the code. No man knows the day or the hour.”

But what people can know are the “signs of the times,” a phrase Jesus coined, according to Laurie.

What are these signs? “We see them on the headlines of newspapers,” he said.

Earthquakes are just one of many signs. More than 10,000 people are estimated to have died from Friday’s magnitude-8.9 quake and tsunami in Japan. One thousand bodies were found washed up across the coastline of Miyagi prefecture on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

Japan’s quake was preceded by a smaller but still deadly quake in southwestern China a day earlier. It’s been only weeks since a powerful quake also shook Christchurch, New Zealand, and just one year has passed since the catastrophic Haiti earthquake that killed an estimated 316,000 people.

While disasters are one obvious sign, Laurie believes one of the most significant signs indicating the Lord’s return in this generation is the 1948 return of the Jewish people to their homeland.

With “plenty of signs of the times,” Laurie asked the Harvest congregation, “Are you ready to meet God?”

“If we really understand anything about Bible prophecy … it’ll make us want to be a more godly person,” he said.

“We don’t know when the end of the world is, but listen, the end of your world could come sooner,” he warned. “God gives us time. Spend it wisely. The Lord could come back today.”

Laurie leads some 15,000 people every week at Harvest Christian Fellowship. Also an evangelist, he has preached the gospel to more than 4 million people since 1990.

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Pastors be Warned!

Interesting take on Bible Prpohecy and the preaching of the message from Terry James of RaptureReady.com. I agree with him that pastors overall do not come out of seminary with a good basis of knowledge on the subject and it is sad becuase it is 28 to 30% of the Bible. 14to 15% fulfilled already and 14 to 15% to come in the future.

Also I also agree with his analysis on the the reasons pastors will use in order to justify not teaching it. We are commanded as beleivers to understand the times and seasons around us in regard to our Lord’s second coming. Be alert and be ready in order to not be caught off guard. So if our congregations do not have a general knowledge of the subjuect how can the be ready and looking? That is a key question to be answered after you read the attached! Keep looking up!

Pastors Forewarned

One of the most-mentioned laments among those of us who have Bible prophecy as our calling is that seminaries are not teaching prophecy and pastors are not preaching and teaching prophecy today. We refer to the majority of the seminary instructors and preachers who otherwise preach and teach God’s Word as inerrant truth.

Those who view the Bible as merely a book with good suggestions for how to live, but don’t consider it the literal Word of God, can’t be expected to understand the crucial necessity of preaching and teaching the whole Word of God. These pick and choose verses, applicable or not, to put forth their ear-tickling homilies, which by their very nature avoid doctrinal truth. So, we aren’t pointing a finger of admonishment at these.

Sadly, however, this description fits a growing number of seminaries and their graduates. It is getting harder to tell the genuine from the pretenders. More and more the words are sugar-coated, the points supposedly made trailing off into the ether of mumbo-jumbo irrelevance. When one gently probes one or the other of the Bible-believing/preaching pastors with the question: “Do you preach prophecy?” the answers are along the same line. It’s my experience and that of others who ask the question that 95 percent of those asked say something akin to the following:

“Prophecy is just too hard for people to understand.”

“I just don’t know about the subject, because we just barely touched on it in seminary.”

“Teaching people how to live as a Christians is more pressing.”

“It scares people, so I just don’t want to worry them unnecessarily.”

“People have been saying the Second Coming is here for years, and we are still here. We need to deal with the here and now, not pie in the sky.”

And my personal favorite:

“Some preachers are premillennial, some postmillennial, or whatever. I’m ‘pan’-millennial. I believe it will just all pan out in the end.” I have to tell you–confess, I guess—that this last one always presents a personal test of my temperament. Whenever I hear it, I see red, even though I’ve been as physically blind as the proverbial bat since 1993. Some of these preachers–a few–become a bit defensive and get rather exercised, launching into tirades, arguing that we prophecy types read far too much into the headlines as they might relate to biblical prophecy. And I readily admit that this has and continues to happen more often than it should.

The many episodes of date-settings for the rapture over the years, for example, have done disservice to God’s prophetic Word. Too often I receive formulas from all sorts of angles and configurations that claim to give the precise time of Christ’s coming in the Rapture, or that propose to have the answers to other prophetic events.

Despite the fact that there are those who are overly speculative in their views of Bible prophecy, the following must be said. To the pastors of America who claim the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of the Living God but callously ignore its prophetic content—be forewarned. Your excuses/arguments won’t stand the test at the bema–the judgment seat of Christ. You will be held accountable by the very Lord you proclaim you love so much–the same Lord about whom the angel told John: “for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10b).

That same Jesus gave us the Olivet discourse, during which He laid out general and specific things to come. The Gospel accounts give Christ’s commandment of what to do about the many prophesied things He had just foretold: “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” (Mark 13:37). Prophecy makes up at least 27 percent of the Bible. Half of that 27 percent has been fulfilled, with half yet to be fulfilled. Anyone with spiritual ears to hear and spiritual eyes to see is capable of following the Lord’s command: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21: 28).

Certainly, if God calls people to be pastors–shepherds of His flock—He equips them to feed the flock His whole Word, not just the parts the pastor selects as important, while summarily dismissing the other parts of God’s Word. Jesus said to “watch” for prophetic developments. And, spiritually attuned eyes and ears–a condition all pastors should seek to appropriate and maintain—can hear and see that we are at the very end of the Church Age.

Just this week, the entire world, not just the Middle East, exploded with rage. From Cairo and the capitals of Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, Bahrain, and Iran to the U.S. capital emulating the austerity cuts tumult in Europe, the seas and waves of humanity are roaring with distress and perplexity. From Juarez, Mexico, and the deadly drug wars to the seas off Somalia and the murderous pirates who prey on their victims, violence fills the whole earth.

Israel stands alone in the global spotlight as the most-hated nation on planet earth. The world is in economic chaos, headed for total collapse. All the while, technology is progressing geometrically in ways that will one day provide earth’s last tyrant with the satanically endowed ability to enslave most all people on this fallen sphere.

Yet many pastors of America are into building bigger, more beautiful edifices in order to more spectacularly entertain their audiences. They make claims that they are telling of God’s love. But, they are stressing how to tap into that love in order to gain favor for acquiring material things; they are not teaching how to share the message that Jesus’ love is shown in that He died to save us from our sins. Too many pastors are moving farther from teaching doctrinal truth. One such truth being assiduously avoided is that of Christ’s Second Coming.

Thankfully, this Laodicean model doesn’t apply to all megachurches in America today. Some genuinely preach and teach truth from the Bible, although most, I’m sorry to have to say, continue to push aside Bible prophecy in favor of sticking exclusively to life-lesson theology. The responsibility to “watch” must, by the Bible’s very definition of the word “preacher,” fall first and foremost on those who are called to shepherd God’s people. The Word of God warns specifically about keeping the flock informed, and about those commissioned to do so who fail in that responsibility: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me” (Hosea 4: 6a,b). Paul’s admonition applies to pastors and teachers even more, perhaps, than to those whom they shepherd and instruct.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2: 15). These are perilous times, dear pastors and teachers. Bible prophecy at this juncture in human history isn’t frivolous or an elective to be chosen according to the pastor’s whim. The hour is late, and God’s people haven’t a clue. It is critical that you begin giving them biblically prophetic nourishment.

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Rapture Time!

As we near the coming of the Lord an interesting parable we should all read and study is found in Matthew 25. It is the parable of the ten virgins. The lesson here is that when the bride groom comes we need to ready and prepared. 5 of the virgins were prepared and had oil in their lamps and five we unprepared and caught off guard.

We need to be alert to the times and seasons and the things going on in the world in order to be ready for His return. It is a command for us to be alert and ready and to understand the times. Jesus Himself chastised the Pharisees, the most learned men in the Jewish world at that time about the Scriptures, for not seeing and looking for His first coming.

I am attaching two links to a Bible Study and sermon I gave on this topic for your use.

Keep looking up!

Parable of 10 virgins

Parable of 10 virgins

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Caliphate and Islamic Antichrist Coming Together

Antichrist Part 1

Yesterday even Glenn Beck from Fox news did an outstanding job of talking about where what we are seeing in the Middle East today is quickly taking us. We are witnessing the early formation of the Beast Kingdom from Revelation 13. It is sad that a TV personality is making the connections to what is happening around us but most of the Christian church is oblivious to it! And does not even know where in the Bible to find these things about the Second Coming of Christ.

Jesus warned us this would happen. He likened it to what happened at His first coming. The men who should have known better than anyone, the Pharisees, did not see His coming that was foretold in Daniel. Well this is happening again in His church as the majority of Christian pasotrs and leaders are not seeing the Second Coming very clearly.

Jesus warns us in 1 Thess. 5:1-10 that since we are children of God and Light we should not need to be taught these things. We should be alert and looking. here is what this passage says:

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Also in Mark 13:33-37 to Watch! It is a command. The verses say:

Be on guard! Be alert[e]! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

So we need to understand events as they unfold in front of us. I am attaching a great resource for you to try to follow the events around the Caliphate and the Islamic Antichrist for you to study and gain wisdom!

Keep looking up!

 

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Archaeologists Find the Tomb of Prophet Zechariah

Archaeologists in Israel believe they have found the tomb of the prophet Zechariah in a newly discovered church. The church is 1,300 years old and was uncovered in Hirbet Madras in central Israel. It is marked on the Madaba Map as the tomb of Zechariah.

The Madaba Map is an ancient mosaic map of the region that includes modern Israel. It was found ion the 6th century in Jordan.

Zechariah lived around 500 BC. His book is very prophetic in nature and is a bridge between Daniel and Revelation.

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Apostasy: It is all around us!

Two more stories developing in the American church that are extremely alarming. The first is from Bill Wilson of KIN.

1. The Emergent Church and Homosexuality: Rewriting Scripture to Justify Sin –
By Bill Wilson, KIN Senior Analyst

WASH–Jan 17–KIN–Cathleen Falsani, Religion Columnist, recently wrote an article claiming that Evangelical Christianity is having a “Great Gay Awakening.” Falsani, you may remember, is the woman who interviewed the current president about his religious viewpoints, and as we all found out through her reporting that the president believes there are many ways to heaven. Falsani, in writing for the Huffington Post, is now saying that what she was taught for most of her life–”that it’s impossible to be both openly gay and authentically Christian”–is wrong. In fact, she quotes leaders of the current Emergent Church movement as saying that the Bible was misquoted and that being homosexual is not a sin.

Its this kind of logic that is at the root of deception in the Church these days. Its the misquoting of scripture. I was recently in a church service, for example, where a person said that the Bible tells us “that even the elect shall be led astray.” This person was making a very good point that we should not just take for fact everything that a preacher says and that we should check it against scripture. Problem is this person’s use of scripture was also misquoting the Bible where Jesus said in Matthew 24:24, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” That’s a lot different than the elect shall be led astray.

It all starts with something innocuous and leads to things like man rewriting the Bible to fit the social morals of the day. Falsani says that the Old Testament prohibits interracial marriage, endorses slavery, forbids women to wear trousers, calls for brides who are not virgins to be stoned to death, and adulterers to be executed. So, she concludes, after quoting heretics like Brian McLaren and Tony Jones–leaders of the Emergent Church–that homosexuality is not a sin. They say that the word homosexual is not used in the Bible. My King James version doesn’t use the word homosexual, but in both the Old Testament and the New, it says that sexual relations between men with men and women with women is sin.

People are told in the Bible how to treat slaves, but clearly Exodus is a condemnation of slavery. There were reasons why God did not want the Jews marrying outside their race. There were reasons for the things in the Old Testament that we see today as strange. We need to accept them, not try to use them to justify sin. Sin is still sin. Homosexuality, whether the word exists in the Bible or not, is still, as Leviticus 18:22 puts it, “abomination.” Just so the Emergent Church heretics understand–its also a sin in the New Testament, as Romans 1:32 says “such things are worthy of death.” It is good that Christ gave us a commandment that may save them from eternal fire–love. If you love someone, you will help them see the true Christ that gives everlasting life.

2. What is Rick Warren Thinking?

The second involves Rick Warren and his affliation and support of New Age doctors in developing a health plan for his church. I have to admit I have been hesitant to criticize Rick Warren. His book, The Purpose Driven Life,  encouraged me when I read it for the first time. I know there are a lot of folks at my church that like him too. But I can’t ignore this one.

Warren decided to lose some weight and do a major health promotion at Saddleback. Of course, everything is BIG at Saddleback so he wanted to get some top name physicians and health consultants. So does he draw from the top minds of evangelicalism? No… he went to the top of of the evil world system.

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. ( 2 Tim 4:3)

Warren put himself and now his flock under the care of Drs. Mehmet Oz, Mark Hyman, and Daniel Amen who have developed “The Daniel Plan.” Dr. Oz , an Oprah favorite, is the host of the Emmy-winning “Dr. Oz Show” and professor of surgery at Columbia University.  His medical qualifications aside, he openly admits that he is inspired by occultistEmmanuel Swedenborg.  Swedenborg was an 8th century cult founder who had elaborate conversations “Angels”  who dictated his apostate theology. There can be no doubt that they were fallen angels because he taught that all religions lead to God and denied orthodox Christian doctrines like the atonement of Christ, the trinity and the deity of the Holy Spirit. These aren’t excusable errors. Pastor Warren is knowingly putting his church under the influence of this New Age guru. Has he no discernment? What about shame?

He is also endorsing Hyman, a New York Times best-selling author who promotes New Age Buddhist style meditation via the Shambahala center. Hyman is an advocate of Buddhist Tantric sex practices and the dubious brain science behind his diet plan Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. 

Keep praying for the pastors and men of God in the church. We are called to a higher level of commitment and a deeper knowledge and understanding of Scripture. It is not just a book it is the living breathing Word of God.

Keep looking up!

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