WHAT DID CHRIST PREDICT FOR THE FUTURE BEFORE THE END COMES?
Matthew 24:21 “for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved (alive): but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
Most people just cannot allow their minds to accept what Christ is saying here: THAT ALL LIFE WOULD BE ERASED FROM THIS PLANET, UNLESS SOME OUTSIDE POWER WOULD INTERVENE IN HUMAN AFFAIRS!
Do you know of anyone, rationally speaking, who has that kind of power or capacity? Of course not! And yet we human beings, with our great swelling vanity and pride, still want to put our trust and confidence in some other egotistical human to “save” us. The God of the Bible warns us of that fallacy: Psalms 146:3 “Put not your trust in princes (leaders), nor in the son of man (mankind), in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish (cease).”
GOD ALLOWS or APPOINTS HUMAN GOVERNMENTS. (Romans 13:1)
He even permits leaders like Agag, the king of the Amalekites and enemy of Israel, (whom King Saul was ordered to, “utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” (I Samuel 15:3); others like Shalmaneser, king of Assyria and conqueror of the nation of Israel in 721 - 718 B.C.; Nebuchadnezzar, Babylonian king who conquered the nation of Judah in 585 B.C.; and on down through history, men such as Genghis Khan, wicked Mongol emperor, Adolph Hitler, Mussolini and on and on it goes.
If you will remember, in “Behold, The People Is One - Part 1”, we began with some of the prophecies of Christ concerning the “last days” and showing that He equated them to the “DAYS OF NOAH”. Then we gave the account of a rebellious man named Nimrod, JUST AFTER THAT FLOOD (about 2185 B.C.), who was setting up what amounted to the first attempt at “one world government” and “one world religion” under human rule. This was not but a few years (about 160) after the flood (Bullinger’s “Companion Bible” dates the ending of the flood as 2347 B.C.), where God slew every human being but the eight on the Ark and the animal kinds or species that had been brought on board (Not every breed, of course).
When God chose Israel for His special people to represent Him and brought them out of Egypt, the resistance and rebellion toward His Laws, Statutes and Judgments was still there: He had just reiterated the Ten Commandments through Moses; now notice what He said about them: Deuteronomy 5:29 “O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear Me, and keep all My Commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever.” (Also, Chap. 29:4).
This same human mindset continued during the days of JOSHUA, the “JUDGES,” and on into “RUTH” where God ruled Israel in a Theocracy under His chosen Levitical Priesthood. Eventually, that didn’t satisfy them and they demanded a king, SO THEY COULD BE MORE LIKE THE GENTILES! I Samuel 8:4 “Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us LIKE ALL THE NATIONS (GENTILES). 6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” (Continuing on in the following verses, God warned them of the result of that rejection.)
GOD GAVE ISRAEL SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS IN APPOINTING OR ELECTING THEIR LEADERSHIP
Deuteronomy 17:14 “When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shall possess it, and shalt dwell therein. And shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations (Gentiles) that are about me; 15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, WHOM THE LORD THY GOD SHALL CHOOSE: ONE FROM AMONG THY BRETHREN shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest NOT SET A STRANGER (GENTILE) OVER THEE, which is NOT THY BROTHER.”
Now, you may ask: WHAT HAS THIS TO DO WITH MODERN-DAY NATIONS, such as the United States of America, Britain or even the tiny nation of Israel, (Actually Judah) who use the elective form of government? Obviously, this is talking about a DEMOCRATIC FORM OF GOVERNMENT, where the people SET OR APPOINT their leaders: (Presidents, Congressional members, Governors, Mayors and other elected officials.)
(Again, I strongly encourage you, who are hearing or reading this sermon, to request our series of DVD’s, “THE BLESSINGS OF ABRAHAM”, which will enlighten you on the difference between Israel and Judah. They divided into two separate nations with two separate kings and two separate capitals! You must have this vital key to understand Bible prophecy which will affect all nations, eventually and, possibly very soon.
Briefly, we believe, AND HAVE PROVEN, that the British and The United States of America ARE THE DECENDANTS OF ANCIENT ISRAEL; THROUGH JOSEPH, THE BIRTHRIGHT HOLDER (I Chronicles 5:2) of the separated Northern ten tribes, known as the “House of Israel”. (The Jews (Judah) should be called “The House of Judah”.) These English speaking peoples (Britain and America) are the modern names of the nations (from Ephraim & Manasseh), which should actually BEAR THE NAME OF ISRAEL!) Genesis 48:1 “And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold your father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.”
You will want to read this account on down to: Verse 10 “Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him, and he kissed them, and embraced them.” Continue on to Verse 14 “And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. 16 The Angel which redeemed from all evil, bless the lads; And let MY NAME (Israel) BE NAMED ON THEM and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. 18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put your right hand upon his head. 19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations (or commonwealth of nations).”
These two sons of Joseph were to become great nations and bear the NAME OF ISRAEL. It is time to reveal these facts; especially as the end draws near!
OUR MAIN FOCUS WILL BE ON THE U.S.A.
Understand this! I DID NOT WRITE THE INSTRUCTIONS TO ISRAEL ABOUT NOT SETTING A GENTILE OVER THEM AS KING OR LEADER!
Our recent Presidential election brought about a phenomenal FIRST for this nation! In our two hundred and thirty plus years as a sovereign nation the original “fathers” would never have believed it possible for this to happen! A Gentile was dutifully elected as the President of the United States of America.
It’s almost as if this person, politically unknown, just appeared out of nowhere! Also he seems to be of great oratorical skill, fantastic charisma, highly intelligent, intellectually informed and the unbelievable ability to organize and unify people.
I don’t believe it’s wrong to HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR NEW LEADERSHIP. Remember, the God of the Bible, is always in control. What does He have in mind?
I HAVE NOTHING DEROGATORY TO SAY OR ANYTHING TO CRITICIZE ABOUT AMERICA’S CHOICE THEY HAVE MADE. Even in the Old Testament., this was a law or judgment: Exodus 22:28 “Thou shalt not revile the gods (judges) nor curse the ruler of thy people.” Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
But if we are the modern descendants of Israel, AND, WE ARE, there will be serious repercussions and punishments on God’s part! Deuteronomy 28:15 “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments (including the one in Deut. 17:15), and His statutes which I command thee this day, that all these CURSES SHALL COME UPON THEE, and overtake thee. 20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all thou settest thine hand to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken Me.” Ver. 43 “The stranger (Gentile citizens) that is within thee (within your borders - how about the illegal immigrant invasion of our country) shall get above thee VERY HIGH (IN A POLITICAL OFFICE OR MAYBE BY TRADE DEFICITS); and thou shalt come down very low. 44 He shall lend to thee (How about China’s loans to us), and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.”
Read on about the multiple, terrible punishments coming on this nation, WHICH WAS ONCE THE GREATEST SINGLE NATION ON THIS EARTH and how it will finally culminate in total defeat and captivity. Verses 41 “Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity. 49 Thou LORD shall bring a nation (Gentile) against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth (nuclear rockets or blitzkrieg); a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand. 52 And he shall besiege thee in all your gates, until your high and fenced walls (could refer to our “walls of military defense” or “walls of tariff” in a “trade war”) come down, wherein thou trustest….”
(There are other prophesies that indicate that this foreign aggressor will be one of our present allies but we won’t get into this topic in this sermon.) But even before this terrible event takes place, there are other curses to come upon us: By all the “News” accounts, this new President is making great strides in solving all the problems we have gotten ourselves into. The newspapers are filled with his accomplishments in his first “100 days”. It seems he is able to convict and convince others in his ideas of “revolution and change”. One of our leading and influential magazines, “U.S.NEWS & WORLD REPORT” has issued a full edition on, “The Obama Revolution” and his “Progress Report”. Some of the front page captions are:“The President Has Set In Motion a Profound Agenda“; “Will His Bold Initiatives Work?”; ‘Examining a “New Policy” Era’; “The Economy, Diplomacy, Energy, Healthcare, The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more.”
In examining some of these captions and articles I was especially captivated by the one entitled: “A New Role for Religion”: “Faith has played a larger role in Obama’s White House in the first 100 days than in any other President’s.” Some of the “highlights” I noted, were these:
“He is carving out a bold new role for faith in the White House.”;
“religion might be playing an even bigger role in Barack Obama’s administration.”;
“The President is unlikely to abandon his quest for a middle way for faith in government and politics.”;
“Some conservative Christians worry he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
No wonder they’re worried! “…Obama took time to roll out his Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Its expanded mission includes a reduced demand for abortion, promoting responsible fatherhood, and facilitating interfaith dialogue, PARTICULARLY WITH THE MUSLIM WORLD.” These statements do concern me and other people in this country. Many will not believe this country was founded on religious beliefs that were taken from the Bible of the Jewish and Christian faiths - but they were! They were not founded on the Quran and the two will not mix! I do believe President Obama is on a quest to bring peace to the Middle East, particularly to Jerusalem and the Palestinian area.
For the conclusion of this message be sure and read the final article on this intriguing subject, “Behold, The People Is One – Part 3”.