Many, or most of the members of The Church of God New World Ministries, have returned home from observing the fall festival, the Feast of Tabernacles, just a couple of weeks ago. What a change it is to encounter this “present evil world” again, after the powerful sermons depicting the wonderful, beautiful “world ahead”, with Jesus Christ reigning gloriously over the entire earth! All nations will then truly learn the Ways of God, which will bring about joy, happiness, peace and prosperity for every individual; everything that man has desired! (But that isn’t possible in today’s society. Jeremiah 10:23 tells us, “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man to direct his steps.”)
This is all a part of the “Good News” (Gospel) that Christ preached and commissioned His true Church to proclaim to this world. And now it’s time to get back “into harness” and begin to proclaim His message again. In fact, it’s quite shocking to compare the difference between the Gospel Christ preached and what is proclaimed as “another gospel” in II Corinthians 11:4.
I returned home here in Knoxville, TN to find a sickening trial getting under way, where four defendants were accused of brutally hi-jacking a beautiful couple (almost three years ago), where they tortured, repeatedly raped, sodomized and slew them in the most horrible way that can be imagined! It was so bad, so evil, so Satanic, it has bothered my mind to where I have lost sleep over it!
Additionally, we have had to encounter the multitude of problems this nation is facing: the economy, health system breakdowns, wars on two or three fronts with no real solutions in sight and with a new, Gentile, inexperienced President making promises to solve the unsolvable.
Many changes are taking place in our beloved nation today; more freedoms for the gay and lesbian communities, the so called “rights” of mothers to “abort” (murder) their unborn babies, more uninvited “foreigners” crossing our borders. Crime and violence are at an all time high! Plus, more and more are ignoring the true God, His Laws and His teachings, including the right to pray in our schools.
Our local daily news paper, the “Knoxville News Sentinel”, just reported a case where a U.S. District Court ruled: “The Knox County School System did not violate a Karns Elementary School pupil’s constitutional rights when an issue arose over students reading and discussing the Bible during recess.” BUT! Don’t get your hopes up yet! I t continues with, “Nate Kellum, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, did not agree. He said the situation remains too ambiguous for comfort and that an appeal of the verdict will be considered.” People with the same mind set as Mr. Kellum are not going to give up on trying to suppress even religious thought. Satan, himself, knows he cannot win in overthrowing God and His Plan, but he will continue that effort until his bitter end (Revelation 12:7-9; 20:1, 2, 10; Jude 6)!!
Also, in this past week, in the Knoxville News Sentinel (October 29, 2009), a prominent, highly respected journalist, wrote an article entitled: “Dismantling America: Will we wake up in time?” In this report, he cites several issues in which he points out the dangers he sees in the changes that are happening in and to this nation. In this article, I saw a person with great insight as to what these changes could bring about. I’ll quote a few of the questions he posed: “Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a cabinet member confirmed by the Senate, but simply one of many “czars” appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent? Did you think that another “czar” would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers --- that is, to create a situation where some newspapers survival would depend on the government liking what they publish? Did you imagine that anyone would be talking about having a panel of so-called experts deciding who could and could not get life-saving medical treatments? Does this sound like America?” “ --- President Barack Obama has already floated the idea of a national police force, something we have done without for more than two centuries.” --- “What would be the role of a national police force created by Obama? It would seem more like the brown shirts of dictators than like anything American.” --- “Among the people appointed as czars by President Obama are people who have praised enemy dictators like Mao, who have seen the public schools as places to promote sexual practices contrary to the values of most Americans, to a captive audience of children.” --- “Whether enough people will wake up in time to keep America from being dismantled, piece by piece, is another question --- and the biggest question for this generation.” (Economist Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover institution, Stanford, Calif. By the way, he is also a black man.)
***At this time, I wish to state that I, as a person or as representative of any church organization, do not make any judgment as to the statements or convictions of Mr. Thomas Sowell in his article. But as a minister of Jesus Christ, I found it interesting that these “questions” seem to fit in with certain prophesies about the “time of the end” in the Bible.
I do have a God given responsibility, as a minister, to fulfill the words written by the Prophet Ezekiel to the modern “children of Israel” who we believe, descended through history to become the English speaking people of the world.
Ezekiel 2:3 “And He said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 4. for they are impudent and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them; thus saith the LORD God. 5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forebear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. 6. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briars and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not dismayed of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.”
Yes! Christ’s true ministry has a commission to perform: Isaiah 58:1 “Cry aloud, and spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins.”
Again, you may think this is addressed to the Jewish people of the Old Testament. I can assure you, it is for the modern descendants of Jacob, which had split into TWO NATIONS, under Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. One became the House of Judah (the Jews), with its capital in Jerusalem and the House of Israel, ruled over by an Ephraimite, Jeroboam, with its capital in Samaria (known as the Northern ten tribes.) Eventually, after its invasion and captivity by the Assyrian king Shalmanezer in about 721 B.C. (II Kings 17:6, 7); the House of Israel migrated to parts of Europe, the British Isles and eventually America. Amos 9:9 shows this to be planned by God. It’s an amazing story and you need to study and read about it! For proof of this, we’ve offered a three part series, entitled: &LDQUO;The Blessings of Abraham” and it’s available, free of charge. This may be some of the most important information you could ever have!
As the “last days” draw nearer, the Apostle Paul warns through Timothy that times will worsen!
II Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those who are good.” (Read on through these verses to see how bad it’s going to get!) Ver. 12. “Yea and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax WORSE AND WORSE, deceiving, and being deceived.”
I wish I could give you a brighter picture of the future (UNDER MAN’S RULE), but I can’t!
From many prophecies in the Bible, we see a:
BLEAK FUTURE for AMERICA and BRITAIN - Part 1
The things we’ve covered thus far ARE ONLY THE BEGINNING OF OUR SORROWS. There is much more to come! This planned topic is of such magnitude it probably will require more than one article. Since the Bible may be about one third prophecy, it may take up to three or four articles to cover this subject adequately. Be sure and read each of them.
LET’S BEGIN WITH CHRIST’S PROPHECIES ABOUT THE TIME OF THE END
Matthew 24:3 “And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the world (age)?” (Read through these prophesies of Christ, especially Verses 21, 22.)
Christ then proceeded to enumerate certain events that would take place and alerted them what to look for. All of these predictions are in place NOW to make us aware of the perilous times we are living in. Of course, many will disdain these warnings from Christ Himself; refusing to believe they are of any significance to today’s society, going their own way and remain ignorant of the Truth and prophecies of the Bible. Their attitude is also predicted in another Scripture: II Peter 3:1 “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you (to the Church); in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior. 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days SCOFFERS, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willing are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.”
NO, WE CAN’T HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE THIS ATTITUDE! These are those who stubbornly refuse to believe that there really is a Great God who decreed a worldwide flood to punish and slay the wicked. Only eight human beings survived and that was because of the righteousness of Noah, the father of the family (II Peter 2:5).
God preached and warned the people for 120 years about this coming disaster and deluge through righteous Noah, but these sinful people refused to be warned! In His end-time Olivet prophecy, Christ used the example of this event: Matthew 24:37 “But as the days of No’e were, so shall the coming of the Son of man be. 38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage (perhaps illegal or illicit marriages?), until the day that No’e entered into the ark, 39. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Yes, for the majority, the opinion is, “Life goes on, business as usual, ho-hum! What does this ’religious crackpot have to say today?” Notice the description of how people were living in those days, preceding this destruction: Genesis 6:5. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6. And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. 7. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me (I’m sorry) that I have made them.”
The prophet Ezekiel was commissioned to deliver a message to a specific people, the HOUSE OF ISRAEL. The Church must preach the true Gospel to ALL NATIONS, beginning with ISRAEL! (Matthew 24:14, 21; Jeremiah 30:7)
Again, the modern descendants of these people, who were to INHERIT THE BIRTHRIGHT PROMISES OF ISRAEL, (National greatness, power, and wealth) were to be bestowed upon the TWO SONS of JOSEPH --EPHRAIM and MANNASEH -- not to the Jews or the house of Judah. The Throne of David was to reside with them, until the coming of the Messiah, who was to inherit that Throne: Luke 1:31 “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David.”
Notice also from the Old Testament: I Chronicles 5:1. "Now the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, as he defiled his father’s bed, HIS BIRTHRIGHT WAS GIVEN UNTO THE SONS OF JOSEPH, the son of Israel or Jacob: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.
Be sure and look for Part Two of this series, A Bleak Future for America and Britain. The prophecies concerning these two great nations will amaze you.