In this article I want to talk to you about what the future holds for this nation, mankind in general, and God’s people specifically. I want to talk to you about WAR.
Why am I so positive that war is inevitable in the future of mankind? Why am I so negative about the possibility of world peace being achieved? And certainly not “in our time”, as one British Chancellor stated after talking to Adolph Hitler just prior to W.W.II.
Because, I’ve read the Bible and I know what God prophesies for the very near future! And I also know, from that same source, WHO AND WHAT CAUSES WAR! Notice James 4:1 “From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts (pleasures) that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
Have you ever observed two small children playing together and, inevitably, both want the same toy? Where does this evil nature come from? It comes directly from Satan the Devil! He instigates these attitudes by broadcasting his way of thinking and it influences human kind.
Many, many years ago, when I was a member of the Worldwide Church of God, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong wrote a booklet about “Human Nature”. He was the founder of that Church group; but after his death, others took over the reins and changed many of the former beliefs that he had so studiously proven and the Church quickly fell apart. In this booklet, he arrived to the Truth as to where human beings get their evil attitudes. I’ll quote excerpts from this article on pgs.6 & 7: “And that evil in them (Adam and Eve) came from Satan, not from God! They were not created with this evil nature. But how did humanity, today, come to have this evil attitude we call ‘HUMAN NATURE’? Adam and Eve chose and acquired the ‘nature’ or attitude of sin from Satan. It was not passed on by heredity. Jesus Christ called their second son ‘righteous Able’”.
Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian Church partly explains it: II Corinthians 11:2 “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ…”
Satan was still around when Paul wrote. The people at Corinth had not received this evil nature by heredity. Eve did not have a mind that was evil before Satan came along and confronted her. But Satan, by subtlety deceived Eve. Eve’s children were not born with this evil nature. Nor were the people of the Corinthian church. But Paul feared lest Satan, still around after some 4,000 years, pervert Corinthian minds directly, as he did to Eve.
Continuing on with “Satan’s Wavelength”, from, “Human Nature” Pg. 7 “To the church at Ephesus, God said through the apostle Paul (Eph. 2:1-2): “And you [who] in time past walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience…”
“Grasp it! Satan is here called ‘the prince of the power of the AIR’”! Pg.8 “This great and powerful being, even though evil, has power literally to surcharge the air around the earth. He broadcasts! The spirit in every human being is automatically tuned in on Satan’s wavelength.
He broadcasts in ATTITUDES.” Pg. 9 “Satan, prince of the power of the air, stirs the spirits of humans, injecting into them attitudes, moods and of selfishness, vanity, lust and greed; attitudes of resentment against authority, of jealousy and envy, of competition and strife, of resentment and bitterness, of VIOLENCE, MURDER and WAR”. That is how Satan deceives the whole world (Rev. 12:9).
This is why I am loudly proclaiming: “Prepare for War!” Furthermore, Notice: Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 AND THE WAY OF PEACE HAVE THEY NOT KNOWN. 18 THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.”
This is covered more completely in the Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah 59:8 “The way of peace they know not; there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein SHALL NOT KNOW PEACE. 9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light (to give us direction) but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. 10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.”
Yes, we’ve brought these conditions upon ourselves by refusing to acknowledge God in our nation! I hope there are some out there who will listen to what I’m saying, change from your stubborn, carnal ways and turn to God in TRUE, HEARTFELT REPENTENCE! If you don’t know what this means and what is involved SEND FOR OUR FREE “MINI BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE COURSE”. God may be calling you to the real TRUTH - to his true Church, and you’ll need the proper knowledge to guide you in achieving salvation.
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Have you noticed lately, how there seems to be a great void in people’s minds about the worship of God, the, at least nominal, recognition, of His Presence and Influence in this once GREAT NATION? I learned, just recently, they’ve elected to leave the “In God We Trust” slogan off the new “metallic “one dollar” coin. I suppose they’re afraid they might “offend” some of these new “Gentile religions” that are springing up. I heard where a judge (I believe on the West coast) sentenced some man to a prison term, because he had TRUSTED GOD for his child’s HEALING and it died. HOW MANY HAVE DIED UNDER A PHYSICIAN’’S CARE?? And it seems that the Supreme Court trumps God’s 6th Commandment on, “Thou Shalt Do No Murder”; in aborting hapless and helpless unborn children. It’s a “woman’s right”, you know!
I know (and you can know) for a surety that WAR IS ON THE HORIZON according to your Savior. If you can’t discern the signs of the end times in which we are living you truly must be blind. About one-third of the Bible is dedicated to prophecy and if you’ll allow God to open your eyes, you’ll begin to understand that we’re living in “unusual times”, to say the least.
Let’s look at the dire warnings from Jesus Christ concerning these days: 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 of the end of the world (age)? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Yes, Religious deception will be rampant!) But Notice: Verse 6 “And ye shall hear of WARS and RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled (God’s people do not have to panic or be overly concerned): for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places”. (About 200, 000 killed in Haiti; less killed in Chile, but the strongest quake in, I believe, over one hundred years - 8.8 intensity on the Richter scale. (Strongest ever, 9.5) But remember, our main thrust or subject matter is WAR!
These wars are going to greatly increase in intensity and scope! Eventually, they will lead into W.W.III and they will become so deadly that NO ONE WOULD SURVIVE, unless Jesus Christ returns to this planet earth and intervenes in human affairs. Notice! Mt. 24:15 “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation (that maketh desolate), spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (in the Temple of God), (whoso readeth, let him understand :) 16 Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is upon the house top not come down to take anything out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:”
Notice how extremely dangerous these days are! This is the modern fulfillment of Daniel 11. (The ancient fulfillment was in 168 B.C., when Antiochus IV placed an “abomination” in the “Holy Place” (an image of Jupiter) and stopped the daily sacrifices.) Just as there are earlier and latter fulfillments of prophecy, so here: Daniel 11:40 “And at the time of the end shall the king of the South (Arabic league) shall push at him: and the king of the North (Germany and Europeans) shall come against him like a whirlwind (blitzkrieg?), with chariots, and with horsemen (mechanized?), and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over (in the air?). 41 He shall enter also into the glorious land (Palestine - maybe now the capital of Palestinians?), and many countries shall be overthrown: but these that shall escape out of his hand, even Edom (Turkey), and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon (Jordan). 42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over the precious things (oil?) of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians (North Africa) shall be at his steps.”
NOW, WHAT HAPPENS?
Russia and the hordes of countries such as China and other Asiatic groups, having armies of two hundred million are getting ready to cross the Euphrates River and take on this “Beast” power of Europe for domination of this world. Daniel 11:44 “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. 45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain (Jerusalem); yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”
Back to the “tidings out of the east” It seems to fit with the aforementioned Scripture in Revelation 9:13 “And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of me. 16 And the numbers of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.”
Now comes the GREATEST EVENT EVER TO OCCUR IN MAN’S HISTORY!
Revelation 11:15 “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the KINGDOMS of OUR LORD and of HIS CHRIST; and He shall reign forever and forever. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned 18 And the nations were angry, and THY WRATH IS COME, and the time of the dead, that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth (probably from the nuclear fallout and other destructive weaponry).”
JUST IN TIME TO SAVE MANKIND!
Matthew 24:21 “For then shall be great tribulation (W.W. III or Satan’s wrath), 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: but for the elect’s sake THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED.”
Yes, this will be the magnificent day of the return of Jesus Christ to set up His Royal Kingdom! Finally, REAL PEACE WILL RULE THE EARTH! Revelation 19:11 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. 13 And He was clothed with vesture dipped in blood: and His Name is called The Word of God 15 And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Notice Isaiah 2:4 “And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, NEITHER SHALL THEY LEARN WAR ANY MORE.” God speed this day!