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Monthly Letter - November-December 2013

31 December 2013
Greetings Everyone,
On December 7 1941 a huge fleet of Japanese aircraft and ships attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack caught the military and civilians living on the island completely unaware. They were not prepared for the attack though many signs pointed to aggression toward the United States by the Axis powers. All told, 3,581 people were killed.
And now 72 years later many signs point to another attack from a foreign power. Christ outlined those signs in Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13. Most people do not recognize the significance of these signs. Actually, Christ described the very time in which we are now living. He said, “many shall come in My name saying, I am Christ: and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Mat. 24:5-7).
Peter said that people would scoff at these conditions extant in the last days. Because of their own lusts to have their own way they would ignore the signs and claim these things have always been (2 Peter 3:3-4). But you must admit there are an awful lot of televangelists and preachers preaching a version of Christ. However, they are not preaching the gospel of Christ. They are only preaching “accept and believe in Christ.” Christ said, “take heed that no man deceive you” (verse 4).
If you are paying attention to world news you cannot deny the continuous threat of North Korea. There is presently tension with China. The Middle East is a cauldron ready to boil over. When Iran acquires a nuclear bomb the entire Middle East, particularly Israel, will be in serious trouble. Read Psalms 83:1-8. Prophecy foretells a confederacy of nations whose primary goal is to destroy Israel and her allies. And Daniel 12:40-45 reveals that at the time of the end this confederacy of nations, led by the King of the South, will push at the king of the North. The king of the North, the United States of Europe, will invade the Middle East and all out war will ensue.
Jeremiah 30:7 refers to this time as Jacob’s trouble. Christ calls it a time of great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be (Mat. 24:21). It is called Jacob’s trouble because it is God’s punishment upon the children of Israel (primarily the United States, Britain and the English speaking nations) for disobeying God’s commandments and breaking His covenant (Leviticus 26:14-15) Will you too scoff at this warning?
God will not idly stand by and watch as we continue our downhill slide into materialism. Presently, 16 states have approved same sex marriages. Eventually more states will approve also! Does Sodom and Gomorrah sound familiar to you? What was their fate?
Isaiah warns, “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away” (Isaiah 1:4). Read verses 1-10 also.
My friends, I am not confident that these words will cause many (if any) of you reading this letter to repent and begin keeping God’s commandments. Ezekiel said, “they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness...for they hear thy words, but they do them not. And when this cometh to pass (all the things we have warned you would happen) (lo, it will come,), then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them” (Ezekiel 33:31-33). Many read our articles and listen to our DVD’s but continue living their lives as they choose, thinking the knowledge they have will save them! It will not!
Most of you won’t listen and Ezekiel describes the results. “A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword (war) after them (Ezekiel 5:12). You don’t have to believe it; it will happen just as God says it will.
Are you watching for the signs of our times? Do you recognize the moral decline of our nation? Are you ignoring Christ’s warning to “Watch ye therefore and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man?" (Luke 21:36) And, my friends, this passage means much more than just kneeling down and asking God for protection. I will explain this in a future sermon titled “Watch Ye and Pray Always”.
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Thank you all for your continued prayers and financial support. And, keep watching!
George Trent
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