GOG-MAGOG MOVES INTO SYRIA

 

by Pastor Mike Taylor

Ezekiel 38:1 :”And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal:

And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:”

As we read this prophecy written by Ezekiel some 2600 years ago during the Babylonian captivity, I have often wondered how the events spoken of by the prophet would be manifested in the end of days before the return of Jesus Christ for His church.

Ezekiel tells of a future invasion of Israel by a vast coalition of nations that surround it.  it’s not hard to imagine that this invasion could be fulfilled in our lifetime, when we see events that are being fulfilled even as I write this..  Ezekiel 36-37 predicts a gathering of the Jews to the nation of Israel, which will be followed by this massive invasion.  For 19 centuries the Jewish people were scattered throughout the world, and until May 14, 1948 there was no nation of Israel to invade.  With the nation of Israel now a reality, the stage seems set for the war that will usher in the tribulation and the rise of the Antichrist; a war that will end with the destruction of Israel’s enemies by God Himself, and lead to the signing of a peace treaty with the Antichrist.

 WHO ARE THE PEOPLE CALLED GOG-MAGOG?

Question arises, who is the prophesied enemy of Israel called Gog-Magog in our Bible, and where do they live today? Looking at the passage we just quoted, the Hebrew word ‘rosh’ in verse 3 is identified with Russia, ‘Tubal’ with Tiblisi or Tobolsk (Turkey) and ‘Meshech’ with Moscow, therefore Gog and Magog refers to Russia and it’s coalition of Islamic nations. This is one of the most commonly held views and is based on a different interpretation of the Hebrew word Rosh (used as a noun rather than adjective), similarities in the pronunciation of words, and the Greek translation of Rosh referring to a tribe of people found in what is now Russia. (Given Russia’s obvious involvement in giving arms and technology to Iran and Syria, I believe they will be the major player in the attack if not actively involved in it.) Mark Steyn makes an interesting analogy of who the people of this coalition will be composed of. We know by scripture that it will probably be Russia, but who makes up the people of Russia? Mark Steyn wrote:

“There are ten million people in Moscow. Do you know how many of them are Muslim? Two and a half million. Or about a quarter of the population. The ethnic Russians are older; the Muslims are younger. The ethnic Russians are already in net population decline; the Muslim population in the country has increased by 40% in the last 15 years. Seven out of ten Russian pregnancies (according to some surveys) are aborted; in some Muslim communities, the fertility rate is ten babies per woman. Russian men have record rates of heart disease, liver disease, drug addiction and Aids; Muslims are the only guys in the country who aren’t face down in the vodka. Faced with these trends, most experts extrapolate: thus, it’s generally accepted that by mid-century the Russian Federation will be majority Muslim. But you don’t really need to extrapolate when the future’s already checking in at reception. The Toronto Star (which is Canada’s biggest-selling newspaper and impeccably liberal) recently noted that by 2015 Muslims will make up a majority of Russia’s army. . . . What will happen in Russia? A remorseless evolution into a majority Muslim state? Bosnian-style civil war? The secession of a dozen or so of Russia’s 89 federal regions? A Muslim military coup? Or a panicky attempt to arrest decline by selling off your few remaining assets, including national resources to the Chinese and nukes to anyone who wants them? None of us knows, but we should know enough to know we don’t know. The Russia of 15 years ago is already ancient history. . . . By 2050, Russia will be the umpteenth Muslim nuclear power, but the first with a permanent seat on the UNSC. | Mark Steyn “The Bear Goes Walkabout,” marksteyn.com. 2/2/07

Imagine that. The great Muslim bear poised to the north of Israel. Assuming the accuracy of these facts, or even anything close, one can see another explanation for Russia’s participation in the Islamic invasion of Israel in the end times. Russia will lead this Islamic invading force, because Russia itself will be dominated by Muslims. This is something that no one could have envisioned even a decade or two ago. Yet, it appears to be happening right before our eyes.  No wonder why Russia is aligned with the likes of Iran, Syria, and other Islamic countries in the Middle East. Of course, it is about military might, but ethnic and religious links strengthen the idea of an Islamic invasion due to the hatred of the people against Israel. And Russia has always been Anti-Semitic in the past, and will be even more rabid in the future.

DON’T GET CONFUSED

 

Some people get confused when reading scripture and connect the Gog-Magog description noted in Revelation chapter 20 and erroneously connect Ezekiel 38 as being the same as the people mentioned in our last book of the Bible. But it’s not the same people in both passages. How do we know this? The war at the end of the tribulation, known as Armageddon, is a world war. Revelation tells us that this battle will involve all nations. The war described in Ezekiel includes specific nations that invade Israel. Also, Armageddon is at the climax of the tribulation, while the war described in Ezekiel comes well before then. So they are two different wars, but are both attempting to destroy Israel, before the Tribulation and at the end of the Millennium .

What is the purpose of God bringing this vast array of military might against the tiny nation of Israel before the Tribulation begins? Ezekiel gives us the answer after identifying the actors in this regional war.

Ezekiel 15 “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:

16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.”

God will reveal Himself to the nations round about Israel, that indeed, there is a God in Israel who saves His people. It will bring glory and honor to our God who steps back into the history of mankind and makes himself real in the eyes of the world, and especially Israel…Ezekiel continues:

18 “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.

19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.

22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.”

This will be a devastating war for the army who dares come against Israel and tries to take His land given to His chosen people. There will be no mistake who has defeated this overwhelming force, as God will strike the invading army with what can only be attributed to Divine intervention. Ezekiel chapter 39 continues the carnage that befalls this coalition of nations:

2 “And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:

And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.

Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.”

God tells Ezekiel that He will utterly destroy this invading army and leave only 1/6 of these people left alive. He will destroy upwards of 85% of this army. If a million Islamic forces come against Israel from all sides, then God will destroy 850,000 of them, hypothetically in dealing with numbers to make this real to you. And from what I can determine, the plagues that befall this army will follow those who survive and return to their homelands, their native countries and the carnage continues. In what form? Maybe in disease, radiation poisoning, sickness and eventual death of those who survived the war brought to Israel?? It will be an awakening to not only the heathen of the nations, but to Israel herself, as she realizes that the God of her Fathers is still very much alive. This war of complete near total destruction of this invading army will bring Israel to clamor for the rebuilding of their long awaited Temple and a overwhelming desire to enter into a blood covenant of worshiping the God of Israel, Yahweh, (YHWH) by resuming animal sacrifices. It will bring to fruition a treaty between the nations of the world who have envisioned a two state solution upon Israel, dividing the land between Israel and the Palestinians as Israel will be allowed to rebuild the 3rd Temple, even on the Temple Mount, or possibly in the archaeological known site in the City of David to it’s immediate south. But a Temple will be rebuilt and this treaty will usher in the Tribulation of 7 years and the Anti-Christ revealed.

GOG-MAGOG (RUSSIA) MOVES INTO SYRIA!!

If you’ve been following the news reports, you know that the Russian bear has moved its military muscle into Syria. Many reports show that Russia has established a “beach head” in the government stronghold of Latakia with T-90 tanks, Russian warplanes, and strategic missiles of air to surface and anti-aircraft with boots on the ground. They claim to be supporting the government of the Assad regime by fighting the rebels and ISIS in the region. Is this not an overkill, when ISIS or the rebels do not have an air force needing surface to air missiles, and why the anti-aircraft armaments? I believe what we are seeing is an excuse to inject the Russian military into the affairs of the Middle East and taking residence just to the north of Israel, as a clue of something bigger they have in mind. What could that be?

It was reported that old man Vladdy Putin, made an offer to Israel to enter into an alliance with Israel to protect their up and coming gas and oil fields called Leviathan off the Mediterranean coast in Israeli waters. Of course, being a “so called ally” of the United States, Israel respectfully declined. I use that quote as tongue in cheek, as the friendship and being an ally of the USA is in dire peril from the “idiot in chief” in the White House and his Democratic party. Israel is all but been abandoned by their once trusted friend with the new Iran deal that the POTUS cooked up to sell out Israel with a nuclear equipped Iran. Israel is all but surrounded by hostile enemies. She is surrounded to her north by Syria aided by the former Soviet Union, Russia the wounded bear who needs the cash inflow that a large oil and gas deposit could provide them, as was the reason that Russia made the offer for a partnership in developing this energy sector of Israel. Then to the north-east by Iran who has vowed the annihilation and a well placed atomic bomb would fit the bill nicely. To the immediate east, by Jordan who is becoming more hostile over the Temple Mount and the Palestinian riots and alleged Israeli aggression to stop these riots. To the south, Saudi Arabia who being the center of Islam, hates Israel and would join any military power that promises the destruction of Israel. To it’s west, Hamas in Gaza and Egypt with it’s Muslim Brotherhood, would be quick to form an alliance with an attack spearheaded by Russian guarantees of victory.

EZEKIEL’S PROPHESIED WAR ON THE HORIZON

As you should be able to plainly see, the coalition prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel is right in front of the headlines of our newspapers and on our TV sets solidifying every day. But what does that mean for the person who is watching this drama play out in our modern times? It has always been my belief that Ezekiel’s prophesy concerning the Gog-Magog invasion of Israel bumps up to the removal of the church from this planet. Why do I say that? Because the event will be so destructive and no one dares come against Israel, as her “Secret Weapon” has displayed His power for the whole world to witness and there can be no doubt that the world must regroup if it plans on fighting another day. That’s a another reason why I think this coalition that was Muslim in it’s ethnicity, even to it’s leader, Russia the Bear, will do as Muslims always have done, feign submission to the adversary, until you become stronger than them and then attack later. Hence a treaty will be brought to make a “false peace” with Israel by a newly elected leader from the remnant of the Roman Empire, the Anti-Christ. And if the Anti-Christ is revealed at this time, the church is not on this earth. The Bible plainly states that in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2:

2 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only HE WHO NOW LETTETH WILL LET, UNTIL HE BE TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY. (my emphasis)

8 And THEN shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

Verse 7 identifies that the Holy Spirit, which I believe Paul speaks of will be removed out of the way, so that lawlessness, and the rule of Satan on this earth will be allowed with nothing holding him back. Oh, the Holy Spirit will still be here on earth, but back to Pre-Pentecostal involvement with mankind, and not in the fullness that was given to those who are saved by grace, the Church of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that He would send a Comforter to us, and He would never leave us alone. John chapter 14:

16 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

Paul referred back to this, when he wrote to the Hebrews in chapter 13:

5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Point of these quoted verses, that if Jesus said He would never leave us comfortless, and He would never leave us alone, then if the Holy Spirit is being removed from this earth and being “drawn back’ to pre-Pentecostal levels, then to leave His Church on this earth to endure the Tribulation and subject to Satan’s all out wrath, would make Jesus a liar, and we know He cannot lie.

CONCLUSION

Do you not see the connection between what is a happening in Syria with the Russian presence to the north of Israel’s border, is bumping up to the coming war prophesied by Ezekiel? Do you not see that this is the precursor to the revealing of the Anti-Christ by a treaty made with Israel? Beforehand, we will hear our call by the trump of God and the voice of an arch-angel to our Heavenly Home to be with Jesus forever and ever!!

How long will the interval be between this devastating war fought on the mountains of Israel and this treaty? (I use the word “fought”, as this is not a fight, as God will decimate this force, and there will be no fight, except against each other). We don’t know the amount of time, but in my mind, it’s not a long period of time, as Israel moves to rebuild her Temple and nobody is going to stop her, so a 7 year treaty will be enacted and Israel will believe she has been saved by a politician she looks to as her “political messiah” to protect her nation and her sovereignty, provided “safety and security”.

I could point to many other factors, not just this one, that paints the picture that we indeed, in the final days of the Church remaining on this earth. As I have covered many recent messages, this is but one of the ingredients of this end of days evil brew that is being revealed in our time. The news is full of end time details that are forming right now. All it will take is Ezekiel’s prophecy to be fulfilled and then the Anti-Christ will be revealed upon the world scene and Revelation chapter 6 will begin with Jesus opening seal 1-6. This my friends is the beginning of the Tribulation. So let’s recap and put these in order:

 

  1. Russian and the Islamic coalition is forming right now in the Middle East
  2. Vladmir Putin wants the gas and oil found in the Middle east, and Israel .
  3. Russian has taken it’s military to Syria on a pretense of defending Assad.
  4. Russia has brought more armament than is necessary to defeat ISIS/rebels.
  5. Russia has warplanes, anti-aircraft missiles, and tanks to wage a larger war.
  6. Russia is identified in scripture as the leader of the Gog-Magog invasion.
  7. Gog-Magog will invade Israel with Islamic coalition with superior forces.
  8. God will decimate and near totally destroy this coalition on Israel’s mountains.
  9. Those who survive the war of Ezekiel 38-39 will carry the plague back home.
  10. Israel will insist on rebuilding their 3rd temple and resuming animal sacrifices.
  11. A charismatic leader will step forward to make a treaty with Israel.
  12. The treaty will allow Israel to rebuild her long awaited temple in short order.
  13. Revelation chapter 6 will begin with the Tribulation of the 1st 3.5 years.
  14. Before this treaty is signed, and the AC revealed, the Church will be removed.
  15. How much time from now till all of the above is fulfilled?

If you read and ponder each point, you can envision this time element to move very rapidly from today. All it takes is for Putin to have an evil thought and plan for Israel’s invasion. Ezekiel:

10, “Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:

11. And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

12. To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land”

I believe Putin, which may be Gog in the flesh, has already thought the evil thought and is making plans to implement his plans in the near future. That’s how close I believe we are to seeing this prophecy being fulfilled and seeing Jesus coming with a loud trumpet call, 1st Corinthians:

51 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

To all who read this, the coming of our Lord Jesus could be in the next breath you take. The signs of His soon return are plain as the nose on your face. We cannot deny that the setting is being set for the end of this age, the Church Age, or the end of the Age of Grace. What is coming is beyond horrific, beyond your imagination, and will be the worst time in all of mankind’s history of rebellion against a Holy God. Jesus said it would be so in 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: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

For any sane person who understands what I have just briefly covered, this world you now live in will become literally, hell on earth. Many people will die, probably even you, should you enter into the time known as the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation. Many will be saved through it, but many will depart from God into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth…but in the end, 80% upwards will die during this 7 short years. Think of it for a moment. There are 7-8 billion people on this earth now, give or take a few million and 80% or roughly 6 billion people will die in 7 short years. Can you imagine it? Would you want to live it? Or die ?

And the simple answer to those questions, is you don’t have to. God made a way for us to get victory over sin, death, hell and the grave. He is called Jesus Christ. Humble yourself and call out to Him in repentance from sinning against a Holy God, for all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God, as Paul wrote in Romans 3:23. Believe on the Lord Jesus and embrace the focus of the entire bible.

John 3:

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Those verses are your beginning solid foundation to start becoming conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Messiah. From there, get in the book you may have sitting on a dusty shelf and read what God expects of each of us. Live like it’s your last day on earth, for brethren, it just might be….the end of this age is in sight.

This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying for your salvation. If you need prayer, counseling, or just a friendly ear, email me at realteam1999@sbcglobal.net, God bless you all,

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Pope Francis, the “Save the Earth” Prophet

Pope Francis, the “Save the Earth” Prophet – Pastor Mike Taylor – http://www.churchofgod-usa.org/1/post/2015/08/pope-francis-the-save-the-earth-prophet.html
 
Revelation 13:11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
 
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
 
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
 
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”
 
As the hour of the end of days becomes more obvious to those of us who watch the events being played upon the political stages of a one world government and its religion, we must take notice of what is progressing right now to form that alliance of political and apostate religious institutions that will be a part of the coming beast power and the 2nd beast, the false prophet.
 
I watch and wonder, reading God’s Word in prayer and ask myself “just how will the satanic powers of the Anti-Christ and his ‘temporary’ false prophet reveal themselves?” I believe we are seeing the formation of that one world government even as I type this commentary.
 
CLIMATE CHANGE, THE NEW WORLD ORDER TO “SAVE THE PLANET”
 
The new politics for controlling all aspects of human activity is being formed. It used to be “global warming”, but the scandals surrounding the manufactured results by dubious scientist with a personal agenda ended using that term. Now the new call for “saving the planet” is climate change. Let’s face it folks, both ideas are a hoax designed to do one thing, and one thing only: control the populations of the world. The idea of “climate change” has been promoted by none other but by our “fearless leader” the POTUS. I’ll not use his name, as the name repulses me. For me, the man has proven that he is a traitor to the interest of the American people, and is a lawless dictator that doesn’t regard our Constitution or our laws that govern this land. The man has done everything in his power to divide this country along racial, economic, and gender lines. Along with the United Nations as a co-conspirator, this usurper in chief seeks to bring down the United States, as the most free and the most powerful nation ever to exist on earth. She must be eliminated, as it is the only thing that stands in the way of the elites vision of a “new world order”.
 
Agenda 21
 
According to the definition of this new initiative introduced by the United Nations are as follows:
 
“Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the with regard to sustainable development.[1] It is a product of the Earth Summit and the United Nations (UN Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels. The “21” in Agenda 21 refers to the 21st Century. It has been affirmed and modified at subsequent UN conferences. ” (Wikipedia)
 
The phrase in the definition of Agenda 21 of “sustainable development” needs clarification. What does this mean? According to the World Commission on Environment and Development it is:
 
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:
 
· The concept of ‘needs’, in particular, the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and….
· The idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs. ”
 
Sounds good on the surface in theory, but what it means is giving up national sovereignty of this nation for the betterment of the world and redistributing the wealth of nations to poorer countries of the world.
 
The ultimate objective of the globalists is to use “sustainable development” as an excuse to micromanage the lives of every man, woman and child on the entire globe.
 
We are told that individual liberty and freedom are “dangerous” because when everyone just runs around doing whatever they want it is “bad for the planet”. It’s also bad for individual freedoms and initiatives found in capitalism. It’s better suited for socialism or communism, which both have been proven not to work, except to create masters and slave labor.
 
This plan has been around for over 20 years, but has failed to implement the goal of world domination to this point. That is before this present administration has thrown the full weight of his political “bully pulpit” behind the effort to “fundamentally transform” what has been the United States of America and what it stands for. That was his major proposal to the masses who elected this man who we knew absolutely nothing about and still don’t, except for what he has done in the last almost 7 years to bring about the near collapse of our way of life. He has attempted to “redistribute” the wealth and the freedom that we have enjoyed for 200 years and give it away to rest of the world. I ask you, “why?” I believe the answer lies in the man’s DNA, his upbringing, and the influences of a growing young man by men who were nothing more than what he is now….Marxist and traitors to the foundation laid by our founding fathers.
 
With each executive order, this POTUS has attempted to weaken our nation and it’s security. Do I really need to cover each and every lawless deed the man has done, from making laws around the legislative branch of the government, to championing abortion, destroying the family, promoting homosexuality and gay marriage, to making treaties with our sworn enemies such as Iran, and tearing down the institutions that were given by Almighty God to a nation born out of a desire for religious freedom? They are well documented and pervasive in their lawlessness.
 
AGENDA 2030
 
If you don’t like the sound or the implications of Agenda 21, you are going to hate what will be introduced this September by turning Agenda 21 into Agenda 2030. The United Nation will have a conference from September 25-27 to be in the implementation of this plan to control every aspect of human life on this planet. I went looking for an explanation of this UN plan and here is what I found:
 
“The United Nations is now in the process of defining Sustainable Development Goals as part a new sustainable development agenda that must finish the job and leave no one behind. This agenda, to be launched at the Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, is currently being discussed at the UN General Assembly, where Member States and civil society are making contributions to the agenda. ”
 
What this plan will do, is micromanage every aspect of human endeavor. It will be the first step of forming a “one world government”.
 
Unlike Agenda 21, which primarily focused on the environment, the 2030 Agenda is truly a template for governing the entire planet. In addition to addressing climate change, it also sets ambitious goals for areas such as economics, health, energy, education, agriculture, gender equality and a whole host of other issues. As you will see , this global initiative is being billed as a “new universal Agenda” for humanity. If you are anything like me, alarm bells are going off in your head right about now.
 
 
The preamble to this document is summarized from their official document of the United Nations:
 
 
“This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
 
All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.
 
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.”
 
As you can surely see, this is not about battling climate change, but to fundamentally change the concept of global society. This is what our POTUS along with the world body composed of those who hate America and what it stands for. The United Nations of those countries who are antagonistic to our way of life, and only wish to see our complete destruction, are mostly Muslim. But note that not even the POTUS along with his cronies in the UN and his administration can do this by themselves. No, they must have a voice that will sway the world’s opinion to allow this plan to be implemented. Now who is the man they will look to to convince the nations of the world to fall in line?
 
THE POPE OF ROME SPEAKS FOR AGENDA 2030
 
Our POTUS has joined forces with a political heavyweight that will be the beginning spokesman for the acceptance of such an agenda. No, it’s not Vladimir Putin, the prime minister of England, or any other head of state of any nation, but the head of a major religion found in Rome. Yes, the Pope of Rome will kick off the conference for Agenda 2030 and has gone on record in promoting “climate change” and saving the planet. The pope will become the religious spokesman for such a plan to control every aspect of human activity.
 
If you have followed any of my messages in the past, I have proposed that this man, this pope, the grand poohbah of the Catholic Church fits the details surrounding the rise of the false prophet. To review that study check out the link below:
 
 
In the message, I am amazed at the departure from scripture by a man who leads others to accept the teachings of any pope without question. Is not the leader of one of the major religions of the world to deal with spiritual conditions of the heart and lead men and women to Christ? Not this pope, or for that matter, any pope in recent history has been anything but a politician to form world opinion on political matters, not so much on Biblical truth….sorry if that offends those who are of this religious denomination, but it’s a verifiable fact.
 
I have proposed in this message that Pope Francis “could be” the coming False Prophet, because of the history of the Catholic Church that is filled with violence, murder, sexual sins, and political visions of world dominance. As I mentioned, the modus operandi (MO) of the Catholic Church has been such for 1400 years into our modern world. I make that assumption based on this Pope’s stance of salvation through other means but Jesus Christ alone, his position on the family, and homosexuality to name just a few. When he speaks, he speaks as a liberal politician, not a proponent of following the teachings of God’s Word. Is Pope Francis the false prophet?
 
Understand, I have been exploring possibilities in previous messages, based on scripture and recent news reports and events being unsure, but as time passes, and with each statement or action by the two major players that will promote “climate change” notably the POTUS and the current Roman Catholic pope, I’m becoming more convinced that the beginning players of the coming One World government and it’s alliance with a One World religion is right in front of us. Now the POTUS has been up front and promoting this global agenda of saving the planet through controlling carbon emissions for most his term as president. Many people have proposed and it has a wide acceptance that this POTUS is the coming Ant-Christ. I am not totally convinced, but if he is not the man, then he is definitely setting the stage for the REAL DEAL. What is being formed is worldwide chaos. It leads credence to their battle cry. “OUT OF CHAOS, COMES ORDER” Let us briefly look what will happen in the month of September of this year that leads to that chaos:
 
  1. The end of the Shemitah year and possible economic collapse that I explored in another message on my website.
 
2. The end of Jade Helm or rehearsing military takeover of American sovereignty.
 
3. The fourth Blood Moon of the tetrad that have been on Biblical Feast days.
 
4. Israel faced with a possible passage of the Iran nuclear deal.
 
5. The UN initiative for global government and world domination.
 
6. The coming Feast of Trumpets, or the sign of the coming King.
 
7. The pope being the spokesman for acceptance of this Agenda 2030
 
8. Possibly the new religion of worshiping the earth, as the religion of the new world order.
 
 Am I the only one who sees a convergence of events that spells a collision between Israel and the world, the rise of a global one world government, and promoting a one world religion found in the Catholic Church with “climate change” bringing them all together? They need a cause, a unifying message to bring all nations under one authority with the religion of “saving the planet”. The only way they can do any of this, is to destroy the United States of America and it’s capitalistic society to level the playing field, as America stands in their way.
 
Some call the pope, a prophet, as he has been drawing on a little know Catholic patriarch, known as the “green patriarch” Bartholomew I, who is a spiritual leader to millions of Catholics. His message is an ecological message, where worship of the earth and God’s creation flows from the writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, when he proclaimed “brother sun, sister water, brother wind, and sister mother earth”. The apostle Paul warned of those who worship the creation more than the creator: Romans 1,
 
21 “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
 
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
 
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
 
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
 
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”
 
Is that not what is being done here? Is this not the MO of the Catholic Church to worship anything and everything, but the Creator who made them all? Oh, they mention dead Jesus on a cross, but in a crowd of everything else of their imaginations like dead saints, Mary, the earth, statues of Apostles, or past popes and in everything when they try and “Christianize” pagan beliefs. I’m sure God is not amused. They fail to realize the Jesus is alive and will not share His glory with man-made imaginations.
 
ECOLOGY, THE NEW RELIGION
 
In recent months, the pope has argued for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation. In October he told a meeting of Latin American and Asian landless peasants and other social movements to end: “An economic system centered on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.”
 
Oh, how I see this grand poobah of the Catholic Church that has left the foundation of our faith, Jesus Christ and preaches another gospel..whether it’s a social gospel, ecological gospel, or an aberrancy to salvation. Will Francis be the ecological prophet of the New World Order? His critics abound for his move to the “save the planet” liberal left. Pope Francis has been called a marxist, a danger to the world, and an eco-wolf in pope’s clothing. Those proclaim that he only wishes to make us all equal in our misery.
 
“Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change reveals his belief that there is a moral obligation to act swiftly on climate change, which disproportionately harms the world’s poor. But conservative media are relentlessly attacking the pope over the encyclical, calling it “insipid” and “blasphemous,” and fearmongering that the Catholic leader is a “Marxist” pushing for “a new world order,” among other things.” (Mediamatters for America)
 
 AGAIN, WHAT TIME IS IT?
 
 My dear friend, those of you who reading this post, the time of the end of this age is drawing very close. This year and next year could be filled with prophetic signs and wonders. Is Pope Francis the false prophet? Is the POTUS the Anti-Christ? I believe we will see the signs that give us pause to wonder if they are, or are not, but this side of the coming of Jesus for His church, we will not know, but wonder. Why? Paul told us why in 2nd Thessalonians 2:
 
“7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
 
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
 
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
 
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
 
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
 
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
 
Both beasts of Revelation will not reveal themselves fully until the Holy Spirit is removed quoted in verse 7. We may wonder, we may think we know, but if they are this close to a one world government and a proposal for one world religion that is congealing by the day into existence, how close are we to hearing a trumpet blast and the Lord Jesus coming with a shout, saying “Come up hither”? 1 Thessalonians 4:
 
“16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
 
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
 
How close? I believe very close, right at the door….so come Lord Jesus.
 
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life”. John 3:16
 
This is pastor Mike Taylor, watching for the signs of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you need prayer, counseling, a salvation message, or just a listening ear, email me at realteam1999@sbcglobal.net, . God bless you all,
 
 TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET!!

PSALM 83 WAR COMING SOON?

                                                                               By Pastor Mike Taylor

 

Psalm:
83:1-4  “Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.”

 

Prophecy watchers have been expecting this war prophesied in Psalm 83 for some time now. The picture, like an assembling puzzle, grows even more clear with each passing day. What will 2015 bring? Make note that we are in the middle of the Blood Moon Tetrads that I spoke on concerning something big about to happen to Israel. If you missed that message, take a moment to review it here, to increase your understanding of what I wish to speak about.

http://churchofgod-usa.org/1/post/2013/02/blood-moon-risingday-of-the-lord1.html

 

And follow up with a graphic display that I posted by Paul Grevas that gives a picture diagram of what these blood moons have meant for the nation of Israel since 1492 and into our modern era here:

http://churchofgod-usa.org/1/post/2014/04/coming-blood-moons-are-upon-us.html

Remember, my friend, Israel is the door to end time events and Jerusalem is the key to that door. Watch Israel if you want to know how close we are to the end of this age.

I have a good friend, a local pastor of a church that never before has preached prophecy, but he’s preaching it  now the last few weeks. Before, he spoke only about Jesus and thought that we didn’t need to focus on prophecy, as God will do pretty much what He wants to do anyway. The last part is true, but what has changed in his heart and mind? I can only guess, but could it be he feels the urgency of getting all who will listen into the ark of safety which is Jesus Christ and Him crucified? Why is there so much urgency in this pastor’s messages of late, and mine for years?? Because the hour is late, and the coming Psalm 83 war may just be the catalyst that propels us into an all out war in the Middle East that may spread to the rest of the world. It will be the pre-cursor to the war prophesied by Ezekiel in chapters 38-39. What is happening right now that causes me to think that this coming year that we are living in, could be the start of the end of this age that we live in, the Age of Grace?

 

IS PROPHECY ABOUT TO BE FULFILLED?

Is this coming war when the oracle of Damascus will be fulfilled? (Isaiah 17:1-3) I believe it could be so as a result of that coming regional war. Nobody should want that or look forward to that.  Unfortunately, the next major regional war in the Middle East appears to be closer than ever.  But nobody should want it to actually happen.  But God is in control of these events. During the next war in the Middle East we will likely see death on a scale that is unprecedented.  It won’t be like the wars of 1967 or 1973.  It will likely be a fight to the death where nothing is held back.  You see, the truth is that most Americans have no idea what is really going on in the Middle East.  There are ancient grudges and ancient hatred that go back for thousands of years.  There is no “peace plan” that is going to suddenly make everything okay.  The Middle East is a simmering volcano of hate and resentment that could erupt at any moment.

 

Right now, Turkey is aligning itself with Hamas in the Gaza strip, led by an egomaniac  with visions of grandeur  (the prime minister of Turkey, Erdogan) who envisions himself the new Islamic Caliphate to restore the lost glory of the Ottoman Empire, promising that shortly Turkey will invade and liberate Jerusalem in a “holy war”. ISIS,(Islamic State) the terror army who also has a self proclaimed “caliphate” in Al Bagdadi,  is making a push to the border of Syria and Israel. King Abdullah of Jordan is fearful that ISIS will invade Jordan and dispose him, even as Al Bagdadi also  boast that  he will liberate Jerusalem by invasion. Now let’s add this up. We know that Iran has aligned itself with Hezbollah in the north, while continuing to transport missiles and weapons in Lebanon with upwards of 100,000 rockets capable of hitting any spot aimed inside Israel. Turkey along with Iran is arming Hamas in the Gaza strip for an offensive to the west of Israel, even though they were the losers in the last war with Israel’s “Protective Edge War” (no matter what Hamas propaganda machine may say) they are gearing up for the next confrontation by rebuilding terrorist tunnels and testing a new round of received missiles.  Also, ISIS is moving into position in Syria and Jordan for an attack from Israel’s east. Note the prophecy at the beginning of this message. All who are involved in this war are lining up to surround Israel, and when they think they have the advantage, the snake will strike.

WAR IMPENDING SCENARIOS AS WE SPEAK

What would it take to tip the scales to an all out war between the inner ring of Arab nations that border Israel? Let’s assume chemical weapons are found to be in Damascus or planned to be shipped to the border of Lebanon, then I envision an assault on that cache of weapons that would release chemicals into the air and kill many people surrounding the explosion. There is an island off the coast of Scotland where scientist exploded a series of anthrax bombs to test what would happen to a flock of sheep. They immediately all died, and the island has been not be inhabited since. Release of this biological weapon of anthrax would make the regions uninhabitable.  That would take care of one part but what about a ruinous heap? Another scenario would be a nuclear tipped device explosion that would make the radiation level so high, that all who would live there would die. The latter would level the surrounding landscape into a “ruinous heap”, as described in Isaiah. 

 What about an impending attack as a trigger on the nuclear ambitions of their arch nemesis, Iran? This would be a large scale attack that would last weeks, as the level of sophistication of Iran’s installations would require multiple bombings from one end of Iran to the other across hostile territories.

Such an attack would assuredly bring all nations surrounding Israel into a direct conflict with all out war. The sheer size of the number of troops and weapons would, I believe, give them the impression that they could destroy Israel. You ask, why would anyone attack a country that has nuclear weapons? I believe the Arab hatred is so great, that if they think they can surround Israel with enough weapons, that Israel cannot defend their entire border, they envision success to fulfill their ancient hatred and desire to destroy the land of the Jews, Israel. Note one thing, neither Iran, Turkey, and surely not Russia will be directly involved in this first round of fighting. Those nations prophesied in Psalm 83, will be indirectly financed and trained to be the proxies to do their dirty work of attempting to annihilate Israel in a regional war that very well, most likely, spin out of control and  forces Israel’s hand in what is called the “Samson Option”. You know the story when Samson destroyed his enemies when he knew that he would be destroyed as well. Israel will have no choice but to reveal the full scope of their military might. It is believed that Israel has over 200 nuclear weapons and a vast array of tactical weapons that they will have no choice but to use, as to hold back will assure their destruction..hence the term “Samson Option”.

 

GOD ALMIGHTY SETS THE STAGE

Even with all the firepower and military might that these Arab nations will level at Israel, there is one thing they do not figure into their scheme. The God of Heaven is on the side of Israel. As in the previous wars fought in 1948, 1967 and 1973, the destruction of Israel was thought to be assured, but with even with an overwhelming force, those Arab forces were defeated and it was believed Divine intervention saved the tiny state of Israel.  This Psalm 83 war will bring us even closer to the time of the beginning of the Tribulation, as Israel will believe they have finally destroyed their enemies and can live in peace. Ezekiel in chapter 38-39 will come on the heels of this victory against their Arab neighbors and Israel will live in peace and safety, for a short time,

Ezekiel 38:8  “After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

When was the last time in your life, have you heard that Israel has lived in peace and safety, “dwelling safely all of them”? You say never and you would be right. Since their birth, Israel has been threatened with extinction from their very ancient cousins in a hatred that has festered for thousands of years. Suddenly, the bible reports they will live in safety, but I believe to feel they are safe, then every enemy surrounding them will be defeated and their lands conquered. Israel will expand their borders to include most of the Middle East, from the Sinai, east to the Euphrates, north to Syria, and south to Arabia, which will include all of Jordan. Why do I say that? Have you noticed that all the nations spoken of in Psalm 83, includes all the people that surround Israel now, but in Ezekiel 38-39 none of them are mentioned? It is believed that what I have proposed as the borders of the expanded nation of Israel will be won in this coming war, as none of them, including Syria are mentioned. Why is that so? Because God has allowed Israel to overcome their enemies that have come against them and destroyed their weapons of war and along with a major portion of their military. They will possess all of their land as spoils of war. What will they possess that they have never possessed before? The answer is a major portion of all the gas and oil of the world. How quickly will the enemies of Israel realize that it is unacceptable for Israel to have such wealth and control of a major portion of the world’s oil and gas production? Maybe they will get a reality check in a year, or two? Ezekiel prophesies that God will put a hook into the jaws of the Gog-Magog coalition of nations to even think that they can come against Israel to take what they have won in battle. Money is a powerful motivator for an evil coalition to take what is not theirs.

AN OILY SUBJECT

Right now, the nations of Russia, Iran, and the major oil producers who rely on the price of oil to sustain their economies must have oil prices at or above   $100+ a barrel. Oil is now less than $50 a barrel and these economies are running in panic mode. If Israel has all the oil found in the Middle East, coupled with huge gas reserves that have been found off the western coast of Israel at their economies disposal, oil and gas just may be the hook into the jaw that God will draw down the outer ring of Arab nations including Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Libya, Ethiopia  led by Gog, the leader of Russia as God has spoken of in the following verses of Ezekiel chapter 38:

:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts [of armour, even] a great company [with] bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee.”

This is what is called the “outer” ring of Arab nations led by Russia and Iran (Persia). Note that none of the nations listed in Psalm 83 are mentioned, because I believe, God has helped Israel defeat them in the next coming war, maybe as soon as this year.

AS BELIEVERS, WHAT TO HOPE FOR

As a believer in the removal of the church before the tribulation and the revealing of the Anti-Christ, the war spoken of in Ezekiel will be waged not so much by Israel, as they will be overwhelmed with a superior nuclear equipped force, I believe headed by Russia with Iran as their front man. This is when God says that He will fight for Israel. Ezekiel 38,

38:18  “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.

38:19  For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;…..

38:21  And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.

38:22  And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

38:23  Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.”

How long will this war that is coming that brings a peace to Israel last? It is believed it will be short lived. If this war that Ezekiel prophesied about comes on the heals of the war that is now brewing in the Middle East, we could see Psalm 83 fulfilled and the stage set for Ezekiel 38&39 in the next few years. Theologians are in agreement that this devastating war waged by Almighty God will so decimate the nations that come against Israel, that a peace treaty will be proposed for 7 years to prevent another war and allow Israel to have sovereignty over its land even to allow them to rebuild their temple on the Temple mount. There will be no Arab that dares stand in their way, as they have been thoroughly defeated. Israel will recognize that the God of their fathers, is indeed, very much alive and seek to rebuild their temple in haste, and resume sacrifices to Jehovah. 

 

Remember the message highlighted at the beginning of this message, that the signs in the heavens of the stars, the moon and the sun with the blood moons, solar eclipses and other heavenly signs spell something big, I mean BIG for the nation of Israel. I envision this as a possible timeline of what MAY  be coming this year and into the next few years:

1.     The coming Psalm 83 war along with the Oracle of Damascus

2.     A short lived peace and safety in Israel with control of much of the oil and gas in the Middle East.

3.     Ezekiel’s prophesied war of chapter 38-39 with total destruction of the Gog-Magog alliance waged by Almighty God Himself.

4.     Preceding the Gog-Magog war, the removal of the church, because of the next scenario  numbered  5.

5.     A peace treaty of seven years brought to bear by a leader of the Revised Roman  Empire.

6.     The revealing of the Anti-Christ,

7.     Beginning of the 7 year  tribulation.

A MUCH  OVERLOOKED STORY IN YOUR BIBLE

Let me interject something here that I think will add to the symmetry of what is prophesied and what we see happening on our political front of this age we live in. An interesting analogy was spoken up by a fellow member of my congregation online when he reminded me of the story of Ruth. How is that related? Remember the story of Ruth and Boaz of how Ruth is a symbol of the Church, Boaz is a symbol of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and Naomi is the symbol for the nation of Israel in end time prophecy? “The “Gleanings” by Ruth in the fields is a picture of the Church saving the last few souls before the Rapture, then the marriage of Boaz and Ruth (the Wedding Supper of the Lamb).  But what really struck me like a bolt of lightning is the 49 days (prophetic years) which occur between the Barley Harvest (First Fruits) and the Wheat Harvest (Pentecost), or 50 days (years) on a year of Jubilee. Israel did not truly become a nation until she liberated Jerusalem in 1967. So, do the math. Add 49, or 50 years to 1967 and you get 2016, or 2017.” Hmm…interesting analogy.

Also note that we are in a Shemittah year, or a year of release, a sabbatical year.

“At the end of seven years you will make a release. And this is the manner of the release: to release the hand of every creditor from what he lent his friend; he shall not exact from his friend or his brother, because the time of the release for the Lord has arrived.” (Deuteronomy 15:1–2)

Each year that it happened, and it happens every seven years, has brought something significant to bear for the world. In 2008, (7 years ago) we had an economic recession and a stock market crash. Seven years prior to that, we had 9/11/2001 and everybody remembers what happened on that date, the World Trade Center was destroyed , the Pentagon attacked, and a plane crashes in a field in Pennsylvania all told over 3000 people died that day. Seven years before that was 1994 and another economic melt-down. You can go back to the beginning, and in a Sabbatical year starting with the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem as year one, something significant has happened in the world and in our modern times, it’s been either economic or a terrorist attack.

Economist are already warning that this  year the bubble of the stock market could correct itself, and if you thought the economic pain that was displayed 7 years ago was bad, this one coming will make that one pale in comparison. Our first indicator is the price of oil. Oil is an indicator of world economic stability and each time that oil has dropped this fast, it spelled economic havoc in its tsunami. The economic depression could spell the doom of the dollar as the currency of the world and the demise of the USA as a world superpower that will be felt around the globe. This all will be a direct result of the economy collapsing as a house of cards, starting with our main energy source, oil. When economies go bad, the only thing that will bring back economic stability is…. WAR.

It’s all tied together, the economy, the world political stage, and a little, tiny nation at the center of it all …Israel. Why? Because Satan hates Israel and if it’s within his power, he will influence evil men to destroy her. We are coming to a flash point in world events and the end time prophecy puzzle gets clearer every day. Question is, what are you going to do about it?

If you wring your hands and fear the worst, most assuredly, on your own it will happen and there is nothing you can do about it. It’s already prophesied in the Bible and it will happen, just as other prophecies have happened with 100% accuracy. Some folks are scared right now, some scared to death and shaking with trepidation. Oh, you can pooh, pooh and mock this warning, but reader, when it happens, you will remember these words. Only problem with that is that you will have missed the most important event this side of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that is the return of the Lord Jesus in the clouds of glory for His church. I read today Isaiah chapter 26 then focusing in on a passage that speaks of what is coming on the earth and what I put my hope and faith in..One Person, one promise:

26:17  “Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.

26:18  We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

26:19  Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

26:20  Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

26:21  For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” (all emphasis mine)

The world cries out in pain, we cry out in pain. We groan for our deliverance, as the earth does and the emphasis says we will arise, those who are in the dust and they will hide themselves behind closed doors until the indignation of Almighty God is over-past. But Paul speaks of the same event in the New Testament: 1st Corinthians:

15:50, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

 

Jesus explained it in another way when the disciples asked Him:  John  chapter 14,

:2 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Jesus said that He would come for us, that where He is…there we would be also. He’s with the Father, so will we be. We will going to Him, not Him coming to us, except to receive us, then Isaiah will be fulfilled in verse 26:20 noted above.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER? WHAT WILL YOU DO?

Even with the coming economic hardship that is bound to come, the wars that will be fought in the Middle East starting with Psalm 83 on the horizon, the terrorist attacks that are bound to increase, and possible losses of even our individual rights and freedoms, until He comes, I hold onto Psalm 91 in these verses:

91:2  “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

91:7  “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”

91:9 “ Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;”

91:10  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

Men shall do evil things to other men. Perils will be all around us. Fear will grip all who hold to unrighteousness and have NOT the hope and faith in the One who can deliver them. Many will die, many will be saved, and many will die in their sins, but one thing I know, when all this comes upon the world and the true wrath of God comes down in earnest on unrepentant men, then I hold onto another truth and promise that my Lord gave to me and all who look to Him as the author and finisher of our faith: 1st Thessalonians,

5:9  “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”

And this one: Revelation,

3:10  “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

3:11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

The beginning of coming wars loom starting with Psalm 83 and following my proposed timeline noted above…but I’m not worried, because I have Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of my life, dwelling in my heart and spirit…

DO YOU???

This is pastor Mike Taylor, praying for your salvation through the only Way, Jesus Christ. If you have any need for counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, please email me at  realteam1999@sbcglobal.net, or visit me online at www.churchofgod-usa.org, for more biblical teachings straight out of your bible. God bless you all, till we meet at Jesus feet.

Jesus Teaches the End of the Age, Part II

Jesus Teaches the End of the Age, Part II – by Pastor Mike Taylor – http://www.churchofgod-usa.org/1/post/2014/06/jesus-teaches-the-end-of-the-age.html

Matthew 24:3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what {will be} the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” NASB.

In our last sermon about this subject, we discussed Jesus teaching what the signs for the end of the age would be and who would be the recipients of these signs. Jesus speaks of a great apostasy, or falling away from the true faith in the Living God, wars and rumors of wars, and the sign of the abomination of desolation. Then suddenly He turns His attention to one group of people that will be His focus to bring them to the recognition of their Messiah by persecution and being refined as silver is refined in the fire….namely the nation of Israel.

If you need a refresher course in what was established in Part I, then I invite you to read that sermon first here or on my web-site, as we are moving on to the next chapter of Matthew 25 that is directly connected to chapter 24 and further reveals signs that point to His coming in the clouds with power and great glory to rule and reign for 1000 years.

Parable of the Ten Virgins

25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

Some erroneously take this passage as speaking of the church, not as a whole, but individuals. Notice they are waiting for the bridegroom. They are virgins, meaning they follow after no false god, or have allegiance to the “anti-Christ” who will demand worship during the tribulation period, but notice what becomes of them?

25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Oil in their lamps is a sign of the Holy Spirit. While enduring the period known as the tribulation, they became weary. What does the above passage mean? During the period known as “Jacobs troubles” or the Great Tribulation, many will fall by the wayside and loose out with God, as they do not keep the Spirit of God fresh in their lives. Unlike the Age of Grace when the church had been sealed with an irrevocable sign of redemption by the blood of Jesus Christ and a deposit of the Holy Spirit was given to their spirit to dwell in life as His children till their redemption, the Holy Spirit has been withdrawn to Pre-Pentecostal times as noted in 2nd Thessalonians:

2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (God’s Holy Spirit) will let, until he be taken out of the way.(drawn back)

2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (emphasis mine)

The fullness of God’s Holy Spirit to hold back the rampage of evil from this earth that will overtake all who live, has been removed in it’s power along with the Church. Satan will now have full sway to attempt to destroy all of mankind, but while he’s at it, seek worship for himself from fallen and evil men.

Notice what happens while these virgins are waiting for the bridegroom?

25:6 And at midnight (end of the age, emphasis mine) there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

These foolish virgins had lost the Holy Spirit in their lives. They have let the troubles, the persecution, and the evil around them rob them of staying faithful to God. Will it be possible for a person who has accepted Jesus Christ during this time to loose out with Him? According to these verses, it will take all the faith and diligence to stay true to God’s Word, and half of these virgins fail in that attempt. So during the tribulation, it will be possible to loose out with God. Back to what Jesus said in the previous chapter:

24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (emphasis mine)

24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

As mentioned, some believe that this is part of the church. They are not. How do I know? Because of the verses that follow them frantically trying to find oil for their lamp.

25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

These virgins were guest. Five were included, five were denied access, as they were not recognized by the bridegroom for entrance to the feast. The church has already been redeemed approximately 7 years earlier and here Jesus, the bridegroom is presenting her to the world for a wedding feast. These virgin guests were not the bride. Revelation:

19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Looking at the Amplified Bible explains better what is being said here in the KJV and it behooves us to compare the two. I know, some will say KJV only, but explanation is needed for the passage to become clear:

19:8 She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen, dazzling and white–for the fine linen is (signifies, represents) the righteousness (the upright, just, and godly living, deeds, and conduct, and right standing with God) of the saints (God’s holy people).

19:9 Then [the angel] said to me, Write this down: Blessed (happy, to be envied) are those who are summoned (invited, called) to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me [further], These are the true words (the genuine and exact declarations) of God.

I believe that there is definite break in Revelation 19:8 and the next verse 19 and sometimes missed in comparison to this passage. Those called tribulation saints to the wedding feast which comes directly after the consummation of the marriage covenant between husband and wife are guest, not the bride. The marriage covenant between Jesus Christ and His church is one aspect completed in glory, but the wedding feast is upon the arrival of our Lord in chapter 19 with His bride riding on white horses and clothed with fine linen, clean and white which is a sign of the saints.

When you turn back your focus to the foolish virgins as they beat on the door asking entrance into God’s presence and the wedding feast, Jesus as the bridegroom, says that He did not know them, as they are not invited as guest and have not a proper attire, the Holy Spirits indwelling to be admitted.

The bride is already inside. The bridegroom does not invite His bride to the wedding. She is the FOCUS of the wedding. She receives no invitation except being covered in the blood of Jesus Christ as a requirement for being part of the Bride of Christ and that covenant has been completed in heaven’s realm. So what this parable is talking about is Tribulation Saints who endure to the end of a most horrible time of persecution and possible martyrdom and will not give into denying their Lord, or being deceived by the spirit of anti-Christ, but can loose what they had due to their lack of faith and perseverance to be faithful till the end of the age as represented by the five foolish virgins.

Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

This is another way of our Lord presenting those from the Tribulation period who some will win, and some will lose. These servants are delivered talents to be used in the work of their Master, and to receive a return on His investment. The Master expects production. Production of what?

In ancient times, the talent was a measure of solid gold. It was the most valuable of metals during this time. Jesus is presenting to His servants something that is most valuable to Him. Since God does not need gold, as everything belongs to Him already, what is Jesus talking about? I believe He speaks of His Word! Why am I convinced of this? Let’s turn to Mark chapter 4. Jesus speaks of the parable of the sower of seed.

4:14 The sower soweth the word.

4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

4:18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Who is the sower? The Holy Spirit plants the Word, but we are His instruments, His servants. We sow based on the leading of the Holy Spirit and God gives the increase. As noted further on in Mark 4:

4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

4:25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

4:26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

4:27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

4:28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

4:29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

To each of His servants during this time, as with the foolish virgins, God gives each of these servants something that they must hold onto. As you read, you see that each of the servants use that talent, God’s Word, to use in the production of winning souls for Jesus Christ. It depends on the measure of understanding and ability. But each must use each in the service of their Lord. To do otherwise, is like the unprofitable servant who hid His Masters, money/Word away from doing anything useful to further the coming Kingdom of God. During this time, there will be a famine in the land…famine of food? No, famine of the Word of God.

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12)

During this time, the Word of God will be most precious, as it will be hard to find, as evil and idolatry has filled the land. Those who are given the gift of God’s Word, must share that Word with others. Only by sharing the Word of Truth with their neighbor, be he Jew or Gentile, will there be a return of people receiving salvation. It could be as simple as sharing a hidden bible with your neighbor and risking being reported. To do so will in most likelihood be filled with danger to even speak the Word of God to anybody. Those that hide His Word, and follow not His command will likely loose out in the end, just as the five foolish virgins did and wasted away their chance to keep their salvation. So what happens to the foolish servant who hid His Master’s money/Word in the ground and did not proclaim the Gospel that he had?
25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (synonymous with hell)

Parable of the Sheep and Goat Judgment

25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

This is yet another parable of the tribulation period of how people will treat one another. Who are the people that are in prison, hungry, thirsty, or naked?

25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (emphasis mine)

Who are the brethren Jesus speaks of? During the time of the tribulation, to be Hebrew of the nation of Israel, Jewish by convenience of terms, is to have a death sentence riding over you. Satan hates the nation of Israel and wants them dead. He will attempt to eradicate them and make God out a liar. As it was in the days of the Nazi Germany, to be Jewish, or to help a Jew in any fashion, is to be marked for death. During this time, the Anti-Christ will make Hitler look like a beginner, as he marches across the middle east and the greater portion of this earth looking for anyone and every one who is Jewish by birth, or ancestry. To hide an Israeli, or give him drink, food, clothe him, or do anything to preserve his/her life, is taking your own life into your hands. Those that have empowered or hidden away their neighbor, the Jew, will be the sheep on God’s right hand. Those that have handed their neighbor over to the authorities to save their own skin, will be on His left hand and will have lost out to being in God’s Kingdom. These will cry out in dismay and objection to this condemnation, and Jesus will say:

25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

During this time of great tribulation, those who persevere and hold onto their crown will be led into the joy of their Lord. Those who miss the mark and loose their salvation through deceit of the evil one, or the powers that be, will be as each of the parables speak of, losers of the blessing to enter the Kingdom of God. During this time the verse that speaks of the love of many growing cold cannot be more dramatic than at this time of the history of the world. ‘As Jesus spoke in the previous chapter of Matthew 24:

24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

The true love of God is seen in the sheep. As the sheep respond to their Jewish brother’s need, they are united in their distress and at the same time unwittingly, unconsciously, without hypocrisy, align themselves with Christ. Apparently, they are not even aware of what they were doing. This is a kind of love that cannot be faked or put on. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

There is coming a day and it is imminent, when to be a Christian will be more dangerous than it is even today. Christians are persecuted in some form in some part of the world in this so called “modern age”. But when this time of Jacobs trouble comes upon this earth, the next seven years will be the most horrific period in all of man’s history on earth and it will come to every man, woman and child that has the unfortunate aspect of being alive on this earth at that time.

The chances of you making God’s Kingdom and eternal life, to those who are reading this, and have not accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior, NOW, will most likelihood will not have a chance to do so. But if you do, it will be fraught with so much danger and fear, that the weak of spirit will succumb to the powers who make you choose, Jesus Christ or your head. Many who at first hear the Good News with gladness will be like the seed that was sown on rocky ground, as spoken of in the Parable of the Seed Sower, when persecution comes, they have no root and whither away. Many will loose their life, their soul, and their eternal reward, because they have no ability to stand. Those who don’t care will have a deceiving spirit that they will believe a lie. 2nd Thessalonians 2: 9-12:

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The signs of the end of the age is all around us. We await for the next crisis that will usher in a man with a great speaking voice. A man with a charismatic personality, a man with a narcissistic arrogance, and a man who speaks soft words to deceive. When that man comes to power, and the signs that I spoke of in the first part of this two part series, then my reader, you will be tested beyond what is being tested now in this Age of Grace. Mercy is still available for the asking. This side of Jesus coming for His Church takes only a simple prayer of childlike belief. To be sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise is to rid yourself of the weight of what is coming. My reader, make no mistake, it is coming. All who live today and read these words, know in their gut, something major is about to happen. Every human with half a brain knows that this world cannot continue this way. They sense it, they smell it, and they see it. It assaults all of your five God given senses. To wait longer than a sudden crisis that takes the world by surprise will most likely spell your doom, the removal of the church, some call the Rapture. Please do yourself this one act that can preserve you for all eternity. 2nd Corinthians:

6:2 For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

So my reader, there you have it, In two chapters coming from God Almighty in the flesh, Jesus spoke of something you do NOT want to see in your mortal flesh, the Signs of the End of the Age.

So come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen, and amen.

This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying God’s salvation come into your life. If there is anything I can help you with, counsel you, pray with you, or just a friendly ear, email me at realteam1999@sbcglobal.net, . God bless you all, till we meed at Jesus Feet.

Jesus Teaches the End of the Age, Part I

Jesus Teaches the End of the Age, Part I – by Pastor Mike Taylor – http://www.churchofgod-usa.org/1/post/2014/06/jesus-teaches-the-end-of-the-age-part-i.html

Matthew 24:3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what {will be} the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” NASB.

Jesus has just come from the temple mount and prophesied that the temple would be torn down, “not leaving one stone upon another.” This disturbed the disciples, as the temple was the center of their world, the world of the nation of Israel. The KJV has the last part of the above verse as “the end of the world.” We know that it is more proper in context to use the “end of the age” as when Jesus comes back to rule for 1000 years, it will be on this very earth we now populate, but with major revisions to return the earth to it’s former glory when Adam and Eve walked with God in the garden. It will be the end of the world, as we know it. So all references to the “end of the world” literally as were buzz words of the Mayan Calendar’s December 21,2012 as the end of it all, simply is not true or biblical. But let us take a look at the signs that would precede the coming of the Son of Man in power and great glory.

I will do a line by line bible study of this chapter that must be followed up with the next chapter of Matthew 25 in a follow up sermon, as all are connected, but let’s take the first sign of the end of this age as we know it. Continuing in Matthew:

24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.

24:5 “For many will come in My name, saying, `I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.

Folks have taken this to mean that many will come as claiming to be the Messiah. True, there have been many false messiahs that have claimed to be Him, but what was Jesus talking about? I don’t believe He was talking about what many believe. It’s pointing to false religions, false doctrines, and deception that will fill the churches in that day. Men claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ will use His name to appease the masses they wish to delude, These frauds and double agents would come in His name, that is, appearing to bear His authority. In particular, the name of “Christ” would be exploited as cover for their nefarious trickery, and by this ruse, great numbers of people would be deluded. The phrase, “saying, I am the Christ,” should not be understood, as the New King James Version has punctuated it, to mean that many would come claiming to be the Messiah. No, they would come claiming that Jesus is the Messiah-a truth-and thereby gain people’s trust. From that point forward, deception through doctrinal change, both major and minor, provides the means of deception. As the anonymous maxim puts it, “The nearer a lie to truth the more deceitful it is.”

NEW AGE AND THE EMERGENT CHURCH

Folks, look around you. Have there ever been a time when there is false doctrine permeating our churches? They promote a feel good gospel. They promote false healing, miracles, and signs used to deceive. All the while they have agents in the background who are setting up this charade to influence the masses to what end? Money! They are religious entertainers in our churches that use smoke and mirrors to fool the people looking for truth. I have never seen so much imagery and modern technology that gets the juices of these adherents to a feel good gospel all whooped up in a frenzy and elevate the man preaching a feel good sermon, instead of Jesus Christ. Jesus warned us of these “wolves in sheep clothing” that would come into to devour the sheep. They have continued unabated in these New Emergent Churches and promote universal tolerant view that there are many roads to God. They preach that all religions will find the way to Heaven, meaning Gnostics, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Jews right along with true believers in Jesus Christ will all receive the same salvation and eternal life. All roads lead to God and all religions are the same. God is love and no one will go to any “hell”. This flies in the face of Acts 4:10-12, in which Peter asserts that only by the name of Jesus Christ is salvation possible. I call this Emergent theology, the “First Church of Blasphemy”. They make a mockery of the saving Grace of our Lord and Savior.

WAR AND RUMORS OF WARS

Jesus continues in Matthew:
24:6 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.

24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Men have been fighting each other for 2000 years since Jesus made this statement, but the last century of modern times has been the bloodiest of all the centuries past. More people died in this last 100 years of 2 world wars, and the various conflicts that have killed more people in them than the preceding 1900 years combined. Various wars and conflicts by count of the dead totals 262,000,000 people….that’s millions, folks. And this was the “beginning of sorrows”. That’s almost every man, woman and child that resides in this country we called the United States of America as a population count.

24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

You look at other third world countries, the Middle East and other dictatorships say of Russia, or China, and it’s not safe to be a Christian even in our modern times. It hasn’t come to America YET, but Christians are becoming viewed increasingly with suspicion by the powers that be, even in our country, the USA. People are being slain for the name of Jesus Christ right now, even as you read this. Jesus said it would be so, and it is becoming more and more common place. As it was in Jesus day, being persecuted by the Romans and even the “Holy Roman Empire” (sic), has now come full circle to engulf our world with the same genocide of whole races and people who profess Jesus Christ and Him crucified. But stay tuned, as you haven’t seen anything yet!!

THE GOSPEL PREACHED WORLDWIDE

24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

No other time in history has there been so many ways to transmit the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The technology has advanced at such a rapid pace, that an email sent across the world is delivered within seconds. The Gospel News has covered the entire earth. So what prevents the end of the age? I believe nothing, except the timing held by God the Father who knows when the last person will accept His offer of Grace.

JESUS REFERRED TO PROPHECY in DANIEL 9 v. 27

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Jesus speaks of the Abomination of Desolation that Daniel spoke of, and says when you see this man standing in the temple of God, claiming to be God, then RUN:

24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

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.

24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Notice the people Jesus speaks of? He doesn’t refer to the Gentiles, or the rest of the world, but those who live in Judea. Jesus takes level focus of only one group of people. He was talking about Israel. Observant Jews cannot travel more than a days walk from their home on the Sabbath, and to travel with child is difficult. Pray it’s not snowing, as it sometimes does in Israel and it’s cold making travel a problem. But Jesus warns them to get out, head for the hills….hide yourself. Don’t take anything with you. Why? Because Israel will reject this “man” claiming to be a god and in his rage will attempt to destroy the nation of Israel because of their rejection of him as an imposter. The Holocaust of the Nazi’s will pale in the attempt of this man to destroy all remnant of the house of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I’ve spoken of it many times in sermons past. Israel will be refined as silver is in the fire. They will be persecuted and hunted down because they reject this “false messiah” and his “false prophet”. Malachi chapter 3,

3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

3:4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

How do you refine silver? You heat it red hot, but not too hot, or the silver is destroyed, but hot enough to remove the slag that floats to the top, to reveal the pure silver beneath. There is an old story of a question arose within a lady’s bible study group when they read this verse. They wondered about what it meant to be a refiner of silver. Knowing a silver smith within their area, they decided to see the process in action. As the silver smith heated the silver, he cautioned them that he must not heat it too hot, but just enough to remove the impurities. One woman asked, thinking of this verse, when do you know when the silver is purified? The silver smith smiled and said “When I can see my image in it”

That is what will be Israel’s purification. Until our Lord and Savior can see His image in them, He will continue to allow the heat of persecution to turn them to their Messiah that they had rejected 2000 years earlier. Only when they realize this and proclaim, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Luke 13:35b.) , then swiftly, the Lord God will come to do battle for His people Israel and save them out of tribulation and set them as a crowning jewel of His city Jerusalem on mountain lifted high. He will save them all for the promise He made to their father’s and because of His glorious Name. So much for Replacement Theology.

JESUS ALLUDES TO THE ANTICHRIST AND FALSE PROPHET

24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Not only has there been false prophets and false messiahs leading up to this time, but I believe Jesus is talking of THE false messiah, and THE false prophet that all of the Gentile nations will follow who have pleasure in unrighteousness. He speaks to the Nation of Israel to believe it not, as the Gentiles who have rejected Jesus Christ and will follow whole hog after this charlatan who claims divinity. I submit that all nations will be fooled, as there is nothing to give them discernment of this false hood, as they believe in themselves, and reject God. They follow a god on earth, that leads them in their wickedness. Paul warns of this in 2nd Thessalonians:

2:8, And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved.

2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Notice the next few verses? Jesus, I believe is giving an almost chronological order of the time leading up to His glorious appearing and the events that happen right after that.

24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Some misinterpret this to mean the sun shining from the east to the west and all will see Him….I believe this is reference to the sudden appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, suddenly, when they think not. As lightning flashes suddenly from the eastern part of the sky and flashes to the west, this will be sudden and without warning. All will know something has happened, as the signs are all around them. People missing, people screaming for loved ones that have vanished and the realization that an unexplained calamity has befallen their world. Untold havoc will rule the day.

But what of that next verse, verse 28? In the days Jesus lived in and we see it somewhat in our world here in the USA, carrion birds smell death. This verse is better translated as vultures, as eagles kill live prey, not dead ones. Vultures circle a carcass and many gather for this putrid feast. Jesus was making a comparison that Jerusalem was dead in spirit, and by extension of end time prophecy, saying that those who miss the greatest happening of our lifetime, will be devoured, as so much dead bodies as they are spiritually dead. Note that Revelation says that 2/3 of all mankind will be destroyed, by divine judgment, including natural disasters, and to a lesser degree, man-made persecution. I calculate upwards of 4-5 billion people will die in 7 short years. Notice in the opening lines of this sermon, 262 million people have died in the last 100 years by war….during the tribulation, this will be 15-20 times that amount, not millions, but billions of people who will die in 7 short years, with the majority in the last half.

24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Notice the progression of events as Jesus explains them? Jesus came prior as a flash of lightning, quickly and without warning. People are then dying by the millions into the billions called the tribulation and then the Great Tribulation, where judgment from God gets kicked into high gear. Then immediately, a sign of impending doom covers the earth. Here we have people dying all around, so could things get any worse? Yes, much worse. Seven angels pour out 7 vials of the wrath of God in it’s full strength. The sun fails to shine, the moon quits reflecting the sun during night hours, stars are falling, and the powers of heaven and earth are shaken….what could shaken mean? Untold destruction, signs of impending doom and everyone knows. I mean everyone knows that something is about to happen and the dread grips them, until their hearts and circulatory systems collapse or maybe they go mad and crazy with fear. One can only speculate. People will mourn. It says that all the tribes of the earth will mourn. You will not mourn for something that gives you joy as we will at His appearing, but mourn because of spirit filled dread and loathing, so the church of God is not included in this analogy, as we prayed for His appearing, and it brought great joy, 7 years earlier.

When Jesus comes to reign and rule and destroy all rebellion, will this time be sudden, without warning, without anyone noticing a difference in their environment? Would you notice? If you are witness to it, and I pray you are not, then you would definitely notice some type of world shaking event that is about to happen. Will men repent of their rebellion, what with all the disasters and environmental changes, not to mention inescapable displays of divine wrath that can only come from a Higher Power? They must know that it’s the God of Heaven doing this to them and to this world. Will they repent? God says they will not as found in the verses of Revelation. We see angels flying in the air proclaiming the Gospel to the nations left. Why are Angels proclaiming the Gospel at this time? Was that not the Church’s job to preach unto the highways and the byways? Yes, but since the Church is NOT here, the job is left to an Angel to proclaim one last time that Gospel of Jesus Christ, as we are not on this earth…another sign of the rapture of the church. God gives them every possible chance to repent, but alas, they will not.

Then verse 31, He shall send His angels to gather all of the elect who have died for the witness of Jesus Christ. Who are these elect? During this time of Great Tribulation, there will be 144,00 evangelist from the 12 tribes of Israel. You will have two witnesses who are preaching nonstop for 3.5 years at the temple of God. Who will believe their message? The Nation of Israel will be their focus. People of the rest of the world have been fed a strong delusion, and they believe a lie. They have taken a mark of loyalty to the Beast Power and are spiritually doomed. The angels are gathering saints, fallen saints during this tribulation. They have died believing in their Messiah and have not denied Him, to the death. They are Israel, as God has purified them as silver is refined in the fire….He has washed them as with fuller soap….clean, white, and pure because of the blood of their Savior, our Savior.

Now Jesus backs up in time continuum and speaks a parable of a fig tree:

24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Earlier in Luke, Jesus blasted the Pharisees for not perceiving signs that were given them:

12:54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. Luke,

12:55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.

12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

In their blindness, they had the prophecy of Jesus appearing, as He was right in front of them. They did not perceive or understand. Today we have the prophecy right in front of us, as they did. They did not perceive His coming to them as their Messiah. Will we understand and perceive His glorious appearing and gathering His church, in the twinkling of an eye?

A SURPRISE FOR THOSE IN DARKNESS

As I just mentioned in the preceding paragraphs, the time of His coming to rule and reign to put down all rebellion on earth, will not come as a surprise. All will know that impending doom is coming. It will be an unprecedented time and not a day like all others. Jesus speaks of an earlier time, when a fig tree is about to blossom and putting forth new leaves. When did that fig tree appear? Correct, in 1948, when Israel was made a nation again, after almost 2000 years. Unprecedented and amazing, not suppose to happen, but it did….divinely so. He says when these events start to happen, then know He is near…right at the door!

A generation will not pass till all things be fulfilled. What is a generation? The bible says a man has 70 years to live his life and 80 years by strength to live on this earth. Now I warn others, we can’t make predictions about dates, or times, noting v. 36, but we can know the season….add 1948 plus 70-80 years….see what I mean, are we on the cusp of the fulfillment of this scripture?

24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Jesus speaks of a day, that’s like any other day. People are merrily going about their business. They continue their wickedness, not knowing anything is amiss, much like the people of Noah’s day. UNTIL, the warning ends, and the event takes place. Life will change for everyone who misses the warning and continues in their wickedness. Much like Noah’s Ark. This ship (Jesus Christ and Him crucified) of the Church of the Living God will leave port and bound for glory, and the world will wander around as blind people wondering what happened.

24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Notice the suddenness of the event, as described here which is synonymous with the parable about Noah and warning people of the Antediluvian period..some take this as a bad sign for the one removed, but I take it as to mean the elect being removed by force, without warning. Why do I say that? Because of the next few verses:

24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Jesus comes suddenly, without warning, much as a thief would break into your home. Another emphasis on the unforeseen. Did you know he was coming? No, that’s why he’s a thief. Jesus is not a thief, but the analogy fits as it describes the unforeseen, so you take precautions and that you are prepared for the suddenness of His coming.

24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?(preaching the Word in the time we have left) emphasis mine.

24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

24:47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Then comes this last part. Ministers that read this, take note. Who is Jesus speaking of here? Is it the everyday Joe that the Lord has given him ruler-ship over His household? What is His house? The church and the people who make up that church. Sadly, there a many so called “ministers” that take the office of shepherd lightly and abuse the office of their calling. That is many in the main stream denominations today. I believe Jesus is making special mention of men and women who have been called to teach, to preach the Gospel, to counsel, and to minister to the children of God who make up His body. To neglect that duty and wander into sins of the flesh, be it stealing, lying, adultery, or any other sin that abuses the folks, then woe to that servant.

Sadly, these wolves in sheep clothing, or ministers that abuse their office, have the flock looking to them for leadership. They look for spiritual meat for life, as found in the Word of God. If a minister falls, and fails in his calling, is it only him that it takes down? No, it takes many people who looked to him for spiritual leadership and they fall away from following God. They sadly, put their stock in a man, as their example and failed to realize, that there is only One example, and that is the man/God, Jesus Christ. Is this minister responsible for the spiritual condition of His flock? To a point, yes he is. But in the same breath, each of us are responsible for our own salvation. It’s just sad that this minister, or false prophet, since he failed, abused this office and the reward is severe. How severe? God is the judge, not me.

The signs of the end of the age are all around us. Jesus gave us the prophecy 2000 years ago, and it is being played out with pin point accuracy, in His day and in ours. Jesus is God and He knew when He spoke of these words to His disciples the path that this age we live in would take. The question is: Are you taking Him seriously? Do you read these words and scoff, or take warning? Have you been playing church, or wandering around in the dark and know not my Savior? You say you believe in Jesus Christ, but do you live like you know Him? People, the time is growing short. History is winding down to the end of the Church age, or the Age of Grace. Suddenly, the Words of Jesus will be all too real for anyone that turns a deaf ear to the warning. Will you survive what is coming? Will you even want to? Will you make your home with the angels or with the demons of hell? Will you dwell with God Almighty for all eternity, or be banished to outer darkness where this is weeping and gnashing of teeth?

Many places within the Bible speaks of prophecy, as it is full of signs and wonders for the close of human existence on this planet. Will you be found in Him, by accepting His blood sacrifice on a cruel cross for your sins, and mine? Will you enjoy eternal bliss and glory in a world that no man can imagine? Or will you worship yourself and pay the penalty with everlasting punishment apart from God? I beseech you, that you present yourself as a living sacrifice to God and believe on the only name, that is above every name, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, as the signs speak of the end of the age closing fast.

This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying God’s salvation in your life today. If there is anything I can counsel you on, pray with you about, or just listen with a sympathetic ear, email me at realteam1999@sbcglobal.net, or visit me online at www.churchofgod-usa.org . God bless you all, till we meet at Jesus feet.