Stephen Whitsett BA
Are we in the Last Days?
For generations people have wondered when will the end of the world come and envision this earth being burnt up by our sun going super nova, or being hit by a meteor that ends al life, and even worse yet we blow ourselves to bits in one final last world war. The religious have proclaimed many times it was the end, 1918, 1941 and many other dates. The truth is we all know that at some point in time this world will end as we understand it.
What we also do know is scriptures give us clues and prophecies about "the" end. There have been many ends throughout history, the end of the dark ages, the end of the renaissance, and even the end of the Jewish age with the destruction of the sacrificial system and the destruction of Jerusalem. There was also an end to the Old Covenant, and the beginning of the New. What we were never left with was an uncertainty about how the end would come.
The Bible speaks about the last days and the events that are to happen that signal the end.
In Isaiah and Zechariah was the promise of the regathering of Israel after a judgment had come upon Jerusalem in 586 BC. Jesus described this next judgment to come in Mathew 23-25 and is for the blood of the prophets and for the rejecting of the Messiah and again straying from God and replacing relationship with forms, laws, traditions, and rituals. Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD in fulfillment of that prophecy.
What is described in Revelation is the events of these last days. When we look back at history those events have never been fulfilled. For example in Revelation 11 it talks of Jerusalem being dwelt by "Jews" as the two witnesses prophesy in the city of Jerusalem for forty two months. Jerusalem has never been under "Jewish" control since 70 AD, nor have there been two witnesses in Jerusalem speaking judgment against the nations, nor were they killed and left in the street for three days, nor was it ever witnessed they rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.
What we understand from scriptures that tell us these days are also coming to a close is not a sudden return of Christ but a series of events that will shake the earth to its core. Revelation describes what leads to the end is first described as "Peace" that ends with war, which is not an unusual event in itself. BUT what follows next is described as global economic collapse which leads to death through famine. It describes one quarter of the earth population dying, were speaking of over two billion people. What follows is a person who rises from among the nations who has the answers to fix the problems and brings the earth under a complete universal system.
I am expecting next to seeing the entire global economic system collapse in fulfillment of prophecy recorded in the Book of Revelation.
In Revelation 1 it tells us these events happen "in quickness" or will happen quickly. As the person who rises to fix the problem is considered a lawless person, who demands and changes times, season, and laws when ever he decided. The person will lead over a league of nations for 42 months or three and a half years. At the end of the 3 1/2 years is when we expect Christ to return to deal with him. One of his main "crimes" will be to persecute and kill Christians on a large scale. Total discrimination against any one who names Christ as Lord and many will die for their faith. Which is not to instill fear in anybody but to help us to understand the gravity of the situation and the importance of having a real relationship with God and not one of general apathy.
Unbelievably over the past few years I have witnessed, recorded, copied, pasted, and attacked four areas where the church has seem to have “abdicated” her position and authority yielding them over to the enemy who is engaged in a passive campaign of destruction from within. There are four keys we have allowed the enemy to use to take "territory" from the believers life.
1. Apathy 2. Compromise. 3. Credibility 4. Doctrine and Practice
“Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.”Rev 6:1-2
What I see is a world ready to collapse economically, I see the Muslim world uniting and strengthening its hold on the Middle East, surrounding Jerusalem. I see the earth “...All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.” earthquakes, volcanoes, rivers turning red, birds of the air dropping dead, fish dying by the thousands and even strange “trumpet” sounds from the sky.
I see the turmoil of the church as “pastors” fall from grace on a monthly basis, the confusion and doctrines of demons being taught from pulpits, people believing they “are little Gods”, other’s claiming Jesus had to suffer in hell and get born again, or the tearing down of the Bible, churches and even denominations, Christians accepting homosexuality and abortion as normal life.
I see the struggle of this nation as people voted to remove God from the DNC platform, a president who has bowed his knee to “Allah” and has lied consistently. Jews and Christians alike are forced to bow to the will of the “Government” in all its forms, from street preachers being arrested to home owners for holding a Bible study in their home.
The pulpits being censored as hate speech when we condemn sin in any
I see over seventy percent of families torn apart by divorce, including “Christian”. I see fornication as the norm, I see the kids hopeless for a future they can live and prosper in. I see people no longer even trying to find work. I see neighborhoods living in fear.
I see a church that has lost its voice and authority.
I see the church scared to speak the truth let alone “see” the truth.
“…at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.” Mathew 25:6-7
I see Christ preparing to come in judgment and the world blissfully moving along trying to figure out “what is going on".
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