Friday, August 12, 2011

Satan the Creator?

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
Isaiah 14:14-16

Did I get your attention?  Of course, we know that Satan cannot create.  He can only manipulate the creation of God.  If he does not have the "omni-" attributes but tries to copy them, then surely he is also trying to create life.  Is this what we see happening before our very eyes?  If it is (and it is) then it is another sure sign that a loud trumpet blast is about to sound. When men begin messing with DNA, God's programming of the information for life, it is a clear signal that the days are short.  Altering genetic code is so dangerous, and its effects cannot be undone.  If God doesn't shorten the days, then men, following Satan's plans with godless, unscrupulous science, will ultimately genetically destroy themselves.  Be sure to catch this video!  Genetic Armageddon: Humanity's Greatest Threat - YouTube

It appears the fallen cherub has many immoral assistants aiding in his search to copy the power of God to create life, and surely his Antichrist's unified world government will make this an important issue.  Yet, one must ask why?  The only reason may be the very core reason he fell in the first place--pride.  

At the center of pride is self!  Self first is the very heart of sin.  As men retreat farther away from God and draw closer to the devil it is natural to be like him and become preoccupied with self.  Isn't this what the apostles tried to warn us about?  Take a moment to consider the following verses and check out how many times the listed sins involve love of self.  Also notice that this list comes under that heading and ends with men trying to learn but never coming to the knowledge of the truth.  "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."  2 Timothy 3:1-7
Interestingly enough, the next verse mentions the magicians of Egypt who tried to manipulate and copy the miracles of God.  "Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith." (2 Timothy 2:8)  Surely you need the mind of a reprobate to make cows that give human breast milk or implant human babies into the uterus of a cow!

My friends, time is short.  There is only one escape from the hellish nightmare ahead and the ensuing judgment.  His name is Jesus, and He is the truth.  Interestingly enough, the Hebrew word for truth is spelled with the first, middle, and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Aleph  Mem Tav.  The Aleph and Tav is Jesus! In  Greek we would say he is the Alpha and Omega.  Jewish Rabbi's note that "truth' is the beginning and the end of the alphabet and everything in between. Isn't that what Jesus is?  Accept Him by faith today before it is too late!  Your eternity depends on it. 

Science and the End of Days

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Losing Venture

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isaiah 14:14

Satan is not like the Lord.  He can neither create nor can he think creatively.  His greatest attempts to be something special are simply copies of what he sees in the God who can create ex nihilo, from nothing. He has no way to think beyond the power and the glory and the majesty of God the LORD.  His wish is simply to be like GOD.  Yet, even in this endeavor he is severely lacking the needed prerequisites since  he lacks the needed attributes of YHWH Elohim.  He is not omniscient, not omnipotent, nor is he omnipresent.  However, the Tribulation will allow him to get as close as he is going to get.  His intermediary or second person of his version of the Trinity will be the Antichrist, and Satan will give him all of Hell's resources in this short lived pathetic experiment in deity.  Again, he cannot think of anything beyond God so he has to make a  sorry attempt to ape the Trinity.  He puts himself as the father in this losing venture, the Antichrist mocks the son, and the False Prophet tries to draw men to the Antichrist as the Holy Spirit draws men to salvation in the atoning blood of Jesus.
Computers have brought about what Daniel prophesied; the prophet of the Lord GOD who knows all about the past, present, and future.  God showed this faithful servant that in the last days knowledge would increase exponentially (Daniel 12:4).  Some statistics show that knowledge is growing at a rate of 66% annually.  At this rate knowledge doubles every few weeks.  Wow!  With this vast knowledge, the Antichrist will be able to control every field of human knowledge.  No wonder the losers who follow him will fall before Satan and the Antichrist saying, "Who is like unto the beast?  (Revelation 13:4)  Even with the dragon (Satan) giving him all of the knowledge he can muster, he will never attain unto the Alpha and the Omega--Jesus Christ the sum off all available knowledge.  Jesus knows all: past, present, and future.  Who is like the Lord?  No one!

Satan will try to exercise dominion like no other through the Beast as well.  The Antichrist will be the most powerful fallen man that ever has lived.  He will control every aspect of power from the military, police, courts, and kingdoms.  He will even have power to overcome the Tribulation saints. (The gates of Hell cannot prevail against the church so the church has been gone by this time--they are away with the true source of all power!)  However, he lacks the ability to overcome God, Israel, the raptured Church in heaven, and the two-third angels who remained faithful to God during Satan's foolhardy rebellion.  The Antichrist may control most of the world, but two great prophets and 144,000 Jewish super evangelists give him fits.  When he thinks he has pinned the two prophets by death, they arise in front of everyone and ascend into heaven alive after three days of lying dead in the streets of Jerusalem. He also can't hold on to his  power, as it appears that a series of rebellions from the Kings of the East and others show his ultimate weakness.  He doesn't even have the power to keep himself from bowing before Jesus Christ and proclaiming him as the Lord to the glory of God the Father before being thrown into the Lake of Fire.  Who is like the Lord?  No one!

Finally, he will give his best try to be omniscient.  Have you noticed the great advances in surveillance?  When men receive the mark that contains tracking technology to their demise, they will not be able to get away with child abductions, drug deals, and other "sins".  Society will think that they have arrived with the power of the Beast.  Yet what will seem like order is only chaos as the Antichrist will bring the earth under the despotic rule of Satan.  The Bible lets us know that if the Tribulation were not shortened, there would not be anyone left alive.  Notice that it is the 2nd Beast, the False Prophet, that tags man with the mark of the beast (Revelation 13).  It is another pathetic attempt to be like God.  The Holy Spirit has great power to restrain evil.  Satan, too, will try this as well--unsuccessfully.  As we see in the witness of the 144,000, the untold number of Tribulation Saints, and the two Prophets, he certainly cannot limit the Holy Ghost!  Who is like the Lord?  No one!
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Revelation 20:10

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cover Up! The Party Is Over

For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. For the LORD shall rise up as [in] mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act. Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth. 
Isaiah 28:20-22

"We have done it! We will be safe and secure!," at least that is what the leaders of Judah thought as they prepared for a great party.  They drank and ate and generally a great time was had by all. Their alliance with Egypt around the time of the assassination of Sargon II in 705-704 BC and the reign of a new king, Sennacherib, would mean that their rebellion against Assyria would succeed and keep them from paying the heavy taxes put on all the vassal states of Assyria (or at least they thought so).  Around 735 BC the wicked King Ahaz had been frightened by the alliance of Syria and Ephraim.  Rather than seek God, he sought the king of Assyria to protect him from this Syria/Ephraim alliance and surrendered his sovereignty to a foreign power. Nearly thirty years later the Jews were sick of paying the tribute.  It was Isaiah that told Ahaz he was wrong then and it was Isaiah again who was sent to tell King Hezekiah and his advisers that their covenant with Egypt was a covenant with hell and death.  According to Isaiah 28:18, God, Himself, would annul the covenant.  God wanted Judah to rely upon his strength for rest and peace.  He did not wish for them to ally with the world and compromise for safety.  Does this seem familiar?

Isaiah walks into the party celebrating this covenant signing one morning after it had been going on for sometime.  Imagine the prophet as he beholds the leaders of Judah, the priests, and the prophets all red eyed and hungover.  What a terrible sight!  "For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness (human excrement), so that there is no place clean" (Isaiah 28:8).  It is at this point that the mockers begin to rail on God's prophet.  "Are you here to teach us?  Do you think we are little babies, prophet?  We know what you will say!  Serve God, "precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little."   When serving the Lord becomes a monotonous burden of rules and ritual, you are already living in a compromised relationship.  You are walking not in the Spirit, but in the flesh.  Compromise leads to fleshly living, a mocking of holiness, and empty religion.

Isaiah then unloads under the anointing of the Holy Ghost.  He says that since they will not learn their lesson in Hebrew they will have to learn it in Assyrian.  Assyria would eventually put Jerusalem under siege and nearly destroy them.  Egypt, the nation they looked to for strength, was like a reed that they leaned upon that pierced their hand--their help was like an open wound.  Only God brings victory, rest, and refreshment to the believer.  Isaiah tells them that the party is over and that there would be no rest.  They had made their bed in a bed too short and have covered themselves with a cover too narrow.  There would be no comfort! There would be judgment!

What else will it take for God to wake His church?  The world is on the fast track to Tribulation.  Yet, most in the church thinks that it is party time.  Let's run and shout and dance and play, surely God is pleased.  Let's hide the name of Jesus Christ and tell the world that we can have as much fun as they are.  Worse yet, let's look to the world and bring them in to join the party while allowing the filthiness of the flesh to cover the pews like the vileness Isaiah witnessed.  With a nation that is killing infants by the millions, allowing homosexuality to invade the government, the community, the military, and even the church, while we hide in the four walls of our compromised sanctuaries (places of rest and refreshment) and try to sing the problems away with our economy on the verge of collapse and our nation espousing false religions and demonic doctrines, when are we going to wake up to the reality that judgment is falling? 

It is time to share the saving grace in Christ and not to treat God's grace as a license for sin. Can we not see the disasters, the droughts, and the rampant rebellion to authority across the land.  I am afraid that the axe has already been laid to the base of the tree.  We need more than a few feel good prayers and a shout--we need to turn to God wearing sackcloth and ashes and repent for the sin of the land.  Hopefully, it is not to late for America!  Yet, I feel it may already be.  We are seeing the days of Lot and Noah all around us.  Turn to Jesus.  The next sound you may hear could be a trumpet calling the ambassadors home.  God, in Christ, is about to show all who the only power is.

Signs of Impending Judgement!