Thursday, January 26, 2012

Strange Sounds in the Earth: Warnings of a Regime Change?

"And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them...And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard."  
1 Kings 1:40 & 45

And he (Jesus) answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
Luke 19:40

"What is that?"  "I hear a trumpet sound!"  "Do you hear that rumbling, groaning noise?"  "Does any one else hear that chime sounding noise, or is it just me?" "Wow, that is scary!"  These are statements that are being made in many parts of the world recently.  Have you heard the reports about strange noises seemingly coming from the earth?  Like unusual weather patterns, strange animal die-offs, powerful earthquakes and tsunamis, wars and rumors of war, and many other unusual phenomena worldwide, many are asking the question, "is the end upon us?"  It sure does remind one of the words of Jesus!  "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken."  Luke 21:26  

The end may actually be a misnomer!  It is not the end Christians are looking for, but a new beginning!  It is the time of a regime change.  Not a change that a man nor any group of men can bring.  No!  It is one brought by the return of Christ, Himself. The Great KING of KINGS is near to returning and taking His rightful, blood-bought place as the LORD of all creation reigning from Jerusalem!  Jesus is coming and even the earth seems to bear that out.  Jesus is coming to end the age of the reign of sinfulness, but the earth, itself, endures forever.  The closest thing in scripture to an end is the new creation of the heavens and the earth after the close of Christ's 1000 year reign.

While listening to a friend, Paul Begley, today on his show "The Coming Apocalypse" that airs daily from 12-3 EST on LBN, the scriptural significance of these strange sounds seemed to jump out from the pages of scripture. Now I know that many are looking for naturalistic explanations!  It is the way of man.  Most men/women tend to try their level best to explain away all of the power of God because their sinful hearts want to remain in willful rebellion.  They can't even believe one come back from the dead--Jesus! "Fish were bigger in Jonah's day, the marshy 3 inch deep, Reed Sea is where Israel crossed, the burning bush is a species indigenous to the region: blah, blah, blah, blah blah!"  That universalized, naturalistic rubbish is actually fulfilling the warnings of 2 Peter 3 and Jude, friend.  Remain blind if you wish--but you will wish you had trusted Christ in 1000 years!  He is not only the coming King, but in 1000 years He, the nail-scarred one who died for you, will be your judge if you reject the mercy and grace he showed you at the cross!    

I know some are saying that it is a natural phenomenon.  Some say it may be groans caused by problems in the magnetosphere.  Some claim it is an interaction to recent solar spikes although the sounds were heard before the recent CMEs. Many ideas will be purported, I am sure.  Yet, one must ask the question, why do we not hear of this more often if it is such a natural occurrence?  Why is this happening at this time when even the secular world is in such an end-time quandary?  The Muslims are looking for the Mahdi, the Jews their Messiah, the Christians know it is the signs of the return of Christ, many others are looking for ancient prophecies from various ancient civilizations to be fulfilled. Bottom line--everyone seems to be expecting something! Well, maybe not the atheist--they have nothing to look forward to except for natural entropy to one day wind down the energy of universe into oblivion.  Have you ever stopped to think that natural entropy may be a natural response to the fall of creation caused by the fall of man? Anyway, why are these things happening now on the heels of so many other unusual phenomena and a world on the brink?

First Kings  chapter 1 is the real life account of the change of rule from David to Solomon.  It also is a shadow of the coming rule of David's greater son--the Son of Man--Jesus Christ.  This is the same Son of Man that David also calls "my Lord" which denotes the deity of Christ as well.  Before the change, however, an interloper stealing the throne arises, Adonijah.  Like Solomon had to remove a usurper from His throne, Christ will also remove the Antichrist from His.  What signaled to Adonijah that he was in trouble?  He heard the earth rending with the sounds of praises, chimes, and trumpets!  Satan, Antichrist, False Prophet, his minions, can you hear--the earth is rending as the True Heir is about to return!  You're attempts to thwart His reign are already doomed before they are even started!  

This same scenario has actually played out once.  Solomon was placed on David's donkey and ridden through the streets of Jerusalem.  Again,this was a shadow of the triumphal procession of Christ into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His resurrection.  It marked the beginning of the week of His passion.  The people were so loud that the scriptures say that the city rang.  Matthew's account uses the Greek word krazo to explain the shouts of the people (Isn't that a word that we have in English that the naysayers mockingly call believers?).  Jesus then responds to those who hate Him and His rule by saying, "I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out."Is that what is being heard?  Is the earth groaning and crying for the return of its Lord?  Are the rocks crying out because a God hating world will not praise the Rightful King?   

Not only that, but Jesus uses a common first century teaching technique for driving His point into the heart of His enemies.  For a Rabbi, what He did not say was often as important as what he said.  For instance, If I said "For God so loved..." or "The Lord is my shepherd...", could you finish it?  How much more true was this of the teachers in Jesus day?  They knew the Messianic prophecies inside and out.  Jesus responds to them in Matthew quoting Psalm 8:2a.  Believe me, his enemies knew the implications of that entire verse!  "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger."  He called them enemies without saying it and they ran off like angered babies!   Sounds in the earth are also signs of warning for unbelievers according to Isaiah 66:6.  Maybe the earth is telling you that the time of the Antichrist is nearing?  Is it just about time for the mark of the beast, 666?

Maybe we are hearing a "natural phenomenon"?  Who made the natural, friend?  Was it not the Super-Natural Creator?  Scripture does certainly tell us that the universe itself groans for redemption.  Paul wrote, "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now (Romans 8:22)."   I pray these noises remind you that the uncertain times of the usurper are nearing.  The Antichrist and the Tribulation are about to begin! It is also certain that the creation also has a part to play in the return of the Rightful King and its longing for a regime change.  The earth will tremble and reel like a drunk man and shake like a tent in the wind.  Stars will fall from the sky. The moon will appear as blood, and the sun will be darkened.  Then mankind will see the sign of the Son of Man in the sky and cry for those same rocks to cover them. So maybe, just maybe, the groaning earth now is uttering to those who will hear that the Lord is about to come.  The rocks are truly crying out, "Hosanna, Blessed is He that comes in the name of the LORD!"  Don't put Him off too long.  Jesus Christ is Soon 2Come!

Reports of Strange Sounds
Strange sounds from the sky - Evening News - Videos | Global News
Strange Sound Heard Throughout Costa Rica | Costa Rica News
Strange Costa Rica Sound – EXPLAINED? | Costa Rica News
Strange Sounds Around The World : In Sky, On... | Gather
Did Massive Solar Flare cause strange Sky Noises? Part 1 of 2 - Toronto Paranormal | They were happening before the solar flare!
Strange Sounds Over Kota Samarahan No Joke:... | Gather
Unexplained Creepy, Bizarre, Strange Noises in the Sky Videos -- High Strangeness --
1/16/2012 -- 'Strange sounds' heard WORLDWIDE -- what is it?! - YouTube

Search the web and you will see!  

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Have You Found Grace?

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Genesis 6:8

I found myself in a online debate the other day with a man proclaiming that all religions hold truth.  It is a fairly common belief.  God must have many paths to heaven so any valid means that will get you there is fine.  He then asked me to show how Christianity and "my" true gospel were any different that that of any other religion.  Fair enough!  How is true biblical Christianity different than all other religion, and what makes it distinct and unique enough to be the only valid truth?  In one simple word--grace!  Have you found grace?

Rather than discuss the faulty reasoning in God allowing many truths (which has been done on this site frequently), let's look at what makes the gospel distinct and separate from all other religion.  Religion, no matter who the "prophet" was who instituted it, has one main method of salvation.  It is the belief that each person can be good enough, do enough good works, or follow a distinct set of rules so that God is impressed enough to allow that person to enter heaven after their merits are weighed in God's scale of justice.  In other words, each man or woman can do enough good to be his or her own savior.  It sounds reasonable.  Yet, the Bible clearly warns, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25)"   Furthermore, it is constantly repeated that all sin and are unworthy of heaven.  Question:  How much sin did it take to force Adam and Eve to leave Eden and eternity in the first place?  ONE! 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23

Simply put, man made religion ignores God and his many unique attributes, two of which are fearful and awesome when throughly considered.  The first attribute is His utter and complete holiness.  He is absolutely holy.  This is the very cry of the angels in His presence continually, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!" He is so holy that no being tainted by even one sin can forever stay in his presence.  This is the very reason that a simple rebellion in Eden forced Adam from the garden until a means to atone for sin could be enacted.  

Next, God is ultimately just.  Let's say that someone lived for 25 years without committing any theft; however, circumstances at 25 convinced him/her that armed robbery would be OK.  What would you think of a judge that did not sentence this armed robber for his crime? Should one act of hate or murder at 60 prevent justice from being rendered? Using an old formula I learned somewhere long ago, let's say that you only sin just 3 times daily.  Maybe a "white" lie or two and the omission to do good or be truthful.  In a year you would have 1095 crimes against God's court.  If you lived 70 years at that rate, you would enter God's just and holy court with 76,650 indictments against you!  Do you now wish to convince THE just and holy Judge that you are good enough to enter heaven's society?

John Newton: Writer Of Amazing Grace

The author of the great hymn, "Amazing Grace", John Newton understood clearly that he was undone before a holy God and in need of grace.  He had a long list of transgressions.  As a blasphemous atheist, he had led many into the false notion that there was no God.  He even watched one of his "disciples" in futility, a man he led to atheism, die a Christless death in Africa.  He had been involved with the death of hundreds as a member of the slave trade.  The list of transgressions escalated quickly by his early 20s until he one day realized that he was hopelessly lost.  As a youth, he had tried to live right.  He even dabbled in asceticism, punishing himself to appease God.  All it did was to make him see the futility in trying to be good enough to please God while building a hatred towards a harsh, demanding God.  

Grace is God's free gift of salvation by trusting in the atoning work of Jesus.  God also loves you!  Divine love is one of His many attributes too.  He does not wish for you to be caught in sin nor to try and serve as your own advocate in his court.  Only a fool represents himself.  Jesus will assist you in pleading guilty in God's court today if you will accept him as your advocate.  " And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous...( 1 John 2:1b)." In grace, he will then assure that the atoning death at His cross covers you sin.  You will be saved by God's free gift and not by trying to appease a holy, just God with good works.  This is what makes true Christianity stand out distinct and separate from all religion of man!  God is the savior--not man! It is the message that made John Newton receive this free gift of pardon when he realized he was guilty and undone before God!  

Time is short.  Jesus is coming.  God's justice is about to cause Him to set in motion those events which will bring an end to the sin of humanity.  Are you ready?  If not, find grace!  It is amazing!  Hurry!  Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Old Testament Rapture Shadows: The Days of Lot

"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife."
Luke 17:28-31

It would be impossible to see all that the LORD Jesus is implying here with his linking the last age to Lot's escape from the tribulation of Sodom, His coming, and the rapture of the church in just one post.  Therefore, given the vastness of this type and shadow, the focus here will be the condition of the world just prior to Lot's departure from Sodom and the ensuing cataclysm befalling that region.  No sooner had they left the city when the fire and brimstone of God's wrath began to fall; furthermore, the angels that came to literally pull Lot and his daughters out testified that they could not even commence the judgment as long as Lot was present (Genesis 19:22).  What a rich parallel to today assuming that we are that generation like unto Lot's.  It is a rich parallel that should force the Christian to act even as Lot did and witness to all even while looking up and listening for a distant trumpet blast.  

While most consider "sodomy" as the primary sin bringing the wrath of God, scripture clearly shows that this was one of many indicators that the foundation of society had been built on the sands of human understanding rather than the bedrock of God's revealed word.  Ezekiel gives us much evidence of this fall from God's directives and his ideas also coincide with Paul's downward spiral found in Romans 1.  Ezekiel writes specifically of Israel in 16:49-50 yet this was due to the reemergence of the same attitudes God saw in Sodom before he destroyed it. "Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good."  What sin underlies pride, idleness, and a lack of compassion?  Selfishness!  Furthermore, selfishness is the very root of all sin.  In Sodom, there was no longer a reason to bridal selfish lusts and desires to the place that each man or woman did that which solely benefited his/herself.  The New Testament calls this being given over to the carnal mind.  

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2 Peter 3:3

This concept of a self absorbed world casting off the restraint of scripture is a major theme with all of the New Testament writers that speak on the end of this era and the coming of Christ.  Peter said that it would be a time of blasphemous scoffers mocking the word of God while they follow their own lusts and desires (2 Peter 3:1-9).  Paul warned Timothy of a time when mankind departs from the true faith and truth itself while wholeheartedly accepting demonic teachings (1 Timothy 4:1-5).  He continued in his next letter to Timothy that this would be a dangerous, perilous time for those of faith.  Selfish, wicked, and falsely motivated preachers would preach lies rather than propound God's whole counsel rightly divided.  Sadly, the people want this and turn away from the truth to follow fables (2 Timothy 3:1-9 & 4:1-5).  Jude also warns of impostors in the pulpit following their own selfish, pernicious way in his short book.  John warns that it will be a time of antichrist and that it has already started.

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time....Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son."  1 John 2:18 & 22

To John, the Antichrist was more than a man that appears in the tribulation.  That is a part of the concept as he later reveals "the Beast" in Revelation.  However, antichrist is more than that.  It is a selfish spirit that seeks to move Christ from the center place of salvation.  It is why John states clearly that anyone who seeks to set Christ Jesus aside from being savior is "against Christ" or antichrist.  It is the apex of selfishness!  "I can be my own savior!"  "I need not God nor His Son."  "I can follow my beliefs and ideas."  "Who needs scripture anyways?"  "We are our own God, the captain of our own destiny."  Need more be written, or can you already see that the Days like unto Lot's are upon us?  Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!

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