Today we stand at the door of 2009, ready to cross over into the new year and say goodbye to 2008. I read a news story this morning that said "2009, nowhere to go but up." I'll give them kudos for drumming up a feel good story out of thin air since every indicator, every sign, everything points to 2009 being a significantly worse year than 2008.
On the other hand, the news media propaganda arm of the "powers that be" has been working to perpetuate this bad news cycle which tips me off that they have a reason for perpetuating all the bad news. There is an agenda at work here. As we skid our way down down down, what happens when one man shows up and 'miraculously' fixes everything? Will he be hailed as a 'god-man?' You bet he will. The media could be spinning things in a positive way, after all, they are a propaganda machine, but they're not, they are drumming the negative. The direction we are headed along with the purposeful propaganda, the rigging of the financial markets to sustain this 'crisis' by witholding credit all serves the purpose (arguably) of presenting the anti-christ to this world as man-god and savior.
The stage is set, as we head into 2009 and things go from bad to worse the world will be ripe fruit for the anti-christ to pick. One thing to remember is the Lord sets the timing not men. Men have tried many times to go down this road to one world government and have been thwarted, this time, we have come so far down the road that we cannot look back and see the starting point anymore, we're at the cusp of the destination. The next events on the Revelation timeline are the escape (luke 21:36) and the revelation of anti-christ, which also cause us to enter into "that day" which is the "day of the Lord." What many people do not take into consideration is that all these things can happen in a literal day, or a couple days at most. On this literal day, the rapture occurs, the restrainer is removed, the world goes into an uncontrollable tailspin, the anti-christ shows up to fix everything and the day of the Lord begins. As 9/11 showed us, as the financial markets showed us in October, things can radically change for the worse in one day, major events can all show up in one day.
How many more months can we lose hundreds of thousands of jobs per month before there's rioting in the streets? What we are seeing today in America would make Hitler proud. Millions of baby boomers have had their life saving robbed from them and we have'nt seen a single demonstration against it. People are homeless, jobless, hopeless and you would'nt know it by looking at the news media or the streets around your city. The propaganda machine, the fluoride in your water, the chemtrails, the constant electromagnetic soup we live in thanks to cell phone towers have all played their part arguably to make the American people sheep for the slaughter.
We have come this far, and sunk this low because a people who call themselves by the name of Jesus don't know him, and on a day in the future, Jesus will tell them "away from me you evildoers, I never knew you." If that does'nt get to you I don't know what will. When we see darkness all around us, that means one thing: absence of light. The church is supposed to be light in this world, so in order for us to have this current darkness, the church, or what calls itself the church must be without light, and without salt.
1 Corinthians 2: And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Notice what Paul says here, how very opposite his words are from what we see in this world. I see preachers projecting riches and worldly strength, while Paul talks about coming to the church in weakness, fear and trembling. There are those words again...fear and trembling that I've been writing on this week. So called christianity is full of "enticing words of man's wisdom" and it is totally empty of demonstrations of the Spirit and of power. Rev 3:10 tells us that a church with "little strength" will be kept from the hour of trial that comes on the entire world to test it. This "little strength" church fits perfectly with the description we see above of Paul coming in weakness, fear and much trembling, but in the POWER OF GOD, with the Spirit and POWER. This world just does'nt get it, but I pray that you "get it" because time is short.
People have a psycological defense mechanism that enables them to bury bad news and just let in things that please them. The bible is full of warnings, its full of "bad news" for this world. Interestingly the "good news" which is the gospel is taken as bad news, when it means men have to be faithful and obey, not live a life of self indulgence. The OSAS message is beyond "good news" for this world because it tells the world that you can have your salvation while participating in any and all sin. They tell you that the most you'll lose is some "heavenly rewards" so when you get to heaven maybe you'll just drive a cadillac instead of a Porshe 911, but you'll still be in heaven! That lie will cost men their souls. Humans rationalize, and in the face of intense temptation men will often give in rather than "hold the line" against sin when they think "well, I can't lose my salvation, so lets taste that sin just one more time...I can always ask forgiveness later." You never hear once saved always saved preachers talking about that and that is where the rubber meets the road. The essence of it is your attitude towards SIN will affect your destination. Sin leads to death..PERIOD. Anyone who tells you that your sin will not get you killed is a satanic liar who might just cost you your soul.
The once saved always saved lie is THE lie from the very beginning. Once saved always saved has satanic fingerprints all over it. Consider the very beginning of man on earth and you tell me if anything looks familiar:
Genesis 3 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
hath God said, sin leads to death?
James 1:15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
... When sin grows up, it gives birth to death. ... then lust, having conceived, givesb irth to sin; but sin fully completed brings forth death.
Once saved always saved teachers would have you believe that you can sin all the time and still go to heaven, your bible tells you that sin gives birth to death.
Once saved always saved teachers tell you that you can never be "cutoff" from Christ, your bible tells you that every branch in Christ that is not fruitful, the Father CUTS OFF.
'John 15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman; 2 every branch in me not bearing fruit, He doth take it away, and every one bearing fruit, He doth cleanse by pruning it, that it may bear more fruit.
5 'I am the vine, ye the branches; he who is remaining in me, and I in him, this one doth bear much fruit, because apart from me ye are not able to do anything;
Consider carefully the difference between someone who "made a decision" one day, and a man who "is remaining in me." "Is remaining in me" is a continual act of not going away, staying "in Christ." If you are not "in Christ" you are not saved, period. In Christ is where forgiveness of sins is found, its where the blood shed for you is credited to you. "In Christ" every sin is forgiven, not "in Christ" means you are accountable for every sin you ever committed. Men want a license to sin, and OSAS has given it to them. Satan poses the same question to men today, that he posed to Eve in the garden of Eden: hath God REALLY said? (that sin will kill you?)
The Lord has worded the bible in such a way to give men the ability to see the issue both ways and argue it to the grave. In the end, whatever you choose to believe WILL affect your attitude toward sin. Whichever side of this debate accept will determine your tolerance for sin. Your attitude on sin will determine your eternal destiny.
1 John 3:8 The one who practices sin is of the devil; for
... He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. ... He whosins is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
When todays teachers tell you that all men sin all the time, consider them to be sons of their father, the devil, who HAS been sinning from the beginning, and those who follow the devil and his servants do likewise. Jesus has been SINLESS from the very beginning, and his servants strive for that same perfection day in and day out.
Matthew 5:48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly ...
... So be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
"Remaining in me" means (in part) warring against the flesh, the world and the devil TO THE END.
"And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved."(Matthew 10:22)
Once saved always saved teachers tell you that you are already saved, right now, today, and forever, the bible, on the other hand, tells you that he who endures TO THE END will be saved, so which is it? The OSAS teachers words or the bible's words? They can't both be right, one perspective has to be wrong, so which is it?
I could go on but I won't. This new year could be the year that it all happens. The rapture, the anti-christ revealed, the tribulation starts, and we're going to find out soon because the new year starts tomorrow. Time seems to be on fast forward, so whatever is coming our way will be here sooner rather than later. There are those who are saying "the end of the world is not here" and that is another sign that the end of the world (as we know it) IS here.
Those who truly belong to Christ are hated by this world, and will be hated by this world. We are outcasts and strangers here. We are citizens of another kingdom that is NOT of this world. We speak from a viewpoint that is not of this world. Sin leads to death. OSAS leads to sin, you do the math and I pray you get it right. Love, grace and peace