Sunday, March 20, 2016

The "Falling Away" Having Swept Across Europe Is Now Plaguing America

God's word tells us that the rise of the Anti-Christ, as ruler of the New World Order, for seven years of Tribulation, will be preceded by a "falling away" of "professing" believers in Christ. The falling away will end with the Rapture when Christ comes, in the air, and receives his true believers into heaven. Then the seven years of Tribulation will be followed by the second phase of Christ's  Second Coming to establish His 1000 year Millennial Kingdom on earth. The "falling away", in the U.S., began slowly, at first, during my generation and has steadily picked up speed and has now reached rapid descent into the abyss of unbelief. The Next page on God's calendar reveals "that man of sin, the son of perdition" who passes himself off as the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Messiah. He is, however, the Anti-Christ, Satan's counterfeit of Christ. Here is pertinent scripture pointing like the finger of God at these unfolding events. See, at the bottom, the latest Pew Poll of developing unbelief in America.

"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 handLet 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." 2 Thess. 2:1-4

The United States has been the strongest last bastion of Christian believers in the world. Russia has long gone the way of the world and Europe is more recently gone the same route. Now, in these last years, our own country is following suite ... in unbelief..... "falling away" from the faith of the Apostles and our Founding Fathers.

From Newsmax

Number of Americans 

'Certain' About God 

Falls to 63 Percent

The proportion of Americans who say they are "absolutely certain" God exists has dropped sharply from 71 percent to less than two thirds, the Pew Research Center said Tuesday.
The share of US adults who say they believe in God declined from 92 to 89 percent over the same period, from 2007 to 2014, but is still remarkably high compared to other developed countries.
The percentage of Americans who say they pray every day, attend regular services and consider religion very important have also clocked small, but significant declines, the research center said.
The vast majority of Americans, 77 percent of adults, continue to identify with some religious faith, but a growing number are unaffiliated to a particular group, the study found.
Younger Americans are also less religious than their elders. For example, four in 10 of the youngest Millennials say they pray every day, compared to six in 10 Baby Boomers. 

The survey also showed that nearly all major religious groups have become significantly more accepting of homosexuality in recent years -- even evangelicals and Mormons who traditionally have expressed strong opposition to same-sex relationships. 

Changing attitudes about homosexuality are linked to wider acceptance among the younger generation than older adults. 

The study also showed that the religiously unaffiliated -- the majority of whom still believe in God -- are now more numerous among Democrats and Democratic-leaning adults than Catholics, evangelicals and Protestants. 

The religiously unaffiliated are growing less quickly within the Republican party, where they are outnumbered by evangelicals, Catholics and mainstream Protestants, Pew said.
The poll was carried out among a representative group of 35,071 adults interviewed by telephone from June to September 2014 and has a margin of error of 0.6 percentage points, Pew said.

My Comment"

There has never been a time when following Jesus was more difficult or more important than right now, in America.

Joshua declared, during difficult times, "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

I Cannot See What I Truly Am ... Until I First See Who God Truly Is

Glorious Creator Of The Universe 
And Righteous Judge Of Us All

The more clearly we see God, the more clearly we see ourselves.
The closer we walk to God, the more clearly we see our sins.
The more we think of Him, the less we think of ourselves.
The more purely holy we see Him, the more unholy we see ourselves.

It is the contrast which awakens our guilt and leads to repentance.

"Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:3

Take the case of Job. Here was a comparatively great and good man. His reputation was sterling, his character unblemished. He was spiritually mature and upright, feared God and hated evil. Nobody could see any fault in him. Evidently he couldn't see much himself ... until the Lord allowed him to be put through the furnace of suffering and loss. Then he saw God's glory clearly and then he saw himself.

"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil." Job 1:1.

Even God saw Job as His special servant and said there was not another person like him in the entire earth, a perfect and upright man who feared God and hated evil. There is not another such commendation, from the lips of our Holy God, about any other ordinary human, in the bible. "And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?" Job.1:8.

Job's self-righteous friends, who concluded he was guilty of some grievous sin, because of the sufferings and loss God allowed to happen to him, were rebuked by God, after Job was healed and restored, and they were forced to repent and go to Job for prayer for themselves.

So, after Job had been thoroughly tested and proven to be the best man on earth, at that time, and maybe all of time, except Jesus of course, God appeared unto him.  Only then, when Job saw the glory of God's great majesty and power, and purity of righteousness and holiness did Job, for the first time see the truth about himself. The immense contrast between himself and God awakened a holy realization within his soul of his own miserable deficiency, imperfection and guilt of sin and struck him like a bolt of lightening. Sin which seems minor to a worldly man will seem a serious and intolerable violation to a Job who sees God's glorious deity and holy purity more clearly than the other.

When Job saw who God truly was, for the first time, he then saw his true self for the first time and cried out to God ..."I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Job 42:5-6 

And remember, this was the best man on earth, the BEST man.

It was only then, when Job repented to his Holy God in v.6, that God, in v.7 -8 turned to Job's self-righteous friends and commanded them .... "My wrath is kindled against thee .... for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has .... Therefore .... go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job." Job. 42:8

 "And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before." Job 42:10. 

Jesus, our Redeemer, is the door through which the faith of repentance must pass if we are to find the holy presence of God and His forgiveness, that we might walk with Him. In the depth of his suffering, Job looked for His God and declared in faith "...I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth." Job.19:25.