To use the lukewarm church and catastrophes in the same sentence unveils what most would like to escape, the Great Tribulation. There appears to be a commonality between the lukewarm church and the increase in catastrophes worldwide driving most to seek additional signs. For two thousand years prophets and seers have foretold the end of all things as we know it. Even the Bible is replete with detailed scenarios of the end time events spawning numerous interpretations most in rock solid cement. What if. What if the time has finally come. No matter what your interpretation, you feel compelled to do something. Going to a mountain top, sitting down and waiting for Christ to come is not an option. As world events get worse and the Church slips deeper into lukewarmness we can argue how close the Great Tribulation is or we can prepare to stand firm in the day in which we live. Continue reading Commonality of the Lukewarm Church and Catastrophes
Why is there such a need to know? Are we any different than Christ’s first disciples who peppered Him with questions about the end of all things? The office of the prophetic has always been and always will be popular among God’s people. Human nature dictates it. This is witnessed by many allowing their vain imagination to take root and blossom forth heretical predictions. Charts, maps, and prophetic scenarios have become man’s folly leading to even greater confusion among Christ’s followers. As we stand on the precipice of time and eternity who can be trusted to speak the truth? Jesus Christ who is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega spoke clearly then and He speaks clearly now. From Matthew 24 to the writings to the Thessalonians to the writings by the Apostle Peter to the Revelation it is remarkable that in each age from the First Century until now God’s children could see unfolding events in their life match that of Holy Scripture. Indeed Jesus Christ is the Spirit of prophecy in any age. Those living in the first and second centuries of Christianity would need no convincing that they lived during the Great Tribulation from whence people were coming. (See Revelation 7:13-14) To them Caesar was the Beast who was killing Christians by the thousands for claiming Christ as their eternal King and unwilling to offer incense to him as a god. Those living under the tyranny of the early popes needed no convincing that the pope was the Beast. Nor did they need convincing that his persecution of those who followed Holy Scripture alone had cast them into the midst of the Great Tribulation. Those living at the time of Napoleon Bonaparte or Hitler needed no convincing that they were living in the last days under the heel of the Antichrist himself. Even today many don’t need convincing that the current administration in this country or others could produce a world ruler and the dreaded Antichrist causing all to take the mark of the beast.
If you had taken your time reading through this little book by looking up each passage of scripture and meditating on its meaning, then you might feel a bit overwhelmed, even if you are a mature Christian. But I hope that you have realized by now that it’s more than just a novel to entertain or a prophecy to speculate; in fact, it was written to be a resource for the end time saint. Often times Christians simply don’t know where to turn to in the Bible to address the many problems they face on a daily basis, especially when problems turn into great tribulations or persecutions.
“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour” (Revelation 8:1). This is a most interesting verse. After the sealing of all true believers in Christ and in the midst of the Great Tribulation everything stops for prayer. This is a worldwide prayer meeting with devastating consequences for those living on the earth. This is more than just a gentle wake-up call that the end is at hand and that we all need to get our spiritual house in order. “The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake” (Revelation 8:4-5). We must conclude that our prayers going up before God have a tremendous effect upon the world in the midst of the Great Tribulation. As things start to heat up around the globe, it’s time to evaluate our prayers and their effectiveness. Continue reading Silence in Heaven
When we think of the wrath of God we typically think about the Day of the Lord or the Great Tribulation. At once the bowls of God’s wrath comes to mind from the book of Revelation, … Continue reading Wrath of God