Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cooking the Frog

Never before in the history of the United States has America been on the precipice of a totally Socialistic Government Society. In this past year there has been a tremendous over-the-top push to socialize "The Land of The Free" by the freewheeling Liberal Media and the Socialist Democratic party. It is indeed a very well-oiled machine! Those who don't feel threatened by this Socialistic Movement are oblivious to the slow, subtle process it toils in. Socialism creates a zombie-like unmotivated state in which sloth is rewarded and hard work is penalized. It makes for a society that is totally dependent on the Government for every aspect of life. It slowly but effectively removes one’s self-capability, personal freedoms, and motivation to do anything without looking to Big Government. Under Socialism, citizens are enslaved with hypnotic dependency while some basic freedoms are still retained. Like a drug addict calling out to his drug dealer, the individual becomes totally reliant on Government to meet his needs. The individual who is dependent in this fashion is a social cripple ripe for the picking.

When you want to Cook a Frog, they say, don’t throw it into boiling water, since it will only jump out. Instead, place the Frog into a pot with tepid water and, ever so slowly, continue to increase the heat. When the Poor Frog finally realizes he is being cooked, he’ll have no more strength to resist.

Thus has been the slow disintegration of a “Republic of the People and for the People” to a “Socialistic Democracy and Big Government of the Elite.” This process has slowly changed the United States of America to the Red Socialistic States of America. Multitudes are oblivious to this subtle change. No single event has contributed more to the growth of the U.S. Government than this present Credit Crisis. Billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars are being handed over in a “bail out,” with Big Government taking over and micromanaging more of the private sector and corporations - just as a Mafia leader would do. This event has placed more power in the hands of the “Social Elite and Big Government,” and to an unprecedented degree. The real bad news is that this seems to be only the beginning. We will never recover the Limited Government of the past and personal responsibility freedoms again. As Big Government wraps its tentacles around every facet of our lives, it is setting the stage for the greatest “power grab” of all: The Mark of The Beast (Revelation 13:16-18, 14:9-11).

The Mark of the Beast is the event foretold of in God's Word:
And he [The Anti-Christ] causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (Rev .13:16-18).

The Anti-Christ (referred to in Daniel 7:8, 24-27; 9:26-27, 11:36-45, 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 13, 17:8,11-13, 19:20) will seize total control of the global economy in the near future. He will have absolute authority, power and control of whosoever buys and sells anything. One must shudder to think of the utmost horror and dread of what that suggests: a Totalitarian Global State. The person of the Anti- (or false) Christ is the exact opposite of The true Christ of Almighty God, the Savior of the world. The Anti-Christ is lawless, godless, brilliant, subtle, cunning, manipulative, unfeeling; seeking to conquer, destroy and be worshiped. Anyone who stands in his way and his agenda will be utterly destroyed (Rev 13:15, Daniel 7:20-25). For anyone who has studied any history, it is chock full of such wicked and despotic men. Hitler, Stalin, Antiochus Epiphanes, Mao Tse-Tung, etc. These evil despots are like nice little Sunday School boys compared to this Man of Lawlessness! Beware!

Many people believe the Mark of the Beast is the mark of the boogie-man or a mark of a monster with blood and fangs, etc. That fable is just Lucifer's fiction given to deceive the masses from perceiving what the mark truly represents. During the Tribulation Period lasting 7 years (coming up shortly), the Nations of the world will be ready for this man, the Anti-Christ to arrive on the scene (Rev. 17:16,17). This situation will arise as crisis upon crisis develops as a result of generations of people being raised under godless deception and dependent ideologies (including the socialistic ideology). This individual will step in to provide leadership, filling the vacuum and providing answers for these crises and the solution to the chaos and confusion. He will seek to establish himself as Almighty God (2 Thess. 2:2-5). He will demand global worship (Rev 13: 12,15, Daniel 11:36) and demand total allegiance (Rev 13:16). He will eliminate all human philosophies, ideologies and culture that contradicts his Satan-controlled mind-set and false reality (Rev 13:15, 17:16-17). He will seize total control of the global monetary markets and the assets of all corporate and private businesses (Rev 13:16-18). During this period you will not be able to buy or sell without giving your total allegiance to this man. Just imagine what that will be like if you are alive in that day! This event and time will be the absolute crossroads of one’s own existence and eternal destiny. It will be the ultimate ultimatum. Choose me (the Anti-Christ) or die. What would you do?

This Horrific time is called the Great Tribulation. Almighty God gives the inhabitants of earth a very clear-cut choice. Either repent and be saved (Rev 14:6-7) or perish! Choose this fallen created being Lucifer (i.e., Satan) or choose the Eternal Creator, Almighty God. Choose the Love of God or the Wrath of God. Reality or Imagination. Truth or Error (Falsehood). Light or Darkness. Heaven or Hell. Deliverance or Damnation. Satan or the Savior. The Bible says of those who receive the Mark of the Beast (Anti-Christ) that:

If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name (Rev. 14:9-11).

For these individuals, there will be absolutely no chance for salvation. The outright reception of the Anti-Christ will be an outright rejection of the Savior of the World! There is no hope after one makes that very momentous and consequential decision.

What is your decision? Have you given any thought to it? The majority of people will not and do not. They stay oblivious to the reality. Today will you choose God's Saving Solution, the Savior of Mankind, Jesus Christ, to deliver you from your sins and give you Eternal Life? Or will you choose Satan's rebellious godless ideology, the World System and government dependency as your trust and reap the Godless consequences and judgment? If you are having a hard time making your decision right now, it is highly likely in the future you will end up receiving the Mark of the Beast (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil (Proverbs 1:21-33).

Very, very sobering words from God’s Word! Are they not? At the Crossroads of Time and Eternity, may you choose Christ Jesus who died for you and rose again from the dead for you, to deliver you from this present evil world (Galatians 1:4) for you to be with Him for evermore (John 3:16).

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! Are you ready!


Monday, January 19, 2009

The Near East Situation

In the news today we are witnessing the outworking of a very old problem in a very old place.

SUCH A HISTORY: It is the Cradle of Civilization, the place of the Tower of Babel, the land of Nimrod, Shinar, Babylon, Assyria, modern day Iraq. It is the place of Ishmael and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, blessings and cursings, struggle and strife. From such a setting comes God s great and gracious promises and predictions.

"Therefore is the name of it called BABEL; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad." (Genesis 1 1:9)

"Now the LORD had said unto Abram ... And I WILL BLESS them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12: 1,3)

SUCH A HAPPENING: Oil, money, arms, aggression, peace, possession, feuding, taking, talking, planning, pressuring, waiting, watching. Who will do WHAT, WHEN, WHY? This is not new and this is not through.

"Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, the prophets say unto them, ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place. Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not" (Jeremiah 14:13-14)

"For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace... We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!" (Jeremiah 8:11,15)

"And ye shall hear of WARS and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet? (Matthew 24:6)

"For I [the LORD] will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken... THEN SHALL THE LORD GO FORTH, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle." (Zechariah 14:2,3)

SUCH IS HOPEFUL: These are days of very great and important changes which God in His Word, the Bible, said would take place. The pages of history, secular and especially Sacred, abound in making known the only God - His LOVE and MERCY, His Righteous Judgment, His KNOWING and CARING, His glorious design, His wondrous purpose. Our HOPE is to be found and fixed in His most TRUSTWORTHY PERSON and His changeless, SURE WORD:

"Remember the former things of old: for l am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure... yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it" (Isaiah 46:9-Il).

"There is no God else beside Me; a just God and a SAVIOUR; there is none beside Me. LOOK UNTO ME, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by Myself, the Word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear" (Isaiah 45:21-23).

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My WORD, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto LIFE." (John 5:24)

The Kingdom of Heaven ia at hand!

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