(In light of the acceleration of the Leftist agenda here in America.)
The phrase, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand,” is the sign off slogan and repetitive theme of the Ignorant Fishermen Blog.
Those Americans who follow the game of politics generally miss - especially in the light of today’s global setting - that all things are working to this end.
If the leaders of the American political spectrum - Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, President Obama, Harry Reid, John Larson, Barney Frank, Bill and Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Dick Cheney, Chris Matthews, Bill O’Reilly, etc. - truly comprehended the day and the hour in which we live, they would put aside all of their political agendas and ideological differences and seek after the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God and preach with trembling fear, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Matt. 6:33)!”
If these talking heads of American politics would truly believe Almighty God and His Word, they would comprehend the REALITIES of both TIME and ETERNITY. Sadly, most ALL will not. These all give a deaf ear to the alarm bells and sirens warning of a coming Day of Reckoning (Rev. 6-19).
One’s ETERNAL destiny and future IS NOT comprised of what is going on in Washington D.C., the United Nations, the European Union, Copenhagen, etc. We should all certainly do our part while never losing sight of our greatest human need which is salvation and deliverance from the Wrath to Come (John 3:16-17). All else pales in comparison for those living in this brief, little, tangible, temporal world. ONLY the saving grace of Jesus Christ is truly important in the light of all earthly issues and endless eternity (Eccl. 1:1-3; Matt. 16:26; 1 John 2:16-17). You will surely NEVER find this reality spoken or presented on the nightly news, “24/ 7” news cycle or talk radio. These mostly mock and slander those who believe and testify of it. These truths have no place in their alternative world reality (John 3:18-21; 17:14; 1 Peter 3:16; 1 John 3:8-10).
All political affiliations and ideologies (Left or Right) that REJECT the claims of Jesus Christ and the Biblical message of Almighty God’s absolute authority, sovereignty, coming judgment, call to repentance, and salvation are either consciously or unconsciously waging war against the Person and work of Almighty God and His righteous (perfect) standards (Matt. 12:30; Rom. 8:6-8; 11:28; Col. 1:20-21; 2 Thess. 2:11). Unbelief and the rejection of these Biblical realities have opened the floodgates of godlessness, deception, rebellion, delusion, anarchy, confusion, lawlessness and wrath. The abandonment of truth will ruin and waste any individual who rejects Christ (John 3:36; Gal. 6: 7-8). Lucifer (the Devil) has a heyday with these people, and like it or not, they are no different than he is (Matt. 25:41; John 8:41-44; 1 John 3:8-10). When fallen humanity abides in the state of UNBELIEF they are Lucifer’s minions, no matter how much they are either to “the right” or to “the left.” All unbelievers serve his ends one way or the other (John 8:44; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; Eph. 2:1).
When all political affiliations and ideologies (Left or Right) are examined objectively from a Biblical point of view, we find that they all have one common denominator: they will NOT receive or allow the sovereign reign and authority of Almighty God and His Word to govern their lives and have preeminence over them. They in some form or another generally dismiss the Bible and reduce it to the mere thought of relativism. These have created an “alternative reality”, an “alternative gospel”, an “alternative Jesus” and an “alternative god” made in THEIR OWN ideological likeness (Romans 1:18-32; 5:12-19). They are deceived, and in their decisions and passions are deceiving others (Matt. 24:4, 11; 2 Tim. 3:13; 1 John 4:1; 2 John 1:7). The establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven is one of the most misunderstood and least regarded truths of Holy Scripture. No wonder that the Lord Jesus said that His second coming would be as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:2, 4; 2 Peter 3:10; Rev. 3:3, 16:15). Many who thought they personally knew Jesus will gnash their teeth when He comes, because they rejected His Person in Spirit and truth for their own "Jesus" (Matt. 7:21-23; John 4:24).
Contrary to today’s popular opinion, the Kingdom of Heaven WILL be established at Christ’s second coming to earth when He comes to judge the entire world (Left to Right) for their transgressions against the ABSOLUTE, PERFECT, RIGHTEOUS STANDARDS of Almighty God (Psalm 9:8; 96:13; Acts 10:42; 17:31; Rom. 1:18; 2:16; Rev. 19:11).
The Bible speaks about scoffers in the last days; may you not find yourself in this category (2 Peter 3:3; Jude 1:18)!
Ever since the fall of Adam ~ 6000 years ago, God has spoken of a Coming Day upon the earth for judging the thoughts and actions of godless humanity. This Day was spoken of by Enoch before the great global flood (Jude 1:14-15). It was spoken of by Moses and the Prophets of Israel (Deut. 4:30; 30: 1-5; Psalm 9:8; 96:13; Isaiah 24; Joel 1:15; 3:2; Zeph. 1:8-18; 3:8). It was spoken of by the Apostles and writers of the New Testament (Acts 17:31; Romans 2:16; 1 Cor. 1:28; 2 Thess. 2:1-2; Rev. 6-19). And finally, this Day was spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of Almighty God (Matt. 13; 24; 25; Mark 13; Luke 21; Heb. 1:1-2; 2:3; Rev. 19:10)!
As this godless world grows more violent, more savage, more licentious, more wicked, etc., these multiplying signs shine as bright as the sun in all its strength and testify to a godless world that the Day of the Lord is at hand (Matt. 24:32-35; Luke 21:29-36). How amazing it is today that these signs are ridiculed by the world, and yet the world loves to live in the darkness of their own delusional mind (John 3:18-21; Acts 26:18; Romans 1:18-32; 2 Cor. 4:3, 4).
Global anti-Judeo/ anti-Christian values, anti-Biblical hostility, anti-Semitism and the global hatred of Israel are all on the rise, as God’s Word predicts it would be in these last days. These are just a few of the signs of this Coming Day (Matt. 24:8-9; Rev. 12; 17:13-14).
The warning sirens are ringing at the rise in global narcissism, licentiousness, murder, violence, theft, etc. All is coming to a decadent head with no hope of remedy in sight. All the false prophets of worldly optimism are shaking in their boots, and the hearts of individuals who look into the very eyes of reality know we are on the precipice of disaster and doom (Matt 24:11; Luke 21:26; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 2 Thess. 2:1-12; Rev. 6-19).
Looking at America from the Mountain Top
Here in America we are at the edge of moral collapse. Do I sound like a “Doom and Gloomer” to you? My friend, climb the “mountain top” of reality and look down from that perspective at the wasteland which is America. Please tell me how will we ever regain our moral bearings and eliminate the effects from generations of godless influence which have been rooted deep in our culture and society? It will take nothing short of Christ’s second coming to earth to destroy and uproot this reigning leviathan, which will happen at the blood bath of Armageddon (Zech. 14:12; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 14:14-20; 19:11-21). The prideful wilds of godless secular liberalism and its social engineering have left multitudes unable to cope with reality and be responsible and morally productive. The American bedrock and moral foundation is rotten to the core while oblivious, unregenerate Conservative Republicans and religious Christian Conservatives are talking about 2010 and 2012 as if all will be golden and restored to a healthy, proper order. Beloved, do not drink the conservative optimistic Kool-Aid of the “False Prophets of Optimism.” Thank God for them, but they are clueless about God’s revelation, the day in which we live and the coming of the Day of the Lord. With “unbelieving sincerity” they are leading multitudes astray from the unalterable realities of time and eternity and their desperate need for God’s saving grace found in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:2-4; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-9). Do not be deceived (Matt. 7:13-20; 24:4)!
The Establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven
The Establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven will commence after the seven-year worldwide Tribulation, i.e., at the return of Christ to earth (Matt 24; Rev. 19:11-21).
First, there will be a great global, spiritual apostasy and lawlessness (godlessness) in which global war, genocide, and pestilence shall super-exceedingly abound (Rev. 6; 9:17-19). There will be great and awesome signs in the heavens (Joel 2:30-31; Amos 8:9; Matt. 24:29; Luke 21:25; Rev. 6:12-14). There will be global natural disasters - earthquakes, tidal waves, fire, and asteroid bombardments that will follow (Rev. 6:12; 8:1-12; 16:17-18). These events will intensify as this seven-year period proceeds. There shall be fearful, supernatural judgments such as never before seen from Almighty God on humanity due to its super-abounding lawlessness (Isaiah 24; Dan. 12:1; Joel 2:2; Matt. 24:21-22).
Despite all these devastating global wars, mass genocide, mass pestilences, supernatural calamities and natural disasters, the world will not pay attention and humble themselves before God (Rev. 16:9, 11, 21). All of these calamitous events shall be the catalyst for the rise of a global opposition and tyrannical, fascist oppression from Lucifer, his Anti-Christ and his 10 Regional Nations upon the remaining inhabitants of the world during the last 3 ½ years of this 7-year Tribulation Period (Rev. 13; 17:13-17). There shall also be demonic tyranny; oppression and possession on a global scale that would make the movie, The Exorcist, seem like Barney the dinosaur singing “I love you” in comparison (Rev. 9:1-12; 9:14-15; 18:2).
In the end, this seven-year fallout from the global devastation of global war, supernatural judgments, natural disasters, human carnage, and demonic and human oppression will make the world an absolute wasteland. At the conclusion of the Tribulation Period, nothing will remain signifying resemblance to the world just past. All cities, technology and human achievements - even topographical land features and remnants of civilization - will be absolutely laid waste (Isa. 24:6, 19-20; Rev. 16:16-21). As the Genesis deluge obliterated the former, "pre-flood" Adamic world (Gen. 6-8; 2 Peter 3:5-7), so also will God-ordained supernatural and natural judgments and disasters do to this present one. As man sows more and more “godless seed” by violating God’s natural and spiritual laws, he will inevitably reap the godless consequences. This full-blown depravity and insanity will lead to a final showdown at the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:11-16). What is most amazing is that by this time any are left alive to march against Almighty God at the end of the Great Tribulation. Filled with rebellious hatred and led by Satan, the remaining dregs of humanity that have somehow survived these seven years will gather themselves together in absolute defiance to battle against Almighty God and His Christ (Psalm 2; Rev. 16:9-11). Read what is written in the Holy Scriptures regarding the conclusion of the Great Tribulation period:
"Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left, the earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again" (Isaiah 24:6, 19-20).
"And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And EVERY island fled away (VANISHED), and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great" (Rev. 16:16-21).
"And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved (delivered): but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened" (Matt 24:22).
It will be at this time that the Heavens will open and the rejected Savior of the World, the Lamb of God, the King of Kings will gloriously come forth from Heaven’s glory to destroy this godless, global rebellion. The earth will then be purged of Lucifer, all demonic activity and unregenerate (godless) men (Isa 66:15; Matt. 13:30, 41-42, 48-50; 25:31-43; Dan. 12; Rev. 20:1-3). Only those who have repented and placed their full trust in Almighty God and His Savior will enter into Christ’s Kingdom. The Messiah of Israel will then establish His 1000-year kingdom reign from Jerusalem in the land of Israel (Ezek 43:7; Rev. 20:4). At last, the peace of Jerusalem will thus be finally fulfilled and the reproach of Israel finally removed (Micah 4:6-7). The nation of Israel - God’s chosen people - will again rise to be the chief nation of the world, just as Almighty God has said (Isa. 11:2; 61: 2-11; Micah 4:2, 8; Zech. 14:16-20).
Christ’s Reign of Heaven on Earth
During this 1000-year period, the Lord Jesus (Christ/ Messiah) rules and reigns as the Righteous Despot over the nations of the world with an iron rod of righteousness. His reign will take place from Jerusalem and Israel will be His chief nation of blessing to all nations that are left (Isa. 11:1-10; Micah 4:1-4; Zech. 8:21-23; 14:9, 16-21). The Messiah will wield an iron rod of righteousness and Rule the nations with justice and righteous judgment (Isa. 9:6-7; Rev. 19:15). God’s curse on the earth shall be removed, and the new Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God will be fully implemented and enjoyed. Righteousness shall reign and abundant peace, life, blessing, prosperity and joy will exponentially increase and dominate this period (Isa. 11:1-10; 61:11). There will be no more war (Isa. 2:4; Micah 4:3). As a result, all of man’s godless ideologies and delusional, alternative realities of "make-believe" will NEVER again exalt themselves outwardly against the reality and absolutes of Almighty God (Isaiah 11:9; 65: 16; Hab. 2:14; Zech. 14:9; Dan. 2:44; 7:14, 27). Any such rebellion will be swiftly judged and order will prevail. The Millennial Kingdom Age will be a time of knowing Almighty God and His Christ in a very personal and visual way. This 1000-year period will consist of: 1) the restoration and fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel, 2) illumination of and reflection on the Lamb’s saving work by the entire world, and 3) preparation for the Eternal State of the New Heaven and New Earth (Rev. 21:1). The most amazing aspect of the Millennial Kingdom is its conclusion. At the end of this Messianic, utopian age, multitudes of the offspring of those saved (regenerated) individuals who survived the Tribulation period and who first populated the kingdom will rebel as the sand of the sea (Rev. 20:7-8)! Even in a perfect state and with perfect conditions of the millennium age, the unregenerate heart of man will still rebel and seek to overthrow Almighty God (Gen 8:21; Jer. 17:9; Rev. 20:9). This final rebellion will be the pinnacle of the insanity of mankind.
As this final godless rebellion and war is crushed, time will have finally expired and come to and end (Rev. 20:11). Man will enter into the timelessness and perfect estate of eternity forevermore. Their eternal abode and destiny will be based on their free will decision to choose either God’s holy Heaven or His holy eternal prison called the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:12-15).
What is Your Choice?
The day in which we are living is fluctuating (changing) at a “breakneck” speed. Multitudes are being deluged in and overwhelmed by this “world of information” which has developed. May it be your desire to place your sole trust in the One who is eternally trustworthy and unmovable. Do not be deceived in thinking that the 2010 or 2012 elections will save us and our country in this most trying and crucial time in our history. Only in Christ is our hope. May you find your hope in Christ alone.
The Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand, and nothing is going to stop that. May you place your trust in Christ and be ready, so that Day will not overtake you as a thief (1 Thess. 5:2-4).
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ, Repent! for the Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand!
Edited by BEL I.F.
Note: Countless more Bible verses could have been used relating to this particular study. God’s Word abounds with insight and understanding pertaining to the Day of the Lord. Stayed tuned for more Scriptural references pertaining to this and other topics and themes regarding the last days.
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