Know Your Enemy Parts 71-77

TOPICS: Israeli Supreme Court; Mormonism; Jehovah’s Witnesses; The Emerging Church and the Conclusion: God Wins!

 

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What Was God Doing Before Creation?

by Ken Ham

One reason people give for rejecting a young universe is that they think it somehow limits God. After all, what was He doing all that time before creation? This question reflects a basic misunderstanding of God and time.

Because of my stand on a young universe, a man approached me and said, “But it makes no sense to believe in a young universe. After all, what was God doing all that time before He created?”

I answered, “What time do you mean?”

The person answered, “Well, it doesn’t make sense to say that God has always existed, and yet He didn’t create the universe until just six thousand years ago.” Apparently, he was worried that God once had a lot of time on His hands with nothing to do.

I then went on to explain that because God has always existed, then it is meaningless to ask, “What was God doing all that time before He created?” No matter how far you were to go back in time, you would still have an infinite amount of time before He created! So even if the universe were billions or trillions or quadrillions of years old, you could still ask the same question.

Time Was Created with the Universe

I then answered, “But you are missing the fact that there was no time before God created.”

Time is actually a created entity. The first verse of the Bible reads: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, emphasis added).

A study of this verse reveals that God created time, space, and matter on the first day of Creation Week. No one of these can have a meaningful existence without the others. God created the space-mass-time universe. Space and matter must exist in time, and time requires space and matter. Time is only meaningful if physical entities exist and events transpire during time.

“In the beginning . . .” is when time began! There was no time before time was created!

God Is Separate from Both Time and the Universe

The Death of Ariel Sharon-What could it mean?

Former Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon has died at the age of 85, after spending years in a comatose state brought on by a stroke.

You may recall the recent buzz about the prophecy of an old rabbi, Yitzhak Kaduri. Kaduri claimed to have been visited by the Messiah in a dream/vision.  One year after Kaduri’s death, he revealed in a letter that the Messiah is Jesus Christ.  He also said that Jesus told him in his vision that after the death of Sharon, He would come to earth.  Sounds exciting doesn’t it? I’d be chomping at the bit except for one thing:

I don’t believe for a second that Jesus visited the old man.

On the contrary, I believe it was satan masquerading as the Lord.  How can I be sure? Well, let’s take a look at what Kaduri said about the Messiah, as revealed to him in the vision:

First he said the messiah will reveal himself by not even realizing that he himself is the messiah at first. Um, big sign Kaduri is not talking about Jesus because Jesus knows exactly who He is.

Secondly, he said that the soul of the messiah will attach himself to someone already in Israel. Big sign number two! Jesus does not, will not, attach himself, or indwell a human being. (We’re not talking about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in believers). satan, however, WILL indwell a human being, the antichrist.

It would be just like satan to masquerade as “an angel of light” and claim to be Jesus. How easy it would be for him to convince this respected rabbi that he was visited by the messiah, Jesus, and that he would come to earth to save his people shortly after Sharon’s death. Then, when anti-christ makes the peace covenant Jews will remember the rabbi’s prophecy and some will be convinced that the anti-christ is the Messiah for whom they’ve been waiting so long. How easily he could also convince immature, unknowledgeable Christians that he is “Jesus”.  satan hates mankind, especially the Jews, with a passion and will do and say whatever necessary to deceive as many people as possible. He also wants to be worshipped as God, so I doubt he’d care if some gullible people mistook him for his most hated adversary, Jesus Christ. Oh the lies that he will spew forth!

Remember, we are warned in 1 John 4: 1 to test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Just because one may have a vision or dream and be visited by what appears to be a heavenly being, does not mean it is from God. God has given us His Word. He has revealed all we need to know to rightly divide the word of truth.  satan, however, knows his time is short and is desperate to deceive as many people as he can. So far, he is doing a pretty good job.

Do not be deceived, dear readers. Jesus Christ IS coming back, but not before there is a tribulation upon this earth so terrible He must stop it or all of mankind would perish. But, you don’t have to be here for that. I won’t be. The wheels are in motion, sand is falling swiftly through the hour glass, are you ready?

Hat tip to Cynthia Nuara, whose article motivated me to add my two cents: http://www.raptureready.com/soap/nuara15.html

Could anything be more OBVIOUS?

Many students of Bible prophecy agree that the modern state of Israel is THE biggest indicator that we are living in the end times.

No other nation in history has regathered after being scattered across the world for nearly 2000 years. The fact that modern-day Jews even know, or care, of their ancestry and its uniqueness is a miracle in and of itself I think.

Since its reemergence as a sovereign state in 1948, its neighbors have been boo-hooing and pitching a fit over a piece of land that, before the Jews began resettling, was essentially a wasteland. This is a piece of land that makes up a QUARTER OF A PERCENT of what is considered Arab(Persian if talking about Iran)/Muslim land in the middle east and northern Africa.  Take a look:

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http://www.rainbowcovenant.org/articles/articlesMapCriticism.htm

Yet, the PEACE of the whole world depends upon whether Israel gives up a portion of that .25 of a percent. Of course, her enemies will not be happy until the name of Israel is remembered no more and is completely wiped off the map.

The fact that itty bitty yellow slither is the center of world news and the object of world-wide debate and animosity is proof enough that the Bible is True, Replacement Theology is a FALSE DOCTRINE and we are living in the last days of human history as mankind has always known it.

The good, and what will be surprising news for the world, is that yellow slither will be victorious in every assault hurled at her, for Jehovah God defends her and He who put the stars in the sky says she will never again be scattered. Since Abraham, she has and always will be God’s people. Mr. Netanyahu should thumb his nose at Obama and the rest of the world who think they know what is best for Israel and the middle east.

So many Americans couldn’t give a hoot what is happening “over there”, nor do they have any idea as to Obama’s policy concerning Israel, the PA and upcoming peace talks.  As long as gas prices do not skyrocket, who cares? We should care, for God has declared that whomever blesses Israel will be blessed and whomever curses Israel will be cursed. (Genesis 12)

We are living in the end, folks, and we are seeing prophecy foretold thousands of years ago coming true…RIGHT NOW!  Just take another look at the map above…it makes absolutely no sense why one tiny nation could be so hated by the world and much more successful than its envious, evil neighbors UNLESS, the Bible is true. Could anything be more obvious?

Psalm Sunday-Psalm 121

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I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!  The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. (NLT)

Psalm Sunday: Psalm 119 Aleph (1-8)

Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
They do not compromise with evil,
and they walk only in his paths.
You have charged us
to keep your commandments carefully.
Oh, that my actions would consistently
reflect your decrees!
Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.
As I learn your righteous regulations,
I will thank you by living as I should!
I will obey your decrees.
Please don’t give up on me! (NLT)

I’m not NUTS and here’s WHY

I realize some of you, particularly my friends on Facebook, think I must have lost my mind and joined the Harold Camping crusade.  After all, Christians are to share the love of Jesus, do good for the community, be tolerant of different views, go to church at least once a week and never discuss anything unpleasant. Anyone who declares that the world is about to end must be a follower of an extreme cult or has completely lost their marbles.

Well, first off, I am not a follower of Camping or any other group that likes to set dates. Secondly, the world is NOT about to end. At least not in the way Hollywood portrays it.

Jesus tells us that no one knows the day or the hour of His return, but He does give us insight into how to spot the season. I believe with every inch of me that we are in that season and I have an overwhelming desire to sound the alarm: Jesus is Who the Bible says He is; He is alive and He is coming back: first in the sky to call His bride home and then again physically to establish His kingdom on earth.

I’ve already listed for you the reasons I know the Bible is True. If you haven’t read this, please do so by clicking the tab at the top of the page.

But Marcia, you said the world is NOT about to end and now you suggest we are living in the season of the Lord’s return. Which is it?

Both. The physical earth, while greatly changed by earthquakes and other natural phenomenon, is not going to explode or be hit by an asteroid or come apart at the core or any other way Hollywood sensationalizes it. Not yet. By the time this earth is replaced, you would’ve already made it to your eternal destination so you needn’t concern yourself with that. If you just gotta know what I am talking about, comment below or hunt me down on FB.

The only thing you need to be concerned with is that we are living in the season of the Lord’s return. This means the true followers of Christ can be raptured at any moment. The rapture is when Christ calls His bride home, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye.

Some time after the rapture will be what is referred to as the Tribulation. You don’t want to be around for this. The tribulation will begin when the man of perdition, commonly called the anti-christ will be revealed and he will make a peace covenant with Israel. This covenant will last 3 1/2 years before he breaks it by plopping himself down in Jerusalem, in the temple (that is yet to be built, but is in the planning) and declaring himself God. After this happens, all hell will literally break loose and you definitely don’t want to be here for THAT. This Great Tribulation will last another 3 1/2 years before the nations of the world gather for the war of Armageddon. It is at this time that Jesus will appear(with His bride, those raptured at least 7 years prior), step down on the Mount of Olives in Israel, literally win the war with a word from His mouth, burst open the eastern gate of the wall of Jerusalem and sit on the throne of David and reign with justice and truth for one thousand years. When He does this, satan will be bound, the anti-christ and his false prophet will be cast into hell and all those bearing the mark of the anti christ will be cast into hell. Lots of stuff happens after the thousand years, but that is for another post. Again, by then you will already be at your eternal destination.

This all sounds so fantastical doesn’t it?  If you didn’t think I was nuts before, you must surely think it now!  Sorry folks, I am not nuts and this is not a sci-fi fantasy script. This is the Truth and the future and one day you will know it to be True. I pray that day is today, for you, while there is time to do something about it.

So. I’ve given you a brief summary of what is coming. The question remains; why do I believe this so certainly?

Once again I present you with a list:

Indications We Are Living in the Season of the Lord’s Return, or Why the Rapture is imminent:

*The nation of Israel. In my opinion this is the single most important indicator. The Jews must have reestablished their nation before the end-times wheel could start rolling. This happened in 1948.

Before she travailed, she brought forth; Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? Isaiah 66:7-8

Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to save My people from the land of the east and from the land of the west; and I will bring them back and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God in truth and righteousness.’  Zechariah 8:7-8

*Technology is such that the whole world can witness an event simultaneously, before satellites this was not possible. Also, the technology is in place that would allow the ant-christ to require everyone to have a mark (tattoo barcode, microchip) on their hand or forehead to be able to buy and sell.

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:16-17

*Collapsing economies. National economies are collapsing left and right, including America’s. This sets the stage for the “need” of a one world economy, to of course be governed by a one world government, which will be headed by the anti-christ.

*Influx of natural disasters. Sure, there have always been hurricanes, earthquakes, sinkholes, disease, drought, flooding etc but the frequency of these has escalated to a dizzying degree. Furthermore, there are lots of things happening that cannot be explained, like random sinkholes and strange noises coming from the earth with no point of origin.

“…and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” Luke 21:11

*Apostasy of believers. So many of the world’s churches have gone so far away from the true gospel that they don’t even recognize it. So many teachers and teaching that God didn’t mean such and such verse, that is was relevant only for that time period.  Righteousness is not determined by culture or the historical timeline. What God says is wrong is always wrong. What He said to avoid then, we need to avoid now. Period.

The time will come when they [professing Christians] will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths 2 Timothy 4:3-4

*Love waxing cold, a rise of hatred; calling evil good and good evil.

Realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God… 2 Timothy 3:1-4

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Isaiah 5:20

*Wars and rumors of wars. We’ve got Iran threatening Israel and the U.S.; North Korea making threats, China and Japan, the tumultuous situations in Syria and Egypt, the list is endless. Ezekiel 38, 39 foretells that a group of nations will rise up against Israel to wipe her off the earth.  Two of the major players in this war are Iran and Russia. Now while we do not know where this war falls on the timeline, the stage is obviously being set.

You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars… for nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Matthew 24:6

*An outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This may seem contradictory to apostasy, but while so many are following after false teachings, there are many who are realizing the signs and growing closer to God.

It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visionsJoel 2:28

*The Gospel reaching the world. Thanks to the internet, satellites and radio the gospel is being preached to all the world.

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24: 14

*Revival of the Roman Empire Duh, the European Union. Now, according to this article, they are considering electing a head president. The Bible reference for this is Daniel 2.

*Deceptions, false teachings. As I’ve said before, satan uses every weapon in his arsenal to deceive mankind into worshipping him. You see, anyone who does not abide in Christ is ultimately worshipping satan. These deceptions come in the form of false teachings, such as evolution/atheism; false religions such as Islam; humanism, aliens, ghosts, even that God is Love therefore will not send anyone to hell and other distortions of the Truth as presented in counterfeit christianity. Another endless list.

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Mark 13:22

Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 1 John 2:18

It all boils down to this. The Bible is true. Every prophecy concerning Jesus’ first coming was fulfilled. Prophecies since then have been fulfilled. There is no reason to doubt that those still unfulfilled won’t be fulfilled.

If you have not been born again and abide in Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord, please do so NOW! Click on the tab at the top to see what God says about being ready. Regardless of when the end comes, you have no guarantee of the next five minutes! NONE!

But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21:34-36