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Why the Great Tribulation is called "Tribulation" (as opposed to "picnic")

The difference between the world view of the “truth movement” people and the picture the Bible portrays of the world we’re living in, is that the adherents to the truth movement have more optimistic expectations concerning the capabilities and supposed inherent “goodness” of people. They think that if we just get rid of the bad people, that’ll do, and everything will be honky-dory. They call all the “good” people to rise up against the “bad” people, and then we’ll have democracy and peace and freedom and live happily ever after.

Unfortunately, the Bible tells a more realistic tale about ourselves, of which many say, “This is an hard saying; who can bear it?

The problem is that “bad” people often started out as “good people,” and “good people,” no matter how good, stand every chance to become “bad” once they’re in power, because power inevitably corrupts.

One classic example of this is the Jewish king David, considered by far the best king the Jews ever had, who of all people really should have known better: having been persecuted and haunted by his predecessor Saul for half his life, having to seek refuge in caves and with the enemies of his people, what does he do once he becomes king?

Falls in love with his neighbor and sees to it that her husband is killed in battle.

And that was the best that “God’s people” ever came up with, so, you can only imagine how rotten the rest of the world is, and contrary to the fable of evolution, I have news for you: we’re not getting better all the time!

If the Bible is any sort of authority on the human psyche at all, it certainly paints a more sinister picture:

“The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth,” (Genesis 8:21), “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool” (Proverbs 28:26), “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) and “There is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans 3:12).

Incidentally, even Jesus refused to let anyone call Him “good,” (Mark 10:18), and if anyone on earth ever should have been able to deserve that attribute, it certainly ought to have been the Son of God…

So much on the goodness of the “good” from the highest possible Authority.

And as far as the immediate future of our world is concerned, the Bible does not predict that an army of “good” people will rise up to stand up against the Antichrist before he comes to power or force him off his throne.

First of all, the one sin that folks like Alex Jones and his friends seem to underestimate is the ever present fear in the hearts of the majority of the people.

(As illustrated by the large majority still writing off any suspicions about the official version of the 9/11 incidents as “Conspiracy theories,” or the masses that are thronging to get their swine flu vaccination…)

What they also seem to underestimate is people’s love for darkness, as opposed to the truth (see John 3:19). They’re a lot more willing to accept an attractive and comfortable lie than the ugly truth.

Which is also what explains the Endtime scenario that the Bible depicts: Evidently there will be a resistance movement against the Antichrist, and there will obviously be survivors of his “war against the saints” (otherwise there’d be no one left for Jesus to pick up in the Rapture, which will not happen before the Tribulation).

But the weapons the members of that movement will avail themselves of will most certainly not be guns or bombs or Molotow cocktails.

In Revelation chapter 11 we find the account of two outstanding members of the Antichrist-Resistance, and we find here that the weapons they will wield will be supernatural (see 11:5, 6).

But it’s not like they will be members of some huge and massive movement the type that Alex Jones and friends seem to dream of. In fact, when those two will finally be killed, it says that the citizens of the world will celebrate their execution as if it were a new version of Christmas (verses 9, 10).

The picture of events when “the shit hits the fan” as portrayed by Alex is more that of the innocent masses of citizens having to defend themselves from the bad NWO cops.

I’m afraid that those citizens won’t be all that innocent anymore once Helter Skelter is being let loose, and the supermarkets will already have been robbed clean.

If they mow down their fellow humans already now, during peace times, I don’t want to know what it’s going to be like then, when the average Joe is going to have to show just how good he is at “dog eat dog.”

And I doubt that people around the globe are going to behave like all them fine Christian folk in Texas.

After all, the great Tribulation is not called “Tribulation” for nothing. It’s not going to be your average Hollywood type of adventure where the good ones are going around dodging bullets while all the bad people fall left and right. It’s going to be hell on earth. If you think it’s bad now, cheer up, it could be worse, and it’s going to be.

There is going to be an insurgence against the Antichrist, from what I understand, at the battle of Armageddon, where 200 million horsemen, presumably from the East (Rev. 16:12) will march toward Jerusalem, but they’re not going to be your local American truth lovers and self-made Rambos. They’re most likely going to be those we generally label “terrorists” today, the large part of the Muslim world that will refuse to bow down to the image erected to the Antichrist, because idolatry was already what they hated about Christianity, and why their religion got started in the first place.

But even they wouldn’t stand a chance without the supernatural intervention of Him Who was sent into this world for the one purpose: to save it. The very name He chose for His earthly existence means “Savior,” and the first time around He came to save us from ourselves. The second time He will come to save us from the one who was the culprit to begin with, and created the need for us to be saved…

A fairy tale?

Okay, so you go ahead and believe in your fairy tale, that all intelligent life sprang forth from life-less matter and keeps evolving into better and better “good” people all the time, and I believe mine.

The fundamental difference lies with the authors. And I guess only the end of the tale will tell which of the two will have told the truth.

 

P.S.: There is another factor concerning this issue of “New World Order Resistance” or “- Prevention” that had slipped my mind at the time of writing this entry, and I’m afraid it’s not going to be any more popular than the rest of it.

 

Another problem with those who believe in the supposed inherent “goodness” of the common people (as opposed to the obviously evil elite)  is that they’re seeing something that, according to God’s Word, is just not there. According to the Bible, we’re all sinners (Romans 3:23) and our hearts are “deceitful and wicked.”

 

Which means that one reason why God is allowing wicked kingdoms to conquer nations deeming themselves the “righteous people of God” (like the Babylonian and Roman conquests of ancient Judea as outstanding examples, as well as the impending New World Order), is because it’s what we deserve.

 

Jeremiah prophesied the fall of Israel into Babylonian hands, and the people of God hated him for it; Jesus prophesied the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem by the Romans, and they hated Him for it, too, but all their hatred never changed anything about the fact that the predicted judgment took place.

What they weren’t able to see was a greater evil than the Babylonians or the Romans: their own sin. That happens when we fall pray to one of the greatest and most dangerous and deceptively blinding sins of all: self-righteousness.

 

When we think we’re too good to deserve God’s correction, then we need it all the more to prove just how wrong we were.

 

Of course, in our day and age, correction, discipline and punishment have become the epitome of taboo, and our modern day society has become totally resistant to it, utterly defiant of it, and definitely blind to any existing need for it.

Why, we don’t even discipline our own children anymore.

 

Whether that was a smart move or not, I guess only time will tell.

 

Let’s face it, we’ve all subconsciously swallowed the underlying message of Evolution, no matter how strongly we claim to believe the Bible: the notion that because we have made certain scientific discoveries and some technological advances, it automatically “proved” that Evolution, contrary to the laws of Physics that defy it, was right and that we have “improved.” We’re so much better than our forefathers ever were, and why, to even insinuate that we should need or deserve any such thing as correction is the epitome of outrage…

 

It’s like what they say about crazy people: Crazy people don’t believe they’re crazy, and the asylums are full of folks who swear there’s nothing wrong with them, just as we have met many people in prison who have this self-righteous air of “innocence” about them, of “What the hell am I doing here, when there are so many others who would deserve this so much more than I?”

 

So, do we deserve what’s coming at us? Apparently. Otherwise the Bible wouldn’t have predicted it with even greater certainty and emphasis than the former conquests of “wicked” empires conquering the territories of “God’s people.”

 

“Judgment begins with the house of God.” It doesn’t end there, but it does begin there, and when it does, it stands to reason that once again, God may know the reason for it better than we do.

 

He may even use another obscure and unpopular figure to let you know why, if you insist, and what precisely the sins are the people of God are committing, often quite unawares, but they’re usually similar to those of God’s folks of the past:

 

Idolatry – having other gods before Him (your country, your wealth, your fun, your family or relationship… you name it…)

 

A lack of paying attention to Him – because there’s so many things that so many voices (like Oprah and a host of others) have to say that sound so much more interesting.

 

A lack of love for the truth – since the truth tends to be more ugly than the sugar-coated half-truths the Devil offers us in greater abundance than ever, and usually we won’t even notice because we accept our sugar-coated pill as the only acceptable truth there is – don’t confuse me with the facts!

 

Murder of the innocents. The Iraqis, Afghans and Pakistanis that are being butchered daily with your tax money may not seem any more “innocent” to you than the Babylonians or Romans seemed to the Jews, but God apparently sometimes begs to differ, or at least considers their guilt less blatant than ours…

 

… Just to name a few.

 

“If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me” (Job 9:20).

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The Hardest Words in the Age of Temptation: No, Thank You!

The Hardest Words in the Age of Temptation: "No, Thank You!"

They used to say that the hardest words to say in any language were “I’m sorry,” and that was certainly true during a time when relationships still played a more significant role in our society, and for a lot of people it may still be so.

But from the increasing incapability I’m observing in my fellowmen to hold or conduct a relationship successfully, or, in many cases to even show a glimpse of interest in having one, I’m beginning to suspect that the hardest words in this new age of Temptation, where the acquisition of possessions, position and diversion seem to play a much superior role than other human beings to deal with, perhaps the hardest words to say right now are: “No, thank you!”

We figure that we have to take anything that life offers us.

After all, coincidence has become our god, along with luck, since our whole existence is based on the theory that we’re one lucky shot in an innumerable amount of universes where life happened to find all its necessary ingredients, and so, if luck happens to hand us an opportunity, we tend to grab it without giving the consequences much thought.

Maybe it’s different in your part of the world, but that’s what I’m observing life to be like for much of the younger generation in Germany at the onset of the 21st century.
Of course, there are always those who seem to be a bit more mature and responsible than the majority of their peers, but I even observe it with some of us more mature ones, who ought to know better:

There seems to be that in-built mechanism in us that makes us tend to accept a tempting offer, rather than to decline, even if whatever it is we’re getting to enjoy may not all be that good for us in the long run, or the nature of the opportunity may turn out to be questionable.

Prudence has gone down the drain in this, our age, in which a large deal of our supposed enlightenment consists of advertisement. After all, you must be enlightened if you can come up with such sophisticated commercials full of high-tech trickery worth millions of dollars, as we do, just in order to sell other people our goods!

Well, I’ve already shared my thoughts on the difference between advertisement and genuine enlightenment, I think.

But it always seem to get back around to it.

We’re being offered so many things from so many different sides, we just about accept it our god-given duty to accept at least some of them.

That probably shows one difference in strategies between the original advertiser and the Guy he’s trying to imitate: the Original Creator. While God’s slogan is, “Quality, not quantity” (as in “many are called, but the chosen are few,”) His opponent goes by the opposite credo. He figures the more garbage he can dish out, the more of it we’re bound to swallow, ruining our taste for quality and rendering whatever discernment we once might have had for what’s the real thing and another cheap fake useless once and for all.

That’s because he’s getting ready to present us with the ultimate temptation of all, the greatest fake of all times, his plastic utopia and wonderful new world order, including its new, cashless economic order that all the big shots are crying for right now, with himself at the top, and a system definitely too perfect to be real, and from the looks of it, a lot of people are going to fall for it the way Eve did when he pulled his first stunt 6000 years ago…

We may not have evolved, but advertisement and propaganda have, and all for a good reason. We’re all being prepared for the hour of temptation, “which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3:10), and blessed will be those who have learned to say these hardest of all words, “No, thank you!”

Think temptation is not an issue?

Read this article and think again!

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One of the trademarks of the infamous Antichrist as foretold in the Bible, is that he will wage war against “the saints*.”

In the language of our times that spells persecution. Persecution of all those that God deems righteous.

The only qualification to meet that criteria is having accepted the sacrifice of the Righteous One, Whom the Western World refers to as Jesus the Christ, and whom His original Mideastern followers have called Yashua, the Messiah.

If the Devil is a reality (and if you look around, you can’t deny the evidence), and all that is written about him in the Scripture is a reality, then those Scriptures that prophesy his incarnation in one final world ruler at the end of the world as we know it must also be a reality.

All that I have observed over the past 4 decades has gradually built up a perception of that reality, which by now – as unfortunately as it may be considered by some – has become unshakable.

The “war against the saints” has begun a while ago, even if it may have been duped different things.

If there was ever a period in which it seemed as if all those Bible prophecies were false, and Christianity was actually becoming more and more popular and recognized by society, I think that period has just about come to an end.

Satan’s had his heroes in his war against Christ since the beginning of time, and probably some of his greatest progress in the past decade has been achieved by the Bush administration. Just the fact that this most un-popular of all presidencies posed as “Christian,” (and by now there has emerged sufficient evidence that it was not genuinely so), was a genius strategic act of the anti-christ forces that have cost Christendom at least 8 points on a popularity scale from 1 to 10 (and it wasn’t at 10 when the count started).

It’s not as if the tactic was entirely new. After all, kingdoms and empires and those who ruled them – nowadays we call them politicians – have often posed as “Christians” while pursuing their true goals of power by means of eliminating the other side (not seldom the true believers), which is what Jesus referred to when He prophesied, “The time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service” (John 16:22). Some of them must have genuinely thought that they fought on the right side, but they were genuinely and sincerely wrong.

As James Taylor sang, “You just can’t kill for Jesus.”

Now with Obama”in power” (or at least filling the puppet post of pretense of power) the rest of the world is heaving a sigh of relief that America has come back to her senses, away from all that Christian fanaticism that surely must have been the root of all evils and woes in this world.

A new age of reason has been ushered in, soon to enlighten those who wish to be “enlightened” and to eliminate those who refuse to be.

You can make your own guess on which side of that war your government is fighting, your country’s school system or the scientific community, the mainstream media, or such day-to-day conveniences as Google, for that matter.

And while you’re at it… your employers?… Yourself?

Unfortunately, many of those supposedly fighting for the side of Christ in this battle aren’t actively participating, because they believe that Christ will whisk them away from the battle field before the battle even starts. The battle will come over them unexpectedly and virtually catch them with their pants down, unprepared, unexperienced in wielding the spiritual weaponry of faith and the Word of God, and weakened by countless temptations and distractions brought on them by the gods in whose temples they actually spent most of their time: Mammon (god of wealth), Mars (god of war), Bacchus (god of addictions) and the likes.

Instead of helping to strengthen and arm their brothers and sisters around the world, a lot of supposed “soldiers of the cross” seek to enrich themselves by fleecing the sheep instead of feeding them, as Ezekiel prophesied.

What would Jesus do if He came into the modern temples of today? Would He act any differently than He did when He chased out those who had made a market hall of His Father’s house?

So, where are the true shepherds, Whom the Lord will find feeding His sheep when He comes?

May God have mercy and replace the love of money in our hearts with love for the lost.

No physical wall you will have erected around yourself will protect you from the war on the saints when it will break loose, only real faith. It’s the only currency that will survive the purging fires that are going to sweep across the world.

*Scriptures on “The War Against the Saints”: Dan.7:21, Dan.8:24, 25; Rev.13:7, 17:12-14, 19:19

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