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from Got Questions:

Which church—that is, which denomination of Christianity—is the “true church”? Which church is the one that God loves and cherishes and died for? Which church is His bride? The answer is that no visible church or denomination is the true church, because the bride of Christ is not an institution, but is instead a spiritual entity made up of those who have by grace through faith been brought into a close, intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8–9). Those people, no matter which building, denomination, or country they happen to be in, constitute the true church.

In the Bible, we see that the local (or visible) church is nothing more than a gathering of professing believers. In Paul’s letters, the word church is used in two different ways. There are many examples of the word church being used to simply refer to a group of professing believers who meet together on a regular basis (1 Corinthians 16:9; 2 Corinthians 8:1; 11:28). We see Paul’s concern, in his letters, for the individual churches in various cities along his missionary journey. But he also refers to a church that is invisible—a spiritual entity that has close fellowship with Christ, as close as a bride to her husband (Ephesians 5:25, 32), and of which He is the spiritual head (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 3:21). This church is made up of an unnamed, unspecified group of individuals (Philippians 3:6; 1 Timothy 3:5) that have Christ in common.

The word church is a translation of the Greek word ekklesia, meaning “a called–out assembly.” The word describes a group of people who have been called out of the world and set apart for the Lord, and it is always used, in its singular form, to describe a universal group of people who know Christ. The word ekklesia, when pluralized, is used to describe groups of believers who meet together. Interestingly enough, the word church is never used in the Bible to describe a building or organization.

It is easy to get ensnared by the idea that a particular denomination within Christianity is “the true church,” but this view is a misunderstanding of Scripture. When choosing a church to attend, it is important to remember that a gathering of believers should be a place where those who belong to the true church (the spiritual entity) feel at home. That is to say, a good local church will uphold the Word of God, honoring it and preaching faithfully, proclaim the gospel steadfastly, and feed and tend the sheep. A church that teaches heresy or engages in sin will eventually be very low on (or entirely bereft of) those people that belong to the true church—the sheep who hear the voice of the Shepherd and follow Him (John 10:27).

Members of the true church always enjoy agreement in and fellowship around Jesus Christ, as He is plainly revealed in His Word. This is what is referred to as Christian unity. Another common mistake is to believe that Christian unity is just a matter of agreeing with one another. Simple agreement for the sake of agreement does not speak the truth in love or spur one another on to unity in Christ; rather, it encourages believers to refrain from speaking difficult truths. It sacrifices true understanding of God in favor of a false unity based on disingenuous love that is nothing more than selfish tolerance of sin in oneself and others.

The true church is the bride of Christ (Revelation 21:2, 9; 22:17) and the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12; 1 Corinthians 12:27). It cannot be contained, walled in, or defined by anything other than its love for Christ and its dedication to Him. The true church is, as C. S. Lewis put it, “spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners.”

From Off Guardian:

Even the Robert Koch Institute and other health authorities cannot present decisive proof that a new virus named SARS-CoV-2 is haunting us. This alone turns the talk of dangerous viral mutations into irresponsible fearmongering and the so-called SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests definitely into a worthless venture.

In a request for a study which shows complete isolation and purification of the particles claimed to be SARS-CoV-2, Michael Laue from one of the world’s most important representatives of the COVID-19 “panicdemic,” the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI), answered that[1]:

I am not aware of a paper which purified isolated SARS-CoV-2.

This is a more than remarkable statement, it is admitting a complete failure. This concession is in line with the statements we presented in our article “COVID-19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless” which OffGuardian published on June 27th, 2020 — a piece that was the first one worldwide outlining in detail why SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests are worthless for the diagnosis of a viral infection.

One of the crucial points in this analysis was that the studies contending to have shown that SARS-CoV-2 is a new and potentially deadly virus have no right to claim this, particularly because the studies claiming “isolation” of so-called SARS-CoV-2 in fact failed to isolate (purify) the particles said to be the new virus.

This is confirmed by the answers of the respective studies’ scientists to our inquiry, which are shown in a table in our piece — among them the world’s most important paper when it comes to the claim of having detected SARS-CoV-2 (by Zhu et al.), published in the New England Journal of Medicine on February 20, 2020, and now even the RKI.

Incidentally, we are in possession of a further confirmatory answer from authors [2] of an Australian study.

WANTED, IN VAIN: SARS-COV-2 VIRUS

Additionally, Christine Massey, a Canadian former biostatistician in the field of cancer research, and a colleague of hers in New Zealand, Michael Speth, as well as several individuals around the world (most of whom prefer to remain anonymous) have submitted Freedom of Information requests to dozens of health and science institutions and a handful of political offices around the world.

They are seeking any records that describe the isolation of a SARS-COV-2 virus from any unadulterated sample taken from a diseased patient.

But all 46 responding institutions/offices utterly failed to provide or cite any record describing “SARS-COV-2” isolation; and Germany’s Ministry of Health ignored their FOI request altogether.

The German entrepreneur Samuel Eckert asked health authorities from various cities such as München (Munich), Dusseldorf and Zurich for a study proving complete isolation and purification of so-called SARS-CoV-2. He has not obtained it yet.

REWARDS FOR PROOF OF ISOLATION AND CAUSALITY

Samuel Eckert even offered €230,000 to Christian Drosten if he can present any text passages from publications that scientifically prove the process of isolation of SARS-CoV-2 and its genetic substance. The deadline (December 31, 2020) has passed without Drosten responding to Eckert.

And another deadline passed on December 31 without submission of the desired documentation. In this case the German journalist Hans Tolzin offered a reward of €100,000 for a scientific publication outlining a successful infection attempt with the specific SARS-CoV-2 reliably resulting in respiratory illness in the test subjects.

PARTICLE SIZE VARIATION ALSO REDUCES VIRUS HYPOTHESIS TO ABSURDITY

Recently we are being scared by alleged new strains of “SARS-CoV-2”, but that claim is not based on solid science.

First of all, you cannot determine a variant of a virus if you haven’t completely isolated the original one.

Secondly, there are already tens of thousands of supposed new strains, “found” since last winter all over the world. In fact, the GISAID virus data bank has now more than 452,000 different genetic sequences that claim to represent a variant of SARS-Cov2.

So, to claim that now suddenly there are “new strains” is hogwash even from an orthodox perspective, because from that perspective viruses mutate constantly. Thus, they can constantly proclaim to have found new strains, perpetuating the fear.

Such fearmongering is all the more absurd when one casts a glance at the electron micrographs printed in the relevant studies, which show particles that are supposed to represent SARS-CoV-2. These images reveal that these particles vary extremely in size. In fact, the bandwidth ranges from 60 to 140 nanometers (nm). A virus that has such extreme size variation cannot actually exist.

For example, it can be said of human beings that they vary from about 1.50 meters to 2.10 meters, as there are several individuals of different heights. Now, saying that viruses as a whole range from 60 to 140 nm — as did Zhu et al.— may eventually make sense; but to say that the individual SARS-Cov2 virions vary so much would be like saying that John varies his height from 1.60 to 2 meters depending on the circumstances!

One could reply that viruses are not human individuals, but it is also true that, according to virology, each virus has a fairly stable structure. So, with SARS-Cov2 they are taking liberties of definition which further confirm that everything on this specific virus is even more random than usual. And that license of unlimited definition led to the fact that the Wikipedia entry on coronavirus was changed, and now reports that “Each SARS-CoV-2 virion has a diameter of about 50 to 200 nm”.

That would be like saying that John varies his height from 1 to 4 meters according to circumstances!

Read the full article here.

From Christian Research Network:

Todd Bentley is a liar and a con-man. He is no more a Christian than Joe Biden is a Roman Catholic. He does not hear from angels — probably demons, though. Does he have a direct pipeline to God as he claims he does? Hardly. The NAR, of which he is a kingpin, is a dangerous movement teaming with false prophets who, like Bentley, also claim God speaks to them. If these men and women hear a voice in their mind, the voice they’re hearing is that of a deceiving spirit. The Lord is not appearing to these lying prophets nor do their so-called visions and dreams come from Him. The modern day apostles and prophets of the NAR are wolves in sheep’s clothing — flee from them!

Now that I’ve let off steam, here’s Protestia’s piece:

Charismatic “prophet” Todd Bentley, the only huckster in the whole of Christianity that Dr. Michael Brown has ever bothered to condemn (and that only slightly), is up to no good, revealing that he’s had a string of angelic encounters and personal visions from Jesus who told him that the time of waiting is done, and that he’s about to embark on a new 25-year ministry mandate.

We have written extensively about Todd, chronicling his malfeasance from lauded anointed revivalist and miracle worker, to drunkard, adulterer, liar, and sheep-fleecer extraordinaire, all the while being lifted up by a cadre of ne’er-do-well’s as a great, supernaturally gifted man of God.

Bentley, you will recall, went relatively radio silent last year after being newly accused of drug use, adultery, and sexting, some of which he admitted. A “New Apostolic Reformation” (NAR) tribunal report was launched and they found that Bentley was guilty – a pointless summation, as Bentley had already checked out and declared the whole thing a scam and witch hunt anyway.  View article →

Wait, What?!?!

from Reformation Charlotte:

For the last two years, the ideology of Critical Race Theory has dominated the debate in Evangelical circles. But that wasn’t the beginning of the movement. The movement, under the guise of “racial reconciliation,” began gaining steam when Democrat, Russell Moore took over one of the top offices in the Southern Baptist Convention in 2014 and immediately began causing division.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a heretical worldview that is incompatible with biblical Christianity. It emerged as an offshoot of Critical Theory, a neo-Marxist philosophy that has its roots in the Frankfurt School, and its methods are drawn from Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. CRT teaches that institutional racism exists within every structure of society and that these structures are intrinsically designed in such a manner as to protect and preserve “white supremacy” in our culture. Further, CRT does not rely on factual statistics or objective evidence to support the theory, rather it relies on anecdotal evidence and personal experience.

While Reformation Charlotte and other discernment outlets have been covering the movement since it began, only in the last two years has it actually become a hotly contested topic as conservatives began becoming aware of the unbiblical and anti-Christian implications of the movement.

Critical Race Theory opposes the theological doctrines of Scripture — notably, it muddies the doctrine of sin and places irreconcilable guilt upon groups of people by the very virtue of their physical attributes. In short, it implicates white people in the sin of racism simply because of the color of their skin while, on the other hand, victimizing non-whites for the very same reason.

Thankfully, many Southern Baptist leaders have begun to speak out against this as we’ve done for years. Yet, others, on the other hand — who are given over to their sociological impulses — instead complain that people who oppose their movement are the ones “ravaging churches” and causing division.

The Scriptures are clear; it is the Marxists who cause division as their ideological movement is in opposition to the sound, biblical theology.

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. –Romans 16:17

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There is no argument that Critical Race Theory is an obstacle contrary to the doctrine the Scriptures teach. It is an obstacle to true repentance and faith; it teaches that the “oppressor” — white people — can never truly be relieved of their guilt and, instead, must engage in perpetual acts of penance, i.e. slave reparations and “restorative justice.”

Thabiti Anyabwile, a Southern Baptist pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington D.C. and member of Mark Dever’s 9Marks ministry, complains that “anti-CRT” people “ravage churches” and “slander” pastors causing “re-segregation.”

Read the full article here.

from Light For The Last Days:

We live in strange times, with changes that took place to our way of life in 2020  which we would not have thought possible at the beginning of the year. Now we  are wondering what 2021 will bring. We are being told that the arrival of the new  COVID-19 vaccine signals the light at the end of a dark tunnel. In November Boris  Johnson said ‘Together we can get through this winter, suppress the virus until  vaccines come to our aid and then reclaim our lives and all the things that we love.’  He implied that this would happen by Spring 2021.  

Generally we find there are two main opinions about  what happened so far:  

1. The majority opinion: The lockdowns are a necessary way of the  government defending the  health and safety of the  people from a dangerous  virus which threatens us all. The vaccines are the only way out. 

2. The skeptical opinion: The lock-downs and the vaccines are an  intrusion on personal freedom, a  burden on society put in place to  protect us from a disease which  99.7% people recover from. 

Whichever view you hold, almost  everyone agrees that 2020 turned out to be a most horrible year. Apart  from the fear of catching the virus and  being ill or dying, people suffered  from the lock-downs. Businesses  shut down, meetings of friends and  family restricted, people stuck at  home, isolated, bored and lonely. In  many countries people faced extreme poverty and starvation. In developed  countries most of life, work, school,  shopping, meeting people and so on, was done from home by computer and  the Internet. We become dependent  on machines and lose human contact, causing many to be depressed, suicidal  or alcoholic.  

Getting back to normal by early in  2021 does not look so hopeful now.  As I write this Boris Johnson has just  cancelled Christmas for millions and  a new mutant strain of the virus has  arisen. Many people are sceptical or  resistant to the vaccine and we are told  that it won’t be available to everyone  before the end of 2021. We face what  seems like a never ending cycle of  closing down, opening up for a while,  then closing down again as the virus  continues to spread. Newspaper  headlines read ‘Will this nightmare ever  end?’ 

The lock-downs have not eradicated  the virus. They reduce infections and  associated deaths while they are in  force, but only to shift them down the road for a later period. We are told we  must follow the science, and science  has become the great god we must all  bow down to. But not all scientists  and doctors agree with the strategy.  44,000 scientists and doctors signed  the Great Barrington Declaration, claiming that the measures taken were  harmful to ‘short and long term public  health.’ Dr Mike Yeadon, a former head of research at Pfizer, says the advisers to  the government in the Sage committee justify the repeated lockdowns by  using inflated figures of potential and actual deaths from the disease. He  suggests only a small percentage of  PCR tests, on which the daily figures of  Covid infections are based, are reliable.  The book ‘Corona, False Alarm’ by  doctors Karina Reiss and Sucharit  Bhakdi (available on Amazon) gives  more facts and figures on the crisis. It  claims that the number of deaths is  not much more than normal flu deaths  and concludes that this is a false alarm  inflicted on the world with disastrous  results. These doctors also question  the mass vaccination of the population,  saying that subjecting healthy people  to a hastily prepared vaccine which  may have some unknown results in the future is a big mistake. Any alternatives  to the government line are suppressed  on mainstream media, especially BBC  news, and increasingly on social media  too.  

We are told to follow the science, but  we are not told to seek for God. God  has been left out of the subject by our  leaders, including most church leaders.  Church of England Archbishops and  Bishops say nothing about seeking God  or asking for a national day of prayer to ask for God’s help in the crisis.  When they do have anything to say it  is usually to make some fashionable left wing comment on racism, LGBT  rights or condemnation of Brexit.  With the possibility of death around  the corner, people should be told to prepare to meet their God by repenting of their sins and believing the Gospel,  but the bishops of the Church of  England will not say anything like that, perhaps because they do not believe it themselves. But that is what God is  saying to us today. Jesus’ first message  recorded in the Gospel is

‘The time is  fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at  hand. Repent and believe the Gospel.’

Mark 1.14.  

The Bible has a number of passages relating to plagues and pestilences.  Almost always they come as a  judgement from God on a people or ruler who is defying God. Think of  Pharaoh and the plagues that came  upon Egypt because of his refusal to let the people of Israel go (Exodus  7-12). Or the plague that came upon the  Israelite’s who worshiped the golden  calf: So the Lord plagued the people  because of what they did with the  calf that Aaron made.’ Exodus 32.35 People may say it sounds harsh to say  that the corona virus is a judgement  of God, but the world today is under judgement for its sin and rebellion  against God. Jesus said it would be ‘as  in the days of Noah’ in the last days of this age before His return. In the days  of Noah we read that God was sorry  that He had made the world, because  of human wickedness. For the earth  was filled with violence’, and every  imagination of the heart of man was  only evil continually.’ Genesis 6.5 and  11. 

Today we see the nation of China  where the virus began, promoting  atheism, defying God and putting  up its images to its Communist Party leaders. Millions of Christians who  want to worship the true God face  persecution. We see the western  nations promoting all kinds of God  defying laws that go against the Bible’s  moral teaching and confuse children  about sex and sexuality. We see a  mockery of God and the Bible in so  much of our culture, and a suppression  of God’s word in the media, in our  education system and even in much of  the official church. We see persecution  of Christians in much of the Muslim  world and a hatred of Israel and the  Jewish people in countries like Iran and  Turkey. All of these nations have seen  their countries ravaged by the virus.  If they want God’s help they need to  repent and turn back to God. 

The Bible contains many passages  dealing with the conditions on the  earth in a period known as the last  days. They speak of a time of unique trouble on the earth. Jesus told of the  signs of His return. Nation will rise  against nation, and kingdom against  kingdom. And there will be great  earthquakes in various places, and  famines and pestilences.’ Luke 21.10- 11. In the parallel passage in Matthew  24, He said these things happening  would be ‘the beginning of sorrows’,  the first stage in the last days’ scenario  which will lead to the time of great  tribulation just before His return to  the earth. In the time of the great  tribulation these things will reach their  climax as the four horsemen of the  apocalypse ride out (Revelation 6.1-8).  In the NIV translation we read of the  fourth horseman: I looked, and there  before me was a pale horse! Its rider  was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were  given power over a fourth of the earth  to kill by sword, famine and plague,  and by the wild beasts of the earth.’  Revelation 6.8. So it appears that  plague is one of the signs of the last  days’ judgement which comes on the  earth in the great tribulation and causes  mass death. 

The Coronavirus is not that final  plague, but it may be seen as a  forerunner of it, especially in the way  it is being used now to bring about  radical changes in life on earth and  increase the power of the government  to control the people.  

At the beginning of the crisis Bill Gates said that ‘normalcy will only return  when everyone on the planet has  been vaccinated.’ The UK government has said that the vaccination will  not be compulsory. However there  is the possibility that it will be used  for some kind of Freedom Pass,  needed for travel, access to shops,  work, entertainment venues and all  public spaces. Government Minister  James Cleverley has said, ‘Millions of  people will have their lives ‘unlocked’  by getting the COVID jab and a card  showing they have had it. The  vaccination programme will also allow  Britain’s economy to be ‘unlocked’.  A newspaper headline read ‘No Jab?  You’re barred’ after a government  minister said that some venues might  insist on proof of vaccination for  granting entry. Mike Cernovich in the  USA wrote: ‘Government won’t force  you to take vaccine. Amazon will.  Airlines will. Banks will. You won’t be able to buy, sell, or trade without the  vaccine.’ A health committee in Israel  has been told that the government won’t force people to take the vaccine, but  taking it will give you ‘Green Status’ to  go freely in all the green zones: ‘They’ll  open for you cultural events, they’ll open  to you the shopping malls, hotels, and  restaurants.’ Whoever is vaccinated may  enter those green areas, that ‘safe zone’,  whoever is not will not enter.’  

Chinese President Xi Jinping told world  leaders at the G20 conference that they  need a ‘global mechanism’ using QR  codes (bar codes on mobile phones)  to open up international travel. The  International Air Transport Association  has already said that it is developing  a mobile ‘digital passport’ that would  tell airlines if a traveller has been  vaccinated against Covid. This could  be rolled out to cover everyday life in  society, creating something like the  ‘health certificates’ being used in China  now. These are apps on mobile phones  giving a traffic-light style health code.  A green code allows someone to travel  freely, enter shops and work places  and an orange or red code keeps them  out. If you get a red code you must  isolate at home until you get a green  one. The codes are based on data and  information submitted to the operators  of the system. In a police state like  China, this gives the people in charge  the ability to control your movement,  work, finances, buying and selling,  what you say on social media and who  you mix with. If something like that  comes in on a global scale, it would  be another step towards a dictatorial  world government…..

Read the full article here.

IN TIMES LIKE THESE

“The understanding that the Holy Spirit gives us through God’s written word guards us against error in more than just doctrinal matters. People who know and understand Scripture, particularly its message regarding the end times, are less susceptible to the deception of the media or the lies they read or hear on social media.”

from Jonathon Brentner:

When the disciples asked Jesus about the signs of the end of the age, Jesus began His answer with these words, “See that no one leads you astray” (Matt. 24:4). Jesus’ first warning about the last days concerned those who would seek to deceive His followers and lead them away from the truth.

We cannot trust the vast majority of news sources in America, not at all. They purposely deceive people in order to promote their socialist agenda. We live in an age where deception is king and sadly some of those who deceive us also lead churches.

In Colossians 2:4, Paul cautioned the new believers in Colossae about those who would lead them into error, “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.” Paul, fully aware of the devil’s tactics (2 Cor. 2:10-11), warned his readers that false teachers would come along with persuasive but erroneous reasoning in order to deceive them. Does this not depict the day in which we live?

In 2 Timothy 4:2-4, apostle Paul also wrote about the departure from truth during the last days. In verse 4, he warned that many would “turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” or false narratives that would appear valid, but contradict Scripture.

How do we deal with the myriad of opinions and doctrines that daily confront us in today’s world?

WE NEED THE BIBLE

During the past week, I have often had the song In Times Like These in my head. Ruth Caye Jones, a mother of five, wrote the words and music for it during World War II. The second stanza begins with these words, “In times like these you need the Bible.” Because of the rampant deception and misinformation of our day, we need Scripture just as much now, if not more than in 1944 when Jones penned these words.

In Proverbs 2:6 we read, “For the LORD gives wisdom; / from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” It was the phrase “from his mouth” that catches my attention every time I read this verse. 2 Timothy 3:16 similarly begins with these words, “All Scripture is breathed out by God. . . .” Scripture is our ultimate source of “knowledge and understanding” because its words come directly from God’s mouth to us (see also 2 Peter 1:21).

I believe we can trace much of the widespread apostasy we see in today’s church to either a rejection of the words of Scripture or a lack of knowledge of what it says.

The understanding that the Holy Spirit gives us through God’s written word guards us against error in more than just doctrinal matters. People who know and understand Scripture, particularly its message regarding the end times, are less susceptible to the deception of the media or the lies they read or hear on social media.

There are many exceptions to this, of course. However, from what I have observed, those who know Scripture, understand the Gospel message, and believe what the Bible says about the end times are less likely to fall for the lies and deception so rampant in the news and on social media.

WE NEED A SAVIOR

I have never in my life been more disappointed with human leadership than I have been in the past two years. Even pastors I once looked up to for guidance have let me down in various ways. Politicians that I once regarded as trustworthy and in one case godly have sorely betrayed any confidence I ever had in them.

The words of Psalm 118:8-9 have never been truer for me than they are in this present day, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. / It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”

This again brings me back to the song In Times Like These, which begins with these words, “In times like these you need a Savior. In times like these you need an anchor; be very sure, be very sure your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.” That Rock, of course is Jesus.

As we face perilous times in the remaining time before the rapture, we need our Savior as never before. We need the anchor of our soul firmly secured in our Rock.

I believe the year ahead for us will be more turbulent than 2020, especially for Bible-believing followers of Jesus. We will see increased opposition and persecution here in America, which will grow steadily worse and likely turn violent if Jesus does not come first to take us to our home in heaven.

WE NEED OUR ANCHOR SECURED IN THE ROCK

If you have never put your faith in Jesus alone for the salvation of your soul, now is the time to do so. Just hours before His death on the cross in our place, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only way of salvation; He is the only path the leads to eternal life rather than the seven-year tribulation and eternal death in hell. The familiar verse, John 3:16, contains this same message, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

I love the simplicity of the Apostle John’s words in 1 John 5:11-12: “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Knowing Jesus as your Savior equals eternal life. Please do not delay; call upon Him now before it is too late to avoid experiencing the Lord’s wrath upon the Christ-rejecting world.

This is why I say now is the time to put your faith in Jesus.

For those of us securely in the arms of the Savior, now is the time to recognize we may soon be with Jesus in paradise via the rapture. Now is the time to hold our future dreams and earthly aspirations loosely in our hands.

I am not saying it’s wrong to plan or look to the future, but we must do so with hearts and minds open to Bible prophecy and our eyes aware of the growing storms clouds in our world that grow darker and more ominous each and every week.

I do not know the timing of the rapture or the start of the seven-year tribulation, but I recognize the multitude of signs throughout the world pointing to the soon arrival of the seven-year tribulation and thus to the rapture that happens before its start.

For example, the statements I hear coming from members of the incoming Biden administration tell me that his presidency will hasten the arrival of The Great Reset in America, which will in turn accelerate the arrival of the antichrist on the world scene.

Biden’s own words foreshadow a time of forceful opposition toward those of us who hold to a biblical worldview and accept all of Scripture as the Word of God. Biden once said that that Christians who oppose the LBGTQ agenda are the “dregs of society.” He still holds firmly to this opinion.

If one anchors his or her life to anything else but Jesus in times like these or in those that lie on the horizon for us, that anchor will not hold. Jesus alone is our secure Rock.

Hebrews 6:18-19 says this about our need for such an anchor, “So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain” (Heb. 6:18-19). Jesus alone is Our Refuge, our rock, and the Anchor of our soul for times like these and those that lie ahead for us.

I encourage you to listen to the hymn, In Times Like These, and reread hopeful and encouraging passages such as 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, and Revelation 20-22. These texts unveil the many promises regarding our future that the Lord has placed there for our comfort and encouragement.

I have also found it helpful to read through the book of Proverbs each month but reading once chapter a day that corresponds to the day of the month. The “wisdom” of the book points us to Jesus.

SPEAK NOW

from Herescope:

Part 1 of a series: “For we cannot but SPEAK” 

“And many of the brethren in the Lord,
waxing confident by my bonds,
are much more BOLD
to SPEAK the WORD
without fear.”

(Philippians 1:14) 

The “dark winter” that has been predicted is not just political speech. It is also a spiritual indication of the rampant moral depravity both within and without the church. Never was there such a time as this when people desperately need to hear us SPEAK the TRUTH that Jesus died for their sins, so that they can confess and repent, and experience the cleansing joy of His shed blood on the cross for their sins, bringing them to His salvation and the LIGHT of a new life. 

“But if we walk in the LIGHT,
as He is in the LIGHT,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.”

(1 John 1:7) 

This post begins a new series for the new year to encourage, edify and admonish believers that NOW – during a crackdown and suppression of free speech, and concurrent increase in hate speech – is the time for US to SPEAK the TRUTH in LOVE of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But the devil is devious and he will work to oppose and corrupt this message. Our series will also examine his methods and warn of his tactics. 

Marching Orders for the Endtime Battle 

In 1969 Corrie ten Boom wrote a book Marching Orders for the Endtime Battle in which she sought to prepare the last days church for the coming of the Lord. In her chapter titled “Signs of the Times” she asserts that 

The end-time has started already…. I believe everything that is written in the Bible about the coming again of Jesus. Everything that was written about the first coming of Jesus happened exactly as foretold, so that which is written about His coming again will happen likewise. 

From Corrie’s unique perspective, having miraculously survived the Holocaust during the Third Reich, she rejoiced to see the rise of the nation Israel. Like many who follow biblical prophecy, she believed that in 1967 there was a pivotal victory in that land. But this was also a sign of the endtimes. Immediately after America’s “summer of love” in 1967 there was a year filled with riots and hate in 1968. This is eerily similar to what we’ve just experienced in 2020 – reminiscent of labor pains that come back harder the closer it is to the end (1 Thess. 5:3). Corrie reminded her readers what this signified: 

We do not know the day, neither the hour, in which Jesus will come again. But neither do we know a day nor an hour in which He could not come. The whole world lives now in this expectation; something must happen by which the great problems will be solved. When we look at world history in the light of the Bible, we can find many clear signs: “Men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world” Luke 21:26 (RSV)…. There will be earthquakesepidemics and famines“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matt. 24:12). 

Corrie’s admonition to the last days church was written to those of us who remain alive now, who still stand on God’s Word, and cherish Jesus in our hearts as our first love (Rev. 2:4): 

The only thing we have to do is what the Holy Scriptures teach us. 

• We need to raise our voices like the voice of a trumpet so that as many people as possible will awake—first of all those who belong to the Church of Christ. 

• We have to proclaim loudly that the end is near, so that people will be startled out of their everyday rest and security by this godly message, as through the roaring of the lion (Amos 3:8); that they will fear and get ready to meet their God. 

• We urgently need such a “blowing of the trumpet,” since the day of the Lord draws near, as the prophet Joel says: “Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly (Joel 2:15). 

• For we need to prepare ourselves for all that will soon come to pass. 

After encouraging believers to gird up with the armor of God for the spiritual battle, and reminding us of 2 Kings 6:16 that “They that be with us are more than they that be with them,” she then recounts her own testimony: 

In the concentration camp, where I was so often confronted with death, the Lord often gave me grace to see the whole situation more or less in the light of eternity, and then everything was so simple, so uncomplicated. It was as if I saw myself: I stood there, and there stood the devil. The devil was much, much stronger than I, but Jesus stood at my side, and He is far stronger than the devil. And because I stood at Jesus’ side, I was more than conqueror. That is reality. 

It is essential that we realize in these days that Jesus is Conqueror! To stand at His side, to follow Him, to be hidden with Him in God; that is the safe position for every soldier of Jesus in this time and in the coming final battle. 

Luke 18:8: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

The events over the last two months have been historic in this country (The U.S.) culminating in the “storming of the U.S. Capital building on January 6th, which I believe will go down in the history books (if it is allowed to be written and if anyone in the future has the clarity and honesty to write it) as the visible turning point in this country away from what it was founded to be into something entirely different that many of us have dreaded!

And throughout the last two months there has been a sort of “panic” grow to a fever pitch among conservatives and conservative Christians as they see the political power of traditional conservatism fade away, almost wholesale. Now it is believed that the radicalized Democrat party will have no restraints to their very disturbing political agenda. A whole host of rights that we have now will most likely slowly fade away. And we have already witnessed many of our rights preempted by the COVID debacle, which add’s to people’s sense of panic.

But here is what I want people to remember: we have been trending in this direction for quite a while, not just in the political and ideological sense, but also in the technological foundations that support our society. The internet and the convergence of the exchange of virtually all information in not only our society but the world has been one of the primary drivers of globalism, and Globalist Socialism. Global access to the internet has driven the fundamental idea that everyone around the world are “one people”

I do not believe in “conspiracy theories” that may sound odd, with all that I post, I post what I do as “Sign Posts” for people to read and understand were we are headed as a society and a world! And that direction is irreversible! Does that mean I believe it is right and I will fully go along with it? No but I watch the “sign posts” just as you do as it informs me of what I should be doing and how I should be living.

Now for my Christian friends who understand and believe in Biblical prophecy, what we are seeing happening was already foretold in ages past. Many Christians hold onto the idea that Biblical Prophecy will come about via small powerful groups who know that they are subverting the people and carrying out conspiracies, and the signs will be very obvious! I hate to disappoint you, but that is not how it happens.

For all intents and purposes the people who are globalists for the most part believe they are doing what is “needful” or “good” they honestly believe this because this is the ideology that they have been brought up and educated in. This ideology is as normal to them as our faith is to us! And THEIR ideology has been infiltrating our lives for decades, without many of us even realizing it.

The 20th Century Theologian Francis Schaeffer said the following:

“Wherever you look today, the new concept holds the field. The consensus about us is almost monolithic, whether you review the arts, literature or simply read the newspapers and magazines such as Time, Life, Newsweek, The Listener or The Observer. On every side you can feel the stranglehold of this new methodology-and by “methodology” we mean the way we approach truth and knowing. It is like suffocating in a particularly bad London fog. And just as fog cannot be kept out by walls or doors, so this consensus comes in around us, until the room we live in is no longer unpolluted, and yet we hardly realize what has happened. . . .

”The tragedy of our situation today is that men and women are being fundamentally affected by the new way of looking at truth, and yet they have never even analyzed the drift which has taken place. Young people from Christian homes are brought up in the old framework of truth. Then they are subjected to the modern framework. In time they become confused because they do not understand the alternatives with which they are being presented.

Confusion becomes bewilderment, and before long they are overwhelmed. This is unhappily true not only of young people, but of many pastors, Christian educators, evangelists and missionaries as well. “

And Francis Schaeffer said this before the internet was even conceived!

And C.S. Lewis describes liberal thinking very clearly:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”― C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

C.S. Lewis can say this because he knew Biblical Prophecy!

Because it says the following: John 16:2: “They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.”

Does this mean their ideology is not wrong or worse yet not evil? No it does not. It just points out how the change in someones thinking can be so subtle that it can escape notice until it is almost too late by even the best of us!

So what point am I trying to get across with all of the above?

What I am saying is we are all living in a timeline and process that was already known to happen, even in ages past!

So what that means for Christians is we should not be in panic mode! As Christians in the U.S. we have grown to EXPECT that we would not face any kind of personal persecution for our beliefs. But if we know God’s word, we know that persecution was to always be expected, and far beyond what any of us have experienced so far.

And for all Christians now, it is a decision point, will I hold onto my beliefs and live according to how it informs me to live or will I run in panic away from that now because of the fear of REAL persecution!

As I said this time was already spoken of in God’s Word. and God’s word calls times like these: “The Winnowing” or a time that trims down the number of those who are really Christians from those who are not! And the ones who are not, WILL criticize you, insult you, and try to get you to either relent, or take the side of a group who wants to violently confront what is happening!

It is not a time for panic, it is a time for FAITH! So will YOU say in these times, no matter what comes:

Joshua 24:15: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Not to suggest that the vaccine is the “mark of the beast” However people are being conditioned and prepped for it. Many people think that when it comes time for the “mark of the beast” that it will be very obvious and that you will be able to make plans to avoid it! It will not be that way, it will seem normal to the vast majority of humanity, and the masses will consider you “unhinged” for not wanting to get it! Think about that!

Revelation 13:16-17:”And he 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.”

from cnbc:

Millions of Americans are still hoping for a second round of stimulus checks to help them cope with the financial fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government is preparing to distribute vaccinations to the American public in order to put an end to the public health crisis.

Now, one proposal aims to help both efforts by giving people $1,500 stimulus checks in exchange for getting immunized.

The idea comes from entrepreneur John Delaney, a former Democratic congressman for Maryland who also ran for president in 2020.

“The faster we get 75 percent of this country vaccinated, the faster we end Covid and the sooner everything returns to normal,” Delaney said in an interview with CNBC.com.

Admittedly, the plan could face some hurdles.

Congress has worked for months to come to an agreement on the next coronavirus stimulus package. Republicans and Democrats are still at odds, even as 12 million people could lose unemployment benefits in a few weeks if nothing is done. More stimulus checks, once an area of bipartisan agreement, now seem to be off the table.

At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control met this week to decide who should be first in line to get vaccinated. Once the vaccines are approved, they will roll out to Americans free of charge. But some individuals may be afraid to take the newly developed treatments. One Gallup poll found that 58% of Americans said they would get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Public polling has found that whether or not to take the vaccine has become a political issue, which is discouraging, Delaney said.

“We have to create, in my judgment, an incentive for people to really accelerate their thinking about taking the vaccine,” Delaney said.

To be sure, those who are not comfortable receiving the vaccine would not be forced to do so.

“If you’re still afraid of the vaccine and don’t want to take it, that’s your right,” Delaney said. “You won’t participate in this program.

“But guess what?” he added. “You’re going to benefit anyhow, because we’ll get the country to herd immunity faster, which benefits you. So I think everyone wins.”

THE STAR SPANGLED CROSS

A timely article especially with what is going on with the Presidential elections.

from Anton Bosch:

but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,” (1Corinthians 1:23).

Paul is emphatic that the church only has one message – the cross. Not wisdom, not miracles, not Israel, not even the church, but the cross and the cross alone. Everything flows from, and must be subject to, the message of the cross. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

His definition of the Gospel is centered, not on man, but on the cross: “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The centrality of the cross is confirmed in Hebrews (Hebrews 10:11-12), Peter (1Peter 2:243:18), and John (1John 2:2). It is central to the revelation of who Christ is: “…To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,” (Revelation 1:5).

The cross was the whole purpose of Jesus’ coming as a man. Everything He did and taught led to, and was focused on, and flowed from, the cross. At every major intersection of His earthly ministry He spoke of the cross. Hebrews in speaking of His sacrifice quotes Psalm 40: “…a body You have prepared for Me… Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come– In the volume of the book it is written of Me– To do Your will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:5-7).

Without the cross we have no redemption, no church and no hope. At the same time the cross is a stumbling block to the Jew and an offense to the Greek and it is this aspect of the message that makes the gospel unattractive and even repulsive to most people. For this reason, from the beginning, men have tried to remove the offense of the cross by minimizing its importance, moving it to the background and trying to dress it up so the ugliness and shame of that tree may be made more attractive. For example the Galatian heretics tried to dress the cross in Judaism in an attempt to remove its offense (Galatians 5:11). Paul refers to this as another gospel (Galatians 1:7) and pronounces them accursed (v8).

Let me be clear, there is only one thing that can save and that is the naked cross, unadorned and unaltered. Any attempt to modify the cross and its message by adding to it or subtracting from it, or changing it, is heresy and is to be accursed (anathema). Not only does a gentrified cross not save, but it condemns those who create it and who follow it. It is the cross in all its cruelty, shame and gore, unadorned, but naked for the lost soul to see the cost of redemption, that alone can save. A gold or silver cross is an abomination and an idol. There is no beauty in the gory altar of the Tabernacle, but it was the only cure for sin. It could not be bejeweled, screened off or moved to a less prominent place. In coming to God, the first thing to confront the sinner was the horror of the price for his sin. He could not by-pass it and he could not replace the blood of the lamb with some beautiful fruit or flowers. (I encourage you to revisit the classic sermon “The Naked Splendor of the Cross” available here: https://youtu.be/igAHGfQJlts).

I suspect that thus far the majority of American (and other) Evangelicals will agree. But here’s the problem: Over time, American Evangelicalism has merged the cross with patriotism and draped the American flag over the cross so that the two things have become indistinguishable. A quick search of the internet will produce dozens of websites that sell the symbol of the cross and the flag. The graphic is not the real problem, but the reality it represents is. The naked cross just does not attract enough people and there is a desperate attempt to expunge the simplicity and shame of the naked cross and to replace it with something far more attractive. These charlatans have found the answer in American patriotism. Thus the cross is hidden behind Old Glory and thousands, from Charismatic extremists to Calvinist traditionalists have united around a common cause – the star spangled cross.

They preach about American greatness, sing the profane patriotic songs in their congregations (that glorify fratricide and the kingdoms of the world), rely on the Constitution rather than the Scriptures and pray to a god of their own design. Anathema! Anathema! This is another gospel, it cannot save and it condemns those who preach it and those who worship at its red white and blue altar to eternal damnation. Yet, thousands are flocking to these churches, not to fall broken at the foot of the Cross but to revel in the Constitution and defend its amendments.

I have absolutely no doubt that had Jesus lived today, he would drive the money changers (yes, at the end of the day, it is all about money), with their flags, Constitution and golden calf president from His house. But it is too late for that. They have already banished Him and His cruel cross from their presence (Revelation 2:20) and He stands outside the “church” calling to the few “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4).

Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”(Hebrews 4:7). Jesus is coming soon and he is preparing his bride. Are you going to make America great again or are you going to prepare your heart and life for His soon return?

In case I have not been clear. Fanatical patriotism (no matter which nation) is worshiping the world and the things of the world. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24).

Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14-15)

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