Sunday, April 1, 2012

We are Missing the Signs of the TIMES

This is not a word on Escatology, it is a word on what things will look like as our times, our age comes to a close. As we approach the great time of troubles. Not the Tribulation, Jacobs Trouble. Out of this painful transition will come the most powerful move of God by His Spirit ever manifested on the earth. False religions will fade away. Even hardened unbelievers will be faced with undeniable truth. God will be glorified...every knee will bow, even if they don't want to. It will be painful to every man, woman and child on the earth...but there is a reason:
"Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. . . . They have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
Friday night when I was preaching I said this truth, when you hear or read a prophecy, it is future history. There is no timeline...there is no clock. It just is out there. Like a time bomb with a stopped clock. One day the clock begins to count down. And then the prophetic bomb goes off when the Kairos moment clicks down to Zero.

There are signs that we are seeing the clock begin to move toward the great reset.

They are all scriptural. YET --- None of them have to do with the nation of Israel. None have to do with Russia, Syria, Ethiopia or Libya. None have to do with signs in the heavens. None have to do with the mark of the beast. In fact, even if the book of Revelation and Daniel were not in the canon, we have enough information from the other 64 books of the Bible about the indicators of this coming transformation to proclaim, it is at the door. The end of the age is upon us.

Much of the information about the end of this age, the time of the Gentiles, is related to the church. The Church is a canary in the mine-shaft. Ask yourself this, are these signs evident?

Are people offended at Jesus and one another in the Church?
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Are there a lot of strange myths and old wives tales in the Church?

1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

Are Churches pretty much powerless... a form sure, but without any impact on the culture?
They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! 2 Timothy 3:5
Are there false prophets, evangelists, teachers, pastors and apostles?
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Are people who claim to know Jesus being led astray by winds of false reports and doctrines?
many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Have many "Church" services deteriorated into entertainment called worship and preaching that is for the most part a pretty good motivational or comedy routine? Little real demonstration of the power of signs and wonders of Christ and Him Crucified.

1 Corinthians 2

1 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[c] 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Are Churches substantially void of the Holy Spirit's leading, influence and manifestation other than tongues?

1 Corinthians 14

Have many Church Leaders become little Kings? They live like royalty, expect honor? Expect a fall.
"Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: . . . exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him." Ezekiel 21:26, 27.

IS there a fearful spirit in most churches or Faith? Are people really ready for this change?
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." Luke 21:25-26

Are so called churches embracing sin, homosexuality, same sex marriage and winking at all kind of sinful behavior because they don't want to run off a good tithe or server?
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Are Christians hated, despised and ridiculed because of their faith in Jesus. In some countries are they put to death for their faith?
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Are some teachers of the Bible denying that he will ever come back? That the world is going to just go on and on and on and on without change?
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." 2 Peter 3:3-7
Have Christians become foul mouthed, is there a constant barrage of obscenity on TV, Movies and other places? Have Christians become immune to this verbal insult and become hardened? Is entertainment, even sports destroying some Christian's conversation, testimony and heart?
Foul Speech is a Sign of the Last Days
"as it was in the days of Lot" Luke 17:28

The Bible indicates that one of the sins of Sodom was that of impure speech.

"And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned [them] with an overthrow, making [them] an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:" 2 Peter 2:7-8
For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 2 Timothy 3:2
Has Christian love been strained...even lately? Are we really ready to put aside our need to be understood and to try to understand?
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Have we hit TILT on Christian TV and Radio in the USA? Instead of spending all the money and energy on US TV, we need to use the tools we have including the internet to spread the Word.
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. " Matthew 24:14

Almost all of these signs are happening in the CHURCH. It's a sign of the end of this current age. The CHURCH that has the Name of Jesus on the door but with these manifestations are over. There are many more sign; if you are a Bible Student, you can find a hundred more. Since that is the case, God in his mercy must shut down these churches that are so far from the core purposes of God. You see it happening everywhere. The altars of BAAL are being torn down in many churches. When it is, the church collapses because it needed that BAAL altar to survive. There are two altars in many churches. One that allegedly is in worship to the Living God. The other that is in worship to BAAL. They way you know is how they treat money, how they preach prosperity, how they honor the wealthy, how they use the money that comes to them. The church where the leader is living more than 50% above his congregations aggregate lifestyle is one that is in line for judgement from God. The way God will do this is to bankrupt ministry after ministry to demonstrate that His provision is suffiecient IF the Church will grasp the truth of the Matter.

The other sign of the end is the emphasis that exists in many Churches. How they manifest who they really are. We, you and I are the body of Christ on the earth right now. We live for our brief time doing the work of the Kingdom. We have assignments. Some are offices, Some are callings, some are services, some are mercies. It's only by the Power of the Holy Spirit that these things take place. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God among us. When well meaning pastors speak of how the presence of God was manifest in a service, they really mean the saints were all in one accord, and the Holy Spirit was expressed. The problem is, that isn't enough. If we go to church, jump and shout, holler and hoot and then walk out to live our lives without the recognition that we are the only voice God has on earth right now by the Spirit of God. We are the only hands, the only feet, the only ears, the only heart. When we believe God to do something sovereignly that He wants us to do by His power invested in us by Holy Spirit, we are violating the system Father put in place when Jesus said, "It is good for you that I go away". IF we pray but do nothing we have taken the gift God has placed in us and neutered it. It's akin to taking the name of the Lord in Vain.

If you are a senior leader in a church or fellowship, consider carefully, is your church a manifestation of the Kingdom of God, or is it a sign of the end of the age?
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

[Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:9-10

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