Fri, Dec 31, 1999

Prophecy Update 1999 The New Millennium - A look back at the last millennium and a forward glance at the future.

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PROPHECY UPDATE 1999

A NEW MILLENNIUM

 

A United States Army officer told of the contrast in his pupils during two different eras of teaching at the Artillery Training School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma (home of the Field Artillery). In 1958-60 the attitude was so lax that the instructors had a problem getting men to stay awake to hear the lectures. During the 1965-67 class, however, the men, hearing the same basic lectures, were alert and took copious notes. What made the difference in the class of 65? They knew that in less than six weeks they would be facing the enemy in Vietnam.

As the year 2000 is just a few hours away, many people believe this is the beginning of the end. Listen to these quotes from a Newsweek article dated November 1, 1999 and titled "The Way The World Ends." It said:

"Some 40% of U.S. adults believe the world will end as foretold: in a battle of Armageddon between Jesus and the Antichrist."

"19% of Americans, and nearly half of all those who accept Biblical prophecy, believe that the Antichrist is on earth now."

"According to a new Newsweek poll, about 18 percent of Americans expect the end-times to come within their lifetime. This is translated to roughly 36 million people..."

"When asked if they think Jesus will return to the earth during their life-times, 18% of American adults answer yes."

And from U.S. News & World Report, December 15, 1997, we read:

"According to a recent U.S. News poll, 66 percent of Americans, including a third of those who say they never attend church, say they believe that Jesus Christ will return to the earth some day - an increase from 61 percent who expressed belief in the second coming three years ago."

The reason I believe so many people think something monumental, something of Biblical proportions is going to take place shortly, is there are signs everywhere. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not going to set a certain date that the Lord is going to return. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 24:36, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only." And folks, it says the same thing if you read it in the Greek language or the English language!

In saying that, some have just ignored the prophecies of the Bible, and that is also wrong. In fact, during Jesus first coming, He rebuked the Jewish people and said to them the reason for this rebuke was, "...because you did not know the time of your visitation." Luke 19:44. The Scriptures spoke of where the Messiah was to be born, what He was to do, over 333 prophecies of His first coming, and yet they missed it!

And today many are guilty of the very same thing. We will not know the day that Jesus is coming back for His church, for those who love Him, but we will know the seasons. We will be able to recognize as that day is getting closer. Just as in the spring you see the buds on the trees and plants, and you know that summer is coming. The same is true of prophecy, those things that God has said in His Word. We can look at the things that are happening in the world and see that His return is drawing closer, summer is coming!

The problem in our society is we are inundated with all kinds of "prophetic" literature. From Nostradamus, to Edgar Casey to Jeanne Dixon, and-so-on. People are predicting all kinds of things that are to take place. But the Bible is not like that. Of Jeanne Dixon’s predictions they found that only 2% of them ever came true. Those are not very good odds!

And yet when God speaks through His Scriptures, they come to pass with 100% accuracy! Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself. As I said in the first coming of Christ there were over 333 prophecies fulfilled! That is beyond any mathematical possibility. And in saying that, with the remainder of our time this evening, I would like to look at the prophetic top 6 list. Now I know we could do more, but I do want to finish before the next millennium!

PROPHETIC TOP 6

1. THE COLLAPSE OF MORALITY

Now this is something that has slowly been creeping up upon us, and I don’t believe we truly understand how far we have sunk. Listen to how the times have changed.

School teachers were asked in 1940 to describe the top disciplinary problems faced in the classroom. This is what they listed:

Talking - chewing gum - making noise - running in the halls - wearing improper clothing - not putting wastepaper in the wastebasket.

In the 1980's educators were asked the same question by college researchers. Notice what they listed and the difference in just 40 years. The top disciplinary problems faced by teachers today are:

Rape - robbery - assault - burglary - arson - bombings - murder.

The times, they are a changing! But do the Scriptures say that morals will deteriorate, that the love of the people will grow cold, that man will be self-seeking, self-controlled, like the wild animals? You bet it does. Paul, in II Timothy 3:1-4 said,"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God."And yes you can see people act like this throughout history, but we are no longer speaking of the minority, but the majority of people are acting in this manner.

How did this happen? The reason is simple - there is no right or wrong, there is no absolute truth! And my friends, this is being taught at schools across America. In college you can take courses on "soap operas", "Star Trek", "Vampires: the un-dead", "porn studies" where students will read and watch this stuff. John Leo, from U.S. News & World Report, August 30, 1999 said: "The junk courses creep in because much of the professorate now believes that nothing can truly be known, so nothing truly matters." And that is what our children are being taught and we are reaping what we have sown. There are no absolute truths, or at least that is what they are saying and teaching our children.

And it is getting worse. In an article published in the American Psychological Association’s flagship publication, The APA Psychological Bulletin, in it they argue "That sex between adults and children is not intrinsically bad or harmful but can actually be beneficial to some individuals later in life...if Bauserman has his way, child molestation will be the next perversion to receive society’s blessings."

Today, from homosexuality to abortion to adultery to all kinds of sexual perversion, uncontrolled behavior, America is rotting away from the inside. Our morals are deteriorating because we don’t know right from wrong. But if you really want to know the truth, what is right and what is wrong, listen to what Jesus said in John 17:17. We read "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth." Get into the Word of God, it will keep you on the right path, it won’t led you astray.

2. THE CASHLESS SOCIETY

Now a cashless society was unthinkable some 100 years ago or so. And yet John said in Revelation 13:16-17 some 1900 years ago, "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 thenumber of his name."

Now to give you an idea of how far we have come, listen to this proposal by Dr. Henry Alderman of the European Common Confederacy back in 1975. And I realize this is almost 25 years ago, but listen carefully to what was said back then. This is from the San Jose Mercury, Friday August 8, 1975:

"The massive plan involves a digital number system for every human being on earth. A computer would assign each citizen of the world a number that would be invisibly laser tattooed on the forehead or the back of the hand. It would provide a walking credit card system. The number would show up on infra-red scanners and be placed at all check-out counters and places of business. By using this three, six digital unit the entire world can be assigned a working number. An international mark that would do away with all currency or coin instead of credit notes exchanged through a world fixing system. Nobody could buy or sell without this digital marking system on them. One man can have at his finger tips the number of any man on earth. When one of the market leaders was asked what would happen if anyone objected to this system and refused to co-operate, he replied rather pointedly, ‘We would have to use force to make him conform to the requirements.’"

Today things have changed a lot. We now are using computer chips implanted just under the skin to identify cats and dogs with. And now that technology will be taken one step further, and implanted in man so they can buy and sell and be tracked wherever they are at. Don’ think I am far off on this one, I was talking with someone who was in the military and his brother is still active in the military, and he told me that within the next 10 years every soldier will have one these chips implanted for identification purposes and even tracking purposes! We shall see if that comes to pass.

In an article from Time magazine, dated April 27, 1998 and titled "The Big Bank Theory and What It Says About The Future Of Money" said this:

"Cash is already headed for a whole new dimension. MasterCard, for example, has invested millions in the development of an E-cash system called Mondex. Smart Mondex cards have tiny imbedded microchips that can store not only electronic dollars but also five other types of currency, an abbreviated medical history and even a personalized electronic ‘key’ that can open everything from your apartment to your office. Says Henry Mundt, MasterCard executive vice president for global access: ‘The chip that we are putting on the card now will form the platform for the ultimate in remote access for consumers to their funds, anytime, anywhere’...Howard Greenspan, president of Toronto-based Heraclitus Corp., a management consulting firm: ‘In the electronic city, the final step in the evolution of money is being taken. Money is being demonetized [to stop using money]. Money is being eliminated.’"

3. ONE WORLD RELIGION

This one world religion is spoken of in Revelation chapter 17 and is called "...MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." And she will be united together by the false prophet who will break down the walls of division between all religions, and there will be an acceptance of whatever you want to believe, truth is not important.

I think we are seeing the beginnings of that movement today. People, church leaders, are compromising the essential doctrines of faith in order to bring about unity. General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, had some concerns about what would be taking place in the church in the twentieth century. And listen carefully to what he has to say, for as we move into the twenty-first century we will see these things as the norm in the church.

He said "I consider that the chief damages which will confront the twentieth century will be:

RELIGION WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

CHRISTIANITY WITHOUT CHRIST

FORGIVENESS WITHOUT REGENERATION

MORALITY WITHOUT GOD AND

HEAVEN WITHOUT HELL."

These things that General Booth was concerned about in the twentieth century we have embraced and it will only get worse as the church and the world unite together with their religious beliefs. If you think I am off on this, listen to these articles.

In an interview done with George Lucas, as the Star Wars film "The Phantom Menace" was being released, gives us some insight to his religious beliefs that are also found in the Star Wars series. In Time magazine, April 26, 1999 he said to Bill Moyers:

"I remember when I was ten years old, I asked my mother, ‘If there is only one God, why are there so many religions?’ I’ve been pondering that question ever since, and the conclusion I have come to is that all religions are true."

Listen to this press release issued by the Vatican on October 29, 1996. It said:

"Made public today was the message of Cardinal Francis Arnize president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue to Hindus on the occasion of the feast of Diwali, which they will celebrate this year on November 12."..."Diwali is a festival of illumination" and "a feast of renewal as the Hindus believe that on this day the divine power has overcome the darkness of the world."

And Cardinal Arnize wrote in his report that the Hindu feasts "Are opportunities for us to draw closer to people belonging to different religious traditions and they are providential occasions to reflect together in the light of and in fidelity to our respective religious beliefs."

Roger Oakland points out that "According to the Bahai’s the whole world is soon to experience a messianic age in which there will be peace and brotherhood for all of mankind. In order for this to happen they are saying that the world’s religions must do away with their differences and join together. Certainly an ecumenical movement seems to be unfolding as a number of religions are agreeing to disagree."

"Christianity Today’s senior editor Kenneth S. Kantzer calls upon evangelicals ‘to close ranks with our Catholic neighbors. And with Mormons, conservative Jews, and secularists who share our values...[for] the good of society..."

"On TBN, Betty Eadie, a Mormon and the author of the occult best-seller Embraced by the Light, said she saw Jesus in heaven and described Him as being like the Star Wars ‘Force.’ Both the host and the studio audience oohed instead of booed."

"[Michael] Green suggested, ‘Don’t talk about the new birth, talk about liberation...Identify with and befriend secular society. Become one with them...’ Green suggests that Christians ‘can be taught...about devotion to God by Muslims or Hindus, about detachment from the passions by Buddhists, about the sacredness of nature by animists, and about goodness by atheists...’!"

In 1893, a World Parliament of Religion was held in Chicago. Then, one-hundred years later, from August 23 to September 5, 1993 another World Parliament convened in Chicago, where people from all kinds of religious backgrounds gathered together and put forth this document called "Towards a Global Ethic (An Initial Declaration)." This is just part of what that document said:

"We affirm that a common set of core values is found in the teachings of the religions, and that these form the basis of a global ethic...There already exist ancient guideline for human behavior which are found in the teachings of the religions of the world and which are the condition for a sustainable world order...Of course religions are credible only when they eliminate those conflicts which spring from the religions themselves, dismantling mutual arrogance, mistrust, prejudice, and even hostile images, and thus demonstrate respect for the traditions, holy places, feasts, and rituals of people who believe differently...A human person is infinitely precious and must be unconditionally protect. But likewise the lives of animals and plants which inhabit this planet with us deserve protection, preservation, and care...We pledge to work for such transformation in individual and collective consciousness, for the awakening of our spiritual powers through reflection, meditation, prayer, or positive thinking, for a conversion of the heart."

Yes God has called us to unity, but a unity that is based in truth. A unity that is centered upon Christ. Everything else is false! Now I know you may be thinking that is a little harsh, a little unloving, but if what these other religions are teaching is false, a lie, then not to expose them would be unloving! Jesus said in John 14:6, "...‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Notice that He didn’t say that He was a way, but THE WAY! He didn’t say He was a source of truth, but He is THE TRUTH! He didn’t say He was one of the ways to eternal life, but that He is THE LIFE! In fact, if you don’t go through Him, you will never see the Father, you will never enter into that eternal life. Yes Jesus was narrow minded, but He spoke the truth, He said the way was narrow!

One day the religions of the world will unite as one, but understand this, it is not of God. And understand this, just because you believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life does not make you intolerant or hateful. You see, as I said before, not to speak forth the truth makes you unloving, uncaring towards those that don’t know the Lord. Share the love of God with those who are dying in their sins so that God may save them from the destruction that is coming.

One last thing before we move on, the false church and the true church are moving farther and farther apart, separating like oil does from water. Don’t succumb to the lies of the ecumenical movement that is trying to tell people that all roads led to God, they don’t!

4. ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT

This idea of a one world government has recently become common language for news reports, political leaders, businessmen, and it is something that God said would come to pass. In Revelation chapter 18 God calls her BABYLON! Now ancient Babylon was not only the religious center of the world, but it was also the commercial center of the world at one time. And there is coming another Babylon that will rise up as the commercial center of the world.

Back in 1968 the Club of Rome had its beginnings with leaders from ten different countries gathering together for solutions to the worlds problems and they claimed to have the answers for peace and prosperity for this world. Then, on September 17, 1973 the Club of Rome released a report entitled "Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System." This document divides the world into ten political/economic regions they call ‘kingdoms’ that seem to follow the free trade agreements that are being made. And this sounds very much like the ten kingdoms that would rise up in the last days, a world government!

How close are we? Listen to the following reports:

According to the Drudge Report of September 26, 1999: "Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbot believes the United States may not exist in its current form in the 21st Century -because nationhood throughout the world will become obsolete" according to a profile appearing in the New York Times on September 24."

"Just before Talbot joined the present administration in his high post as the number 2 person at the State Department he wrote a Time Magazine essay titled ‘The Birth of the Global Nation,’ in which he states that he is looking forward to government run by ‘one global authority.’"

In the Time essay, July 22, 1992, Talbot wrote, "Here is one optimist’s reason for believing unity will prevail within the next one hundred years...Nationhood as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority...All countries are basically a social arrangement, accommodating to changing circumstances. No matter how permanent and even sacred they may seem at any one time, in fact they are artificial and temporary."

On September 27 to October 1, 1995, Mikhail Gorbachev headed an international event called "The State of the World Forum" that basically focused on a one world government. At that conference Sbigniew Brzezinski (Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor) said in his speech, "Finally, I have no illusions about world government emerging in our lifetime...We can not leap into world government through one quick step...A consensual global system is not just a matter of good wishes or good will, but it requires a process...The recondition for eventual and genuine globalization is progressive regionalization." And that my friends is exactly what we are seeing, what is taking place before our eyes!

And don’t think this is a new idea. Way back in the April 1974 issue of Foreign Affairs, which is a monthly journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, had an article by Richard Gardner, who was a top adviser to president Jimmy Carter, and a ambassador to Italy. He said "The house of world order will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down...An end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish more than the old fashion frontal assault."

And even farther back in time, back on February 17, 1950, James Warburg, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR was founded on July 29, 1921), said this before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "We shall have a world government whether or not you like it - by conquest or consent."

Folks, like it or not, and I don’t, this world is moving quickly towards a one world government and there is really only one group of people stopping it from coming to pass at this point in time, but that too will change. What is that problem? Who is causing the progress of this one world government from coming to pass? I think Pragati Pascale, a U.N. official summed it up best when he said "Everything is in place for the world government. The U.S. is the only country left holding everything up. The U.S. government is for it...what’s wrong with the people!?!" This world government will come to pass just as God has said, it is just a matter of time!

5. THE REBUILDING OF THE THIRD TEMPLE

Back in June of 1967, the Jewish people captured the old city of Jerusalem once again, the first time in almost 1900 years that they occupied this holy city. What is interesting to me is that on May 21, 1967, before Jerusalem was liberated by the Jew’s who were being attacked by the Arab nations, this Ad appeared in the Washington Post. It said:

"To all persons of the Jewish faith all over the world - A project to rebuild the temple of God in Israel is now being started. With divine guidance and help the ‘temple’ will be completed..."

In the almost 33 years since that Ad appeared, that dream is quickly becoming a reality today. It is just as God said in Revelation 11:1-2, where we read "Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, ‘Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months." That tells me that the temple proper will be rebuilt, but the outer court will not be part of this third temple because it will be occupied by the gentiles.

Dr. Asher Kaufman, who is a plasma physicist at the Rachan Institute in Jerusalem, has made some very interesting observations of where the old temple was located and where the new temple should be built. He feels that the actual site of the holy of holies in the old temple was located at the sight of the dome of the spirits or the dome of the tablets, not the dome of the rock which is a Moslem holy site.

If his investigation is true, then the temple could be rebuilt and the dome of the rock would not have to be taken down, or destroyed, for it would be in the outer court, a place that John was told was given to the gentiles.

How close are we to the rebuilding of this third temple? Listen to these statements taken off one of the temple web sites. This institute has put together the plans for the third temple and the implements that are needed in the function of the temple. Listen to what they have to say in regards to what is taking place in Israel and the coming together of this third temple. They said:

"In Israel we are now living in exciting, prophetic end-times...We believe that Mashiach ben David is soon to come...When we brought the cornerstone to Jerusalem it was done by a family in Israel named Alafi who had a very old tradition in that they took part in the building of the first and second temples. This family came back to the land of their forefathers from the Babylonian exile (modern day Iraq) immediately after the founding of the state of Israel in 1948...We now have a complete set of the priestly garments which were prepared according to the Torah. Every part of this set was prepared as one piece, exactly according to Biblical law. Eleven years of research has led to the preparation of the incense offered to God on the altar of incense...Also a model of the altar of incense is being prepared. We have in the center the holy half shekel and the blue dye for the Tallith...The original ark, which was hidden in a secret room under the temple mount a short time before the destruction of the first temple, will be placed in the third temple...In recent years in Israel, the education of the priests and Levites has begun so that they can fulfill their tasks in the temple. As part of this, there is a plan to build a settlement of priests and Levites in Samaria in the near future."

When we were in Israel 3 years ago, they had begun to build the oil burning lamp that was in the temple, just outside the holy of holies. Listen to this recent report on its progress:

"On Sunday, Dec. 5th, at the time for the third Chanukah candle to be kindled, the temple institute of Jerusalem, with G-d’s help, will unveil the first golden Menorah constructed in 2,000 years, since the destruction of the holy temple. This Menorah, made with 42 kilo of gold and kosher for use in the holy temple, will be unveiled in the ancient "cardo" passageway in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem’s old city...with the unveiling of this vessel, the research, the labor and diligence of over ten years will come to fruition."

It is exciting to see all these things that God has said, come to pass before our very eyes. Now all that is needed is a peace deal to be made so that the temple can be built alongside the Muslim holy site, the dome of the rock. And I believe that is what is spoken of in Daniel 9:27, which says "Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate."

The Antichrist will make a covenant with the Jews to rebuild the temple and at the half way point of the tribulation period, 3 ½ years, he will enter the holy of holies and demand to be worshiped as god, and he will stop the daily sacrifices from being made to the true and living God. And we are living in the days when things are being prepared for this event to take place!

6. THE REBIRTH OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL

In Ezekiel chapter 37 God speaks of the rebirth of the nation of Israel. A people that were lifeless will come to life once again. And most people thought this was an impossibility until May 14, 1948 when Israel once again became a nation after almost 1,900 years of not having a homeland.

For those of you who are students of prophecy, and we all should be, you know that this is a red flag to alert us that God’s time clock is ticking quickly by in relation to His return. In saying that, as we see Israel back in the land, we read in Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39 that a confederacy of nations will come down upon Israel to destroy them, wipe them out. But instead, Israel will remain, and their armies will be destroyed. But the world will be on the brink of destruction, so on the heals of this war, the Antichrist comes on the scene to solve the worlds problems , and this is the beginning of the tribulation period, the last 7 year period of time before the Lord’s return to set up His kingdom here on the earth!

Now we are hearing a lot about peace being made between Israel and the Palestinians, but understand this, it is a false peace that is leading up to a World War with the nations spoken of in Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39.

Back on June 9, 1989, George Habash, PLO head of PFLP, said that they are going to use the peace negotiations to destroy Israel. He said "The establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza will be the beginning of the downfall of the Zionist enterprise. We will be able to rely on this defeat in order to complete the struggle to realize our entire goal."

And Farouk Kaddoumi, head of the PLO"s political department, said on April 5, 1989 on the BBC Arabic service, "...We shall pitch our tent in those places which our bullets can reach...This tent shall then form the base from which we shall later pursue the next phase."

What is that next phase? Listen to what Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin recently said would take place shortly. He said "The first quarter of the next century will witness the elimination of the Zionist entity (Jewish state) and the establishment of the Palestinian state over the whole of Palestine." These words by this Hamas leader are no different than the words of the PLO and the PFLP.

In fact, Yasser Arafat said to worshipers at a Mosque in Johannesburg, South Africa on May, 10, 1994, "You have to come and to fight a Jihad [holy war] to liberate Jerusalem, your precious shrine." (From U.S. News & World Report, June 6, 1994). And they are going to try to take it away from the Jews! So much for the peace deal!

Iran and its main Arab ally, Syria, both provide Hezbollah with support in its armed struggle against Israel, even though we see Syria trying to negotiate the Golan Heights, they want it returned to them even though they lost it when they came and fought against Israel. And this is a military buffer zone between Israel and Syria. And listen to what is being spoken of in Iran, "The liberation of Jerusalem is our common goal and we must not allow foreign plots and pressures to divide us."

Listen to this report by Mortimer B. Zuckerman from the U.S. News & World Report, November 8, 1999. He said:

A recent poll of some 1,600 people in the Arab world is stunning. Consider:

* 54 percent believe Israel will eventually disappear as a sovereign state.

* 81 percent would not continue to support peace if the balance of power tipped in favor of the Arabs.

* 58 percent would support the use of force against Israel if the Arab military situation permitted it.

* 80 percent believe the conflict must go on. If it comes to conflict, two thirds of them believe the Arabs should destroy the State of Israel.

* 82 percent reject empathizing with the Jews, especially the victims of the Holocaust; 53 percent believe the Holocaust never occurred.

* 87 percent support the militant activities of Islamic Arabs against the State of Israel.

It is these Muslim nations that will come together against Israel to destroy her, and God says that Russia will be dragged into this conflict like putting hooks into the bears jaw. It is not something they want to do, but because of the alliances they have made with these Muslim nations, they will be forced to assist. Interestingly enough, Rabbi Chaim Valoshinere said in the mid-nineteenth century:

"When you see the Russian army begin to move southward and enter Turkey, put on your Sabbath garments and get ready to welcome the Messiah."

There is an excitement in Israel today about the coming of their Messiah. There is even a sign by the western wall or the wailing wall that says in Hebrew, "Get ready, Messiah is coming!" Tragically, they are looking for the wrong person, for this man will be the Antichrist. Jesus even warned them of this when they rejected Him as the true Messiah, that another will come to deceive them and they will accept him. Jesus said in John 5:43, "I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive."

Yes, God is putting into position people, nations, technology, so that all the things He has spoken of will come to pass. These things should not scare us, make us afraid, cause us to fear, but they should show us that God is in control and what He has said will come to pass. Obviously if you don’t know the Lord, these things should scare you! The only solution to that problem is simple. Come to Jesus, ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and to be Lord and Savior of your life. And He will cast yours sins as far as the east is from the west to be remembered no more. You will be adopted into the family of God and you will not enter into this time of tribulation that is coming upon this Christ rejecting world.

As we look back on the last millennium in regards to prophecy, things have really been silent until we get to the last 100 years or so. And Now these things have increased more and more. Daniel was told "...Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." Daniel 12:9. But as we come to the New Testament we read in Revelation 22:10, "...‘Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.We are living in the last days and what was sealed in regards to the prophecy’s of the end times have now been opened up to us. And as we move into the next millennium the signs of God’s coming are only going to increase more and more like a woman in labor, and as the tribulation period comes upon this world with the judgment of God being poured out upon a Christ rejecting world, it will give birth to the kingdom age where our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will rule and reign on this earth for 1,000 years and then a new heavens and earth will be created by God.

I want to leave you with this thought as the year 1999 comes to an end and we begin a new year.

DO NOT LET HIM FIND YOU SLEEPING

Augustine, a man in the 5th century who became, Bishop of the church and a saint in history, originally lead a life of sin giving himself over to whatever pleasures presented themselves. His mother had earnestly prayed for him his entire life that he would give his life to the service of Christ, but Augustine persisted in his sins until one day he sat with a friend on a bench weeping over the state of his life. It was at this moment that he heard a boy or girl – he says he does not know which it was – singing a song. The sound was coming from a neighboring house. The child was chanting over and over. "Pick it up, read it; pick it up; read it." Here is what happened next in Augustine’s own words:

Immediately I ceased weeping and began most earnestly to think whether it was ususal for children in some kind of game to sing such a song, but I could not remember ever having heard the like. So, damming the torrent of my tears, I got to my feet, for I could not but think that this was a divine command to open the Bible and read the first passage I should light upon.

So I quickly returned to the bench where Alypius was sitting, for their I had put down the apostles book. I snatched it up, opened it, and in silence read the paragraph on which my eyes first fell: "Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lust thereof." [Romans 13:13-14] I wanted to read no further, nor did I need to. For instantly, as the sentence ended, there was infused in my heart something like the light of full certainty and all the gloom of doubt vanished away.

Had Christ come before that fateful day, Augustine would have been caught unprepared. He would have been found asleep. From that moment on, however, Augustine was prepared. He was on the alert! He had awaken from his sins.

Brett Blair, Sermon Illustrations, 1999. Quote is from

Augustine’s Confessions.

Don’t enter into the next year without the Lord, make a decision for Him tonight. As Paul said "We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." II Corinthians 6:1-2. Make that decision this evening, God is calling you.

If you know the Lord and your walk has been wavering, get back to where you belong, in fellowship with the Lord who loves you so. In Ephesians 5:15-17 Paul said "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is."

May God richly bless you above all you ask or think in this coming year. May you look to Him to be the strength of your life. May you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And may you shine the love of Christ to a world that is hurting and hopeless. And look up for your redemption is drawing nearer every day. As John said in Revelation 22:20, "He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" MARANATHA!

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