7.03-Summing It Up
The signs Jesus gave us are gaining momentum everyday. Rumors of wars flood our television screens. Earthquakes are becoming more frequent and are major news events. The changing weather patterns of planet Earth point to the Lord's return. The desert lands in Africa are spreading like a virus. Nearly 1/3 of the world's population is suffering from famine conditions. Droughts and wars are causing untold suffering. The economies of the world seem to be on the brink of bankruptcy. The apostle James said that people who were not established on the Lord's coming, would hoard and hold gold and silver. For they think it is the safest hedge against economic woes.
God is warning this planet of impending judgment. No matter how hard anyone prays to stop it or postpone it, it is coming, the time has been set in the counsels of Heaven. The Lord gave His disciples the signs that would point to His coming for two reasons: First, that through preaching to the lost and carnal, they would come to a convicted, repentant attitude, and then turn to the Lord for forgiveness. Second, to assure we who are already saved, that God is faithful to His word, and to increase our watchfulness. Not to watch so much for signs, but to watch for Him.
The return of the Jews to Israel is fulfilling the prophecy of the fig tree. The fuse to Armageddon was lit on May 14, 1948. The world has tumbled head-over-heels ever since. Today we are approaching World War III at an incredible rate of speed.
Because of compromise and sin, the organized church in America has become popular. It is considered an "in thing" to belong to a local church, for that will increase business and political success. This popularity is the pollution that will cause Jesus to spit it up when He returns in the air. This popularity among the rich, famous, elite and powerful has overcome many preachers. Because of their money and influence, many preachers have feared offending them, consequently their messages are omitting or neglecting the predominant theme of the New Testament, "Jesus is coming and My kingdom is not of this world."
It will be this popular, polluted church system in America and Western Europe that will usher in the antichrist on his "White Horse" (Revelation 6:2). He will rise to power on the bandwagon of Satan's falling away, that has been cleverly disguised as a "Holy Spirit Revival." He will come from within the ranks of organized Christianity. I'm saddened and sorrowed to say that America will produce the antichrist for the world! To which world and kingdom do you give your loyalty and allegiance?
I close out this book with one final scripture. Remember, the antichrist will call upon your patriotism, as always, when it comes time to go to war against the Russian/Arab confederacy; and later even against Jesus at the end, thinking He's an alien force. Here Paul's encouraging words to the rejected, persecuted believers who were tempted to fight back against those who troubled them.
II Thessalonians 1:7-8,
7)"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8)In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:"