Monday, January 26, 2009

An Anti-Christ Population?

One of the many ‘creepy’ things about the Obama cult following is how much it would appear to mirror that type of sycophantic response we Christians expect from the world populace when the Anti-Christ appears on the scene. Now before readers start screaming at me, please note that I am NOT calling President Obama the Anti-Christ. I would not do so without what I would consider ironclad biblical evidence. What I am saying though is that the way people have evidently en-masses agreed that this man is worthy of the type of hyperbole that I have not witnessed ever being afforded to another human being is quite astonishing and to me very revealing about the readiness of our world for the character that the Bible predicts will deceive many, so much so that they will swear their eternal allegiance to him. Here are a few items of scripture to illustrate the point:

  • Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. (Matthew 2:4-5)
  • For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. (Matthew 24:24)
  • He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
  • ...he can be revealed only when his time comes. (2 Thessalonians 2:6)
  • This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
  • He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. (2 Thessalonians 10-11)
  • They (the populace) worshiped the dragon for giving the beast (the anti-Christ) such power, and they also worshiped the beast. “Who is as great as the beast?” they exclaimed. “Who is able to fight against him?” (Revelation 13:4 - parenthesis mine)
(all underlines by me – they are not from scripture)

I have underlined above the type of descriptors in these biblical passages that would cause a sizeable world audience to be galvanized en-masse behind such a leader. Now President Obama or even Senator Obama (before that) has not done anything tangible that would in and of itself elicited such an outpouring of the kind of public adulation that at the extremes borders on worship, but to the extent that people are acting in the way that they are, you can certainly see the capability for an Anti-Christ figure to rise up with the “rubber stamp” of the majority of our populace. It is both scary and amazing.

Disclaimer: I am NOT suggesting that all supporters of Barack Obama would necessarily support the anti-Christ when he comes on the scene.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Plane Crash Christianity

The passengers on the miracle crash landing of US Airways Flight# 1549 that landed in New York’s Hudson River recently evidently experienced a phenomenon that I’m sure many Christian air travelers have thought about once or twice. The high likelihood that when faced with imminent death, many people will involuntarily lose their veneer of independence from God, and call on His name for…salvation, mercy, miracles, repentance or all of the above. To be certain, many of the people who were on this US Airways flight recalled the praying that took place on that brief flight prior to impact with the river. This was captured by a passenger in this CNN.com news story below:

After he (the pilot) told us prepare for impact, it was pretty evident we were not going to make the runway." At first, it felt like the plane was gliding, Berretta said, as if no engines were working."People started praying, and there was a lot of silence, and the realization that we were going in was really hard to take in at that moment," he said. CNN.com
This illustration is simply a vivid example of an ironclad truth: despite the fact that many people live as if there is no God, intuitively, they know that there is. They know deep down (though many are resistant to admit it) that God controls whether a plane stays in the air or not. He is all powerful. He controls whether they will live or die. As a Christian, I cannot explain God’s reason for saving those people that day, while many others have died in hundreds of plane crashes. Our inability to explain that makes Him no less God. Our all-powerful creator is worthy to be worshipped regardless of our own limitations in explaining His actions. The learned academics would do well to humble themselves and remember this. I wonder if there were any on this flight?

God is a very merciful God who is not willing that any should perish, but that all would have everlasting life through Christ Jesus. The great thing about a near death experience is that it likely brings some into a true permanent worship experience with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Why through Jesus Christ and not just with God alone? Because the Bible is very clear that God will not accept worship any other way: This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time. (1 Timothy 2:3-6 NIV)

I’m certain that several of those passengers on US Airways Flight# 1549 became permanent worshippers of God since January 15th, 2009. It is likely they would not have done so at any other time in their lives had this incident not occurred. This may be the reason why God wrote this in the Bible: ...the day of death is better than the day of birth. It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. (Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 NIV) US Airways Flight 1549 tells us a lot about our human nature, but it tells us even more about a merciful God who will use any means to reconcile us back to Him.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Global Warming Irony

I must state up front that I am not a believer in the Global Warming hysteria. Honestly, I don’t believe in Global Warming primarily because of the make-up of the crowd who do. I am not a scientist, so I have no idea whether or not the earth is truly warming beyond dangerous levels caused by “human activity”. There is however an irony at work in the global warming headlines that I know points to a truth that most of the global warming worshippers WILL miss.

With so called global warming, the effects of the sun is coming closer to us and will eventually cause the demise of many IF we don’t change our behavior; IF we don’t stop polluting our world with our filth. This may or may not be true. However this much I know is certain: the effects of the Son (Jesus the Christ) is coming closer to us and will eventually cause the demise of many IF we don’t change our behavior; IF we don’t repent (individually) for polluting the world with our filthy behavior and acknowledge the Son who’s return is moving closer every day: He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20 NIV)

Take heed of the warming of the approaching Son more so than the sun that He created.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Kurt Warner Thanks Jesus


I just finished watching the Arizona Cardinals win the NFC Football Championship to make it into the Super Bowl. I’m not ordinarily a Cardinals fan, but I found myself rooting greatly for them due to the overt Christianity of their quarterback Kurt Warner.

During the victory presentation, when asked to comment on how he was feeling, Kurt’s first words were to “give thanks to his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ”. My thoughts then and there was that you can’t always tell a true Christian when they give God thanks for their success, but you can always tell a true Christian when they give Jesus thanks for their success. God bless you Kurt. You represent our Lord well. Go Cardinals.

Their Blood---about 200 Miles Long

The Book of Revelation covers some incredible scenes of horror and bloodshed. So much so that it scares many people into not reading it. “It’s too scary…” someone once said to me as to why they had not read it. The fact that it is a prophetic book about future events for this world should be the scary thing for many of us. One particular event that is incredibly horrific is the account of one of Christ’s judgment that is subtitled by many Bibles under the heading “The Earth Is Harvested”.

I looked and saw a bright cloud, and someone who seemed to be the Son of Man was sitting on the cloud. He wore a gold crown on his head and held a sharp sickle in his hand. An angel came out of the temple and shouted, "Start cutting with your sickle! Harvest season is here, and all crops on earth are ripe." The one on the cloud swung his sickle and harvested the crops. Another angel with a sharp sickle then came out of the temple in heaven. After this, an angel with power over fire came from the altar and shouted to the angel who had the sickle. He said, "All grapes on earth are ripe! Harvest them with your sharp sickle." The angel swung his sickle on earth and cut off its grapes. He threw them into a pit where they were trampled on as a sign of God's anger. The pit was outside the city, and when the grapes were mashed, blood flowed out. The blood turned into a river that was about two hundred miles long and almost deep enough to cover a horse. (Revelation 14:14-20 CEV)
It is astonishing to fathom the death toll of human beings that would produce a river of blood about 200 miles long and about 20 feet deep! There are those among us, Christians and especially non-Christians alike who would shout: “What kind of God would kill so many people out of anger?” I will submit this to you in response:

WORLDWIDE
  • Number of abortions per year: Approximately 42 Million
  • Number of abortions per day: Approximately 115,000
  • Where abortions occur:83% of all abortions are obtained in developing countries and 17% occur in developed countries.

UNITED STATES

  • Number of abortions per year: 1.37 Million (1996)
  • Number of abortions per day: Approximately 3,700

© Copyright 1996-2008, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. (http://www.agi-usa.org/)

I suspect that with the statistics captured above, the amount of blood that man has ruptured in the past 50 years of abortions would fill a river more than 2,000 miles long and 10 horses deep. Horrific indeed. The Book of Revelation has nothing on the Book of Man. I implore you readers of this post not to do anything to contribute to this river at sometime in your future.

Friday, January 02, 2009

The Day or Hour No One Knows

This post title is a from scripture spoken by Jesus Christ in reference to the knowledge of the date and time of His return to Earth. Needless to say it has developed into a very controversial topic as many people throughout the years have claimed to know when the Christ will return. All who have set this date in the past have obviously failed at this task, while there are others who claim “legitimacy” on this issue with future dates in mind. My own opinion on it isn’t quite so ambitious. In my humble opinion, “no one knows”. Albeit not a very original thought – but then again I welcome being in the company of my Lord Jesus Christ on this issue.

I thought about this scripture one New Year’s morning as I watched the revelers on TV celebrate the arrival of 2009. I wondered if indeed this was to be the year of Christ’s return. And if He did return, would the New Year’s revelers enjoy that event as much as they enjoyed the revelry of ringing in the new year? As a Christian I certainly hope that Jesus returns this year, but I truly have no idea if it will happen. One thing about God however is that throughout scriptural history, He always provides indications of what He is going to do. His messages are usually quite clear…but only to those with a discerning heart. The Bible puts it this way: The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14-15 NIV)

Many people say that the religious have been expecting Christ to return “any day now” for centuries, and that is true. Quite frankly that is the great hope for all Christians, so it is natural for us to be looking expectantly for that great event at all times. I actually think it is one of the driving forces that keep us from straying back to our natural state of constant sinning.

Christ in scripture did tell us about events that would shortly precede His return. That many of these events are occurring today may not in and of itself be unique. However what is unique about this particular age in which we live, is the opportunity to be knowledgeable and aware of the happening of these events. The disciples in the book of Matthew asked Jesus how we would know about when He would return: As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" – Below are some of the events that He said would be indicators of the beginning of that event:
  • You will hear of wars and rumors of wars
  • Nation will rise against nation
  • There will be famines and earthquakes in various places
  • Many will turn away from the faith
  • Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people
  • Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold
  • And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations

All taken from Matthew 24: 3-14

Are you aware of any of these events happening today? Are you aware of many of these events happening today? Are you aware of all of these events happening today?

A God who sends people to Hell?