In the Prince and The prophecy we have Isaiah speaking to us. It is Jehovah God, who has established the fact of his son, Messiah Yeshua. It is this one who is in charge. Yet, for all who God is, he still allows the earth and man to go about their ways. That is, until the Lord brings down the attempts of man to overthrow God.
Isaiah 40:23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
The above verse shows the end of man in the earth, that is, men who have been building kingdoms in their own name. Man and wicked men who do nothing but uplift the purposes of their own. Kingdoms that are built upon the pride and arrogance of man will be removed. It is Isaiah, just one of many prophets who saw this. He warned Israel and Judah of their own rebellion against God and told them the above statement.
Today, we have a government in America that goes about its own agenda. Within that government, as in other nations, are men who see building a New World Order as being the mainstay of the purposes of civilized men. President Bush, no matter how you may view him, is the mouthpiece of those who want just a place on the earth. They see 'America' as an idea, a place of freedom and equality. For the rest of us, it is more than an idea. It is not some vague concept to be used to invade nations. You could call it Utopia, if you like. There never has been a perfect place yet on earth, that is since the fall of man.
Moreover, within this idea today, we see signs that our forefathers warned us about.
They, who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty nor security. Benjamin Franklin
In the morning show on Fox and Friends, Gretchen saw no problem with losing some privacy and liberty for security. The other hosts agreed. I hear from other Americans, as well, who say that losing some freedoms for security sake is okay. The place this is heading is a virulent society that will take your freedoms. It is an anti-morality of God. It will raise mans purposes and what man thinks over what God says. This will be a society where every vice known to God is okay with the society that man rules. Believe me the society that the men in power want will be no good for man. It is the same society today that makes wars and rules people. It is the same society that makes money from interest and rules the corporate boardrooms of this world. These elitists want to make the perfect little paradise. One where they will stay rich, warm, comfortable, and at the expense of those people they oppress.
These rich and powerful don't care about the starving, naked, half dead people in the Sudan. These men want power and run societies on the basis of a spreadsheet for humanity. They know, or so they think, what is good for this world. Are all these just words? Do you think that this coming New World order will be a paradise? Will it be one gigantic America in the world?
Surprise, surprise, no it will not! Paul warns us of a coming 'son of perdition' in 2 Thessalonians 2. This Son of Perdition is the Prince of darkness. This son of destruction will come with all wickedness. He will be attractive to the world and many in the so-called nominal churches. They will accept his ideas and follow him to destruction. Within the new world order will be two power cords keeping it up. One power cord is the political system he will erect. It will encompass the whole world. He will cause the whole world to follow him and take his mark. Revelation chapter 13 tells us:
Revelation 13:16 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:
Revelation 13:17 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.
Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Many today, though, think they will just wait and ignore the biblical warnings. Then when they see some guy making everyone take the mark, they will be warned. Many then say “they will simply not take the mark”. They will stand up. The problem with this thinking is many will not see the mark for what it is. He will deceive the world, taking them to destruction with him. These will be people who have not believed that Jesus Christ, the Messiah Yeshua is the Son of God. This is the Prince of Princes, the King of Kings, and The true Messiah. This true Prince, will bring down the Prince of darkness in this final attempt to rule the nations. They will have rejected this love of the truth (John 3:16-18) (2 Thess 2) and will be in full bloom deception. For those who do stand up, they will lose their freedoms and their lives. Simply put, all this security and technology stuff we are so proud of will be used to oppress, implant, and manipulate people. To make them the proud owners of one super human, half demon Christ like figure who will appear as an angel of light, but bring destruction upon the earth like at no other time in earths history.
The second cord of this coming New World order is the religious banner. This Prince of darkness will unite all the worlds’ religions by conquest, deception, and making them believe he is God. By his manifest signs and wonders, he will show visible proof of his Godhood. These signs will be so convincing that people will not know the difference unless they are birthed in Jesus Christ and know Him. For many true believers, however, the Rapture is what they believe for. So the dispensationalists will tell you the church is not going to be here at this time. There will be a remnant of believers here. Revelation 13 again tells us:
Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Revelation 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
The above scripture tells us that this beast will make war with the saints. Who are these saints if they are not the church? The rapturists will tell you these are those who have gotten saved since the rapture. These will be former nominal Christians who realized their mistake and have repented. There are problems with this. If we take this scripture as what it means, however, there will be saints on the earth at this time.
Further, Christ tells us of this time, to:
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
The above scripture is in the context of the Prophetic end time discussion, Christ had with the disciples. He tells them to "watch and pray they would be accounted worthy to escape all these things and to stand before the son of man". Now, I don't argue rapture or do I move against it. I want to bring out the fact of what is coming. It is up to you what you will believe or not. Nowhere in scripture does it say to watch for the rapture! In the same token, Christ does say to watch and pray you will be counted worthy to escape.
Within the framework of what we have discussed today, is the fact that God is in charge. He will, even with the solid framework of a man made society which has enslaved men, women, and children, bring the Messiah to this earth. He will come in the clouds. He will rule and reign on this earth. There will be a New Heavens, New Earth, and a New Jerusalem in the final culmination of Gods plan. For now, though, we must be alert and aware of what is coming. We don't have time to argue and hate each other over small matters. We need to come together in faith and unity. Loving and being loved, warning and enduring the hatred from those who don't want us to speak the message of Jesus Christ. What is coming is evil. It is the final, full culmination of centuries of preparation by Satan himself to rule the earth in the final stages before the arrival of Jesus Christ again. He will rule man, curse God, and fight those who are the saints of God in Christ. There is only one way to survive and overcome. Here is what Revelation says of the overcoming Saint.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
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Dana, The inevitable conclusion of the events described in the Bible as the end of the age is just that, "Inevitable." We are so committed to improving our present circumstances that we inadvertantly perpetuate the system and attendant problems that give rise to our acceptance of the status quo. It is out of our hands ....Fortunately for us! As we do have to live in the present and attempt to cope with the corruption that surrounds us, it is only natural to pretend (delude ourselves) that we exercise some measure of control. As to the perfidy of the men and women in the political spectrum we confront, a couple of excellent quotes come to mind. ............ “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenaged boys.” - P. J. O'Rourke and ............. "Politicians love power and are prone to abuse it." - George Washington.