The swearing in of our 45th president is the providential appointment of this man for this country at this time; his tenure may prove to be a global epoch of end-time leadership. An epoch is marked by a person, an event, or a new mood that commences an era of strong influence in history. Much of the time, the providential reason for an epoch is only made clear upon later reflection that reveals its evidences and influences upon later ages. Some epochs are distinguished by specific events or personalities that seem to clearly capture the meaning and purpose of such a God-appointed epoch. God’s people often can discern that such an event or person was of epoch importance in history.
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A new year for our nation has commenced with a new president sworn into the highest office of the land. An honest State of the Union address would reveal that our country is suffering under filthy lucre, demonic powers of chaos, abundance of strange and fleshly sins, a love for evil, and a pervading hatred for righteousness. In more recent years, both visible and invisible political and religious powers have increasingly endeavored to suppress and thwart any semblance of righteousness in the earth. Those who try to take a stand for truth become open prey to the sharks and wolves that have marked their territory of political possession. While ISIS has been planting its “sleeper cells” of terrorism throughout our country, the legacy of “obamination” has entrenched itself throughout the US government with its own carefully-planted sleeper cells awaiting an appointed time to do greater damage to the American hope. May God have mercy upon us as we witness iniquitous vultures pick clean the bones of any remaining legacy of decency.
Our previous article drew from the early prophecies of Daniel 7 revealing the “beasts” that came out of an aggravated sea. Regarding the fourth beast, it was noted that a final semi-colon set apart the phrase, “and it had ten horns.” These ten horns Daniel saw are identical in meaning to the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s vision (Daniel 2). These “ten horns” prophetically cast us into the Tribulation Period, where nations of the earth (amidst great perplexities) unify in a confederation of ten simply to survive all that is transpiring through the Lord’s judgments upon the earth.
Luke 2:7 states, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Ancient tradition places the birthplace of our Lord in a cave, for caves were used as stables in most countries with rocky terrain. The Greek word for inn is kataluma, denoting the simplest of inns. It is similar to a Syrian khan—a refuge from thieves, a shelter from the heat and dust, a place where a man and his beasts may lodge, where a trader may sell his wares, and a pilgrim may slake his thirst. However, in such inns the visitor had to do everything for himself.
The revival of Romanism in our times initially can be attributed to the modernistic changes that took place in Vatican II in the early 1960s and to the medium of the Charismatic movement in the early 1970s. One of the side effects of Romanism’s revival is the popularizing of their subtle, anti-biblical presentation of the virgin Mary. This Romanist picture of the virgin Mary is fast becoming a prominent belief among Protestants.
The journey of the wise men to Bethlehem marks one of the precious events surrounding the historical story of the birth of Christ. Matthew 2:1 declares, “Behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Who these wise men were and what they believed have been the conjecture of various writers over the past two millennia. Although difficult to accurately resolve, some information about these men and the star that guided them is more reliable than other.
“The powers that be are ordained of God” (Rom. 13:1). These are the words of the apostle Paul as he unfolded his burden on the authority of government in the earth. He designated government as “higher powers.” The Scriptures are definitively replete with the declaration of God’s divine appointment of governments that control people and nations. Men, families, cities, nations, kingdoms, and empires have always been found under some concept of government since the fall of man. God has ordained civil government both for restraining evil and for promoting righteousness for the benefit of the people. With this intent God requires that men obey those powers that are over them (Rom. 13:1–7; 1 Pet. 2:13, 14). When there is no government, anarchy rules because of the sin and selfishness of fallen man. Therefore, the true role of government is to maintain peace and order in this wicked world, to punish evil, and to reward righteousness.
In the previous article, the dream of Nebuchadnezzar revealed a panoramic history of the times of the Gentiles (the Day of Man) that began with Nebuchadnezzar. This rule of the Gentiles in the earth is to continue through the last attempt of world government under the man of sin, Antichrist. Although the times of the Gentiles began with Nebuchadnezzar, his dream was concerned more with the latter days. This history represented in Daniel 2’s image is a perspective through the hopeful thoughts of man, believing that history would ascend into a utopia of continued greatness. However, God’s revelation to Nebuchadnezzar revealed a downward course, a devolving, from gold to brittle clay, burnt potter’s clay, the worst of clay. Only in Daniel 7 are we given the prophet’s perspective where man’s rule of the world is beastly and senseless. At the end of man’s governmental history, a full judgment falls upon the entirety of Gentile governments: a stone out of heaven descends upon the image, smiting its feet, causing the image to implode, and pulverizing the image to powder.
The election of our forty-fifth President of the United States has brought our country to what has been called “a miracle in political history.” Only God knows what is ahead for our country as this new president enters the responsibilities of the Oval Office. Although he has been privy to classified information concerning our country (as all candidates running for president are), in January of 2017 he will more fully understand what has really taken place during these preceding years concerning our country.
Continuing our burden from the previous issue, we come to another aspect of the understandings of the wise and wicked in the End Time. Even though the Scripture describes in certain contexts great details of the time of the end, it is obvious that the wicked will not and cannot avail themselves of this divine revelation. Nevertheless, the Bible is and will be a source of comfort and direction to those who are true believers in God.
As we near the coming presidential election in the United States, we find our nation at its worst diabolical condition in its history. The public death-of-God ideology in a country that once knew the true God has brought us to an epidemic proportion of lawlessness of living, to an official abandonment of all morality, to oppressive violence filling our cities, to a runaway economy (with absolutely no discipline and the expectation of a greater economic collapse than the recession of 2008), to a public education system that while failing to educate succeeds in cloning children for elite political correctness, and lastly, to the aggressive rise and religious influence of Islam which is being methodically and intelligently transplanted by our Islamic president into every remote community of America.
We come to the final words of Daniel’s book! This prophetic book concludes with Daniel being promised rest, with the assurance that he will stand in his lot, his inheritance. This promise is found in the End Time for the Jew, the end of Daniel’s Last Week. Three sets of days are committed to him in the hope of the resolved End Time. There will be a final 1,260 days—the end of the Last Week. There will be a final 1,290 days—the end of the times of the Gentiles. And there will be a final 1,335 days—the end leading to the beginning of the Millennium. This latter set of days is when the Jew will stand in his allotment of land and enter permanently into a rest.
In the light of unprecedented growing powers of darkness taking hold of our times, we are at a most urgent hour for the imperative intervention of God for the lives of His people. As we near the ominous presidential election in November (coming on the heels of the infamous past eight years of post-American changes, as well as the resolve of the public outcry for a “new world order”), we shudder to think of what is before us as a nation. The concept of leadership has radically changed in America: character is a thing of the past, truth is a matter of semantics, and morality has abandoned definitive mores. America has become an existential island floating on the immense sea of humanity with a determination to literally obliterate from memory its past, leaving its future to the whims of insanity and evolutionary chance. One thing remains clear—we are living in the transitional season of history where all political energies are out to destroy our past sacredness and preciousness.
Here, Daniel writes of the End Time being a “time of trouble.” Other prophets of the Old Testament express this same characteristic describing Israel’s End Time. Although great trouble has continued to be a part of the history of Israel, the trouble Daniel speaks of in their End Time prophetically will be the greatest of all. This great trouble of Israel is known as Daniel’s Last Week.
Trouble! What a word in the English language. It covers so many contexts and produces so many effects upon and in the life. As we observed in the last article, trouble is a term that can cause distress, worry, difficulty in living, vexation, affliction, pains, exertion, cares, bother, causing effort, disturbance, agitation, disquietness, restlessness, perplexity of the mind, ill-will, injury, feelings and emotions of illness, wickedness, and pressure. It is a term covering much of what man can experience in life.
Through God’s providential powers, 2016 may go down in the annals of American history as the year when God permanently sealed our country to its foreboding death. It is still unknown at this time what powers God will finally appoint to bring this country to its knees with absolute judgment.
Global governments are increasingly gathering in the symbolical waiting room of the world’s hospital where “nations in perplexities” go to die. The news of America’s tragic decline over recent years has taken the country to the brink of its national death. What has happened to this once vivacious, vibrant nation of historic and world renown, a nation that seemed to have known the hand of God upon it? Its diagnosis is clear: the righteous foundations that so magnificently supported its greatness have been carefully dismantled, forcing both the infrastructure and the superstructure to rapidly implode.
What will be the final death stroke for America? From one perspective, only God knows what instrument of death He will use to bring about America’s demise. There are a number of powerful international leaders (along with some in our country) who are collectively working untiringly to bring about the final death blow to America. For America seems to be the last bastion of morality, truth, absolutes, and the dignity of liberty remaining on the earth. It is the final obstacle against a long-desired New World Order. Many ideological diseases have been inflicted upon this nation to weaken its strength. The strong man has been bound from within; we are now witnessing the death of this strong man. But amidst the counsel of the wicked, only God will bring the final death blow to America. His judgment will be because of our overwhelming sins and our covenant with the Prince of Darkness.
Today Christians have been called upon to live in the most treacherous time in history—a time when the evident unfolding of biblical prophecy clearly warns us of this hour in history. That which God declares to be true, contemporary man declares to be false; that which God declares to be either moral or immoral, man now declares to be the opposite. Man has either redefined or denied every divinely-appointed institution by God. Today’s humanists are a product of the ever-expanding foundations of atheism, evolution, moral relativism, freedom of inquiry, postmodernism, and the pursuit of a one-world government. …
In these crucial days a Christian husband and wife must face the future together. No greater joy could God have given under the sun than the precious life together of a man and woman as husband and wife. We must fully understand that this relationship was first divinely appointed by God, prior to the Fall, prior to children, and prior to the revelation of the Church. It was the first of social relationships that God gave to mankind. Man and wife were literally one in the beginning: she was found within him; she came from his deep sleep, she came from his bones, and she came from his flesh. She was the closest thing to him throughout all creation. God appointed them to be together for the journey of life. These two, man and woman, were together prior to the Fall. And yes, they fell together, both partaking as if it were one act of sin. Together they would face life after the Fall—its sorrows, its griefs, its agonies, its travails, and yet there would be earthly joys God would sprinkle along the way of the fallen path. …