Bridge over the Abyss
By William T. James
You and I are privileged to be living at the most exciting time in
the history of the human race. Why is this the most exciting
time? Is it because people of this generation are witnessing the
formation of governmental power spheres precisely configured
like those prophesied for the end of the age?
Is this the most exciting time to be alive because socioeconomic,
technological, and religious conditions seem to be rearranging in
the exact order that God's Word predicts they will be as the
climax of history approaches? Or are these the most exciting
times because the geophysical and astrophysical worlds around
us more and more display dynamic upheaval like those
prophesied for the apocalypse (awesome displays such as great
earthquakes, violent storms, environment-changing volcanoes,
devastating floods, and spectacular stellar cataclysms-for
example, comets slamming into planets)?
Fear can be a powerful stimulus upon the process of generating
excitement. Since the indicators strongly suggest that we stand at
the very precipice of that horrific period that Jesus called the
great tribulation, these are fearful signals indeed. Certainly,
however, it would be inaccurate to say that it is a privilege to live
in times that are exciting based solely on the fearful events we
see occurring all around us. To be privileged implies living in
conditions that are enjoyable. Fear-engendered excitement
produces no enjoyment for rational-thinking people.
Steps Leading into the Abyss
News accounts coming at us in barrage after barrage from the
many media outlets around the world report in large measure the
most tragic aspects of the human condition. None are more tragic
than instances of violence against children. Nothing that man
perpetrates against his fellowman tears at our hearts more than
the beastly activities engaged in by child pornographers.
A recent account involving child pornography sheds light on this
sin-putrefied symptom of our times.
The report detailed the indictment of 16 men on charges they
participated in an international Internet pedophilia ring in which
members once chatted on-line
while a 10-year-old girl was being molested According
to the report, the men belonged to a club, a " chat room
in which users swapped stories about child sex and conspired
to produce and exchange sexually explicit images of girls as
young as 5. .. .'
Although we can be thankful that this particular abominable
operation was crushed, it was, statistics tell us, only the proverbial
tip of the iceberg. The knowledge that even one child is at this
very moment being subjected to such
horrendous activity is heart-shattering. Yet thousands, perhaps
millions, around the world endure this vileness which must
regurgitate directly from the mind of Satan himself.
Child pornographers exhibit the fact that they are "without natural
affection"-one of the major characteristics that Paul the apostle
said would mark the end of the age (2 Timothy 3:3). For who
with God-given natural affection can look into the beautiful, bright-
eyed faces of little ones and conjure up the absolute abomination
of child pornography?
The Homosexuality-Abortion Euthanasia Connection
How Satan hates God's creation called man! The creature God
loved so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for
continues to follow in the devil's footprints, which lead to the
Homosexuality is now termed "gay." The act that God indicts as
being an abomination the Satan-controlled minds of men now call
bright, happy, and alternate lifestyle. Despite the reality that AIDS
and other deadly diseases such as hepatitis are directly
attributable to their "gay lifestyle"-thus making it in fact a death-
dealing existence-they refuse to cease their life-ending activity.
God's Word says that they receive in themselves the recompense
of their error which is fitting (Romans 1:27). God, in other words,
says that they get what they deserve when they refuse to repent
of their abominable activity.
Homosexuality cannot procreate, which further attests that
Luciferian hatred is behind it. How better to kill off the human
Abortion in the United States is a highly profitable business that
delivers death on demand. Congress, as of this
writing, is considering making legal the French-produced RU486
Reprobate thinking dominates our culture today thinking that calls
good evil and evil good, thinking that condones killing for the
sake of expediency. As proof that ours is a generation steeped
in reprobate thinking-that is, thinking that is convoluted,
irrational, and even demented consider the following.
Rational, loving parents would never for a moment think about
giving their child a cyanide capsule. Many of these same
parents, however, would support legalizing the abortion pill and
would themselves take the pills, effectively poisoning their
children in the womb. Death on demand is made attractive
when it is legitimized and comes nicely merchandized and
packaged. Expedience and convenience declare to the
reprobate mindset that the unwanted pregnancy equates merely
to an upset stomach or a headache that must have a quick fix.
Euthanasia raises its Luciferian head during the last days of
societal collapse. Whether considering the ancient Babylonians,
Greeks, Romans, Mayans, Incas, or Aztecs-or the more recent
atrocities inflicted upon those under the Nazi regime, the
systematic murdering of sick, disabled, and elderly people
marked those cultures in the last stages of their decline and fall.
Unwanted people were and continue to be discarded through
genocide, such as that currently taking place in China, where girl
babies reportedly are drowned by the millions.
Satan's hatred for God's creation called man is easily observable
in our own time. "Dr. Death" is the nickname given a medical
doctor who routinely involves himself in so-called "assisted
suicides." The doctor's own words obviously betray his feelings
about the sanctity of life and the Creator who gives it:
During a luncheon before the National Press Club, [Dr. Jack]
Kevorkian defended himself and attacked the religious
community, boasting: "Had Christ died in my van, with people
around him who loved him, [it] would have been far more
Attempts made to convict him of murder have thus far failed.
With each failure of justice comes the desensitizing effects.
Ours is a generation quickly becoming anesthetized to the fact
that euthanasia is murder. How near we must be to the time
when God says, "Enough is enough!"
Homosexuality-abortion-euthanasia are inalterably linked to
Satan's ravenous desire to destroy human beings. God's Word
says that Satan "as a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom
he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
These rampant anti-God activities increasingly find
acceptance, even among those who call themselves Christians. But homosexuality, abortion, and euthanasia represent a satanically inspired death wish for all people. Individually and collectively, these hellish practices oppose
the one and only Lifegiver.
The Drug Abyss
God's prophetic Word tells us in unequivocal terms about the
rebellious, blasphemous generation that will populate planet
Earth during the time of the apocalypse, the closing years of this
earth age, which Jesus referred to as a period of great
"Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries,
nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts" (Revelation 9:21).
The word "sorcery" is translated from the Greek word
pharmakeia. The approximate equivalent is the English word
"pharmacy," which means the art of preparing and dispensing
Drugs will flow through the veins of that endtime generation
while those people blaspheme God even though they know His
judgment is upon them. The people of apocalypse will refuse to
repent and turn from their total immersion in drug addiction and
every other imaginable sin even though their very souls hang in
Our evening newscasts are all we need to validate that we are
already waist-deep in a cesspool of illicit drugs. Every crime on
the books, it seems, can in one way or another be linked to the
mind-altering poisons routinely distributed on the streets of every
city in America. We have only to recall our last local news
broadcast to remember a reporter saying something like
"...police believe this [shooting, murder, robbery, etc.] was
Gangs with members as young as seven years old willingly
become slaves to drugs and the dealers who live luxuriantly on
the billions of dollars generated. Governments are demonstrably
inadequate to the task of stopping or even curbing drug
trafficking. Politicians promise wars on drugs but inevitably
prove impotent in fulfilling those promises once the
electioneering is over.
A recent news item testifies that politicians and their
mouthpieces view the drug problem as nothing to be concerned
about, even if their own staff members are alleged to be heavily
involved in illicit drug usage.
Barry McCaffrey, national drug control policy director, asked in
Washington that all politicians stop trying to make an issue of
whether an opponent has used drugs because "no good can
come from it," adding, "Drug use was a generational thing, and
we should just accept that and move on."
Drug infection gushes through the nation's and the world's
bloodstream, not only degenerating thought processes, but
feeding lust and greed as well. Paul's words ring true today:
"The love of money is the root of all evil" (I Timothy 6: 10).
People of the great tribulation era will not repent of their
sorceries because, like the addicts and dealers of this present
hour, they will be willing to pay any price to continue feeding
their insatiable appetites. The tremendous growth we are
witnessing in illicit drug trade is a foreshock of the coming
Antichrist and his system-a system which will, no doubt, at the
outset of Antichrist's reign, promise seemingly brilliant solutions
to all problems, including those involving illicit drugs.
The Economic Abyss
Governmental and business institutions grow increasingly
concerned about instability within world money markets. Stock
market record highs, followed by wild fluctuations, cause worry
and sometimes panic for global financial analysts. Despite the
chaos, international banking conglomerates continue to merge
and meld and network into what surely will soon become a one-
world economic order.
The exponential growth in computer technology is without
question moving our generation toward the time prophesied in
Again, Antichrist will offer solutions to unbelievably complex
fiscal problems produced when the four horsemen of the
Apocalypse ride across the world, bringing war, famine,
pestilence, and death. "It's the economy, stupid" might have been
a catchy-if somewhat deceptive-political slogan during the 1992
U.S. presidential campaign. Such a slogan will not be necessary
during that future time of
tremendous economic turmoil. Everyone will be agonizingly
aware of the abyss in which they will be mired. They will beg
the beast and his totalitarian system of computer control to
institute world order.
Gods of the Abyss
New Age thought runs throughout government, business, and
religion at all levels. Sadly, even evangelical Christianity suffers
with New Age infection.
The same serpent who seduced Adam and Eve with the lie
promising that they would be as God when they ate from the
forbidden tree now whispers in the desensitized ears of this
generation the same lie: " You will become gods when you
follow the New Age pathways laid out for you by the
ascended masters." But they are pathways leading to the
endtime abyss of apocalypse.
Lucifer's soothing lie that proposes many ways to God's
salvation salves the guilt-ridden conscience of fallen man. It
appeals to the supremely arrogant pride that mankind inherited
from father Adam when that first man determined to disobey his
Creator and instead accept Satan's offer of godhood.
People today by and large think of salvation, of going to heaven
when they die, as obtainable through self-effort. If one lives a
good life, God will weigh this against the bad and the person will
be found worthy based upon his or her personal
accomplishments on the side of good. They need no atoning
sacrifice by Jesus Christ to save them. Such is a narrow-minded
concept they reject, even though the still, small voice convicts
them of the truth during those lonely, empty times when their
souls yearn for something, for someone to fill the void.
Doug Groothuis, assistant professor at Denver Seminary, and
noted researcher and author on the New Age movement,
recently pointed out who Jesus Christ is-rather, wasaccording to
New Age thinking. He addressed the fact that New Age
thought proclaims that there is no need for a Redeemer.
The emphasis on Christ is not Christ as the unique and final
liberator, the saviour of the human race because of what He's
done through His [crucifixion and resurrection], but that He is
kind of an example, the model for what we can do. Jesus was a
man who [tapped into] the Christ energy for the Christ
Potential. ... It's not biblical Christianity at all .... I
Groothuis, in further explaining the insidious influence the New
Age movement inflicts on this generation, talked about Jean
Houston, the New Age guru who spent considerable time with
America's First Lady in the White House during the summer of
1996 as part of the now-famous Eleanor Roosevelt contact
[Jean Houston] is very influential. She leads seminars all over
the country and in fact all over the world basically on how to
release the divine potential within us all. She has referred to
herself as a global midwife. She means by that ... we all have
god within us. We all have the fullness of [deity] within us. But
that somehow this god within us is stuck and we don't realize it,
we don't actualize it so it's up to people like her to tell us we are
divine and how to put that energy out into the world .
Groothuis went on to say that New Age theosophy purports that
there is a latent, divine energy that makes up the universe. God
is that energy. But there is no distinction
between the Creator and the creation. Everything is one and we
are all part of that great cosmic unity.
Groothuis said that according to Jean Houston and other New
... the problem of the human race, the reason we have
ecological problems, military crises, economic crises, etc., is not
because of human sin against a holy God that has affected us
all. It's because somehow we are suffering from a kind of
divine amnesia. We have forgotten the divinity within
ourselves. So her role is to be a catalyst or midwife to bring out
the latent divinity inside of all Of US ....
Groothuis said that consulting channelers, mediums, and
indulging in other occultic techniques to achieve one's goals
instead of going to God in prayer is dangerous. He said, "... in
fact, doing this sort of thing can lead to some kind of encounter
with the demonic. We have to remember that Paul said Satan
himself masquerades as an angel of light.... If [anything] is
leading away from Christ and His gospel, then it's not of God."'
Despite such warnings, mankind strives pridefully closer to the
abyss and eternal separation from God. One of the New Age
movement's most reknowned contemporary leaders sums up the
audacious claim that man does not need God because he is God!
The great and growing interest in Eastern philosophy and
religion, in reincarnation or the law of rebirth and the power of
mind over matter, this is part of a great shift in consciousness
which is everywhere taking place and a direct result of our
sense that the old molds of thought and feeling are no longer
adequate to express our
growing awareness of reality, thus revealing a readiness for a
There is no doubt of a spiritual awakening which is everywhere
taking place, which must eventually lead to an era of world
brotherhood. The keynote of the coming Age of Aquarius.
What is happening now is the outcome of inner forces which are
affecting great changes in human thinking and consciousness.
This will result in the complete reorganization of the world's
institutions and social structures which no longer answer man's
This will entail the reorganization of our political, economic, and
financial systems along more rational and just lines.'
New Agers will achieve their paradigm shift to a society that is
the antithesis of what God intended for man. The most vicious
dictator ever known will then rule over that darkest period in
human history, the black abyss of apocalypse.
The Bridge over the Abyss
People do not need to discover, then nurture, the Christ-
consciousness within themselves. No such entity exists. People
need Jesus Christ to fulfill the God-shaped void that exists within
every man, woman, and child born since Adam brought sin into
the world, thus separating himself and his progeny from God.
The Carpenter of Nazareth rebuilt the bridge over the abyss of
eternal separation with timber constructed in the shape of the
old rugged cross upon which He willingly bled and died for you
and me. Christ's atoning sacrifice is God's chosen way to
reconcile us to Himself. There is none other.
Foreshocks of the coming Antichrist are everywhere. Those
fearful signals that the beast of Revelation 13 could very soon
make his appearance upon the world stage should produce for
the Christian not excitement based upon fear, but excitement
based upon joyful anticipation. We are promised not Antichrist
but Jesus Christ! (Read Revelation 3: 10 and John 14.)
No prophecy stands between this generation and the rapture.
Christ's return for His church in the air above planet Earth is
imminent. You too can be part of those who excitedly anticipate
that unimaginably exhilarating microsecond wheniesus shouts
"COME UP HITHER!"
Accept Him today and receive God's inward peace which
assures that in life or in death, you are His own. So shall we
ever be with the Lord.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.