We, as the citizens of the United States of America, have a major decision to make in the coming election. In my humble opinion it seems to boil down to whether or not we want to continue to maintain our own sovereignty (self-rule) as a nation or yield/submit ourselves to another organization that has proven itself to be a miserable failure thus far—the United Nations and/or the coming New World Order that the Scriptures predict would come in the last days (Daniel 2:40-43).
Why will God allow men to defy Him and set up a one-world government and how long will it last (Proverbs 14:12; John 15:5)? What should the world leaders be doing (Psalm 2)?What will you do?You have a choice.
Lowest of Men
Why have we degenerated to such a low level of morality?There is an answer found in Romans 1:18-32. The Scriptures tell us “That the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, [and] gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest [basest] of men” (Daniel 4:17). Keep in mind that no one gets into power without His permission (Daniel 2:21).
Things to Come
About 2,600 years ago God revealed to wicked King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon His plan for “Things to Come” (Daniel 2, 7). Much of it has been fulfilled already. But the “Day of Man” seems to be coming to an end. During the seven years of the Tribulation over half of the world’s population will die from wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes (Revelation 6-19; Matthew 24:7). The social engineers of this world would like to reduce the population down to about 500 million people.
The down trodden people of the world are longing for peace on earth. They are looking for someone, anyone to bring it to them. Such a person is probably alive right now and waiting in the wings for the “right crisis” to occur for him to step on to the stage and offer to the world his peace proposal. Do you know what event could trigger it (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? (Read some disturbing quotes here: http://www.arewelivinginthelastdays.com/com/quotes.html)
The Hated Jews
Even though the nation of Israel is marginalized and despised by most of the countries of the world, this “man of lawlessness – the Antichrist” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12) will come on the scene and make a seven-year peace agreement with the Jews (Daniel 9:27). Perhaps this will be in exchange for their right to protect themselves against their sworn enemies whose agenda is to wipe them off the face of the earth once and for all as Hitler tried to do
It may involve Israel’s having to relinquish their nuclear weapons to this man who will promise to protect that tiny Jewish nation from their enemies.Do you know when and why the Antichrist will break his agreement with the Jews? What will he do during the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation? When and where does the campaign of Armageddon take place (Matthew 24:15 ff, Revelation 12-19)? What horrific thing will happen to all the armies of the world that come against Israel (Zechariah 14:12-15)?
No, the books of Daniel and Revelation, which many people allegorize or spiritualize rather than interpret literally, reveal what is in store for the future of mankind. A special blessing is promised to those who read the book of Revelation and to those who hear the words of this prophecy, and who keep (guard in their hearts) those things that are written in it (Revelation 1:3). Hiding your head in the sand won’t make the problems of the world go away. There is only one Person who can bring in lasting peace – “The Prince of Peace – The Lord Jesus Christ” (Isaiah 9:6, 7).
It may be that we are about to witness what the Scriptures have predicted would take place. The world is ripe for judgment even as major earthquakes are overdue in the state of California and in other parts of the world. The 9.0 earthquake in Japan several years ago (which our two children survived) was minor in comparison to what is yet to come (Matthew 24:7). The movie “2012” shook some people up for a little while.
Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion Of The Christ also brought some people to tears as they thought about the unjust sufferings of Christ. But did they come away knowing why Christ died and rose again bodily from the dead? It was designed by God to display His love for those of us who have sinned against God (John 3:16);all of us deserve to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). Christ died in our place for our sins…and rose again bodily to demonstrate to us that God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10).
Even though God has provided forgiveness and eternal life to all mankind, and not just to a few people, it is not secured until we place our faith in Christ alone to save us (John 1:12; Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works or by faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).
If someone were to ask you, “Why should God let you into heaven?” what would you say? If you included any of your good works, you are “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2) and you aren’t headed for heaven. Get help immediately so you can be assured from Scripture (1 John 5:13) that you have met God’s only condition for entrance into heaven (Acts 4:12; 16:31).
The Good News (gospel) that we must believe to be saved is that “Christ died for our sins… and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Believing in/on Christ through this message will result in our being saved from the lake of fire and entering heaven.
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Don’t waste or kill time.Live each day as though it might be your last day on earth or the last day of someone whom you love and/or know. This is what I often told our son, Bill, before he died on Easter Sunday. He made a difference in the lives of others.Will you?
Wm. Kelsey Pietsch
Pastor, Grace Baptist Church
Paso Robles, CA