Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.“
2 Timothy 3:1-7 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.“
I remember as a very young boy being on our 30-day Leave Vacation, driving to the State of Washington to be with Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles and cousins. Back in those days, we never had 4 or even 2- lane Highways; it was simply 2 lanes all the way there. My Dad would always drive – and in every case, for far too many miles and hours. The problem was, it took four full days to drive there and then back, so we would have 22 days to enjoy.
As was the entire trip, my Sister and I would spend a lot of time sitting up front and talking to my Dad, helping to keep him awake and cognizant. Back in those days, everyone had a job to do. That was just the way things were.
I remember riding along for several hours, and then I would ask, “Are we at the Deck yet?” What I truly meant was the “Dock,” which we had to ride on a Ferry to Orcus Island. “Not yet Son; we still have a long ways to go.” And of course there were a string of Cafes and three-dollar Motels to visit. Things were very different back then; a Three-Dollar Motel would be clean and tidy, and we would stay just long enough for Dad to get some rest, about 4-6 hours.
The cafes were the best: good food, Country Music playing, and a chance to stretch our legs. Those old cars were hard, rough rides, but would last forever! Gasoline back then was around 20 cents a gallon; and every station was clean, with many people for the different jobs. We had many distractions along the way, including an occasional Picnic.
Please remember, that trip was in two directions, so games were essential…for everyone’s sanity! Ha Ha! From Texas to Washington State was a little over 4 thousand miles, and we loved every mile of it – well…except for my Dad.
We always had to have a Picnic in the Mountains of Colorado, such a wonderful place…back then: Pikes Peak, Santa’s Workshop, Inn of the Gods – everything was clean and well taken care of. How different things are today…from back then! Everywhere we went, people were nice and always helpful: a thermos of coffee at no cost, and they always gave me the little creamers. Mom used to want them, but then would say, “No! Donnie boy, you drink them; they go right to my hips!” Whatever that meant…right?
Of course, back then there were things like “Respect for others” which, it would seem, is so lacking everywhere today.
A hamburger back then was so cheap, yet so good and filling; and it was always served with a smile from the waitress. A Family of four could easily eat for less than 10 Dollars, and that included an occasional Coke Cola…a REAL Coke Cola, That is! Everywhere we went, people were working hard; things needed to be clean and ready. Of course, we were living in the Eisenhower Era. Needless to say, I loved those times. We were safe and happy; we were together and having a great time!
Yuppers, things took a little longer back then driving; but all in all, the trip was really nice and the people were great.
For a moment, may I refer you back to the two passages of Scripture at the beginning of this article? Am I the only one that notices how different everything is today, even on long trips? That second verse in 2 Timothy has truly come to bear! Go to any City today and the violence is unbelievable! In other words, there is NO RESPECT for anyone or anything!
Go ahead and try to purchase a “Good Quality” Hamburger. It’s always pre-frozen meat and bread. And GIVE you anything? You best walk in there with 100’s of dollars in your pocket, because everything is high priced! And you can forget those smiles and well wishes from anyone.
No one cares anymore; you as a customer are a nuisance and a bother. And this is from High-School-aged people that do not want to be there. Work for an income? You must be crazy…money is to be given to them because they are so wonderful. Trust me; I am surprised that very few ever get sick from the food, it’s that bad nowadays. And best of all, you get to pump your own gas, at least to the tune of $3.00 a gallon! What has happened, ya’ll?
Watch the News today and see how our Politicians are “Robbing you and me!” They Tax the Elderly for their Social Security…or at least, they tax mine! Our Troops have little in the way of income, and The Lord have mercy if you are Retired from the Military.
Can you say “Evil in High places?” Burn our own Flag, Throw it on the ground and walk on it? Sending Millions from countries that hate us? Turning a “Blind Eye” to criminals in High Places, sweeping the crimes under the rug, so to speak. And the list goes on and on, presumably without end…and everyone is okay with this? Please, re-read that second Passage of Scripture once again. Here’s another one for ya:
Luke 17:26-30 “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.“
The violence will be such that it will rise to the ears of the Lord God. Remember what happened afterwards…The Flood. And as it was in the days of Lot, the Lord destroyed the entire area with Fire and Brimstone. Do you think we are there…today? I surely do!
Luke 17:1-2 “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.“
The Lord calls us “These little ones!” This being the case and we are seeing Prophecy coming to bear, how bad do you think this world has become? Do you believe the Lord God hears everything that is going on today? Please remember, The Lord God is “All Powerful, everywhere at once, and knows everything.” Omni-Present, Omniscient, Omni-Powerful. And what do we call everything going on nowadays? SIN.
Have you noticed that the young are dying at younger ages? Have you noticed the Pestilence across the world is worse by the day, and even eradicated diseases are back? Look at Tuberculosis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Polio. Then there’s the outbreak of Cryptosporidium, so much Heart Disease (CAD), Strokes and the like? Do you realize the “Last Days” are here and now? Once the Lord comes for HIS Own in the Rapture, things afterward are truly going to be “Hell on Earth!” Here’s the reason… SIN.
Okay…you don’t like hearing about that? Well, let me say this: YOU need to take your Sin to the Cross of Jesus Christ and let HIS Blood cover that Sin; otherwise, YOU will NOT see Heaven. MY Friends…it does NOT matter who you are…YOU need Jesus Christ! There is no better time than right now…to make that crucial decision to follow Jesus Christ. If you do not do anything else in your life, that decision is the Ultimate. And, my Friends, You must be sincere about that decision. There are no halves to be had; it is 100% or nothing. Here’s the important thing…YOU must do this for YOU.
No one can Pray you into Heaven; it does NOT work that way, and the Bible says so. You do this for yourself…or it will be a total waste of your time. Be angry at me; that’s okay, but you must make that decision, and you must do so with your entire Heart. Jesus Christ IS the ONLY WAY to Heaven!
Think you have it bad right now? Wait till after the Rapture…you’ll be horrified…to say the least! And to think, my Friends, it was your choice the entire time. I did NOT say all this; the Lord God said so in HIS Holy Word, the Bible. Read it…while you still have time to do so. Just so you know…The Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ…is really…really…CLOSE!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.“
All Scripture comes from the King James Version of the Bible.