The Fallout from the 2018 Election
There were no real big surprises in last week’s midterm election. As generally predicted, the Democrats won control of the House, and Republicans kept control of the Senate. There were four key battles that Republicans won despite massive support from the liberal media.
- Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King, who is accused of having strident anti-immigrant rhetoric, secured a ninth term in Congress, beating Democratic opponent J.D. Scholten.
- Texas Senate incumbent Ted Cruz defeated opponent Beto O’Rourke, which was one of the most talked about races this midterm election. Beto raised more than $38 million in the third quarter, three times the amount Cruz raised in that same period, and about $100 million overall. Much of that money came from Hollywood donors who hoped to turn Beto into the next JFK-type superstar.
- Andrew Gillum, whose campaign drew the attention of the likes of Barack Obama who campaigned with him in the final days, was looking to be the first black governor in the history of Florida. Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, was surrounded by a cloud of corruption scandals. Leftist Polls released a day before the election showed him with a seven point lead, but in reality he lost by 2 points.
- The press did its best to avert the backlash against those who voted against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Yet Democratic Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Florida’s Bill Nelson all suffered defeat. “Every Dem Senator in a competitive race who voted against Kavanaugh lost,” tweeted Tom Bevan, Co-founder of RealClearPolitics.
The Democrats had their best showing at the polls by pushing the diversity agenda. If you are part of some sub-group, there is a place for you in their party. Here are some headlines that show how the left is moving us away from traditional Christian values:
First Openly Gay Person Elected Governor: Colorado
Native American Lesbian Wins House Seat
Rashida Tlaib, First Muslim Congresswoman
Florida to Restore Ex-felon Voting Rights
3 States Legalize Marijuana for Recreational or Medical Use
The loss of the House will mean that the speaker of the House is likely to be Nancy Pelosi. The 78-year-old Democrat from San Francisco, California, who was House Speaker from 2007 to 2011.
Throughout the 2018 midterms, Republicans tried to connect Democratic candidates to Pelosi – they’ve run more than 250 anti-Pelosi TV ads in some 75 House districts during the last months of the campaign. Some candidates saw the need to repudiate Pelosi, but most didn’t even respond to the ads.
It is just amazing that she has been to more gay parades than I’ve had birthdays, and people in Red states don’t care that they are voting for someone who will have Pelosi as their leader. Few people care about moral issues these days. So, as long as they have job growth and strong health care, they don’t mind if America turns into Sodom and Gomorrah.
Another fallout from the Democrats having won control of the House of Representatives: the Trump administration can expect to be hit by a wave of investigations and subpoena requests from Capitol Hill. There are dozens of House committees and subcommittees, and each no doubt has its own to-do list. Three of the worst people in politics will likely head powerful offices:
The Oversight Committee may come under the chairmanship of Elijah Cummings.
The House Intelligence Committee could be led by Adam Schiff.
The House Financial Services Committee could be headed by Maxine Waters.
The person I dread most gaining power is Maxine Waters. Nancy Pelosi has something wrong with her brain, so she can do little damage under her own power. Waters has a tenacity that comes from the pit of hell. She has called for the impeachment of Trump from the day he stepped into office. Waters is dumb and old, but she is pure evil.
“Last August, Waters moved unsuccessfully to subpoena Deutsche Bank AG for records concerning ‘internal reviews of the personal accounts of the President and his family,’ as well as more information about fees levied against the bank concerning lax money-laundering detection policies that could have allowed Russian operatives to funnel cash without a paper trail,” Fox News reported.
Overall, I think the 2018 election perfectly fits the Bible’s description of the last days. Because we are so near to the tribulation hour, everything is naturally doomed to relentlessly get “worse and worse” as deception permeates society. We Christians have hope that Jesus will soon rescue us from this mess.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).
Satan, the great deluder–the infernal illusionist–has muddled one of God’s most wonderful promises. As a matter of fact, it is the second most wonderful promise in God’s Word. Both promises, numbers one and two, are inextricably linked.
Paul the apostle reveals that second promise as follows: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
Paul further elucidates this tremendous promise of God to those who belong to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Again, Satan–Lucifer, the fallen one–has used every nefarious tool in his bag of tricks to muddle this great promise from the Almighty. He has particularly done so during the last several centuries.
Muddling this promise fits into the devil’s scheme to strike at the very heart of God’s redemptive plan for mankind. That plan–the salvation of the souls of lost human beings–is the first of the two great promises from the heart of God. This first is linked to the second by the one and only way to receive redemption, explained by none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is that link. The Lord answered His disciple, Thomas: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14: 6).
Man’s understanding of how to “cometh to the father” is the matter Satan desires to muddy. He has done a dangerously good job of doing so.
Even the current pope of the Roman Catholic Church preaches that there are many ways to Heaven. This is in direct violation of what the Lord Jesus Christ said. He is the perfect, sinless, Lamb who died, was buried, and resurrected for the redemption of mankind and should know. Yet the religionists of the world promote their own particular ways to attain salvation.
Again, Pope Francis has said that everyone–even atheists–will one day be redeemed. Satan has indeed managed to darken humanity’s pathway to redemption.
So, it is no wonder that there is such controversy–so much misunderstanding and deliberate confounding–about this second most important promise so closely linked to salvation itself. Sadly, in my view, even Christian theological seminaries join in the corruption of truth regarding this great “mystery” Paul unveiled in that 1 Corinthians 15 account of the Rapture of the Church. These institutions for the most part hold that Jesus’ own words about this great promise to God’s people–the Church–have nothing to do with the Rapture.
Paul called this event a “mystery” that he was revealing. He was, he said, showing the facts surrounding that promise to all believers of this Church Age (Age of Grace). The seminaries for the most part say that this was the first unveiling of the Rapture–that Jesus or the prophets never previously revealed this promise of snatching believers from Planet Earth, both living and dead.
I beg to differ–dogmatically.
Paul the great apostle was revealing a mystery that was, until that point, wrapped up in the words from the lips of the Creator of all things–Jesus, Himself. The Lord told His disciples about His coming death and going to the Father. But, they understood none of it. It was a complete mystery to them. Paul unveils the truth of what Jesus was promising. That is the “mystery” the apostle was showing all believers who were to come afterward.
Here is the mystery the Lord Jesus pronounced that Paul was later to reveal: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3).
Jesus plainly laid out His next intervention into the affairs of mankind, as we have seen a number of times by examining the “days of Noah, days of Lot” prophecies of Matthew 24:36-42 and Luke 17:26-30. It should be noted that most seminaries hold that this has nothing to do with Christ’s coming in the Rapture, just as they that deny John 14:1-3 has anything to do with the Rapture.
These teach that, in both instances, the Scriptures involved allude to Christ’s Second Advent (Revelation 19: 1), not the Rapture. Again, I adamantly disagree.
Jesus says in John 14:1-3 that He “receives” believers to Himself and goes with them directly to the Father’s House, where He, Himself, has prepared places for them. In the Second Advent, He comes all the way to Planet Earth, bringing the saints with Him from Glory.
In the “days of Noah, days of Lot prophecy,” He says that business on earth will be going along in a rather brisk fashion–indicating, perhaps, even a “boom.” At the Second Advent, when He comes back with the saints from Heaven, as many as three-fourths of humanity will have died due to the great wrath and judgment that will come upon the planet during the Tribulation, the last seven years preceding Christ’s Second Coming. That certainly will not be a time of “business as usual.”
We are in a time of economic “boom” at this very moment in America–although the evil in the world is raging and growing worse. That “mystery” taught by Paul the apostle, unveiling the words Jesus issued in prophecy as recorded in John 14:1-3, I believe, is “even at the door” (Matthew 24:33).
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