Time Out :: By Jerry McDermott

The End Times

Hosea reminded us of God’s warning about His people perishing for lack of knowledge. Therefore, I need a few minutes of your time to detail some forthcoming events. I am sure you have complete familiarity with areas such as economics, sports, fashion, entertainment and other related activities. However, most people are not knowledgeable about religious events. Therefore, I would like to familiarize you with an area untouched by the media.

The operative words for this article are Eschatology which is a study of the End Times and Convergence (a coming together). For our purposes, it is a compendium of events for the End Times. This article is not a should-read, but a “must-read” as it affects your future. Get this wrong and the reality of your eternal future will be a hopeless, drastic existence. Many people will later cry out, “Why didn’t anyone tell me?” That is why I have chosen the title “Time Out” to get your attention for a few minutes to explain what is happening in the non-secular world. Okay, let’s begin.

An advanced summary is that all the ancient prophecies are falling into place. What I am going to describe is not meant to scare you, but to give you hope that you can avoid the forthcoming disasters.

The inescapable fact is that we are the Last Generation, and therefore we are living in the End Times. The scriptural prophets have spoken God’s words about this time repeatedly in the Bible. Their words are all coming together now in our time.

You may say, “Oh we have heard this before.” Maybe you have, but they didn’t mean anything until Israel became a Nation again in 1948. That started the clock! They have also spoken about the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Son of God who became man to show His love. In addition, most scriptural elements foretold the future of all peoples. In fact, 30 percent of the Bible is about prophecy.

Stay tuned and see where we are going with the next imminent events, the Rapture and the Tribulation which are the main elements of this discussion.

The Rapture is the instantaneous removal of Christian people to meet Jesus in the clouds and then to become heavenly dwellers. We know that this event will instantly remove millions of Christian people from the earth and that it will probably happen soon. The Tribulation period is forecasted to follow the Rapture and is literally Hell on Earth. The reason for caution and preparedness is that the predicted events for the Tribulation period have already started worldwide. Since these End Times which have been known for thousands of years are now starting to happen, it is obvious that the Rapture is imminent.

The Tribulation period is a time of worldwide deaths due to massive killings, war, pestilence and famine under the guidance of the Anti-Christ who will proclaim himself as god. Church people will not be here to answer what is happening due to their Rapture.

The timeline of the End Times is this: The Rapture of the Christian people; The Tribulation period under the Anti-Christ; The Second Coming of Christ to rule and reign.

Do not think you can breeze through the forecasted seven-year Tribulation period. The chance of surviving this period of wrath is minimal as the majority of earth’s population will be decimated. The causes also include beheadings, changes in the heavens, as well as earthly changes. These are not a mystery. Jesus discussed these future happenings two thousand years ago as reported in the 24th chapter of Matthew’s gospel of the New Testament. The Book of Revelation also details the dreadful events.

You may wonder how can this happen? It is the Satanic thrust for his kingdom. Do you recognize the growing push already for a one-world religion, government, and ruler supposedly to effect peace? These are newsworthy events every day:

Observe the Vatican attempting to pull other denominations within themselves. Note liberal Christians saying that Jesus is not the Son of God. How is it that some Christian leaders are aligning their church with the Muslims, saying that we both adore the same God? Note the push for a unified approach for global warming acceptance; examine the efforts for a new unified European army. Explain the United Nations condemning the Israeli response after the Jews were hit by 100’s of rockets from Gaza or elsewhere. Reflect on the countries surrounding Israel preparing for war.

Oh, climate change will affect everyone and is a big worry, says the media. On the contrary, Natural News on Nov. 22, 2018, reported that 97 percent of scientists said that climate change is an engineered hoax.

Something not a hoax is the growing phenomenon of the number of witches in America. These are not Hollywood creations but actual people who align themselves with Satan and have Satanic rituals. If this seems far out, maybe you have seen these reported as Wiccan activities which are the same demonic source. Have you noticed the growth of devilish movies, TV shows, pagan rituals and even pagan monuments?

The events that are happening will lead to a one-world religion, a one-world government and army with all of this under the control of a charismatic leader called the Anti-Christ. Are you not aware that the entire world is now connected electronically? The Anti-Christ will have a means to control the entire world. All of this will happen after the Rapture and is the beginning of the End Times.

Are you questioning whether we are the Last Generation? Let us take a logical approach about actual events happening every day such as crazy weather patterns; historic earthquakes of great magnitude; serious volcanos; an incredibly sinful generation and widespread unreasonable crime. On this last point, look at what scripture has already said of our generation:

“There will be terrible times in the last days. Men will be lovers of self and of money; proud; arrogant; abusive; disobedient to their parents; ungrateful; profane; inhuman; implacable; slanderous; licentious; brutal; hating the good; treacherous; reckless; pompous; lovers of pleasure rather than of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4).

Doesn’t this describe the political scene in modern America as well as our everyday news? These are the sins we see, hear and read about every day. Now add the murder of children being the number one cause of worldwide death; same sex marriage which God calls an abomination; and finally the wedding being replaced by partnerships.

Noah’s evil generation was the same; and because of this, God destroyed that generation by a flood. Our generation will not experience a worldwide flood, but we have already described the forthcoming terrors. Isn’t it evident that worldwide problems are being Satanically generated to bring forth a supposed oneness for peace and security which is the reality of the Tribulation period of the anti-Christ? Have you considered God’s wrath or do you think He is blind and deaf, unaware of what is happening to what He created anew after Noah?

Alright, take a look at another logical approach to see where we are going. The axiom is that a house divided against itself cannot stand. We have a duly elected president (Trump) that is under attack from the media, RINO’s, and the other political party. Instead of working together, all we see is verbal violence and fake news. The world cannot look favorably on the disgrace of the American Congress’s machinations. How can anyone approve such slanderous rages, not only against the American president but also against his family and against any judicial approval process?

The new political agenda is an everyday proof of a divided setup. Terrorism, drugs, and diseased people are waiting on our Southern border as confirmed by various organizations. Why are we stalled in protecting fellow Americans? How can we accept the insane power struggle between certain government departments and the executive branch?

To avoid the deranged happenings in the Last Generation, God has provided the Rapture for His believers. Some shout that this is escapism for Christians. I refute this by showing that a loving God has given divine promises for thousands of years for an eternal heavenly life with Him. To avoid a literal evil empire, He provides a haven for His followers through the Rapture. He has also given us our choice; scripture shows some will refuse His love.

Although this seems ironclad, some dispute the means. There is a general belief that there are many roads to heaven. This is quite erroneous as it really means that each person can choose how he will arrange redemption for his sins and what path he will take to eternity. The actual statement should read that there are many roads to hell!

Scripture explained it this way: The gate to heaven is narrow and the path difficult. The gate to hell is wide, along with the road leading to it. Note that there is only one road to Hell per scripture. That is because any sin ensures a walk on the Hellish road.  Therefore, if you get the sin part wrong, it is an eternal problem that cannot be fixed.

As for the ways and means to heaven, Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” The obvious conclusion is that there is only one way to heaven, and that is through Him.

Some believe that the Christian way is too easy. It involves asking Him to forgive our sins. Here is the problem: for too many years, the accent was on us doing something or having an indulgence to forgive our sins. By the request of the Heavenly Father, His Son accepted all our sins by His death on the cross. Therefore, since all our sins have been forgiven, our task is not to work for salvation but to ask for forgiveness, and to accept what Christ has done for us, repenting for our sins. With this action, we are saved and will be one of the Rapture entrants, thus escaping the drama of the Tribulation and the strong potential of a violent death.

This is confirmed in the Bible: “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe n your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).