The Red Herring Mob :: By Daniel Payne

We live in a very cowardly world, where the politically correct mob can now force just about anyone to bend to their collective will of false morality.

As is obvious to any cognizant human being alive today, the world writes its own moral code. The world’s moral code is in direct opposition to God’s moral code, as written in the Holy Bible.

God says that He created the earth and all life on it (Genesis 1:1).

The world says that all life evolved from itself without God.

God says that we should honor authority (Romans 13:1, Titus 3:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 1 Peter 2:13).

The world says that if you disagree with anything about those in authority such as your local law enforcement, your employer, your teacher, or your parents, then rebel by any force necessary until they buckle under your pressure.

God says that law enforcement exists for peace and security (Romans 13:3-4).

The world says abolish all law enforcement.

God says to love even your enemies, let alone your own families (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27-36, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:8).

The world says eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth.

God says only men and women should marry each other (Genesis 2:24, Ephesians 5:31).

The world says men should marry men, and women should marry women.

God says once married, a man and a woman should stay married (Matthew 5:32, Luke 16:18, Romans 7:2, 1 Corinthians 7:39, 1 Timothy 3:2).

The world says you should divorce and remarry as many times as you want.

God says no sex before marriage (1 Corinthians 7:2, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Thessalonians 4:3).

The world says have as much sex with as many people as you want, whether you’re married or not, so long as you’re protected from VD.

God says that human life exists and that it is valuable in the womb (Psalm 22:10, Isaiah 49:5, Jeremiah 1:5, Galatians 1:15).

The world says you can end the life that is in your womb anytime and in any way that you want.

God says that all races that believe in Jesus become one equal race in Christ (Galatians 3:28).

The world says that one unequal race is responsible for all crimes against all other races, in order to produce more hatred and racism amongst all races.

And on, and on, the list can go.

Why does the world continue to rewrite the moral laws of God in its own image? To distract each other from actually following the moral laws of God.

It stands to reason that if there’s only one respected source of moral ethics and justice, then that one source will be the standard by which all other morals are judged. When the Bible was that one most respected source of law and justice in America, then America was a safer and more prosperous land.

Since Satan hates God, he deceives his followers into rejecting and rebelling against God’s moral laws. Satan has to use a replacement moral code in order to deceive those who are hardhearted into believing that they’re doing the right thing.

And that’s the Red Herring of the world’s mob-rule false morality.

Joseph Wu from the University of Cambridge defines a red herring as: a rhetorical device and fallacy that is often difficult to spot. A red herring occurs when something is introduced to an argument that misleads or distracts from the relevant issue.

It seems that the most relevant issue today is to bring about peace on earth. True peace can only be brought about by following God’s recipe for peace and security. False peace, resulting in riots and war, is brought about by following Satan’s red herring mob-rule recipe for “peace and security.”

Without the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit of God, any human can be deceived by Satan:

“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24).

In order to receive the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit given by God’s amazing grace, you have to repent and believe in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the Son of God for your sins, and His resurrection unto life.

You actually have to admit that the world’s morals are not God’s morals. You have to admit that you are a sinner. After you are eternally saved, only then will you have the right attitude toward God and a clear understanding of the false morality preached by the world.

Before you can have the right attitude, you have to receive understanding provided by the Holy Spirit.

Before the Holy Spirit will provide you with understanding, you have to confess all of your sins and accept God’s salvation.

Before you can confess your sins, you have to have conviction of all of your sins.

Before you can be truly convicted of your sins, you must ask God for mercy.

Before you ask God for mercy, you must humble yourself.

Before you can humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, you must soften your heart.

Before you can soften your heart, you must first set aside your pride.

“‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:5b-7).

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9).

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame’” (Romans 10:9-11).

Do not be deceived!

The Thunder Heard ‘Round The World :: By Daniel Payne

A recent article posted by a brother here on R.R. got me thinking: what exactly will the rest of the world hear the moment that the true remnant church is snatched from the face of the earth?

The Rapture will, of course, involve the entire surface of the planet. The Rapture will likely be a physical, as well as a spiritual event. God’s Word says that, at the Rapture, believers will be given their physical bodies, equipped for life in eternity with the Lord:

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (Corinthians 15:52-53).

From living believers positioned at various locations above ground, and the earthly bodies of those returning with Jesus buried at various locations underground and underwater, it’s possible a type of nuclear fission/fusion will shake nearly every molecule in every location on earth.

According to the Duke Energy Nuclear Information Center, fission is the splitting of a heavy, unstable nucleus into two lighter nuclei, and fusion is the process where two light nuclei combine together, releasing vast amounts of energy.

Not only will a widespread physical event take place at the Rapture, but the voice of the Lord will also ring out.

Incidentally, the trumpet that will sound at the Rapture will be the last trumpet blown for the true remnant church. More trumpet blasts will be heard by the rest of the world in the days following the Rapture.

Along with the sound of a trumpet at the Rapture, there will also be the sound of the Lord’s voice. Speaking of the Lord’s voice, this is what those who were with Jesus heard when the Father spoke to Him from heaven:

“‘Father, glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came out of heaven: ‘I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.’ So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, ‘An angel has spoken to Him’” (John 12:28-29).

Some people in the crowd understood that a voice spoke from heaven, yet others who were there only heard thunder. A similar situation occurred when the Lord spoke from heaven to Paul, prior to his conversion:

“And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.’ The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one” (Acts 9:5-7).

Some of those with Saul understood that they heard a voice from heaven, yet apparently there were others present who did not understand:

“And I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me” (Acts 22:8-9).

Could it be that those who were with Paul when the Lord spoke to him from heaven, and did not understand His voice, also heard thunder like those without understanding who were with Jesus? Maybe.

According to various examples in the Word of God, the voice of God resembles the sound of thunder. The voice of an angel can also sound like thunder. Even when what the Lord speaks is understood, those who hear His voice still describe it as sounding like thunder:

Job 37:4-5a, “After it a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard. God thunders marvelously with His voice.”

Psalm 18:13, “The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.”

Ezekiel 3:12-13, “Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: ‘Blessed is the glory of the LORD from His place!’ I also heard the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, and a great thunderous noise.”

Revelation 6:1, “Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, ‘Come and see.’”

Job 40:9, “Have you an arm like God? Or can you thunder with a voice like His?”

Psalm 77:18, “The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook.”

Psalm 104:7, “At Your rebuke they fled; At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.”

Revelation 14:2, “And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.”

Revelation 19:6, “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!’”

Since obviously no one who is left behind will have the discernment of the Holy Spirit to allow understanding of the Lord’s shout from heaven, it stands to reason that the only sound they will hear is thunder.

The Rapture will very likely be a thunderous noise the likes of which the world’s ears have never heard. If a sonic boom is loud, the hypersonic boom of Jesus arriving from heaven will be much louder.

Another interesting point as recorded in Acts, is that when the Lord Jesus spoke to Paul from heaven, a very bright light flashed all around Paul, like lightning.

“But it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me” (Acts 22:6).

One can only imagine the combination of the nuclear physics of the event of the Rapture along with the thunder of God’s voice, hypersonic booms, and a very bright flash of light. Planet Earth will indeed be shaken!

Amen! Even so, come, Lord Jesus.