Living in a Paradox World :: By Rick Segoine

Paradox: A person, thing, or situation that exhibits inexplicable or contradictory aspects.

Much of what we see and then perceive depends on a person’s worldview.

There is the pure biblical worldview and the totally impure satanic worldview. Between those two worldviews are countless variations, levels, and combinations of each.

The various tribes of people inhabiting planet Earth believe in all kinds of contradictory things, and some, especially the “woke” and many on the far left, as well as a few on the far right, will get very angry if you dare to contradict them.

As to the 100% biblical worldview and the 100% satanic worldview, the extremes between the two are enormous.

They are direct 180-degree contradictory opposites. The biblical worldview sees good as good and evil as evil. The satanic worldview sees evil as good and good as evil.

These two views, one from Almighty God, the Creator of all life, and the other from Lucifer/Satan the fallen angel, are in direct competition for the souls of humankind. Almighty God the Creator is amazingly merciful and seeks to save souls from perishing and offers, freely, a truly wonderful eternal life.

Lucifer/Satan seeks to deceive souls, lure them away from God, and cause as much misery and destruction to every soul he possibly can before leading them eventually into the lake of fire.

There are those who will acknowledge the above truth, and then there are those who will deny it, mock it, or dream it is not true.

It is a paradox world, but it will not always be this way.

Bible prophecy reveals God’s plan to eventually separate good from evil for all eternity. He will send His angels to separate the wicked from the righteous at the end of the age, as it says in Matthew 13:49. And at the end of the millennium, and after the White Throne Judgment, He will create a new heaven and a new earth as it alludes to in Revelation 21:1.

Satan/Lucifer, the antichrist and his false prophet, and all who rejected the love of God and instead embraced wickedness will be separated forever from Holy God.

All evil will be separated forever from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and from His righteous angels, redeemed humans, and from the new heaven and the new earth. There, God’s family will dwell forevermore, finally 100% free from the insidious harassment of wickedness.

At the point of Almighty God’s choosing, the paradox of good and evil will cease to exist.

Why does God tarry in fulfilling all prophecy, especially regarding the Blessed Hope of when Jesus calls the dead in Christ and then all who are alive in Him to be with Him forevermore? (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

There are two simple answers to that question.

One answer is that God is still setting the stage for the Seven-year Tribulation and for the antichrist to make his entrance from stage door left. The second answer is that people are still being saved every single day.

For example, hundreds of college students in just the last few weeks have been baptized into God’s amazing grace at several of America’s southern universities.

In the Middle East, it is being reported that Jesus has been visiting and revealing His true identity as the Son of God to quite a few Muslims by way of dreams.

A royal prince in Kuwait, Abdullah al-Sabah, just recently got saved, and without any fear, announced publicly that Jesus is his Savior.

The prince said that if the Muslims killed him over this, he knew that he would go to be with Jesus forever. Such faith and courage are highly commendable, and all believers who know of this would do well to pray for his protection.

We who watch and study Bible prophecy know that we are in the season of the last of the end time prophecies being fulfilled. We know this because of the convergence of the prophetic signs given by Old and New Testament Prophets and Apostles, as well as the many signs provided by Jesus Himself in Matthew chapter 24.

As to the day and hour when the Bride of Christ (all believers both dead and alive) are called home, truly, only God knows (Matthew 24:36).

Meanwhile, in this paradox world, the paradox continues.

People with opposing and contradicting worldviews will never see eye to eye on anything that really matters.

Personally, and I am pretty sure most other believers in Jesus could say something similar, I have a number of left-leaning friends from the past.

Although we are all old now, a few – though we are no longer as close as we used to be – have stayed in touch to some degree.

Old friends that I truly still love, care about, and pray for turned to the left years ago while I was turning to the right.

I just talked to one of them last night. Long distance from Hawaii. Years ago, he veered sharp left as I was turning more and more to the right, but we still love each other.

We share many beautiful memories from the late sixties where we lived what seemed like charmed lives on the island of Maui.

Back then, we played a lot of music and surfed amazing, uncrowded, world-class waves together. When my wife and I departed from the islands for the second and final time in 2011, my liberal friend came to see us off at the airport in Kahului and to wish us farewell.

None of our Christian friends did that.

These things can happen in a paradox world.

Mostly now, on the rare occasions that we talk on the telephone, we update each other on family and share in reminiscing.

He usually will bring up politics and start tossing out far-left comments. When he does, I try to answer him in ways that I hope will steer him to biblical truths.

There have been times along the way when I witnessed to him about Jesus being the Messiah who died for our sins and how the Holy Bible is the word of the Living God, but his standard answer has always been, “I’m not buying it.”

My standard reply was and is, “It is not for sale but, rather, a free gift to you and to me and to all.”

Yet, I never stopped loving my dear friend or praying for a miracle in his life.

However, he is now 81 years old and I am 77, and we both seem to have made up our minds about a lot of things.

Although my dear friend and I love each other when it comes to theology and ideology, we are not only not on the same page; we are quite literally not even in the same book.

He is in the book known as the Upanishads, and I am in the book known as the Bible.

He believes that he is a god and that to say so is the greatest act of humility.

I know for a certainty that that is a lie straight from Satan.

I also know for an absolute certainty that I am not a god, and not only did I not create myself, but that I am a sinner in need of a savior, and that Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, is that savior.

Salvation by grace, a gift from the actual One True Living God, Creator of all life.

The same Creator who created me and knew me before I even entered my mother’s womb (Psalm 139).

My old friend sees Jesus as one of many avatars (incarnations of divine masters) and no greater than Buddha or Muhammed or Zoroaster or Babaji or any number of what he calls ascended masters.

I see Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life and as the only name under heaven by which anyone can be saved. Yes, I see Jesus as so far beyond all so-called avatars that He (Jesus) is quite literally in a league of His own.

There are no others that can even begin to compare to Jesus, the Son of God, who spoke the entire creation into existence.

My friend sees people like Obama, Biden, the Clintons, the “Squad” of far-left anti-Israel/anti-American women, and people like Fidel Castro and other Marxist dictators of the last century as heroic. I see them as vile, corrupt, morally bankrupt pawns of Satan who have proven capable of treachery and betrayal of God and their fellow man on astonishing levels and, in some cases, the mass murder of millions.

He actually loves the “Squad,” greatly admires their progressiveness, and believes they have the right answers to make America a better place. I see them as tragically dimwitted and hateful women who have little to no knowledge of American history or world history and demonstrate no connection whatsoever with God or even with reality.

My old friend hates Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu with an unholy passion, whereas I am 100% pro-Israel and pray for Benjamin Netanyahu, his coalition government, the Israelite people, and the city of Jerusalem every day.

My old friend supports Hamas and sees them as freedom fighters who defend the Palestinian people from the oppression inflicted on them by Israel.

Whereas, I see Hamas as barbaric, demon-possessed, delusional, sadistic, cold-blooded baby-killing, murderous rapists and chronic liars – just like their mentor Satan – who care nothing for the people referred to as Palestinians and merely use them as pawns in their bloody game of murder and propaganda.

He sees Israel as committing genocide on the “Palestinians.” I see Israel as going far out of its way to not harm civilians even though so many of those civilians agree with Hamas and their benefactor, Iran, that all Jews must be eliminated. Yes, Iran and their terrorist proxies admit and declare openly their plans and goals of committing genocide on Israel and on all Jews everywhere on earth.

I also cannot help but observe that they (Hamas) possess all of the antisocial character traits of their forefathers, Ishmael and his twelve sons.

I see them as all of the things that are the embodiment of the Hebrew meaning of the word Hamas.

Hamas: sin, violence, deceit, and injustice toward God and to their fellow man.

My dear old friend does not believe in Heaven or in Hell. He long ago joined John Lennon’s army of dreamers in imagining that such places do not exist. Whereas I believe in the very many biblical scriptures that describe both places.

Yes, I believe in the many things Jesus Himself said about Hell and how to avoid ever having to go there by accepting His free gift of Salvation. Matthew 25 is a good example of Jesus’ teaching on the subject.

Other warnings and descriptions of Hell given by Jesus Himself are Luke 16:23, Mark 9:43, Matthew 13:42, and Luke 16:19-31.

Jesus talked a lot about heaven, but He talked even more about Hell. More so, in fact, than anyone else in the entire Bible.

Jesus really wanted people to understand that Hell is a real and extremely nasty place, how to avoid going there at all costs by believing He died for our sins and was raised from the dead, and by placing all of our faith and trust in Him and Him alone.

Yet, on a personal level, my old dear friend and I still deeply care about each other. It is a paradoxical world.

Yes, it is a paradox world, and it has also become an Isaiah 5:20 world.

It appears that millions upon millions of planet Earth’s human inhabitants, who are all endowed with free will, see evil as good and good as evil.

Is this what Jesus meant when He prophesied of the wheat being separated from the chaff in the last days? It appears to be so.

The wheat are all who love and trust Jesus as the One who took our sins upon Himself when He was crucified on the cross, died, and yet rose again. Also, the wheat are we who believe in His beautiful amazing promises for our eternal well-being.

The chaff are those who reject Jesus and instead put their trust in the lies of Lucifer/Satan and his lying servants who parade around in human bodies pretending to be men and women of renown and importance but, in reality, are deluded pawns constantly and relentlessly deceiving all who are without the Holy Spirit.

Some of those deceivers are men and women who are connected to Lucifer-worshiping organizations such as the World Economic Forum, the Davos Club, the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati, 33rd Degree Freemasons, the Club of Rome, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the “United Nations,” just to name a few.

Then there are the International Banksters like the Rothchild and Rockefeller clans with their war chests filled with billions and, more likely, trillions of dollars to finance their evil schemes.

Those bankster/gangster deceivers and their international bankster cohorts are in control of all of the central banks, like the Federal Reserve and the equivalent in nearly every nation, and are the major shareholders in the dominant investment firms such as Blackrock, Vanguard, and State Street who now control the majority of international commerce, as well as having controlling interests in the media, the entertainment (including sports) industries, and the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

Of course, a large part of the chaff-like deceivers is the multitudes of bought and paid-for politicians of every stripe worldwide who are professional disseminators of deceit.

Some are graduates of Heir Schwab’s “young global leaders” school at the WEF headquarters in Davos. While some, especially the older ones, have been bribed or blackmailed into full cooperation with the globalist agenda.

Last but not least, let’s not leave out the control freaks in the Multi-Billionaire Club, whose members, like the mega-wealthy banksters, are not content to live amazing lives as well as having the means to help countless others with the fortunes they have amassed. Instead, they seem to have dedicated themselves, each in their own unique way, to the torment of large swaths of humanity. All the while disguised as philanthropists.

Bill Gates of Hell, with his unholy obsession for mandating deadly “vaccines” upon the world’s populations, along with his massive financial support for the corrupt, power-hungry, and fiercely anti-Israel misnamed organization known as the “United Nations.”

The “UN,” whose Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is blatantly anti-Israel and pro-Hamas, and the World Health Organization (the WHO) with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the helm, aka “Tedros the Terrorist” with his ambitions to usurp the sovereignty of every nation on all major health issues, are Billionaire Bill’s favorite charities.

Good old Bill, buying up the farmland so he can bring the changing climate under control by eliminating flatulent burping cows and feeding people fake meat that is manufactured in his factories.

Then there is good old Mark with his international propaganda, censoring, and tracking machine now known as Meta.

Mark likes to gather as much information on everyone that he possibly can while he pays a fortune to have a 5,000-square foot luxury survival shelter constructed deep underground on the island of Kauai.

When the humongous earthquake spoken of in the Book of Revelation occurs, the one that moves mountains and islands out of their places, the Zuckerberg survival shelter might not seem so safe.

And, of course, Soros, with his international gangs of agitators and political hacks who are making ends meet by residing deep inside George’s seemingly bottomless pockets. You know George, the old guy who resembles and even behaves a lot like the dark lord in the Star Wars movies. The guy who believes and has stated that he is some kind of a god and feels really good about all of the damage he has done to whole nations and countless individuals.

That small but ludicrously wealthy club of delusional egomaniacs who have thrown in with all of the other evil globalists and who are determined to decide what the future will be like for you and me.

For our own good, of course.

These wannabe overlords of all have even given us a glimpse of that future super-paradox world as they envision it. A future where they will own everything, and you and I will own nothing. They will dine on caviar while we will feast on bugs and Bill’s pretend meat. They will fly around the world in private jets while we, if we are lucky enough to have one, ride our bicycles.

And according to Uncle Klaus, we will be happy about this and grateful to them for their guidance.

Of course, only a select few of us will end up being able to experience such benevolence. That is because a little more than seven billion of us – according to highly regarded (by them) globalist advisor and advocate of transhumanism and chief atheist blasphemer Yuval Noah Harari – are nothing but useless eaters.

Yes, to Harari and the rest of them, we are hackable, useless eaters scheduled for extermination so as to meet the evil globalist elitist goal to depopulate the earth down to a more manageable five hundred million people.

It would appear that only billionaire club member Jeff Bezos differs from that vision in that Jeff wants the population to increase to one trillion people. Coupled with his vision of advanced AI and robotics replacing human workers and conquering space travel, Jeff’s paltry fortune of $172 billion could easily be parlayed into the mega trillions as deliveries are made to the billions of customers living in orbiting space stations throughout the galaxy and beyond.

All who believe in Jesus and who trust in Bible prophecy know that these visions of the godless globalists will come to naught.

The Holy Spirit would gladly guide this giant crop of chaff to the truth in all things, were the chaff only to choose to accept rather than reject the Only One who has the power to bestow the Holy Spirit upon them if, and it is a big if, they were to decide to do a 180-degree attitude adjustment and become true believers. Namely, true believers in Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.

He who declares the end from the beginning.

The Alpha and the Omega.

Without the Holy Spirit, all unbelievers, whether they be ultra wealthy with illusions of grandeur or penniless and homeless and struggling to survive, are adrift like rudderless ships and are lost upon a vast sea of satanic lies, deceptions, confusion, and the ongoing contradictions that permeate this paradox world we are living in.

I pray that my old dear friend learns of these truths before he leaves this life. I pray that he takes to heart what it says on a bumper sticker that my sweet wife put on her Toyota van. The sticker says, “Jesus,” Don’t Leave Earth Without Him.”

Rick Segoine

If you do not already know Him, go to Romans 10:9-10 to learn how to not leave Earth without Jesus.

 

 

Daniel on the Timely Understanding of Prophecy :: By Nathan E. Jones

“But as for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, ‘My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?’” (Daniel 12:8).

The prophet Daniel had been listening intently to the angel Gabriel pronouncing a series of mind-blowing messages. God was revealing the rise and fall of great empires, leading eventually to a global empire led by a despot whom the Apostle John would later call the Antichrist, with its inevitable demise at the divine hand of God.

Of course, all these great empires were still so far off in the future, from Daniel’s perspective, that he was obviously quite perplexed by what he was hearing. Rubbing his wrinkled forehead in confusion, Daniel requested God’s mighty messenger to provide some elaboration. To his dismay, the angel replied with a firm, “No way!” He explained that Daniel could never truly understand these prophecies because too many events needed to happen first before they could be fulfilled and, therefore, properly understood.

Fortunately, Gabriel added there would be three major signs that would mark the “time of the end” in which the finale in this series of events would culminate. We find the source text for these signs in Daniel 12:4. “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the time of the end; many will go to and fro, and knowledge will increase.” He added that only those living in the end times and who were “wise” (meaning spiritually discerning) would at last understand these prophecies. They would recognize that the exponential increase in knowledge, travel, and prophetic understanding would herald the end of these human-controlled kingdoms with the second advent of the Messiah establishing His earthly millennial reign (Daniel 12:3-10).

1) Increase in Knowledge

Let’s explore the first sign—a great increase in knowledge.

Unless you’re a toddler playing with your mother’s Android, you have lived long enough to realize that the way we obtain information has changed a lot—a whole lot—over the last few decades. Let’s not even talk decades but in years. The child attaining adulthood today can, with a shudder, look back to the early 2000s when there was no Wikipedia, no Gmail, no social media like Facebook and Twitter (now called X), no cloud computing, no tablets, no smartphones, and certainly no high-speed Internet connectivity. Remember the sound a modem made when connecting a surfer to the World Wide Web? Ask a ten-year-old that question today, and they couldn’t even tell you. Even Bob Dylan couldn’t have imagined how much things would be changing when, way back in the stone ages of 1963, he sang, “The Times They Are A-changin.’”

Times a-changin’ wasn’t always the way things were, though. For thousands of years of human history, life remained pretty much the same. Sure, every 300 years or so, the world eked out an innovation that revolutionized the world, moving humanity from, say, the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. But, for the most part, limitations in travel left most inventions cordoned off to a tiny corner of the world. But then, AD 1454 finally arrived, and the German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg released the very first mobile, reusable type press (like an antique photocopier). At last, words of knowledge could be mass-copied onto paper and distributed far and wide. The age of the printed book revolutionized the world, and Gutenberg started with the fount of all knowledge—the Bible.

Were you surprised to learn from your history classes that the most world-changing advances were made just in the last 150 years or so? And, as we got closer to our day and age, how each discovery came about faster and faster, as one breakthrough was achieved on top of another? This increasingly rapid acceleration in learning is called the Exponential Curve. Our knowledge has been experiencing exponential growth as one breakthrough builds upon another at an increasingly faster and faster pace.

What would you say was the most important discovery that has helped us facilitate the advent of this massive explosion in the growth of knowledge? If you answered “the computer,” then you’d be correct.

When it comes to the exponential curve for computers, the old joke is, “How do you know when your computer is obsolete?” The answer is, “When you take it out of the box.” That’s not too far from the truth, though, for computer companies double computer processing speeds about every 18 months. Known as Moore’s Law (after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore), this is just one manifestation of the greater trend in how all change happens to be occurring at an exponential rate. In 2023, quantum computers began processing at speeds equivalent to the human brain. By 2045, in a mere quarter of a century, Moore’s Law predicts we will possess computers with the computational ability equivalent to the entire human race!

Not only has the exponential curve in all areas of computer technology increased our knowledge to stupendous levels, but computers have aided in all the major scientific discoveries of our day. We don’t need to cram so many facts into our brains anymore either, for the ability to easily store and access data means we can continue to learn like we’ve never learned before in human history.

The exponential curve is not just limited to computers. Other advances in biomedicine, space science, chemical engineering, human engineering, and all the other sciences have been climbing faster and steeper up their exponential curves with every passing day.

It’s expected that in the next five years, the world’s technology will be 32 times more advanced than it is today. It’s also been estimated that 65% of today’s kindergarteners, once they finally graduate from college, will ultimately end up working in completely new jobs that, at this time, don’t yet even exist.

Consider that just a hundred years ago, the information most people learned throughout their entire lifetime equated to the content of one Sunday edition of The New York Times. Our ability today to practically consume that same amount of information daily shows just how far mankind’s knowledge has increased in a very short amount of time.

Today’s exponential increase in knowledge points to the fact that we are living in the prophesied end times and that Jesus Christ is coming soon.

2) Increase in Transportation

Notice in that same prophecy, the angel told Daniel that, besides a great increase in knowledge, “many will go to and fro” (Daniel 12:4). This tremendous increase in travel would also occur in the same context, that being the end times. God was revealing that once people began to go to and fro, both farther and faster, those final years before Christ returned to set up His Millennial Kingdom were finally upon us.

Stop and think how people traveled just a single century ago. Most roads weren’t even paved yet and were traveled along by horse-drawn wagons. Watch on YouTube the video of San Francisco recorded back in 1906, and you will see far more horses than horseless carriages. People rarely, if ever, left their hometowns. Animal domestication and the early beginnings of decent roads, then bicycles, balloons, boats, and simple automobiles were developing but not widely received.

Since the early part of the twentieth century, mankind went on to invent airplanes and jets, and we’ve even left Earth’s atmosphere in rockets and space shuttles. It used to take months for people to travel overseas by boat, but now we travel that same distance abroad in mere hours. In today’s world, people are always on the move, just as the angel prophesied to Daniel.

Today’s exponential increase in travel points to the fact that Jesus Christ is returning soon.

3) Increase in Understanding Prophecy

Did you know that Bible prophecy constitutes a whopping 31% of the Bible? God’s overall plan for the ages appears to be rather like a 100-piece puzzle, and so far, He has only provided 75 pieces. One can make out the outline of a picture, but until certain events unfold, which then add another new piece to the puzzle, the picture remains incomplete.

Still, the 75 pieces we have now are far more numerous than what Daniel ever had. As Jesus explained to His disciples, “For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it” (Matthew 13:17). Even then, the Apostles didn’t understand many of Christ’s teachings until after His resurrection when He openly explained them and then later sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to provide further illumination. Even then, the Apostles were expecting the imminent return of Christ and not a 2,000-year-long wait.

Today, the various end-times signs related to nature, society, world politics, technology, Israel, and the spiritual signs are coming at us at such a fantastic rate that Bible prophecy teachers such as Dr. Ron Rhodes have begun to call the phenomenon “The Convergence.” So many end times signs converging all at once has greatly enhanced our understanding of end-times Bible prophecy, just as Gabriel foretold.

Today’s exponential increase in the understanding of God’s prophetic Word points to the fact that Jesus Christ is returning soon.

Recognize the Times

These three major signs, along with the hundreds more provided in the Bible, being fulfilled in our day, reveal the fact that the Lord could indeed return at any moment. By looking through the filter of the Bible at all the wondrous yet fearful events playing out before us, we should clearly understand the times in which we are living. As a result, we are comforted knowing that God’s got it all under control, that He has a great big plan in place, and that His children play a vital role in that plan. Christians are called to serve God in these dark times with all our unique giftedness, resources, and experience.

For those of you who haven’t yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior but now recognize that we are living in the end times, the realization should act like an alarm clock buzzing you awake to the fact that the world doesn’t have much time left to it. We are all living on borrowed time. Therefore, embrace the fact that God loves the world so much that He gave His one and only Son and that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).