The Causal Nature of Sin Today
There have always been sinful people in America. What is different about sin today is that people do it with not a hint of moral hesitancy. The moral compass that God gave everyone at birth has been smashed.
I ran across a news story about the possibility of actress Elizabeth Hurley starting a reality show with her 18-year-old son Damian. Hurley chose to set the record straight by posting a racy semi-nude photo of herself on social media. The thinking was: If you want to shut down rumors, you’ve really got to grab people’s attention.
Because a reality show is nothing special, I don’t understand why she didn’t just offer a simple: NO, we are not. I don’t see the need for Hurley to draw attention to herself in such a tacky manner. Her IMDb.com profiles show that she has had steady work the last few years.
The same day, singer Madonna tried to steam up social media by posting a series of revealing photos of herself dressed in a strappy bra, lace underwear, and a motorcycle cap.
I found Madonna to be gross in her glory days in the early 1980s. Now that she’s 62, I feel my stomach churning when I see images of her. She should have realized that her sex appeal had long since faded when she made singer Drake wince when she tried to rub up against him in a seductive way.
I don’t think there will ever be a moment of self-reflection for Madonna. She will go to her grave thinking that she is still a hot number.
A couple of weeks ago, rapper Lil Nas X set off alarm bells in Christian circles by announcing the release of a shoe that would honor the devil.
Based on a Nike Air Max 97, the “Satan Shoes” are about as devilish as a pair of sneakers can get. Aside from the all-black uppers, you’ll find an Air unit filled with 60cc of ink and one drop of real human blood. The dark theme doesn’t stop there, as these limited to 666 sneakers (how very apt) are individually numbered in red on the lateral rear counter, while “Luke 10:18” graces the lateral-side front quarter also in a satanic red font. Note: 10:18 is the passage in which Luke says, “I Saw Satan Fall Like Lightning From Heaven.”
Nike has distanced itself from the design and told CNN, “We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF. Nike did not design or release these shoes, and we do not endorse them.” Nike is suing the art collective behind the “Satan Shoes” for trademark infringement.
Religious figures in the US have criticized Lil Nas X for the shoes, including Donald Trump’s pastor Mark Burns, who tweeted, “These #SatanShoes by #Nike & #LilNasX with 666 and a drop of human blood in the sole is a reason why we Christians must be prayed up ready to battle in the spirit with the Voice of the Holy Spirit.”
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem added her voice to the criticism, saying, “Our kids are being told that this kind of product is not only okay, it’s ‘exclusive.’ But do you know what’s more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul. We are in a fight for the soul of our nation. We need to fight hard. And we need to fight smart. We have to win.”
The shoes went on sale online via a “drop,” and just days after Lil Nas X premiered the video for his track “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” The price of the shoes is $1,018.
Lil Nas X describes himself as an “unapologetically gay” rapper, which surprised me for a music genre that was once all heterosexual. I looked up the video for Montero (Call Me By Your Name), and it was the most satanic thing I’ve ever seen in my life. It beats out Katy Perry’s occultic “Dark Horse” Witch ritual performed at the 2014 Grammy awards.
In the latter part of the video, Lil Nas X descends down a stripper pole to the pit of hell and gives Satan an extremely graphic lap dance. He then snaps the devil’s neck, puts on the devil’s horns, and his eye starts to glow with demonic power.
I doubt I’m going to have to wait another seven years to say I witnessed something more satanic than the Lil Nas X video. The next topper will likely be Satan making a live performance by indwelling the Antichrist.
“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12:12).
Israel’s Angel Standing By
Evil being perpetrated today by the satanic minions, both demonic and human, is made manifest for all to see. At the same time, the dynamics behind what we can easily discern tell us that powerful forces rage in prophetic stage-setting while the final battle between good and evil continues to take shape. The scope displaying this wickedness, however, allows us to only peer through that “looking glass darkly,” as the KJV puts it (1 Corinthians 13:12).
These factors were among my motivation for writing the story I believe I was given the impression to present in fictional form. While I realize many–actually most—among our Rapture Ready and Terryjamesprophecyline.com blog family rarely care to delve into fiction, I’m hoping those of you who fit in those categories will make exception in this case.
Like in using this commentary space to offer my and Gary Ritter’s The Minion Protocols a few weeks ago, this article, too, is admittedly, to some extent, a promotion for my new novel.
By way of perhaps trying to somewhat buffer the appearance of crass commercialism, I offer this explanation. I present my novel with the strong sense that much of what is happening in the world today—in the unseen, spiritual realm—can be revealed to a considerable degree through fiction.
And the interaction in that dimension must be absolutely stupefying. Maybe that’s why the Lord has us looking through that glass darkly, concerning the cataclysmic clashing going on, from which we are protected by Heaven’s power. I believe that a fictional rendering is what is now called for as a buffering, although revealing, depiction to help us see where things stand from the supernatural perspective. I hope at the same time it will entertain, which fiction, in part, should do in every case.
MICHAEL is the novel’s title. Last-Days Lightning is the subtitle. As we have gone over a number of times in these commentaries, Israel is the primary signal of where this generation stands upon God’s prophetic timeline. That supernatural nation is at the very center of the prodigious battle that will bring the epic conflict of all ages to a conclusion. It is the horrendous warfare the great Apostle Paul wrote about as recorded now in Ephesians 6:12. All who name the Name of Christ are engaged in this battle whether we realize it or can’t spiritually perceive what’s going on all around us.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. (Ephesians 6: 11–12)
That hell-spawned warfare will carry on through the campaign of Armageddon, and even arise again for a brief moment at the end of the millennial reign of Christ. Israel is the primary target the devil and his forces have in their crosshairs in their rage to destroy the house of Israel, thus to make God a liar. God has said that Israel will be a nation forever, and will be the head of all nations in the Millennium. The Jews have been the target of the evil forces of this fallen world down through the centuries–thus because it is that people through whom the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world was born.
The hatred is again building at a rapid rate. Globalism, anti-God, one-world-order ideology, is the chief stronghold of the powers and principalities in the high places of wickedness. The present American president and his administration have done and are doing all within their power to reverse any and all advantageous things the previous administration did for the Jewish state. Israel’s enemies, such as Iran, sense a renewed opportunity to destroy the nation by developing their nuclear weapons programs.
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is among the top military entities on the planet. They have the capability, both in battle ready forces and in covert operations, which have made the nation to this point seemingly undefeatable.
From relatively current history, we know about the major wars in which Israel was attacked, their enemies completely routed, despite the Israeli military facing overwhelming odds in every case. But was it their military that assured those victories? Many experts in warfare still scratch their heads, and many have to admit that those victories must have had elements of supernaturalism involved, so overwhelmingly strange and complete were the victories.
This is where I believe Daniel’s prophecies for these very days in which we find ourselves come into view—not that I mean the great prophet’s prophecies have totally unfolded. But, from things we have seen in Israel’s modern history and all the geopolitical gyrations involving the Jewish state continually taking place, to me it is clear that Daniel’s prophecies for the time near Christ’s return at Armageddon are beginning to manifest, and have been for some time.
Daniel’s foretelling, given him through his spectacular encounters with a heavenly messenger, are worthy of examination.
First, the prophet was given the following directly from the throne of God. I’m convinced the time referred to is the time we have entered, probably when Israel was reestablished as a nation on May 14, 1948. The Tribulation era—the time of trouble the angel mentions—isn’t yet upon us, but things have been set in motion that will rapidly lead to that horrendous time.
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (Daniel 12: 1)
The angel then gave the prophet the following to write:
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:4)
Based upon the electrifying unfolding of issues and events involving prophetic portent at this time, we must conclude that the book likely has been opened.
MICHAEL: Last Days Lightning will be available this Wednesday, April 14. Please look for the promotion on that day to get links to the book.
Again, I believe the story gives an entertaining but discerning look behind the evil going on in recent times. And I prayerfully hope it will, even though presented fictionally, give encouragement and comfort that there is nothing to worry about—the Lord has everything fully under control within His mighty hand.