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Endtime Signs in 2012: the New Idolatry

21 Jan

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 If you have been with me thus far,  then you realize that from 1897 to 2011, Satan has specialized in causing professing Christians to have a form of godliness that cleverly denies the power.  Moreover,  my belief that the physical manifestation   and dominion of the Antichrist are the only events that must transpire before the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth  comes back to earth should not surprise you.  Others are awaiting the building of a manmade temple in Israel, resting comfortably because this temple has not yet been erected. They quote the prophecy of the Apostle Paul, namely that the Antichrist “as God, sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” ( II Thess. 2: 4) Yet what if the temple of the Antichrist has already been built into the human heart?  According to Dave Hunt:

“Today, for the first time in history, not only a few yogis and gurus but increasing millions of ordinary people worldwide are mystically looking deep within themselves.  There, in what ought to be the temple of the true God, they seek to discover that their alleged “higher self” is “God.”[1]

     Yet as man continues to  deify himself, God continues to speak to the world, the Body of Christ, devils and demons with the mighty hand of His great power.       As a  very recent example, on the eve of the New Year of 2011, residents in a city in Arkansas received a strange apocalyptic surprise when they arose in the morning to find that their neighborhood covered with thousands of dead red wing black birds.  At first thought to be caused by the New Year’s Eve fireworks, as of today, no scientific explanation has been reported.  As the birds rained down in the bible belt of the nation, less than 100 miles away, 100,000 dead fish washed ashore on the bands of an Arkansas river , littering 20 miles.  [2]  Besides Arkansas,  Dead birds have been found in Illinois, Missouri, Louisiana in the United States and also in Sweden, Italy and New Zealand. [3]  As a result of the dead birds, the press  scornfully created a new word:  AFLOCKALYPSE:

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[1] D Hunt, Countdown to the Second Coming, the Berean Call, 2005, pg 56

[2] www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/01/02/deadbirds-fall-ark-sky

ARE THERE ANY PROPHETS TODAY?

12 Oct

To answer that question, ARE THERE ANY PROPHETS TODAY–  one of the signs that we are living in the last days is the emergence of various internet watchmen. The prophets of old were watchmen. They warned God’s people about “what’s goin on” in the religious world. Some–not all–of these websites are inspired by present day prophets.

Their tools are different. All prophets SPEAK because they are compelled by God to do so. Today, the watchman’s voice is heard predominately through the written word, while others may speak out in a video. Some emphasize informing the people about specific false prophets and ministries. That is an exhaustive task that requires a 24/7 devotion, because there are so many false prophets and ministries to expose. Since these prophetic web ministrues  only target high profile people and their false practices,  they are hindered by not covering other ministries that are equally  noteworthy but only known locally.

Much falls between the cracks.

I preach repentance and the return of the Lord. I cast out demons and I receive visions and dreams.

I used to be a watchman on the web exposing false prophets with a website that I have since closed down called “Beware Christian”. I had to literally DROP IT, because it devoured  too much of my time and I found it counterproductive FOR ME as an author, a counselor and a trainer of ministers.  Nevertheless, I thank God for prophetic, watchman type ministeries of Midnight Cry, Straight is the Way, Deception in the Church,Equip, Paw Creek and others. I now refer seekers to them and I do “another thing.”

To really answer the question in the title, we need to look at the new testament. The prophet that stands out in the gospel days of the Lord’s own ministry  is John the Baptist. The Lord said that John the Baptist is the greatest of ALL prophets, so we need to look at John’s ministry rather closely. John’s prophetic ministry was essentially that he prepared the people of his day for the FIRST coming of the Lord by preaching repentance. John the Baptist did not have the gift of perdicting the future as did the Apostle John. It should be noted that when Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest prophet, the Apostle John was not yet so anointed as a prophet.

However, together, I believe that  BOTH Johns are a composite template of a present day prophet. A present day prophet is one who:

  • Like the Baptist, prepares the last generations for the SECOND coming of the Lord
  • by preaching repentance.  The job is now complicated by the fact that thanks to the organized church and it easy believism, I accept Jesus into my heart, sinner’s prayer practices, so many believe that they are saved but the one who they “accepted” is the fake Jesus, Jesus Sananda Immanuel.
  • Like the Apostle, present day prophets will be given supernatural predictions that are specific to the endtime survival of the elect of God.For example, when we cannot buy and sell, endtime prophets will be able to multiply “the loaves and the fishes” and bring the water from the rocks aas did Moses—AS THE HOLY GHOST LEADS!
  • During the reign of the Anti-Christ, end time prophets will move in the supernatural gifts of the Spirit because miracles, healings, and supernatural power will be needed in order for God’s people to survive, a power simiilar to that of Moses as he brought God’s people out of the bondage of Egypt. Casting out of demons will be one of the prophet’s manysupernatural gifitings not according to the prophet’s will, but at the will and command of the Holy Ghost.

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