Monthly Archives: February 2015

Is America mentioned in End time prophesy?

  
Is America ever mentioned in end time prophecy? I can’t out right say it is for a certain fact, however in the book of Revelation it talks in vivid symbology about something we call “Babylon the Great.”

Revelation 17:15-18 Revelation 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

The most interesting verse in this passage is the one saying “they will bring her to ruin” and “the woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth” the United States itself at the present is the leading “super power” and all these nations, or most, around us look to us before they do anything. It goes on to elaborate about this “great city” who I’m not 100% sure who it is. However, things are beginning to sound all too familiar.

Revelation 18:1-3 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’She has become a dwelling for demon and a haunt for every impure spirit,a haunt for every unclean bird,a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal. For all the nations have drunkthe maddening wine of her adulteries.The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.

Revelation 18:6-19 Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done.Pour her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torment and griefas the glory and luxury she gave herself.In her heart she boasts,‘I sit enthroned as queen.I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’ Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:death, mourning and famine.She will be consumed by fire,for mighty is the Lord God who judges her. “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,you mighty city of Babylon!In one hour your doom has come!’ “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore— cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves. “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out:“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,where all who had ships on the seabecame rich through her wealth!In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’

Truth be told, would you not say, there are similarities? We embrace every godless idea like it’s a fact and we dare not say anymore “that’s wrong!” Cause after all “your truth is yours, and mine is mine” so in a way like a whore embraces every man she can, as a nation we embrace the godless ways of everyone who has come to us. If she can avoid it a woman for example won’t just allow every man to throw himself on her and do whatever they please to her, will she? However, America has raped by ever idea and every evil practice to avoid being labeled “intolerant”

These very people whom we embrace with “tolerance” are the very same people who say “death to America” or “long live Allah” but we mustn’t call them terrorists, after all, “we might upset them” and “we shouldn’t discriminate.”

This is not the only example, another is that Biblical marriage is under attack and the beautiful gift that God has given to a man and his wife has been redefined into whatever the hell people want it to mean. When people object to this and say they don’t believe in this, even respectfully and kindly, they are labelled “hateful,” “intolerant,”or a “homophobe,” and get dragged of to court and are sued, losing their business and livelihoods, and have no other choice but to file bankruptcy. For the record, before anyone tries to label me this, let me just tell you- I did not come up with this idea and I wouldn’t even bring it up if it were not already in scripture. I’m not hating anyone by telling them how I feel about something and I have not called anybody any names or said “you terrible piece of ….” No, I’m merely stating the Biblical view of such behavior as the Bible calls it and God will judge both Heterosexual and Homosexual offenses alike.

However, moving on from this I might transition to another huge problem of this nation that’s not to different then “Babylon The Great, ” she was filled with “excessive luxury” and she boasts “I will never mourn” Does not take much to realize how over indulgent we are as Americans are also this way and boastful about it. You can see it, people boast and brag about how powerful we are here, bragging about our #1 status and the power we have to “wipe everyone out,” but I must call into reason the fact that this country became great very fast and was establish quickly, and it’s because many of our founding fathers were men of faith and integrity. They were not perfect at all but many of them did trust God and acknowledge their success came from Him. How could such a small nation and just a group of pilgrims, as well as the founding fathers do so much to withstand the British forces which were obviously more powerful at the time and better equipped? I tell you, I do not think it was our superior armies or weapons.

Look at ancient Israel as good example: Deuteronomy 28:63-64 Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess. Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods—gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known.

Did not Israel in time of prosperity and easy forsake God, who made them who they were, by adapting to and embracing the godless nations around them, therefore committing one idolatry after the other? If it can happen to them of all people, we can’t in our outrageous arrogance say “This won’t happen to us” and we brag about our army, weapons, nukes, and fighter jets!

Deuteronomy 32:30 How could one man chase a thousand,or two put ten thousand to flight,unless their Rock had sold them,unless the Lord had given them up?

Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house,the builders labor in vain.Unless the Lord watches over the city,the guards stand watch in vain.

Psalm 33:17-19 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from deathand keep them alive in famine.

Proverbs 21:30-31 There is no wisdom, no insight, no planthat can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle,but victory rests with the Lord.

Deuteronomy 32:39 “See now that I myself am he!There is no god besides me.I put to death and I bring to life,I have wounded and I will heal,and no one can deliver out of my hand.

Isaiah 43:13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he.No one can deliver out of my hand.When I act, who can reverse it?”

Basic message is, don’t get too cocky people. I honestly, hope nothing bad does happen here but it’s our choice, and individually we can choose whether or not we bring destruction on ourselves. Remember the Roman empire for the most part disintegrated from within itself.

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Who Sets The Standard

Who determines right and wrong? Who sets the standard? Is it society? Is it the individual or their conscience? If this is so, and morality is a matter of opinion that varies from person to person, than one group might say “genocide” is acceptable, this thing has happened before in the past, I might add, unfortunately. We know it is not the case but some people like to argue that there is “no good or evil” nor “right or wrong.”

Others claim we are the product of evolution that has occurred over “billions and billions” of years ago.

Both arguments pose a serious problem. For one, if everybody decides individually what is right or wrong by setting their own standards, then everyone is really just doing their own thing, and if evolution is real and there is no God who sets a standard of right or wrong, or gives human life value? After all, evolution teaches, “survival of the fittest” and this does not work well. Take small children for example. Suppose you had a room full of children of various ages with no adult supervision and let’s suppose one of the kids sees a toy that a smaller kid is playing with and decides he wants the toy for himself, after all, he is bigger and stronger. He easily go and take it by force because there are no rules.

The tragedy is many times grown adults are not better, such as in the case of road rage or other unacceptable behavior toward others. The “blood diamond” of Africa is a good example, the powerful war lords oppress their fellow men and women. Since they are by far more dominant they oppress helpless people who are powerless to resist for the sake of their greed. Now tell me, since “there is no right or wrong” how then are so many people outraged at these kind of behaviors? Indeed, if we are really only byproducts of the “Big Bang” as some say, then why does this matter to us how people are treated? After all, are we not just “animals fighting to survive”? This is not really a safe ideology, it’s portrayed harmless in the public schools and by a large portion of the scientific community, but if you think deeper, realize this: its a domino effect because people act upon what they believe to be reality.

So the idea of every individual being their own moral compass is a pretty ridiculous assumption, and if you look at it through evolutionary eyes, then yes it is nothing more than “survival of the fittest”- after all in the wild, the dominant and stronger prevail against the weaker or sick animal. With lions, it’s fairly common for the dominant male to kill all his competition to secure himself as the leader of the pride. Another aspect of “Survival of the fittest” is also, naturally only the genetically superior or the intellectually savy (humanly speaking) have a shot at life. Basically, if you get the right breaks in life.  So either way “survival of the fittest” is a poisonous way of thinking.

This should not be the case with human beings though, yet sadly in many cases it is. Child abuse, domestic violence, and senseless killings, over trivial things happen all the time.

Well how about this, let us try on another idealogical shoe to see if this one fits. Let’s say that collectively society decides what is right. Is society and culture ever wrong? Can you think back to a time when the majority was in the error? Numerous instances throughout history large groups of people have tried this, in Germany during the Holocaust era, many people thought it was a a good thing to annihilate the Jews and in the Civil War days the North and South were at odds against one another, whether slavery was good or bad, the South thought they were in the right over something we now consider barbaric and inhumane. 

Communist China is another great illustration of the evils that can come from the wrong people getting to much control, they had for the longest time and probably still do have the law that forbids people to have too many children, especially female children. If the government found out that a family had more than the permitted number of female offspring, then they would come and take away the child and put her away to die.

As you can see, the collective approach does not work to well either. You can see this ideological shoe only leave feet of our intellect sore and blistered. 

A government is only as good as those running it. So back to my original question. Who determines right and wrong? since one opinion various from person to person, one group to another, and one nation to another nation?
IF then, there is no set standard of good and evil, and IF then, there is “no absolute,” then murder, rape, crimes against children, stealing, and all detestable actions are ok in certain cultures? If a society decides then, will this not vary?

This cannot be right at all. Deep down in people’s hearts they know, deep down that these things cannot be right. We know that prejudice and racism are evil things, and we know that child abuse is evil. Even someone who believes “evolved from apes” can sense indignation rise up in their souls over certain things. The contradiction arises though, when one claims there is no God and that we originated from lesser forms of life, like apes, which by the way have been known to kill each other in the wild. Why is this a problem? Well if we really are only acting out primortial instincts, it should not bother us, since one who is programmed by instincts has no real volitional control of his, her, or it’s impulses. An instinct is only a natural behavioral programming. “But our brains are more evolved” one might say, yet there are many extremely intelligent people in this world who still do terrible things, people who are brilliantly evil and deranged.

The truth is, and I say this without apology, God is the only standard of righteousness a person can find, God and righteousness are as ingrained to each other as dye to a rug. So if we are looking to people to show us the way, we will be sadly disillusioned. I have heard so many people say time and time again “I have lost all faith in humanity” and I always feel like saying “It’s about time.” The Bible says that everyone living that is alive or has lived is corrupt, aside from Jesus Christ. It says this not to cause despair over our pathetic condition but to respond to the only solution there is for a broken sinner, the message of Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The problem is for one: we trust that people are truly good, and that we ourselves are good, and we evaluate ourselves through ourselves. Number two, so many people try to rationalize God away and claim him to be an unscientific figment of the imagination. The only pro to that mindset is “we can do whatever the heck we want, no consequences.” The cons far outweigh the pros, and you may as well live however you want if that be the case since you exist merely to exist, with no purpose or meaning to your life but survival, pleasure, and there is no life but this “so let’s party it up”

1 Corinthians 15:32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

Indeed, if this life is all we have and if there is no God who tells us what is moral, then live however you want. This is not how it is though so I think it’s time to start knowing what he expects.

Are You Tired of Dumpster Diving?

John 6:26-29 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” —

This is the Good news for the hungry soul who is tired of the crumbs and scraps this world has to offer. Have you grown tired of this passing present age, with all it’s deceptive delicacies that leave you hungry, heavy hearted and empty handed.

Look to Jesus and the cross, all the riches of heaven emptied upon the famished souls of mankind who will but receive it’s riches!

John 3:16, 18 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Has not God emptied the bank account of Heaven for us? Has he not given us all he can in his beloved Christ? Has not all the abundance of God’s grace spilled down from heaven to all who will receive Him!!!