9/3/2015 – Mike’s Blog: Sounding the Trumpet!

 “While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness that the day would overtake you like a thief, for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night, nor of darkness. So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.” (1 Thess 5:3-7)

“Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?” (Matt 16:3-4)

We are to discern the signs of the times. There is a prophet God has raised up for these times who is seeing them more clearly than anyone else I’ve found. I would urge you to go to Youtube and look in to the teachings of Rabi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew who wrote the best-seller, The Harbinger. Study not only that information, but also his teachings on the ramifications of the Shemitah and the year of Jubilee. This is why I feel it critical to offer this article now. The Shemitah 7 year period ends on the 13th of this month, and the year of Jubilee [the year marking the 7th of the 7 year Shemitah periods that comes along every 50 years] begins. What has happened in just the last two Shemitah years [9/11 and the collapse of Wallstreet in 2008] should be eye-opening enough, but in the videos you will see these are just the tip of the iceberg. I also find it interesting that on 9/21 the world will be celebrating “The International Day of Peace.” “When all are saying peace and safety…” Considered together, from mid September 2015 to mid September 2016 these historic Jewish calendar events could promise very interesting times indeed for this nation, and perhaps the world. I urge you to check out Rabi Cahn’s teachings now [see links below]. They will be a real eye-opener if you haven’t already heard of them.

The Harbinger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXei0Zb3dxM

The Shemitah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc72DIT_ar0

Why do I believe judgment is coming, and we are beyond the point of repentance? With the rapid slide of America into increasingly evil practices—most notably the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize homosexual unions [thereby striking down God’s foundational building block of society called marriage] and growing alienation from Israel, we have stepped over a line from which there is no turning back. We have taken a paradigm leap from mere disobedience to open rebellion against God, thereby crossing the line from blessing to judgment and from God’s prior favor to His impending wrath. The reason, I believe, can be found in a word in the Bible likened unto sin but with a much deeper meaning: lawlessness. The Greek word for sin is “hamartano”, meaning to err or to miss the mark with God. Sin can be forgiven, for many times we miss the mark with God in ignorance. Therefore, once we find the truth we can turn from our ignorance to the truth, find forgiveness, and be redeemed.

Such is not the case with lawlessness. I have spent many years studying this term since the Lord gave me a revelation of it back in the early 80’s. While I will not go in to most of it here, there are certain aspects to be keenly aware of as “the mystery of lawlessness,” in operation from the early days of the church, becomes fully manifest and defined in these latter days.

The Greek term for lawlessness is “anomias”, and its meaning holds several keys to the times we now live in—times when the Bible tells us this mystery will be revealed. Lawlessness is indeed sin (1 John 3:4), but goes far beyond the innocence of ignorance, to wit:

  • There is an element of the “practice” of sin involved in lawlessness (1 John 3:4). A study of the word “practice” in the New Testament reveals it is the difference between life and death—salvation and damnation. It is what we practice on a regular basis that reveals what we truly believe, and whether or not we have the Spirit of God abiding in us. It is not what we say we believe, but what we practice that will determine our final judgment. A verse that deals with both lawlessness and practice (Matt. 7:21-23) reveals this to be true. Practicing sin is dangerous because it numbs us to the felt need to repent. The more we practice something the more we rationalize it—the more we get “used to it.” With that comes a subsequent numbness to it, until we eventually reach the point where repentance is impossible due to a lack of the acknowledgment we are sinning at all. America has been immersed in sinful practices for so long now repentance as a nation has become impossible, and judgment is all that is left to God as a remedy. He has warned us through the events of the past two Shemitahs to repent, and our defiance and evil practices have only increased on a scale never before seen.
  • There is also an element of overt contempt for the law in this word. Those who are lawless are not ignorant of the law, but know it and willingly transgress thereby showing open contempt for God. Recently pictures of the White House adorned in the rainbow colors of the homosexual community and the Hindu Goddess of darkness and destruction Kali projected hundreds of feet tall on the Empire State Building in New York [placed there to protect “mother earth” from destruction at the hands of its inhabitants], have shown just how we feel about God and all things holy. There is a man coming who will display the ultimate contempt for God. He is called “the Abomination of Desolation,” who will stand in the temple proclaiming himself to be God, thereby bringing about God’s final wrath upon the earth (Matt. 24:15). His name? “The man of anomias: the son of destruction” (2 Thess. 2:3). He is not called the man of sin, but the man of lawlessness for a good reason.

When you combine the practice of sin with open contempt for God, you get what America is now becoming known for and defined as by anyone with any inkling of the Spirit abiding within: the country that “calls evil good and good evil, and substitutes darkness for light and light for darkness” (Isa. 5:20). There is only one solution for such a nation, and Isaiah says it well: “Woe to those!” Wrath. Judgment. There will be no mercy, as has been the case for so many years while America enjoyed God’s blessings. They are withdrawn, and only the fallout of judgment is left.

So what do we do?

  • First, we tighten it up. No more sitting on the fence. No more Sunday go to meetin’ Christianity. No more living with one foot in the world and one in the kingdom of heaven on earth. No more living for our possessions, our pensions, and a comfortable retirement more than we live to follow Jesus. Time to draw near to God that He may draw near to us. Time to stop playing Christian and start being Christian. Time to remain alert and sober to the signs of the times that can no longer be ignored. Time for prayer, immersion in His Word and community in the fellowship of other believers. Time to find others who are serious about their faith and gather with them as regularly as possible. Time to find shepherds to guide us—not the ones who appear behind pulpits on Sunday mornings to wow us with their latest bit of Bible knowledge and then abandon us just as quickly as they came, but the ones who are living examples of what they speak like Jesus was. Time to fear and love God, and cling to Him above all else—forsaking the ways and riches of America and its politicians, and pledging our utter fealty to the government built upon His shoulders (Isa. 9:6).
  • We prepare, not for our own sakes but for the sakes of those God will lead to us. I am not talking about being “Preppers” here: taking up arms and hiding away in mountain bunkers. Furthermore, the financial advice herein is not given so we may “store up our treasures on earth.” The wrath the world is about to face is coming primarily because of this “root of all sorts of evil” Christians have been just as guilty of as the humanists. We are to be a light on a hill, ready to minister to both body and soul when the time comes. When this “shaking” comes [I believe it will start with a world financial collapse that will be no mere recession], there will be many homeless and confused wandering the streets desperate for help and answers. God will lead them to those who are prepared: both spiritually to guide them and physically to care for them. Gather a stock of food, water, and basic medical supplies. Get a gas powered generator [of at least 5,500-6,000 watts which will cost around $500.] and a few 5 gallon gas cans to keep filled for it and emergency car trips. Read up on aquaponic gardening and consider setting up one in your home, or even building a greenhouse. Get your money out of the stock market NOW, including any funds you hold that are invested in it. Any fund can move you into “cash”, or money markets. If God tarries, you can move back in to stocks again within 30 days. Also, get some serious cash out and keep it at your home. Do not worry about it being there, for if you are His He will protect and provide for you. Many are advising to buy gold. If you do get pre 1933 minted coins so the government cannot recall them.
  • Do not take up arms as the Preppers do. Do not fight flesh with flesh, or fire with fire. Jesus promises that all who take up swords in these days must be killed with them, and we have a choice between that and “the faith and perseverance of the saints” (Rev. 13:10). Trust in God’s total protection and provision (Psalm 91), and do not fear the arrows that will be flying everywhere.
  • Lastly, rejoice! These are going to be frightening times for the flesh, but they are going to represent incredible opportunities for the Spirit! People we have had to chase down to share the Gospel with will be seeking us out! Life now lived for self will be filled with opportunities for life lived for God and neighbor. Life now lived in seclusion and segregation will be filled with opportunities for life lived in community. These will be exciting times indeed for those who have prepared themselves and been found worthy in the little things, to be counted worthy of great things. Will some be called to suffer? Yes. Will some be martyred. Yes. Will some go in to captivity? Yes. But regardless, those who hold fast to Jesus will know His peace and joy throughout, and wherever they land will have ample opportunities to testify to the glory of God!

In closing, I do not wish to appear a wild-eyed radical, but the time for worldly foolishness among God’s people must end. I do not know when God will visit His wrath upon us, but I do know it is a matter of when and not if any more. I cannot sit back in silence and not tell the people I love of the impending shaking, because I am to be a watchman on the wall for them (Ezek. 33:1-6). I do not want anyone’s blood on my hands because I did not sound the alarm. But now it’s up to you. Will you prepare? Will you get serious? Will you rejoice in the trials about to come upon us, or recoil in fear? Will you become a blessing to others? Will you show yourself worthy to be called God’s elect? The trumpet has sounded and the warning has been shouted from the rooftops. What shall your—our—response be? I pray we all chose wisely.

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