I don’t know about you, but I was raised to believe that people are basically the same, rich or poor, darker skin pigment or lighter, faith or no faith, etc…. that people are just people. And not to think that being rich is bad but in fact it is something to work toward. And if not for the rich, many of the poor would have no place to work. It is good for the rich to prosper because when they do, so do those financially under them. But in getting older and studying God’s Word, I have come to see that there are certain ones of the rich and influential that belong to a certain group. This group is manipulated by the wicked one. Some of them actually know they are manipulated, and others have no clue. There are still many rich and influential people who refuse to be part of it, but it is this group of manipulated wicked ones that I wish to speak of here.
In the book of Revelation, we see a mystery that involves a beast and a whore that is carried by it. Upon further reading and prayerful investigation, we see that the whore is the human factor and the beast is the demonic factor. Never in my life has the whore been so easy to see. Many have literally gone public. Many of those behind the “world economic forum” have made themselves known or been brought to the public eye.
Many of the super-rich and many politicians, as well as many people of influence, have joined together to formulate plans to over-ride normal countries and their governments. There is no doubt many of them think they came up with their ideas and roles on their own, but the devil and his hierarchy, are at the root of it and directing it.
You can read about this Babylonian system in Revelation 18. You can see who prospers from it. You can also read about its demise. Personally, I think we have to keep standing up for what is good and right, no matter the agenda of the wicked. But we must realize that at some point, we will not be able to stop it. The Antichrist will rise to power and he will use this system to his benefit. Those running the system will joyfully turn it over to him.
How close are we to this evil system coming into power? I do not know but it could happen very fast. Will all the countries of the world willfully join in? I doubt it but I am betting most will. If they want to buy and sell globally, they will join in. Will there be peace and prosperity for the working man and woman under this system? I doubt it. Peace and prosperity will be the lure, but the hook when set in, will be the loss of freedom and total subjection to an evil and very ungodly power.
Why post this here? If I am right or wrong, what difference will it make? There are many who do not appreciate history or prophecy. They live for the moment and simply do not care about the past or future. But some of us choose to know where we came from and where we are going. For many the future will have plenty of rude surprises. But for those who care, the Lord has warned us not to be deceived and told us some of what will happen. The Lord wants us prepared and to make it through.
There was a time when Israel was given over to Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians. The natural thing to do was fight against it. But it was in God’s plans that they were being given over to evil because of their rejection of the Lord and His correction. Many died fighting and many were taken captive alive. There was also a group that tried to escape even though the Lord directly told them not to take that route. They perished in their disobedience. The Lord specifically told those who would obey Him to yield and go into captivity. And it was from these people, that 70 years later, He re-birthed Jerusalem and rebuilt the temple.
We are never to bow to evil in worship. And we can certainly know to never take the mark of the beast and worship him. We also know that we need the Lord to direct us through the hard times that are ahead. We need to be close to Him now and be strong in His Word. It may happen that Bibles become outlawed. Would you have enough of His Word in you to sustain you in such a case? Are you used to praying through the day and listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit to guide you? This is critical to making it through to the end.
In closing, please know the purpose of this blog is to get one to pray, read and think. Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, 2 Thessalonians, Daniel and Revelation all speak of future events. God did not put the information there to be disregarded. The whole book of Revelation is from Jesus Christ personally. John wrote it all under the Lord’s direction. In the first three Gospels, there were times where Jesus poured His heart out about what is to come. We need to listen up, pray up and set our hearts to draw close to the Lord and be faithful to the end.
And as for where we stand historically, we are no doubt, living in the last of the last days.
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”
Here are some pertinent verses that all believers living in this day and hour should be aware of.
Matthew 24:6-8 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Mark 13:9-13 “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
Luke 21:16-28 “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls. But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
Daniel 8:9-12 And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land. And it grew up to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered.
Daniel 8:23-26 "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; he shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; he shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means. And the vision of the evenings and mornings which was told is true; therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future."
Daniel 11:23-24 And after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people. He shall enter peaceably, even into the richest places of the province; and he shall do what his fathers have not done, nor his forefathers: he shall disperse among them the plunder, spoil, and riches; and he shall devise his plans against the strongholds, but only for a time.
Daniel 11:31-33 And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation. Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering.
Eli Cockrell and Carmen Pușcaș share thoughts about the end times and life as a Christian in the world we live in today.