Lockdown: WHO Can We Trust?

“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, ‘Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?’

Jesus said to them: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he’, and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom will rise against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.” (Mark 13: 3-8)

The world that we have entered is a disturbing reality that the truth has become lost to mankind. No longer does the world possess a common “Truth” and the concept of reality is something being debated. The time of simple, common understanding is long gone.

We now live during a time when the “Truth” has become lost and depending on who you are speaking to, the “Truth” is different. We are told that we can no longer trust our Media or our Politicians. We are told that the President cooperated with a foreign government to win the election and there is nothing that can be done (as many have tried). Some say this is an attempt by the Deep State to hijack the United States of America while others state that this is the Constitution at work, and we must obey the law. And that was before Covid-19.

(For those who want additional information that will be referenced here please read: Is the Rise of China and Its Conflict with America Predicted in the Bible; Economic War and the Opening of the Third Seal of Revelation; America in Bible Prophecy: Wealth and Prosperity vs Heavenly Abundance; A Man’s Enemies will be the Members of His Own Household; Mark of the Beast and the Beast System )

The emergence of the Coronavirus has changed the landscape of the entire world. Every corner of the globe has been affected and our lives will no longer be the same. We are seeing the surveillance state emerging around us and we are witnessing our civil liberties being removed daily. Protests are growing and violence is inevitable as many Americans have lost everything. This reaction by many is understandable and predictable. The problem with it being predictable is that many have forgotten that we are at war, a “Trade War:”. If history has taught us anything is that every economic war ends with physical war. Its like playing with your food before eating it.

Covid-19 has brought every country to its knees, except the country that it originated in, China. The Chinese have a very proud history and culture and all interactions must be respectful and with honor. Any interaction with leadership outside of this accepted Chinese culture is seen as disrespectful and disgraceful. With this in mind, many can state that for years the interactions and rhetoric spoken from America toward China has not been respectful and filled with honor. This combined with America’s Trade War against China and we have opened ourselves up to being attacked, by any means necessary.

There is no debate that the Chinese leadership have global leadership aspirations. This has been apparent with their economic rise and inclusion of their currency in the use for international trade. They have also used their manufacturing base to gain the entire world’s currency and then use that currency to purchase foreign assets. In other words, they have been using American dollars to purchase American businesses and property.

This is a very smart strategy when using a long-term approach toward global domination. The Chinese did not only purchase American assets but also assets all over the world. When Greece was required to liquidate some of their assets to pay back the IMF, China was right there purchasing those Greek assets.

These large asset purchases provided the legal ownership they needed to slowly move offshore with the actual acquisition of these assets. That would also mean being the country that precedes over these assets. This would be much easier if everyone was just under Chinese control, but you must keep in mind the long game and that the final move is the acquisition.

The release of Covid-19, from the Wuhan chemical lab, is the narrative the President of the United States is claiming is true, so it is the one that will be used. We all understand what has happened since the outbreak but what if the outbreak was not accidental. What if the Chinese Government released this agent, knowing that their surveillance state and indoctrination tactics would allow swift control of the virus, while the rest of the world would be brought to its knees. This makes absolute sense when you understand that this is not just about the America vs the China. This is about China taking over the entire world.

Many have heard of the Two Hundred-Million-man army that rise out of the east during the time of the end. Most forget the plagues that come with that army!

“The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ‘Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’ And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.

The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood-idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality and their thefts.” (Revelation 9: 13-21)

Many will dismiss this as a future event but the use of plagues in reference to an army that many have associated to China, must be taken seriously now that the world has been infected with Covid-19. What if this was an attempt to destabilize the world economy. China has all the control. They understand that they make all the world’s goods. Everyone must play according to their rules or they will not longer get their stuff.

America first has been chanted all over this country proclaiming that we must purchase American goods and stop purchasing Chinese goods. That is all fine and dandy, but the reality is that if we stop purchasing Chinese goods, we stop getting stuff. What people fail to realize is that America no longer makes enough goods for us to survive on. If we make a drastic jump from using China to not using China, we are left with substantial shortages and increasing prices. Looking around today, and that is exactly what is happening.

If Scriptures tells us that there will be plagues, plural, coming out of the east, then we should expect more. Considering that those plagues depicted in Revelation kill a third of the world, we can consider Covid-19 a light jab compared to what is coming.

The scariest part of this whole thing is watching those around you fall right into place. We are being tested to see our reaction and to also see our governments action toward this attack. At first the populous participated, lasting almost two months, while the government studied China’s reaction to the virus, mimicking their response. China showed that countries must have a surveillance state like theirs, to combat this weapon. That is why governments all over the world are rushing to replicate China’s surveillance state. What they don’t understand is that they are just laying the foundation for the society that will come out of it. Once the other viruses start to come, everyone will be begging for protection and assistance.

“When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali – to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

‘Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.’

From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” (Matthew 4: 12-17)

 

Clinton Kowach

05/17/2020

 

Are Modern Prophecies Spoken from True or False Prophets? We All Shall Know the Truth Sooner Than Later!

“In the fifth month of the same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the Lord in the presence of the priests and all the people:

“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I will bring back to his place all the articles of the Lord’s house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon. I will bring back to this place Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the Lord, ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’”

Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord. He said, “Amen! May the Lord do so! May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the Lord’s house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon. Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people:

From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms. But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”

Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it, and he said before all the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: ‘In the same way I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within two years.’” At this, the prophet Jeremiah went on his way.

After the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Go and tell Hananiah, ‘This is what the Lord says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but in its place, you will get a yoke of iron. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations to make them serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild animals.’”

Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.’”

In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.” (Jeremiah 28: 1-17)

It is easy for any self-proclaimed prophet to prophecy about blessings that are going to be bestowed upon a nation or people. It is easy to be the bearer of good news and to convince the land that what they desire will come true. It is easy to convince the populous that they are within God’s favor and they will be blessed for their faith.

The story of the prophet Hananiah illustrates this notion and demonstrates that prophets do not prophecy of goodness and blessing but of war, disaster and plague. Jeremiah explains this in his response to Hananiah and the Lord Almighty reiterates this point in the judgment bestowed against the prophet.

All around the globe, we are being inundated with prophecies from so many proclaiming that they have been sent from God. Many are proclaiming the same salvation message present within Hananiah’s message about the yoke of captivity being removed and blessings being brought to God’s people. This is a message that many want to hear and is one that is easy to present. No-one is going to fight a messenger that is proclaiming blessings to the land, when all indications state that his words are true.

In the context of modern times, we know that we are living in the end of the age. We can see Biblically prophetic events unfolding all around us and only the naïve would state this is a normal time within history.

The problem is those that follow our Lord and Savior are looking for goodness and blessings, as this is what they have been taught. The masses have been told that if they are good enough and blessed enough, everything they hope and wish for will come true. These believers have also been told that they will not be subject to God’s Wrath and will be removed from this world, prior to the tribulation period. Its no wonder, they are unwilling to listen to anyone proclaiming the opposite. Why challenge your faith when you are being told everything you want to hear?

As events continue to unfold around our world, we will be able to see who has been sent by God and who is not of Him. Those who are proclaiming peace and prosperity, must have their predictions come true to show they have been sent by God. They must have the unfolding of the goodness of their teachings be fulfilled or they will be shown false. Considering the prophet Jeremiah specifically stated that the prophets do not bring such a message, it will be hard for those to show they are true.

Prophecies about the Second Coming of our Lord are filled with war, disaster and plague. We are told by Jesus himself that these things would happen prior to his coming. Understanding, that the Messiah and the Prophets of Old all came with the same message, we know this to be true and consistent with the workings of God.

We must not be naïve to believe that we will be removed from this world prior to the Tribulation Period. We must understand that we have been warned, over and over, within Scripture of what will come. War, famine, pestilence, earthquakes and disaster are what is coming upon this world.

We must make a choice. Will we believe that we will be removed from this earth to escape the time of our trial, or will be believe that we will be a light on this earth during the time of the end? The outcome will be the same regardless of what we desire. If the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is true, we will all be removed from this earth, regardless of our belief in its theory. If the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is false, only those who have prepared will be ready to endure during the time that Jesus stated would be like no other. The choice is ours on how we proceed from here!

“’Teacher,’ they asked, ‘when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?’

He replied: ‘Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.’

Then he said to them: ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so, you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair on your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.

When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time, they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21: 7-28)

 

Clinton Kowach

02/05/2020

You May Not Like It, But the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Is A False Teaching and It’s Deceiving the Church!

“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the Firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the Firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom of God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he ‘has put everything under his feet.’ Now when it says that ‘everything’ has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? I face death every day – yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. If I fought wild beast in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.’

Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ Come back to your senses as you ought and stop sinning; for these are some who are ignorant of God – I say this to your shame.

But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?’ How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

So, will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

For there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So, it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.” ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15: 1-58)

The teaching of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture has taken the world by storm. Our society has been deeply indoctrinated, where every believer or non-believer has become familiar with its teaching. People all over the world are waiting for the mass disappearance of the Christian Church that will initiate the Apocalypse.

This teaching has become so wide spread that anyone who presented a different interpretation is regarded as a heretic and discarded as a false teacher. This feeling toward the opposition interpretation is so severe that the majority of the Christian Church will not even entertain the notion that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is not true.

We are told that those who are chosen will be lifted from this earth and transported to heaven to partake in the wedding ceremony between Jesus and his Bride, the Church. This teaching is what provides hope for many who live within this godless and unforgiving world. It is no mystery to understand that challenging this belief would be removing the heart and soul from many who have nothing else within this world to hope for. That is never the intention when interpreting Scripture. The intention is also to not sugar coat what Scripture truly states. All who educate the masses about biblical interpretation are tasked with the duty to remain loyal to what Scripture states without allowing for false doctrine to be implemented within its message.

With this being said, we must understand that within the direct passage spoken about within 1 Corinthians we are told a specific event that will occur that triggers the dead to be risen. This event must happen prior otherwise the interpretation would be inaccurate, as we are instructed to not add messages to Scripture but to help with its interpretation. This event is the sounding of the last trumpet. Many will reference this event to the Jewish Feast of Trumpets celebration and this would be by design. The Feast of Trumpets is a direct enactment of what shall occur during the sounding of the final trumpet.

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the Lord.’

The Lord said to Moses, ‘The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present a food offering to the Lord. Do not do any work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God. Those who do not deny themselves on that day must be cut off from their people. I will destroy from among their people anyone who does any work on that day. You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. It is a day of sabbath rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. For seven days present food offerings to the Lord, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the Lord. It is the closing special assembly do no regular work.

‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing food offering to the Lord – the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings required for each day. These offerings are in addition to those for the Lord’s sabbath and in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings you give to the Lord.’” (Leviticus 23: 23-38)

The modern world has become accustom to calling the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah, which also indicates the beginning of the Jewish New Year. This celebration begins a ten-day period leading up to the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, or the day of Atonement. These ten days are called the Days of Awe by modern Judaism and are concluded with the sounding of the Great Shofar at the end of Yom Kippur.

According to Jewish rabbinic teachings, when the Feast of Trumpets begins on Rosh Hashanah, the destiny of the righteous and the wicked are sealed. The righteous have their names written in the Book of Life while the wicked have theirs written in the Book of Death, but most people will not be written in either. Those who do not have their names written in either book have ten days (Days of Awe) to repent to the Lord and ask for forgiveness prior to their fate being sealed. When the ten days have passed, everyone shall have their name written in either book on the most holy Jewish day, the Day of Atonement. This celebration is followed by the Feast of Tabernacles, five days later. This festival is a sacred assembly designed to symbolize the Millennial reign of the Messiah.

The Jews were instructed to keep these appointed days holy as their prophetic meaning would become reality just like Jesus fulfilled prophecy during the other prophetic Jewish Holidays (Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Feast of Firstfruits). These are appointed times and according to Scripture they will be fulfilled on these specific days, exactly as they are depicted.

This would mean that the unfolding of the judgment of God would happen in rapid succession and cumulate within 23 days (Days of Awe lasts 10 days, plus 5 days until Feast of Tabernacles which lasts 7 days, 10+5+7=23)

This does not make much sense to modern Christians as we are told to watch for Daniel’s 70th week as an indication of how long the Jewish age shall last. Considering 69 weeks have been completed, Christians are watching for the final week to appear, creating the 7-year tribulation period:

“And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandments came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore, understand the matter, and consider the vision.

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandments to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall even in troublous times.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9: 20-27)

Modern Christians are told that the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week will commensurate with the Rapture event, thus creating the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. This Rapture stance is presented along with the following verses:

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18)

Again, we are told that this event would happen at the sounding of the Trumpet of God, or the Last Trump. This references back to the Feast of Trumpets and more specifically to Yom Kippur, the most holy day on the Jewish calendar.

There is no indication that this event would happen at the beginning of Danial’s 70th week or that this event would happen at the beginning of the Tribulation Period. Instead we are pointed toward the end of the Feast of Trumpets when the “books are sealed”. The most overlooked misconception is that the sounding of the trumpet is not for those who are alive, but for those who are already dead. Only after the dead have risen are the living transformed, not the other way around. The living are to be transformed at a later time, not specified within this passage. We are specifically told this by a verse within Revelation that explains the “first resurrection”:

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years.

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire, this is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20: 1-15)

When trying to stick to the Pre-Tribulation narrative, none of this makes any sense. The Church is specifically told that the dead shall rise first and then the living will be caught up but within the Book of Revelation, we are told that the first resurrection includes only those who were beheaded during the Great Tribulation. This goes against the direct teaching within the Church today that we shall be taken up to heaven to be the Bride of Christ while the Great Tribulation is going on. Even more, is within this passage it illustrates that heaven and earth will fled way and there will be no place left for the inhabitants of this world. This would be more consistent with individuals being transformed in a twinkling of an eye and being caught up in heaven with the dead, as all would be subject to this transfer, at the same time to partake in judgment. This cannot be true as either the Book of Revelation must be wrong, or the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is just a false theory. Maybe within Revelation we can have some indication what is going on with the Bride of Christ:

“And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgements: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

And again, they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

And he saith unto me, Write, blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he saith unto me, see thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

And I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lord.

And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.

And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” (Revelation 19: 1-21)

Once again, the Book of Revelation does not support the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Teaching. We are specifically told that the bride is granted that she should be dressed in fine linens but in no way are we told that the bride is in heaven awaiting the wedding or that the wedding festival has occurred. Instead this passage is more consistent with the Feast of Trumpets teaching that the names of those worthy of eternal life shall be written in the Book of Life prior to the ten days of trial. This does not fit with what the Church is being taught as modern teachers are teaching that the Church is no present during the Tribulation, as there is no indication they are present within the book of Revelation.

This again is hard to justify as many overlook the writings to the seven churches within the Book of Revelation as just letters written to ancient churches. This would not be consistent with the prophetic language and message within Revelation and should be discounted as the only message present within the letters. Another interpretation sheds more light into the explanation of the importance of the church letters. This interpretation depicts that the letters are the evolution of the church age up until the time of judgment. This would be more consistent when reviewing the rewards given to each church as they continue to increase in worth. Plus, there may be a secret hidden within the ten days of the Days of Awe and the Church of Smyrna:

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty – yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.” (Revelation 2: 8-11)

Within this passage we are giving the illustration of the ten days of trial and those that die shall not be subject to the second death. This is the exact language used to illustrate the Feast of Trumpets and those who are beheaded during the Great Tribulation. This letter is addressed to the “Tribulation Saints” who will ultimately rule with Jesus during His millennial reign!

This trial can also be seen in the language used within Scripture depicting when the Beasts overcome the saints:

“And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and faith of the saints.” (Revelation 13: 6-10)

Unfortunately, those who believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture will stay true to their message stating that the church has been removed and those left behind are the ones who must endure the wrath of God. They will insist that the wedding is occurring in heaven during the Great Tribulation and that the bride will return with Jesus at the battle of Armageddon to destroy Satan once and for all. Again, when looking at what Scripture actually says, we understand that this interpretation is only a fantasy and not founded in the Holy Word:

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacles of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wife away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, write: for these words are true and faithful.

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

And he that talked with me, had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it were equal.

And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; the fifth, sardonyx, the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite, the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz, the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

The twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the streets of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

And they shall bring glory and honor of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21: 1-27)

We are specifically told that we will be described the Bride of Christ and then Scripture goes into great detail describing the New Jerusalem. This chapter also states that we will worship God and we will be his sons. This does not depict the illustration being taught within the Christian Church today. The theories being told to the masses are nothing like what the Holy Word of God tells us. This is very dangerous for those who are unwilling to study Scripture for themselves. That is why we are told that the Tribulation Church will be told a grand deception, and many would turn away from the faith. It’s hard to understand that believers will need to die for their faith instead of being whisked off to heaven in a twinkling of an eye!

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, expect there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good home through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 1-17)

Clinton Kowach

8/11/19

Why Is Understanding Bible Prophecy So Important? So That We May Understand The Battle Before Us!

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1: 1-3)

We are living in a time where many are saying that the prophetic word is not important and that understanding Biblical prophecy is stuff of fairy-tales.  We are being told that studying Scripture in a way that can depict the future is something that only those who are delusional can do. We are told this as the understanding is not present with everyone as there will be many that are unable to see or are willing to study to find the truth.

The blessing that is given at the beginning of the book of Revelation is set there for a reason. The reason is to not enrich those that study the words within the book or to enlighten the individual beyond the understanding of man. The blessing is given so that we may understand the end from the beginning and so that we may know the power of God.

To explain this comment we must know that the fight upon us is not something that we can defeat within the earthly realm. This battle is not something that we can even understand as our consciousness is lacking to see the entire picture.  That is why faith is so important. We must be able to accomplish the good works even without the understanding as to why we do such actions.

Scripture tells us that the war is not between flesh and blood but between powers that are unseen and beyond our comprehension:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor 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 rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:  10-13)

The powers that we fight against are not the powers of this world. That is why Scriptures tells us over and over again that our lives in this realm are not important. We are instructed that what we do with our lives is the true meaning of life. We are told to stand with the understanding of the power of God and that He is truly capable of everything!

Once we understand that He is able to do anything, without limitation, than we have the ability to see our destiny through. When we study the prophetic word, we are given the understanding of what will come. With this understanding, we know what we need to do during the time of our trial. We must stand strong, knowing that God has full control of the outcome and that our lives are not important as our legacy lives on. “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10: 39)

We are only the messengers and not the outcome. We are here to show the world that His word is true and that the final outcome is His. Only after understanding this do we know that our insignificant existence is to glorify Him and nothing else.

When we study Biblical prophecy, we gain an understanding of Him and His actions. We learn why He makes the world go through tribulation and why we as individuals continue with our trials. We go through our struggle so that we may bring about His outcome. That is the only reason. Knowing this shall bring us strength during our time of trial.

If any of us have true belief in our savior, we know that our trial is just beginning. We shall be tried by fire to become refined to bring glory to Him. We shall be a shining light during a time that the world has never witnessed before and we shall face a darkness that is not of this world. The darkness is greater than any of us can ever imagine as our understanding is limited.

Even though our understanding is limited, our power is not. We shall be granted the power to overcome as our Lord and Savior has already overcome this world. We shall be given power and shall do works that are greater than the works our Savior did during His time on this world. We are to be the ones that bring about the greatest revival that the world has ever seen. This has all been spoken to us and promised to us by our God! There is nothing that can be done to change it!

Once we truly know this and I mean deep down in our soul understanding, then we shall be given power that the prophets of old longed for. Our God promised that His spirit would be poured out upon His people and our Savior promised that we would do works that are greater than those He did during His time on this earth.  This is not a fairy-tale.  This is Bible Prophecy!

If we want to inherit our promise from our Lord, than we must fulfill our obligation to Him. We must study and prepare the only way that we were ever instructed to do so. We must prepare spiritually. We must be ready for the time when we will be the ones that are the warriors we promised our God that we would be!

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14: 10-14)

 

Clinton Kowach

10/14/18

Economic War and the Opening of the Third Seal of Revelation

“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, ‘Come!’ I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, ‘Come!’ Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.

When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come!’ I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among four living creatures, saying, ‘Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wage, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!’

When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, ‘Come!’ I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” (Revelation 6: 1-8)

The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse are famous for their visions of destruction present during the End of the Age.  We, as a society, are no strangers to their depiction of disaster upon the world and the horrors that those who are living will have to endure. Every believer wishes that they will be seen worthy to not partake of God’s wrath, but the visions presented within the Four Horsemen are not from God’s wrath. They are precursors to what will happen to those who do not repent for their transgressions against the All Mighty.

Our modern world is completely upside down and people are looking everywhere for answers to what is happening.  Many are looking to the stars, to global events, to wars and rumors of wars and are seeing no correlations to why these events are all happening now.  Those who do not have the eyes to see or the ears to hear lack the understanding to what is happening to our world.

This is exactly what Scripture told us would happen during the last days.  We are told that we must watch for Jesus’s return or we shall be consumed by the events unfolding around the world.  This is exactly what is happening right now! Everywhere we look, it appears that mankind has lost its mind! We have police brutality against the public, disputed elections all around the world, assassination attempts by drone, and global currency and economic wars that are involving every country on the map. These events are moving so rapidly that the daily news is becoming overwhelming to watch and we are all witnessing sights we never imagined.

When reading about the riding of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, we can see these events unfolding before our eyes. Many will dispute that the Rapture must happen prior to the riding of the First Horseman or that the Antichrist must be on the world scene when the first seal opens. These events are open for interpretation and to be honest, none of us know if they are correct or not. The fact of the matter is that we must look at the characteristics present within the riders to understand the events that will unfold once they have begun.

When we evaluate the characteristics, we start to see current events that are by-products of the openings of these seals.  We have had numerous world leaders solidify power and the rise of nationalism is all over the news (1st seal) and we have seen peace be taken from the earth as senseless violence is happening at a staggering rate (2nd seal).

These events could be happening, even if the first riders have not already started, but the 3rd seal is a little different.  Within this seal we see a global economic crisis that will impact food supplies around the world.  When Scripture depicts only enough food to eat for a day’s wages, we know that food prices will skyrocket and the price of labor will decrease drastically. We see these events happening right now all around the world and within the United States of America.

The news broadcasts depict a roaring American economy with low unemployment and high corporate profits.  We are witnessing the cost of goods increasing but average wages are staying stagnate. Basic economics would conclude that wage growth is needed to sustain the rise in cost of goods or the cost of those goods will have to decline so that the consumer can purchase them.  Without wage growth, the roaring US economy will not be sustainable.

Then throw in the mix the rise of the economic and currency wars that are happening globally.  President Trump recently stated that any country that does business with Iran will not be able to do business with the United States. When this happened the first three entities to object were the EU, China, and Turkey.

The American public is naïve to believe that the American way of life will continue when the exchange of goods and services comes to a global halt. The entire world depends on moving supplies and products to purchasing countries and without this exchange, the world economy comes to a standstill.  But what happens when the entire world continues trading, without the United States of America?

The United States does not have the ability to produce the products needed to maintain our way of life.  Plus, if the exchange of goods is stopped, the existing inventory pricing will increase, causing the price of goods to increase.  This will further erode the American way of life and most importantly, corporate profits as their unit sales will drop.

We all understand that when corporate profits decline, their largest expense is personnel. In other words, when things get tough, companies lay people off.  What do you think will happen when the American public can no longer purchase goods and services due to pricing? This will decrease the amount of sales and cause companies to create cost saving measures……

Combine this with the rise of the BRICS banking system and the separation that will ensue between the IMF and the Fed, we can see the global banking system is going to change drastically. The power is moving from the west to the east and anyone who believes that they will be able to maintain global economic power, without the backing of China, don’t understand the power the consumer economy has given the largest producer of goods in the world.

The final catalyst that will impact global food prices will be associated to the global climate changes that are happening all around the world.  We are witnessing record breaking fires in the western United States, massive drought in Australia and the Middle East, and excessive heat throughout Europe.  These are all going to impact food production in a drastic way. When humans are unable to produce enough food to sustain our population, the first impact we will see is in the global pricing of food, hence the Third Horseman of the Apocalypse.

We must not be naïve to what is happening to our world. Our way of life is changing at a mind-numbing pace. The ways we lived before are gone and a new way is being revealed.  We can no longer sustain ourselves like our forefathers did.  We can no longer do as we please.  We will be that generation that will witness God in all his glory and we will see, with our own eyes, the final cost of mankind’s sins!

 

Clinton Kowach

8-8-2018

 

When Bible Prophecy Becomes Current Events, We Know Our Destiny is Near!

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The Sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.  (Joel 2: 28-32)

We are told within Scripture that the prophets of old longed to see the events that we are witnessing around the world today.  They wanted to be part of the number to watch the unfolding of the prophetic word. Many had a glimpse of what it may be like and none were able to understand.  What we are witnessing around the world is something that very few words can actually explain.

We try to justify these events by stating that we are witnessing the awakening of consciousness around us or that we are witnessing the fall and rise of empires or that we are at the beginning of a climatic change. The truth of the matter is everything keeps pointing back to what we were told long ago, by those who were able to see but were not able to understand.

Considering the changes that we have witnessed within the last 70 years, modern man is having difficulty keeping up with these changes.  Take in consideration the rapid expansion of knowledge that has happened over the last 2 years and we can see that history will never be the same.  Those that try to write about this time will be left without words, just like those who tried to explain these events within Scripture.  We cannot blame them for their use of symbolism and astrological formations to try to give any information that may be relevant to a distant generation, who would so badly need to understand.

We are that generation and anyone who is willing to watch what is happening around our world is able to see it.  Unfortunately the understanding has not been gifted to us all.

As the world continues to get darker and evil continues to rise, we who are alive will be tasked with the obligation to provide insight into these events.  We have been chosen to explain to the world the trials that we were told about by God’s prophets.

To take this burden and present it upon a lost generation is something that only God can marvel. We have lost our ability to understand the meanings of the message we were instructed to keep holy.  We have forgotten to teach our children to look to the heavens and watch for the signs of His coming. Our generation has been tasked with the impossible duty to remain vigilant during extreme persecution of our faith and understanding.

God has also chosen this generation for their ability to remain strong during the darkest of times. We have been born into this dark-age to present the message that prophecy is true and that the Holy Scripture is the true word of God.  This is an amazing gift as we will be the only generation that is able to present actual world events and show that they were given to us in his prophetic Word.

We have also been assured that God would pour His Spirit upon His people during this time.  We are told that the gifts of the spirit will be given to the final generation, just like the Spirit was poured out upon the disciples during Pentecost.  When God gives the gifts of the spirit to the final generation that will be the day that we all realize the power of His Word and of His love.

So as the world continues to get dark, just understand that we are about to witness the most amazing event that any generation has ever seen.  We are about to inherit His power to fulfill our destiny.

“Now about spiritual gifts, brother, I do not want you to be ignorant. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus be cursed’, and no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines” (1 Corinthians 12: 1-11)

 

Clinton Kowach

7/24/18

That Day has Come: Israel vs the World

“A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day, his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives, will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

On that day, there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. It will be a unique day -a day known only to the Lord – with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.”  (Zechariah 14: 1-7)

God’s people have been warned about a day that would be like no other, a day when the entire world would be against the state of Israel. It is no secret that the Jewish people have been persecuted throughout their entire existence and history has documented their exile and return to the holy land.  Many state this is the beginning of God’s promise to restore the chosen people and to usher in the coming of their Messiah.  This belief is amplified by the Christian teachings that the second coming of Jesus will be this exact event and will bring the Jewish people to their King.

The political and social upheaval that is happening all around the Middle East is bringing the attention of the entire world to look at the sacred city of Jerusalem. This division between Muslims and Jews and their ownership to Jerusalem was only amplified when President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel in early 2018.  This one action has sent in motion events that have brought the entire world’s attention toward the Jewish state.

While the state of Israel has been under the world magnifying glass, their actions against the Palestinian state has come into question.  The land of Gaza has been under Israeli occupations since the Six Day War in 1967 and the Palestinian people are living in extreme poverty. This treatment by Israel against their occupied citizens has led to numerous violent protests, where thousands have been injured and hundreds have been killed.  This violence has led to outcry from all over the world against the actions of Israel.

The activities of the Israeli state against the state of Palestine has led to a battle within the United Nations, bidding nation against nation.  Recently, the United States created a resolution condemning the Palestinian violence against the state of Israel.  This resolution was denied but an adverse resolution against the Israeli state was approved.  This resolution blames Israel for the violence on its border, as well as, accuses the Jewish state of Human Rights violations against the Palestinian people. The accusation against Israel is leading to withdraw of the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Jerusalem is becoming a burdensome stone just like we were foretold in Zechariah:

“A prophecy: The word of the Lord concerning Israel. The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: ‘I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” (Zechariah 12: 1-3)

Not only are the entire World’s nations (United Nations) gathering against the state of Israel but armies are congregating on its northern border. With Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, Turkey, and Russia all gathering armies and moving toward Israel’s northern border, many are referencing scripture and the coming prophetic war.

Within the Christian and Jewish communities, witnessing the rise of Israel’s enemies is fulfilling the prophesized Gog and Magog War spoken about in Ezekiel. Ezekiel explains a time when the armies of Russia and Iran (the most commonly accepted interpretation) will revolt against Israel and attack them to plunder their riches.  This will anger God himself and He will make His presence known:

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel. At that time, they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declared the Sovereign Lord. In my zeal and fiery wrath, I declare that at that time there will be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beast of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgement on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.  And so, I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 38: 17:23)

The coming Gog/Magog war is being touted as a time when God will save Israel from its enemies and will bring the destruction of this evil world.  Christians all over the world are witnessing these event with longing as they see the coming of the Messiah and their King.  The only problem is that they are being taught that Christians will not have to partake in any of God’s judgement.  This teaching references a Rapture event that will remove them from their Earthly bodies and bring them to heaven, prior to God’s wrath being poured out upon the Earth.

A major problem with this belief, is that these Old Testament prophets knew nothing about Jesus or his second coming.  Instead, they are referencing the coming of God himself! When speaking about God’s Wrath, the Christian Church is referencing the removal of God’s people prior to the entrance of God onto the world scene.  According to the Christian faith, the question has never been about a removal of God’s people but about when this event occurs.

The current prophetic teaching is that the Christian Church will be Raptured prior to the Day of the Lord, or the Day of God’s Judgement. It is also being taught that the Christian Church will not be present during Jacob’s Trouble (the tribulation of the Jewish people). The following verse references Jacob’s Trouble:

“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.’ These are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah: ‘This is what the Lord says: ‘Cries of fear are heard – terror, not peace. Ask and see: Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale? How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.’ ‘In that day’, declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them. Instead, they will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.’ ‘ So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel;’ declares the Lord. ‘I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid I am with you and will save you,’ declares the Lord. ‘ Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only in due measure; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.’ This is what the Lord says: Your wound is incurable, your injury beyond healing. There is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, no healing for you. All your allies have forgotten you; they care nothing for you. I have struck you as an enemy would and punish you as would the cruel, because your guilt is so great and your sins so many. Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain has no cure? Because of your great guilt and many sins, I have done these things to you.” (Jeremiah 30: 2-7)

Intuition would state that the disappearance of millions of people from all over the globe would be written about within the passage of Jacob’s Trouble.  Instead, the reference of King David being raised up is given. Many believe that this would be the rise of Jesus or someone from David’s line, but this is not what is stated. Instead it talks about the actual raising up of King David during the time of Jacob’s Trouble. This is very interesting considering the most commonly referenced verse associated to the Rapture in the New Testament.  It can be found in 1 Thessalonians:

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uniformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord, himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so, we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18)

Found within these verses we can see that the dead are risen after the coming of God to the Earth. Referencing the verses from the Old Testament prophets, we can see that this event happens during a war that causes great destruction upon the land of Israel. It is also interesting that there is no actual timeframe given for when the living will be brought up into the clouds.  All we know is that the Lord himself will come down from heaven first, before anyone is taken up into the clouds!

These verses in Jeremiah also talk about the allies of Israel not caring about them and forsaking their plight. Contrary to what is being taught at Sunday School, the scripture depicts a completely different stance then the United States coming to the rescue of the Jewish state.

Still the argument within the Christian Church will be that the Jewish people are left on Earth during the Great Tribulation while Christians are taken to the sky to be with Jesus.  That is why the First Fruits must be refined prior to their assent into heaven to be with Jesus and all the Christians.  Again, scripture states the complete opposite:

“But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.” (Romans 2: 5-11)

These verses from the New Testament illustrate that God does not show favoritism but that he will make the Jewish people go first into judgement.  We as Christians, will not be found worthy to enter into eternal life, until the Jewish people have been judged according to their laws.  This is completely contrary to what is being taught today within the Christian Church.  Many are being told that Christians will be given favoritism during the time of God’s Wrath.

Scripture has been consistent explaining what will happen during the time of Jacob’s Trouble and the Great Tribulation.  Knowing what to expect was never reserved for those in leadership roles or for those with large congregations.  It was designed for everyone to understand, if they chose to.  We all have a chose on how we must approach the time we are entering.  We can either choose to believe that Christians are God’s favorites and will be removed prior to the Day of the Lord.  Or we can choose to believe that we will all be present, on Earth, when we see our Creator!

With that in mind, we must always remember the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and what he told his disciples to expect during the time of the end:

“’Teacher,’ they asked, ‘when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?’ He replied: ‘Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.’

Then he said to them: ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilence in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair on your head will perish. By standing firm, you will gain life.

When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time, they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’

He told them this parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.’” (Luke 21: 8-36)

 

Clinton Kowach

6/16/18