Christians, What We Do from Here is How We Will Be Remembered!

“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.

Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty. In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.

Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.” (Psalms 45: 1-6)

Christian teachers will not hesitate in their sermons to present the glory of our redemption and our ultimate calling within God’s priestly kingdom. We are consistently told about the splendor that awaits, for all those who believe.

These teachings have reinforced God’s people’s beliefs in heaven but have also limited God’s people’s belief in humanity. Look all around the world and we can see the love for many has grown cold. Peace has been taken from the earth and we are about to witness more economic hardship to those who have already lost everything.

Those who are instructed to be a beacon of hope and love, during this time, have forsaken that solemn vow and have lusted after their own greedy ambition. Money has become the god of this world and we are seeing that god destabilize right before our eyes. Those left with no god, will look to those who proclaim we have God, for guidance going forward.

We can all see this new world unfolding but we as Christians are failing to lead. Take a look from the non-American view toward the United States: we have shown our greed and lust to the world, we have forsaken every agreement we have ever made, we are racist and our police will kill anyone for any reason, our “Christians” fight for the unborn while forsaking the poor longing for help, violence thrives while corporate greed has infected the entire globe. No wonder the world hates us. We have shown them no reason to think otherwise and we will reap what we have sown.

Anyone who has studied Bible Prophecy understand that the United States is not present or is very difficult to find, either way we are not major players in the end time events. This has led many to proclaim we will be exempt or that the United States will not be a nation when the end comes. Most scholars agree with the later.

Understanding the fate of this great nation, we must also understand our fate. Our world will change so drastically that we no longer recognize this world. This is by design but our actions toward it are not. We are to be a light for the rest of the world to follow.

When the United States no longer exists (all empires fall), how will the world view Christians? Considering America has proclaimed that we are a Christian nation, we are then the representatives to the entire world on behalf of our God. How we act going forward will be how we are remembered in history. Did we stand up for our God, not the leaders or governments that proclaim they are god, or did we conform to this world? Did our hate and greed consume us, or did we come together to “save humanity”? Considering a large portion of the American Christian community believes in a pre-tribulation raptures, wages can be placed that we will do nothing.

We are told that the New Babylon will be destroyed, and the entire world will sit back and watch that nation burn. No one comes to help. No one can even understand what happened as we are told the merchants of the world morn for their loss.

If we are to give the world any hope that Jesus is the Messiah and that He will return for those who love Him, we need to show why God loves us. We must show why He chose to die for all of us and has allowed humanity the ability to be forgiven.

If we take a step back and look at everything, we know that God does not need to save any of us. We deserve nothing and all of us are retched and vial. We all deserve eternal punishment. When we allow ourselves to understand this, then our infighting about whose lives have more value will seem trivial. None of us have value unless God gives us value. We are only here to do His will. If we are not willing to do so, then we deserve what will come to us!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” (John 3: 16-20)

 

Clinton Kowach

07/15/2020

 

The Names Written in the Lamb’s Book of Life

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3: 3-18)

Our society has inundated the populous about the concept to become saved in Christ so that you can gain entrance into heaven. We are told to evangelized and spread the gospel so that the entire world will witness the salvation provided by Christ. History has shown the expansion of the gospel until every corner of the globe has heard the teachings of God.

The desire to spread the gospel makes sense considering the teaching that once an individual becomes saved, they get their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and are granted entrance into Heaven:

“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: 11-15)

Understandably, every man, woman, and child would want to have their name written in the Book of Life as no one would want to live eternity in the lake of fire. Also, knowing that God himself wishes for no one to perish provides comfort to those who understand the Word. God does not want anyone to receive the same judgment as the fallen angels and Satan. He wishes for all to gain entrance into His eternal presence.

We are also told that during the time of judgement, mankind will be judged according to their works. Every human being will be subject to this judgment, with some receiving eternal life while others eternal death, depending on which book their name is written in.

This is where it becomes difficult for many to understand and has led to the teaching that some are chosen from the beginning of time to have their name written in the Book of Life while others are not. This would be in complete contradiction to the teaching that once you become saved, you are always saved:

“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 the faith of the saints.” (Revelation 13: 7-10)

Looking at the Scriptures at face value, it would seem that we have some contractions happening as it would not make sense to spread the Gospel if only those who had their name written from the beginning of time are granted entry into heaven. Plus, we are told that everyone will be judged by our works, but we are specifically told that we cannot gain entrance into heaven by our works alone:

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2: 4-9)

But Scripture also states that faith without works is dead:

“So, speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit?

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Ye, a man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Seeth thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise, also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2: 12-26)

It’s easy to see how these passages can be seen as contradictions based on our current understanding on salvation and the Book of Life. From what we understand: God does not want anyone to perish; that we cannot gain entrance to heaven on works alone but that faith without works is dead; that we will be judged upon our works and how we treated others; and that those who have their name written in the Book of Life have had it written before the beginning of the world; This is very confusing especially with the belief that we need to become saved to gain entrance into heaven. How can anyone have their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, who did not have their name written in it prior? Are there any examples in Scripture of anyone having their name written in the book after the beginning of time? The answer is no, and you cannot.

There are no examples within Scripture of anyone having their name written in the Book of Life due to their accepting of salvation or their belief in God. There are only examples of people having their names removed from the Book of Life:

“And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the Lord; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.

And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin-; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou has written.

And the Lord said unto Moses, whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

Therefore, now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless, in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.” (Exodus 32: 30-34)

And:

“Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.

For they persecuted him whom thou has smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou has wounded. Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.

Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.” (Psalm 69: 24-29)

And:

“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Thou has a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Revelation 3: 1-5)

How can the current teaching within the Church and world be that we need to have our names written within the Book of Life when Scripture states that we need to not have our names removed from the book? Why does the Evangelistic community focus on winning souls when they should be focusing on teaching mankind on how to not lose its soul?

Scriptures makes it very clear that from the beginning of the world, mankind had their name written in the Book of Life, but through our lack of faith and works, many have had their name blotted from the record. God stated that he loves everyone and wishes for none to receive the judgment reserved for the fallen angels. We have forgotten that lesson and have forgotten the words from Jesus on what we are to do every day, to receive his validation and salvation!

“And he said to them all, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9: 23-27)

We are to take up our cross ever day and show ourselves approved. We are to judge as we want to be judged and show mercy as we want mercy shown to us. We must be the living example of our faith so that God himself knows our love and obedience toward Him. He has granted salvation to all of us. The problem is that many will refuse this gift and have their name removed from the Book of Life!

“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12: 1-4)

 

Clinton Kowach

01-14-2010

 

Ps: A special thanks to Wayne for recommending this topic. I enjoyed the study and I hope you do too.

Extinction Rebellion: Christians Can Deny It All They Want but Climate Change Is All Over the Prophetic Word

“Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgement and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” (2 Peter 3: 1-18)

When reading Scripture, it completely boggles the mind to see the stances the modern Church takes on events unfolding around our world. We are told over and over that this heaven and earth will pass away and be destroyed and the descriptions given mimic the Climate Change we are experiencing today.  Yet Christians still deny that Climate Change is real.  How can we believe what the Holy Word states and then deny its relevance when it appears before our eyes?  This is so hard to understand, and only complete lunacy could allow believers to become so jaded to deny what is happening around our world.

Every day we are witnessing climatic event around the globe. Stories of floods, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes are so prevalent that modern man is becoming desensitized until their impact directly influences the individual. Revolts occur showing the tenacity against those pointing out what is unfolding around the world and this belief is getting so chaotic that violence has been breaking out. Even using propaganda is demonizing the children who have the courage to speak up about what is happening. Again, how can Christian’s deny the changes in our climate when the Bible specifically states these events will occur?

“Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations.

The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.” (Isaiah 51: 4-6)

The world is pleading just like the prophet Isaiah during his time for the nations to listen to his cry. Why are Christians so blind? Why have they turned a blind eye to what is going on?  The only conclusion that can be made is their arrogant stance of escapism and the fact they believe they will not be present during any of the Tribulation Period.  How else could they completely deny the fact that the world’s climate is changing?

“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: 25-28)

The most disturbing revelation is that most Christians who are proclaiming the coming of our Savior is near, are also the ones who are standing firmly against climate change, stating it’s a political ploy. The coming of the Messiah and the destruction of this world coincide and there is not distinction between them. Understanding this fact, we have to then consider the message of those preaching this, and consider they have no idea what they are stating. How can you deny that Climate Change will happen when Scripture clearly states that this is a definite?  Why would you mislead so many to believe that your teaching is correct when you are specifically preaching against Scripture?

“The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.” (Revelation 16: 8-9)

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“The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up and all the green grass was burned up.

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water – the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.” (Revelation 8: 7-11)

Regardless if the natural disaster is man-made, comes from falling stars, or are produced from the earth cleansing itself, the one thing that we cannot deny is that Scripture tells us this will happen. If anyone is to state that they believe in the Second Coming of the Messiah, but they deny that the climate of the world will change, they need to continue studying as they have missed a very important detail within Scripture. Things are going to change, regardless of who we want to blame!

“Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21: 1-4)

 

Clinton Kowach

10/07/2019

If America is to Call Itself a Christian Nation, Then for Our Children’s Sake, We Better Start Acting Like One!

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to him and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

If anyone causes one of these little ones – those who believe in me – to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.” (Matthew 18: 1-9)

What has our society done where we justify the mistreatment of children for our own political or nationalistic purposes? Why do we believe that the life of one is more important or valuable compared to another? Have our hearts become so hardened that we will allow the mistreatment of children based on the nation they were birthed in?

We have heard rumors about the sex trafficking of children present around the world and these atrocities are starting to come to light. Those that have partaken in this practice should be persecuted and punished to the highest extent of the law as we know God will do the same once their time has passed.

These atrocities used to be rumors and something that the conspiracy circles would proclaim but now we no longer must look at these rumors to see the mistreatment of God’s children. We only need to look at our southern border between Mexico and the United States. The actions of the Government of the United States and their mistreatment of these children depict the moral decay that is present within our country. We are willing to endues hardship and pain upon those in need and who are coming to the one place in this world that states it has a light that shines for Liberty. The United States has been the beacon of hope for the world for over 200 years and we have shown the value of human life, no matter what nationality or race people were. We are all humans and we all must help each other when the opportunity arises.

But we have forgotten this lesson. We have forgotten who we are. We force children and refugees into “concentration camps” with living conditions worse than our modern prison system. We subject children to unsanitary conditions and neglect to provide them with adequate food and water. Is this the same country that was the light of the world?

If we are to call ourselves a Christian Nation, we must also act like one. This would mean that we would need to act in accordance to the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ.  When he was forced with the same option, to rebuke the children that came to him, he showed us how we should act:

 “To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’

People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’” (Luke 18: 9-17)

Christians within the United States need to take a hard look into the mirror and ask themselves how they can justify the atrocities being done to those who have come to our borders for help. If we are to state that the United States is a Christian Nation, then we better start acting like one. We better start bringing hope and love back to this world, otherwise we will be guilty of causing those little ones to fall away from their God. If we are the shining example of a Christian Nation, in this world, then our actions must demonstrate how the world should expect a Christian to act. If our Government is not acting accordance to the Christian teachings, then we can no longer call ourselves a Christian Nation!

Unfortunately, from a prophetic standpoint, this was predicted long ago. We were told that the times would be dark for children and their parents. We were told to pray that our flight would not occur at a specific time as the trials against children and mothers would be great. It is just incredibly sad to know that our country, who has been a beacon of hope for so many, would be the one to fulfill this portion of prophecy:

“How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24: 19-22)

 

Clinton Kowach

7/5/19

 

Middle East Peace Treaty, East Jerusalem and the Third Temple

“And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. “ (Revelation 10: 8-11 & 11: 1-4)

The amount of attention given to the current attempts to make peace within Israel brings light that another sign is showing that the prophetic time within Scripture is upon us. We are being told by President Trump that the “Deal of the Century” is the negotiation between Israel and Palestine and that this is a top priority within his administration.  We are even having reports leaked that his peace plan will divide the city of Jerusalem as part of this prophetic treaty.

We have heard speculation for years that the world community wanted to make Jerusalem an “International City” under control of the Vatican.  This city would be a place that all three of the major religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) would be able to worship and celebrate the one true God.  This plan has been in motion for a very long time, so long that many have started to doubt its relevance or its ability to become reality.

The current murmuring coming out of the Trump Administration about the Peace Treaty is exactly this. The entire details have not been released, as of yet, but what we do know is that the eastern portion of Jerusalem will be given to the Palestinians and the western portion of the city will be given to Israel. Both nations would use Jerusalem as their capital and this agreement is to be brokered and confirmed by an unknown party.  Considering the plan presented years ago, there is speculation that this third party will be the Vatican.

This is where things get very interesting.  We can see when looking at the city of Jerusalem that the holy sites (Dome of the Rock, Temple Mount) are located in the eastern portion of the city.  This would mean that under the current guides, the most holy sites to the Jewish faith would be controlled by Palestine.  Israel has come out numerous times and illustrated the importance of building their Third Temple on the Temple Mount and there is no way that Israel would allow the Palestinians to control their most holy temple.  Understanding this, we can see that within the peace deal, the Temple Mount must be given to Israel.  But how can this be if the eastern portion of Jerusalem is given to the Palestinian nation?

Time and time again, Scripture is providing the answers to our prophetic questions. According to the book of Revelation, the Temple Mount will be given to Israel but the land around the Temple Mount will be controlled by the Gentiles. Interestingly enough, this fits perfectly with what is being presented within the Peace Agreement! Eastern Jerusalem will be part of the Palestinian state with the Temple Mount being given to Israel.  Add in the modern revelation that the location of the Third Temple would not require the destruction of the Dome of the Rock, we can now see that both of these temples will stand side by side as part of this agreement.

Many are speculating that we are days away from the Peace Treaty being revealed and that would mean that the majority of the world will be awaken to the prophetic developments happening within the Holy Land.  This would mean that within months to a year, we will witness the rebuilding of Solomon’s Temple and the soon fulfillment of the “Abomination that makes Desolate” spoken of by the prophet Daniel.  Without a doubt, we are about to witness the fulfillment of the most significant prophetic event that the world has witnessed since the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ!

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand): Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.  (Matthew 24: 15-22)

 

Clinton Kowach

1/20/2019

Our Long Suffering Will Produce the Strength We Need

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put use to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5: 1-5)

We study, we ache. We watch and we suffer. These are what the final saints persevere. Those that came before us provided an example of how we must look at our pain and suffering.

This seems like an impossible task as we struggle between the trials of the day and the evil among the world. Our vision of His coming only complicates things as we struggle to remain focused on Him as the world darkens around us. We must struggle. We must persevere as we must remain the light in this dark world.

We all look at those that came before us and see them in their glory. The Disciples as they walked with Jesus, Moses as he parted the Red Sea, Noah as he built the ark, all of these great men were a shining light for our example.  We all see them in their glory but we do not focus on their suffering.  How did Moses suffer while he wandered for 40 years in the desert? How did the apostles suffer when they saw their Hope die and became the hunted?  The pain these men felt was equivalent to the light they shone.  There must be balance and as the Lord gives greatness, darkness also comes.

We understand this when we look at prophecy and the Apocalypse.  Everyone can see the darkness that unfolds and engulfs the world but the Church is taught that we will not be here to see it. But we are still here. Christians are being tormented every day for their faith, in one way or another, and their persecution is going to get stronger. We know this.

How do we remain strong among the darkness? How do we continue the fight when it seems like darkness is overcoming the world?

It’s easy to say that we must remain faithful and persevere. It’s easy to say but to do is the complete opposite. We falter and waver every time we are tempted. That is our society. We are foretold this in Scripture, that this generation stands for nothing and is neither not nor cold.

But we must remain strong. We must keep our eye on the prize, as it is the mother of all prizes. We will gain everything if we only stand and stand alone for our God.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” (Ephesians 6: 10-20)

 

Clinton Kowach

9/18/18

Mark of the Beast and the Beast System

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 the faith of the saints. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Revelation 13 9-18)

 

Our Lord has warned us that there would be a time like no other on Earth.  We are informed throughout the Bible that this time would be a persecution against the Most Holy and His followers. We are warned to be ready and now that time is now upon us!

We can see the Biblical prophetic signs, unfolding all around the globe.  Jesus warned that there would be wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24: 6) and lawless would be ramped across the globe (2 Timothy 3: 1-5). We are witnessing the Holy Land of Israel being propelled onto the world stage and Jerusalem is becoming a burdensome stone on the world community (Zechariah 12: 3). With the wars developing around the Middle East, we are witnessing the unfolding of the Gog and Magog war told about by Ezekiel (Ezekiel 38 & 39).  With all this developing we are seeing our world rumble and move abnormally preparing for the ultimate earthquake that will shake the actual foundations of the Heavens (Revelation 6: 14).

The signs are becoming undeniable and we must be prepared for the coming of our Lord.  We as Christians are told by the Church that we will be raptured prior to any of these evens impacting our lives.  We are told that we will be taken away so that we may watch what God does during his Judgement.  The truth is that this may not be true.   There is no definitive answer to when the Rapture will occur.  This discrepancy in teaching is why there are three different teachings as to when the Rapture will happen.  There is the mainstream teaching of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, but many believe that the Rapture could occur in the Middle or End of the Tribulation.  The fact that there are different interpretations on when the Rapture will occur shows that we truly don’t know exactly when it will happen and that is exactly what the Bible tells us: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father.” (Matthew 24: 36) When Jesus was asked by his disciples as to when he will return, his first warning is to not be deceived:  “Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many’” (Matthew 24: 4).

We must heed his warning that many will be deceived during this time. Considering the majority of Christians believe in the teaching of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, we must be on guard against all misleading interpretations. Every believer wants to be removed prior to the worst time on Earth, but we must prepare that this interpretation is incorrect, as there is a strong possibility it is!  This means that we must prepare for the outcome that the Christian Church will be present during the Tribulation.  There is no harm in preparing to be present during the Tribulation.  The only outcome will be that we are prepared instead of praying to be taken up into the clouds. Unfortunately, there is grave harm in not preparing to do God’s work during His Judgement!

We all hope that this is not true and that we will be seen worthy to be spared during this time.  We can also see that throughout history, God has never removed His people when they were in danger.  He has only protected them while judgement was brought down onto the unrighteous.

The most well-known aspect of the Tribulation period is the Mark of the Beast and his controlling society. Within this society, there will be the limiting and controlling of purchasing, movement and religious freedom for all those that walk on the face of the Earth (Revelation 13: 9- 18).  Unfortunately, we can see this society being presented to the world public today.  We are seeing a controlling police state that will require allegiance or exclusion by all of its participants. As this society unfolds we will be placed within the snare that is being set for all of mankind.

This society is coming closer to reality and events that are happening right now are moving us toward this climax.  We can see the development of Artificial Intelligence and Robot Weapons.  We have witnessed the first non-human citizen in Saudi Arabia with the introduction of Sophia.  Our world has also just witnessed the introduction of Social Credit in China where every citizen will be monitored and given a Social Credit number that will enable or restrict access to buildings and transportation.   The Beast system is being setup on a global scale and we are watching it unfold.

Our time is very short and we must prepare spiritually for what is coming.  Our Lord warned us that this time would be horrible and like no other time before it.  We must be ready to do His work. If we are unwilling to be His Light, then who is left!

 

Clinton Kowach

5/20/2018

 

We Cannot Serve Two Masters!

We cannot serve two masters. The belief of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture can be considered an idol as it provides salvation that is not present within the Holy Scripture. This belief allows men to continue their actions believing that Grace will allow them to escape the trials to come. This is not a humble look at salvation but an entitled view. According to Matthew 24 the first instructions Jesus gave was to not be deceived. The Pre-Tribulation view allows deception to creep into the heart of mankind and limits their growth. If they believe that they will be taken prior to any trials, then there is no reason to learn what the trials are. If we understand that the trials are to make the harvest ripe, then we will do all we can to become ripe in God’s eyes. We are instructed that we can tell the Good by the Fruit they produce. What kind of Fruit does the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory produce? Complacent, arrogant, self-entitled believers that don’t understand that their work has only begun and has not been completed! If we understand our work has only begun, then we will strive to learn and grow as much prior to the end of the age. Otherwise the Church will not be ready to do God’s work during the most important time in history!

Clinton Kowach