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

 

Woe, Woe, Woe to Those Who Inhabit the Earth

“The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crown of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like woman’s hair, and their teeth were like lion’s teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their winds was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails, they had power to torment people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

The first woe is past: the two other woes are yet to come.

The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming form 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 worshipping 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 or their thefts.” (Revelation 9: 1-21)

For many generations, it was a mystery as to how an army so large could come from the region east of the land of Israel. It was only during modern times that two different countries possess the ability to create a 100-million-man army that would march on the Holy Land (China and India).

Scripture depicts this event as chaotic to the world and would cause the death of one-third of mankind. Understanding this number boggles the mind when knowing the current world population is rising to 8 billion people. One third of this population would mean that roughly 2.6 billion people will die during the time of the first two Woes.

We are witnessing event unfolding all around the world that were depicted within Scripture. Understanding this revelation, we must believe that all the remaining prophecies will be fulfilled before the time of the end.

Many are witnessing the locust invasion encompassing much of Africa, the Middle East and Asia as an apocalyptic event while referencing the use of locusts within the fifth trumpet. Its true that these locusts did not physically hurt anyone, and they did damage the plants found within their path. Knowing this difference between reality and the depiction given within Scripture, we can understand that this event has not occurred yet. Unless some mutation occurs within the current locust population or a new type of locust rises, we can dismiss this association as not the event foretold within Scripture.

The events found within the sixth trumpet would then not be able to occur until the fulfillment of the fifth trumpet. Considering the recent global pandemic occurring around the world with Covid-19, many are speculating that this event is one of the plagues that would be released during the time of the end.

Reviewing the interpretation presented at the beginning of this report, we see that there are three plagues referenced that would come out of the armies of the east. Right away many would speculate that Covid-19 is one of these plagues and would use this information to justify their stance that we are witnessing the fulfillment of this passage. This is where we must be careful in our interpretation and we need to cross reference every passage back to different interpretations to make sure we stay consistent. Following is the same passage in the King James version vs NIV version of this interpretation:

“And thus, I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issues fire and smoke and brimstone.

By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.” (Revelation 9: 17-18)

It is only a minor difference but the lack of clarity that the fire, smoke, and brimstone are plagues vs acts of war could possibly change the entire meaning of the passage. If we are to look for three plagues coming out of the east, would Covid-19, SARS and MERS be classified as these three plagues?

This leave us to continue watching for the events that will unfold prior to and after the sounding of the sixth trumpet.

We are told that these are the first two Woes but never really told about the last Woe. Understanding that the sounding of the seventh trumpet is the cumulation of God’s Judgement, we must look for an event prior to the sounding of the seventh trumpet:

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11: 15)

Luckily there are two event that occur during the second Woe, prior to the sounding of the 7th trumpet, or the third Woe. These events may be the most amazing and magical events that occurs within the entire Scriptures as we witness the rise of the Two Witnesses and the building of the Third Temple:

“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. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted and gave glory to the God of heaven.

The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.” (Revelation 11: 1-14)

This passage shows the association between the Third Temple and the rise of the Two Witnesses. Both events happen about the same time and they climax with the death and resurrection of the Two Witnesses.

Understanding current events associated to the Holy Land and the recent Deal of the Century, we can see the unfolding of the agreement that will cause the rebuilding of the Third Temple. Final negotiations have not been finalized but it would be very naïve to believe that the Jewish people would give sovereignty to the Palestinian people in East Jerusalem without gaining access to the Temple Mount and the long-awaited building of the Third Temple of Solomon.

Even with understanding that the events of the locusts and the rise of the armies of the east, have not yet happened, we can see how close we are to these events being fulfilled. All we need is for a Star (Angel) to fall from heaven and open the bottomless pit, releasing the beast onto the earth. When this event happens, it can be assumed that we will all know it has occurred:

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels and prevailed not; neither was there place found any more in heaven.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Revelation 12: 7-12)

 

Clinton Kowach

03/19/2020

When the Archangel Speaks

“Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand.

He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.’

Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, ‘There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.’

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: ‘Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.’

So, I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, ‘Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but “in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.’” (Revelation 10: 1-11)

The confusion within the current generation dwarfs any comparison to prior generations. We have so much information being presented to us that we cannot process it quickly enough to fully understand what is being said. This confusion cannot be worse then within the Christian community in respect to the unfolding prophetic word. So many prophets, teachers, pastors are proclaiming that they know the truth and that we must follow their teachings, otherwise we will live eternity in hell.

Not only are people becoming scared about what is unfolding on our earth, but they are also unwilling to challenge their faith and what they believe. So many are holding to “truths” that they were taught in church, even when evidence is presented that disputes their understanding. Instead of realizing the extend of delusion present within our world and church, they would rather fight, proclaiming their truth is correct, no matter what information is presented to the contrary.

Most of the prophetic teaching that is going on within our world has prescribed to the teaching that once you receive salvation from Jesus, that you no longer must worry about anything. You will always be saved, and you will not have to endure any tribulation, as all Christians will be raptured prior to the tribulation. It makes absolute sense for anyone to want to believe these teaching, as they tickle the ear and are exactly what everyone wants to hear. The only problem is that it does not matter what we want to hear. It only matters what the Word of God tells us.

There are two verses that every pre-tribulation rapture believer reference to proclaim their evidence of a pre-tribulation rapture. Those verses are as follows:

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to uninformed 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 no 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)

And:

“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.’” (1 Corinthians 15: 50-54)

When looking at these verses we can see there are some clues as to the timing of the “rapture”.

We know that it is a mystery, that occurs at the voice of the archangel, with the sound of the last trumpet, and the dead will rise first. With understanding these markers, we can see that the book of Revelation depicts exactly this within Chapter 10. The archangel comes down, speaks, the 7 thunders speak, and the mystery of God is accomplished.

Seeing how these verses work directly together we can understand that the “rapture” verses are talking about the event that occurs within Revelation 10. There is no denying this fact. Considering this information, it would be very hard to justify belief in a pre-tribulation rapture, considering the “rapture” events occur after the completion of the seven seals, and seven trumpets. There is no way to justify a pre-tribulation rapture stance after understanding that the “rapture” occurs at the midway point of the tribulation.

The other complication is the fact that the dead rise first. The assumption is that the dead rise and then immediately afterward the living are changed and brought into the clouds. This too is a misunderstanding as the Book of Revelation provides insight into who are the first ones raised at the sound of the last trumpet:

“I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) this is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20: 4-6)

Its difficult to grasp that the first resurrection is for those who died during the tribulation and did not relinquish their faith during their trial. We have been taught that all the dead will rise at the same time and that the living will rise at that time as well. Unfortunately, this is not what the Word of God states. The word of God is very clear: God’s mystery will be completed at the sounding of the last trumpet, when the archangel speaks, and the Tribulation Saints will be the ones raised from the dead, so that they can reign alongside Christ during the Millennial Reign.

Modern man wants to proclaim the good news and teach humanity about the loving grace of Christ. We have done this to our detriment, have forgotten that we are guilty of sin, and the judgement against our transgressions is death. We all will die. Those who do remain alive and endure until the end will witness events that mankind cannot even dream of!

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24: 9-14)

 

 

Clinton Kowach

02/17/2020