Dear Christians, You Need to Take a Deep Look in the Mirror and See If You Can Morally Support What is Happening?

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The king will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25: 31-46)

We, as a society, have become wicked and vile. Watching what is happening to our world is bringing many to the brink of exhaustion as we watch darkness overtaking everything around us. Blind as many are, they are also able to see the lack of love present within our world.

How can we justify our actions toward one another? We have all become vile and evil, every single one of us. Mankind was born within this sinful world and we are surrounded by sinful actions and now our very essence has become darkened by the wretched stench of our society. Everywhere we look, mankind has sacrificed its morals for some worldly objective. We are willing to overlook our own transgressions to justify our political, economic, racial or sexual stance and degrade those around us for their transgressions. We have lost the ability to look inwardly to determine the state of our own wretched existence and have replaced that with the judgmental, overbearing, society that we praise daily.

How can anyone justify their stance as being a Christian while they support the imprisonment and torture of those seeking refuge? How can we look directly into the eyes of those in need and justify their suffering existence as “karma” or “life choices” while refusing to see the advantages we all have been given? Anyone living on the streets or without hope are no less deserving of freedom and love as those on the top of the economic ladder. The only difference was the situation one was born into and the advantages given to those from prosperous economic situations vs those born into less fortunate situations or locations.

We as Christians must take a deep look at ourselves and see what is really going on in this world. We must see the hypocrisy of our actions and thoughts toward those less fortunate. Anyone who is unwilling to acknowledge their advantages within this world compared to the less fortunate are blind and unwilling to see their evil nature.

The greatest example that can be given toward this hypocrisy is in respect to the treatment of migrants around the world who need our help. How can anyone who claims to be Christian support the treatment of the refugees that are being placed into camps on our southern boarder? How can any Christian support a government that refuses to provide need and refuge to those who have had their entire island destroyed? How can we as Christians stand idle and watch as the homeless population within this great nation rises to astronomical levels while supporting the capitalistic society that has enriched the 1% and left the rest of us behind? How can we say we are Christians when our actions show that we are the complete opposite?

We claim to be the ambassadors for our Lord, yet we refuse to do the exact thing He instructed us to do. Jesus gave us specific instructions on what we must do to be counted in His number. How can we expect to enter eternal salvation when we are compliant with a nation that is doing the exact opposite?

We can make any excuse we want. We can justify our beliefs and actions until we convince the whole world but none of that matters. We as American Christians are failing at the only thing that counts. WE ARE FAILING AT PROVIDING AND TAKING CARE OF OUR FELLOW MAN!!! Without this we are all doomed and will not see the promised land. Without showing compassion to those who have lost everything, we are doomed to lose everything including our soul!

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who doses the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and, in your name, perform many miracles?’ then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you, Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7: 21-23)

 

Clinton Kowach

9/13/19

As Bible Prophecy Continues to Unfold, It Feels Like We Are Living in an Alternate Reality!

Follow me on this one as I know it sounds crazy, for now……….

“While I was speaking and praying confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill – while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, ‘Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:

‘Seventy sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be built with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens’, the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.’” (Daniel 9: 20-27)

The prophet Daniel was given information about the timing of the end of sin and for when the Anti-Christ would rise and complete the abomination that causes desolation. It is commonly accepted that the prior passage talks about the time prior to the arrival of Jesus Christ, His then arrival and death, and finally the last ‘seven’ that would bring about the end of sin. When Daniel was given this prophecy, the world would not be able to understand modern society or the events that our world would be fill with today.

Modern man is being shown a world that the entirety of human civilization would not be able to comprehend. Our society is actually considering technologies that would transform man into another being or allow mankind to live on Mars. These events are something that only the wildest imaginations would be able to create, yet we live in a time where our imaginations are becoming reality.

All over the world we are witnessing upheaval and turmoil where governments are revolting against the civilian masses and the average man is willing to kill numerous individuals for the sake of fame. We have lost our minds as a society and as our minds go, realities we never dreamed of are becoming true.

Climactic events have been building over the last couple years and everyone can feel it. We are all wondering when the next shoe will drop causing our world to drastically change. For those of us that have been diligent in our studies, we know that that time is now upon us and we are about to witness events that will cause many to tremble in fear for what is coming.

September 2019 is looking to be a significant month in the developments on the prophetic stage. When looking at prophecy unfolding we must always remember to watch Israel as they are our center piece, and everything surrounds them.

Starting on the 17th of September, the land of Israel will have the election for Prime Minister. This is not a normal event as the turmoil within the ruling elite have caused a second election as no majority government could be produced with the outcome of the first election. This turmoil is causing anxiety as there is a strong possibility that the outcomes of the election could produce the same result leaving the land of Israel without a majority government again. This possibility is causing the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to become bolder in respect to international and regional relationships and with the presentation of the “Deal of the Century”.

The Trump Administration has been prolonging the release of their famed Middle East Peace Treaty and many dates have been given as to its release. The most recent date (prior to the resignation of Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt) was to release the peace plan immediately after the Israeli Elections. This would mean that whoever is elected Prime Minister of Israel (many predict Netanyahu will be elected again) would have the peace plan in place to gain majority within the Israeli government.

Many are stating that the Peace Treaty has no chance of being accepted by all parties, but one must understand that the decisions have already been made. The Middle East governments have already agreed on the economic proposal and are willing to invest billions into the new Palestinian State. The payments to not only the government of Palestine but the individuals would bring the land out of poverty and into prosperity. Plus, there have been many reports given that Gaza would be uninhabitable by 2020 unless something is done now to help sustain life. The Palestinian people have been brought to the brink of destruction and will have no choice but to accept the proposal. All parties would need to be on board with the economic aspect of the deal prior to releasing any additional aspects of the Peace Plan.

The resignation of Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt is only a further indication that the work has been completed. You must understand the political aspect of the plan to know how this will be used.

Currently, news analysts are proclaiming that the Peace Plan is dead and that the full weight of its success now rests on the shoulders of President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. What many don’t understand is that this whole deal has always been about the success of Jared Kushner. Everyone who works with him explains how intelligent and knowledgeable he is and how brilliantly he has worked with every aspect of this peace deal. By removing Greenblatt prior to the acceptance of the “Deal of the Century” this allowed Jared Kushner to relish in the success of the plan and to take full credit for its success.

We know that the plan has been accepted due to the meeting of 70 Nations that has been scheduled to take place in Jerusalem on September 25th. The reports of this meeting are staggering and call for the implementation of the Noahide laws (the Jewish laws implemented by Noah after the flood). Reading the syllabus of this meeting will cause anyone to stand back and rethink about their religious doctrine and reevaluate their stance on Endtime prophecy.

The meeting is bringing 70 nations together (according to rabbinic tradition 70 nations were scattered at the Tower of Babel) to participate in an animal sacrifice on the Mount of Olives that will renew Noah’s Covenant and create a World Court System based in Jerusalem. This combined with the call for the building of the 3rd Jewish Temple and the acceptance of all religions on the Temple Mount have led many to speculate that this could be the beginning of the One World Religion spoken about by the Apostle John:

“The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns. And on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard but had feet like those of a bear and mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, ‘Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nations. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” (Revelation 13: 1-8)

The entire world will be forced to worship the beast and when you read about the Noahide Laws, it appears that they are depicting exactly this. Everyone, regardless of religious affiliation will be required to abide by the Noahide laws, just like everyone on earth abided by these laws after the Great Flood!

This would intuitively lead one to understand that for the Jewish nation to accept the Noahide Laws, they would then only accept a Messiah who is of Jewish decent. It would be hypocritical for the land of Israel to push ahead on the Noahide Laws and then accept a non-Jewish Messiah.

Hence the importance of providing the Jewish Architect of the “Deal of the Century” to receive full credit for implementing the impossible, for creating a Peace Treaty between peoples who have been fighting for thousands of years.

Let’s dig down the rabbit hole further: Why would the President of the United States be willing to create the “Deal of the Century” and then give full credit to someone else? Understanding the roles an individual plays within the prophetic word allows interpretation to become clear.

Many Christians would agree that we are living in the last days but where the differences come to play is in respect to who the individuals are who play the prominent role within prophecy. All want to be accurate with their interpretations, but we also understand that none of us have all the answers. We can only use the information we are given and through the lens of Scripture, interpret the prophecies for what we are told.

In respect to the President of the United States, we must witness his impact for what it truly has been. Modern man has never witnessed the rise of a leader like Donald Trump. We have never seen someone come out of complete obscurity and decimate his competition. We have never seen a world leader challenge laws and status quo in the fashion we have witnessed with President Trump. We can all agree that he has turned the entire world upside down and none of us know what will happen next.

The one thing that we know for sure is that the American Christian populous loves President Trump. The loyalty provided by Christians is unwavering and regardless of any derogatory actions, their faith is steadfast. Many even regard him as a god or a prophet of god.

The following that President Trump has created is something to marvel. Few leaders throughout history have been able to impact the world stage in such a dramatic and substantial way, let alone in such a short amount of time. Considering President Trump is over 70 years old, the importance of continuing his legacy is paramount within the Trump Dynasty. Understanding that a leader of this caliber would not relinquish the most powerful office in the history of mankind is something we must evaluation and the key may be in the rise of Jared Kushner.

Getting the Jewish people to follow a non-Jew after the implementation of the Noahide Laws would be very difficult but would require someone of great stature within the Jewish community to provide backing into this belief. Considering the actions of the False Prophet, this would be consistent with what is developing right before our eyes:

“Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.” (Revelation 13: 11-18)

The rise of the Second Beast of Revelation, the False Prophet, is what implements the Mark of the Beast. We can see that the power from the First Beast is given to the Second and the Second Beast creates an image of the First Beast that all must worship. This would mean that the First Beast, the Antichrist, would be worshiped by all and its implementation would be done by the Second.

Considering the actions of President Trump toward Israel and the Christian church many are believing that he was given his power and authority by God to bring about events that would cause the arrival of the Messiah. This sounds like science fiction, but this is actually what is going around in Christian and Jewish circles. Many believe that Donald Trump is causing the prophetic events to become delayed in America while the rest of the world is preparing for the Antichrist. Few will even consider that President Trump is anything less than a tool being used by God to prepare the Church for the Rapture.

The only way that this would work is if the “Deal of the Century” fails under Donald Trump. What we must remember is that the Antichrist is the one that confirms the Peace Treaty in the Middle East and right now that treaty is the “Deal of the Century”. From all indications, the treaty will succeed, which would mean there are two individuals involved in the confirming of the treaty, President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner. Understanding the importance of President Trump legacy would lead many to believe his family would need to rise to power when President Trump’s time has expired.

From a political standpoint, the logistics of raising the status of Jared Kushner is something the Trump family is calculating. Right now, those within the administration hold Jared with high regard but those outside of that circle consider him less than. With the implementation of the “Deal of the Century” the world would consider Jared Kushner a leader on the global stage and elevate his status and notoriety. This is where the considered play to place Jared Kushner into American politics may take a wild turn.

There has been speculation that President Trump may be willing to replace Vice President Mike Pence with someone of more significant stature as the impact from Pence has been insignificant. We also know that President Trump has seen significant turnover within his administration and considers many of his appointees as inadequate for the positions. Continuing with this logic, we also understand that President Trump relies on Jared Kushner for everything and considers him his right hand. It would only make logical sense to nominate Jared Kushner for Vice President after his success implementing the “Deal of the Century”.

From a prophetic standpoint, this is only verified within the existence of the record $1.8 Billion deal Jared Kushner completed when his family purchased 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Considering this outcome as a possibility is something of insanity but during this prophetic time, we cannot discount any outcome. We are witnessing events that would only be considered science fiction a few years ago. All that we do know, is that if the “Deal of the Century” completes its objective, we will witness a truly historic and prophetic event. We also must understand that anyone involved with this treaty will play a larger role within prophecy. We cannot be blind as we have been warned about this exact event and we have been told exactly what will happen to our world when the truth becomes stranger than science fiction!

“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’

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. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

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.

So, when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand – then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 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 shorted. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, it possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time.

So, if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightening that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

Immediately after the distress of those days ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, 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.” (Matthew 24: 3-35)

 

Clinton Kowach

9/9/2019

 

 

With So Many Prophetic Events Happening, Why Are So Many Blind to What Is Going On?

“The disciples came to him and asked, ‘Why do you speak to the people in parables?’ He replied, ‘Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:

Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty and thirty times what was sown.’

Jesus told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time, I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” (Matthew 13: 10-30)

For those who have been watching the prophetic events unfold and have been studying Scripture, the world has become a very exciting and fascinating place. We are witnessing events that the Prophets of old longed to see and these events are common everyday occurrences for us. Every day during the news cycle, we are witnessing tragic and magnificent events happening all over the world. Knowing what these events mean, we can only proclaim that our Savior is coming, and that the world will be judged! We can proclaim this as loud as our voices can be heard and still many are unwilling to see or hear the message.

The frustration of seeing the masses lack of understanding is exhausting. We explain until our voice is numb. We write until our fingers hurt. At times we want to shake those around us and ask why they cannot see and why they have allowed their hearts to become so hard.

The Lord warned us that there would be many who would not be willing to see or hear His message. They would allow themselves to be deceived and allow their hearts to become hardened by this world. Understanding that those individuals are losing their eternal soul causes even the strong to humble themselves before their salvation. We have been given the gift to be able to see and to understand what is happening around us.

Scripture warned us that even when the judgments rain down upon the earth, mankind would blame God and refuse to humble themselves before Him:

“Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.’

The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.

The third angel poured out his bowl and the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: ‘You are just in these judgments, O Holy One, you who are and who were; for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.’ And I heard the altar respond: ‘Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.’

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.

The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They were demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

‘Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.’

Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘It is done!’ Then there came flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away, and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plagues of hail, because the plague was so terrible.” (Revelation 16: 1-21)

Unfortunately, we are told through Scripture that as the judgments increase, those who refuse to humble themselves before God will actually curse His name. What we are witnessing within modern society is only the beginning and regardless of our desire to enlighten the masses, their choice has been made.

None of us, including God himself, want to see human suffering, especially on the scale talked about within prophecy. We all want to live in our fairytale that everyone we love and know will be in heaven with us, but unfortunately this is not true. We all must decide, and the decision is to follow God at all costs, or to turn away from Him. This is not a decision that can be made for us or without our full dedication. This is a decision that must be made, regardless of what we believe.

So many theories are swirling about how the end times will unfold and what will happen to believers during this time. The truth is that none of that matters. What we must understand is that judgment is coming for us ALL and we ALL will be required to take account for our sins. Either we humble ourselves before our Creator and ask for His eternal salvation or we face eternal separation from His grace. The excuse that we did not know what was happening or that we could not see the events unfold will only be an excuse and will not lighten our judgement. That is why it is so important to watch for what is happening to our world as what we witness today, what actions we take today, what words we use today, what we believe today may actually influence our eternity!

“Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.’

He answered, ‘The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angles.

As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.’” (Matthew 13: 36-43)

 

Clinton Kowach

8/28/19

 

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

Has the Rise of Donald Trump Initiated the Opening of the Seven Seals of Revelation?

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny, and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto him over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars from heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

And the heavens departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and the rocks of the mountains;

And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6: 1-17)

We live in an interesting quadrium as many believe that we are living in the End Times, but those same individuals will not address the association between the rise of President Trump and his prophetic impact. It’s easy for Christians to see that the world has become unlawful and unjust but it’s very difficult to see those same traits within our President.

We can debate all day about who is telling the truth about President Trump’s conduct prior to becoming President of the United States or we can also dismiss these actions by stating that he has become a born-again believer and his actions don’t demonstrate the man he is today. The truth is that these debates don’t matter. Who cares if President Trump says that he is a Christian or if he states that he worships God if his actions don’t demonstrate these same attributes. Have we as a society gone so far away from morality that we provide excuses for anyone who tells our itching ears what we want to hear? Have we forgotten that we have been warned to watch for a dynamic leader who will deceive the whole world?

The one fact that no one can debate is that since the inauguration of Donald Trump, the entire world has been shaken. Our heads have been spinning and no one knows what is real. We are even having debates about the meaning of “Truth” and we have been told that truth is subjective. Our fabric of understanding has been rocked so badly that the allies of the United States are reconsidering their alliance, while the average American must debate if our President is racist or not. Open your eyes!! How can we be so naïve about what is happening to our world and our society? How can we stand by and express our Christian alliance to a man who has proven his Christian principles are skewed?

Just take a true hard look at the first four seals of the Apocalypse spoken about in Revelation, and ask yourself if these events are unfolding? When did it seem like these events accelerated? It’s easy to see the downward spiral of our society started with the election of Donald Trump and since then the world has witnessed the loss of peace, economic instability, and we are currently on the verge of World War 3 in the Middle East.  This is not a stretch of the truth, this is only an honest depiction of our world.

We can choose to defend the President of the United States and state that he did not cause these events to unfold and that this is all part of God’s plan. We can make any excuse stating that the United States is being/or will be blessed for our association to Israel. We can say anything we want but we must be true to what Scripture tell us? It is true that a promise was given to Abraham that anyone who blesses Israel will be blessed and anyone who curses Israel will be cursed, (Genesis 12:3) but we must also understand that during the time of the end, all shall be judged, and all shall be required to repent. (2 Corinthians 5:10) Those same Christians that are stating that American will be blessed are stating that all Christians will be Raptured prior to any Tribulation. Considering even Jesus stated that His return would be at the end of the Tribulation, (Matthew 24: 29-30) this is only wishful thinking. We were warned about deceitful teachers that would tell the masses what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4: 3-4) and this is exactly what is happening!

Be on guard as we can see the deception around us is very strong. Too many have chosen their side and no longer listen to sound doctrine. They only listen to teachers who tell them what they want to hear and refuse to acknowledge that they have not studied the Word like they should have. Very few are willing to dig deep within Scripture to find the answers and will listen to anyone who tells them the next prophetic word or event. We as Christians have lost our way and we are about to witness the repercussions for our lack of understanding. (Hosea 4: 6)

“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, except 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 hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 1-17)

 

Clinton Kowach

8/2/2019

We Can See the Mark of the Beast Unfolding Before Our Eyes!

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his head the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 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 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 spoke 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: 1-18)

Much speculation has been made through the ages about the meaning of the Mark of the Beast. Some interpretations state that this will be a tattoo, while others state that it will be the requirement of Sunday worship that fulfills this prophecy. The truth of the matter is that we may not know what the exact mark is until it is upon us but the one thing that we can all agree upon is that never before has mankind been able to fulfill this prophecy on a global scale.

The entire world is becoming interconnected and with the use of technology, we are witnessing breakthroughs that could not be fathomed decades ago. This technology is becoming more controlling and we are starting to see the unfolding of a literal interpretation of the Mark of the Beast.

What we do know is that the mark will be placed in the hand and /or in the forehead and it will be required for anyone to participate within society. Without the mark, an individual will not be able to purchase or sell anything, thus making the ability to live within our modern society nearly impossible. Those that chose to not partake within this new society will be hunted down and put to death.

Through technology we are seeing exactly what this controlled society will resemble. When the use of RFID technology was approved by the FDA in 2004, many believed that the implementation of these microchips within humans would shortly follow. One thing that we have learned is that the timeline used to lull the masses to sleep prior to implementing societal change is slower than the imaginations of prophetic watchers.

This unfolding of the mark has been slow but for anyone who watches, we can see the building blocks being put into place. When Obamacare was created, and the Real ID Act was passed, another round of prophetic watchers chimed up stating that the mark was coming. We could see that both programs required biometric identification to be implemented but to date neither has pursued this option. The backlash against Obamacare will not cause its downfall as the program is too intertwined within the healthcare structure and the Real ID Act has been met with financial issues causing its delay. Both are about to change drastically.

With the creation of the Trump Administration, these prophetic events have seemed to unfold within rapid succession. The entire world is wrapped up with the media barrage around President Trump and no one knows which way is up anymore. This use of distractions is causing our society to become so divided that we no longer understand the relevant battles ahead of us. Our society fights every cause like it’s the last cause we will be able to defend.

The war over Obamacare has caused the healthcare industry to double down on their profit producing motives. Americans have witnessed plan coverage decreases, premium increases, while deductibles are reaching astronomical levels. This combined with prescription drug prices soaring will lead to the healthcare society of those that can afford healthcare and those that cannot afford it. As this separation increases, we will witness a society that has a large portion of its population without healthcare or within the government backed healthcare system. Those without healthcare will be subject to a decrease of living standards and increase of sickness, while those under the government program will be required to sacrifice certain liberties to maintain their government backed healthcare. The rich will not be affected by this as they will have the funds to purchase their own healthcare and dictate the terms based on their status within society. This will cause more separation within our society as those with the monetary means will be presented with medical miracles, as cures and medical procedures, that were only dreamt about.

The American citizen issue within the United States is just another one of those vital separation points. Our society is so divided that we do not see what is truly going on. When the United States implements the citizen requirement, we as Americans will have to provide documentation stating our citizenship. This again will be gradual as we watch our neighbors be deported for not having the proper documents, but this initial phase will not solve the problem. There will be those that fight the system and rebel against this “papers please” society. This will cause government measures to increase ultimately leading to the implementation of the Real ID Act that is scheduled to be placed in force on October 4th, 2020. Within this legislative bill, there is a biometric requirement that is requiring all Real IDs to be accompanied with biometric information. Right now, most states have moved to facial recognition and finger printing to satisfy this requirement but as this conflict increases, what will stop the government from requiring a microchip implant as a requirement of citizenship for the United States? As President Trump has stated, if you don’t like this country, then get out!

The implementation of the citizenship and biometric requirements will not be the only pull toward the implementation of the mark as we are witnessing breakthroughs within digital data transfer and human/computer interactions.

Elon Musk just announced that his company Neuralink has created a device that will connect the human brain with a computer. This device will be a chip that is implanted within the brain and has 1000 tiny wires that go over the brain like hair would on a head. This devise would then use Bluetooth technology to connect the human brain to the internet, allowing untold advances within human brain development. The device will be installed making a 2-millimeter hole in the person’s skull that will then be covered up with the chip part of the device. This is a minor surgery and will only require local anesthetic, much like Lasik surgery. The trials for the Neuralink device will start in 2020. Combine this with the $1 Billion dollars just given to Elon’s company OpenAI (an artificial intelligence venture with hopes to create cognitive capabilities that surpass human abilities) and we can see where this is headed.

We are not talking about developments that will be presented to the world within decades but instead months. Our world leaders are creating this global structure, and all are doing their part. We have been distracted by believing that there are some good rulers and that we just need to support the correct party. If we look at the actions of all parties involved, we can see that this issue is bigger then who is president and who says they will support civil liberties. This clash within our society is going to happen regardless of who is in power. The only question at this point is when will it begin?

“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

And there followed another angel, saying Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any many worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark on his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth and the earth was reaped.

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” (Revelation 14: 1-20)

 

Clinton Kowach

7/24/19

 

 

 

 

The Coming Gog and Magog War

“And the word of the Lord came unto me: ‘Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophecy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you Gog, chief price of Meshek and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army – your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops – the many nations with you.

‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. After many days you will be called to arms, in future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, those people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, ‘I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people – all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land. Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?’

Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel, like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.’

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, declares the Sovereign Lord. In my zeal and fiery wrath, I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts 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 judgment 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 1-23)

Everywhere we look we are being inundated with the developments within the Middle East. News stories are breaking daily about the possible war brewing between Israel and Iran. Speculation is brewing that the United States is prodding Iran into displaying an action to cause war within the region, which could develop into World War 3.

This speculation is completely justified due to the aggressive sanctions placed on the Iranian regime and the most recent confiscation of the Iranian Oil Tanker by the United Kingdom. Iran has notified the world that it has breached the uranium limits present within the Iranian Nuclear Deal and Israel has made it clear that their fighter planes can attack anywhere within the Iranian homeland. Things are escalating quickly, and the alliances spoken about within the writings of the Prophet Ezekiel are becoming clearer by the day.

We are told by Scripture about the coming alliance between the nations of Iran, Russia, Turkey, Libya, Sudan and Ethiopia and how this alliance will come against the land of Israel (see blog post Gog and Magog War for map). The Gog and Magog War prophecy has been one of the most noticeable prophecies within Scripture for a reason. This prophecy would not be possible without the Jews returning to their homeland, living in relative peace, gathering much wealth, and hated by its neighbors. The scenario that creates this possibility could only be possible within the modern age as none of these events came together prior to 1948.  The Jews were displaced from their homeland in 70AD when the Second Temple was destroyed, and the Romans removed the Jews from their homeland. The nations of Israel were without a geographic nation until after the atrocities of the Holocaust brought the international community together to create the nation of Israel. The nation of Israel was founded on May 14th, 1948 and with its creation, prophetic events have begun to unfold.

We are told by Jesus that the generation that witnesses the first prophetic event, in relation to His second coming, would witness all events prior to that generation passing:

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, 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.” (Matthew 24: 32-35)

And Scripture specifically states how long a generation will be:

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn people back to dust, saying, ‘Return to dust, you mortals.’ A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death – they are like the new grass of the morning: in the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered.

We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan.

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90: 1-12)

Through this prayer of Moses, we are told that the lifespan of man is seventy to eighty years leaving us to understand that a generation will have that same timespan. Using this analogy, we can demonstrate that the generation that witnessed the birth of Israel in 1948 would need to witness the coming of our Messiah prior to the completion of eighty years. This would mean that the seventy to eighty-year timeframe would be between 2018 and 2028. All prophecies considering the return of Jesus Christ would need to be completed within the next nine years for this timeframe to hold true and for the prophetic clock to be correct. This leaves little time left for mankind to witness the most traumatic events ever to unfold upon the earth.

The Gog and Magog War brings about the most climactic event witnessed within Scripture. We are told that this war will bring God himself to earth to demonstrate his divinity to the entire world (read blog post We are Instructed to Fear God so Why Are We Trying To Produce The War That Causes His Arrival for details).

Anyone looking upon the current world can see that we are living in unusual times. Mainstream news sources are talking about Bible Prophecy as if these prophetic events are common place. Scoffers are proclaiming that there is no God and that the Christian community has lost its mind. No one can understand the world markets as the economic models that have governed our global commerce no longer works and investors are only looking for government intervention as the indicator for market prosperity. Civilian uprisings are occurring daily, and terror attacks are removing any sense of security present within our society. War is on the horizon and we all know it!

As we witness the war of Gog and Magog unfold in the Middle East, we will see our world change forever. None of us will be able to stand during that day when our Lord demonstrates His power to the whole world:

“Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief price of Meshek and Tubal. I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. On the mountains of Israel, you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. You will fall in the open fields, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord.

I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.

Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up – the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign Lord.

On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So, it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog. For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land. All the people of the land will bury them, and the day I display my glory will be a memorable day for them, declares the Sovereign Lord. People will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury any bodies that are lying on the ground.

After the seven months they will carry out a more detailed search. As they go through the land, anyone who sees a human bone will leave a marker beside it until the gravediggers bury it in the Valley of Hamon Gog, near a town called Hamonah. And so, they will cleanse the land.

Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Call out to every kind of bird and all the wild animals: ‘Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There you will eat flesh and drink blood. You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls – all of them fattened animals from Bashan. At the sacrifice I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk. At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and solders of every kind,’ declares the Sovereign Lord.

I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them. From that day forward, the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God. And the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So, I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offenses, and I hid my face from them.

Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob and will have compassion on all the people of Israel and will be zealous for my holy name. They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid. When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy though them in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 39: 1-29)

 

Clinton Kowach

7/14/19

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

 

Greed: Our Love for Money has Distorted Our Love for Each Other

“Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me,” Jesus replied, ‘Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?’ Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’

And he told them this parable: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’’

But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12: 13-21)

Living within the modern world, we strive every day to increase our worldly abundance. Capitalism has created a society that presents the concept of “retirement” and the endless search to increase one’s possessions. We are told that this is the path to happiness and the ability to live a stress-free life after our daily toils are over. We have been sold this message and everyone is following its code.

What has this pursuit of “retirement” brought modern man? Many would say that it has brought the ability to travel the world, purchase any item they choose, and to live without daily work to create monetary satisfaction. Others would say, that striving toward “retirement” has created a culture of greed. One that causes mankind to always be searching for more, to place their money in their knapsack, and to no longer help their fellow man.

We can see both interpretations but as followers of God we must be understanding of what our Savior instructed us to do.   We are told that the pursuit of increased worldly goods is futile and something the foolish will do. We are told to strive toward God and that He will provide for our day to day needs.

Many will justify their hoarding as blessings from God and that they are entitled to this bountiful harvest. But they must ask themselves, what did you do to get this harvest?  Did you maintain all of God’s instructions during your business interactions producing this harvest?  Did you give freely without expectation of increasing your monetary status?

Too many will gladly say that they conducted themselves in a Godly way, but they are being foolish. It is understood that one would give to their children without expecting anything in return. This is expected but has also been lost within our society. We are witnessing daily stories about parents evicting their children, or fathers and mothers unwilling to help their children financially due to them believing that “no one helped me, so why should I help them”.  How can this thought even be something that is present within the God-fearing population?  This is a thought of Greed and no other! My do we have a society that believes that the children must rejoice upon receiving their inheritance instead of enjoying the bountiful harvest with their parents? How have we become so self-absorbed and entitled to believe that “if I give to my child, I will not have enough for myself?”  You are foolish and are only going against what Jesus specifically stated to do:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7: 7-12)

How wicked of a generation do we live in that we actually have to address the act of giving to your children? Even during the time of Christ, He stated that the wicked understood the importance of giving to their offspring, but our modern, civilized man, is unable to do the same! How do we justify charging our child rent while they are living under our roof? If someone has abundance, how can we justify taking from someone who does not?  Make any excuse needed but there are different ways to teach your child, instead of causing additional damage to your relationship or their mental health.  Giving to your child, in every way possible, should bring joy and happiness but instead we have become so wicked that our love for our own family has grown cold!

How then must we address giving to those of need, when modern man is unable to give within his family, without expectation of profit? Every Christian has been told the importance of giving to the poor but what does it say about the state of the heart when we outwardly give to the poor, and boast about it, but refuse to give to our own family?  Numerous times it can be heard about one donating their time to the local shelter or giving to a church program for the needy, but those same individuals neglect the people within their own family!

Unfortunately, our society has gone so far into the dark that we no longer see what is right and what is wrong. Pray that we may be able to see the light and turn from our ways. Pray that we will be given the understanding that the hoarding of money and the outward giving of mankind, is only in the expectation of salvation and that we are not giving freely.  How can we say that we are following Christ, giving to the poor while our family members suffer?  Why have we become so blind? Has our pursuit for “retirement” caused us to stray away from God this much?  Just looking at our society today, we can see that we truly have lost our soul in our search for “retirement”

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” (2 Timothy 3: 1-5)

 

Clinton Kowach

06/14/19

 

 

America in Bible Prophecy: Wealth and Prosperity vs Heavenly Abundance

As we look out upon the world we must remember that this world has nothing to do with our wants and desires but only the will of our God. Our society tells us that we can be anyone that we want to be, and that the entire world is open for our conquest. We are fed the illusion that everything that we need is here for our taking.

Based on what we know and understand, everything is here for our taking. With abundances and riches, wealthy individuals can purchase any item their heart desires and visit any destination they chose. Those with massive wealth can see the world as their oyster and live life with full abundance.

Those on the other side of the spectrum are struggling to live day to day, searching for basic life sustaining means. They farm barren land, search overcrowded areas for resources in hopes to sustain life for another day.

This separation between the quality of life leads many to come closer to God or farther away depending on their needs. When one has every need met and desires nothing, then it’s easy to lose sight of God and His life sustaining love. For those that search every day for resources to survive, God becomes closer as mortality is near.

This disconnect between our fellow man and our God is only heading in one direction. That direction is to a society of those that have and those that have not. Either one has abundance on this world or one hopes to have abundance in the next world. Unfortunately, there is little room for those that maintain wealth, on this spiritual plain, in the kingdom of heaven. Their hearts lack the love and understanding needed within the heavenly kingdom. That is why Jesus himself proclaimed his parable about the eye of the needle:

“Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, ‘Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?’

‘Why do you ask me about what is good?’ Jesus replied. ‘There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.’

‘Which ones?’ he inquired.

Jesus replied, ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.’

‘All these I have kept,’ the young man said. ‘What do I still lack?’

Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’

Peter answered him, ‘We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much as will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.’” (Matthew 19: 16-29)

We as wealthy Americans can try to twist this message in any way that we chose but the fact of the matter is that we live in the wealthiest nation of the world, possess goods others dream of, and our abundance well surpasses the average human on Earth. We are subject to this teaching, if we like it or not.

How many are willing to give up everything to follow our Lord today? How many truly are willing to give up our lifestyle for a life of poverty and endless desires?  Who among you is willing to become less so that you can become more? We must ask ourselves these questions as we may find out the answer sooner then we think.

Many Bible Prophecy teachers are presenting numerous theories about where the United States I located within Bible Prophecy. The reason that these are all theories is that the United States is never actually mentioned within Scripture. Considering the United State is the leading world power and dictates numerous international policies, it would make sense that this nation would be found within the Prophetic Word. This lack of its presence has led many to believe that the Empire of the United States will not be present within the End times. The only way to really understand this is to look within Scripture and see if we are given any hints as to what may come of this great nation.

Reviewing the modern “Trump Prophecies” is laughable and its review are not even going to be entertained. Using Scripture to determine the outcome of God’s plan is the correct course of action and the use of any modern man prophecies will only lead to deceit and disillusion. We must be careful about what we entertain as we have been warned about these false teachers and their misinterpretation and use of Scripture.

One teaching that is being presented depicts the United States as the protector of Israel during the time of the end and a place of refuge for Jews to go when destruction is coming to their homeland. This belief is being used by referencing the 12th chapter of Revelation:

“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and 10 horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that I might devour her child the moment he was born.

She gave birth to a son, a male child, who ‘will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1260 days.

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angles fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angles with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.’

When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring – those who keep God’s commandments and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” (Revelation 12: 1-17)

This passage has been referenced to the astrological alignment seen in the heavens on September 23, 2017, so it would make sense that the same verses would be used to determine the outcome of those events. From the imagery used we are given a story about the battle in heaven between God and Satan and how Satan is ultimately thrown down to Earth. Understanding that his judgment is nigh, Satan then causes his wrath to be brought upon the Jewish nation and then the Christian nation.  This is where the imagery of the Eagle’s wings is used to show that Israel is brought into the nation of the United States (Eagle to symbolize the United States) and they are protected for three and a half years.  Unfortunately, this interpretation is a stretch when looking at the overall picture of Jacob’s trouble. Understanding that the Tribulation is referenced as Jacob’s trouble, we can see that removing the Jews from Israel and taking them to the United States would mean that God and the Jews are abandoning their Abrahamic Covenant about the promised land.  This would not bring glory to God or show His power to the world, but it would bring power and glory to the United States.  If this would be true, then the United States would need to be referenced in great light during the Prophetic Word and unfortunately it is not.  Plus, the use of the term “wilderness” is referenced numerous times within Scripture, always indicating some uninhabited area in the Middle East. Instead of believing the United States is the wilderness, we should look to the prophet Isaiah for further explanation about this wilderness:

“The desert and parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon, they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance with divine retribution he will come to save you.’

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (Isaiah 35: 1-10)

And the Eagle’s Wings:

“’To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?’ says the Holy One. Life up your eyes and look to the heavens: who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’?

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40: 25-31)

By using Scripture to interpret Scripture we can see that depicting the United States as the Eagle’s Wings in this reference is a stretch and not correct in depicting the role of this great nation. Fortunately, there are better references within Scripture as to the fate of the greatest nations the world has ever known.

Some also state that the United States is referenced as the “Young Lions of Tarshish” stating that the lion is referencing Great Britain and its young lions are the United States, Canada and Australia. Even when evaluating this interpretation, we are given no indication that the United States will be the protector of Israel.  Instead we are shown that they only talk about its invasion and ask the invader why they are doing this action:

“Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages, I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? Has thou gathered thy company to take a prey? To carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, thus saith the Lord God; in that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against thy people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” (Ezekiel 38: 10-16)

Scripture does not state that the “Young Lions” come to defend Israel or to protect Israel in any way. Instead God himself talks about how he will be the defender of Israel and its protector:

“Thus, saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?

And it shall come to pass that the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoke, surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the bests of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake in my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.” (Ezekiel 38: 17-20)

In no way can an interpretation depict the United States as the protector of Israel when reviewing this Scripture. God makes it very clear that He will be the one who comes down to show the world his glory and to defend Israel.

Considering the prior locations within Scripture cannot depict the United States we must look at the interpretation that most closely represents the United States and its possible End Time destiny.

When looking for the United States in Bible Prophecy we must look for a nation depicted with characteristics present within our society. We know that our country will not be referenced by name but once we understand to look for a detailed description of our nation, then we can see clearly where the United States is referenced in Bible Prophecy:

“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.’

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery:

Babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.

I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: ‘Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.

‘This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.’

Then the angel said to me, ‘The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are people, multitudes, nations, and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.’’’ (Revelation 17: 1-18)

“After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:

‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’ She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.’

Then I heard another voice from heaven say: ‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’ Therefor in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

‘When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come! The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore – cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.

They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out:

‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin! Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:

‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’ ‘Rejoice over her, you heavens! Rejoice, you people of God! Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her with the judgment she imposed on you.’

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea and said: ‘With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music from harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of the bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.’” (Revelation 18: 1-24)

Looking at these chapters within the Book of Revelation, we can see the depiction of the nation of Babylon the Great and the Beast that she rides upon. A previous study has been completed as to who the Beast is referencing, and it’s recommended to review that teaching named “Biblically Prophetic Beasts Are Rising!”

By looking at the characteristics of the nation Babylon the Great, we can see the exact characteristics of the United States of America. We are the largest purchaser of international goods within the world, we live is exuberant luxury and privilege, we pride ourselves in our musicians, tradesman, and our CEO’s are regarded as the world’s important people. Most importantly the United States has exported its capitalistic culture to the world, as well as, is the largest exporter of pornographic products in the world. Riding upon the beast only helps explain this connection, when we understand the Beast is the Catholic Church with the Pope at its head. We are told every day that the United States was founded on Christian fundamentals and the Christian Church association and history with the Catholic Church only interprets why the harlot rides on the beast.

We can try to interpret the Scripture any way that our hearts choose to justify our personal beliefs or agendas. Many have tried this through the ages and even more continue to do that today.  We must hold true to what Scripture depicts and what God has told his Church.  If we do this, then we can understand we can look at Scripture without preconceived notions or agendas.  We can see what God is trying to warn us about during this time.

Through God’s love we are given this information beforehand so that we may understand what is happening to our world. God does this on purpose so that we may not be deceived as the majority will want to hear what makes them feel happy instead of what is true. This is an individual choice and something every one of us must understand.  Will we choose earthly wealth and prosperity, or will we choose heavenly abundance?  The time to make this decision may be closer than any of us realize!

“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

You heard me say, ‘I am going away, and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. Come now; let us leave.” (John 14: 23-31)

 

Clinton Kowach

06/12/19