The Names Written in the Lamb’s Book of Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20: 11-15)

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

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

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

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” (Revelation 13: 7-10)

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

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

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

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

But Scripture also states that faith without works is dead:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And:

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

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

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

And:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Clinton Kowach

01-14-2010

 

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

Dispensationalists: Are You Rightly Dividing the Word?

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of his fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

Therefore, I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

It is faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

Study and shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strives. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2: 1-26)

I rarely write from the first person view but I have been thinking deeply about the Dispensational view and about their way of reviewing Scripture and there is not other way to put it but that this way of thinking is stupid!! The only way that the Dispensational view works is to take the original language out of the equation and justify their doctrine based on only the King James interpretation of the Scripture. This is understandable considering the large majority of Christians that are holding firm to the belief that the King James version is the only accepted version of the Gospel. I understand your view to believing that the new translations are incorrect but in this case the King James version does not articulate the accurate translation of the Word. We are instructed to study the Scripture to show ourselves approved and to light a path during the time of trial, not to divide the word to justify our translation. (Psalm 119: 105)

The Dispensationsationalists want to twist the word to justify their translation, believing this brings light unto the understanding of Scripture. The basic principle behind this translation is to completely disregard the entire Old Testament and the Gospels as they were written for only the Jews and that only the portion of Scripture written for the Gentiles is relevant for the Church. I’m sorry but this way of thinking is completely stupid! There is no other way of putting it! You want me to believe that disregarding all the Old Testament Prophets and the words of our Savior Jesus Christ will fulfill the Gospel to the Church? Come on, man!! This is complete heresy if you could label the teaching!! There is no way that I am going to discount the teachings of my Savior Jesus Christ and believe that He was not talking to his followers during the end, when he depicted the coming calamities within Matthew 24.

I understand that this fits your doctrine to justify your stance of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture (which is also false and not supported by your doctrine) but how can you call yourselves a follower of Christ when you no longer follow His words?

It easy to justify your stance when you disregard the entire Old Testament and the teaching of Christ and I understand how you can have so many followers believing your bull when you speak of such good things, but how can you truly justify yourself in front of the All Mighty when the times comes, based off theses lies?

Everyone wants to hear that they will be taken prior to the Great Tribulation but this is just not true. Dispensationalists must completely twist Scripture and discount about 7/8ths of the entire Bible to justify their claims. How can any Christian support this heresy when it is so blatant? We have become so weak that we have allowed this teaching to be become mainstream to the point that if anyone challenges this teaching, they are called false prophets!

Seriously, I understand that you believe that it makes sense to discount the entire Bible to support your claims but why can you not understand the divinity of the Word and that the most important time in history is the time both the Old Testament prophets talked about, as well as, our Messiah? Do you really believe that you can justify your belief by cutting out the most important portions of Scripture and only following the Apostle Paul?

I have listened to your debates and your belief that you understand the correct translation of the Scripture, but you need to stop! Just trying to dispute the understanding that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is a lie by stating that those that understand this truth are not dividing the Word correctly is just false! You need to stop trying to divide the Word and understand that the entire Word is relevant and needed for our Generation! We are the Generation that will witness the fulfilling of the Prophetic Word and it will not be divided!!

When you don’t divide the Word of God and you understand that the Book of Revelation is the bookend, then you understand the warning placed within the book. You must not remove or add any portion of the book, from Genesis to Revelation, to understand the writings within. The Dispensational view removes about 7/8ths of the Bible to support their claim of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Without removing these portions of the Bible, they have nothing to stand upon!!

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angels unto his servant John:

Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before the throne;

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the price of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sings in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominions for ever and ever. Amen.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindred of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” (Revelation 1: 1-8)

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away form the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Revelation 22: 18-21)

Clinton Kowach

01/05/2020

A House Divided Cannot Stand

“Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matthew 12: 25-28)

Our current day is filled with division. This division is apparent on every front but the most recent division that has engulfed our beliefs is the separation between the children of God. Christians today should have a common goal and a common front, but our belief system has become shattered with the rise of extreme ideology.

We have so many individual sects of Christianity that trying to understand all the different belief systems will make your head spin. We are constantly being told that this denomination has the correct interpretation or this one is dividing the word correctly, or this one is telling us the correct way to live and this conflict has caused many to alienate their fellow Christians. We are even being separated according political lines as one extreme view is trying to trump any other Christian views on how we should respect our fellow man.

This division is only going to cause the extreme views to rise within our Church. This is what history has shown us, that when extreme division occurs, the most radical views tend to gain strength while the less radical become engulfed within this change in society.

We are seeing this become stronger as the day grows long. We are seeing the political arena become the voice of the Christian Church. We are seeing this extreme view take over the Christian narrative and with it the rise of the radical belief system with it.

There is a reason that the era when the Church was also the political leader is called the Dark Ages. We must have this separation between Church and State as history has proven that when they merge, the moral wellbeing of many is compromised for those left in power. Many believe that they are completing God’s work but, in the end, death and pain always follows.

We as Christians must stand up for the example Jesus gave us, through his life. We must show compassion to all those around us and we must remain strong and unified against any force that may arise. We cannot allow political leaders to manipulate our moral being to justify their power and reelection campaigns. We must hold true to what we know is right, regardless as to who says they have our wellbeing in heart.

“When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. ‘You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.’” (John 13: 13-17)

 

Clinton Kowach

12/27/2019

 

The Dead Rise First: Death Must be Destroyed Prior to the Rapture Occurring

“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)

It ceases to amaze on the extent of anger that is triggered when talking to many Christians about the fact that there is a debate about the timing of the Rapture. That anger is present amongst the population that believes in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory as they want so badly for this doctrine to be true. This stance is so engrained in their theology that many are proclaiming that if you do not believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, that you will be left behind on your non-belief alone.

This hardnosed stance makes the debate about the Rapture timing even more difficult as many would rather fight about their theology being correct vs trying to understand what the Scriptures actually states. Many a heated debate has ensued trying to explain that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is only a theory and just like all theories, it may be incorrect.

The current stance of the Pre-Tribulation community is that there are two events that occur at the end of the age. The first is the coming of Jesus in the clouds to gather his Church and the second is when Jesus comes to Earth, after the wedding feast, and reigns on Earth for 1000 years.

The entire belief of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is based on the assumption there are two events and not just one. That Jesus comes secretly for his believers and then comes publicly for the rest of mankind. The backers of this belief are left to proclaiming that the Church is not present within the Book of Revelation and that Jesus would not beat up his Bride prior to the wedding. Both of these are denying the fact that the Book of Revelation talks about the multitude killed for their testimony to Christ and that all mankind is guilty of sin, the punishment for sin is death and Christ can only marry a non-blemished bride. The corruptible must put on incorruption to gain entrance into Heaven and death is the pathway for man to do so.

Still the Pre-Tribulation community proclaims that the Rapture is what allows mankind to put on incorruption and make us ready for the wedding with our savior. This sounds wonderful but the one fact that they refuse to acknowledge is that the dead in Christ rise first, before the living are brought to the clouds.

The assumption is that these events happen at the same time and that is why the dead and living are together in heaven. This is not based in fact as the Scripture does not indicate that these events happen at the same time and instead leads us to assume they occur at different times. We can debate this point and get sidetracked but for all intensive purposes, lets assume that these events happen at the same time. Let us assume the dead and living rise at the exact same time, as their theory states.

With this assumption in place, we must investigate when the dead rise first. Many proclaim that this occurs at the last trump, but this would not allow for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory to be correct, so it causes complications:

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So, when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptions, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

O death, where is thy sting” O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15: 50-57)

 

Most Pre-Tribulation Rapture believers use the passage in 1 Corinthians to show that the Rapture will occur and that it will happen in the twinkling of the eye, but they refuse to look at the rest of the passage or acknowledge that the verses state the change occurs at the last trump. Also, another interesting association is given to the destruction of Death and how it is swallowed up in victory at the same time. Many assume that this is just illustrating that once the Rapture occurs, that death no longer has power over mankind and that Jesus has won the war over him. This is correct, but the missing component is when does this occur? When does Death make an appearance during the End times and when is he conquered by Jesus? For the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory to hold true, Death must appear prior to the Great Tribulation:

“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 them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” (Revelation 6: 7-8)

This does not fit in line with the belief that the dead and living Christ believers will be risen prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Many are proclaiming that Death has already been conquered and that we have redemption through Jesus Christ. We are taught that when Jesus died on the cross that he defeated Death at that time. If he defeated Death upon his resurrection, then how can Death ride as the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse? We can see that this teaching is false, and Death has a major role to play in the End Times.

The fact is that Death has not yet been defeated. This would mean that for the dead to rise, Death must be defeated first. Scripture must tell us as to when this would occur:

“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the Firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the Firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom of God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is Death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him.

And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15: 12-28)

We are told in great detail how the second coming of Christ will be in association to the resurrection. Scripture states that every man would rise according to his own order, first with Jesus himself as the first fruits, then those that are Christ’s at his coming and then God’s rule will be put down onto the Earth. After this all Christ’s enemies will be put under his feet with Death being the last enemy being defeated. This is confusing as we are not taught this at all. This teaching does not fit within the teaching that all the righteous of mankind will be gathered prior to his coming, unless they are those that are considered Christ’s at his coming. Again, we must look to Scriptures as to an explanation of who is this group:

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to 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 judgement 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 the 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)

Those that are considered Christ’s upon his return are those that had the testimony of Christ and who died during the Great Tribulation. This contradicts the Pre-Tribulation Rapture teaching as what Scripture actually states are completely different then what we are being told by the Pre-Tribulation community. Still many will proclaim that believers will be Raptured prior to the Second Coming and those believers will return with Christ when he comes. But when we look at Scripture, there is no indication that believers return with Christ, only the armies of heaven:

“And I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was 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 dripped 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 the 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 Lords.” (Revelation 19: 11-16)

Scripture is very clear that Jesus returns with the armies of heaven to wage war upon the earth. There is no indication that the saints will be within this multitude. But the stance that the saints will be gathered in heaven prior to the Great Tribulation is the most important fact within the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Doctrine. Without this there is no proof that there is a Rapture prior to the Tribulation. Many will still claim that the book of Jude shows that the saints will be returning in the clouds with Christ during this earthly raid:

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied from these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints,

To execute judgement upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaking great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” (Jude 1: 14-16)

It easy to use the first portion of this reference out of context and stop at the fact that the Lord will return with ten thousand of his saints, but when we continue reading, we find that this population is the same population spoken about during the first resurrection. These are those that will reign with Christ during the millennial reign.

There is no inclusion within Scripture about the secret Pre-Tribulation Rapture as most Church leaders are teaching. So many want to hear this good message and proclaim that this must be true as we are told to comfort each other with this message. When has the message of eternal salvation become overshadowed by the teaching of worldly tribulation escape? Wouldn’t the teaching of eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ be the message that should comfort us instead of a mysterious teaching of the secret rapture?

Too many want to hear a message that illustrates their ability to escape the judgement that will come upon the earth instead of understanding that we are to be a beacon of hope during this trial. We are to show the world why our Lord must judge this wicked world and why he must put an end to sin forever. We must remember that this is not about our will or want. This is only about the will of our God and we must accept what he has told us he will do!

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6: 9-13)

 

Clinton Kowach

11/18/2019

 

Our Corporate and Political Leaders have Become Disconnected from What is Really Happening in the True Economy

“All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.

These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interested in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time – God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

Command those who are rich in his present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Timothy, guard what has been entrusted in your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith. Grace be with you all.” (1 Timothy 6: 1-21)

Its easy to understand that money is the root of all evil, but it is very difficult within modern society to remove the desire for wealth from the moral fabric of our being. Our capitalistic society has groomed the masses to desire wealth and prosperity and to pursue this desire with every ounce of their being. We are instructed to justify our immoral actions on behalf of business and that there is a moral separation from one’s actions at work vs their personal life. Its easy to understand why this aspect of society has grown and developed into the monstrosity that we have today and how we are so inundated with its message. This is what we have been taught since birth and has become the driving force in our lives, until death do us part.

This ultimate conquest of the financial pyramid has led our successful to become disconnected from the world of the unsuccessful. The modern teaching is that the best and the brightest among society rise to the top of the economic ladder while the lazy and uneducated progress toward the bottom of the spectrum. Continuing with this belief over generations has led to a population so disconnected from reality that they have lost all ability to understand the trials of the average man. These individuals have never had to long for anything except their next financial conquest or vacation destination.

The grand belief is that once a certain portion of population reaches this status, they would have the moral fortitude to use the Biblical principals and share the wealth they have accumulated. This was the ultimate belief behind the Trickle-Down Economic Theory presented and placing into practice by President Ronald Reagan. The belief was that the money should be given to the best and brightest of us so that they could produce businesses, creating jobs, ultimately sharing the wealth they have been given. Fast forward 30 years and we find that this trickle down never happened. The money stayed at the top and very little was given to the populous.

Many will debate this fact to only justify their economic and political prosperity but when looking at the fruits, we know that this economic theory only enriched a small population. Just understanding this one moral fact, that there should be nothing such as a billionaire when there is an increasing homeless population, is enough to demonstrate that the trickling down of the money never happened. There is enough to go around, if only the ruling parties would allow it to happen.

What made America so great was the creation of the Middle Class and its ability to increase the velocity of money. The concept of having a Middle Class was something new to the world stage as all throughout history there were only the rich and the poor. The Middle Class allowed more individuals to be allowed access to money and to the ability to purchase goods and services. This would cause the circulation of the currency to move fast between sharing partners, thus increasing the velocity of money. As the velocity increased, more people were allowed the ability to increase their quality of life, bringing the United States into the First World and allowing our economy to be a beacon of hope to the world.

Then why have recent studies demonstrated that the Millennial Generation is the first generation in the history of this great country to have a decrease in their quality of living? We are told that this is due to this generation being lazy and unwilling to work for their prosperity. We are told that every economic opportunity is still present, but this generation refuses to take advantage. We are told that receiving a degree is still the path to financial success, despite the overwhelming cost to achieve this goal. We are told……

When will we wake up and see that the system has become broken and the velocity of money has decreased substantially? It would make logical sense to know that something has drastically changed but instead we are being told that we live in the greatest economy the world has ever seen, with the lowest unemployment rate ever, combined with record setting stock markets. How can this be true when so many are suffering, and the income inequality of this nation is at an all-time high?

This is where we can no longer just listen to what we are being told. We can see that the information being given does not match the world around us. We must then understand that the information being provided is false and what we are seeing, and witnessing is the truth.

When looking into the record setting low unemployment, we must also investigate the way this under is calculated. The basic understanding is that those that receive unemployment benefits are calculated into this number and those that do not receive benefits are not calculated. The grey area comes when one understands that the benefit does not last as long as someone is unemployed. The benefit lasts for only a specific amount of time and once that benefit has been exhausted, then that individual is no longer calculated within that number. There is also this minor technicality that business can dispute unemployment claims against fired workers, causing the worker to not receive any benefits, thus not showing us as a statistic. This trend is on the rise.

Another factor is that if someone is underemployed, they no longer show up on this statistic. For example, is someone was making $50,000 per year, lost their job and took a job making less, they are considering underemployed. This tread has increased as corporations do not want to hire employees at a higher rate when they can hire them at a lower rate. Plus, many of these individuals have taken on a second or third job to make up the missing revenue. This then causes that same individual to be counted two or three times toward the job creation rate, thus increasing the amount of jobs created. This manipulation of the numbers helps the reporting agencies and the government while hurting the quality of life for so many,  creating a hypocrisy within the numbers our leaders govern us by. We also know the number of workers left out of the job market is increasing due to the substantial rise of the homeless population. These numbers have an inverse relationship with each other.

Taking this number manipulation into consideration, it would be intuitive to look at the amount of jobs available within the economy. If there were jobs available, then there should be massive hiring. The problem is with understanding that corporations are paid by the government for the amount of job openings they have listed. This payment system has created a corporate society to list jobs as available, understanding that no or little hiring will be taking place, so that they receive this payment from the government. This logic makes the use of the jobs available number obsolete as the data is skewed.

Many within the privileged class will then look at the increasing stock market and the increase in corporate revenue to illustrate their belief that the economy is the best ever. Its easy for a financial analyst to show that corporate profits are increasing but they refuse to show the geopolitical reasons as to why this increase occurred. They only want you to give them money to invest in the market, so that they can increase their bonus and pay structure. Why would telling the truth even cross their mind, when they know that everything is an illusion?

The resent increase in corporate revenue has come from two different places. First the recent Trump Tax Plan has allowed trillions of dollars “trapped” overseas to come into the American market and second is extensive cost saving measures have taken place. We understand the extensive cost saving measure as the number of stores being closed and the lack of increasing wages to the workers.

The corporate tax plan passed by President Trump was sold to the American public as a way to increase corporate investment into the American economy, thus increasing job growth and salaries. Instead, the trillions of dollars that corporations have overseas allowed these same corporations to purchase their own stock from the open market. This increased purchasing power allowed corporation to manipulate their individual stock price by increasing demand and limiting the amount of supply. We can see the amount of corporate stock buybacks have hit record levels, thus increasing the stock markets to the levels they have become today. These increasing prices enticed the common investor to feel like they are being left out and to leverage their investment further into the market, increasing the price further. This is called Euphoria and is the last phase of the death cycle of a currency. We can see this “pass the buck” gamble is being completed by the record level of executive stock sales that has happened in 2019. Those that created the bubble are selling high, while their fellow investors will be left holding the losses when everything comes down.

Many will still dispute this as not the only reason corporate profits have increased. Many corporations are reporting that their revenues are hitting record levels and that is proof the economy is the best ever. Then under the same breath, the analysis will claim that they don’t understand the weird anomaly of the decreasing unit sales associated to this increase in profits. The only possible way that this correlation can be correct is if the unit price is increasing. Then the profit would continue to be increasing when unit sales are decreasing. This is the definition of inflation, when the cost of goods increases. This means the Fed reported inflation numbers are incorrect as you cannot have an increase in price of goods, on this scale, without inflation increasing.

For our corporate overlords, they only manage based off numbers and the majority will not look deep into the numbers as all they care about is if their bonus and commissions are increasing. This funneling of money to the top echelon of society is causing the decrease in the velocity of money. It’s no secret that the poor and Middle Class spend their money faster than the rich. The rich tend to sit on their nest egg and make money with their money, not purchasing goods that drive our economy. This is causing a massive disconnect between the engine or our economy and those who hold all the assets. This disconnect is becoming more laughable considering the recent departure of the CEO of McDonalds. Only is a world of make belief can any corporation justify the firing of an employee, for unethical practices and abuses of power, and still pay him 6 months salary. The average worker would get nothing, and the corporation would also fight to deny payment of their unemployment benefits!

This hypocrisy is also present within our political system. We all know that those with money make the rules and then benefit from the rules they have put in place. This is no different then those who are allowed to partake in our political system. The reason its stated as “allowed” is through economic control, many are unable to influence government due to the rules set in place.

To best illustrate this understanding, we will take the state of Colorado as an example. A State Senator in Colorado is paid a salary of $30,000 per year. Take in consideration the recent study published stating that for an individual to purchase an average house in Colorado, one must make $100,000. These numbers don’t match. This means that for someone to run for State Senate in Colorado, one must either be independently wealthy, retired with a nest egg, or be homeless. The obligation of the job would make it very difficult for anyone to keep a full-time job, making $70,000 a year, plus fulfill their duties as a State Senator. Even if one was able to fulfill these financial obligations, one would then be subject to the rulers at their corporation or small business, and their boss’s personal beliefs toward having a political candidate on the payroll. A corporation or small business would only allow this gamble if they were guaranteed to have a winning candidate and considering the enormous financial obligations needed for political office and its association to fundraising, guaranteeing a win is not possible.

Also understanding that no one is going to back or fund a homeless candidate, we are left between the choice of a wealthy individual or a retired wealthy individual. Either way the power stays with those who are already prospering from the system that they have created.

This is the system they have created for us. Both sides are guilty of this and they have used their power and influence to retain control over this system and will do anything to make sure they never lose this power.

There is no deep state that is working behind the scenes trying to influence the world. Those doing the manipulation are in plain sight and have no reason to hide what they have been doing. This has worked for them and their families for generations and they believe they are smarter then all of us. They hold all the power and influence and anyone who tries to challenge this system will be destroyed economically or politically.

We know Biblically this would be the system put in place to control the masses and to bring us to the New World Order. We are in the final stages and can see what the endgame will be. They will continue bleeding the middle class by increasing costs of goods and limiting its political influence, while decreasing its revenue stream. This will make the masses easier to control and manipulate as when people are in survival mode, they will be unable to think of ways to change the system.

As more people get pushed down into lower economic status and require government assistance, this aid will then be cut. We already see this within the debate behind removing food stamps, social security, welfare, etc. Once the cord is cut, those stuck within this portion of society will have no choice but to go along with whatever work for food program the government dishes out (also being debated). When this happens, we will have the fulfillment of the Third Seal of Revelation!

The only thing that the ruling class can be worried about is the loss of peace from the earth and the uprising of the masses. When this accelerates, they know their time is short and the program must be complete for them to retain power. If they don’t succeed in retaining their power, they will be no better then the rest of us when destruction comes!

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

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

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

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

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ Then each of them was given a robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.

I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” (Revelation 6: 1-17)

 

Clinton Kowach

11/8/2019

 

 

 

 

 

Is the Rise of China and Its Conflict with America Predicted in the Bible?

“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 heads the name of blasphemy.

And the beast which I saw as like upon 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 worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast; and they worshipped 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, same 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)

World powers are fighting all over the earth in a struggle to show dominance on the global scene. Americans are told every day by the rise and fall of the stock market and the tweets we proclaim as truth that the economic war against China is going well and we are winning. For those who refuse to study events and true actions of the countries involved it is easy to understand that the United States of America is going to win any war that we face and that the economic war against China is just like all the others. America is used to being the bully on the block and having great economic wealth and prosperity based on its foreign conquests of countries, using their resources free of charge. The use of our economic power to cripple and control nations is something that future generations will look back upon in awe and wonder. How did so many give up their land, resources, and lives for nothing in return? What kind of system exploits labor of its own workers and the workers of other countries to enrich itself while enslaving all those around it?

All Americans are guilty of this sin as our materialistic society has caused the pain, anguish and suffering of so many across the globe. The creation of the products, we all purchase, in our thousands of stores, were created through the enslavement of individuals around the world. Our culture of corporatism and use of our banking system to control the world is something to be marveled for and will be written about in the history books.

The reason that I write of it in the tense that I do is to illustrate the severity of the situation the United States is in and what the world is about to experience. There is no other way to put it…. Our world is about to change in a very drastic way!

(For those that may not be used to Bible Prophecy symbolism I recommend you read these articles before continuing as the symbolism is very important to understand when knowing who is going to be revealed in very short order. Biblically Prophetic Beasts Are Rising! & America in Bible Prophecy: Wealth and Prosperity vs Heavenly Abundance)

Continuing with the understanding of the evolution of the Beast’s within the Book of Daniel and the depictions given we know that this beast culminates with the office of the Papacy. This is also the same beast depicted in Revelation, as the beast that rises from the sea. The curious thing about the depictions of the beasts in Revelation are the use of the dragon within the symbolism.

We know that each animal depicts a nation and as explained prior the animals are as follows: Lion is Great Britain, Eagle is United States, Bear is Russia, Leopard is Germany, and beast that is like no other is the Papacy. It is also hinted, by using this analogy, who the dragon is to depict. There is only one country that uses the dragon as their symbolism and that is China. This is very important as to see what is going to happen, we must understand who the players are prior to the battle ensuing.

We must also understand the powers that are at play considering our battles are not against flesh but against powers and principalities.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6: 10-20)

Our instruction is to prepare for war in a way that would never make any logical sense. This depiction of warfare and the tools used are only possible if the powers we encounter are spiritual powers. This would mean that the leaders of the events that will unfold will be spiritual leaders and not political leaders. If the final battles and beasts that are to rise are going to be fallen angels or powers of the like, then their only objective would be to gain followers to worship them and deny the salvation of the Creator. These powers have already lost and know their destiny and as an attempt to destroy God’s creation, these beings will create a society that destroys any possibility to worship Jesus Christ as the son of God who died and rose again. This is exactly what is depicted within Scripture and we understand the countries that these leaders will rise from and who they will be. All is being revealed prior to the events happening, just as promised within the book of Amos: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3: 7)

To illustrate what this means is to look behind the political and economic theater that is happening around the globe and inspect the underlining religions at play and where these religions are located. For example, Christians proclaim that the United States is a Christian nation and that our works demonstrate this belief. Continuing along with this believe we can state that the United States would be the world power associated to Christianity. The same can be shown when depicting the dominant religion within the Middle East. Regardless of their infightings between their different factions, the Middle East represents Islam. Israel as the Jewish faith, Europe as Catholic but the rest get a little more difficult. The symbolism of Russia shows a slight split personality as it is shown as part of the first beast but also Russia is illustrated within the Gog Magog alliance with Iran and Turkey (see The Coming Gog and Magog War). The only way this would be possible is if Russia is illustrated as the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church. This would allow it to act independently in Gog and Magog while still being a part of the Roman Catholic Church that depicts Europe.

But what religion depicts the dragon if China is to be the dragon. Plus, we are also told that this beast would have two horns, meaning two powers at its head. If we follow that powers are religious beings, this leader would need to encompass the same religion but share its authority between two different beings. How in the world would this be possible?

Let’s start with the dominant religion in the area and we can start to see what this great mystery will be, as we know the false prophet comes from this beast. The most dominant religion in the area are Buddhism and its head is the Dalai Lama. This would mean that we must understand the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama in association to what their reincarnation belief is and who these individuals are. Understanding the Dalai Lama is the head and the Panchen Lama is the horn on the head, helps give us understanding into what is going to happen within the religion of Buddhism and how these leaders will transform once the Dalai Lama is no longer reincarnated.

Currently, there is turmoil within the Buddhist community in respect to the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. For the first time in history, the Buddhist community has two Panchen Lamas and the Dalai Lama is threatening to not be reincarnated. This would split the Buddhist religion in two and may bring about the end of the belief pattern in general. Let me explain.

The current belief is that the Dalai Lama will die and then be reincarnated as a new being. This being would hold certain characteristics that would demonstrate that it is the true Dalai Lama. To help with this search, the Dalai Lama finds a Panchen Lama, who’s main responsibility is to find the new reincarnated Dalai Lama once the existing one dies. So, both the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama have a special relationship as the Dalai Lama finds the new Panchen Lama and the new Panchen Lama finds the new Dalai Lama. This the cycle that has been in existence since the first Dalai Lama in the 14th Century.

The reason that the current environment is unique is that there are currently two Panchen Lamas, and this is the first time this has occurred in the history of this cycle. This started with the Free Tibet movement when the current Dalai Lama was exiled from China and fled into India. This division between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government only accelerated when the most recently Panchen Lama was chosen in 1995. On May 14th, 1995, the Dalai Lama chose the new Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, to be the predecessor to the title but the search committee refused to acknowledge this. Instead they conducted a lottery and chose Gyancain Norbu to be the new Panchen Lama. Immediately after the appointment of Norbu, the first chosen Panchen Lama, Nyima, was taken into custody by the Chinese government and has never been heard from since. Reports indicate that he is alive and being trained to be presented as the true Panchen Lama and backed by the Chinese government. This would mean that there may be a soon split between the Buddhist community about the validity of the Panchen Lama. This split has led the current Dalai Lama to state that he is considering not allowing himself to be reincarnated, leaving the Buddhist faith without a new Dalai Lama.

With the understanding of the workings within the Buddhist faith and the currently strife found within its leadership, we can see the head with two horns. This is very interesting as this is the first time in the Buddhist faith that there would be two horns, or two Panchen Lamas, but also that according to Biblical prophecy, the dragon gives his power to the Antichrist. With the Dalai Lama stating that he may not be reincarnated, and his chosen successor is under Chinese control, he may opt to enlist his power unto another. The Dalai Lama stated that he would make his decision prior to his 90th birthday that is expected to happen in 2025.

This is where the pieces of the puzzle get very interesting. We understand that according to Revelation 13 that the dragon will give his power to the first beast and will cause all to worship the image of the first beast. Continuing with the understanding that Spiritual Powers are behind the actions of nations and that the dragon depicts the nation of China, we can see that China will be the global power that has control over the entire population of the world. This power will cause all to worship one religious leader who according to Scripture is the Pope. Considering the Pope and China have recently signed an agreement to allow the government of China to pick all the Catholic leaders within its country, this analogy is more believable. There are already workings behind the scenes to complete exactly what was predicted within Scripture. This agreement in connection to the social credit system that has become part of Chinese society illustrate the unfolding of the Beast System depicted within Revelation (See Mark of the Beast and the Beast System). Also the importance of the number 6 as a lucky number within Chinese culture does not hurt its association to the Mark of the Beast.

But there is one loose end that must be tied up prior to the Chinese control of the globe and that is the existence of the United States of America. Where is Scripture would there be any indication that the dragon would overcome the United States and become the world leader? To see this, we must understand that when we associate the United States to Christianity we find exactly where this is depicted:

“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

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

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

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

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12 1-17)

At first glance, many will state that this depicts the current teaching of the sign that occurred in the heavens on September 23rd 2017 (see Blood Moons and the Solar Eclipse of 2017). This would be true, but we also see that the continuation of the sign demonstrates the battle that ensues on earth after the dragon is thrown down. Using the symbolism demonstrated earlier, we can see this depicts the Christian nation that is given wings of an eagle to be protected from the dragon for a short period of time. Considering the current trade war between the United States and China and the depiction of both nations in Scripture, we know what the final outcome will be. China will overcome the United States just like the dragon will overcome the saints.

“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.” (Revelation 13: 7-8)

We may not understand exactly how these events unfold but we do have the ability to see the players present within prophecy. When these players are making moves, that are depicted within prophecy, then we must take notice. How are the two beasts going to overcome the entire world, including the United States? We can only speculate but we do know that it will happen and watching the events unfold in real time, only should increase our resolve toward our belief. We are to remain strong and understand that we will be persecuted. We as Christians will lose this war on earth and we must understand that it has always been designed like this. We were designed to show our strength and faith through the overcoming of our death and persecution. That is how we show the world our God, by being willing to suffer for His cause!

“And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5: 2-12)

 

Clinton Kowach

11/4/2019

 

Please Forgive Me For My Honesty

I am starting to understand how the prophets of old could look upon their society and weep about how the people were acting and how they believed. When looking upon our own society it is easy to become clouded about the sugar coating being placed upon everything and how so many are being told what they want to hear. We are being told everything that we want is at our finger tips and that the road to salvation is easy and through that salvation we will escape any trials that will unfold upon the earth.

Its understandable that many want to believe this message, that we all want to have the easy road to salvation and that our trials will be limited through faith. Unfortunately, this is not what we are told in Scripture. Salvation is the road less taken and entails that we carry our cross every day. That we forsake our being and that we feel for our fellow man more than ourselves. This is easy to say and easy to preach but very few within our society are doing this. I am as guilty as everyone else. We must understand that none of us have achieved this level of personal character and if anyone tells you they have, they are lying to you. We are flawed beings and will be flawed until we receive our new bodies through the salvation of our Creator.

My heart aches at my own trials and tribulations and my own failures but it also aches when I look upon my fellow man. I see the actions of all those around me, proclaiming Christians included, and see nothing but hypocrisy. Everyone is willing to point out the failures of those around them, but they are not willing to look at themselves. Jesus once said that we must pull the plank from our own eye before trying to pull the splinter from someone else’s eye. We, as a society, are failing at this. We have become so bitter and evil that we condemn anyone who may say something that we disagree with. We refuse to study the Word of God to find answers and rely upon what we have been taught. How do you tell someone that what they have been taught since childhood is wrong and that they are on the path of destruction? How can anyone get through to someone so arrogant and proud, proclaiming the gospel, when they have no real clue about the teachings of God?

My heart aches. I cry out to everyone that I can to see what is happening to our world and our Church. I beg for those to listen and instead those same individuals proclaim heresy. Again, how can anyone get through to someone who is unwilling to challenge their faith to determine what they have been taught is true? This task feels like one that is unwinnable, but my faith tells me it must be a task that is challenged.

We must proclaim the truth no matter what forces come upon us. We must continue to fight until the fight has either been won or the race has been finished. We must honor those who have come before us and have done the exact same thing for their generation.

I feel what the prophets of old felt. I am understanding their heart and how they could cry out to God about what their civilization was doing. I will make sure I honor their memory and do the same for my people during the time of our trial.

Thank you for listening and please forgive me for my honesty.

 

Clinton Kowach

10/16/2019

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time, they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21: 25-28)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Clinton Kowach

10/07/2019

The Walking Dead: The Fate of Those Who Attack Jerusalem

“A prophecy: The word of the Lord concerning Israel.

The Lord, who stretches out the heavens of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares. ‘I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong because the Lord Almighty is their God.’

On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in the woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place. The Lord will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem’s inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. On that day the Lord will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord going before them. On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.

And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives.” (Zechariah 12: 1-14)

“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land. And if anyone still prophesies, their father and mother, to whom they were born, will say to them, ‘You must die, because you have told lies in the Lord’s name.’ Then their own parents will stab the one who prophesies.

On that day every prophet will be ashamed of their prophetic vision. They will not put on a prophet’s garment of hair in order to deceive. Each will say, ‘I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.’ If someone asks, ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ they will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’

‘Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.’

‘In the whole land,’ declares the Lord, ‘two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” (Zechariah 13: 1-9)

A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle.

On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountains moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. It will be a unique day – a day known only to the Lord – with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.

On that day living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.

The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name. The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up high from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses and will remain in its place. It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.

This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another. Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected – great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.

Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, The Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord will bring on them the plagues he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

On that day Holy to the Lord will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar. Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day, there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 14 1-21)

As the Middle East descends into chaos and the entire world is watching Jerusalem become a burdensome stone, the statement that Israel cannot be destroyed is being stated by most Christian believers. The Church has been taught that God will supernaturally protect the state of Israel and that during the coming war, the Holy Land will see no destruction. Again, what many are being taught is not what the Word of God specifically states.

The reason for the long passage to start this presentation is to show the whole story about what is going to come upon the land of Israel and the entire world. As the opposing forces become more emboldened against Israel, we move closer to the time when their siege will begin. The passage within Zechariah shows that the inhabitants of the land of Judah will consume all the surrounding people with their fire. To the average Christian, the land of Judah represents the land of Israel but understanding that the land of Judah is currently the West Bank and controlled by the Palestinians brings understanding into this passage. The Palestinians will bring destruction to all those around them during this time. That is why Jesus gave this warning to the inhabitants of Judah:

“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.” (Matthew 24: 15-21)

Jesus specifically warned the inhabitants of the West Bank to flee prior to the greatest distress in the history of mankind. Jesus stated that this would be the beginning of the tribulation and the kickoff point would be Judah.

At this time protection will be granted to the inhabitants of the city of Jerusalem as they will be bypassed from this trial. We are told that they will witness the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ and will see the “one they have pierced”. The free-flowing waters of the salvation of the Messiah will be provided for the salvation of the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Once the salvation of the Messiah is given to the land of Jerusalem, the souls of those who prophesied through the land will be required by God. We are told that those killed would be considered “false prophets” but God specifically states that he is coming for his shepherds. This cleansing will continue until 2/3 of the prophets of the land are killed while the final 1/3 have been tried and refined within the Fire of God. This symbolism is very similar to the event depicted within the 5th seal of Revelation:

“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.” (Revelation 6: 9-11)

Not only is the land of Israel under siege but it appears that the internal struggle within the Jewish community will cause a massive uprising. The death depicted within Scripture does not align with the modern teaching that Israel will be protected and all those who support the land of Israel will prosper.

The most amazing depiction of the supernatural unfolding of these prophecies are when the city of Jerusalem falls and is ransacked by its enemies. Truth be told, only half the city will fall as currently only half the city is controlled by the Jews. The eastern half the city of Jerusalem is currently under Palestinian control.

Once the city falls, Jesus will go out to overtake the enemies of Jerusalem. The supernatural depiction of the salvation of those within the city shows the Messiah standing on the Mount of Olives, splitting it in two, creating a valley for his people to escape through! What an amazing sight will behold those who witness this event! This earthquake will create the event known as the Day of the Lord and depicted within the opening of the 6th seal of Revelation:

“I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains, they called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hid us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?’” (Revelation 6: 12-17)

The Day of the Lord is depicted as a day like no other. A day that is neither day nor night and when the whole world trembles at God’s presence. When God himself comes to earth, it is done, there will be no war against him after that time. Those who have fought against the Messiah and the city of Jerusalem will witness ‘their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another.’ Those that survive this ordeal will be required to worship the King and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles or they will be stricken by this plague and their lands will witness no rain.

Our God is the only God and Jesus is His son and the Messiah. Our world will witness these events soon enough but until then, we must remain strong and study to find ourselves approved. Too many within the Church have become lazy and refuse to find the truth. They only believe what they are being told and many will be surprised when they find out what Scripture truly says. With this understanding, it may change the perspective of many to know that it’s not until God himself comes to earth that we shall be changed to live with Him forever.

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so, we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18)

 

Clinton Kowach

10/1/2019

 

 

 

Left or Right, Either Way Blood Will Run in 2020

“Then they brought him a demon possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, ‘Could this be the Son of David?’

But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, ‘It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.’

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.’” (Matthew 12: 22-28)

There is no secret that the true State of our Union is divided and scattered. The United States is the most divided that this country has been since the Civil War tore this country apart. Only this time we are so splintered that even the large factions cannot agree with each other. Those that support gun rights cannot support gay rights, those that support freedom of speech cannot support gun control, those that support religious freedom cannot support a socialist state. These are but many examples of the segregation that is occurring within our great country.

Even with these deep divisions, we refuse to acknowledge the deep down racial and religious persecution that is occurring. The laws being created against poor brown immigrants vs white affluent immigrants show the hypocrisy of our system. The financial inequality between the 1% and those struggling paycheck to paycheck sheds light to the broken capitalistic society we have created. Everywhere we look we can see this division widening and both sides are becoming more boldened and empowered.

Those at the top of the economic latter believe they are entitled to their status while groups against the rise of corporatism are regarded as terrorists. Many who consider their religious morals superior consider those of different moral compasses as inferior to their beliefs and should conform while many see the hypocrisy of our society and its treatment of our poor. How can so many have so much while others have nothing? How can this be considered a religious society when greed has blinded empathy?

Everywhere we look we can see the division among this country, but no place is it more paramount then within the political arena. The sideshow of the American political system has polarized and radicalized the populous and we are treading on very thin ice. It won’t take much to cause this present anger to boil over and cause substantial damage to our society. All it will take is for one party to get elected over another. Considering this is exactly what democracy is, we can see what is going to happen.

There has been speculation that the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another would be circumvented for many years. Rumors around the great recession being the reason to delay the election of 2008 and to keep President Bush in power were all over the internet. The same occurred when President Trump was elected as many rumors spread about President Obama retaining power after the results of the election. This speculation has been present, but it has never been something spoken about directly from the President of the United States. That is until President Donald Trump came out publicly stating that he believed he was entitled two additional years within his presidency due to the trouble caused by the Mueller Investigation. This was followed by President Trump talking publicly about staying within his presidency through a third term. All joking aside, this causes many to consider that the peaceful transfer of power from the Trump Administration may become an issue.

Take this rhetoric and add into the growing violent and aggressive stances of groups like the Alt-Right and Antifa and we have a recipe for disaster. With spreading inequality, growing segregation and separation, our society is causing the desire for many individuals to act out, showing their support for their beliefs. We can see this with increasing senseless mass shootings that are engulfing our society. What do you think will happen when one group considers the actions of another to be so extreme that they have to act against it? We can see this developing right now within this great nation!

No matter what political party wins the presidency during the 2020 Presidential Election, we are going to have trouble. If President Trump wins, he will become more emboldened and more aggressive toward furthering his agenda. This will cause both his supporters and his opposers to become bolder in their actions, causing a snowball effect within our society. If President Trump is not elected, the incoming party will work to dissolve what he has built, angering Trump’s supporters and embolden aggression for and against the Trumpites. Those who believe the spread of the Trump gospel have caused the disintegration of our society will act against their prior oppressors while disenchanted Trump supporters will feel their country has forsaken them and will do anything they can to maintain the status quo. Either way, we are in trouble!

We have come to a breaking point within our country and our society. Corporations and the ultra-wealthy have taken everything, and history has shown that this always causes revolution. The separation between the political parties show the crack within our democracy. The rise of racial and sexual attacks while we neglect our homeless population shows the moral decay within America. When will we see what is happening and stop fighting with ourselves? My fear is that we will not until it is too late……

“Then tell them, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink, get drunk and vomit, and fall to rise no more because of the sword I will send among you. But if they refuse to take the cup from your hand and drink, tell them, ‘this is what the Lord Almighty says: You must drink it! See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword on all who live on the earth, declares the Lord Almighty.

Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them: ‘The Lord will roar from on high; he will thunder from his holy dwelling and roar mightily against his land. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on the earth. The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth, for the Lord will bring charges against the nations; he will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword,’ declares the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Look! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation, a mighty storm is rising from the ends of the earth.’

At that time those slain by the Lord will be everywhere – from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned or gathered up or buried but will be like dung lying on the ground.

Weep and wail, you shepherds; roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock. For your time to be slaughtered has come; you will fall like the best of the rams. The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape. Hear the cry of the shepherds, the wailing of the leaders of the flock, for the Lord is destroying their pasture. The peaceful meadows will be laid waste because of the fierce anger of the Lord. Like a lion he will leave his lair, and their land will become desolate because of the sword of the oppressor and because of the Lord’s fierce anger.” (Jeremiah 25: 27-38)

 

Clinton Kowach

9/24/19