Faith
Wednesday February 20, 2013
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"The sign of the times"

THE SIGNS of THE TIMES today are reflecting upon God’s Word telling you about Christ returning. A good place to begin is with Matthew, Mark, and Luke showing you how to recognize it taking place; Matthew 24:5 (KJV) reads:

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Paying attention lets you know that many so-called Christians claiming to be Men of Christ are now misleading you. Their goal is to assist you in reaching the point to where you are deceived; Mark 13:5-6 (KJV) warns of this:

And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

Deception is a tool that Satan and his followers use; they use it to condition you into believing that Satan, who comes first, is Christ. Verse 6 shows them to be expert deceivers:

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Do you recall anyone ever telling you that Satan comes first claiming to be Christ? Christ warns that many Christ Men (Christians) come in His name deceiving you and they deceive many; Luke 21:8 (KJV) warns you to distant yourself from them:

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

This SIGN of the TIMES is a sign continually repeated throughout scripture; you cannot ignore its importance. Mark 13:8 KJV stresses the troubles that are connected to the Second Coming of Christ:

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

The famine Christ addresses here is famine for hearing His Word and for you to understand “beginnings of sorrows”, you are required to go to “sorrows”, “odin” in the Greek Manuscripts, to learn how it is used:

Odin: o-deen'; akin to Greek 3601 (odune); a pang or throe, especially of childbirth :- pain, sorrow, travail.

Christ uses the expression “Birth pangs” to let you know of a new earth age arriving; it will follow the Second Coming of Christ when God rejuvenates the world.

THE SIGNS of THE TIMES show you needing to take heed; Satan’s workers are now finishing building a platform of deception, one that Michael boots him and his Fallen Angels to in Revelation 12:9 (KJV):

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.

 

 


 

THE SIGNS of THE TIMES are now showing brother against brother leading to them bringing family members to death; Mark 13:12 KJV is where troubles continue:

Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

Put to death is simply another way of saying that family member are going to be turning you over to Satan; “death” is simply another one of his names. Believing that Satan is Christ, they turn you over to him; this they do to make sure that you are converted.

Mark 13:21 KJV warns that you are not to believe these misled one who tell you that Christ has come:

And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not

Now Mark 13:22 KJV shows that false Christians rise in an effort to get even the strongest of you to believe this lie:

For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

False prophets rise to put you within Satan’s reach; they do this along with keeping you from understanding God’s Word. Matthew 24:15 (KJV) continues adding to the knowledge that God insists that you have:

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Matthew is addressing Daniel’s prophecy, a prophecy that you must understand. It tells that Satan comes here before Christ, claiming to be Him; he stands in Jerusalem, God’s Holiest place.

Daniel shows this taking place in Daniel 9:27 (KJV) where the THE SIGNS of THE TIMES reveal the stage set for this prophesy to be fulfilled. It takes place when you see Satan standing in God’s Holy Place claiming to be Him.

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

This is Satan’s Tribulation and in its midst, accepting him as Christ leads you to stop sacrificing and partaking of Christ Body. After all, why would you participate in the oblation if you believe Christ is here?
Worshipping Satan as Christ comes to those who are deceived; it brings the overspreading of abominations to you and when Jesus, the True Christ, comes, harm and desolation has already taken place. That determined and poured upon the desolate is the horror and shame that is poured upon you when you realize whom it is that you have been worshipping.
Matthew 24:37 (KJV) summarizes THE SIGNS of THE TIMES by connecting what is happening now to the days of Noah:

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

God has Matthew using the Days of Noah to let you know where you now are in time. The horrors that those in Noah’s day faced are the same ones that you now face.

Have you noticed the similarity of goings on of Noah’s days to what is taking place in your life today?

Are THE SIGNS of THE TIMES telling you that now is the time to get right with God?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com