The Cross has lost it’s beauty and grandeur in today’s world and there is a reason. Since most of the church world has lost the truth about sin, the Cross is unnecessary. The Cross makes no sense unless you see the darkness of sin. Sin has been so burred and belittled until the Son of God dying on a cross for sin is insane. Remember Judas never got to view the cross because he sold the Lord cheap.
Archive for October, 2007
The present distance that we perceive between the abode of evil spirits assigned to hell and the earth will disappear. We have already seen that the great expanse of the heavens has rolled up and is no more. The heavens above and hell beneath will become one with the earth and the interchange of all God’s creatures will begin and last for eternity. The reason for the distance was sin and when sin is being judged and the judgment is finished that distance will no longer exist. God’s great universe will be one and it all will be a righteous place except for the "Lake Of Fire". The Lake of fire will be in the ruins of Babylon. Isaiah said, "And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched…."
Too many Bible students and Bible lessons have dealt with the coming Seven Years of the Great Tribulation only from the negative side. It is going to be the closest thing to Hell on earth possible, but the total purpose is redemption. The Father created this earth out of a chasm of nothingness with a purpose of infinite value. The Bible states emphatically that, Â“The earth is the LordÂ’s, and the fullness thereofÂ” (Psalm 24:1). His plan is for His saints to inherit it as part of their future inheritance. They will receive it as a breathtaking garden with the River of Life flowing to it out of New Jerusalem and the throne of God.
New Jerusalem will sit at the center with its sparkling pearl gates surrounded by jasper walls. These walls will be enhanced by the most beautiful jewels garnishing each level with a different stone. No jeweler on earth could set these stones with the beauty like the Creator of this city, Jesus Christ himself. Gleaming from within the city will be its golden streets and indescribable mansions. Overpowering all this beauty will be the throne room of the Father and His Son. The light from their presence will send forth rays of brilliant glory that will light the entire New Heaven and New Earth. Not a shadow will be found because this light cannot be shaded, but it fills every inch of His sin-free universe.
This New Heaven and New Earth is the very reason for the Seven Years of the Great Tribulation. All the carnage, suffering, death, and mutilation are the debris of sin. Man may take sin lightly. In fact, our present world treats sin like a joke, but the Holy God that sees its ugliness does not. The truth is that sin is dark as Hell and it is the source of all heartache. There would never have been a tear shed if not for sin. Every weeping child and brokenhearted mother is a result of sinÂ’s fury. The jails of our world are full of sinÂ’s payday. Every grave is a reminder of the consequence of sin.
Sin broke the heart of God and drove the Father to send His only begotten Son to the cruel cross. While His son was on the tree dying as the substitute for you and me, His Father had to turn His head. Heaven must have suffered for the second time. (The first was when a choice angel was cast out with his comrades.) Now, during the scene of a dying Savior, GodÂ’s only Son, He cries out, Â“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken meÂ” (Matthew 27:46b). I believe angels cried on that day. The Father could not look on the guilt His Son was carrying into the halls of redemption.
Sin may be pretty to a lustful man looking on a shanty dressed maiden. It may look desirable to the covetous heart of a greedy person. It has stolen the souls of multitudes of earthÂ’s handsome young men and beautiful young ladies, but it has only one face for the Father of this universe. To Him, the face of sin is the mutilated picture of His Son in the throes of death. God never sees sin without feeling the pains from the dark day His Son became His final answer to hope.
This darkness from Calvary will be uncovered for seven years of Hell on earth. No! No! God is not getting revenge; He is finishing what began on the cross. Jesus ChristÂ’s death was a judgment of sin so a believing person could start a new life with freedom. GodÂ’s entire creation must now experience that same freedom that happens every time a sinner is born again.
ThatÂ’s what the Â“Seven Years of TribulationÂ” is all about. It is the finishing hour of Calvary. The SonÂ’s beaten and crucified body dying on the cross has earned the redemptive price to transform the world back to a garden. The carnage and upheaval of this earth are the last pains of a crucified Lamb. From Revelation chapters five to the end of that book, the Son of God is viewed over and over as a lamb. He is called a Lamb twenty-six times in this masterpiece of future prophecy.
We have never been so close to the last expression of the crucified Savior. Out of His death we shall inherit a world perfectly redeemed and beautifully finished. The New Heaven and the New Earth will be the FatherÂ’s gift to all His saints. New Jerusalem will be the SonÂ’s gift to His bride, the triumphant church.
The majority of earthÂ’s population is practically ready for the coming Seven Years of the Great Tribulation. Pornography, along with its vileness, is on the cutting edge of preparing for GodÂ’s final judgment of the earth. While millions are slipping under the bondage of raw sex pictures and materials, the truth of pornography is unknown to our world. It is one of the worst forms of sexual sins and in most cases the very source of all sex sins. Sex sins almost always start with pornography. The very image portrayed in its pictures and actions will degrade the viewer to subhuman and demonic emotions.
Experts that have studied the effects of pornography define the results in five steps. These steps all spiral in a downward direction and they all end in a state of mind that reflects absolute insanity. At this state the individual cannot separate action from fantasy. They are no longer in charge of what they do to fulfill the results of the images in their head.
The stages are easily understood and show the loss of oneÂ’s mental ability. By the fifth level, the person becomes practically insane.
- Uncontrolled Imagination
After interviewing a large number of district attorneys and police attorneys through the years, it is discovered that sex-related murders, rapes, child molestations, or any criminal activity relating to sex almost never occurs without a connection to pornography. In practically every case serial rapist and killer are living in the fifth stage of pornography addiction. They are living in a state of uncontrolled imagination of the images and activities that now fill their mind. You often hear how likeable these individuals were before their perversion was discovered.
The Bible warns us of this dark perversion. The viewing of pornography is an involvement in vain imaginations that can only escalate. The following Scripture is probably the best description of this type of life found in the Bible. Apostle Paul said, Â“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became foolsÂ” (Romans 1:21-22). Pornography blinds the mind. It destroys the individualÂ’s ability to think straight.
But, it goes further than just insanity. It changes oneÂ’s view of God Himself. Listen as Paul continues, Â“And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. AmenÂ” (Romans 1:23-25).
The sad truth is that few people ever escape from the long-term effects of viewing sexual insanity. Pornography usually starts with viewing normal sexual activity, but quickly escalates to the viewing of abnormal sexual activity. At that point it becomes worse than sin, it becomes demonic and as vile as hell itself. That is probably when God gives them up and withdraws all conviction and grace. Here is the Biblical description of GodÂ’s actions, Â“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenientÂ” (Romans 1:26-28). Hope is now gone. There is no return. A multitude of Americans are slipping into this final stage of perversion.
This lifestyle of reprobate vileness will be the normal life during the coming Seven Years of the Great Tribulation. Straight people will be considered the abnormal and will be persecuted and killed during this dark period. The Antichrist will be a homosexual himself. Listen to this prophecy in Daniel, Â“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forcesÂ” (Daniel 11:37-38a). Note the words, Â“nor the desire of women.Â” The Antichrist will be the most depraved individual of human history and will be totally without normal passions of human nature. This deeply flawed human personality will be enabled by Satan to rule the world for him. Satan will give him his power and the paranormal abilities to deceive the masses.
Bill Clinton is an example of a person deeply flawed in his sexual perversion. To the world controlled multitudes it gives him a strange attraction that is almost irresistible. He is presently like a magnet to the liberal world of politicians and the elitist, especially the media elitist. In fact, he is probably more like the Antichrist than any man alive and it flows out of his utter perversion. No, he is not the Antichrist, but he is a type of the Antichrist.
Pornography is certainly one of SatanÂ’s most clever tools to prepare our world for his last effort to become God. Sexual perversion will so weaken the strong character of our men and women that they will be ready to follow Satan all the way to the Lake of Fire. Even when they can view God on His throne in the Heavens, they will still refuse to repent.
The Lord Jesus Christ directed every word of the Book of Revelation. He said, Â“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their theftsÂ” (Revelation 9:20-21). Our world is ready Â– or so close to being ready Â– that the time to repent is at a minimum. MenÂ’s ability to repent is very near to the end. ChristÂ’s Rapture will remove the last restraints to this coming worldwide upheaval.
The Church began on the Day Of Pentecost. In fact it was one of the three greatest events of Redemption that set the Church in Motion. "At the Cross, At the Empty Tomb or in the Upper Room, the three together set the Church on Fire." The Holy Bible says, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongue, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:4) The word "other’ means "other, different or strange". The personality of God’s Spirit took the personality of the saints and spoke in languages they had never learned. The realness of this event turned Jerusalem upside down and 3000 were saved the first day. Real Pentecost is not just noise or emotions, it is power to manifest the Gospel that saves soul. I’m believing for a fresh outpouring.
It’s awesome to consider what actually occurs during the coming Seven Years of the Great Tribulation. Wickedness will be cleansed from this earth so righteousness can rule. Listen to a great prophet describe this coming judgment. "For behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up saith the Lord of Host, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch."
The seven years of the Great Tribulation ends with man exalted to his original glory. Sin broke upon the human creation like a devastating flood and left him crippled and prone to sin. Millions from the human family have followed Satan and evil spirits to become dark creatures of moral filth. The point has arrived where most men, women, and children do not show any likeness of the Creator. Animal instincts are the guiding passions of our world. Men were the first to lose all moral ideas, but now women have become the leaders of sexual depravity. The descent is straight toward hell.
But the great sovereign Creator has a plan and the hour of its execution will soon arrive. The statesman prophet Isaiah spoke of this hour when the whole universe would be under judgment. He said, Â“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terribleÂ” (Isaiah 13:9-11).
At the conclusion of this judgment men and women who were raptured before the seven years will return with Christ to reign and rule this earth. They will not be kings and priests that reign in the old passions of the flesh but will be glorified in the image of Christ and as precious as gold. Isaiah gave us this jewel of information. Â“I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of OphirÂ” (Isaiah 13:12).
What value God intends for His eternal family of the redeemed! Man was created as a marvel of the CreatorÂ’s wisdom. Animals and the world of creatures have never known values that He created in man. The heavenly bodies of stars, planets, and even the Sun and Moon are nothing but great mindless expressions of His energy. The beauty of flowers, trees, and vegetation serve only to enhance manÂ’s world of beauty. The center of His creation is man — His lofty creatures created in His own image.
Since the fall in the Garden of Eden, the entire redemption plan has steadily moved toward the ultimate day of eternal cleansing. God Himself shed the first blood of covering to clothe Adam and Eve. At every possible junction the Father has walked with man. He took Enoch home with Him to glory. The Father buried Moses after talking mouth to mouth with Him. Abraham was a friend of God, and David was a man after His own heart. The redeemed saints have been His jewels throughout time since the fall.
The glory that will soon be returned to man is the very reason of the seven years of the Great Tribulation. Everything that defiles must be cleansed to extinction. Every drop of innocent blood is still crying out to the Great Creator. God heard the blood of Abel crying from the ground and He presently hears the blood of every aborted baby speaking out of its grief. The reason this earth will be turned on its head is to ascertain that no sin is left unjudged.
Out of this darkness arises a redeemed earth where His family of man will be His precious companions. Words cannot describe the glory to come. The Spirit said, Â“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love himÂ” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
The seven years of the Great Tribulation will be the action of the Architect of this universe correcting the wear and tear of sin. The Creator will be passionately purifying our homeland for the redeemed saints. It will be time for His Son to sit on the throne of David in earthly Jerusalem and give this world a one thousand year Sabbath of rest and worship before His New Jerusalem descends to inaugurate Eternity.
His human family will be Â“precious as GoldÂ” even as Â“a wedge of gold.Â” The Biblical Â“wedgeÂ” was fifty shekels or one hundred pounds of gold. That is worth more than one million dollars in our present day value. By His SonÂ’s blood the redeemed saints are precious in His sight.
There is a multitude of people in our world that have so hardened there hearts that nothing will move them. This kind of dark rebellion is growing by the hour and will only get worse. There is a point in every life that is the place of no return. A hardness sets in that blinds and binds at the same time. Not one warning is going to help that crowd of damned souls. There is still a great number of lives that can be reached if the truth with the anointing of the Spirit can be heard. That’s the souls we must devote our attention to helping. Send this sermon to every one within your reach. When the great Rapture is over and our world awakes to coming judgment, it will be hell on earth. Help your family to know the truth!
The seven years of the Great Tribulation will be an exceedingly enlarged and more catastrophic event than was the Flood of Noah’s day. Jesus plainly said it would the greatest Tribulation since the world begin. (Matt. 24:21) The first great fact is the departure of heaven as it will depart, "as a scroll when it is rolled together."
ItÂ’s absolutely exciting to anticipate the redemption of GodÂ’s beautiful creation. Every smidgen of sin and its curses against this earth and the heavens above is about to be eradicated. That little book in the FatherÂ’s hand of Revelation Chapter Five is a book of the purchased possession. Ezekiel saw that book in a vision and was told to eat it. It was sweet to the taste but bitter in the belly. Its results were wonderful and manifest in a sweet taste. Its dark acts of cleansing were bitter in the actual events of the judgment.
Thirteen chapters (six to eighteen) of Revelation are given to the content, written within and on the backside of this book. The earth is the LordÂ’s and it will shortly be His day to take back His ownership. The usurper, Satan, had wrought an ugly thing, and evil treads this earth like a world full of dragons on the loose. From the simplest act of rebellion against God and truth to the vilest conduct of mass slaughter against ignorant lives, all sin will be rightly judged and vindicated.
When one understands the Seven Years of the Great Tribulation, it is simple to believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. These seven years have nothing to do with His church. The church is never named in those thirteen chapters of Revelation. It is the Â“Wrath of the LambÂ” (Revelation 6:16b) against the world that rejected Him and has attacked His name with fury. The world says, Â“Speak of God, call Him anything from Allah to Buddha, but do not speak of Jesus, thatÂ’s too narrow.Â”
Jesus plainly said that these seven years will be even more devastating than the flood of NoahÂ’s day. Listen to Him, Â“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortenedÂ” (Matthew 24:21-22). I never remember it dawning on me that these seven years is worse than the upheaval of the flood. The valleys and the mountains were displayed and recreated. Oceans were drawn and established and the deep places of the earth were turned asunder. Great forests were buried and we have used the coal to drive our mechanisms. Oil seeping from our earth is a testimony to the utter upheaval of that world. The worse is yet to come.
Apostle Peter explained it carefully, Â“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 righteousnessÂ” (II Peter 3:11-13).
The saints of God can no more be here for such judgment than a loving husband would thrust his beautiful bride into the bowels of a roaring volcano. The loving heart of our blessed Savior and soon coming King said it plainly to His church. Â“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earthÂ” (Revelation 3:10). I love His words, Â“I will keep thee fromÂ…Â” That settles the question.
When the seven years of redemption is complete, the Son of God will mount His white stallion and lead His great company of saints back to earth to establish His kingdom. Â“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 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 GodÂ” (Revelation 19:11, 14-15).
The earth is presently in great turmoil. It is like there is a storm brewing, a thousand tsunamis and worse, and the population of the earth is drinking and drugging themselves into a stupor just to escape the fear. Denial is the order of the day, but the consciousness of impending disaster shall only grow. Â“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until nowÂ” (Romans 8:22).
Look up, dear pilgrim; lift up your heads, your redemption draweth near. The Bible cannot fail because it has never failed in human history. Jesus said, Â“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilledÂ” (Matthew 5:18b). Make sure your all is on the altar and that Jesus Christ alone is Lord of your life.