The Abomination of Desolation

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thes 2:3-4

“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.” Daniel 11:36

“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.” Revelation 13:5-7

“And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;” Daniel 7: 20-21

“And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.” Daniel 11:31

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” Luke 21:20

The Abomination of Desolation is an event that takes place 3.5 years into the 7 year tribulation period. Christians WILL go through the great tribulation. Matthew 24 teaches us this if we read it for it says and not try to add to it.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27

“Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” Daniel 12:10-13

Scripture is easy to understand when you don’t try to add anything to it. Just read it for what it says. Context is everything.

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Western Christianity is a joke (rant)

Western Christianity is a joke.

That is, if you can even call it Christianity.

I would think the early New Testament Christians would look at Western Christianity and pass it off as Gnosticism or in some cases open Satanism.

America is my main focus though I would have to say (despite some slight variations) this can be applied to all first world western nations that have some sort of label as a “Christian” nation. Christianity has its standards for what it is and what it isn’t. And though I will not deny that there are some complex and complicated doctrines within scripture, the core fundamentals of Christianity are not that hard to understand and connect with other doctrines rather easily. In fact, I’d almost have to say that from my experience in understanding the truth within scripture has led me to understand that everything ultimately leads back to the cross and the Gospel.

God’s treatment of Israel all throughout the Old Testament ultimately teaches that man cannot earn salvation by his own works thus the need for a perfect savior.

The Rapture of the church shows us that God wont put us in a situation we cannot handle despite trials and tribulations (paying the cost of righteousness as Christ did).

The doctrine of regeneration shows us that salvation is not a get out of jail free card but rather a life long journey whose rewards lie at the end of the road (Jesus’ journey to Calvary).

I could go on and on but I digress. Scripture in all its truths paints a very beautiful picture yet if you listen to Western Christianity, it sounds like a bunch of shouting and loud noise. I wouldn’t dare to think what it would look like as a painting. Western Christianity, and especially America, is in a very bad place right now.

I remember a few years ago I saw this clip online and it inspired me and made me hopeful for a Ron Paul presidency. Back when I was finally applying years of political rants by my father (a political science major in college who went on to be the Valedictorian in his graduating class) and I honestly felt we had a legitimate candidate who could come in and restore Americas to her glory days (which I believe ran from 1870 up until about the great depression). But those days are long gone. Ever since the 1930’s America has been on a downward spiral. We have always had the preachers screaming at us to repent as a nation but it seems the louder their voices got, the more we rebelled against God.

I would go a step further and say ever since 9/11, God has ultimately abandoned America as a nation and now only appeals to the saints directly (as He always has).

There will always be a remnant. There still is a remnant in this land (praise God!). That remnant will always be radical in its ways. It will meet the radical, depraved evil that spans across the land with radical love and radical charity. Deliverance will take on a whole new meaning for these folks soon.

A collapse is coming. I don’t say that lightly but rather from years of studying (not brainwashing mind you from the doomsday media on the internet). I see it clear as day now because of the shear wickedness of the western nations. I believe God sent us legitimate prophets in people like David Wilkerson whose messages were not only unpopular to Western Christianity, but were downright scandalous. One that comes to mind is this:

If God sends us a true prophet, his words will not be well received by general churchgoers. In fact, today if you stand up for any kind of righteous, absolute truth, then it will not be well received by almost anyone. Lost and confused Americans have been shaped and molded into ticking time bombs. A wicked people do not prefer the things that are holy and true they would rather believe a lie. And our enemy has made sure that they are provided with layer upon layer upon layer of lies. Lies that are so pushed onto people as truth that people no longer believe in anything, and they are fine with that.

The petty indifference I see in almost everyone I know is incredible. Most of the men I grew up with are now in their 30s and are depressed and feel empty inside. They’re high hopes of riches and a beautiful wife and smart children are gone. They are replaced with depression, drinking, and perverseness. Oh that rants I could write on this stuff but I’m not going to. Not here.

But I lay the blame solely at the feet of Western Christianity. Which includes myself I wont lie. I have only been saved 5 years and I have wasted much of the time since then. But I never stopped pursuing the truth and seeking God and for that, He has rewarded me. But so many people I have met in my life who call themselves Christian are so far detached that they think of me (and my radical stance on things) as nothing more than a hateful fanatic who is out of touch with reality. It is absolutely incredible how the more you draw closer to God, the more society just rejects you in incredible ways. You really do get a first hand understanding that its the Holy Spirit that changes people not you or your technique.

The Christian is called to simply preach the truth and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. That my friends, is real faith. And the more your faith grows, the more you want it to be tested. The more it is tested, the more it grows.

The Christian life is so simple to understand. Its the sin and the devil that gets in the way. Its the scales and the brainwashing that gets in the way. Its the television and the peers that get in the way.

Its the stuff that gets in the way. Learn to not want all the stuff, and show God you mean it with your actions. Not your words, your actions! It is one thing to pray for God to remove an addiction from you life, but if you show God with your actions as well, then He will know its not just rhetoric.

Western Christians need to change NOW. Every minute you either draw closer to Him, or further away from Him. And every minute draws us closer to the collapse of the west.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Predestination and freewill are compatible according to the Bible.

Originally I posted this in a thread on Facebook but I figured I would turn it into a full fledged blog post.

/open can of worms 1

“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38: 1-7

God is sovereign. God predestines everything. God is not us. He is not confined to our realm like we are.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 7-9

The Devil wants to be God. He tricked us into thinking we could be God too. When someone tries to understand predestination, they are trying to see things from God’s perspective.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3: 4-6

God predestines everything because God is outside of time. When John, in the Revelation of Jesus Christ had a vision of the future, he saw things OUTSIDE OF TIME. He could see the future. God the Father is in heaven. Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father.

But WE are not in the Heavenly realm! We exist in the realm of the earth. In this realm, we do not see things from God’s point of view. Thus we CANNOT fathom predestination!

God CANNOT lie! Thus He MUST reveal to us the doctrine of predestination. But we cannot understand predestination because we are not governed by the same laws as God. His ways are not OUR ways.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.” James 1: 13-16

We always have a choice. But to say that we should do nothing, because God already knows, is to say that it doesn’t matter what we do. That is the lie of the Devil. We are to strive to do the right thing no matter what.

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I WOULD, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I WOULD not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but SIN (“ye shall be as God’s”) that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to WILL is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I WOULD I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I DO that I WOULD not, it is no more I that do it, but SIN that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I WOULD DO good, evil IS present with me.” Romans 7: 14-21

Paul had faith that he was doing the will of God despite not knowing everything from God’s point of view.

Faith is our way of knowing that we are walking in righteousness. But we do not inherit salvation until we are dead and no longer confined to this finite realm but rather when we are confined to the heavenly eternal realm.

We strive to do right while growing in the faith.

Faith is our assurance of eternal salvation.

To say that now, in our sinful state, we already know our fate is to say we can see things from God’s point of view. That is blasphemous.

“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: 27-29

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. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Revelation 3: 5-6

Do you have an ear to hear?