Archive for March 7th, 2006

Re-Post: Rapture Ready-Nearing Midnight for March 6 (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
The Next Foreshock!

A number of years ago, I put together (was general editor of) a book with a number of prophecy scholars, broadcasters, and writers. That book was called Foreshocks of Antichrist. The compilation of chapters dealt with issues and events of the times, issues and events the other authors and I believed significant in considering prophecies that surrounded the coming of Antichrist to power, as foretold in chapters of the books of Daniel, Revelation, 1 John, and others. That was about 1996, I think, and I believed, at the time, that conditions could not ripen much more so far as the world’s being ready to reap the bitter harvest the Antichrist will bring was concerned.
I was wrong, of course, which proves we must never be too quick to think that things can’t get much worse. They can, and have, gotten worse, since my great colleagues such as Dr. John Walvoord, Dave Breese, Zola Levitt, and many others, dissected the issues of our time with the omniscient scalpel of God’s Word in that Harvest House book a decade ago.
Back then, Israel was in a peace process –just as now. Then it was Yasser Arafat, Yitzak Rabin, and Bill Clinton working on the Oslo Accords. Peace was in the offing, and some thought this was the covenant in the making that would bring Daniel 9: 27 to fruition. But, Rabin, prime minister of Israel, was assassinated, and Bill Clinton soon fell into the Monica Lewinsky quagmire that exposed his infidelities and held the nation’s rapt attention for months.
Earthquakes came again and again, seemingly in greater numbers and intensities. The Middle East teetered constantly on the edge of igniting into major conflict in that region, and beyond. It looked more and more as though the world could not move into a mode that was any more prepared for the coming of Antichrist and his global dictatorship. But, I was wrong. Things could get worse –much worse.
The next shocker that stepped up signals of the prophetic times occurred Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Giant, fuel-laden passenger jets slammed into the twin World Trade towers in lower East Manhattan, and into the Pentagon, and another aircraft headed for the nation’s capital was forced into a Pennsylvania field by heroes on the plane. Planet Earth seemed to go into an even higher level of stage-setting for the coming Antichrist. Fear spread among Christians and non-Christians alike, and churches –you will remember—were filled the following Sunday. I, myself, was asked by my pastor to speak to my own church about these startling events. It was a time of trepidation about the future and reflection on how to best cope under the changed circumstances. It was a foreshock that had overshadowed other terrorist attacks and other events of recent times. Terrorists from the Middle East –the land of the Bible, and of Bible prophecy—had turned up the heat on the Armageddon boiler.
Things seemed to settle. Then came fears of Saddam Hussein developing weapons of mass destruction. This meant, also, an economic stranglehold on the oil supplies of the world, if he could get into position to hold Middle Eastern oil hostage, and to threaten Israel and other of his neighbors. The tension again was raised. The fast track to Armageddon seemed back on track.
Fear that Armageddon lay right around the next geopolitical corner was not assuaged, while George W. Bush and the American military planners and state department forged military alliances for the assault on Hussein’s Iraq. The alliances were less numerous than those put together by the first President Bush to be sure, but nonetheless, they were more powerful in ability to accomplish the task due to advancing technologies for war-making.
The battles for Iraq succeeded, but the larger war on terrorism rages still, while the whole world waits for the next proverbial shoe to drop.
Europe looked like the next major foreshock to the coming tribulation and Antichrist’s regime of global government. The talk and actions of trying to forge an EU Constitution had all of us looking with great wonder at developments, in consideration of prophecies in the book of Daniel. But, again, the foreshock –for the moment—has seemed to fizzle just a bit.
The greatest tsunami ever to be recorded, following the great quake in the Indian Ocean, stunned Asia and the rest of us as well. More than 285 thousand people are believed to have lost their lives –maybe even more. This event, combined with the most prolific and record-setting hurricane season in the history of record-keeping, sent national and international news media to us at raptureready.com, and to others who study prophecy in an almost frenzy of wanting to know if God was telling Planet Earth something.
So, the foreshocks, when they manifest themselves –the birthpangs—continue to get stronger. The longer the lull between contractions, the more shocking the calamities that follow seem to be. This might be the potential Caldera-supervolcano of foreshocks –silent, seething, building, swelling, while God’s cup of wrath fills to the brim.
We are in a lull. The lull has brought, in Todd’s and my view, apathy among Christians that itself dangerously smacks of endtime prophecy: “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Mat. 24:44).
–Terry

Re-Post: Rapture Ready-Nearing Midnight for March 6 (Part 1)

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
America’s Financial Destiny

The U.S. national debt and trade deficit are simply out of control. I’ve been watching his slow-motion train wreck for some time now, and I’m stunned how the numbers are able to keep going from bad to worse.
Our national debt now stands at $8.27 trillion. The red ink has continued to increase an average of $2.17 billion per day, and our personal share of this debt is $27,688.
The trade deficit is an even bigger problem. Last month, the Commerce Department reported the goods and services deficit America has with the rest of the world widened in 2005 to a record $725.8 billion. The deficit for 2005 was up 17.5 percent from that of 2004, which had set a record of $617.6 billion.
What is particularly scary about these figures is how they’ve lost their meaning to the public and political leaders. We’re fighting a war on terrorism so the national debt is of no importance. The average consumer could care less about maintaining a balance in trade. The price of an item is the only thing they worry about.
The people who manage the financial system have done an amazing job of servicing our debt. Every single working day, the world has to invest $2.8 billion in the United States to keep the system going. Of all the savings that exist in the world today, 80 percent of that amount is invested in America.
It’s not madness that keeps the money flowing into our monetary black hole. Because the dollar is regarded to be the global reserve currency, nations use it to store wealth. As long as the buck remains stable, the world will keep buying up our debt.
The recent controversy over the port sale to the Arab company the United Arab Emirates is heavily connected to our trade deficits. Oil-rich Gulf states currently make $240 billion selling us petroleum productions. From a business sense, its only reasonable that they would take some of that money and purchase American assets. Last year, China caused a stir by trying to buy Unocal. It has over $700 billion in Treasury debt.
Because we have lived with huge deficits for so long, they seem to be viewed as a volcano that constantly rumbles, but never explodes. At some point, this exponential curve in debt accumulation will have reach a breaking point. The only questions are what will be the trigger and how hard will be the landing.
The most obvious trigger could be the fact that the world just simply runs out of money to service our debt. Other possibilities might be a geopolitical event such as China invading Taiwan, a spike in commodity prices, or the collapse of a major hedge fund.
One possibility that has been heavily talked the past couple months is Iran’s plan to switch its oil trades from dollars to euros. By opening an oil Bourse priced in euros, the monopoly of the dollar on the global oil market will come to an end. The concern is that nations will dump dollars to convert to the euro. As of last report, there is no indication that Iran will be able pull off this stunt.
If the world were to lose confidence in the dollar, the first indication would be the exchange rate. Right now, the euro can buys 1.20 dollars.
It’s anyone’s guess how far the dollar would tumble after suffering a loss of confidence. It would be a case of panicked investors trying to dump U.S. securities pitched against central banks that would be trying to hold up the sagging greenback. With over $4 trillion of debt in foreign hands, there would be quite a spectacle.
Knowing how bad a dollar crash would affect our nation, it’s always been my hope that this house of cards would hold together until the rapture takes place. Once millions of Christians are removed from the earth — particularly from North America — nothing can be done to save the U.S. economy from collapse. The Great Depression only caused a 10 percent decline in GDP. The rapture would likely be responsible for a 30 to 40 percent drop in GDP.
An economic implosion of our nation is almost required by Bible prophecy. During the tribulation hour, the focus is on Europe. America has no lead role in the end-times.
The realization of the precarious financial state of our world has helped keep me focused on the eternal realm. The riches of heaven are not based on a mountain of debt. God believes so strongly in being free of any obligations, He sent His Son to pay the ultimate debt with His own blood.
–Todd

Re-Post: Just smell the apostasy! from Rapture Alert

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Just smell the apostasy!
by Michael G. Mickey
(3-5-06)

Someone once said, speaking of apostasy, “You can tell the sheep are in trouble when the shepherd starts speaking kindly of the wolf!”
I have related with that statement a lot the last few days. It all started when a brother in Christ, John Reynolds, sent me an e-mail he entitled “The incredible Pastor-Scientist flip flop.” When I opened the e-mail, John had sent me links to two websites – one on the Clergy Letter Project and the other on the activities of some scientists which I’ll get into a bit later.
The Clergy Letter Project, in case you haven’t heard of it, was started by Michael Zimmerman, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Zimmerman’s goal, apparently, was to correct “the misperception that science and religion are inevitably in conflict” – a situation he perceived had created unnecessary division and confusion, especially concerning the teaching of evolution.
I’m sure all my site’s readers know about Charles Darwin and his infamous “theory” of evolution, which, essentially, concludes that everything that exists in the world and, I suppose, in the universe itself came to exist as a result of random mutation and natural selection, an ideology which those of us who believe the Bible to be literal truth have more than a little trouble swallowing!
As the name of Mr. Zimmerman’s project suggests, he decided to enlist a few thousand members of the clergy to demonstrate their respect for evolutionary theory. Surely, he had trouble finding thousands of clergy willing to do such a thing, right? I’m afraid not.
Amazingly, over 10,000 members of the clergy signed onto his project “to let the public know that numerous clergy from most denominations have tremendous respect for evolutionary theory and have embraced it as a core component of human knowledge, fully harmonious with religious faith.”
Fully harmonious with whose religious faith? Not mine!
As the clergy lined up in support of Charles Darwin’s theory, which has been force-fed to our children as the only government-sanctioned explanation for their existence since Almighty God was kicked out of public schools, to our national disgrace I might add, an Evolution News & Views article states that “over 500 doctoral scientists” signed “a statement publicly expressing their skepticism about the contemporary theory of Darwinian evolution.”
Now you know why my brother in Christ entitled his e-mail “The incredible Pastor-Scientist flip flop!”
Again, just in case Satan’s signature on this didn’t sink in when you were presented this information the first time, as hundreds of scientists lined up to sign “A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism”, thousands of Christian leaders (all of whose names, locations,and denominations can be found on Mr. Zimmerman’s website), were jumping onboard with Mr. Darwin’s theory from hell, in spite of all of them having, undoubtedly, seen the DARWIN fish decals that ride on the back of cars everywhere in mockery, yes mockery, of God and His Creation!
You want me to tell you how you can 100% know that evolution is not “fully harmonious with religious faith?” Because none of God’s enemies are opposed to it being taught to our children as fact, in spite of the fact it’s called a theory! None of them!
Can you smell the apostasy in what you’ve just been informed of? I sure can – and it stinks!
If that didn’t ruffle your feathers, try this one on for size. A Yahoo News story indicates that “a Presbyterian Church trial of a minister who conducted lesbian weddings ended in California with a ruling that she did nothing wrong.”
She did nothing wrong? That’s not what my Bible tells me!
After winning her case, “the openly lesbian priest” said, as her blasphemous eyes filled with tears, “It was a wonderful decision. It means that our relationships matter and that love matters. It means something that the church said yes to us.”
Well, there’s one point she made that I’ll agree with and it’s this: It most certainly does mean something that the Presbyterian church said yes to a lesbian priest marrying lesbians, all of which is forbidden in the Word of God! It means the Presbyterian Church needs to REPENT and the sooner the better!
Marriage exists, according to the Word of God, to join one man and one woman, the two of them becoming one flesh in the eyes of God. Any sexual activity outside of God’s definition of marriage is adultery — and forbidden.
Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
The practice of homosexuality is itself expressly forbidden, as seen in Leviticus 18:22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
Can you smell the apostasy in this story of ungodly conduct going uncondemned?
Am I finished now? Almost, but first…..
The Dallas Morning News is reporting that “Carlton Pearson has still got it. The dapper clothes. The voluminous vocabulary. The toothy smile.” He also still has the apostasy! (In case you haven’t caught on by now, the theme of today’s commentary is apostasy!)
Are you ready to read about what Mr. Pearson is preaching? Grab onto something, evangelicals, because this one is the icing on this commentary’s cake!
According to the article, and I quote, “Mr. Pearson still has an unshakable conviction in his controversial “gospel of inclusion” – the belief that everyone will go to heaven, regardless of his or her actions on earth. The high-profile pastor lost followers, his church building, money and prestige – especially among conservatives – after he started preaching a few years ago that the gates of heaven are open to everyone, even, theoretically, to Satan.”
Can you imagine standing before the throne of Almighty God singing praises to the Lamb while holding hands with ole’ Beelzebub himself? If you can, you need to say a quick prayer of repentance, pick up your Bible right now and begin reading. Don’t stop under any circumstances until you come back to your senses!
While God’s gift of salvation is available to all those willing to admit they’re sinners, believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and confess their sins to Him, it’s 100% guaranteed that many, many, many people unwilling to repent of their sins and come to faith in Jesus Christ are going to go through a gate that leads to someplace other than Heaven, Satan among them beyond the shadow of a doubt!
Where are these poor misguided souls, along with Lucifer, headed? To the lake of fire! Hell! Eternal damnation!
Revelation 20:10: 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.
Revelation 20:12-15: 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.
Can you smell the apostasy in a pastor suggesting that Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross as atonement for our sins was purposeless?
Truly, you can tell the sheep are in trouble when the shepherd starts speaking kindly of the wolf — and it’s going on more all the time!
When 10,000+ clergymen try to blend what is clearly a satanic counterfeit of God’s Creation with God’s Creation, calling it fully harmonious with religious faith, they’re speaking kindly of the wolf!
When the leaders of entire church bodies allow their priests to live in open defiance of the will of God and to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in opposition to the Word of God, finding no fault in any of it, they’re speaking kindly of the wolf!
When a pastor of any church suggests that the most evil being of them all, Satan himself, may make it through the gates of Heaven to spend all eternity in the presence of Almighty God, the Lamb and the saints, he’s speaking kindly of the wolf! In fact, the sheep better run from that pastor as fast as they can as he is a wolf in his own right, according to the Word of God!
Matthew 7:15-17: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Christians, whenever you wonder just how much longer it’s going to be until Jesus Christ returns, just read the news of our world today. If you’re like me, one of the things you’ll often find yourself doing is crinkling your nose up in disgust, much as you do when you’re driving along in your car and pass a dead skunk on the highway. You know what I’m talking about.
The stronger the stench of apostasy becomes, the closer we are to seeing Jesus! Why do I say that?
1st Timothy 4:1: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Is Jesus Christ coming soon? Just smell the apostasy — and keep looking up!

Amendment would establish life at conception

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

This is an interesting phenomenon. Over the past month, and even more so in the past week or so, it seems the conservative base in this country has suddenly come alive.
I don’t know if these measures, concerning limitations on abortion, have a chance with the majority of the leagal system standing behind “abortion on demand”. I figure that satan isn’t going to give that up without a big fight. Maybe the Christians, combined with the secular conservatives can accomplish something. We are the majority in this country. Maybe we can start acting like a majority now. Pray about this.

Citizens have proposed an amendment to Michigan’s constitution establishing that a person exists at the moment of conception.
The designation would give any unborn child constitutional rights of due process and equal protection.
A backer of the proposal, Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said the petition drive is “vitally important if we are to insure that Michigan becomes a pro-life state after Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
The landmark 1973 decision did not actually ban abortion but nullified all state laws prohibiting the procedure. Most legal analysts agree that a Supreme Court ruling against Roe would return the issue to the states.
The proposed amendment, Thompson said, would “clear the ground of all issues dealing with interpretation of previous state precedent and statutes.”
Thompson said he’s “deeply disappointed that after 33 years and 45 million babies murdered,” some pro-life leaders have said they don’t believe the time is right to for such a dramatic step.
“If one truly believes a human being exists at the moment of conception and shortly thereafter suffers excruciating and prolonged pain while being sliced and torn apart in the mother’s womb, how would they not do everything they can to save that child – even though there is no guarantee of success?” he asked.
“The extreme caution exhibited by some pro-lifers reminds me of what Lincoln said about his reluctant General McClellan during the Civil War: ‘He has “the slows,”‘” too fearful of losing to risk winning, Thompson said.
He pointed out that last week, Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of scientists and medical professionals Catholic teaching proclaims life begins at conception.
The pope said the Catholic Church “has constantly proclaimed the sacred and inviolable character of every human life, from its conception to its natural end.”
Rev. Stephen T. Anthony, superintendent of the Eastern Michigan District of the Church of the Nazarene and chairman of Michigan Chooses Life, a newly formed inter-denominational group of prominent Michigan pastors, is supporting the petition drive.
“It is a biological, medical, and spiritual fact that a new and precious human life begins every time a child is conceived in the womb,” Anthony said.
Thompson met a few months ago with leaders of Michigan Citizens for Life, the organization spearheading the petition drive.
The Law Center agreed to represent the group in any future lawsuit challenging the amendment, if adopted by Michigan voters.
The ACLU already has stated it will sue if the amendment passes.
The petition drive needs 317,000 valid signatures by July 10 to be placed on the Nov. 7 ballot.
Thompson said the Michigan-based group Right To Life–Lifespan and Michigan’s two Republican National Committee members, Chuck Yobb and Holly Hughes, also have endorsed the petition drive.
Michigan is one of several states that did not repeal its pre-Roe anti-abortion statute.
But Thompson said pro-abortion lawyers already have devised an additional counter-measure to a post–Roe situation, arguing the concept of “implied repeal.”
They will attempt to show that subsequent acts of the legislature, such as regulating the abortion industry, are irreconcilably in conflict with a state’s previous ban, and thus the latest statute has repealed the earlier one by implication.
Thompson said pro-lifers will have to be ready to defend against that argument.
“We should not refrain from direct challenges to Roe v. Wade simply because some pro-life strategists caution “wait” – the [Supreme Court] is not ready,” he said. “Directly challenging Roe does not mean we should abandon other pro-life legislative proposals aimed at chipping away at abortions.”
Thompson argued no one can know with certainty the ideal time to challenge a decision.
“Under those circumstances, all pro-life organizations, regardless of their opinion on a specific proposal, should work together in a spirit of unity,” he said. “We should mount an assault on Roe from all directions.”