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Once again Christians are being told that we are definitely living in the last days. For example, Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California said in a November 19, 2015 sermon that current news events are following the plan laid out in Bible prophecy. Melody Dareing, writing for Western Journalism, states that Laurie “wrapped up [his] sermon with this conclusive statement. ‘We’re living in the last days.’”
Laurie based his “last days” comment on “two specific things: the rise of terrorism and the alliance between Russia and Iran. He said global terrorism is as ‘stronger that it has ever been.’”
For centuries, actually, near two millennia, prophecy prognosticators have been making claims like those of Laurie’s based on the events of their day. My library is filled with books claiming that the end was near during WW I, WW II, the Russian revolution, the militarization of Japan, the French Revolution, every European war ever fought, and even the rise of Islam hundreds of years ago.
For decades Christian prophecy writers have been telling their followers that we’re living in the last days and Jesus is coming soon. Hal Lindsey and Chuck Smith assured their readers that it would all come to an end before 1988. That was 27 years ago. If we go back to 1970 when Lindsey wrote Late Great Planet Earth, it’s been 45 years. How much damage do you think has been done to our nation because millions of Christians were convinced that nothing could be done to change things because they were convinced they were living in the “last days”?
There have been wars, famines, plagues, earthquakes, signs in the heavens, and the rise of disparate religions like Islam since the beginning of time. Prophecy writers turn to Jesus’ predictions that He made on the Mount of Olives and miss the point that He was addressing the generation of His audience. That’s why he used the second personal plural: “When you see . . .” (Matt. 24:15; see vv. 4, 6, 20, 33: “when you see all these things”). That why Jesus said, “this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” “This generation” was their generation, not ours (Matt. 24:34).
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The "Titus Arch" in Rome that celebrates the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in AD 70 by Titus as Jesus prophesied on the Mount of Olives
The careful reader will note that Jesus does not say that there will be more wars, more earthquakes or bigger earthquakes. He states that there will be “wars and rumors of wars” and in various places “famines and earthquakes” (Matt. 24:6-7). Of course, anyone familiar with the history of the first century knows that there were wars and rumors of wars, famines, plagues, and earthquakes just like Jesus predicted. For example, the book of Acts tells us that there would be “a great famine all over the world” (Acts 11:28). This was not a prediction of an event that would take place 2000 years in the future, otherwise why would “the disciples determine “to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea” (11:28-29; see 12:25)?
Even the “gospel” being preached throughout the “whole world” -- to “all the nations” -- was fulfilled before that first-century generation passed away (Rom. 1:8; Col. 1:6, 23; Rom. 16:25-27; 1 Tim. 3:16). It’s important to note that the word often translated as “world” in Acts 11:28 and Matthew 24:14 is not the typical world for “world.” It’s oikoumenē and means “inhabited earth.” It’s the same word used in Luke 2:1: “Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth [oikoumenē].” Oikoumenē is also used in Acts 11:28. The famine was empire-wide, not global, in the same way that the tax was only empire wide.
Last Days Madness: Obsession of the Modern ChurchWhat Jesus was describing in Matthew 14, Mark 13, and Luke 21 was the end of the Old Covenant. The outward manifestation of that covenant, which was always designed to pass away (see the book of Hebrews), would become a reality when the temple, the priesthood, and animal sacrifices passed away. And as Jesus predicted, it all took place when the temple in Jerusalem was dismantled stone by stone in AD 70.
Those were the "last days" that Jesus and the NT writers were describing (e.g., Heb. 1:1-2; 1 Cor. 10:11; Heb. 9:26; 10:24-25; James 5:7-9; 1 Peter 1:20; 4:7).
In Matthew 24:3, Jesus was not predicting the “end of the physical world” (kosmos) but the “end of age” (aiōn), a period of time. We now live in the New Covenant with Jesus as our temple, prophet, priest, king, and ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
Why the End of the World is Not in Your FutureGreg Laurie is pushing a popular prophetic theory that what we are seeing in the Middle East is a fulfillment of the prophecy of Ezekiel found in chapters 37-39. This was an ancient battle fought with ancient weapons: horses, chariots, bows and arrows, swords, clubs, and shields. There is no mention of Iraq, Iran, Russia, or any other modern-day nation.
Yes, I know that prophecy writers have tried to claim that the Hebrew word rosh is a reference to Russia. This is nonsense. The Hebrew word rosh means “head” or “chief.” It’s used this way 600 times in the Bible. The correct translation is “chief prince” not “prince of Rosh” (Russia). For example, Charles Ryrie, editor of the Ryrie Study Bible comments on Ezekiel 38:2 where the Hebrew word rosh is found (also 38:3; 39:1). “The prince of Rosh” is better translated as “the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.”
Read the commentary of Ezekiel 38-39.
Jesus is the Messiah
One of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes points out, as only Lewis could, that Jesus was either the Messiah (and the Son of God) as prophesied in the ancient Jewish scriptures, or He was a liar, a lunatic, or, worse, the “Devil of Hell.”
Wrote Lewis: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Indeed, to my Jewish friends, I say this: We Christ followers love your Messiah. And make no mistake about it, Jesus is your Messiah. He is our Messiah. He is the Messiah. Messiah means savior, and Jesus is the Savior of all mankind.
To be sure, if both Christ’s words and the Holy Spirit-inspired teachings throughout both the Old and New Testaments are to be believed, and they are, then Christianity and Judaism are not competing religions at odds with one another. Rather, Christianity merely represents the final culmination of Judaism, and Christ’s promised incarnation, death and resurrection, the fulfillment of the long awaited Jewish Messiah prophesied throughout the Old Testament.
In his latest book, “The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament,” author and attorney David Limbaugh thoroughly unpacks this reality and “unlocks the mysteries of the Old Testament and reveals hints of Jesus Christ’s arrival through all thirty-nine Old Testament books.”
“The key to the secrets of the Old Testament, Limbaugh argues, is the crucial New Testament encounter between the risen Jesus and two travelers on the road to Emmaus,” notes the book’s description. “With that key, and with Limbaugh as a deft guide, readers of ‘The Emmaus Code’ will come to a startling new understanding of the Old Testament as a clear and powerful heralding of Jesus Christ’s arrival. Limbaugh takes readers on a revealing journey from Genesis through Malachi, demonstrating that a consistent message courses through every one of the Old Testament’s thirty-nine books: the power, wonder, and everlasting love of Jesus Christ.”
Christian CrossThe “Emmaus Code” is a project that God long-ago placed on Limbaugh’s heart. “Jesus is prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfills those prophecies in the New Testament,” he writes. “For years, I have wanted to write a book to share my enthusiasm for the Old Testament and explain how it is foundational to the New Testament as the first act of a two-act play. I have wanted to show the many ways Christ is foreshadowed in the Old Testament.
“My new book, ‘The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament,’ is the culmination of a project I began some 20 years ago. In the book, I try to demonstrate that the Christ-centeredness of the Old Testament is the key to understanding all of Scripture. The book is a primer on the Old Testament. I take you through each period of Old Testament history, introduce and discuss all the threads and themes pointing to Jesus in the Old Testament, and finally give you an overview of each book of the Old Testament and detail how each one prefigures Jesus Christ.
“My goal is to increase the reader’s appreciation for the Old Testament and for its Christ-centeredness, for once we have a better handle on the Old Testament and understand that Jesus is its focus, the Bible will come alive for us in ways we never anticipated and our faith will be strengthened and energized. That is certainly my experience, and I pray the same thing happens for you.”
Having just finished the book, I can say with enthusiastic certainty that Limbaugh accomplishes his goal. He demonstrates, like the trial lawyer proving his case beyond any reasonable doubt, that Jesus is not just hinted at in the Old Testament, but that His presence permeates the ancient Jewish texts. As John 1:1 reminds us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Christ is the Word and the Word is God.
The “Emmaus Code” will change your whole perspective on the Bible. The Old Testament will come to life for you and you will see clearly, perhaps for the first time, that its primary purpose was, and is, the foretelling of the coming of Christ Jesus.
When Jesus asked the apostle Peter, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God” (see Matthew 16:15-16).
“Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven’” (Matthew 16:17).
Christ points to Himself as the Old Testament Messiah.
David Limbaugh establishes, masterfully, the veracity of Christ’s claim.
The next of these and the seventh is Sowing Discord toward your brothers.
Brothers are created by God to live in unity (Psalm 133:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:9). Believers are brothers and sisters since they have one Father God and one Brother, Jesus Christ. The Church is also the Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25–27). In many situations strife among brothers and even within the church seems unavoidable, but anyone who purposely causes disruption to peace in the body of Christ will displease God above all, since that person gives room for others to sin and for himself to sin further (1 John 2:9–11; 4:19–21). Moreover, Jesus pronounced a great blessing on peacemakers, the privilege to be called “sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). Jesus was talking about living in Heaven unlike the sons of God and the daughters of men on Earth who were deceivers.
UnAmerican - Obama Administration has Ignored 32 Petitions from Gun Manufacturers!
On November 17, Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before the House Judiciary Committee and was questioned as to why neither the Department of Justice nor the unconstitutional Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) have failed to respond to at least 32 petitions, some of which are 4-years-old, to manufacturers petitioning exemptions for non-traditional ammunition that is to be used for "sporting purposes."
Oh, the irony that is involved in all of this is utterly amazing. Can you imagine the founding fathers having to petition the government to manufacture ammunition? Ammunition that is clearly protected under the Second Amendment that they wrote? I can't, especially for such a thing as "sporting purposes."
Anyway, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) confronted Lynch over the fact that even hunters in the area he represents are "being forced to use alternative non-lead ammunition because manufacturers can't make brass or steel core ammunition for a 30.06 or a .270 deer hunting rifle, unless they get a waver saying it's primarily intended for sporting purposes and that waiver has to come the Attorney General."
Ratcliffe then referenced the 32 petitions that are over 4 years old that have never been responded to. He then asked why they have not been responded to and when can those companies expect a response.
Lynch "thanked" the Congressman for raising the question, but wasn't aware of those petitions.
Obviously, she wasn't aware. She wasn't Attorney General at the time.
Lynch did say that she would look into it and provide an answer.
The Congressman apparently forgot that she was not Attorney General until recently and asked if she had discussed it with anyone.
He continued to press Lynch about the US code that places that responsibility upon the Attorney General and Lynch acknowledged that is part of her responsibilities.
Loretta LynchNow, I'm not fan of Lynch. She is a constitution violator who should never have been confirmed as AG. She should have been impeached in her prior office for the multitude of constitutional violations involving stealing people's properties in clear violation of the Fifth Amendment. However, with that said, I'm not expecting her to actually give a real response to the questions asked of her. I'm expecting she will continue on a path like her previous predecessor and criminal AG Eric Holder.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, who posted the video, added to their video description:
Under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), most ammunition made with alternative material is illegal to import, manufacture and sell unless ATF, which reports to Lynch, determines it is "primarily intended to be used for a sporting purpose." Manufacturers have been working to develop and market new hunting ammunition comprised of an array of metals that encounter the composition test and therefore subject to an ATF ruling. ATF's refusal to apply the sporting purposes test for this ammunition is causing uncertainty as companies cannot determine whether to invest in the research and development needed to foster advancements in high performance, cost-effective ammunition.
In response, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) has introduced H.R. 3802, the Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act of 2015 that would require ATF to respond within 60 days to a petition, and if the petition is not granted, provide in writing detailed reasons for the disapproval. If the ATF does not act with 60 days, the ammunition would be granted an exemption from classification as armor piercing. Write your U.S. representative (https://www.nssf.org/GovRel/takeActio...). Ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 3802, the Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act of 2015.
The more specific thing that should be done is to seek the elimination of the unconstitutional ATF. Since the Second Amendment does not provide for any restricting or regulating of arms, it doesn't provide for the restricting and regulating of ammunition either. Since Congress can't write law regarding those things, which is why the keeping and bearing of arms is considered a right given by God, then the Executive Branch has no business attempting to enforce something that Congress has not been given authority to write law about.
Why do people continue to chop at branches when the root is right there? Why will they not challenge the constitutionality of any alleged authority or pretended legislation put forth by those in Washington, DC illegally usurp? Wouldn't that be a better means of dealing with the issue completely? This writer believes it would.
from Freedom Outpost
Dear Christians, can you believe what you are reading to be happening???
Can this possibly be true in America?
Obama’s military command will prevent delivery of Christmas cards being sent from families to their servicemen loved ones overseas spokesmen for The Pentagon said today. The White House claims that traditional Christmas greetings wish will upset Muslims in host countries and will have to be confiscated and returned to the sender.
Per executive order,all overseas military mail will be monitored for references to Christmas, Jesus Christ, or pork products which are known to offend Muslims.
An Army Veteran who reached out to Fox News said Pentagon leadership is “hypersensitive to anyone who says they feel like their rights are being violated.”
“It’s extremely frustrating,” the soldier said. “The U.S. Military is living in fear of radical Muslims.”
The soldier, who asked not to be identified because he feared being disciplined or assaulted my Muslims, said many people are furious over the censorship.
“If soldiers cannot speak the name of God, let alone Christ, what are we fighting for?” he asked. “I’ve towed the company line for years but this has pushed me too far to sit quietly while personal liberties are trampled upon.”
The soldier said in recent months they have been reminded that they cannot proselytize and they cannot share their faith say anything nice about Jesus or Christianity.
“We are strongly discouraged from having any kind of Christian items on our desks or in our offices,” he said
Texas-based Liberty Institute sent a demand letter to the White House, insisting they immediately drop this policy which allows a generic greeting but disallows references to Christmas, which is officially recognized as a national holiday under federal law.
Liberty Institute’s Director of Litigation, Hyman Stratcher, responded in a statement, “Obama is once again engaging in unlawful religious discrimination. It is shameful that the military continues to censor religious speech in Christmas cards while allowing atheists,gays, and satanists to send porn,drugs,electronic cigarettes,or any other ungodly thing they want.”
Imam Al-Suq Akweer of the Islamic Friendship Coalition applauded the move as a step in the right direction in the quest for improved Islamic relations.
"Disbelievers are trying to draw Muslims away from the straight path".he said,"Christmas Day and associated celebrations are among the ''falsehoods'' for a Muslim to avoid.A Muslim is neither allowed to celebrate the Christmas Day nor is he allowed to congratulate them.Americans on Muslim soil must learn to abide by our customs to ensure peaceful relations.
The ban will go into effect December 1st.Military personnel will be given handbooks to explain what can and cannot be sent from home.
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