Our Need of Faith

Jesus Himself said,  “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” It  seems that faith is going to be quite rare during the horrendous period of the Great Tribulation, the  years before Christ’s return.

Even today we are faced with serious challenges, and Bible students know of the growing dangers which lie ahead for the nations of ‘Jacob’,  the US and UK in particular.

The Corona virus has brought this home to many – hence the Google report of a huge increase in the number of searches about prayer, and yet, what we have seen so far is only  the “beginning of sorrows”, Matthew 24:8.

But, at the same time, very few, even of those called and chosen by God, really understand what God has prophesied, because they have been content to rely upon their church traditions, traditions which do not match God’s word, eg. Revelation 14.

Their faith is built on the sands of deception rather than the bedrock of God’s words, and so they are not even aware  of God’s instructions for us as the End-Time approaches. It is as though  they are blind to God’s plain commands, as their church leaders have been blinded by God because of their lack of diligence,  lack of looking directly to the Bible. Isaiah 56:10, ‘For the leaders of my people— the LORD’s watchmen, his shepherds— are blind and ignorant. They are like silent watchdogs that give no warning when danger comes. They love to lie around, sleeping and dreaming.’

God sees this lack of Faith amongst his people and so He blinds them to His words so that they are not guilty of disobedience to those End-Time Commands, but the result will still be what we read of in Revelation 7; those who experience the Great Tribulation! Revelation 7:14, ‘ I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’

It says ‘coming out of ‘ but some translations have it, “died in the Great Tribulation’ because the Greek word for ‘tribulation’ implies ‘no way of escape’. That is why we should take advantage of Mark 11:24.  ‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.’ 

Ask God for His Faith, Faith to do His will, for when God sees that we will do as He commands, He will open our eyes to His words which deliver His End-Time Commands, so that His will will be carried out! However, sadly, scripture indicates most will leave it too late and will miss  the First Resurrection!

Undermining the Value of Life

Black lives matter, and so do yellow lives and white lives too, though I saw one poster suggesting the above, torn from the hands of one young man by an angry mob of ‘racist ‘ protesters. Therein lies  the problem with protests  like that. It has lost  its connection with that which provided  the West with its basic universal human rights, its marvellous freedoms and its obligations, which , at the moment we enjoy.

Instead, it has diverted from its just and positive origins to a negative  ideology which lifts one race above others, or natural sexual orientations, or gender, into political issues organised by those who “mistake the strength of their feelings for the strength of their argument”, as William Gladstone said, 200 years ago.

The result is that such protesters  take their angst out against long dead members of society, famous or infamous, by destroying their statues as though this will somehow re-write history, and right the wrongs of previous generations. We often see how easily these protesters are led into violence against police and property by anarchists and extremist idologues, to the extent that we have seen cities in the US set on fire.

The fact that the protesters will not accept is that  there never were any perfect people, any more than there are today, and we cannot judge our forebears by the standards of today,  which did not exist 100, 200, or thousands of years ago. They have to be viewed in the context of their time, and we must not be taken in by politicians who jump on the popularity bandwagon and give in to those who would remove all traces of our forebears’ mistakes from our streets, apologise for their mistakes in parliament,  or attempt to right their wrongs by elevating one race or group above the rest of us, which would be the exact opposite of democracy.

Such foolishness would leave us without the opportunity to acknowledge their errors and learn from them, as well as the achievements of great men such as Captain Cook, Sir Francis Drake,  Horatio Nelson, or Sir Winston Churchill, none of whom were perfect. We would be the poorer and more ignorant for their absence.

Who amongst these protesters  can claim one fraction of the contribution  these men made to the freedoms and privileges they enjoy as members of Western Civilisation?    Not a one!

So we should recognise that what we in the West so enjoy , which makes our nations the envy of the world, are the freedoms, dignity and values placed upon human life here, not by accident , but by Genesis 1:26, ‘Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us…”‘ That statement gave equal value to all human life and is the origin of true human rights based upon the Laws our Creator provided, Laws which  are today under attack as never before, though they are all that stand between us and the total destruction of Western Christian civilisation.

Ironically, it will be through the undermining  of those laws by the political correctness  of the identity politics these protesters espouse, that will bring about the fall of the US, UK and its ex- colonies, and the decimation  of their people by those with a total disregard  for the Bible’s teaching of the value of each human life. Isaiah 6:11-13,  ‘And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed [ the godly remnant] will be the stump in the land.” NIV.

This awful news, clearly spelt out in prophecy, is given to us for just one purpose. To help bring as many of us as possible through the Tribulation ahead through our repentance, that we should turn from our sin, and begin to keep God’s Commandments.

Only then will we experience the peace,  prosperity and happiness in the Kingdom of God, in a world put to rights, under the rule and example of Jesus Christ.

Why US Troubles?

We have all seen the troubles in the US and the protests about black lives have echoed around the world, but what is the cause, and the solution?

One of the common placards seen, reads, “No justice, No peace, and that goes some way towards the answer, but then,  why no justice?

Well, there is no denying  that the US has a proportion of police that break the law, as we saw in the murder  of George Floyd, that completely undermines justice. All law authorities must be lawful themselves, but that also apples to the public – we must ALL keep the law – witness the looting, burning and violence.

Why is this?  Because there is no longer Right and Wrong –  It’s all become blurred and a matter of opinion and situation – if no-one is looking, and we feel we can get away with it, why not?

The real reason is because we have rejected God, and with no God  there are no Ten Commandments, no right and wrong. Once that is so, little children cannot be expected to learn right from wrong, and soon parents cannot discipline their offspring. Proverbs 19: 18 “Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives.” NLT.  Laws are even made that make spanking  illegal. Children turn feral without firm  handling, and when they go to school, some may never have encountered any authority.

It only takes one or two such children in a class and the teacher struggles to control and educate, and I speak as an ex Head Teacher. Standards fall, and some rebellious children fail to read or write properly.  They are unable to find work, and drink, drugs  and crime are often the result. When they leave school they still have no respect for anyone, and when the police expect to administer the law, they hate its imposition, especially when the police have double standards themselves.  And so we see the predictable results on TV.

God is  allowing  us  to learn the hard way. It is called ‘tough  love’ and it seems to be the only way we learn these days! Indeed we are so slow to learn that the Bible prophesies  that it will bring the US down, closely followed by the UK, and then the world !

Earlier generations escaped this because thy still retained some respect for God , and His Laws. This generation alone is refusing to learn, and so will pay an awesome penalty, until Jesus Christ steps in to save humanity. Matthew 24:22 “In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.” NLT.  Then will a remnant learn the way to justice and peace, and the prosperity and happiness that comes with Law, under the government of Jesus Christ.