IS THIS THE END?

Is this the end? Sure looks like it.  The most rain in American history fell on Houston.  The most intense hurricane ever recorded barreled into Florida—another one is right behind.  The strongest earthquake in a hundred years jolted Mexico—all this in the last few weeks.

Equally terrifying, is the barrage of “prophecies” assaulting the church.  Christians are navigating a minefield of conflicting messages.  I see twin dangers: those who are horror-struck, and those who have become complacent.

There are those who have panicked, and are selling, hoarding and escaping to secret cabins.  Then, there are those who are dulled by a constant stream of false alarms who do nothing to prepare for the days ahead.

Separating fact from fiction is the duty of every disciple of Jesus.

  1. Fact: Global warming has not been proven by science. It is irresponsible to say we have entered a cataclysmic weather cycle. Did you know the middle ages were warmer than today? We don’t hear that because scientists are intimidated to suppress facts that contradict the warming agenda.  Weather has been like this before. It has been even worse.

Scaring people makes money, and is a great way to control nations.  Some of the most outspoken warmers are jaw-dropping hypocrites.  Al Gore owns an energy guzzling house, flits around in SUVs and exhaust spewing jets, enlarging his carbon footprint, while he orders you to sacrifice.

Yes, the weather is crazy.  I am broken hearted over what people are suffering.  But to say that weather is about to destroy the earth—when you have no proof—adds to the fear and suffering.

  1. Fact: Any preacher who sets a date for the end of the world is in error. Jesus said, “Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Period.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some sincere good men who are teaching about September 23rd but still, it’s unscriptural to set a date.

On the other hand, there are misguided preachers who use fear to sell books and as click bait for videos. But let me issue a challenge to you prophets of doom: I want to win souls, so give me your buildings, television equipment, and all of your assets.  If you are right, and the world ends on that day what good will they be to you?

I promise you folks, not one—not even the most avid doomsday prophet—will hand over their wealth.  Hmmm.

  1. Fact: God is judging America. It’s just not the way you think. Climate fury is not judgment on America. But there is a judgment going on…and it’s terrible.  Worse than hurricanes.

If a man defiantly leaps to his death from a tall building thinking he’s Superman—it’s not God judging him, it’s gravity.  America is feeling the consequences of her sin.

Jesus did warn us of global warming so much as the disaster of moral cooling:  Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  When love grows cold, a society becomes miserable.  That misery is the judgement.

Our payment for our sins began in earnest in the 1960’s.  When we banned prayer and legalized abortion, our march toward misery began.

Forget hurricanes, we have reaped the whirlwind of wickedness.  It is demonstrated in pandemic addiction, mental illness, racism, and suicide.

Paul nailed it.  He did not say climate would make the end times dangerous—he said it would be man’s moral condition.  2 Timothy 3: 2 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.   Note the phrase: For men will be.

America is experiencing the storm surge of sin.

-When a people rebel against God they heap to themselves wicked leaders—leaders who lead them to moral destruction.  For years America has been led by God-hating politicians, vile celebrities, atheistic educators, and demented pop artists.

-Humanism and secular progressivism replaced God in American society turning us into a nation of misery.  Anne Graham said, “We told God to get out—get out of our laws, our government, education, entertainment and even our churches—and like a gentleman, He did.”

All of the places God used to inhabit in our culture became vacant shells—toxic waste dumps.  We lost our power to resist addiction, rage, and every natural emotion.  We became instantly offended by stupid things.

Now we are seeing the final judgment on a culture: Total division—which left unchecked, leads to civil war.

You want the real signs of disaster?  Don’t look to blood moons but the rivers of blood on the streets of Chicago—there’s your sign.  Look at what today’s comedians think is funny—there’s your sign.   Look at the grisly and unspeakable crimes in the headlines —there’s your sign.  Look into the eyes of our children, see the despair and fear of the future—there’s your sign.

Forget hurricanes!  We have reaped the whirlwind of wickedness!

One real part of God’s judgement on America is false preachers.  2 Timothy 4:

“3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

The Word of God says end time perversion includes a change in Christians.  Their appetite would change.  They would despise sound teaching in favor of soothing lies that permit them to be immoral.  Such teaching is designed by Satan to seduce, weaken and deceive so that God’s own people would be caught in a trap. It worked.

Repentance is the 2,000-pound elephant in the room.  We talk around it.  We make fun of it.  We are distracted by voices that tantalize us with God’s goodies.  How does telling people they need not repent give them hope? Even when we finally think apocalyptically, it’s not our sin we look at, it’s monster movie signs in the sky.  God help us to confess our sin so we can truly discern the times.

Is this the end of the world…well, I have plans for September 24th–not cancelling them.  Is this the end of the world? It is, not because of weather but because we did not repent.

WHY DOESN’T GOD DO SOMETHING

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WHY DOESN’T GOD DO SOMETHING?

By Mario Murillo

The world is falling apart—why doesn’t God do something?  We hear that a lot.  But what if—in this dark and evil time—God is doing a lot more than we could imagine?  What if He has planted miracles all over the world?  What if solutions, strategies, inventions and talent are trapped inside of people because they are waiting?

Zacharias, John the Baptist’s dad yearned for the Messiah to come.  Yet, when the miracle arrived—he choked.   The Bible says, “And Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.’ And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”-Luke 1:18-20.

He was waiting for the consolation of Israel but when it came—he wanted to keep waiting!  Gabriel took away Zacharias’ voice to jolt him into action.  I want to jolt you into action! Almost every hero in the Old Testament began by believing they were the wrong person, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

So now, I am asking you “WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?”  Let’s kill the excuses that trap miracles inside of us.  Let your soul be overtaken by these three convictions: 

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1. You—not someone else! 1 Samuel 14: 6 says, “Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”

Jonathan had every right to cave into self-pity.  His father—King Saul, was a runaway train that had driven Israel into unavoidable disaster.  One million Philistines are marching toward them with murder in their eyes.  Jonathan’s world was at an end.

Something supernatural grew in his heart: a confidence that betrayed his circumstances…a boldness that could not be explained.  He knew that he was the man to do the job from the simple fact that there was no one else available.

It’s you—not someone else!  Do you believe you can’t do it?  Good!  Henry T. Blackaby said, “Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes–all the time! It must be that way, for God’s glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world.”

Take inventory of yourself.  When you do, the news may not be encouraging.  Maybe you are sickly, old, poor, uneducated and alone.  Maybe you have failed and bear a stain on your reputation.  Are you done with your list?  Good, now burn it!  Offer up all of these limitations as a flaming sacrifice to the one who does not call the qualified but qualifies the called.

God puts His spirit on broken people who dwell in the obscurity of despised circumstances.  He raises vessels out of the dust of despair.   1 Samuel 10: 6, 7 says, “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.”  It’s you—not someone else.HERE copy

2.Here—not somewhere else! Now, more than ever, Americans feel trapped in dead jobs, bad neighborhoods, and abusive relationships. Millions live wishing they were someplace else.

Breathes there a young person who has not lamented—if only they could get away from their parents—they could do something great?   Hasn’t every pastor fantasized how in another church their unsung greatness would blossom?

Elijah was a mighty prophet.  King Ahab was a hen-pecked scoundrel.  At no time were their opposite natures clearer than in their reaction to drought.  Elijah was on his way to pray for rain.  Ahab was looking for grass.  One saw hope in God.  The other put their trust in a place.   1 Kings 18: 5 “And Ahab had said to Obadiah, ‘Go into the land to all the springs of water and to all the brooks; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, so that we will not have to kill any livestock.”

You are either looking for grass or you are praying for rain.  You are looking for grass when you race to a city that is having great meetings because you cannot believe for revival right where you are.  You are looking for grass when you scout out the land for a hook up or a connection or the better deal.  You have given up on God’s power to do something right where you are.

What is in your house?  Who could write a more compelling story than the one about the widow whose godly husband died—she is cheated out of her inheritance and now her sons are being sold into slavery?  She falls before the prophet begging for a miracle.  He says that last thing she expected to hear: “what is in your house?”

What is in my house?  Despair, futility and humiliation are in my house. How could there be anything in there?  There is absolutely nothing in there.  That is why I am here begging you for help!

Then she remembered that she had one jar of oil.  Now she could receive the word of the Lord: “2 Kings 4: 3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. 6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

What are you waiting for?  All of the seeds of greatness are in your present circumstances.

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3. Now—not someday! Here is a conversation that has never happened: God says, here’s what I want you to do.  Let me know a good time to start.”  Jesus said, “But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62.

Psalm 39 is a gut-wrenching psalm.  It seems to focus on the danger of wasting a life.  After some agonizing experiences the writer comes to a magnificent realization in verse 7: “What do I wait for?  My hope is in God.”  What would happen if you became utterly convinced that the inner miracle that God has stored in you needs to come out no matter what?  What if you completely believed that it is you, not someone else—it is here not somewhere else—it is now and not someday?

The question is not “why doesn’t God do something.”  The question is “WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?”

I think that Henry T. Blackaby answered that best: “If Christians around the world were to suddenly renounce their personal agendas, their life goals and their aspirations, and begin responding in radical obedience to everything God showed them. The world would be turned upside down. How do we know? Because that’s what first century Christians did, and the world is still talking about it.”