Our Hope Is in the Age to Come

Lift up your eyes to the sky,
Then look to the earth beneath;
For the sky will vanish like smoke,
And the earth will wear out like a garment
And its inhabitants will die in like manner;
But My salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness will not wane.
– Isaiah 51:6, NASB

Our hope is in the age to come.

We were born into this world and it is all we have known, so it is natural to think this is all there is. The temptation is to think that if we are going to have a good life and a future, we must build it here and now in this present reality. 

For this world in its current form is passing away.” – 1 Corinthians 7:31, Holman CSB

However, by faith in the word of God we lay hold of the truth: This world in its current form is passing away. This is not our home. This life is a testing ground where are our eternal destinies are decided. Did we repent of evil and believe in Jesus Christ to have eternal life with him? Or did we go along with the world and follow Satan into the lake of fire? Not only is our eternal position determined here, but our eternal rewards as well. God generously rewards faithful service. Jesus said to store up treasures in heaven where they endure forever, not on earth where everything will perish. That means He wants us to invest our talents and resources into doing good and advancing the Kingdom of Heaven, not building our own fiefdoms destined to perish quickly.

When I say quickly, I mean quickly! The Holy Spirit has revealed that we are approaching the end of this age. Judgments are coming on the world. The Four Horsemen of Revelation are riding. The battle of Gog and Magog and the destruction of Mystery Babylon is coming too, as well as the New World Order beast kingdom. This generation is going to see it all.

It is critical to build our faith in God and prepare to deal with suffering, persecution, calamity and loss. We must detach from this world in its present form and put our hope in the age to come. Jesus said in this world we will have tribulation. It’s not going to be fun retirements with generous pensions and Caribbean cruises. The prosperity preachers’ promise of “our best life now” is causing people to put their hope in this world and leading them astray – exactly what Satan wants. Shepherds need to tell their sheep the truth of what is coming from the pulpit, otherwise people may lose their faith in the fiery trials ahead.

So where is our hope? Our hope is in the age to come. Our hope is that Jesus is coming back to defeat Satan and his minions and bring peace and renewal to earth for a magnificent thousand-year reign. Beyond that even greater things are coming – a new heaven and a new earth! It’s all good if we are in Christ.

How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace

And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices,
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see with their own eyes
When the Lord restores Zion.

Break forth, shout joyfully together,
You waste places of Jerusalem;
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has bared His holy arm
In the sight of all the nations,
That all the ends of the earth may see
The salvation of our God.

Depart, depart, go out from there,
Touch nothing unclean;
Go out of the midst of her, purify yourselves,
You who carry the vessels of the Lord.

But you will not go out in haste,
Nor will you go as fugitives;
For the Lord will go before you,
And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

 – Isaiah 52:7-12

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Money Ministers and For-Profit Prophets Leading the Sheep Astray

I’m just an obscure person with a blog that Google has shadowbanned for nearly two years, so few people find it through Internet search engines. [This WordPress mirror is an attempt to get around that.] Readers have to be referred directly. Yet the blog receives a regular stream of visitors, so I am thankful for that.

Still, I cannot compete with the celebrity Christian ministers and personalities who have big voices and numerous followers and fans. More and more, I hear these big names hail President Trump as some kind of King Cyrus who is anointed by God to restore America and make it great again. It makes me sad and sick because I see something very different. I see these Christian celebrities using their influence to lead people leading people into deception and judgment. All I can do is my small part to push back against it.

The Trump Deception

To anyone who will listen: Please don’t fall for the Trump deception. This is a big one, a doozy. It’s part of the end-times “powerful delusion” that God is sending to determine who will be judged:

because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, in order that judgment will come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12, Berean Study Bible

Why? Because the promise of Trump, and what Trump embodies personally, is a lie from Satan himself: You can have blessing, prosperity and greatness – without repentance and without walking in God’s righteous ways. Sadly, America as a nation and its lukewarm churches DO NOT walk in God’s ways.

As for Trump personally, he explicitly said he never asks God for forgiveness. This is a man who does things his way, the world’s way:

Trump has always been a man of the elite and used to be a liberal Democrat, until he repositioned himself as a conservative nationalist to run for president as a Republican.

From Getty Images

But it’s actually much worse than that. Circumstantial evidence is overwhelming that Trump is a high-level freemason, which means he participates in Luciferian secret societies. Nathan Leal has done an excellent job exposing this – check out The Trump Chronicles – Part Five – Trump Tower & the Invocation. In other words, Trump invokes pagan occult rites that originate from ancient Babylon and Egypt. This is the source of his worldly success. He is backed by the Luciferian brotherhood and by principalities of darkness in the heavenly realms.

This also means Trump is a member of the New World Order elite, the group of people Satan is using to establish his beast kingdom on earth, as depicted in the Book of Revelation. Jacob van Dyke presents evidence that the NWO elite have been planning a Trump presidency for a LONG TIME:

So Trump is playing his part in the take-down of America. As I explained in Civil War Foreboding and President Trump’s Fascism Is Starting to Show, his role is to stir up a spirit of conflict in America that will divide the country and provoke a form of civil war/conflict. I believe Trump is publicly identifying with Christians and the right, so that when everything implodes on his watch, Christians will be blamed and the floodgates of persecution will be opened.

Diabolically brilliant, isn’t it?

Shannon Johnson “Boldsojah4Christ” portrays it all very well in this truly inspired rap song:

America’s Fat Shepherds

Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock.'”‘” – Ezekiel 34:1-3

Why are so many of America’s celebrity ministers and big-name Christian personalities leading people astray? First of all, be immediately suspicious of anything popular. The Scriptures say Satan is the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4) and the whole world lies in his power (1 John 5:19). So, it is a red flag whenever the world runs after something en masse like Trump. The way of righteousness is not popular. Jesus put it this way:

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

Among the Christian ministers who are speaking against the Trump deception – Nathan Leal, Shannon Johnson, Jonathan Kleck, Mena Lee Grebin, Kerry-Ann Gidden – I see a couple common characteristics. First, they are not popular. They are known but not popular and broadly praised like the big-name celebrities. Narrow is the way that leads to life.

Second, they do not sell their instruction in the word of God and prophecies for money.  In contrast, the celebrity ministers are always selling books, DVDs, conferences, etc. for MONEY MONEY MONEY. This is a sin so commonly practiced in the American church that few even consider it wrong. But the word of God says it is. It also carries specific consequences:

Her leaders issue rulings for a bribe,
her priests teach for payment,
and her prophets practice divination for money.
Yet they lean on the Lord, saying, 

‘Isn’t the Lord among us?
No disaster will overtake us.’

Therefore, because of you,
Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become ruins,
and the hill of the temple mount
will be a thicket.
– Micah 3:11-12, Holman Christian Standard Bible

Jesus Christ paid the price in full for our salvation. Salvation is a free gift. Therefore, it is an abomination to when ministers sell the message of salvation and the word of God for money, as if the ministry of the gospel is a corporate enterprise.

When ministers instruct for money and give prophecies for payment, as a consequence they will start to speak ear-tickling delusions in the name of the Lord. “Isn’t the Lord among us? No disaster will overtake us.” When in fact the opposite is true: God’s judgment is upon the land and destruction is coming, in part BECAUSE OF the corruption of its ministers and how they are leading people astray. “Therefore, because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become ruins.”

This is definitely true in America. Celebrity ministers are telling people how Trump will make America great again, because they have been given over to delusion.

I am not saying it’s wrong for ministers to accept donations or a church to hire a pastor and pay him a salary. But it is wrong to sell books and videos unless they are also made freely available online. It is wrong to charge at the door for conferences and speaking engagements. Again, donations are fine, but entrance fees are not.

So be careful who you listen to. Money ministers and for-profit prophets will lead you astray. Their judgment is coming:

‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them cease from feeding sheep. So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.”‘” – Ezekiel 34:10

The Great Rescue Is Coming – Let Us Persevere to the End!


Because you did obey my message about persevering, I will keep you from the time of trial coming upon the whole world to put the people living on earth to the test.” – Revelation 3:10, Complete Jewish Bible

During a prayer time recently I asked the Lord what I should do. It was not about a particular situation, but a general prayer for guidance in life. I was expecting the answer might be an assignment or mission, but what He spoke I did not expect. He impressed on me that the most important thing I can do is lead my family out of here before the Great Tribulation.

Wow.

This blog is all about the reality that we are nearing the end of this age and Jesus is coming soon. That’s good news! The bad new is the Great Tribulation is coming too, when the Antichrist will rise to a position of global leadership and all hell will break out on earth.

The Great Tribulation – A Time of Unparalleled Distress

The Great Tribulation is the final threeand-ahalf years of this age before Jesus Christ returns to lead the armies of heaven, take back the earth and establish his throne in Jerusalem for a 1,000-year reign. During the final years of this age we will see the culmination of everything Satan and his fallen angels have been working on and organizing since Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden. It is Satan’s final thrust to enslave and destroy humanity and rule the earth. It is also the agenda of the New World Order elite. Much of the book of Revelation describes this period.

And they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?’ There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him… It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.” – Revelation 13:4-5, NASB

How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.” – Daniel 12:6-7, NASB

Forty-two months and “time, times, and half a time” are expressions for 3.5 years. The authority of the Antichrist and Satan’s beast kingdom will extend over the whole world. It will be a time of unbelievable cataclysm and persecution. The Scriptures say believers in Christ will be “shattered” and “overcome.” 

If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he goes! If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he is to be killed!” – Revelation 13:10, Complete Jewish Bible

And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” – Revelation 20:4, NASB

Furthermore, Jesus said the Great Tribulation would be like no other time in history:

For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” – Matthew 24:21-22, NASB

I don’t want my family to be here for the Great Tribulation. I don’t think anyone who understood what will be would want to be here either. Thankfully, blessedly, there is a means of escape for those who attain it. I am aware this topic is controversial, but I believe the Scriptures tell us both when it will happen and how we can escape. Please consider and read on.

The Great Rescue

I used to call this event the rapture, as many do, but I avoid that term now because it is loaded with so many preconceived notions, strong feelings and disagreements. Some accurately point out that the word “rapture” does not appear in the Scriptures, which is another reason not to use it.

However, these phrases ARE in the Bible: “rescue,” “escape” and “keep you from the time of trial coming upon the whole world.”So now I call this event the Great Rescue, which Daniel referred to in his end-times prophecies:

And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.” – Daniel 12:1

The reference to the “time of distressis the same as the Great Tribulation. Then, AT THAT TIME, everyone who is found written in the book will be rescued.

Jesus’ message to the church of Philadelphia in Revelation also mentions this rescue:

Because you did obey my message about persevering, I will keep you from the time of trial coming upon the whole world to put the people living on earth to the test.” – Revelation 3:10, Complete Jewish Bible

The “time of trial” coming on the whole world, at least for our generation, is the Great Tribulation. Jesus is offering to deliver from this trial anyone who obeys his message of perseverance. As He said in Matthew, this means a perseverance to the end:

But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 24:23, Berean Study Bible

In Luke 21, after talking to his disciples about end-times events, Jesus added:

Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:34-36

Jesus warned about having hearts distracted by sin and worry and worldly pleasures, because this can cause us to fall into a trap – the trap, I believe, of missing the Great Rescue and being stuck on earth during the Great Tribulation. He is referring to the events that will play out on the whole earth, just like in Revelation 3. We must stay alert (spiritually awake and in communion with God) and pray we have strength to escape all these things – in other words, to persevere. More on what this means later.

Revelation 12 contains another reference to the Great Rescue. After Satan (the dragon) and his angels are thrown to earth in Revelation, they will persecute the saints (the woman)

And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.” – Revelation 12:13-14

After a short while, the persecuted saints will be delivered from the presence of the serpent. Here again is the Great Rescue! Notice how long the saints will be hidden away – “time and times and half a time,” or 3.5 years, the full length of the Great Tribulation. Since Satan will inhabit the earth at that time, the place of deliverance must be somewhere other than earth. Heaven?

By the way, the reference to wings of an eagle and the wilderness are an allusion to how God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt and brought them to his presence on Mt. Sinai:

Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.”‘” – Exodus 19:3-4

In fact, the Exodus from Egypt, moving through the wilderness and finally entering the Promise Land are an amazing prophetic parallel to endtimes events. God works history in repeating patterns. The plagues on Egypt represent the coming judgments on the world. The miraculous rescue by parting the Red Sea represents the Great Rescue in the end times. For more details about this prophetic parallel, see What Comes Next for Us? The Exodus out of Egypt.

Isaiah 26 also has a reference to the Great Rescue. See Isaiah 26 – The Rapture and the Day of the Lord

Expect Tribulation and Persecution

Though I believe the Great Rescue is biblically sound, the doctrine of pre-tribulation rapture is not. We should all expect persecution and tribulation. Not only as a constant in history, but especially during the run-up to the Great Tribulation, also known as the birth pangs. I believe we are in the birth pangs right now and serious persecution has already begun. Look at what is happening to Christians in the Middle East and North Africa and China. These things are coming to the Western world too.

Please don’t let your guard down and think you won’t have to face tribulations and persecution. Pre-tribulation rapture is a siren song that lulls Christians to sleep and makes them unprepared for the coming trials. Those who embrace it are apt to lose their hope and faith when things aren’t as easy and pain-free as they were told. For more on this, see Living in the Time of the Antichrist – The Message of Daniel 11:32-35

If the Great Rescue is not a pre-trib view, then what is it? I would call it pre-wrath, because the wrath of God is poured out on earth during the Great Tribulation:

Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God.” – Revelation 14:18-19

The Great Rescue Timing

Next I‘ll make the case that the Scriptures place the Great Rescue at the midpoint of the final seven-year period of this age and at the start of the Great Tribulation. But I have to tell you, these things are not obvious to see. They are in fact concealed by design:

But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” – Daniel 12:5

Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time.” – Daniel 12:9

Daniel 9:27 is a key verse that places the Great Rescue at the start of the Great Tribulation. This verse is analyzed in depth in the post Revival, Rapture, Zombie Apocalypse and Return of the King – The Message of Daniel 9:27. There I also explain why I believe the best translation to use for this verse is the Septuagint:

And one week shall establish the covenant with many: and in the midst of the week my sacrifice and drink-offering shall be taken away: and on the temple shall be the abomination of desolations; and at the end of time an end shall be put to the desolation.” – Daniel 9:27, Brenton Septuagint Translation

In the age before the coming of the Messiah, the regular sacrifice was a twice-daily offering presented to the Lord in the temple. It honored and symbolized God’s continual presence, communion and blessing among the people of Israel. 

In 169 B.C., Antiochus Epiphanes conquered Jerusalem, massacred many Jews and plundered the temple. The following year he set up an altar to the pagan god Zeus in the temple. Zeus represented the chief god of the pagan pantheon, the sun-god. From a Hebrew perspective, Zeus represented the head fallen angel leading mankind astray, known as Lucifer or Satan. In other words, this was an altar to Satan in the temple of the Lord, fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel chapter 11:

Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.” – Daniel 11:31, NASB

Plundering the temple did away with the regular sacrifice and setting up the altar to Zeus was the abomination of desolation.

NOTE: Prophecies in the Bible often have multiple fulfillments, and biblical events often prefigure events that will occur in the future. As Mark Twain said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” For example, Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Isaac prefigured God’s sacrifice of his Son Jesus. Abraham bound Isaac on Mount Moriah, the place where Solomon’s temple eventually was built, and in the city of Jerusalem where Jesus would ultimately be sacrificed. It doesn’t repeat precisely, but it rhymes. Another example is the Passover lamb that the Israelites were commanded to sacrifice and apply its blood to their door lintels to ward away the angel of death during the plagues of Egypt. The ultimate Lamb of God whose blood overcomes death is Jesus.

Antiochus Epiphanes prefigures the man of lawlessness or Antichrist that will appear in the end times according the books of Daniel, Revelation and II Thessalonians.

What does the temple of the Lord prefigure? In the age before the coming of the Messiah, the temple was a building in Jerusalem dedicated to the worship of God and holding his Presence. The moment Jesus died on the cross, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom and the earth shook. This event signified God’s Presence and power would no longer dwell in a temple in Jerusalem. Instead, God’s Spirit and Presence would dwell in our bodiesleading, empowering and teaching us.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19

At Pentecost this was fulfilled dramatically and continues to present. In the end times, the era between the first and second comings of Christ, the temple is the human body. 

So, what does the regular sacrifice prefigure? The New Testament gives us clues:

You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 2:5, NASB

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” – Romans 12:1, NASB

Do you see it? WE ARE THE REGULAR SACRIFICE! We who believe in Christ and are born of the Spirit are the daily sacrifice in the temple of our bodies, as we act on obedience to the Lord.

Therefore, what is the removal or taking away of the regular sacrifice? This is the Great Rescue, as foretold by Daniel :

Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, WILL BE RESCUED.” – Daniel 12:1, NASB

Back to Daniel 9:27: And in the midst of the week my sacrifice and drink-offering shall be taken away.” The middle of the week (a 7-year period) places the Great Rescue  halfway through the 7 years, or at the start of the final 3.5-year Great Tribulation.

Isaiah 26 also places the Great Rescue before the Great Tribulation.

Furthermore, Revelation 18-19 suggest that the Great Rescue will happen sometime during the period of judgment on Mystery Babylon (America), and probably just before its final destruction by fire. For an explanation, see The Rapture Will Happen During the Period of Judgment on America.

Be a Wise Virgin

Back to the question of who is rescued. Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins addresses this directly:

Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.” – Matthew 25:1-13

Please note that all ten are virgins. Could we imply all ten have been made clean? All had lamps and oil. All wanted to meet the bridegroom. I think we are looking at a group of ten Christians, not unbelievers. Jesus is the Bridegroom, as implied in Revelation 19 and the Song of Solomon.

The only difference between the wise and the foolish virgins was that the wise ones brought extra oil. The lamps of the foolish went out before the bridegroom arrived, since he arrived later than anticipated.

The wise were welcomed to the wedding feasta wonderful and joyful celebration! But the foolish were shut out. In the end, the bridegroom said to the foolish, “I do not know you.”

What can we say about this? It appears the foolish virgins did not persevere to the end. They let worldly pleasures, worries (fears), sins and deceptions crowd out their relationship with Jesus Christ. Therefore, they were not received.

What does it mean to have a relationship with Jesus Christ? Jesus puts it simply here: 

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. – John 10:27, NASB

A relationship means we hear his voice and do what He says. Therefore Jesus says, “I know them.” In other words, we spend time reading and taking in the word of God and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts. Then we walk it out in our lives. The Apostle Paul stated it this way:

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:12-13

This does not mean we are saved by works, for we are saved by God’s grace through faith. It is the blood of Jesus Christ that covers our sins and makes is right with God. However, churches and ministries do a disservice when they portray salvation as a one-time event: Just pray this prayer! Salvation begins when we believe in Jesus Christ and are born again, but it does not stop there. Salvation is the whole process of being sanctified, walking with God, REPENTING, learning to do right and not wrong, cleaning up the bride and making her ready for the Bridegroom. Someday we will even be perfected in Christ!

By the way, attending church, participating in religious activities, reading Christian books, etc. is not the same as having a relationship with Jesus Christ. With the state of the American church as lukewarm and deluded as it is, doing those things can even be a hindrance. Many people are deceived into thinking they are walking with God when they are not, simply because they perform religious activities. You can’t go wrong if you stick to the basics: Faith, Bible, Holy Spirit, obedience. 

The Great Rescue is a reward for faithful Christians who persevere to the end. God is a jealous God, and Jesus Christ wants to be first in our lives. He rewards faithfulness in a BIG WAY.

Conclusion

Praise God He has given us a way out! Not a complete pass from tribulation and persecution, but a Great Rescue from the worst of it.

By God’s grace, I intend to lead my family out of here. I want to carry out the work God has for me to do, and then I’m outta here! 

To everyone reading this message, I hope you will resolve in your heart to do the same.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6

Land of Unwalled Villages in the Battle of Gog and Magog

The battle of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38-39 is an end-times war against Israel that, I believe, will be led by Russia (Gog of the land of Magog) and also include Islamic nations (Persia = Iran, Put = Libya) and probably European nations too (Gomer = Germany?).

However, Israel isn’t the only target. There will be a second nation attacked, indicated by the “ALSO” and “AT THE SAME TIME” in the King James Version:

Thus saith the Lord God; ‘It shall ALSO come to pass, that AT THE SAME TIME shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.’” – Ezekiel 38:10-12

This passages describes a wealthy land of unwalled villages (rural country) full of cattle and goods and spoil. Israel isn’t a wealthy, rural ranching country, but America is. America also consists of people “gathered out of the nations” who consider themselves “at rest, dwelling safely.” Except for the British in America’s early years, this country has never been invaded by a foreign army. The phrase “in the midst of the land” could also be translated “at the summit or center of the world,” which would describe America’s economic and military superpower status since the end of WW II.

The battle of Gog and Magog is World War III, out of the ashes of which the New World Order and the Great Tribulation will emerge. Israel will be saved but America will be destroyed. Ordo ab chao, the motto for freemasonry and the New World Order elite, is Latin for “order out of chaos.” That is their strategy.

America appears elsewhere in Scriptures too. She is Mystery Babylon, the harlot who rides the beast, as well as the eagle’s wings that get plucked off in Daniel’s dream of the four beasts.

President Trump’s Fascism Is Starting to Show

President Trump has been in office less than two weeks and already his fascism is starting to show. You may be aware that Trump signed an executive order to go forward with the Dakota Access Pipeline for oil, which the Native Americans at Standing Rock have been famously protesting to protect their water from potential contamination. Days after the order was signed, scores of militarized police and troops rolled up in armored vehicles to arrest 70+ protesters, dismantle a new protest camp and burn what remained, ostensibly because the camp was on private land. This video news montage from Dahboo7 has details:


Here’s a photo of troops in body armor and armored vehicles getting ready to defeat the peaceful protesters in their teepees:

Strange that this event didn’t get covered the mainstream media. Just total silence. You would think the anti-Trump media would be all over this. Hmmm.

I also found this two-minute video where Trump talks about how the government needs to censor the Internet to keep terrorists from influencing young people. Granted, this is from the election campaign, but it is informative of the intentions of the man now in the White House:

Did you hear how Trump dismissed the 1st Amendment and our core value of freedom of speech? That doesn’t matter to him because we gotta censor the Internet to stop the terrorists! This is the same rationale globalists use to push un-constitutional gun control, pervasive NSA surveillance, endless foreign wars, invasive and demeaning TSA searches and militarization of police. I predict it will also be the rationale used to declare martial law in the future. By the way, did you hear Trump say we should consult Bill Gates, the techie globalist billionaire who wants to depopulate the planet with his “charitable” vaccine programs, about Internet censorship?

Trump let slip his fascist intentions. To those who think it is a good idea to give up liberties and empower the government to “fight terrorism,” let me just say: You will be next. There is a day coming in America when Christians will be targeted for persecution. Then, all the un-constitutional programs and tactics developed to fight “terrorism,” including censorship, and more, will be aimed at YOU. 

In my previous post Civil War Foreboding, I shared how the Lord showed me He will allow a spirit of conflict to arise in America that will divide the country and provoke a form of civil war – as a divine judgment. I believe Trump will stir up half the country against the other half, led in part by Obama from behind the scenes.

Have you seen these recent headlines? 

Ex-Obama Official Suggess ‘Military Coup’ Against Trump

Kaine: Democrats Have to ‘Fight in the Streets’ Against Trump

As soon as Ex-President Obama returned from a 10-day vacation, he issued a statement against President Trump’s immigration policy and encouraged people to protest: “Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”
Obama also has a new spokesman named Kevin Lewis. What former president has a spokesman a mere 10 days after leaving office and immediately starts criticizing his successor? Perhaps one trying to start a civil conflict/war.

There aren’t going to be any winners in the coming conflict. We should stay out of it because it’s a trap, and seek refuge in the Almighty:


But he who takes refuge in Me will inherit the land and will possess My holy mountain.” – Isaiah 57:13

You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. For you have made the Lord, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.
 – Psalm 91:5-9

Civil War Foreboding

On the evening before the presidential inauguration, Donald Trump and his family stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial while U.S. marines sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The song originated during the Civil War, and Lincoln was president during the Civil War and was assassinated near the end of it.

The scene was very foreboding. I’ll explain why. 

I see two strongly held beliefs in the Christian community, each backed with prophetic dreams, visions and words:

1) Trump is God’s chosen man to restore traditional America and give it a reprieve – MAJORITY VIEW.
2) Trump is not what he says he is and is part of God’s judgment on America – MINORITY VIEW


They can’t both be true. God is not the author of confusion and is not going to send two mixed, contradictory messages. One or the other is a deception. Full disclosure: I am in the second camp.

When the prophecy from Mark Taylor came out earlier last year about Trump being God’s chosen man to restore America, I had recently read Jeremiah 28 about the false prophet Hananiah. He claimed God would throw off the yoke of Babylon and make Judah great again, even though God had declared judgment against the nation. The Lord impressed on my heart that I was witnessing the same kind of false prophecy today. America is under judgment for its wickedness, and God is not going to give the nation a reprieve unless it REPENTS, which I see no evidence for. On the contrary, the calamities of judgment will be the means He uses to move some hearts to repentance. Judgment is a mercy, lest even more souls fall into hell.

A couple weeks ago I was up late praying and seeking insight about the times we are in and also about Obama and Trump and their roles in it. The next morning my 9-year-old daughter came in my office and showed me Judges 9, specifically Jotham’s parable of the trees, because she felt like God wanted to show her something there. I think the Lord did have a message for her, but it was also an answer to my prayer. The Lord brought Judges 9 and the story of Abimelech to my wife and I’s attention several times recently, but we never really understood the significance of it. Then it hit me that story is a prophetic metaphor for America. Since Abimelech and the men of Shechem committed murder and wickedness, God allowed a spirit of conflict to arise that would divide the nation and provoke a form of civil war — as a divine judgment.

Barack Obama is represented by King Abimelech. Another character arises named Gaal son of Ebed, who stirs up the men of Shechem against Abimelech, and who I believe represents Donald Trump:

“Now Gaal the son of Ebed came with his relatives, and crossed over into Shechem; and the men of Shechem put their trust in him.” – Judges 9:26

There was much bloodshed and many died in the ensuing battles, which again was God’s intended judgment for their wickedness. In the end Abimelech gets a fatal head wound from a millstone dropped on him. This is very interesting in light of this description of the beast in Revelation 13:

“I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed.” – Revelation 13:3

Like Gaal, the purpose of Trump is to stir up half the country, and especially the Christians, against the other half who follow Obama and his agenda. I believe a civil conflict/war is coming. Trump is probably going to be a scapegoat for the economic collapse, jihad attacks, etc., and that blame will be transferred onto the far right and especially onto Christians, which is exactly what Obama wants and could set him up for a return to power.

MANY people believe martial law coming to this nation at some point. Let me make a speculation: It won’t be Obama who instigates martial law, but it will be Donald Trump in response to some catastrophe like a jihad attack. 90% of Christians will love it and want it and cheer for it because it’s Trump. Except in the end it will be turned against them.

That same morning my daughter also flipped open to a page in her Bible that she thought was significant too. There was an illustration that showed the writing on the wall for Belshazzar in Daniel 5. That really spoke to me because twice already I felt the Lord impress on me that Trump will meet an untimely demise:

“Now this is the inscription that was written out: ‘MENĒ, MENĒ, TEKĒL, UPHARSIN.’ This is the interpretation of the message: ‘MENĒ’—God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it. ‘TEKĒL’—you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient. ‘PERĒS’—your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians… That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain.” – Daniel 5:25-28,30

Last week before the inauguration we asked the Lord directly whether Obama will stay in office. Because I did not think Trump would actually reach the White House in light of who Obama is and his agenda. [NOTE: It is really challenging to interpret prophecy. I find the Lord will give some specifics about WHAT is coming but does not say much about HOW and WHEN. Sometimes I make assumptions and get emotionally attached to particular interpretations that may not turn out accurate. We have to keep seeking him and walking by faith!]

The first word He brought up was “circumference.” Interesting because I had recently taught my daughter how to measure the circumference of a circle. You start at one point, go all the way around and end where you began. In other words, you go full circle and back to where you started. The question was whether Obama will stay in office, and the answer was something like “full circle.”

Other words that came up were “claim” (to presidency or reins of power?) and “clash” (over competing claims to power?). Sounds like the story of Abimelech.

Before that my daughter saw something significant from our back window. She watched a large bird of prey, which she later identified as a golden eagle, holding a snake. Golden eagles are rare around here, but I have seen them before in the winter. A second golden eagle tried to take the snake and a struggle ensued. In the end, the eagle who first held the snake flew away with it triumphantly.

One more note. My interpretation of other words we received (shadow, dissimulate, distract) was that Obama still holds reins of power by controlling a shadow government. He and the globalists have spent the last 8 years installing their players in the CIA, Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, etc. In fact, this country has been controlled by elites the shadow government, the military-industrial complex, the deep state, whatever you want to call it – for decades. The last president that directly challenged the shadow government was John F. Kennedy when he denied the CIA’s demand for air cover during the Bay of Pigs invasion, which would have led to re-invading Cuba and potentially war with the Soviet Union. Kennedy said no and then tried to tear apart the CIA. Everyone knows what happened to Kennedy in the end. The CIA, Lyndon Johnson and other members of government were behind it. It was a coup d’etat.

My point is don’t be fooled into thinking Trump controls the executive branch of government. No president does fully anymore. But particularly now, the shadow government is running the globalists’ New World Order agenda. Obama may have left office, but he still has power.

My warning to everyone is don’t get caught up in the coming conflict. Be careful who you follow. It should only be Jesus Christ.

Why I Believe Jonathan Kleck Is Now Leading People Astray

I told the Lord I don’t want to write this post. It’s unpleasant and potentially divisive and hurtful. But I don’t feel at peace about staying quiet. I feel I must do it.

My concern is that Jonathan Kleck, a prophetic voice and harbinger who has given many inspired insights about the end times, has fallen into deception and is now leading people astray. My wife and I have watched numerous Kleck videos and listened to many of his radio shows. We benefited from this ministry and have supported it financially and with encouraging words. There are even references to Kleck’s videos on this blog.

BUT recently Kleck released several videos in which he claims Satan and the fallen angels created mankind in their image, not God as it states in Genesis chapter 1. To make this claim, Kleck says the Hebrew word Elohim, the second most common word for God in the Old Testament next to Yahweh or Jehovah, really means Satan and the fallen angels. With one linguistic perversion, Kleck is effectively saying that much of what the Old Testament has to say about the Lord God Almighty may instead pertain to Satan and his minions. Elohim is used all over the Old Testament – the Torah, Psalms, Prophets, you name it! This is a mockery of the Bible, the word of God, and gives glory to Satan that belongs to God.

So I privately and respectfully confronted Kleck about this issue and urged him to repent. Please see the email chain appended below. He responded that my studying of the Bible was irrelevant compared to his spiritual gifts and direct “revelations.” In other words, Kleck is claiming to be something like an infallible oracle of God, and who am I to question him, even if his “revelations” contradict the Scriptures. That sounds like the attitude of a cult leader. Looking at the comments on his videos, there also seems to be a large following of people who are receiving his messages without critical examination.

I am sure many others are pushing back on Kleck too, judging by how defensive he has been in some recent videos.

Look, we are all mortals living in fleshly bodies and capable of falling. I have to repent of things every day. All I am saying is that Kleck has fallen into deception and pride and I pray he repents, because this nonsense is tarnishing the credibility of the genuine revelations God has given him in the past. Until he does, people need to be careful, because if Kleck is willing to say Satan and the fallen angels created us – that humanity is some kind of Frankenstein lab experiment made by devils – what will he say next?


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MY EMAIL:

Hi Jonathan,

I wanted to write you concerning your new doctrine about Satan and the fallen angels creating mankind in their image. My wife ——— and I have learned much from your ministry and supported it financially. However, this new doctrine plainly contradicts God’s word and I feel compelled to warn you.

Elohim is the second most common word for God in the Old Testament and occurs about 2,500 times throughout. It is second only to the word Jehovah. These two words are synonymous as demonstrated by this verse: 

“God [Elohim] spoke further to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord [Jehovah].” – Exodus 6:2

Elohim almost always means God, the Lord God, the Creator God, in the Hebrew Old Testament. Yes, elohim can also refer to pagan gods or magistrates or angels, as in Psalm 82, but that’s the exception, not the rule. Just because the word is plural doesn’t mean it refers to Satan and the fallen angels. The plurality of Elohim may simply be a Hebrew idiosyncrasy or it may refer to the manifold magnificence of God or the fact that the Father and the Son are one.

By stringing together Psalm 82 with the account of creation in Genesis 1 and taking them out of context, you are fabricating an esoteric meaning that plainly contradicts the whole Bible. Satan and the fallen angels did not create anything. The Father God through Jesus Christ the Son created EVERYTHING:

“For by Him [Jesus Christ] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.” – Colossians 1:16

I agree the Bible speaks about “gods” as in angelic rulers or principalities. The Apostle Paul even referred to Satan as a “god”:

“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving…” – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

This is a reference to Satan’s worldly influence and authority during this age, at least until Jesus Christ shows up on a white horse with a sword to deal with him. It doesn’t mean Satan created anything. Satan can manipulate creation for his twisted purposes, and even contributed to the corruption of mankind, but he didn’t create anything.

The Apostle Paul also affirmed that men are created in God’s image:

“For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God…” -2 Corinthians 11:7

By saying that Satan and his angelic minions effectively created mankind in their image, you are giving glory to Satan that belongs to God alone. Putting forth this false doctrine also tarnishes the credibility of all the other amazing revelations God has given you.

Brother, you have fallen for a deception and I do hope you repent of it.

Sincerely,

Mike Fisch

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JONATHAN KLECK’S RESPONSE:

I’m sorry you do not understand it…And your (((studying))) over the revelation that comes with all but one of the gifts of the Spirit is superfluous..And now I warn you to the contrary and you are welcome to believe as you please but we will ALL give an account..Amen
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MY REPLY:

Jonathan, thanks for the reply. I think I see what you are saying – that you believe your direct revelation in the spirit supersedes and can even contradict the Scriptures. That’s a dangerous place to be, brother. God is not the author of confusion. His words do not contradict themselves and do not change. They stand forever. 

I am seeing MANY people, even those I respect, stumble and fall these days. This end-times prophecy is being fulfilled right now in real time:

“Even some of those with discernment will stumble, so that some of them will be refined, purified and cleansed for an end yet to come at the designated time.” – Daniel 11:35

I wrote about it here: 

http://mystic2020.blogspot.com/2017/01/even-some-with-discernment-will-stumble_1.html

http://mystic2020.blogspot.com/2017/01/even-some-with-discernment-will-stumble_2.html

Shalom,

Mike