To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
I know here in America and most of the world, we have failed to see and to discern the time and season in which we are living. I myself believe we have already recently entered into the tribulation period. I would say that 99% of Christendom will not accept this because they are taught and believe that the church will be “raptured” before it happens.
I hate to break it to you, but that is not true. There are many famous preachers hawking this idea and some of them have mega-churches. There are those who write books and make movies touting this notion. But I must tell you the truth. It does not matter how big a following they have or how “inspired” their rhetoric is and how much fast talking verbiage they sling, it is not true. The Lord himself says that it is not, his apostles say it is not and the prophets say that it is not true.
The fallout of this false doctrine is apparent, the church is not preparing itself for WAR. Even one of the proponents of the pre-tribulation rapture warns of the consequences of the doctrine. In another writing I will delve into the facts concerning the matter and give copious scripture and even rebuttal from the scriptures. This writing is not the forum for doing that. My purpose is to take the chance to awaken the church to the truth of what is happening in the world today and how it affects us. We must awaken to the power and the truth of the gospel and be as the sons of Issachar, who knew the signs of the times and how Israel, (the church) must behave.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.
There is war coming to the entire world. Evil is run rampant and there seems to be none who will confront it. As we continue to see the rise of the kingdom of the Beast, we must learn to war.
Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
Even the Psalmist knew that there were times to make war. But we must realize how to war. It is not always with the implements of machines and physical weapons, it is Spiritual. We war with our spirit.
When we take up guns and trust in the works and things of man, we are not trusting in the saving power of our God. He has promised to be both our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
In the coming days, we are going to see horrors which make what we are seeing today pale in comparison. Europe and the US are going to see attacks on our homeland. The confrontation between the US and China and Russia and the US are even now taking ominous overtones. The mid-east is on fire. From the west coast of North Africa to Turkey, from the Mediterranean to Pakistan. ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic jihad, the Taliban, Al Qaeda all have the objectives of destroying Israel and the west and to install a Caliphate world wide. There are now, today videos which show people swearing allegiance to the Caliphate. This is as the mark of the Beast. There will come a time when we all may have to face the choice of swearing allegiance to the Caliph, (antichrist) or watching your family be assaulted and killed. This is called Bay’ah. Bay’ah is one of the foundations of the ruler. In many Islamic traditions, the meaning of bay’ah is to sell ones self to a spiritual master.
See: Bai’at or Bay’ah
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints