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Natural birth pangs are growing intensely as 2020 moves on. The now normal reaction is, “Don’t bother me, it’s nothing new.” But they’re now closer & harder—and increasingly they are affecting the entire world.
This month Lamb & Lion Ministries sent out their May Lamplighter magazine entitled The Signs of Nature. I support this excellent and trusted resource of prophetic news and information. The links are for free PDF downloads.
Natural birth pangs growing intensely and who listens?
The first major headline in the Lamplighter asks, Does God still speak through signs of nature? The answer is, “Of course!” Yet, these signs are the most easy to ignore, in our culture. You can see some of the recent headlines listed in the bullets below.
However, something is new. These natural events increasingly affect the entire world. The locust plagues in Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and India threaten famine on a near-global scale. The articles linked below are all from 2020 and disasters are nearly happening daily.
Recent headlines about natural birth pangs trying to avoid yellow journalism
- Large earthquakes in the past 30 days — most are not reported in the news any more
- “Locust Plague of Biblical Proportions Threatens African Famine” Wired April 26, 2020
- The locust plague: Fighting a crisis within a crisis — World Bank Blog April 14, 2020
- “Historic, Unprecedented Flooding Swamps Southern USA” USAToday.com, Febuary 17, 2020.
- “Global Crop Failures Continue” TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com, Febuary 19, 2020.
- “Astronomers Discover Eleven Dangerous Asteroids That Could Impact the Earth” SciTechDaily.com, March 6, 2020.
- West’s Dust Bowl now “Locked In” as world risks imminent food crisis January 6, 2020
Notice that I’ve written all of this without mentioning COVID-19 until now
The plague panic is making everything mentioned before now are far worse threat. Notice: even now that I’ve mentioned the plague, I haven’t mentioned the economic/financial crisis caused by everything I talked about so far.
Relax: none of this is a surprise to any of us who have been teaching about Biblical prophecy
It’s certainly not a surprise to the Lord. God is sovereign. He hasn’t caused these things. Our loving God has allowed these things to get our attention. The Biblical advice remains the same. Get ready, those of you who are already in the Kingdom of the Messiah. Turn to the Lord if you don’t know Him personally yet. For those of us who know the Lord will escape the wrath which is coming. The Lord’s command is clear, yes, it’s set in red in your Bible.
Therefore watch always and pray that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen and to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21:36 MEV
Rejoice! We are living in Bible Times! Maranatha!
Yes, pressure brings repentance using stress to reveal problems with our character. Look at what COVID-19 has done for us. Most of us are feeling pressure to whine, complain, be rude, give up, or act obnoxious. If our character is mature and fruitful, our reaction is to seek ways to help others in this tough time, and to seek the Lord who is the only one with a plan and the power to bring it to pass.
But this is the purpose of tribulation—to reveal our character. The word tribulation means pressure, Biblically. Jesus told us it would be part of our life. “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 MEV
A pandemic is an excellent source of tribulation
We all seem to be under pressure at levels which are uncommon. So, are you seeing that pressure brings repentance using stress to reveal problems with your character? A pandemic has given us time to take a good look at who we really are.
But we need to allow that to work in our lives. Some don’t. The levels of alcohol and drug use have risen substantially. So, why does this work differently in believers? Because we know who’s in charge and that His plans are good. Therefore, we can be at peace and use the free time away from the normal stresses of our life. God will meet our needs—thank Him vigorously that this is true.
Is it painful? Often it is. Seeing flaws in our lives is not pleasant. For example, realizing how self-centered I am goes far beyond embarrassment and into shame. I need help, but I must repent to receive it. Thank you, Jesus, that you always respond with love and acceptance. Thank you, Lord, for providing the power within us to truly change.
Yes, pressure brings repentance using stress to get our attention
How are you responding? I’m turning to Jesus and asking Him to reveal my sin, so I can repent and be free from it. Will anyone notice? I don’t care. I only care that Jesus is pleased. He has shown me many things large and small which are not acceptable in a believer. I have repented. It doesn’t matter that you know what the problems are. Yours are different.
All you need to know is that Jesus is always faithful and has the power to change you and make you clean.
The epidemic core remains repentance — look up! I’m sitting here on my Shabbat wondering why this has come upon us. Actually, I’ve been praying about that and seeking for my response since early March. Church comes online in fifteen minutes. That’s good. But what would the Lord have me do for you?
The task He’s given me this morning centers around what He’s doing now in the world. This pandemic presents itself as a birth pang, the beginning of sorrows. What does that mean? Birth pang for what? What sorrows?
The process bringing the end of the gentile age
The end of the age of the gentiles comes soon. With it comes a massive change to the entire planet and all the people living upon it. God created this whole thing — the universe and everything within it. He created man[kind] for fellowship, a family and people to love —who love him and look to him for guidance and help. Friendship and family show us His focus.
This harvesting of the church and elimination of the rest reveals God’s intent. He plans to bring back Eden. When sin came in, paradise was corrupted. He didn’t create us to be killing food and each other. That came with sin. Death did not exist before the sin. Let’s look at how clear it was by seeing what He gave us to eat.
Then God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is on the face of all the earth and every tree which has fruit yielding seed. It shall be food for you. Genesis 1: 29 MEV
We began eating fruit and nuts. Or fruit, nuts, and grain. We weren’t eating bunny food. That began after sin. Eating meat did not come until after the Flood was over. So, we are headed back that way. The coming of the King to His throne in Jerusalem brings radical change. This is why the epidemic core remains repentance. Because we do not even have that possibility unless we repent of our sin.
The epidemic core remains repentance so we can get cleaned up to help with the final harvest
We need to be pure and focused on the prize. We do not have time any more for a compromised witness. The end comes instantaneously for the church. You won’t have time to get cleaned up then.
But even more important, we are useless as a witness if we are living in sin. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any sin in your life, and get rid of it! We need your help. This time presents the last opportunity to escape his wrath. I’m not going to quibble about salvation during the Great Tribulation. God always allows repentance. But you will go through the Wrath. Believe me, you do not want that to happen.
When the church is pulled out, the restrainer is gone and the world goes to hell in a hand basket almost immediately. We have eight billion people on the planet now. Some prophecy experts have calculated that there will be far less than a billion left when Jesus touches down on the Mount of Olives. I listened to one many years ago who gave a convincing argument that there will be less than a hundred thousand. We don’t know. We do know that only a third of the Jews who are left will survive to repent and turn to Yeshua.
The purpose of the birth pangs is to bring people to their senses, so they can repent
If you haven’t done that, and you haven’t been working to help your family and friends make that decision, you are wasting time, at best.
Is child-like faith conversion required to be mature? Here we see an underlying reason why Satan has worked so hard to destroy the family. Beginning in the fifties, the world has relentlessly ridiculed fathers, expected women to take control, empowered children, sexualized society, driven material prosperity, and all the rest.
One of the results of this happens to many. My child-like trust of my father in the flesh was basically destroyed when I was six and seven years old. It doesn’t matter how that happened. I have forgiven the people who seem to have caused it. But from that time on, I had little or no trust in my parents.
Lack of child-like faith is now normal
I thought it was normal. All the children I knew felt the same way as far as I knew. I wasn’t abused. The inciting events were allowed to fester out of simple ignorance. But, the result is that I do not remember ever having child-like faith until recently—after knowing the Lord for over 46 years. But as I’ve grown older I’ve come to realize that most of the children and teenagers I knew did have that kind of trust for their parents. In the 50s, my experience was not all that common.
But in the twenties of the new millennium, it has become normal. In fact, it is now rare that anyone trusts their parent of either gender. If they do, it is usually directed toward the mother. Many mothers today have assumed the role of father as well as mother. This happens to single mothers, of course. But it also infects families, in general. The destruction of the family in the US is nearly complete.
But, a child-like faith conversion is required to be mature
This can be very difficult. For me, I didn’t even realize I had never known this child-like trust. Though I have taught for years that faith means trusting in one who is able, I never connected that to a child-like trust in the omnipotence of my father. I teach the necessity of Knowing Jesus personally. How I could be focused on that and yet not see Jesus’ child-like faith embarrasses me now. As a man, His trust of the Father was absolute.
In recent years, the Lord has enabled me to live by faith, simply trusting in Him to take care of things. This morning, I was reading in Matthew’s story about child-like faith and was struck by the phraseology.
Jesus called a little child to Him and set him in their midst, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself like this little child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18: 2-4 MEV
Suddenly, I saw how the Holy Spirit has been healing me. I didn’t have enough sense for child-like faith. So, He built it in me. Alleluia!
Your choice controls your destination heaven or hell. It really is as simple as that. The Lord Jesus sent you to the earth so you could choose to love Him. That’s why he made mankind. He is looking for friends to like and love Him—who like being with Him, talking with Him, sharing things with Him.
While I watch people willing to do almost anything to avoid giving up their sin, I sit quietly talking with the Lord. He’s heartbroken that so many of you choose pain over joy, sickness over health, poverty over plenty, fear over love. Jesus hung on the cross and died that your sins might be forgiven. It’s really quite amazing watching the nation in which I grew up rejecting Jesus’ redemption and running pell mell to hell.
We have the choice to choose life or choice, union or sex, peace or violence. We can choose the Tree of Life or The Tree of Choice [knowledge of good and evil]. The Lord wants to love us, be our friend, help us, counsel us, show us truth. His heart’s desire is to bless us. After all, He is betrothed to us. Yes, we [those who know Him] are His choice to be His Bride. What an honor, What a delight!
Your choice controls your destination heaven or hell
By definition: Heaven is being with the Lord. Hell is being separated from him. We all know what that separation is like. We see it in the horror films, those dark dramas which are so popular, the anti-heroes, the devastated lives of so many.
There is a big difference between the two.
The devil is a smooth talker, charming, a man you would never want your daughter to meet or your son to befriend. Even the heathen know that. The devil provides freedom to sin. He doesn’t tell you about the cost. He’s an abuser, a nasty, immoral being who hates you and delights in abusing you. He will force himself upon you at the slightest hint of an opportunity. Rape doesn’t bother him.
Jesus is the perfect gentleman. He never comes where He’s not wanted. Before anything bad happens to us, He always warns us. You know what will happen if you ignore Him.
Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! Turn to Jesus and live. Be blessed.
It’s your choice— & time is running out.
The reality of Genesis history explained in an excellent movie on YouTube. This is being offered for free for people quarantined at home. I t was posted last week and they say they’ll leave it up for a little while longer. It’s an excellent movie.
It’s an hour and forty-five minutes and it kept me enthralled through the entire movie.
The reality of Genesis history explained in an excellent movie • watch it before they take it down!
It is copyrighted in 2017, so it’s not new. But it’s a wonderful opportunity. Here’s their explanation:
In light of the ongoing quarantine, we’re going to keep our full documentary here on YouTube a bit longer.
Feel free to share it with friends and family who are stuck at home during this season.
“Is Genesis History?” features over a dozen scientists and scholars explaining how the world intersects with the history recorded in Genesis. From rock layers to fossils, from lions to stars, from the Bible to artifacts, this fascinating film will change the way you see the world.
If you want to purchase a copy of the film, or if you’d like to buy our entire library of creation videos (over 15 hours of incredible evidence), you can do so at: https://isgenesishistory.com/shop/
We are posting videos from our “Beyond Is Genesis History?” series on our FB Videos page and our YT channel (click subscribe for updates). Browse around our channel now, though: it already has over a hundred videos from introductory clips to in-depth technical lectures.
If you’d rather read:
Finally, if you prefer to read articles with a curated video collection, we have lots of free resources at our website: https://isgenesishistory.com/ We hope you enjoy the film! “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
Note: The film includes subtitles in English, French, Dutch, Spanish, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), and Arabic.
My book, the Training Place of Mankind shows you wonders
I can’t tell you how much fun it is when you realize that the Bible is literal history from the first verse in Genesis. The reality of Genesis history explained makes it so much more exciting. This movie is wonderful
Getting ourself and our country cleaned up for the Lord gradually comes into focus. We are clearly getting into some of the birth pangs, fairly intense ones at that. It’s a call for repentance and dedication to the Lord whom we serve. It’s a call to save our neighbors and aquaintances.
I shared last week Joel Rosenberg’s poll showing nearly half of Americans believe this time is a “wake up call” for people to turn back to the Lord. Over a third believe we are in the last days. So what does this mean to us?
What are the other half doing?
This is a quote from Axios, today. April 5, 2020. This is what the half who don’t think this is a spiritual event are doing. The stories about violence, abuse, and hard drugs are rampant. These just three indicators.
Alcohol sales were up 55% in the week ending March 21, according to Nielsen, which measures consumer markets in addition to media. Spirits were up 75%, followed by wine up 66% and beer up 42%. Online alcohol sales were up 243%.
Weed sales are soaring in places across the country where buying marijuana is legal, although some businesses have been caught flat-footed by the demand.
Porn consumption is up, according to the website Pornhub. Traffic from the U.S. (Pornhub’s largest market) was up 6.4% on March 17.
Getting ourself and our country cleaned up for the Lord has become crucial
In some ways this is a real opportunity. Over a quarter of secular Americans believed this. That means you may find yourself with opportunities to share about Jesus and even harvest some souls. As you try to help them through the fear, they may see your peace and ask you why.
But it is also a strong warning about how far we have fallen. Well over half don’t believe this has any spiritual implications. This means there are millions of people who are blithely headed for Hell.
It’s a call for prayer and anointing. Pretty soon it will be too late. If the Lord can save any of them, it will probably be in the next decade—if we even have that much time. Pretty soon we’ll be past this crisis, and the opportunity will be gone.
It has nothing to do with patriotism or politics
This is all about the choice with which we are all faced. Will you choose Jesus or the enemy? God does not send anyone to Hell. A person choses to go there.
This week we celebrate the incredible price Jesus paid to buy us the opportunity to escape the wrath which is coming upon those who hate God. We are all eternal beings who can spend eternity in a kingdom of love, joy, and peace. Or you can choose eternal separation in darkness and pain.
Jesus helped create us
All things were made through Him and for Him. All he asks is your love and reverence. We live on a world which is still beautiful, even though we are doing our level best to destroy it. Aren’t you tired of the pain, conflict, anger, and all the rest? Turn to Jesus and find some peace.
Empower Bible reading with the help of the author. There is a major difference between reading the Bible and asking the Lord to show you what He wants you to learn today. The Bible amazes me. But, an author guided read transforms my life—every day.
The author of the book matters much more than the book itself
Fortunately, the Bible’s author lives within you. If you haven’t tried it yet, ask the Holy Spirit [or Jesus] to teach you directly what He wants you to learn today. The written Word as a whole gives us a fantastic resource. But our minds are not capable of using it well.
Jesus made this all clear, before He left to hang on the cross. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” John 14: 26 MEV The Holy Spirit’s main mission remains teaching us everything we need to know. Plus, He will remind us what Jesus has said. He’s the reason the Gospel writers remembered so clearly.
Now you know why I love John’s Gospel so much. He wasn’t telling stories. He shared what Jesus said on a very deep level. Try reading John while asking the Holy Spirit to show you what He meant—more importantly showing you what you need today—every day.
Empowering Bible reading with the help of the Holy Spirit will transform you
This importance grows during times like these where we are in the midst of a strong time of testing. While COVID-19 ravages the world, we need to hear from the Lord directly. We always do. But while the battle rages we need a clear head, comfort, and direction.
The Lord has a plan— a personal plan of action for you. The call for prayer and repentance remains obvious. BUT, how does the Lord want you to act toward others at this time?
You need to ask Him what He wants you to be doing
Peace relax mitigations working better than 1918. I received a post from Grady’s Fire in my bones blog today. As you can see from the graphic he used, to the left, we tried many of the same things in 1918. I know it’s different times—no air travel then, we had no antibiotics to use until WWII, no anti-virals, and many more things.
BUT, with 103,000,000 people in that day and 675,000 killed, that’s .5% killed. If we have .5% killed today with 341,000,000 people, we’ll see 1,655,000 dead. But Fauci and Birx believe it may be less than 200,000—maybe quite a bit less. So, turn to the Lord and trust Him. If you don’t know Him—introduce yourself.
Peace relax mitigations working better than 1918 if we keep at it
Epidemics are a truly dangerous problem. A pandemic seems to be new. Plus, it certainly lines up with what Jesus told us would happen right before He comes back to reign as King from Jerusalem for 1000 years. I have little doubt this is one of the birth pangs Jesus talked about.
But, we also need to remember that the 1918 epidemic was during WWI. This was where the birth pangs started. This time resulted in the first major prophecy fulfilled, The Balfour Declaration. At this point, the prophetic countdown to the Second Coming truly started.
This pandemic is a global call to prayer and repentance
In Joel C. Rosenberg’s blog post yesterday, he shared a poll which states that “44% of Americans say (this) virus (is) a “wake up call” to return to God. Nearly 1/3 believe we are living in “what the Bible calls the last days.” Later on in the post, he he shares:
The breakdown of those who believe this crisis is a “wake-up call” back to faith in God includes:
- 25% of self-identified “secular” Americans;
- 42% of Jewish Americans;
- 58% of Republicans; and
- 41% of Democrats, including 34% of liberal Democrats and 47% of moderate Democrats.
That’s right! A quarter of non-believers believe it’s a wakeup call
It’s a time to reach out to non-believers you know (as I am doing with this post) to ask, “Are you all right? Can I help?” Pray that they’ll be set free from fear. Don’t you dare shove Jesus down their throat, unless you have a clear rhema that you are to do this for this particular person. Only the Holy Spirit knows who is ready to listen and repent. But, there are respected Rabbis in Israel this week saying that they expect the Messiah before Passover.
Clean up your act! The Lord could come to pick up the church any moment now
We need to be praying that we’ll be found worthy to escape the wrath to come. Jesus himself told us to do that.
Therefore watch always and pray that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen and to stand before the Son of Man.
[Luke 12:36 MEV]
If you need any help, I’ll be happy to talk and pray with you. Email is best.
Offering free bible studies of the epistles which are now available for you—as we shelter in place under government orders. My prayer is that they will bless you and give you hope.
I’ve always taught scripture verse-by-verse, since 1974. My students have found that it really helps to go over everything in context. I’ve advertised them as bible study free for alls. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own version. The room used provides copies of bibles in various versions, Strong’s, Vines, and regular dictionaries. Any question is fair game. We stay at the study until the last question is asked.
Offering free bible studies of the epistles of the epistles
The free bible studies are available in downloadable PDF, ePUB3, and MOBI. They have been completed for Philippians, Galatians, and the Timothys. They are very readable versions of one of my studies. They should work well for computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. If they do not, please let me know so I can get things fixed. They download fine on my iPad—both for Books and the Kindle app.
How about scheduled Bible studies via Zoom?
I’ve been thinking about something like that. Is anyone interested? Just email me, and we can talk about it. I’m certainly willing to do it. The only problem I can see is the 40-minute time limit. But I can live with that, if there is any interest. I would suggest 1 John to start with, but we could do anything in the New Testament. It’s unlikely we could get through that in 40 minutes, so it might take several sessions. I’m assuming it would all be free. We could use the websites I recommend in the free studies to help.
- Bible versions: biblegateway.com
- Strong’s Concordance and lexicons: https://www.blueletterbible.org/
- Vine’s Expository Dictionary: https://www.blueletterbible.org/
- Maps and much more: http://www.ebibleteacher.com/imagehtml/ntmaps.html
- Roman history: https://www.unrv.com
I only suggest Zoom because I’ve heard it’s the best. I’ve given many webinars. So, I figure this cannot be too tough. But if you have a better suggestion, I’m open to that. This just seems like a good thing to do during this fairly intense birth pang, while we wait for the Lord to come and pick us up.