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Jack Kelley

Is There A Second Chance?

This Week’s Feature Article by Jack Kelley

If you believe as I do that the Bible teaches a rapture of the Church to occur before Daniel’s 70th Week begins then you’ve no doubt wondered what will happen to those among your friends and family who will miss it. Will they get another chance to be saved?

 

Those Who Are Perishing

For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness (2 Thes. 2:7-12).

Here Paul makes the case that the Church has to be gone before the anti-Christ is officially revealed. Those who are perishing will believe the lie that He’s the one God has sent to rule the world. Paul taught that God will actually help them come to this false conclusion because they will have refused to believe the truth and be saved. That’s why they’re perishing.

At first glance this passage appears to say there will be no second chance, that the time for believing the truth that saves us will have ended with the rapture. The Greek word translated refused literally means they did not accept the truth. It implies that the truth was presented to them and they rejected it.

But this doesn’t really put the question to rest. Do they have to hear the Gospel and consciously reject it to be counted among those who are perishing, or does the failure to give an affirmative response result in rejection by default? Will everyone left after the rapture be numbered among the perishing, or will there be some who are not?

Without getting into the nuances of the Greek language, let’s see if there are any other places in Scripture that can help us find more of the answer. The most logical thing to do is see if we can find any convincing evidence that Gentiles can be saved after the rapture. (I assume you know that many Jews will be saved in the 70th Week because that’s one of the main reasons for it.)

It’s true that when Daniel’s 70th Week begins God will once again be focused on Israel. From Daniel 9:24-27 it’s easy to see He has unfinished business with them. Some of the things He promised to accomplish through them in verse 24 simply have not been accomplished yet. There hasn’t been an end to Israel’s rebellion against God, everlasting righteousness hasn’t come in, there are 500 prophecies that remain unfulfilled, and the Holy Place has not been anointed. None of these things involve the world at large. They all concern Daniel’s people, the Jews, and Daniel’s Holy City, Jerusalem.

What About The Gentiles?

But in our study of Acts 15 we saw that one of the things God is going to do while restoring Israel after the rapture is to provide a way for the remnant of men, including Gentiles, to seek Him (Acts. 15:17).

Evidence that this is true can be found in Rev. 7:9 which describes a multitude of post rapture believers that no one could count, coming from every nation, tribe, people and language and arriving in Heaven. This tells us that many of these believers will be gentiles, saved out of Daniel’s 70th Week before the Great Tribulation begins.

Some say this group is the church and place the rapture here, between the 6th and 7th seal judgments, but they can’t be right. In the first place John, the disciple most closely associated with the Church, doesn’t recognize them. But more to the point, their destiny is not the same as the Church’s. They are before the Throne of God, but are not seated there with Jesus like the Church will be (Ephesians 2:6) They will serve Him day and night in His Temple, but they will not reign with him and are never called either kings or priests.

I believe this great multitude of believers will have come to faith primarily because of the rapture. They will have heard the gospel but, neither accepting or rejecting it, will have put off making a decision until it’s too late. The rapture will remove the final obstacle to their conversion, providing confirmation that you and I were right in what we tried to tell them.

This is evidence of Gentiles being saved after the Rapture. But before you get too comfortable with this, remember that in order to arrive in heaven they will have had to die on Earth. They’ll be some of the first martyrs of the 70th Week. Waiting until after the rapture to be saved will not be like waiting for the next streetcar. They’ll have to endure a lot more to receive a lot less.

People have wondered how so great a multitude could die so early in the 70th Week, before the anti-Christ gets his world wide government fully stabilized and before he becomes indwelt by Satan. The Bible doesn’t say, but I think it could be the result of a back lash against believers following the rapture.

Pagan prophecies all pointing to the same general time tell us the world intuitively knows about the coming judgments. The rapture will be incontrovertible evidence that God is about ready to come down hard on them. Retaliation against God’s people because they’re mad at Him for actually doing what He said He’ll do could be one of the motivational forces behind the mass killings.

Another one could be the anger many will feel when just as they think they’re rid of all the meddling Christians, clearing the way for the utopian life they’ve dreamed about, a whole new flock will show up to ruin things. Remember, with the Holy Spirit gone, the restraining influence that’s kept evil in check all these years will be gone. “Kill the infidels” could become the rallying cry of the unsaved world.

(Some New Age teachers say the world is headed for it’s final leap of evolution. It’s a spiritual one that will usher in worldwide peace and harmony. They say born again Christians and Orthodox Jews are holding this up by clinging to the outmoded notion of a single Creator God who rules over all and they will have to taken out of its way. They liken the rapture to the surgical removal of a life threatening cancer from an otherwise healthy body.)

This slaughter of believers will soon be seen as an act of God’s mercy because certainly not all the post rapture believers will immediately be put to death. Others will have years of suffering ahead of them beginning with horrific natural and supernatural events that poison the air and water and including such an agonizing attack of demonic locusts that men will long for death to release them (Rev. 9:1-6). A third of mankind will die from these judgments (Rev. 9:18).

Remember, the Great Tribulation will not have begun yet. Neither will this be the last post rapture chance for Gentiles to be saved. Rev. 14:6-7 speaks of another world wide altar call just after the Great Tribulation begins,

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

This one will come right after the mark of the beast is introduced, and will be followed by a warning that taking the mark will result in permanent seperation from God and a guaranteed eternity of suffering (Rev. 14:9-11). The judgments of the Great Tribulation will be so severe that if left to run their course no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, the Lord will put an end to them after 3 ½ years.

I’m Glad That’s Over

Only about half of the post rapture world’s population will survive until the end. During the face-to-face judgments that follow the 2 nd Coming the Lord will find believers among the survivors, both Jews and Gentiles. In spite of complete exclusion from even basic levels of society and a never ending fear of capture and death, they will live to stand before Him and receive their reward.

The parables of Matt. 25 describe this and the Sheep and Goats judgment is exclusively about surviving Gentiles (Matt. 25:31-32). The ones who have demonstrated their faith by their actions will be welcomed live into the Kingdom. They’ll help repopulate the nations of Earth. Egypt and Assyria are specifically mentioned in Isaiah 19:25, but I believe there will be other Millennial nations too.

Maybe some of your currently unbelieving friends and family will find themselves among one or another of these post rapture groups. If so those who won’t be martyred early on will have endured a time you wouldn’t want your worst enemy to experience. Jesus said it will be the the most terrible time ever to befall mankind. Please don’t adopt a fatalistic attitude about them, and don’t settle for post rapture salvation on their behalf.

But if you’re beating them over the head with the Gospel, don’t do that any more either. It won’t work. Your most effective strategy will be a two-fold one. Pray for their salvation with the same intensity you would pray for their recovery from a life threatening disease. And show them the benefits of being a believer by letting your unshakeable faith be a beacon of light and a source of hope in this dark and dying world. Nothing else will be as effective. We don’t have very much time left so if you haven’t begun yet now’s the time. You can almost hear the Footsteps of the Messiah. 10-15-11

 

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by Todd Strandberg


Most people regard God to be a flawless role model. If He said it was so, then it must be true. Christians rely on His wisdom - The Holy Bible - to guide the decisions we make each day. Even atheists that say they don't believe in a supernatural power acknowledge Him by affirming the soundness of many of the rules and regulations credited to the God of the Bible.

With all this leadership and wisdom to draw upon, there should be no reason society is in such disarray. The Word of God gives more guidelines on morality than any other issue, and yet the area of ethics prevails as the area of one of mankind's most glaring deficiencies.

The lack of understanding can't be blamed on a shortage of instructors. We have in America an endless number of Christian organizations, with tens of thousands of ministers, pastors, priests, and deacons. The root problem obviously has to be how men interpret Scripture.

I could write endlessly about how men go astray, but I decided to focus on a single factor. In this article, I chose to tackle one of the most subtle errors that occurs when people become God's "yes men." They claim to represent the King of truth, but in reality they are following the lead of the lord of lies.

 

Monkey See, Monkey Do Yes Men

Because we human are social creatures, we get most of our understanding of the world from other people. The transfer of knowledge needs to be conducted with great caution. When we fail to use good judgment, falsehood can be spread with the same ease as truth.

When it comes to gaining wisdom from people, one of the most important methods is to learn from their mistakes. The following are two good examples highlight the danger of herd-mentality thinking.

In 1999, several Christian ministries became entangled in the Y2K debacle. People thought society was doomed to suffer a technological armageddon because computers would not be able to handle the change over to the new millennium.

After researching the so-called problem, I discovered that most companies had already replaced their outdated software. A full year before the Y2K meltdown was scheduled to manifest itself, I wrote an article entitled "The Y2K Hoax: Myth or Mayhem." In my article, I cited numerous reasons the millennium bug had a few bugs of its own. These fact did little to stop prophecy teachers from proclaiming certain doom come January 1, 2000.

When the calendar rolled over to 2000 A.D., there were hardly any glitches. Several prophetic ministries suffered permanent damage to their reputation by claiming Y2K would be a cataclysmic event. Their mistake was jumping on a bandwagon without verifying its validity.

Another craze of the past few years concerned the Bible codes. A select group of scholars believed that the text of the Old and New Testaments contained messages that were encoded by way of Equidistant Letter Sequence (ELS). For example, the bold letters in this sentence form an ELS for the word SAFEST. (The skip is 4 letters running backwards).

The Bible codes seem very convincing when you can point to a highlighted portion of a Bible passage that spells out a positive message like "Jesus is the Son of God" or "the devil is a liar." They can be all the more beguiling when they are used to predict events. One popular book cited references to the holocaust, world war, Hitler, and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.

When I first heard of the Bible codes, I was a bit a yes man myself. When a well-known authority of prophecy told me about them, this gentleman had my initial trust that he knew what he was talking about. When I tied verify his claims, however, I quickly ran into trouble.

In my research, I found that the same type of letter sequence can be produced in any type of document. I also noticed that one could use code search software to find messages that contradict the message of Bible. For every "Jesus is Lord" one can find instances of "Satan is Lord."

 

Worldly Yes Men

One of the most common examples of yes men are church leaders who seek to please the world at the expense of the biblical truth. They do their faith a disservice by their efforts to bridge the gap between the Bible and the carnal world. In nearly every case, the compromise comes at the expense of established Christian values.

Tony Campolo is an author and founder of the Evangelical Association. He recently proposed the idea that God is not omnipotent. He made this claim to try to explain why God allows disasters like floods and earthquakes to kill thousands of people.

"Perhaps we would do well to listen to the likes of Rabbi Harold Kushner, who contends that God is not really as powerful as we have claimed. Nowhere in the Hebrew Scriptures does it say that God is omnipotent. Kushner points out that omnipotence is a Greek philosophical concept, but it is not in his Bible. Instead, the Hebrew Bible contends that God is mighty. That means that God is a greater force in the universe than all the other forces combined." - Tony Campolo

The Bible says that our hairs are numbered, and that a bird doesn't fall from a tree without God knowing about it. If the Lord has the capability to count hairs and watch each and every bird on earth, he certainly would know about the factors that would lead to calamity.

Joel Osteen is pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest evangelical church in America, with 30,000 weekly attendants. Osteen's success is based largely on presenting a message that any yes man would find agreeable.

Osteen's new age message that God loves everyone ran into trouble during an interview with Larry King on CNN. It interesting that King is a non-believer, but he has a habit of asking the right question to people who should standing up for the gospel. Here are a few excerpts from that interview that reveal Osteen's desire to please the world.

Larry King: "What if you're Jewish or Muslim, you don't accept Christ at all?"

Joel Osteen: "You know, I'm very careful about saying who would and wouldn't go to heaven. I don't know..."

Larry King: "If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They're wrong, aren't they?"

Joel Osteen: "Well, I don't know if I believe they're wrong. I believe here's what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God will judge a person's heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don't know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don't know. I've seen their sincerity. So I don't know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus."

Larry King: "But don't you think if people don't believe as you believe, they're somehow condemned?"

Joel Osteen: "You know, I think that happens in our society. But I try not to do that. I tell people all the time, preached a couple Sundays about it. I'm for everybody. You may not agree with me, but to me it's not my job to try to straighten everybody out. The Gospel is called the good news. My message is a message of hope, that God's for you. You can live a good life no matter what's happened to you. And so I don't know. I know there is condemnation, but I don't feel that's my place."

"Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).

Trying to bridge the gap between evolution and creation, leaders in the Catholic Church are now saying that some form of evolutionary mechanism is at work. When confronted with media headlines that had them confirming that man may have descended from monkeys, the Vatican turned to a confusing quote made by a former Pope.

According to Pope Pius XII, evolution was "gladly made use of by the proponents of communism to make of themselves defenders and propagandists of dialectical materialism and to take from minds every mention of God."

If you are going to compromise your principles, you should at least be clear about it.

 

Christian Yes Men

One of the most essential ingredients in the Christian faith is the ability to know why you trust God. Many people have absolutely no idea why they decided to become a believer. Sadly, many of these people are not true Christians.

They proclaim Jesus to be Lord and Savior, but He never became a personal Lord to them. I think the failure is caused by a cultural acceptance of Jesus. "Christian society" teaches us that God is great, so we follow the lead that is given to us.

I've seen how contradictory some people can be in my military travels. While deployed in the desert, you get to know people's true nature. After eating, sleeping, working, and spending recreation time with them 24 hours a day, there is very little you don't know about them.

I've seen people who could be the meanest, most foul-mouthed, dishonest individuals all week, and on Sunday morning in church they would reverse gears and become loving saints, singing God's praises.

I've known people who appeared to be good Christians in a church fellowship setting. However, when it came to business, they did not hesitate to swindle their own pastor.

Because hypocritical acts invokes such strong reaction, most people would overlook the reason why many individuals are two-faced in their faith. The contradiction might be caused by people's struggle with sin, but in most cases the root problem is the lack of appreciation for what it means to be followers of Jesus Christ.

 

Praise God for His Critics

I've always found unbelievers to be very helpful in the process of maturing my understanding of the issues that relate to the life of a believer. These people prove themselves useful by highlighting the weak points of the Christian faith.

The critics of Rapture Ready have helped me clarify my views by attacking the articles I've posted on the site. The foundation stone of many of the pages that defend pretribulationism came from hateful email that attacks the rapture.

After reading the atheistic remarks made by well-known men like Albert Einstein and Mark Twain, I felt inspired to overcome what had been stumbling blocks to them. Both men were troubled by their inability to find solid evidence for God's existence, and by what appeared to be His unjust nature.

It's hard to build your spiritual strength when you're surrounded by Christians who have trained themselves to only think happy thoughts. You're not going to see yes men making comments like the following:

"I see only with deep regret that God punishes so many of His children for their numerous stupidities, for which only He Himself can be held responsible; in my opinion, only His nonexistence could excuse Him." - Albert Einstein, letter to Edgar Meyer, Jan. 2, 1915.

"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." - Albert Einstein, Religion and Science

"One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that myriads have believed in it. They have also believed the world was flat." -- Mark Twain, Notebook (1900)

"Our Bible reveals to us the character of our god with minute and remorseless exactness... It is perhaps the most damnatory biography that exists in print anywhere. It makes Nero an angel of light and leading by contrast" -- Mark Twain, (Reflections on Religion, 1906)

"The two Testaments are interesting, each in its own way. The old one gives us a picture of these people's Deity as he was before he got religion, the other one gives us a picture of him as he appeared afterward." -- Mark Twain, Letters From the Earth (1909?; published in 1962)

I worry about believers who can only deal with troubling issues by blocking them out of their mind. These type of yes men don't fare very well when they experience personal trials. Without a firm foundation, adversity can cause the most happy-go-lucky believer to become as sour on God as these two gentlemen.

 

Know Why You Believe What You Believe

It is vitally important for us to be able to cite the reason for our faith. The Christian faith is not held together by some energy force that springs from wishful thinking. Christianity was at its best when doubters vastly outnumbered believers.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Lord needs our positive feedback to maintain His control of the universe. It is silly for believers to flee from anything that would challenge their faith.

I think every believer should have a testimony for why they trust Christ. Anyone who can only cite family or cultural tradition as the foundation of their Christian experience is in big trouble. Jesus is a personal Savior who reaches out to everyone on an individual level. Because a yes man is not likely to have a commitment that comes from his heart, it's hard for him to find the truth.

I know God is real because he has carried me through some difficult times in my life. He has blessed me so abundantly that I now feel obligated to give Him my praise.

Some of the most powerful evidence supporting the God of the Bible can be found in how world events follow Bible prophecy. We have long since reached the point where it is mathematically impossible for these events to have occurred by accident.

 

We Don't Have All The Answers

I long ago concluded that our limited knowledge of God leads to many questions that cannot be answered in this life. It is essential for us to have direct access to Him before we can have a proper understanding of His complete nature.

People who decide to fill in the gaps with guesswork are doing the Lord a disservice. By just being wrong in some areas, they can bring confusion and discredit to our understanding of the Creator.

There is no need for speculation in the first place. People need to realize that it is perfectly acceptable to say "no" or "I don't know." Anyone who goes beyond the bounds of the basic facts is willfully venturing out into the realm of falsehood.

God only requires us to apply ourselves to the basic rules of life.The act of placing our trust in God does not require us to have a degree in physics.We have all eternity to learn the details of God's universe.

"For since the beginning of the world [men] have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, [what] he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him" (Isa. 64:4).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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by Todd Strandberg

 

God built into all of His creation the survival instinct. Nature employs distinctive self-defense measures when threatened. This self-protection became necessary, particularly after the fall in the Garden of Eden, when sin entered the world and death resulted. Man, the creature God gave the ability to reason, has throughout the centuries devised ingenious defensive methodologies.

For example, before the days of electronic sensors, coal miners took canaries into the mines with them to signal when the air became filled with poisonous gas. The respiratory system of a canary is more sensitive than that of a human, so they knew that if the bird stopped singing or suddenly dropped dead, it was time to rush to the nearest exit.

Throughout the Church Age, Christians have acted as moral canaries. When society has become contaminated with high levels of sin, Church leaders have stood up and warned the nation to turn away from these various toxins.

In recent years, however, something strange has happened. Continual exposure to the deadly evils that poison society has caused the Christian "canaries" to build up resistance. They have slowly developed immunity to the toxins that permeate society. Because apathy is so prevalent, it is no longer safe to use the views of the average Christian as a gauge of morality. As humanity heads down the road to perdition, we must use Scripture to determine the danger level.

Below are nine common societal toxins that we believe illustrate the extent of depravity in our culture today. Listed with them are Scriptural references that provide positive proof of their hazardous nature.

 

Toxin #1 - Michael Jackson Pedophilia Jokes

Singer Michael Jackson's bizarre lifestyle has made him the butt of jokes by the late night comedians. When Jackson became embroiled in allegations of child sexual abuse, the late night troupe started poking fun at the abominable activity. Making light of such a horrendous act is a terrible reflection on our society. We have, as a society, spiraled downward to the cesspool level since pedophilia is now considered fodder for entertainment.

We searched several archive sites to show you folks a few examples of the debauched nature of the public airways and cable programs. The jokes, though funny, are an indication of how toxic our society has become:

"After turning himself in yesterday, Michael Jackson was placed in handcuffs. I think he helped his case when he asked 'These are neat, do they come in smaller sizes?" - Jay Leno

The saddest part of this Michael Jackson scandal is that all of this could have been avoided if he just stuck to grabbing his own crotch." - Craig Kilborn

"I guess they got Michael on that new law "3 tykes and you're out." - Jay Leno

"Michael Jackson was arrested yesterday. According to the Santa Barbara Police, Michael Jackson is 5'11 and only weighs 120 pounds. Michael is able to keep his weight down because he only orders off the children's menu." - Conan O'Brien

Scriptural Canary:

"Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more" (Eph. 4:19).

"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:11).

 

Toxin #2 - Radio Shock Jocks

Radio personalities that are commonly known as "shock jocks" have for some time now been cheerleaders of moral decay. They make their living by pushing the limits of acceptable behavior and appealing to juvenile-minded audiences.

These programs are extremely popular. When we consider they are mostly based on outrageous sex-oriented banter, it speaks volumes about the debased tastes of today's society.

For many years men like Howard Stern have been playing cat-and-mouse games with the Federal Communications Commission, the agency whose job is to enforce broadcast decency standards. Stern claims his show is protected by the First Amendment through the freedoms of speech and press.

The FCC has mostly been a toothless lion. Although the commission has fined Stern for violating its guidelines, the penalties have been only a few thousand dollars. Considering that talk radio is a multi-billion dollar industry, these token fines do little to influence the behavior of shock jocks.

Scriptural Canary:

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God" (2 Tim. 3:1-4).

 

Toxin #3 - Prosperity Preachers

Television, radio, and the internet are wonderful tools that can be used to reach millions of people with the Gospel message. It can also be used by some unscrupulous preachers for personal enrichment.

At one time, it was considered shameful for a minister to own a home that could be categorized as a mansion. The act of joining the clergy implied an abandonment of earthly wealth. Today, it is considered a sin within the prosperity give-to-get movement not to seek affluence. The wealth of some preachers can be measured by how many mansions they own. The NBC program "Dateline" once reported on one well-known preacher who had homes in Florida, Texas, and California.

There is one network that specializes in the gospel of money. You can flip to it anytime of the day and find someone talking about the Bible as a source of prosperity. Agreed, the Bible does not say we should take a vow of poverty. When we realize that many prosperity preachers spend 100 percent of their time on the subject of money, however, we Christians should discern that error has crept into their message.

Scriptural Canary:

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (2 Tim. 4:3-4).

 

Toxin #4 - Gay Marriage

There are a lot of sins that the Bible does not mention. We know they are included in God's Word, however, because they are covered by more general guidelines. When it comes to homosexuality there can be no mistake: the Word of God repeatedly condemns this sin as a wicked act.

God's destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah has long been a standard for gauging the toxicity of homosexuality. Once a civilization decides to accept so-called alternative lifestyles, we can pretty much write that society or culture off as doomed. In America's case, we seem to have taken the extra step of embracing homosexuality.

Several mainline denominations have reached the point of openly endorsing the practice of gay marriage. The fact that they are able to ignore such clear guidance on the subject is a solemn indication of how these so-called Christian organizations have shifted off of their moral foundations.

Scriptural Canary:

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination" (Lev. 18:22).

"Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator who is praised forever amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion" (Rom. 1:24-27).

 

Toxin #5 - Girls Gone Wild

At one time the only way for people to get their hands on pornographic video tapes was to buy them at adult bookstores or order them through sleazy catalogs. Today a porn video called "Girls Gone Wild" is being advertised on prime time TV.

The people peddling this smut use a subtle approach to market this video. They present it as a film showing examples of girls just having a good time. The nudity is but a byproduct of the merriment.

Terry had a sales call from these peddlers. "We will send you videos of naked girls having fun," the salesman told him. "Wouldn't you like to see that--for free?"

Terry grabbed the chance to share the saving message of Christ; he told the salesman he should know Jesus. The young man said he did know Jesus, to which Terry said: "You don't act like you know Him, when you offer pornography." The salesman ended the conversation by asking Terry to pray for him, which Terry, of course, has continued to do since.

Point is: Christians must confront Satan's subtle--and not so subtle-- attempts to force feed people the toxic sins of this fallen world. We must sound the alarm whenever possible.

Scriptural Canary:

"Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral" (Heb. 13:4).

 

Toxin #6 - "Plain Old Vanilla Sex"

Pornography has always been in violation of many laws that set the moral code for society. If it weren't for the court system's unwillingness to enforce clear legal guidelines, we would not have a $10 billion-a-year porn industry.

Over the years many smut peddlers have gained a strong foothold in the general culture. Hugh Hefner's Playboy empire is widely regarded as being as wholesome as apple pie. The typical biography of Hefner shows the narrator commenting about how enviable it is for a gray-haired, 73-year-old man to be constantly pawed over in a Beverly Hills mansion by an endless stream of nude or semi-nude models.

Larry Flynt, who founded Hustler magazine, recently noted how his operation has become tame by current standards. He said in an interview, "We deal in plain old vanilla sex. Nothing really outrageous." As long the taxes are paid and the "talent" is over 18, Flynt doesn't expect any trouble from the feds.

Scriptural Canary:

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isa. 5:20).

Toxin #7 - Apostasy in the Church

The Bible indicates that one of the major signs of the end times will be apostasy in the church. It is doubtful that the spiritual darkness will be confined to one region of the world. Because Europe appears to be in a more advanced state of apostasy, it seems beneficial to the rest of the world to be mindful of what has happened to the European church.

As it currently stands, the number of people in Europe who actually practice their faith has declined to the lower single digits. The dismal statistic shows up in the number of people who visit Rapture Ready. Great Britain has a population 15 times the size of Australia, and yet there are more people who visit the site from Australia than from the United Kingdom.

The fact that so few American Christians are concerned about the state of the Church in Europe is one sign that we in the U.S. are not too far behind that ever-darkening area of the world out of which our nation sprang.

Scriptural Canary:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first" (2 Thess. 2:3).

 

Toxin #8 -Anti-Semitism Infects World

Anti-Semitism is on the rise, especially in Great Britain and Germany. This is not simply inferred from news accounts. We have recent, first-hand accounts from people who are citizens of and live in England, and have reason to observe the growing hatred for Jews. The sources of our information are, themselves, Jews.

Jesus came in the flesh - Jewish flesh. He was, is, and will forever be the God-man out of the Jewish people. There is a great movement to deny the Jews are the chosen people. Even evangelical churches are preaching and teaching that the Church has replaced Israel in God's great plan for humanity.

Prophecy says anti-Semitism infection will spread, until all the world turns against Israel. Antichrist will be the ultimate persecutor of the Jews.

Scriptural Canary:

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world" (1 John 4:1-3).

"The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it" (Zech. 12:1-3).

 

Toxin #9 - Prophetic Fulfillment

Most evangelical Christians have always had a positive view of Bible prophecy. The common belief is that the nearer we draw to the tribulation hour, the closer we are to the day we will be raptured into the presence of the Lord.

What gets lost in the optimistic view of the end times is the fact that the fulfillment of prophecy is actually a deadly thing for the people who remain unsaved. These people will obviously be left behind, and will face near-certain doom when the wrath of God is revealed.

As it becomes more manifest that time is short, Christian should be doubling their efforts to reach out to people who remain in spiritual darkness.

Scriptural Canary:

"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it" (Isa. 13:9).

"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man" (Luke 21:36).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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