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“By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and silver in your treasuries. By your great skill in trading you have increased wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.” (Ezekiel 28:4-5 NIV)

As 2014 ended, U.S. stock market gurus were toasting their success. Then, sporting pockets full of cash, they took to the expensive stores hunting big ticket items. In a January 2nd CNBC article “Steak, strippers & sweet rides: Wall Street’s back”, the writer described the scene in New York’s financial district. He wrote: “It is the good ol’ days of 2007 all over again.” (Hey, wasn’t there a major collapse in the market in September 2008?)

For many, a million dollar bonus from the boss means buying a dream car–or maybe two. The article stated: “A salesman at a high-end car dealership in Manhattan that specializes in selling Bentleys, Rolls Royce and Lamborghinis (that range from $100,000 to $500,000) said that the fourth quarter was his “best quarter ever.”

What goes up must come down! Another analyst took a pessimistic view of the year-end euphoria and made his prediction for the coming year. In The Telegraph on-line, days ago, he posted: 10 Warning signs of a stock market crash in 2015. The similarities between past good times and the present cannot be denied. America is headed for a big, big fall.

A lot of skill is involved in successful trading. Much silver and gold is being amassed by the best traders. According to the prophet, however, the luxuries and the cars are destined to go up in smoke. Today, the wealthiest 1% “live large”, but it will all change in an hour.

“Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!”          (Revelation 18:16-17a NIV)

Bubble bursting or not, this is not the time to buy expensive cars, jewelry and homes. Instead of ascending to the heights, we ought to humbly associate with the lowly. We ought to busy ourselves in recognizing God’s true prophets, listening to their message and following them. (The Prophets of God book is written for that purpose and is available for purchase on this site.)

Having been made aware of these prophetic times, we will only see with our eyes the punishment of the wicked.

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Question: How do you know a prophet is a true prophet when sometimes it takes a millennium for the prophecy to come to pass?

 
Wanted to share a question (above) sent from Paul , a friend and reader of “The Prophets of God”. Thought it was worthy of sharing.
 
My answer: In Deuteronomy 18:20-22 we have one way of exposing the false prophet. If they say “by the Word of the Lord such and such will happen” but it does not happen, then we know that prophet did not speak for God. God’s command to Israel was the prophet who spoke deceitfully must be put to death! It is one thing to predict and be wrong–which I have on several occasions. It is quite another to claim to be speaking for God, and then be wrong.
 
The point of your question is perceptive: Can we afford to wait, say 1000 years, to see if what was prophesied in the Lord’s name comes true? We have to know as soon as possible. Which brings us to a second test: “Test the spirits to see if they are from God” (1 John 4:1). This is really the big test since things are going to get “dicey”, shall we say. Few Christians are ready for what is coming. We’re warned of it in Deuteronomy 13:1-5: What do we do when a prophet or dreamer says such and such is going to take place and then it happens? And what if that prophet goes on to lead unsuspecting followers to a false god or to the worship of the antichrist? Even though the prophet has demonstrated supernatural abilities through signs, wonders and miracles, are they then automatically God’s spokespersons? No is the answer.
 
Test the spirits. Do the prophet or dreamer’s words match those of Jesus (sp. Revelation 2-3)? Is the prophet a humble, loving servant with a heart of compassion? Do they display spiritual fruit and are they hated by the world? Do their actions resemble Elijah’s, Elisha’s or John the Baptist? 
 
Do not just look superficially at a teaching supposedly coming from God or the Bible. Do not do as the Thessalonians, but be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11)! Remember that in the last days there will be many false prophets who perform miracles in order to deceive. The deception will be so powerful that, if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived–but that’s not possible (Matthew 24:24). Why isn’t it possible? Because the elect test the spirits.
 
Prophecy in Scripture is supported by two, three or more witnesses found elsewhere in God’s Word. Learn and follow “The 5 major rules of Biblical interpretation”. That way the likelihood we will be led astray is minimal. Ask someone trustworthy, if you are in doubt.
 
When someone, like myself, purports to teach prophecy, listen carefully or take notes, but do not swallow until you know you have truth. Even if an angel of light appears and proclaims some other gospel than that of the apostles, do not believe it!
 
Mohammed believed a spirit named Gabriel. Joseph Smith believed the angel Moroni. They were deceived by angels of light. As a result, we have the cults of Islam and Mormonism with their separate Holy Books, the Koran and The Book of Mormon.
 
I cover all this in The Prophets of God. I could have referred you to a chapter and page, but you gave me a good opportunity to share.
 
Since you are studying Chapter 8, “Bad News”, in The Prophets of God, I will remind you of one more test of the prophet. False prophets have gone out into the world to flood us with counterfeit messengers. The content is important: Are they prophesying “success” for the unrepentant (1 Kings 22:11-12, 20-21)? Are they giving good news (ex. peace and security) for a nation or people that has turned away from God and turned to idols? Are they warning all who will listen of impending judgment (Jeremiah 28, sp. vs. 8-9)? Are they predicting a blessing of wealth and prosperity or are they pleading “Come out of Babylon. Flee before it’s too late!”
 
Your question strikes at a major theme of The Prophet of God. Now that you know this, please share it with others.

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The post “Holding a winning hand” came up in conversation among friends earlier today. It drew quite a reaction from a man I normally find myself agreeing with, especially on political matters. In fairness, Mr. G. did not hear the beginning of the discussion  or he may not have responded as forcefully as he did.

When he heard me say, “China would attack the U.S. using Electro-Magnetic Pulse weapons” it was Mr. G. who went ballistic. “That’s science-fiction!” he said.  This was followed by his assertion that our military is “EMP-Proof” and our counter-attack would bomb China back to the stone-age–my words not his.

I do not doubt Mr. G.’s point, if military might was the only consideration, that is. I informed him of the article I cited in yesterday’s post, “China’s plans for a nuclear attack”, plus I reminded him of our financial status (over $1 trillion in debt to China). Then I asked, “What if China demanded what we owe?” “If attacked, how would we finance our self-defense, especially if EMP’s have taken out our computers and electrical grid?”  

With this, my buddy admitted, “We’re done!”

If there’s no electricity, how do we get to our money? How would we access our savings? What good would dollars do even if we had a large stash of bills? There’s no on-line banking since computers would be rendered useless–the bank’s included?

Another question: Who would come to America’s aid in its time of need? Mexico? Costa Rica? I don’t think so. Lots of countries don’t like us as evidenced by Iran’s call for ‘Death to the U.S.’

Other than Canada, allies with a military worth talking about would have to cross an ocean. Even our so-called friends could be encouraged by the Chinese economically and militarily to stand down.

My co-laborer on this blog, Elijah, foresees U.S. forces involved in the Middle East when things blow up there. Iran’s threats to nuke Israel might give the Israeli’s all the provocation they need to strike nuclear facilities with all they got. With America’s interests in the region at stake, what would keep the U.S. from establishing a major Middle East military presence? If this should happen, it would be one part of the perfect storm of negative events that invite China’s aggression.

The root of my conviction that a Chinese attack is inevitable is not based on economic issues, newspaper articles, inside information or a death-wish for America, it comes from my belief that we are living in the last days. All but a few that I know admit that the U.S. is going down the drain. The real reason this nation is doomed is that we have become a stench in God’s nostrils. America has invited God’s wrath.

History shows that when a once righteous nation ceases to fear or honor the Lord or show gratitude for their divine blessings, the Almighty sends an invader to inflict his judgment. The Assyrians took care of the idolatrous Israelites. As prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah predicted, the Babylonians conquered Judah and Jerusalem. In 70 A.D., the Romans crushed the Jews and turned Jerusalem to rubble after they persecuted and scattered Christ’s followers.

It’s all in the Bible. If you don’t read the Bible, examine history. Rotting from within is an invitation for a conqueror. The first in grabs the spoils before others get there. America has a lot of wealth that makes it an attractive target. 

There are several million well-armed American gun owners that give the Chinese pause, but maybe our D.C. politicians can assist them by enacting anti-gun legislation.

Wake up! Repent and enter the Kingdom of God through faith in Christ! Place your hope in Jesus our King. Only He can save. Know what the prophets of God know. Now is the time.

  

 

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You may hear it or perhaps said it yourself: “I can’t stand watching the news. I’d rather do something I enjoy. It’s so depressing.”  

Personally, I cannot remember when I last watched network news. I’m thinking I ought to start. Our world has moved to the precipice and teeters on the brink. We need eye-witnesses.

When he composed Ash Wednesday, the agnostic T.S. Eliot wrote as if he knew what the end sounded like. The concluding line of his poem was “…this is the way the world ends not with a bang but a whimper.”

Maybe our notes on what happened will be useful someday. Future readers, curious about how such a noble nation turned rotten, will learn there were loud bangs to get our attention. Also, we heard several explosions and many whimpers.

In the 18th century, Edward Gibbon gathered first-person accounts from the 4th and 5th centuries. With those, he authored his six-volume The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Similarities abound between Rome then and America now, but that is not my point. We are alive at the end, not just of the West’s decline, but of this age’s fall as well. Students of history will need factual reporting. We should preserve our testimony for posterity, on hard copy.

There is not one hole below the water-line in our ship of state, but many. Cultural decadence, drowning debt, one group pitted against the other, violence, godless elites and a burgeoning dependency class are taking us down. Soon, unfolding before our eyes. will be a rapid descent into the abyss.

Writing about the disintegration of our present age for historians in the next age is dirty work, yet someone has to do it—or how will they know? This is what the end looks like. If you don’t believe me, study the Bible’s prophets or read another book that will aid objectivity. I modestly recommend The Prophets of God. It might be just the right antidote for your depression.

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Question 1: You seem to be saying that The Prophets of God is unique; that it is a fresh, new approach to truth. Is that possible? How do you back up that claim?

Answer 1: The proof is in the reading. I cannot speak for everything in print or on the internet but, personally, I do not know of anything like this book. The conclusions, insights and arguments I put out there for the reader did not come out of a book nor did I hear them from anyone. The Prophets of God is a product of my study of God’s Word, input from and discussions with other Bible students, interaction with historical and contemporary events and—most of all, I think—insights God has given me. After a time, when I began to see some things differently, I looked around and thought, “You know, I have not heard this from a human.” So, God impressed it on me to write what I discovered.

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