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bkgrnd

In Times Past

10.01.2003

Last year as America was preparing itself for the showdown with Saddam Hussein, I wrote that America's prophets would be counseling the President regarding Bible prophecy. Most of these men would be advising the President that the heralded Antichrist would rise out of the European Union. So, they will make it plain and simple to the President that he must not let the Europeans take the helm in Middle East peace- making, in order to restrain the coming of the Antichrist, whose number one claim to fame is..."I have brought peace to the Middle East." When I started writing my book in 1980, which is what my web site is based upon, many of these same prophets were predicting the fall of America and the rise of Europe to rule the world. The following is what I wrote then: Chapter 2, The Antichrist, A Closer Look at the West:
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"In Daniel 7:20, another characteristic of the antichrist and his nation is illuminated "...his look was more stout than its fellows." The real muscle and might behind the American-European confederacy rests in the superiority of America. For the little horn is politically, economically, and militarily more stout than the others. Isn´t that the situation today? For years, many Bible teachers, who think the antichrist will emerge from Europe, have taught that America would fall as a world power. They must be scratching their heads today, for America´s influence and power is getting stronger.

This strengthening will intensify because the deceived church in America is prophesying to the political leaders that the antichrist will arise in Europe. Believing this lie, the last American President, himself a professing Christian, will work to keep Europe inferior to America, thinking this will hold back the antichrist. But in reality he will emerge to be the antichrist when he brings peace to the Middle East. Because he has been told by Christian leaders that the peace-making antichrist will arise in Europe, he will not think he is, and neither will the deceived religious leaders."
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I have been reluctant to publicly use the names of men I think are fellow Christians who have fallen and consider this to be proper in most instances. However, in my last article, "Accursed from Christ", I was very clear in stating that some prophecy teachers were abandoning the faith by uniting with false health and wealth teachers who preach "another" Jesus, who should always be exposed publicly. So then, this is one occasion when I must openly use someone's name. For when Christians fall away from truth and go public in proclaiming error about the teachings of Jesus Christ, and refuse to repent after private brotherly rebuke, those who know the truth must also come out publicly. But this must be done with meekness of wisdom, knowing that all of us are capable of being led astray if we turn from the love and power of Jesus Christ. On the August 4th and September 8th, 2003 TBN telecasts of Jack Van Impe's prophecy program, he announced to the whole world that the White House and Condoleezza Rice had requested his advice and opinion on the now famous and currently stalled "Roadmap" for peace in the Middle East. I was stunned as Van Impe then verified that he told them things just like I said above in my book and also last year in my article, "Showdown at Babylon." I have heard reports that other prominent and well- placed prophecy teachers have also advised this administration on Bible prophecy.

My friends this is another sign that we are rapidly approaching the time of God's judgment on this Earth. These prophets are deceived, and they are deceiving the White House by saying the Antichrist is from the E.U. or anywhere else other than from the Oval Office itself. This is where the Antichrist will sit thinking he is a blessed son of God because he is a peacemaker, Matthew 5:9. These same Bible teachers, who have distorted the meaning of that verse, will tell him so. Does anyone really believe this historic position of strength and military power America now enjoys has not been planned by powers greater than mere men?

Jack Van Impe knows better or at least at one time he did. He has authored many books on Bible prophecy and no one in the world has memorized the scriptures more than he has. Many in the churches respectfully refer to him as the "Walking Bible." He knows that America is Babylon the Great of Revelation 18 and Jeremiah 50,51, which is the home base of the Antichrist, and which is to be destroyed by God himself at the end of the Great Tribulation. I met him briefly back in 1979, just after becoming a Christian. I was overwhelmed by the thought of our Lord Jesus Christ returning to this Earth and making right all the horrible wrongs in this world. I had for over ten years walked in the darkness of a die hard atheist, and now the idea of a resurrected King of Kings returning again fascinated me. I studied the Bible as if my very life was on the line. Jack Van Impe seemed to have it all together back in those days. His memory of the scriptures is admirable and I will always respect him for that. Our brief encounter lasted all of five minutes, after one of his speaking engagements. He was standing behind a table filled with his books, when I introduced myself to him as new believer, who was looking and longing for the Lord Jesus Christ to return. I told him I believed that America was the Little Horn of Daniel 7, the Beast of the Sea in Revelation 13, and Babylon the Great of Revelation 18. He agreed. I asked him point blank where the Antichrist would come from. He looked me in the eyes and said..."it could be Jimmy Carter," clearly implying that the Presidency would produce the Antichrist.

Some time later, as I was putting the finishing touches on my book, I sent Jack a manuscript copy, hoping he would review it, even though I knew he was a very busy man and probably had hundreds of people seeking his time. I had great love and respect for him then, even though I had met him for only five minutes. Surprisingly, he did review it and sent me a kind and gracious letter stating he agreed with everything in it with the exception of my views on "once saved, always saved." If you have read my online book and all of the subsequent articles you know that I believe the "last" American President will be the Antichrist, and only God the Father knows who and when this will be! So why is Jack Van Impe now advising what could be the last President something he knows is not true? Only Jack knows the answer, but I believe that it coincides with his new faith and admiration toward the Catholic Church and Pope John Paul, for whom he has great respect and high regards. Did Jack at one time think the last Pope would be the False Prophet and Beast of the Earth of Revelation 13? He agreed with me in 1980 that it would be so. With great sorrow and regret, it appears to me that militant patriotism, the prosperity preachers, and his compromise with Catholic doctrines have blinded Jack to the truth he once stood for.

I have sent Jack copies of all my articles for over two years now, hoping he would respond and change his mind. So I now openly plead with him and others to remember where they once were in the truth of the scriptures and return with the renewing of their minds and hearts. If they fail to do so, are they destined to fulfill the words of Jesus Christ in Revelation 2:22...."Behold, I will cast her (Jezebel the Great Harlot) into a bed, and "them" that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds?" The Great Harlot is led by the Pope, who is daily seducing many back into the delusions of Catholic doctrines. Are Jack Van Impe and many who have fallen with him the "them" that our Lord Jesus Christ is referring to, who will be spit up by the Lord when he returns to remove from the Earth his followers as a thief in the night? I say this with tremendous sorrow, and as always, remembering the ease at which my old carnal nature, that yet resides in my body, rises to tempt me to follow the masses down the broad, comfortable road that leads to destruction and eternal death in Hell.

These prophetic events such as the "Roadmap" should inspire all of us to examine our lives carefully. Are we ready to stand before the Lord Jesus Christ, for the prophecies I've described point to his imminent return to deliver and remove his faithful ones and then plunge the sons of disobedience into the darkness of the Great Tribulation coming upon the Earth. The Apostle Paul knew these days were coming and warned the church in Ephesus to remember what the Lord had saved them from. Read carefully the following from God's word:
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Ephesians 2: (1) "And you hath he made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (2) Wherein "in times past" ye walked according to the course of this world, according the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the "sons of disobedience"; (3) Among whom also we "all" had our manner of life "in times past" in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the "children of wrath," even as others. (4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5) Even when we were dead in sins hath made us alive together with Christ, (by grace are you saved); (6) And hath raised us up together, and made us to "sit together" in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (7) That in the "ages to come" he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus......(11) Wherefore, "remember" that ye being "in time past" Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; (12) That "at that time" ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: (13) But now in Christ Jesus ye who once were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.....Ephesians 5: (5) For this ye know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (6) Let no man deceive you with vain words; for because of these things "cometh" the wrath of God upon the "sons of disobedience."
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Obviously, if you are reading this and have never asked the Lord Jesus to forgive you and be your Lord, then you are still part of the uncircumcised Gentile world. If you are Jewish and you continue to reject Jesus as your promised Messiah, you are just as lost as the Gentiles, even though the Jewish Jesus came to Israel fulfilling the promises God made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You can clearly see from Paul's letter that anyone outside of the grace and power of Jesus Christ is considered by God as one of the sons of disobedience, all of whom are unwitting followers of Satan, the prince of today's political-religious world system. The sons of disobedience are also identified as the children of wrath, always warring and fighting among themselves due to pompous pride and patriotism, having missed the peace with God that Jesus Christ provides to all those who come to him by faith. You can see that Paul makes a sharp contrast between the sons of disobedience and those sons who desire with all their heart to obey him and his teachings, because he their Lord and Master.

When I first read Paul's letter to Ephesus admonishing them to remember, to look back at the old course of their life, I was ashamed to even think about the times past, with all the terrible, wretched things I said and did on a daily basis. But the Lord instructed me from his word to remember that old life not from an attitude of renewed guilt or condemnation, but from one of thankfulness that he had mercy on me and forgave all of my many sins. Moreover, the Holy Spirit within me has changed the course and practices of my life. I have found that it is possible, with the Lord's help, to generally remember my times past without all those sordid details of sinful experiences causing me to be tempted into the carnal pleasures of sin again. When I think of that old life of continual daily sin, I now see the bloody cross of Jesus Christ and my sins that nailed him there. Knowing that helps me not to obey the tempting desires to practice sin again. For I now know that sin separates me from a loving God who truly wants to fellowship with me.

Paul's words of truth are as real and alive today as they were to the Ephesians. Just because two thousand years has past does not make them irrelevant. Listen carefully, is it not true today that the human race, as God sees it, is still divided between the Gentiles and Jews? Is it not true also that God is still calling them both to the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ, and that only through him can true peace be established between these ancient enemies? The very fact there are still Jews on the Earth, and there is now a nation of Israel again, who have survived through centuries of persecution and holocausts from us Gentiles, should encourage you all to take the Bible as the living word from God, and study it for your very lives.

As Paul earlier said to the Ephesians, God the Father wants us to know what is the "hope of his calling," Ephesians 1:18. He wants us to know the inheritance that can be ours in Heaven. I decided long ago that the only way to have eternal life was to be "in" Christ, which comes when one is born again by the Holy Spirit. When that truly happens to someone he will immediately have an inner desire for Jesus to return one day in glory. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. This is the hope he calls us to, which includes the inheritance of a new sinless, perfect, and immortal body that is fashioned after his own glorified body that rose from the dead. This glorious day of resurrection is imminent my friends. There is coming a day that will leave Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings of the news media completely speechless and beside themselves. Without a doubt it will be the most thrilling "breaking news" event of all time. The graves of the righteous will be opened and emptied, and living people will be reported as missing. For the Lord Jesus will descend from Heaven with the souls and spirits of the dead, to the atmosphere of the Earth and in one voice as a trumpet blast, call every dead body of those "in" him who have died the last two thousand years, to rise again. Then those of us who happen to be alive on that historic day, who are also "in" him, will hear our name being called and instantly we will join them in the clouds to be taken to Heaven, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 4. At last, our aging and sinful bodies will be changed from corruption to incorruption, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57.

Even though there exists only a small remnant of followers on Earth today, there will be multitudes who meet in the air, for most of the Lord's people are already in Heaven awaiting the call to return for the resurrection of their bodies. In the days following this spectacular event, the questions about what just happened will begin to fill the airways.... "Was it really Jesus? If so, why are the Pope, President and Preachers still here? If so, why is my dead grandmother's grave left unopened, for she was a good person and went to Mass every Sunday? Was it UFO's? If so, what is their purpose and where are they from? What is going to happen now?" People will be glued to their television screens waiting for the answer that will calm all their fears!

I know that to some of you this sounds like a sensational plot and script for a science fiction movie, but rest assured, this day of resurrection is coming, for Jesus will remove his people to Heaven and then the lights will go out on this war torn, demon infested planet. His followers, the sons of obedience by faith, will be in Heaven awaiting their return trip to the Earth with Jesus Christ at the Battle of Armageddon, Revelation 19. It remains mind boggling to me how anyone who hears or reads this awesome truth of eternal, resurrection life can then turn their back on Jesus Christ and return to their lustful pursuit of the American dream of worldly prosperity. How can you even compare the riches of the love and mercy of Jesus to the riches of money?

Once the lights are turned off on this planet, and Satan's Antichrist is allowed to bring an imitation peace to the Holy Land, God's angels will prepare themselves to bring down the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience, Revelation 6-18. It will all come down to one climactic battle in the land of Israel. Jesus Christ will appear in the darkened sky as the lightning flashes from the east to the west, and all eyes shall behold him, Matthew 24:27-31. He will descend to the Earth to destroy the Antichrist and False Prophet, who have gathered all the remaining armies of the Earth to the Middle East, to make war against Jesus Christ and his heavenly armies that are with him, Revelation 17:14, 19:19. As a result of God's permitting both good and fallen angels to publicly appear and speak directly to the people, while they at the same time bring thundering destruction to the Earth itself, the Antichrist will have convinced the unrepentant Kings and Presidents that instead of Jesus returning, aliens from other worlds are coming down for one final battle, Revelation 16:13-14. Please read my articles, "The Angelic Intervention, The Battle of the White Horsemen, The Wrath of the Lamb, When Angels Appear" for further details of what is to take place on this planet.

I would like to end this article with another call for all who read this, including myself, to examine ourselves before the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you a Gentile, apart from God, without hope in this world, perhaps even following one of the demonic religions of this world? This list of religions includes most of Christendom who have fallen into a deeper demonic delusion than all the others. Or are you like me, a Gentile who found the forgiveness and grace of God, who walked in obedience and faith, and then later became lukewarm and very carnal again, only to be driven back to the bloody cross for refreshing and the renewing of my mind? Or are you Jewish, and still listening to all the mixed up Rabbis, who see Jesus Christ as a false prophet, who deny his resurrection from the dead? Or are you a Jew who has believed that Jesus is the Messiah, who once knew that salvation is by grace through repentance and faith in the Holy Spirit's indwelling power to obey the laws of Christ, only to find yourself trying again to obey the Torah through your own power or righteousness? It is one thing to observe and honor the law of God as it points us to Jesus Christ, his blood sacrifice, his power to obey, and quite another thing when one thinks he has the power within himself to earn God's grace or favor. Finally, are you one of the few in this present world who have washed themselves in the blood of Jesus and have been kept pure by the power of the Holy Spirit, and have overcome evil by faith? Everyone of you who are reading this falls under one of these definitions, so there is no excuse when you stand before the throne of the Lord Jesus Christ. As for me, I desire to hear the Lord say to me on that day...."well done, good and faithful servant" and not.... "I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

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