At first I didn’t know why it was happening. I couldn’t understand why I was recently flooded with emotion-filled memories of my past in a way much different than I have ever experienced. I have never wept so much in my life. And the question kept popping into my heart….why am I a survivor? Maybe this was stirred by the political battle between Senator Kerry and President Bush that prompted the Swift Boat veterans to challenge the fitness of Kerry to be the President of the United States because of his treacherous anti-veteran behavior in 1971. It is amazing how he just sort of lumped all Vietnam veterans together and called us war criminals, while some of his fellow servicemen were still prisoners in North Vietnam.
Everyone agrees, the actions of these Swift Boat veterans played a enormous part in the re-election of President Bush. He now has a mandate to prosecute his war on terrorists, and I think he will continue to “selectively” take it to them. I say selectively because many commentators have asked why the anti-Semitic and anti-Christian dictators in Saudi Arabia, masquerading as Kings and Princes, have been repeatedly excused and protected, in spite of the fact it is the home base of all Islam. Everyone knows that the Saudi religious leaders teach militant Holy Jihad, financially support Islamic terrorist groups who proudly murder Israel’s women and children, and reject religious freedom and democracy. If Islam is going to reform itself, it must first come from the religious leaders of Saudi Arabia. This mandate means the hypocritical war on terrorists will continue even though most American religious conservatives know this is a religious Holy War for world domination initiated by Islamic zealots. What they want President Bush to boldly and clearly declare to all Islamic nations is….”It is time for all Moslems to decide your future. America and Israel are inseparable friends and allies, and together we will defeat and conquer any nation which supports Islamic Holy War against Christians and Jews. Either reform your religion and make peace with Israel or our combined armies will occupy your lands.”
Now that the American people have spoken, the terrorist states of Iran and Syria are facing their D-Day, even if President Bush refuses to declare his allegiance with Israel to please the religious conservatives. The President will not let them off the hook like he has with the Saudi regime. Will they choose peace or war? Many fearful citizens are pleasantly surprised that no further 911’s have taken place on American soil. Indeed, this appears to be a mystery, but I suspect that shortly after 911 and before the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Syrian and Iranian leaders were secretly told by the President that he was going to replace the regimes in those two nations, and if another 911 massacre occurs on American soil, Syria and Iran would be next. This warning was obviously relayed to Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist friends. The ball still remains in the Syrian and Iranian court.
Listening to and thinking about all of this Swift Boat controversy has caused me to relive the years and experiences of the Vietnam war, but like I said, in a way that brought intense grief and sorrow. Perhaps the senseless destruction and death unleashed by the Islamic madmen around the world almost on a daily basis was helping to bring my past into the present. I am sure that many veterans are going through the same thing. If you are reading this article right now means that you too are a survivor in some manner. You are still alive. Are there experiences in your life when someone else died and you were spared? How many Russian families are now asking these same questions after burying hundreds of innocent children slaughtered by the Islamic barbarians?
Every young man that entered the Army back in the 60’s went through basic military training as they do today. Back in those days the drill sergeants were a special lot. Many of them were combat veterans of Korea and even a few from World War Two. In 1966, when I entered basic training the Vietnam war was fully engaged. The war brought out the intimate stories from these otherwise hardened drill instructors. Listening to their war stories never seemed to touch me however, for the reality of what I was doing didn’t seem to set in. It was like preparing for the Friday night football game in high school. After a couple of months of rigorous training and conditioning we finished our initial military experience and then individual orders came down for AIT or advanced individual training. I remember as though it were yesterday, listening to all my friends as they shared their new destinations. I told my drill sergeant I had orders for armored reconnaissance training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He had this serious look on his face and with great passion encouraged me to pay attention to the instructors at Fort Knox. I got the impression that he viewed all this as more than preparation for some football game.
After reporting in at Fort Knox and settling down by making a whole new bunch of friends, we began our training. We learned how to fire many weapons systems, including machine guns and grenade launchers. It still seemed to me like the rugged training for that football game and just as noisy. But then we moved into a new phase of training, learning how to operate and communicate with various signal equipment, even learning how to code the alphabet…A=Alpha, B=Bravo, C=Charlie, D=Delta, etc. After learning this, we moved back out into the field to learn force movements and our responsibility as reconnaissance specialists. We all learned how to take the point and flanking positions in offensive tactics, where we were to seek out the enemy before he found us. It still seemed like a football practice to me! But then towards the end of our training we all learned how to call in and direct artillery fire on enemy positions that we as the recon units had spotted. Something began to click in my mind. We were to be the first to encounter the Viet Cong or North Vietnamese regulars! In the back of my mind I could see the look in my drill sergeant’s face in basic training and hear his words of warning…pay attention to your instructors.
I remember sitting around the barracks one day with my friends. We were watching the news from Vietnam and the latest casualty count. Someone said…”You know, that could be us. We have been preparing for weeks, learning how recon units are to seek out the enemy. We could be there soon.” All of a sudden the reality of it all began to sink in. The lights came on in my head. My whole attitude changed. It was the first time in my young life that I felt such heaviness. Then the day of graduation came and the new individual orders came down. All the members of my platoon were gathered around in the barracks opening and sharing with each other their destination. All of my friends were assigned to combat units in Vietnam or further combat training. All except me! I was being assigned to Fort Lee, Virginia to enter officer candidate school (OCS). I was in shock. My friends gathered around me. I had completely forgotten that during the first week of basic training we were all asked to raise our hands if any of us would like to become officers and apply for OCS. Only a handful of us raised our hands. I have no idea why I did that. At the time I thought there was no way the army would want a twenty year old kid as an officer, but I filled the papers out anyway. Our recon platoon leader, himself a first lieutenant, heard the commotion and came over to look at my orders and explained that Fort Lee was the Army’s support and logistics school. He seemed surprised that with all my combat training I was not assigned to a armored or infantry OCS.
All of my friends came up to me with congratulations and laughed as they saluted me in jest. We never saw each other again! I am having great difficulty holding back the tears as I write this, knowing that my friends went to Vietnam to do what they were trained to do and many of them were killed or wounded in action while I was training at Fort Lee. It would be another eighteen months, February 1968, before I too would land in Vietnam, but under much different circumstances than my recon friends. Again, even after thirty eight years, the question fills my heart….why did I survive, while so many of my friends came home with bullet or shrapnel wounds or in flag draped coffins to grieving families, to a divided and bitter nation where many just spat on them and even their graves?
Let me share with you something else that filled my heart as I was recalling and writing down the memories of Vietnam and my fallen friends. In my last article “The Golden Cup of America” I attempted to expose the utter hypocrisy of the infamous Quartet (EU, UN, US, Russia) when they condemn the violence of the Middle East, with their underlying implication that it is all the fault of Israel, while their own cities are ablaze in senseless violence. Permit me to explain to you why I said what I did in that article and its relationship to being a survivor. For the story I am about to tell you drives home my point that terrorism is not the exclusive domain of the Islamic madmen and the American abortion industry, who without mercy or conscience terrorize the unborn babies, and rip them from the bellies of selfish women who know what they are doing, all with the approval of the Supreme Court, Congress, and a indifferent President. After a generation of heated debate and advances in medical science, no woman can plead ignorance when they stand before God.
Over ten years ago my beautiful daughter, Tiffany, and some of her friends were having a party. They had just graduated from high school. She and her close friend, Mike, left the party to replenish the sodas and snacks. Mike was driving and after going a few blocks, they were pulled over by another car that had four young black men in it. One of them got out of the car and approached Mike, who had rolled down the window to ask if there was a problem. The young man looked at Mike and said…”I hate you, you white m….. f…..” Then this black teenager pulled out a gun and shot Mike in the chest. Tiffany was instantly in a state of shock and intense fear, and tried to hit the floor, as the teenager aimed his gun at her head. All she could see was the barrel of his gun pointed at her. In an instant, Mike, who was still conscious, pulled himself forward and hit the gas pedal as the bullet intended for my daughter’s head hit Mike in the arm. Miraculously, Mike was able to drive away, while this teenager continued to shoot at the car. The house where their friends were was only a few blocks away, and as Mike pulled into the driveway, he passed out. Tiffany, still in shock, screamed out for her friends, who immediately called the police. Mike was rushed to the hospital, and after surgery, the doctors reported the bullet in his chest had missed all the vital organs.
The police were unable to find the young teenagers. The following week, these same young men were out on the prowl again. They observed a young white family coming home from an outing, who were just exiting their car, and opened fire on them. The wife was instantly killed on their driveway, and the teenagers sped away. We later found out they were gang members, who got their thrills in drive-by shootings of white people. They were finally apprehended and convicted of murder.
I want all of you to know that Tiffany was really struggling with her faith in God when all of these horrors came upon her. Much of the blame for her weakness was mine, for I showed her more man-made law than fatherly love for many years as she grew up. My failures as a father helped her to justify the rebellion she was demonstrating in her life. She now knows the Lord Jesus Christ spared her life when Mike pulled forward as the bullet meant for her head left the barrel of the gun. Tiffany now has two beautiful daughters who love Jesus, and many times when I am with them I can hardly hold back the tears, knowing that if it were not for the grace of Jesus Christ my daughter and granddaughters would not even be here. Today my precious daughter knows that she too is a survivor! But why her and not the young mother?
Little did I know that my faith was also going through an overhaul in that the Lord had something he wanted to teach me through this nightmarish experience of Tiffany’s. For the next day I was at work and the first people I had to deal with were a middle age black couple. Ever since I became a Christian, I was keenly aware of the prejudice and racism that fills our society and considered myself to be an overcomer of these evil temptations. To be honest, when I first laid eyes on these two people, I was filled with rage, remembering that four black teenagers tried to kill my daughter the day before. But in my mind, there was another voice that was trying to replace the rage with love and compassion. As I walked up to this couple, the man introduced himself as….Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Love. My knees began to shake when he said his name. They spoke to me with such great kindness and meekness. They even shared their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We finished our business and they began to leave. As I watched them go out the door I began to weep as a child, crying out to my Father in Heaven to please forgive me for thinking such evil things about people just because of the color of their skin.
I have found the answer to my question….why have I survived? At least until the posting of this article anyway. The answer lies in the life of Jesus Christ and the example he set for us. Please read the following words spoken of and by the Lord:
Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was “moved with compassion” for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.
Matthew 23:34-39 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
If you read the gospel accounts of the Lord’s life on Earth you cannot escape the phrase that Jesus was….moved with compassion…even for his worst enemies. This is what the Lord is doing in my heart! This is why I have survived! This is why I tell Christians to pick up their cross rather than the swords of war, while at the same time honoring veterans as courageous men who placed their lives on the line for others. For many of them were like me, ignorant of the true teachings of Jesus Christ, deceived by the false preachers of Constantinian Christianity, who proclaim the lie of the “just” war doctrine for believers from their pulpits. Don’t ever forget that it was during the time of the counterfeit conversion to Christ of the Roman Emperor, Constantine, in the fourth century, when Christian leaders stopped looking for the return of the Lord, when they were no longer moved with compassion for their enemies, and started fighting and killing the enemies of the Emperor, Mathew 24:48-51.
These leaders began to doubt the literal interpretation of the prophecies that proclaimed the personal return of Jesus Christ to establish his Millennial Kingdom. With Constantine’s embrace of Christians, false teachers then started teaching that the Kingdom was going to be established on Earth by the Church working in and through a Christian Emperor. If you read Revelation 13,17,18, you will discover the ultimate deadly consequences of this lie. For the last President and Pope will follow in Constantine’s footsteps and bring down the wrath of God upon all the nations. Have we seen the last presidential election in America? Only the God of Israel knows the answer. And for you students of history, didn’t the Emperor wannabe, Adolph Hitler, practice his own version of the “just” war doctrine when he sent his armies into Poland, igniting World War Two? Hitler continually proclaimed his faith in God and Country with such conviction that the entire German nation believed they were doing the will of God. Only a fool would suggest they were moved with compassion for their enemies.
For seventeen centuries now these false preachers refuse to acknowledge that before Jesus returns in the judgment of all nations, governments of self- willed men who refuse to be governed by the God of Israel, are temporarily allowed by God to pursue and prosecute evildoers as a restraint and to prevent anarchy, but that followers of Jesus are forbidden to do the same, Romans 12:17-13:1-7. It is that simple! In addition, even though governments of men are allowed to prosecute justice on evildoers, Jesus said wars and violence would escalate out of control among these very same governments, Matthew 24:1-8. He warned his followers to not be deceived and drawn into these wars and rumors of war. Regrettably, most preachers in Christendom have not heeded the Lord’s warning and have embraced the “just” war doctrine for their flocks. They are no longer moved with compassion and love for their enemies. These preachers are more interested in preserving their seats at the President’s or Emperor’s table than picking up their own cross.
Most people in the churches of Christendom today have either never understood, or worse yet, have abandoned their citizenship in the coming Kingdom of Heaven as did the followers of Constantine. In addition, these confused people refuse to be loyal Ambassadors for this coming Kingdom to all the nations, Philippians 3:20, 2 Corinthians 5:20. Have they forgotten that the very word “church” means….the called out ones? True Christians are those who have responded to the call of Jesus to come out of the darkness of the political-religious systems of all nations and then proclaim his second coming.
To all veterans who are reading this, I must warn you that when the day comes to stand before the God of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ, you cannot blame the false teachers who lied to you about the gospel. For you are all individually accountable for your sins and for not seeking the truth for yourselves. And for those of you who are still in doubt as to whether Christians should judge, fight, or kill the enemies of the nation you were born in, I beg you to study these scriptures, 1 Corinthians 4:8-17, 5:9- 6:1-8, Revelation 5:10, 12:9, 13:7, 20:4, Daniel 7:1-3, 23-28. You will see that Paul, John, and Daniel understood that until Jesus Christ returns the unsaved or unjust or beasts, as Daniel describes them, will be the rulers of all future Gentile nations. Nowhere is it prophesied or taught in the New Testament that true Christians have a covenant with God to establish earthly governments and nations. But when the Lord returns and establishes his Millennial Kingdom, it will be the saints who will then judge and rule with him.
Satan used Constantine’s outward, artificial conversion to deceive and seduce Christians rather than continuing his three hundred year old practice of the Empire persecuting and killing them, which only increased their numbers. This tactical change by Satan then gave birth to what John calls, the Great Harlot of Revelation 17, a false and anti-Semitic Christian religious system that provided moral cover and legitimacy to the Empire of Rome. The beast of Daniel’s prophecy was given a Christian sheepskin suit to wear, Matthew 7:15. Those compassionate few who remained faithful to the true gospel of the coming Kingdom and its Jewish roots were now being persecuted by their own fallen friends and brothers. It is the same today! In addition, it was during this Christian makeover of the Empire when the pagan holidays of Easter and Christmas replaced the Jewish feasts of Israel. And in the end this diverse and militant Great Harlot will help the American and European governments, who are the last phase of the Roman Empire, to establish peace in the Holy Land. The Holy War that is developing before us today will ultimately be between this Great Harlot and the death cult of Islam over who will replace the Jewish control over Jerusalem and the Holy Land. The Harlot will prevail briefly in this war, possibly aided by a grand public appearance of a familiar spirit named Mary, the Queen of Heaven, who will appeal for world peace and religious unity. Islam and the Great Harlot will both be destroyed by God because of their anti-Semitism and the rejection of the imminent pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ, Revelation 17:16-17, Ezekiel 38.
Matthew saw Jesus standing on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem looking down on the Jewish people, whose leaders had rejected him and killed his prophets who had come before him, including John the Baptist. His heart was moved with compassion and overwhelmed with grief. For he knew they were going to an eternal Hell if they died without embracing him. He knew what was to befall them in 70 A.D. when the pagan Roman legions would kill or scatter the Jews into the four corners of the world. He knew also this destruction and scattering for rejecting him as the Messiah would repeat itself at the end of the age, which I believe is our generation. And as Jesus said, the Jewish people would not see him again on this Earth until they call out for his second coming. This means that before Jesus sets foot on this Earth, a remnant of Jews, led by two mighty prophets, will become zealous followers of the Lord and boldly cry out….blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. The latter day rain of the Holy Spirit is about to fall upon the descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Hosea 6:3, Zechariah 10:1, 12:10, James 5:7-8, Revelation 7,11.
In my mind I can see Jesus weeping and crying out for them then and now, knowing their destruction would include awful pain and suffering. As he looked down on Jerusalem, he had the power to command the angels to kill them all for rejecting him. But because he was moved with compassion, he walked down into the city to a certain humiliation and his own death. He knew this was the only way to show the Jewish people, even all of humanity, the freedom they really needed was not political or religious, but spiritual. His mission was to shed his blood as the complete atonement before God the Father for all of our sins. Listen my dear friends….on that day Jesus stood looking down on Jerusalem he also looked down the corridor of time and wept over you. He knows your end as well. He knows that if you die without him you will be lost in eternity forever. Never forget that!
Who can deny that we live in a world that is not moved with compassion, but going mad with envy, hatred and violence as Jesus predicted in Matthew’s writings? It seems to permeate the very air we breath and is especially prevalent in the major cities of all nations. The political-religious madness of the Middle East is now poisoning all the nations and they have no idea or clue as to how to escape the war by terror that was intensified by Islamic madmen on 911. Furthermore, very few seem to understand why all these nightmares are coming to pass. Does anyone really care to know? In previous articles I have stated my belief that the God of Israel has already given this world, and especially America, up to its vile affections, Romans 1:21-32. Listen carefully….when the most powerful and influential nation on Earth sows the seeds of legalized terrorism on unborn children, and calls the evil of homosexuality good, and adheres to the militant false gospel of Constantinian Christianity, it will reap the whirlwind of God’s wrath. It has lost all sense of reason and compassion. What is unfolding around the world is the direct result of the God of Israel lifting his restraining hand, slowly but surely, while still calling individuals to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is coming a day when he will instruct his mighty angelic army to no longer hinder Satan and the fallen angels that do his bidding. The resulting carnage will destroy over fifty percent of the human race, Revelation 6:6, 9:15. This will be the wine cup of God’s fury upon all the nations, including Israel. No nation will escape the sword of his wrath, Jeremiah 25:12-38.
The horrible slaughter of hundreds of children in Russia is another sign that Daniel’s prophecies are about to be fulfilled. For the former enemies of the cold war, Russia and America, seem to be closing ranks in order to fight the evildoers of Islam. I understand the difficulty in thinking this is possible when both nations utilized Islamic militants against each other during the cold war. It is a known fact that Osama Bin Laden was used by America to fight the Russians in Afghanistan during the 1980’s. And Yasser Arafat, considered the father of Islamic terrorists, was employed by the old Soviet Union in their bid to defeat America. What’s even more astonishing is that Israel and Russia are now beginning to help each other in the fight against the deranged Islamic militants. The so called experts are now saying that America and Russia are at a crossroads of either a renewed cold war or a strategic alliance to defeat once and for all the insanity of the Islamic Jihad. This seems to be a complicated and confusing political-religious mess. All I know is that when this all comes to an end the prophets Daniel and Ezekiel provide pinpoint detail of what will happen.
This mass murder of children in Russia is putting increased pressure on the leaders of Islam, especially those in Iran and Syria, to reform their image. This tragedy will also help the “ecumenical” elites in Christendom to unite the Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic and other Protestant branches. I said in my online book written in 1980 (See Table of Contents) and recent articles that when the end comes the Russian leaders will plot with the outwardly “reformed” nations of Iran and Syria to seduce Israel and America into thinking they really want peace, freedom and democracy, Daniel 8:9,23-27, Ezekiel 38:8-14, Revelation 6:1-4. The truth is that Islamic and Russian leaders have one common goal….the destruction of Israel and world domination! We are at the threshold of Daniel’s 70th Week, which lasts seven years and begins with a peace covenant between Israel and her Islamic enemies, Daniel 9:27. It ends with the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ in fiery judgment. Just know this, America and Russia are the Little Horns of Daniel 7&8, who will bring the entire world to Jerusalem to establish this comprehensive covenant of peace, which includes the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount.
As I wrote in my last article “The Golden Cup of America” all Americans are being drawn either to the appeasers and cowards of the political left or the avenging attackers of the political right. This polarization of the nation over how to react to this insane Islamic Holy War comes with much anger and bitterness. Why is this happening? What is the truth behind the Democratic and Republican parties? And how does this relate to Russia’s role in prophecy? The two political parties are presented as opposing groups to us by the media, when in reality they are both ignorantly marching to the same drummer. Furthermore, the drummer is not just an elite group of men who are conspiring to establish the New World Order, but fallen angels led by Satan, who the Lord Jesus Christ calls the god of this world system. I was once under his political spell, but the Lord Jesus Christ has opened my eyes. The day is at hand, possibly through another 911, when all of the warring political and religious parties in America will be “redirected” by Satan to set aside their differences and join with the Russians to save this world from a nuclear nightmare unfolding before our eyes in the Holy Land. This is the spirit of the Antichrist.
As I said earlier, Jesus predicted that as this final age draws to its end….the love of many would grow cold, Matthew 24:12. Hatred and strife consumes the political parties and religious institutions of America, as well as the whole world, thereby setting the stage for the peacemaking and unifying work of the Antichrist. Are you one of the…many? Or are you one of the few who have surrendered their hearts to the living God of Israel? Are you one of the few who understand what love and hate really is and what it means? Are you one of the few who recognize that every political and religious system (left or right) of the nations is created and controlled by Satan and his army of fallen angels, and that anyone who spiritually joins themselves with these ideologies is on a collision course with the wrath of God? Are you one of the few who know that only when the Lord Jesus Christ returns will the nations be free from the death grip that Satan has on them? Please read the following words of Jesus as he spoke the truth of these things to his disciples.
Luke 6:22-36 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Do you want to be a child of the Most High described above or do you want to make your bed with the rich, full, laughing, popular, and arrogant elites in ecumenical Christendom that everyone loves to rub shoulders with? You better read again what Luke is saying to all of you who claim to follow the God of Israel. And those of you who might be thinking now that Jesus wasn’t showing love and compassion on the rich and powerful who rejected him when he said…woe unto you…keep reading his message. Jesus demonstrates tremendous love and compassion on his enemies who persecuted and reproached him, for he knew they were on their way to an eternal Hell. Didn’t he say to them….do unto others as you would want them to do unto you? Think about that. If you are on the road to Hell and do not know it, wouldn’t you want someone to tell you? Jesus is identifying two roads, the wide and the narrow, which also represents two Kingdoms. And every one of us are born and raised to travel down the wide road until we are stopped, warned, and compelled to change roads. Then it is up to you which road you want to walk down. Don’t make the wrong choice and keep going down the wide road with the vast multitudes seeking what they think is the easy way out of the distress and dangers coming upon this world.
This wide road is easily identified today in Christendom. It doesn’t require the investigative skills of Sherlock Holmes to see it. For example, it is being taught in many circles that all you need to do to be saved is just “accept” Jesus. In reality, what most of these people are doing is just “adding” Jesus to their old world view and lifestyle without any desire for a spiritual heart transplant. Those who do this are just encouraged to stop smoking, drinking….and going out with the girls that do, and show up for church every Sunday with their tax deductible offerings. By doing this the sin nature that controls them, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of this life, remains intact and even becomes christianized, 1 John 2:16. This is just one of the errors of those ensnared by the patriotic, self-centered, purpose driven, prosperity gospel of psycho babble in America today.
What you need to do if you want to be saved is cry out for mercy through repentance and say….Jesus, please “accept” me, a wretched worldly sinner, and write my name in your book of life…and give me your power to understand and overcome all evil. The Lord Jesus Christ wants you to plant both feet solidly on the narrow road by honestly confessing and repenting of your sins, and to place all of your love and faith upon him, his shed blood, and the glorious resurrection of his body. Through him, eternal life and your own bodily resurrection at his coming will become a reality, and you will begin to look differently upon all the lost appeasers and attackers of this world. As you grow in the Lord’s knowledge you will mourn for their eternal souls, and begin the long walk down into their midst, to your own certain humiliation and possible death.
This is what it means to be moved with compassion and love for all men, especially those who hate you the most because of your stand for the Lord Jesus Christ and his coming Kingdom. The greatest and most difficult test of your faith in the truth of the bloody cross might come when you’re looking into the hate filled eyes of an Islamic madman and then cry out….Father, forgive this man…and lay not this sin to his charge, Matthew 23:34, Acts 7:59-60. I have stumbled and fallen at times while walking down this narrow road in the midst of angry doubters, some of them being my friends and family. I have, in my times of rebellion, tried to have one foot on the wide road and one on the narrow. I have sinned against my Lord and walked in my carnal flesh far too many times. But each time the Lord Jesus Christ reached down to pick me up and offered me forgiveness. He will pick you up as well if you stretch out your hand to him. I know I have survived, not to live for myself, but to humbly walk in the footsteps of the Lord, until the day he returns to this Earth to bring true justice and peace. Remember, Jesus came the first time not to condemn you, but to offer you the only way to get off the wide road to Hell, John 3:17. The next time he comes in the flesh he will separate all those who rejected his offer from those who received it. This separation is forever.
I have a last word of caution to those who proclaim to be Christians and are interested in prophetic signs and events. No matter how exciting these last days signs are, our Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to be watching for his any hour of any day return for his faithful remnant, more than the sensational events on Fox News, Matthew 24:42-51. After the Lord removes the scant few from Christendom who really look for him from this Earth, the remaining unforgiven masses of the Great Harlot will finally come down to one basic question generated by the two prophets of Israel who will arise on the world’s stage….is Jesus Christ returning with those he took with him to take back the government of the nations by throwing the last President and Pope alive into the Lake of Fire, and then chain Satan in the depths of Hell for 1000 years, Revelation 19:20, 20:1-3? If you say “yes” and follow the words of the Jewish prophets, you can be eternally saved. If you say “no” and take the loyalty mark of the American President, demanded by the Roman Pope, your one word answer will condemn you forever, Revelation 13!