Several politicians “floated the buoy,” and signaled that there must be preparation for what will happen after the hurricane pass.
Of course, they were referring to the cleanup, restoration of electrical power to homes and business, rescue and recovery efforts of first responders, and the monetary damage in its wake.
But no one really anticipated the lack of gas for automobiles, trucks, and other essentials. For the first time in over 40 years, we’ve seen gas lines just like during the Carter Administration.
I remember my dad having to drive cab and go to the gas station every other day and wait on line. All throughout the country, people were getting on line for gas. This brought about the strategic petroleum initiative where during a crisis, the United States would be able to tap into these reserves until the crisis is resolved.
But here were are again. But in the northeast.
In looking back at the oil crisis in the late 1970’s, it opened my eyes to the end times where goods and services would be rationed or during the seven year tribulation period, if you did not have the mark of the beast in the right hand or on your forehead, you were prohibited from buying or selling (see Revelation 13:16-18).
I know that there are a lot of pre and post tribulation beliefs, but this is not the time to argue about that, so please save your comments along the lines of arguing to prove your point about pre-trib for another time. Just write a blog about it.
Any way, there is no question that we are seeing a conditioning for governments to take action at the expense of people. Never would I thought to see the day where soldiers would walk the cities, armed and ready to do battle. Watching police units train on the level of special weapons and tactics (SWAT) to go after criminals that walk the street with military grade weapons.
Close Quarters Battle is an urban thing.
But now, we are seeing regular deployment of military forces on the federal and state level (National Guard). Terrorism changed the climate and playing field to where, at anytime, the government will impose a “marital law” on its own citizens. We all know that freedom is never free, but the freedoms that we used to enjoy is now removed because of the paranoia of government. But it’s more than that. Governmental paranoia is smoke screen for the willful intent to control apart from the rule of law, its citizens.
These are the end times.
All across the world we are seeing our militaries “cozy” up to each other by training together. This is not something new. During my days as a Navy Cold War veteran, we’ve always trained with allied forces to tighten up integration to ensure tactical cohesion in the event the Soviet Union crossed the line, so to speak.
During the Cold War, NATO forces were defending true democracy against Soviet aggression. In a way, there is still some measurable distrust but they have subsided because of the monetary pursuit of nations.
Wars of the future are now about money instead of Idealism.
Paul said it very powerfully, by the Spirit of God in 1 Timothy 6:10….
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”
After all, covetousness is what brought us to the current economic crisis to begin with. This form of covetousness is consistent with the sins of the flesh. And the Lord Jesus touched on this in Luke 12:13-21.
A young man complained to the Lord about his brother not sharing the inheritance. But Jesus cut right to the chase and shared about covetousness.
Paul called covetousness idolatry (see Colossians 3:5). Idolatry, according to the Greek Interlinear means “image worship.”
So the young man that approached Jesus was worshipping the inheritance. Whatever was left behind by his father, it turned into an idol and he bowed down and worshipped possessions. He was obsessed with possession to the degree that he sought the Lord to join in his obsession, but the Lord Jesus would have no part with it and set him straight.
Remember when the Lord Jesus was tempted of the devil?
The devil took Jesus “on a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.”
And the devil said to Him…“All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I will give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
Like the true snake that he is, the devil offered to the Lord Jesus what was already His.
Did you see this?
The worship of things always lead to the worship of the devil.
Covetousness is idolatry.
We know that idolatry is demon worship so the way the devil gets his worship is when you start worshipping your car, your house, your money.
Eventually, you start worshipping you. When you go to the gym or the beauty shops and parlors, your appearance is an image. The outward human is now worshipped. Then the body expresses further self worshipping through commission of sexual immorality in fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bisexuality, porn and self gratification, commonly called masturbation.
The worship of you.
The things of the world is not really yours outright anyway.
It all belongs to the Creator and we are stewards of what we possess. If we were to remain on the earth and if we were the creator of the thing, we would be out right owners of what we possess. But because we have to die, we are stewards.
It gets turned over to others after we die. Or it gets turned over to the Lord after He restores all things. Then after a thousand years, a new heaven and a new earth will be made. Regardless. Ownership belongs to the Lord.
I said all this to say this….
The conditions of the aftermath of Sandy is further conditioning the generation that now is, and should the Lord Jesus tarry, the generation behind us, of the condition that is to come.
Already we are seeing a continual deterioration of the spiritual fiber of pastors, ministers, bishops, and elders. We are seeing false apostles, prophets, and teachers rise up from within the church. We have seen sexual immorality topple churches. For years, the homosexual agenda to infiltrate and now, boldly plant churches, and multiply, is the current trend. Just look at the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops and other similar “credentialed” organizations (see GCMWatch.com for this story).
The face of the church is just changing to attract those trapped in the sin of sexual immorality to find a safe haven where they could sin at will and worship Jesus simultaneously.
Sexual immorality is the new religion.
For the African American, we are seeing a continual reduction in our numbers. If African Americans could see that as long as we remain ignorant of the times we are in, we will not look at abortion as one of many demonic tools to further decimation of our numbers. We will never look at homosexuality and lesbianism as a threat to our existence.
Two men and two women cannot procreate.
We’ve always looked at the disproportionate numbers of African American males incarcerated. If we fail to look at this diabolical plan to keep us away from the economic empowerment that we’ve sought for years, we will continue to buy products that we do not need through credit and unfair lending practices. Not that I am a fan of borrowing because the borrower is slave to the lender.
By the way, the purchasing power of African Americans could eclipse the total wealth of the American government if we would stop aborting our children. If we stop and do things the way the Lord intended by getting married and having children, and raise them in the Lord. Instead of fornicating and having love children through adultery, we could raise up righteous seed to bring about the changes in our societies that would glorify God.
African Americans makes up roughly 12% of the American population. According to George Barna, 6% attend church. It doesn’t mean that the entire 6% know the Lord. It is indicative of the fact that we know where to find God. While White Americans are still the majority, they attend church much less.
A white man once said, (paraphrasing) that the Black man is the most powerful preacher. Do not let this get to your head. We now preach messages of inclusion and prosperity, and we are still economically impotent. Besides, when the true power of the gospel is preached, society is liberated, when they heed the Word of God, and make Jesus Lord.
Pastors have defected and they are coming out of the closet, and they are taking many that are confused, lukewarm, carnal people, to hell with him or her. Professing to know Him, but deny Him with the way they act (see 1 John 1:7-10).
We all know that worshipping Jesus and deliberately and intentionally participating in sin is impossible because of Romans 1:18-32, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, and 1 John 3:7-9, 5:1-5.
Jesus is not Lord over the house of whores, homosexuals, and other blatant sins of the flesh and mind.
Catholicism has always been labeled as part of the system of Babylon. For centuries, they have been harboring sexual immorality and their hidden shame is exposed for all the world to see. For an organization that is against homosexuality and abortion, the sins of their organization is the only thing that they are really known for.
Also, for the first time, at least to my recollection, the election day may be moved because the northeast is recovering. In the air is so many lies, misconceived and misconstrued theories, and other rumors that is bringing more confusion to what is a very confusing election year.
That’s why there is no Biblical mandate to vote. There is only a Biblical mandate to pray. You do not have to listen to God, the Word of God, or His true ministers. You are a free moral agent and you can do what you want. But I have made a decision not to vote.
Except for Jesus to be Lord over the nations. Hands down, He has dominion anyway, so why not go and vote for God? The political pundits, and even religious or even evangelical pastors and people are voting for Mitt Romney. Folks, I’m not fooled in the least. Just because you say you believe in God, it doesn’t mean that you are a shoe in. Besides, Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and Mormonism is a cult. So hands down, it’s a no vote for me.
We all know that president Obama is pro homosexual and pro abortion. So, that’s another person that will not get my vote.
But what is this all leading up to?
More end time issues.
Oh, by the way. The Lord has a way of setting the stage. No matter what the plans of men may be, the Lord knows how to interrupt these plans. The Lord did not speak a word through this storm. Natural disasters are a result of the fall of Adam. The timing of such disasters, however, cannot be ignored. Halloween was postponed, at least in the areas hit by Sandy.
Natural disasters are not planned by man but they are a result of the fallen state of man. Natural disasters further put a damper on any economic recovery in the northeast. Covetousness already decimated people’s lives. Add to these sorrows natural disasters and what you are now watching is a struggle just to live.
But thank God Jesus is still on the right hand of the throne of majesty. Thank God that His Word never changes. Thank God that your name is written in heaven and that you are a child of God.
That no matter what happens, you are watched and kept by God. That nothing that the devil does will separate you from the love of God. That nothing that this earth can do, in terms of natural disasters, could disrupt our spirit and in truth worship of God.
We must remember what’s important.
Loss of life, family, material, and other things is devastating. But when you have the Lord on your side, it makes what you are going through bearable. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. We are over-comers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. In Christ, we are always led in triumph.
The sufferings of this present hour cannot be compared with the glory that shall be revealed.
So, take a good look as you walk or drive around NYC or any part of the United States that was hit by Sandy.
What you are seeing is what is to come, but on a scale unimagined.
But for the saints of God, you can look up to the God of our salvation, and hope in Him. He will bring His expectation for you to pass.
Do not let the aftermath of Sandy drive you to depression, despair, and heartlessness. Do not dwell in hopelessness.
The Lord is on our side, and Jehovah is His name. He is a Strong Tower, and a Mighty Fortress is He. The Right Arm of the Lord does valiantly. Trust in the Lord God, Jehovah, for in Him is everlasting strength.
The winds, rain, and devastation of a Category 1 hurricane, called Sandy, has come and gone. Many lives will never be the same. Millions of people are without power. Homes are damaged. And lives will never be the same.
We know that in some way, global warming may be a part of this equation. As the polar caps melt, more water is in the oceans than ever before. Meaning that when hurricanes come, expect the coasts to be significantly affected.
Many of us may be wondering if anything will change.
I’ll explain in a moment.
The United States is definitely experiencing more trouble than it could handle. Catastrophic economic times. From devastating, unprecedented natural disasters, to terrorists attacks, or at the very least, attempts of terrorist attacks.
It is clear that in the past, people would flock to houses of worship to seek God after most disasters to find spiritual answers. To stop and make things right with God. To resolve to do right by God. We must point out that God does not speak through natural storms and natural destructions.
Why do they happen? Again, the world is in a fallen state. Adam’s transgression opened the door for these forms of destruction by nature.
Back to Sandy……
Adding insult to injury, looters are looting folks in Coney Island NY. People have experienced loss of loved ones. Halloween is looking to still be celebrated and the NYC Marathon will look to get underway this Sunday regardless.
Yet, once again, God is not even a thought.
What more is there to say?
We sometimes say religious things like, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those that lost loved ones and have suffered loss of property.” People do want to know that someone cares, feel their pain, and sympathize with what they are going through.
What about God?
The Lord always feel the pain we suffer but we must also remember that the earth and His creation is in a fallen state.
What is there to say?
What would the Lord Jesus say?
What comes to mind is Luke 13. Jesus mentioned the disasters of His time and He had one word.
Unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish!
Some of you will say that this is a cold thing to say.
But it is true. Many of people, regardless of the effects of Sandy, will not turn from sin. They will go on with life, repair their homes, clean up the debris, and resume life. Even for those that may have lost loved ones, they will pick up the pieces and move on.
Some, will do so without God.
If you are going to hurl stones at me because of what was said, I cannot stop you. When the Lord Jesus spoke truth while He was in the world, they tried to throw Him off the hill.
But what is the gist of all of this?
Death can happen at anytime. Disasters can happen at any time.
When it is your time to go, it’s your time.
The best preparedness advice that I can give you is to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Should you find yourself alive after averting disaster, find your way to the house of worship. But do not visit. Because visitors seldom return. God wants your life and name written in heaven. This is what the Lord wants.
During the event, 60 persons were told to evacuate. Many people said to the authorities, “We will stay and ride this storm out.” When the storm intensified, 20 persons called to be evacuated. 14 were rescued. The rest were told that “The window of opportunity to be rescued is closed. You are on your own.”
So it is with turning down the opportunity to receive Jesus as Lord. When death occurs, your “window of opportunity is closed and you are on your own.”
Find your way to the house of worship to be a weekly part of God putting your life together through repentance and the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
God is not speaking through this storm to send you a message.
Disaster is not how God gets a message over to you. You’ve heard Him tell you to “get saved.” To turn your entire life over to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The next storm that comes, the next natural disaster, the next terrorist attack, or worse, the coming of the Lord is sure to come.
Will you blow this opportunity, or will you take advantage before it’s too late?