Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | June 15, 2020

To the Soldiers in the Spiritual War, CHAZ/CHOP!

CHAZ

Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

We are witnessing today, a phenomenon I had never expected to see in the United States; a large American city that has willingly abandoned a significant portion of the city to a group of anarchists. Seattle, Washington is allowing a group of anarchists to occupy a portion of the city, and is giving tacit permission for them to be there.

A member of the Democrat controlled city council is even suggesting the police station in the area should be turned over to them completely. The CHAZ area has been designated as a “no cop” zone and police are not welcome in the zone. Internal disputes have arisen over the name, some wanting the area to be designated as Capitol Hill Organized (or Occupied) Protest, CHOP.

When you add this to the rioting in Democrat controlled cities all over the United States, it seems as if the spiritual war is beginning to heat up! It seems the carnage which has largely been absent from this struggle is beginning to proliferate across the country.

We Have Been Warned!

It would appear there is a spirit of deception raging across the United States. The events we are witnessing make no sense at all; one feels at a loss to understand the driving force behind these bizarre events. In the Bible we have been warned about the end times and it appears to me we are there right now. In 2 Timothy 3:1-5 it is written:

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

If these are truly the times referenced, then we know God is setting the stage for the Antichrist and the removal of the church is coming soon. In the meantime, as soldiers of the cross who will live out our entire lives on the spiritual battlefield, we simply must accept the fact that we can only operate in the power of God, the Holy Spirit.

I first published this series on the Spiritual War in June of 2014; in light of current developments I thought it fitting to update it and publish it again.

Like it or Not, You’re a Soldier if You’re a Christian

Have you ever thought of yourself as a soldier? There are few classic physical manifestations of warfare in most of our lives; we’re not surrounded by bombed out villages and carnage so we may doubt the reality of a spiritual war or be lulled into thinking we really don’t have to be involved in any “spiritual warfare.” If you’re thinking any variation of these thoughts then you’re wrong and potentially endangering yourself and others.

Although it will change during the final conflict, we are now dealing with destruction and carnage in the lives of everyone at a spiritual level as the spiritual battle for men’s soul’s rages around us. The carnage is being displayed in many lives as people make bad choices and cause themselves and others serious harm. Broken lives, broken marriages, broken commitments of many sorts litter the battlefield of this war.

What is Going On Today in the World?

Last week (June 10, 2014), I wrote on right and wrong and this week I would like to dig into more of the background that has produced the framework for this spiritual battle between right and wrong. While the trend in society seems to involve an abandonment of objective moral standards; the problem of right and wrong, and good versus evil, goes back to a time before the creation of man.

It is entirely possible that we are approaching the climax of this ancient struggle; the Bible has outlined the general conditions that will prevail at that time and it appears that more and more pieces are falling into place. God moves according to His own timetable so this climax may occur within the next few years or the next few hundred years.

I feel it a real blessing that God is waiting; it is pointed out in 2 Peter 3:8-9, “8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

I suspect each of you can join with me in an outpouring of praise to the Lord for our opportunity to join the body of Christ by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. By God’s grace we are still living in a time when an increasing number of people all over the world are being saved. “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47b It is exciting to see how many are coming to the Lord in faith and being saved each day that passes!

Photo from KNKX public radio. “Ranked as one of the most popular public radio stations in the nation, KNKX has served the Pacific Northwest since 1966.” www.knkx.org.

Next time, some background information.

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | June 8, 2020

A Happy Occasion

Saturday a Milestone was Reached!

I have served as an online missionary for Global Media Outreach since February of 2012. Over those intervening years I have worked many hours each day responding to seekers who have contacted one of the websites sponsored by GMO.

This past Saturday, I received my 15,000th reply from a disciple and was pleased and happy to have had such an opportunity. I was glad the 15000th reply was from a devoted student of God’s word who lives in South Africa.

As you might expect, those numbers continue to climb and as of this morning I have a new total of 5678 people helped and 15013 replies received.

It has been a joy to get to know Christian brothers and sisters all around the world and share in their hopes and dreams. It has been a particular joy to work with those whose hunger and thirst for God’s word has compelled them to come back, time after time, to study, learn, and apply God’s commands to their lives.

I had wondered how I would spend my retirement years and had absolutely no plans when I retired; there was no need to feel any concern as the Lord already had something planned for me that greatly exceeded my expectations.

In addition to my work with Global Media Outreach, the Lord has enabled me to publish 450 essays on “Life from a Christian Perspective” since June of 2011. Needless to say, boredom has never been a problem in my retirement; I’m deeply grateful to the Lord for his loving grace that has permitted all this!

Let me encourage you to consider sharing in this effort of reaching the world for Jesus Christ; believe me, the opportunity to help people all over the world while you sit in your own home is a rich blessing especially at this time of personal isolation. If you would like more information please contact, Global Media Outreach.

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | June 1, 2020

Racism, Satanic Deception in Action!

Christianity Today

(I am convinced that racism, in any form, is a Satanic effort to conceal the true issue facing mankind; the issue of spiritual life verses spiritual death.This alone, is the true issue that demands a clear answer if one is to avoid eternal consequences of a totally horrendous nature! The recent death of George Floyd, while in police custody, is a tragic event; although George has departed his earthly tent, it is possible he is a spiritually alive, born-again Christian man and now in the presence of the Lord! 2 Corinthians 5:1-5)

In July of 2016 and February of 2019 I published the following essay, “Are you a white man or a black man?”; in light of the current focus on race, I felt it was timely to update and publish it again. I see racial conflict as a tool of Satan to hide the true issues mankind faces, issues of eternal consequences; racial divisions are a perfect example of Satanic deception!

“Are you a white man or a black man?”

I am sorry about this question but I truly want to know you.”

The two headings above are copied directly from a letter I received from a precious Christian brother in Nigeria which I answered from a Christian perspective. The overall tone of the letter was gracious and loving but it was the very first time I had been asked that question out of many thousands of letters I have received during my years as an online missionary for Global Media Outreach. That question and comment triggered a line of thought and meditation which has resulted in this essay.

It seems race is becoming an ever greater point of consideration, contention or even confrontation on the world scene; reports on the recent killings in Dallas reference a black shooter who said he, “wanted to kill white people.” The truly sad fact of the matter is despite the intensity of focus by the protesters and the media, race is of no importance at all with regard to spiritual matters of eternal significance.

There are Only Two Distinct Classes of People!

The entire population of the world is made up of only two classes of people; those spiritually alive and those spiritually dead! The second birth is the exclusive distinction that makes a deep and eternal difference in the lives of all people and there is no visible difference between the spiritually dead and the spiritually alive; race is truly irrelevant!

Racially we all descend from Adam through Noah; the gene pool was greatly reduced by the flood and while we can all claim Noah as an ancestor we are, at this point, divided between the three sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Genesis 10

There are many different nationalities in each group, those spiritually alive and those spiritually dead, but their racial differences are of absolutely no consequence when it comes to their being spiritually alive or spiritually dead! The point of differentiation comes with the matter of the new birth; it is only by being born again by the power of God, the Holy Spirit that one moves from the dead to the living. People of any nation or ethnicity can make the transition from death to life by personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior!

Satanic Deception

Why then is the real issue of spiritual life and death so widely ignored? How is it that relatively inconsequential issues dominate the media and the minds of mankind? There is one obvious explanation for this, we are living on Satan’s world and Satan is the prince of the power of the air.

In the Bible we read:

“2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. Ephesians 2:1-3

“9 This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.” Revelation 12:9

The children of wrath, the sons of disobedience, are deceiving and being deceived by the influences of Satan and Satan’s world; the truth that could set them free is being obscured by multiple fantasies of Satanic deception! Racial conflict, at any level, is playing right into Satanic deception by obscuring the issue of the second birth!

A Spiritual Battlefield

I have written extensively on the subject of the spiritual war and the search facility in the upper right-hand corner of this website will produce many examples. I have noted the very existence of a spiritual war is often ignored by the organized church and many Christians have no knowledge that such a war is even in progress much less understanding they are a soldier in that war. This continues to be a dangerous omission for the Christian community.

One of the major factors in this war for men’s souls is the world-wide ministry of God, the Holy Spirit. In John 16: 7-11 we are told of the Holy Spirit’s ministry to the world:

“7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. 9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. 10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. 11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.”

I draw your attention once more to verse 9, “9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me.” Why is that the world’s sin? Because all other sins were paid for in full by Christ’s death on the cross. I have written more on this in “Is There One Unforgivable Sin?”

When Christ said, “It is finished!” He really meant it! This is why the focus of the Satanic attack is to divert attention elsewhere; deception and distraction to keep the world’s attention on anything and everything but the person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the critical importance of being born again! Sadly the organized church is falling into Satan’s trap and letting inconsequential issues take center stage while overlooking the critical preeminence of the second birth.

Whereas the ultimate victory has been won by Christ’s death on the cross, the battle is still raging and the Satanic forces of evil are still causing damage and destruction using many deceptions including racial conflict. Many thousands are, however, being turned from death to life by the power of God, the Holy Spirit but the warfare is still raging all around us.

A Strategic Withdrawal

At a time known only to God the true church, the body of Christ, will be removed from the Earth along with the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit; at that terrifying time Satan and sin will begin to have it’s way in a manner unprecedented on the Earth. Later, a covenant will be signed by Israel with the Antichrist and this event will start the last seven years God promised to Israel, a time known as the Tribulation. The time of the church’s strategic withdrawal may be near, only God knows the date He has planned for that event from eternity past.

In view of the staggeringly major events God has ordained for what I believe is the near future, let those of us who long for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ turn our backs on any form of Satanic distraction including racial division or conflict and keep our eyes and attention on what really matters. The mission of the church is to bring people to Christ by the new birth and help them as they grow towards Christian maturity. Let us join with the Holy Spirit in this epic battle to complete the body of Christ.

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 28, 2020

A Happy Birthday Message to the Church!

The Church is 1,987 Years Old!

According to the Jewish calendar, Shavuot, Pentecost, begins at 6:00 PM (Sunset) today and lasts until 6:00 PM (Sunset) on Saturday. On Sunday, May 31, 2020 some churches will observe Pentecost, the 1,987th birthday of the true church; an event generally overlooked by many. It was “born” on May 25, 33 AD on the date that year of the Jewish celebration of the Feast of Pentecost.

This was truly an amazing event as the face of humanity was changed forever. At that point a completely new type of human being came into existence, human beings who had been permanently indwelt by God, the Holy Spirit. The former type of human being was still around in great abundance but now a completely new creation, human beings indwelt by God, began living on the earth.

Before the creation of the church, the Holy Spirit had been with individuals chosen by God for special ministries but the Holy Spirit had not permanently indwelt them as He would indwell all who were born again during the church age.

Before that momentous occasion, the Spirit of God, had dwelt successively in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple in Jerusalem before the Babylonian Captivity, but had not been present in the restored Temple in Jerusalem which later came to be known as Herod’s Temple. During those earlier periods, the indwelling of God produced visible results in that the radiance of God was manifested when the Spirit of God dwelled in the Tabernacle and the Temple.

Just as the visible glory of God was hidden in the Lord Jesus Christ, the visible glory of God would also be hidden as the Holy Spirit indwelt each and every human being who received Christ as Savior regardless of denominational affiliation or lack thereof. The situation was complicated by the fact that the outward appearance was not changed at all and by simply looking at people one could not tell whether they were indwelt by God or not.

A Hidden Change with Great Eternal Significance

Although the visible manifestations of the new creation are hidden, the spiritual realities are profound and eternal. Long after this physical realm in which we find ourselves has been destroyed, these spiritual realities will still be in full force and effect. The eternal destiny of those who are spiritually dead is the Lake of Fire, for those spiritually alive and indwelt by God, the Holy Spirit, a future in the new heaven and the new earth as a member of the family of God.

Those who are alive are cautioned to avoid being unequally yoked with those who are dead; there is a great gulf fixed between the living and the dead which can only be bridged by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. We who are alive are commanded to offer directions on passage over that bridge to those who are dead. Those who choose to cross the bridge can join the ranks of the living and become a part of the new creation while those who reject the offer to cross that bridge continue to live under the wrath of God.

36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36

Happy Birthday to All Who Have Crossed from Death to Life!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 19, 2020

A Milestone Event, Two Billion and Counting!

The Good News of Jesus Christ is Spreading all over the World!

Monday, the 18th of May, saw the passage of a milestone event in the history of Global Media Outreach, the 2,000,000,000th gospel visit was recorded on the witnesstoall.com website!

This morning, as I was getting ready to publish this, I noticed the “Gospel Visits” number was up to 2,000,322,212 and climbing rapidly.

We couldn’t be happier to share with you all that God has accomplished. We will also be hosting a LIVE 2 billion Gospel presentation recap celebration today, May 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) on our Facebook page at Global Media Outreach or on YouTube.

As an online missionary for GMO, I have observed a substantial increase in the number of people receiving Christ as Savior and seeking more information on the Christian way.

Many are coming to Christ from countries where a public witness for Christ is punishable by death. The internet has opened the door to a wide dispersion of the gospel message that would be impossible with a physical presence.

Global Media Outreach was founded in 2004 by Walt Wilson who had a vision for an online ministry to the world though the internet.  Since its founding, the gospel message has been sent all over the world, even to countries where the gospel message is prohibited by law.

I heard about the ministry in January of 2012 and immediately signed up for training and started my career with GMO in February of that year. Since then I have worked with 5,501 seekers and the pace is accelerating.

God’s Wake-up Call

The world-wide reaction to the COVID-19 Pandemic has been very strange, instead of quarantining the victims of this virus, the effort has been made to quarantine the entire world; even to the point of closing down businesses and jobs! This rather bizarre effort has done one thing for sure; it has caused many people to feel insecure and question their future. 

The wide-spread nature of this strange national response reminds me of Romans 13:1 where it is written:

“13 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

Governments all over the world have followed this pattern of quarantine and isolation; something must be going on and personally, I see God’s hand at work.

This has opened the door for people to look beyond themselves to find spiritual answers to life’s problems and caused many to investigate spiritual answers to the dilemma they are facing. As a result, decisions for Christ and questions about Christianity are flooding in to GMO. This appears to be a spiritual awakening as a result of God’s grace to the world, a blessing disguised as a Pandemic!

It seems as if the world is being inundated with signs and warnings that something may be changing; I do not know if the Lord’s return for his true church is going to happen soon, but it very well could. There are no unfulfilled prophecies that must take place before the church is removed so the very next major event on God’s prophetic calendar may well be the removal of all born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

 

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 13, 2020

Making Sense of the World, The Real Matrix Revisited

Who are You and What is Really Going On?

One morning, recently, I decided to leave the news off and quietly have my coffee and toast in the peace and quiet of my den. Despite my modest efforts to leave the world outside, my mind started wandering and I began to reflect on the world situation today. As I’ve mentioned before, my mind is inextricably immersed in Biblical theology and I started blending the world situation with Biblical truth.

When I do this, a completely different view of the world emerges and I see things in a totally different light. It is one thing to view the world from an empirical perspective and something totally different to view it from a theological perspective. As a Christian, I am convinced the theological perspective is the true expression of reality as it actually exists!

I was reminded of an essay I wrote in 2012 on a movie which captured my imagination at the time, “The Matrix.” I was interested in the parallels I saw between the movie and the world in which we live and decided to express my thoughts in writing.

In light of the world situation we’re facing in 2020, I thought it might be appropriate to publish the essay again with some updates and revisions.

Fiction Versus Fact

As a fan of science fiction I have assembled a rather extensive collection of books and movies. Many of these I have watched or read multiple times with renewed enthusiasm; I suppose that’s what makes a fan.

One of the problems that comes with extensive exposure to any area of fiction is the relative shortage of truly original ideas. After awhile, the fan begins to see the same general story-lines repeated with variations which may be ever so slight. The movie series  “The Matrix” introduced an original story-line which I had not read or seen before.  This alone was intriguing to me as a sci-fi fan.

For those of you not familiar with “The Matrix” I’ll try to summarize the major premise behind the story. The story takes place around 1,000 years into the future; mankind has engaged in a battle with the machines and lost.

The world-wide battle for supremacy happened to include the creation of a cloud cover which permanently blocked the sun’s ray from actually penetrating to the surface of the earth. As a result there is a serious problem with the generation of power.

An Illusion of Reality

As a solution the machines started harvesting humans and tying them into an electrical grid as a power source. To keep the humans quiet the machines created a huge computer program called the matrix which, when plugged into the minds of the human generators, created an impression the humans were living on earth in the year 1999 and enjoying life in all of its variations.

They lived their virtual lives in a computer simulation of normal human life in 1999 whereas their physical bodies were encased in a womblike container which sustained their bodily functions and withdrew into the grid the electricity and heat needed by the machines.

The movie series involves a group of free humans who are not part of the matrix and their efforts to break mankind free of the matrix and the machines.

Recently I watched the entire series again and it occurred to me there were rather interesting parallels between the fictional matrix and our actual matrix. What do I mean by “our actual matrix” you may ask? Let me share some thoughts with you.

How Does This Apply to Us?

In an earlier blog called What is Reality, I pointed out the unreal aspects of our world and the life we live on this world. The dictionary definition of reality I referenced gave this definition: “the quality or state of being real: something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily.”

Based on that definition I concluded it fair to say that the only true reality is the Trinity; I wrote: “Ultimate reality then is the Trinity; everything else is both derivative and dependent!” After watching this movie series again some additional thoughts came to my mind.

The world we live in and the bodies we inhabit are creations of God; all we are and all we can see continues to exist by the exercise of God’s will and as an expression of the mighty power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we are born, we begin to live our lives in two realms, the spiritual and the physical; in the spiritual realm we become eternal creations, God has created us in His own image and we will always exist. In the physical realm, our bodies are formed from the materials found in a created world which, by definition, is not real and has been infected by a virus called sin.

A New and Improved Matrix

This physical world is our matrix and while it appears to be real and permanent is, in fact, a temporary construct that exists as a manifestation of the power of its creator, the Holy Trinity.

Just as the humans in the movie matrix did not realize their true situation without outside help, even so we humans living in our real matrix can only be made aware of our situation with outside help which tells us of the temporary nature of our matrix and the dangers of the sin virus that has infected it.

Fortunately this help has been made available by the author and creator of our matrix through the written and living word, the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ. Although at present we cannot move between these two realities at will, as they did in the movie version, we can by faith accept the truth of our situation, follow the directions provided in the Bible and secure our place in the coming eternal reality in perfect union with our Creator.

Our matrix, the so called reality which we now see and in which we live will, at some point in the future, be transformed and will totally cease to exist as it is now.

Our outside help, the Bible, tells us a completely new heavens and earth will then be created which will never be deleted; it is in this new matrix that we will live with our Creator forever.

I mentioned, near the beginning of this blog, my favorable impressions regarding “The Matrix” movie series because of its originality in sci-fi literature; now, having thought through all of this, I realize it was not so original after all but was in fact based on a real life story, our story.

I encourage each of you to take advantage of the “outside help” and free yourself from bondage to the matrix in which you currently appear to be living, freedom comes by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. In the movie, one character, Morpheus, tells the hero, Neo, about the danger of taking the blue pill:

Morpheus: “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”

Salvation is just like that, once you have been born-again by faith in Jesus Christ, there is no turning back, your world has just changed forever!

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and be freed forever from the Real Matrix!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 8, 2020

If the End is Near, What Should you Do About it?

A Line in the Sand

When I hear that phrase, I’m always reminded of the famous scene at the Alamo when William Barret Travis allegedly asked his men to make a commitment to defend the Alamo to their deaths. Whether this actually happened or not is unknown, but it has created a metaphor which is often repeated.

God’s Line in the Sand

God drew a line in the sand on April 5, A.D. 33 when the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead and effectively asked a sin-weary world, who will step across the line and come over to me? While Travis was inviting people to die with him, Jesus is asking people to cross over from death to life; just the opposite from the Alamo.

The invitation from Jesus Christ to the world has now been in effect for almost 1,987 years and is still open to all who will join him. During this time, which is referred to as “The Age of Grace” we have been presented with God, the Second Person, as a suffering servant who came to die that man may live. It would be a serious mistake to think of this image of God as the only image that will be presented to mankind.

King of all kings and Lord of all lords!

There is a time coming when God, the Second Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, will once again return to earth as King of all kings and Lord of all lords. This event is described in Revelation 19:11-16 where it is written:

“11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.”

The Only Effective Preparation for Coming Events

The events that will occur in the end times are fixed and totally unalterable by any man; there is absolutely nothing you can do to alter the events God has planned from eternity past. The only option that is open to any human being is to step across God’s line in the sand and join the Lord Jesus Christ.

For centuries now, mankind has enjoyed a special era of God’s grace, mercy, and love; there are an abundance of signs today that would suggest this era is coming to a close. None of us know how much longer the welcome mat to the true church will be out, an open invitation to step across the line and join God as a child in his eternal family.

The end of the Church Age is just as fixed and totally unalterable as all of the other events God has planned for this earth. The removal of the true church will be instantaneous and non-reversible; from that point on the earth will never again be the same as it has been for 1,987 years; the age of grace, the Church Age, will have closed, never to reopen!

While it is true, many thousands of people will be saved after the Rapture, they will not become members of the body of Christ, the true church; they will not be indwelt by God, the Holy Spirit, as are members of the body of Christ, but will have the Holy Spirit with them in the same manner the Old Testament saints had the Holy Spirit with them.

What Should You do About It?

The only thing we can do about it is to make sure we are on God’s side of that line in the sand and there is only one way to do that:

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and God and You Cross Over that Line to God’s Side!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 1, 2020

If the End is Near, What Comes Next?

We are Living in Unsettled Times

The Wuhan Flu Pandemic has caused disruptions all over the world; it seems as if everyone’s lives have been changed by this event. As an online missionary for Global Media Outreach, I’ve seen a massive increase in the number of people coming to the website for help. There seems to be a lot of recognition that our lives seem to be out of our control and people are searching for answers.

Many are turning to the Lord for salvation and hoping to find answers in the spiritual realm for the problems they are encountering in their lives. I’ve heard it speculated that this pandemic could be God’s wake-up call to a world that was increasingly devoted to materialism; while I have no idea if that is true, it has certainly turned the attention of many to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Prophetic Setting

If the end of this age is approaching, do we have any indications from the Bible on what is going to happen next? There are a number of Bible prophecies that remain unfulfilled and I’m convinced they will be fulfilled with the same accuracy with which the prophecies surrounding the First Advent were fulfilled.

At the time of the First Advent, the third period of 490 years, given to Israel, was temporarily suspended at the time of our Lords entry into Jerusalem on March 30, A.D.33. The time for Israel would resume at some point, yet future, when Israel would sign a treaty with the Antichrist. The Church Age was delayed until May 25, A.D. 33 at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit first indwelt believers.

This was a gap of around 55 days which suggests to me a clear distinction between Israel and the Church. Just as Israel was set aside before the Church Age began, I believe the Church will be removed from the world scene by the Rapture before the Age of Israel resumes at the signing of the treaty with the Antichrist. There are  several other prophetic events that have not been fulfilled yet that must take place before the end; I have written more on that in a three-part series named, “What is Coming Next for the Church and Israel.”

The Profound Impact of the Rapture on the United States

At a time known only to God, all born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will be instantaneously removed from the earth. This event is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 where it is written:

“13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

Prophetically, the Rapture is Next

There are no unfulfilled prophecies that must happen first, the very next thing on God’s prophetic clock will likely be this sudden removal of all born-again Christians. It is generally believed that all children, who have not reached the age of accountability, will also be taken up at the Rapture.

It is impossible to even imagine the impact this event will have on the world, most especially a Christian nation like the United States. The sudden disappearance of millions of adults and children will devastate this country. The impact of the Rapture will be immediate, dramatic and severe; after the Rapture nothing will ever again be the same!

I’m of the opinion, the Rapture will be the trigger that starts the Battle of Psalm 83 and while Israel has a promise of protection from God, the United States has no such promise. The Rapture, plus one well-placed EMP, could immobilize the United States for years to come and explain the absence of this country from the pages of Bible prophecy.

Israel Signs a Treaty with the Antichrist

The Rapture of the true Church, which means all born-again believers, does not signal the beginning of the Tribulation, the last seven years promised to Israel by God; it is the signing of the treaty with the Antichrist that does that! The Rapture and the possible battle of Psalm 83 will have removed the United States from the world stage as a super power and Israel will be looking for a replacement protector and there will be one who offers his services, the Antichrist.

The Timing of all This

The timing of these events is absolutely certain but unrevealed by God. I have always been impressed by the verse in Revelation 9:15 where it is written:

“15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.”

As we look back to the First Advent, we see how carefully the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled; as we look ahead to the Second Advent, it is reasonable to assume all prophetic events will be fulfilled with equal precision.

I have no idea when these things will take place, but looking at the world situation today makes me think it could be close.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” Revelation 22:20-21

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 27, 2020

I Wonder, is the End of this Age Near?

The News Today is Very Provocative!

We seem to be living in a time when all sorts of amazing things are happening all over the world, things that make too little sense to me; I have to wonder, are we beginning to see the hand of God moving among mankind? I know a time is coming when God will directly intervene in the affairs of men with ever increasing intensity until the Lord Jesus Christ returns at his Second Advent; I wonder if this is that time.

Can these events be signs from God that a big change is coming soon? I know the Lord was very aggravated with the Pharisees when they were blind to the signs at his First Advent. For example, in Matthew 16: 1-3 it is written:

“16 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

The World Situation Today

If one examines the Bible, it is easy to find many parallels between world conditions as described for the end times and the world conditions surrounding us today. Verse after verse seems to fit like a glove with the world we’re living in at this time.

In Luke 21: 10-11 it is written:

10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Famines, Pestilences and Earthquakes

A brief review of the headlines reveals a variety of events that were predicted in Bible prophecy.

Los Angeles Times

By Neha Wadekar
March 26, 2020
8:05 AM

Medical News Today

Written by MNT News Team on April 24, 2020 – Fact checked by Jasmin Collier New

It contains information on earthquakes since the year 1900. New earthquakes usually appear on the site within a few minutes.

You can contact the site creator with questions, suggestions, etc. at earthquaketrack@gmail.com.

There have been: (M1.5 or greater)

128 earthquakes in the past 24 hours

1,077 earthquakes in the past 7 days

5,265 earthquakes in the past 30 days

65,200 earthquakes in the past 365 days

The biggest earthquakes:

today: 5.2 in Rabaul, East New Britain, Papau New Guinea

this week: 6.3 in Panquna, Bougainville, Papau New Guinea

this month: 6.6 in Bonin Islands, Japan

this year: 8.0 in Lagunas, Loreto, Peru

While the news is filled with nations rising against nations, I’m not aware of any great signs from heaven yet.

What About the Church?

I am convinced all born-again Christians will be removed from the earth before the beginning of The Tribulation. I have discussed the timing of this event in some detail in the series, “What’s Going to Happen Next.”

What is not clear from the Bible, is how long, before the beginning of the Tribulation will the church be called home; how bad will the world condition get before the church is removed at the Rapture of the Church. I think it not only possible, but likely that the events we are watching are precursors of the terrible times that will prevail at the end of the Times of the Gentiles!

Laodicean Church

In Revelation 3 the Apostle John is given a description of the seven prophetic church ages; the last church age is the Laodicean Church Age which is described as lukewarm and is mentioned in verses 14-18 where it is written:

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”

I’m of the opinion we are in this seventh and last church age; the church today seems to be filled with the world while Christ stands outside the church door and knocks to be admitted. In Revelation 3:20 it is written:

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

While there are still a few churches that make the Lord Jesus Christ the focus of worship; all too many churches have substituted the world for Christ and do so at their own peril!

Only God knows when all this will be changed but I’m of the opinion that once change starts it will just pick up speed until the return of the Lord at His Second Advent.

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.  Revelation 22:20-21

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 23, 2020

Trump – Existential Threat to New World Order

Unrelenting Attacks on President Trump!
 
I believe most objective observers can agree, our President has been under attack from the time he announced his candidacy for president. While initially, those devoted to globalism thought of his run for the position as a joke, as the momentum for his election began to grow dramatically, Mr. Trump began to come under increasing attack as the desperation begin to surge in those who opposed all the principles for which he stood!
 
As a Christian, I see President Donald J. Trump as God’s gift to this nation, a welcome reprieve from the downward plunge into globalism we have experienced under previous administrations and I include both Republican and Democrat administrations.
 
While I acknowledge and delight in God’s control over nations, it saddens me to see the world’s plunge into the morass of globalism that shall prevail in the end times.
 
The Bible is clear on who establishes the governing authorities; in Romans 13: 1-2 it is written:
 
13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
 
The following editorial was recently brought to my attention and I thought it was a remarkably concise and accurate analysis of the situation we face today in the United States; I felt compelled to share it with my readers.
 

 

EDITORIAL – The ongoing attacks by the political establishment on President Donald Trump –which began even before he was elected – are without parallel in history. The savagery, frenzy, and outright hysteria displayed by the President’s enemies within the Democrat Party, the media, and the various power centers of the globalist elites have no prior precedent.

This President has been spied on, lied about, made the subject of phony foreign dossiers, insulted, ridiculed, scorned, mocked and threatened. We have witnessed Hollyweird celebrities advocate for blowing up the White House, demand the President be beaten, jailed or even assassinated, and his children tortured and sexually abused.

We have seen politicians in Washington try to convict the President of non-existent crimes, investigate him and his family members for everything from tax returns to guests at his hotels, project on to him crimes that they themselves have committed, and seed his Administration with leakers and double-agents.

No other President in American history has been treated in such a shameful manner. Not Lincoln. Not FDR. Not Nixon. Not Reagan.

What is it about this President that has roused such demons in his political foes?  What is it about this President that drives his opponents to the brink of insanity? What is it about this President that so terrifies and terrorizes the Pelosis, Schiffs, Schumers and the George Soroses?

Is it simply that he is not part of the club, a brash outsider with a different style? Is it merely because he’s outspoken and tramples on political correctness? Is it because he’s sometimes unpresidential in his demeanor ( at least in their minds )?

Not at all. After all, aren’t these the same folks who loved Bill Clinton whose extracurricular activities involved cigars and staining blue dresses in the Oval Office?

Of course, Clinton was beloved by the globalist elites who pull the strings on world governments. He gave them NAFTA, after all. He gave them the WTO. He made tens of billions of dollars for them and their stockholders through these unfair trade deals that cost America five million manufacturing jobs and closed 70,000 factories. He also gave the military-industrial complex plenty of profit-making military interventions, from Haiti to Bosnia to Serbia and Iraq. Bill Clinton, for all his corruption, delivered the goods for the New World Order.

Donald Trump, of course, never played ball with these globalists. He was elected explicitly on an anti-globalist platform that put America first. From day one, he started to implement that America-first agenda, earning him the undying enmity of all those whose profits are secured by selling out American workers, American jobs, and America’s national sovereignty.

President Trump pulled us out of the TPP.  Billions in lost profits for the globalists.

President Trump pulled us out of the job-destroying Paris Climate Accords. Billions in lost profits for foreign nations like Communist China, at our expense.

President Trump began the process of securing the U.S. border. Billions in lost cheap illegal immigrant labor for the Business Roundtable.

President Trump imposed tariffs on China, becoming the first President ever to address Beijing’s annual $500 billion rape of our economy. Billions in lost profits for corporations who ship our jobs to one of the worst tyrannies on the planet.

President Trump renegotiated NAFTA. Again, billions in lost profits for the cheap labor crowd.

President Trump launched the process of extricating the U.S. from endless foreign wars and avoiding new wars with nations like Iran and North Korea. Billions –perhaps trillions – in lost profits for the globalist war machine.

Is the picture becoming a little clearer? In each instance, the President’s policies have represented a dramatic upending of the globalist agenda of both parties, the Clinton-Bush-Obama agenda of continuous war and the continuous looting of America’s wealth and hollowing out of the American middle class. With both parties and their representatives in Congress beholden to campaign donors whose profits are threatened by Trump’s America-first initiatives, is it no wonder that both Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans are determined to bring this President down? Most of the mass media is controlled by these same global corporations. After all, doesn’t Amazon’s Jeff Bezos—the richest man in the world – own the Washington Post?

As was said in Watergate, just follow the money.  And –while you’re following the money—see if it leads to a $500 million left-wing slush fund run by a shadowy Soros and Clinton-linked group called Arabella Advisors which is funding the anti-Trump political agenda through dozens of high-sounding front groups.

Folks, the New World Order gang is in full retreat all over the globe. From Brexit in the UK to the populist governments of Hungary and Poland to the Yellow Vest movement in France and Salvini in Italy, the middle and working classes are demanding the overthrow of their nation-destroying overlords. The overlords who have flooded their countries with unassimilable immigrants from North Africa and surrendered their sovereignty to the European Union and its unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels. They have lived the unfulfilled promises of the globalists, that giving up national sovereignty and relocating jobs abroadwould usher in a new era of peace and prosperity. The exact opposite has happened. The globalist vision has resulted in $7 trillion of pointless wars in the Middle East, an immigration crisis, the loss of jobs, and declining standards of living.

In the United States, Donald J. Trump has emerged as the New World Order’s most tenacious and determined foe as he fights the good fight for the American people, our constitutional rights and liberties and the sovereignty of our nation. He is an existential threat to the New World Order. Unlike other Republican presidents of the recent past, he can’t be bought and has no price. Unlike them, he doesn’t give in and he doesn’t give up.

Go ahead, globalists. Try your impeachment games. Try your Senate trials. It won’t work. In fact, it will backfire on all of you as – after three years of trying to prevent the Electoral College from voting for Trump, stopping the inauguration, unleashing Jim Comey and the FBI, CIA spying, Robert Mueller and his phony Russiagate probe, tax returns, emoluments, Kavanaugh, and all the rest — the patience of the American public is wearing thin. We aren’t as stupid as you think.

Something you will recognize clearly come November 3, 2020.

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