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|Fake News Fox Attacks Unsealed
Posted: 17 Sep 2017 07:03 AM PDT
Fox posted a click-bait headline and story, “Christians Doomsayers say the World is Ending Next Week”. It is the most infuriating piece of inflammatory garbage I’ve seen this side of CNN. The agenda driven piece lacked even a basic understanding of Biblical Prophecy and End Times Events. It was designed to discredit an entire field of study and discourage people from looking into this themselves.
Most serious students reject the “Planet X” theory, but Fox found one and based their article around this fringe theory. They then roll out a skeptic who mischaracterizes the science of astronomy by calling it astrology, and then to add insult to injury, they featured a video from Unsealed to associate this ministry with their hit piece.
(Author’s note – The below is a down and dirty quick rebuttal meant to be copied and pasted into comment sections, Facebook responses, and shared on social media. Every single bit of the below is well documented, sited, researched, and backed up by Scriptures, and articles on this and other sites. I fired it off this morning over morning coffee – it’s a blog, not a research paper or scholarly article. Our readers know this stuff and those who will receive the information don’t care about the Scripture references, just give them the facts.)
For the record, there is no prophecy in the Bible that says, “Tomorrow the World will End”. There is instead a VERY clear timeline and order of things to come. There are very specific prophecies that have been fulfilled, the last major one was in 1947-1948 when the modern state of Israel was reborn. Since that moment, there has been absolutely nothing that had to happen Biblically in order for the events of the End of the Age to begin.
The Bible clearly gives a picture of what the world will look like toward the end of the age: increased knowledge, violence, immorality, disasters, self-love, and ineffective church ect. ect. Does that sound familiar?
Christians, for over 2000 years, have operated under the doctrine of Imminent Return also called, “The Blessed Hope”. Which means that we are instructed to always be alert and expect that at anytime the Lord may come and catch His Church away (The Rapture). We eagerly await the day and in the interim Watch the events unfold.
At some time after the Rapture, judgment begins. God justly punishes the wicked Nations and those who left behind who while they had the chance, rejected the grace and mercy of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Gone is the Lord’s focus on the Gentile Nations, this period of time is specifically for the Jews. It is to bring them back to Him, to restore them to His people. The ignorant, often refer to this as, “The End of the World”, it’s not. It’s the end of the Age and prophetically called the Tribulation. This hell on Earth lasts for 7 years.
At the end, the forces of the wicked will gather together at Armageddon to once and for all destroy Jerusalem. The Lord Himself will destroy them with the breath of his mouth, The Archangel Micheal will bind Satan into the bottomless pit. Jesus will touch down on the Mount of Olives and the mountain will split in two. This is the Second Coming.
The Lord will rule on the Earth from Jerusalem for 1000 years. It will be a Golden Age of peace, prosperity, and abundance. This is called the Millennium.
At the end of the 1000 years, the Devil will be released for a short period of time. He will once again tempt the Nations and foment a final rebellion against the Lord. He is swiftly put down with all who stood with him. That is the end of the Millennial Age.
From the end of the Millennial Age into eternity, our Scriptures say little other than the assurance that those who are in Christ will remain with the Lord always. Maranatha.
|Why Can’t I Move a Mountain?
Posted: 16 Sep 2017 01:45 PM PDT
As a very small child, I believed in “magic”. There was no line between the natural and the supernatural. In my basement playroom, the black and white TV perched on metal cart showed me Jeannie and Samantha and of course, I wanted to be Tabitha on Bewitched. I’d make a grand entrance through the gold and brown plastic “jewels” that hung in the doorway. and escape to my secret hideaway that to the untrained eye was a blanket fort strewn between folding metal chairs. Down here I went to Neverland and joined the flying children in Peter Pan. Some days, I’d go to Paris and listen to swinging Jazz with the Aristocats. Then I’d head off to London and laugh with Uncle Arthur and Mary Poppins. These grand tales of adventures spun from my Close and Play Record Player, the scenes danced across my mind, my imagination fully engaged in the wonder of it all.
My Bible picture books and Sunday School coloring pages told me the fabulous stories of Red Seas parting, giants slaying, and fire called down from Heaven. Loved and adored by my strong Daddy, the pictures of Jesus surrounded by little children were as natural to me as breathing. I was His and He was mine.
There was no prayer this good Jesus would not answer, no miracle He would not do, He was wonderous and magnificent; the magic was everywhere. I believed with all my heart and did not doubt. So when I heard Mark 11:22-24: “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” This Scripture was tailor-made for a child like me!
It didn’t work, none of it. I thought “happy thoughts” while listening to Peter Pan but no matter how I ran and jumped, I could not fly. I crossed my arms, put my hair in a ponytail, wore my gauzy green nightgown and robe (my Jeannie “costume”) closed my eyes and nodded my head as hard as I could but I never shrunk down into the Chianti bottle covered in different color candle drippings (my Jeannie bottle). I realized that the shows and the records were pretend but Jesus was real. So why, when I believed with all my heart, did Jesus words not work either? My Uncle did not walk again and no matter how hard I prayed my Aunt still got a divorce. Therein lies the rub.
Where magic dies, Faith must fill the void.
How many little children grow into cynical adults because their innocent prayers went unanswered? How many angry skeptics shake their fists at Heaven and declare, “I prayed to you and my Mother still died!” How many watchers stop watching because “We are Still Here!”
During this Age, there are no booming declarations from above, no pillars of fire leading the people forth in the Wilderness, no feeding of the 5000, no parting of the Red Seas. There are no overt public miracles, no true healing ministries, no flying mountains! Jesus himself ushers in the Age, with the last beatitude, John 20:29:
“Blessed are those who have believed and not seen.”
This is where our childlike imaginations have to re-engage. We must be like that child in the basement playroom listening to records. We can read the words, we can hear the music, but we can not see. The Lord is quiet, gentle, subtle. He woos us with kindness and gentleness. It is the Still Small Voice and the Word that we must rely upon; not emotions and miracles. We wait in faith and hope without His physical manifestation. In return, He fills us with the Holy Spirit and seals us with the greatest power in the Universe, Himself.
He is the Magic. He is the Power. He has Promised to give His power to us.
Does that make you tremble? Does that shake you to the core? Does the weight of your wicked sinful nature desire and fear such a thing? It should. Only as an innocent, would a human in the flesh desire such power. It is for exactly this reason that we have never fully manifested the Power that He promised; we do not move mountains! Then why does the Bible tells us we should be so much more?
Perhaps because the Church has not Actually Been Born?
Call it what you wish, born, raptured, glorified, sanctified… one day the Church will be fully and completely aligned with the perfect will of God Himself. We will do nothing contrary to His wishes. Listen to Jesus prophecy below: John 14:12-14
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”
Maybe that is what Jesus meant in Matthew 18:3 when He tells believers to have faith like a child, find that place of wonder, remember when you believed in the magic, imagine what awaits us. Maranatha.