The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. (Proverbs 3:33 NIV)

Today, in the U.S., Christians are meeting in halls and hotel ballrooms for “The National Day of Prayer”. Since 1952, when Congress set aside the first Thursday in May for prayer, the faithful have humbly asked the Lord for His blessing. From coast to coast, this annual event has drawn godly men and women to look to heaven for divine help.

This day, believers will bow in the spirit of Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray”). Yet, an objective evaluation of the past year’s events must concede: We are in a state of rapid decline. This does not just apply to the West, but to our world, as well.

No longer can our nations look to leaders or institutions with hope. (I am not suggesting the saints’ prayers are ineffective; I do think we error if we casually dismiss God’s curse.)

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin brings reproach, shame and disgrace (Proverbs 14:34).

The Lord cannot disavow his Word. If He places before us blessings for obedience and curses if we disobey, what should we expect if we choose sin? We should count on being disgraced for turning from God’s commands. Nothing short of sincere repentance from the head of government down can alter our destructive course (cf. Jonah 3:10). As individuals, families and communities, we must separate ourselves from the path of the wicked. Prayers asking for prosperity without first demonstrating the fruits of repentance, conflicts with God’s expressed will. Such petitions dishonor the Lord.

The final nail was driven in America and Europe’s coffin the day they turned against Jacob’s offspring. When we began siding with anti-Semites in our midst and Israel’s enemies abroad, we doomed ourselves.

God pronounced a blessing on Abram (Genesis 12:3). It was repeated to Jacob in Genesis 27:29 (“May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.”) The people known as Jews call on the God who declares, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

When Christians rise from their knees from now on, they would do well to reaffirm God’s identity, cast aside their country’s flag,  then prepare to carry their cross. We’re under a curse for which there is no remedy—except the one Israel’s King Solomon proposed in 2 Chronicles 7.

At this point in history, how foolish to think God can bless America. Am I spreading pessimism or attempting to awaken the Body of Christ? Each reader will decide. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord God Almighty, the God of Jacob, the King of Israel!

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matthew 19:28 NIV)

Speaking to his disciples (above), the Savior pledged–or so it seemed–a throne for each, as well as great riches (19:29). In the next chapter, James and John’s mother asked the Lord to grant her sons positions at the right and left (of his throne).

A question first needed answered: “Were James and John willing to drink of the cup from which he drank?” When they said, “We can,” Jesus responded, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” (20:23)

The mention of thrones and wealth planted seeds of ambition in all twelve (20:24). Ambition is only a kingdom trait if it inspires service and sacrifice, not lust.

Holding on to the vision of authority and the power, riches and honor that go with it, the disciples inquired again in Acts 1:6-8. (“Are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”)

Jesus’ reply did not feed their desire for fame. Instead, he humbled them. (“Its not for you to know the times and dates the Father has set by his own authority.”) They would be Christ’s witnesses beginning in Jerusalem and proceeding outward to the ends of the earth. If there was a throne in their future, they would be too busy carrying the gospel to sit.

The Federal Head principle explains what Jesus’ disciples did not know: With Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, David and others, the Lord made a covenant he would honor throughout all generations. In the way Jacob’s twelve sons were first generation Israelites, the disciples would become spiritual ancestors to a great family. Two millennia later, Jesus’ followers owe much to the twelve. When Christ prophesied about thrones to Peter, James, John and the others, he was peering down time’s corridor to twelve of their spiritual offspring.

Everything promised in Acts 2 to the 120 in the upper room, including the gift of the Holy Spirit, belongs to this generation of believers. But–and here is the rub–so does the cup Jesus promised! Teachers may reject the premise that Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 applies to Gentile Christians, but they are foolishly dismissing the fact Jesus’ disciples are Federal Heads.

Heavenly crowns and pleasures preoccupy our thoughts. Riches are gladly received, yet when, for example, Matthew 24:9-10 or 24:21-22 are read, our humanity often kicks in. No longer do we wish to have the Federal Head principle apply. Does it work that way with an inheritance? What we inherit is not ours to choose.

If the first generation of disciples (our Federal Head) understood that endurance was part of their mission (i.e. Matt. 28:18-20), then it is guaranteed those who will receive a hundred times will overcome tremendous hardship as well (Acts 14:22, 2 Timothy 2:12).

Entering the kingdom is not for everybody. The cup of suffering will not be offered to all. Crowns are worn by only a few. Jesus, our chief Federal Head (1 Peter 2:21) took up his cross before he wore the crown (Hebrews 12:2-3). Disciples of all ages must do the same.

First generation or last, the Great Commission has not changed. Our Federal Head requires our service, not our willingness to be served. All will be fulfilled–the great suffering as well as the future great exaltation. JF

 

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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8 NIV)

To accurately interpret Bible prophecy, it is essential we understand the “Federal Head” principle. This is how it works: Speaking to his chosen servant(s), the Lord calls them to initiate an action that will continue through the generations and only completed by their offspring. It makes sense that we see this principle often in Genesis, the book of beginnings.

Noah and family obeyed the Lord and were saved from the global deluge. We have all come from this righteous man and his wife. After the waters subsided, the Lord made a covenant with his Federal Head. “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1 NIV)

Noah’s sons and their wives would initiate having lots of babies, but they could not complete the assignment. Not until the end of the next age, the Millennium, will Noah’s family cover the earth.

No one in the Old Testament exemplifies the Federal Head more than Abram. Because this servant believed God, he became known as “the Father of our Faith”. To him, the Lord promised: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2-3 NIV)

Becoming a great nation implies generations of fruitful, happy and prosperous sons and daughters. In Abram’s case, this meant they would number like the stars (Gen. 15:5). (See also Genesis 17:3-8). Whoever blesses the Jews, for instance, will themselves be divinely blessed.

Other Old Testament models of the Federal Head are Jacob’s sons (Exodus 3:8), Job (Job 5:25), David (2 Samuel 7:16) and Phinehas (Numbers 25:10-13). Each of God’s promises has prophetic significance. Each has yet to be fulfilled.

Next, we will find the Federal Head in the New Testament, then, I believe, draw some interesting conclusions.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Christ Jesus (Acts 1:8 NIV)

The coming of Antichrist will be marked by great darkness. If Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), then his minion can also. The delusion God sends will persuade all but God’s elect that the man of lawlessness is indeed the Christ (Matthew 24:23, 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12).

These things must come before our King returns on the clouds to rescue his saints from the four winds. What a day that will be!

In my view, a likely scenario for “the day of disaster” (a stage-setting event prophesied for the last days) is this: Enemies from foreign nations will seize the opportunity of political upheaval to launch widespread, coordinated attacks against vulnerable targets inside America’s borders.The goal of these domestic enemies will be to unleash maximum death and destruction in order to bring about a global caliphate.

Acts of unimaginable terror will produce chaos and panic. Armed elements within the current culture will join foreign terrorists to foment anarchy and garner the loot. Survival in urban areas will be increasingly difficult.

Christians and Jews will be like sheep ready to be slaughtered. “End-time Preppers” (individuals preparing for this eventuality) will head for their bunkers, ready to make their last stand. Security personnel will be overwhelmed and rendered ineffective as they desert their posts to be near family.

When massive destruction threatens, outside foreign armies will attack. Allies China and Russia will merge their abundant military resources against a severely-weakened West. With China approaching from the north and west while Russia comes from the North and East, and additional attackers from the South, then America’s citizens will be surrounded. Chinese and Russian generals will be under orders to neutralize all resistance but keep further damage to a minimum.

China’s years of purchases of corporations, real-estate, and commercial enterprises give these Asian leaders a major interest in halting America’s destruction. The trillions of dollars of U.S. debt held by Chinese investors make it imperative their financial interests are protected.

As I see it, an invasion similar to a great swarm of locusts (Joel 2:1-11) will occur on American soil. It will be preceded by electro-magnetic impulse weapons (EMP’s) fired into the upper atmosphere then detonated. Instantly the shock wave will return a technology-dependent society to post-Civil War days (i.e. no telecommunications, no public utilities, no motorized transport, no mass movement of goods or services and no industry).

What about God’s people? They were prepared by teachers who revealed prophecy in Scripture. They will spiritually thrive in divinely-protected communities. When invaders find them, they will be filled with the Holy Spirit and fluently speak the tongue of their captors. Remembering Jeremiah’s instructions (below), they will surrender.

“Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the LORD says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death. Whoever stays in the city will die… But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; he will escape with his life.’ ” (Jeremiah 21:8-9  NIV)

As it was with the Jews in Jeremiah’s day, last day’s believers will be God’s witnesses. Joining the Chinese Christian underground and persecuted saints everywhere, they will be prepared for hardship. They will be ready to be carried off to testify to the ends of the earth.

I do not claim to be a prophet nor am I the son of a prophet. I am, however, a student of prophecy, of history and an observer of current events. These things or something close to it, I believe, will soon come to pass.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached to the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14 NIV)

Making disciples of all nations seems like a daunting task—and it is! Yet is anything too hard for the Lord? Would Jesus tell his followers to do the impossible? The prophecy above indicates the job will be completed, but “How?”

If world evangelism is left up to people with the most spiritual and physical resources, will it be accomplished? America has proven its many churches and its prosperity do not mean the Gospel spreads at home or abroad. In the West, Christianity is in decline while Islam’s influence rapidly increases.

Jesus’ order to “Go into all the world” means boots on the ground.

Some believe the solution lies in satellites beaming Christian TV and internet. It may be ours, but it isn’t God’s answer. Jesus’ order to “Make disciples” means their must be boots on the ground. Like bombs dropped from airplanes, bombs cannot replace infantry. Neither do electronic signals substitute for beautiful feet on the mountains (Romans 10:14-15)! “Go” means “Get off your padded pews and go!”

The present trickle of Christian volunteers cannot meet the battle’s demands. As I see it, what must happen is conscription (sp. the means rulers use to enlist fresh recruits). When kings go to war, they don’t wait for enough volunteers; they go in search of conscripts (i.e. fighting-aged men who, not by choice, trade in work clothes for combat fatigues.)

All nations will hear, then they will worship the Lord. How will they believe, lest the Gospel is proclaimed to them? Believers will go out in shackles and in tears. They will return rejoicing, bringing along a great harvest of souls.

Next, I will describe a likely scenario in which the Great Commission will be fulfilled.

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. (Proverbs 25:11 NIV)

If every reader knew the “apples of gold” found elsewhere, other than the “Home” page, word would leak and a gold rush would be on. The golden apples are words, in our case written.

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He who has an ear, let him hear.

If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed.

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. (Revelation 13:9-10 NIV)

To understand prophecy, we must know Bible history. When the Lord’s chosen people sinned by committing idolatry, they sealed their fate.  In Deuteronomy 28, they heard God’s vow: “The LORD will cause you to be defeated by your enemies” (28:25). “The LORD will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your fathers” (28:36). “The LORD will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth,… a nation whose language you will not understand, a fierce looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young” (28:49-50). “Then the LORD will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other” (28:64).

All the nations will ask: “Why has the LORD done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?” And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the LORD, the God of their fathers,… Therefore the LORD’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book. In furious anger and in great wrath the LORD uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now” (29:24-25, 27-28).

If the Lord called Assyria to capture then scatter ten of Israel’s tribes, and if He sent Babylon to carry away Judah, then, centuries later, used Roman soldiers as his instruments to banish Jews, then what will happen to the idolatrous society in which we live? If we escape the sword, we’ll likely be uprooted and thrust into another land. This is basic prophecy regarding the last days, supported by the word of the prophets.

Someone has to alert God’s people to what’s coming. If the Lord is sending the destroyer, do not think our guns will save. It will be the opposite. To live, saints will be required to submit to the Father’s will.

Knowing from Scripture that we’ll likely be carried away, what manner of Christian ought we to be? We should be counted among the wise: “Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered… Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time” (Daniel 11:33, 35).

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“…and be content with what you have.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)

Ten years ago, discontentment ruled the land. There was so much dissatisfaction and complaining that America became the undisputed “whine” capital of the world. Since then, whine production rose 200%. Across the culture, “whine-making” has developed into an art form.

Professional protestors have sprung up. (Protesting is an aggressive and impassioned form of the more passive whining.) Politicians have become masters of manipulation. Political rallies stir the underlying fears and anger of the public into a frenzy. Candidates use slander and vitriol to make opponents enemies who must be stopped. Campaign appearances are an odd combination of worship service mixed with a mob atmosphere. He’s really mad, but she was madder!

During Israel’s exodus, crying and whimpering had grown into an epidemic. The Lord’s anger was aroused and fire broke out in the camp. After the fire died down, the rabble picked up again where they left off. “…we never see anything but this manna!” they moaned (Numbers 11:6).

Moses heard the rancor then offered his complaint before the Lord (11:10-15). God’s servant concluded his list of grievances with “If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now.”

Numbers 11 ends with a severe plague breaking out throughout the Israelites’ camp. Mouths that spoke of craving other food beside manna became portals for poisoned meat. At a place called “graves of craving,” the moans of discontentment were heard no more (11:34).

Before the Lord again takes the unpleasant step of shutting down the world’s complaining industry, it is time we un-whine ourselves. Like Paul, learn to be content in every circumstance (Philippians 4:11-12). The permanent silencing of whine-makers may be inevitable; we just don’t have to participate. Nor do we have to lie among the “graves of craving”.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. (Luke 6:49 NIV)

Running onto the playing field and into the huddle went the young man. After a few moments of bewilderment, he felt the stares. “What’s the play?” “Yeh, what did coach tell you?” “You don’t know do you?” It was obvious the fresh player forgot why he was there.

If we polled Christians about their God-given purpose in these climactic days, how many blank expressions would we see? Haven’t we yet listened to enough sermons, sang enough songs or read enough Bible or isn’t that the answer? From Jesus’ teaching in Luke 6:49, hearing isn’t enough.

Scripture is full of examples of a sad turn of events. Twelve of Israel’s finest returned to camp describing a land flowing with milk and honey. Ten forgot why they were chosen to enter Canaan, then paid with their lives. Achan forgot God’s command and stole devoted things from Jericho’s ruins. He, and all associated with him, ended up under a pile of desert rocks. A prophet from Judah disregarded God’s strict orders and sat down to a meal. A lion met him on the way home and killed him (1 Kings 13:20-26).

At the surprise judgment, the goats will stand on the Son of Man’s left and hear they are condemned to the place prepared for the devil and his angels. Or on that day many will address Christ, saying, “Lord, Lord.” Even so, they will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21). Truly, a sad turn of events.

God’s instruction must be put into practice. Prophecy is where most are vulnerable to serious missteps. Ezekiel gives warnings to “the righteous” about falling from their privileged position (18:24-32, 33:6-9). If the righteous are unprepared for the day of disaster, the sword of the Lord will cut them down along with the wicked (9:3-11, 21:1-6). (Does this ring true?)

Clear signals of the end are being transmitted from heaven. The result among God’s people tends to resemble confusion and inaction. We have largely ignored the prophets’ message to embrace a positivism that says nothing bad can happen because we “accepted Jesus.” This surely invites a sad turn of events. We should pay careful attention to what we have heard (Hebrews 2:1). Dismiss God’s wrath to the peril of our soul.

Listen to a sad turn of events as prophesied in Amos: “All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, all those who say, ‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’ ” (9:10)

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22 NIV)

After Pentecost, the early church enjoyed the benefits of fellowship and the apostles’ teaching. But their comfort was ended by persecution. Where believers were scattered , the Gospel of Christ went with them. It became the Good News not just for the Jews, but for the nations.

God wants all to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. A faith that creates doers will endure while faith untested by adversity achieves nothing. (I can hear the objections of pew-sitters to what they term “Works-based Christianity”.) Take it from Scripture. We find in James: “…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (2:17)

Recently, I saw a t-shirt with “Believe then Achieve” across the back. Though it was intended to inspire young athletes, I took it as a personal summons for a more serious approach to God. My belief level determines how much of my destiny I will attain.

If I demonstrate belief in God’s Word, then I will please my Lord. The reason the Great Commission isn’t accomplished is that we don’t believe enough. When the Books are opened at the Judgment, what is found will be according to our faith (Hebrews 11:6).

Jesus declared three times in the Bible’s last fifteen verses, “I am coming soon!” If the devil has us so confused that we doubt Our Lord, then how can we reject the world and take action?

Noah believed God. The vine-dresser became a carpenter then got to work. Rescue was achieved for seven in his family.

The wicked in Noah’s day perished because they failed to pay attention to God’s signs. They carried on with business-as-usual right up to the moment the rains came (Luke 17:26-27).

As it was in Noah’s day, so it will be before Christ’s return. Prophecy is written to underscore the Sovereignty of God. At the end of this age, believing in what the Bible says will lead to the salvation of many saints.

If our belief is Bible-centered, unshakable and accompanied by a willingness to sacrifice, then nothing will be impossible.

On the other side, if our belief falls short, so will our achievement. Then…

…how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? (Hebrews 2:3 NIV)

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