Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Are You Marked?


I’m really going to wade in deep here.  What I’m about to say is going to anger quite a few people, and that’s OK.  There are times when the truth has to be dragged out into the light of day, no matter how distasteful and ugly it is.  The grievous fact is this: America is finished because of her choice to re-elect Barack Hussein Obama to another term as President.   

‘Oh no!  How could you say such a thing?  This is the greatest country the world has ever known, and we will survive the next four years of an Obama presidency.  Until the next election in 2016, we must concentrate on finding the right candidate that will return America to economic prosperity, as well as manufacturing, scientific, technological and military strength.  No, we can’t give up now, or ever!’   Right.  Hold onto that dream, pal. 

Because of ongoing national sin, we found ourselves in a position where we didn’t have much of a choice. Our only alternative was Mitt Romney, a multi-generational, high-priest of the satanic cult, Mormonism, a pseudo-religion which blasphemes Christ while falsely claiming to be Christian.  At least he had the appearance of being a somewhat moral family man, but in truth, was another Globalist puppet that would have finished the destruction of America, as his handlers directed him. 

But the people have spoken and decided, even after four years of abject failure, to re-elect Mr. Obama to a second term.  An overtly wicked man who is an enthusiastic supporter of abortion in all its horrific forms, and at all stages of pregnancy, including partial-birth abortion; the deliberate slaughter of a healthy, viable, full-term baby as it’s being born.

He even unwaveringly agrees with the obscene practice of allowing babies, who miraculously survive an abortion attempt, to be left alone in a room to die, cold, hungry and in pain, when medical intervention might very well save their lives. What kind of callous, sociopathic soul would someone have to possess, to find this acceptable?  I wonder why his promiscuous mother didn’t avail herself of this service. 

Strongly rumored to be a closet homosexual himself, he fully supports same-sex marriage, giving sodomites the legal right to adopt children, while repealing The Defense of Marriage Act, which confirms the obvious intention of nature and God, by defining marriage as involving one man and one woman.   

Obamacare will go into effect January 1, 2013, and will include the largest, broadest tax hike on the middle class in American history.  Already, the internet is a buzz with stories of small business laying off workers or shutting their doors, because of the impossible financial burden this magical beacon of healthcare hope, which no one wanted, will impose.  

Can’t wait to see the unemployment figures by the end of the first quarter!  One question…if this is such a brilliant idea, why is Congress and the President exempt from this healthcare plan?  Why is the Federal government in the process of hiring thousands of new IRS agents to make sure the rest of us are paying our premiums? Just curious.  I guess what’s good for the goose really isn’t good enough for the ruling elite. 

Oh, I could go on and on with the gloom and doom that really IS going to descend on America very shortly.  So, how do we fix this, and how can we get this country back to being the strongest, most prosperous nation on earth?  You really want to know the answer?  Are you sure…? 

We can’t.  

Listen folks, when the horse is dead, dismount. This country is now dead, never to rise again.  She just hasn’t completely fallen down quite yet.  That is a mighty difficult concept to come to grips with, isn’t it?  I sure understand, but we need to face facts here and the fact is, we can’t pray our way out of this.   

‘But,  2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  All we need to do is get the church to repent and America can be restored!’   Nope. Sorry.  Ain’t gonna happen, even if pigs fly.  

Oh, come on! Wake up! Think logically here.  Do you REALLY believe there’s anyone in this country capable of bringing every saved Catholic and Protestant together, and have them agree to petition God with fasting and prayer, to save this country?  HAHAHA!!  You’re joking right?  The mainstream, modern day church can’t even agree on where to eat Sunday lunch!  Get a grip on reality and quit living in denial.  America is dead.  
 
To continue on insisting that the church needs to somehow contrive some national revival to ask forgiveness for the sins of America, is a colossal waste of time.  Why won’t that work?  Because the majority of Americans voted AGAIN, to continue on the path of entitlements and rebellion against the precepts of Almighty God.   

America received a HUGE, heavenly, wake-up call on 9/11.  We stumbled about, reeling from the shock and brutality of the attack, and for the first few weeks, churches were filled with people who were humbling themselves before God, seeking to understand ‘why.’  Well, that certainly lasted, didn’t it?   

As is so starkly and poignantly outlined in Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s book, The Harbinger, our gracious and merciful God continued to send warning after warning in the subsequent eleven years, yet we didn’t listen and turn our faces back to Him.  Well, like any compassionate, loving but just parent, His patience finally ran out on November 6, 2012, when the majority voted to allow the most Christian-hating, Islam loving, morality starved President ever to darken the doors of the White House, to reign over us another four years.  Brilliant choice!   

In this week’s feature article on Jack Kelley’s website, Gracethrufaith.com, he explains why Christians need to put this idea of repenting for America to rest.  Look at Ezekiel 14: 12-14, which states, “Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its men and their animals, even if these three men—Noah, Daniel and Job—were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord.” 

“If any country persists in going against the will of God and doing things He has forbidden, and He determines to judge that country, the believers in it, no matter how righteous they may be, can only save themselves.  In Ezekiel 14:15-20, He repeatedly said that even if their own sons and daughters would be affected by the judgment, the prayers of these righteous men could not save them.  They could save only themselves by their righteousness.” 

 ‘But what about the story of Jonah and Nineveh?  Jonah warned them about the impending judgment of God and they repented and God did not destroy them.’  Read the story closely in Jonah 3: 4-10.  The Bible clearly states that every, single person in Nineveh, from the lowliest servant to the very King himself, repented by putting on sackcloth and ashes, with every one turning from his evil ways and from violence.  Every, single person!  Again, do you honestly believe we could persuade every, single person in America to fall on their knees, confess their sins and beg God for mercy?  Do I even need to answer that question? 

This is why praying for the restoration of America is now a moot point.  By re-electing Obama, with all his wicked ways and plans for the destruction of our society, this country has given Almighty God the finger for the last time!  No more chances.   

BUT… this life and this earth is not all there is, and I think we all tend to forget that.  The Bible tells us that ALL of earth’s history, as well as the entire plan for mankind from start to finish, was designed and prepared before the foundations of the world were laid.  God knew Adam and Eve would rebel, so the perfect plan of the cross and redemption was arranged with Jesus before time began. 

God knew we would destroy this earth in our greed and stupidity; therefore the plans for a new heaven and a new earth were made.  He’s always known who would come to Him and who would reject His offer for an eternity in His kingdom.  And He always knew this strong, fantastic country called America, would eventually go the way of all previous democracies and consume itself from within.  ALL of this has been in the works for untold years and every single detail is falling into place as designed.  Right this minute, the Lord sits in heaven on His throne, in perfect peace and control.  

WE are the ones who are having a hard time with it!  This earthly life and these mortal bodies are all we’ve ever known and they are being threatened with death and destruction.  Who wouldn’t be upset or clawing around for some kind of hope!  So, what is our hope?  

Those of us who’ve accepted Christ as Lord and Savior are marked with God’s seal of ownership.  That is our hope! 

All through the Bible, when God placed a mark on someone, it meant that person belonged to Him and was protected from danger.  As with anything good that God does, satan has to go pervert it, probably because he has absolutely no imagination whatsoever.  So, during the tribulation there will be a mark that denotes who belongs to him, commonly known as the mark of the beast.   

As Kelley points out, “The principle of making those who would be protected from judgment was first mentioned in Genesis 4:15, when the Lord marked Cain as a warning to those who might try to kill him for murdering Abel.”   

Probably the most famous incident of the Lord marking His own to protect them from wrath and death is detailed in Exodus, with the story of the Passover. 

Right before God delivered Israel from 400 years of Egyptian slavery, He visited one last plague on all the land.  Exodus 12:12 says, “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.” 

God instructed Moses and Aaron to tell the Israelites to kill a Passover lamb; one without spot or blemish, and paint its blood on the two side posts and on the upper door post of their houses.  The purpose of this was to mark that household exempt by God from death.  Exodus 12:13, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” 

God continued this practice in the New Testament also.  Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession---to the praise of his glory.” 

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 also says, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.  He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”   

Kelley explains, “In these two passages Paul revealed that all born again believers were marked at the time they believed, to show that they belong to the Lord.  It’s the spiritual equivalent of a rancher branding his cattle with his mark of ownership. The presence of this mark will protect us like it has protected others He has marked throughout history.” 

“But in our case, the mark doesn’t just protect us from the judgment taking place around us, it qualifies us to be removed from the judgment altogether.  This mark can only be received on an individual or personal basis.  What I mean is we’re not marked because we’re part of the Church, we’re part of the Church because we’re marked.” 

This is where so many people get into trouble.  They think that because they are ‘good people,’ going to church every Sunday, being generous with their money, or spending time in community service, that they truly belong to Christ when in reality, they’ve never given their hearts and lives over to Him so He can claim ownership.   

These are exciting times we’re living in; exciting for those of us who have disengaged from the things of this earth, and have ceased putting our faith for the future in politicians, governments, the economy, or our bank accounts. Those of us who are marked by God with the blood of His Son, now spend our days attending to the responsibilities of this life, while keeping an ear open for that wonderful shout from our King, “Come up here!”  

 A most touching detail in the story of the Passover, pertains to we who belong to Christ today.  One of the specific instructions God gave Moses, was that the Passover lamb each family killed was to be eaten quickly, as if the people of Israel were eating on the run.  Exodus 12:11 says, “And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: It is the Lord’s Passover.” 

We have been marked by the Holy Spirit as belonging to Him and there’s a remnant of us who are watching the signs, and breathlessly waiting to be snatched home.  We live every day with our spiritual loins girded, shoes on our feet and our staff in our hand, because we know the Lord is poised to deliver us from this miserable world we inhabit, along with our slavery to sin.     

Despite the ever darkening future of America and the world, we refuse to fear because of our Blessed Hope.  These are the days when we must keep our eyes on Christ, allowing His Holy Spirit to calm and cheer us while we patiently wait.  ALL previous prophecies in the Bible have come to pass, exactly as predicted. God is not a man that He should lie.  He ALWAYS keeps His promises, and WILL rescue us from the wrath to come.   

Do you bear the mark of God’s ownership?  Have you been stained by the precious blood of Jesus?  You are running out of time, my friends.  The prophecies of end time events are unfolding at an exponential rate, proving we are at the very end of the Age of Grace.  

You have a stark choice here.  You can either accept Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior, allowing God to mark you as belonging to Him, or you can be left behind to face the decision whether or not to take satan’s mark of the beast.  Refusing to take that mark will lead to a very unpleasant death. 

One mark leads straight to an eternity of joy in heaven.  The other leads straight to an eternity of lonely agony in the Lake of Fire.  You still have time to escape the things to come.  Please choose wisely!

 

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