We live in an age of deception. It is hard to know just what to believe anymore. Take Ebola for instance. We are told – shown evidence – that this strain of Ebola is somehow not natural. It’s reported that it was created in a laboratory; weaponized, if you will. We are told this was a planned event. Mac Slavo, of the SHTF Plan, reported on a twitter exchange “with a large government supplier of emergency response products specializing in ‘high risk events.’” Here’s the text of it purportedly coming from a a “current DART member.” “DART teams were notified months ago they would be activated in October. Timing seems weird. What we are now hearing is just the tip of the iceburg as we enter October. #Ebola virus will cripple EMS and hospitals. The wait is over!”[i] Matt Drudge used his twitter account to issue an ominous one word warning: “Self-quarantine.”[ii]
What is its origin? We, the public may not know for sure; but we can see the ineffective response to its appearance. Our southern border is wide open, allowing the easy flow of un-screened illegals and terrorists easy access to the homeland. Flights permitting West Africans and those who traveled from that area continue unabated. A Dallas nurse who came down with the disease flew back from Cleveland, possibly exposing 132 other passengers. Panic has begun to set in. Schools in Texas and Ohio closed due to the Ebola scare.[iii] And from Africa we get unconfirmed reports from Africans themselves that the disease is being spread through injection. Nana Kwame writes: “The Red Cross has brought a disease to 4 specific countries for 4 specific reasons and it is only contracted by those who receive treatments and injections from the Red Cross. That is why Liberians and Nigerians have begun kicking the Red Cross out of their countries and reporting in the news the truth.” It is fantastic charge! In the same Pakalert article, an ex-military Special Forces whistleblower reveals that he believes that the Ebola vaccines that US soldiers will receive when they are deployed to West Africa will serve as the “trigger” mechanism by which the disease will be spread into the United States.[iv] And we don’t want to believe the level of evil that would be necessary to acknowledge that at least some of this would be true; that our worst fears may have some validity. John Little of Omega Shock writes: “No one wants to believe that this disease was cooked up in a bio-weapons lab. No one wants to believe that it is being purposely invited into the US. And, no one wants to believe that it will come knocking on their door and killing people that they love.” Yet he too admtits that he was wrong on this one….that he just didn’t want to believe the worst. So he now acknowledges: “It is an established fact that every dangerous microbe in existence has been weaponized in biological weapons laboratories in the US, Russia, China and who-knows-where-else. And, they’ve modified these microbes to be the most lethal that they can be.”[v]
Thus it’s gotten so that we don’t know whether or not to believe those in whose charge we are left. Jesus told us of these days. As He was preparing to go to the Cross, He was asked by His disciples: “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” But He began His answer not with an event or a milestone, but with a warning. “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matthew 24:3-4) (KJV) We live in an age of deception. And we must be careful that to hear and heed the voice of the Holy Spirit, test the spirits and make sure that we are NOT deceived. That is the Lord’s command!
THE TIME OF THE SET UP
It was a time of dedication. The first Temple had been completed. It was time for King Solomon to offer up to the Lord both the Temple and the nation of Israel. “Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands.” (2Chronicles 6:12) He prayed before the Lord in words inspired by the Spirit. He prayed that God would always hear the prayers of His People. Recognizing that they would stray and sin, Solomon prayed that God would be merciful once repentance came. He acknowledged that the cost of sin may be temporary judgment of an apostate nation. He was led to acknowledged that they may even be driven out of the Land. “Or if Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and return and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication before You in this temple, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to them and their fathers.” (v 24&24) He recognized God as the source of blessing and judgment and that the purpose of both was to bring about a transformation in God’s People. “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk.” (v 26-27) So was the dedication of a nation. It was not long afterward that the Lord came to Solomon by night and answered his prayer. God began His answer by asserting that it was indeed He that controlled nature and visited judgment on the nations; all to the advancement of His purposes. The Lord began with the words recorded in 2Chronicles 7:13. “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people…”
America too, was another nation that had been dedicated to the purposes of the Lord. At Plymouth Colony and even at Jamestown, God purposes were declared to sacred. But it was at Washington’s inauguration that an event occurred that closely paralled Solomon’s actions at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. It happened in New York City, the first (temporary) capital of the United States under the Constitution. Washington led the newly formed government to a little chapel to offer America to God. It happened right at what would later become Ground Zero in New York, right near where the Twin Towers fell on September 11th, of 2001.
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn reminds us that when judgment comes to a nation, it falls on the grounds of dedication. For Israel, that meant the destruction of the Temple. A devastating loss. One could argue that America too lost its temple. The World Trade Center was a monument built to the god of money. That temple fell in judgment on the apostasy of a nation that had turned away from the God of its youth. America is a nation that has lost its way. And the warning of the falling towers did nothing to slow that fall. In fact, one can catalogue the accelerating speed of the slide that has occurred in the 13 years since that event.
The last several decades has seen the total transformation of America. In the last several years it has become socially unsafe to stand for or even express Christian values. In Israel judgment came after her people had turned to false gods and gratified the desires through the promotion of sexual immorality. In fact it had become the norm, as did the sacrifice of their children. America has gone the same road. There is no sexual sin that is not winked at or promoted by the cultural thought police. To disagree with anything from the playbook of the folks who set the Gay Agenda is one of the few recognizable social sins in our culture today. And it is of the ‘unforgivable’ variety. Chik-fil-a was boycotted because its owner announced that he favored traditional marriage. The Supreme Court recently refused to rule on a gay marriage case meaning that that sinful practice will be the ‘law of the land’ in 30 states now. The founding head of Mozilla, who developed the Firefox browser, was unceremoniously drummed out of his own company for once, in the past, giving money to support traditional marriage.[vi] And then there is the hideous sin of abortion; a direct parallel to the child sacrifice of the ancient Middle East along with the apostatate Israelites. Tens of millions have been offered up on that American altar of convenience; poked through, dismembered and vacuumed in the name of reproductive rights.
And now the targeting of those expressing Christian beliefs seems to be increasing incrementally. Here’s a headline from the Christian Post: “City of Houston Demands That Pastors Turn Over Sermons Addressing Homosexuality.” The openly lesbian and ‘married’ Mayor is subpeoning the sermons, trying to limit dissent over a law that allows men into women’s public restrooms and vice versa.[vii] That kind of legal high-handedness is darkly reminiscent of the tactics of Nazi Germany as Hilter worked to get the Church in line with National Socialist ideals. A move in that totalitarian direction may be in the works, at least according to the Examiner. They report: The Obama Administration is “ready to make a dramatic move once the midterm elections in November are over. These particular government employees, particularly those at the top levels, believe that Christians, Tea Party participants, and those who support the Constitution and oppose Obama and his ‘progressive’ agenda are dangerous and need to be subjected to a purge. This purge would be in the form of prosecution through the courts. The objective would be to silence their voices and remove them from society by tossing them into prison where they could spend years and a ton of money attempting to get out of jail and defend their reputations.”[viii] Welcome to Amerika!
Our national values have changed. We no longer seek the things of God – but rather have made gods of ourselves and our selfish desires. Whether acknowledged or not, we’ve embraced the lies that there is no meaning to life except that which we give it. That there is no real moral Truth. That there is no truth except our own. That celebrating every whim and fancy – no matter how far from reality it may stray – is the only ideal worth fighting for. By defining Truth as all inclusive, we’ve abandoned logic and rendered the meaning of the word ‘Truth’ – meaningless.
And so this America that is in the process of abandoning God is ripe for His judgment. And we see it on the horizon; or it is striking even now. And here are its vehicles: ISIS & terrorism, the Ebola virus which we cannot seem to control, a series of foreign disasters, the looming collapse of the dollar, the death of the middle class, the progressive restriction of Constitutional freedoms, loss of meaning, the growth of hopelessness….and the list goes on. And we see on the world scene the fulfillment of prophecy; the emergence of Israel, the return of Jews to the Land – from all the world, the growth of globalization. And across the globe, millions are coming to the Lord – and many are falling away. Jesus talked of this time. And though many would dismiss or deny it: We sit today on the edge of the End of the Age. As Jesus told his disciples of these Last Days: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Christ did not mince words when describing the coming horror of those days. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:9-13)
So what must be our national – and personal response to all of this? Scripture is clear: Repentance. Solomon asked God. God confirmed the question. And in 2Chronicles 7: 14-16 we read that answer: “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” If we are His; if we belong to Him: We are the House of the Lord. We are sanctified and God’s “heart will be there perpetually.” Let us live that Truth! It is time to walk in humility, to pray without ceasing, to turn from our sins and to seek the Face of the Lord. In that day, God has promised, He will heal our land! It is time. We are at the gates of our future even now.
[i] Kimberly Paxton, www.TheDailySheeple.com, October 9th, 2014
[ii] Matt Drudge’s Ominous Ebola Tweet!, All News Pipeline, October 15, 2014
[iii] Alex Jones OHIO, TEXAS SCHOOLS CLOSE AMID EBOLA SCARE, Infowars, October 16, 2014
[iv] Ebola Vaccine Weaponized…Don’t Take It Under Any Circumstance!, Pakalert Press, October 16, 2014
[v] John Little, Facing the Obscene Evil of Ebola, Omega Shock, October 16, 2014
[vi] Jonathan Cahn, Sapphires, October 1, 2014
[vii] City of Houston Demands That Pastors Turn Over Sermons Addressing Homosexuality, Christian Post, October 15, 2014
[viii] DHS to intensify attacks on freedom oriented citizens, Examiner, October 6, 2014