Babylon Rising, a Word for 2016

Christians will have momentary glimpses of Glory but we will be tested. Despite what many religions and denominations teach, this world cannot get better before Jesus comes. But before He does come, we have to occupy and understand that Babylon is not our home, continue to teach and preach: “Preach the word! BE READY in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching,” 2Timothy 4:2 [emphasis mine].

Babylon is rising and encompassing Christians and non-Christians alike. This new Babylon is forcing people who have lived and worked and raised families for generations away from their home to places they never thought possible. The new Babylon targets Christians to force them to commit to their agenda; this has already been proven true recently with ‘gender identity’ and forced ‘refugee resettlements’ and legalizing unborn child murder for 40+ years. The president has shown repeatedly that he is allowing Babylon to take over, reteach, and then target the non-believers of his agenda to wipe out God and morality. The best we can do as American Christians is BE READY; be ready to lose your home, lose your job, and have your Faith tested like never before. You will lose those who you thought were your closest friends, family members and even other ‘Christians’ will be used against you. Each of us has to BE READY to go, to preach, and to love again. Discernment and the Bible will be your guide.

The validity of the Constitution will be compromised, particularly our fundamental right to bear arms. This slow motion remake of ‘1984’ in plain sight should awaken every American Christian but will not. Self-protection will be considered a threat against the government and anyone associated with a ‘____ lives matter’ hate group, among others. These groups, and others, are marginalizing themselves into self-segregation rather than uniting as they say Christians do not do. Do not be fooled, do not let your guard down. Your Faith will be used against you to exemplify their agenda.

The Church is producing large numbers without basic doctrine taught or heeded. The very acts of abortion and sexual sin [homosexuality, plurality, polyamory, etc.] will be celebrated even more so with the help of the government or they will be targeted and categorized as ‘hate mongering’ for professing the Gospel. ‘Inclusion’ is the new  and only agenda. The new Church will be low in numbers but mighty in Spirit. Jesus said to “Go into all the world”, and this will be played out in this dispensation because they will be NO OTHER WAY. Professing Christ will be hate speech, and has already been classified as such in certain groups and associations, most of whom have government funding.

America has been putting up with domestic terrorism of ‘____ lives matter’ rhetoric, murdering unborn children and persecution. This is not a new ‘ism’, this has been festering for decades. Targeting public places of any kind as places of derision of all things against Jesus is the new ‘normal’, like shutting down major expressways for demonstrations, etc.

Too many Christians are doing NOTHING in light speed believing that God will just show up. Of course God can do anything, but it is highly unlikely He will just show up and drag you out of Babylon without prayer, fasting, supplication, and readiness, “Why are we sitting here until we die?” [2Kings 7:3]. BE READYTake the opportunities He gives you during these times of tribulation, “If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt; if He imprisons a man, there can be no release”, Job 12:14. 

Even so, there is GOOD NEWS!

God said [Jeremiah 29:4-14] to continue to have a family, work, cultivate, and worship Him WHILE in Babylon until we are brought back from our captivity. Truly, this part of scripture is for today and that day when we meet Him face to face. We cannot lose hope or our Salvation and purpose, we cannot allow persecution to determine who we are in Him or where our Eternal home is. We cannot allow a faulty government and false gods to keep us from bringing more souls to a risen Savior.

Do not waiver but prepare. Gird up with the Truth, hold on and STAND FAST. If you are pushed away from your home, wipe the dust from your feet and go. If you lose your job, wipe the dust from your feet and go. When your church bows to Baal [government funded and approved God haters], wipe the dust from your feet and go. When Jesus said ‘Go out into all the world’, GO:

v16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
v17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.
v18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
v19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;
v20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
v21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
v22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
v23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” [Matthew 10:16-23]

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PERSECUTED CHURCH: Our lives as Christians under the microscope.

We are on watch, we are targeted – by our own government. The Supreme Court is weighing in on so-called ‘gay marriage’ which can force churches, ministries, and Christian organizations protected by their 501(c)(3) status.

Should we be concerned? YES. Because Christians are persecuted outloud with hideous beheadings, and sometimes so quiet that it’s almost undetectable, or so the government hopes. In China, the hope of Jesus Christ is so abhorred and feared by their government, they are calling it “a restriction on the public space for Christianity” toppling them one at a time: “Compared to the Communist Party’s previous militant-style campaigns aiming at wiping out the religion, the latest crackdown is milder and its primary target is a symbol rather than the belief itself“, read the rest here.

A restriction on the public space for Christianity? Sounds familiar? It should, Bible studies, prayer meetings and church services in private homes in America have been targeted:

“A California couple has been fined by the city of San Juan Capistrano for holding Bible studies and religious gatherings in their home.” Read the rest here.
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“A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after he refused to stop hosting Bible studies in the privacy of his home – in violation of the city’s building code laws.” Read the rest here.

Is this what’s coming to American churches as the LGBT community continues to target and persecute Christianity? Look to Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston. She took her LGBT agenda and manifested it as law to placate her own sin to make it appear normal; ‘City of Houston’ demanded “sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker. Pastors and churches and ministries said a resounding NO, claiming rightfully that their Constitutional rights cannot be taken away by anyone.

“This new draft law is just another attempt by the government to legitimize its existing illegal violent campaign of destruction and removal of the cross,” said Bob Fu of U.S.-based China Aid, which has documented that 448 churches have had crosses removed or buildings destroyed…..To continue to forcefully remove and ban the cross on the rooftop of the church buildings demonstrates the Chinese regime’s determination to contain the rapid growth of Christianity in China,” he said in an email.” Read the rest here.

Many smaller churches here in America are decidedly not tax exempt so that  they can continue to use their rights to Freedom of Speech, religion, and religious liberty. These rights are Constitutional and is supposed to protect individual American citizens, but are they protected under a 501(c)(3)? Many people would disagree with what protects us by something manufactured by the IRS and Federal Government.

In China, an article depicted Christian church crosses being torn down and in some cases, the entire church:

“The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month…The next day, a church member used his own welding torch to put it back. He was promptly detained and questioned for 10 hours on the charge of operating a welding business without a license.” Read the rest here.

Tear down the Cross? Not one person can tear down what God has provided: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God,” [1Cor 1:18].

Doing nothing gains nothing. Jesus is knocking on the door trying to get back into the Church, we should let Him in and keep the government OUT.

The Bipolar Church & Family Division

Like most Christians, I came to the Lord later in life. And I hated that because of all the time I spent pretending to be part of a notion that I was NOT a sinner and NOT at fault. You have to wonder why it takes so long to get saved but considering what our families put us through, I AM A MIRACLE.

It’s bad enough that I jumped ship from the family’s religion of choice, but to actually live it was quite another.

Regardless of what we are called to do as Christians the world tells us to pull up a chair and shut up. Interestingly, the world only believes in ‘choice’ with abortion and homosexuality but we can’t choose to be against it? Then how are we are judgmental, hypocrites and intolerant? The ‘tolerant‘ is trying to kill us.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Knowing the TRUTH has great responsibility attached to it. I take it seriously. WHICH is why most of my family has shunned me. Calling out sin is not for the faint of heart or those seeking to be popular.

When I was young [long, long ago] my family was never well to do but aspired to be better. We set goals. MANY years later nothing has gotten better but much, much worse. Sin has attacked this family and is winning because they are their own God rather than serving God. They are sin-sick, He is the Great Physician, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance”. [John 2:17]

Since they deny Christ, I may not see these people in Heaven. I struggle with that. But Christians are not called to be as the world, we are called to be Christ-like:

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34

We are also called to tell the truth in everything, no gray area or it justifies sin. Homosexuality and its agenda is wrong; abortion and its agenda is wrong. God is not pleased with people killing His created and mocking His covenants. God’s way is perfect while the world perverts it to satisfy their prideful lusts. Before Christ I made myself my own God. After Christ, I committed myself TO God. Then the scales fell and I saw for the first time that I am His created, His workmanship.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” Romans 1:18

Tolerance is compromise; I will NOT compromise my Christianity for ANYONE for ANY reason, not even for my own family.

The devil disguises himself as someone you trust…but this I challenge you to do: TRUST JESUS. His opinion will never change, His love will never change, He will always be there for you…just accept Him as your Savior rather than people who seek to keep you in condemnation and fear.

v18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20

A Sin of Omission, The Sin of Diversity

The Church has an obligation to cause division between itself and the world; the Bible says that the Christian and the Church is to be separate from the world (2Corinthians 6:17) – but the theory of diversity has created a gray area that is not of God or the Bible. The theory of diversity is causing division within the Church and Christians: Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34, NKJV.

The Church is causing itself to become as the world. God is not pleased with His Creation being caused to fall at the hand of the Church. The bigger problem is Christians and Catholics allowing the Gay Agenda to lie their way into their lives and churches. Nearly every one of us knows someone or is related to someone that has succumbed to the sin of homosexuality and the lie that they were born that way…my family included. It is their plan to get the ones closest to them to yield to their new chosen lifestyle and accept homosexuality as ‘normal’. Is it diversity they are looking for or is it division? Espousing to an agenda that is against God to appease your gay son/daughter/mom/dad/grandpa/grandma/cousin/aunt or uncle is a sin of omission, or a sin of convenience. A Christian has to love them enough to tell them the truth.

‘But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.’ Isaiah 59:2, NKJV

Preachers and Pastors that teach against the sin of homosexuality are called judgmental and haters, even from other Christians. However, the Bible tells us that Christians, Pastors and Preachers that do not or will not tell the homosexual they are in sin and destined to an eternity in hell will have to bear the sin of omission:

‘Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.’ Ezekiel 3:20, NKJV

It’s real easy for the gay community to call Christians ‘haters’ because we tell them they are wrong – the truth is they are the haters; haters of the Creation as God intended it to be – one man and one woman. Homosexuals weren’t born wrong, they were lied to. And I am not going let them tell me where to shop, worship or work to placate their agenda of hate and diversity.

Time is so short – we are supposed to be ready for the day when He comes back for His Church. I cannot stand to think for one moment that someone I loved or knew, gay or not, did not have the opportunity to hear the Gospel before that day comes. God loves the homosexual enough to tell them they are wrong and need a Savior.

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Matthew 24:36, NKJV