by Pete Garcia
I think I have the ‘broken-record’ syndrome. I feel like I keep saying the same message over and over…and yet, it is where I feel like I am led to say each week. Supposing that the Lord leads men, according to the times in which they live. In Noah’s day, it was the coming flood. In Moses day, it was the Promise Land. In John the Baptist’s day, it was the Kingdom of Heaven message. For us in 2015, it is the Rapture of the Church and the coming period of time known as, the Day of the Lord.
With the prospect of the coming 2016 U.S. presidential elections on the horizon, many have pinned their hopes on the political processes, and are hoping that we could get back to the glory days of old. As for the largest religious demographic in the United States, the Christian, the views of what is coming, are as varied as they are disparate, on what our immediate future holds in store.
To the Post-Tribulation believer, the Church will undergo, yet survive, the great persecution coming upon the earth. In other words, things will continue to get worse.
The Post Millennialist’s think the world is getting better, and points to revivals in various places around the world, such as Africa, the Far and Middle East, as signs of the church bringing the kingdom onto our world.
The Amillennialist and Preterist either don’t care, or are too busy attacking Pre-Tribulationist’s to bother with all the ‘end-times madness’.
But to the Pre-Tribulational believer, we know we are walking up to, but just shy of, that heavily prophesied time commonly referred to as the ‘Tribulation’. Although the Bible promises tribulation in this life, it does not however, promise the Church deliverance through the time known as THE Tribulation (or the Day of the Lord). It doesn’t promise deliverance through it, because it promises deliverance, from it.
Overwhelmingly, the New Testament promises deliverance for the Church, from this specific period of time. We know this because, the Church is distinct from the covenant nation of Israel. We also know, through basic Biblical discernment, that period of time, is specifically set aside by God to bring Israel back as a nation to Himself, and to punish the Christ-rejecting world…neither of which, the Church has any role to play in. (Jeremiah 30:7-11; Daniel 9:24-27)
Sadly, the American Church is too busy surrendering its convictions to a society in collapse to provide the moral compass it once did. She is sending out mixed signals to the unbelieving, unregenerate masses as to what exactly is supposed to happen in these final moments of human history, which was probably Satan’s intended effect all along. The greater the confusion, means the greater the satanic effort in trying to confuse the message of Christ’s soon return. Considering all the confusion we see today, we are closer than we have ever been to the Lord’s return. (Eph. 6:12)
“If all the barbarian conquerors had been annihilated in the same hour, their total destruction would not have restored the empire of the West: and if Rome still survived, she survived the loss of freedom, of virtue, and of honour.” – The History of the Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbons, Chapter 35
The best example for the United States of America to compare itself too, is that of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Fortunately for us, she too was filled with historians who chronicled her every step along the way. We can see where Rome began, where she transferred power from that of a Republic, to an Emperor. We can see her military might, where she expanded her borders to militarily. We can see the remains of where she devoted her time and efforts in for entertainment. We can see the inflation applied to the denarius. We saw her convert from a pagan empire under Emperor Constantine, to that of a state sponsored “Christianity”, complete with parasitic pagan rituals and beliefs, which secretly introduced leaven into her services. Finally, history tells us about the barbarian’s hordes massing at her gates and her eventual collapse.
As powerful, intellectual, and architecturally beautiful as Rome once was, she ultimately divided and collapsed under the weight of her own bloated bureaucracy. All kingdoms, empires, nations, and countries have the same problem; they’re run by sinful and fallen men. And if Rome’s fate is any indication of where we are also headed to as a nation, (as all nations follow this same path given enough time), it should mean an apostate form of Christianity is on the rise within our own borders (it is), and preceding just prior to our immediate and impending collapse as a nation.
A growing view within American Christendom, is that America has a special covenant place of promise in God’s calendar of events. Most of us who hold to a Pre-Trib view do not see that, but I fear we are a rapidly becoming the minority. But because things have been so bad, for so long now under the current administration, many are beginning to wonder if we are not in fact, in the Tribulation presently. I would tell those people, a resounding no, but the Rapture will clarify everyone’s competing Eschatological claims here shortly.
The United States was the greatest nation/empire that ever existed. In economic and political power, population, military might, and wealth, she was far greater than Rome could ever hope to be. The United States was at one time, the ‘shining city on the hill’, by which all the other nations could look towards as a model of how a nation should function. But Rome was also that way, comparatively speaking. America was the greatest progenitor of the Gospel, sending out tens of thousands of missionaries and preachers for two centuries, opening the Gospel message to every corner of the world. America twice thwarted the rise of global evil in the forms of both Nazism and Communism. She was also the great protector of newly rebirthed nation of Israel.
As America begun turning away from God, we have subsequently begun abandoning our special role here in this time and place of human history. We have been pouring out and blanketing the world with pornography and perversions through Hollywood and the internet. We have all but abandoned Israel for the better part of 25 years. We have embraced the state-sanctioned, and tax payer-funded, murder and trafficking of the most innocent from among us. We have corruption reaching every level of both government and private enterprises. Our economy is in tatters, and our military is a shadow of its former greatness. Economic woes, and racial strife fill the nightly news. Our borders lay open and as half our political power structure invites the barbarian hordes in with open arms. We are collapsing incrementally, and we don’t even have the good sense to call it for what it is…the end of the American dream.
He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. Remember His covenant forever, The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, The covenant which He made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac, And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel for an everlasting covenant, Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan As the allotment of your inheritance,”… 1 Chronicles 16:14-18 NKJV
Despite their religious and nationalistic failings, God chose Israel to be His people. (Exodus 19:5-6) Since God does not change, and His covenants with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are irrevocable, that Covenant status still stands today. (Romans 11:25-29)
Seeing as Christianity still makes up the largest religious demographic in the United States, and as a demographic, still overwhelmingly supports Israel’s right to exist as a nation, it is only natural then, that Satan concentrate his efforts in dividing our views and understanding of Israel within the ranks of Christendom. This is why we’ve seen the rapid growth of both the Replacement Theology crowd and Hebrew Roots groups over the last twenty years. And in turning away from Israel, the professing, American and European, denominational church has replaced that passion for Israel, with other things.
As much as Gentile groups and Christian denominations wish they were, they are not, nor will they ever be national Israel. We are not grafted into Israel, but grafted into Christ, the Root. In this Dispensation however, we are temporarily grafted into that place of prominence that Israel once had, but we (the wild branches) do not replace Israel (the natural branches). Being that we are the wild branches grafted in, we need to remember what Christ said. (John 15:5-6)
Bible Prophecy largely centers on what happens to Israel in the last days. It accounts for about 25-30% of your Bible. So what happens, when you ignore that much of your Bible? Well, just as nature abhors a vacuum, something else has to fill that void. The Social-Justice Gospel, Emergent Church, Seeker-Sensitive, Church growth movements have in large part been the biggest advocates for American “Christian” support of a Palestinian state. The same Palestinian state that has in its creeds, the murder and destruction of Jews and Israel.
This is who our current government is pushing and pressing Israel to be ‘partners in peace’ with. Unbelievably, our current administration came to power despite the fact, that the largest religious demographic in our country is “Christian”. Adding fuel to the fire, our government just made a political treatise with the nation of Iran, virtually guaranteeing their pathway to a nuclear bomb. This same Iran, who also has the destruction of Israel and the United States, as their stated, prime objectives. How “Christian” congregations and denominations can line up and support these terrorists’ regimes, do so by carelessly electing the men and women who seek our own demise, extends beyond reason into the realm of demonic influence.
If America is in Bible prophecy, she is only represented by the prevailing attitudes of western Christendom in the last days. Aside from the believers within her, the United States is no different than Rome was from God’s perspective. God will use her to a point, and then allow her to succumb to her own machinations which will ultimately lead to her self-destruction. (2 Tim. 3; 2 Peter 2-3)
Consider what a force for good and righteousness the American Christian church could have been, had they not abandoned their view on the inerrancy of Scripture and the promises that God made to Israel. Instead, many churches have become lukewarm and stagnate, thus repulsive and of no further use in the order of events that fill out these last days. (Rev. 3:14-19)
By supporting the Palestinian narrative, these “Christian” groups are denying Israel’s rightful and biblical claim to the land. Demonic confusion in the realm of Bible prophecy, has helped nullify, at least in these “Christian” movements’ eyes, the place of Israel in these last days. In that void, many of these movements have begun capitulating and compromising on many other current issues the world has been forcing on professing Christendom, such as the homosexual agenda and abortion. (Zech. 2:8)
The United States has no national covenant with God. However, the government of the United States does have a covenant with the American people. Had American churches stayed true to the Word, they would not have allowed their government to abandon their role as protector and friend of Israel. Since they are, and our government is electing and executing the kind of legislation that acts against our self-interests, we are speeding up God’s judgment upon ourselves by asking Him to remove His hand of blessing on us in these last days. (Gen. 12:1-3) We have traded the Abrahamic Covenant, for the Babylonian narrative of death. (See example in Rev. 18:1-24)
As for true believers living in a nation that’s in a moral freefall, we are increasingly taking the brunt of the physical, legal and financial persecution for daring to go against this satanic narrative. When the time of American church’s usefulness has run its course, the Lord will take His remnant Church from the earth, (Rev. 3:10) and by so doing, will wreak havoc on what’s left of the U.S. economy, which in turn will wreck the global economy, and force a geo-political and economic realignment that creates the right conditions, for the final, one world government to come on the stage.
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 1 Thess. 5:1-3
Even so, MARANATHA!