by Mr Armstrong
End Time Prophecies - part 1
broadcast in the 1980s - played UK 10 Oct 2015
|".... now we are living in the most serious, the most momentous times of the history of this world. We are living in the times that are very near and approaching what is known as the end of the world ...." (4.0 Mb)|
by Jon Bowles
The Moral Code God Requires
given KY 26 Sep 2015 played Wales 10 Oct 2015
|Scientists are worried that "inteligent" super computers could one day destroy mankind unless they can be taught an effective moral code to counter it. The problem is, mankind is a very bad role model! But God gives all creation a superb moral code - with Christ as the role model - be it computer, angel or man. (10.6 Mb)|
"Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice." (Deuteronomy 16:15)
Note: This will be the last Pastor's Report before the Feast of Tabernacles this year. We currently plan to resume normal production the second weekend after the Feast. May we wish you all an excellent Holy Day period.
At sunset on Sunday September 27th is the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles for 2015, picturing the glorious, peaceful rule of Jesus Christ during the Millennium. During this 8-day period, it's an opportunity for God's Church at this shattered time to physically meet each day for services — physically observing the Holy Convocations as commanded (Leviticus 23:35-36).
And as if the rare opportunity to fellowship together was not a sufficient incentive, having saved our second tithe — according to God's command — we have an abundance with which we can fulfil God's other command.... to rejoice!
In the world however things are very different. There are several places in scripture where the conditions at the end time are likened to birth contractions (Matthew 24:8; I Thessalonians 5:3). And the way we know that the birth of the child is coming nearer is that the contractions intensify in strength - and length - moving closer together. Eventually a period is reached where there seems to be just one continuous contraction, and either the baby will shortly be born or both mother and child would die. That time is known as the transition, and for this world, it corresponds to the time we know as the Great Tribulation.
Each year we enact the awesome Plan of Almighty God. Each year we eagerly look forward to its fulfilment. And each year looking at the world around us, we wonder, "is this the last Feast within this present age?" Yet as we celebrate this coming 1,000 years of overwhelming abundance — using the 2nd tithe God commands us to save in advance for the purpose — we do so in a world that largely runs on debt and credit. Isn't it interesting how often financial 'contractions' in particular seem to peak around the time of the Feast? So while we are celebrating the coming wonderful World Tomorrow, looking forward to stability and correct Government with a financial system based on the Laws of God — The Way of Give — the world around us, based on the exact opposite, seems to shudder.
Yet whatever the current economic climate may bring, whatever our current circumstances, we look forward to a time of complete and utter abundance for the entire earth. To a world where the currency will remain stable for a thousand years, with absolutely no inflation! The greatest time of economic stability the world has ever seen! We therefore need to be sure that it is this future time that our minds should now be focusing on, for this present world, and its economic woes, are almost ready to pass. But what we are going to be celebrating at the Feast is something that we can all really rejoice in — and hold fast to — for eternity.
And as that day approaches, we are commanded to draw progressively together, "not neglecting the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25). God gives us this command, knowing that in spite of our personal problems, financial turmoil, fuel shortages, escalating food-costs, disease scares, global terrorism etc...etc... it is absolutely essential for us to be bonded together as His people. It is becoming more and more a vital part of our lives. God knows that "because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold" (Matthew 24:12 RSV) and therefore a balancing force is needed. And godly fellowship at the Feast can certainly be a major part of that.
In both Malachi 3:16 and also in Hebrews 10:25, we are forewarned of the vital necessity of close fellowship at the end of this age. God wants us to be truly bound together and genuinely caring for one another within the Church. Being able to see each other face to face makes an incredible difference to the subsequent electronic contact and prayers. This is from personal experience of being able to visit with many of you around the world over the past few years. Let's be sure we all are praying for each other, as our travel plans fall into place and brethren start their journeys across the globe.
But we also realise that some of you, for various reasons just cannot get to a Feast site and will have to stay at home. Please be assured that you will be missed ... you are not forgotten, and as the apostle John makes very plain, our fellowship is primarily with God the Father and Jesus Christ, so you most certainly will not be alone. (I John 1:3)
With time flying by like "a weaver's shuttle", and the Feast almost upon us, what I thought would be most helpful this week would be to remind each of us of previous encouragement and instruction from Mr. Armstrong, given in his co-worker letters and also a Good News article, written prior to the Feast, because what he wrote all those years ago is even more valid for us today:
"... Yes, LET US BE GLAD AND REJOICE, and give honor to Him – for the marriage of the Lamb is soon COMING, and His Wife is again MAKING HERSELF READY!" (Co-Worker Letter – September 25, 1978)
For many years, since the apostasy shattered the Church and the Work, the affianced bride of Christ has been at worst in the doldrums and at best in confusion, but we have so little time left that it is imperative that we take our calling seriously, get back on track and continue what we started at baptism...to be ready for the Marriage Feast!
"Look forward to this FEAST OF TABERNACLES AS THE BEST, MOST SPIRIT-FILLED, AND JOYOUS EVER! " (Co-Worker Letter – September 25, 1978)
A joyous Feast doesn't just happen ... it takes work and it takes dedication to our calling. The admonition that it is more blessed to give than to receive, isn't only speaking of our finances, but an overall outgoing, unselfish way of thinking and acting. If our minds are centred on how to make this Feast more enjoyable for others as opposed to what we personally can get out of it, then we will have a joyous Feast — individually and collectively!
Although in general our Feast sites today are far smaller than the huge conference halls of yesteryear, the same principle applies of being a 'committee of one' to show to those we come into contact with a very different way of life, which is outgoing, serving and giving. These days the local town or city is not impacted in the same way as in the past, but the actual Feast sites themselves are expecting members of the Church of God to be arriving in a couple of weeks and each one of us needs to keep in mind just Who we represent.
"When we bring brethren into an area for eight whole days, the impact on the region is unprecedented! ....the whole city is geared to EXPECTANCY just prior to the Feast!
"What kind of people are these?" "What do they believe?" "What is the 'Feast of Tabernacles'?" "How will they treat my establishment?" "What about their children and their teenagers — will they be rowdy?" "Are they heavy drinkers?" These and dozens of other questions will be running through thousands of minds. YOU BRETHREN will be giving the answers, by your example, for a full eight days! Here, then, is an opportunity to really be a LIGHT to this world by LIVING the very picture of the Millennium, the KINGDOM OF GOD in action on this earth, as a witness to these people! You can, by your own personal example during the Feast, be used of God as a powerful witness that may help lead others into the very truth of God, and a way of ESCAPE from the terrible times ahead!
"THINK about that, as a very real responsibility! (Co-Worker Letter – June 1978)
Many long-time members of God's church are now in their 60's, 70's and upwards, and have been eagerly anticipating the return of Christ for decades! We have lived through and witnessed wars and rumours of wars, various famines in different places, outbreaks of diseases and most certainly the pollution and virtual destruction of the Truth, But because He has not yet returned, this in no way means He won't be coming at all; we are just that much closer than when we first believed. God has mercifully given us time to wake up to our calling and regain that first love, which was in danger of being quenched. Like the Church throughout the ages, we need to keep the focus and realise the deadly seriousness of the time we find ourselves in. For as it says in Hebrews "For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry".(Hebrews 10:37)
"Let's not take everyday routine of events for granted. Let's awake to the REALITY of where we are in the panorama of world events. For we are in a very SERIOUS time!
As we approach perhaps the greatest Feast of Tabernacles in 1900 years, we need to be conscious that we are approaching CLOSER THAN WE THINK the very tremendous event this Festival pictures to us — the millennial world-reign of the KINGDOM OF GOD!...
...THIS WORLD is now very old, and nearing its END! We are in the LAST DAYS! I think it is important that you realize this fact — that the imminence of the END of this present evil world's life is much more real than many of us have realized.
As we approach this year's Feast of Tabernacles it is important that we REALIZE also that although Christ has moved swiftly this past year and more to set His Church back on God's track, we as a Church are NOT yet ready for either the protection promised us from the imminent GREAT TRIBULATION, or for the coming of Christ.
What we all need seriously now, is real FASTING, and fervent PRAYER, before the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles!
We must be vigilant in this, and put it first in our lives to avoid neglect — for the TIME IS NOW SHORTER THAN EVER!" (Co-Worker Letter – September 20, 1979)
"Dear Brethren of GOD’S Church:
Begin now to focus your mind on the most joyous eight days of this year .....
Stop and THINK of the real PURPOSE and MEANING of the Church in which you are a member! We live in a world of discontent, gloom, sorrow, frustration, despair. In boundless LOVE and mercy the Supreme GOD has chosen and called you and me and all our brethren in Christ OUT of this unhappy and futile world. WHY? Not only to give into our lives HIS happiness and joy and blessed hope, but to PREPARE us through HIS Spirit and HIS spiritual knowledge to rule over and TEACH all humanity during the coming thousand years and the following Great Judgment to have their lives transformed into vigorous happiness, joy and accomplishment with the GIFT of eternal life – when we ALL shall live happily, gloriously, vigorously, productively FOR EVER AND EVER!
We NOW look forward to the coming FEAST OF TABERNACLES. At the Feast we shall rejoice eight days looking forward to the time when we may be used in bringing other millions and billions of precious human lives into immortal glorious GOD-LIVES! Yes, then born into the GOD FAMILY – being VERY God ourselves!
All whose hearts and minds are right with God will be spiritually refreshed, uplifted, inspired, filled with joyous anticipation, enjoying a real FEAST on the SPIRITUAL WORD OF GOD!
Think how important this Festival is! After the return of King of kings Jesus Christ, “it shall come to pass, that every one…shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16).
And there shall be plagues and severe punishment on nations that neglect or refuse to attend! People will be compelled to be happy! Of course, that is speaking of mortal people then left alive – not of Christ’s saints who then will be immortal and in the very Family of God.
But you and I are, now, still mortal – and the above scripture shows us how very serious in God’s eyes it is that we attend this wonderful Feast this year. For we may be attending it as immortal-born children of God before this present decade is out! That certainly is a likely possibility.
We have undoubtedly entered the most explosive decade in the history of man. But it is possible that God will cut short the days of great tribulation ahead and bring us into the wonderful and glorious Kingdom of God before this decade is out. Again, remember, Jesus said no man will know the day or the hour. But He did say we may know by world events when it is near – even at the door!
...The Feast of Tabernacles pictures to us year after year the glorious thousand years just shortly ahead now of world peace, happiness and opportunity for eternal salvation for all not previously called! It will be a world without Satan! It will be a world with Jesus Christ ruling with love!
It is a time for us to get away from the dreary routine of daily life in Satan’s world and enjoy eight wonderful days with brethren in Christ and their families! It is the only time in the year that God provides a time when we may get away and rest from our daily regular duties – to be with brethren in Christ to worship Him and look forward to His utopia! (Co-Worker letter March 15, 1982)
During the Feast we plan to play a sermon from Mr. Armstrong on the very subject of why we are there, keeping the feast. Most of our friends and neighbours will presume we are going away on a 'holiday', but we know that there is more to the Feast than just the location, the activities and the time spent in fellowship, as important as they may be. We need to keep at the forefront of our minds that we are students ... disciples ... of a new Way of Life and to milk out the most instruction we can from each message, and think deeply how this can help us individually to be ready for the job ahead, promised by Christ in John 14.
"...we are not yet spiritually without spot or blemish. But God's Word says the CHURCH will BE MADE READY. That does not mean every member in it will be ready. And those who are not ready are pictured in Matthew 25 in the parable of the 10 virgins. Those who will not be ready will find the door into God's Kingdom slammed shut in their faces! Each of us needs to examine himself (or herself) and ask, "Am I yet ready?"
Now the annual Feast of Tabernacles is approaching. It pictures to us the joyous time, now near, when Christ shall come. The Church shall have made herself ready and shall be changed from mortal human to immortal God — children of God in the God Family. We shall then reign with Christ a thousand years. Satan shall be removed. We shall not only be ruling in the new world government under Christ, but we shall also be priests (Rev. 5:10), reigning ON THE EARTH, when ALL ALIVE shall be called to salvation and eternal life through Christ! We're looking forward to a supremely happy, joyous time!...
...The world is fraught through now with trouble, violence, strife, suffering and death. But our God has something unspeakably better in store for us! Let us be READY! (Co-Worker Letter – September 2, 1981)
"In just a few weeks we shall attend the 1985 FEAST OF TABERNACLES, enjoying a foretaste of the glorious Millennium, with many hundreds of brethren of like faith and anticipation.
I believe this year’s Feast will be the most wonderful and enjoyable since God’s Church of our time began keeping this Festival at Belknap Springs, Ore. My wife and I had been keeping the seven annual Sabbath days for 14 years before that–the first seven years alone by ourselves, and the next seven with the parent church of the Church of God for our time and era.
We must remember, however, that just like when the servants of God came together to worship Him in the days of JOB, Satan came also among them. I have to WARN YOU–Satan also is looking forward to this year’s Feast, so he can come to different Feast sites and cause us any trouble he can, but if we PRAY with our whole hearts for Christ’s protection, He is more powerful than Satan and can restrain Satan from attacking us. So BE SURE YOU BEGIN PRAYING FOR THIS FESTIVAL RIGHT NOW–and keep it up until the Feast is over.
Begin now to pray for angels to accompany our thousands of members, most of whom will drive to the Feast site that they attend. Pray for GOD’S protection over all our brethren.
Many have been working long hours for a long time already to make this the most inspiring and joyous Festival so far.
Be sure to add your PRAYERS to their efforts–for God’s special protection and His blessing–and we shall all return home with our spiritual batteries recharged to the FULL. THERE WILL BE NO SHORTAGE OF GOD’S SPIRITUAL RECHARGING! (GN Sept 1985 - The Anticipation Cannot Equal The Realization)
In addition to the above material written by Mr Armstrong I would like to point you to two previous Reports written for this Holy Day season. If you have the time, may I strongly recommend that you re-read each article via the links provided:
If WE have been given a responsibility: then we have been given it for one reason only — to serve our brethren! We should never, ever lose sight of this. We must keep it in the front of our mind whenever we do our job, and then do it (in that serving Way) to the best of our ability. This is true whether we are the Festival Elder, or a visiting speaker, or we have been given the oversight to set-up the chairs, wash up or sweep floors......we are there to help, to serve, to give. We must never forget that!
If ANOTHER PERSON has a responsibility: then we have a duty to cooperate with them — being obedient to their requests, backing them up and assisting them in whatever way we can — so unity and joy can come from their actions. Again, this is true regardless of whether it is myself or the Festival Elder or the person setting up the chairs asking us to move. Back them up. Co-operate. That is God’s Way. And this is whether we agree with the decision or not. Provided what they ask is not sin, we should still support and assist fully so that the Feast runs smoothly. Unity is more important to God — as unity is for eternity!! (Psalm 133)
For us to implement this properly, there is one absolutely crucial thing we must do: we must go to God Himself — the source of all things (Acts 17:25) — and ask for His Mind and Spirit. Such prayer must be done in private, daily, through which He gladly gives us His Spirit, if we ask Him (Luke 11:13). Let us all be absolutely sure we remain 'plugged into the vine' throughout the Feast. Half an hour on our knees should certainly be regarded as a minimum amount of time to aim for each day. But, as Mr Armstrong pointed out when he was alive, we also need a continual walk with God so that we do indeed, "pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17) — truly led by God's Spirit (Romans 8:14). This is the most important point of this article. (Pastors Report 24 Aug 2013)
God has given us 2nd tithe so we don't have the normal day to day worry about physical things... food, transport, accommodation etc. It is given to picture a time of abundance. But it is also given to remind us that such abundance — being physical — is transitory (as are we!). The festival is, after all, also called the Feast of booths — the Feast of TEMPORARY dwellings. By reminding us of this ephemeral basis of our physical, chemical existence 2nd tithe even points us towards what is truly lasting — the Spiritual messages heard at the feast and the friendships generated — and so reminds us that we must, "look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." (II Corinthians 4:18)
So please do use your 2nd tithe wisely. Please do use it for temporary things — but remember to also use it in an outgoing, eternal manner. And please — all of you; together with stranger, fatherless, and widow — do rejoice! (Pastors Report 7 Sept 2013)
Have an excellent Holy Day season, and a most enjoyable and profitable Feast of Tabernacles.
It seems that everywhere we look we see strife, turmoil and impending disasters. While at the Feast, our focus is on the solution to all these problems, the return of Jesus Christ. He is coming to set up the Government of God on the earth, and to rule ALL nations.
In the meantime, here are a few situations that could become “game changers” in the very near future! We need to keep watching as the end time drama unfolds.
Many analysts point out that the financial system is broken, and on the brink of total collapse.
“‘A system reset is imminent. There are only two options: a financial reset planned well in advance, or a hastily implemented one on the back of a dollar crisis. And it is likely gold will be reintroduced as one of the pillars of this next phase…’ Will the Global Reset Begin in October 2015?” (birchgold.com)
The problem - economic bubbles are the result of greed!
“What is an economic bubble?
Answer: It is a market condition in which the price of an asset is far in excess of its intrinsic value but which is willingly paid by buyers in anticipation of finding other buyers who will pay an even higher price…
There are seven global economic bubbles.
…When bubbles burst, the economy crashes, and when the economy crashes, life becomes grim, indeed.” (realityzone.com)
“Europe’s dream of open borders has turned into a ‘shambolic’ nightmare as the migrant crisis reaches unmanageable levels - with even Germany saying it can no longer cope.” (express.co.uk)
No help from Muslim States - “As Amnesty International recently pointed out, the ‘six Gulf countries - Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain - have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees’.” (washingtonpost.com)
And then there is the terrorist threat - “Europe - 4,000 covert terrorists already in place ‘awaiting’ orders.” (wnd.com)
“Even as President Obama was securing the Senate support necessary to assure passage of the nuclear deal with Iran, Tehran’s top defense officials were scoffing at US claims the pact will restrict the Islamic Republic’s military ambitions. Iranian leaders openly say they will continue their terrorism and aggression, and they will now – with the sanctions relief – have enhanced resources to do so because the deal will give them billions of dollars.” (foxnews.com)
The US military get it right! “Many in the US military condemn the agreement… “More than 200 retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran deal… ‘the agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous’ and ‘introduce new threats to American interests’.” (washingtontimes.com)
With Iran totally committed to the destruction of Israel, it would seem that an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities by Israel has to happen some time soon!
“Israel ‘more ready than ever’ to strike Iran. An unnamed Israeli senior security official told Walla news that his country’s military is more prepared now than in previous years to conduct a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities should the orders be handed down to do so.” (jewishvoiceny.com)
A third intifada or a political process? “The situation on the West Bank is volatile, but persistent reports suggest Israel could conclude a long-term cease-fire with Hamas. Are we on the verge of a new Palestinian intifada? The fragile status quo and the fact that there is no political solution in sight suggest that we may well be.” (jpost.com)
“Pope Francis believes he has a divine mandate to continue Obama’s devilish job of ‘radically transforming’ America… Francis has stepped out of the shadows and with each new undertaking continues to shore up his base of political power and influence… On September 23, Pope Francis will make his boldest move yet when he addresses Congress.
Here is a preview of what you can expect he will talk about: Forced Immigration, Reversing Capitalism, Wealth Redistribution and Forcing the Climate Change agenda… His radical, revolutionary ‘exhortations’ will be influencing billions of all faiths worldwide, demanding not pious rhetoric but action to solve world problems.” (nowtheendbegins.com)
Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican. Many cardinals resent the changes brought about by the Pope, and the political direction he is taking!
Cardinal Raymond Burke - “One must be very attentive regarding the power of the pope,” Burke told the French news crew. “Papal power is not absolute.” He added, “The pope does not have the power to change teaching or doctrine. We have a serious issue right now, a very alarming situation where Catholic priests and bishops are saying and doing things that are against what the church teaches…” (washingtonpost.com)
“Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism. There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law and order manifested by an overt violence against the citizenry…
Despite the recent outrage and protests, nothing has changed to restore us to our rightful role as having dominion over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government.
Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases — these are just a few ways in which Americans continue to be reminded that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials… These are mile markers on the road to a fascist state where citizens are treated like cattle, to be branded and eventually led to the slaughterhouse.” (lewrockwell.com)
“13,000 fall into homelessness every month in Los Angeles County, report says”. (latimes.com)
Life in the USA – on $2 a day? “By one dismal measure, America is joining the likes of Third World countries. The number of US residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this desperate economic situation.” (cbsnews.com)
“Christianity is being criminalized in the United States… Christians all over this country are being put into positions where they must choose to either submit to the ‘new morality’ or potentially lose their jobs. For Kim Davis, deciding to take a stand meant that she was thrown into prison. The radical judge that threw her into prison has said that she will stay there until she is willing to change her mind…
What in the world has happened to America? We live in a country where Christians are being imprisoned for what they believe, but Planned Parenthood is free to slaughter babies, chop them up, and sell off their parts to the highest bidder. We better start paying attention. What is happening right in front of our eyes is eerily reminiscent of what happened in Nazi Germany…” (endoftheamericandream.com)
We need to be watching as all these world events unfold. Things could well boil over very quickly, throwing the entire world into chaos. But there is one more element to be considered, and that is a great increase in “paranormal” events. Satan is hard at work winding up the nations of the world to fight Christ as He returns. He is also conditioning the minds of mankind, getting them fearful, ready to fight Christ when He returns, as an invader from outer space!
Here are a few examples of the latest trend!
“Alien hunters claim NASA image shows woman standing on Mars acting as lookout’” (express.co.uk)
“Crashed space craft resembling Star Wars destroyer found on Mars” (express.co.uk)
“Is this ‘UFO’ on the MOON proof of a secret spy plane the US won’t admit it developed?” (express.co.uk)
“Does picture show UFOs are tailing Donald Trump during Presidential election campaign?” (express.co.uk)
“LISTEN: Are eerie ‘trumpet’ noises coming from the sky sign of the ‘apocalypse’?” (express.co.uk)
“Is this ‘clearest and WEIRDEST’ UFO ever caught on camera?” (express.co.uk)
“Shock claim: ‘Russians shot down UFO over Iran ahead of Blood Moon apocalypse’” (express.co.uk)
Many more articles warn of the end of the world… by the end of September - here is just one example…
“SIX huge asteroids ARE coming our way as doommongers insist world will end in TWO weeks” (express.co.uk)
We have also to keep in mind that most of today’s news is infotainment – designed to sell newspapers – promote TV channels etc… But when we take a look at the origins of many of these weird ideas, it would seem that the true origins need to be examined carefully!
In 1800-1803, God poured out the blessings on Ephraim and Manasseh. Growth was phenomenal in both the USA and Britain. But soon, the rot set in. In 1859, Darwin published his book “On the Origin of Species”, which pictured a creation without a creator. By the mid 1870’s, magic, spiritualist, mediums and a study of the occult was all the fashion.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert participated in spiritualist séances as early as 1846. After the death of Prince Albert, the queen was reputed to “communicate with Prince Albert” through the medium of Albert’s former gun boy, John Brown. For more than 30 years, Brown remained Victoria’s close confidant, with an unusual hold over her.
This missing link is the link between the theory of evolution and science fiction.
“The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells… It is the first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and that of his younger brother in London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race…
H.G. Wells was a student of Thomas Henry Huxley, a proponent of the theory of natural selection. In the novel the conflict between mankind and the Martians is portrayed as a survival of the fittest, with the Martians whose longer period of successful evolution on the older Mars has led to them developing a superior intelligence, able to create weapons far in advance of humans on the younger planet Earth, who have not had the opportunity to develop sufficient intelligence to construct similar weapons.” (wikipedia.org)
Many science fiction films depict invasions by aliens – who are out to take over, or destroy, the earth. As a result of Satan’s “conditioning”, the armies of the nations gathered to fight each other at Jerusalem will undoubtedly see the return of Christ as an invasion from outer space.
“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14).
And so the battle is actually stirred up, not by men or nations alone, but by spirit demons of Satan the devil. When Jesus Christ comes to stop world suicide, the nations will quickly drop their own quarrels. The joint military forces of the world will then turn their efforts against Christ and attempt to fight and destroy Him!
“Prophecy tells us that ‘ten kings’ (Revelation 17:12-14) will comprise the modern and final end-time revival of the ancient Roman Empire. It will be a political, military and religious alliance of incredible power. A vast and mighty army will be formed and will find its way into the Middle East. The religious control of Jerusalem and oil will undoubtedly be major factors prompting the maneuver.
Thus the army of this religious ‘beast’ power will confront the armies of the atheistic ‘east.’ But instead of fighting each other in a battle that would end in the nuclear extinction of all life (Matthew 24:22), they will, ironically, UNITE their forces and march southward toward Jerusalem in an attempt to destroy their common ‘enemy’ – Jesus Christ!” (Bible Correspondence Course - Lesson 3)
As we watch all these “physical events” going on, we must keep in mind where the real problem lies:
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12, New Living Translation)
As we celebrate the upcoming Feasts of God, remember that Satan also understands their meaning. That’s why he is angry – as can be seen from world events. Christ emphasised where our problems originate from when He told us what we should be praying about – daily!
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from [the evil one]: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen".
Watch and pray – ALWAYS!