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Destruction in the End Times: Respecting Ownership


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When humans create movies about aliens attacking earth, the plot often unfolds like this: the aliens attack.  At first the humans cower with fear.  Then, as the destruction continues, human leaders convert their fear into anger and say something like, “Hey, this is our planet.  We’re not going to let these punks take it from us.  Let’s fight back and reclaim our turf.”  Then someone whips out some brilliant bit of technology, the humans launch a counter attack, and our planet is saved.  In these kind of movies, a hatred of the aliens is promoted as very justifiable because the aliens are trying to take something that belongs to us.  Well, this possessive attitude about our planet might work well in spicing up alien movies, but it simply doesn’t fly with God.

Did you create the earth?  No, you didn’t.  In fact, when it comes to creating things, the most you can ever do is manipulate things that Someone Else provides for you.  You are totally incapable of making something out of nothing, and this is why you really can’t claim ownership of anything.  Everything that is belongs to the Gods who brought those things into existence, and those Gods are Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. What God owns, He gets to destroy anytime He wants to, and understanding this principle is going to help us steer clear of snarky attitudes during the end times. Read more of this post

God’s End Time Prophet: Forcing The World To Ask Who


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A tornado suddenly drops out of the sky without warning and mows through a town before anyone can run for cover. How did the funnel cloud form without our detecting it? A few cases of a fatal disease quickly become hundreds. How did the infection start? How is it spreading? A fire breaks out in a forest. How did it start? An earthquake flattens a city. How did so many buildings collapse? How can we improve our infrastructure? In life, when bad things happen, we always ask how. We have whole fields of scientific research that are in endless pursuit of answers to how questions. How can we prevent disease? How can we stabilize economies? How can we protect the environment? How can we reduce crime? We claim to want to know why things happen, but we’ll never find the answer to why as long as we’re avoiding the subject of who, and who is a question we never ask.

Even Christians are so intensely bothered by the subject of who that when a real tragedy strikes, you’ll find many saying, “God had nothing to do with this horrible event. It was just a terrible coincidence.” In other words, there was no who, there was only freak randomness. How very unhelpful of Christians to try and bury the truth when it is most desperately needed. But this is what we do because we’ve all got a major hang up with facing the fact that there is always a who behind every problem in our lives, and that who is a God who is going to hold us accountable for how we’re responding to Him. Ignoring Him, avoiding Him, and acting like His reality ceases to be whenever it suits us—these are the responses which get us into big trouble. Read more of this post

No Rapture Before the End Times: Why It’s Not a Bummer


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End time theories in the Church are like clothing fashions.  In the world of clothing, new styles emerge, they become super popular, then they fade away.  After a popular fashion trend has come to an end, there are always some people who keep wearing the style, while others move on to the next trend.  In the same way, if we look over the history of the Church’s theories about how the end times will play out, we can see new theories emerge, become super popular, then fade into the background when another theory emerges.  Today we can still find some Christians who are hanging onto theories that had their heyday centuries ago.  But we can also see that the Church is pushing one end time theory much harder than any others.  Read more of this post

The Modern Christian View of the End Times: Its Origin & Its Absurdity


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Today few Christians take the time to ask what their end time beliefs are based on.  As they watch their leaders stressing over the identity of a future antichrist, Christians don’t ask, “Why does everyone think an antichrist is coming?”  Instead they say, “Gee, the antichrist is coming.  I’d better be on my guard.”  But no, all of this hoopla over an antichrist is a colossal waste of time because the antichrist being described in Revelation was a specific Roman emperor who has been dead for centuries.  Because you aren’t stopping to ask why all of your leaders have decided an antichrist is on his way, you just hop aboard their train of fear and you get all anxious whenever some politician with a sour disposition gets promoted to a high office somewhere. Read more of this post

Miracles in the End Times: The Mechanics & The God-Honoring Response


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Humans do not have supernatural powers.  They can’t perform miracles, their spells and curses are nothing but noise, and they can’t see into the future.  They can’t read minds, and they can’t separate their souls from their earthsuits, much to the chagrin of many astral projection addicts.  We could spend this entire post talking about what humans can’t do, but no matter how true it is that humans are impotent little specks who aren’t even smart enough to understand how much they don’t understand, most people would think we’re wrong to paint humans in such an unimpressive light.  Do you know why?  Because humans are such undiscerning dopes that you can get them to believe anything if you just toy with their senses and tell them what their egos want to hear.  Now don’t misunderstand—we love humans.  Humans are the most precious element of this creation and the only part of this world which God is going to keep when He wipes this place out.  If humans were content to be the dearly loved, powerless specks that they are, we wouldn’t need to bother with this post.  But because humans refuse to accept how limited they are, they insist on putting their faith in fantasies.  From the very beginning, humans have been seeking out ways to try and lessen the difference between them and their Creators.  Why did Adam and Eve sample the forbidden fruit?  Because they thought it would expand their abilities and move them one step closer to being equal to God.  Why do we constantly do what God warns us not to do?  Because we resent the whole notion of Him putting limits on us.  How dare He.  Who does He think He is, anyway? Read more of this post

Demons in the End Times: Understanding Possession & Exorcism


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Because God’s control over His own creations is absolute, not partial, demons never have free rein over humans.  Demons never get the luxury of getting to do everything they want exactly how and when they want.  Instead, demons are stuck in the same position that humans are stuck in: they’re forced to make the best of a situation that is far from their ideal.  Read more of this post

Doctors in the End Times: Dealing with Plagues


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Realizing that a Supernatural Being has the power to seriously harm us is what motivates humans to start paying attention to that Being and consider seriously submitting to Him.  As the Creator and Controller of all that exists, God is quite capable of harming us.  But if you look around in the world today, do you see a bunch of humans expressing sincere respect for God?  No, you see a bunch of humans scoffing at the whole notion of God, mocking His Person, and trying to provoke Him into warring with them.  God’s purpose in terrifying humans during the end times will be to motivate them to improve their spiritual response to Him.  God always has a spiritual agenda behind what He does with us. Read more of this post

Correcting Your End Time Theology: Revering the God of Satan


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Reverence is a form of respect which is motivated by a fear of being harmed by someone or something’s power.  Without thinking about it, you automatically revere many things in life.  The sober fear that comes over you when you see a damaged power line sizzling and jerking on the ground is reverence.  You realize that if you get too close, the power line might electrocute you.  So you keep your distance and you give careful thought as to how you will handle the situation.  This is one of the effects reverence has on us: it slows us down.  It inspires us to put careful thought into how we are interacting with the thing or being who we revere.  When we deeply revere God, His preferences become very important to us, we really want to obey His convictions, and we are much more careful in how we talk to Him.  Just as you might be rude to a human who you don’t respect, but you’ll bring out your best manners when you’re talking to someone who has the power to drastically change your circumstances in life, developing reverence for God results in us improving our treatment of Him.  We stop treating Him like some intrusive pest, and we start treating Him with great respect. Read more of this post

Christian Prophets Explain the Mechanics of Prophecy: Don’t Just Believe What We Say


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Whenever a human declares what’s going to happen in the future, they’re prophesying.  But how exactly does prophecy work?  Is it really true that certain humans have gained the ability to peer into the future?  No, this is not true, and any human who claims to have such an ability has become deluded by his own ego.  To understand how prophecy works, let’s pretend you have a buddy named Mark who has been away for a month.  Mark claims that he spent that month in a country that neither of you have ever been to before.  Mark then shows you a bunch of photographs that he says he took while he was on his vacation. They’re nice photographs, but how do you know that Mark actually took them?  How do you know he didn’t just pull them off of the internet?  How do you know that Mark really went to the places that he claims he went to?  You don’t know, because you weren’t there.  As you go through Mark’s photographs, you’re deciding in your mind whether you should believe Mark’s stories or not.  When you see a photo of a café that Mark claims to have had lunch at, it seems like a plausible story.  But when you come to a photo of the blue elephant that Mark claims to have seen, then you start to have your doubts.  And when you see the treasure chest full of pirate’s gold that Mark claims to have discovered on a scuba diving trip, you find yourself suspecting that Mark never really went anywhere at all.  You see, the pictures by themselves don’t prove anything.  It’s really Mark’s character that you’re using to assess the accuracy of his story. You also have to take into account the fact that Mark has his own problems in life, and he might have a very good reason for wanting people to believe he left the country for four weeks.  Before you just take Mark’s story at face value, you need to step back and look at the big picture.  Things are never as simple as they first appear, and people lie to each other for both good and bad reasons. Read more of this post

Navigating the End Times Without the Bible: Yes, It Can Be Done


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In many of our articles, we make a bunch of claims about who God is and how He operates without quoting a single Bible verse.  This makes many Christians uncomfortable, because they’ve been brainwashed into thinking that the Bible—not God Himself—is their only reliable source of truth.  So now and then someone asks us, “Hey, where’s your biblical backup for what you’re saying?”  They ask this because they’re trying to determine truth, and they think that if we come back with some verse that sounds like it supports the claims we’ve made, then that will prove we’re right.

Well, no, that won’t prove anything.  Read more of this post