"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore", stated Dorothy in the movie 'The Wizard of Oz' which first appeared in theaters in 1939. I agree with Dorothy's line which describes her shock and wonder at realizing she was no longer in a place she recognized, a place that was safe and secure but was now in a place of fantasy complete with talking animals, flying monkeys, witches, and the infamous great Wizard of Oz. I too feel like I have been transported to some fantasy land of make believe characters coming to life. My line is, "Fellow true Christians, I've a feeling we're not in world that wants truth anymore." And the same charade that the Wizard of Oz tried to pull over the eyes of Dorothy and her fellow new friends, the bellowing statements "DON'T LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN, I'M ALL POWERFUL", but in truth there was no real power behind the curtain at all. It was just a smokescreen, an act, the truth was the wizard was just an old, tired, man who had gotten lost and ended up in the land of OZ. That is where we are today. Satan is the new fake 'wizard of Oz', bellowing loudly, "DON'T LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN, I'M ALL POWERFUL" and he has the whole world believing in his deception.
Today the Christian world is at odds, there are two debates regarding the current times. Some are saying 'we're not in the last days, you're just crazy'; others are saying 'we are living in the last days, wake up." I am in the camp that believes WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS! The prophecies about 'the end of days' were clearly described by Jesus when His disciples asked in Matthew Chapter 24 verse 3, "What will be the sign of Your coming and the END OF THE AGE?" The prophecies given by Jesus Himself in verses 5 through 14 HAVE BEEN FULFILLED and are BEING FULFILLED in our current life time. The prophecies about the end of days given in 2 Timothy verses 1 through 9 HAVE BEEN FULFILLED AND are BEING FULFILLED. It is amazing how THE FACTS support this, but many ignore them or minimize them of just flat out don't believe them. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the writing on the wall. One just has to pick up the Bible and turn on the TV, look to all the news stories, walk on the streets, go to the restaurants/bars, go to the concerts, go to the churches, go to the governments, go into the homes of most people, and look into the minds of most people and you will see EXACTLY what the Bible describes as what would be happening in the last days. The fact that many self professing Christians say 'we're not in the last days' PROVES we are, because the Bible says that in the end, many will turn from the faith and instead listen and follow after doctrines of demons, that many will have a 'form of godliness' but no real power, as it is written, "They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me," Isaiah 29:13. Jesus said that when actual literal proof would come-wars/earthquakes/falling away and the fact that He was giving them warning ahead of time of what would be taking place- He is making a point that even then, WITH THE ACTUAL PROOF, THEY STILL WILL NOT BELIEVE!
Never before in our history have we seen the Word of God literally come alive like it is now. Churches around the world are falling like a stack of cards, caving into the homosexual/LGBT/satanic agenda with the 'pastors' of these congregations saying foolish things like, "Jesus didn't say anything about homosexuals." WHAT??? Jesus did not have to spell out each and every sin when it was already mentioned elsewhere in the Bible! Jesus didn't say anything about 'not lying', so does that mean we can lie???Jesus did not say specifically 'thou shall not forninate', so does this mean we can engage in sexual immorality??? Jesus did not say anything about witchcraft, so does this mean we can practice sorcery, follow the occult??? Jesus was God 'IN THE FLESH'; the same God who gave the Mosaic Law to the Hebrews. The SAME laws that Jesus followed and demonstrated and gave even more stringent interpretation of it, like when He talked specifically about a few of the laws like adultery in Matthew Chapter 5 verse 27 and 28 "You have heard it said of old, 'Thou shall not commit adultery', but I say that whoever LOOKs at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Sexual sins are the worst sins to commit and those who preach and teach that Jesus did not say anything about sexual sin, are completely ignoring and twisting what is clearly written in the scriptures. In Mark Chapter 7, Jesus was correcting, once again, the evil hypocritical Pharisees and Scribes who were trying to wrongly accuse His disciples of defiling themselves for not washing their hands while eating bread. Jesus quickly set the record straight that's it's not what is outside the body that defiles, it's what is inside that does. So if Jesus was 'cool' with every kind of life style, why would He say ANYTHING about being 'defiled' or that He was coming to treat 'THE SICK'? What does it mean to be defiled or sick in Jesus's eyes? A person who truly wants to discern the Word of God, knows that you use the Bible to interpret the Bible, not man's interpretation of the Bible (this is why we have so many different sects, people are following after the doctrines of men). The concept of being 'defiled' relates to the issue of being unclean, the concept of being clean/unclean first showed up in the Old Testament Chapter of Leviticus Chapter 5 verse 2, but it really began before that. From the beginning in Genesis Chapter 3, Adam and Eve sinned. But what is interesting, not anywhere does God call what they did 'sin'. He didn't need to because at the end of the day, ALL SIN is disobedience to God's laws. The issue of 'disobedience to God's laws' is called different things throughout the Bible but the meaning is always the same-disobedience to God's laws. The first sin committed in the Garden of Eden, God did not call it 'sin' but it was sin all the same. God said "Because you have disobeyed Me when I told you not to eat of the Tree". So in Genesis, sin was called DISOBEDIENCE. The first time the word 'sin' is used is in the next chapter, with Cain, who committed the first murder. Now from the beginning of Genesis to the Chapter before Cain slew his brother, it is not written that God had told Adam or Eve to 'not kill'. So how would Cain have known what he did was wrong? Why would he be concerned about the others killing him? God did not have to tell Cain what he did was wrong, God did not even say, Cain you murdered your brother" because God did not have to STATE THE OBVIOUS!! That is one of issues with this current wicked generation, they say that God approves of same sex unions, which is completely ridiculous, they believe because Jesus did not say, "It's wrong for men to have sex with men and for women to have sex with women" that Jesus/God are ok with homosexuality. Jesus did not have to say this because it is OBVIOUS in all the other laws that describe what sexual impurities are; and when He stated that what comes out a man is what defiles him, what exactly did Jesus mean when He said a person could be defiled? He meant unclean, wicked, unholy, sick, evil, depraved, abominable and He listed/named specific sins in Mark 7:20," For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed EVIL thoughts, ADULTERIES, SEXUAL IMMORALITY, FORNICATIONS, MURDERS, THEFTS, COVETOUSNESS, WICKEDNESS, DECEIT, LEWDNESS, BLASPHEMY, PRIDE, ENVY, FOOLISHNESS, ALL THESE EVIL THINGS COME FROM WITHIN AND DEFILE A MAN." Jesus called these actions evil, He did not excuse them or say they were ok, no He called them EVIL and WICKED. Jesus did not have to explain the definitions of what sexual immorality, murder, theft, etc meant. The meanings are OBVIOUS. The term 'sexual immoralities was one word to describe ALL MANNERS OF SEXUAL SIN THAT WAS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT; and God describes exactly what He means by 'sexual immorality' in Leviticus Chapter 18- the sexual sins were INCEST, PEDOPHILIA, FORNICATION, ADULTERY, HOMOSEXUALITY, BEASTIALITY, AND POLYGAMY- God called ALL of these sexual sins an ABOMINATION. Homosexuals are without excuse, for the very creation of Man and Woman is a testament to truth of What God said, when He made them 'man' and 'woman' and told them to go and fill the earth, that is, to have sex, man with woman to propagate the world. The very bodies of man and women attest to the truth of God's specific creation of the sexes. Men's private parts are perfectly fitted into woman's private parts. It truly takes a sick and twisted mind to look at God's physical attributes given to men and women and think that it is normal that two men or two women having sexual unions is natural; but that is what we are to think, that God is ok with (I don't mean to offend here, but truth is truth) a man inserting his penis into the anus of another man where feces comes out. That two women who rub against each other or wear prosthetics in mimic of male organs or men and women parading themselves in all manners and forms of lust and lewdness like the 'Girls Gone Wild' and other pornographies; they all believe that God is ok with these lifestyles. Just typing this is making me sick to my stomach. I just bring this point up to describe just how bad we are in the US and the world, this proves we are living in the 'land of Oz'. The fact that 'the church' has embraced homosexualty, lesbiansism, fornication, adulteries, witchcraft, idol worship, and every other kind of wicked sin into the church, the ones who are supposed to know the truth, and yet the truth cannot be found in them.
Right now I can hear now the charge, 'You're judging, your wrong to say these things'. So repeating what the Bible says is judging? Show me where it says that Christians are NOT to warn the people about God's coming judgement for SIN? That Christians are NOT to tell the gospel to the whole world? 'Well, Jesus said don't judge or you will judged yourself!' What did Jesus really mean in Matthew Chapter 7 starting with verse 1, "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged, it will be measured to you." They stop here, 'see you telling me I'm a sinner you are judging me'. You can't stop at just a few verses, you have to take in all the verses to get the right context because the next verses explain what Jesus is talking about when He says, "don't judge"; "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! FIRST REMOVE THE PLANK FROM YOUR OWN EYE, AND THEN YOU WILL SEE CLEARLY TO REMOVE THE SPECK FROM YOUR BROTHER'S EYE." Jesus was talking about being a hypocrite, telling people not to sin, but you are sinning worse than the person you're telling not to sin. That is why it is critical for Christians to examine ourselves. How can we give a testimony about Christ if we are living fowl? WE CAN'T! We are to told to live a life of holiness, committed to God, blameless, pure." Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth" and here, "PREACH THE WORD! BE READY IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON, CONVINCE, REBUKE, EXHORT, WITH ALL LONGSUFFERING AND TEACHING, FOR THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE, BUT ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN DESIRES, BECAUSE THEY HAVE ITCHING EARS, THEY WILL HEAP FOR THEMSELVES TEACHERS, AND THEY WILL TURN THEIR EARS AWAY FROM THE TRUTH, AND BE TURNED TO FABLES". 2 Timothy 4:2-3.
esus said the wicked WILL NOT enter into the kingdom prepared for those who obey God and have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He does not say, "It's ok to violate God's laws, come on in to heaven, I accept everyone no matter what they do." No the words of Jesus to the wicked is, "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels..And these will go away into everlasting punishment." Matthew 25:41 & 46;
I'm also in the camp who believe the first five seals in Revelation Chapter 6 have been broken and we are now in the last chapter where the Great Tribulation is going to begin to pick up speed, Satan will be revealed and when this happens ALL BETS ARE OFF, real Hell on earth will begin, and the fence that many are straddling-(I believe in God but I want to live anyway I want)- will be utterly destroyed, you are either with God or with Satan, YOU WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE!!! Jesus says it is those will endure this time of great trouble who will be saved. He did not say He will rescue them out, He said if 'they endure' and are not deceived by all the false prophets and false christs, and then by the father of lies, Satan himself that His people would be saved.
So from the very beginning GOD'S NATURAL LAWS, BEFORE THE MOSAIC LAW, God's natural, absolute moral laws were already in the hearts of men!!Every human being is born with intrinsic knowledge of good versus evil. Before any lessons from parents or books, this truth is evident in all humans. Watch a playground of two and three year olds, how they will look around to see if anyone is looking and then sneak to do something and when they are caught they know they are guilty but they don't yet have the ability to speak fully yet. We are all born with a basic moral code, but in order for this code to mature, it must be nurtured according the laws of God. "Train up a child in the way they should go and even when they are old, they will never depart from it." Proverbs 22:6. Parents to teach their children about God and discipline in love. You can see the catastrophic consequences of not following God's directions for child rearing in today's lost youth. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young adults age 15 to 24. Why are the young ones believing there is nothing to live for when they haven't' even LIVED yet? Why are millions of kids addicted to mind altering drugs? Why are 7 year olds sexting? The answer is clear, most were not raised in God fearing homes. I know that there are some who have been raised in God fearing homes who do go the way of the prodigal' child, but the vast majority are not brought up in bible believing/bible following Christian homes. What does this have to do with the 'end of days'? The bible says that in the last days people would reject the truths of their fathers and follow after demons. Studies show that the kids graduating from high school today, those who grew up in Christian homes, when they get to college or leave the home, they are dropping the faith they grew up with and instead embracing every other satanic/demonic doctrine that their 'itching' ears can accept, they flock to what ever religion/belief/that best 'fits' what they think, many do not believe there any absolute moral laws, they have bought into the lie that humans are nothing but evolved animals with natural instincts to fornicate, lie, cheat, bribe, or do anything to get ahead, because it's 'survival of the fittest'.
Christians are instructed to admonish/warn/teach/command/exhort. So how would we know when we need to rebuke/correct/admonish/warn someone?- It's when we can see the person is NOT living up to the standards of God. We are to warn those who live contrary to God's laws, if they don't know what God's laws are, we have to explain it to them and explain what the consequences are of violating them. The following slides are just a few of the 'birth pains' Jesus said would be happening in the world before His return. The sinful acts that will committed by the world and the earth itself will start to disintegrate. All this information is from CURRENT headlines in the news reports that are easily found by anyone willing to look for them past all the 'distractions' that are purposely in place to distract people from the truth for example, why is 'Beyonce is picking out a new set of clothes' FRONT PAGE NEWS?. There are many many more signs that we are in the last days, but this post is so long already, there is not enough room to capture them all, this is a just a small snapshot of the millions of stories/images, on the complete breakdown of humanity and this world as it readies itself for the coming Satanic rule:
There is going to be a Day of Judgment, and God will judge everyone who has ever lived, His wrath is going to poured out on all the wicked and ungodly. The Good News is Believing in Jesus saves us from the righteous wrath of God. But that is not all, He gives us a new heart and mind NOW, and we receive some of His blessing from heaven NOW and are equipped to be able to live a life that is holy and acceptable to Him NOW.
1. Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is real, He lived and died and rose from the grave.
2. Believe that you are a sinner, repent-turn from your sins and realize and accept you need Jesus.
3. Confess that Jesus is your Lord and God
4. Find a local Bible preaching church that does obey the commandment for water baptism for the remission of your sins and to identify yourself with Christ.
This is just the first step to a lifelong journey of growing in truth and love with the God who created this earth and everything in it, including every human being that has ever lived.
Bible verses related to this post: Isaiah 29:13; 2 Timothy Chapter 3, Matthew 15:8-9; Matthew 5:27-28; Matthew 5:27-28; Leviticus Chapter 18 and Chapter 5:2; 2 Timothy 4:2-3; Proverbs 8:1-3; Matthew Chapter 24; Matthew Chapter 25; Revelation Chapter 6; John 16:2-3; Proverbs 22:6
Erica Harris is a God Gifted Christian Coach, Counselor, providing insights and truths from the Word of God, The Bible.