Monday, June 29, 2015

Days of Lot

Everyone who is aware of the signs Jesus gave us to watch for His return should not be surprised by the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. I predicted this ruling would happen back in May when I first heard the gay marriage issue was before the court in this blog post. Since events are accelerating toward the return of the Lord, it is getting easier to predict what is likely to happen next. The spiritually discerning are "not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief" (1 Thessalonians 5:4, NKJV).

The Supreme Court ruling was easy to predict because of the many signs indicating that the end of the Church Age is near. The most important one is the stage of maturity of Israel per the Parable of the Fig Tree in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:32-34). There is also evidence that God is increasingly removing His restraint of evil over our world so we should expect more devilish edicts from our ruling elite. Jesus told us that one of the signs of His soon return would be "as it was also in the days of Lot" (Luke 17:28). This is an obvious reference to the public acceptance of homosexuality which was rampant in Sodom when Lot lived there (Genesis 19).

Making gay marriage the law of the land by Supreme Court decree goes against the will of the people as represented by the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. DOMA was made a law because marriage had been under attack from progressives for some time. So what we now see in this Supreme Court ruling is another example of rule of man displacing rule of law. This was also seen in the other big ruling the Supreme Court made this week favoring Obama Care. The rule of law being replaced by the rule of man is exactly what we would expect to see as the spirit of Antichrist grows stronger in this world. Indeed, the Antichrist, "shall intend to change times and law" (Daniel 7:25).

The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage is not about stopping the discrimination of gays. The secret hidden agenda of the gay lobby is to assault the religious freedoms of Christians. It is spiritual warfare manifesting itself in our physical world. You don't see progressives targeting Islamic bakers for destruction because of their convictions not to serve a gay wedding. It is the Christians who are attacked. "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 'Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us'" (Psalm 2:2-3).

Progressives love to say they are fighting for gay marriage because they don't want Christians imposing their morals on them. But that is not what is really happening. The morals that are being imposed on people is that Christians must submit to the progressive view of morality or be destroyed. A person's convictions about gay marriage has become the primary litmus test as to whether a person has properly embraced the new State Orthodoxy that defines right and wrong. The separation of Church and State no longer applies when the State establishes its own religion.

So what will happen next? There will be increasing confusion and chaos which the Enemy of God loves (1 Corinthians 14:33). The activist progressives are already salivating over the opportunity this new law of the land gives them to attack Christians. We can expect more persecution in this country and we'll see some pastors go to jail or be fined for refusing to perform gay marriages. Eventually, Churches will have to make a decision if they will embrace gay marriage or lose their tax exempt status. I think we will all be surprised by the number of them that will yield to the new State Morality; many are already well down that road. There will be Christians who engage in public disobedience and many will abandon the traditional church as we know it seeking the fellowship of informal home Bible studies... the true Church will be forced underground, kind of like it was in Rome under Nero. Religious freedom will be over in this country; Satan and his followers are already rejoicing.

Some have said this country's in-your-face-God embrace of homosexuality cry's out for God's wrath; that if this act of defiance does not bring judgment down on us then God will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. But I don't think that will happen now. It looks like we are so close to the Tribulation that God is saving up His wrath for that Day. All indications are that God is done warning this country. Documented in my book, "End Times Evangelism" are several instances when we have suffered natural disasters as a direct result of coercing Israel to give up some of their security for peace. Those were warnings which this nation has failed to recognize. There have been many other instances in recent years when our actions against Israel should have triggered a swift reprimand from God but has not. God has given the United States over to an irrational, debased mind which will, during the Tribulation, compound the consequences of turning away from Him (see Romans 1:28 in context).

Once upon a time, we did not have to be too concerned with what the Federal government did in this country. Back when Constitutional rule of law governed our country it was rare that something the Federal government did effected the common man on the street. But those days are over. It seems that every day we look at the news to find out what our rulers are doing today to impose more control over our lives. While the freedoms we have long enjoyed in this country are still present, we can see how the stage has been set for them to be suddenly yanked away from us. All it will take is some crisis to give justification for this and that day will surely come. 

It is hard to imagine seeing all the changes going on in this world and feel good about it. Even the progressives who are the agents of change are dissatisfied with this world and are seeking to make it into their Humanist vision of utopia. But human efforts to fix this fallen world will fail miserably as will soon become painfully obvious to all. The Tribulation will be the death knell for Humanism. Thank God He is in control and will soon take charge of ruling this world.

Seeing all that is going on should drive us to Jesus, to double down on our loving Him and loving our neighbor. "Do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light" (Romans 13: 11-12).

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