End Times: Are We in the Last Days?

by Jack Wellman on February 23, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

What are the signs that we are living in the last days before Jesus Christ’s return? Are we in the end times?  Are there signs in the Bible which we can read that tell us that we are living in the days just prior to His coming again?  What Scriptures reveal that we could be living in the very last days before Jesus comes to judge the world?

Perilous Times

The study of the end times is called Eschatology which basically means a study of the end things. The end things in this case is a study of the end times and deciphering the nearness of Christ’s return based upon Scriptures.  Eschatology is concerned with the end of the present age and events that lead up to Jesus Christ’s return to judge the unsaved world and to reward believers for their good works or the lack thereof.

End Times

The sad fact is that for those who choose today to not believe in Jesus Christ, that day will be a terrible one.

In the first place, we don’t have to look for any prophecy in the Bible to be fulfilled before Jesus can return again.  The sad fact is that for those who choose today to not believe in Jesus Christ, that day will be a terrible one.  For those who are not believers, they will face eternal judgment and have no second chance for salvation and escaping hell.  For those who today have already placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, they will receive their rewards.  Today is the day of salvation for the unsaved because He can return at any given moment (2 Cor 6:2).

In Paul’s last letter to Timothy and having the knowledge that his death was imminent, he warned Timothy by telling him to, “mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people” (2 Tim 3:1-5).  Certainly, Paul was right that “evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim 3:13).

These verses have come to pass into their fullness today.  Read these things written in 2 Timothy and you can see them already prevalent in society:  greed is unbelievable, children are rebelling against parents, people are lovers of themselves, people are full of pride, boastful, abusive, ungrateful, having no natural love, unforgiving, no self-control (with sexual immorality rampant), brutal, and having a hypocritical look of godliness but living in duplicity.  These appear to be more so today than in Paul’s day.

Scoffers of God

When someone scoffs at the idea of there being a God they ridicule believers even more when they say that people have been talking about Jesus’ coming for hundreds of years.  This persecution has not been helped by the many false prophets who have claimed to have special revelations from God and set dates for Jesus’ return.  Not one of them of course has been right because no one knows the date of Christ’s Second Advent (Matt 24:36).  The Benny Hinns and Harold Campings of this world have served to only exacerbate the idea of Jesus’ certain coming as being a myth and they have, unfortunately, helped to create a world of skeptics.  These false prophets are fortunate that they didn’t live in the Old Testament times because false prophets were stoned to death for such false prophecies then.

The longer the period of time of Christ’s return is, the more skepticism will increase, but Peter warned us about this natural tendency in 2 Peter 3:3-4, “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” What Peter is saying in his last letter is that people have been saying this ever since his ancestors were around.  It is much like in the days of Noah, prior to the flood, in which Noah spent 120 years warning people of an impending flood of judgment to come. If they laughed at Noah, they will laugh at believers. But believe God, judgment is coming as Peter warned by the comparison of Noah’s time saying, “By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly” (2 Pet 3:6-7).

Signs of the End Times

Jesus gave the greatest list of the signs of the times that would be occurring prior to His return to the earth.  The Olivet Discourse is known as the single, longest and greatest prophecy of the end of the age in the Bible and since Jesus Himself gives it, we can certainly know that it is accurate.  His disciples had just come out of the temple with Christ and they had commented on the majesty of the temple, but Jesus instead turned their attention to the end time events that would occur just prior to His return.  In Matthew 24:3 the disciples asked Jesus a very pointed question of “what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Many of these prophecies have already been fulfilled.  In Matthew 24, Jesus gives us these signs that we are living in the last days.

“Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many” (v 4-5).  There have been no shortages of fanatics claiming to be Jesus, even in the 1st Century.

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains” (v 6-8).  Once more, these have been already occurring and at an ever increasing rate.  The number of earthquakes and famines that follow war are growing exponentially, but a sober warning from Jesus is that He says that “these are (only) the beginning.”

Jesus continues by prophesying, “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (v 10-12).  Many have turned their back on God, on believing in a God, on church attendance, and have began to hate one another instead of Christ’s command to love one another and become lukewarm not only for Christ but for other people (1 Cor 13, John chapters 15-17, Rev 3:14-19).

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man” (v -37-39).  Peter may have used the days of Noah from the reference given by Christ (2 Pet 3:3-4).  People will be going on as if everything were normal; marrying, eating dinner, drinking at parties, like it would go on forever, but suddenly, just like the flood came, so too will be “the coming of the Son of Man” but it will then be too late.

Just as it will be too late for those in Noah’s day to escape death from the flood, the unsaved will face judgment from Jesus Christ.  The people in Noah’s day pounded on the door of the Ark, but it was God Himself that sealed the door shut and it was too late (Gen 7:16).  God had given them 120 years to repent but they only laughed at Noah.  Just when people see the Son of Man coming, they will realize that it is too late.  Jesus said, “And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory” (Matt 24:30). What mourning it will be for the lost for they will be eternally separated from God and be judged, but for those who are Christ’s own, “he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Matt 24:31). These are they who have already placed their faith in Christ and trusted Him with their eternal salvation.  What a time of rejoicing for them but what a time of terrible grief for those who will not ever be with their departed loved ones who are believers in Christ.

Conclusion

Here is a summary of the signs in the world that precede Jesus Christ’s second coming:

  • Skepticism
  • Greed
  • Pride
  • Scoffing
  • Sexual immorality
  • Boastfulness
  • Hypocrisy
  • Unforgiving
  • Slander
  • Abusive
  • Rebellious
  • Wars increasing
  • Earthquakes increasing
  • Increasing famines
  • Increase of false prophets
  • Increase of false prophecies of Jesus’ Second Advent
  • Drinking parties

If you have not yet placed your trust in Jesus Christ, today you can have the saving faith that comes only in believing in Him.  There is no other way to escape judgment (Acts 4:12).  If you want to be saved from the wrath of God and receive eternal life, click on the link at the top of this website where it says, “Come to Jesus” and you can be saved today.  God is patient but He will not wait forever (2 Pet 3:9).  Today is the day of your salvation because no one has any guarantee that they will live beyond today (2 Cor 6:2).  My hope and prayer is that anyone who is unsaved and reading this might understand that we are indeed living in the last days.  These are the end times and it will be the beginning of their eternity in hell if they don’t come to saving faith today in Jesus Christ our Lord.  God doesn’t want you, your family, your friends, your co-workers, or anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9).   I do not want that and neither should you.

For another reading about end times check out one of these articles:

Biblical Signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

Be Alert: No One Knows The Day or Hour

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Pam Williams February 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

Good information here Jack, Being aware of these signs of the times should cause us to “look up”. It should cause us to be even more fervent for the need of many to come to Jesus. We see so many things that point to the coming of Jesus. One that I have noticed more and more is “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matt 24:12). That love wax cold … This is parents murdering their children; born and unborn. Children murdering each other in schools. Increased Sexual immorality with nothing but pure physical satisfaction and no love at all. People protesting and attacking each other for political gain. It has been going on for thousands of years, but today it is illuminated in the blatant disrespect that we see at all levels.

Thank you for reminding us that we have a job to do and that time is short and for the love that you show in your closing statement, which I choose to repeat here: “God doesn’t want you, your family, your friends, your co-workers, or anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9). I do not want that and neither should you.”

I agree with you wholeheartedly brother. Keep up the good work, you are such a blessing to so many here at WCWTK!

Here are a couple more articles about “real” love:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/20-inspirational-bible-verses-about-gods-love/

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/love-one-another-bible-verses-and-life-application/

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Jack February 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Amen Pam. I believe every minute that pass’s is another minute lost for someone who could have heard the gospel. I know that know one has any guarantee for tomorrow and that Christ’s return will end their chance for salvation so thank you so much for your evangelizing comment. That’s a high priority indeed, and as for your compliment…..

I can do nothing of my own but only thru Christ Jesus so we truly know who deserves all credit, glory, honor, and praise and I’m pretty sure its not me! LOL Seriously though it is Jesus and Him alone. Thank you nonetheless for your encouraging words. I believe you have not only been gifted by God as a writer/teacher, but also as an encourager.

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Quentin Large February 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

An old man with a “Sandwich- Board”

When I was young and growing up in Edinburgh, the Capital of Scotland, during the 1940s and 50s, it was a time of great change after the effects of World War 2 – a time both of austerity, rationing, hard work and the blossoming of a new social freedom, though we were far behind London and the United States with that. There was, naturally, no Internet and almost no television and telephones were mainly only for the wealthy. During my childhood and, later, at university there, there was an old man who walked the streets of Edinburgh all day every day, rain or shine, winter or summer, with an even then old-fashioned “Sandwich Board” of the kind used for advertising in those days – two large boards worn one on the chest and one on the back and slung over his shoulders on straps.

Front and rear the boards read “Repent ye, for the Day of the Lord is at hand”.

That man spent perhaps twenty years of his life, to my knowledge, warning the world of the possible end of the things we knew at any moment, and to prepare ourselves for it. After those days, I don’t know how long his health permitted him to continue, as I had had to emigrate to England for a job.

Now we have vastly wider, faster and more efficient ways of spreading that same message, but I fear that where it is found at all, it falls on progressively deafer ears.

An old man with a Sandwich Board seemed to have a much stronger message than today’s electronic trumpets, perhaps because it could be seen that he was investing his life in his message – it was personal. It was powerful. We seem to have lost that touch, sadly.

There have been many evangelists over recent years warning the world and doing their best to rescue people from themselves and bring them to Faith, but for each one rescued I am sure that there were many more who became sceptical and believed the evangelists were on an egotistical power-trip and joyfully collecting donations for their own benefit. Cynicism has gained a firm hold.

Is there perhaps a stronger way of spreading the News to a wider audience, and convincing them, than the Internet and the use of Social web-sites? I hope that there are teams of people all over the world working hard to try to find such a way, but is there any news of a breakthrough anywhere? I would love to hear about it!

Please give me that good news – something even more powerful and wide-spreading than an old man in the rain and wind-blown sleet with his Sandwich Board!

All I can sum up with is what that old Sandwich-Board man had to say, which impressed even some of us hard drinking and wenching self-centred sceptical Students :-

“Repent ye, for the Day of The Lord is at hand!”

Quentin

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Jack February 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Thank you Quentin. Well said. I’d say word of mouth, although there are far fewer to reach with this message. Repentance is actually a good thing and not a fox-hole conversion. Not a fearful conversion but a tearful conversion. What you have said though has been said for many years, yet the Lord’s return will come nonetheless. As Peter said in 2:3-4, “They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” The conclusion, verse 7-8 “By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

And why has the Lord tarried? Verse 9-10 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare”

Second Peter 2 brings it all out. Saying that, if we fail to warn others, its not good for us either (Ezekiel 3:18).

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MaryMartinez July 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Dear brother jack ireally love what you said I’ a Christian I see the prophies are happening I see them every day even in my rebelles grandson he doest want to listen to me he thinks he knows more then me he grows weed and I told him to get rid of them he said his plants go hee was going to leave he loves them more then me and his friends im nothing to him please pray that god will save all of my family and give them all salvation before he comes I want to see them with me when god comes and get all that service him yours truly mary

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Jack Wellman July 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I will gladly pray for your family and that God sends His Holy Spirit to convict them to repent, confess their sins, see their need of a Savior, and then put their trust in Him. There is no other way. I love your desire for them to be saved. That is a very godly thing to do and I thank God for you Mary. (p.s., I am a father and grandfather and my daughter’s name is Mary!).

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samson March 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

Praise God, Jesus is indeed coming soon.

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Jack March 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Amen Samson. I truly believe this is all the more reason that we must be going out to share the gospel with those who do not yet know Jesus Christ. Thank you for your comment. I agree.

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jonathan Augustine September 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

wen is d end time?

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Jack Wellman September 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Jonathan…we really don’t know when the end times are exactly. They appear to be close but we must live every day like it is the day that Christ returns. Be always ready…for He could come at any time. Truly I don’t know when the end time is exactly for Jesus said “No man knows the hour or the day” so be ready…it could be today or tomorrow!

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Trish Zeinert September 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

What type of sign is the Democratic party removing God from their party platform? What can one deduce with all the nays regarding adding God back to the platform at the DNC? What of adding God (albeit in only one instance) when the nays were equal to if not greater than the ayes; to pass requires 2/3 of the vote. Same sex marriage, tax payer funded abortions with no restrictions, idols…… Is this the political party of the damned? It is frightening that approximately 50% of our nation believe in values as these.

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Jack Wellman September 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Trish, you are so right. I believe this is yet another sign of the great apostasy that is building & the Democrats actually booed the inserting of God and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is why many years ago I left Democratic party…because they have left God. Thanks for such a great and insightful comment that is spot on the mark of truth.

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Chris Martel September 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

Hello again Jack,

For the past couple of weeks I have been researching the books of Hosea and Amos, they have been incredibly difficult to grasp. But the third time I read Hosea it hit me like a ton of bricks, God was HURTING, he was hurting because the Israelis had turned away from him. Then reading Amos, which I am still trying to understand, what I believe it means is that all those nations against Israel were going to be under judgement, including Israel! Amos was ordered to return to his home and prophesy there, he was to desist prophecying in Israel.
Here is the point, the USA is behaving just as badly as did Israel during the time of Hosea and Amos, as with Amos, the Christian church has been under attack and basically told to shut up. Even the church I belong to is under attack, the homosexual lobby is attempting to throw the Boy Scouts off church property because they do not allow gays in the organization. This issue is still ongoing, and what it is doing is eroding the confidence and moral standings of not only the Boy Scouts, but also of the rest of the congregation. I informed the vestry if they did attempt this move I would leave the church. Come to find out, I wasn’t the only one, many more rallied to the defense of the Boy Scouts.
This is but one battle in the war against the Christian church, there are so many prongs of this attack that it is hard to keep track of, bottom line, I firmly believe most churches will succumb in one form or another to these attacks, knowingly or otherwise. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a church that will stand firm with the Lord, every day I hear of more churches openly embracing one form of apostasy or another, and this I believe, could very well be a portent that we are indeed in the end times.
As I said, this is but one battle, we have the federal government turning their back on Isreal, civil liberties are being crushed, and more and more Christians are being portrayed as “intolerant”, and the more that message is trumpeted through the MSM the more people buy into it. I have begun to proselytize, not as much as I should, but I have been talking to coworkers about the truth of Jesus, I can tell you it is not easy, I am a Correctional Officer and most C/O’s do not want to be preached to.
When I look at the overall picture of what is taking place in the world, how our morals and standards are being, in some cases forcibly, compromised I cannot help but think one of two things are taking place, 1. either the entire world has gone stark raving mad, or 2. that the hour of the Lord could well be upon us.

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Jack Wellman September 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Chris, this is very good info. I had not looked into Hosea and Amos in this exact light to say for sure. I have limited time as you know my friend. Let me apologize for responding so late to this very insightful post.

You are right…last Saturday I witnessed to some bikers in our city at a Bikers Festival and felt like Psalm 23 in the valley of the shadow of death, yet we are still at least being obedient, while 98% of Christians do not proselytize (how tragic, yet I was in that group for most of my Christian life).

I see all of the outrage by the Muslim world over the video on You Tube and it is amazing. Its like Satan knows his time is short & so he’s inciting the whole world and the intolerance-view of Christians as narrow-minded bigots is exponentially growing, even though we are not saying its narrow, Jesus is (Acts 4:12). Keep fighting the good fight of faith brother. Proud to know you. Time is short it appears, not much daylight left to work and the harvest fields are white with ripeness!

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Margaret September 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

Could you please provide an article that goes into detail about the “days of Noah”? including the giants, their origins, the Nephilim and how it really is going to be. . . not the “seth line” deceiving story that has been passed down from generation to generation? thanks.

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Jack Wellman September 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Thank you Margaret for your question. You must be referring to this Scripture:

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. ” (Genesis 6:4)

Let’s see what we can find out about the Nephilim from this verse.

The word “giants” means the following, from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible #5303:

nephiyl (nefeel’); or nephil (nefeel’); from 5307; which means properly a feller, i.e. a bully or tyrant. A feller or bully is just like a thug or like a gangster is today…this is NOT referring to size. The word “giants” is a misinterpretation of the Hebrew. So it really doesn’t mean a giant like the one in Jack and the Beanstalk but rather a bully or tyrant, of large stature. We have plenty of those around today. If we look in dictionaries like Nelson’s we will see something like the following:

Here is my source:

NEPHILIM, a word of uncertain meaning (Genesis 6:4; Numbers 13:33), (NIV, NEB, NASB, RSV translations), translated as giants by the KJV and NKJV. Scholars believe they were descended from famous rulers, outstanding leaders, and mighty warriors who lived before the Flood. These men, so the theory goes, gathered great harems and were guilty of the sin of polygamy. (from Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, (c) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers).

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Steven Dodge October 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

i Thought that Goliath was over nine feet tall. and what about king Og?

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Jack Wellman October 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Thank you Mr. Dodge. After researching about King Og, and after centuries later the developing science of palaeontology discovered that the purported Giant was an elephant. And later still, it turned out to be an extinct mastodon. The Washington Post story links to an article by Taika Helola Dahlbom (“A Mammoth History: The Extraordinary Journey of Two Thighbones”, Trends in Cell Biology 31.3 (2007): 110-114): http://remnantofgiants.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/a-giant-the-size-of-king-og-found-in-belgium/

Also, I believe that Goliath was probably close to 9 feet tall but the question was about whether angels married and had sex with women to produce giants. Since angels can not have sex and there has been no archeological evidence to support “giants” at least 10 feet tall or more, we must believe that these were just big men like Shaq, perhaps taller, but not much more. We don’t know the exact measurements of a cubit since that is measured from between the tip of the middle finger to the elbow and it highly depends upon whose finger-tip-to-elbow you are using to measure.

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Margaret September 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

This is the third in his series about “days of noah” related items. Watching one and two will help immensely. Excellent teaching to really tell it like it is showing us what we will really be facing in these end times.

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deola November 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

having read through the piece i think is a good one .jesus is coming back soon.if only we the church can stop pursuing vanities and go all out to preach salvation to the lost then a lot of people can make heaven

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Michael Halleen November 18, 2012 at 2:58 am

I know that the church that stands is the roman catholic church and the fall of babylon is the trade population in the world these things are evident yes but i know that dec 21 2012 is the not the end but i have fallen and turned my back on Him and i do not see myself in the near future turning back to Him please give me spiritual intervention and help me in my dillema

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Jack Wellman November 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hello Michael. Everyone falls short of the glory of God and we have all sinned, but we can repent, then confess our sins, and trust that He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness ( 1 John 1:9). Let me show you from the Bible what it means to be saved and what is involved:

Rom 10:9-13, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all(H) and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

That is it! You must repent, confess your sins, profess Jesus’ as Lord and Savior, and put your trust in Him and not only will you be saved, you ARE saved!

For spiritual intervention, read the gospel of John, pray daily, join with a local church to grow in grace and knowledge, and stay humble like you are now for God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). He will never cast you away if you trust in Him (John 6:44) and can remain firmly in Jesus’ grasp and in the Father’s grasp (John 10:28-29).

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Gracious Chavula December 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Just to help a bit Michael, God’s love for a human being is so great that the mind of a man can’t comprehend. As Mr Wellman said,its not too late for you to turn to Jesus today because you never know if you may be there tomorrow. The Bible tells us that if you repenf, God if just and faithful to forgive you. 1John 1v9. And you may be thinking that your sin is too big to be forgiven, no God in his Love for you Michael, and me says; Come let us reason together as red as blood our sins might be,He will make them as white as snow. Now,because we don’t know the day and time of the Lord’s return, you don’t have tomorrow, it belongs to Him. So you better repent and come back to Him today. Hebrews 3v7-14. Mr Wellman will add more emphasis.

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Jack Wellman December 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Amen to what Gracious said. I love to tell those that TODAY is THE day of salvation for tomorrow is no guarantee (2 Cor 6:2). I beg you to click on “Come to Jesus” to be certain that your trust is in Christ and not in any man-made Mayan myth.

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kymberly November 24, 2012 at 3:48 am

I thought that even after Christ’s returning that there would be some that gave their hearts to Jesus.

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Jack Wellman November 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hi Kymberly. It is believed that some will be saved thru the Tribulation but their is no guarantee that if you have heard the gospel today that you will be saved then. The Bible teaches that “today is the day of salvation” not “A” day but “THE” day so we should not wait until He returns (2 Cor 6:2). Paul said behold, NOW is the day (2 Cor 6:2).

I urge you to read Matthew 13:41-42 and 2 Thess 1:7-10 is clear, “This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.”

It is not a matter of “Giving your heart to Jesus” but about repenting today (2 Cor 6:2), confessing our sins today (1 John 1:9) and putting your trust in Christ to save you for tomorrow may be too late.

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wally November 29, 2012 at 2:04 am

How do you feel about all of these assumptions of Christ’s return? Like December 21, 2012

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Jack Wellman November 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I do not believe Wally that there are assumptions of Christ’s return but certain promises of God that He will return again. The Dec. 21st 2012 is not tied to Christianity but a false, mythological belief that has no truth in it sir. I do know that Jesus said that no man knows the day or the hour of His return and so anyone that sets a date is a false teacher and they will face the wrath of God someday. We must be saved today for today is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2). When we trust in Christ, we don’t have to assume anything but can know for certainty that we are saved for eternal life comes from believing in Jesus Christ alone (John 3:16-17). Thank you Wally.

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wally November 30, 2012 at 12:16 am

Thank you Mr. Wellman! I always tell others who bring this situation up that no man knows the return of the Lord. Not even his angels know! I am doing all that I can to be a good Christian and try lead others to that direction. When these assumptions come up in conversations I always bring up that the only thing that we can do is keep our head in the bible and not easily expose to what others predict. It seems like every situation that occurs during the world today, they relate it to the end of time. It is an interesting topic to me. I was also told this and wanted to ask how you felt about this, do you agree that there is more good than bad in the world?

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Jack Wellman November 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Hello again Wally. I believe there is some good in the world but the world is declining spiritually and will continue to do so as Christ’s return draws nearer. Whether there is more bad than good or vice versa, I couldn’t say but I do know that only God is good. And every situation that does occur that is “bad” works together for the good in God’s sovereignty and points to the Ultimate Solution and that is the reign of the King of kings and Lord of lord, Jesus Christ.

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Adam brown December 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

Mr Wellman,

We have been having wars and earthquakes and famine and hatred ever since before Jesus walked this earth. I am a firm Christian, and i love the Lord with all of my heart and soul.. But what makes all those things happening today put us closer to the second coming?

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Jack Wellman December 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I am not saying that these things make it closer to Christ’s return but Matthew 24 seems more and more relevant each and every day. The fact is that every day we are close to His return and the world is not going to get better but I believe it will grow worse and worse leading up to the time of His coming. Every day puts us closer and closer.

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pina March 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Mr Brown,
Just to add on to what Mr Wellman has said, I believe maybe since our days are numbered we have to live everyday as if its our last day on earth…so before the sun goes down each day, we have to confess every little sin we did and then try and live a very PURE life as if tomorrow is the judgement day.

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Jack Wellman March 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Amen Pina. Live like He is coming back today and see this as all the more reason to be a witness to Jesus Christ to enter the harvest to rescue the perishing.

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Adam brown December 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I really feel like things will get alot worse before He comes to save us. But i do believe that its not going to get any better. i really feel like it won’t be in our life time.. I feel like it will be in my childs life… But who knows. I do appreciate your words. What are your thoughts sir?

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Jack Wellman December 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I very much agree with you sir. My conclusion may have been the most important point of all in this article and that was that anyone who is unsaved and reading this might understand that we are indeed living in the last days or that they have no guarantee that they might live beyond tonight or tomorrow. These are the end times of anyone who dies before knowing Christ and it will be the beginning of their eternity in hell if they don’t come to saving faith today in Jesus Christ our Lord. Today is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2) because tomorrow may never come for some on this earth. Adam, we are blessed to have our eternity secure. The real purpose of this article was not so much to say the end is near but an end of life without Christ is the end of their hopes for eternal life. God doesn’t want anyone, their family, their friends, their co-workers to perish (2 Peter 3:9). I do not want that and I am sure Adam, neither do you so join with me in proclaiming Jesus as the only way to eternal life (Acts 4:12). That way, all fear of any end is gone.

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Adam brown December 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Its very plain in black and white.. Its like my minister said.. ” i would rather give my life to God and be wrong, then believe in nothing and be wrong”. But Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father. And i will give my last breath to proclaim His righteousness. When i was younger (I’m 30), but i thought i could just go through the motions and everything would be ok. But now I’m married with a infant baby. And i truly feel blessed by the Lord one i gave my life to Him a couple years ago. Now there is not a day that goes by that i don’t thank Him for all the blessings that he has given me and my family. All Glory be to God.

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Jimmy Cossey December 14, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Jack I’m 21 years old and I don’t go to church but I’m saved I think everything happens for a reason and I use to not believe in God then when I was in the lowest part of my life I heard this song by third day called thief and at this one part were it said “who is this man” talking about Jesus my body collapsed backward on the bed I was sitting on and I got the weirdest chills all over that was the first time i felt God and I still carried on like the rest of my lost generation than I moved away from all the sin of my home town and on the first night I had vision I was in a evergreen tree farm and I felt the cool air I knew then as I was sitting Indian style on ground it was a dream and I never have dreams I was never able to remember them at all so I tried slapping myself in face to wake up but I felt the sting of the slap and I was really there so I stood up and all the trees was same size and length but in perfect rows but as soon as I stood I heard a laughter that I never heard before it gives me chills thanking about it I started running down a the row and it got louder and it sounded like multiple ones all around me then my legs started getting weak so I slammed my face as hard as I could on the ground before my legs was useless and when I woke up at the foot of my bed was a shadow of a man that was huge about 450 pounds and like 10 feet tall I couldn’t see him just the outline of him cause it was really dark and he told me straighten up Jimmy boy judgment days coming then I can’t explain it but I woke up again and gasped for air and I was in tears that was two years ago and I turned 21 in September and I went to bar and went home with this girl and I smoked some weed with her and I use to smoke all the time but this night I did and she asked me if I felt uneasy cause I didn’t feel right then I was laying with her I was on my back and my arms stayed like my elbows to my side and I was reaching up for something and I couldn’t bring them down and I felt like I was dried up and I honestly thought I lost my soul and Jesus came but that girl wanted me to have sex and I think God put a stop to it and next day was a Sunday and I got home and I was acting not like my self I felt weird and Sunday night I had another vision I walked outside to my front yard and the sky was red and clouds was going in different directions and I knew it was another vision it was silent and I  tried to get  down on knees to repent but my knees wouldn’t buckle and out of no were the houses towards the city got wiped out and hit me it was so fast I woke up in tears it was like six in the morning I was suppose to be at work at 8 but I packed clothes and headed to country and I stopped at church and asked the preacher if I could buy a bible and he just gave me one and we talked and I got saved then I went to country and I sat down on this bench at the old school house in country and I said may your will be done God and I opened bible and i looked right at proverbs 4:20 and it was like God spoke to me I stayed there for two days and decided to go home and my job kept me but last night on Thursday December 13th I had another vision I was with my best friend at his house on sooners  campus and before we walk out I look at phone and there was a big 22 idk what it means but he opened door and we went out and there was huge tornado in front of us and on left and right and there was alot of people panicking and there was a lightning bolt that was staying on ground and it was hitting people and they would blow up and it was actually aiming to get everyone and me and my buddy started running and split up he was like 30 feet away from me when I looked back at him and it blew him up and like a blink of a eye hit me I didn’t feel it but I woke up with my heart pounding then I find out that 20 little kids get murdered and 7 adults and the same day in china a man stabbed 22 kids in school and then I go to infowars.com it exposes this satan government they are shipping tons of military equipment to middle east they said it could be biggest war there yet and Israel is at war right now and gays are getting married under God and were I work they are so far gone the way they say Lords name in vain all the time and lust and gossip and have hate in there hearts and on top of that they always Listen to this guy named Maynard James Keenan that has three popular bands that they all love that chants satan and bashes Christ it’s like his songs are prayers to the devil its terrible I try to do right but with a day of listening to there devil worship it ain’t hard to get lost but I believe the beast is technology and the sign of beast is gps chips that everyone is going to have to get cause the dollar is dead without technology we wouldn’t have the iphone with the apple with bit out of it that was the bite that caused death from Adam and eve it will be the reason that kids will lust and tv and movies that make blaspheme alright cause the satanic elites that put it on tv says it’s ok they are molding people for hell cause without the Holy Spirit your heart is disconnected to your brain and Jack God bless you man I will see you in heaven and what do you think of my visions cause I dont have dreams cause I never remember them I call myself Prophet 21 is that bad cause I’ve always had good heart  like the spirit was with me the whole time

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Jimmy Cossey December 15, 2012 at 2:04 am

Jack I just read your article on prophets I can’t tell the futur maybe I’m crazy idk but I know I had a huge angel tell me to straighten up and the last two was doomsday visions they were all so real why do u think I had them cause I’m not like the rest of my generation the guys from my work took my invisible man card cause I wouldn’t go to a strip club cause it just don’t seem right and they made fun of me and stuff but I didn’t care but before I even got saved I was always a good guy so do you think I could have been born with the spirit cause my childhood could have turned out bad with foster home but I never dreamed and i had a heart if love

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Gracious Chavula December 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Mr Jack, i am a born again, i have a friend of mine who is a gay. He is in The USA there. I met him on facebook. Tthen in the course of chatting, he became so open that he freely told me he is gay. But what surprised is that he told me its a blessing from God. When i referred him to the bible, one of the chapters being 1 Corinthians 6v9-10, i don’t know if he read it, but he said to me, he can’t be pushed as Aaliyah says. I wanted to know who is Aaliyah in America? Is it another god?

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Jack Wellman December 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hello Gracious. She was dancer and a beautiful singer, she sung rock the boat and a lot of other songs! She died in a plane crash on a return trip from shooting a music video in the Bahamas. The crash, which happened in Marsh Harbor, located on Abaco Island in the Bahamas, was determined to have been caused by the plane being overloaded.

Your friend is deceived. It is not a blessing from God but sin from the Devil. Ask him to show you what Scripture supports his statement that it is a blessing? Paul wrote, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God“ (1 Cor 6:9-10).

In Revelation 21:8 it says, “the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Ask him to read the following links. I do not believe he is saved for read 1John chapter 3 and see if this is so.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-about-same-sex-marriage-is-it-sin/

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Gracious. December 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Thank you so much Mr Welman. Am still talking to him,but he seem to shut up completely. But i believe God will do what He can because am only Interceding for him now. He is even leading a group on facebook in which he has added, i believe his fellows. But am sending him verses and some explainations even though he isn’t responding. He is a mormont believer too.

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Jack Wellman December 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I am grateful you sent Him the Scriptures and now it is in God’s hands and it is up to this man. I am surprised that he is a Mormon for even the Mormon’s understand that a lifestyle of living in homosexuality is sin according to the Bible. Thank you for being a faithful witness for Christ Gracious.

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Trish Zeinert December 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Hi Jack,

I always believed we have a forgiving God not one to throw us on the ashes of hell because of our free will which he purposely provided.

I have not been a perfect person and committed a good share of sins; does this now mean I am doomed, no possibility of salvation? Is that not why Jesus was sacrificed? Sins of my past contributed to shaping me as a person who is very emphatic and caring of others, animals and humans.

If one learns from their sins and works diligently to improve their relationship with God then it is forgiven. We do need to ask for the forgiveness.

Warmest Regards,
Trish

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Jack Wellman December 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Hi Trish. I agree. If you read 1 John chapter 3 it reveals that un-repentant sin that is not confessed is evidence that a person is not saved. You are right, I too have to come daily for a cleansing of my sins but 1 John 1:9 shows that we can be forgiven of all of our sins and Jesus became sin for us (2 Cor 5:21).

Having said that, to say that being homosexual or being gay is a blessing from God is an error of epic proportion and this is evidenced from 1 Cor 6, Rev 21 and many other places. A person can be saved who is still gay inside and still attracted to the same-sex but a practicing one that states that it is a “blessing from God” is gravely mistaken and we are to show those who believe such things as not true for their eternal soul’s sake and I do it in love for I am still a sinner but I don’t say, “Well, I’m a liar but its a blessing from God.” Do you see the difference Trish? No PRACTICING, UN-REPENTANT homosexual will be in the Kingdom of Heaven but those who are striving to overcome this sin, like I am striving to do so, and see it not as a blessing, will be shown to be striving because they see sin as wrong.

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gracious Chavula December 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Trish,just to add on what Pastor Jack has said. I think if there wasn’t the word repentance or confession, then i would have agreed with you that even without asking for forgiveness,provided you have changed your deeds, was ok. But as long as these two words exist, and in the Bible, they to be practiced whenever one wants to come to God after falling off the faith. For example if you wronged somebody,and then you want to be forgiven by him or her, i don’t think the solution to that would be silennce. You eill have to go and tell the person why you want him to forgive you. So, why not to GOD? CAN YOU SEE HERE? OUR GOD IS THE God is the God of order. He wont just accept anything or any will of a man whom He has commanded to obey His commandment. Just the same as in your house,you need order of things, and this is God we are talking about here, He even nedds more Order than you and me need. Thank Pastor Jack for giving me sapce to write something.

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Greg January 7, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Jack:
Please take a moment to correct your spelling for “false profits” (prophets). Nitpicking, I know, but it looks bad.
God bless,
Greg

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Jack Wellman January 7, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Thank you Greg for your comment. Actually, the “false profits” is a play on words where it is in the article for many of them are in it for the money and so that was why I spelled it the way I did instead of “prophets” but I believe you may have been referring to the “bullets” points and so I appreciate you pointing it out for it is indeed correct Thank you so much sir. My bad. I will correct it my friend. Thank you.

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joseph rohland March 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Revelation actually refers to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 a.d. 1st century. ALL things were fulfilled by that time, then. Now the kingdom of God is with men. Rev.21:3 Google preterism.

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kaylie April 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Hi I’m new to this and I really want to chang. Growing up have no guidense or anything about the. Lords. I was wanting to kno how do o go about changing how I can except god and Jesus in my life? I l know I want to I’m just not sure where to begin . I have .10 month old and its time. If there is anything I should read let me know just whatever helps. Thank you

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Jack Wellman April 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Thanks Kaylie. I see that you need to be in a Bible-believing church to grow in grace and knowledge and have your child raised in a church that elevates Christ, talks about the cross, and upholds the Bible as being perfect. I would begin in the gospel of John and then 1, 2 and 3rd John. We have an article that addresses where to begin in reading the Bible at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/where-is-the-best-place-to-start-reading-the-bible-for-a-new-christian/

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preteristaynrand July 21, 2013 at 4:08 am

The end times /last days occurred in the 1st century just as Jesus promised. It was the end times of the old covenant jewish religion and culture that Jesus ended, (the old heaven and earth) as He ushered in the Kingdom of God in the hearts of men, (the New Covenant in Christ Jesus wherein righteousness dwells.) Google preterism. Revelation 21:3 – “Now the Kingdom of God is with men.” 1st century original audience relevance. Eccl.1:4 “Generations come and generations go but the earth endures forever.”

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erin November 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Dear Jack, hello! I have read your last two articles, and the kind and loving responses you give to those with questions, and confusion. It is obvious you love the Lord with your whole heart, and want to share His good news with a lost, and dying world. I love Jesus also, and gave my life/heart to Him at age 15, and now am 49. For the last five years, I have been concerned with “so-called” Christians who say they are but blaspheme God by still following this world. I have agonized in my heart, over and over, asking God to make sure that I don’t fall into the same trap, begging Him to save me from this world. I have a husband, and a lovely 21 yr. old daughter as well. It is easy to profess Jesus, but living for Him is very, very difficult. There is so much backlash from this world, and so much criticism, heartless bashing, and a general hatred for those who love the Lord. This is why I feel confused about your article in which you speak of the Illuminati as being “just a theory”. I have been studying this group very closely now for about 5 years, and I am very, very troubled that you are not warning people to watch out for their world-wide deception, and evil tricks, their general hatred for God, and for His people. This is a group of sick minded, warped, and twisted people who are not just “a theory”. They are a well-known collection of individuals who started their Ancient Babylonian Mystery Religion/Satanic/cult/occult practices in the middle 1700′s. (Adam Weishaupt founded the group called “the Illuminati”, but obviously these types of heathen worship have long, long been practiced as referred to throughout the Bible. In this case, they have merely given it a “new”name-which is typical of Satan and his deceptions.) This group is real. They exist, and were/are born and bred to elitist rare, ruling bloodlines which have infiltrated literally every aspect of society. Many people belong to this group from the entertainment, music, financial, news stations, political, etc., institutions. Our presidents who are in these specific groups of people are in it because of their bloodlines-13 bloodlines of the ruling classes who make up the core of these people. And they have a plan for the world-to rule it and bring in the Anti-Christ. It’s on our money(Look on the back of our $1 dollar bill-see the triangle, with the all-seeing eye, and the Latin printed below it. When translated it says “New World Order”. This was not an accident. It is a mockery of the American people, saying, “You people are so stupid that you don’t even know who rules you. So we are going to shove it in your face!”) Watch the news stations, and look at all their “eye” logos-they are bought out. Watch the last two years of half-time shows, and opening ceremonies for the Olympics. They are covered in occult symbols, and display occult shows before our very eyes- designed to indoctrinate the masses, and play out their rituals on a global scale for millions to watch unwittingly. I won’t even watch tv anymore-their logos, Satanic images, Satanic messages are literally everywhere-everywhere, and designed to cleverly indoctrinate our little children at a very, very young age. Look at “Nickelodeon” station for kids and see all their Satanic logos, and symbols; look at the Disney channel-it is loaded with Satanic symbols(not to mention that it is one of the most corrupt, Satanic kingdoms for their Satanic messages for children-look at the girls who started on the Mickey Mouse Club-Brittney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez,etc. These young woman start out with cute, an innocent songs, and appearances; but, once they hit 16 everything starts to literally go to hell. They fall apart-start singing very sexual songs, become slutty, doing things you’d see in porn before a whole Nation to see. Ex: the latest scandals with Miley Cyrus. The things she does on stage and in her recent new videos are so vile, so revolting- they’d make a grown man blush, and make you want to cry for these poor, used girls.) These girls are programmed since birth, and there is sufficient evidence of this “human Illuminati programming” from many, many eye witnesses; as well as rescued victims; also from well known government programming such as MK Ultra, Operation Paperclip, Project Bluebird,etc. (Also, Walt Disney was a Satanic, drug using, child hating, God mocking man who knew exactly what he was doing until the day he died.) These people announce their presence “in plain sight” constantly. Many of our bills have the different bombings right on them. You merely have to fold it a certain way. By accident? All of our bombings, printed right on our money, by accident? It is part of the Satanic code of mockery-mock the victims. Obviously, I could go on and on how the Illuminati show themselves every single day, and work with all the super-powers of the world. Just look it up-you cannot deny their presence once you know what to look for. I am not saying to panic, but that we must turn to God for protection, and guidance in this matter. Have you heard of FEMA Camps? They are all over the States. Not to mention the plastic coffins set up for after we are killed for not obeying them and eventually not taking “the mark of the beast”. These coffins are set up everywhere-there are thousands of them, and witnessed by many people- not to mention you can look them up on the internet. All this makes complete sense when you read the Bible and see how the last days will play out. Satan has to have some absolutely incredible designs/plans in order to bring about a New World Order on earth to usher in the Anti-Christ. God tells us what to look for, what to expect, and what we will see. The Illuminati is a huge web of deceit and uses its drones to carry out everything to perfection-right in front of the world’s eyes. Ever hear of Project Blue Beam? Project HAARP? These projects are capable of projecting holographic images into the sky-and these look completely real- fake clouds, fake planes flying, fake aliens, fake anything they want to project. They are also using their technological advances to create creepy sounds all over the earth in various, strange places. Do you know what kind of deceptions are possible with such things? Fake rapture? Can you imagine what this could do to the real church of Christ? We must be prepared to know these things, so that when we see “great signs and wonders in the sky”-just as Jesus predicted- we will know what to disregard, what not to believe, what not to follow, what to look for in deception, etc. Jesus Himself say that these signs and wonders will be so great that many will be deceived-even the elect of God, if that were possible. He will protect and shield us, but we must know what we are up against so we are not one of the deceived masses. I hope you understand why I am troubled by your stance. We must stop denying these things-for even the churches are suffering from Satanic teachings that have slipped in. We are in trouble. Another example I will use is Oprah(who is pure Illuminati-she is a billionaire, she has the access to millions of people, and helped fund Obama’s campaign…) I have seen and heard many Christians who have been suckered into her unbelievable, blasphemous New Age teachings which among many evil things, teaches that “one should get over the old rugged cross”, and that “we can become our own gods”, and etc. Oprah’s teachings are steeped in preparing individuals for “a different kind of Christ consciousness”( a word they use a lot)-one that suits the Illuminati’s evil agenda. She is a puppet, played out on a global scale, the teachings, and mind set they will set up for the Anti-Christ, and his brief, but hellish rule. These people are extremely influential in our society(elitists, musicians, talk show hosts, distractions using people like: Paris Hilton, movie stars, Kim Kardashian, raunchy tv shows, sports figures, etc. to all help shape our thinking into their thinking) and shape the minds of unsuspecting individuals who are completely unaware.(All one has to do is to watch these videos by Lady Gaga,Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Brittney Spears, Eminem, Jay Z(and his wife), Kanye West, Taylor Smith, Katie Perry, Marilyn Manson,etc. to see the horrific negative images, and demonic influences they are “entertaining” us with. They are literally steeped in Illuminati symbols-triangles, the “all-seeing eye”, baphomet, sexual Satanic rituals, underground experiments on humans, hand signals, alien concepts, marrying Satan, being born into Satan’s kingdom, lyrics glorifying the gay lifestyle, transhumanism/robots, Marshall law, bombings, police state themes everywhere, and etc. I am concerned, and cannot for the life of me understand why such an intelligent, kind, God-fearing man is not warning people on your site what to watch out for concerning these things. Teens/young adults are steeped in these images/symbols, and are falling victims to their mind control, as well as older adults. We must talk about these issues, and acknowledge these deadly forces in order to combat them with our Father,the name of Jesus, His holy Spirit of complete truth, and prayer. Surely, Jesus Himself commands us to expose this sort of evil, and save unsuspecting masses from the lies of the enemy, for they are many. God’s church must be prepared, so as not to be blind sided from the enemy.Yet, we know from His Word, that God will prevail, and Satan loses in the end. The Lord will fight for us. God’s blessings, and love, and peace be with you and your family, always. =)

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Jack Wellman November 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Erin, I have been hearing more and more about the Illuminati and am convinced that such a form as this group may indeed exist but the part where the theoretical part exists is that they have power over God’s sovereignty. I do agree with those who claim to be Christians and yet have no fruits of the Spirit. When someone lives one way and then claims to be born again, I can’t see their lives aligning up with what I call the test for Christians if you read 1 John chapter 3. I would be interested if you read that and let me know what you think. What is sad is that many who profess Christ may not actually posses Christ and that they may hear these terrible words someday soon in Matthew 7:21-23 where Jesus warns that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” How horrible that will be. Jesus will say that “I didn’t know you well, I didn’t have a close relationship but He will say that I NEVER even knew you. They say “Lord, Lord” and anytime a name is used twice it is a sign of knowing someone intimately so these false tares in the church or out of the church THINK they are Christians but have deceived themselves. Many times I get bashed for almost every article at least a few times but it is not from unbelievers but from those who profess to be believers. How sad.

I know that these end times will get bad but I fear no Illuminati nor any world power for my trust is in God Who is sovereign over all and even the pagan kings of old were like channels of water in God’s hands and He directs them wherever He wills. Thanks Erin for your kind words.

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erin November 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Dear Jack, thank you for your prompt, and kind response. I do have some questions. When you say that you get bashed from “other Christians” from different articles, what do you mean by “bashed”? Because “bashed” can mean that: 1)Someone has taken your words and used them against you, and deliberately tried to discredit you,or 2) Someone(a Christian) may have a different opinion and may be trying to understand you, but also not agree with your point, or 3) Someone may just want to argue foolishly, and tear you apart just to be cruel, etc. So, when you say that some Christians “bash” you, I hope that it is not number 2, because if a fellow Christian sees a point(s) that they do not feel is correct- it is wise to show you in love what they feel is wrong. And none of us are 100% right all the time, and need things pointed out to us-I know I do- a lot! And not always agreeing with you does not mean that they are “bashing you”.(But, obviously if they are being obnoxious, and cruel, and arrogant then of course, that would be “bashing”, and wrong.) I have been in many churches, and have seen Pastors who were wrong about some things that hurt others deeply, and when told about their behavior, they acted above God’s discipline and instruction. I have seen several of these churches fall apart and disperse because of such sad things. I have also seen Christians who think they are always right, and have been unkind and cruel in their behavior towards others, and thus, did real damage in people’s lives. My family and I have also had to walk away from churches because the Pastor was getting weird, and not sticking with the Bible, and getting into New Age teaching mixed with the Bible. I will never, ever again just take a “back seat” to what a Pastor says without first checking everything with the Bible. There are many wolves, false teachers, and false prophets- of whom, I have met several. And it has crushed my spirit each time.

I have read I John 3, as you wished, and I was so glad you referred me to it. Tears filled my eyes, and I cried. It made me feel loved and secure to read the Lord’s words about truly loving, and following Him. And I have failed a lot in my walk with God, but it is only through Him that I am able to get back up and continue on. By nature I am a perfectionist in the things I feel are right, and sometimes I forget that it is only through His Grace and love that I am called to be His. Only through His unfailing mercy have I been led to repentance and to His beautiful heart. I am nothing with out Him, and weep at His kindness and love in forgiving me, and showing me that Jesus is the only way to His arms-to His Kingdom. I cannot earn this gift, nor can I claim it apart from Him. It is truly a gift, and how great a gift!!!! When I asked Him into my heart as a teen-I was alone in my room at night. I prayed for Jesus to enter my heart, and asked forgiveness of my many sins, and then went to sleep. I didn’t really understand, yet, what it really meant. I had watched my mother change when she became a Christian. I saw her joy, and her peace, and her love for Jesus, but I didn’t understand it at all. We were Catholic at the time, and I only knew of a “Catholic God”, and knew nothing at all about following Jesus, and living through Him. I didn’t even own a Bible or even know how to read one. This whole “relationship with Jesus” was totally foreign to me-completely unknown. But someone had led my mother to Jesus at a prayer group she began attending, and I came to want what she had-desperately so.

Then I went to this teenage prayer group my mother “made” my sister and I attend, and a very special friend prayed for me one night. He said, “Jesus, please be real in Erin’s life.” And when he prayed, I felt a heavy weight lift from my shoulders. It just lifted away! And that night, when I came home, my mother saw me and exclaimed, “Erin, what happened to you? Your face is glowing!” I looked at her and said,”Mom, I’ll never be the same again!” (At that time, I had never read the Bible, and it was shortly after that I learned what happened to me was Scriptural! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!”)

I have felt so sad, and upset for awhile now because of the way Christians are portrayed- weird,stupid,obnoxious,completely crazy,needing a crutch,thinking we are always “right”, lazy,intolerable,not able to think for ourselves, or able to see “beyond the constrictions of the Bible”, having no real depth or insight, and etc. And when I see people say they love Jesus, but then behave creepy,like the “West Burro Baptist Church” people-and have people think that is what “true Christianity” is like, it hurts. I do not in any way, shape or form ever want to be compared to their crazy, and unGodly behavior. That is what I meant before when I said I was upset about people saying “Oh yeah, we love God”, but then they do these horrid things to make all Christians who really do love God look bad. I have agonized over this, and felt like I don’t want to ever be a hypocrite and bring shame to God’s name. I want to make sure that I am doing what He says to do, and acting as He says because I am so afraid of being a hypocrite. I am in no way perfect by any means. I struggle with my thoughts, with my actions, with my place in this world-yet, trying to not be “of” this world. I don’t want to shame the Lord. But I do belong to Him, as He has called me a long time ago, and I want so badly not to disappoint Him. I feel the darkness of this world so strongly, and see people dying right before my eyes, and wonder, “God, how can You use me?” I am ill, and have been through many surgeries,doctors,treatments for chronic, severe headaches, and other health things. I am struggling with many, many health related issues(25 yrs. now) and other personal issues that have devastated me emotionally. And because I am not well, I feel like I can’t do things for God the way I used to. And I am so afraid I have failed Him. And I feel like Satan is trying to break me. He is desperately trying to make me lose faith, and whispers lies to me all the time. My husband gets so angry at God for not healing me(and my daughter is very sick as well), and is constantly telling me that God isn’t listening to his prayers. But I am not responsible for His relationship with the Lord, and cannot give him faith. I tell him, “God is sovereign, and I can’t help what He chooses not to do. He has a plan, and I will not lose my faith over this. I cannot keep asking “why”, and keep being angry with Him. I have to believe He knows what He is doing.” And Satan keeps tightening the screws, and I feel him bearing down with all this illness, and I am so tired. But I love God still, and nothing-nothing can, or ever will take Him from me. I am His forever-no matter what.

I am sorry for writing so much. I do enjoy writing more than anything, and sometimes things just seem to flow. I would very much appreciate each and every prayer you can give for me and my family as we are under attack. May He strengthen and guide and keep you in His capable Hands. And I pray for you, that He gives you rest from any attacks to your ministry or your personal life. You are 100% right, in that God is Sovereign and can do what He wants. His blessings always. :)

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Jack Wellman November 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Thank you again Erin. I believe you have the gift of encouragement or mercy or likely both. Wow. Count on my prayers for sure.

What I mean by getting bashed is that sometimes I am called a false teacher, others say I am a heretic but I know that only the message is perfect and the messenger never is. It is sad when Christians attack other Christians over non-essentials to the faith but you seem to have a gift of writing as you said, “it just flows” and I believe you must be a true blessing to those you know and in your church and covet such godly women like you in the church where I am under-shepherd to the Great Shepherd.

I believe the Devil is more busy today because he may know that his time is running out too so I will pray for you and your protection from the Evil One my friend. Again, may God richly bless you for your words of comfort and encouragement.

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Adam November 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Erin, I couldn’t help but to read your posting. I am also a strong Christian who makes so many mistakes on a daily basis. But my difficulties can not compare to what you are going through. But I want to thank you. You are an inspiration to me after having read all the adversities that you are dealing with and your faith is still so strong. Everyday I make a mistake, I hear a whisper deep down telling me what I did was wrong and I immediately ask for forgiveness. But sometimes after asking for forgiveness I hear another whisper telling me that it’s pointless and that I’m not forgiven. But I know that The Lord loves me and as long as we acknowledge that we are sinners and that Jesus is here for us, then I know that I’m saved. Just know that God has a plan for all of us. Don’t give up. Lay all your worries on Him, and He will take care of you. I will pray for you my sister. I wish you nothing but the best. God Bless You and Your Family.

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Adam November 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Thank you Jack for all of your encouragement. Everytime I read your comments, I feel excited to get my bible out and continue reading. It’s a shame that Christians treat other Christians terrible and then say it’s acts from God. But I am not here to judge. All I can do is pray for them. Thank you once again and I look forward to reading more of your comments.

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Jack Wellman November 14, 2013 at 8:43 am

Thank you Adam. I wished that half the comments we received were as encouraging as yours my friend and I could add Erin’s too, and I thank God for you both that He directed you two to this site.

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Adam November 14, 2013 at 8:47 am

It is my honor to be able to have a site and friends that I can share my words openly with.. I really just want to thank God for bringing this site to us.

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Susan March 8, 2014 at 8:32 am

I have read all of the above comments and have very much enjoyed doing so. I am a committed Christian as is my husband, but we don’t attend church. We live in an isolated area and have tried attending the available church but had to leave because of the hypocrisy and untruths. I want you to know that it is such a relief and a joy to be able to correspond with real, like-minded, committed Christians. I believe that God has provided us with this fellowship as a world-wide source of encouragement and to strengthen our faith in these last days. Please know that there must be others like me, who feel so alone in their faith and who are suffering under a type of persecution for trying to keep to the truth of God’s Word. There are far, far too many Christians now that have mixed worldliness with the truths of God’s Word and refuse to accept that His Word has not changed with the times we live in. Please continue in this ministry for there are many sheep out here that need a true shepherd in this evil world.

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Jack Wellman March 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

Susan…you are so correct. We need to stay in the Bible and the teachings in the Word. Reading the Word of God is the best way to avoid apostascy and to avoid error. For those who can’t attend church like you, we have links to other reliable pastors teaching the Word of God. You are welcome to view any of these online at: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJackWellman

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