Be Very Alert! – By Val Hollard (NZ)
On Watch at the Door
No 325, 19 April 2021
FALLING AWAY IN THE LAST DAYS
Matthew 24:10-13 “At that time many will turn away (KJV be offended – trip up, stumble, entice to sin, apostasy) from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase in wickedness the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
We have not quite reached the time that Jesus is speaking of, but we are very close as we can see many things falling into place. Increasing numbers of Christians in the West are turning away from their faith. Many are high profile and even pastors of megachurches, but many congregations are also growing smaller.
A recent headline: ‘Another high profile Christian walks away. What’s going on?’ This particular one, Paul Maxwell, announced he was no longer a Christian. Others are doing this too. Many others are showing no signs of sanctification and are heading backwards rather than closer to God. Some examples:
A megachurch leader who allegedly made sex videos with minors
Some pastors who claim to be clean as a whistle, on the straight and narrow, and happily devoted to their god-fearing wives have turned out to be lying, cheating, or caught with gay prostitutes.
After 40 years, a megachurch pastor slammed Christianity and quitted. The deacon claims he had an affair.
Some are finding it disturbing that many of the pastors they grew up idolizing have fallen.
Many anti-gay activists have been caught being gay. The pastor of an Atlanta megachurch with thousands of followers, who was twice married and is a father of four, is speaking out about his recent decision to publicly declare he is gay.
A number of mega-pastors have been removed from their pulpits and leadership positions for what is referred to as a “moral failing.”
Pastors who have fallen into sin have all kinds of excuses: it wasn’t technically illegal, or it was a youthful mistake…
Falling away from the faith is already a problem and it will get much worse. In the US only 6% of Americans hold a dominantly biblical worldview now and Church membership has plummeted.
Some of the people who are leaving the church now were not saved to begin with and may have just had an emotional experience. But many did have a genuine salvation experience. There are many passages in the New Testament that warn about falling away and the need to keep persevering. Some examples:
2 Peter 2:20. “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” This is a very serious warning.
Hebrews 6:4-6. “ It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.” Tasting is a personal experience, not just head knowledge. The heavenly gift is the gift of salvation. There is somewhere a point of no return, where people can no longer repent and turn back, but we don’t know where it is.
Hebrews 10:26-27. “ If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” In Leviticus there were sacrifices for unintended sin, but not for deliberate ones.
Romans 11:13-21. …You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either.” It should concern us that only two of the Israelites who started out towards the Promised Land entered it.
If you are a Christian, are you continuing to grow in your faith? Or are you going backwards and totally off the way? Salvation is usually described as a three-stage process. You are first saved from the penalty of sin (justification, you are declared righteous, Eph 2:8), the second stage is a continuous process in the life of a believer (sanctification, 1 Cor 1:18) and the final stage is when the believer is finally with Jesus (glorification, 1 Pet 1:5). Then our salvation will be complete as our bodies are transformed into immortal glorified bodies to live with Jesus for all eternity. When John Bunyan wrote his Pilgrim’s Progress in 1678, he was very much aware of the pitfalls the pilgrim would face on his journey, and that the pilgrim would only be safe and fully saved when he crossed the river.
So how can we keep on that straight and narrow way, especially as we approach the end of this age? In Hebrews 10 we are told to encourage and spur each other on and to keep meeting with other believers. Keep in the Word and keep in fervent prayer as a decaying prayer life can be a warning sign that you are beginning to fall away. Keep on loving each other and caring for each other. “He who stands firm to the end will be saved.” – Jesus
In the US, Target is selling a new “Prayer Book” (A Rhythm of Prayer) with a Satanic prayer that begs the Lord to help her “hate white people.” The contributor tries to pass it off as a Christian prayer. One disturbed citizen writes, “This is the evil Critical Race Theory that asserts all American institutions are inherently white supremacist and that white people have designed a system to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of colour. Thus, according to CRT, all white people are guilty and sinful because of their skin colour and minorities must discriminate against them to equalize society.”
Israel will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s investigation of Israel for alleged war crimes, top ministers have decided. The state will argue in a letter of response to The Hague that the court has no jurisdiction to open the probe, consistent with Israel’s longstanding position.
Microchips are the brain of basically every electronic device, and we’re running out of them. The global chip shortage is a massive problem for a world increasingly dependent on technology.
Egypt has impounded the Ever Given and is seeking over a billion dollars for the salvage operation and the cost of stalled canal traffic and lost transit fees for the week the ship blocked the Suez Canal. The Ever Given still has on board some US$3.5 billion in cargo and over 18,000 containers.
Japan’s government has decided to start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years, saying that “it poses no safety concerns to humans and the environment,” although the amount of radioactive material in the water is still unknown. The plants storage capacity will be full late next year. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has approved it but the release is being fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan’s neighbours. China sees the action as extremely irresponsible and threatens retaliation if Japan goes ahead with the plan. The original contamination reached down to NZ’s North Island.
The volcanic eruption on the Caribbean island of St Vincent is quickly becoming a humanitarian crisis. Ash, which covers the island, is destroying crops and there is a water shortage. Thousands of people have been taken by cruise ships to other islands, but at one point were only taking those who had been vaccinated for Covid-19 (A sign of the coming two-tier system?). St Vincent is the world’s leading producer of arrowroot and other exotic fruit, vegetables and root crops.
Jesus warns there will be wars and rumours of wars (see also the red horse of Revelation 6). Iran continues to threaten Israel, Israel is preparing for a war on its northern border, a war is brewing between China and Taiwan, a war between Ukraine and Russia could also include Europe and the US, and North Korea continues to be a threat. And watch Turkey!
JUST AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH AND LOT – Luke 17:26-29
The LGBTQIA+ trend has gone from the fringes to cultural dominance in a single generation. For celebrities, to declare their ‘coming out’ is now the in thing to do. Their stories are welcomed and seen as compelling career moves. Their stories often contain some Christian-bashing. One of the coming out ones is Miley Cyrus
Since January, 261 Californian male prison inmates have identified themselves as transgender, nonbinary or intersex so they can be transferred to women’s prisons. This has raised concerns about the safety and welfare of both the female inmate population and female corrections officers. Similar legislation has been passed in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The Biden administration has made history by appointing Rachel Devine as the first openly transgender federal official. In a tight vote, the Senate confirmed the president’s transgender pick for deputy secretary of the department of Health and Human Services. Levine is expected to support sterilizing and mutilating young children. Her nomination has been cheered by advocates for transgender rights
At the time of Noah there was also violence. “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on the earth had corrupted their ways.” (Gen 6:11).
Noah preached righteousness for over 100 years, but only 8 people were saved in the ark when the flood judgment came. That should be a warning to us!
In the US, riots have continued, even though the mainstream media is not reporting on them. In Minnesota there is vandalism, destruction of property and rioting. This is happening in other places too such as Portland and curfews are being instituted to try and curb the mayhem.
New Zealand is now dealing with the hundreds of gang members deported from Australia after having their visas cancelled. Many were only small when they last lived in NZ. There has been a rise in gun crime, and the mayor of Auckland warns that the city cannot go down the track of “gangland America.” The latest shooting was at a 5-star waterfront hotel which was linked to an escalating dispute between the Head Hunters and Mongols gangs.
Matthew 7:21-23. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 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 in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
Once Saved, Always Saved? – David Pawson
Marco Quintana Prophecy Update 14 April. There is a lot of important information here.
Prophecy updates and more
John Haller: https://www.youtube.com/user/KoinoniaABF
Marco Quintana: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGocBbxpz2ue7yR6bMthnXw/videos
Jacob Prasch: https://www.youtube.com/user/57GotDrums/videos
In the expectation that YouTube will shut them down one day, Jacob Prasch, John Haller, Marco Quintana and Sandy Simpson are also using Real Truth Network TV. There are other talks there too.
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