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We have a few basic ways of knowing when the individual books of the Bible were written: a combination of internal and external evidence and, particularly in the Old Testament, traditional accounts.
Internal evidence might consist of the style of writing and mentions of people or places who can be more precisely dated. For example, while the book of Ruth is set during the time of the judges, scholars place the literary style as that of the time of the Israelite monarchy—the Kings—based on other writings more accurately dated to that time. The mention of David (Ruth 4:17, 22) also implies a date some time after David’s reign.
Another example: the book of Daniel uses a literary style and specific Persian and Greek words that place it around the time of Cyrus the Great (ca. 530 B.C.). Linguistic evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls gives us authentically dated examples of Hebrew and Aramaic writing from the second and third centuries B.C., when some claim Daniel was written, and it does not match that found in Daniel, which was written in the sixth century B.C.
Other internal evidence might be the concerns the author is addressing. For example, the two books of Chronicles tell the history of the Jewish people and how they came under God’s judgment in the form of the exile to Babylon. Traditionally, scholars have believed Ezra to be the author of these books, because the following two books, Ezra and Nehemiah (also written by Ezra), deal with the return from exile and the need to be obedient to God’s law, and they are written in nearly the same literary style.
The date of that return, which began under Cyrus the Great, can be correlated to historical records outside the Bible that place his reign from approximately 559 to 530 B.C. The dedication of the new temple in Jerusalem, in 516 B.C., is corroborated by the records of Darius I, and a second return of exiles was allowed under Artaxerxes I, whom we know ruled Babylon from 465 to 424 B.C. All these things help us to closely place the writings of those particular books of the Old Testament. Biblical scholars use similar cross-referencing to date other books of the Old Testament.
In the New Testament, books are generally dated by the concerns being addressed, e.g., the growing Gnostic heresy, and how much they quote from other New Testament writings and a cross-referencing of events such as the collection for the needy in Jerusalem discussed in Romans and 1 and 2 Corinthians. We also have historical, extra-biblical accounts such as that by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus to corroborate events described in the Bible.
The Gospels are often dated by something that is not mentioned: Jesus predicted the fall of Jerusalem in Matthew 24:1-2, and we know from historians such as Josephus that the city fell in A.D. 70. It seems logical that if such a prominent prophecy had been fulfilled before the writing of the Gospels that it would have been mentioned, as is the fulfilled prophecy of Christ’s resurrection as found in John 2:19, 22.
It’s important to note that even among scholars who believe the Bible to be God’s inspired, inerrant Word there is some disagreement as to the exact dating of the biblical books. A good study Bible such as The NIV Study Bible or a commentary will lay out the various lines of evidence for the dating of the books.
The Bible does not lay out a step-by-step order for family relationship priorities. However, we can still look to the Scriptures and find general principles for prioritizing our family relationships. God obviously comes first: Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” All of one’s heart, soul, and strength is to be committed to loving God, making Him the first priority.
If you are married, your spouse comes next. A married man is to love his wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Christ’s first priority—after obeying and glorifying the Father—was the church. Here is an example a husband should follow: God first, then his wife. In the same way, wives are to submit to their husbands “as to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22). The principle is that a woman’s husband is second only to God in her priorities.
If husbands and wives are second only to God in our priorities, and since a husband and wife are one flesh (Ephesians 5:31), it stands to reason that the result of the marriage relationship—children—should be the next priority. Parents are to raise godly children who will be the next generation of those who love the Lord with all their hearts (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4), showing once again that God comes first. All other family relationships should reflect that.
Deuteronomy 5:16 tells us to honor our parents so that we may live long and so things will go well with us. No age limit is specified, which leads us to believe that as long as our parents are alive, we should honor them. Of course, once a child reaches adulthood, he is no longer obligated to obey them (“Children, obey your parents…”), but there is no age limit to honoring them. We can conclude from this that parents are next in the list of priorities after God, our spouses, and our children. After parents comes the rest of one’s family (1 Timothy 5:8).
Following one’s extended family in the list of priorities are fellow believers. Romans 14 tells us not to judge or look down upon our brothers (v. 10) or do anything to cause a fellow Christian to “stumble” or fall spiritually. Much of the book of 1 Corinthians is Paul’s instructions on how the church should live together in harmony, loving one another. Other exhortations referring to our brothers and sisters in Christ are “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13); “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32); “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11); and “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). Finally comes the rest of the world (Matthew 28:19), to whom we should bring the gospel, making disciples of Christ.
In conclusion, the scriptural order of priorities is God, spouse, children, parents, extended family, brothers and sisters in Christ, and then the rest of the world. While sometimes decisions must be made to focus on one person over another, the goal is to not be neglecting any of our relationships. The biblical balance is allowing God to empower us to meet all of our relationship priorities, inside and outside our families.
Many Christian parents wonder if they will survive trying to raise a teenager. Teenagers typically share certain characteristics. First, they are going through the stage in life where they believe they know all there is to know and what they don’t know isn’t worth knowing. Second, the hormones and chemicals charging through their brains and bodies hinder them, often rendering them incapable of reasoning as rational adults. They want what they want when they want it, and often don’t have any clue that what they are asking for will hurt them. It is the job of the parents to keep their children safe from themselves as they negotiate this difficult time of life.
Jesus teaches us this is Matthew 7:9-10 when He says, “You parents – if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!” Sometimes children ask for things that look good to them, but which will in fact harm them, so it is the responsibility of the parents to do what is best. We have the same rules—if we ask God for something we think is good, but which God knows is not, He will not give it to us.
Having Jesus in your household is the best way to raise children. “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). If you have become a Christian by asking Jesus into your heart, then the Holy Spirit is living in you and will teach you all things (John 14:26; 1 John 2:27), and this includes the way we raise our children. Children learn by what they observe from us much more than what we say to them, so being a good example is very important.
The Bible teaches us the importance of discipline. “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him” (Proverbs 13:24). “Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death” (Proverbs 19:18). “Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul” (Proverbs 29:17). It is very important to lay down rules and enforce them. When children know that what they are doing is wrong, some sort of punishment should follow, but it should be appropriate for the “crime.” Lying shows that a child cannot be trusted, so maybe until that trust can be restored, time spent out of the house should be very limited. They will want you to trust them again, so they will learn from that. The worst thing we can do is try to become our children’s friend instead of parent.
Discipline should always be carried out with the best interests of the child as the motivation. Ephesians 6:4 says we are not to make our children angry by the way we treat them (this doesn’t mean don’t discipline; it means don’t discipline in anger or frustration), but raise them with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord. Make sure you are telling your child why the behavior is wrong, why you disagree, and that you are doing it out of love for him/her. Hebrews 12:7 tells us that God disciplines all His children when we do wrong because He loves us and it wouldn’t be good for us if He didn’t. When children argue about being punished, which they inevitably will, the wise parent replies, “It’s my responsibility to discipline you, and if I don’t, I have to answer to God. And He’s a lot tougher than I am!”
Finally, several things are crucial to survive raising teenagers: a sense of humor, a sense of conviction that you are doing the right thing, reliance on God’s wisdom in His Word, and prayer, prayer, prayer! Not only will these things help parents “survive,” but will also help them model good parenting, which teens will eventually use when they become parents themselves.

Romans 12:11-13

As a person, I speak with many people about their spiritual journey. From these interactions, I know that most individuals are not satisfied with their prayer life. They lack anticipation and faith, and time with God feels empty. Most likely, this is why many Christians pray so little and so passionlessly.

Previously, we began looking at obstacles to a healthy prayer life. Let’s explore one more hindrance that blocks vibrant communication between God and us: impatience.

Most of us have at some point brought our supplication to Jesus vigorously but did not see the desired results. Unfortunately, humans are, by nature, fainthearted. We get weary of asking and listening when all we perceive is silence. Remember, though, that God is not some “cosmic bellhop”; He does not act on our cue. In fact, if we could see the big picture as He can, we would gladly wait for His way and time.

Actually, I believe that we benefit by not receiving all that we request. Understanding this concept is a sign of spiritual maturity. When we are thoroughly satisfied with the Lord’s presence, our relationship with Him will flourish, even when we don’t get all we ask. When that is the case, we grasp what prayer is—not a long want list, but a relationship.

Barriers can develop if we persistently cry out to God but nothing changes. Continue to pray. Beyond this “wall,” you’ll sense God’s presence, where you will find peace, joy, and awesome glimpses of His glory. This will be completely satisfying, even if He never gives you exactly what you requested.


When seeking what we can learn from the thief on the cross, it should be remembered that at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, two thieves were crucified beside Him (Luke  23:33-43), and both began their time on the cross by mocking and blaspheming Him, as did many of the spectators. One of the thieves responded to the message of salvation and was taken to paradise that very day. He is the one usually referred to as the thief on the cross, while the other man did not respond and is now suffering from a deadly and eternal mistake.

It is remarkable that, while in the excruciating and mind-numbing torment of the cross, the Son of Man had the heart, mind and will to pray for others. Yet it is a miracle that one thief, while in agony himself, heard the Spirit of God call him to repentance and acceptance of the forgiveness God was just about to provide  through the death of Christ. While the disciples were abandoning the Lord, this  man answered the call and his sins were forgiven, including his blasphemy against the Son of God (Luke  5:31-32, 12:8-10).

That the other thief rejected Jesus is remarkable in its own right. While being tortured on the cross he literally joined his torturers in insulting  the Savior of the world, and he most likely did so because he wanted his torturers to think he was just like them, joined to the world and with no love  for God (Matthew  27:44). Not only was this man next to the Savior, he heard Him pray, he  witnessed the salvation of the other thief, he saw the world go dark, and he  heard the testimony of the Son. But his pride kept him from submitting to the only One who could save him, and when he one day bows to the Name he mocked, he will be doing so reluctantly and while in torment (Philippians  2:10).

What we learn from the saved thief on the cross is that we  are all sinners in need of a Savior, and no matter the number of our sins and no  matter if we, or the world, think our sins are minor or extreme, it is never too  late to repent and accept the free gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9; Revelation  22:17). Moreover, as long as someone still has a mind and the will to chose  life over death (Hebrews  9:27), it is never too late to proclaim the gospel, which hopefully will  open a heart to a miracle by the Holy Spirit.

When Others Fail Us

2 Timothy 4:9-14

The apostle Paul knew the value of having good friends. Barnabas encouraged him in his ministry. Silas partnered with him in establishing new churches. Timothy became like a son to him. Paul also knew the heartache of co-laborers turning away from him when times got tough (2 Tim. 1:15). We may experience something similar in our life.

People will react differently to our struggles. Some feel inadequate and hold back because they are uncertain about what to say or do. Others are so protective of their time that selfishness causes them to turn away. And sometimes our friends and co-workers do not want to be identified with us in our trials. In my early days as a pastor, this happened to me when the church was going through a period of turmoil. Only two pastors reached out to me and offered support; the others stood back. This experience taught me the importance of reaching out to people in crisis.

Helping others requires an investment of time and energy. We start by praying for them and asking the Lord how we can help. He may have us lend emotional support, provide spiritual guidance, offer assistance in a physical or financial way, or find others who can. Standing with people will encourage them.

When friends abandoned him, Paul asked God not to count their actions against them. He followed the example of Jesus, who prayed for the Father to forgive His persecutors. What’s your response when friends let you down? Forgiveness is the choice that pleases God every time.

One of the most intriguing aspects about God is His choice to occasionally  reveal to His followers what will happen in the future. He has very specific  reasons for doing so: one is to give encouragement to those who are going  through the trials (Daniel  12:12), and another is to exhort us to continue in His work (Matthew 25:29-30). The  prophecies of the end times give an account of what will happen at the end of  history on Earth. They include the Rapture of the church, wherein all believers  are removed from the earth, the Tribulation, a seven-year period of anguish as  God judges the sin of humanity, and the Millennial Kingdom, where Christ will  reign as King. The Millennial Kingdom begins shortly after the end of the  Tribulation. But the Bible also gives guidance as to the timing of the Rapture  and the Tribulation.

The prophecies regarding the Rapture do not tell us  when it will happen, nor do they give us any sign to watch for. In fact, in Matthew 24:36, Jesus says,  “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the  Son, but the Father alone.” Although signs of the coming Tribulation may occur  before the Rapture (like the re-establishment of Israel), there is nothing that  must occur before the Rapture. All applicable references show the early church  eagerly awaiting Christ’s return (Matthew  24:33; 1  Corinthians 1:7; Philippians 3:20-21), not eagerly awaiting the signs of  Christ’s return. Still, the promise of the Rapture does fill God’s purposes. It  first exhorts believers to do the work before them (1 Peter  4:7). James said to be patient and strengthen our hearts because “the coming  of the Lord is near” (James 5:8).  The prophecies also encourage us because they say believers will not suffer  through the Tribulation (1  Thessalonians 1:10).

The prophecies regarding the Tribulation are  designed to both exhort (Matthew  25:1-30) and encourage (Matthew  24:22), but they also give specific signs to look for. Matthew 24:5-7 records a  few: “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead  many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not  frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For  nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various  places there will be famines and earthquakes.” But the section concludes with  the warning that these signs are merely the “beginning of the birth pangs” (Matthew 24:8). Although  these are signs, we do not know exactly when the Tribulation will occur. 1  Thessalonians 5:1-11 explains that the day of the Lord will come “just like  a thief in the night…suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child.”

“Wars and rumors of wars” have occurred for millennia. Earthquakes, volcanoes,  and hurricanes have repeatedly struck our world since long before we had the  technology to record them. It is not possible to say if any particular natural  disaster is a specific sign of the coming end times. There are political  indications we can look for, however. The re-establishment of Israel is a  powerful sign and one that few before the 1940s could not have imagined. It is a  major first step in fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham (Genesis 17:8) and the  prophecy that in the end times, the temple will be rebuilt (Daniel 12:11). If a  national leader from the West were to rise to power and take over three other  countries, it could possibly be the “little horn” of Daniel 7:8 which is believed to be the antichrist. The  Bible also gives spiritual signs to look for. Paul explained in 2 Timothy 3:1-9 and 2  Thessalonians 2:3 that the last days will be difficult because of the evil  that people will cling to. And 1 Timothy  4:1 says, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the  faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”

The  signs of the end times are to encourage us that God has a plan and His plan is  ultimately to glorify Himself. The signs will be fulfilled, and His plan  will come to pass exactly as He has foreordained it for His perfect  purpose and according to His good pleasure. “I make known the end from the  beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will  stand, and I will do all that I please” (Isaiah  46:10).

We have a very real Enemy who seeks to deceive and distract us  from becoming  who God wants us to be. So we must always be alert. Prepare for spiritual  warfare by making today’s passage part of your daily time with God. For  example, “put on” the various armor pieces as you pray:

Lord, thank You for giving me everything I need for  doing battle in Your name. In the power of Your Spirit, I put on my “armor”–

  • Protect  my mind and imagination with the helmet of salvation. Focus my thoughts  steadily on Your love and power.
  • I claim  Christ’s righteousness as my breastplate, protecting heart and emotions.
  • So that I  won’t be governed by feelings, wrap Your belt of truth around the core of my being  to protect me from deception.
  • Guide my  steps in the sandals of peace. Set my feet firmly in the good news of Your  redemption and love for the world, and empower me  to stand firm against attack.
  • I raise  my shield of faith. Protect me from Satan’s arrows as I stand shoulder to  shoulder with Your army in a wall of opposition against his schemes.
  • I take up  the sword of the Spirit. Plant Your Word deep in my heart in a fresh, exciting  way so I will always be ready to deflect and cut down lies with Your  truth. I proclaim  Your victory today!

You should never be so  preoccupied with fighting that anxiety makes you lose your focus on the joy of knowing  God. Rather, remain at peace as you “dress” for battle, knowing that you are  fully victorious and secure in Christ, and that He has already defeated the  Enemy.

There is no fear when we walk in the presence of our Father.

Some of what the 20th Century brought us:

There are basically two governmental systems on the earth today: One, the Atheistic socialistic system based on the idea of government being the center, and all things being supplied to the people by the government, the other is a capitalistic system based on the idea of man being the center, and government being there to ensure and protect the rights of the individual. This system was based on the Word of God, and all mention of God was referring to the one God, Jesus Christ. Today there emerges a new form of government here in America: “Social-Capitalism.”.”

History and the Bible has revealed that when these two systems come to agreement to proclaim “Peace and Safety”, He will then bring judgment on the whole earth. This judgment will come as travail upon a woman with child. The travail, spoken of here, are labor pains. A woman in childbirth does not have one labor pain and the child is delivered. She has many. They start out easy and far apart. Then they get harder and closer together until the baby comes.

Matthew 24 is a time pattern of events leading to the climax of the age in which the judgment of God is poured out upon the earth, just as it was in the Days of Noah. Jesus states, “Take heed that no man deceive you”.

“For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.   For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” Matthew 24:5-7

Many, today, are proclaiming themselves to be the Messiah and have drawn millions to follow them. We hear of many wars. There have been constant rumors of war our whole lifetime. Jesus’ words of comfort were, “See that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

“. . .For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.”

This, too, we have witnessed. Many nations and kingdoms have risen themselves up against other nations. This is when the weak say, I am strong. Joel 3:10

There will be famines. In the last few years, famine has become a reality in many of the third world nations. Pestilence is disease. Many new deadly, never-heard-of diseases have come to light, killing millions; cancer being the main killer. But Aids will surpass cancer as the number one killer on the earth.

There will be Earthquakes. Earthquakes are so common that the news media only reports the most severe. To get national attention, the earthquakes must happen in populated areas and must register at least 6.5 on the Richter Scale.

We know these things because we, ourselves, have seen them. Some have experienced them and we have all watched these situations become progressively worse.

“All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:8

The word sorrow is the word ODIN and is translated travails in I Thessalonians 5:3. The beginning of sorrows are the birth-pangs that will bring forth the judgment.

Many Christians do not want to hear or believe. They are not even ready to accept what is ahead in the very near future.“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name’s sake.  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:9-12

This will be the time of persecution upon God’s people and the time of judgment upon the house of God. We are now in this time of judgment. The persecution has already begun. Be assured, it will get worse.

We live in a time when, on the surface, it would appear that Communism has failed and that satanic strongholds are coming down. Democracy has been declared the winner and the whole world will soon be living in “Peace and Safety”.Jesus said, “Let no man deceive you.” Over the pulpit, from so-called prophets, we are hearing that “satan has lost the battle, and we, the United States, are the victors!”Let no man deceive you”

Number one, the United States is no longer a Christian nation, and number two, in many ways, the United States is a more Godless nation than Russia.

Russia has not become as morally debased as the United States. Homo-sexuality and lesbianism is not rewarded, nor accepted, as it is in the United States. Abortion is not legal and the youth have not yet become the drug addicts as the youth in America.

We have sold our children to satan and allowed drugs to ruin their minds and lives. Promiscuous sex among our young has never been equalled in any generation. Drug-related crimes have never been equalled. Our prisons are full of our youth. Suicide is out of control because our youth have no hope. God has been stripped from their lives.

Our churches have left God at the door and do what they want. There is no power in the church to stop what the government has become. We are no longer a government of the people, by the people and for the people. We have watched the greed, corruption and immorality take over the government until it has become a Godless debasement; a travesty of what it was intended to be. We live in the day when “Peace and Safety” is being proclaimed. “Wake up to the truth of the Word of God.” The travail has already begun upon this nation. The labor pains are getting closer together.

When asked, “when will the last day(s) be; I find I have no honest answer.” So, I reverse the question by stating “When I believe the last days began?” The answer I give is 1914,  the onset of the 20th Century and the beginning of the first World War; the war that was supposed to end all wars. But, instead, it established the great nations that we need to take note of in our day. World War I established the United States as the most powerful, most wealthy and the most productive nation on earth, one nation under God.

In March of 1917, Nicholas II of Russia was overthrown. This paved the way for the beginning of Communism. In November of 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution took place and Lenin was established as the new leader of Russia. This was the beginning of Communism; and the Marxist socialist form of government came upon the earth. Also, on November 2, 1917, the Balfour Proclamation was signed to allow Israel to return to their ancient land.

Russia withdrew from World War I when the upheaval came in their government. It was almost one year to the day that the war ended. The stage was set for these nations which would be involved in the end of the age.

World War I ended November 11, 1918. At the end of World War I, President Wilson tried to start the League of Nations which ended in failure.

All these events happened in November of 1917. Thirty years and six months later, May 14, 1948, Israel was recognized as a sovereign nation. They had not been a nation since 586 B.C., or for 2534 years. Now, the same people are in the same land under the same name, an event that only God could have ordained.

At the time of the Second World War, Russia was a backward, ill-equipped nation with virtually no power. But with the stroke of the pen, at the meeting at Yalta, one-half of Europe was enslaved by the Russian bear. This had to be the blackest day in History. Russia’s trek to becoming a world power had begun. By 1948, Russia had a firm grip on Europe. Russia expanded until her communistic, atheistic grip was felt all over the earth.

In 1945, the United Nations was formed to insure peace on planet Earth. Man proclaimed that he could keep peace without the Prince of Peace. Peace was, and still is, in the hands of man, instead of the hands of God.

In 1948, the United States formed NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to insure the protection of Western Europe. In 1955, Russia formulated the Warsaw Pact to arm and protect Eastern Europe. The arms race and the Cold War were in full swing. The two great powers on earth were established, each side developing more and more weapons; more powerful than the mind could ever imagine. Man was truly turning the plow shares into swords.

At that time, Russia and the United States were spending, an ever-increasing amount of their nation’s income on weapons and armament. Starvation and homelessness were increasing in both nations and they were justifying their waste by the activity of the other. Carl Sagan (who proclaimed nuclear winter to the world), has stated that, at this time, Russia and the United States have amassed approximately 60,000 nuclear warheads.

Arms negotiations have reduced the total nuclear arsenal only about 3% and the world proclaims this to be a great victory. In the same article, “Too Many Weapons in the World”, which appeared in the Arizona Republic dated February 4, 1990, Carl Sagan stated that, quote, “…perhaps one percent of the nearly 60,000 nuclear weapons in the world might be enough to generate a nuclear winter.” End of quote.

A limited nuclear attack from either side would produce nuclear winter and would eliminate crop production. Mass starvation would follow. Common sense tells us that there are no safe levels of nuclear weapons; the same as there is no safe way to shoot yourself in the head.

We read in I Thessalonians 5:3,

“When they shall say, Peace and Safety…”

Who are the “they”? This is not God or God’s people. The “they” are those who have made themselves responsible for peace and safety. This is in the hands of men in Russia and the United States. One is based on Atheistic ideology, an enslaver of the people; the other is based on a Godly ideology, a liberator of the people.

How could two diametrically opposed nations agree on anything? And yet, God said they would agree. When they do agree, He will bring sudden destruction upon them, and they shall not escape. This destruction will come from God.

God has given us many warnings in His Word as to what to watch for. We should not be deceived by outward appearances. We should discern by the Spirit of God and act accordingly.

We read in II Corinthians 3:17;

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”. (Freedom)

Where the Spirit of the Lord is absent, there is bondage.

After the Second World War, we began to hear about civil rights. This was to insure the rights of all mankind. Certain groups demanded their civil rights, or equal rights, with others. The United States began to proclaim that all people on earth had civil rights.

We, the United States, began demanding these rights with threats of withholding financial aid from those nations who did not grant their people civil rights. The end result of civil rights was that the God-given rights, and rights granted under the Constitution, were stripped away under the guise that certain rights had to be taken away to insure the rights of others.

Thus, the loss of rights and freedoms ensued, and government has taken total control of the people. We have rights as long as we don’t try to use them or question the right of government control in our lives.

What we have left is a system of compromise. No right or wrong, no black or white; until, the only rights and freedoms we have, are those that are agreed to by the government.

This brings us to today. The year of 1989 saw tremendous changes made in the communist world. On the surface, it would appear that communism has failed. The old, She Bear (Russia), has turned on her back and kicked up her heels. The news media proclaims that Communism has failed and Democracy is the clear winner. Now the whole earth can live in freedom.

But I warn you, there has been no great revival in the Spiritual realm. Satan is the great deceiver, a liar and a murderer from the beginning. Do not be deceived by what appears on the surface.

Instead, let’s view what has happened. Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary and other Eastern European nation’s economies have collapsed.

Russia, whose economy is in no better shape, could no longer maintain the support they gave to these countries. Massive debt was drowning their economy in interest payments to the West, so Russia opened the gates, tore down the walls and said to the United States, “You have proclaimed civil rights, all these are yours. You feed them, house them and pay their debts”. And the United States said, “What do we do now?”

Egg has become very evident on the face of the United States because of our 16+ Trillion dollar debt. Our national and trade deficit has drowned our economy in red ink.

Our first objective is to cut defense spending. The more we spend on Eastern Europe, the more Russia has to spend to increase their economy, or to spend ever more on defense. Under the facade of Arms Talks and Arms Control, Russia has lulled the world, and this nation, into a false sense of security.

But I say to God’s people, don’t be taken in by the proclamation of peace. We are warned many times in the Word that this is one of the signs of the end of the age; when man would proclaim “Peace and Safety” for the inhabitants of planet Earth.

The whole earth, and especially God’s people, are desiring peace. Our youth have lived their whole lives under the threat of a nuclear holocaust and will grab at any hope of peace. Jeremiah said, “For they have healed the hurt of the daughters of my people slightly, saying, “Peace, Peace, when there is no Peace”. And there is NO peace.

Do not let your guard down! This is the time to press into God and not settle back on your lees and become complacent. If we believe that what happened in Eastern Europe was a victory for the United States, we will only be fooling ourselves because God’s hand of judgment is on this nation, also. It may look like God’s hand of blessing is on this nation, but we need to understand that God will judge sin. This nation has become a sinful, godless country as far as our government is concerned.

God spoke against this nation in Deuteronomy 32. If God was not speaking of the United States, He was speaking to a nation exactly like it. We can be assured that our fate will be no different from prophesied in this text.

Deuteronomy speaks of Jesh’urun, the “righteous ones”. Certainly, in the beginning of this nation, we were the “righteous ones”, founded on the Word of God; by Godly men proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the King of the earth. It is said of George Washington, when they wanted to make him King instead of President: He said, “This nation has one King and He is Jesus Christ.”

“But Jesh’urun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

They provoked Him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they Him to anger.

They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.” Deuteronomy 32:15-17

This nation has become fat (wealthy) and has rebelled against God, as that of Laodicea. This nation has forsaken God and lightly esteemed the Rock that it was founded upon. This nation has provoked God to jealousy and anger with strange gods. This nation has sacrificed unto devils.

We allow our children to listen to rock music that has gotten continually worse with its message of rebellion, revolution, euthanasia, drugs, sex and suicide. We justify them listening to this because we listen to so-called Christian rock, country and contemporary Christian music and refuse to take a Godly stance and be examples to our children. If we will not serve God with a whole heart, clean and pure, how can we expect our children to?

Deuteronomy 32:17 states, these are new gods that have come up and our fathers knew them not. These gods have come up since the `60’s and God’s people have become complacent and hardened to where sin is no longer considered sin. These gods are acceptable to their compromised walk in God.

“Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.  And when the Lord saw it, He abhorred them, because of the provoking of His sons, and of His daughters.  And He said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.” Deuteronomy 32:18-20

Deuteronomy proclaims that this nation is unmindful and has forgotten the Rock that formed them. God has taken notice of this and He is abhorred because of the provoking of His sons and daughters. He has hidden His face from this nation to see what their end will be. He speaks of a froward generation and children of no faith.

He is only speaking of this generation since the `60’s. A great percentage of our children have no faith and do not recognize God as having any power or control in their lives whatsoever. Many young children do not even know God exists because we have failed to teach them. They only serve the wicked one. They do not try to hide their sin, but rather they flaunt it and are proud of it.

This is a froward generation. The word froward means “perverse or perverted”; a generation that has no sense of morality or conscience. They can lie, steal and even murder with no remorse, but rather with a haughty, bragging attitude toward their perverted way of life.

Most believe that they are getting away with this sin and abomination in the sight of God. But God has pronounced His judgment on Jeshurun and this judgment is on the United States as surely as the Word of God is sure.

“For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.” Deuteronomy 32:22

God proclaims He would set on fire the foundations of the mountain. This is volcanic activity. This was the beginning of God’s judgment on this nation. For the first time in this nation’s history, we had a volcanic explosion on Mt. Saint Helen, in 1980.

“I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.

They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.” Deuteronomy 32:23-24

God warns that He will heap mischiefs upon Jesh’urun, sending arrows upon them. Arrows are guided missiles that are launched by a bow, or rocket booster. God may be referring to nuclear weapons. We will be “burnt with hunger and devoured with burning heat”.

There is famine, homelessness and destitution on a large-scale. This has come to pass in the `80’s. Burning heat has scorched this nation, along with record cold, floods, forest fires and earthquakes.

“The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.” Deuteronomy 32:25

We have the sword without: the threat of armed attack, both nuclear and conventional, are ever-present. Terror within: teams of terrorists have been sent to this nation from many nations and we can expect an increase in terrorist activity. This is going to affect the whole spectrum of society, the young men and woman, the children and the old.

“For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them. O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!  How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?” Deuteronomy 32:28-30

God declares that this nation is void of counsel, having no understanding.

In times of old, there was always Godly council who advised the leaders of nations. This has been replaced with think-tanks and witchcraft, who have no understanding of what God is doing. When a nation, like Iran, could hold our embassy workers for 444 days; when nations can take our people hostage and we do nothing; and the only victory we have is to attack very small, virtually unarmed countries, – – – truly, one is chasing a thousand. We have been put to flight (running scared) because our rock has forsaken us and has shut us up. Our enemies are our judges now.

“For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.” Deuteronomy 32:31

God reveals His judgment:

“To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.” Deuteronomy 32:35

Our foot has slid and our calamity is at hand. Things will make haste in coming upon us as travail upon a woman with child. He will ask, “Where are your gods in whom you trusted and made sacrifice to?”

“And He shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,  Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.” Deuteronomy 32:37-38

Where are the ones you have depended on to feed you, house you and pay your bills? Where are the ones you depend on for your health and your answer to all needs and desires? Where are the ones you look to for the answers to all your problems, the ones you desire to have rule and reign over your life?

When this time of wrath comes upon the earth, God says to go to those gods and let them help you and be your protection.

“And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.  And the idols (gods) He shall utterly abolish.” Isaiah 2:17-18

Revelation 9:6 says “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.”

God makes us a promise:

“If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.   I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.” Deuteronomy 32:41-42

God has set His hand to the glittering sword and He will not turn back. This nation will not repent and God’s judgment is sure.

We need to view what happened in Eastern Europe with our Spiritual eyes. It proclaims loudly that God put in the hearts of those people to be free, to throw off the shackles of tyranny and walk as free people.

God used this to open the doors of these nations so the gospel of the kingdom could go in. In this day of harvest, the gospel will be proclaimed to every nation, kindred and tongue and people. Revelation 14:6

We need to know one thing; when that which is called God and that which is called satan agree, it has become an abomination and God will destroy it.

When the subject of Nuclear War is discussed, it immediately brings fear. And it should, to those who do not know God. But to those who know Him, this should be the time of standing on His promises!

“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, My servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: Behold, My servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, My servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:

Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.  And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto My chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call His servants by another name:” Isaiah 65:13-15

 “Wake up America” – There is no fear when we walk in the presence of our Father.

Are you born again? This is one of life’s most important questions. Jesus Christ said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

It is not enough to reply, “I belong to the church; I suppose I’m a Christian.” Thousands of nominal Christians show none of the signs of being born again which the Scriptures have given us—many listed in the First Epistle of John.
First of all, John wrote: “Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin” (I John 3:9). “Whosoever is born of God sinneth not” (5:18).

A person who has been born again, or regenerated, does not habitually commit sin. He no longer sins with his heart and will and whole inclination. There was probably a time when he did not think about whether his actions were sinful or not, and he did not always feel grieved after doing evil. There was no quarrel between him and sin; they were friends. But the true Christian hates sin, flees from it, fights against it, considers it his greatest plague, resents the burden of its presence, mourns when he falls under its influence, and longs to be completely delivered from it. Sin no longer pleases him, nor is it even a matter of indifference to him; it has become a horrible thing which he hates. However, he cannot eliminate its presence within him.

If he said that he had no sin, he would be lying (I John 1:8). But he can say that he hates sin and that the great desire of his soul is not to commit sin at all. He cannot prevent bad thoughts from entering his mind, or shortcomings, omissions, and defects from appealing in both his words and his actions. He knows that “in many things we offend all” (James 3:2). But he can truly say, in the sight of God, that these things cause him grief and sorrow and that his whole nature does not consent to them. What would the apostle say about you? Are you born again?

Second, John wrote: “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” (I John 5:1).

A man who is born again, or regenerated, believes that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour who can pardon his soul, that He is the divine person appointed by God the Father for this very purpose, and beside Him there is no Saviour at all. In himself he sees nothing but unworthiness. But he has full confidence in Christ, and trusting in Him, he believes that his sins are all forgiven. He believes that, because he has accepted Christ’s finished work and death on the cross, he is considered righteous in God’s sight, and he may look forward to death and judgment without alarm.

He may have fears and doubts. He may sometimes tell you that he feels as if he had no faith at all. But ask him if he is willing to trust in
anything instead of Christ, and see what he will say. Ask him if he will rest his hope of eternal life on his own goodness, his own works, his prayers, his minister, or his church, and listen to his reply. What would the apostle say about you? Are you born again?

Third, John wrote: “Every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him” (I John 2:29).

The man who is born again, or regenerated, is a holy man. He endeavors to live according to God’s will, to do the things that please God and to avoid the things that God hates. He wishes to continually look to Christ as his example as well as his Saviour and to prove himself to be Christ’s friend by doing whatever He commands. He knows he is not perfect. He is painfully aware of his indwelling corruption. He finds an evil principle within himself that is constantly warring against grace and trying to draw him away from God. But he does not consent to it, though he cannot prevent its presence.

Though he may sometimes feel so low that he questions whether or not he is a Christian at all, he will be able to say with John Newton, “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am.” What would the apostle say about you? Are you born again?

Fourth, John wrote: “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren” (I John 3:14).

A man who is born again has a special love for all true disciples of Christ. Like his Father in heaven, he loves all men with a great general love, but he has a special love for those who share his faith in Christ. Like his Lord and Saviour, he loves the worst of sinners and could weep over them; but he has a peculiar love for those who are believers. He is never so much at home as when he is in their company.

He feels they are all members of the same family. They are his fellow soldiers, fighting against the same enemy. They are his fellow travelers,
journeying along the same road. He understands them, and they understand him. They may be very different from himself in many ways—in rank, in station and in wealth. But that does not matter. They are his Father’s sons and daughters and he cannot help loving them. What would the apostle say about you? Are you born again?

Fifth, John wrote: “Whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world” (I John 5:4).

A man who is born again does not use the world’s opinion as his standard of right and wrong. He does not mind going against the world’s ways, ideas and customs. What men think or say no longer concerns him. He overcomes the love of the world. He finds no pleasure in things which seem to bring happiness to most people. To him they seem foolish and unworthy of an immortal being.

He loves God’s praise more than man’s praise. He fears offending God more than offending man. It is unimportant to him whether he is blamed or praised; his first aim is to please God. What would the apostle say about you? Are you born again?

Sixth, John wrote: “He that is begotten of God keepeth himself’ (I John 5:18).

A man who is born again is careful of his own soul. He tries not only to avoid sin but also to avoid everything which may lead to it. He is careful about the company he keeps. He knows that evil communications corrupt the heart and that evil is more catching than good, just as disease is more infectious than health. He is careful about the use of his time; his chief desire is to spend it profitable.

He desires to live like a soldier in an enemy country—to wear his armor continually and to be prepared for temptation. He is diligent to be watchful, humble, prayerful man. What would the apostle say about you? Are you born again?

These are the six great marks of a born again Christian.

There is a vast difference in the depth and distinctness of these marks in different people. In some they are faint and hardly noticeable. In others they are bold, plain and unmistakable, so anyone may read them. Some of these marks are more visible than others in each individual.Seldom are all equally evident in any one person.

But still, after every allowance, here we find boldly painted six marks of being born of God.

How should we react to these things? We can logically come to only one conclusion—only those who are born again have these six characteristics, and those who do not have these marks are not born again. This seems to be the conclusion to which the apostle intended us
to come. Do you have these characteristics? Are you born again?