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The End is Nigh: Ten Reasons Why

The End is Nigh: Ten Reasons Why

Monday, April 23, 2018 Pete Garcia

While it is impossible to know the day or hour of the Rapture of the Church (Mark 13:32), it is however,
possible to recognize the season of His return and our subsequent deliverance (1st Thess. 5:1-3, Hebrews
10:25). For those who would assert our ability to even wonder when Christ could return as soft date setting,
just remember that Christ chastised the Pharisees’ and Sadducees, as well as the city of Jerusalem, for
not recognizing the season of their visitation (Matt. 16:1-4, Luke 19:41-44).
We are to be actively watching and waiting for the Lord’s soon return (Luke 12:37). This does not mean
we sell all of our belongings and move to a mountaintop to idly wait, but to live our lives recognizing that
our departure is soon at hand. We are to hold loosely to the things of this life, and to understand the
temporary nature of our current existence. When we do this, we renew and sustain our hope and faith in
Christ, whilst living in a world that is aggressively falling apart.
With that, I have put together ten definitive signs that point to the very soon return of Christ for His Church.
However, there is a bit of a divine-paradox going on here. The Rapture of the Church is the only sign-less
event noted in Scripture. Every other prophetic event has either signs for, or other things that lead up to
it. The Rapture does not.
So how can see evidence for an event that has no preliminary evidence?
The Bible plainly teaches that the Rapture happens before (or pre) Daniel’s 70th Week (aka…The
Tribulation or the time of Jacob’s Trouble). There are two primary purposes for the Tribulation: 1) to
discipline Israel and bring her back into relationship with God, 2) to destroy all the Christ-rejecting nations
of the world in their current state (Jeremiah 30:7-11). Since the Church could not exist in the first 69 Weeks
of Daniel, we should be able to conclude with confidence that it will not in the 70th Week of Daniel.
Furthermore, the 70 Weeks of Daniel were exclusively determined for the Jews, and Jerusalem. As
members of the Church (i.e., the multi-membered, corporate, body of Christ), we are only beneficiaries
(through Christ) of the six must-happen things listed in Daniel 9:24 which MUST find their fulfillment at the
conclusion of the 70th Week:
finish the transgression
make an end of sins
make reconciliation for iniquity
bring in everlasting righteousness
seal up vision and prophecy
to anoint the Most Holy
Since national Israel still largely rejects the Messiahship of Jesus to this day, we know that this last week
of years must yet be future. Besides, if we are already seeing signs for events that happen after the
Rapture, naturally, the Rapture must then be all the sooner. Therefore, since we cannot look for signs of
the Rapture itself, we must look for signs of Daniel’s 70th Week.
1. Israel. Clearly, the super-sign of the end times is the rebirth of the nation of Israel. The reason we can
be certain it is the super-sign, is because there is no other explanation for the supernatural hatred for her
existence amongst the nations. Not even the most tyrannical nation on the planet, North Korea, evokes
as much vitriol from the leftists, godless, socialists, and Islamists as does Israel. The world has not seen
this level of Anti-Semitism since the pre-World War II days in Europe. Unfortunately, this demonic hatred
is not only at the geopolitical level, but also even within Christendom. Movements like Reformed and
Covenant theology, as well as eschatological positions of Amillennialism, Preterism, and
Post-Millennialism, were all designed to discredit Israel’s legitimacy as both a nation, and as the rightful
heirs of the Genesis 15 endowment. Deuteronomy 30:1-10, Ezekiel 37
2. Jerusalem. The fact that Jerusalem is back under Israeli control, especially in light of how she
reacquired it, is simply miraculous. Moreover, since 1967, the world has furiously tried to wrest control of
Jerusalem back out of Israeli hands. However, as of December 6th, 2017, President Donald Trump
became the first gentile world leader (in over 2,500 years) to officially recognize her as the sovereign
capital of the nation of Israel further enraging anti-Semites around the world. Zechariah 12:3, Luke 21:24
3. Damascus. Isaiah 17 predicts this Syrian city’s ultimate and total destruction as a city. The fact that the
Arab Spring has largely blown over and subsided around the rest of the Middle East, but has continued
to linger in Syria, speaks to the prophetic nature of the circumstances there. Not only that, but it became
the casus belli to draw in the major players mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39.
4. Gog and Magog. The fact that we are seeing this coalition form before our very eyes over Syria is a sure
sign that the Rapture of the church is extremely near. Never before has Russia, Iran, and Turkey (all
formerly rival empires) ever collaborated economically, militarily, and politically with a common goal in
mind. Listed by their ancient names, modern day Russia, Turkey, and Iran have formed an anti-Israel/US
alliance that are currently building their forces literally tens of miles from the Israeli border (to her north).
They are not there because they care about Basher Assad, or his regime. They are there because of its
proximity to Israel and wealth (spoils). Two things about this stand out to me:
Israel’s allies are either unable or unwilling to help (Ezekiel 38:13)
God defeats this coalition so spectacularly, that spiritual Israel finally awakens, and the people finally
demand to rebuild their third temple (Ez. 39:22, 28-29)
For the past two-thousand years, Jesus has been actively building His body the Church (i.e., the corporate,
multi-membered, universal body of Christ- as noted in Matt. 16:18, Col. 3:8-11). The reason this event
(Ezekiel 38-39) indicates that the Rapture is near, is that this war is the event where God returns His full
attention back to My land Israel and My people the Jews (Ez. 38:16). The Church should no longer be in
play on the earth, which makes sense. Again, the Church was not in play in the first 69 Weeks of Daniel’s
70 Week’s, why should we be in the 70th? It seems to me that Gog/Magog serves not only as the
weathervane event for the Rapture, but also as the transition period into the final 70th Week.
5. The Kings of the East. While Russia, Turkey, and Iran are inexplicably drawn toward Syria, the US is
being inescapably drawn to the other side of the world because of the threat from the East. North Korea
(NOKO) has been a thorn in the side of US foreign policy since the 1953 Korean Armistice. However,
things have been turned on its head since the election of President Trump and his unwillingness to play
politics as usual. Due to a number of factors including nationwide malnutrition and starvation, growing
corruption and an escalation of desperation, the status quo of the past is no longer an option for NOKO.
Only three outcomes are possible for the Kim regime of North Korea:
War with regime change
Denuclearization and reunification
Economic Collapse
These are all unacceptable outcomes for the Chinese regime. The Chinese prefers the status quo,
because it gives them a measure of leverage over the United States. They also realize that after 17 years
of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US military (in its present state) barely has the capacity, resources,
or manpower to conduct itself simultaneously in two major theaters of war as we once did in World War
II. The Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia are all key US allies that require our
immediate protection should China engage any of them (or us) militarily. This would require the US to shift
most or all our assets from around the globe to meet the Chinese military threat. Our unwillingness to
come to Israel’s aid in a Gog/Magog scenario may be because we are fully engaged elsewhere and cannot
respond militarily.
6. The Pace of Modernization. The new arms race is not nuclear, it is digital. Nations around the world are
racing to corner the market on artificial intelligence (AI), crypto-currency, quantum computers, genetic
editing/cloning/modifications, data collection and mining, surveillance, lethal autonomous weapon systems
(LAWS), and many more. In fact, technological advancements are moving so rapidly today that an
inevitable breakthrough in any one of these areas could upend the current geopolitical balance of power.
Of particular note is CERN’s experiments (dimensional portals, teleportation, etc.) in Europe, which could
rapidly change the balance of power in their favor. Furthermore, AI opens the possibility for demonic
entities to inhabit inanimate objects (as opposed to people). If demons can use Ouija boards, imagine what
they can do with autonomous (or “sentient”) system and robot.
7. The Inescapable Threat. The world currently faces numerous, seemingly unsolvable crises (real or
perceived) that demands global attention. Issues like: Climate change, economic instability, exploding
population growth, weaponized immigration, the decline of fiscal currencies and other 20th century legacy
institutions, increasingly hybrid forms of terrorism and crime, cosmic threats (comets, asteroids, solar
storms, etc.), global travel and pandemics, and natural disasters (super-volcanoes, tsunamis, 9-10.0
earthquakes, etc.). Even the threat of these have caused tremendous anxiety amongst the world’s leaders
and populations. Luke 21:25-26
8. Peace and Safety. The more destabilized the world becomes, the more the people will clamor for peace
and safety. People will willingly trade their liberty for security, which is what globalists have wanted all along
(via the Hegelian dialectic). Although this has been the case for the last thirty-years or more, the call for
it has only intensified as the world has increasingly become more unhinged. While this is a passive sign,
it is however, the one phrase Paul told us to listen for that would precede immediate the destruction
caused by the Rapture. 1st Thess. 5:1-3
9. Godlessness. The Apostle Peter remarked that in the last days, scoffers would come mocking that
Christ had not yet returned (2nd Peter 3:3-4). Paul wrote that in the last days, perilous times would come
(2nd Tim. 3:1). Paul’s definition of perilous interestingly enough, does not include war or natural disasters,
but how treacherous and wicked men would become. Jesus stated that in the last days, because
lawlessness abounded, the love of many would grow cold (Matt. 24:12). Furthermore, Jesus stated that
the days surrounding His return would be similar to Noah and Lot’s day, both of which were noted for being
exceedingly violent and wicked. Luke 17:26-30
The rise in godlessness and the general lack of fear/respect for God began back in the 19th-century when
man first began to progress in both science and technology. This while many humanistic philosophies were
simultaneously being developed. Existentialism, Marxism, Darwinism, Secularism, Socialism, Eugenics,
Higher and Lower Criticism, etc., were all devoted to either doubt, reinvent, or dismiss God and the Bible.
Either through coercion, deception, or manipulation into the public and higher education systems (even
seminaries), these humanistic doctrines became the new modern dogma of the left.
While I believe that most of God’s attributes are limitless, there is one, which I suspect, is not. That is His
tolerance of evil. God is longsuffering, but that longsuffering will not go on indefinitely. At some point, God
will have to bring judgment upon this earth because His righteousness demands it. Ruth Graham (Billy
Graham’s wife) was quoted as having once said that if God does not punish America soon, He will have
to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.
Since the left dominates the media and the government (both state and federal), it has wide platforms for
promoting these humanistic narratives; their intent being stamping out true, biblical Christianity. Why is
there such fierce opposition to Christianity, as opposed to Islam or communism? Both of those have long,
sordid, and proven track records of death and violence.
The answer is that Satan is currently managing this planet, and will tolerate anything and everything,
except for the truth. In fact, we have arrived at such a time now that the godless are mentally, spiritually,
and physically unable to distinguish right from wrong, up from down, or male from female, etc. Luke 4:5-7,
Romans 1:18-32, Ephesians 2:2, 1st Peter 5:8
10. Convergence. While each generation could claim one or two from this list, none but ours could claim
all of them. The sad fact is that this list is hardly comprehensive at all. There are so many more things
pointing to the soon return of Christ that written space here does not allow for. Daniel was told that the end
would come as a flood, and a flood-indeed it is (Daniel 9:26). However, it is not only the convergence of
signs that is noteworthy; there is also the convergence of believers all coming to the same conclusions.
At no point in church history, has so many believers from so many spectrums all been so convinced that
we are living in the last days. I believe this speaks to the Holy Spirit’s witness to us all who are awake and
watching. Granted, most of the mainstream and aberrant churches and movements (Emergent,
Hebrew-roots, Social Justice Gospel, Prosperity Gospel, Seeker-Sensitive, etc.) are sound asleep;
however, the watchers are not. We may disagree on some of the finer points of eschatology; but we all
generally agree that these are what the Bible describes as the last days.
Even So, Maranatha!

Legalism. What is it?

I am finding myself debating with the street preachers here on face book. The issues are, can we Christians listen to christian music and go to concerts? Can we watch sports, like foot ball or base ball? I believe the vast majority, not all, but most of these street preachers are self righteous hypocrites and it comes down to the issue of legalism. So here is an article on legalism, and its the 3rd point that I feel fits these guys.
 
 
What is legalism?
by Matt Slick
 
In Christianity, legalism is the excessive and improper use of the law (10 commandments, holiness laws, etc). This legalism can take different forms. The first is where a person attempts to keep the Law in order to attain salvation. The second is where a person keeps the law in order to maintain his salvation. The third is when a Christian judges other Christians for not keeping certain codes of conduct that he thinks need to be observed. Let’s examine each one more closely.
 
The first kind of legalism is where the law of God is kept in order to attain salvation. This is a heresy, a completely false doctrine. We are not able to attain salvation by our keeping the law. Rom. 3:28, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. Rom. 4:5, “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.” Gal. 2:21, “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” It is simply not possible to keep the Law enough to be saved. Therefore, to try and gain salvation through one’s efforts is a false teaching. It is so bad that those who hold to it cannot be Christians since it would deny salvation by grace through faith.
 
The second kind of legalism is where a person tries to keep or maintain his salvation by keeping the law. This is also a false doctrine. We receive our salvation by faith (Eph. 2:8-9), not by our ability to be good because no one does good (Rom. 3:10-12). As Rom. 3:28, 4:5, and Gal. 2:21 clearly show, we are justified by faith, not by faith and works. Furthermore, there are strict warnings about attempting to keep the law in order to maintain salvation: Gal. 3:10, “For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.” And James 2:10, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” So, if a person is seeking to be either saved by his works (Law) or maintain his salvation by his works (Law), then he is under obligation to keep all of it, and if he does not then, he is guilty before God. Furthermore, consider Jesus’ words in Matt. 7:22-23, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” Jesus condemns them because they were appealing to their salvation based on their faith and doing good. So it should be obvious that we do not keep our salvation by our efforts.
 
The last kind of legalism, where a Christian keeps certain laws and regards other Christians who do not keep his level of holiness with contempt, is a frequent problem in the church. Now, we want to make it clear that all Christians are to abstain from fornication, adultery, pornography, lying, stealing, etc. Christians do have a right to judge the spirituality of other Christians in these areas where the Bible clearly speaks. But, in the debatable areas, we need to be more careful, and this is where legalism is more difficult to define. Rom. 14:1-12 says that we are not to judge our brothers on debatable issues. One person may eat certain kinds of foods where another would not. One person might worship on a particular day where another might not. We are told to let each person be convinced in his own mind (Rom. 14:5). As long as our freedom does not violate the Scriptures, then everything should be okay.

Lying Mormons

Hello everyone.

The two Mormons I have been talking about that I met with and with whom I am friends on Facebook,  lied to me, about me, and are rather deceitful.   Here is a break down of what happened.

I replied to both of them in one letter and posted this on both of their Facebook timelines.

 

Hello Austin Condie and Kael Bowman.
Let me start first by saying that everything I am about to write to you guys will be posted on my website as an “article.”  It will also be posted on my Facebook page “Fighting for Truth,” and I will read it in its entirety on my radio show for all the world to hear.   With this in mind, if you guys want to respond, you are more than welcome to do so.

What is this all about? I feel you two as Mormons are very dishonest and have lied and use deceit.  I will explain why in detail and give quotes.  When the two of you came to my house and we sat down and had a long talk, I told you guys that I feel your church is a bit on the uncaring, unloving side and only want people who will not think for themselves and just blindly believe everything you tell them.   You guys said that is not true.  I also said that after you guys leave, I will never see you again and your “higher ups” will not let you speak with me and they will not speak with me either.

Austin wrote me and sent me a friend request via Facebook and said, and I quote, “Hey Rick! We are able to use Facebook to help answer questions and help teach. We’d love to help you in any way we can.” AND “Hey, we both talked to our mission president and he did not give direction to stop talking to you. I know you have examined everything but that does not scare me. I’m more than willing to go the miles and listen to you as well as learn how to help teach you better.”

These are exact quotes as I saved all replies I receive from you guys. It’s nice of you to say to me that you’re willing to listen and help.  Here is the problem.  The very first reply I received from Austin was Oct 5th, and as of this reply being written now, it is Oct 26th. In the days between the 5th and the 26th, I have posted 13 articles on Austin’s timeline,  Here is a break down to be more accurate.   One was a link to my website/radio show; one was an article about the anchors mentioned in the Bible (Acts 27) that were tossed off the boat on which the apostle Paul was sailing.  It was just pointing out as evidence that they were recovered, and now all the world can view them; zero mention of Mormonism mentioned.  Another one was a video of a speaker talking about end times prophecy and the soon rapture of the Church.  Again, zero mention of Mormonism.

One was not exactly an article; it was Austin asking me to watch a video by Mormon Tad R. Callister called, “Gods compelling witness of the Book of Mormon.”  I pretty much broke down everything Tad said and replied to it.  One Article I posted was what I shared with you guys when you came to the house.  It was what I called, the “Bruce McConkie Challenge.”   When you guys came over, I only shared part of it with you; this was the entire thing.  Another thing I posted were some Bible verses and  my thoughts on what they say and asking his thoughts on what he thinks they say.

One thing I posted was taken from the newspaper and it was a church historian looking into the issue of racism in the LDS church; nothing I wrote.  The final remaining few things I posted were quotes and information taken from your LDS scripture, prophets, and presidents.  Then, I posted one last thing explaining why I feel you guys are liars and deceitful.  Basically what happened was I was looking over Austin’s timeline and I noticed it says he has 481 friends, and I am assuming the vast majority are LDS.  I started thinking, it is really strange that not one person has left a comment or liked anything I said or posted.   I was looking over things posted by Austin and noticed there were lots of likes and hearts and other things, indicating people look over his timeline and read things he posts and comments.   So, I asked my son and my daughter to get on Facebook and go to Austin’s timeline and leave a reply or hit like on things I said, in hopes of maybe getting others to do the same.  That was when they told me that nothing I posted was on his timeline and it said I was his one and only friend.  So, I got on my wife’s Facebook account and it said the same exact thing.  That was when I knew his account is set up so it looks active and like lots of people can see what I post, but in reality, only Austin can.  That is very deceitful.

When you guys sent me friends requests, neither of you said that I cannot post anything, or I am limited in what I can post, so that shows you guys are deceitful.   I was honest and listened to what Austin asked me to listen to from Tad R.  Even if Austin felt I posted so much he could not respond to it all, he could have at least replied to one thing; as he said on Oct 14th and I quote, “Hey Rick, I just wanted to let you know I am not ignoring you. I am continuing to research everything you have given to me.”  I have to say, I find this hard to believe due to what I have discovered and the fact that there are zero replies as of yet.

Now moving on to you Kael.   After all this came out with Austin, I posted only two things on your timeline.  One was a link to my website, and one was the “Bruce McConkie Challenge.”  Not even a day had gone by and you removed both, and you never wrote me and told me you did that or gave any reason why.  That it why it seems very dishonest of you to do that.  I replied I felt that was deceitful to do, and this was your entire reply to me and I quote:

“Hey Rick how’s it going? I’m sorry you feel the way you do but I just wanted to let you know some things. The reason we delete your post from our facebooks is because we have people we teach on here and we don’t want them to see your accusations. We really do appreciate all that’s you’ve told us and the reason we don’t come back over because we know WE can’t change your mind, only the spirit can change your mind and heart. And you are so locked down that you won’t let it change you. We really emphasize the Book of Mormon because it is true, and you have to come to know of it for yourself. Please don’t think we are avoiding you because we are “afraid of the truth,” we just don’t want to cause contentions and all you want to do is try to tear down our testimonies. I will tell you over and over again that this church is true and nothing will change my heart or mind.”

So, Kael, I gotta ask.  Did you really think about what you said before you wrote me? Here is why I say that.   You said : “I’m sorry you feel the way you do but I just wanted to let you know some things. The reason we delete your post from our Facebook is because we have people we teach on here and we don’t want them to see your accusations.”

What accusations did I make that you needed to remove? I only posted my website and the Bruce Challenge.  If you honestly did listen to any shows I did, and there is something in a show that is an accusation by me, please tell me what exactly it was.  Otherwise, I am left to believe without evidence that you are lying.   As far as the Bruce Challenge, there is not one single accusation in it; it is taken word for word from your apostle.   I simply ask, “Where is the evidence for things he said?” It seems you’re bearing false witness.

You said, “We really do appreciate all that’s you’ve told us and the reason we don’t come back over because we know WE can’t change your mind, only the spirit can change your mind and heart. And you are so locked down that you won’t let it change you.”  Again, you’re making accusations.  Since I told you I am open to the truth and want to talk about these things, you claim I am not.  So, you’re, in a polite way, calling me a lair with no evidence.  This also means you ignore everything your leaders have said and taught.  Your scriptures teach (maybe you are simply ignorant of what was said and taught), things like this:   D and C  71:5-11 98:14,23-26  says meet your enemy in public.  If I am your enemy, which I don’t feel I am, but if I am, it says meet me in public to talk about this stuff.  Jesus said to love your enemy.   D and C 66:7 68:1,9 says go into the churches, public, or private to discuss this stuff.  D and C 6:9-11 say, “Convince us of our error, if we have any.”  Why do I get accused of being hateful for doing what the scriptures teach?  Let me add this:  would you agree it is good to listen to the Mormon prophets? If so, then I am.

I quote Orsan Pratt, still pg 15.

“We ask from you the same generosity–protect us in the exercise of our religious rights–CONVINCE US of our errors of doctrine, if we have any, by reason, by logical arguments, or by the word of God, and we will be ever grateful for the information, and you will ever have the pleasing reflection that you have been instruments in the hands of God redeeming your fellow beings from the darkness which you may see enveloping their minds”.

 

Kael, you also said, “We really emphasize the Book of Mormon because it is true”, and you have to come to know of it for yourself. If you really believe this, then 1) you would not need to lie and use deceit, and 2) you would be easily able to read the “Bruce McConkie Challenge” and give me the answers I am looking for listed in it, and 3) Doct of Salvation, vol 2, pg 1 of chapter 1 heading says:

SALVATION.
below that it says THE PLAN OF SALVATION.

“TRUTHS of SALVATION EASILY UNDERSTOOD.
Salvation should be a subject uppermost in the minds of all men. It is, without question the most important subject that could possibly be considered, and yet there are so few among the many who pay any attention whatever to this great and important theme, as it may be applied in their lives.”

On pg 9 of Doc of Salvation, vol 2,  J.F.S states what I said.

“What is eternal life? It is to have a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.  No one receives eternal life except those who receive the exaltation.  Eternal life is the greatest gift of God; immortality is not. The Lord says:  “Verily verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. everlasting life in this passage is the same as eternal life”.

Lastly you said:  “Please don’t think we are avoiding you because we are “afraid of the truth,” we just don’t want to cause contentions and all you want to do is try to tear down our testimonies. I will tell you over and over again that this church is true and nothing will change my heart or mind.”

Again, here is what your prophets and leaders taught.

Mormon President George A. Smith said on page 216 in volume 14 of the J.O.D.
“If a faith will not bear to be investigated; if it’s preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak.”

Seems to me, your faith is very weak since you guys fight tooth and nail to not have what you believe examined. You feel I am being contentious, so I guess you never read the Book of Jude.  It says:

Jude 1:3  “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

Notice it says we are to contend for the faith? Do you know what it means to contend for the faith? Do you know why it says we are to contend for the faith? The next verse answers that question.  Jude 1:4 ” For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Also, don’t you find it rather ironic that you said to me, “And you are so locked down that you won’t let it change you”.  But, then, you end by saying to me, “I will tell you over and over again that this church is true and nothing will change my heart or mind.”  You’re basically telling me, you’re doing and acting the way you accuse me of being. Lastly, you feel I am trying to tear down your testimonies.   I never mentioned your testimonies.   I was saying:  let’s examine all the evidence.

Rick Beaudin