Monday, October 16, 2017

The Marriage of the Lamb Has Come

There is excitement and preparation on the part of a couple as they approach their wedding day. Many weeks and even months go into getting ready. Garments have to be obtained and tailored. A lot of emphasis goes into the garments. Anticipation builds as their wedding day approaches. It becomes the focus of their lives.

If you are a genuine disciple of Christ, then you are part of the Bride of Christ. You are betrothed to the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. You should be sensing that the wedding day is at hand. The marriage of the Lamb has come. Last-minute preparations need to be made. Soon the Bride and the Bridegroom will be together in heaven, united as one forever. Anticipation builds. Excitement mounts. The Bride is checking her garments to make sure they are without spot or winkle. All this is in focus in their lives.

The Oneness Between Christ and the Church
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband." (Eph 5:25-33)

The relationship between Christ and the Church is a profound mystery (v. 32), which is typified by the relationship between husband and wife. This passage teaches us that Christ loves the Church (v. 25). He gave Himself up to make her holy (v. 26). Notice that making her holy is His purpose. He is coming for a holy bride, not a dirty or profane one, corrupted by the world or stained with sin. He cleanses her by washing with the Word (v. 26). Now is the time to be cleansed. We need to get rid of all spots and any dirtiness in our lives. All blemishes must go. Then when He comes for His Bride, He will present her to the Father without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish—holy and blameless. (v. 27).

The preparation leading up to that presentation does not take place without full participation on the part of the Bride. She will not be prepared if she is unrepentant, continues in sin, loves the world, sleeps at this hour, hardens her heart at the voice of the Lord, or fails to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the Church must submit to Christ in everything, if she is to be prepared (v. 24).

The Ten Wise Virgins Prepared Themselves in Advance
"Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the prudent answered, 'No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, lord, open up for us.' But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. (Mat 25:1-13)

Although the foolish virgins failed to prepare (v. 3), the wise ones took oil in jars, along with lamps (v. 4). The ones who were ready went in with the Bridegroom to the wedding banquet. The door was shut and the foolish ones who didn’t prepare were left outside (v. 11)

The Wedding Song 

Psalm 45
For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.

1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
2 You are the most excellent of men
    and your lips have been anointed with grace,
    since God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one;
    clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously
    in the cause of truth, humility and justice;
    let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;
    let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing you with the oil of joy.
8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
    from palaces adorned with ivory
    the music of the strings makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women;
    at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.
10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention:
    Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
    honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The city of Tyre will come with a gift,[d]
    people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
    her gown is interwoven with gold.
14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;
    her virgin companions follow her—
    those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,
    they enter the palace of the king.
16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
    you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
    therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

This is clearly about Christ and the princess Bride. Christ is referred to as God (v. 6-7) on His throne, reigning over His Kingdom. It is confirmed in Heb 1:8-9 that this is about Christ.

Look at how the Lord is dressed for the occasion (v. 8). The Bride says, "All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad." The Bride is at His right hand, dressed in gold. Its says, "at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir." (v. 9).

He calls us to pledge our love to Him above our family, as He says to the Bride, "Forget your people and your father’s house" (v. 10). Paul spoke of this leaving and cleaving in Eph 5:31, when he said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." (Eph 5:31; cf; Mt 19:4-6). The Bride leaves her parents and cleaves to Him.

See how she is clothed so beautifully. "All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
her gown is interwoven with gold. In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her— those brought to be with her. Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king." (v. 13-15). Therefore, the king is enthralled by her beauty (v. 11)

Another Wedding Song 
Let's look at another wedding proclamation in Scripture that is found in the book of Revelation.

"Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, 'Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.' It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints." (Rev 19:6-8)

At the time when this proclamation is made, the Wedding of the Lamb will have come (v. 7). At that point, the bride has made herself ready (v. 7). This further confirms what we saw in Ephesians 5 and Matthew 25 that the Bride must prepare. There is emphasis placed on the fine linen, bright and clean that is given her to wear (v. 8). This is not imputed righteousness, but her own righteous acts—those of the saints (v. 8). This also agrees with Ephesians 5 about being cleansed so that she is "without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish—holy and blameless."

A beatitude is spoken over those invited to the wedding: Then he said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he said to me, "These are true words of God." (Rev 19:9)


The Bridegroom Cometh!
The message to the Church right now is wake up, the Bridegroom cometh!

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, 'KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.' Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, 'Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.' And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh." (Rev 19:11-21)

In this passage we see the Bridegroom coming in splendor and majesty. He is riding on a white horse (v. 11), dressed in a robe dipped in blood (v. 13), His eyes are like blazing fire (v. 12), and on His head are many crowns (v. 12). He is King of kings and Lord of lords. (v. 16). The armies of heaven were following Him on white horses, dressed in fine, white, clean linen. (v. 14). What a glorious moment that will be!

We are told that the reason He has a sharp sword proceeds from His mouth (v. 15) is to strike down the nations. If the Church loves the world, then she will be among those the Bridegroom comes to strike down. As James says, friendship with the world is enmity with God.

You see, He’s coming to rule with an iron scepter (v. 15). He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty (v. 15). He is not coming to die on the cross again, He is coming to take His Bride and take vengeance on the enemies of God. He is coming to kill the enemies of God (v. 21).

Revelation to Boy About the Lord's Wedding Day
I have previously written an article called The Day of Our Lord's Wedding is at Hand, in which I reported on a revelation from Jesus Christ given to a teenage boy in 2013.

He saw Jesus dressed in a white suit like He was going to a wedding. He said with a meek voice, “One more chance. Repent. My marriage is at hand. Repent before I come. May the grace of my Father rest upon the heads.” The Lord also said, "I have sent my angel proclaiming with a loud voice, 'Behold, the day of our Lord’s wedding is at hand.' Repent! The Lord has spoken."

Putting it All Together
It’s not time to sit on the fence or be half-hearted about serving the Lord. It’s not time to be in love with the world. It’s all going to be destroyed very shortly. This is a wake up call going out to all sleeping virgins: The Bridegroom cometh! It’s time for the Bride to make herself ready.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Psalm 45 taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®. "Behold He Comes" painting © 2012 Danny Hahlbohm, all rights reserved by the artist.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like The Contractions Are Coming Closer TogetherSomething is Going on in 2017, The Vegas Massacre Marks a New Chapter, Prophetic End Time Warnings from Little ChildrenAmerica's Doom Punctuated by a Boom!, Wars and Rumors of WarsThe 311 Moment, The Land Mourns in the Last Days, The End Time PlaguesPeace, Safety, and the Thief in the Night, Outline of Endtime Events, Urgent End Time Warning from the Lord, The Coming Wrath of God, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, my daughter's poem, The Midnight Hour, and the other posts in this blog available through the Signs of the Times Directory. I also recommend my daughter's music video called The Coming. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." 

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Cosmic Rays Intensifying

An X9.3 solar flare on the sun, September 6, 2017
In my previous article, I reported how The Contractions Are Coming Closer Together, signaling the soon return of Christ for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. We recently had three major hurricanes strike the United States and its territories in the Caribbean, and I pointed out that The Vegas Massacre Marks a New Chapter for America. There is no doubt that Something is Going on in 2017. How could anyone miss it? Even children have been prophesying about these things, as I wrote in Prophetic End Time Warnings from Little Children.

I also reported in News Headlines Reflect the End Times that last month in September 2017, amidst so many other major events, there was a massive solar storm, and the sun released an X9.3 ejection (pictured above), which was the largest solar flare in over 12 years. You can watch a spectacular video right here of the X9.3 flare, which happened on September 6, just as Hurricane Irma was at peak intensity over the British Virgin Islands.

Amazingly, even though the sun recently had such a strong Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), it is moving from a solar maximum period into a solar minimum period. The sun's activity definitely has an impact to us on earth, such as the weakening of our magnetic field and the increase of cosmic radiation.


According to SpaceWeather.com, "...Cosmic rays are intensifying, with an increase of more than 13% since 2015...Why are cosmic rays intensifying? The main reason is the sun. Solar storm clouds such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs) sweep aside cosmic rays when they pass by Earth. During Solar Maximum, CMEs are abundant and cosmic rays are held at bay. Now, however, the solar cycle is swinging toward Solar Minimum, allowing cosmic rays to return. Another reason could be the weakening of Earth's magnetic field, which helps protect us from deep-space radiation."

Therefore, take note of this trend of intensifying radiation, which is dangerous to human beings. Our bodies and electronic medical devices cannot take it. Spaceweather.com reported that studies have connected "cosmic rays with cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in the general population." You can read those studies for yourself at these links: #1#2#3#4).

I believe we should add this to the long list of other signs that are happening all around us. The threats to life on planet earth are increasing rather than diminishing. We still haven't even reached peak levels yet! All of this is a precursor to the extremely intense sun activity that the Bible prophesies will happen soon. It says:

"The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory." (Rev 16:8-9)

Do you see how people on earth will respond to this event? They will not repent and give God the glory. Instead they will blaspheme the name of God, who has power over these plagues. People, if you keep hardening your hearts to the voice of God in the midst of all these signs I keep reporting to you about, then when the really big plagues happen like the sun scorching men with fire, you will be among those who curse God. He doesn't want you to perish but to have everlasting life. He is not willing that anyone should perish, but for everyone to come to repentance (2 Pe 3:9).

The Lord Jesus warned us in advance that these signs would happen before He returns. He said, "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves," (Luk 21:25)

These are the best of times and these are the worst of times. These are the most exciting times we have ever lived in. Yet as we approach the return of Christ, it will only get more intense and difficult for people to survive on this planet. In fact, the Lord said, "If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened." (Mt 24:22, NIV). At any moment, God could stop your life from continuing. Don't take life for granted, especially in these perilous times we're living in.

Let me remind you that the earth will one day soon be destroyed by blazing fire. As the apostle Peter said, "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells."

God is calling all people everywhere to repent now, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Other Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®. The Stratospheric Radiation chart courtesy Spaceweather.com, used according to Fair Use Act for commentary and educational purposes only.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like The Contractions Are Coming Closer TogetherSomething is Going on in 2017, The Vegas Massacre Marks a New Chapter for America, Prophetic End Time Warnings from Little ChildrenAmerica's Doom Punctuated by a Boom!, Wars and Rumors of WarsThe 311 Moment, The Land Mourns in the Last Days, The End Time PlaguesPeace, Safety, and the Thief in the Night, Outline of Endtime Events, Urgent End Time Warning from the Lord, The Coming Wrath of God, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, my daughter's poem, The Midnight Hour, and the other posts in this blog available through the Signs of the Times Directory. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." 

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
_________________________________________________

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Something is Going on in 2017

I have previously written articles like Something is Going on in 2012 and Something is Going on in 2013, which cover major signs of the times that were happening around the world during those two years. If you haven't seen the videos in those two articles, I highly recommend you do so. But what you are about to see is a current video montage from the Signs of the Times (SOTT) channel that will probably amaze you. It primarily shows events that have been happening throughout the world during September 2017, and it proves there has clearly been an acceleration of the signs. Both the magnitude and the frequency seem to have increased, so that what has happened just during the last month seems comparable to what previously would have happened over the course of an entire year!

In my recent articles called The Contractions Are Coming Closer Together and The Vegas Massacre Marks a New Chapter for America, I wrote only about the devastating tragedies that had happened here in the US during the period from August 30th to October 1st, and how they were a sign indicating that we are now closer than ever to Christ's return. Yet those events, such as Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and the Vegas Massacre were events on US soil only. However, in the following video, SOTT shows footage from around the world of events like these:



  • At least 74 wildfires raged in 8 Western US states, over a million acres were burnt. These were the deadliest wildfires in history. There were 31 dead and hundreds missing. In the Napa and Sonoma areas around 3,500 homes and businesses were destroyed. 
  • Wild fire on Gran Canaria burnt over 2,000 hectares.
  • Structures destroyed as nearly 100 bushfires burn across New South Wales Australia.
  • Australia shivers through record coldest start to September.
  • Strange sounds heard in Illinois sky.
  • Mysterious "trumpet" sound heard in Iranian sky. This phenomenon has been occurring since 2012 as I have written in Trumpet Sounds Heard Around the World.
  • Hurricane Irma becomes most powerful hurricane ever in the Atlantic, wreaks havoc in Florida and the Caribbean. 
  • Hurricane Maria reaches category 5, hits Dominica and Puerto Rico, causes island-wide power outages, as well as massive damage in Barbuda..
  • Hurricane Max hits Mexico.
  • Magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Mexico, strongest in a century kills 61.
  • Magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Mexico kills 369, destroys 380 buildings, damages thousands of others.
  • Damage caused by baseball-sized hail in North Carolina.
  • Golf ball-sized hail hits Split, Croatia.
  • Intense hail storm leave 50 centimeters of accumulation in Teruel, Spain.
  • Severe hail storm hits Hoedspruit, South Africa.
  • Two moons seen on giant asteroid as it passed between earth and our moon.
  • Huge landslide in India.
  • Severe downburst hits Santa Barbara, California.
  • Microburst hits Mendota, California.
  • 800 lightning bolts strike San Francisco, California in one day.
  • Rare "ball lightning" in New York.
  • Sinkholes opening up under homes and on highways around the world.
  • Fireballs lighting up skies over USA, Canada, Russia, Spain, Mauritius, Reunion Island, Netherlands, etc.
  • African floods kill 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey.
  • Sun releases strongest solar flare in a decade.
  • Water spouts pop up all over Lake Erie, Michigan.
  • Water spouts appear on Oregon's coast.
  • Earth flowing like lava through a Tibetan valley.
  • Huge swarm of locusts devastate a large swath of farmland in southern Russia.
  • Hundreds evacuated as Trift Glacier collapses in Switzerland.
  • Flash flooding in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • 15 inches of rain in 4 hours triggers killer floods in Livorno, Italy.
  • Severe flood hits Zadar, Croatia after 11 inches of rain in 24 hours.
  • Tropical storm Maring floods metro area of Manila, Philippines. 
  • Huge floods hit Malaysia.
  • Severe flash flooding in Laos as dam under construction bursts.
  • Floods and sinkholes in Queretaro, Mexico after heavy rain.
  • Severe rain and flooding inundates Rize, Turkey
  • Landslide destroys freeway in Pueblo, Mexico.
  • Storm kills 3 people in Germany with hurricane-force winds.
  • Typhoon kills 4 in Vietnam, over 100,000 homes damaged.
  • Typhoon Talim causes flooding and landslides in Japan.
  • Intense wind suddenly hits Romania, 5 killed, dozens injured.
  • Enormous turtle found on Spanish beach.
  • Dead whale found on beach in Nakhodka, Russia, and the next day a dead whale found on Oslo Beach in South Africa.
  • Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews massive plumes of ash 2.5 km into air.
  • Mexico's Popocat├ępetl volcano erupts, sending a cloud of vapor and ash 1.2 miles into the air.

While I have not listed these in chronological order, the video does show them in the order they actually happened, and provides dates for each one, which further adds to the significance of them when you see how closely to each other they all happened. Amazingly, all of these things happened during essentially the same period when the US was experiencing three major hurricanes, the tragic Vegas shooting, and the California wildfires. While these tragedies were probably enough to shake and overwhelm most Americans, they were only the tip of the iceberg in relation to all the other terrifying events happening across the world during the same time frame.

"I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." (Joel 2:30-31, NIV)

Putting it All Together
The signs you have seen in this video during the month of September are wonders in the heavens and on the earth. They are blood and fire and billows of smoke. If you can't understand from these signs that we stand on the brink of the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord, then I don't know what it will take for you to understand. It's obvious that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back very, very soon.

Meanwhile, the Church is astray doing things that God has commanded us not to do, and neglecting the things God has commanded us to do. The world has been allowed into the Church. The people of God have become comfortable in sin. God is not happy. Jesus is not happy. The Lord is angry, and He is letting the world know.

The message is still the same. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near. Jesus is coming back for His Bride, but He is coming only for the holy ones -- those who are without spot or wrinkle. He is not coming for those who are lukewarm or for those who have cast His Word behind their back. He is coming for those who keep God’s commands, hold fast their testimony about Jesus, and remain faithful to Him. Are you ready? Will you be found faithful? When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?

Attribution notice: Scriptures from NIV where noted. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.

I also encourage you to read The Contractions Are Coming Closer Together, The Vegas Massacre Marks a New Chapter, Cosmic Rays Are IntensifyingUrgent End Time Warning from the LordThe Coming Wrath of GodProphetic End Time Warnings from Little ChildrenAmerica's Doom Punctuated by a BoomThe 311 MomentTrumpet Sounds Heard Around the World, Something is Going on in 2012, Something is Going on in 2013Repent and Flee the Coming WrathGrieve and Lament for the Church, Repentance That Leads to Life, God Gives Little Girl Revelation of Christ's Return, Rapture Revelation Given to Sister Claire AndounRapture Revelation to Angelica ZambranoRapture Revelation to James AgboolaRapture Revelation to Mushala SistersRapture Revelation to Angelica Zambrano, Sequence of Signs Preceding the Coming of ChristPeace, Safety, and the Thief in the Night, and The Timing of the Rapture, as well as The Messiah Is Coming.  You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
_________________________________________________

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

America's Doom Punctuated by a Boom!

We have been reading through the book of Revelation as a family, and last night something amazing happened as we were doing so during our family devotions. We were reading the entire chapter of Revelation 18 about the fall of Babylon and had just finished reading the following verses:

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!’" (Rev 18:9-10, NIV).

Immediately after we read the words "In one hour your doom has come!" there was a huge explosion near our home that made a great big "BOOM!" sound and shook the house. We marveled at how the boom had so emphatically punctuated the verse we had just read. It was unlike anything I have ever heard in the civilian world in my whole life. Although in the Army infantry during the late 1980's, I heard plenty of explosions from military ordinance that would be comparable to that.

That happened at 10:45 PM EDT on October 7, 2017 about 300 miles inland from the east coast of the United States. We did not see any flash, fireball or flames, but we were inside our home with the blinds closed, so that doesn't mean that none of these things accompanied the sound of the explosion. When I spoke to the 911 emergency dispatcher at 11:00 PM EDT, she said they had received multiple calls about it, but she could not tell me what it was*. We never heard any sirens from emergency vehicles or police arrive in response to it, nor did we see any flashing police lights, but she did say an officer was coming to the area to investigate it. That was all.

So we speculated among ourselves as to what it could have been. Some wondered if it was a bomb. I checked the weather to see if it could be a lightning strike, but there was no storm activity in our area on the weather website's radar, and we couldn't see any outside our window. Besides, it didn't sound like thunder anyway. One of my children thought it was a meteor that hit the earth. When I heard that suggestion, I thought it was quite possibly a meteor breaking the sound barrier as it flew very closely past our home. Later on, my youngest one said he thought it might have been the voice of God speaking; as the Scripture says, the Father spoke to Jesus audibly from heaven. "The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him." (Joh 12:29, NIV). That instance had occurred in response to Jesus praying, "Father, glorify Your name," as you may recall. "Then a voice came from heaven, 'I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.'” (Joh 12:28b, NIV). Therefore, when God speaks, others may hear it and it may sound like thunder or a great booming sound.

In my opinion, we may find out one day what the explosion was, and there may be a natural explanation like a meteor. Or we may never find out, because there may be no physical evidence for police to determine the cause of it. But regardless of what caused it, I think it was certainly more than a coincidence that it occurred right after we had just read the prophetic words of God, "In one hour your doom has come!"

Just prior to reading this chapter, we had just watched a video on Youtube by a sister in Christ who said the Lord spoke to her and told her that He is going to bring judgments upon America, such as the coast lands of California, Florida, and New York. She described America as the great Babylon we read about in Revelation 18. And we had not planned to watch that video either, in order to make it coincide with the chapter we were going to read during devotions. The video was suggested to us in the side bar while we were watching something else, and the title of it did not indicate that she would be speaking about Revelation 18.

Katy Perry stands singing atop giant beast
The other coincidence is that on the previous night, right before we read Revelation 17, I had just read a couple of articles about President Trump by Nathan Leal on Watchman's Cry. The first article made numerous references to America being Mystery Babylon, as described in Revelation 17. In fact, it showed a photo from Superbowl 49 in 2012 of Katy Perry dressed (in my opinion) like a prostitute, entering on a giant beast with red eyes. That was the first article I had read before our family devotions.

The second article I had just read about President Trump made reference to Revelation 17:1-2 with regard to the sexual decadence of America as Mystery Babylon spoken of in that chapter.

It just so happened that after that, we prayed and opened our Bibles to the next chapter of Revelation that we were due to read, and we noted that it was Revelation 17, just as I had just been reading about before devotions.

I believe these things were more than coincidence. If you still have difficulty accepting this, then I suggest you read some of my other articles that help to prove America is Mystery Babylon and judgment is coming upon this nation. I recommend reading Prophetic End Time Warnings from Little Children, The Contractions Are Coming Closer Together, The Vegas Massacre Marks a New Chapter, Wars and Rumors of WarsUrgent End Time Warning from the Lord, and The Coming Wrath of God. I also recommend my daughter's poems Judgment of Babylon and America, Turn Back to God.

These are the last days, my friends, and it is high time for holiness and consecration to God. It's time for all of us to repent with all our hearts and seek the face of God. Jesus Christ is coming soon. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.

Afterword
Two days after this event occurred, the local news reported the story on Monday, October 9, 2017. It stated in part, "At about 10:45 pm Saturday, police received calls from residents reporting what sounded like a loud explosion that left the windows of their homes shaking. The reports came from residents who live in a radius several miles wide..." It went on to say, "Officers checked the area and have not yet discovered an explanation for the event. No homes in the area appeared to be damaged and no injuries were reported."

Another news station interviewed residents who heard it. Some of the residents said things like, “It sounded like a legit concussion. It sounded like a bomb.” And “That doesn’t normally happen. It wasn’t thunder.” A local geologist told the news station that there is no data to confirm seismic activity caused the boom. Police also checked the local landfill and confirmed there had been no evidence of methane issues or any other explosions. It remains a mystery to local residents and police.

In November 2017, after this article was posted, mysterious booms like this were reported being heard around the world in places like Connecticut, New Jersey, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, California, Idaho, Washington, Australia, Russia, and the United Kingdom. They have also been reported earlier in 2017 and even in 2016. The Lord is warning us that He is coming soon.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.

I also encourage you to read Prophetic End Time Warnings from Little ChildrenUrgent End Time Warning from the Lord, The Coming Wrath of GodAmerica’s Destruction is at Hand, Word of Warning for America, Urgent Revelations of Christ's Imminent ReturnRepent and Flee the Coming WrathGrieve and Lament for the ChurchRepentance That Leads to LifeRapture Revelation Given to Sister Claire AndounRapture Revelation to Angelica ZambranoRapture Revelation to James AgboolaRapture Revelation to Mushala SistersRapture Revelation to Angelica Zambrano, Sequence of Signs Preceding the Coming of ChristPeace, Safety, and the Thief in the Night, and The Timing of the Rapture, as well as The Messiah Is Coming.  You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Vegas Massacre Marks a New Chapter for America

In my previous post, I showed how the world is experiencing birth pains like a woman in labor, and The Contractions Are Coming Closer Together, as the Lord Jesus Christ is about to return. In that article I covered the hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which came in rapid succession on August 30th, September 11th, and September 26th, immediately following the Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21st. Only days later, on October 1st, our nation experienced its most deadly massacre in history, which happened in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman opened fire with an automatic rifle from a high-rise hotel on a crowd of 22,000 people attending a country music concert across the street, killing 59 people and injuring over 500.

This was a truly terrifying event for those who were present and a most disturbing one for those who watched it unfold on video. It was a night of terror and pandemonium when chaos began to reign. Satan entered into that shooter and possessed him to commit mass murder on helpless victims. But it is not an isolated incident. It is a very significant event in the overall context of the current state of the nation. In fact, it marks a major turning point in our nation's history. We are now in a new chapter. A new era has begun, which will not be one of greatness, but of sadness, because evil has been unleashed in America. From here on out, many more sorrows will follow, as the devil is loosed to do evil and judgments continue to be poured out.

I would like to offer my heartfelt, sincere condolences to all the victims' families and the surviving victims who have been wounded.  We mourn with them and have lifted them in prayer to the Lord.

This is not something to be taken lightly. Souls are perishing every day, and going to hell. This does not make the heart of God glad. It is very sad to see souls pouring into hell like sand by the thousands. That is something the Lord has to witness every day. And only He knows which of those who died in the Vegas massacre on Sunday, October 1st, were ready to meet Him. He takes no pleasure in the death of even one person who died in Vegas.

As the apostle Peter said, "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Pe 3:9, NIV).

It is only by the grace of God that more people were not killed and injured that night, considering that the gunman continued to rain down hundreds of bullets on automatic fire over a period of nine to eleven minutes.

America on the Brink of a Historic Moment
An African pastor named Ian Ndlovu had a prophetic dream about America, which he testified about publicly on September 27th at a prophetic service, in which he said this: "The Holy Spirit says, 'America is on the brink of a historic moment in their life as a nation.'" His dream was very sad and tearful. He said that we must watch and pray for America, because the enemy is planning evil for this nation.

You may watch the video below.



Make America Godly Again
Then Dr. Michael Brown spoke about the Vegas massacre as a signal for this nation to repent. He said that is is not time to Make America Great Again, which has come to be known as MAGA for short. It is time to make America godly again. He called the nation to repentance that we would all cry out to God, grieving and asking God for forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of this nation.

You can watch that video below (WARNING -- DISTURBING CONTENT. NOT FOR CHILDREN):



As I said, this tragic event marks the beginning of a new period for this nation, a time of sorrows when many tears will be shed. It will only get worse from here.

Woe Unto America. Great Evil Has Arrived. 
Finally I want to share with you an article called The Vegas Massacre – Woe Unto America – Evil has arrived, by a watchman named Nathan Leal. In it he says, "It is the work of rotted souls; of seared ones infected by the cockatrice. It is spiritual wickedness in real time. To those who wonder why? It is because evil has been released into the USA. America has turned a corner and her future harvest will be tears that are plentiful...God’s Word is true, and His Word reveals that we are in the end times. It also proclaims that in the end times, great evil would be unleashed. This is the true message – MAGA has not arrived. Nor has American greatness. Instead, Babylon is rising with a capstone that blinds, and a blade that is going to shed much blood...Evil has been released over America and tragedy is now following."

Leal continues, "Ladies and gentlemen, America’s best days are not ahead. Instead, judgment is here. It is the four fold judgment. And one of the judgments is the release of evil. Evil my friends! It is the beast judgment. And it will be ruthless...Lamentations is here and is going to spread throughout the land. This is the beginning folks. Big changes are coming. Oppression is coming."

In his closing remarks, Leal states:

"…It is our charge to repent...MAGA is a lie. The morgue in Las Vegas proves it. Evil has made an entrance. And its trickle will soon become a stampede. Woe onto America. The October surprise is here. Great evil arrived October 2, 2017. The massacre in Vegas will likely result in huge changes. Prepare to see a new chapter in America. My friends, darkness and sorrow is here... Hell's arrival has commenced and it is our job to find God’s protection...It is time to rend our hearts."

For the complete text of Leal's warning, please read the full article at the link above.

Where Has God's Protection Gone? 
I am reminded of the time when the Israelites were exploring the promised land and ten spies gave a bad report, saying the Israelites could not go up and take the country, because there were giants there in the land of Canaan. But Joshua and Caleb spoke to the congregation and told them the land was a good land, and IF the Lord was pleased with them, He would bring them into the land and give it to them. The two men said, "Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” (Num 14:9, NIV).

Joshua and Caleb were right. The protection of the Canaanites was gone, even though they had superiority over the Israelites in the natural, because they were evil people. And the Lord was pleased with the Israelites, so He was with them. As a result, the Lord brought them into the land, gave their enemies into the hands of His people, and destroyed them before the Israelites. Joshua reminded them of this at the end of his life that the Lord had done these things for them (Josh 24:8).

But Joshua warned the people, "If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, He will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.” (Josh 24:20, NIV). The same holds true for any people, including America. God has blessed this nation. However, if we forsake the Lord as a people and serve foreign gods, He will turn and bring disaster on us and make an end of us, after He has been good to us. If we have become a wicked nation, then our protection is gone.

Joshua was right, because after his death and the death of the elders who outlived him, the Israelites did forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, which led to great disaster for them. "Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. In his anger against Israel the Lord gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against them to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress." (Judg 2:10-15, NIV).

During that period, the Israelites did not drive out there enemies from the land the Lord brought them into. So the Lord said that He would no longer drive out their enemies, but He left them there to be traps for them and so their gods would be snares to them. Therefore, the Israelites lived among their enemies, made covenants with them and intermarried with them, prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. Therefore, the Lord, in His anger gave them over into the hands of their enemies to be defeated.

This same pattern continued during the era of Eli the priest. He did not discipline his wicked sons, who were also priests, and they did evil in the sight of God. Therefore, the Israelites were defeated in battle, the ark of the covenant was taken from them by their enemies, Eli's sons were killed, and when Eli heard of this, he fell over backwards off his chair, broke his neck and died. His daughter-in-law was giving birth to a child when she heard this news, and she uttered these last words right before she died: "She named the boy Ichabod, saying, 'The Glory has departed from Israel'--because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband." (1 Sam 4:21, NIV).

She was right, and dark times followed. Although there were some positive changes later under King David, idolatry returned once again under Solomon, who loved many foreign women. "As [he] grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done." (1 King 11:4-6, NIV).

Although some reforms came through later kings, idolatry continued to be a problem in Israel, despite warnings from many prophets, until a number of Israelites from the Northern Kingdom were finally carried off into captivity in Assyria, and then later the rest of the Jews in the Kingdom of Judah were taken into captivity into Babylon. The kingdom fell as a result of idolatry. It all happened just as Joshua and the prophets predicted.

This is what has happened to America today. That is why our protection as a nation is gone, and the glory has departed, which is why these disasters and tragedies are happening. And that is why we are receiving these disturbing messages from people like the three I have quoted in this article.

Putting it All Together
Brethren in Christ, unfortunately, I believe all of these people are right. Just look at the amazing consistency in the message brought forth from those I have mentioned in this post. To recap, Ian Ndlovu prophesied four days before this incident that America was on the brink of a historic moment as a nation, and that the enemy was planning evil for it. Meanwhile, brother Leal is warning that judgment is here, and ruthless evil has been released in this nation that will cause much oppression and bloodshed. He said that big changes are coming and tragedy will follow. He said we need to prepare to see a new chapter in America, and he called us to repentance. Likewise Dr. Brown also called this nation to repentance in the midst of this tragedy, and said it is not time to make this nation great again (MAGA) but to return to godliness. Let's do that and let it begin with you and me.

"Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity." (Joel 2:13, NIV).

"Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you." (Jas 4:7-10)

Attribution notice: Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Other Scriptures from NIV where noted. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.

I also encourage you to read The Contractions Are Coming Closer TogetherUrgent End Time Warning from the Lord, The Coming Wrath of God, Prophetic End Time Warnings from Little Children, Repent and Flee the Coming WrathGrieve and Lament for the Church, Repentance That Leads to Life, The 311 MomentGod Gives Little Girl Revelation of Christ's Return, Rapture Revelation Given to Sister Claire AndounRapture Revelation to Angelica ZambranoRapture Revelation to James AgboolaRapture Revelation to Mushala SistersRapture Revelation to Angelica Zambrano, Sequence of Signs Preceding the Coming of ChristThe Rise of AntichristsPeace, Safety, and the Thief in the Night, and The Timing of the Rapture, as well as The Messiah Is Coming.  You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.