I felt compelled to write this after what Danny Nahliah said about the End Times and now; Lances article on groupsects. http://groupsects.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/you-know-a-lot-of-people-in-psychiatric-institutions-talk-a-lot-about-christ-end-times-spies/#comments
Nahliah says the following: “In Mathew Chapter 24 we read the signs of the end times and of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ!”
Great! What does he say the signs are..?
One sentence in this chapter sums it all up, “these are the beginnings of birth pains.” In Hebrew this means ‘contractions’. I believe the world is in deep contractions never ever as before. The volume of disasters has rapidly increased. Some describe not as 2 fold, nor 3 fold, but a 100 fold!
Just take the explosion of the number of earthquakes around the world. According to a recent report on TV, from the first coming of Jesus to the year 1600, it was recorded that there was 1-2 earthquakes once in every 300 years. Then in the year 1600 there was 1. In 1800 it rose to 28, then to 128 in the year 1900, and then so many by the year 2000 that they have lost count. The Boxing Day Tsunami earthquake was the biggest ever recorded. The list of diseases, famines, natural disasters, wars and others have increased like never ever recorded in history.
Certainly the world is having contractions in very close succession just as a mother before she is about to deliver her baby. I believe Jesus is coming very, very soon. The BIG question is, “are you ready to meet Him face to face?” The Bible states that your very own will betray you and you will be persecuted because of your stand for Jesus and His return. By the way, this is before the rapture.
He couldn’t be more right yet so wrong!
Jesus’ disciples ask Jesus the question:
Matthew 24:3 “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
The first thing Jesus says about the End Times; the FIRST THING HE SAYS, is the following:
Matthew 24:4 “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”
The church has FAILED to heed Christ’s FIRST warning about the end times. Deception is in, discernment is out. Many pastors, prophets and ministers have claimed that Jesus IS the Christ and have taught their own, doctrines, schemes, ploys, magic tricks, doctrines of demons and witchcraft practices.
Nahliah goes on to say: “The Bible says, during this time even His very elect will grow cold and fall away from the faith.”
BUT he fails to go and mention that straight after this verse the following key points as to why:
Matthew 24:10-11 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
The passage suggests that because truth is absent and lies are promoted, wickedness will increase; therefore turning hearts cold.
Here are the some other verses about the end times deception:
Mark 13:6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I Am He,’ and will deceive many.
Luke 21:8 Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I Am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.
So Jesus further adds to not follow those who deceive even though they claim that ‘Jesus is the Christ‘ and declare ‘The Time is Near!’. Does that sound like someone I’m writing about?
So the time is near… for what?
I believe God during this time of persecution will separate the true church (bride of Christ) from the false church. I want to challenge you to pray in the Holy Spirit, read the Word of God, and prepare to face the challenging season ahead of us. Do not wait till it happens, because it might be too late and you might deny Jesus. The Bible says, during this time even His very elect will grow cold and fall away from the faith.
I can’t help but think that is what Nahliah is implying or saying. He is one of many that are saying this is the end, the end is near, the time is near for us to repent, the time is near to work really hard… Only tonight at a friends house did I read of a minister who claimed that ‘God’ took him out of his body and took him to the end of his life to see the end times and see his new glorified body. (Truly promoting MSOG). He then read out supposedly William Branham’s journal who had a very similar experience! The risk ministers have in focusing on end-time teachings is:
1. their ego
2. gnosticism. The idea that they know more about specific details of the end, rapture,etc, then others and people naturally flock to hopefully grow in the same wisdom and newer revelations of the end times. However, the trend is set. To stay on top, scriptural context loses it’s relevancy; purposely confusing arguments take place, where in the end someone sounds as though they have a greater knowledge and seems to suggest they know what they are talking about; and the encouragement to yield because someone sounds as though they know what they are talking about, are all signs pointing to danger.
3. fear. The fear that often comes with the teachings of such end-times hoo-hah, encourages people to find more comfort by following those who ‘receive’ revelation in how to overcome in the end. Bare in mind that this is how cults operate: they prey on vulnerability.
Not only that, through the entire article of Nahlia’s… is grace, understanding, hope, unity, the love of God, Christ’s salvation, the gospel etc, mentioned at all in his article? Or his hatred, division, pride and arrogance promoted more?
I think you’ll find the negative is more promoted. These are indeed the end times, and truly, the church is witnessing brothers follow deception and growing cold, promoting wickedness to the ungodly. The actions of the deceivers have had catastrophic results on the global, national and local church. Non-believers now see it as a time to do what they want because they see the church as worse then them; more religious, hate-filled, deluded, selfish, gossiping and condemners of people in today’s society.
I have been really upset for a lot of local ministries and close friends of mine who are continually getting further entangled and deceived by such gospels, schemes and false doctrines that I am praying allot to God about this. Please keep the body of Christ in your prayers and be wary of fear and pride at all costs in your Christian walk. If they consume your heart and mind, who are you following?