Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The love and mercy of God found in prophecy in the end times. Part 2. God is not being who delights in inflicting catastrophe.
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
In this conference we shall examine the life of Christ as the crowning illustration of God’s character, and we shall also explore the writings of the most spiritual men of the ancient world: the Hebrew prophets.
God is not some celestial being who delights in inflicting catastrophe, but a loving Lord who does everything He can to help us escape divine judgment.
God uses Bible prophecy not to frighten us, but to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that He exists; to warn us of the real dangers that lay ahead; and to encourage us into accepting His gracious offer of life, happiness, and ultimate satisfaction - forever.
JER 49:23 You have heard bad news and you are disheartened. There is anxiety by the sea, It cannot be calmed.
They have not rejected God, but rather a monstrous view of Him that has become very common in our world.
PHI 1:20 “On the basis of my intense concentration and confident expectation [a personal sense of destiny] that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but with all confidence, Christ shall even now [in time] as always [in eternity] be glorified in my body, whether by life or by death.”
You can actually be read by other men and bring glory to God because of what you have gone through and how you persevered and did not quit in spite of all the obstacles.
What is your unjust disadvantage?
When do you plan to replace passive self-pity with active courage?
“You’ve got a disadvantage - take advantage of it!”
“People don’t buy similarity - they buy differences!”
That ability to overcome that great obstacle makes you stronger.
When do you plan to replace self-pity with that kind of courage!
You are the most miserable pessimistic kind of person to be around when you are faced with your disadvantaged situation.
Have you ever considered the impact your disadvantage would have on the world around you?
The Lord can use your disadvantage, be it physical, emotional, mental, financial, or anything else, to positively impact the lives of others.
The Satanic strategy tries to get believers to be self-centered, which leads to frustration, then to self-pity resulting in the blame game and then the sins of the tongue.
Self-pity intensifies any problem.
Self-pity also removes you from any possibility of a solution.
Self-pity is never broken by sweetness and feeling sorry; self-pity is merely increased by sweetness.
Don’t let the injustices of life, the unfairness or the disadvantages get the best of you - you get the best of them by making something out of your life with God.
GEN 50:20 and as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.
DEU 23:5 the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you.
One of the main reasons so many men and women in our society feel such conflict toward God is that they have no idea how gracious and merciful and loving He really is.
Once you discover the truth about God - that He is really merciful and gracious and looks on us with such inexhaustible love that He sent His Son, TLJC, to become the Savior of the world - your whole world changes.
The parable of the lost sheep; The parable of the lost coin; The parable of the lost son.
Does he sit there with folded arms and a frown on his face and say, “Well, let’s see if this foolish boy can make it all the way up to the house. Then I’ll give him a piece of my mind”?
The real story is not so much the prodigal, but the father of the prodigal.
He reaches out to bring us to His side, where he has stockpiled “pleasures forever” at his right hand, PSA 16:11.
PSA 16:11 Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fulness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.
Prophecy shows God’s amazing love.
People are interested in prophecy today as never before.
Much to the contrary, the Bible proclaims that God has a magnificent plan for OUR future, a plan that reveals His mercy.
REV 12:9 the great dragon who is called the devil and Satan, deceives the whole world;
1JO 5:19 and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
1. False prophets and false Christs.
Many New Age groups, some even working for the United Nations, are anxiously awaiting the antichrist, preparing the way for his acceptance as the head of the hierarchy of gods and the one who will usher in world peace.
Is this a time for all of us to be scared, to be a little frightened by what’s going on?
Add to that the expanding threat of terrorism and unpredictable dictators, and the potential for the outbreak of war exists in nations, kingdoms, and places across the globe.
As white, Christian farmers are driven out of Zimbabwe in increasing numbers, and foreigners move in to replace life-sustaining crops with poppies that now supply 25% of the world’s drugs - famine spreads across the African continent.
A large portion of the world’s 5 billion people suffers from a shortage of food.
One in six countries in the world face food shortages this year because of severe droughts that could become semi-permanent under climate change, UN scientists warned.
The number and intensity of earthquakes in this generation and this past century is at a level higher than any other time in history.
The number of weak tornadoes has increased really since 1988.
The number of disasters has actually tripled from 1973 to the present time.
The Bilderburg Group is real; there are 125 - 130 people who have been meeting since 1952, where they met in the Bilderburg Hotel in Germany.
In the Bilderburg Group or the Illuminati there are 100 regular delegates; then they have about 35-30 guests.
They are around 130, with some guests, most of whom are people of influence in the fields of business academia, media, politics, and very strong business leaders around the world.
They are an ideal and very powerful group of people, who from their position of power are intent on destroying every constitution on earth, no matter how long lasting it or they may be.
The intention behind each and every Bilderburg meeting is about how to create a synergist or theology aristocracy of purpose, between Europe and the United States, and how to come to agreement on questions of policy, economics, and strategy in jointly ruling the world.
They supersede national sovereignty, they destroy constitutions, and they take away freedom from the people.
They want a world government that removes liberties on a country by country basis to ensure this worldwide tyranny; that is exactly what the Bilderburg group is doing.
They would like to present to us the idea that they want to bring about what they call globalism or one world government, one world economy, one world military force to enforce the will.
5. Future tribulations.
In many other countries such as China, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, North Korea, Russia, Vietnam, India, many Muslim nations, and many nations in Africa, Christians suffer much greater persecution and often times death for their faith.
6. The Gospel will be preached throughout the world.
7. Two characteristics of the end of the age from the apostle Paul.
a. Godlessness in the last days, 2TI 3:1-5.
b. Apostasy (falling away from the faith).
The environmentalist movement within the New Age movement lures them into a worship of mother earth, belief in past lives, reincarnation, and Karma while demonizing all those who would eat the meat God gave us as nourishment for our bodies.
The fourth kingdom of iron is the Roman empire according to Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.
The two legs are the division of the Roman empire into an eastern portion called the Byzantine empire which ended in the 1400’s and a western portion based in Rome which ended in the 400’s.
The European Union now has over 15 Member States and is preparing for the accession of 13 or more eastern and southern European countries.
9. In the last days there will be the return of the one pure language, Hebrew, to Israel.
ZEP 3:9 “For then I will give to the peoples purified lips, That all of them may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.”
10. The rebuilding of the temple and the restoration of temple worship and animal sacrifices in Jerusalem.
A group in Israel called the “Temple Mount Faithful” have obtained most of the clothing, instruments, and other equipment required for temple worship and are actively preparing for the laying of the third temple’s cornerstone.
11. There will also be the appearance of the red heifer after 2000 years.
In May 1997 the first Red Heifer was born in 2000 years. Another red Heifer was born in Israel in March of 2002.
12. Increase in knowledge and travel, DAN 12:4.
DAN 12:4 “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”
Billy Graham was quoted as saying, “Ninety percent of all the engineers and scientists who have ever lived are alive today.”
Air travel, space travel, DNA research and human cloning are all examples of the rapid increase in knowledge in our generation.
Bill Gates has resigned his post as Microsoft’s CEO-Chief Technology Officer to focus his attention on Education through the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”
13. Return of the Ethiopian Jews to Israel, ZEP 3:8-11.
In 1984, Operation Moses saw the airlift of 15,000 Jews who had already fled to refugee camps in Sudan to escape starvation.
In 1991, Operation Solomon flew 20,000 Jews to Israel from Ethiopia itself. A further airlift began in June of 1999, aimed at transporting the last 3,000 members of the Jewish community from northeastern Ethiopia to Israel.
14. The rise of Russia, EZE 38:2,4,8.
15. Return of Russian Jews to Israel.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s there was a mass exodus of Russian Jews out of Communist Russia.
In 1999 the Associated Press reported a dramatic increase in the number of Jewish immigrants from Russia, bringing the largest number of Russian Jews to Israel since the early 1990’s.
16. Technology for the mark of the beast,
Each device, made of silicon and called a VeriChip, is a small radio transmitter about the size of a piece of rice that is injected under a person’s skin.
It transmits a unique personal ID number whenever it is within a few feet of a special receiver unit. VeriChip’s maker describes it as “a miniaturized, implantable, radio frequency identification device (RFID) that can be used in a variety of security, emergency, and healthcare applications.”
What is significant is that people are being softened to the idea of a mark or an implant as a means of maintaining security, providing medical information, and regulating a more interdependent world.
17. Plans for the one world government.
The United Nations, World Trade Organization, International Criminal Court, UN peacekeeping-police force, and other agencies are preliminary steps to the formation of a one world government.