The world situation Right Now!
By Pastor F. M. Riley
March 3, 2014
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation [peirasmos]: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak,” Matthew 26:41.
This warning in our text Scripture was given by the Lord Jesus Himself to His disciples. It was given in the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ had gone to pray, after having observed the Lord’s Supper with His disciples, Matthew 26:26-30. Christ Himself had gone apart from the disciples to pray, and when He returned, He found them sleeping, 26:36-40. It was at that exact point that Christ uttered this warning to His disciples.
Many Christians today do not realize that this was not only a warning for those disciples, but it was a warning for the Lord’s disciples living in the end-times, just before the beginning of the Tribulation period. Why do I say this? Because the word translated as “temptation” in the Greek text is the word “peirasmos.” This word occurs 21 times in the New Testament, and is generally translated as “temptation,” meaning “testing; trial; trouble; conflict.” The word actually and literally refers to the Tribulation period which follows this present “dispensation of grace.” I know this to be true because I made a “word study” on this word in the past and wrote it up into a Bible study entitled P-E-I-R-A-M-O-S. I will be glad to send this study to any reader requesting it.
When the disciples, some three years earlier, had asked the Lord to teach them how to pray, the Lord gave to them the model prayer, Matthew 6:10-13. In this prayer the Lord explicitly told the disciples, “After this manner pray ye…” In verse 13 the Lord specifically instructed them to pray, “And lead us not into temptation [peirasmos], but deliver us from evil:…”
So just after the beginning of the personal ministry of Christ, the Lord warned the disciples to pray that they would not be led into the Tribulation period. Then here at the end of His personal ministry, just before His crucifixion, Christ warned them again about entering into the Tribulation. This was a specific warning for those who claim to be the disciples of the Lord. Christ graciously warned us that “the spirit is willing” to live for and serve the Lord, but “the flesh is weak.” In this present time of apostasy in the churches and the ranks of Christianity, and gross wickedness in the world all about us, it is very easy to fall by the wayside and give ourselves over to the things of the world and the flesh. This perfectly harmonizes with the disciples “sleeping” when they should have been praying and “watching.” Hello!
Now here we are living in the end-time right before the end of this present dispensation, the coming of the Lord to resurrect and rapture His true New Covenant believers to glory, and the beginning of the Tribulation. And what do we see? The churches and the ranks of Christianity are in a state of apostasy; “sleeping” on the job, instead of “watching,” witnessing, and warning. And what about our readers? Why should we be so concerned about this? Not only because Christ warned us in advance but because of the whole world situation at this very minute…..
Weather…..As I write the temperature here in Missouri is 6 degrees and going down. Tonight it will be minus 6 with a 20 to 30 mph wind, making the wind chill feel like 20 to 30 below zero. This has been the hardest winter in this state, according to the meteorologists, since 1890. Many other states across the nation are faring even worse, with records being broken all over the country, and people suffering and dying from the bitter cold. What is causing it? Some blame it on HARP, some
on chemtrails spraying weather altering chemicals. Others on the cycles of the Sun. All may be right to some extent, but it is obvious from God’s Word that Almighty God has the final say so when it comes to the weather. It would not be happening if He was not permitting it or directing it. Hello!
Earthquakes…..The final “sign” the Lord gave to indicate “the beginning of sorrows” in Matthew 24:7 was “earthquakes in divers places.” There have been more huge earthquakes in the past three years, than in the previous 100 years, and they are increasing in both frequency and intensity. Is the Lord trying to tell us something? If so, are you listening?
Volcanoes…..As I write there are numerous volcanoes erupting in several different nations around the world, and others shaking and threatening to erupt. The inspired Word clearly predicts, “And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Acts 2:19-21. Compare Joel 2:30-32. As volcanic eruptions increase in frequency and intensity, there will be standing upright pillars of smoke [volcanic ash] all over the earth, exactly as the inspired Word predicts, which may very well blot out the sun for days at a time. The Lord God does use His creation to fulfill His Word and His will, Psalm 148:1-8. Are you ready for it?
Yellowstone…..Yellowstone National Park in this country is the second largest super volcano on earth. It began to show signs of moving toward an eruption clear back in 2001. This past week a USGS “whistleblower” reported that the Park Rangers at Yellowstone are keeping from the public the fact that Yellowstone is now shaking with earth tremors 24 hours a day without let up. These constant earth tremors are believed to be a prelude to a gigantic explosion and eruption of this “super volcano.” If Yellowstone erupts as it has in past history, every living thing in a 600 mile circle around Yellowstone would die instantly, and the explosion would blow so much volcanic ash high into the atmosphere that it would literally block out all sunlight upon the earth for several days. The prevailing winds would carry much of this ash across the eastern United States and on around the world.
I have on my desk as I write a geologists map of the major fault lines in this country. There is a fault line that runs directly from the Yellowstone Caldera slighty southwest right across the San Andreas fault line along the west coast, and then directly through the center of Los Angeles, California. It is highly likely that if Yellowstone erupts, it would set off earthquakes and volcanoes along this fault line, and along the San Adreas fault line running up the west coast. Some geologists think it might even set off the New Madrid fault line along the Mississippi River.
Drouth and Flooding…..Even as I write some parts of the earth are experiencing extreme drouth, causing loss of water for drinking and growing crops, and other parts of the earth are experiencing massive rain storms and flooding. Just before the Lord God brought judgment upon ancient Israel some 2,600 years ago He shut up the heavens and withheld the rain. Read it for yourself in Amos 4:7-8.
Nuclear consequences…..I am old enough to remember the great propaganda campaign after the Second World War to promote nuclear energy and build nuclear power plants. I didn’t believe we needed them back then, and I am even more convinced of it today. There are alternatives superior to anything man has come up with yet, but the public has never been told about the alternatives, for there is not as much MONEY involved in it. Yes, I do know what I am talking about!
As I write there is a nuclear waste dump near Carlsbad, New Mexico that is on fire. This is a huge underground cavern where barrels of nuclear waste have been stored and accumulating for many years. I have personally driven right past the entrance to this place several times when I was living in New Mexico. The alarms at the dump went off three weeks ago or more, alerting the authorities that nuclear contamination was occurring. The contamination was so high and dangerous that workers could not enter the facility to check it out. Then about a week later SMOKE began coming out of the air vents, indicating that a fire was burning. The smoke is highly contaminated with nuclear radiation. The smoke is rising upwards into the atmosphere and the prevailing winds are carrying the contamination to the east. As usual, not a word about this has been reported by the news media on America’s news
channels. [Erase! FOX News has now reported on it]. Folks, it ought to be obvious that if this nuclear waste dump explodes, it will wipe out southern New Mexico and spread nuclear radiation all over this nation. And we have been concerned about…..
Fukishimi…..Here is another man made disaster that is still occurring as I write. Yes, I am well aware that a gigantic earthquake and tsunami caused the damage to the nuclear power plant in Japan in March of 2011. But hey! The earthquake and tsunami didn’t build the nuclear power plant right on the coast line of Japan. That was done by the stupidity of men! So far leakage from the Fukishimi disaster has contaminated the entire Pacific as far south as southern California, and likely much farther. According to divers the sea floor off the west coast of America is littered with the dead bodies of millions of fish and other sea creatures, and the nuclear power plant is still leaking radiation into the Pacific Ocean and into the air currents above the power plant. Much of the air borne radiation has already spread to the west coast of Alaska, Canada, and the United States and continues to be carried eastward across these countries by the prevailing winds even as I write. Hello!
Washington State…..In just the last two days comes word that a huge dam built across the Columbia River to the north of the Hanford Nuclear Facility has a gigantic crack in the dam. This was reported by ABC news last night. The crack is said to be 65 feet long and runs across the face of the dam, allowing the face of the dam to begin to bulge outward. The authorities are frantically trying to lower the water in the dam to keep it from breaking. If this dam should break, it would send a flood of water down the Columbia River that could possibly wipe out the Hanford Nuclear facility and several towns located below the dam. In fact, it could possibly cause a chain reaction by breaking other dams below it on the river, and create a disaster with great destruction and loss of life.
The Gulf of Mexico…..In spite of BP Oil Company’s blathering propaganda, the mess created by them in the Gulf of Mexico has not gone away or disappeared. The bottom of the Gulf is still covered by oil and methane gas, mixed with the chemicals they poured into the Gulf that caused the oil to sink to the bottom of the Gulf and out of sight of the public. What the Gulf contains is a highly volatile mixture that, under the right circumstances, could explode in one of the greatest explosions in human history. If this were to happen, it would totally destroy the southern part of the United States along the Gulf Coast, as well as part of Mexico and likely Central America. Millions of lives would be lost.
Political and Military
Israel…..As I write, due to pressure from the U.S. President [?] and Secretary of State John Kerry, it appears that the Israeli government has now agreed to sign a seven year peace treaty giving the west bank of Israel to the Palestinians. Details are being worked out, and the treaty is expected to be signed about April 15th. Now isn’t it interesting that the Jewish Passover this year falls on April 15th, and so does the first “blood moon?” Is it possible there is a connection? Read Daniel 9:27 and Isaiah 28:14-18 again and pray for Israel.
But this isn’t all! In 2010 the Israeli government gave authority for a large tract of land in east Jerusalem to be turned over to the Vatican. Since that time the land has been in process of development by the Vatican. The Pope in Rome actually desires to establish a second Vatican in Jerusalem. What they have been developing on the land given to the Pope these past three years has been the residence of the Pope; the Papal Palace. Before any reader dismisses this information as some “conspiracy theory,” I suggest reading Daniel 11:45. It has been publicly announced that the Pope will travel to Jerusalem in April to meet with Israeli authorities and to examine his new Papal Palace to see if it meets his approval in view of moving his residence to Jerusalem. Any reader who has not read my Bible study entitled “A White Knight?” needs to read it. It will be sent free upon request. Pray for Israel!
The Ukraine…..Yes, there is great trouble in the Ukraine, as reported on by the U.S. news media a dozen times a day. Putin, the leader of Russia has now sent troops into the Ukraine, supposedly to put down a civil war and protect Russia’s interest in the neighboring nation. The U.S. President [?] has responded by butting into problems there which are literally none of our business. Putin of Russia has been angered by our interference, but this hasn’t deterred the U.S. political hierarchy from interfering.
It was announced on the news this morning that Kerry will be traveling to the Ukraine to “assess the situation.” I am made to wonder if there is a politician in Washington today who has sense enough to read and understand the advice given to this nation by our founding fathers. I think it was Adams who
explicitly warned America to “stay out of foreign wars.” Those people over there have been fighting each other for a thousand years or more. And now our present administration is eager to get the United States involved in the fray and show those Russians “how to live in peace.” Sic!
Folks, Russia, just like the U.S., is armed to the teeth with nuclear bombs. According to those who deal with such matters, it would require only 15 minutes for nuclear missiles to pass over the top of the earth and began landing on American cities, in the event Putin should give the order to the Russian military to “push the button.” All our dumb politicians need to do is take us back into a “cold war” with Russia and make the Russians mad enough to launch a strike against us. Oh by the way, the silly theory that no nation would dare start a nuclear war because of the fear of retaliation is unadulterated bunk. Any military officer can tell you that the nation who strikes first in a nuclear war will have won the war! There would not be any retaliation! Now let’s hear three cheers for Obama, Kerry, and Clinton, America’s very own three stooges!
The Blessed Hope
The reports I have listed are not my overactive imagination, or an attempt to sensationalize. These reports are real problems that mankind is facing RIGHT NOW! Does any reader then wonder why Paul was inspired of God to say, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times [dangerous; grevious] shall come,” 2 Timothy 3:1?
Folks, no man on earth can solve these problems and straighten out the mess that mankind has made upon the earth. The only hope for mankind is “the blessed hope” of our Lord’s coming. Don’t become so discouraged by these and other problems that may yet arise, that you fall by the wayside, Luke 18:1. Keep your heart, soul, and mind in the Word of God and upon the Lord Jesus Christ and “the blessed hope” of His soon return for His people [true New Covenant believers…1 Corinthians 15:23], Titus 2:11-15. Never become so obsessed with watching “the wind and the waves” that you take your eyes and heart off of the Lord Jesus and His coming for His people, Matthew 14:22-33.
If any reader is not saved by the grace of God, then the problems set forth in this study are the problems you and your loved ones are going to have to face and deal with in the immediate future. Is this really what you want? I want you to know that there is a way of escape, Luke 21:36. HIS NAME IS JESUS! Read John 3:16, 3:36, 5:24; 14:6, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31, Romans 10:8-13, and Ephesians 2:8-10. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house,” Acts 16:31.
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