Is America at the End of the Road? :: By Jonathan Brentner

From raptureready.com

Is America nearing the end of the road as a nation? Have we reached a place similar to that of Judah just before Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and the temple?

Three times in the book of Jeremiah, the Lord tells the prophet not to pray for the people of Judah (Jeremiah 7:16, 11:14, 14:11). God’s judgment on the nation was certain at this point; praying would not change the final outcome.

Can we apply Jeremiah’s words to the U.S. as well? I believe we can.

God’s judgment upon America is not only certain, I believe it has already begun. Please know that I am not implying that revivals will no longer happen in the U.S. We should pray for people to come to the Savior, and hopefully, a great many will continue to receive His offer of eternal life.

What I am saying, however, is that there will not be a great spiritual awakening that will reshape America or change its downward trajectory. As a nation, we have rejected God and His ways, just as Judah did during the time of the prophet Jeremiah.

The November 8, 2022, election in the U.S. confirms that, as a nation, we are close to the end of the road. As expected, widespread cheating changed the outcome of many key races, keeping the Democrats in control of the Senate as well as that of several state governorships. The slight advantage to Republicans in the House will not alter America’s continuing descent into darkness.

Abortion up to the moment of birth won big. In California, the ballot proposal to make the murder of preborn children part of the state’s constitution was up by 1.3 million votes the last time I checked. In Vermont, 77.4% voted in favor of enshrining the killing of innocents in the state’s constitution, while 56.7% did so in Michigan.

There’s also evidence that many people went to the polls to voice their support of keeping abortion legal up to the point of birth.

The Romans 1 Path to Perdition

Paul wrote these words in Romans 1:18:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.”

What the apostle describes in the rest of the chapter perfectly aligns with the past sixty years of American history. In Romans 1:28-32, we see the results of rejecting God, such as has happened in the U.S.

“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”

The U.S. has reached the end of the Romans 1 path to perdition. Signs of the “debased mind” described in the above verses abound throughout our culture as well as in the halls of our federal government.

A recent news story claimed that the Biden administration sent money to Ecuador for the purpose of putting on drag queen shows, which are a hideous and indecent repudiation of all that God’s Word says about gender and morality.

Newsweek’s efforts to fact-check this report resulted in the two disturbing paragraphs below:

In a statement sent to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the State Department said the agency supports “a wide range of strategic programs in Ecuador” that focus on diversity and representation, and that the goal of the CEN program is to “promote tolerance” and “provide new opportunities for LGBTQI+ Ecuadorians to express themselves freely and safely.”

“LGBTQI+ people across the globe deserve to live in societies free from targeted violence and discrimination. Recent data suggest an alarming and deadly rise in violence against LGBTQI+ persons in Ecuador,” the spokesperson said. [i]

In other words, the report that the Biden administration funded drag shows in Ecuador was not only true, but it’s just a sampling of their efforts to promote abhorrent debauchery in other nations as well.

The corruption that defines the U.S. government extends to Republicans as well. Most, if not all, of the GOP leadership support the globalists’ agenda, while only a handful of its politicians speak out against the injustice and wicked behavior that abounds throughout America.

On November 16, 2022, twelve Republican Senators joined Democrats in ending the debate on the “Respect for Marriage Act,” which establishes same-sex marriage into federal law. This ensures that it will become law.

An article on the Harbingers Daily website quoted Franklin Graham regarding the legislation:

“The deceitfully named Respect for Marriage Act will be voted on by the U.S. Senate this week, as early as Wednesday. The bill strikes a blow at religious freedom for individuals and ministries and is really the ‘Destruction of Marriage Act.’ Its sponsors remarkably claim it protects religious freedom. It does not. This disastrous bill sends a message to America that if you don’t agree with the left’s definition of marriage, you are a bigot.”

The Nearness of the Seven-Year Tribulation

Another indication that America lies near the end of the road is the rapidly approaching Day of the Lord, or the seven-year Tribulation, in which all nations will experience God’s wrath. It will be the worst time in world history; comparatively very few people will remain alive at the time of Jesus’ return to the earth (Matthew 24:22; see also Isaiah 13:9-12).

There have been 63 million abortions in America alone and over one billion worldwide since it became legal. This alone accounts for the severity of the Lord’s future judgments that John witnessed and described for us in Revelation 6-18.

However, there’s so much more wickedness that places the trajectory of America squarely on a downward path, as I have brought up in other articles.

Several decades ago, after Ruth Graham read the draft of a book that her husband was writing, she said, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Her words ring true today, abundantly more so. God will not be apologizing! Instead, the U.S. will suffer a fate similar to those two ancient cities.

Even if I did not believe in a pre-Tribulation Rapture, I would still warn people about the Lord’s impending judgment on America.

There Is Good News, Really

In the midst of all the bad news about the moral decline of America as well as the rest of the world, there’s much good news, really!

First, we know that Jesus is coming for us soon; there’s no better news for weary souls than that.

Regardless of our current circumstances, even if they happen to be fantastic, heaven will be so much better; it will be glorious. From the moment of the Rapture forward, we will enjoy immortal bodies and experience joy beyond our wildest imagination.

We will meet Jesus in the air and go to the place He has prepared for us. Can you imagine the excitement we will feel when we see Jesus face to face? Spend a few moments thinking about the reunions that will take place with loved ones and dear friends who are already with the Lord. Once we set foot in glory, we will instantly forget about our trials and hardships on earth.

Second, if you have not yet placed your faith in Jesus and His saving work on the cross, the good news is that you can know that you possess everlasting life (1 John 5:13). All those that call upon Jesus in faith are bound for glory; they will never experience God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 5:9-10).

In my post, “Jesus Is the Only Path to Eternal Life,” I explain how you can know that God has forgiven all your sins because of the blood that Jesus shed upon the cross. He died in your place; He took the wrath we all deserve upon Himself. He paid the penalty for all of our sins, past, present, and future.

In 1 John 5:11-12, we find these comforting words about eternal life:

“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

Call upon the Savior while you have the opportunity; tomorrow may be too late. He alone is the path to eternal life (John 14:6).

My bookThe Triumph of the Redeemed-An eternal Perspective that Calms Our Fears in Perilous Times, is available on Amazon. In it, I provide a firm biblical basis for our hope in Jesus’ imminent appearing and the glory that lies ahead for all those in Christ.

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[i] Katherine Fung, Fact Check: Is Biden Administration Funding Drag Shows in Ecuador? October 20, 2022. On the Newsweek website: https://www.newsweek.com/fact-check-biden-administration-funding-drag-shows-ecuador-1753649

James Woods Vows to Expose the ‘Corrupt, Vile Vermin’ at the DNC over Twitter Censorship: Joe Biden, ‘I Am Not Afraid of You. And I’m Coming for You’

I’ve watched James Woods on Twitter for the last few years. This man is truly fearless!

From Breitbart.com

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In an explosive interview on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, two-time Academy Award-nominated actor James Woods described the Democratic National Committee as a bunch of “rats” and  “corrupt, vile vermin” and vowed to sue the DNC after evidence contained in Elon Musk’s Twitter files showed that the DNC pressured Twitter to violate the actor’s civil liberties by censoring his speech.

Addressing President Joe Biden and the DNC, Woods said: “I am not afraid of you. And I’m coming for you.”

The Twitter files, which Musk released late Friday to independent left-wing journalist Matt Taibbi, showed that DNC officials ordered Twitter to remove a tweet from Woods less than a month before the 2020 presidential election. Woods’ tweet is believed to have referenced the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.

On Tucker Carlson, Woods expressed outrage over the act of censorship as well as the left’s attempt to ruin his five decade-spanning Hollywood career for being an outspoken conservative.

“I’ve been a target of these people for six years,” the actor said. “They have destroyed my career. They have destroyed my livelihood. They’ve destroyed my faith in a country that my family has defended in the military since the Revolutionary War.”

Woods described the First Amendment as the most sacred right for Americans.
“The government of the United States conspired to take my free speech and throw it in the gutter,” he said.

“And there’s something they should fear more than anything they have ever imagined in their wildest dreams, the most dangerous man to these corrupt vile, vermin is an American who is not afraid of them. And Joe Biden, and all those rats who work with you at the DNC, to close down my speech — I am not afraid of you. And I am coming for you.”

Woods praised Musk, saying the new Twitter owner “very possibly has saved America.” The actor repeated the sentiment in a subsequent tweet Friday.
As Breitbart News reported, Elon Musk released internal Twitter discussions about censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story Friday night via journalist Matt Taibbi.

Among the revelations was that there was widespread internal and external concern at the suppression of the story, a decision made without CEO Jack Dorsey’s knowledge and spearheaded by Vijaya Gadde, then the head of Trust & Safety — Twitter’s top censor.

House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Rep. James Comer (R-KY) has promised to haul every Twitter employee who was involved in the handling of the story before the committee. SOURCE

MARANATHA!!

Stupid Is as Stupid Does :: By Daymond Duck

From raptureready.com

The phrase “Stupid is as stupid does” became famous in 1994 with a movie called Forrest Gump.

(Note: I do not like the word “stupid.” It sounds unchristian, but readers will understand it better than “A reprobate mind is as a reprobate mind does.”)

Most Bible prophecy teachers are aware that the World Health Organization (WHO) is drafting an International Pandemic Treaty and the WHO is asking for the Director-General to be empowered to declare public health emergencies and require global obedience to WHO policies.

Giving control of the healthcare of everyone on earth to one person will put all of us in great danger, but this week, it was reported that Pres. Biden said he will sign that treaty when it is released.

As I understand it, the International Pandemic Treaty is already several dozen pages long, it is almost finished but not finished yet, and Biden has already said he will sign it.

Why would he agree to sign a document that will impact the lives and healthcare of every American while it is still being changed?

Please excuse me for saying it, but “stupid is as stupid does.”

Consider what happened on Nov. 23, 2022.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), spent about 7 hours answering questions in a lawsuit filed by the Attorneys General in 2 states: Louisiana and Missouri.

During questioning, Fauci admitted that the idea of an economic lockdown of the U.S. came from Communist China.

Instead of obeying the Constitution of the U.S., Fauci decided to imitate Communist China, and that:

  • Caused billions of dollars of economic damage to the U.S.
  • Caused small business owners to lose their business.
  • Caused schools to shut down and students to stay home.
  • Caused a decline in Church attendance and some to not return.
  • Led to vaccination requirements that caused healthcare workers and others to be fired, military people to be dismissed, citizens to have adverse reactions including death, strokes, and other disabilities.
  • Led to treatments being forbidden (Ivermectin, etc.) that could have saved lives.
  • Led to people losing freedom of speech.
  • And more.

Fauci’s decision to imitate Communist China and ignore the laws of the U.S. shows the danger of putting too much power into the hands of one person.

Nevertheless, the International Pandemic Treaty is expected to empower one person to control the healthcare of everyone on earth, and one person called the Antichrist will rise over the New World Order.

The creation of a world government without the Lord God Jehovah is leading to major mistakes.

We are now being told we will own nothing and be happy and that those who cannot afford to eat traditional foods should learn to eat bugs and worms.

I will not say I will never get hungry enough to eat bugs and worms, but I will say that I find the thought repulsive.

I prefer that our nation change leaders and that the Church returns to God.

The following stories seem to indicate that we are getting close.

One, concerning reprobate minds: I recently reported that America’s national debt now exceeds $31 trillion, inflation is higher than it has been in about 40 years, America is running low on weapons for its military, America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves are low, the lines at food banks are increasing, several major cities could run out of water next year, etc., and Biden’s State Dept. sent $20,600 to a cultural center in Ecuador to fund 12 Drag Queen shows, 3 gay workshops, and a short documentary.

On Nov. 27, 2022, it was reported that the Biden State Dept. has given $50,000 to promote transgender rights in India.

(My opinion: This continued support for unbiblical acts says a lot about the spiritual decline of America and the morals at our White House and State Dept.)

Two, concerning a departure from the faith and false teaching in the Church: on Nov. 27, 2022, it was reported that a speaker with a PhD degree told worshippers at a University of Cambridge chapel service that the spear wound in Jesus’ side (John 19:34) looks like a vagina.

According to the report, the speaker was implying that Jesus died with a trans body and may have been a transgender person.

Following several complaints, the Dean of the college defended the message.

(My opinion: Some PhD degrees are worthless, and divinity students would do well to avoid schools that support the teaching of false doctrines.)

(Another opinion: There has always been a departure from the faith and false teaching in the Church, but it is a growing problem, as prophesied in the Bible.)

Three, concerning world government: world leaders, including the Biden administration, are cooperating with godless men to determine what the coming world government will be like.

These godless men are destroying western democracy and replacing it with a demonic system that is shaping up like the rule of Antichrist.

They have come out in the open and are no longer hiding what they have been doing behind the scenes for decades.

An excellent video by The People’s Voice (8 min. and 51 sec.) allows viewers to hear World Economic Forum (WEF) leaders Klaus Schwab and Yuval Noah Harari make the following stupid statements (I apologize for the word “stupid,” but that is my honest opinion of what these 2 evil men have said). They said:

  • God is dead.
  • Jesus is fake news.
  • WEF leaders have acquired divine powers to rule over humanity (stupid).
  • The New One-World Religion has arrived, and it unites all of humanity in worshipping at the altar of climate science, techno-communism, and eugenics.
  • The WEF has been so successful in its plans that it is acquiring divine powers of creation and destruction.
  • The WEF is upgrading humans into gods.
  • If you read between the lines just a little, it’s clear the WEF is consciously attempting to supplant Jesus.
  • Humans do not have a soul; they are hackable animals that do not have the capacity of free will.
  • The World Economic Forum has spent decades quietly infiltrating democratically elected governments, penetrating cabinets, and wielding an outsized influence on the world from the corridors of Schwab’s Swiss hideout in Davos.

Here is a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLLyNzQylxg [Editor’s Note: When clicking on this link, a message comes up that says, “This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated.”]

The WEF global reset is leading the world into depravity, death panels, depopulation, and total control of everyone on earth.

Four, concerning world government: on Nov. 25, 2022, it was reported that Klaus Schwab, head of the World Economic Forum (WEF), said, “We are moving toward global governance for the good of the planet. We need global cooperation to combat climate issues.”

Klaus Schwab was asked what global governance would look like, and he replied, “China.”

Five, concerning China: on Nov. 28, 2022, it was reported that massive protests have broken out in many Chinese cities (worse than any other in more than 30 years) over China’s Zero-Covid lockdown policy.

Waves of dissenters are protesting being locked in their houses for more than 3 months, the loss of work, food shortages, lack of medicine, and other grievances.

The police are using tear gas and batons, arresting demonstrators, and banning people on social media, but the protestors are fighting back, busting through barricades, wrestling with police, demanding the resignation of Pres. Xi, etc.

This should tell us something about the kind of world government the WEF wants for everyone on earth.

  • On Mar. 6, 2018, it was reported that China was evaluating a program that required every citizen to have a National ID number and a Social Credit Score.
  • Every citizen was being tracked, and their Social Credit Score went up or down based on what groups they belonged to, what they bought, what they read, the websites they browsed, what others said about them, etc.
  • A high Social Credit Score meant the person was a good citizen.
  • A low credit Social Credit Score meant the person was not a good citizen.
  • People with high Social Credit Scores were rewarded by letting them have better jobs, live in better houses, send their children to better schools, etc.
  • People with low Social Credit Scores were given low-paying jobs and poorer housing, their children were sent to poorer schools, etc.
  • How much a person earned, what they could buy and sell, etc., will be based on their loyalty to the government.
  • During the test, millions of citizens were blacklisted.
  • Now we learn that Klaus Schwab wants this for everyone on earth.

Six, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog: on Nov 23, 2022, it was reported that Israel’s presumptive Prime Min. Netanyahu said he will do everything in his power to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and the power to use them, even if it means straining Israeli ties with the U.S.

He added that if defending Israel against Iranian nuclear missiles means he must oppose U.S. policy, he will do it.

(Note: I have heard statements like this for so long that I am reluctant to write about it anymore, but I also believe that Netanyahu is more likely to follow through than his predecessors, and time is short.)

Seven, concerning hatred for the nation of Israel at the end of the age: on Nov. 23, 2022, terrorists exploded bombs at two locations (a crowded bus stop and at a bus station) that killed one student and injured scores of people.

Palestinian terrorists have used knives, guns, and car rammings to kill 29 people in Israel this year (many in Jerusalem), but this is the first time they have used bombs to kill and injure people in Jerusalem in nearly a decade.

Trump cut off funding to the Palestinians, but Biden has resumed it, and now terrorists are stepping up their violence.

It is disappointing that the U.S. is giving money to corrupt Palestinians that is being funneled to terrorists who are killing innocent Israeli men, women, and children, but it is a fact.

(More: On Nov. 27, 2022, it was reported that presumptive Israeli Prime Min. Benjamin Netanyahu has reached an agreement with other parties, and he will be able to establish a “right-wing government.” This government is expected to act with greater force against terrorism, to push harder for Jewish access to the Temple Mount, and to finally act against Iran’s efforts to get nuclear weapons even if the U.S. refuses to help.)

Eight, concerning God drawing the Jews back to Israel at the end of the age: on Nov. 18, 2022, it was reported that more than 61,000 people have immigrated to Israel this year (32,494 from Russia, 14,450 from Ukraine, 3,280 from North America, 1,957 from France, 1,750 from Belarus, 1,474 from Ethiopia, 1,000 from Argentina, 493 from the UK, 411 from South Africa, and others).

Nine, concerning the globalist desire to reduce the population of the earth: on Nov. 22, 2022, it was reported that Philippine leaders have rejected UN pressure to legalize abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, and divorce on the grounds that these things conflict with the nation’s values, religious beliefs, and cultural traditions.

According to the article, abortion is the number one cause of death worldwide (estimated to be between 42 to 73 million in the past year).

Finally, are you Rapture Ready?

If you want to be rapture ready and go to heaven, you must be born again (John 3:3). God loves you, and if you have not done so, sincerely admit that you are a sinner; believe that Jesus is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God who died for the sins of the world, was buried, and raised from the dead; ask Him to forgive your sins, cleanse you, come into your heart and be your Saviour; then tell someone that you have done this.

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Op-Ed: Left’s Abortion Language Exposes the Ugly Truth

From Westernjournal.com

The left is forced to use euphemisms to describe the murder of the unborn because plain language pricks the conscience

During this election cycle, I watched an advertisement for my state attorney general, who was running for re-election. The ad caught my attention because he labeled those who opposed abortion as “extremists.”

While the debate over abortion has been going on for over 50 years, I had never heard a person, let alone a government official, label pro-lifers as “extremists.” Such a statement from a high-level official should raise our eyebrows.

When did it become extreme to be in favor of protecting and preserving life? Of course, an abortionist would argue that taking away a woman’s “right to choose” is extreme, that forcing her to have a baby she does not want is inhumane. But who really sounds like the extremist — the one who sets out to defend the most innocent of us all, or the one who is willing to sacrifice her own child to accommodate her lifestyle?

Interestingly, one can also observe the politically correct language employed by those in favor of abortion. The term “abortion” is politically correct in and of itself; now we hear such terms as “reproductive rights” and “reproductive justice.”

I will be blunt. If women can choose to barbarically murder their unborn children, why is it hard for them to say “I want to kill the child I am carrying”? Could it be that by uttering those words the conscience is pricked, indicating that this is an evil act? Regardless of how you define the procedure, it is murdering a beautiful creature made in the image and likeness of God.

There are those who use ectopic pregnancies as a reason to support abortion. However, this is a smokescreen. Ectopic pregnancies are incredibly rare (1 to 2 percent of all pregnancies). And while it is true that this type of pregnancy does pose a grave danger to the mother, equating saving the mother’s life with intentionally murdering a child to avoid inconveniencing the mother (as is the case in most abortions) is comparing apples to oranges.

In short, there is no physical threat to the mother in the overwhelming majority of abortions. It is actually the inverse; the mother becomes a threat to the baby by premeditating and planning his or her death.

Still others who advocate for abortion refer to cases of unwanted pregnancies stemming from rape as a viable reason to murder the unborn. Before I proceed, let me make this clear: It is horrible for a woman, created in the image and likeness of God, to endure such a traumatic, evil event. Secondly, in my view, the person guilty of that crime should receive the death penalty. However, the baby should not; the baby is innocent.

Surprisingly, some studies have shown that up to 73 percent of women who become pregnant due to rape actually keep the child. Moreover, the option to put the baby up for adoption is available for moms who do not want to keep the child. There are plenty of families that would love to adopt a newborn baby.

Furthermore, when abortion advocates use rape, or any other reason, to justify murdering children, they ignore the trauma associated with the abortion itself. There is ongoing guilt from that event that may lead to mental disorders. Even more disturbing is the heightened incidence of suicide in these women.

In the writer’s view, a core reason for these mental health struggles is that every woman has a conscience. It does not matter how we attempt to justify murdering a child — it will always be wrong. Suppressing the truth in unrighteousness leads to greater pain, delusion and a seared conscience (Romans 1:18, 1 Timothy 4:2). The more one attempts to convince oneself that abortion is justifiable, the more damage is done to the conscience.

May we continue to advocate for the unborn, share the truth, and ask for God’s intervention to stop this evil that has claimed millions of lives.

And may women who have committed this act (and the men who have supported their decision to do so) be encouraged; there is forgiveness and healing in Jesus Christ. He promises to separate us from our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). May you repent of this grievous sin and be forgiven, healed and restored in Christ. SOURCE

I was so blessed to see how Western Journal ended their article! Praise God that this is truly a Christian outfit!

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