Remnant Report – November 21, 2016

Predicting the Return of the King

At the dedication of the first temple in Jerusalem, King Solomon asked “will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth?” as he prayed. King Solomon asked that in reference to the temple (being a physical location on earth, for the Lord to show His presence) but the question has even greater implications. That question has prophetic significance.

Earlier in the same chapter (2 Chronicles 6), Solomon quotes the Lord as saying, “I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel” (verse 6). We know two very important things from this one verse: Jerusalem is God’s chosen city and a descendant of David will rule from there as a king. So are those things still true?

On this date (Nov. 21, 2016) those two things aren’t currently in effect. But these things are still true. They are future events. We can know for certain they will happen. We actually can predict the future based on this one verse (and numerous others).

We know that a descendent of King David will rule the country of Israel from Jerusalem. (Not a Prime Minister, elected by a parliament – a king.) He will literally be a genetic descendent of David. It also so happens that he will be God – the Messiah.

As mind-boggling as this event is, it will happen. The world isn’t ready for it. For the world, there is no awareness of the Return of the King (it’s only the title of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel for them). But for you, Bible believer, think about the fact that it is a real event that will happen: the king WILL come back to his country and take rulership.

What’s the Big Deal About Globalism?

If you’re a believer in the impending return of the supreme King (known as Jesus Christ), you’re probably not “on board” with the trend of what is known as “globalism”. Globalism – just Babel repackaged – is the philosophy that advances a few things, including the following:

  • The world is one
  • “Doctrine divides, love unites”
  • Mass migration from the third world to the first world countries is the goal
  • Borders divide people
  • Multiculturalism is supreme to having distinct cultures
  • No one culture or language or religion has the right to claim superiority to others

It all sounds so…progressive, doesn’t it? To a lot of well-meaning people, globalism does indeed sound fair and loving and more advanced than the opposite philosophy of what could be called “nationalism” (aka “Biblical ideas about nations”). Globalism has a widespread appeal to the unthinking/ignorant masses. But to the Bible-believer, globalism can be seen for what it is: a dangerous deception. In fact, globalism comes straight from the devil.

It’s a bold statement for me to say “globalism is satanic“. But it’s true. And in case you don’t believe that I mean it, I’ll state it again: globalism comes from Lucifer, the devil. Otherwise known as the dragon or satan. And I can prove it, by examining globalism and comparing it to Biblical precepts. In fact, I’ll look at the characteristics of globalism that people see as beneficial, and instead show “unto you a more excellent way”. Get out your Bible, and consider the following points:

  • Globalism is praised by the world’s highest thinkers: university professors, philosophers, writers, and poets. But the Bible says “the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God”, and “beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit”.
  • Globalism is depicted in movies, television, and music as being a beautiful thing. (If it has a theme song, it has to be Imagine by John Lennon.) But the Bible says “satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” Don’t be surprised if the devil rules the media airwaves that broadcast light and sound – he’s called “the prince of the power of the air”. Don’t be surprised if the devil has “the best music”; he was always a musical being (see Ezekiel 28:13).
  • Globalism teaches that it’s fair and just to dissolve national boundaries. But the Bible teaches us that the LORD Himself separated the nations into distinct geographical areas (see Genesis 11, Acts 17:26). And even though the “god of this world” (see Matthew 4:8-9 and 2 Cor. 4:4) will manage to unite the earth into One World for a brief period of time (see Revelation 13), the true King will separate them once again when He returns and rules (read Matthew 25:32).
  • Globalism is favored and subtly taught by all major news media as being the earth’s only hope. From the time of Walter Cronkite to today’s talking heads, the “programming” has favored the globalist ideal, all in the name of peace. But no matter how popular an opinion is, the Bible says we should “not follow a multitude to do evil”. And it warns us against false peace which looks genuine(see Revelation 6:2, Daniel 9:27, 1 Thess 5:3), but is an imitation of the true peace only Jesus can and will bring.

The danger presented by globalist thought is indeed dangerous, it is indeed anti-God, and it is truly the system of anti-Christ. If you realize that the way of the world is “unity apart from God”, you begin to see how everything from the Catholic (i.e. “universal”) Church to the “United Nations” to the “World Wide Web” is leaning toward the devil’s dream of ruling the world – in a manner counterfeit and in imitation of the Creator.

So, to answer the question: “what’s the big deal about globalism?” the answer is “a lot of things”. Prayerfully consider the things (discussed here) in light of the Bible – like the Bereans would have done. There is teaching available out there if you want to learn more. When you do this, you’ll truly have open eyes and won’t be fooled by the false song of globalism.

Remnant Report – November 17, 2016

It’s been over a week since the U.S. presidential election, and things have remained interesting (to put it mildly!). All around the world, things are happening. In Portland, violent protestors (many of whom who didn’t even vote) are throwing a colossal anti-Trump tantrum. In Israel, prime minister Netanyahu had a much different reaction – looking forward to working with the new president. The Palestinian Authority was less friendly, by instead looking forward to unleashing all weapons if Trump moves the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Hmmph. That would be a bummer. Well, whoever said “you can’t please all the people all of the time” was right!

In the Remnant Report, we don’t forget the Biblical perspective. Whether the news looks good or bad to man, there’s always God’s perspective as well. And that’s what we’ll strive to see, in this issue of the Remnant Report.

“No Fake News for You!”

That’s essentially what Google is now telling it’s users. This past week Google made clear their position regarding what they call “fake news”: sites that publish fake news will essentially be penalized by Google. Currently, Google and Facebook are preventing ads on their ad networks from appearing on “fake news” sites. It’s a way to hurt these websites by denying them income.

The next step in this new policy will come later: outright censorship. Imagine a user searching for a topic – for instance, “President Trump” or even something like “modern Christian martyrs” or “Islamic terrorism” – and Google only showing search results that link to what it classifies as acceptable news articles. No more of those fake news articles for you!

It sounds perfectly safe and reasonable until we ask questions, such as: “Who gets to decide if something is ‘real’ or ‘fake’?”, “What is ‘fake’ or ‘real’?”, “What if a real news source is falsely labeled ‘fake’?”, and “What’s the deeper agenda behind this?”. Some people (in mainstream news) are talking about the dangers of Google’s censorship.

So…the world’s biggest search engine and social media site are gonna decide what’s OK for people to see. What could possibly go wrong?

The implications for Christians are obvious. Once all major media start censoring unacceptable news or opinions, the downward progression won’t stop. The next casualty will be so-called “hate speech” – opinions which aren’t politically correct. When that happens, traditional Biblical opinions and thought will be purged from the web. It’s happened to at least one Christian site already,, which was placed on one list of “fake” news sites – a list that contains other non-mainstream legitimate news sources.)

Censorship of Christian viewpoints is coming, because the world system (a.k.a. “New World Order” or just “globalism”) is at odds with God and His Word. Biblical viewpoints are seen as “hateful”, “divisive”, “bigoted”, and backwards. Besides all that, the Bible says things that hurt some people’s feelings – especially in the places where God speaks against specific sinful behaviors! So this development is what is to be expected.

What should a Christian do? First of all, know that God Himself doesn’t “censor” – He allows people to make decisions and evaluate things on their own. The Creator gave us a brain that can reason (Is. 1:18), and we are expected to use it; He doesn’t shield us from ideas or decide things for us – although He instructs us in what is right! Second, know that there are many “alternate media” sources that are true – and maybe less biased – than the “mainstream media”. Read those sources instead, and the media won’t be able to dictate what you get to hear.

Regarding separating truth from lies, Jesus repeatedly admonished people to both think (“What think ye?”) and to “be not deceived”. Today, we hold the same responsibility (not a search engine!) to “buy the truth and sell it not”. God holds each individual responsible to think, reason, search the scriptures, evaluate if something is right (or not), research, and know the truth.

The Bible: Hard to Understand?

An old excuse people give has been “the Bible is too hard to understand”. I’ve heard it for decades, and I expect to hear it until the Rapture. When people say this, they often mention the “thees and thous”. I’d like to address this mindset with a few observations.

First off, it’s simply an excuse to not read the Bible.
Life has a lot of distractions. There are lots of easier things to do than sit down and read. Watching TV takes no effort, and browsing the internet is an easy way to spend waste an hour (or three). But reading the Bible takes some brain power, and it requires an attention span of at least a few minutes at a time. The excuse that the Bible is “hard to understand” is a way for someone to justify ignoring it.

Second, the Bible actually isn’t a difficult book in its style or structure. At most, many sources place it at a 12th grade reading level. Other sources say it’s approximately written at a 7th grade level, and one source placed it at a 5th grade reading level. In my own experience, I’ve seen many children read and comprehend what it says – in parts – once they take the time to read it carefully. They might have to ask what certain words mean, but they can certainly understand it with some help. This is to be expected – for a child. But most grown men or adult women really can’t cling to this excuse.

Third, the definition of words is a non-issue. We have dictionaries these days. They’ve been around for a while, actually! A dictionary is a book that shows people what words mean…which is great for when there’s a word you don’t know the meaning of…which is part of the excuse people give for not reading the Bible. And we have the internet. And we also have dictionaries on the internet. We also have Bible lexicons on the internet. We also have searchable Bible encyclopedias on the internet. All for free. There’s never been a time when we’ve had so much knowledge available to so many people, so easily, and so cheaply. So there’s no reason to let obscure or new words stop anyone from reading and understanding what a passage is saying.

Fourth, everyone knows what “thee” and “thou” mean. Come on. Everyone gets it. And the word “ye” just means “ya’ll”, which is a word that any civilized person uses.

Fifth, the Bible is a spiritual book. It has to be approached as such. It’s not a science textbook. It’s not a history textbook. It’s not an adventure story. It’s not a genealogical record. It does contain aspects of all of these things…but above all it is the Word of God. No one should expect to truly grasp a spiritual book unless they have spiritual understanding, and to have that a person much first be saved (1 Cor. 2:14). Salvation is essential to understanding God’s book.

Sixth, the Bible is inexhaustible. It’s bigger than the human mind. It’s a book that the smartest person could read 100 times, and still discover new things. We should expect that there are some things we won’t immediately comprehend (2 Peter 3:16). When that happens, try to understand…and move on. Keep reading! The thing that was hard to understand might might become clearer eventually.

I contend that the Bible is not truly hard to understand. It can be understood just fine, on a few levels, if someone will read it – that’s the real obstacle. On a purely technical level, armed with a dictionary and a high-school reading level, it can be understood. On a spiritual level, equipped with the Holy Spirit, it can be understood as well.

But without ever opening it’s pages reading the words, it’s impossible to understand.