Remnant Report – December 14, 2016

A lot of things are happening in the world lately, and many of them seem chaotic or strange – but only to those who can’t see things clearly. If you want to see things clearly, you might need to look at things through lenses. So put on the glasses of truth today and take a look at the events in this Remnant Report.

NOTE: I recommend you view the resources linked to throughout this article.

<h2>50 Christian Statues Destroyed in Germany</h2>

In Germany, a country that has been traditionally a bastion of Christendom for centuries, is seeing some major changes that seem to signal major hostility toward Christianity. And no one knows why! It’s a total mystery.

In a quote from this article, “German police say they ‘don’t yet know’ why Christian statues are being destroyed all over the countryside of North Rhine-Westphalia.” The German authorities are doubtlessly pursuing every lead in the case of the mysterious vandalism of the Christian statues. Even though the authorities seem to downplay cases such as this refugee who smashed up a church and even the New Year’s Eve assaults of 2016. (Of course, none of this could in any way be connected to the vast numbers of Muslim “refugees” Angela Merkel has imported into Germany over the last year…right??)

The truth is, Germany is doomed for at least two reasons: the wholesale abandonment of traditional values, culture, and religion (i.e. the family and Christian beliefs) and the importation of vast numbers of people who are actively opposed to that culture and religion (i.e. Muslims). Instead of sending out missionaries who would peacefully spread Christianity to those without Christ, the fate of Germany has been to bring in those who would violently and forcefully impose Islam.

In case you think this isn’t a vitally urgent problem, think again. I’m not exaggerating or inflating the dire importance of what is happening to Germany (or Europe as a whole). Just take a look at this map pinpointing migrant sex attacks in Germany, and ask yourself if Germany hasn’t changed for the worse?

France has fared similarly: the Paris you see in old movies is now a thing of the past. It ain’t dere no more. Now, the quaint old neighborhoods are no-go zones.

At the very least, observe, learn and beware.

As a sidenote, but an important sidenote: not all Muslims act out violence and even though they are part of a religion hostile to the truth – not all are personally opposed to learning the truth. Many followers of Islam learn and receive the truth of Christ each year. Here’s one man who used to be a Muslim – but now spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ on the streets of Las Vegas. Lost people get saved all the time, and it happens as the result of Christians telling them the gospel and the Holy Spirit drawing them to God and giving them understanding.

 

<h2>Fake News is Real, and the Real News is Fake</h2>

A few weeks ago I warned you about the mania of (so-called) “fake news”. It was apparent that the labeling of “alternative” news sources as “fake” would lead to censorship of the real truth. Since last month, the fake fake news reporting has expanded to include a possible overthrow of the US presidential election.

Just when you thought it was settled fair and square, the self-proclaimed “real” news said it was the Russians who used the many “fake news” sites to influence the election. It was a vast <strike>right-wing</strike> Russian conspiracy! (Therefore, according to them, Trump is not a legitimately-elected president.)

The only thing is, none of these major news media claims are…real. They’re fake news! (I know, it’s confusing.) Nowadays, the “fake” news is real, and the formerly “real” news is fake. It’s kind of strange to admit that Alex Jones is now a more reliable news source than ABC/NBC/CNN/MSNBC.

Look, to simplify everything…here are 10 Ways the Russian Hacking Story is Fake News. According to all the major media you would think it’s been verified, and the intelligence agencies all agree…but that’s not true either. The point is: don’t take everything the major news media says as truth; they report from a position of power from within Satan’s world order system. And that’s the truth.

“All news is persuasion, and it is presented for that purpose even if the presenters don’t think of it that way.” – Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert.)

<h2>What About the Millennials?</h2>

Here’s an interesting perspective on the Millennial generation…and the end times. Are they the most perfectly-prepared people for the coming of a false Christ? In many ways, they might be. Everyone needs to read their Bible, and unless Millennials study theirs in earnest as well, they’re being set up for a horrible future.

 

<h2><strike>Happy Holidays</strike>Merry Christmas</h2>

In positive news, we can now say Merry Christmas again. If someone doesn’t like it, then I guess it doesn’t apply to them. If they insist on saying “Happy Holidays”, be sure to follow Pastor Greg’s advice and ask them to specify which Holiday they’re exactly talking about.

 

Remnant Report – December 1, 2016

This week’s Remnant Report is short – not for lack of news, but for lack of time. But just for the sake of keeping up, here are a couple of items – some things you may want to think about.

Castro Finally Gets to Meet His Heroes Lenin and Marx

Fidel Castro died just recently (on November 25, 2016) at the age of 90. He apparently died peacefully – unlike many of his victims. But if he got his wish, he’s not getting much peace now – Castro is now in hell.

It’s what he claims he wanted, and by all accounts there’s no reason to doubt it – he rejected Christ, faith, and all religious thought. I can’t judge him, of course: that’s purely God’s realm. I just know what Castro said. From a 1994 interview, Castro said the following:

“You know, I’ll go to hell, and I know the heat will be unbearable, but it will be less painful than having expected so much from heaven, which never kept its promises… And also, when I arrive, I will meet Marx, Engels, Lenin…”

As despicable and terrible of a person that Fidel Castro was (because millions of people suffered under his rulership), it’s not the fact that he was a brutal dictator that sent him to hell. It’s his rejection of Christ that allowed him to continue on the path to hell.

He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18)

We don’t earn heaven. We don’t earn hell. We either get what we deserve (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23), or we are granted what we do not deserve (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Don’t Neglect Yourself

We live in an age of self-help, self-esteem, personal trainers, and just paying attention to yourself overall. Men in the 1950s apparently neglected themselves, because its only been in the last few years I’ve seen manicures for men written about in magazines and anti-aging night cream (to prevent wrinkles!) for men. As I often do, I can’t help but wonder “What would grampa have thought of this?”

But maybe it’s good. Maybe the modern milieu of “self care” really is true progress. Perhaps we should pay more attention to ourselves! I just happen to think of it in different terms.

Here’s what I mean: Because we are made up of three “parts” – body, soul, and spirit (Romans 12:1-2) – we should put all three parts to use. It only makes sense to do so. The alternative – self-neglect – would cause our entire being to be out of balance.

Imagine if all you cared about was reading. Every day when you had a free moment. Every night before bed. Books, books, books. You’d probably absorb quite a few new ideas, expand your vocabulary, and learn new facts. You’d be out of balance – physically – unless you worked out sometimes.

If all you did was work out, exercise, and live for sports, it would be a different kind of problem. You’d be out of balance intellectually. There’s a time for exercising the mind, as well as the body.

We understand these concepts, because they’re accepted and plain to see. But what a lot of people miss is the fact that they can be out of balance spiritually. Personal spiritual neglect is far more prevalent, perhaps, than any other kind of personal neglect.

Romans 12:1-2 tells us that it’s our “reasonable service” to present ourselves to God. It mentions our mind (which is our soul) and our body. What is understood, as well, is that in order to have that connection with God we must have the Spirit of life through faith in Christ.

The world tells us to not neglect our body. The Bible tells us to not neglect our soul, and to not neglect our spiritual self.

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, NowTheEndBegins.com, 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.