Commentary on world events that relate to Bible prophecy and on Rapture Ready issues world events.

Jun 28, 2010

Racial Insanity

For a very long time, I've noticed something very strange happening on the racism front. The problem has become so acute that it's obvious the devil has retooled and fully implemented a new plan of operation.

Racism has been a plague on humanity for thousands of years. Ever since man rebelled against God at the Tower of Babel and He divided people into separate groups, we have had racial strife. You can just look at the history of the Jews and see one of racism's longest track records.

It took us several decades to arrive at this point, but we are now at the stage that racism is being used in a new way to destroy people. We are seeing total moral breakdown in various minority communities. The situation is so bad that if the same levels of drug abuse, crime, and depravity were seen in the general population, our nation would collapse.

Today, alcoholism is the number-one problem among Native Americans. The suicide rate for Alaskan tribes is four times more than the national average, and almost 80 percent of all deaths in that race are related to alcohol abuse or alcoholism. I once visited the Winnebago tribe in North Nebraska and found it to be one of the most depressing places I've ever visited. There were nothing but bars in one community, and everyone walked around like zombies there.

In the black community, there is a huge problem with crime, drugs, and single parenthood. The murder rate in some cities has exploded in recent years. Young black males are killing each other at a rate of 36.36 per hundred thousand--nearly seven times the national overall homicide rate of 5.30 per hundred thousand. Just this past week, a crime wave swept Chicago, with ten dead among fifty-four wounded.

The clearest indication of a demonic plot is how the media has covered up this issue. It's like if the Ku Klux Klan decided it wasn't making any progress and chose to take over the press. Various groups are destroying themselves, and the media is almost completely silent about the matter.

A growing mountain of evidence shows that the media is suppressing any negative behavior issues in the minority communities. Even in cases of armed robbery, in which the race of a suspect is helpful in identifying the perpetrator, the liberal media often withholds this information. Of course, if the criminal is a white male in his twenties, news organizations have no problem releasing that information.

In one case, a news station reported that a robbery suspect was a young male who was "either white or Hispanic." Even though the reporter knew he was Hispanic, the story mentioned both races--seemingly for no logical reason.

The politically correct movement has had a genocidal impact on various racial groups. The welfare state has destroyed moral fabric of whole communities. The 90-percent alcoholism rate for Native Americans was once much lower than that. As recent as the 1950s, some tribes viewed booze as a curse exclusive to whites. Before the advent of the "Great Society," blacks had strong family ties. Today, most blacks are raised in single-parent homes.

I was once listening to speech by Lloyd Marcus, a black leader of the Tea Party movement. He gives wonderful insight into the destructive nature of the new racism. He said that, as a child, he was brainwashed into believing white people were the source of the problem in the black community. But even as a youth, he could see that government dependency was the true source of the problem. He thanked his father for saving his life by moving his family out of the projects.

"Several of my cousins were not as fortunate," he said. "They grew up in fatherless homes and [were] on government welfare most of their lives. [The] government provided just enough to keep them dependent. A hand up is a good thing. But, government controlling people via cradle-to-grave dependency is evil. My cousin’s lives sucked: drug and alcohol abuse, crime, serial out-of-wedlock births, etc. Many died young."

All types of evil are now moving forward under sweet-sounding names like "multiculturism" and "tolerance." Islam has made amazing inroads into the Western world despite its track record of being the source of numerous terrorist attacks. The green light has just been given for the construction of a “mega mosque” next to New York City’s Ground Zero. The Cordoba House will be a fifteen-story facility project leaders claim will promote tolerance and serve as a platform for people of all backgrounds to come together. It would insane enough to allow a mosque in the same area where we're still finding bodies from the 9/11 attack, but the real craziness is the fact that there is no quid pro quo by allowing the construction of a church in the Muslim world. There would be rioting in the streets of Mecca if Christians were given the okay to construct a place of worship in that city.

The reason we have so much racial insanity is that people are afraid to stand for the truth. One of the worst things that could happen to us today is being called a "racist." The day is coming when we will be labeled as racists for simply claiming to be Christians. If believers could look down the road and see what the devil has planned for us, they would be far more aggressive in fighting for truth.

-- Todd

Jesus' Critical Question for End-Times Believers

A recent news item about certain polling data grasped my attention. I'm sure many who peruse www.raptureready.com's news section had their curiosity piqued and read it as well.

After looking into the matters reported, I found the poll wasn't as thorough as I would have liked--but it was fascinating nonetheless. Also, it was too one-sided in ethnic make-up. However, I give it enough credence to examine it here because I believe it revolves around a concern the Lord Jesus Christ expressed while teaching about conditions that will prevail at the end of the age.

A new survey finds that Americans are divided over whether they believe Jesus Christ will return by the year 2050.

Among respondents to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and Smithsonian Magazine, 41 percent said they expect Jesus' Second Coming in the next forty years, while 46 percent said it probably or definitely won't happen.

The poll suggests that 58 percent of white evangelicals believe Jesus will return by 2050, compared to only 32 percent of Catholics, and respondents with no college education were three times as likely as those with college degrees to expect Christ's Second Coming in the next forty years. ("Many Americans Expect Jesus' Return by 2050," Associated Press/Israel News, 6/23/10).

To be honest, I was quite surprised that 58 percent of white evangelicals believe Christ will return by 2050. This disconnect in my mind comes from the fact that in looking for interest in Bible prophecy with in the church today (by this I mean, of course, born-again believers--see John 3:3), my colleagues and I find no evidence to support that percentage.

Perhaps I should speak just for myself, but if my colleagues are honest, based upon conversations we've had among ourselves, they will confess that the interest just isn't there in those kinds of numbers.

So, a few cynical (I suppose) thoughts regarding the poll come to mind:

1) The poll is a complete "guesstimate"--even a prefabrication.
2) The poll is skewed because it was taken from among a limited group of believers thoroughly educated in Bible prophecy.
3) The poll reflects a flippancy that will agree that Christ could return within the next forty years because the possibility is far enough in the future that the respondents need not worry about changing their personal conduct.
4) My colleagues and I are wrong and the church--"white evangelicals," in this case--is expecting the Lord's return in majority numbers.

If the last point is true, then the fact that so many are looking for Christ is well hidden. I'm a blind guy, as many know, so I can't see things all that well. But interest in Christ's return--and in Bible prophecy in general, according to everything I hear--is confined to an extremely small number of folks in relationship to the tremendous number of people who claim the name of Christ.

Clicking through Christian TV networks (yes, we blind guys "watch" TV), I rarely come across a prophetic message. The majority of the viewing fare consists of the prosperity gospel or entertainment that is for the most part a rather poor knockoff of secular entertainment. The preachers who do present a sound gospel message and sound doctrine seldom-to-rarely speak on Bible prophecy. And they certainly don't touch upon the pre-trib return of Christ in the Rapture.

When I've personally asked some of the preachers and teachers why they avoid presenting prophecy, they have said things like: "The people just don't understand Revelation"; "The subject is just too scary to most people"; or " We just concentrate on getting people the gospel so they will be saved."

The honest such preachers and teachers say: "I just don't know anything about prophecy. I've not studied it enough to preach on it."

What a tragedy, a travesty, this is! There is a singular hope (Titus 2:13) that God's people have in this swiftly degenerating age. Yet, their shepherds--the preachers and teachers, their suppliers of spiritual food--use every conceivable excuse for not telling Christians about their returning Lord.

Some accuse those of us whose mission we believe it is to concentrate on Bible prophecy in these times of doing so to the point that we ignore Christ's love and the Bible's life lessons for His people.

We in no way believe that prophecy should be taught exclusively. However, prophecy constitutes almost 30 percent of the whole Word of God, so the Heavenly Father obviously means for prophecy to be a generous part of the mix for His children's spiritual sustenance. This is especially true in these days when the signals of Christ's coming again are every direction in which one looks.

Bible prophecy is being marginalized by those who are supposed to shepherd their flocks, but who don't want to study it and/or don't want to risk scaring people out of the pews. This is because it is the feel-good and do-good, entertainment-oriented sermonettes that tickle itching ears and build many of the elaborate end-times edifices.

Understand that I recognize there are huge churches that hold to doctrinal truth and include God's prophetic Word as part of feeding their attending flocks. This is not to castigate these wonderful pastors, teachers, and staffs. God bless them! But these are in the minority. The dearth of interest in Christ's coming back in the Rapture, then in the Second Advent, demonstrates the lack of faith resident within Christ's body at this crucial hour.

Jesus asked the following profoundly troubling question in that prophetic context: "Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8b). The Lord had a somber message for God's people who will be alive at His sudden, unannounced coming. I wrote the following as part of a chapter for an upcoming book that I believe gets across the gist of this "Nearing Midnight" commentary:

The indifference so prevalent within the church is, itself, an end-times signal, it seems. The Lord obviously spoke to the fact that God's own children will in large part be indifferent to the prophetic signals. They will not be living as they should at the time of His coming for them, as He promised in John 14:1-3. As a matter of fact, He forewarned: "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:34-36; from a chapter by Terry James in a book to be released in 2010)

I pray more born-again pastors, Bible teachers, and God's children of this nation and the world will awaken en masse to the staggering implications of Christ's Second Coming.