Month: September 2014

Road Rage Shootouts

The Bright Red Horse and Rider of the Apocalypse    September 18, 2014

I am amazed with the extreme passivity and lackadaisical mindset that most Christians walk in. It is clear that the false alarmists, the rapture before trouble preachers, and the peace and security prophets have lulled most believers into ignoring these last days warning signs.

In talking about the coming trouble, most shy away by saying such things as, “I have Jesus, I’ll be ready, if he returns in my life time.” As confident as many appear, with this mindset most will not be ready for the coming trouble. The signs and warnings Christ spoke of that are appearing in the news almost daily should be alarming and awakening God’s people. God’s people should be moving towards seriously dealing with the issues of the flesh, love of this world (America), and sin. Few discern the hour and few discern the difference between sound doctrine and false teachings that lull so many to sleep. Jesus warned that there would be great trouble before he returned and that we should:

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).

Few watch the signs and watch themselves concerning where their affections of heart gravitate.

The Bright Red Horse of the Apocalypse

The Apostle John’s revelation or apocalypse lays out specific indicators concerning the coming trouble and one of his end time visions describes people slaying one another.

“When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, ‘Come!’  And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword” (Revelation 6:3-4).

Have you noticed the drastic increase in homicides; more and more are gruesome, senseless, and random, like some horror movie played out across the nation? Anyone can become a victim of some murderous rampage by just going to the store or watching TV in his or her living room. The world and America is not at peace and now rage, mayhem, and murder are at our doorsteps.

America Used to be Peaceful

Born in 1950, I grew up in a time of peace and security all across the nation. Yes, the cold war was in full swing and racial tensions were high (especially in the 60s); however, grotesques murders and crime sprees had subsided when prohibition ended back in the thirties. Then with the Great Depression came a sense of mutual respect and civility, along with the fear of God and this mindset swept the nation. When WWII broke out the country pulled together and the fear and the love of God was common throughout our culture.

However, peace and security for Americans can no longer be taken for granted. That bright red horse and rider of Revelation that the Apostle John saw is coming rapidly, yielding a great sword—inciting people to slay one another.

Yes, wars and rumor of war are now constant, along with the brutal murders in the Mid-East highlighted by the beheading of journalists and aid workers, and now fears of ISIS infiltrating the USA has become reality. Recently, the Australian authorities raided an ISIS group that was plotting to randomly behead innocent people in city streets. US Sheriffs and city police along the Mexican border are on high alert—ISIS infiltrators are seeping into the country with illegal immigrates—these marauding killers are intent on beheading innocent US citizens in the streets of America.

The ISIS and jihadists are an aspect of the apocalyptic bright red horse and rider; however, few realize the increased killings across America are also part of John’s prophetic vision and should be taken as a warning for us.

Recently a man traveling from New York to Florida on his motor cycle was making his way to see his girlfriend to propose marriage was murdered. He had stopped to phone her and was standing outside a McDonald’s restaurant talking on his cellphone. A homeless man walked up and stabbed him multiple times. The police found the killer across the street at a Burger King. When asked why he stabbed to death an innocent stranger, he said, “I thought he was calling people to come and kill me.”

Road Rage Shootouts Victimizing Ordinary Citizens

What I see coming is another aspect of the bright red horse and rider in the form of another onslaught of maniacal people finding power to kill from within their automobiles. We are not only at risk just by stopping on the sidewalk to make a phone call, or being kidnapped and beheaded by ISIS infiltrators, but also now, people will be at risk while driving in their automobiles.

The Lord is warning me that a “gang mentality” will come upon many embittered and deranged people, and while out carousing looking for action they will become compelled to kill others. They will have loaded weapons in their vehicles and suddenly on an impulse for fun or just out of pent-up rage will randomly assault other motorists. Many of the encounters will result in shooting at the innocent in their vehicles and running them off the road.

Just as the Apostle Paul prophesied of the last days in 2 Timothy 3, more and more people have become heartless, brutal, treacherous, and reckless having no self-control, where many will be demonically compelled to act like irrational animals and randomly take the lives of others.  For many of these diabolical human beings, the automobile will become a power trip and when mixed with firearms will make them feel invincible (delusional).

Jesus said it; the last days would be like the days of Noah, where most would be oblivious to the mounting threat of deadly-destructive judgments and the coming end. We must learn to abide in Christ, walk in his discipline, learning to be always alert:

But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place. Ώ

Copyright © 2014 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

 

Believe Them Not

Discerning Evil’s Treachery in these Last Days    September 2, 2014

We have repeatedly warned of a coming upheaval in society where hidden evil would surface and wreak havoc. Certainly, every area of the American society and of our once honorable institutions has taken hits in morality, integrity, and accountability. Evil now is predominately glorified and good is vilified.

I want to warn of another wave of wickedness that is now surfacing, where the devil is focusing on relationships—within families, in fellowships, in business, with peers at work, and even between seemly sound marriages.

This next wave will hit fellowships, families, marriages, and friendships—where certain close relationships with family and friends, (who seemed on the up-and-up,) will turn weird and treacherous.

The devil now has at his disposal a ripe arsenal—a multitude of people, having evil hearts that are disguised by friendly smiles who speak smooth words. They will be used of Satan to snare the undiscerning believer—the word I have been given from the Lord is: believe them not!

Just as the prophet Jeremiah was warned by the Lord, so is the same warning for us today:

“For even your brothers and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; they are in full cry after you; believe them not, though they speak fair words to you.” (Jeremiah 1:6 RSV).

Control, possessiveness, compulsions, gossip, meddling, and secret sins will begin to grow and lead to betrayal, releasing the dark issues of the heart once concealed. Bitterness, jealousy, and secret demented lifestyles will emerge spewing chaos and poisoning relationships.

Satan is going to use his “evil-weed implants” to hit every sincere saint with lies, immoral choices, and soul vexing temptations. The devil is about raise his spiritual influence in order to sift the lukewarm and naïve Christian to near insanity. This next round of satanic influences will cause many to fall away. It will be in a similar manner the devil used in his attempt to destroy Peter’s faith.

The devil will use family and friends who have gone over to the dark side and try to drag the weak and unprepared saint down into the abyss by way of wrong relationship ties. This is a softening strategy leading to the coming great persecution and falling away—a precursor move to destroy the weak-faith Christian, so when in the valley of decision they will crumble.

We are entering into a time to learn to take note of those who we are in relationship with. Using the Apostle Paul’s admonishment, we are to:

“Watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve” (Romans 16:17-18 ESV).

In addition, I want to remind us all of what the Apostle Paul also prophesied—how the last day’s culture would turn treacherous and ugly. Pay attention to how accurate the following prophesy is in describing our current culture:

“For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,   heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people” (2 Timothy 3:2-5 ESV). Ώ

Copyright © 2014 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved