Few are straightening up and raising their heads! By Charles Pretlow 12/03/2019
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25-28).
Have you noticed the somewhat quiet lull between each wave of judgments coming upon America and various regions of the world? Right now, there is an eerie atmosphere hanging over the people, including Christians. It’s like the animals and birds when they become strangely quiet just before an earthquake or an eruption.
A Terrible Sense of Doom is about to Fall
Jesus warned when calamities of nature become over-the-top and when the nations of the world become universally perplexed with vexing troubles, these were the progressive events that would eventually lead into a terrible sense doom.
We are approaching a series of judgments and distressing events that will eventually break the threshold of denial and cause the masses to tremble in hysterical fear, “people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world.”
Few Christians are recognizing these end-of-the-age signs as described by Christ. And for those who do realize these things are taking place now, few are straightening out their walk with Christ and looking up with a consistent mindset of becoming ready, setting their minds in heavenly places by abiding in Christ.
What does Christ mean when he says, straighten and raise your heads?
For the saint who is abiding in Christ, it means enduring with patience in becoming Christlike in the discipline of the Lord, by pressing for the crucifixion of the works of the flesh; which often includes vicious attacks by the evil one, persecution by family and friends, which is part and parcel of participating in sufferings of Christ (without complaining). The sincere believer understands that to straighten up and raise one’s head means knowing Christ’s appearance is right around the corner.
Further, he or she knows their redemption from the battle and ills of this life are about to end. The true believer is constantly awake, watching, and pressing into the high call of God in Christ Jesus. The sincere saint will succeed in becoming ready, and thus NOT fall apart when God’s judgments are in full swing and America and the world are completely overtaken by the wicked and the antichrist Is revealed.
As for the shallow believer who follows Christ in name only, straighten up means to get your life in proper order with Christ by embracing and doing all that Christ teaches. To become truly born-again and grow up into Christ, being no longer deceived by the false teachers and passively playing church, loving this world, skipping along enjoying the momentary prosperity of this age.
It’s time to wake up, look up, walk straight and fulfill God’s will for your life!
The following is an article written by Mark D. Poley, expounding on Romans 1:18-32 originally written February 24, 2018.
Although, I believe America has gone past the point of no return, Mark’s message that God calls all to repentance right up to the very end is a needful reminder of God’s grace and mercy.
God’s judgement on America
By Mark D. Poley
As we contemplate and grieve over another tragic school shooting, we must take time to think about what has brought us, in America, to this point. The Apostle Paul shows us in his letter to the Romans, specifically Romans 1:18-32, exactly why we are here. We would do well to heed his words and to repent. If we take issue with anything that Paul has written here, we need to remember that Paul’s writings are inspired by God, so in taking issue, we are taking issue with God himself. We are not here because of the NRA, the 2nd Amendment, or the easy access, we have as American citizens, to own firearms. We are here because of our nation’s rejection of God and the authority of his word. Let us look at what the Apostle Paul is telling us.
Paul begins in v18 by telling us that judgement from God is coming to those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. Paul is speaking here of two aspects or forms of divine judgement. First, an eternal end time judgement when the wicked are judged and cast into the lake of fire, and secondly, earthly temporal judgements as depicted here in vs24-31. We will focus here on the second form of God’s judgement, the earthly temporal judgements, and how they are affecting our nation today.
Paul says in vs19-25, that what can be known about God has been made plain to us by God. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and his divine nature, can be clearly seen in the things that he has made, so that men are without excuse. Although we can clearly see the existence of God through his creation around us, we no longer honor him as God nor give him thanks for what he has given us. Instead of giving glory to God for who he is, we glorify man and the creation that God has given us to use and enjoy. We worship and serve God’s creation rather than the one who created it all. In vs26-32 Paul tells us, “For this reason God, gave us up to sexual impurity.” God removed all the restraints to allow homosexuality and sexual perversion to run rampant and to be accepted as normal behavior in our nation. Also, since we refuse to retain any knowledge of God, in other words, we want to remove any thought or evidence of him from our existence, God has given us over to a depraved mind to commit all sorts of wickedness, unrestrained. We have become full of envy and murder, we have murdered more than 60 million unborn babies, 10 times as many people as the Nazis murdered during the holocaust, and we murder many innocent men, women, and children on our streets and in our schools daily. We are full of strife, greed, deceit, and malice. We are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventers of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless. Although we know that those who do such things should be punished, we heartily approve of their practice of evil.
As we can plainly see, since we have chosen to worship the creation instead of the Creator and refuse to acknowledge the existence of God or retain any evidence of him in our lives, we are under the judgement of a righteous and holy God. Rampant sexual perversion, homosexuality, gender identity issues, and the proliferation of all sorts of evil, including the murder of our children in our schools, are a direct result of this judgement. God, in our desire to live without him, has given us over to a depraved mind and lifted all restraint on the evil that men desire to do. Neither gun control nor the abolishing of the 2nd Amendment is the answer to our problems. Our only hope is to fall down on our knees before an Almighty and Merciful God to repent and ask for his forgiveness. God’s divine purpose and goal in these temporal judgements is that men are brought to repentance and back to a right relationship with him. “For it is not God’s desire that any man perish, but that ALL men should come to repentance”. 2Peter 3:9B. 1 John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” As the laws and government of this nation were founded upon biblical principles, it is my belief that we can also apply to ourselves 2Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” We were once a great Christian nation; it is God’s will that we become one once again.
I urge each one of you reading these words, to read Romans 1:18-32 for yourselves and to ask God to give you understanding.
In the wonderful name of Jesus, our glorious Lord, Savior, and soon coming King, I remain,
Mark D. Poley
Repent, Repent for the Coming Kingdom of God is at Hand
Some final thoughts: Though, our rights and privileges as Christians in America have been increasingly attacked, don’t let this temporary slow down with the Trump administration lull you further into apathy and passivity. Repent of any and all complacency, love of this life, and any secret sin. Give God permission to show you your carnality and ask him to work with you to overcome any hidden unbelief and rebellion by his hand of discipline.
“It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:7-11).
The Only Safe Place is in Christ and His Fullness!
“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).
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