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In The End Times… — October 7, 2013

In The End Times…

“And when the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, ‘Come!’ And I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green like a corpse. And Death was the name of its rider, who was followed around by the grave. They were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.” Revelation 6:7-8 (NLT)

In the end times…

Will people really consent to and even approve of the misfortune of others – even to their deaths as if they deserve what befalls them just because they believe in the God of Abraham and the Jesus of the New Testament?
Surely not! Surely people cannot be that coercible and cruel!

And yet…

In the end times…

Will the world consent to and allow authority to a rider whose horse is green – green like the color of Islam (as some believe) – authority to kill a quarter of the earth? Through use of the sword (military) famine (starvation) disease (introduced?) and wild animals (the government)…? Surely the military would never be ordered to kill civilians and peaceful citizens…
And yet… There are already orders in place…
But no. Surely at the very least people would be able to grow their own food! Forced famine? Surely people won’t be kept from simply feeding themselves…
And yet…
No. Forced Diseases? Unthinkable! And a rogue government defying “nature and nature’s God”…? Surely not. Even so, the good people would never stand for such a thing! Surely something outrageous and outlandish would precede such a power grab! Some small but overt act like searching an entire city’s homes without one single owner consenting… Or ordering the sovereign states to shut down things not even aided by the federal government… Arresting people for making opinions in videos… Blocking access to businesses and by direct means livelihood! Blocking public lookouts! Kicking people out of vacation homes because their homes are on federal land! Surely these fundamentally flawed yet obviously and constitutionally improper acts would be met with proper outrage and appropriate resistance from – at the very least – legal checks and balances of the appropriate branches of that government…

And yet…

In the end times…

Could such a thing exist? A system of belief that not only condones but aggressively pursues the death of those who disagree? A system that desperately desires to fundamentally transform things to the point that all things fall under one belief or they are exterminated?
Surely not…
And yet…

In the end times…

Won’t people know it’s the end times? Won’t signs of these prophetic events clearly frame the impending inevitability of these events? Won’t we see the green horse rising? The government turning? The people acquiescing? The pieces falling in place? Won’t good people cry, “FOUL!”? Won’t decent people, self proclaimed ‘good’ people stand up? Surely people won’t just bury their collective heads in the sand and ignore the labor pains…
Surely not…
And yet…

In the end times…

Will you be counted? Will you remember where your strength and life and meaning and help comes from?
Will you, in the face of three quarters of the world saying “You only live once,” defiantly aver to the enemy, “You only die once! And then, the judgement of God!”
Will you deny God?
Will you be ready?
I mean should such signs be evident…
There’s always time to get ready… To get prepared…
Worry about it later. Nothing like that is going on. Except it’s been prophesied, I’d barely believe they could happen!
Relax! Eat, drink, and be merry!

And yet…

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