Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:1-8 NIV
Are we getting closer to the end–as we know it–and the beginning as God has shown it us?
The answer to this question will vary depending upon who is being asked. For those who cannot see beyond the moment and are living in despair–they would say we’re getting closer to the end. For those who understand that we cannot reach the end of a goal without moving forward, intuitively (naturally and spiritually), they would say, this is the simply the means to get to the new beginning God has promised.
While I refuse to live in despair or be fearful of the things I see, I am also not afraid to speak truth and warn others to be vigilant in all they do. As a watchman, I must be brave and courageous and speak truth whether people want to hear it or not. For if the warning is heard and acknowledged and things fall apart–people will be prepared to make adjustments–including fighting back or taking other precautions in how they live. If people choose to ignore the warnings and are surprised by the outcome of any event, their folly is on them–the watchmen is free from judgment.
Ezekiel said it best–if watchmen see danger and do not warn the people–their blood (any loss of life) is on the watchman’s hands. If the watchmen warn the people of impending danger and the people ignore the watchmen, their blood is on their hands (whatever the consequences are).
I have warned people for months of impending dangers of having a total novice in the White House–one who has never sacrificed anything in his life to serve others–one who has never seen the importance of serving others–one who has never served in public office to accomplish anything worthwhile for others. And yet, in spite of the warnings, church folks–those who claim to know God–lied on God and convinced others to vote for a man who does not know God and avoided serving in the military with trumped up excuses and is now the Commander-in-chief of the same military he refused to serve.
The same man–of which I warned people about for months–has now determined that those with mental illness have the right purchase guns. The coal-miners can go back to polluting surrounding water supplies in order to make a buck. The economic sanctions have been lifted against Russia even though they undermined our democratic process by hacking into a political party’s system (both). Legal immigrants have been impeded from traveling back to the United States because of a fearful, impetuous man–who gave no thought to his actions by implementing an unnecessary ban against a religion. White Supremacists and the KKK have been removed from the “terror watch” list in order to accommodate the systematic suppression of rights of all Americans. Civilians in Yemen have lost their lives and one Navy Seal lost and others endangered because the man with no experience, decided to consult with others with no experience, and carried out a raid without sufficient information from those with knowledge.
The pro-lifers who claim that life is precious from the beginning of conception, have no concern about the lives of human beings after they arrive from the womb. This they have proven, time-after-time. They deregulate corporate policies designed for the production of safety–in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink–just to make corporations rich at the risk of our health. They polarize the country with fear and lies about the healthcare system so all would be covered-without a replacement and without concern about the health of the nation. And yet they say–they are “pro-life.” What a hypocrisy!
Arrogance and ego governing in any capacity is a dangerous thing as we are about to see with his–bullying tactics–against those who are in a position to fight back and win.
In spite of the stupidity that abounds–I will trust in the Lord and I will continue to warn people of the plots of evil that surround us–especially about those who are plotting a military coup. We know this because of all the events unfolding from the placement of Bannon on the National Security Council, to the eliminating of background checks for gun purchases for mentally unstable, to the isolation engendered by keeping other world leaders antagonized against us. Those who hear God–know what is coming ahead, but we also know–no weapon formed against those who belong to God–will have any lasting effect to harm us.
Look ahead–keeping God’s Word in focus–and doing whatever God says to do–being assured of obtaining all He has promised.