by Milton Hubbard
First, we are not permanent residents of earth. We are strangers, aliens, transients and pilgrims [1 Peter 1:1]. Our citizenship as Christians is in heaven [Phil. 3:20]. God has created us as eternal beings who will live forever in either heaven with Him or in hell with satan.
Second, the Bible describes the last days as a time of persecution and tribulation that will surpass anything in the history of the world [Matthew 24:21-22]. The United States has been a force for good in the world for the past 200 years and has been responsible for the propagation of the Gospel throughout the world.
Third, the power and superiority of the United States as a force for good must be broken for the end-times plan of God to be fulfilled. That plan involves the revelation of Jesus Christ as Creator and Sovereign Lord of the entire universe. Before His authority is acknowledged by all of creation, another man known as the anti-christ will come on the scene. He will speak lies and deception in order to deceive the whole world into following him in his assaults against Israel and the people of God. He will wear down Christians as he seeks to annihilate them from the face of the earth [Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:6-7;].
Fourth, this man will reign over the earth for a 7 year span of time which will be divided into 2 distinct parts of 42 months and will end with the return of Jesus [Revelation 19:11-21; Daniel 9:24-27;]. The final 42 months will be the most horrific in the history of the world.
Fifth, the anti-christ will take control of the financial systems of the world [Revelation 13:16-18;]. This probably means there will be a global financial collapse just prior to the anti-christ's ascendancy to power. Mr. Obama has already shown that he is capable of leading this nation into that collapse. He is NOT the anti-christ but certainly possesses the qualifications to be the false prophet [Revelation 13:11-14;]. Time will tell. For now, Mr. Obama is an indicator to the Church of how quickly a man with no credentials for leadership, can arise out of obscurity and be elected to the most powerful political position in the world by people who know almost nothing about him…and apparently do not care.
We appear to be living on the precipice of climactic prophetic fulfillment. Jesus said that when we see all of these things beginning to take place, it is time for the Church to STRAIGHTEN UP and LIFT UP OUR HEADS, because OUR REDEMPTION IS DRAWING NEAR. This is NOT a time to despair!!! It is a time to do the work of the Kingdom and proclaim freedom to those in the bondage of deception, just like the early church did in the face of Rome's oppression and persecution. It is also a time to realize the necessity of being alert and discerning as we appear to be approaching the finish line of the race [2 Timothy 3:1-13;].
The words of Paul Henri Spaak are calling to us from out of the past. Mr. Spaak served as 1st President of the Council of Europe, he was one of the original planners of the European Common Market; he has served as the President of the U. N. General Assembly; Secretary General of NATO, and Prime Minister of Belgium.
In March of 1974 he said, “WE DO NOT WANT ANOTHER COMMITTEE—WE HAVE TOO MANY ALREADY. WHAT WE WANT IS A MAN OF SUFFICIENT STATURE TO HOLD THE ALLEGIANCE OF ALL PEOPLE, AND LEAD US OUT OF THE ECONOMIC MORASS INTO WHICH WE ARE SINKING. SEND US SUCH A MAN, AND WHETHER HE BE GOD OR DEVIL, WE WILL RECEIVE HIM.”
The world is looking for a man. The Church is looking for its returning King. Who are you looking for?
Milton Hubbard has served as Pastor of Living Word Assembly since 1977
Ryan Wheeler serves as Associate Pastor at Living Word Assembly.