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Blindness on the Precipice of God’s Wrath (Part 1)

by Michael Hildreth

From The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory newsletter



(The following two-part series was originally printed in the Pine Prairie Church of Christ bulletin in three parts. It has been condensed into this one article for Word & Work)

     Running with your eyes closed is never advisable, but it is especially dangerous near the edge of an exceedingly high cliff! Faster and faster, this world rushes to that edge. At full speed ahead, they leave all common sense and Biblical insight behind. It is understandable when the ungodly, living in deception and despondency, remain blinded to the truth. Christians, however, must open their eyes to where our world is heading. We must inform ourselves with truth and understand the nearness of the Day of God’s wrath (1 Thess. 5:1 – 6).

     We have all been alarmed by the spread of COVID-19 over recent months, but much more startling than the virus itself is the panic and government oppression being enacted at the national, state, and local levels. Using the virus as a pretext, the global elites are calling for a “great reset” to “reimagine” the world economy.

     They look to change nearly everything about life here on earth. At one time, these same elites were very clandestine about their true agenda, but they have become brazen in announcing their intentions to the masses. It would do us well to listen as we compare their evil agenda with the warnings found in God’s word.

     After President Trump’s withdrawal from the Chinese-controlled World Health Organization, the WHO director has threatened that outbreaks of even more severe plagues, including Ebola, are sure to come. Imagine enduring the panic and chaos of a real pandemic which does not require media hype and exaggerations to rationalize lockdowns and further losses of personal liberty. The Bible teaches this future is coming, and all the indicators point to its near arrival (e.g. Matt. 24:6, 7; Rev. 6:8; 9:18).

     We must not kid ourselves into believing that present changes do not set new and alarming precedents, spelling out the conditions for absolute control of the people in a future medical technocracy. These changes are not just coming, they are already developing, and, when solidified, will serve to “trample down the remainder” of every bastion of free government on earth (Dan. 7:17).

     The New World Order will bring about great “alterations in times and in law” (Dan. 7:25; comp. Rev. 13:16 – 18; 17:15), with an objective to accomplish what was already started at the plain of Shinar – worldwide rebellion against God (cf. Gen. 11:1 – 9).

     As Scripture reveals, there will be a time when individual liberties and religious freedoms will melt away like warm butter. Everyone will be forced to receive the Beast’s mark in order to “buy or sell” (Rev. 13:17). With a national coin shortage now signaling the coming end of cash money, this will be a remarkably simple thing to enact. A policy that requires absolute submission to the state through financial domination of the private sector (fascism) will be extremely easy to obtain under new monetary conditions.

     Many major retailers are already demanding credit and debit card purchases only. This has never happened before anywhere on earth! No freedom can exist in a fully digital, fully traceable cashless society. The technology has been with us for some time, but the system is not yet in place only because a supernatural force has been holding it back until now (2 Thess. 2:7).

     It is imperative that Christians take note of these and other signs, so they will be ready for the Lord’s coming. He will certainly snatch us out before the horrific “hour of trial” soon to inflict vengeance upon everyone dwelling on the earth (1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 3:10). Let us not be ignorant of what is coming and let us always make sure we are listening every minute for the sound of the trumpet! – MAH


Blindness on the Precipice of God’s Wrath (Part 2)

     Everywhere we look, we see corruption and catastrophes of various kinds. There have always been disasters, but the conditions of our world have never been this pronounced. The spiritual ignorance and depravity of mankind is more prominent than ever before. A colossal shift is taking place, both in human activity and in nature.

     Media and entertainment have been preparing minds for the horrifying future envisioned by the ungodly elites in power. Widespread sickness and mob rule, (as exhibited in AMC’s The Walking Dead), tyranny (as exhibited in The Hunger Games), and outright cruelty, (as exhibited in The Purge), are just a few major themes produced by Satanic Hollywood in an effort to condition the minds of the masses. Many have already embraced their dark agenda for the future, if even subconsciously. 

     We are also seeing reports of unprecedented natural disasters all over the world. Swarms of locusts and sandstorms move across Africa and South America, along with drought taking place in every Australian state (which also led to last year’s raging bushfires). Millions are dying of famine and starvation. 

     Threats to peace and civil liberties are everywhere. People in many impoverished nations have virtually no freedom of movement because of the virus lockdowns, and many of them have no way to earn a living. Meanwhile, many are still ignorant about the pandemic, living in constant fear of a virus that poses a serious threat to only a fraction of one percent of the population.  

     We are witnessing a disgusting resurgence of racism here in America. Many Christians are also deceived and caught up in a political agenda to stoke fear and hatred. While we seek peace with others, Satan’s forces cry for war (Psa. 120:7). This evil world is becoming more and more vicious, indicative of the severity of the times (cf. Matt. 24:12; 2 Tim. 3:1 – 5).  

     Perhaps, the most revolting change is a full-fledged assault on the home, along with the shameless promotion of various sexual perversions. Calling evil good and good evil, this wicked generation continues to taunt God (Isa. 5:20). They despise his word of truth in favor of their own fraudulent “wokeness”. 

     With all the intensified ungodliness, threats to freedom, disease, mayhem, and world-wide devastation, you would think that our brethren would finally “take a hint”. Stunningly, most of them remain oblivious to the nearness of Christ’s return, and the judgment about to be unleashed.  

     It requires an enormous degree of spiritual blindness to fail to recognize we are on the precipice, and “there would be no more delay” (Rev. 10:6). Still, the mainline churches remain blind, seeing no spiritual significance in events unfolding all around us. 

Unready for the Coming Deception (Part 3)

     In every instance of remedial judgments against sinful nations, God has elicited repentance, calling them to a knowledge of the truth. He sent Elijah to Israel. He sent Jeremiah to Judah. He sent Jonah to Nineveh. He sent Jesus to the world. He was often rejected by the sinful people he pleaded with, but some have responded in faith.  

     In earth’s final days, Revelation foretells the blind masses will not repent (Rev. 9:20, 21). Only those who believe the preaching of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists will come out of the Great Tribulation in a saved condition (Rev. 7:14). The unbelievers will refuse him in preference of evil self-deception, and they will never change (2 Thess. 2:11 – 12).  

     This wicked generation stands in defiance of God, inviting further wrath upon itself in the days to come. Hardened to the truth, they will not turn to Christ. Instead, they will seek the deliverance of Antichrist!  

     Being enamored by his “power and false signs and wonders”, they will easily fall prey to the “wicked deception” (2 Thess. 2:9 – 11). They will eagerly embrace the hedonistic lifestyle he flaunts, bowing to his charismatic and intellectual prowess (Dan. 8:23). They do so because they accept the “strong delusion, so that they believe what is false”. Of course, God will allow this deluding influence, since it accomplishes his plan to glorify himself through their destruction (e.g. 1 Kings 22:19 – 23; Rom. 9:17, 22 – 24).  

     Inspired by Satan, the man of sin will personify everything this evil world has been working toward, saturating every wicked heart with debauchery, self-hatred, rebellion, and mindless addiction to Satanic lies (cf. Dan. 8:24 – 26). Even now, God allows Satan to blind the minds of unbelievers through the “deceitfulness of sin”, and outright lies about God’s creation, such as the false doctrine of Darwinian Evolution (cf. Rom. 7:11; 2 Cor. 4:4; Heb. 3:13).  

     Many students of Bible prophecy believe Antichrist will claim descent from an alien race, and his great deception will involve extraterrestrial ancestor worship, a concept currently promoted in science fiction. If such is the case, Star TrekStar WarsClose Encounters, Prometheus, the Avengers films, and many more Hollywood productions have served as nothing more than mental conditioning for the widespread acceptance of a sci-fi fantasy which denies God as Creator. 

     Will fallen angels claim to be mankind’s “alien saviors”? Angelic beings have certainly wrought havoc in the past (cf. Genesis 6:1 – 5; Luke 17:26; Col. 2:18; 2 Pet. 2:4, 5; Jude 6). Will they, along with Antichrist, explain away the rapture of the church as a mass abduction by UFO’s? 

     Prophecy speaks of the worship of an “image” (Matt. 24:24; Rev. 13:13, 14). What will that image entail? Will it involve “alien” worship? While we cannot know exactly what the “strong delusion” will be, we already observe disinformation pushing the world in this untoward direction.  

     The educational system has also laid the groundwork by deceiving so many to accept blatant lies about the universe. According to recent statistics, more people today believe in aliens than in Jesus Christ. The world is already ripe for Antichrist’s coming deception, and he may attempt to validate his deception by the word of angelic “visitors”.

                                                                  What About Us?

     God uses remedial judgments to bring people to the knowledge of his Son, but he also uses these judgments to signal coming deliverance to the saved. We can know that Christ is near, and the time is short, simply by observing the signs of the times. 

     Furthermore, the signs serve as a warning to purge ourselves from any sin treasured within our hearts before we meet Christ at the judgment seat (2 Cor. 5:10). The Lord will certainly bring every secret deed to light, disclosing the purposes of our hearts in that day (Eccl. 12:14; 1 Cor. 4:4, 5). It is difficult to know exactly how close we are to the rapture of the church, but we do know we are living in the season of the Lord’s return. Many are fearful, but for those with eyes to see, what an exciting time to be alive!


                Michael Hildreth is minister of the Pine Prairie Church of Christ, Louisiana

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