What does the Spirit have to say about “our Struggle” and “the sign of” Christ’s return?  Before entering into these vital questions, let us take a few minutes and do an exercise in spiritual practicality; as well as examine an example of what is in the face of nearly the entire percentage of the multi-global multi-facet multi-billion-dollar media but they neither see it’s truth or care. 

First, the exercise: Considering the fact that it is doubtful that we have not fasted for 72 hours (no food or drink) and that it is impossible in the next two minutes to do so, we will take a different measurement; yet still effective. 

(1) Holistic life test:  a. Inspiration: Inhale deeply the air’s 78.5% nitrogen + 21% oxygen into your lungs for the gas exchange and blood enrichment.  b. Expiration: exhale nearly all your nitrogen + carbon dioxide filled lungs.  c. Act: before your next breath immediately close your mouth and hold your nose not allowing any air to be inhaled.  d. Examine: fill the lack of oxygen lowering your heart rate, while at the same time CO2 is building up in your bloodstream, and if you are still reading this while holding your breath – many of you are already becoming panicked and or disoriented or filling the lack of needed oxygen in you brain.  If you continue you will by wisdom quickly gasp for our God-given atmosphere or lose consciousness and be such to a collapsed lung, cardiac arrest, brain damage or even death.

Understand by this simple demonstration that our body has life, but not just the life of any complex animal – that cannot read or reason or receive instruction or the desire to hold their breath, we humans have a soul to reason with and spirit that moves each of us in different ways.  For many it moves them to endure more and for many it moves them to refrain from any extreme effort or danger. Nevertheless, this simple exercise both proves that we have life [even in several ways that the “life of the flesh is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11)]” and that in order to have life we received the “breath of life (Genesis 2:7).”  Yet amazingly (but not by consequence), so few care to wonder or question from where that source originated.  

(2) Now, what truth is pasted by nearly the entire media?  Behold, the “scribes and Pharisees,” the recorders, teachers and speakers of history, truth and more so spiritual necessities asked our Lord Jesus Christ, “teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”  And “He answered and said to them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah… for three days and three night the Son of Man will enter the heart of the earth… the men of Nineveh will rise up in the Judgment with this generation and condemn it (Matt. 12:38-41).”  

It is not wicked to pray to the Lord for a sign.  He had just before they questioned Him said that they (implying most or all) were a “brood of vipers,” “being evil” and because of their “hearts” – were speaking “evil things.”  They would be judged by their “words and deeds” and be “justified or condemned by their words (Matt. 12:34-37; Eccl 12:14).”

Yes, there is the way of repentance, but here as Albert Barnes “notes” in his commentary (“Barnes Notes; 1830s”): “words are the indication of the true principles of the heart; by words the heart shall be known, as the tree is by its fruit.” 

It is the soul (heart) that will be judged.  [“The soul who sins …will die (‘if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains the sacrifice for sins;’ Heb. 10:26). …But if a wicked person turns (repents) away from all the sins …keeps all My decrees and does what is just and right (Genesis 4:7), he will not die (that is ‘will awake to everlasting life’ and not ‘everlasting contempt’ – Daniel 12:2; also John 5:29) (Ezekiel 18:20-21).”

It was the fact that they were tempting Christ and did not believe He was the Son of God (as John 6:66).  It was for their “empty” or “idle words (Matt. 12:36)” that revealed their evil and lack of any respect for the Son of God, and certainly not any worship. 

And thus, see otherwise, that when His “disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘tell us… what will be the sign of Your coming… (Matt. 24:3)’.” Not only did “Jesus answer them… (Matt. 24:4),” but He gave them possibly the most detailed account of the signs of His return, with warnings as well, but also it is the second longest discourse recorded from our Lord, only next to the first Sermon of the Mount (this too was on the Mount of Olives: as Matthew chapters 5-7; Matt. chapter 24, Mark 13, Luke 21).  

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Now, an example of the media’s blindness.  When Bernell Trammell was killed in July (2020), the media (the ones that actually reported it) said that he was a “black Trump supporter shot to death in Milwaukee,” but you would be hard pressed to find even a few read the verse he had next to him at his death – Matt. 12:38-39.  For nearly all of the media the Gospel is not a matter of their principled “separation of church and state,” but it is separation of God and all people, for their spiritually influenced and trained hearts not only do not want to hear the Gospel, but literally despise its preaching.  

They “know how to interpret the appearance of the weather, but cannot interpret the signs of the times (Matthew 16:3).”

(3) Now what Struggle do we face today.  The struggle is not uncommon from which has been around for millenniums, but the signs are definitely different. 

The Apostle Paul specified to us about this 2,000 years ago, “Be strong in the Lord… so that you can stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms… when the day of evil comes… stand firm… (through) truth… righteousness… by the Spirit (and) …word of God… (Ephesians 6:11-17).”

Tens of millions of the billion Muslims don’t question whether Mohammad received the Quran from Gabriel; millions of Mormons are fooled by Joseph’s Smith’s claims that angels of God spoke to him; however today it seems few Christians remember or believe that the arch-angel Gabriel in truth spoke to the prophet Daniel (Dan. 8:15-, 9:21-).”  He also spoke to Mary, before the virgin birth (Luke 1:26); and some say he was at the tomb, and the “archangel Michael” is mentioned in Jude (1:9) – and Jude speaks of the Book of Enoch and of “myriads of holy ones (vs. 14)” – or angels with the Lord.   

And to Daniel, Gabriel spoke of Michael, prince over Israel, was fighting or withstanding the prince of Persia, and that the prince of Greece would soon rule.  He was speaking of the “rulers and authorities and powers” “in the heavenly realms” (NIV, NLT, ESV), which is to say of the “principalities, powers and rulers in …spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (KJV, NKJV), which is also “rulers, powers and forces” (NASB).

Authorities (masters) or Principalities = the office of a prince, territory or jurisdiction of a prince – an order of angels – but in which there is a arch or chief prince or ruler.  But see “our struggle” is not simply against the individual “temptations (that are) common to mankind (1 Cor. 10:13),” but also against the specific and timely macro and micro-planned schemes (programs, systems, attacks, hackings of all truth, devises) against all truth especially that is spiritual and that is needed for salvation of mankind.

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The rulers of this darkness of this world have from their fall and the creation and fruitful increase of mankind have sought to make men fall from grace, mercy and truth – and thus – Salvation (more so Yehoshua HaMashiach = the Lord our Salvation the Anointed One).  Men and Israelites “turned aside and became corrupt (Psa. 14:3, and in hundreds of other verses).”  And likewise, many Christians have “fallen away from the Living God (Heb. 3:12);” especially in the lasts many decades:

After the printing of the bible in all the major European languages following the invention of the printing presses and the Reformation (1500s); after the colonial governments and their Christian laws (1600s); after the Great Awakenings and Revivals of the 1700s; after the Great Missionary efforts (not of the age of exploration and colonization for “Gold, Glory and God”) solely for souls in the 1800s and 1900s; and after the crushing of slavery (1807-1865 into 1964) chiefly by the Spirit moving certain Christians; after the Prophecy conferences of the late 1800s and early 1900s; after Christians cried out to God during World War II; and during the past decades in which the great Spirit infused many modern worship songs…

we have seen a different falling away, not simply the “betrayal of one another (even brother vs. brother) (Matt. 24:10-), and not only the “departure from the faith, by giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1).”  And those things have been firmly set on the board (earth) – they have been put into play and in place – entrenched into all the governments and chief corporations of the world.  

“All things are lawful.”  Not simply that a homosexual couple has the freedom and rights to live together in majority acceptance and receive equal legal vows and benefits, but that most any combination of abomination can be enjoyed legally in public or private and that these same individuals can adopt or abort at will.  And with the spirits of wickedness in heavenly places agonists, and weak Christians, have already changed or allowed many truths of history and doctrines of Christianity in all levels of most public schools such that there is little chance any child would receive the message of Salvation (through we all are commanded to tell of Christ – Matthew 10:32).

No this is a new strain of attack.  Black Death – the bubonic plague that pandemic over Europe that killed up about 1 in 3 people in Europe in the mid-1300s (1347-) directly caused many of the survivors to call out and seek God.  But this attack has directly cause politically leaders, along with myriads of willing Christians, to further “Separate Church and State” – “God and Mankind.” 

In the hands of politicians, it was simply a step in procedures – for most are totally numb to any speaking of the Holy Spirit or Holy Word.  They only follow what they are taught (right or wrong) by the corporations, professors and voices that move them, not by any “still small voice or wonderous fire (1Kings 19:12; Jeremiah 23:29, Exodus 3:2-).”    

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In the face of most Christians, living with the laws addressing the CoViD-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019), was at first a chance for rest for a few Sundays, to stay home and recharge or catch up on sleep or chores or things that have been put off.  But then for some many it became routine in their souls – that they neither missed, nor offer physical and vocal worship to the Lord our God – to “Him who sits on the Throne and unto to Lamb.”     

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way for that day” WILL COME of the “coming of our Lord,” but it “will not come until the man of lawlessness is revealed… but first a great falling away…” and then the Temple also must be rebuilt… through if it was not written in the Scriptures, with the majority of Jews now non-religious – I would doubt it would happen. (2Thes. chapter 2).

After seeing the 2012 Religious Landscape study of the Pew Research Center speak of the increase in Christians and Muslims predicted for 2050, I begin what would be 100s of hours researching the true state of belief in the world.  And have offer several articles on it.  But, in a sentence, in the last few generations most of the once Christian nations are no longer Christian. 

The Pew Research Center did not predict the Sexual Abuse scandal of the Catholic Church that would the spotlighted and reveal such to cost them as much as 20% of their coffers and adherents (members).  They did not see the changes in same-sex marriage laws and in society becoming non-religious.  And they most certainly did not see this spread of CoVid-19 which would move certain men to shut down businesses and places of worship. 

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Almost a generation from the unbelievable 9/11/2001, about November 2019 COVID was put into play.  Another strange event beyond the usual terrible natural disasters and battles of mankind.  But this one (whether initiated and moved in on by the rulers in spiritual places) has affected and effected mankind in a way that has and cannot be properly and accurately measured at this time.    How many churches will close and how members will not return; and more importantly, how many will sink into the mire and no longer worship…?

You can be assured (with sorrow) that this Struggle has significantly changed the percentage of Christians that will return to church and more importantly, the manner in which they will worship the Lord.

For now, however, may the Lord remind us to pray; and may the Lord bless you and keep you…