Sunday, 1 February 2015
By Ron and Nathele Graham
There is an unprecedented event which will happen in the very near future. That event is the Rapture of the Ekklesia (the called out Body of Christ) and every Christian should be listening in anticipation for our Lord to call us all Home. Can you imagine the joy of being snatched away from this sin-filled world and being in the presence of Jesus? What a wonder that will be!
Until then we live in a fallen world with all of its struggles and strife. Though we don’t know what day the Rapture will happen, we can see the signs of its approach. One of those signs is apostasy, or falling away.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3. “Falling away” is translated from the Greek word “apostasia.”
According to Strong’s Concordance it means “a falling away, defection, apostasy.” When you look around at the various congregations do you see any apostasy? How about in your own congregation? There is a huge falling away—apostasy—from the pure truth of God.
Apostasy is a fact and sadly it is now in full swing. What exactly is apostasy? Any deviation from God’s Word is apostasy, and in these last days apostasy is running rampant. Homosexual bishops, woman preachers, New Age, emerging church, yoga, contemplative prayer, replacement theology…the list is long.
None of these doctrines are biblical, but they are seeping into our congregations. These doctrines are entering through the teaching of preachers who try to make Christianity more “user friendly” or should I say “seeker friendly.” The goal is to keep the congregation happy no matter what heresy is embraced.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
The congregation doesn’t want to hear that they are doing anything wrong, so they won’t stand for listening to God’s truth. Rather than standing firm on the word of God, the man in the pulpit makes life easy for the flock. He waters down God’s Word so as not to step on any toes. He preaches to the itching ears of the congregation and apostasy reigns.
The fact of the matter is our foundation must be built on Jesus Christ. God’s Word must be the final authority in all matters and it must rule our life. As folks move away from sound doctrine the false teachers are able to change God’s truth into doctrines of devils, and so the apostasy begins.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1).
We are living in the “latter times” and rather than heed Scripture, people want to do what is right in their own eyes. We can see that apostasy -- has a firm hold on many people.
This falling away also comes by the false teaching that all religious groups worship the same god. Well, Christianity worships one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The others follow the doctrines of devils. There is a movement which is adding to the apostasy. Some religious leaders are trying to unite all religions into one group. Christians cannot unite with any other faith or we lose our foundation.
Salvation is through Christ and Christ alone. Do you think that a Muslim would ever pray in the name of Jesus? Do you think a Jehovah’s Witness will ever confess the deity of Christ?
“Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (Luke 13:23-24).
There is no room for false teaching when it comes to salvation. Christians know that there is no other way of salvation except through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Don’t be among those who are apostate; don’t fall away. Follow the strait road and do not waver. There is no other way to come unto the Father but through Jesus.
False prophets who lead the gullible down the broad road to destruction aren’t new. Jesus gave a warning to be on the lookout for these wicked ones.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15).
Jesus said that there will be teachers (false prophets) who seem to be learned in God’s Word and will be accepted by many people as teaching biblical truth. Although their words will appear to be sound and correct, these deceivers will actually be ravening wolves (emissaries of Satan).
Because of their convincing style, their ability to present themselves in a good light, and their seemingly truthful message, they will lead many down the treacherous path of apostasy. Not everyone who writes a book or stands in the pulpit speaks God’s truth.
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16).
The false teachers/false prophets are quite adept in leading the sheep who don’t know their Bible into apostasy. Although their deceptions may rely heavily on the incessant use of the name “Jesus” it’s all just a façade as there’s no indwelling by the Holy Spirit. Does your pastor preach the true gospel, or is it watered down so as not to step on toes? Avoid these ravening wolves by knowing for yourself what God’s word teaches. Read it…study it…apply it to your life.
There was a time when the Bible was not available to ordinary people. The power hungry, government controlled clergy wouldn’t preach the truth. Today we have the blessing of God’s Word being readily available in most languages and in easily understood translations. There is no excuse for anyone to be led into apostasy. Amos tells us there will come a famine in the land (the whole earth), but it will be a famine of hearing the Word of God.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it” (Amos 8:11-12).
People will seek to hear God’s truth, but they will be fed counterfeit lies, as the true Word of God will have gone missing. It isn’t that God’s word isn’t available, they just hear apostate lies instead of the words of the Lord and they don’t read and study on their own. Therefore it is easy for them to be lead down the broad road of apostasy and destruction. We are in those days.
As Jesus spoke of the apostasy that will be widespread in the last days. He described the apostates themselves.
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” Matthew 7:22 You might be asking yourself, “What’s the problem?”
It seems as if these zealots did everything correct, right? Did they not declare the name of Jesus in all their activities? They prophesied, cast out demons, and did many other wonderful works in His name. They’re active, they’re persuasive, and they’re adept at convincing the masses of their spirituality simply by evoking the name of our Lord. So what’s the problem? Just this: He (Jesus Christ) is not their Lord. Satan is able perform pseudo-miracles and wonders, and the apostates will be in league with him.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
If you know the Scripture these purveyors of lies/false doctrines will not be able to deceive you or lead you into apostasy. They may speak of Jesus as if they know Him but Jesus Himself said:
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).
Even though these folks are apparently successful in casting out demons, make prophetic predictions, and achieve a level of wondrous signs, their doctrine was one of apostasy. The Holy Spirit is not indwelling them as they never truly believed in Messiah Jesus. They have helped many to fall away, and in these last days these false teachers are everywhere. Study God’s Word, not seeker friendly drivel that leads to apostasy.
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:1-2).
Paul’s words to Timothy are as important today as they were so long ago. Instead of approving of every type of behavior we need to reprove. That means we bring into conviction things that go against God’s word. If we see a Christian who is making choices that are not Biblical, rebuke that person. That means make them aware of their sin; use Scripture and love. Patiently urge the one who is falling away to get back on track. If that person has truly accepted Christ they will heed your words because those words will be of God. If they are merely “in name only” Christians, they will continue in their apostasy. Don’t compromise God’s Word.
Time is short. The falling away is in full swing leading to the Rapture. Then the man of sin will be revealed and Daniel’s 70thweek will start sometime after that. Those who continue in their apostasy will not be a part of the Rapture because they were never truly a part of the Body of Christ. Only those who know Christ as their Saviour will follow Him on that strait road to eternal life. Turn away from the doctrine of devils and know that eternal life is yours because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Don’t be a part of the apostasy that is all around in these final days. Keep watching for the Lord to descend and the voice of the archangel to call you.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” ( 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
I can hardly wait.
God bless you all,
Ron & Nathele Graham
The Duration of the Kingdom
One of the most concise and informative passages on the kingdom occurs in Revelation. After the description of the Lord's second coming in chapter 19, but before the great white throne judgment in Revelation 20:11-15 and the eternal kingdom in chapters 21 and 22, we have this description of the kingdom.
Revelation 20:1-10 says, "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, andSatan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
This passage makes several things very clear. Satan will be bound and unable to influence mankind. The first resurrection, the resurrection of the Old Testament saints (Daniel 12:2-3 and 12:13) and tribulation saints, will occur at the beginning of the kingdom. This resurrection is not to be confused with the resurrection of the Christians at the rapture, which will occur seven years earlier, prior to the tribulation. The rapture was a mystery first revealed to Apostle Paul and is not the subject of either Old Testament prophecy or prophecies given in Christ's earthly ministry.
The duration of this kingdom will be one millennium. This passage makes this very clear by telling us not just once but six times that it will last one thousand years. Satan will be released for a brief period after the one thousand years. This passage may bring questions to the minds of many readers, but hopefully, the remainder of this paper will adequately address most of them. For a description of the eternal kingdom which will follow this one thousand year kingdom, one may read Revelation chapters 21 and 22.
THE IMPRESSIVE RAYMOND IBRAHIM WITH SOME RECENT POSTS, INCLUDING THE USA/BROTHERHOOD JIHAD, BACKFIRES, HYPOCRISY, AND SLIGHTS!
US/Brotherhood Jihad, Backfires, Hypocrisy, and Slights
The following are recent blog posts from RaymondIbrahim.com:
Saturday, 31 January 2015
New post on Now The End Begins
by Geri Ungurean
The Hamas version of Boy Scouts have a motto, but it's not "Always be prepared." It's more like "Always kill a Jew.""Hamas, a member of the Palestinian Unity Government, has published photo proof of the terrorist organization committing war crimes by training thousands of teenagers in “military youth camps.”TheHamas version of the Boy Scouts dresses the children in military uniforms, preaches sermons of hate against Israel and for the “love of death,” and teaches skills they will need to lead them there, such as using assault weapons."  - sourceThe Palestinian Authority signed the United Nations Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC) which prohibits soldiers under the age of 18.But they have signed many other agreements, and have not honored any of them.They don't have money to furnish housing for their people, but they seem to have plenty of money to finance these camps for their children to learn how to kill Jews.
"A CHIP UNDER THE SKIN" - NEW SWEDISH TECHNOLOGY REPORTED BY THE BBC - IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST NEARLY UPON US?
New post on Now The End Begins
by NTEB News Desk
Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We're all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach - a chip under the skin."And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)After the Rapture of the Church, the unsaved will not only have to face the Antichrist, they will also have to decide whether or not to willingly receive his mark in either in their right hand or in their forehead. So in preparation of that day, the Devil is working overtime mentally condition people right now that human chip implantation is not only beneficial, but that it's also unavoidable.Felicio de Costa, whose company is one of the tenants, arrives at the front door and holds his hand against it to gain entry. Inside he does the same thing to get into the office space he rents, and he can also wave his hand to operate the photocopier.That's all because he has a tiny RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip, about the size of a grain of rice, implanted in his hand. Soon, others among the 700 people expected to occupy the complex will also be offered the chance to be chipped. Along with access to doors and photocopiers, they're promised further services in the longer run, including the ability to pay in the cafe with a touch of a hand.On the day of the building's official opening,the developer's chief executive was, himself, chipped live on stage. And I decided that if was to get to grips with this technology, I had to bite the bullet - and get chipped too.Human Microchip ImplantationHannes Sjoblad says he and the Swedish Biohacking Group have objective - preparing us all for the day when others want to chip us. "We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped - the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip." Then, he says, we'll all be able to question the way the technology is implemented from a position of much greater knowledge.Read the rest of this story on BBC...
New post on Terry James Prophecy Line
by Terry JamesChrist’s words indicate something of humankind-ending power. This statement follows His warning of wars and rumors of wars for the very end of the human history timeline that immediately precedes His second advent. All flesh will die if Jesus doesn’t return upon His divinely scheduled appointment time!The question naturally emerges: Do we see any such power upon the world scene today? I, perhaps, don’t even need to go into answering that–at least not very deeply. That power to destroy all flesh has been on the scene as a major sign of where we are on God’s prophetic timeline since 1945. The first atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, New Mexico, flashed that sign across the night desert sky in a stupefying instant. Soon "Little Boy” and “Fat Man” incinerated and blew apart almost 200,000 Japanese citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The hydrogen bomb tests, coupled with intercontinental ballistic missile developments, made the whole world aware that the planet’s inhabitants could well be living on borrowed time. These weapons, yielding unfathomable power to destroy, continue to scream from the billboard of forewarning while this generation nears the denouement of the age. Weapons of such horrific magnitude must certainly be the subject of and reason for Jesus’ “wars and rumors of wars” sign being issued for the terminal generation. And this prophetic sign must, it follows because of that world-destroying weaponry being ubiquitous today, refer to our present generation of earth dwellers.Third World powers and terrorist organizations lust after weapons of mass destruction. Potential for developing atomic weaponry is on the agenda of governments. North Korea, Iran and other nation-states race forward with nuclear programs, defying the international community as the G-8 and others try to prevent World War III.Sign 3: Nations and Kingdoms in DistressThe most obvious category given by Jesus that we are in the time of the signs is that involving the geopolitical disposition of nations. No observer of the world scene today who believes that God has told the end from the beginning can look at the way countries are prophetically juxtaposed and not see the end times are upon this generation. Let’s look more closely at this third end-times prophecy Jesus put forth while on top of the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Jerusalem of His time while still in His flesh body: “Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Lk. 21:10).The Lord forewarned tremendous ethnic upheaval at the time just before His second advent. We’ve looked many times at the Greek term used here, translated into the KJV as “nation.” The Greek term is ethnos, meaning “ethnic” in English. Jesus said that the end times would be marked by ethnic hatred and strife. “Kingdom” against “kingdom” can be interpreted nation-state entities or countries will be at war or about to go to war. These wars and rumors of war will present unprecedented levels of danger to the peoples that inhabit the “kingdoms,” is the implication. We have looked at why this is so. The nuclear and other threats from weaponry of mass destructive capability brings our time to this level of concern.Jesus, when considering the Luke account of His Olivet Discourse, goes on to express this fact in expanding upon the time of the signs: “And there shall be…upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity…” (Lk. 21:25b).Threat of calamitous destruction, should there be all-out nuclear war, is obvious. Worry about such potential catastrophe certainly fits Jesus’ prediction of end times perplexity and distress among the nations. The causes of this Armageddon-like potentiality, however, seems to be now coming into focus.During the Cold War, there seemed little rhyme or reason why kingdom should rise against kingdom and want to destroy each other and the rest of the world with thermonuclear warfare. The unofficial doctrine termed "Mutually Assured Destruction" (MAD), in fact, kept the superpowers, with their potentially world-ending nuclear stockpiles, from doing the unthinkable–attacking each other just for the sake of empire building or stopping empire building. Again, there was no rhyme or reason–at least not enough--that convinced the leaderships of the superpowers to pull the nuclear trigger. Warfare on such a horrific scale was absolutely a no-win scenario for all concerned.The CatalystNow, in this, our generation’s time of the signs, a reason to go to Armageddon-like war might just be in view. The catalyst that just might be a large part of galvanizing the nations of the world into a collective mindset that throws MAD out the window of sanity, thus bringing all into the valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2), isn’t so far fetched to contemplate.The thirst, thus the lust, for petroleum looks more and more like a potential reason to cause all to gather at Megiddo on the plain of Jezreel. The nations in distress, with perplexity, exactly describes the industrialized nation-states of Planet Earth while they scramble to secure for themselves the black liquid gold that can fire their engines of wealth production.While there is talk of alternative fuels, none of practical development and implementation looks to be in view for decades ahead. The oil-rich Middle East is the logical place to look first in the attempt to secure energy producing fuels. Oil in the region surrounding God’s chosen nation, Israel, is the quickest, most accessible such arena of supply.The Nations in this Time of the SignsThe alignment of the nations pertinent to Bible prophecy, as they are presently positioned and are dynamically rearranging, are eerily similar to the configuration Jesus and the Bible prophets forecast for the time just before Christ’s return to put a stop to Armageddon, and to prevent the end of all flesh on Planet Earth.Rosh (Russia) sits due north of Jerusalem. The nation who will produce the evil leader called “Gog,” those of us who hold to pre-trib rapture eschatology believe, struggles internally and externally to become again a superpower to rival the United States. To do this, that prophetic nation will need energy to fire the engines of its industrial base.Iran, the area where ancient Persia largely sat, is in the throes of international turmoil while it seems unalterably determined to produce nuclear weapons. At the same time, it is allying in many ways with Russia, in keeping with the Ezekiel 38 and 39 prophecy that foretells its joining forces with Gog to attack over the mountains toward Israel. All the while its leader declares his desire is to erase all Jews from the Middle East.Nations of the area of the ancient Roman Empire have put aside centuries of disputes and warring to form a reviving Roman Empire. The EU looks more and more to fit the prophetic Daniel 9: 26-27 template in a way that can be denied only by those who refuse to acknowledge that Bible prophecy is to be interpreted as literal.The great dragon nation, China, is perhaps the oil-thirstiest of all of the industrial giants. The prophetic scenario is not difficult to embrace that this behemoth, which by itself could field the astonishing, prophetically stipulated 200-million-troop force, will move toward the Middle East at some point yet future.Despite recent attempts to slow the use of petroleum a degree, this emerging industrial titan, with its one-and-a-half-billion people, looks to be developing into becoming the king of the kings of the East of Revelation 9 and 16.Modern Israel, the greatest sign in this time of signs, is positioned almost precisely where the prophet Zechariah foretold, as recorded in Zechariah 12:1-3. Most all of the distressed, perplexed nations of the world seem focused on God’s chosen people as the key to war and peace in the Middle East, thus the key to world peace. Again, modern Israel sits at the center of the region where the planet’s greatest pools of petroleum reside beneath what the world calls the Holy Land. It is a land destined for man’s most destructive war, then to become the heart of Christ’s glorious 1,000-year kingdom.
Friday, 30 January 2015
New post onroshpinaproject.wordpress.com
Anti-Zionist crusader, Rev Stephen SIzer is in hot water again by claiming Israel was behind 9/11. See story in the Telegraph here.
A statement from the Diocese of Guildford regarding The Revd Stephen SizerDate: 29 January 2015The Bishop of Dorking, The Right Revd Ian Brackley said “The Diocese of Guildford is aware of reports regarding The Revd Dr Stephen Sizer and materials linked from his social media account, which have now been deleted.“I want to reassure everyone that we are taking this complaint extremely seriously. Immediate steps are being taken to investigate and we are in contact with Dr Sizer as well as the Board of Deputies.“The Diocese of Guildford is committed to building cohesive communities and fostering strong interfaith relations built on trust and respect.“In 2013, The Diocese of Guildford facilitated a process of conciliation between Dr Sizer and the Board of Deputies, and is committed to ensuring this agreement is upheld.”ENDS
Notes for editorsThe conciliation agreement may be found at the following:
New post on Study - Grow - Know
by modresPaul speaks clearly to Timothy regarding just how deceitful things will become during what he calls the "latter days" of this current age. As far as I can see, there are two ages; this age in which we currently live and the coming age in which Jesus will physically reign. I firmly believe we are approaching the end of this current age that will lead into the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus, as He reigns from His earthly father David's throne, from Jerusalem.The Holy Spirit provided Paul with information about many things and he wrote much of it down for us. His writings teach us many things about God and His plans for the earth as this age draws to a close.In 1 Timothy 4:1-5, Paul was prompted to write the following:The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.In verse one, Paul tells us what the Spirit "clearly" taught him. He says that during the last part of this current age, people will depart from the faith and will instead follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. It is because of the fact that they have seared consciences that they can say anything and with the conviction required to cause people to believe that they are telling the truth.Because too many today do not know God's Word (nor do they understand that true discernment is based on the truth of His Word), they are easily deceived. Why is this? It is because secular humanism has infiltrated the church. We'll talk about that more in a moment.After Paul tells us that there will be a proliferation of liars toward the end of this current age, he provides two examples of what these liars teach. They teach that people should abstain from being married and abstain from eating certain foods. Essentially, these teachers did this in Paul's day (and in ours) for one purpose. They want to be seen as the authority on God's Word. They want people to look to them for direction and as the final authority for life and living.Aside from the fact that too many Christians do not know God's Word well enough to stay out of trouble, I firmly believe the reason many in the church today do and will continue to fall prey to liars who sound so convincing is due to the fact of secular humanism and its infiltration in the church.Secular humanism is "any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, or dignity predominate." Secular humanism promotes SELF and seeks to fulfill felt needs for self. The visible church has become preoccupied with self in many ways.If we consider that many people within Christendom like to focus on prophecy, the end times, the 2nd Coming, etc., we need to ask why this is so? While it is important to study God's Word to determine exactly what He tells us concerning these things, for some people, it's all they talk about.In fact, there are plenty of books and conferences that promote the discussion of signs and wonders that many believe are attributed to the events of the end times. I myself have written numerous books on the subject, but my reason for writing them is to educatepeople as to the times and the seasons in which I believe we are living. This is done so that Christians will arise from their slumber and understand that the time may well be short. If it's short, shouldn't we be seriously involved with the Father's business? What is His business? He is in the business of saving souls, isn't He?Christians should be very concerned about neighbors, co-workers, and other people we meet through the course of our lives. We should wonder (and even ask) whether they know Jesus or not. Our primary concern for everyone should be whether or not they know Jesus as Savior. Have they receivedsalvation?Instead, too many Christians seem to be enamored with so-called "signs" and "wonders." There are so many books on the Nephilim (Genesis 6) out there, as one example, I've lost count. Everyone has an opinion on it and many believe the Nephilim will "rise again" during this last part of the current age.They spend their lives chasing down anything that even suggests that the Nephilim might be here, and spend hours discussing it at the latest prophecy conference. This is what too many Christians have become involved in, instead of dealing the true crisis in an unsaved person's life (lack of salvation), too many Christians wrongly believe that chasing after the latest perceived "sign" is just the thing needed to convince someone of the truth of God's Word. It isn't. Meanwhile, 150,000 people die every day, many to most without salvation!Studying prophecy and the end times as outlined in Scripture is good and should cause the Christian to take a new look at evangelization. Knowing about the end times should make us better witnesses. We should have a greater desire to win souls to Jesus. Instead, we chase signs, one after another.Jesus said several things about "signs" to His listeners. First, He said that an evil and adulterous generation seeks after signs (cf. Matthew 12; 16, Luke 11, etc.). He also talked about Abraham's bosom and the fact that after a rich man died and went to the hell portion of Sheol, he asked Abraham if he would send a message to his brothers so they could avoid coming to the same place he went to after his death.Abraham's answer was clear. "If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead'." (Luke). The point is simple. God's Word is the authority for us in all matters pertaining to life and death. God is not going to give additional signs (not talked about in His Word) in an attempt to convince people that He exists. Jesus Christ provided the greatest possible sign to everyone - His resurrection - yet too many refuse to believe it.The rich man died and went to hell. Yet, during his life, the Mosaic law and the prophets were available to him. He was without excuse, yet he ignored God and His Word to his own peril. In effect, Jesus was telling us (through that story) that signs won't matter to people who won't believe. They don't change anything.We have got to stop looking for signs to confirm God's Word. It is already either God's Word and fully true or it is not. It seems clear enough from both Jesus and Paul that those who look for or chase after signs are easily deceived. Signs and wonders cater to ouremotions and emotions are not to be used as arbiters of truth. It's what secular humanists do, but something Christians should not do.Get on board with God by reading, studying, and learning what His Word says about things. Stop chasing signs. Focus on God, understand where we are in this age, and ask God to renew your commitment to seek out the lost.I like the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40). In that story, the bottom line is that the eunuch was on the side of the road reading a portion of God's Word. The Holy Spirit brought Phillip to the eunuch for the purpose of explaining the Scriptures to the man. Phillip didn't show him a sign. He didn't perform wonders. He simply talked to the man about the meaning of the Scripture he was reading. God then opened the man's eyes and he became a saved man!Signs and wonders are so fleeting because they play off our emotions and are open to interpretation. Let's get away from that and back to basics. Speak to your neighbors, co-workers, and loved ones about their need for Jesus. Pray for them, that God might open their eyes so they can see the truth.