Sign of the Times-Coming like a thief part 1





        Sign of the Times- Coming Like a Thief


    I want to teach on the sign of the times and the part that I know. I don’t know it all for sure. But maybe what God has shown me and by what maybe He is showing some others you can begin to put the whole thing together and get a picture of the coming of the Lord. 


     I believe it is very important to know this, because I just have a sense in my spirit that time may be winding down quickly. It just feels like time is running out, or our time is very short. I do not know how you guys feel about it, but I really feel that in my spirit. So I think it is time to get ready. I want to talk about the sign of his coming and the end of this age. The two major topics I want to address is the flood and the thief. And I want you to see how the Lord is coming. I think a lot of people have a misconception how the Lord is coming. I think for the most part everybody is looking for the rapture and waiting to be carried away, but I am afraid the more I study the scriptures people are going to be very surprised. The current theology from most people who teach on the end times preach on the rapture of the church, and the church is not going to go through any trouble and we are all going to be whisked out of here. My feeling is that is not the case. So I will just tell you up front. So you will know where I am going, and I will try and prove it to you right out of your Bible.  


     Also on a side note in Thessalonians it talks about he who restrains will do so until he is taking out of the way. A lot of people think that is referring to the Holy Spirit however there is nothing in the Bible that tells you that is what that is. But a lot of people think that is referring to the Holy Spirit. I will tell you what I think it is. I will tell you who I think it is, and I will show you in the Bible. I will show you why I think that and then we can take it from there.  


     Okay Matthew 24: I love Matthew 24. Now let’s just set the background here. Now I want you to just think with me. You know when study the Word you have to do some thinking. You do not have to be real smart, but you have to do some thinking. Why on earth would Jesus spend so much time talking about the end times and the signs we are to look for if we are going to be taken out of here? Why would it even be mentioned if we are going to be gone when all these things are going to be happening? Why would we even need to know about it? Are we going to send a email down from heaven saying hey guys look you need to read over here in Matthew 24? So lets take a closer look at Matthew 24 starting in verse 3: And He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. Now I have taught this over and over, that it is disciples that know what the Lord is saying. I am telling you that you will never know, but you will think you know and understand this word of God if you are not a true disciple. I does not matter if you have a doctorate from seminary; you will have no clue what the scripture is saying if you are not a true follower of Christ. There are a lot of religious people with seminary degrees that are completely clueless to the gospel that Jesus taught and are no different than the scribes and Pharisees, that walked the earth 2000 years ago. Knowing a bunch of man made religious doctrine does not make you a follower of Christ.  


      You will see this over and over in the scriptures, that Jesus only explained the scriptures to disciples. And He typically did this privately. So let me ask you when did Jesus change? He has never changed! He is the same yesterday today and forever. You think He is going to change His methods all of the sudden to incorporate the religious teaching methods of the scribes and Pharisees? Therefore making religious doctrines taught by men 2000 years later as the way to know God. Would he do those guys one way 2000 years ago and then do us differently? I don’t think so. So for those of you seeking the Lord with all your heart you have the opportunity to hear from Jesus privately. Hopefully for some of you reading this right now the Lord wants to explain some things privately to you that maybe you have never heard before. And hopefully Jesus will move through me in a way to help shine a light of revelation for you and bring a message that He wants you to hear.  


     Back to Matthew 24: 3 where the disciples where saying “Tell us, when these things will be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and the end of the age?” So the disciples are asking three questions. When are you coming, what will be the sign of your coming, and what will be the sign of the end of the age? The disciples just asked three very important questions. And Jesus is getting ready to answer these three questions. 4: And Jesus answered and said to them, See to it that no one misleads you. So the first point is many people are going to be misled. So how are they going to be misled? Usually they will be misled by false teaching and false signs and wonders. So one of the signs of the end of the age and the coming of the Lord is there is lot of deception and a lot of people being misled. So if it means people are going to be misled then that means there is something out their that sounds really like the real thing and it is going to be wrong. And while everybody is thinking it is right. It is going to be wrong. Have you ever felt something was right and you found out it was wrong? Have you ever thought something about somebody and you thought they where right and later you found out they where wrong?  


      So Jesus says See to it that no one misleads you. 5: Many are going to come in My name, saying, I am the Christ, and will mislead many. Now I always say this so some of you reading this may have heard this already. Now if somebody comes up to you and says “I am Jesus,” is that going to mislead you? No because you are going to say something like get out of here you fruit cake. Is that going to mislead you? No! So if they say I am the Christ, what is that talking about? You have to go what does Christ mean. Christ means the anointed one. Have you ever heard anyone come up to you and say that? Turn on your T.V. and watch some religious programming. I am the anointed one. I have the anointing. I have this. I have that. Do you see what I am saying? It could be that couldn’t it? That is just something for you to think about.  


      6: And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. Do you hear o that today? See that you are not frightened. Anybody getting frightened today? Lots of people are getting frightened today. Jesus said don’t be frightened. Here is one of the things we need to think about. As long as you know what is going on and as long as your heart is right with God you do not need to be afraid, but if you are not right with God and you do not understand of the times then you better be very afraid. For those things must take place. So in other words all these things must take place. So in other words you can not stop this from happening. It is going to happen, but that is not yet the end. This is just a precursor to al these things.  


    7: For nation will rise against nation. And I always say denomination against denomination. Denomination are little nations aren’t they? You have the Baptist nation. You have the Methodist nation, the Catholic nation, the Pentecostal nation, the Church of Christ nation, the Assembly of God nation, and the Charismaniac nation. You have all the nations. And these little church nations are all kind of against one another today. So you have spiritual nations and you have physical nations against one another. Kingdom against kingdom and He said there will be famines and earthquakes. Which we know that is going on today.


     8: But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. You know what the birth pang is? Jesus is birthing His church. That is what is going to come out of this thing. It is like thee is going to be an eruption and a explosion and out comes a baby. And guess who that is? That is us. We are supposed to be the true followers of Christ or that blameless bride coming out of this thing. Ladies, you who have had babies. There is a lot going on just prior to a baby arriving.


     9: Then they will deliver you to tribulation. Well I think that is interesting. That you are going to go into tribulation, but we have already been taught so many times we don’t go into tribulation. Jesus said I right there. I don’t know how you can miss that. How can you miss that? I mean if can read, you don’t have to be very smart to catch that. A first grader could read that. Then they going to deliver you to tribulation. And will kill you, and you be hated by all nations on account of my name. Now I have taught in the past, to quit trying to get the world to love you. Because the Bible says if you are loved by the world the world will love it’s own. People are going to hate you if you are one of the disciples of Jesus.





     10: And at that time many will fall away. Now we are not talking about unbelievers now are we? Now many means a lot. A whole lot more than a few. They are going to fall away. Now I know a lot of doctrines out their teach you can not fall away. Now what does that say? It says they will fall away. So if Jesus says they will fall away and a doctrine says you can not fall away then that means somebody is lying. I am going to go out on a limb here and say it is not Jesus.


     13: But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved. So in other words you are going to have to endure the junk that is coming and keep your heart right during the process. There is a tendency to want to get mad. There is a tendency to say I do not want to do this stuff. It is too hard. But Jesus states that if you endure to the end you will be saved. 14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all nations, and then the end shall come. And I always tell everyone the real gospel of the kingdom and not the precepts or doctrines of men is going to be preached to the whole world as a testimony and then the ends going to come.


     15: Therefore when you see this. Now it is going to be real hard to see this if you are up in the heavens raptured. I mean this disciples asked Him what’s the sign of His coming and what is the end of the age, and Jesus is telling them how to recognize them. And now He is about to tell them when you see this get ready. Now does that mean you are going to be here? To me that means you are going to be here. It means it to me. 15: Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand). Jesus is saying you better understand. When He says let the reader understand He is saying most people won’ understand what he is talking about. When He says he that has ears to hear what the spirit is saying. That means most people won’t have ears to hear. When he says don’t be deceived that means most people will be deceived. That is what that stuff means. So he says let the reader understand what I am talking about.  

     So now lets go look quickly at the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel. Daniel 11: 31 which is talking about the antichrist. Now I am not going to get a whole lot into that, but I am going to speak a little bit about it. 31: And forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation. Now it does not say what that is right there. But if you study the abomination of desolation it always about the powers of darkness and what they are going to do to destroy peoples lives. Now look at this 32: And by smooth words. Might that be the words of a false prophet. You have to understand what Satan is trying to do to God‘s people. Satan is trying to get God’s people to become a harlot or a adulteress, and he is trying to draw them after another lover other than Jesus. That is Satan’s purpose. That is what the harlot is all about in proverbs. Spiritual harlotry of God’s people all throughout the prophets, and the great harlot in Revelation.


     If you guys have ever seen any TV show that has street walkers or hookers in it. How do they operate? They try and entice by fleshly desires. They dress provocatively. They have a certain look about them and they speak a certain way. Now you have to translate that over to the spiritual arena. How does Satan operate. Satan operates the same way trying to entice you by fleshly desires to focus on the pleasures of this world that appeal to the boastful pride of life, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes. Turn to proverbs 5:1 My son give attention to my wisdom. Which wisdom is one of the seven spirits of God in Isaiah 11:2. He said pay attention to my wisdom which means there is a wisdom of God and there is the wisdom of Satan. There is a wisdom of God and there is a wisdom of the world. Incline your ear to my understanding. 2: That you may observe discretion, and your lips reserve knowledge. 3:For the lips of a adulteress drip honey, and smoother than oil is her speech. 4:but in the end she is bitter as wormwood.   

     So now back to Daniel 11:32 where it says and by smooth words. And we see that this is a spirit of harlotry operating in false prophets enticing the people of God to fall away or go astray. That is what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 24 and why Jesus is saying see to it that no one misleads you. And we go over here to Daniel 11:32 And by smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant. So what is the false prophet going to get you to do? He is going to get you to fall away. Did Jesus say their will be fallen away in the last days? How? By false prophets teaching through smooth words to get you to, basically, avoid obedience to the covenant of God. That is what they are going to do.  


     People will be falling away and won’t even know they are falling away. Did you know that? That is the problem. Because they have been deceived, and they think they are going the right way. It is very subtle. But the people who know their God will display strength and take action. So Daniel says the people who really know God are going to do something. The question is do you know God? 33: Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many. So there are going to be some people who have insight about what is going on and they are going to give understanding to the rest of the folks can know what is going on. Yet they will fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and plunder, for many days. In other words the enemy is going to wreak havoc on the people of God. 34: Now when they fall they will be granted a little help and many will join with them in hypocrisy. 35: Some who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time.

     Now last year I went through a teaching on the refiners fire that was incredible teaching about how the fire is coming to purify and refine the people of God. The Bible says a just man falls seven times. It says we all stumble in many ways. So nobody is exempt from some falling and some stumbling some time. But Daniel is speaking of a purification process as this goes on.  

     Now watch this! 36:The king will do as he pleases and he will exalt himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done. Now let’s stop their for just a moment. There is a video circling around you tube right now showing the current president of the United states completely mocking God and Christianity in general. To a point where I would be shaking in my boots to be that man. His agenda and stance on abortion, gay rights, and loss of religious freedom is one of the most evil an wicked things I have ever seen. It is like he is shooting his salute finger toward heaven saying I dare you God of Christianity to do anything or try and stop me. He has completely gone against the will of the American people regarding his health plan agenda and, when the prime minister of Israel visited the US earlier this year he treated him like a common peasant blowing off his scheduled meeting with him while he went to a dinner engagement with his family. Then he comes back from his dinner engagement and according to Israeli sources proceeded to scold the prime minister on the Israeli stance with the Palestinians giving the prime minister no chance to present the Israeli point of view, and then as if to add insult to injury refuses to even have his picture taken with the prime minister. Now brothers and sisters could this be the king spoken of here in Daniel. I certainly hope not but what if.





     37: And he will show no regard for the God of his fathers, or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. 38 But he instead he will honor a god of fortresses; a god whom his fathers did not know. Now the God he is speaking of here is Satan and this antichrist is going to honor him which we will see later in the book of Revelation.



     Now watch this in Daniel 12:1 Now at that time Michael, Who is Michael? I am not talking about the man of God in Australia. Sorry Mr. Fackerell. Michael is the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. Who guards the people of God? Michael the archangel. My father was praying for this young man who had found out about our deliverance team coming to Minnesota and had desperately sought the team out while we where in Minnesota to help him get delivered of some powerful demonic spirits that had taken hold of this man. And my dad was dealing with this one particular demon that was refusing to leave this young man. And this man’s deliverance had gone on for hours and hours and there was a circle of people from the church gathered around this young man praying and interceding for him. The young man was slithering around on the ground like a snake and it was like he was in a snake pit. The demons would do him around on the floor and he was spitting on everybody and he was telling everybody around the demons he could see in each person who was praying which was freaking everybody out. So after praying for a while not being able to get this demon to behave. We found out later his dad had been in the Masonic lodge and we did not know at the time that he had had a Masonic ring in his pocket and that had given power to the demon. So finally my dad got to the point where he said I am tired of messing with this devil so my dad told the demon we where going to call for Michael the archangel to come down and do some whoop up on this devil if he did not leave this young man. And that demon started screaming like crazy. And he started begging and pleading for us like crazy not to send Michael the archangel. That demon did not like Michael coming to town and soon after that left the young man and was gone.





     So I just find that very interesting that even the demons recognize Michael as being a very powerful angel. And Daniel is saying Michael will arise. What does that mean? Is he sitting down? If he is standing guard then might he be around here on the earth going back and forth possibly? Well what is going to happen when he arises? 12:1 Michael the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise, and there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation. At that time Michael is going to arise. Where do you think he is going to go? On vacation? Is he taking a sabbatical? You guys think about it while we go on. At that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book will be rescued. So at that time there is going to be a rescuing of the people of God. Why do you think there is going to be a rescuing of the people of God? Because the one who is guarding the people of God is gone from the earth.





      You see the Holy Spirit does not necessarily guard the people of God. He’s the power and He fills you but the angels God are referred to as the guardians to the heirs of salvation. So the angels stand over us as guardians. So what was Michael doing before he arose? He was standing guard over the people of God. Then he is going to arise and then all hell is breaking loose., and then the people of God is going to be rescued.


     Now go to 2 Thessalonians 2: 7: And the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. So now who is the restrainer? Michael the archangel might be the restrainer that is restraining. Do you all see that? Now you say how do you know that? Look at the word taken. When you look up the word taken in the Greek. Some of the definitions are to come into being or to become. And these are the translations for that word. Arise, arises, and arose are some of the translations. Don’t you think that is interesting since we read in Daniel where Michael was going to arise. I think that is interesting. Especially since that is the exact word for that translation from the Greek. So in Daniel it says Michael is going to arise but here in Thessalonians it says the one who restrains will be taken out of the way. That is just something to think about. I can not totally prove that but those two scriptures seem to be closely related. Because the angels do the warfare with the demonic realm.





     After the one who restrains is taken out the way, and there is a good possibility that Michael could be the one. Now look at 2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming. 9: that is the one who’s coming is in activity with the activity of Satan. Now then, Jesus has a coming. Satan has a coming. You see Satan always counterfeits Jesus and will always try and imitate. Do you hear what I am saying? So his coming is in one accord with the activity of Satan with all power and signs and false wonders. So there is your power false signs and wonders coming out of the antichrist in the book of Revelation. 10: And with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of truth so as to be saved.





     So people did not understand the truth and they did not get saved because of this deception coming forth through the spirit of the antichrist. Now look at this, 11: And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence, there is your false prophets. God will send a deluding influence because people do not receive the truth and the love of the truth then God will open the door to the deluding influence. Listen guys, it will happen every time. When you hear truth and reject it, the next thing you get is a lie, every time. When you hear the truth of the word of God and you reject it, the next thing you get is a demon spirit that will give you what you a lie, because if you do not receive the truth then what else can you receive. A le is then the only thing you can receive. So when the truth comes and you reject it then brother you get deception and you get a lie.  



      Now I can go teach this to you right out of second kings in more detail when king Jehoshaphat of Judah and King Ahab was the king of Israel. Does anyone remember this story? These kings come together and are going to war against Aram or the Syrians. And when they get ready to go to war, Jehoshaphat says lets ask the prophets of God about whether we should go to war or not. So Ahab has 400 hundred false prophets. They are prophets of God, but they are false. And they all say, Yeah go out to war; you are going to win and everything is going to be great. And Jehoshaphat looks to King Ahab and asks is there a real prophet around. Is there a real prophet in all of Israel somewhere. And Ahab says. Well yeah I got this old prophet named Micaiah but every time he prophesies it is evil to me. He always prophesies bad stuff. He is one of those bad prophets. He never says anything good. He does not give me any money. He does not prophesy good things. He is always prophesying bad stuff and I just do not like him. So they finally agree to call Micaiah and he comes forth. And Micaiah is kind of a smart mouth. Which it seems a lot of times the prophets had sort of a smarteleck attitude. And so Micaiah comes out an they ask him what shall we do; shall we go to war. And Micaiah kind of starts mocking the other prophets and he says yeah go on up you are going to win man. And so they slap him around a little bit. And Micaiah gets a little mad. And then they tell him did we not tell you to prophesy the truth, And then Micaiah says okay boys here I am going to tell you what you ask. And he said I saw the Lord in heaven. And the host of heaven was before him. And the Lord said who will go to Ramoth Gilead and cause Ahab to fall. And one said this and one said that. And then a spirit came by, which is a demon spirit, says I go. And the Lord said what are you going to do. And the spirit said I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of everyone of his prophets. Do you know what God said? He said go and do it. Go and deceive him. It is right there in your Bible in 2 Kings.


     So Micaiah tells this king the Lord has put a lying demon in the mouth of everyone of your prophets so you will go up and die. Why? Because Ahab would not receive the truth. He would not receive the truth so instead he got a lie. Which came from a lying spirit in the mouth of a lying prophet. That is the same thing he is talking about here in 2 Thessalonians. When you don’t receive the truth of the word of God you will get a lie every time and you will believe a lie. Now take look again 11: And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence, which is the powers of darkness, so they will believe what is false in order that they may be judged that did not believe the truth. This is another picture of what we are seeing in Matthew 24 about the false prophets and the lying signs and wonders. Do you see what I am saying?





      You have got to know the truth. You have got to get alone with God. You have got to get to the point where your ear is tuned in that you can hear the Lord or you are going to miss Him. You will miss Him if you are not careful. I am telling you that Jesus could walk into most churches and they would not recognize Him because they have been taught a message that is peace and safety and they do not recognize the Lord. There are a lot of people that are going to miss Him who believe their life insurance is paid up and they are going to have their policy revoked and spend a eternity in hell. It is very important you are hearing or reading this right now.


     Now let’s go back to Daniel 12:2. Now this is after Michael was taken out or arises here. Watch what happens. 2: Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake. Does that sound like resurrection to you? It sounds like resurrection to me. These to everlasting life but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. This is after the tribulation and after Michael being raised up. 3:Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.


     Now skip down to verse 9: He said go your way Daniel, for these words are concealed up until the end time. He said these words are concealed and people really don’t know what it means until the end time. He said these words are concealed up and nobody really knows what I am talking about until I get ready to reveal it. Maybe he is getting ready to reveal it. If he is then that would mean we are probably close to maybe the end times. It could be a hundred years. It could be a thousand years, but for all of us in the next fifty or sixty years, most of us are going to be dead. So we are going to be the coming of the Lord one way or another.


     10: Many will be purged, purified and refined; but the wicked will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand. In other words there are a lot of things going on that people have no clue about, but those who have insight will understand when these things start happening. So understand is a key word here and in Isaiah 11:2 to it talks about understanding being one of the seven personality aspects of the Holy Spirit. It is a Spirit of understanding. So it takes the Holy Spirit to have this understanding.


     11: And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days! So there is another 45 days going on here where something else is going on that seems to be pretty interesting.





     I am going to stop right here and pick up from this point. Actually everything I have done up to this point is laying the ground work for where I truly wanted to go in the first place.


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