Friends, I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, the end times are near. I have never seen my government behave the way it is doing today and I have never seen so many people complacent about it. It is clearly no longer a benevolent body as envisioned by the Constitution.
We have been jammed up with huge,unworkable and wasteful programs such as a healthcare system which is clearly a disaster from the beginning. Its computer systems won't work and its implementers don't care, lying about phony successes and touting its benefits while doctors in droves pull out of the system. This type of attitude seems to be prevalent in most of our government; it has transformed quickly from a slow bureaucracy into a 1984 Orwellian body which feeds on itself and us and is more and more rapacious. We have been giving up freedom without question for quite some time and now, within the last few weeks, the tyrannical behavior has been ramped up dramatically.
Closing of parks, singling out heroic veterans for financial punishment, halting cancer treatments for kids, all things which could have been worked around easily, clearly indicate a sign of despotism on the upswing. Local police have been turned into mechanized and militaristic commando operations with accidental and mistaken identity shootings happening every day. Even yesterday the EBT system went down in much of the country, supposedly due to a computer glitch, and the millions of Americans who have become lazy and compliant as the government seduced them with "free stuff" found themselves in a bad way. Coincidence? Maybe. Planned action? Possibly a test of power. And the icing on the cake was the refusal to pay emergency death benefits for the families of deceased soldiers, using the temporary shutdown of the government as an excuse. This was an absolutely unforgivable action against those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Now, despite multiple attempts by the House of Representatives to "negotiate" with the President to avoid a complete financial shutdown, he stubbornly refuses to do so, calling them names and showing arrogance, when they are only trying to do what the law of the land, the Constitution, calls for. To be honest, I think they have given much more than enough, so now it will move to the Senate where a much more liberal body will probably give the President everything he asks for with the result being even more controlling actions on his part. What's even more astounding is that this very same President is a stranger, his records have been sealed and we are supposed to believe and trust him without knowing anything about him. Such a situation has never before existed and never in my life would I have expected to see the "deliberative body" of the legislature choose the government over its people to this degree.
Signs of what might be coming are much broader than just in the United States alone. Terrorism by Muslim extremists is clearly ramping up worldwide. Africa is now a powder keg with evidence of horrible things to come. Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere are being run out of their homes, beaten and in many cases murdered, not to mention the persecution here and against our Christian soldiers. Also, look at the Kenyan mall incident, and commercial air pilots are even reporting what they think might be "testing" by terrorists aboard planes to find where the security weaknesses are strongest. Evidence of jihadists crossing our own borders illegally has been found, yet the government keeps this secret while it evermore increases spying on us.
Folks, we are in trouble these days and I think most of us know it but just don't know what to do . Well, despite all the talks of building individual arsenals and stores of supplies which might be of limited help, if the worst conceivable things happen, there is really only one thing that can help us and that is our faith. For, you see, without Jesus Christ we ultimately face a black death. With Him, the pain and suffering of this world ends upon earthly death and we will live on with peace, love and tranquility at His side, no longer suffering from the limitations of our physical bodies or the evil infecting this world.
I think Billy Graham is right, that the end times are near. That's why he has planned his final message for November, entitled "The Cross", the finale in his series on My Hope with Billy Graham. It will be available through local TV stations, on the net, and even via DVD which you can order from www.myhopewithbillygraham.org. It's designed to be watched with friends, discussed and then used as a good baseline to evaluate and strengthen your Christian beliefs and build a foundation for others. Take a look at it; I think you will find it to be an excellent resource.
Just like the hymn says, it's time to "Stand Up for Jesus, ye Soldiers of the Cross and Lift High His Royal Banners". I hope each of you will do this for the sake of yourself and your loved ones. Jesus will take your fears away and give you the strength to stand for Him and the peace and love that He represents. He will not desert you, and no one, no matter how strong or evil, can take Him away if you really have Him in your heart. Won't you be one of His 21st century disciples?
God bless you. Stand with Him and stay strong. Go to church, worship, pray, and let others know of His grace and salvation. In the end, it is the only thing that will matter. It will save you.