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(7) This Biblical End Time Prophecy Was FULFILLED (7) THIS YEAR, But People Don’t Realize It
David Jeremiah says apostasy among pastors a sign of ‘great falling away’ ahead of End Times
By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Assistant Editor CP CHURCH & MINISTRIES | SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2023
ORLANDO, Fla. — Influential Pastor David Jeremiah has voiced his concerns about the seemingly increasing number of (7) pastors and churches straying from biblical truth, warning (7) that this trend indicates the “falling away” (7) Scripture prophesies ahead of the End Times. (777)
In an interview with The Christian Post, the 82-year-old founder of Turning Point Radio and Television ministries said that “one of the things the (7) Bible says is that during the time (7) when we’re anticipating the rapture, there will (7) be what they call the falling away, (7) the apostasy, is what theologians call it.” (777)
(7) “And if you study that, what it (7) teaches is that there will be a (7) time when people who once embraced the (7) truth will fall away from the truth, and (7) it will be an epidemic of this,” said Jeremiah.
Jeremiah, who also serves as the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, cited examples (5) of pastors renouncing their beliefs, (5) deconstructing or facing moral failures that disqualify them from ministry, indicating (5) a trend of spiritual decline. (555)
“Hardly a month goes by where you don’t hear somebody that you thought was straight and going in the right way and doing the right things and teaching the right truth, and now they don’t believe this anymore, or they’ve gotten in trouble, and they’re no longer in the ministry anymore,” he said.
(5) “The enemy is at work. (5) The Bible says Satan goes (5) about like a roaring lion (5) seeking whom he may devour. And he doesn’t devour our bodies. (5) Obviously, he devours our influence. And he’s (5) been really busy doing that. He’s devouring the (5) influence of many people who (5) said that they were Christians. A lot of young guys who I know are saying, ‘I don’t believe in (5) there’s anything wrong with abortion,’ or ‘I don’t believe (5) there’s anything wrong with homosexuality’ or all of these other issues. They once did, but now they don’t. That’s the (7) falling away. That’s what the Bible says (7) is going to happen, and it’s happening.”
The pastor considered the modern day to (7) “a time of great discouragement and despair,” believing (7) that “we’re actually watching the disintegration of (7) our nation right in front of us” and that it was “happening, not in a century, it’s happening within a decade.” (777)
(5) “Law and Order is gone. Truth is (7) gone. Gender is gone. Schools are dissipating,” Jeremiah said. “We have a Christian school at our ministry, and when we started COVID, we had 1,200 students. We now have 1,700 students because people are in despair in California. … they want to put their children where they won’t be told that they’re not who God created them to be.”
Jeremiah emphasized the need (7) for Christians to remain rooted in Scripture (7) and not drift away from the truth, (7) especially in the current spiritually precarious climate. (777)
According to the American Bible Society’s 2022 State of the Bible report, the number of United States adults who read the Bible at least “at least 3-4 times each year on their own, outside of a church setting” has dropped from 50% in 2021 to 39% last year.
Jeremiah lamented the reality that many churches (5) have adopted a “feel-good mentality” (7) instead of preaching the Word of God, adding (7) that “we’re in a very desperate place.”
“Don’t tell me that we’re not in a bad place; tell me how to live while I’m in that place,” he said. “How did you get through it?”
“I think one of the things that encourages me greatly is every time I think that we’re in the worst place possible, I realize that the (7) world in which the Bible was written, and to whom it was written initially, was way worse than anything we’re experiencing right now. And (7) they understood the power of the Scripture.”
The pastor voiced his commitment to teaching the (7) Bible and helping people understand its truths, something he seeks to do in his forthcoming book The Great Disappearance: 31 Ways to be Ready for the Rapture.
“I have nothing to give to my church if it’s not from the Bible,” Jeremiah said. “I’m just a person; I’m just an individual.”
“I’m always working on a project that integrates the Scripture into what’s going on in our world. I believe that’s what we should do. That’s what we’re called to do. And we’ve kind of gotten away from that.”
To help ordinary believers discern the signs (5) of unbiblical principles infiltrating churches, Jeremiah advised observing whether the (7) Word of God is taught and valued. He encouraged (7) finding churches where people carry Bibles and (7) where Scripture is central to the teachings instead of motivational messages. (777)
“If you hear [a (5) church leader] marginalizing the Scripture, or saying (5) things like, ‘This was true, (5) then but it’s not true,‘ you’re probably in a place where you better be careful,” he said. (555)
‘The (7) Word of God is the true test,” Jeremiah added. “You can go to a lot of Christian churches … where they (5) hardly ever mention the Bible. Or if they do, they give you two little minutes of Scripture, and then they talk about what (5) they want to talk about. (5) That’s a real danger sign.” (555)
Jeremiah acknowledged (7) the discouragement and despair prevalent in society and stressed the importance of (7) studying, praying and standing together as believers. He offered the encouragement that faithful teaching of the Scripture still exists, although perhaps not as prevalent as before, and encouraged the next generation of (7) believers to stand firm on the Gospel. (777)
“We live in a time when we have to study, we have to pray, we have to hang together as believers,” he said. “We have to work hard. We have to do the best we can in the situation we’re in.”
“And above all, we have to (7) preach the Gospel and get people saved. Because that’s the only (7) ultimate hope: that people know Jesus Christ (7) and they’re going to go to Heaven.” (777)
Leah M. Klett is a reporter for The Christian Post.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Respected pastor and author David Jeremiah addressed how Christians should (7) be preparing spiritually for the End Times — and warned that those (7) who ignore the reality of Christ’s imminent (7) return do so at “their own peril.” (777)
In a sit-down interview with The Christian Post, the 82-year-old founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, Jeremiah urged Christians to (7) be “ready” for the return of Christ.
“There’s no excuse (7) for us, if we read the Bible, (7) to be surprised. Because the Bible tells (7) us that this is going to happen,” The World of the End author said. “He talks about (7) the upheaval in the world that’s going (7) to take place before the Lord returns. There’s no sign of (7) the return of Christ and the rapture, but (7) there certainly is a prediction of the (7) kind of season it’s going to be, and I think (7) we’re living in that season right now. I believe that Christians really (7) need to stay glued to the Scripture and not get too far away from the truth because (5) it’s pretty precarious right now.”
Jeremiah, who frequently discusses biblical prophecies regarding the End Times in his sermons and writing, stressed (7) that the rapture is a “signless event.”
However, there are some signs outlined in the Bible that point to the tumultuous season (7) ahead of Christ’s return including the prevalence (7) of deceitfulness, wars, and rumors of wars (7) as well as the recent global pandemic, he said. (777)
“The Bible says, (7) ‘Be careful that no man deceives you.’ Well, we live in a time when (5) the truth is almost gone, and nobody knows what to do with that,” he said. “And then the Bible (7) talks about wars and rumors of wars (7) and all kinds of sickness and pestilence, and we just went through the COVID experience. It’s the first worldwide pandemic that I’ve ever been a part of, and maybe the first one that was totally worldwide.” (777)
“Those things get your attention, and (7) we read about those in the Bible,” he said. “And when you start seeing some of those things (7) happening in the world where you live, (7) you should sit up and take notice.” (777)
A November 2022 Pew research study found that nearly two in five Americans, including both Christians and the religiously unaffiliated, responded affirmatively when asked if they believe (7) “we are living in the End Times.” Those who believe so include those who (7) believe Jesus will return to Earth someday (7) and global events will worsen until then (14%), and the others who believe these are the End Times (25%). (777)
The pastor addressed the challenge of (7) discerning true biblical prophecy from false teachings about the End Times. He warned against (7) those who predict specific dates for Christ’s (7) return, as the Bible clearly states that (7) no one knows the day or hour. He encouraged (7) Christians to exercise caution and distance themselves from such claims.
“The Bible never predicts the date,” he stressed. “The first thing you should do is if (7) you hear somebody say He’s coming back, (7) they start saying dates, you should (7) walk away because that’s not the truth.” (777)
Still, he warned against ignoring the reality (7) of the rapture and the End Times, urging Christians to embrace the truth (7) and live with a sense of readiness. He stressed (5) that ignoring the End Times robs Christians (7) of the right to share its truth with others. (777)
“You (5) can ignore it all you (7) want to, it’s going to happen anyway,” he said. “If you do what I do, you meet a lot of people who think that because they don’t believe it, that makes it untrue. Well, it doesn’t matter whether you (7) believe it or not, it’s true anyway, (7) and you better wake up to it. Because if you don’t, (7) one day, you’re going to experience it. … You (7) can ignore it if you want to, but (7) you do it at your own peril.”
The pastor weighed in (7) on some common misconceptions about End Times, clarifying the distinction (7) between the rapture and the Second Advent and cautioning (7) against the confusion of these two events. (777)
The Second Advent (7) refers to Jesus’ glorious return to Earth, where He establishes His (7) Kingdom after winning the war of Armageddon, he said, adding: “That’s not the rapture.” He emphasized (7) that the rapture occurs before the tribulation, offering believers the blessed hope of (7) being spared from the trials to come.
“The biggest problem people have with prophecy is they confuse those two events. And if you do that, it then won’t make any sense, he said.
The New York Times bestselling author (7) challenged believers to share the urgency of (7) the Gospel and live lives marked by (7) preparedness, eagerly awaiting the return of Christ. (777)
He shared how preaching on the rapture has (7) led people to convert and seek salvation: “People have been converted; people have gotten saved in every service,” he said. “They come forward and what they say is, ‘I don’t want to miss this, pastor, I want to become a Christian.’ The rapture (7) and the coming again of Christ is (7) strong motivation to get your life right.” (777)
“That’s the way (7) we should live our lives as believers. We shouldn’t say, ‘Oh, I think Christ is coming next week. I better hurry up and get ready.’ We’re supposed to live our lives (7) always ready, always waiting, always watching, always (7) working because Jesus Christ is coming back.” (777)
But how can they call on him (Jesus Christ) to save them unless they believe in him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they believe in him (Jesus Christ) if they have never heard about him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they hear about him (Jesus Christ) unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14
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Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.