Why Is the World So Negative?

Do you know that the

last thing that Jesus spoke to

us was, behold, I'm coming

quickly. The last words that

Jesus left us are, I am coming

quickly The reality is that

you and I need to be woken up

to Jesus's return. We need to

live in such a way that we're

aware he's gonna come and we

need to believe that he's

gonna be coming in our life

time again. I've talked about

this. Get the earlier

broadcasts. Last week as I was

closing, I was talking about

this contemporary sign of the

Lord's return. The Bible tells

us in 2 Timothy, chapter 3,

verse 5 that many will have a

form of godliness. In other

words, it's a religious form

but it's gonna be devoid of

God's presence and power.

Listen now to 2 Timothy,

chapter 3, verse 5, they're

gonna hold to a form of

godliness, Timothy said,

although they have denied its

power. Beloved, what is being

described here is a religious

movement that is devoid of the

presence and the Spirit of

God. And what we are seeing in

our generation is that many

mainline denominations, many

mainline churches, that once

were having great impact on

the earth for the glory of

God. They were forerunner

ministries. People were

getting saved. People were

coming to the Lord. People

were repenting because of the

Gospel that was being preached

from these forerunner

movements. What has happened

with many of these movements

that became denominations is

that they've become cold,

lifeless, religious

institutions. They have a form

of religion, a form of

godliness, but they're devoid

of power. And this is

certainly true. This is

certainly true when you look

today at some of the religious

movements that were a hundred

years ago, forerunner

movements, impacting earth for

the kingdom of God. And yet

now many of these movements

are lifeless, cold, they've

got into liberal theology,

even denying fundamental

doctrines like the

resurrection of Jesus Christ,

the Virgin Mary, that Jesus is

the only way. I mean some of

these religious organizations

are even denying that Jesus is

the only way. The Bible talked

about this. They said when you

get into the end of the age,

you're gonna find that many

religious movements that were

once alive are gonna become

empty shells. They're still

gonna have a form of

godliness, a religious shell,

but they're gonna be devoid of

power. We're living in this

age and we're seeing, beloved,

many of these older religious

denominations that were once

so strong crumbling. They're

nothing more often times than

empty shells. Now let me

simply say that I know there

are good pastors and good

ministries going on within all

denominations. I'm speaking in

general terms, not in specific

categories. The next

contemporary sign of Jesus's

return, get this now, is the

desecration of marriage. You

know we're living in an age

today where young people,

they're growing up, they're

getting to be twenty five

years old, they're saying why

get married. Why get married

and risk the pain of divorce?

I can have everything I want

just living with somebody.

We're living in an age,

beloved, where marriage is

moving out of the mainstream.

We're gonna see this

phenomenon happening more and

more. In the Book of 1

Timothy, chapter 4, verse 3,

we find that as we move into

the end of the age, that

there's gonna be men that are

gonna forbid marriage. It's

just a movement. It's a

mindset. It's a philosophy

that marriage is no longer an

important institution. Why

should I go sign a contract?

That's just man made. I can

live with somebody and I can

"still have all privileges of

a married couple". Why go

through, why go through the

ordeal of going before a rabbi

or a pastor or a priest or

some religious clergyman? Why

go through the ordeal of

registering with the state?

These things are no longer

necessary. These things are

archaic. These things are

dinosaurs. These things were

for another age. That is no

longer important. I can simply

be who with I, who, who, who

with I wanna be with. We can

enjoy each other as a couple.

And if at any point in time we

decided that our lives are

going different directions, or

it's not working out, then

we're free to go. Who needs

marriage? And why do I have to

be married to have children?

And so we're living in an age,

you're gonna find the deeper

we go into the end of the age,

you're gonna find more and

more people are gonna choose

not to be married. This is one

of the signs, beloved ones, of

the end of the age. I'm gonna

share with you another

contemporary sign of the end

of the age that you probably

haven't thought of, and yet

when I share it with you,

you're gonna realize this is

true. Men, the Scripture says

in 1 Timothy, 4:3, will not

only forbid marriage, but

listen to this, they will

advocate abstaining from foods

which God has created to be

gratefully shared in by those

who believe and know the

truth. Listen to what I'm

saying. One of the signs, the

contemporary signs, that's

pointing to the fact that we

are truly living in the

darkest of days, preparing the

way for the advance of King

Jesus upon the earth, is the

fact, get it now, that people

have turned health food diets

into a god. Listen again, 1

Timothy, 4:3: Men who advocate

abstaining from foods which

God has created to be

gratefully shared. We are

living in an age like never

before where people have

turned health fads, diets into

a god. It's a false idol. You

know, they don't go to church.

They don't read the Bible.

They don't pray in any sense

of Biblical fashion, but they

are focused on what they eat

as, as a all-consuming

ambition. You know, juicing is

healthy. I juice, praise God.

But many, beloved, are turning

health diets into a religion.

It has replaced God to them.

Eating healthy, exercising,

doing healthy things, that has

become their god. The

abstaining and forbidding of

eating certain kinds of foods,

we've got all these diets now,

gluten free, fat free, this

free, that free, this free,

that free, goodness. Think

about your grandfather that

lived to 90 years old and he

never heard about any of these

types of fads and these diets,

and these restrictions.

Obviously eating healthy is a

good thing. But when eating

healthy becomes a religion to

us, and many have made it in

their heart a god, this is a

sign, beloved, of new age

religion. It's replaced the

throne of Jesus Christ in

men's hearts and we see it

happening today all over the

earth, especially in the

Western world. And maybe I'm

speaking to you. If I'm

speaking to you right now, if

you have made your diet, your

exercise program, your, your

health fanaticism, the center

of your life, if you're

spending more time focused on

that, if that is more central

to you than walking with God,

learning the Scriptures,

worshipping him, praying to

Jesus, if your health has

replaced your relationship

with Jesus, I want you to know

that I'm extending a loving

hand to you right now in the

name of King Jesus and giving

you an opportunity to get on

your knee and repent before

him. All you have to do is

say, Jesus, that's true. What

Rabbi Schneider just described

is me. I repent and I make a

covenant with you right now,

Jesus, that I'm gonna put you

first. You can still eat

healthy. But don't let your

health, eating habits,

exercise program replace a

relationship with the living

God. So let's continue on with

this prayer. King Jesus, I

make a covenant with you right

now. I'm going to put you back

on the throne of my heart. I'm

gonna begin to spend more time

focused on you, hearing your

Word, praying, learning about

you, seeking you, putting you

first even with my finances.

I'm gonna put you first rather

than these health fads first,

in Jesus's name, Amen.

You know,

Paul tells us in the Word that

discipline is healthy. Bodily

discipline is healthy. It's a

good thing to discipline

ourselves to exercise. Praise

God. God bless you if you do

that. It's a great thing to

eat healthy. I try to watch

what I eat. But Paul said, but

Godly discipline is much more

profitable for it holds

benefit not just in this age,

but also in the age to come.

This health food fanaticism

that we're seeing today,

beloved, it's a sign of

Jesus's imminent return. It's

new age, false religion and

it's replaced the throne of

the living God in many of

men's hearts. The next

contemporary sign of King

Jesus's return that I want to

share with you today, beloved,

is the fact that our culture

has become cynical,

pleasure-seeking, and

materialistic. And there's not

a person that's listening to

me right now that would argue

with that. The fact that our

culture has become cynical,

pleasure-seeking and

materialistic, beloved, this

is a sign of Jesus' return.

Let's examine each one of

these. Cynical, we live in

such a cynical society today.

We've seen so many bad things

happen. We've seen so many

politicians fall. We've seen

so many preachers fall. We've

seen so many things happen

that the spirit of cynicism

and bitterness has come in.

And you know what happens,

beloved, when you and I agree

with the spirit of cynicism,

when we agree with the spirit

of bitterness, you know what

happens? We get defiled. We

get poisoned. And this is what

Satan's strategy is. He wants

to bring the whole world into

a place of cynicism and a

place of skepticism. Beloved,

when we become focused on

materialism, it's nice to have

nice things. I mean, praise

God for the nice things he

blesses us with. I'm so happy

for the things that God's

given me, and I know that you

are too. We're not putting

down God's blessing. But when

materialism, beloved, becomes

the focus of our life, when

people's goal is materialism,

when they think if I could

just have that car, if I could

just buy that house, if I

could just make that much

money, when that becomes their

ambition, when that's what

drives them, if that's what

they're waking up in the

morning thinking about, they

are in total darkness. And we

live in a culture today,

beloved, that has been seduced

by the devils of materialism.

It is outer darkness. The only

people that think that money's

the answer are people that

don't have money. Because

everybody that has money knows

it's not the answer. Sure,

you'd rather have, you know,

money to, you know to take

care of yourself, and all

these things, yes. But you

know what, it's not the

answer. It's not the ultimate

answer. Money takes care of

many, many things, but it

doesn't fill the human heart.

Jesus said, life consists of

not in the abundance of

things. Listen to 2 Timothy,

chapter 3, verse 1 through 4,

as he tells us about these

signs of the last times.

Notice the cynicism, the

materialism, the skepticism,

the demonic pride. Listen to

this, 2 Timothy, 3: 1 through

4: But realize this, in the

last days difficult times will

come. For men will be lovers

of self, lovers of money,

boastful, arrogant, revilers,

disobedient to parents,

ungrateful, unholy, unloving,

irreconcilable, malicious

gossips, without self-control,

brutal, haters of good,

treacherous, reckless,

conceited, lovers of pleasure,

rather than lovers of God. I

mean if that doesn't describe

our culture today, I don't

know what does. It's an evil

culture. We read about this,

beloved, 2,000 years ago. The

Scriptures tell us that this

will be the nature of our

society right before Jesus

comes back, and you and I are

living smack, dab in the

middle of it. Jesus is coming

back soon. I want you to put

your hand over your heart with

me. Let's just say together,

Jesus is coming back for me.

Let's just say it together,

Jesus is coming back for me.

You see the Scriptures told us

that before his return, our

culture would become a

cynical, demonically filled

with pride, materialistic,

ungrateful culture. The next

contemporary sign of King

Jesus's soon and imminent

return is the fact that

Jerusalem would be at the

center of international

conflict. The Bible tells us

in the Book of Zechariah,

chapter 12, that before the

day of the Lord, we'll find

that Jerusalem will be at the

center of international

conflict. What's amazing is

the for almost 2,000 years

Jerusalem as a Jewish state

didn't exist. This Bible

prophecy could have never come

true for the past 2,000 years,

but today as of 1948, it has

again presented itself right

in front of us. Israel's

become the Jewish homeland;

Jerusalem the Jewish state.

And this, beloved, is bringing

about all types of accusation

from all over the earth and

fulfilling the words of

Zechariah that before the day

of the Lord that Jerusalem

would become the center of

international conflict. Hear

the Word of God, Zechariah,

chapter 12, verse number 3: It

will come about in that day,

the Lord said, that I will

make Jerusalem a heavy stone

for all the peoples; all who

lift it will be severely

injured. And all the nations

of the earth will be gathered

against it. What he's telling

us there is that Jerusalem is

gonna become a place that's

gonna be so fought over that

the people that try to get

involved are going to be

injured. It's gonna be at the

center of activity. And

certainly we're seeing that

today, beloved ones. Jerusalem

is at the center of activity.

And we're seeing the hatred

growing against Israel today.

More and more nations around

the earth are telling us that

Israel is wrong for protecting

themselves, that Israel is, is

hurting others that they

shouldn't be hurting. And more

and more people are getting on

the band wagon against Israel.

And you know what, it's all in

fulfillment of prophecies that

we received almost 3,000 years

ago preparing us for this day,

for the day of the Lord's

return. When we see these

things happening, Jesus said,

look up and know that your

redemption draweth nigh. The

continual heated conflict that

will continue to heat up over

Israel, whether Israel is

wrong or right, those that are

for Israel, those that are

against Israel, this battle

will continue to escalate.

Beloved, we read at the end of

the age that there's gonna be

such heat there that half the

city of Jerusalem's going to

be destroyed. And then the end

will come and Jesus is gonna

step in and set up his

kingdom. And lastly today, I

want to mention to you that

the contemporary sign of

Jesus's return that brings

everything full circle is

this, that Jesus said in

Matthew, 24:14, that when the

Gospel is preached to the end

of the earth, the end will

come. Listen to Matthew,

24:14. Jesus said this: This

Gospel of the kingdom shall be

preached in the whole world as

a testimony to all the

nations, and then the end will

come. You know, through the

sending of missionaries,

through television, and now

through internet, the Gospel

has been preached to almost

every corner of the earth. It

could have never happened

before until this time. It

could have never happened

before the age of information

technology. It could have

never happened before the age

of television. It could have

never happened before the age

of internet. But we're in the

age of satellite television.

We're in the age of the

internet. We're in the age of

information technology. And

you know what, it has brought

the Gospel to the ends of the

earth. And Jesus said when the

Gospel has been preached, the

entire world, then the end

will come. Do you see it,

beloved? Jesus is preparing us

for his return. He is

advancing. The kingdom of

light is advancing towards the

earth and Jesus is coming back

for you. Now I share all this

with you, not just so we could

just list a bunch of signs to

tell your friends about the

fact that Jesus is coming back

soon. But no, the Lord tells

us these things and shares

these signs with us that we

would act on them, that we

would do something. So what

should we do? Well first of

all, we should do is focus on

his return, 'cause the Bible

says everyone that has his

hope fixed on his return,

purifies himself even as he is

pure. So I want to ask you

right now, let's ask God to

help us focus on Jesus's

return. Let's ask the Father

right now to help us focus in

front of us that Jesus is

coming back. Father God, we

ask you right now to quicken

our hearts and awaken us that

we would live in a conscious

expectation of Jesus's return

while we're walking on planet

Earth today. And Father, that

his expectation of his return,

Father, that it would be with

us all the days of our life,

that there wouldn't be a day

that would go by, Father, that

we would not recognize that

Jesus is gonna return.

Secondly beloved, what the

Lord expects us to do from

this is to fear him in a holy

way. You see, Jesus said,

don't fear man that's only

able to kill the body. But

Jesus said, fear God that's

able to destroy both soul and

body in hell. A lot of times

today with this preaching that

we have that waters down the

truth, we hear our preachers

telling us that, oh God

doesn't really want you to

fear him. He just wants you to

respect him. He just wants you

to reverence him. And you know

what, we need to respect God,

obviously and we need

reverence. But the fear of the

Lord is more than just respect

and reverence. It's fear. This

is why Jesus said, don't fear

man that's able to destroy the

body only. But fear God, Jesus

said, that's able to destroy

both soul and body in hell.

The fear of the Lord is the

beginning of wisdom. When we

fear the Lord it keeps us on

the right path. Jesus is

coming back. We're gonna face

him. We're gonna meet him.

That should give us the fear

of the Lord, which cleanses

our soul. And then lastly,

beloved, I share these things

with you on this broadcast

that you would spend your

effort, your time, your

finances, your talents on

being used of God and building

his kingdom. Because the last

things that Jesus told us in

Revelation, 22, is behold, I

come quickly and he said, my

reward is with me. You see,

everything that you do for

Jesus in this age while you're

alive on planet Earth in the

flesh, he's gonna reward you

for. Jesus is coming back

soon. Jesus is coming back for

you. Jesus is coming back for

me. Let's love him. Let's

serve him. Let's give him our

hearts. Let's say together,

Jesus is coming back for me.

And Jesus, we love you.