The Multiplication of Evil

Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold.

Matthew 24:12

By just looking at the daily news, we can realize that every day evil is multiplied in the world. The terrorist organization called the Islamic State usually publishes in videotapes the cruel methods it uses to execute its prisoners. Hordes of rapists in India or Brazil publish videos of how they abuse women, some of whom are minors. The streets of some Central American nations are filled with corpses for gang warfare. These are just a few examples of the wickedness that surrounds us today.

The multiplication of evil is not limited to criminal or terrorist organizations, but today we are witnesses of atrocious crimes committed even against their own children by fathers and mothers. On September 19, 2016, a father dragged his little daughter about five years old by the hair. The father rolled some of his daughter’s hair into the grocery cart in a Texas-based supermarket in the United States. The father justified his action in that he punished the girl for something that she had done and continued with the punishment in spite of everything.

On February 20, 2016, a 25-year-old man, Ryan Lawrence, killed his 21-month-old daughter, burned her body and dumped her in a stream in Onondaga County, New York. The murderer father confessed that he committed the horrendous crime because he felt jealous by the media attention that the small received after surviving the cancer. Lawrence kidnapped his daughter, took her to a remote location and there hit her on the head with a baseball bat to kill her.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Michelle Martens, 35, admitted she had planned the death of her 10-year-old daughter Victoria. Martens hired Fabian Gonzales, 31, who invited his cousin Jessica Kelley to commit the crime. Together they drugged the girl with methamphetamine and sexually assaulted her in the Martens family apartment. Then the man strangled her and his cousin stabbed her. Both proceeded to dismember the body, but did not finish their work, but set fire to the remains in the bath. Everything happened before the mother’s complacent gaze, on August 24, 2016.

These three horrible facts are only examples of what happens every day, not just in one country, but in the whole world. Certainly all of them are a reflection of the multiplication of evil on earth. As a result, the love of many has cooled. Only in this way can it be explained that a father or mother murder with their own hands or contract murderers to end the life of their children. Where is the love for the children who were procreated by these fathers and mothers?

The freezing of love has reached such a level that today they call making love to have sex with anyone even if there is no love. People do not really understand the true meaning of the word love. The great majority of humanity walks in self-centered life, without regard to one’s neighbor. Very few today are fulfilling the command given in John 15:12, This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Surely the end of time and the glorious coming of our Lord Jesus Christ are near. Let’s keep an eye on the signs so they do not take us by surprise. God bless you.

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The False Prophets

Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Matthew 24:11

In recent years there has arisen an appreciable number of so-called prophets who announce the terrible things that, according to them, God has spoken to them that will happen. Even some are so daring that they give the day, time, and place in which earthquakes, tsunamis, and crashes of comets or asteroids against the earth will occur. The dates of such events have passed without pain or glory. You do not have to be a space scientist to realize the falsity of such prophecies, which confirms Matthew 24:11.

Already from the Old Testament it speaks of false prophets. The text of Jeremiah 23:9-40 is one of denunciation of false prophets, while Ezekiel 13:1-23 speaks of the condemnation of false prophets. In the New Testament, both the Lord Jesus, Peter and John spoke of them. In addition to Matthew 24:11, the Lord Jesus prophesies about the appearance of false prophets in Matthew 24:24 and Mark 13:22. Without a doubt, the enemy tries to imitate everything of God in order to confuse and deceive the unwary.

What characteristics does a false prophet have? In Matthew 7:15-16 says the Lord, Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? A false prophet might look on the outside very much like a real one. So his manner of speaking or his physical appearance would not betray him. That way they can deceive many. But its fruits make it known, if his prophecy is not fulfilled, obviously it is a false prophet.

Another characteristic of a false prophet is seen in Luke 6:26, Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets. The great ability to deceive a false prophet allows him to have a good reputation among the people. No doubt a false prophet will tell each one the words they want to hear, which will win the acceptance of many. What these many ignore is that they are deceived.

In 2 Peter 2:1 we see a third characteristic of a false prophet, But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. False prophecy is accompanied by the preaching of false teachings, which Peter calls destructive heresies.

In order not to fall into the trap of false prophets, we must take into account what we are told 1 John 4:1, Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. The spirit of true prophecy will bear witness to Jesus Christ, as Revelation 19:10 says, if the prophet does not bear testimony of the Lord, but drifts elsewhere, no doubt is a false. All prophecy must coincide one hundred percent with what is already written.

In Revelation 22:18-19 it says, For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. There is nothing to remove or add. God bless you.

The Longing for His Coming

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

Revelation 22:17

When you love someone, you earnestly long to be close to the loved one. If for some reason, that person is absent, we count every second we go without her, waiting for her to return eagerly. As much as another human being loves us, no one could love us more than Jesus. He alone gave his life on a cross for you and me. But He did not remain dead, but rose, rose to heaven and promised to return. If our love for Jesus is genuine, longing for His coming should be a natural reaction in us.

One of the most popular English songs of the last quarter of the 20th century is “When I Need You.” This song was written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager and popularized in 1977 by the British singer Leo Sayer. The first stanza of the song says, “When I need you just close my eyes and I’m with you. And all that I so want to give you it’s only a heart beat away. When I need love I hold out my hands and I touch love. I never knew there was so much love keeping me warm night and day.”

The following stanza of the song says, “Miles and miles of empty space in between us. A telephone can’t take the place of your smile. But you know I won’t be traveling forever. It’s cold out but hold out and do like I do.” This song tells the story of a couple of lovers who are separated by a great distance; but who yearn to be together. He tells her what he does to feel his love closely, that he will not be traveling forever and that the phone cannot take the place of her.

And, like the story of that song, today we are the ones who love Jesus. He is not physically present with us. But if we really love Him, when we need Him, we just close our eyes and we are with Him. And everything we want to give Him is as close as a heartbeat, because He lives there. When we need love, we just have to raise our hands to heaven and touch His immense love. His love is so immense that it keeps us warm at night and day.

Today, an immense empty space separates us from our beloved Jesus. He is in heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father, while we are here on earth. The telephone to communicate with Him is prayer. It is very good to converse with Him continually through prayer. But that “telephone” will never take the place of our beloved Lord coming down from heaven dressed as King to meet us. We know that He has promised to return and our greatest desire now must be that day comes when our beloved returns and we will be with Him forever.

It is painful to see that there are people who claim to be Christians and when they read in the Bible about everything that must happen in the world for Christ to come, their legs tremble. It is as if they do not want the beloved to return. Let us open our eyes and ears and join the choir: And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Let us never tire of longing for our beloved Lord Jesus Christ. Come, Lord, do not delay any longer. We yearn for you. God bless you.

Keeping Prophetic Words

Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.

Revelation 22:7

17 of the Old Testament books are prophetic. However, only one of the New Testament books is considered prophetic. And in Revelation 22:7 we read, Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. This verse is warning us that we must take the words written in the last book of the Bible very seriously. It is not a joke or the script of a science fiction movie, it is the words that God has revealed to mankind for this final time.

Virtually the entire book of Revelation is full of prophecies and many of them are yet to be fulfilled. Let’s take a look at the prophecies contained in chapters 17 and 18 of this book. Revelation 17:1-2 says, Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

The whole chapter 17 gives a clear and detailed description to identify, without doubt the great harlot. In verse 3 it says, So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And verse 4 it says, The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And it says a name in verse 5, And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

In verse 6 it says, I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. In verse 9 it says, Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. Verse 15 says, Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.” Finally, verse 18 says, And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth. The great harlot is therefore a city that reigns over the kings of the earth and is built on seven mountains, no doubt that city is Rome.

In Rome lies a supranational power, which since the year 313 of our era has ruled over all nations of the earth. It is a religious and political power that has individuals who give it loyalty all over the planet. Although some people feel alluded to and think that I am offending them with this, I remind them that I did not write Revelation, so take their complaints to God. But I advise you to do more to do what Revelation 22:7 says: keep the words of the prophecy of this book.

Chapter 18 tells what will happen to the great harlot, that is, Rome and what she represents. Revelation 18:2-5 says, And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”  And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” God warns His people to get out of there, are you going to stay? God bless you.

Many Will Fall Away

At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.

Matthew 24:10

Jesus made it very clear to all who believed in Him that we would have tribulations and persecutions because of His name. He also prophesied that not all would endure trials without wavering, but many will stumble, surrender their brethren in the faith, and hate them. In fact, Jesus Himself lived it in His own flesh: Judas gave Him, Peter denied Him and the rest of His disciples fled when they crucified Him. The Scripture only mentions John and some women who stood at the foot of the cross, the others stumbled.

When we realize that the final tests are going to be the strongest of all, we can understand why many will stumble and run away. It is somewhat similar to what happens when a university career is about to end, the exams to which the students are subjected are by far the most difficult. In addition, in some cases, they require the submission of a thesis that must be evaluated by a very demanding committee. That is why we see many deserting their studies before concluding them.

The Lord was well aware that there would be deserters when he said this: many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Those who hope to be safe before the antichrist comes and the great tribulation are likely to be part of those who will fall away. Since they were not prepared to suffer because of Jesus Christ, they would try to save the skin by denying their faith. Even some will be able to cooperate with the persecutor by giving away to his brothers, whom they will hate by blaming them for the persecution.

What are the consequences of those who fall away? The best answer is given by the Lord Himself in John 12:25: He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. The one who stumbles is because he loves his life and thinks that denying his faith before the beast is going to be saved; but what he does not know is that, by agreeing with the antichrist, he is choosing the same final destiny as this, that is, the lake of fire and sulfur. Whoever does such a thing, has decided to renounce Christ and all that he represents, therefore he has renounced eternal life.

You could ask me, where have God’s forgiveness, mercy and love remained? I answer you with another question: do you think that God must repay you with forgiveness, mercy and love after you have betrayed Him? Brother, let’s not play with fire, look what Romans 11: 21-22 says: For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

Anyone who stumbles over his brother to be martyred becomes responsible for his blood. That makes him a criminal sinner and, as such, has despised grace, the undeserved gift. Whoever does such a thing has voluntarily rejected Jesus Christ, is a deserter of His army, can no longer pretend that his name remains in the Book of Life. Only he who stands firm to the end, no matter that he has risked his own life, will be counted among the elect. Let us see, then, and stand firm, clinging to Christ, without stumbling to be found worthy to receive Him in the clouds when He comes. God bless you.

Delivered to the Tribulation

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.

Matthew 24:9

We love receiving good news, but we hate to give up. Many people come to Christ’s feet burdened with problems and are hopeful that they will tell Him that He is the key to changing their lives on earth, to be happy, to lack of problems and to prosperity. That is why it is not very frequent to listen to a sermon on things like those that says Matthew 24: 9: Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and they will kill you, and you will be hated of all the nations for My name’s sake. Jesus Christ did not hide the truth about what would happen to those who follow Him and we are no one to prevent this from being known today as well.

Contrary to what is often taught, being a Christian does not come with the guarantee of lacking problems, quite the contrary. And now that the last times are near, it is an act of utter cruelty to take people to the feet of Christ by hiding these biblical truths. Whoever becomes Jesus Christ must know the whole truth and not just things that look beautiful. Without a doubt that we will be delivered to tribulation, many will be killed and people will hate us because of the name of Jesus.

The preachers of the gospel, like the doctors, are called to give all the news, the good and the bad. And as that doctor who without hesitation communicates to his patient that the cancer has metastasized in his body and, therefore, his days are numbered, we have to tell the believers that at some point, before the coming of the Lord, there will be persecution against us which was never before. A patient with a terminal illness can become depressed or enjoy his last days, the Christian will be with Christ no matter what happens.

Why Christians will be delivered to tribulation? It is written that the whole world is under the wicked one; but before the coming of the Lord the manifestation of the man of sin, the antichrist, the beast, will occur. If we already walk by a minefield, imagine how the world will be when the beast has it under his control. The name of Christ will be vetoed and anyone who calls on that blessed name will be persecuted without mercy. The Christian will be made to choose between denying his faith or dying.

There are those who comfort themselves saying that before that happens the Lord will come secretly and take His chosen ones, who will suffer absolutely nothing of the terrible things that will happen. I have carefully reviewed the entire New Testament several times and found nowhere to say that we will be raptured or rescued from the Tribulation. What I have found are things like these: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.

You will then say that you made your worst mistake by becoming a Christian because, instead of giving up on problems, you are going to have bigger ones. Well, I tell you, it was not a mistake, but the wisest decision you ever made. Do not think that those who persecute you or those who are saved from persecution will be better off than you. With Christ you have the guarantee of eternal life, that even if you are dead you will live because He is the resurrection and the life. Without Christ, it would expect a safe place in hell for you, perpetual torment. To live is Christ and to die for Him is gain. God bless you.

Principle of Birth Pains

For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of birth pains.

Matthew 24:7-8

What Matthew 24:7-8 says is something that makes anyone tremble. And this biblical passage prophesies global wars, diseases, famines, and earthquakes all over the world. All these phenomena alone involve major catastrophes that would bring death and destruction everywhere. But the worst news would be what verse 8 says: All these events are the beginning of birth pains. This statement makes it clear that wars, diseases, famines and earthquakes are hardly the beginning of worse events. But not only that, but such events will cause pain to humanity.

Let us see what beginning of birth pains consists. The first thing the Lord said is this: For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Between 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, the world suffered the two world wars. During World War I battles were fought in Europe, Africa, Middle East, China, the coasts of America and the islands of the Pacific Ocean. More than 70 million soldiers fought in it and the number of victims is estimated at about 40 million.

In the first war, the side of the central powers were: Austro-Hungarian Empire, German Empire, Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria, among others. The allies were: France, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, British India, New Zealand, South Africa, Newfoundland, Russian Empire, Italy, United States, Belgium, Japan, Greece, Serbia, among others. At the end of the war, four empires saw their end: Austro-Hungarian Empire, German Empire, Ottoman Empire and Russian Empire.

In World War II fought almost on all continents and oceans, especially in Europe, Africa, Far East, North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. On one side were fighting the Axis powers: Germany, Italy and Japan, to which they were also associated: Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Of the side allied fought: France, Poland, the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Greece, Yugoslavia, Soviet Union, United States and China. The total number of victims is estimated at 55-70 million.

In the two world wars of the twentieth century fought nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom. That is just what will happen again, just as the Lord prophesies in Matthew 24:7-8. If the total number of victims of both war amounts to 100 million people, can you imagine how many will die in the next global conflict? Today, more lethal armaments are available than in the past, and it is no longer necessary to invade a territory to attack and destroy it, it is enough to use hypersonic ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.

But the pain principle is not limited to a globalized war, but the Lord also announces that there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. Illness and hunger can come as a result of war. Earthquakes today are becoming more frequent than before. Many people do not want to hear about these things; but it would be a grave error not to preach about it. Our Lord will come, and before His coming, very terrible things will happen and it becomes necessary that all of us be warned and prepared. God bless you.