The end of the world will not be today. Some people who claim to be a Christian will condemn me for making such a statement. The end of your life may come before this day ends. But, the end of the world will come when all the prophecies of the Word of God have been fulfilled. Not all of the prophecies of the Word of God have been fulfilled. Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” That has not yet happened. The gospel of Jesus Christ has not been preached to every nation of people.
Six years ago, when I was excommunicated from the Lakeland/Knoxville Fellowship, one of their ministers stated to me that if I did not believe that Jesus Christ could come back that very night, then I was a false prophet and a Babylonian preacher. I replied that I did not believe that all the prophecies of the Bible had been fulfilled; therefore, I could not believe that the second coming of Jesus Christ could be eminent that very night. His conclusion was, “Jim Storts is a false prophet.” About two thousand nights have passed since he separated himself from me and rejected my testimony of salvation, but Jesus has not come back yet.
It is imperative that every person live each day as if it could be the very last day. The counsel of God is “Be ye ready.” Jesus said in Matthew 25:13, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” I do not know when Jesus will return, but we are given certain prophecies in the Holy Scriptures which must come to pass before Jesus returns. Jesus said in John 7:6, “Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.” Our time is always “TODAY”. Today is the day of salvation. To postpone your obedience to God because you think Jesus is not coming today, is pure rebellion.
I submit the following reasons for my position that the end of the world is not today:
First reason: I do not believe that this gospel has been preached to every nation in the whole world. Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
Second reason: I do not believe that the church has awakened out of the silence and lukewarmness which came upon the church at the opening of the Seventh Seal. Revelation 8:1, “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”
Third: I do not believe that the glory and power of God has been restored to the church as stated in the prophecies concerning the Third Earthquake. Revelation 11:14-19, “The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God. Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament; and there were lightening, and voices, and thundering, and an earthquake, and great hail.” And also in Revelation 16:17,18, “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, it is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightening; and there was a great earthquake such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty and earthquake, and so great.”
Matthew 24:1-141 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Matthew 9:37-3837 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
2 Chronicles 7:13-1413 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I do believe that the United States of America will be punished for her great sins. Our nation has become exceedingly sinful, covetous, haughty, immoral, perverted and violent. Her leaders have destroyed the integrity of marriage, turning back to the ways of sodomy. Their religion is vain and full of hypocrisy. They are governed by the wicked who oppress the people for their own profit.
Jesus said that this gospel will be preached to all nations and then shall the end come. Any group of people who have a common Lineage, who speak a distinct Language, who have common Laws (written or oral) and who live in a prescribed area of Land, are a Nation in the sight of God. This definition of a Nation is derived from the biblical account of the nation of Israel. Israel became a Nation after the development of an extensive Lineage (descendants of Abraham), a distinct Language (Hebrew), a set of Laws (Mosaic) and finally entered the Land (Promised to Abraham by God).
How many nations have not heard the gospel of Jesus Christ? By some learned men’s estimate, there are at least 3000 nations in the world who number over 380 million people who do not have a Bible in their language. Many more have a small part of the Bible, but most Bibles are poorly translated and contain doctrinal error.
Revelation 7:9-179 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
In chapter seven, verse one, we have this statement: “...that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.” During this great period of spiritual darkness in the wilderness of religious oppression, “the wind should not blow”, i.e. the Holy Spirit was not given to perform His divine anointing or provide His divine leadership.
A symbol may be general in nature and its specific application is determined by the context in which it appears. A tree may be a good tree or a bad tree. The sea may be the Sea of Glass or the “troubled sea” of the wicked. Likewise, the earth may be an earthen vessel which has been consecrated to God or one which is corrupted with wickedness.
The word “hurt” found in this passage means to be actively unjust or to do wrong morally, socially or physically. It implies a destructive work contrary to the will of God. It does not carry the same connotation as the destruction of Babylon. The angel of God counsels the ministers of God to not hurt the people who have limited light and understanding in the dark and cloudy day which encompassed the days of these four angels.
There is ample evidence that God works in ways which we may not understand. God is not required to reveal to us the reason or justification for His actions. We are not His judge, counselor or the persons to whom He must give account. God’s mercy endures for ever and throughout all generations. He will save all who walk in humble obedience to the light which is personally revealed to them. God’s requirements are always in accordance with His gifts.
God did not require these four angels who ministered from 270—1880 to publicly pour out all the judgments of God against false prophets and false doctrines. God called all His people out of Babylon before He forsook it. Verse three of our present passage lets us know that there will come a time when the earth, sea and trees will be hurt. But “till we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads” the wrath of God’s full judgment, against false prophets and false religions, is withheld. The Three Woes were withheld until the 5th, 6th and 7th Seal times. The Seven Vials were not poured out upon the earth, sea and trees until the 6th and 7th Seal times.
I am inclined to believe that the Seventh Vial is yet reserved for our future. Ministers have believed that the Seventh Vial has been already poured out on Babylon, when in fact it may yet be poured out on a sleepy, lukewarm people who claim to be the church of God and having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. There are many congregations which know the truth, they know the doctrines, they preach the word of God; but, there is little evidence of the power of God, the love of God, the humility of godly people or the precious fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Titus 1:15-1615 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Can we recognize those persons who “profess that they know God; but in works they deny him”? What do they look like? How do they act?
2 Timothy 3:1-51 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
There are people who commit these sins and yet they have a “form of godliness.”
In what way do they have a form of godliness?
They read their Bibles, they pray, they go to church.
They call themselves Christians and claim to have salvation.
And yet, they commit the sins which Paul listed for Timothy.
Each person may not commit all 18 of these sins, but they do these evils:
· lovers of their own selves…selfish, self centered
· covetous…they want what belongs to someone else, jealous, envy
· boasters…braggart, conceited, exaggerating their achievements
· proud…haughty, thinking themselves to be better than others
· blasphemers…speaking evil of good
· disobedient to parents…rebellious, selfwilled
· unthankful…ungrateful, not thankful for their blessings
· unholy…sinful, wicked, against God
· Without natural affection…perverted affections
· Trucebreakers…liars, intentionally breaking their promises
· false accusers…intentionally giving a false report and accusation
· incontinent…without any self-control or self-restraint
· fierce…violent, hurtful, mean
· despisers of those that are good…disrespectful, hateful
· Traitors…betraying friendships, breaking relationships
· Heady…rash, hasty, without forethought or reason
· Highminded…self exalted in pride
· lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…satisfying the flesh
If you are guilty of any of these sins and you claim to be a part of the church of God, then the Seventh Vial needs to be poured out on your attitude and beliefs.
Here is an example of how I think the ministry has erred in the Silence and Lukewarmness of the Seventh Seal period of time.
As I consider the methods of discipleship, which I and other ministers have employed in the past, I have come to the place where I believe the Holy Spirit would have me re-examine the difference between: bringing a person to accept and conform to a particular doctrine; and, bringing that person to an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit so that they can bring him into the faith and belief of that doctrine. I believe that many ministers have used inappropriate pressure to cause a person to conform instead of helping the person become more in-tune with the voice of the Holy Spirit. Now, some would say that I am opening the door to compromise and an independent spirit which will bring confusion into the congregation. I say nay! Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to teach us all things. If we would concentrate more on the spirituality of the person and less on their immediate conformance; I believe we would produce disciples whose faith is made stronger by their personal enlightenment from the Holy Ghost.
When all of the Word of God has been fulfilled, the end will come when the Father tells His Son to go bring the church home to Heaven. Let us watch and pray. Let us be ready. He may come for us, individually, today.