The end of all things is at hand

By C. Eldon McNabb

The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer (1 Peter 4:7).

In 1 Corinthians 10:11, Paul spoke of “the end,” saying, “These things are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”  He is speaking of the two ends of the Grace Age: those two critical times, in prophetic history, in which the Church must be raised up and manifest God to the world.  Also, Ezekiel told us, “An end is come, the end is come. (Ezek. 7:6).

The end is come.  We entered into the time of the end in 1962, when the Church of Rome began the “Harvest of the Tares” (Matt. 13:30), by launching their Ecumenical Movement.  Therefore what we must concern ourselves with, today, is the imminent end of the Grace Age and the day of the wrath of Almighty God upon Christianity.

The allegories of “the Barley Harvest,” and the harvest cycle of “Jubilee,” show us that the harvest of “the fruit of the earth” is a fifty year period of time, including the final “year of Jubilee” which will begin sometime in September, 2010.  There will be no preaching in that year of Jubilee.  America and the U. N. are, even now, finalizing the necessary legislation: the “Hate Crimes” bill, to put a stop to it.  In the next three and a half years, the prudent will withdraw and hide themselves, but the foolish will continue on and be punished.  It is but a few short months until “the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).

In the first 2,000 years of mankind being upon the earth, God let them sort of figure it all out for themselves.  And O, how wicked they became!  So God called Abram to be his representative.  An end had come.

During the next 2,000 years or so, God chose out the seed of Abraham, and cultivated them with abundant favors, promises, and covenants, including the Law of Moses.  Yet, except for a very small number, they proved that they would not obey God, not serve Him.  They preferred to worship the gods of their neighbors.

In the dispensation of the fullness of time, Jesus Christ came, and His ministry, death, and resurrection marked the beginning of the end of God considering the natural seed of Abraham as His Elect.

Therefore, when Jesus had fulfilled the volume of prophecy which God had given him, and the Jewish Church had fulfilled the volume of prophecy which God had given it, His promises to Israel were all fulfilled.  God took the Kingdom of God away from Israel and Judah, and turned to the Gentiles (Matt. 21:43), yet, there shall be a special, prophetic remnant of them “grafted in again” at the end of the Grace Age (Rom. 11).

Jesus appeared unto Saul of Tarsus, and redeemed him, and gave him commandment, saying “I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.”  One day, Paul and his company arrived in Antioch of Pisidia.  They went into the synagogue, on the Sabbath day and Paul was given opportunity to preach.  The next Sabbath day almost the whole city came out to hear him, and the Jews, being filled with envy, spoke against the things which Paul had said, contradicting and blaspheming.  Then Paul and Barnabas spoke boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing you put it far from you, – lo we turn to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:47; Isaiah 49:6). 

By the end of the first century A.D., when Jude’s tenure as “the Chief” was over, the scepter had departed from Judah.  An end had come.

We now await the fulfillment of the many prophecies which tell of the building again of the Church of God, and the restoration of “the tribes of Jacob,” and the grafting in again of the “House of Israel” into to the Kingdom of God: a group espoused unto Jesus Christ (John 6:39; 2 Cor. 11:2; Rom.11:25-27; Ezek. 43:9-12; Isaiah 49:5-6).

The abominations [idols] of the Egyptians, and of the inhabitants of Canaan, were so tempting to the children of Israel that they forsook God and chased after idolatry, alienating themselves from God Almighty.  As a nation they became impotent and spiritually barren.  That rebellious, depraved generation of the first Century A.D. crucified the Son of God, and the world has never been the same.  And before the century was over, Israel had fulfilled the prophecy in Ezekiel 5:1-17.

The Lord said unto Ezekiel, “Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.  And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations. – Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations. – A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.  Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the Lord have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.”

Then, in His great wisdom, and for His divine purposes, God spoke of the righteous remnant, the Church of God, saying, “Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.  Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.”  The Church suffered martyrdom, and the scepter departed from Judah (Gen. 49:10).  An end had come.

When God turned to the Gentiles, through the ministry of the Apostle Paul, the third phase of mankind’s work upon Earth began.  At last, the Gentiles would have opportunity to experience the glory of God, as the Jews had.  But before the end of the first century A.D., false teachers had already begun their attack on the pure truth of God, through philosophy and vain deceit, and through the works of the flesh.  Gentile Christianity would have to wait almost 2,000 years to experience that glory.  Yet, when it comes, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former” (Hag. 2:9).

Paul said, “I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:29-30).  He also said, “The mystery of iniquity doth already work” (2 Thess. 2:7).  Today we are still fighting a spiritual warfare against that mystery of iniquity, which is now accepted in almost every Christian organization, and is expressed in one way as a doctrine of vanities entitled “The Trinity” (Jer. 10:8).

Peter also warned us of this impending problem when he told us that he had witnessed the majesty, honor, and glory of Jesus Christ when He was transfigured.  Then he said, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (2 Peter 1:19 – 2:2).

Today those false teachers are almost everywhere, denying the truth of Peter’s statement here, twisting his words to hide the truth from us.  Peter told us here that a prophet of God will come on the scene just before Jesus returns; and, if you are watching prophecy, you are likely to recognize him when he comes.  He then told us that the reason we can depend on those prophecies is that the prophets did not tell us what they thought God meant, but wrote exactly what He said.

Paul said to the Colossians, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Col. 2:8).  Yet, by the middle of the third century A.D., there was almost nothing left of the Church of the Apostles of Christ to be found.  The leaders of the Church had adopted the imaginations of the Greek philosopher Plato, the Jewish philosopher Philo, who lived about 20 B.C. to 50 A.D., and particularly Origen (A.D. 185-254), who defined the doctrine which is almost universally accepted in Christianity today, “the trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

No one could explain Origen’s thoughts then, and Christian theologians have never been able to explain the trinity unto this day, whether Catholic or Protestant.  But they call us who worship God in truth heretics for not accepting this false, unbiblical doctrine, and they have since added to it the abomination of the doctrine, “the Rapture”

Ungodly men crept into the Church, and brought in various damnable heresies.  They ignored the Word of God, and sought after philosophy and vain deceit.  When the Roman Church adopted the conclusions of the Nicene Council which included the doctrine of “The Trinity,” not accepting that doctrine soon became a capital offense

Isaiah prophesied of those days, saying, “How is the faithful city become an harlot!  It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.  Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards. – Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: and I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: and I will restore thy judges [anointed leaders] as at the first, and thy counselors [the twelve and seventy] as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city” (Isaiah 1:21-27).

In fulfillment of that prophecy, the glorious Church of the first century A.D. plunged into idolatry.  All that was good in it got mixed with heresy and violence.  But God began the ascent out of the depravity of the Roman Church in the 1500s, and by 1900 A.D., He had restored the baptism with the Holy Spirit to those who would accept it.  Thus began the move of God to restore the glory which the Jewish Church had received, by building it again among the Gentiles (John 6:39).

Each time God revealed more light [the righteousness of God] (Rom. 1:16-17), most of those who had attained unto the previous level rejected it.  Therefore, today we have millions of people who are born again, but deny that there is anything further.  We also have millions who believe in sanctification, the second work of grace, but insist that there is nothing further.  Then we have other millions who believe in the baptism with the Holy Spirit, who adamantly proclaim that they have “the full gospel,” and totally reject that omnipresent, Biblical truth that God works by way of an anointed leader.  God has always worked that way, and He always will.

When God began bringing His people out of the Church of Rome, He had every intention of leading them into all truth.  However, they brought with them various idolatrous practices.  The damnable heresy of the Trinity doctrine was so entrenched that, seemingly, without hesitation, they took it with them.  In this they were much like Jacob’s favored wife, Rachel, who took her father’s gods with her when they left his house.

“The times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man [Jesus] whom he hath ordained” (Acts 17:30).

The Protestant movement reached a level of spirituality, leveled off, and then regressed until they are now sleeping the sleep of the ten virgins in Matthew 25.  Because of the abundance of iniquity around us, “the love of many [has] waxed cold, and evil men and seducers [have] waxed worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).  And the people love to have it so.  That is true of almost every kind of organization from Born-Again to Holy-Ghost-baptized.  They have greatly embarrassed God, and by them the way of truth has been caused great reproach.  Of them Peter said, “Through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

There are very few places where the working of the Holy Spirit is allowed today.  And when a minister is caught in adultery or homosexuality, the leaders of the churches send him to another area, and keep it all very quiet, just as we have known to happen in the Catholic Church.  And worst of all, they preach their own doctrine instead of loving the words of God; misleading the people whom they are supposed to be leading in the way of God.

The kingdom of God has gone the way of the kingdom of Israel under Jeroboam.  With the favor of God, Jeroboam took the northern kingdom away from Rehoboam.  Then Jeroboam took counsel with those leaders, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.  And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.  And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan” (1 Kings 12:28-30).  That prophecy is fulfilled today in the teaching of the doctrines of “the Trinity,” and of “the Rapture.”

Today, most Christians have rejected God’s way of working through an Anointed Leader, who has with him a group of people: the Church, elected by God, who work with him as “The Sanctuary” of Psalm 114:1-2.   Numbers 18:1-6, foreshadows it well.  God said, “I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation.”

Because the churches have rejected divinely appointed leadership, God’s people have become “as sheep without a shepherd” (Num. 27:17).   God is now preparing to bring great destruction upon Christianity, and that very soon (1 Thess. 4:13 – 5:9).  The corrupt, anti-Christian elements of the world have almost completed their plan to wipe Christianity from the face of the earth; and religious Islamists have been into their effort to eliminate Christianity, and the United States of America, since the 1970s.  But it is the irreligious, atheistic, secular element which Christians should fear even more.  It is they who are, at present, openly enacting legislation that will effectively make every conscientious minister of the gospel a criminal: guilty of hate crimes.  The G-Ten of the U.N. are almost ready to fulfill their part of Rev. 17:12-14.  They must “make war with the Lamb,” and be overcome by Him.  Those that are with the Lamb: the stone in Daniel 2, shall thus bring down the great, anti-Christian United Nations.

It is high time to awake out of sleep and diligently search the scriptures to see whether I am telling you the truth or not.  Any Christian who wishes to go to the wedding does not have much time to make his or her passage sure (2 Peter 1:10).  It is imperative that we fulfill Paul’s words in Ephesians 4, and “all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” God has appointed a leader to save us from “the wrath of God,” just as He appointed Noah to save “his house” from the flood.  If you insist on believing the fictional Rapture theory, instead of believing in the prophetic fulfillment of the Noah allegory, you will be caught in the current “when the enemy shall come in like a flood” (Isaiah 59:19).

Christ must “be formed” again in a faithful and righteous group of people: including the offices of the Twelve, the Seven, and the Seventy (Gal. 4:19).  We must gather the saints together in the unity of the faith: people from every level of faith in God.  We must save alive a few, and establish the Kingdom of God on Earth: the throne of David, for Jesus to sit upon to rule the world (Daniel 7:9-14).

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.  For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries. – But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 1:1-7).

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