Afghan women dressed in traditional clothing caring their children through the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghan’s underground church is strong but under serious threat! Please stand with them in prayer. Afghan Christian’s are saying the Taliban takeover is a nightmare!
Brothers and sisters,
pray for us.
1 Thess. 5:25
FIRST-HAND GROUND REPORT IN AFGHANISTAN
What we are witnessing right now is the decimation of the country and people of Afghanistan. We are watching twenty years of work and the strengthening of a nation being destroyed in a single day.
The Taliban has a hit list of known Christians they are targeting to pursue and kill. The US Embassy is defunct and there is no longer a safe place for believers to take refuge.
All borders to neighboring countries are closed and all flights to and from have been halted, with the exception of private planes. People are fleeing into the mountains looking for asylum. They are fully reliant on God, who is the only One who can and will protect them.
The Taliban are going door-to-door taking women and children. The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older has been found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.
Husbands and fathers have given their wives and daughters guns and told them that when the Taliban come, they can choose to kill them or kill themselves—it is their choice.
Some women said they had no time to buy a burqa to comply with Taliban rules that women should be covered up and accompanied by a male relative when they leave the house.
To Afghanistan’s women, the flowing cloth represents the sudden and devastating loss of rights gained over 20 years—the right to work, study, move and even live in peace—that they fear will never be regained.” [Source: CNN World]
Global Catalytic Ministries (GCM), a longtime ministry partner of FAI, is taking an active stance in prayer, support, and advocacy for our brothers and sisters—many of whom have been serving as leaders as the Afghanistan church grows at a historic rate (second only to Iran right now).
Although people are heading for the hills, many want to stay in the country and continue to advance the Gospel; however, we will relocate those who need to be secured. GCM’s stance has always been and will be to do whatever is necessary to move the Gospel forward. Our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan continue to inspire us with their boldness and resolve in their darkest hour.
When He came the first time, Jesus came to a world dictated by both the Caesars and the Herodian dynasty. While Jesus was growing up, Augustus died in A.D. 14, and was replaced by the paranoid emperor, Tiberias. During the reigns of these tyrants, Jesus presented Himself as the sacrificial Lamb of God, and became a sacrifice for the salvation of the entire world. In that day, His timing was perfect.
He came not to a land of peace, but of wars and revolutions. It will be so again, and very soon, since we’re approaching the second millennium since His departure. He is coming again, and His timing is always perfect.
Remember the special prophecy of the Prophet Hosea!
“After two days he will revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight”
We believe this is a prophecy about two prophetic days of a thousand years each. Since most scholars believe Jesus was crucified in 30 AD, the end of the second day is approaching.
Soon, He will come again, and His arrival will be as perfectly timed as it was at His first coming. But this time, He will not live a modest life among the miserable power-grabbing leaders of today.
Instead, He will come to take His own people – both the dead in Christ, and the living faithful – home to heaven. There, with the Body of Christ in heaven, we will be witnesses of Christ’s Coronation Ceremony as King of Kings and watch Him prepare to judge this world in the seven-year Tribulation period.
When He came the first time, the world was wracked by revolution and false religion. Today, we groan, as we await a remedy for all the lying and the breakdown of morality, rampant false religion, socialist revolution and the threat of rising Islamic aggression.
But this time He’s coming not as the humble Savior, but as the risen Christ, who will gather His own, and soon after that, begin to open the seals of judgment.
Jesus is coming for His Bride, the Church! Be blessed by the thought of meeting Him in the air!
First, they threatened the pastor. He’s a born-again, godly pastor with a wonderful testimony and graduate of Master’s Seminary in California.
Next, they threw him in jail for violating COVID laws for holding church services.
After fining him and releasing him from jail, the police were at the Spruce Grove church in Edmonton, Alberta before 8 a.m.
Crews could be seen putting fencing up around the building’s perimeter, as well as blocking off several parking stalls. Alberta Health Services physically closed GraceLife Church and has prevented access to the building until GLC can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s chief medical officer of health’s (CMOH) restrictions,” AHS said in a statement Wednesday morning.
It appears Satan has a grip on our northern neighbor. Does this mean we won’t be too far behind?
Obeying God Not Man
The pages of history are filled with examples of faithful believers who resolutely obeyed God, even if it meant facing severe repercussions from men.
When Daniel refused to stop praying, he was thrown into a den of lions. When the apostles refused to stop proclaiming the name of Jesus, they were arrested and scourged. When the church father Polycarp refused to renounce Christ, he was burned at the stake. When the Puritan John Bunyan refused to stop preaching, he was put in jail for twelve years. Many other examples could be given, but the point is clear.
To obey God rather than men is not always easy. But it has been the heartbeat of believers in every age.
James Coates is a living illustration of that same kind of resolve. When government officials interfered with his congregation’s ability to meet and worship, James and his fellow elders determined they must choose God over government. That courageous stand came at a cost. James was arrested.
When he appeared before the judge, he was told he would be released if he stopped holding church services as he had been doing. Like Luther at the Diet of Worms, he respectfully answered that he could not do so. His conscience was bound to God and Scripture. As a result, James was imprisoned and treated like a common criminal.
It is clear the Provincial Health Authority of Alberta wants to make an example out of James. But believers across North America should also want to point out his example, because his conduct has truly been exemplary. The church should stand in solidarity with James’ courage and the courage of his church today! We should applaud the unwavering convictions on which that courage is established.
We need to be trusting the Lord in this assault, and continue to pray for our dear brother, his wife, his sons, his fellow elders, and his congregation.
Our prayer is only that, as a result of these bazar circumstances, the message of the gospel will shine forth to the honor of Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria! To God Be The Glory!
The tide is changing! We can feel it and now we can read it. As America runs from God, her new found pride over rejecting God is getting bolder and louder as she seems no longer embarrassed by her arrogance or interested in hiding it from God’s people… or from God!
America, Rejecting God Showing Godless Mindset
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times and Yahoo News is headlined, “Why America’s Record Godlessness is Good News for the Nation.”
In part it reads, “The secularization of U.S. society—the waning of religious faith, practice and affiliation—is continuing at a dramatic and historically unprecedented pace. While many may consider such a development as a cause for concern, such a worry is not warranted. This increasing godlessness in America is actually a good thing, to be welcomed and embraced.”
Are you serious?
As recently as 1976, nearly 40% of Americans said they believed that the Bible was the actual word of God—to be taken literally. Today, only about 20% of Americans believe that. More believe the Bible is a collection of fables, history and tales written by men.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) recently proclaimed that God’s will was of no concern to this Congress. First, the liberals kicked God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and then out of their Democrat National Conventions since 2012. Until recently, they did not make an effort to force the rest of the nation to also abandon God.
Secularization has consequences. Check out nations that have experimented with it: Japan, Scandinavia, Australia, the U.K. and Eastern Europe. How is society functioning in Godless Cuba, Venezuela, China and Russia?
Once God is gone, repression follows.
The article heralding America’s new Godlessness said that now society can embrace abortion, socialized medicine, euthanasia, and gun control.
It reads, “The organic secularization we are experiencing in the United States is a progressive force for good, one that is associated with improved human rights, more protections for planet Earth, and an increased socio-cultural propensity to make this life as fair and just as we can—in the here and now—rather than in a heavenly reward that fewer and fewer of us believe in.”
Does this not foreshadow the words of Luke 18:8: When Christ returns, will He find any of faith?
Government Becomes God
For one hundred years, there has been an effort to make the government god. Starting in 2020, a new and unforeseen element was added that furthered that agenda—fear. Fear of a pandemic.
It became the perfect storm.
Author and blogger Jonathan Brentner writes, “The combination of fear and the great deception of our time, have made vast numbers of people willing to submit to the government, which they now regard as the protector of their health. As a result, they have willingly given up many of their rights and freedoms for the sake of remaining healthy, a trend sure to continue.
“And very few pastors stand up against the restriction regarding the freedom of religion imposed on them by socialist governors.”
Given Over To A Reprobate Mind
Four of the most terrifying words in the Bible are “God gave them over.” (Romans 1:24-28) Because man rejected God, He gave them over to a reprobate mind. We find the same principle in 2 Thessalonians 2, but this time in terms of end-time man’s delusional beliefs. To those who reject God’s truth, He will send them a powerful spirit of delusion allowing them to misjudge what’s actually occurring in the last days. They will believe that what is false is actually true. We are seeing this more and more in our generation!
The Stage is Being Set
Just 50-100 years ago, our churches were filled on Sundays. Even though the Mainline Protestants were in decline, still faithful Presbyterians, Lutherans, and Methodists joyfully sang hymns. The evangelical church was exploding in reaction to the liberalism that had invaded the church.
The thought of a prominent U.S. Congressman stating that our government was not concerned with God’s will was unthinkable!
But 50-100 years ago we were not so late in the game! The shadow of the Tribulation hadn’t yet arrived. Few were even thinking about Antichrist and his looming empire, much less knowingly or unknowingly heralding his coming. Now he is on the horizon. So are the Four Horsemen.
Evil is on its way but so is the Rapture of the Church.
That’s the good news in the midst of this sad story about America.
Jesus is coming soon whether the church today talks about it or not. Jesus is coming whether the godless culture believes it or not. They didn’t believe God would judge the world in Noah’s day either!
Nothing can stop the spiraling events leading the world into God’s great Day of Wrath just as nothing can stop the soon return of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. It is imminent. Any minute.
What Lens Are You Looking Through?
How do you see what’s happening in the U.S. and in the world today?
While most are looking to political solutions, the church should focus through the lens of God’s providential dealings with America in the Last-Days.
To reinforce that focus, this article addresses America’s current state of decline.
The Decline of America Happening Fast
God rules over all. He therefore sovereignly controls the birth, lifespan, and demise of every earthly nation including America.
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
While it would be nice if the Bible clearly laid out the role of the United States in the last days, the silence of scripture on this subject may tell us more than we realize. America will no longer be a leader of nations, but a follower. End-time events do not include America as the great international heavyweight it was at the beginning of the twenty first century.
We are already starting to get a better sense of how rapidly the Biden administration is accelerating the decline of America in accordance with Bible prophecy!
I do not believe the U.S. will be a superpower any longer when the 7-year Tribulation begins. As a result, I am expecting the U.S.’s global power and influence to decline between now and the start of the Tribulation.
Although we are still early in how this administration will play out, it should be noted that the unprecedented upheaval during the chaotic demonstrations of 2020 have greatly affected the world’s view toward America. Additionally, the division and turmoil that erupted from the 2020 election fiasco increased the world’s concerns about America to the point where many have already begun to reevaluate the strength of America’s role going forward.
Biden’s order to hang the LGBTQI pride flag next to old glory at every US Embassy around the world has downgraded America’s testimony to a new low. Imagine all the diplomats that are daily visiting or passing by our embassy and staring at the pride flag next to the red, white, and blue. Incredibly sad!
America’s diplomats are being forced to oversee the spread of the LGBTQI agenda as a pillar of American foreign policy. Perception is everything and the perception of a weakened America plays into the hands of the enemy. While America was once known for her passion for souls and spreading the Gospel around the world, she’s now becoming recognized for spreading sin.
In Proverbs 14:34, we read,
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
The verse does not say that America’s past righteousness will exalt us today or tomorrow, nor does it say that our current sin will one day be a reproach in the distant future. It warns us that the sin of America is a reproach today!
The question on my mind for the past several years has been: “In the last days, will America face a gradual decline or a rapid decline?” We will see as time goes on but observing the unprecedented dispatch of Biden’s un-American and ungodly orders has caused me to think more about a rapid decline scenario.
A rapid decline in the U.S.’s power could cause global chaos, especially in the Middle East. A power vacuum in the Mideast created by a weakened U.S. would embolden the key anti-Israel forces of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah and other countries in a bid for regional supremacy. Israel could begin to face more testing and conflicts with its neighbors, as the U.S. may not be able to help (or willing to help) if Israel is under attack.
To prevent Iranian aggression against the Jewish State under Biden, and to thwart Iran’s capacity to achieve nuclear weapons we could see Israel make a surprise preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. This could occur at any time just as they took out the secret nuclear facilities of Iraq (Operation Babylon 1981) and Syria (Operation Outside the Box – 2007). Since Biden has come into office, Prime Minister Netanyahu has been upping the rhetoric about Israel’s willingness to go it alone and take-out Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
Israel’s decision for such a risky move may be determined by their national elections in a few weeks on March 23, 2021. If Benjamin Netanyahu remains in power, Iran will remain cautious. However, if Israel chooses a more liberal Prime Minister, along the lines of Biden, their window to hit Iran will likely close.
If a more liberal ruler comes into power in Israel simultaneously with a liberal U.S. president, the pace of events toward the start of the Tribulation period could dramatically increase. It’s not difficult to imagine a scenario where a liberal U.S. President together with a liberal Prime Minister of Israel would make it their priority to divide the Promised Land and require Israel to vacate the so-called West Bank (Judea and Samaria) for the State of Palestine.
With trillions of dollars wasted over COVID “relief packages” packed with pork, the U.S. national debt will swell this year to nearly $30 trillion. This year alone, the democrats will grow the U.S. budget deficit $3.8 trillion and put the government on a path to spend more money in one year than the previous 200+ years.
Biden and company are set to borrow more money over the next 12 months than the U.S. government borrowed to finance the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War together.
As the debt balloons to eye-popping amounts, it’s becoming easier to see how America could implode under the weight of its unsustainable national debt. A debt-crises scenario would also cripple America’s military capability causing America to passively resign its role as world policeman and signal the end of America as the world’s greatest superpower.
The United States would be forced to adopt a more likely posture of “falling in line” with other nations, not leading. With America sidelined, it leaves the door wide open for the coming beast empire and the rise of Antichrist.
If America continues to decline at its current pace, we could see other countries jump at the opportunity to become regional or global players. For instance, we could see conflict arising from Iran’s friends in North Korea and China with the power vacuum created by a weakened U.S.
Ultimately, I envision America in bad shape by the time of the start of the Tribulation and the rise of Antichrist. The sudden and mysterious removal of millions of Americans in the Rapture could certainly play a big role in contributing to America’s decline overnight just before the start of the Tribulation. With the restrainer removed (2 Thess. 2:7-8) and America removed, the pathway for the rise of the “man of sin” will be cleared (2 Thess. 3:3).
Keep in mind that I’m not a prophet so I don’t know what the exact timeline is as we approach the Tribulation. I believe a rapid decline in the U.S. gets us to the outcome of a weakened America far quicker than a gradual decline. We’ll see what happens, but I am becoming more confident that we have already entered the period of the rapid decline of our nation.
The church needs to discern that, in the sovereignty of God, the next four years could bring us right up to the door of the final 7 years! I’m not saying it will but I believe it is wise to anticipate it might!
For the most part, the church is asleep concerning the serious time of the hour. We need to be praying for the Body of Christ at large and for our local churches to wake-up and not be caught sleeping when the Lord returns.
Where are the preachers today who should be sounding the trumpet we have entered the danger zone? Remember, Jesus warned us this would happen! He said He will come in a time when the world will not anticipate His arrival or be ready!
It is the personal responsibility of every believer to not let that happen to yourself, your family, or your church and to remain on duty as a faithful watchman!
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
The level of injustice, hatred and corruption among the leadership that has risen up in America is a stench in the nostrils of God Almighty.
However the leaders didn’t get this way out of nowhere; they are merely a reflection of the level of injustice, hatred, and corruption among the people of this nation.
Telling honest, Christ-loving citizens, that being white and aligned with the former President makes you a terrorist and a threat to the nation is not the best approach to healing our country. Instead, it’s in line with the enemy’s path for widening our divide and it surely will not end well! But it might mean the Lord is coming soon!
So keep looking up because He is coming down and our best days are still ahead in the Father’s House with Jesus our Lord!
Please join us in prayer for Calvary Chapel, San Jose, Ca. and Pastor Mike McClure along with all the wonderful people in the church. This great church is in a war with the evil State of California for remaining open during COVIID.
Our daughter-in-law’s sister and husband are on staff at Calvary Chapel and the enemy is trying hard to close the church down. They began 2020 with a few hundred people but tripled in size for being the only Bible-believing church in the community willing to stay open.
The State has taken them to court and the trial is wrapping up. They are threatening to confiscate the church buildings and property to cover the more than $1.5 million state fines already levied on the congregation.
A final decision is scheduled for tomorrow which could bring more fines and possible jail time for Pastor Mike McClure.
Details Concerning Tomorrow’s Hearing and Verdict
When: Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 1:30 PM PST (10:30 AM EST)
Where: Old Courthouse, 161 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
The closing arguments and the judge’s verdict will be rendered tomorrow.
The county is looking to sanction the church more than $80,000, which will be added to the outstanding fines exceeding $1,500,000. The county is also looking to personally sanction both Pastor Mike McClure and Carson Atherley more than $25,000 and hold them in contempt of court.
Thursday at the courthouse, many pastors have invited their congregations to attend in support of the church.
We encourage you to stand with this church in prayer and supplication for tomorrow’s verdict. Please pray that the Lord will intervene to touch the Judge’s heart to show mercy and that God will show up to miraculously grant victory and relief to this wonderful church facing down the Goliath of California.
And Please Invite others to pray!
Thank you for standing with us for this Body of believers!
Calvary Chapel San Jose