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In this linked video lecture Rob Skiba takes you on a journey of Biblical discovery that is fascinating.
That the days of Noah are now happening as they did then will shock many viewers.
Rob Sliba is right on the cutting edge of Biblical research.
There is very little to be add to the content of this wonderful article.
My only observation is that as end time believers we will be under demonic attack from a myriad of manners ways and persons and endurance, patience, tolerance, love and wisdom are required in great quantities. Pray that they will be available in excess.
Authentic Manhood in the End Times
By Howard Green
A narrative drilled into our heads every day by pop-culture, the media, Hollywood, and even people in our own circles has become the “norm.” The broad summary of the narrative is this: All men are pretty much alike and they all live and behave in the same way. I suspect that I’m not alone in my belief that the world’s idea of what a real man is couldn’t be more flawed.
As a Christian man, I want to expose the world’s notion of manhood for what it is—a lie. I also want to encourage brothers in Christ everywhere to live out an authentic manhood in these last days.
Before we dig in, I want to address sisters in Christ. We know you as wives, moms, daughters, sisters, aunts, and friends. As you read this article for men, please understand it is meant to encourage you as well. The world tells you the same pack of lies about men. As believers, we know this isn’t the truth.
The continuous defamation of the roll and character of men is unrelenting. Please remember that we need your prayers, support, and encouragement. Wives please pray for your husbands. Moms please pray for your sons. Grand moms please intercede for your Grandsons. Aside from the Lord, Bible believing women are the greatest asset we have.
If you are a Christian teenage young lady or young woman, please remember that you belong to the Lord. Christian guys are your brothers. Be an example of kindness, modesty, and true beauty that is so rare and hard to find these days. You will be such an encouragement to your brothers in Christ.
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty, For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
Men, we live in dark days and the onslaught of evil is growing by the day. I began to notice this defaming of the roll of men start in the 1970s and it really took hold in the 1980s. Now in the last decade or so, it seems like there is an all out frontal assault on men. Hollywood for the most part, likes to portray men as poorly mannered, sex crazed, egotistic bumbling idiots.
Thinking of television in just the past few years or so, men have been portrayed like goofballs in shows such as: Married With Children, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The King of Queens to name just a few.
Think about the men the actors in these shows portray. They are usually very immature, self-absorbed, simple minded, and foolish. The husbands and fathers portrayed on these shows are reduced down to having the same intellect as a sideshow clown. I have news for Hollywood; the world doesn’t dictate how Christian men should live—only Jesus can do that.
Reality shows are the big thing now. The Hills, The Bachelor, Real Housewives (of wherever), Jersey Shore, and Keeping up with the Kardashians are just a sampling of shows that highlight what a degenerate mess this world is in. Most of the “males” on these shows are simply boys who know how to shave, in my opinion.
It’s not just the television shows, because the commercials have some of the most sexually charged, provocative, and debased content available for all to see. I say that because although I’m not a sports fanatic, occasionally I will watch a big game like the Super Bowl or World Series with my sons or daughters.
One minute you are seeing the replay of a great touchdown and before you know it, there’s a scantily dressed woman on the screen in what is supposed to be a commercial about cars. Wardrobe malfunctions, sexual innuendo, and materialism are the rule—not the exception. I used to turn my head, now it’s just better to turn the filth off.
I had the opportunity to go to an Indianapolis Colts game last year. I was with another guy and we were having a great time. All of a sudden, the huge fifty foot tall television screens on the four sides of the stadium zoomed in on the cheerleaders who had very little on in the way of clothing.
I simply turned away and decided that looking at my bag of peanuts was irresistible! As funny as it sounds, I wanted the young man next to me to know that my eyes are reserved for my wife and my heart belongs to her and the Lord. I didn’t put on a big show or overreact. I simply looked the other way; it wasn’t what the usual male reaction is supposed to be according to the world’s (low) standards.
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1).
The point is this: The world sends the wrong message to our sons and daughters: Money can satisfy all of your needs. Men are cool if they drink a particular brand of beer. Young men, this is the kind of woman you need. Young lady, if you dress like this you will get attention. The list of wrong messages never ends. I want my children and all of our youth to know that they don’t have to live the lies that the world sells them.
Sin can be pleasurable for a season, but it always leads to death. This world system is corrupt with lies from the father of lies, so I want to disengage from it at all costs. Notice I said “disengage” the world, not the people in the world. To me, that is one of the most exiting parts about being a Christian man. Guys, you and I have the opportunity to be salt and light in a very dark place.
Do you understand how rare, distinct, and revolutionary living for God’s glory is—in a society that is fixated on self? If you live as a disciple of Jesus, you will be like an exile or stranger from a different planet. Engaging people with the love of Christ and living a holy life as a man of God in this dark society is not what the world expects the average man to do.
As Christian men, we are expected to act and behave a certain way. When we walk according to the Spirit and not the flesh, we will be like aliens compared to the men who live for their own pleasure. There have been movements such as Promise Keepers and others that bring men together under the banner of Christianity. I don’t have a positive or negative opinion of men’s conferences because at the end of the day, it is the Lord who looks at the fruit of such efforts and that’s what matters.
I do believe men should be part of a local church. Men should be involved in corporate Bible study or a small group. We should also have brothers in our lives to encourage us, and to whom we mutually accountable. Iron sharpens iron and there is something very unique about men getting together to lift up Jesus’ name.
I can hear some of you guys saying, “Howard, this is men’s ministry 101, we do all of this.” I get it, but I want to reiterate the importance of fellowship because I believe one of the ways the enemy tries to devour us is through isolation or trying to go it alone. We need brothers both young and old in our lives with whom to walk this Christian walk You are building up other men in the faith by the example of your walk with the Lord.
There is something even bigger than fellowship with other brothers, and that’s your personal walk with Jesus. When small group time is over, the conference has ended or the men’s Bible study breaks for the season, you will still need to stand firm. When it comes right down to it basics, it’s my own walk with the Savior that will matter for eternity.
Personal integrity, character, behavior, habits, and lifestyle are all governed by the will of God if I’m truly a Christian man. Reading the Bible, praying, and engaging in fellowship continually with Jesus are the things that will make me a man who lives to glorify God.
I see something in modern evangelicalism, a pattern among men: Excuses.
Can we please stop the obsession with the word struggle?
Let me preface the rest of my thought and tell you that I understand we are all at different places in our walk. There are differing levels of spiritual maturity and growth. So I get it that a man who has just been saved out of a long life filled with alcohol, drug, pornography, or other addictions will have a battle on his hands.
If it weren’t for the grace of God, I would be right there wallowing in my sins. Pride comes before a fall and it’s not for any of us to brag that we stand strong, lest we fall into rebellion and sin. So please understand that I’m not addressing personal trials and temptations because we all have them. It’s what we do with them, our thought lives, and ultimately our actions that lead to sin.
We do need to support a brother when he is genuinely in a struggle, in the truest sense of the word. He needs prayer, accountability, wise counsel, and love from Christian brothers. There are some who are truly struggling and we need to be there to pray for and encourage those men. A day often comes when a brother’s struggle is replaced by a growing daily obedience to the Word of God and the wonderful the fruits of the Spirit.
“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 2:12).
What I’m addressing here is something totally different. What I am are zeroing in on here are the guys who just doesn’t want to keep his eyes off of women who are not their wives or put down the bottle, or take a sledgehammer to the computer where he views porn. This type of guy isn’t struggling; he is living in blatant rebellion of God’s Word.
Let’s see it for what it is—sin. I’ve seen this pattern over and over again. Brother (fill in the blank) makes a profession of faith. He gets into men’s ministry—a small group and becomes a member at church. Before long, he slips back into his old ways, cheats on his wife, lives like he’s not a Christian, and is defiant in the process.
A man who is walking with Christ is transformed by the renewing of his mind. His life is marked by a steady increase of Christ-likeness and holiness. The fruit of a life that has been transformed by the Spirit of God he is radically different.
That isn’t the case with a man who claims to be a believer, but lives for this world. I agree that we should be equal parts truth and love because that’s the model Jesus left for us. Unfortunately, and more often than not, I see well-meaning Christians come alongside this type of man and label what he’s going through as a struggle.
I have known elders instructing Christian men but are unwilling to confront them with the biblical reality of blatant sin in their lives. That is not a biblical approach. Showing fallen or backslidden men love involves going to a very hard place by risking the friendship, unity, and peace at any cost in order to rescue them. They need Christian men in their lives to love them enough to risk the relationship and lovingly be lovingly confronted. I would hope that a brother would love my soul enough to get in my face with biblical reality before I destroy my marriage, family, and life.
“Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:5-6).
“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” (Galatians 6:1-3).
That brings me to a final point. You cannot will, fight, manipulate or conjure up goodness in and of yourself. It’s only “Christ in me” that is good. Left to my own goodness and trying, I will fail miserably. I have to die to myself daily and crucify the flesh if I’m to live for Jesus. That is why I said earlier that conferences, small group, men’s fellowship groups are all fine, but at the end of the day, it’s my personal walk with Jesus and His atoning work for me that will count. I can never be good enough on my own.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose” (Galatians 2:20-21),
Guys, we must live with a longing to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant?” If we surrender our pretend goodness and let Christ work in and through us, He will help us in so many ways. We will be able to love our wives like He loves the Church. We will speak words of wisdom into our children’s lives.
We will be better equipped as friends, teachers, pastors, and co-laborers to build-up one another; to be sober minded, grounded, and stand firm when the world around us seems to be falling headlong into an abyss of immorality. Friends, take care of your walk and although important, don’t get so caught-up in family, life, or ministry to the point that you neglect your own walk with Jesus.
I want every Christian man who is reading this to understand that we are at war. We don’t have the time or luxury to stroll leisurely toward heaven as we live out our lives daily.
Heads up: Jesus is coming soon and the enemy knows his time is limited. Satan wants to devour you, destroy your family, wreck you marriage, and obliterate your children. Let’s get back to basics and pray for our kids daily. We need to pray for our wives daily. I don’t do it enough and what a blessing to miss out on.
We need to take our wives by the hand any pray for her and over her, because there is a war raging against her as well. We need to live holy lives, which means living a lifestyle set apart unto God, not only because people are watching but it is God’s will and command for us. We all have the opportunity to be a witness of the life changing work of Jesus.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd” (John 10:10).
We have a responsibility to stand against the narrative that this world tries to ram down our throats. Laughing at coarse jokes is what worldly men do. Staring at the pretty lady who walks by with your friends and they pressure you by saying, “It’s okay to look, but not to touch” is what worldly men do.
We should not commit adultery in our hearts by staring and lusting at women who are not our wives; instead we should keep our desire only for our wives and no one else. Spending money on yourself and worrying about “number one” instead of putting your wife and kids first is what many men do, but not if he is truly saved.
We need to speak life into a conversation that’s heading nowhere that is good. Before we worry about our golf games, guys night out or what we want to do, we gladly set those things aside to bless our wives by doing what she loves and do it with a truly cheerful heart.
Be sure to be the same man behind closed doors that you are in public. We cannot afford to play religious games or have an apathetic Christian walk. We need to follow hard after Jesus wholeheartedly. Living this life for the glory of God alone, and not ourselves is the diametric opposite of how the world lives.
Friends, we need to emulate “real men”—not the boys in men’s clothing of today’s pop culture. We need more men like Joseph, Job, David, Jeremiah, Daniel, Stephen, Peter, James, Paul, Timothy, and of course Jesus. These are real men who lived boldly for the Father’s glory.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
As these days grow darker prior to Jesus’ return, I don’t expect the spiritual battle to abate. On the contrary, I expect the full onslaught of Satan to come against all Christian men and of course the entire Church. Make no mistake, if you stand and live for Jesus, you will be attacked.
Men, let’s pray for one another, encourage others to finish well and live as an example of authentic manhood in these end times. If you would like prayer or want to know more about living for Jesus, click here.
All for Him,
May Jesus Christ fill your hearts and live this day and bless you in the new Year 2016. The beautiful story of Christmas on the video below.
In this introduction to the video below I want to state in no uncertain terms something that they bring out very well and it is that Jesus Christ is God and ruler of the Universe and that He is a Jew from Israel. He is the Jewish Messiah that was promised to Israel that is coming back to rule in the earth from Jerusalem and the Temple, but much more than that His rule extends to the whole Universe and to heaven also as all the angels of heaven and heaven itself is under His command and authority. The Bible is clear as to the earthly ruler-ship, but heaven will still be existing and together with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is one and multi-present.
At the end of the earthly kingdom and after the Great White Throne judgment there are these words spoken Rev 21:1
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea.
The full extend of the Kingdom to eternity is not fully revealed, but what is revealed is very breathtaking.
Dr. Kevin Clarkson and Joel Richardson have covered a very important subject..
Pastor Faraq is again bringing a powerful prophecy update on Islam.
Make no mistake about it, Islam is a Satanic religion revealed by Satan directly to Mohamed. The Qur’an instructs their readers and followers to cut the heads of all those who will not submit. It specifically signals out Jews and Christians to be beheaded.
Whether president Obama acknowledges or not, the fact is that America is at war with Islam. Islam and “””all””‘ followers follow and want to force down the throats of the world a submission to Satan through Islam.
It is mind boggling how this nation has been manipulated to embrace a diabolical man masquerading as a socialist leftist leader, Obama. He has duped you greatly America and the price you will pay is great for falling for his ploy.
Stop thinking in terms of Democrats and Republicans, liberal or conservative, left or right. Start thinking in terms of Jesus and Satan, good or evil and realize the moment we are in where all hell is about to break loose in planet earth and no nation will scape the destruction that is coming.
Your salvation and that of your family will depend on your position in Jesus Christ and nothing else.
If today you hear His voice harken not your heart and listen and enter in a love relationship with Him. He seeks us to call Him Abba Father and to be in His family. What an honor and privilege to be so called.
The interviews by Mr. Tom Horne of Dr. Michael Lake is an intensive course in the knowledge of what Satan is doing to win the battle with God.
In the book which I have just started to read you will find yourself attesting to the mind of God and the purpose of His plan. He starts this so far wonderful book showing us the name of God, His creation, the purpose of man as God’s family, and many other very deep theological knowledge that is unfolding in the pages of this book. In this unfolding the humbleness and meekness of the author becomes manifest as he teaches the intricacies of pride and ego, and how it engulfed Satan to the point of his destruction.
All sins have as their origin Pride and God throughout the scriptures shows us the value He places on a humble and meek spirit. In referring to Moses God praises him by saying he was the most humble man at the time. This alone should give every Christian a clear and driving objective to pursue.
The killing of our ego deprives Satan with one of the most successful tools he uses to make us fall into temptation and sin. Meditate on this fact and it will become a moment of epiphany. The satisfaction of the self leads us in the path of perdition as it lead Satan. In lieu of our ego we must fill our spirits with the Paraclete or Holy Spirit which will lead us to the Son Jesus Christ.
Thanks to Jay for the original links to Parts 1 and 2.
Fay (1 Feb 2015)
I am truly blown away by this interview – Tom Horn interviewing Dr Michael Lake on the newly formed ‘Skywatchtv’ channel. Dr Lake’s knowledge is outstanding. I keep a close eye on Rabbi Glazerson’s ‘Bible Codes’ website and the codes are saying that our Messiah is coming soon. The codes refer to Messiah as ‘the son of David’. Recently, Rabbi Glazerson has released codes that refer to this year, 5775, and next year, 5776. Listen closely to what Dr Lake says about Jesus – through the Hebrew in Genesis chapter one. How our LORD starts out as ‘son of Joseph’ but will return as ‘son of David’. FASCINATING or what? Dr Lake also refers to the number 5 as representing Grace. This current year – 5775 is ALL 5’s. If you add 7 + 7 = 14. 4 + 1 = 5. So, this year could be called “555”!!!! Isn’t our Almighty God simply awesome? This interview is a must watch:
Fay (8 Feb 2015)
“Shinar Directive Part 2“
Hi John and Doves,
Another terrific interview with Dr Lake and Tom Horn. Very illuminating. There will be a part 3. Heads up to Michael, our Bible Code Detective – they allude to Cern and the LHC. Re opening portals to other dimensions etc. Confirming the urgency and relevancy of your research. They only touch on it but it’s sure to be discussed in detail in part 3.
Thanks to KML for the links to these two beautiful videos of praise, with voice and drums.
KML (28 Dec 2014)
“Praise Him with The Voice and the Drums“