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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Terry James: Time to Take Comfort

“This is going to be a very dark winter.” That quote made by presidential candidate Joe Biden during a debate both expressed and set the nation’s mood for the beginning of 2021 and beyond.

He made the comment later, for a second time, while staring into the camera somberly while fully masked. It seemed more than a political utterance that was meant to shape the electorate’s desire for someone prepared to deal effectively with COVID-19.

By the time Biden made the comment, the national mood was already one of dark expectations. Mr. Biden’s party, aided and assisted by its propaganda arm—the mainstream media, both news and entertainment, and the social media, anti-free speech giants—had already brought the American people to a point of fear and frustration. They had divided us right down the middle, setting in motion movement along the track of civil war.

The China/deep-state/leftist-manufactured coronavirus pandemic had done its work. People were, and continue to be, huddling in trepidation and willing to go along with globalist demands, both current and future.

Little thought or worry were or are now forthcoming from fully one-half of America’s citizenry concerning the very real possibility that the nation faces at the very least European-style socialism. More and more for the other half, there is growing realization that we might be facing something far worse: not just socialism, but complete lockdown of Orwellian proportions by anti-constitutionalists and anti-God forces intent on completely shutting down liberties written into our founding documents.

Everywhere we look, we see mounting evidence that people have already been cowered into that dystopian corner portrayed in the novel 1984. Everyday life is being swallowed up by the onrush of building stage-setting for Antichrist’s regime of complete control as presented in Revelation chapter 13.

A long-time friend of the Rapture Ready website recently wrote an email that personifies the state of that future society we already face. The personal snapshot of the experience would be humorous if not so serious in its evil portent.

In part, our friend said the following.

I went for a ride this morning, I wake up feeling so bad, I thought a ride and fresh air would help. I got out of the car at a park, took deep breaths, I felt a little better. Then I walked to a nearby pet store to pick up my cat food.

We have to stay outside the store, I stood over a foot away from the door, there was a desk blocking the way to the store and the clerk came over. I was outside in the open, more than 2 feet away from the clerk and the first thing he told me that my mask is not properly covering my nose and to fix it.

I fixed my mask, got the bag and left agitated by his behavior, I went to another store, dropped stuff out of agitation, I picked them and left the store quickly after only getting the stuff I needed most.

I called the store to talk to a manager, I knew what the outcome would be, yet I still picked up the phone and the manager went on about how people have to wear their masks properly.

I kept telling her that I was outside the store, nowhere near the clerk, and he should at least say “Hi” something,……………not the first thing I hear is to adjust my mask.

She went on a rant about our responsibility to protect each other and when I told her I was outside the building  a good distance from that guy,  she said: “common sense is that people have to make sure their masks are on properly before approaching a store.”

I felt my blood starting to boil, I said: So now, I don’t have common sense?

Anyway, I told the manager, it is nice for the employees to at least say “hi” to a person and not start by asking them to adjust their mask.

She said: is that what you want, I said “yes”, she said ok next time we will say Hi before we ask someone to adjust their mask.

I was so agitated. I shouted out to God about how much longer are we going to put up with this world…”

Actually, I can relate to the experience. While visiting my dermatologist for a check-up, my wife was helping me with a face mask. (I wear one only when absolutely required to do so. Therefore, I’m quite inept.)

A woman was quite agitated nearby. So much so that she began instructing, with irritation in her voice, how my mask should be placed. She then rushed from the room, we figure, because my adjustment was too slowly accomplished.

I, of course, laughed heartily, but Margaret was quite irritated with the lady’s ill-tempered attempt to make sure we did it right.

It was a lesson to me of how people are being turned into proverbial lemmings in preparation for implementing the “new normal” with which the Re-setters want us to comply.

But the foregoing experiences are whimsical compared to what is coming. The supposed winners of the just-concluded presidential election are vowing to come down hard on anyone and everyone who supported the other candidate in any way. They have the most powerful, anti-God forces in the world—plus the minions in high places of Ephesians 6:12 on their side.

Looking at all the troubling things going on in that way makes it seem to not bode well, especially for Christians who oppose the policies and movements that are blatantly against God’s Word.

However, we are instructed by that very Word to trust in the Lord with all our heart (Proverbs 3:5-6). After Paul’s marvelous promise of Christ’s call to us, in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the apostle writes further in the following chapter:

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 KJV – “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”

We are to take comfort as we see that moment approaching. And one doesn’t have to be a prophet to see that the signs of His coming are converging even now.

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