By Dr. Richard Ing
March 23, 2004
THE GREAT SLUMBER
Deception in the end times will be so cunning that “if
it were possible, it will deceive the very elect.” Mt. 24:24. In the Book entitled Frog in a Kettle,
the author speaks about a deception so gradual that before you know it, you are
caught in the web of deceit and it will be too late. Put a frog in hot water, and he will
instantly feel it and jump out of harm’s way.
But, put it in cold water and turn the heat on gradually and the frog’s
nervous system will not detect the subtle temperature changes. Before he realizes it, he is cooked. That’s Satan’s strategy.
In anxious times, some are keenly aware of danger and
will react to defend themselves. Others
will continue to slumber. Those who
sleep may die if the danger becomes reality.
Some have a high level of survival instinct; some have none. If meteorologists announce that a
super-hurricane is approaching, some will prepare for it while others will not,
whatever their reasons. Survival
instincts will kick in for some and will move them; for others, they will do
nothing. Whether the hurricane actually
hits is irrelevant.
Just before we returned from the Philippines on
March 7, newspapers related the sad story of a young, beautiful actress who
died in an automobile accident. She and
her crew had been shooting commercials in one of the provinces and were on
their way back to Manila. They left after midnight in order to avoid
the horrendous traffic. The actress was
asleep in the middle of the front seat while the others were awake. The driver missed a curve in the road and
crashed into a house. Those who were
awake were able to somehow protect themselves and they survived. The sleeping actress was fast asleep and
never knew what happened. The sudden
impact broke her neck and she died.
Perhaps had she been awake, she would not have died.
There is a sudden curve in the road ahead and the church
is fast asleep. Satan’s deceptions have
been so gradual that we are unaware of the danger ahead. Even after much talk about the end of the
world and tribulation soon to come, there are many saints who either don’t
believe it or will not prepare for it.
The frog is in the kettle.
One of Satan’s deceptions is the Pre-tribulation Rapture
Doctrine. Those who believe in it (at
least 50% of Christians) will be asleep, falsely secure in their faith that God
will not allow them to be destroyed and therefore, they have nothing to worry
about. The tribulation is for others, not them. Many who don’t believe in that
doctrine are also still asleep. Some
don’t want to believe that the end of the age is approaching. They are too bound to the pleasures and
pursuits of the world.
Arlene recently had a dream in which she found herself
driving her car towards town, almost at the top of the hill on Auwaiolimu Street
that comes from Roosevelt High School and goes up towards the National Cemetery
of the Pacific at Punchbowl and through the cemeteries on both sides of the
road as you head towards Lusitana
she reached the top, dark clouds suddenly covered her car and it became pitch
black. She could not stop driving and
she was blinded. As she tried to steer,
she could sense steep cliffs to her left.
She began to cry out to Jesus and do spiritual warfare. Suddenly, she found herself in Waipahu in bright and
clear sunlight. But, as she looked to
the horizon, she saw thick, black storm clouds gathering and starting to move
rapidly towards Waipahu.
There is a storm coming. “Blow ye the trumpet in
Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy
mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord
cometh, for it is nigh at hand; a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of
clouds and of thick darkness, . . . .” Joel
2:2. God wants us to blow the
trumpet. This is not a time to be
sleeping. It’s time to wake up! The cemeteries in her dream remind us that
many will sleep and die. It is a time
for the army of God to stand up and start fighting. When Arlene rebuked spirits and claimed the
blood of Jesus, she suddenly found herself in Waipahu where the sky was blue and the sun
was shining. Waipahu is where many Filipinos live. It speaks of both the Philippines and
Filipinos around the world. There are
two things - first, the Philippines
will be a safe haven for a while, but storm clouds are already gathering and
will hit even the Philippines
eventually. Second, there will be a
revival in the Philippines
and everywhere Filipinos live. Then the
end will come. Perhaps God is saying
that the Philippines
is where we need to be in the Spirit.
A VISION AND MISSION WORTH DYING FOR
Just because you are in this church doesn’t mean that
you’re a worthy soldier for God. An army
is comprised of many different kinds of soldiers - big, small, tall, short,
thin, fat and so forth. But the one
thing that will separate the sheep from the goats is the heart. You can talk like a soldier, walk like a
soldier and dress like a soldier, but whether you are a soldier is determined
by what is in your heart. Do you have
the heart of a soldier? Are you willing
to fight to the death for your cause?
I was impressed by an article written by Donald Rumsfeld
in yesterday‘s Honolulu Advertiser. He
was being interviewed in South Korea
by a reporter who was too young to remember the Korean Conflict that America fought
in the late 1940’s. She asked, “Why
should Koreans send their young people halfway around the globe to be killed or
wounded in Iraq?” He asked the woman to look out the window at
the lights, the cars, the energy of the vibrant economy of South Korea. He told her about a satellite photo of the
Korean peninsular taken at night. On the
north side there was nothing but a pinprick of light in the capital city of North Korea. On the South Korea side, the place was
ablaze in light - the light of freedom.
Over 33,000 Americans gave their lives so that South Korea
could have democracy and freedom.
When my wife and I visited Korea
back in the early 70’s, people would thank us profusely for what America did for South Korea - from the tour bus
guide to the waitress in the hotel restaurant.
Today, a new generation has emerged who have not been taught about the
bravery and dedication of the American military in Korea on behalf of a strange people
half way around the globe. This new
generation has been made selfish and self-centered by the many freedoms and
prosperity the world now offers. They
have forgotten that people died so that they could have those freedoms.
So it is with the Church.
Many Christians over the centuries that we never knew and perhaps half
way around the globe have died so you and I could be saved one day. Many have been martyred for the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ and for the sake of salvation in this generation. Now, the baton has been passed to us. Have we forgotten? Will we respond or will we
Imagine that you are a young man in a time when your
country and family are being threatened by an enemy who is already at the
borders. The adversary is well-equipped
and his army is huge. By all odds, there
is no way he can be defeated. The enemy
is known to take no prisoners. He will
kill all who stand in his way and will rape your wives and daughters and kill or
enslave your children. You are now being
asked to leave everything behind, lay your life on the line and join the army
to fight against this enemy that has never been defeated up until the present
time. You know that you may never come
back alive and even if you do, you may be maimed for life. You have a few other choices. You can ignore the threat, refuse to fight,
hide in the hills or you can pretend that you are unhealthy. But, one thing is sure - the enemy is
coming! What will you do?
Millions have answered the call to duty in the past. When I visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the
Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial across the street, I realized for the first time the
has had on the world. Hundreds of
thousands of our young men and women have laid their lives down to bring
freedom and democracy to the world. America is the
one, singular country in the entire world that has answered each and every call
to battle against tyranny. World War I,
World War II, Korean Conflict,
name it. In the beginning, only America was a
democracy. Now, millions enjoy freedom
and democracy because Americans have stood up in the name of liberty and the
dignity of mankind and been willing to die for what they believe in. For generations, Americans have found that
democracy and human freedoms are worth living for and dying for. That is our legacy.
Granted, we have had our anti-war demonstrations and
deserters, but for the most part, America has fought for what it
believes. We have not always been right
or righteous, but we try.
Today, we have an enemy bent on destroying the church and
everything it stands for. Satan has been
working covertly to destroy the testimony of the church and of Jesus Christ,
the head. He has twisted the Bible,
caused churches to approve of homosexuality and lesbianism. He has deceived the churches into believing
that Jesus is only a man, that Christianity is a philosophy and a morale code
only, that the Holy Spirit does not exist, that Satan is only a myth and that
mankind can solve all the problems of the world by forming a one-world
government and a one-world religion. He
is almost ready to snap the trap doors shut on the church. But, God is stirring up something within a
few of His people who will reject the deceptions of false prophets and Christs
and who will stand up, take up arms and begin to fight against all odds.
Is worldwide revival and harvest something worth fighting
for? Is standing in the way of Satan and
blocking his attempts to destroy the church worth dying for? Are saving millions from falling into hell
worth dying for? Is revival and harvest
worth fighting for? Are our beliefs in
Jesus worth sacrificing our lives for?
Is ignoring the threat or hiding on the sidelines in your heart? Or is there a little bit of belief, courage
and selflessness left? Is the legacy of
the Church still in our hearts? A great
cloud of witnesses is looking down upon us.
They are those who laid down their lives so that we could find salvation
many years and generations after they went on to glory.
Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and
many there be which go in thereat; because strait is the gate and narrow is the
way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Mt. 7:13,14.
The gate and the way is even more narrow today. Choose which gate you will enter in and which
path you will take.
What’s in your heart?
Blow the trumpet in Zion