News from Hal Lindsey Media Ministries
February 9, 2018
Revelation 13 describes the rise of a future dictatorship that puts Hitler and Stalin to shame. It speaks of two men it describes as “beasts.”
We usually refer to one as “Antichrist” and the other as the “False Prophet.” They get their power from an entity called “the dragon” that Revelation twice refers to as “the devil and Satan.” (Revelation 12:9 & 20:2)
Theirs is a government of which Lenin could only dream. It rules the whole world and all people. It despises faith, kills the followers of Christ, and declares war against God Himself.
Revelation describes how the False Prophet forces people to worship and obey the Antichrist. One way in which he does this is to require every person on earth to receive an identifying mark either in his or her right hand or on their forehead.
This mark is actually an authorization for the bearer to participate in financial transactions — buying, selling, receiving compensation, even paying taxes.
You either take the mark or you starve. Even if you grow your own food, you can’t pay your taxes and the government confiscates everything you have.
In truth, it is probably impossible for those of us who live in the freedom of the western world to even contemplate how frightening and agonizing it will be to live under such draconian circumstances.
Over the last couple of centuries, the world has made great progress towards democracy and universal human rights. The freedom available to most of the world’s citizens is unprecedented in all of history. But by cutting ourselves off from Judeo-Christian influences, democracy is turning into chaos all over the world. We are witnessing the shocking return — and acceptance — of authoritarian regimes and governments. Even here in the United States, we got yet another taste of the potential for governmental tyranny last week.
To be sure, that doesn’t mean that Antichrist is walking the halls of Congress or the Department of Justice. In a sense, we are still a long way from actual tyranny, but we are undeniably on the road that leads there. And the practical length of any road depends solely on the speed with which you travel it.
It is surprising how fast it is already happening.
Unless you get your information solely from the mainstream media, you are no doubt aware that last week the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released its much-anticipated “memorandum.” The memo is a four-page synopsis of the Committee’s findings from its recent investigation into “abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” or FISA.
Though I will discuss the memo on the show this week, I encourage you to go online, find it, and read it for yourself. You can locate it many places. Just search for “FISA memo full text.” Make certain you read the unvarnished, official memo.
The reason I urge you to read it for yourself is because the airwaves and the internet are crammed with interpretations, explanations, rebuttals, and obfuscations. Every American needs to see for himself or herself exactly what this Congressional committee has discovered.
You will be shocked and dismayed to see how the past administration weaponized our most trusted government agencies to pursue its political agenda. And you should be alarmed because if rogue elements of our government will do it to a sitting President, they most certainly will do it to you and me.
And prepare yourself for the coming weeks. Still to come are the findings of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector-General. Also, in the final stages of preparing their own reports and criminal referrals are the Senate Homeland Security Committee and the House Oversight Committee.
And the DOJ has recently announced it is reopening investigations into the Clinton email scandal, the IRS targeting efforts, Operation Fast and Furious, Uranium One, Benghazi, Hillary Clinton’s “pay to play” scheme while she was Secretary of State, and the Democrats’ involvement with the Awan brothers.
Folks, we are on the cusp of opening a Pandora’s Box of scandal that will make Watergate, Iran-Contra, even Monicagate, and all the others seem like jaywalking infractions.
While I am grateful that, at last, truth may finally see the light of day, I am also aware that what is to come may throw our nation into a turmoil it has not experienced since the Vietnam era. And that may actually pale in comparison, too.
That’s why all believers should be in fervent prayer daily that God will continue to shed His mercy and grace on our nation. We have long prayed that God will stop our country’s accelerating slide into post-Christian paganism. Now that evil and wrongdoing at the highest levels of our government are finally being exposed, I believe only God’s protection will keep us from imploding into civil conflict.
But God is a great God. He alone has given America the blessings that have made our nation the most prosperous, the freest, the safest, and the strongest history. He alone has helped America be the greatest force for good in the world that this world has ever known.
And I trust Him to keep America now.
In view of these breathtaking developments, I want to share with you a special teaching this week. I call it, “Character Coach.”
As our second President John Adams warned, “We have no government… capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”
What we are seeing unfolding today is a situation perfectly described by President Adams: “Avarice, ambition, revenge, licentiousness [that] would break the strongest cords of our Constitution.”
He warned: “Our Constitution is designed for a moral and religious people.” He refers to our personal as well as our corporate character. And it’s logical that we will have a strong national morality only if we have citizens with strong personal morality.
This week I want to tell you about the New England Patriots. Though they narrowly lost the Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles this week, it is remarkable to realize that this team was playing in its tenth Super Bowl. Ten! Whether they win or lose the championship is not as important as the consistency the team has displayed year in and year out.
Most people credit head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady, and team owner Robert Kraft for this success. And there’s no argument with that. But USA Today notes that the Patriots also have a “secret weapon.”
The Patriots are the only team in the National Football League with an official “Character Coach.” His name is Jack Easterby.
Easterby helps evaluate the character of players before they are drafted and helps develop better character in players already on the team. He leads Bible studies and writes notes and sends texts to the players. He has an “unbending open door” policy so that players and coaches can seek his advice or spiritual help at any time, night or day.
Not only is he there to help them through spiritual or family crises, but he reminds them of their “big-picture” goals in life.
Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had their own personal “character coach?” Many of us do. For some, it may be parents or other family members. For others, it may be older mentors who have taken an interest in their lives and careers. Then, there are godly friends.
But friends and family are limited in their ability to see us through our personal challenges because they have many of the same character flaws that we have. What we need is a character coach with perfect character.
And we have one. God.
This week, I want to help you realize the incredible resource to which each believer has unlimited access: the world’s best, most understanding and helpful “character coach.”