Should we not worry about the end times?
In Pastor Arnold Murray’s 2.5-hour mega-video sermon titled, “Don’t Be Afraid”, we are told in no uncertain terms that we should not waste any time or energy worrying about the end times which, in both his and my opinion, we are in right now. The evidence can be found in the declarations of the World Economic Forum in which they openly promise a New World Order (their words) that will fundamentally change the life of every person on the planet (their words). The WEF goes on to declare that LGBTQs will be made equal; to declare an end to “hate speech”; and to declare a new tomorrow where humans and machines become one — sounds like the mark of the beast!
Although I do not disagree with Murray’s overall message, I have read thousands of very disagreeable comments regarding this “feel good” sermon on YouTube, as well as on various websites and blogs. This is a very popular video that has been posted and re-posted all over the place for decades! I suspect that most of these people are seriously confused about what Murray is saying. They take him to mean that God’s elect will be kept completely safe from harm just as the Israelites in the Exodus were protected for a time. Murray uses this as an example of God’s protection in his sermon. But let’s not forget that God killed large numbers of the Exodus Israelites and almost all of them died before reaching the Holy Land. Other viewers commented about how we have nothing to fear because we’ll be raptured away before any tribulations ensue. Yet others say that prophesies about a time of Jacob’s trouble are already fulfilled, so that’s why there’s nothing to be afraid of. Murray has made a video that is pleasing to all denominations!
You know, many people who believe in the historicist view of a millennial kingdom say that the time of Jacob’s trouble is past — that it’s fulfilled prophecy. According to them, the destruction of the temple in 70 AD and the accompanying mass slaughter of Judeans fits perfectly. The problem is, the time of Jacob’s trouble is trouble for “Jacob” which means “Israel” which means trouble for the Israelites. The people who were still in Judaea in 70 AD were mixed-race descendants wof the Israelites, which means that they were not Israelites at all, because there is no such thing in scripture as a mixed-race Israelite. The Judahite sheep who knew the voice of Jesus and/or could understand His words (John 10:27) had already vacated the area as advised by the apostles.
Long before 70 AD large numbers of the tribe of Judah were already in Europe, the land of the north, as prophesied. In Jeremiah 16:15 we read, “But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.” That’s because 670 years earlier the Babylonians were beginning to overrun Jerusalem, capitol of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, a feat which took them at least ten years to accomplish (2 Kings 25; 2 Chron. 36). Many Judahites took to the sea rather than waiting around to be slaughtered or taken captive into Babylon. The people living in Jerusalem in 70 AD were not Judahites at all but rather mamzer descendants of Cain: the Kenites, aka the Serpent Seed (Revelation 3:9). One million and one hundred thousand of them were massacred, according to the Judean historian, Flavius Josephus. Tacitus cuts that in half, but either way the number of dead doesn’t come close to the second world war so this couldn’t possibly represent the description of the time of Jacob’s trouble that we find in Jeremiah 30:7, which says, “That day is great, so that none is like it.”
If you read all of the gory details provided by Josephus you’ll learn that it would be no exaggeration to describe the inhabitants of Jerusalem in 70 AD as riff-Raff, losers and garbage. They raped, tortured and killed each other with reckless abandon while under siege by the Romans. The survivors were carried away as slaves and became a plague upon the true Israelites as prophesied at Jeremiah 24:8-10, 26:6 and 29:17-19, and affirmed by Christ Himself at Luke 21:24. Perhaps the biggest lie ever told is that these people represent the twelve tribes of scattered Israel, when in fact they don’t even represent one scattered tribe. Other than a small remnant mentioned in the NT, these people were NEVER the lost sheep that Jesus came to redeem. The vast majority of genuine Israelites were long lost before 70 AD. But the Jews were never lost — the ones who say they are Jews but do lie (Rev. 3:9). Even today in 2020 they remain super easy to find, over there in the false Israel, where they intend to build a false temple, to worship Satan, their false Christ.
Matthew 18:11, “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.” 2 Corinthians 4:3, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost…” Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Matthew 10:6, “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:24, “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Jeremiah 24:8-10, “And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt: And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for [their] hurt, [to be] a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them. And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.” Jeremiah 26:6, “Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.” Jeremiah 29:17-19, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them: Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD.” Luke 21:24, “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”
On this subject, William Finck writes, “These ‘bad figs’ dispersed from 70 A.D. forward, and those already in Babylon, Rome, and other cities, who never fulfilled the prophets by accepting Christianity (i.e. Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Daniel 9:24-27, Acts 3:22-23, John chapter 10), are not truly genetic Israelites, they have no part in the covenants of either the Old or the New Testaments, and they do not have any merit in their claims to Palestine or to be ‘God’s chosen’, but rather they are His sworn enemies (as attested to by Malachi 1:1-2, Luke 19:27, and John 19:15). The people attached to today’s mainstream ‘Judeo-Christian’ sects are surely the most deceived group of people in all of history. The dispersion of the enemies of Christ cannot be confused with the much earlier dispersions of the children of God! The Jews are descended from the Edomites, and the Edomites are descended from the Esau, and Yahweh God hates Esau and loves true Israel.”
So we have the time of Jacob’s trouble to look forward to, and according to Pastor Murray, Yahweh’s elect shouldn’t really concern themselves because, for one reason, when we are taken before governors and kings for His sake, the Holy Spirit will tell us what to say — to give a testimony.
Matthew 10:17-21, “But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.”
If you check these verses you’ll see that Israelites will be beaten senseless (scourged) and/or put to death, so I find it very odd that people leaving internet comments think that Pastor Murray means to say that there’s no reason to believe that anyone will be harmed, even tho we are told that nothing so awful has happened before.
Pastor Murray says, “If you serve in God’s army, there is no need to fear….if your life is filled with fear, stress and worry, you probably aren’t focusing. Worry is camouflage for fear. There isn’t a single bigger waste of time than worry. It gets you nowhere….God is in Control. Trust Him, and there is no reason for you to be afraid. He will protect you as the mountains round about Jerusalem protect her. This is His promise.”
Although this is obviously true in a general sense, and often in a very specific sense (Revelation 12:16, “And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.”), does it accurately describe the time that Pastor Murray himself says that we are in: the end times, soon to be the time of Jacob’s trouble, which is so bad there has never been anything like it? Murray leaves the false impression that no physical harm will come to believers.
Pastor Murray continues, “If you think life is rough, you should compare your troubles to that which some of the prophets endured….You don’t have to worry about the rod of the wicked one. When trouble hits, don’t panic. Your problems are no worse than what others have endured. Click on your brain. Use your gray matter….Peace belongs to Israel and all of those that trust Him….Satan has no rule over the righteous. He runs from those that are well-founded in God’s Word. This does not mean that Satan, and his agents, will not test you from time to time just to see if you are paying attention.”
Here are some clarifying verses that Murray should have quoted but did not.
Luke 12:5, “But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Revelation 2:10, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
We are 1) not to fear, and also 2) we should be faithful to death. These two thoughts don’t cancel each other out! In numerous other sermons Murray has taught that the “be thou faithful unto death” cited above should be interpreted as meaning “being brought before Satan” because “Satan is death” and so this is not a literal death being described, but rather a visit to Satan. Personally, I am not reassured by his theory.
Now let’s dispense with this Hollywood notion that we’ll be raptured away for our protection because supposedly we have not been appointed to wrath. Not being appointed to wrath more likely refers to the second death mentioned in Luke 12:5 cited above. And in Matthew chapter 10 we are told of how some will be scourged and put to death in that time of tribulation, which clearly takes place well into the time of Jacob’s trouble, as can be easily determined by reviewing context. According to Revelation God’s elect are here on earth right smack in the middle of said time of Jacob’s trouble, to give a testimony by the Holy Spirit, “And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony…” So let’s put this rapture deception to rest.
Well I think it’s pretty clear that we’re in for some tough times at the hands of the beast system which we can see being formed under the cover of a Covid 19 hoax. The doctrines of Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA are identical to those of the World Economic Forum. We are in for some very hard times, which may include an orchestrated worldwide economic collapse. Imagine the Ukrainian famine (The Holomodor), the Great Depression, and a tsunami of heathen immigrants, combined into one — “That day is great, so that none is like it.”
You may want to study-up on the “flood of the dragon” (Rev. 12:16) in this series of audio lessons!