Taking the Endtimes Seriously

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio


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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Novelist and Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, August 31, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #34 in Series 2020 and is titled “Taking the End Times Seriously”.

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For the past several years, my husband and I have been what the Bible calls “watchmen on the wall.” For those of you who do not know, according to the Scriptures, a watchman is a person who studies current events in relation to Biblical prophecy.

To read the morning headlines today is to read Bible prophecy being fulfilled.  So much that was predicted by the ancient Hebrew prophets thousands of years ago is now coming to pass before our very eyes.

What are some of these prophecies? Here are a few highlights:

  1. There will be an increase in natural disasters, pestilence, and famine throughout the world. We are already seeing this prophecy being fulfilled in the Covid-19 pandemic, the increase in earthquakes, vicious storms, and the devastating loss of crops, resulting in food shortages. Matthew 24: 7 talks of these things: ” . . .  and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
  2. There will be a coalition of nations in Africa and the Middle East that will align themselves against Israel (Psalm 83:2-8; Ezekiel 38:2-16).  We see this happening now with the big three–Iran, Turkey, and Russia–joining together with the smaller nations of Libya, Ethiopia, and Sudan to align themselves against Israel.
  3. There will be a global economic collapse followed by revolution, war, and, possibly, martial law. Several passages in the Book of Revelation prophesy of this economic collapse (for example, Revelation 6:2-6; Revelation 13:16-17). We are seeing the beginnings of economic distress in the closing of businesses due to the pandemic, the drop in the value of the dollar, and the growing shortage of coins.
  4. There will be a great falling away from the faith. Hardly a day goes by that we do not hear of a Christian leader turning away from God and denouncing faith in Christianity. Thousands–if not millions–are turning away from righteousness and embracing wickedness. People are calling wrong right, and right, wrong, as 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 prophesies.

    These are only a few of the indications that we are in the end of the last days.

    All believers have been given the assignment to be a watchman in these last days, but, sadly, very few are fulfilling it. What about you? 

    Perhaps you don’t know how to be a watchman. Here are some suggestions:

    1. Pray. This is the first order of business. Watchmen get their orders from our Commander-in-Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. These orders come as the result of prayer.

    2. Witness. Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ at every opportunity. Souls hang in the balance.

    3. Act. Fulfill the Great Commission by healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. God has given us the power and authority of His Name to fulfill His Great Commission. If we fail to do so, the blood of the lost in our circle of influence will be on our heads.

    Only those born again in Jesus Christ can fulfill the Great Commission and be a watchman. If you have not been born again, pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I come to You just as I am. I desire to be in relationship with You. Come into my life now. I receive You as my Savior and Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

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IS THE APOCALYPSE NEAR?

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The recent devastation in the Bahamas resulting from Hurricane Dorian has been described as apocalyptic. Other words used to describe this, and other recent catastrophes, have been unprecedented, unrecorded, breaking all records. Do you not find it strange, as I do, that certain events are occurring in ways that have never occurred before? That, while there have always been terrible storms, earthquakes, and pestilence, these things are occurring with more frequency and with greater intensity?  

Although the world wonders why, the reason is clear in the Holy Scriptures. The prophets of old, including Daniel, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, predicted the very events that we are witnessing in our world today. How can this be?

The answer is simple. The Bible is God’s Word and everything contained within its pages is absolutely true. In fact, most of the prophecies in the Bible have already happened, and they have happened with the precision with which they were first written. 

So, what does all of this mean for you and me?

It means that Jesus Christ will soon be returning to remove His followers from this world, just as He said He would. This will occur in a cataclysmic event called the Rapture. It also means that we need to get ready if we want to be among those who will be removed. Why? Because those who are left behind will find themselves living during the most horrific time in human history–the time the Bible refers to as the Great Tribulation.

During this time, the world will come under the rulership of an absolute dictator the Bible calls the “AntiChrist.” He will rule with terror and will eventually call himself God. But he will be Satan personified.

Perhaps all of this is new to you. If so, take heart. You are reading this because God has led you to this post. He loves you and wants you to escape the wrath to come.

But how?

There is only one way. That way is to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. If you have never done so, I strongly urge you to do so now. Here is a simple prayer you can pray:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I come to You just as I am. I desire a personal relationship with You, so I repent of my sin and receive You now as my Savior and Lord. Preserve me from the wrath to come. Make of me what You created me to be. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

Once you pray this prayer, begin reading your Bible daily. Pray that God will lead you to a good church that preaches and teaches the Bible without compromise. And please let me know in the comment box that you have been born again! I will send you a booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ.

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15 SIGNS THAT WE ARE IN THE END TIMES-Part 1

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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If you haven’t figured it out yet, we are in the end times. How do I know? I know because what the Bible tells us will happen in the last days is now happening.  And it is happening all at the same time in a process called Convergence. Convergence means everything happening at once and with increasingly greater frequency and intensity.

Recently, I watched an outstanding online presentation by Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries, a ministry dedicated to understanding the End Times. She gave the presentation at Calvary Chapel Church in Kaneohe, Hawaii. I have posted the link to her message at the end of this blog post and encourage you to watch it.

In her presentation, Ms. Markell listed 15 signs that prove we are in the last days. All of these signs are prophesied in the Bible and point to the soon return of Jesus Christ for His Church in the earth-shattering event called the Rapture. I would like to share those 15 signs here, giving Ms. Markell credit for originally listing them. My own comments follow each sign.

SIGN #1:  The Catch-Phrase “Peace and Security.”  Pay attention to how often you hear or read the words peace and security or peace and safety in the news. Scripture says this in 1 Thessalonians 5: 3: “While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.”  The pronouns “they” and “them” in this verse refer to those who are not born again, those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. These are the people on whom destruction will fall suddenly at the time of the Rapture. This destruction refers to the seven-year Tribulation Period during which the Anti-Christ, the most horrific dictator ever to come to power in world history –indeed, the personification of Satan himself–will rule and reign,

SIGN #2: Business As Usual.  Luke 17: 28-30 says this: “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”  This Scripture passage makes clear that life will be going on as usual when Jesus returns for His Church. People will be going about their daily business, earning degrees, getting married, having children, building homes, working their jobs, investing in their financial future, etc. There is also the implication in this verse that the economy will be booming just before the Rapture (Verse 28: “buying and selling”). 

SIGN #3: Mockers and Scoffers.  Have you noticed that when there is any mention of the Rapture, most people mock and scoff at the mention? As the Apostle Peter prophesied would happen in the last days (2 Peter 3: 3), people are saying, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”  Scorn is being hurled against those of us who proclaim that Jesus is coming back soon.

SIGN #4: Increase in Lawlessness. It goes without saying that our world has gotten out of hand. Rebellion runs rampant. Violence is increasing. Rudeness is everywhere. Respect for the rule of law has been seriously challenged, even by those who are in positions of authority. Interestingly, the Bible tells us that rebellion is as the sin of  witchcraft (1 Samuel 15: 23). Where there is rebellion, there is usually witchcraft. And there is certainly much witchcraft in our land. 

The Bible says this about lawlessness in the end days: “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”  After the Rapture of the Church, which is holding back the full unleashing of the spirit of lawlessness, this evil spirit will completely break loose to the point of anarchy, preparing the way for the rise of the AntiChrist. 

SIGN #5: Strong Delusion. Do you wonder, like me, what has happened to logical thinking? As a culture, we have lost our ability to think straight. Common sense is no longer common, and, worse yet, delusional thinking has replaced rational thinking. We live in a world where evil is called good, where lies are called truth, and where insanity is called sanity. 

Why this widespread delusion? The Bible gives us the reason in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12: “… because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  Those who reject the truth of the Gospel condemn themselves to a depraved mind, a mind characterized by delusional thinking. A mind that cannot think straight. Worst of all, they condemn themselves to an eternity without God.

Next week, Lord willing, I will discuss five more critical signs of the end times. You don’t want to miss them! 

Meanwhile, I encourage you to visit Jan Markell’s website at http://www.olivetreeviews.org for more details on the above information. I also encourage you to watch the message below that she presented to the congregation of Calvary Chapel, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Credit is given to Ms. Markell for the 15 signs discussed in this blog post.

Jan Markell: Are We the Terminal Generation? 15 Signs of His Imminent Return


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SOLAR ECLIPSE: A WARNING FROM GOD

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23


PLEASE NOTE: I am sending this post early because it is time-sensitive. 

The United States is gearing up for a major event that will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017: the Total Solar Eclipse that will traverse our country from the Northwest to the Southeast. 

This is an event of major significance in that it is a warning from God calling us to repentance, both as individuals and as a nation. The eclipse will occur only over the United States and over its expanse, meaning this is a message specifically for America.  So, we must take special heed!
 

The  Bible tells us that God speaks to us through the signs in the sky (Genesis 1: 14).  The question is: Are we listening?

God issues these celestial warnings out of His infinite love for us. He is saying that if we don’t repent, we will bring judgment and great suffering on ourselves because we have disobeyed His commands. (See the Book of Revelation). 
 
Please take this warning to heart and warn your children and grandchildren.  This is not something to take lightly and to brush off.  Your eternal destiny and theirs are at stake.
 
 
Many Biblical scholars and other Christians believe that the Lord’s return for His Church in an event called the Rapture is at hand, and that this eclipse is meant to prepare us for the Lord’s return.  Only those who have been born again will be removed from the earth and will escape the great Tribulation which will soon come upon the entire world with the rise of the AntiChrist. Those who have not accepted Christ as Savior and Lord will be left behind and will endure the Tribulation. This will be a seven-year period of horrific suffering and oppression such as the world has never seen.
 

You do NOT want to be left behind! Accept Jesus Christ now as your Savior and Lord and spend eternity in His Presence. Here is a simple prayer to be born again:

“Lord Jesus, I come to You now just as I am—broken, bruised, and empty inside. I’ve made a mess of my life, and I need You to fix it. Please forgive me of all of my sins. I accept You now as my personal Savior and as the Lord of my life. Thank You for dying for me so that I might live. As I give you my life, I trust that You will make of me all that You’ve created me to be. Amen.”

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God and a follower of Jesus Christ. Please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorioministries.com. I would like to send you a booklet to help you get started in your walk with Jesus. 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you listening for God’s voice as He speaks through His signs in the sky? Are you looking up for the imminent return of Jesus Christ for His Bride? How are you preparing for His return? 

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