"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:36-39
Jesus told His disciples that in the last days specific events would take place and warned that a flood would once again sweep away many, even if possible, His elect. Now we know that God promised He would not destroy the world with water, so what is this flood and why should we be concerned? The word of God is very specific about this flood, but it is hidden to those that have chosen to ignore it. Jesus gave us His word for a guideline and a boundary in which all are to follow and God Himself will not violate or change it.
Several years ago when the terrible tsunami hit, caused by an earthquake that moved the earth out of its GPS position in that region, I felt in my spirit that this was a prophetic event designed to get our attention and warn us of what was to come. This flood of enormous proportion came on a beautiful sunny day and seemed to appear out of no where. Children were playing in the water and everything seemed normal, until the water began to recede and then all at once, all hell broke loose. The tsunami devastated the land and killed thousands that were totally unaware of the impending danger.
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger. Isaiah 13:13
BUILDING A SOLID FOUNDATION
In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus is giving instruction about being on a solid rock foundation when the flood comes less you be swept away. If we are rooted and grounded in the word of God and are standing firm against the schemes of the devil then we have a much better chance of surviving what I believe is about to come upon the whole world. The devil is a master of subterfuge, deception and deceit and he is trained by his upbringing in heaven being an angel of light. His name even means "Shining One" and he knows how to make anything shine to gain an advantage.
Satan will try and counterfeit any move of God and introduce false signs and wonders to deceive many, even God's chosen. If someone is not rooted in the word of God or maybe young in the Lord they will be easily deceived by his signs. If their house is built upon sand when the flood of deception comes it will wash them away into a false and sometimes deadly scheme of the enemy. In Dubai, a rich Arab is building the largest man-made islands in the world and constructing high-rise hotels and buildings of all size on sand. One of the first rules of architecture is to have a good foundation built on solid rock, not on sand, but pride will deceive you into ignoring these basic truths and lead you to be swept away.
The serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. Revelation 12:15
DISCERNING THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
Then the Pharisees and Sadducee's came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them. "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red'; "and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. Matthew 16:1-3
Jesus was very clear about what would happen in the last days. He said that we would experience wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes, and so we have, and then He warned that their would be many false prophets and they would deceive many. In the last twenty or so years we have had a prophetic movement sweep the earth with its messages of prosperity and healing speaking of great signs and wonders, all the while promoting their own ministries.
If you compare the prophets of today with the prophets of old there is a drastic difference in their messages. Another comparison was the way they were dealt with for the message they preached. For example: Jeremiah was cast into a deep pit for preaching repentance, Isaiah was sawn in half for his message, and Paul lost his head for what he told the people of his day, not to mention the Lord Jesus Christ who was crucified for our sins.
Today the so called five fold ministry travel in style and luxury, traveling the world spreading their polluted messages of healing and prosperity but intentionally leaving out the important parts of the gospel such as, repentance, self denial, the cross, the blood and the sacrifice of service. Taking huge offerings promising extravagant returns for anyone who will sow into their ministry, but never bothering to equip the saints that so willingly support them.
Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; they speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord. They continually say to those who despise Me, The Lord has said, "You shall have peace, and to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, No evil shall come upon you."
For who has stood in the counsel of the Lord, and has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it? Behold a whirlwind (storm ) of the Lord has gone forth in fury, a violent whirlwind! It will fall violently on the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the last days you will understand perfectly.
"I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings." Jeremiah 23:16-22
A WICKED AND ADULTEROUS GENERATION SEEKS AFTER A SIGN
"A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Matthew 16:4
Jesus rebuked the religious crowd for wanting a sign and He told them that the only sign that they would receive was that of Jonah. Although not wanting to obey God's command to go to Nineveh and preach repentance to another wicked generation, after the fish puked him out on the beach he obeyed and the entire city repented. This world doesn't need another sign, it needs to get right with a holy God that is deeply offended by our defection to other gods.
No one performed more miracles than Jesus, but in spite of all that He did only 120 showed up to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit and to follow Him with all of their heart. His requirements to become a disciple kept most of them from giving up their life to follow Him. Thousands flocked to see His display of signs and wonders, the dead being raised, the sick healed, demons cast out and the true gospel preached to a lost and dying world. But with all of that, sadly, only a few gave up their life to follow Him.
Today the church is enamored with signs and wonders and will follow anything that comes down the road. Discernment is cast out and reckless abandon leads them to another false prophet performing a sideshow and selling snake oil to a bunch that doesn't have enough sense to come out of the rain. Satan has captivated the entire world with his miracles of deception and he is so good that Jesus said that His very elect could be deceived. Does that not speak volumes to you about maybe testing some of this stuff before diving headlong into it? READ YOUR BIBLE!
At least compare what Jesus did and said to what is being done today. Jesus had the most powerful anointing ever and yet people didn't fall out, in most cases they leaped up and praised God for setting them free! He raised the dead, healed the sick, and cast out demons and that was a full time job. There was no gold dust, feathers or female angels to gawk at, but a people oppressed by the devil that needed to be set free and not entertained. When Jesus was approached by something or someone barking, chirping, clucking, growling or jerking He cast out the demon that was causing it, and so should you!
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:17
THE UNHOLY TRINITY
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God almighty. Revelation 16:13,14
Satan's unholy trinity is a counterfeit of the real thing and is designed to deceive and lead the masses into hell. Don't be fooled by power or signs and wonders because they target the unsuspecting with delusion and deception. Demons are referred to in the Bible as wild beasts and a lot of the so called miracles are in fact demons performing for people who do not know the true from the false. If it sounds like a beast, and acts like a beast, then it is a beast, and its coming from the devil.
Remember that Satan is an angel of light and his servants are also angels that can appear and deceive you with their beauty and cunning deception. Satan grew up in heaven and even shielded God's throne and the glory penetrated his body with brilliant light. Do you not think that he can counterfeit that and do almost anything. He told Jesus in the wilderness that if He would worship him he would give Him all the kingdoms of the world.
If Satan can get you to break the chain of command and worship signs and wonders, the Holy Spirit, a man or a ministry then guess what? The Holy Spirit won't be there, but something else will be and it will be straight from hell! God is holy and demands reverent fear for His name and presence and won't involve Himself with idolatrous worship of men or even His Spirit. The only way to the Father is through the shed blood of His Son Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords and every knee will bow before Him in reverence and awe.
A SPIRIT OF HARLOTRY HAS LED THEM ASTRAY
They do not direct their deeds toward turning to their God, for the spirit of harlotry is in their midst, and they do not know the Lord. Hosea 5:4
Because of a lack of true spiritual fathers to lay a foundation in the word of God many have been polluted with false teaching. Not wanting to run off any new church members or seekers and a fear of man has caused a spirit of harlotry to enter the church. This spirit produces an atmosphere of sensuality and spiritual eroticism that seduces fleshly Christians into all kinds of perversion and spiritual idolatry.
Remember that Paul warned that in the last days men would be seduced by demons and would receive false teaching from them. The powers of darkness have entered the church to seduce God's people into a fleshly and deceptive form of idolatrous worship. Because of a lack of sound doctrine, even leadership has been deceived by this demonic scheme.
We are living in very dangerous times and this world is in need of a true revival of repentance and true Holy Spirit power. The world has seen enough foolishness from us and needs to see Jesus and His redeeming blood set them free. We have set aside the "Great Commission" and have gone after other gods and worshiped them and the church has been lulled to sleep by the powers of darkness.
My warning to you is this: test everything, examine everything, look at the fruit of those that are ministering to you and don't be in a hurry to receive anything coming down the road. Be extremely careful about people laying hands on you, being mindful that you are going to receive something, good or evil. In every move of God the powers of darkness will try to distort or deceive people to lead them astray and defeat the purpose of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation, as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:14-18
NOTE: Since this message was written the earthquake in Chile actually knocked the earth off it's axis being the strongest earthquake in recorded history. Isaiah 13:13