I was positively shaped by my academic and athletic experiences as a child, a teen and an adult. I was blessed to have had parentally instilled discipline to become the most I could be as a student, an athlete, a teacher, a professor, an athlete and later a coach. I wasn’t the smartest, the most innovative, the fastest and I certainly never warmed up to illegitimate authority and bad leadership. However, I was resilient. I could apply myself to overcoming barriers to success with such tenacity that I eventually would overcome the obstacles to success and I certainly knew how to bounce back from defeat with a renewed vigor and tenacity. No, I am not bragging, I am reflecting about how the generations have become weak and drifted away from God. I am also warning about whatever traits of resilience that I possess are not enough to survive what is coming. I, we, all need the guidance and protection of the Lord. However, the weakness of the younger American mindset will prove devastating in terms of meeting the national challenges. We are destined for national failure on a catastrophic nature. I know that this is not a popular view, but this is not Hollywood. The Bible tells us exactly what is coming and we arrived at the beginning of the prophecy for the End Days.
I grew up on many military bases. My friends, my fellow students, my teammates and the athletes I coach were mostly the same way. We were the sons and daughters of America’s greatest generation. My parents overcame a crippling depression, two formidable military opponents and faced down the tyrannical Soviet Union and did not blink. My parents were a younger part of a generation that did not accept defeat and fully understood how to bounce back from setbacks, and they had a lot of practice honing the personality skill known as resilience which is the most under-researched of all personality attributes. As an adult, I was so shocked by the lack of collective resolve and mental toughness of the generation that followed me, I dedicated my thesis efforts to researching the essential elements of resilience found in individuals that overcame great challenge, and I must admit that I was not surprised in the least by what I found. More on that later…
My generation was a little softer than our parents, but the generations that followed, lived on the momentum that was created by the World War II generation and each generation was softer than the previous. As a country, collectively speaking, we have become so soft, so lacking in mental toughness and moral fiber (with some exceptions), that I thank the Lord that the bulk of our countrymen were not around in 1776 for we would still be a colony of England. If our present set of emerging adults were around in 1941, we would be flying the Nazi flag over Washington DC. And we are approaching the point where we might as well fly the hammer and sickle over DC, because this is what our self-absorption, apathy, laziness, ignorance, lack of discipline and distinct lack of moral character derived from not obeying the teachings of Jesus, has led us to.
What I have come to realize that all the work that I have done in trying to meet challenges and setbacks has served me well, at the end of the day, or should I say … at the End of Days, it will only be my faith in Jesus that will save me.
On a personal note, I have experienced four major losses of dear friends and family over the past 14 months. For those of you that understand the notion of receiving a word from God, I have, as a result of these devastating losses. God is telling me that I should view these deeply personal losses as being preparation for what is coming, which will prove horrifying for most people. We are about to enter a period of unimaginable horror and suffering. What we are experiencing now is a picnic compared to what is coming.
I have even considered withholding some very bad news, on multiple fronts until after Christmas and the New Year, because I believe that this may be the last relatively peaceful holiday season for the foreseeable future. However, the withholding of devastating information is what we do to buffer children from being overwhelmed because they lack the developed personality traits to deal with serious threats. However, I am speaking to the adults of my country and I am going to be purposely forthright. Most people will have idea what is about to hit them and this will not be a singular event in which we can adapt. Rather, chaos and danger will become a daily part of living in our society. America, and the rest of the world, is on the verge of experiencing devastation that we have never experienced in our lifetime. The combination of mental toughness, work ethic and resilience that collectively resides among most in our country is not going to be sufficient to successfully meet the challenges for what we are about to face although when they are combined with a faith in the Lord, one can expect to be able to cope with what is coming.
The positive character traits, mentioned in the previous sentences will fail most people this country because we do not derive our ultimate strength from the word of the Lord. There is no escaping what is coming. Please keep in mind that I am writing these words and I am someone who has never accepted defeat. Since I fought my battle against the globalist forces that tried to steal my property and 300 of neighbors without compensation, largely against John McCain, I began to take stock of the direction the country was and I observed a direct disconnect from the personality traits and resolve that would be needed to successfully meet these challenges. I pray to God that I have the strength to face what is on our doorstep. On my own, I know I have no chance. Through the power Holy Spirit, I have confidence although I already know that my most desired outcome, in this earthly existence, will not be realized as it is up to the Lord
Jesus stated there would be wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes in various places (Matthew 24:6-7). It is also written that “signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world. Evil has been unleashed across the planet. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21:25-27). That is all very comforting. However, our ultimate salvation is guaranteed for those that know Jesus. The problem for the weak-will today, is that they have to traverse the gap between the promises of the Bible and the time of His actual return. Remember, Jesus promised great persecution would break out against his followers and would cause many to fall away (Matthew 24:9-10). We are clearly entering this period.
Watch for wars as in very big wars, little wars, ethnic wars, race wars, along with escalating violence and increasing lawlessness, bioweapons, weather weapons, etc.
The gospel of Matthew contains Jesus’ prophecy to His disciples about the state of the world just prior to His Second Coming. “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” There will also be random shootings, murders, and mass killings? Jesus predicted this societal breakdown just before his return. “And because lawlessness will proliferate, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12) and (Matthew 24:6–7). Jesus predicted that “there will be famines” and the United States is sitting on the edge of massive famine (Matthew 24:7). The Book of Revelation speaks of the coming famine. “When he had broken the third seal [shortly before the coming of Christ], I heard the third Living Being [an angelic personage] say, ‘Come!’ And I saw a black horse, with its rider holding a pair of balances in his hand. And a voice from among the four Living Beings said, ‘A loaf of bread for $20, or three pounds of barley flour, but there is no olive oil or wine” as we welcome in the Joe Biden world of hyperinflation (Revelation 6:5–6). Pandemics are prophesied to sweep the earth. “I heard the fourth Living Being say, ‘Come!’ And now I saw a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death. And there followed after him another horse whose rider’s name was Hell. They were given control of one-fourth of the earth, to kill with war and famine and disease and wild animals” (Revelation 6:7–8). Hell on earth and there is nothing that is going to turn this back.
We learn in Daniel 11 that a powerful leader is yet to come on the world scene. This “king,” who will rise up in Europe, “shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods” (Daniel 11:36). Be not deceived because your very soul is at risk.
People say, Dave, what is coming? if you have the courage, I will tell over the next several days as a clear picture of war, disease, famine, natural disasters, crime, violence, economic upheaval, etc., are all rearing their ugly heads under the control of Satan. Yes, that is right, Satan. You can no longer sit on the fence. You are either for Jesus or Satan, there is no in-between.
What can you do in the meantime? Pray, pray for a quick return and that you will have what you need to persevere for Jesus warns us that men’s hearts would fail them if he did not return.
Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a shining cloud]; and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)