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Sam AwedaWednesday, May 27, 2015
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THE END OF AGE. OPIN AIYE (ENG)


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f there is any time in the history of the world, when we know for sure that we are close to the end of age, it is now.

I thank God who does not leave us in the dark as to how this world will come to an end.

God revealed to His prophets, some of the events, which we should watch for as the age closes and these are recorded in the Bible.

The prophets who saw these events lived at different times; some dated close to 3000years ago.

It is amazing to see these prophecies unfold in our very eyes.

Those of us alive today are the luckiest of all generations that ever lived because those who lived earlier, only believed these prophecies by faith un- able to see the fulfillment but we are able to see them come to fulfillment clearly.

My message today will make any doubting Thomas believe that the Bible is the authentic word of God and all that man needs to do to be accepted into heaven is revealed there in.

So invite some friends and family members to join you as you want to hear the events, which have been prophesied, which will herald the close of the age and which we are already witnessing. Call those family members and friends who are distant from you to tune to us right away as I speak on "The End of Age.

But let us pray first.

I am looking at the events as we read in the Bible, which must come to pass before this world ends and which we are already witnessing.

Daniel's Prophecy

Daniel lived about 600 years before Jesus came to the earth as a human being. He saw a revelation of four governments, which would rule the world before the end of age. Daniel recorded his vision in the book that bears his name; Daniel chapter 7.

Historians agreed that the first three of the governments, which Daniel saw have come and gone, remaining only one.

Historians have interpreted the first three governments that ruled the then world in sequence as:

i) Babylonian Empire headed by Nebuchadnezzar- Isaiah 13:19-The glory of kingdoms, The beauty of the Chaldees' excellency

ii) Medio-Persia Empire (Daniel 5:30-31)

iii) Alexander the great/Roman Empire

The 4th world government yet to come has been a subject of speculation over the years as to who it will be and from which part of the world it will emerge.

Prophet Daniel saw the 4th, which will also be the last government as very brutal, most dreadful, most vicious; which wage war against the saints and devour the whole world and blaspheme the name of the most High (Daniel 7: 19-25)

So, which is this 4th kingdom? Are we able to perceive it yet?

John, who as a result of His closeness to Jesus was known as 'John the Beloved', was banished into the Island of Patmos, where there were dangerous animals as a result of His faith in Christ.

Right on the Island of Patmos about AD 95, he had a vision of a government, which is similar in character to the one seen 700 hundred years earlier by the Prophet Daniel. John's revelation was recorded in the book of Revelation Chapter 13.

John saw a vision of a 'Terrorist government' which will rule the world in a brutal and dreadful manner, similar to what Daniel saw about 700 years earlier (Daniel 7: 19, 23; Rev.13: 7, 16-18)

Both Daniel and John saw the government as represented by 'a beast' They both rose from a sea (Daniel 7:3, Rev.13:1). Note that the two visions were separated by 700 years.

John was given the insight that the terrorist government will give a mark to all inhabitants of the earth in their right hand or in their foreheads or the name of the beast or the number of his name, without which no one will be able to buy or sell (Rev. 13: 16-17).

Paul in 2Thess 2:1-13 refers to this government as man of sin, man of perdition in KJV and man of lawlessness, who brings destruction in NLT

Jesus referred to it as time of 'Great Tribulation' (Matt.24: 15-22).

All other events, which Jesus foretold would happen before His return to the earth have taken place with the exception of this government, which will take over the world and terrorize it.

Jesus said of the time "How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. 21 For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. 22 In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God's chosen ones.

For anyone who can perceive it, that government is already building itself up.

Apostle Paul who preached about 2000years ago claimed that, even as of his time, that government was already at work secretly, and it would remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way (2Thess. 2: 7). It is now obvious that 'the one' who was holding it back is already stepping out of the way

So we today have the terrorists; ISIS, Taliban, Al-kaidar, Al-Shabbab, Boko Haram, Abu-Sayyaf etc.

The whole world is blessed from the house of Abraham, it is however unfortunate that the world is suffering aguish from the same house and worst anguish looms ahead.

Let no one be deceived, man will not be able to defeat them. As they are being defeated, they will continue to re-group.

How and why?

Paul wrote in 2Thess.2: 10-11 that the power behind them will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. 11 So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.

These religious bigots are enslaved in their minds to lay their lives for the wicked course they are pursuing because 1. They are made to believe that they are working for God and 2. 77 virgins await them after they die as a reward. Idiots, confused people with dirty minds. Their place after death must be a promiscuous place.

Eventually with time, they will all converge to a formidable entity.

How then, will they be able to rule the world?

By the time they converge as one entity, majority of the citizens the world will have a soft spot for them and have an attitude of 'sidon and look' apology to the late Chief Bola Ige or intimidated and cowed.

For anyone who can perceive, the ground is heavily prepared for this in Europe and gradually in the US. Heavy immigration to Europe of those who will have soft spot for them is already taking place and also in the US and around the world. The original culture of those countries will give way to the culture of the immigrants. Those usually referred to as 'moderates' who may want to oppose them will be intimidated for fear of being killed and they will really be killed.

Daniel prophesied that the reign of the Terrorist government will last for a time, times, and half a time; interpreted as 31/2 years (Daniel 7: 25). John the beloved saw the length of time of the reign of the terrorists as 42 months (Rev.13:5) i.e. 31/2 years. The visions almost 3000 years apart are in agreement.

With all the governments of the world aligned with the Terrorists, they will wage war against only one nation at a place called Armageddon. (Rev.16:16). Philosophers have predicted this as the 3rd and final world war.

How will the battle end?

John the beloved on the Island of Patmos saw the end of the war as recorded in Rev.16. 17-21:

17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, "It is finished!" 18 Then the thunder crashed and rolled, and lightning flashed. And a great earthquake struck-the worst since people were placed on the earth. 19 The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. --- 20 And every island disappeared, and all the mountains were leveled. 21 There was a terrible hailstorm, and hailstones weighing as much as seventy-five pounds[e] fell from the sky onto the people below. They cursed God because of the terrible plague of the hailstorm.

This means that the army of God's people did not lift a finger; the Lord fought for them.

Paul summarized this event in 2 Thess. 2: 8 that the Lord Jesus will kill the man of lawlessness with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.

Jesus told His disciples as recorded in the book of St. Matthew 24: 29-31 that immediately after the anguish of those days,

the sun will be darkened,

the moon will give no light,

the stars will fall from the sky,

and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

30 And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.[h] 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world[i]-from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.

With many of these prophecies come to pass, will anyone doubt it, that the only one that is yet to come to fulfillment, will not?

Jesus is coming back. The Bible in the book of Hebrews Chapter 9 says that He is not coming this time, however to deal with sin i.e not coming to die again for our sins but will bring salvation to those who are eagerly waiting for Him. At the same time, judgment for those who do not acknowledge His blood to cleanse their sins (Vs 27-28).

Paul wrote in 1 Thes.4: 16-17 "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord"

You may ask, 'supposing I am dead by the time of Jesus return?'

Hear the answer from Apostle John the beloved in Rev.1:7.

"Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen"

"Hear what the Bible says: Those who pierced Him were long dead, yet they will see him at His return, meaning you too will see him even if you were dead by the time He returns, but here is the difference as explained by the Prophet, Daniel in chapter 12:

"And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time, thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:1-2).

My friend, where do you want to wake up into; everlasting life or everlasting suffering, shame and contempt?

From all we have read, you can see that, that decision must be made now while you are still breathing. After you breathed your last, there can no longer be any amendment.

You ask me: What do I do now?

I tell you; Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ now without delay. Ask Him to forgive your sins, ask Him to cleanse you with His sinless blood. Believe that you are forgiven and yield the rest of your life in obedience to His words.

You ask me, that simple?

Yes. As simple as that. Salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ is a misery. It is Grace through faith not of good deeds. And that is why Jesus said as documented by Mark and Luke 15 "I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it." (Mk 10: 25; Lk. 18:17) i.e. anyone who must be saved must have a childlike faith; a child trusts his father and believes Him.

Let me in closing help you with some of the statements made by Jesus, which no one else in the history of mankind has ever made:

He told the learned old man, Nicodemus ---- 13 No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven" (John 3 12-13). He was referring to himself.

No other person in history has ever claimed that he and the father (God) are one, other than Jesus (John 10: 30)

No other person in history said with such authority "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

No other person other than Jesus in history had the boldness to say "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one can come to the father but by me" (John 14:6).

I am neither a Jew nor an Arab descendant, there is therefore no need for any sentiment. I must do what I find to be the truth to the best of my own interest. Salvation is not a thing I can play sentiment with because after death, all that remains is judgement and no plea will be useful any longer. No amount of weeping will help. It will remain me and my obedience to God when I was alive.

May God help you to make a good decision for yourself as the saying goes "Every man, the architect of his own fortune"

Signing Out (English & Yoruba combined)

My name is Sam Aweda, I am the President & Snr. Pastor, Jesus for the World Revival Mission also known as the Peoples' Church.

It is my prayer that you will today consider your status with God, ask yourself whether you already secure a place for yourself in heaven. Your place in heaven is decided when you are still alive and not after you die.

Contact me today for all your spiritual needs on 0810 041 6347 or 0815 735 5048.

I am praying that the Lord puts it in your mind to support this work. Call those numbers and you will be told how your support will reach us.

Our location in Ilorin is near Ganmo on Afon Road on the rt side, directly opposite the Power Transmission Station just before the railway intersection before you reach Ogbondoroko.

I will be happy that you join us for prayers on Thursdays at 5.00pm at the location I just described so that God can take our poverty away in this land.

Poverty can make one to dip his hands into sin, thereby lose a place in heaven.

God can make our country like one of those we all try to escape to. It is something He will be glad to do for us if we sincerely ask Him.

So come with us on Thursdays at 500pm. Invite your friends and relations as well and let us seek the face of God on this nation. The larger the praying force, the quicker and faster the result.

Satan itself and all its agents working against our well-being themselves will become jittery, seeing a mammoth crowd, millions, praying and they will promptly know that their time of evil practices is up.

So, join us since you do not have another country other than Nigeria.

I will equally be glad to pray for all your spiritual and physical needs.

You can book appointment with me on 0810 041 6347 or 0815 735 5048.

Our Sunday worship service is at ten in the morning at the same location at Afon Rd.

Do not forget to join me on this same station, same time next week. Invite your friends and relations as well and may God richest blessings abide with you now till we meet again.

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