As Solomon the ancient king of Israel said in his time, “To everything there is a reason, and a time to every purpose under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) I tell you that if there ever was a time in this country to obtain weapons to protect yourself and your household it is now! Our founding fathers, in that the great portion of them were God fearing men caused it to be written in the bill of rights that all citizens have the right to bear arms. Why? Well it wasn’t to be able to shoot squirrels that is for sure! It was to protect yourself! Firstly, from the obvious possibility of your own government going bad, and therefore its own citizens needing to be able to protect themselves from it, but moreover, at least at this point in time the need I perceive is that of self-protection from reprobate and violent people.
An ancient Jewish prophet spoke of a time when darkness would cover the earth (I speak here of the darkness of sin and confusion) for he said, “For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD (Yehovah) shall rise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:2) I tell you that this sort of darkness is right now descending upon this American people. For we as a people for the last 100 years have actively been throwing off the fear of Yehovah, and thus polluting, neglecting, or flat standing in rebellion to God’s laws. As is witnessed by the recent landmark decision of our nation’s highest court that pronounced the abomination of homosexuality as marriage. The reprobate mind has ascended the bench, the office of the presidency and the Supreme Court being sold out to reprobate thinking and actions, and the US Senate and Congress still being a mixed bag. A license being given by the actions of our highest officials to throw off all restraint related to the fear of God has now been issued by both the example, and the rulings of our national leaders. What will this lead to? It is obvious to me that it will lead to the enticement and empowerment of a notable percentage of our people giving themselves to the lowest level of human existence as is described by the Apostle Paul in the Biblical book of Romans.
Listen to the apostle’s words, they describe the great portion of the content of most of modern commercial television and the movie industry, and will soon enough describe the quality of a large percentage of our citizenry. They describe a people turned over to a reprobate mind. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whispers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable unmerciful. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 2:28-32) The apostle goes even further in description of this sort of person, They are gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways, and the ways of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Romans 3: 12-18)
So tell me American God fearing man and woman, in the days ahead when the judgment of Yehovah is felt upon this land and our economic system fails and poverty abounds, and there is wide spread hunger, even starvation, (Which in my view is nothing short of inevitable) do you not suppose that the unprincipled will (which is a very great portion of our people in that we have as a people rejected the knowledge of God, and therefore brought up a generation of people void of the fear of God, and the quality of character that goes hand in hand with the fear of God) perform any and every under handed, ungodly thing that comes into their mind to feed themselves, and take unto themselves what they may want? I tell you they will, and many of them with extremely little reservation, therefore you must cloth yourself with a mindset to protect yourself and your household, and you must arm yourself to have a chance of preserving yourself and family. I tell you that the days ahead will be marked with very many people who having cast off all restraint will be lewd, blasphemous, covetous, violent, and who will have little or no regard for your life and welfare, nor of your family member’s life and welfare, a cruel and ungodly people. The seeds of unbelief, rejection of God, rejection of all that is called Christian, the commonality of compromise, the open acceptance and tolerance of every sort of wickedness abound in this land, therefore all that is needed is time and opportunity for these seeds to bare the crop of the worst and devilish personalities who will sell themselves to work every manner of ungodliness.
Is it Godly for the righteous to defend themselves and their families? I openly and freely admit that there is a tension that has ever existed between being peace makers who follow the commandments of Yeshua who taught His own to both: “resist not evil”, and that of being the defender who obtains a weapon to defend himself and his household. Consider these words for they communicate, so to speak, what is seen on one side of the coin: Ye have heard that it hath been said, And eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, that you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away they coat, let him have they cloak also, and whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain**. (Matthew 5: 38-41) And the apostle who taught that the people of God should be peace-makers when he admonished, Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not…..Recompense to no man evil for evil…..If it is possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thy enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.**
Beloved, I believe in these words. I believe that lord calls us to be people of peace and gentleness. I have in my life suffered persecution at the hands of those who in the confusion, and the evil of their hearts did me great hurt. I have been sued at law, and both my home and my children taken from me. I have been strongly rejected by numerous for the word of God’s sake, and I have ever, (God is my witness) endeavored to bless and curse not, and to turn around and do good to those that have hurt me, to offer every sort of proper prayer to God in their behalf. Yet I say to you that there is a day coming, and even now is, when evil men who possess no fear of God will throw off all restraint, and in that day they will prey upon any and every person who is not equipped with the mind set and weapons to defend and preserve themselves. Ruthless men and women who will count the value of your life, and your family’s life as nothing.
The other side of the issue:
Yeshua at a point when He recognized the real possibility of endangerment concerning His disciples instructed them to, and I quote, ...and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. (Luke 22:37b) How urgent was the need to self-protection that Yeshua perceived? Apparently pretty great, for He instructed them to “sell his garment” in order that he might have funds to buy a weapon. Going back to the wisdom of Solomon who said, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose, a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew, a time to keep silence, and a time to speak, a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8) Beloved, there is a time when civil order fails for whatever reason. Which I tell you I see the time coming when civil order will fail, and in that day you will either protect yourself and your family or you will suffer greatly, and very likely perish at the hand of some reprobate who has no conscience before God, and no love for you. Why will civil order break down? The answer is not complicated in my thinking, it is because, as Yeshua put it, “And because Iniquity abounds the love of many will wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12) And the Apostle Paul speaking by the Holy Spirit spoke of our days when he said, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parent, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors heady high minded, lover of pleasure more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) I say to you this spirit, and the people who surrender to this way of thinking is abundant in this country even now, but the days ahead will see a tremendous magnification of these characteristics and actions in the lives of many of our countrymen. The apostle said to turn away from such, I say you will need to protect yourself and your family from such people.
In case you have not quite caught on, let me make it very clear, there is a very evil day ahead.
What do I suggest the character of the Christian needs to be in these last days?
Beloved I suggest that the character exemplified by the people of faith in Nehemiah’s day is to be an example for us in the days ahead. For surrounded by pagan people who sought their lives and their downfall they armed themselves while performing the work of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, and I quote, “For the builders everyone had his sword girded by his side, and so builded…” (Nehemiah 4:18) Beloved, Jerusalem, that is the Church, is not yet built to completion. There are stones (Souls of men) yet to be added to its walls, and the stones within it are still needing to be further chiseled and formed to each fit into and fulfil its (his or her) place and duty within Jerusalem’s walls. I suggest that in the last days Christian will need to prayerfully have a Bible in one hand proclaiming both the gospel and judgment of God to this generation, and a gun real close at hand to protect him/herself from evil men who would steal away his/her life. For our God is both a God of love who would have every person be saved, or at least given the opportunity to hear the clear word of judgement and salvation, yet at the same time He is a God of judgement who has determined that the guilty be recompensed according to their deeds. Now I suppose I do not sound like your typical modern American preacher, but then I believe that a goodly portion of our modern preachers are miles off from the truth of reasonable doctrine and godliness. The proof of that is that so much of our modern western Churches are in very many ways very little different than the world around them.
An American Watchman,
Gregory A DeHart