On June 27, 2013, the US Supreme Court made landmark decisions, striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, as “a violation of the constitutional provision for equal protection.” The court also dismissed the Proposition 8 case, ruling that those who appealed the California Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the law protecting traditional marriage do not have “standing.” The highest court in our nation has thrown out God’s definition of marriage: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh” Genesis 2:24. On July 26, 2013, the United Nations made an unprecedented announcement, that they are launching a global program to “promote greater respect for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people everywhere.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as he stood before crowds in Cape Town wearing his very pink silk vesture trimmed in silver, announced that he would prefer to go to hell over a “homophobic” heaven! He said, “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this. I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. ‘No,’ I would say, ‘sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place (hell).’” Since God doesn’t lie, change, or go back on His Word, it seems that, unless he repents, Tutu will be granted his wish, hell.

Meanwhile, during his interview with the press on July 29, 2013, as he was asked about gays and the reported “gay lobby” within the Vatican, Pope Francis responded, “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?”

God certainly is the judge and we are not. The Bible is very clear, however, on His commandment that men and are not to forge intimate relationships with men, nor women with women: “You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination” Leviticus 18:22. The Word of God also tells us, “Because, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened…for this cause God gave them up unto vile affections, for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly and receiving unto themselves that recompense of their error which was meet (just)” Romans 1:21,26-27.

God has already judged those who commit such sins and the Biblical truth about these sins is what the Pope’s response should have been. God does not refuse anyone who repents and turns away from their sins, whether it be homosexuality or anything else; but it is clear that there is no forgiveness for those who intend to continue in their sins. Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (John 8:11).

The events unfolding this past week are unprecedented and very telling prophetically. The Bible says,

“The thing that has been is that which shall be, and that which is done is that which shall be done, and there is no new thing under the sun” Ecclesiastes 1:9.

God also said,

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God and there is none else; I am God and there is none like Me, declared the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done…” Isaiah 46:9-10.

God is telling us here that in order to determine what will happen in the last days, we need only to look back to ancient times, from the beginning, and we can understand what will happen in the last days. Jesus said,

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot, they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded, but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be when the Son of man is revealed” Luke 17:28-30.

Jesus compared the time of His return to the days of Lot, as he fled Sodom, and the same day the wrath of God was poured out on Sodom. This means that when we see our society, as it was in the days of Sodom (the name of the city depicting the sins therein), this is when the Lord will return for the saints, and then the great tribulation will begin, as described in the Book of Revelation. Because God “declared the end from the beginning,” we can go backwards from Genesis chapter 8 and see the rest of God’s plan for the future encoded:

  • Chapter 8: Noah released a dove from the ark, which is indicative of the gift of the Holy Ghost being poured out on the sons and daughters of God.
  • Chapter 7: The fountains of the great deep came upon the earth and the windows of heaven poured out torrential rains during the flood, which alludes to the “sea and waves roaring” (Luke 21:25), as in the tsunamis and great storms we are seeing in our generation.
  • Chapter 6: “…the wickedness of man was great in the earth and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Daily news reports show a parallel to the wickedness during the days of Noah and the evil today.
  • Chapter 5: “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” A foreshadow of the rapture of the saints.
  • Chapter 4: Cain received a “mark” so he would not be killed. Everyone on earth will receive the “mark of the beast” in order to buy or sell, or they will also be killed (Rev 13:16-18; 20:4).
  • Chapter 3: The seed of the woman (Jesus) will bruise the head of satan. Satan will be defeated (Rev 20).
  • Chapter 2: Adam and Eve became one flesh in paradise. The marriage supper of the Lamb and the saints in heaven (Rev 19).
  • Chapter 1: God created heaven and earth. God will create a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21).

Are you ready for the Lord’s return? According to Bible prophecy, the return of the Lord is very near, even at the door. All prophecies which had to be fulfilled prior to the return of the Lord for the saints have already been fulfilled, so the Lord could come for us at any time. By faith, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:24-25). Are you focused on this short life, or are you “looking for a city whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10)? Your eternal destiny depends on your answers to these questions. I pray you make the right choice. God bless you.