“It’s the End of the World as We Know It”

American Thinker, February 25, 2011

It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it
And I feel fine. . .

(from REM)

Every day, on my ride to work, I listen to Catholic Radio. Of course, I didn’t know there was such a thing until a few months ago.

I was driving along one day, when I saw a car with a bumper sticker that read: Catholic Radio 1260 am. I decided to tune in and didn’t like what I heard, which was a woman talking about sin and hell. I wasn’t ready to hear anything like that.

But a couple of months later, I gave the station another try, and now I’m hooked. I love the masses, the recitation of the Rosary, and the thought-provoking sermons and talks.

Now when I tune in, it’s as though the priests and others are talking directly to me, stimulating my insights and touching my heart.

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199 Responses to “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”

  1. jdog says:

    Coming very late to this article, but enjoyed it immensely. You have a knack Robin of saying things that touch me or show me to look at something differently.

    Have you read any of the Left Behind series of books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins? A fictionalized saga of the end times. Relatively fast reading, fascinating characters and descriptions of biblical events. Strongly recommend this.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. bookworm says:

    1. “No one knows the day or the hour, only the Father.” Huh? After telling them to read all the signs He’s spent at least 20 minutes giving them, He says this? Because there are 24 hours in a day and can be two different “days” on the earth simultaneously: Assuming Yeshua Hamoshiach comes to Jerusalem – Jerusalem is 7 hours ahead of my time, and 10 hours ahead of yours. And if it happened at 3am in Jerusalem, it would be a different day for both of us. Therefore I don’t believe He wasted His breath on all those signs to watch for, especially since he also spoke of knowing “the season.”
    2. After that recitation of signs and them “seeing these things come upon the earth,” He said, ” let not your heart be troubled; look up, for your redemption draws nigh” (please forgive my paraphrasing). So, yes, the world – the system, and, apparently the globe itself lately – is coming apart at the seams. But forget the “fear and dread.” No matter what it looks like, “it’s all good.” God bless every one.

    • Paul Hubert says:

      We are also told to recognize the signs and the times … but, true, no man, even the Son, knows “the day or the hour” … so believe no one who claims to.

  3. American Wisdom says:

    I was pleased to read that you listen to some Christian radio these days. I note the Catholic bashing here, but as a Roman Catholic, I forgive them for they know not what they do. :) Anyway, I don’t believe the Catholic church to be this demonic false church that some portray it. I always find it interesting when I read about evangelical protestants who have embraced the Catholic Church through conversion. I have nothing against Protestants as I believe we all believe in Jesus Christ. I just wish they would give the same respect in return. Think what you want, yet watch what you think. You just might need us some day.

    • Margie2 says:

      Speaking the truth according to the Bible isn’t bashing.
      Catholicism teaches myriads of false doctrine.
      One being Purgatory. There is no such thing as this and because of it millions of people go around believing that they cannot go to Hell.
      That is just one false teaching.
      It is loving for Bible believing Christians to point out these fallacies, and it is our calling to do so.
      The Bible says that in order to be saved in the end, we must love the truth.
      God’s truth.

    • Paul Hubert says:

      For my part, Catholics and Protestants should NEVER seek to ‘convert’ one another.

      For those who cite conversions TO Catholicism, there are many citations the other way as well.

      So, do we tally conversions and count who’s AHEAD?

      I believe what I believe and stand on that which I stand, but IF we stand on the Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ, as the ONLY author of our faith and salvation, then we have common ground.

      It is the heart that honors Jesus that I recognize wherever I find it.

  4. Mary Boud says:

    Robin, I am so delighted to read a bit about your spiritual journey and found it very refreshing that you have have some appreciation, through your experiences, of the Catholic Church. Too many have a distorted view of the Church. One such is a former Catholic who posted that, as a Catholic, she could find no Biblical references. The truth is that at every Mass we read from Old and New Testaments, the Psalms, and the Gospels. The liturgy is almost entirely drawn from the Scriptures. Since you listen to Catholic radio, you must know this. It is so sad when Christians fight among themselves. After all, we love the same Lord. If you ever want to know more, look for any of Scott Hahn’s books.

    Below is a brief overview of our group ‘Catholic Allies in Truth:’
    [Although we are a Catholic group, those of other faiths may have similar issues and be able to utilize and adapt our information to their needs.]
    We began organizing May 2010. Although still a young group working primarily at the local level, we have also developed contacts and begun to network with other regions.

    Our aim is to promote the truth. A brief overview of our ‘mission’ is as follows: We are concerned about the people turning away from God and looking to government for answers. Similarly, we are concerned about the expansion of collectivist political philosophies, which the Church has always opposed and which lead to loss of personal responsibility, freedom, and morality, thereby undermining human dignity and the common good. We stress the foundational principle of ‘subsidiarity’ as an antidote to several of these challenges.

    We know that we must first keep ourselves informed and prayerful.
    Since our hope is to plant a seed and develop Catholic Allies in Truth (and help other allies) in as many parishes as we can, please let me know of any individuals who might want to work to address concerns similar to ours. If so, please give them our email address: catholicallies@alliesintruth.org. We do not yet have a website but, if others contact us, we will be sure to send our full ‘Mission’ and ‘Who We Are’ statements as well as ideas about how we can work both separately and together as a network to promote truth and counter-act deceptive attempts to subvert and distort that truth.

    Pope Benedict XVI (when he was Cardinal Ratzinger) warned: “Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic.” (‘Truth andf Tolerance’)

  5. Veritasmamma says:

    Robyn,

    I would always avoid Revelations growing up because it scared me, and I didn’t know what to do to be ‘right with God’. My dad (a lifelong and faithful Catholic) and my aunt (a very charismatic Protestant) would spend hours at her dining room table discussing the Bible and especially the ‘End Times’ every summer. We kids- 14 cousins in all- were always encouraged to voice our opinion in the debates as long as they were reasoned and respectful. I loved the debate, but always floated away when they turned to ‘The End Times’. It always sounded hopeless and scary to me, and way too overwhelming.

    Years later, when I was in college, I flipped my Bio/Chem major with my Philosophy/Theology minor when I found out I was due with my second child at midterms, and my chem professor refused to let me make up the midterm is I was gone. So, much to my dad’s chagrin, I became a Philosophy/Theology major with Bio/Chem minor, but more importantly, a new minor in Catholic Studies.

    It may not seem relevant, but through the sciences, I became less fearful of religious mysteries, and instead, curious to find out what could be known through observation, study and research. However, my anxiety over “The End Times” seemed to grow rather than ease, until I finally went to my dad, and explained my quandary. This was shortly before he died from a protracted illness, so death and the end had been on both our minds. I had grown up believing The End Times would happen before I grew up, now I had children, and absolutely no idea of what to tell them. I have always been optimistic in spite of awful things that happened in and around my family. I didn’t know how to reconcile what I believed in faith, and my absolute trust in hope when I had grown up with the specter of The End Times.

    My dad put it succinctly, and I have never worried about it again. He said, “Honey, you could be hit by a car tomorrow, struck by lightening tonight, or die of a debilitating disease next year. None of what might happen tomorrow matters. What is more important is that at the end of each day, you can look yourself in the mirror and know that you did the best you could that day to honor and glorify God. It may not have been perfect, but no one knows you better than He does. If you are doing your best to desire and follow His will, you will be fine whether these are the end times or not. It also says in the Bible we are not to worry about when the end will come, and I believe that.”

    He spent his whole life waiting, loving, forgiving and suffering, and in the end, it was his disease that ended his life. We were with him at the end, and I know for sure, he was okay with God, and I am equally sure God was okay with him. How it ends is far less important than what we do while we are here, every day.

    • Robin says:

      Veritasmamma,

      Thank you for sharing these beautiful memories of your father. How fortunate you were to have a dad like this! What wonderful advice he gave you.

      blessings,

      Robin

  6. gatekeeper96740 says:

    Dear Robin,

    This is a wonderful testimony Afshin, a former Shia Muslim man
    (Now Christian) who describes the meditation technique used by Muslims to connect with the spirit world.
    Mohammad, the prophet also used the same technique to connect to the spirit realm.
    In Islam you are allowed to connect with Jinns and use their powers to help you.(Jinns are demons.It states this in the Koran.)
    At point 3:39 he describes the technique. These techniques are the same the world over,whether it is following the breath,mantra ,chant, silence or drumming anything repetitive will send the human mind into the Alpha state.
    The results are a spiritual encounter, this is normal after you have built up certain powers from these meditative practices.This is central (THE core) to all “pagan” new age beliefs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybB4gqx5VQI&feature=autofb

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q58xvtbDfJM&feature=related

    The Desert Fathers lived in Egypt and Syria around 260 -70 ad, near the home of the two biggest schools Babylon and Egyptian Magic schools. The techniques of these two pagan magic schools are the exact same as the Desert Fathers and every New Ager knows them.
    Information about Fr. Keating and The Desert Father are sold on one of the webs largest New Age Stores: Sounds True Catalog: see contemplative prayer section.

    One of the goals of the New Age was to get everyone in America to meditate.
    Why because that is the door way …….to meet your Spirit Guide and they are always helpful.At first.
    A Kundalini Awakening is also hoped for but that is a separate gift.

    http://shop-staging.soundstrue.com/shop/An-Introduction-to-Contemplative-Prayer/1318.productdetails

    Now my question is….. Where in the Bible does it encourage believers to go into an Alpha state?
    To meditate as explained in the Bible is to engage your mind and to think about the words deeply.

    Didn’t Jesus say in
    Mathew 6:7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
    Didn’t G-d warn Israel not to use pagan practices
    Deuteronomy 12:30-31

    I know from personal experience, a spiritual encounter is a powerful experience but who is it you are really contacting?
    If I’m ignored that is fine, but see for yourself. Go to a new age conference.
    Lucifer is the Peacock of all angels and is cunning as they come.
    He has had an eternity to hone his skills.
    And he knows his time is short.
    Do you really think your powers of discernment
    are that good?
    Would you step up to the plate
    if the pitcher was
    LEROY “SATCHEL” PAIGE ?
    Not me.

  7. g peach says:

    To correct a previous poster:there is a strong movement in the Catholic Church led by the Trappists monks ,particularly Fr.T. Keating.It is Centering Prayer which is as old as the time of the Desert Fathers.This prayer form addresses the problem of the ego.By opening oneself to the Spirit in Centering Prayer, it is believed that the ego diminishes and God increases.
    I hope this is helpful to your readers,Robin, and thank you for this wonderful post about your journey.It helps all of us.

    • gatekeeper96740 says:

      Yes. And all of your meditative needs can be found at Sounds True Catalog. It is the largest New Age Website on the internet.
      I use to get all my New Age DVD and meditation CD’s from Sounds True.
      Thomas Merton,The Desert Fathers and Fr.T Keating.Sold in the
      Meditate Guided Practice Audio Series.
      http://shop-staging.soundstrue.com/shop/An-Introduction-to-Contemplative-Prayer/1318.productdetails

      Fr Keating has his own pod casting on site Sounds True.

      http://www.soundstrue.com/podcast/father-thomas-keating-inviting-the-presence-of-the-divine-part-two/

      But how is going into an Alpha state Biblical ?

      • Paul Hubert says:

        But is it necessarily UNbiblical?

        Since the brain IS a computer, it is not where our spirit resides.

        Becoming open to the spirit world is another matter altogether from working toward reprogramming our computer.

        Perhaps the methods used might overlap.

        Now, how would a psychoanalyst address this question?

        Robin?

        • gatekeeper96740 says:

          Alas, heavy sigh, there are only two forces.
          And If you want to try these techniques you will get the spiritual goose bumps you seek.

          But before you do read these two books.
          1. The Beautiful Side of Evil by Johanna Michaelson
          2. Inside the New Age Nightmare by Randall N. Baer

          The whole Emergent church movement/contemplative prayer movement is fueled by people chasing spiritual EXPERIENCES.

          This is the deception that Jesus warned us about.When people would reject sound doctrine and go after what tickled their ears, I have watched church after church go down this road.
          You are disciplining yourselves right into the One World Church.

          • Paul Hubert says:

            Ah, but I’m chasing no experiences, nor am I seeing any form of ‘spiritual contact’. In my last session, I ‘prayed’ (spoke silently to my Heavenly Father, acknowledging that He is the center of my life and existence).

            But, again, for me this is a very physical process with our biological computer. Since I am very familiar WITH computers, and since science backs me up on this issue, I have no problem addressing the program of faulty programming of synapses.

            I see it as more complex than but fundamentally no different from working out to tone muscles or running to achieve aerobic fitness. We STUDY to train our brain (in a new language, for example, or in mathematics, or science or history), but reaching the subconscious requires the application of different techniques. Nothing mystical and nothing ‘spiritual’.

            My therapist, reading another therapist’s web site commented “I do NOT see myself as anyone’s “spiritual guide”!” And so, we’re on the same wavelength.

          • Paul Hubert says:

            That was intended to be “seeking” not “seeing”

        • River says:

          Well said, Mr. Herbert. In eons past there was nothing much to do with one’s free time. Conversation, sleep, and crafts would last only so long. What we call meditation would have been a common state during times of idleness. Few people could read, and scrolls (books had not been invented) were very expensive; only for the rich. Many people didn’t have chairs, and sat on the floor on a small woven mat or rug. The lotus position is a natural one.

          • Paul Hubert says:

            One small point, River: H U bert, since we’re not in France, I pronounce it with a long U, like the word “hue”. :-)

            The name so often gets massacred and misspelled! And it’s ONLY 6 characters long!!!

  8. Paul Hubert says:

    Two versions of a good verse:

    2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
    7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

    NLT
    7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

  9. g wayne says:

    Robin, Late post but hope you get this. We are certainly in the end times. The fullfillment on Ezekials vision of the dry bones (Israel becoming a nation in 1948) has occurred. Nuclear weapons are available (fuel Isreal will use). Satelitte TV is abundant (the ability for the world to see the false witness). The call for a global currency. All of these things are found in prophecy. That is what makes the Christian bible unique to others. No other religous writings describe the past as accurately or even attempt to predict the future. Read Psalm 83. What has confused many about Ezekial 38 is the fact that it says Israel will be living in unwalled city’s and at peace. But, with all things considered how could these be? Appears there is a war described in Psalm 83 (an ideological war involving Isreals immediate neighbors) After this victory Isreal will have an abundance of natural resources and being living in relative security. This is what will bring about the war of Ezekial 38 that appears to be orchestrated by Russia and Iran and is meant to aquire the spoils. I suggest you read more by Bill Salhus and Chuck Missler. I also recommend any of the Calvary Chapel churches. Stick w/the bible, follow it and not men. It is more than adequate to provide you with what you need to live by. Catholic teachings such as being saved by works, worship of Mary, transubstantiation, and claiming its teachings are inerrant are in opposition to what the scriptures teach. May the Lord richly bless you.

  10. Paul Hubert says:

    Robin,

    Another venue for your essays might be National Review. Have you considered that??

    ph

  11. Paul Hubert says:

    Robin,

    Oh heck! You’re getting SO MANY recommendations, I might as well add some more!

    If you HAVEN’T and have some time to RELAX (rest your mind), ENJOY yourself -and- learn some theology, read The Chronicles of Narnia and the Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis. And you might find his novel Til We Have Faces, applicable to your profession. In the Space Trilogy, Perelandra evidences Lewis’ depth by giving a most helpful description of the temptation of Eve. The third book of the trilogy, “That Hideous Strength”, written in 1946, I found VERY prophetic of our present times.

    I may suggest Til We Have Faces to my clinical hypnotherapist (as a former computer programmer and INTP personality, I firmly believe in the ability to quite literally reprogram the subconscious and I have some very very old ‘head’ issues to get out of the way of my current health issues, and maybe do me some other good besides!). Til We Have Faces deals with the ultimate realization of SELF.

    Lewis, since he may not be on the top of reading lists of late, had been called “the greatest apologist of the 20th century” and I find his fantasy works as good as courses IN theology!

    ph

    As to rest, I once put on the Sibelius 2nd Symphony performed the NYPO conducted by Bernstein to play repetitively as I read through the second book of Tolkien’s trilogy. I’m sure you know Tolkien and Lewis were good friends, Tolkien Roman Catholic and Lewis Anglican. Lewis came from atheism, I believe in his 30′s and his description of his conversion experience in his semi-autobiographical work “Surprised by Joy” is similar to my own experience. In that work, Lewis gives an especially insightful definition of “joy” in the Christian context.

    The Lewis and Tolkien books, aside from the bible, are the only ones I’ve been able to read again and again and CONTINUE to learn from them. The bible, of course, will NEVER be exhausted and nothing comes close!

  12. Paul Hubert says:

    Robin – and all,

    As to apostasy, my wife was baptized at the Presbyterian Church, a conservative congregation of the PCUSA since moved to the EPC, where I was a member (LOTS of long stories – I became a believer -around- Pentecostals and JOINED a Conservative Baptist church with my parents), and I became involved in a men’s prayer & bible study led by the founding pastor. The very deep and significant problems in the PCUSA were becoming evident at that time, with the denominational leadership all VERY much on the Left and the “Reimagining Jesus” movement taking place in Presbyterian, Methodist and other women’s groups.

    A good faith-committed site to follow is http://www.layman.org/

    Check out the letters. Of course you will find contributors TO the letters from the ‘opposing side’, most often, it seems, in defense of LGBT issues.

    The Layman has been fighting the battle within the PCUSA for decades and has very much been a thorn in the side of the powers on the Left.

    I -still- think the comment posted here by gatekeeper96740 should be used widely:

    “…I know there are only two forces out there.One disguises itself as 1000 different religions but Jesus enters the world and pierces the darkness.”

    It hits the mark SO well!

    Paul

  13. Paul Hubert says:

    Robin,

    I’m sure you have been thinking exactly what I have been seeing for quite some time now. So many events and changes in so many sectors (financial, political, religious) and regions are contributing to the mad rush toward oblivion.

    One more evidence of the mindset is seen here:

    Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years

    From the National Geographic Daily News, of all places!

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/02/110223-nuclear-war-winter-global-warming-environment-science-climate-change/

    Of course the ‘Global Warming’ mania is enough of a problem in itself, but to suggest it could be CURED by a ‘Regional [nuclear] war’ and to hear from other ‘scientific’ circles that the world’s population should be no more than 500 million fits in so well with bible prophecy.

    The comments by Ra5cal also fit well with the accounts of the fourteen Messianic believers ministering IN Israel found in “Israel’s New Disciples”

    Here is a site you and others might find useful:

    http://olivetreefund.org/index.php

    Julia Fisher is the Director of the Olive Tree Reconciliation Fund

    Now is a good time to support evangelism IN Israel.

    Paul

    • Paul Hubert says:

      As to the Olive Tree Reconciliation Fund, let me suggest everyone take a few moments and listen to their weekly radio program broadcast from the site.

      The olive branch for peace combined with active RECONCILIATION.

      Hear how it is acted-out in very practical ways between Messianic Jews and Christian Arabs. (I JUST listened for the first time)

      http://olivetreefund.org/index.php

      As individuals we all have a desire to become WHOLE. Coming to Jesus is the beginning of a journey toward wholeness. Toward RESTORATION – with God and with our fellow members of this human race.

      THERE is a ‘race issue’ we can all become involved with – with the goal of erasing all the negative race issues.

      In his book “The Weight of Glory”, Lewis explains that his concern is with the weight -or burden- upon each follower of Christ for the potential FUTURE glory of every person who has not yet come to know Jesus.

      Reconciliation. We are to find peace within ourselves by learning to REALIZE self through the healing we begin to receive when we come to Jesus and then learn to MAKE peace with and between others by allowing HIS love to fill US and flow _to_ others.

  14. jmbt3410 says:

    Hey Robin,

    Go to Pastor Gary DeMar’s website http://www.americanvision.org He has a wealth of information to include end times, great resource. God Bless!

  15. WildIrishRose says:

    Dear Robin,

    You are so precious, and after reading your most recent article regarding the “End Times,” I am once again amazed at the love of God and your very evident embrace of His love and care for you. It overwhelms me. Your last two questions are the most important questions in life that could ever be asked , “Have you made right your relationship with God? If not, what are you waiting for?” It’s not how we begin this life, but how we finish it that counts.

    Blessings always!

  16. Ann says:

    Robin,
    I have been a Christian for more than 30 years and I can say that when delving into Eschatology or end times prophecy you can sometimes walk away with your head spinning. Between premillennialism, amillennialism, and postmillennialism and all of the subset beliefs that fall under each of these catagories it is enough to make you want to give up and say ‘whatever’! I have attended many different protestant churches throughout the years and each one has different ideas about whether we are in the last days and how long the last days are.
    A funny story that exemplifies this is when my daughter was getting ready to graduate from H.S. she showed some signs of dispondency so I asked her what was the trouble and she said that all of her friends knew what they wanted to do after graduation but that she didn’t. I told her that it was okay and that she could take her time and take some classes at community college until she decided. With that she tearfully told me that she never thought about what she would do with her life because she always though the Rapture would happen before she graduated!!
    Looking back, I guess the church we attended for several years before moving to another state did spend a lot of time teaching end times prophecy.
    But seriously, with all of the things going on around the world today and here in our own country is it any wonder that people are looking for something to happen? I believe that we all know that we have crossed the boundries set by God. Is the world as bad as during the time of Noah? I don’t know, but I think we must be getting close. What helps me to put things into perspective is to remember that God is a God of love, patience, mercy, and justice. I also have found that reading articles from are very helpful in understanding what may be a confusing subject.

  17. Ra5cal says:

    Hi Robin

    So many people in Israel also believe these are the end of days. Until recently I have been living in the biblical town of Tzfat in northern Israel. The city has grown over the years and and the VAST majority of conversation there revolves around the coming of the Moshiach (messiah). The signs are plain to see.

    And I agree. It’s time to get things right with G-d…

    … In Psalm 125 we ask that H’S o good with good people. And it goes on to state that G-d will lead those who turn into their perverseness, into iniquity.

  18. gatekeeper96740 says:

    Dear Robin,

    Part of the end times is a rising apostasy in the church from a dogma that tickles peoples ears.The dogma is Eastern Mysticism or New Age methods I have personally seen entering left leaning churches.The book by Ray Yungen “A Time of Departure” addresses this.
    Another point of Departure from the faith is the liberal democratic party infiltrating the churches with their agenda. Zodervan Publishing was purchased by the liberal left and the books they are publishing are left leaning.Try Lighthouse Publishing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwRyxC92bGs

    Ray Yungen
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOJ213wnsaQ

    This video is Johanna Michaelson speaking out about the rise of the false church.She is also a former New Ager.

    The political left has decided that God of the Bible needs to be all inclusive not a bigot so they are including everyone, including Islam. Now we have Chrislam in Europe and Texas preaching all is ONE. Rick Warren is preaching this as well.
    http://thelastcrusade.org/2010/11/04/chrislam-spreads-throughout-america/

    Many people hear New Age and they think “Oh, well that’s witchcraft or Buddhism, I am not involved in that.” Not necessarily, my entry point into the New Age was the mind sciences and most of my education came from the University.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQHVUMuQ3yc&feature=related

    The New Age has put on the clothes of science and technology but it is still the same, the New Age is the same Old Age Paul wrote about in his letters and the source is also the same Ancient Babylon and Ancient Egypt. If you read Paul’s letters he warns the new churches about using pagan methods to contact God and the Old Testament does as well.
    Deuteronomy 12:30-31

    I hope I am not confusing you. When I woke up I was astonished at all I had seen but not understood. I am also a former liberal.

    Just talk to The Lord he listens and there is no special meditation trick to it.
    I take walks at night and just talk to him about what is on my heart.
    I put sermons on my Mp3 player from my favorite pastor (everyone has a favorite pastor.)
    Here is mine Alister Begg, a pluck Scotsman
    http://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/

    Welcome Home :)

  19. SpeakUpYall says:

    Thank you Robin, for a thought provoking article. I might add, a very courageous one as well in the day that we are living. The number of atheists, secularists and humanists in this country would surely dismiss this message as nonsense.

    I would certainly steer anyone with a thirst for truth about the end times towards Dr. Jack Van Impe. Dr. Van Impe and his wife Rexella have been teaching and admonishing the world about biblical prophecy for 50 years.

    Concerning the end times, if we had nothing but the account in Matthew 24 to guide us, it would be sufficient. Chapter 24 vs. 3 states, concerning Jesus Christ and his disciples,
    “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matt. 24:3)

    For the sake of brevity–and current events in the world most of us can relate to–part of his answer was,
    “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows”. (Matt. 24:6-8)

    Thank you again for your message. It is always great to hear of a “recovering liberal”.

    SpeakUpYall

  20. gatekeeper96740 says:

    Dear Robin,

    I agree.you can see it coming and as a former New Ager, I know there are only two forces out there.One disguises itself as 1000 different religions but Jesus enters the world and pierces the darkness.

    God’s War On Terror by Walid Shoebat fomer PLO terrorist turned Christian

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLeRFwY3SDs

    Ezekiel 38-39

    Moreover, the Lord Jesus Christ will also destroy those who have fought against Jerusalem… And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. ⎯ Zechariah 14:12

    • Paul Hubert says:

      gatekeeper96740,

      I VERY much appreciate your way of describing this:

      “I know there are only two forces out there.One disguises itself as 1000 different religions but Jesus enters the world and pierces the darkness.”

      THAT is most worthy of quotation … and repetition!

    • River says:

      gatekeeper,
      That video is raw and misleading propaganda, designed to incite fear. While it is factually true that there are startling similarities between the Mahdi (or Twelfth Imam) – that SOME Muslims believe in – and the Anti-Christ; the majority of Muslims don’t buy it. Ayatollah Khomeini, who started the Shiite resurgence in Iran that’s so vicious, outlawed the “twelvers” – as he labeled them – and called them dangerous and delusional.

      Mahmoud Ahmadinijad, President of Iran, is a twelver. He is, no question, extremely dangerous. He and other twelvers believe they can hasten the Mahdi’s return by “causing chaos and blood to flow all over the world”. But Iranians are Persians, not Arabs, and they don’t speak for all 1.3 billion Muslims. The most common rant of radical Mullahs is about apathy.

      We can’t do anything but pray, connect and support each other, and remain courageous; trusting that God will fulfill His word and reward all faithful people in all nations, as described in Revelation.

      • sam1427 says:

        There are indeed some startling similarities between the Islamic Mahdi (a Shi’ite teaching, not Arab Sunni) and the biblical Anti-Christ. And it is quite true that both Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah Khamenei are both Twelvers who expect that chaos and war will hasten the Madhi’s return. Both men claim to have actually spoken to the Mahdi. They are dangerous simply because they are working to get the atomic bomb so they can destroy Israel, although the Stuxnet virus appears to have seriously slowed the centrifuges down.

        The key to End Times is in the book of Daniel, whom Christ called Daniel the prophet in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:15). Daniel was given a vision of End Times in Daniel 9:20-27. The key to the beginning of them is Daniel 9:27 when the Anti-Christ will make a treaty with Israel for seven years, then break that treaty after 3 1/2 years. That has not happened yet. The identity of the Anti-Christ is only guesswork at this time.

        It is possible that the war Ezekiel foretold in ch. 38 and 39 precedes the treaty. Many of the nations mentioned are indeed Islamic now.

        But I don’t want to turn Robin’s blog into a prophecy course. IMO, a new Christian should start out firming up her faith by reading the Gospels, especially John, and focusing on deepening her relationship with God. End Times prophecy is a confusing thing to throw at someone who is young in Christ. Suffice it to say, that if you are saved by your belief in Christ, you don’t have to worry about End Times.

      • gatekeeper96740 says:

        Walid has 2 three hour videos on youtube and has written several books about this subject. He is a former Muslim
        from Palestine, actually Bethlehem, he was Sunni not Shia.
        He is not the only Muslim saying the same things about Islam.
        Kamal Saleem
        Zacharia Anani

        Both are Sunni and ex-Jihadists say exactly the same thing.
        You might want to research it.
        I have a decent sized library on Islam and have studied this since the 1980′s.
        Have you read the Koran?

    • Margie2 says:

      I watched the video. Walid Shoebat is indeed a Christian and listening to him speak was refreshing, like a breath of fresh air.

      • gatekeeper96740 says:

        Did you watch all 3 hours? It’s great! :)

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-zX9d1Yt3g

        All Muslims, even so called “Conservative” ones believe in the coming of the Mahdi.
        Just like all Christians believe in Jesus’s 2nd coming.
        I am fed up with PC discussions on Islam and so it seems is Walid.
        I love his straight forward style.I think you’ll appreciate his candor.

        • Margie2 says:

          gatekeeper,

          Is it ok if I just call you just gatekeeper? :^).
          No, I only watched the little clip but I will watch the one you posted as well. As I was watching him speak I prayed for him because as you know he is now considered an infidel and according to Islam he deserves death. I agree with you about being tired of the PC concerning how we deal with this enemy, especially by our government. As to other Religions coddling them I think that is especially sad. Either Islam is an enemy or it isn’t and you can’t have it both ways. As to all individuals that are brought up learning this false Religion, they are to be considered like sheep without a Shepherd, and remember how Jesus looked at them. He wept. Let’s stay in prayer for the brave Christians who put their lives in danger to preach the Gospel of Jesus to them, and the ones who are converted to the love and knowledge of the only True God through His Son, to a real relationship with Him through His Spirit.

  21. sam1427 says:

    This article certainly brought out lots of comments! I’m late to the party so I will just say that as a Baptist I believe we are close to end times. There is much prophecy in both the Old and New Testaments that has yet to be fulfilled and since the Lord has spoken it, He will bring it about. After all, Jesus Christ fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies about Himself while He was on earth. And they were fulfilled literally. So I expect the rest of the messianic prophecies will also be fulfilled literally, although perhaps not in the ways we might expect.

    But don’t worry about end times, Robin. You are a young Christian and so you should be focusing on learning more about your new relationship with God. Reading the Gospel of John is a wonderful place to start. Also read John’s three epistles. If you don’t already have one, get a Bible with notes, comments, and a concordance (an index). The King James Study Bible by Zondervan is good. Also good is the New King James Study Bible. Lots of people use the New International Version (NIV) study bible, but unfortunately there are some verses missing from this version and many of them focus on the divinity of Jesus Christ. I think the current version of the Catholic Bible has rather clunky language and that’s an opinion shared by many. Most of these versions are available online, along with commentaries.

    There are a bewildering number of denominations and non-denominations to choose from as far as a church. All I would say here is be wary of the churches and organizations that advertise they bring out the divine spirit in people and promise a wonderful experience. Being told you are a sinner is not on anyone’s list of great experiences, but the preachers who teach that are preaching what Jesus taught. If we weren’t sinners or if we already had a divine spirit living in us that just needed to be discovered, the cross would not have been necessary. But it was necessary.

    God didn’t tell us when end times would occur to encourage holy living, that is, staying right with God. So do read the Bible and learn more about the Lord.

    Best wishes

  22. Henry says:

    Robin,
    I’ve read your postings before but this is the first time I’ve been moved to reply. First, let me say, “welcome home!” The day you got right with God was a day of great celebration in heaven, as it is for all of us when we repent of our sins, ask forgiveness, and get right with our Lord. Secondly, as some of your other commenters have said, the last days began at Jesus resurrection; so we’ve been in the End Times the last 2,000 years! Are we at the end of the End Times? No, but the framework for the final days is being put into place, i.e., talk of a global monetary system is now out in the open, talk of a cashless society, the development of tracking chips and all the implications of that, talk of a one world government is also now in the open, world-wide connection via the computer/ social networking sites; the degradation and weakening of America and the increased antisemitism that will lead to the end of our support of Israel, who must stand alone against the world at the end, the spread of the gospel to Asia and from ther to the Muslim nations (did you know that the fastest growing group of new Christians are the Chinese, who have more believers in China that in the US; and the second fastest growing group are Muslim background believers!) to name just a few things that I think are signs of the framework now being put into place.

    You are right about the time being short…we are to speak of our faith as often as we can, not knowing who in God’s provident plan will respond. The Lord doesn’t want anyone to perish, and so tarries until all have heard. A lot of us are feeling a sense of urgency now, the night is coming when we will not be able to speak at all

    But Robin, you shouldn’t be afraid of what’s coming! Jesus says in John 16, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” We are called to be strong, to be courageous, to be the light on the hill in a darkening world. There is a quote from John Paul II that I just love and I have taken it as my email sign off: “Do not abandon yourselves to despair; we are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song!” Take heart, Robin, we’ve read the end of the Book, we know who wins!!! LOL!

  23. Junie says:

    We are living in the last days, this generation can say this because Israel is a nation again. That’s the biggest clue for our generation. It’s my belief that a generation is threescore and a half, 70 yrs. You do the math.

    A look into the Feast of the Lord, shows 4 blood moons occurring in 2017 and these Eclipses all fall on Feast Days, then end into a year of Jubliee.

    We must remember our messiah is Jewish, not Gentile. Study the Feasts of the Lord, 3 are yet to be fulfilled. He fulfills the Fall Feasts on his return. The Feast of Trumpets ( trumpets, Revelation) Feast of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles (he tabernacles among us again) the Millenium Reign. Keep his Sabbath (Saturday) and his Holy appointed Feasts, he said these were Holy Convocations that would last forever. Christmas, Easter, etc are not Holy Convocations, they are pagan holidays.

  24. Junie says:

    I wish people who have a sincere desire to serve God would research the fallacy of the Catholic Church. It was not ever started by Yeshua or Peter. Yeshua was “is” a Jewish Messiah, he never strayed from the teaching of the Torah and never taught his disciples to abolish it. He would never turn his back on the Jewish Davidic line that he was prophesied to come from.

    One must remember the bible was intrepreted by men with an agenda. Proof of that is the fact that there was not a “church” in the days of Christ. It was an “Assembly” of people, but the translators, the church fathers with an agenda always seem to point out the word “church” to represent a good thing and used the word “synagogue” to represent evil. They tried to say that the Jews were responsible for killing Yeshua and show their own Roman hands to be clean, but anyone who really studies the bible outside of the Catholic thought, will discover that due to the laws of the Torah, the ones seeking atonement must pass their sins onto the animal by taking it by the horns, leaning onto it and passing your sins onto it. Only then can atonement be made for your sins. If your Gentile hands are clean of passing your sins onto him, then your sins have never been atoned for.

    The blasphemous sprinking of water, rather than immersion is another blatant lie the Catholic church has passed onto their members. You must be immersed in water, study the Mikvahs.

    Mary worship, rosary beads are pagan, idolatry practices. Muslims practices as well. You better get back to your Hebrew Roots and away from this idolatrous church if you have a sincere desire to be like your master, he’s not Catholic.

    I recommend “The Walk in the Light” books by Todd D. Bennett

    • Thursday says:

      Dear Junie,

      As much as I understand the desire to be educated in the Christian faith and to be wary of false teachers, and I appreciate your wish to be helpful, with all due respect I humbly offer the following thoughts for consideration before you reject the Roman Catholic Church.

      Please keep in mind that (John 16:7, Acts 1: 4-5) before His ascension, the risen Christ promised His 12 apostles that He would send to them the Holy Spirit and that the He would guide and comfort the Church until the Second Coming. Do we have any reason to doubt that what He promised is not exactly what has happened and will continue to happen until His return in glory? On the day of Pentecost, indeed the Holy Spirit came upon them. If you continue reading the Acts of the Apostles, the apostles did in fact carry the Good News to every corner of the known world, and each established a local church and became, effectively, its first bishop. The first bishops and their successors gathered from time to time in ecumenical counsels (guided by the Holy Spirit) to discern and disseminate the Church’s teaching on matters of faith.

      At some point, of course, each of the apostles would leave this world. Is there any reason to doubt that before his physical death, a local church’s founding apostle would leave a successor, ordaining a new bishop with all the authority the apostle had hitherto carried? Hence the true Church has what is known as Apostolic Succession. Thus the Holy Spirit has been guiding and comforting the Church ever since. That doesn’t mean that the Evil One has not been at war with the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, ever since, or that the individuals who make up the Church on Earth, known as the Church Militant, are perfect and never make mistakes. We see the Church’s survival through the centuries since, despite all of the attacks of the enemy, the world and the weaknesses of human flesh, as a miracle and evidence of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

      If you wish to contend that the Orthodox is the one true church, rather than that of Rome, I agree there are strong historical arguments for that, and I admit to having been torn between the two for some time. But if you wish to contend that the Church just went completely wrong somewhere between Pentecost and the Protestant Reformation, I can only ask that you please check out the writings of Dr. Scott Hahn, especially his book The Lamb’s Supper, and show me where and how he is wrong. The man is a Biblical scholar and began as an evangelical protestant. The critical issues are many and he does them justice, whereas I don’t think Robin would appreciate my attempt to submit them all here.

      God Bless,
      Thursday

  25. Paul Hubert says:

    Robin,

    If you haven’t seen it, let me recommend “Israel’s New Disciples” (2008) by Julia Fisher, for a perspective on the End of the time of the Gentiles and what might be next. I consider this ‘required reading’ for believers today.

    I’ve given away a couple dozen copies so far and also recommend “Secret Believers” (2007) by Brother Andrew, author of “God’s Smuggler”, which may have been the final key to my coming to faith.

    Both are available on Amazon.

    Paul

    • Margie2 says:

      May I add to your list books by Rev. Richard Wurmbrand and Sabina, his wife? Both Jewish Christians gone to Heaven now, but suffered many years in Communist prisons? Go to Persecution.com, they usually give away his most well known book, “Tortured for Christ”. These are the kinds of books that will inspire you as they tell about not just the torture they endured, but mostly about their triumphant faith and the drawing near to God and the many conversions of Communists (in many cases their torturers) to Christ. Besisdes the Bible and John Bunyan’s books, (Pilgrim’s Progress and numerous others), their books are the most beautiful I have ever read.

      • Paul Hubert says:

        Margie2,

        There are many beautiful and inspiring stories in this world that we will never see. I believe I first learned about Wurmbrand in the Lutheran church (tho it was IN the Lutheran church that I became an atheist, functionally at age 13 (before confirmation)).

        I don’t regret any part of my path, however.

        Are you familiar with http://www.opendoorsusa.org/ ? I’ve supported them since 1973 after hearing Brother Andrew speak at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

        It was about that time that I was introduced to Jews for Jesus, hearing ITS founder, Moishe Rosen, speak at the local Arcade Baptist Church, Moishe was also a close friend of Zola Levitt.

        ONE true story you might appreciate is “Weapons of the Spirit”, so far as I know ONLY available on VHS – but JUST found this link for online access:

        http://www.ovguide.com/movies_tv/weapons_of_the_spirit.htm

        Paul

        So often, I am as impressed by TITLES as I am by CONTENT – one such example is Brother Andrew’s study in Nehemiah titled “Building in a Broken World” STILL so pertinent for our times!

        We need to be about building for the Kingdom in the midst of this increasing chaos.

      • Paul Hubert says:

        Margie2,

        FOUND IT! AT LAST!!!

        Weapons of the Spirit on DVD

        http://www.chambon.org/paypal_en.htm

        • Margie2 says:

          Greetings in Jesus, Paul.

          I was a rebel from birth and at the age of 12 I decided I was going to be the tough kid who rejected Religion. What you said about becoming an atheist in the Lutheran church reminded me of how I became (what I thought I was, anyway) at the time, an agnostic, while attending the Catholic church. Catholicism couldn’t hold me, not for a second. I never could “be good” and always cast off legalism. I used to look in those little books in the pews for the words of the Bible, and never found them.

          Jesus rescued me around age 20, a loong time ago. The Spirit of God is more powerful than and triumphs over any Religion or denomination. In Christ, we no longer have to “try and be good”, because there is no need to, because we can’t be good. We are desperately ruined by sin, worse and worse as we get older. It is so good to be able to admit.. and confess what a ruined sinner I am, and let His Grace be sufficient.

          One of my favorite verses in the Bible is this:

          “..but He said to me, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor. 12:9.

          I’ve heard of brother Andrew, yes, and thanks for the info. & links. My husband had a college room mate who was in Jews for Jesus and used to witness to him. He met Moishe Rosen. He didn’t finally come to Christ till decades later though, after he met me. God knows what each of us needs, and our view of time isn’t His.. what is a couple of decades in His eyes?

          There is so much hope in Him:

          “Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” 1 Cor. 15:52.

          So glad you know Him.

          God bless you.

  26. MayberryLady says:

    Robin,

    This may be a little disjointed, but I wanted to comfort you as quickly as possible and have some other errands to run this Saturday, which may prohibit my returning here for too long, so am jumping in right now.

    I relate so very deeply to your worries about this, as I am sure we all do.

    I don’t think these are the end times, but if they are, we are all going to be fine, because God is trustworthy. As Joel Goldsmith has written, “God is not an overgrown man.” He loves us with an unimaginable love, and there simply is no “death.” One writer has likened it to “getting up and leaving the movie.”

    Although there’s a lot of questionable and probably outright fraudulent material in the field, if you accept the spiritual validity of NDE’s (as opposed to the prevailing medical view that it can all be explained as floods of neuro-peptides associated with altered physiology, blah, blah, blah) you might find it helpful to read some of the accounts by people who have experienced and/or studied them. If you are unfamiliar with it, Robert Ringer’s “Heading toward Omega,” is a classic of the latter type. He was among the first to actually attempt a scholarly survey based on hundreds (probably thousands by now) of in-person interviews. He is a PhD out of the Univ of NH (at least back then). Renee Passarow’s videotaped accounts of her encounter with the Divine that are available on the Internet are some of the most compelling and glorious examples of the former. They are magnificent, and have the ability to add greatly to anyone’s faith. (She happens to be a devout Bahai, which IMO is one of the truly great religious philosophies of the world, as in, “When a man turns his face to God, he finds sunshine everywhere.” Abdul Baha, the son of Baha u llah, the founder of Bahai.)

    I recognize that not everyone is comfortable with some of the less traditional religions, but I am one of those who believes that, to borrow from Teilhard de Chardin, “Everything that rises must converge,” i.e., there is only one God, and whatever gets us There was the de facto right path. (Just for a little context, I was born Catholic and received all my education through the grad level at Catholic schools, but have long been unobservant. In the ensuing years, I have read the books and attended a wide variety of the services of many other religious traditions. In my early years, I wrestled with entering the decision to enter a contemplative order, ultimately deciding against doing so but with great sadness. At the time the head of the order asked about my sorrow and I said that I wanted to find God and that since I considered that the direct approach, I was worried that now I wouldn’t find Him. Her response was, “My child, He is coming to find YOU!” It has taken me a lifetime to realize that she was right. But the beauty part is, He does that for ALL of us! If you have never read Francis Thompson’s “The Hound of Heaven,” I highly recommend it!)

    His love for us is perhaps the hardest thing to comprehend, because it is so boundless and beyond even the best of what we experience here. And speaking for myself, I think perhaps that is the soul’s greatest battle, to ultimately achieve even so much as the bottom rung on the ladder of realization of how much God loves us! (I think so often of the woman who made a pest of herself in one of the healing parables, repeatedly calling out until the disciples were provoked with her, and saying that if she could “just touch the hem of His robe,” she knew she would be healed. God offers us so much more than a brief touch.)

    I would also like to share some favorite Bible verses that have been among the most comforting during times of testing and trial, and in the dark of night. Because I believe the promises made in the Bible are meant just as much for all of us today as they were for the people of those times, and that they are meant to be taken seriously, and that we are meant to prove them literally within our own lives. (These are not verbatim, just from memory, but I hope “close enough to perfect” for right now.

    For I the Lord shall hold thy right hand and say unto thee, Fear not, for I will help thee.
    For I know the plans I have for you, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future.
    Acknowledge Me in all thy ways, And I will direct thy path.
    For behold, I have given it into your hands: a place where there is no lack of any good thing.
    Prove me now herewith, if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive, pressed down, heaped up, flowing over.
    Lo, if you make your bed in hell, I will be there!
    Before they call, I will answer. While they yet speaking, I will hear.

    Of course no one knows what is in the mind of God for sure, but based on these words and so many more just like them, we have every reason to hope and believe—to choose optimism. Be at peace, Robin! The Allness of God is literally within you! And time is on our side, for life truly is eternal. As Mary Baker Eddy so beautifully wrote, “Emerge gently from matter into spirit.”

    One last thought (and then I promise I will stop). The early life of our family was marked by many losses. Death of my Mother, two children in infancy, then a step-mom, then the oldest son. Guiding us through all this was the rock-like faith of our Dad. He taught us many things, Robin, but the truest words he ever spoke were these: “If you ask God to help you, He will!” God IS a present help in time of need, “nearer to us than breathing, closer than hands and feet.” You have already proven this in your life—do not be afraid to ask for more!! He will not be offended.

    Oh, one other piece you might enjoy, also available on the net. Just Google Emmet Fox’s “The Golden Key.” (He was the founder of Divine Science.) It is truly the stuff of miracles—I promise 

  27. swfarnham says:

    Is it? I don’t know, but as a practicing Christian (the Presbyterian type) this I do know. God is the only being that knows, so I guess we can safely assume that Satan doesn’t know, so there must be an Antichrist ready for every generation. There are those I know that opt for the “single individual” antichrist, I personally opt for the “entity” or the “idealogical” antichrist – ideas and philosophies, perhaps disguised in a cloak of compassion or perhaps disguised as a religion – that are ongoing and have been since the ascension. You are so right – Life is so much sweeter with God by your side.

    • River says:

      Very well said. I, too, think it’s an “idealogical” spirit that manifests itself through many people at one time, and it’s never been stronger or more obvious than it is now. This is the first truly global manifestation – thanks to technology – and will lead to the universal appearance of the true Christ.

  28. jefftisdale says:

    Robin, welcome to the fold. As a Navy Chaplain, I often struggle to convince young Sailors and Marines that their real problem is a lost relationship with Christ. If a young man is of another religion, I don’t attempt to proselytize, but most are just great America loving kids who are so spiritually lost. Jesus keeps me going though and He’ll keep you too!

    God Bless you and your work!

    LT Jeff Tisdale
    Three wars is enough for me!

  29. voiceoffreedom7 says:

    I posted the comment below and realized one very important point I meant to say:
    When I said ” not to worry about when the end comes, the end for each of us is when our lives end.” I meant to finish with ” and then begin the rest of our journey with God for all eternity” We should do as the Saints said and do all we can do work for good and to help others to find God, and Trust in his Love”

    February 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

    wonderful article Robin,
    having been a member at Our Lady of Peace Church in Santa Clara, Ca. before I moved to Virginia, I used to listen to 1260 all of the time on to work and on the way home. They have one here on 1160.
    You always have great insight. I do agree with your arcticle, I think the main key is to always be trying to do the right things, seek closeness and union with God, and not to worry about when the end comes, the end for each of us is when our lives end.
    So the best thing to do is to do all you can do at every moment to promote the gospel message, help others, and seek the Lord always.
    The old phrase that all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing is true.
    We should try to make sure that the words of our Lord and his Apostles get to as many as we can and be invloved in doing good.
    and of course Vote for good conservative leaders who try to do the right things.
    I had the honor of meeting with Rep Chris Smith a while back, he is a good example of someone trying to do the right thing. He is on Raymond Arroyo ” World Over Show” on EWTN Television sometimes, worth seeing his take on things.
    As a matter of fact that would be a great show for you to go on sometime, I’ve met Raymond and he is a wonderful person, and alway fair with his guests.
    God Bless and keep up the good work,

    Sterling from Virginia

  30. manial says:

    Robin,
    I know Berkeley very well since I used to travel there for years working with the Space Science Lab at the top of the mountain. It has been a few years since I have been there but the things I saw and experienced there were certainly not for the “faint of heart”.

    I would encourage you to take voiceoffreedom7 comments to heart and visit, Our Lady of Peace Church in Santa Clara, Ca some day. This is a very special place and an island of sanity in the middle of what drives us to be less than human. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

    Tim

  31. John Britt says:

    You ongoing journey is fascinating to watch. Your journey from knowledge to wisdom, and from political correctness to faith is inspiring. Thank you.

  32. sfbayrevival says:

    I pray for a Christian revival, even right here in the benighted Bay Area. Stranger things have happened….like the 19th Century revivals, or the spread of the Gospel in Africa and China in the 20th Century. We don’t yet know what God will do in this Century…there is no particular reason to be pessimistic.
    The idea of religion freely chosen in a free society is still pretty new in human history…that is America’s gift to the world, and it still has an awful lot of appeal. It seems to get clearer and clearer that, although freedom of religion may not necessarily exclude Islam, Islam does of necessity exclude freedom of religion.

  33. Paul Hubert says:

    The choice of Hell over Heaven is illustrated well by C. S. Lewis in “The Last Battle” volume within his Chronicles of Narnia, which I recommend for theological insight along with Lewis’ Space Trilogy.

    As I watch the world’s turmoil, I only marvel at how God is bringing ABOUT the move TOWARD the End Times.

    In so many ways, it has seemed to me as though we’d been in slow motion the past decades. In high school, I read Ayn Rand and ‘fell in love’ with Objectivism. But that was short lived, but I REMAIN grateful to Rand for introducing me to epistemology, the value of the individual, the insidiousness of all forms of coercion, and the concept of Absolute Truth which Rand set me on a quest after.

    Very much THANKS to her, God nudged me in the direction of finding that He was that Truth for which I was so earnestly searching.

    So, are things moving faster today? Perhaps. We’ll only know when we know, I think. But, more recently I’ve realized the primary purpose of scripture is to lead us on a quest for a deep relationship with our loving Heavenly Father through the gate which is Jesus. IN that quest we find our purpose, our direction, and our healing.

    NOTHING to fear, however!

    I join others in appreciation for your articles, Robin. And this one will be shared with some who will rejoice over what you have found and perhaps some who will be helped on THEIR journey BY it!

    God bless!

  34. analog says:

    Ms Robin,

    Interesting, that you’d have this particular epiphany at this time…
    Revelations (13:1-5)speaks of ‘standing on the sand of the sea’ and seeing ‘a beast rise up out of the sea…’
    Do you believe our dreams are profoundly insightful?
    You said once your office looks indirectly out over a bridge, presumably at ocean
    and as my wife observed he did rise out of Hawaii….
    good news is – in the Book he rules just forty two months. July 2012?

    keep up the thoughtful work!
    a.

  35. connie says:

    Robin:
    I look forward to every column you write because I can so relate to what you have to say.

    The Lord obviously is working in your life… I remember the wrestlings, confusion, clarity and what a delightful surprise when my awakenings began.

    Isn’t it amazing that God cares enough about us to penetrate our over education?

    I have learned that I can completely trust Him through all sorts of wonderful and difficult times. I think we are coming up on difficult times.

    When our intellect, abilities, education fail us… He never fails us

    Don’t know that I’ll live until the end of this world. He has another prepared for us.

    I am a Christian…Jesus, Bible, …….

    A number of my Ph.D friends have looked at me strangely to see if I’d lost my mind, discovering I hadn’t then said something to the effect “You mean you’ve really found something?”

    “Oh yes” I reply.

    Keep writing… I’ll keep reading.. and forwarding you columns to my wondering friends.

  36. Iacta alea est says:

    Robin, regarding the salvation of others, in various places throughout the Gospels, Jesus basically says, (paraphrasing) “Tell others about what I have done for you. Only I can convert the soul unto salvation.” Cardinal O’Connor’s reaction to the disruption at St. Pat’s was perfect. He was a wonderful to the NY Archdioscese f which I am a member. It also recalls an event at a Billy Graham Crusade from years before. A man became disruptive during Dr. Graham’s sermon, standing in the aisle and shouting as loud as he could. Ushers and crowd members stood on their feet ready to remove the man. And from the podium, Dr. Graham said, “Please. Don’t acost this man. Surround this man with love. Let us demostrate the love of Christ towards him.” And they did. And they prayed together for the man, and in a few minutes the man, in tears peacefully retook his seat and later joined those who came forward for Christ at the end of the service. And for me, I do believe we are in the end times, because the Scriptures say that the first event of the end times will be the re-establishment of the Jewish homeland. So we are a little over 60 years into the end times. But the Scriptures also say no man knows the day or the hour. All we are told to do is to keep on telling people what Jesus has done for us.

    • Jonah Riley says:

      I loved your post Iacta alea est.
      I like the story that helps illustrate your point.
      It’s very Robinesque :)

  37. Jonah Riley says:

    I’m a big fan Robin. I like a lot of conservative writers and you’re among my handful of favorites. I sometimes skip my favorites, but I never skip you cause you’re my very favorite:) Anyways… talking about this stuff with any type of certainty makes one look like a mentally ill narcissist, so I’ll spare you the minutiae of my End Times theory. (It’s like a 50 page essay) However, YES! Unequivocally YES! We are not only in the Last Days, we are behind schedule, and the world is about to blow up. In the dark days ahead we need to trust God and recognize that His ways are higher than our ways, and He will bring good out of evil. It is better for us to endure the terror of judgement than lose friends and loved ones to a quiet, casual death and placid unbelief. God in his mercy will unleash His wrath so that humanity can awaken from its evil stupor.

    PS You should add Bob Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming” and Leonard Cohen’s “The Future” to your doomsday soundtrack. Keep up the good work. People are praying for you that’s why you’re having weird experiences. LOL

  38. Dennis Lukas says:

    Finding or being reborn to God, is something different to each person. Embrassing God
    does however put you on a morale road of doing good. We are now on a road of choices
    of good and evil, will we let individuals exsist or make them slaves to taxes and ideaology. America is blessed with a heritage that will triumph over evil. Words however
    may not turn the tide against the evil. God gave us free choice and it is up to the good to stop evil. If you truly embrace God you will know the right thing to do. Free choice is the burden. One tends to over think things and not follow the gut feelings. The end is not near, we just need to clean our houses that are filled with past cob webs.

  39. Lonnie E. Schubert says:

    Robin, in a few places, the bible declares the just shall live by faith. You indicate you have righted your relationship with God. I trust both God and every individual to accomplish this, at least once the individual takes it seriously and tries.

    I wish to remind you that we must walk by faith, and our faith is simple confidence in God. For me, it is simple trust that He will work on our behalf, and that ultimately He will lead us into the perfection to which we are destined. (I’m Arminian, if that means anything to you. I trust we are all destined to His glory, but we can thwart that if we determine to.)
    Anyway, to keep it short, trust God to work history as it should be, even when evil seems to triumph. In the end, good wins. God ultimately destroys evil, and we participate in that good with each kind and loving act, even when the love must be tough and realist. So, stay confident in God, and keep faith and hope alive.
    The end is indeed near, but it has been near for what seems to be a long time to us mortals.
    BTW, are you aware of CS Lewis? I highly recommend his writings, both fiction and nonfiction.
    Getting long winded, I’ll add this quote from Ben Franklin:
    “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God Governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/benfranklin.htm

  40. cathy says:

    The providential history centered mostly on Judaism and Christianity is pretty clear about the idea of a purpose behind history. This is different than a personal salvation.
    It won’t come out of the blue, it’s a long process. But history would start to change.
    Because what changes is ownership of the world, the princes and principalities. And what mostly needs to change is men and women relationships. But they will change.
    Like for instance, probably what is behind the revolution in the mid-east is a time has come when women must be treated with equal value in society. The end times is a good
    thing, a new owner will move in, on this real world.

  41. timbob says:

    Robin,
    If you really want a spiritual uplift try this website. http://www.lutheranhour.org and listen to Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus. You will love his voice and his stories.

  42. Allston says:

    Robin, while I don’t believe we’re at the end times, clearly there is a spiritual deficit in much of our society. People have simply lost any sense of things greater than themselves, and supplanted it with worship of the self.

  43. danvillemike says:

    I think Fr. Corapi (who you can hear on 1260 Immaculate Heart Radio and see on EWTN) answerd the question about end times the best. He holds a Bible high over his head and says “I don’t worry about it, I read The Book, I know the ending, WE WIN!

  44. Joe Baptist says:

    Hi Robin:

    I can assure you that you indeed are on the path that leads to Salvation. As one who has been treading said path a few years longer than you I can see that like everyone else who follows Christ you are entering a new phase in your Spiritual journey. Phase one is one of elation that you just discovered what has been hidden all these years. Kind of like a teenager when he/she first discovers sex. Obviously no one has ever found this great pleasure before. When that phase passes you enter another where you unconsciously look back at the evil you now see all around you and due to an incomplete understanding of God think to yourself that obviously a Good God can no longer tolerate such an evil world. Then you begin looking for signs of His impending displeasure/revenge/punishment. This stage is important to go through and equally important to get through. Some people seem to enter a Spiritual ghetto where all they can focus on is God’s impending return and I pray that such a fate never befalls you. Yes Jesus is coming back and when He does it will not be pleasant for sinners BUT we don’t know the time or the day and He has told us that we need to be about His business. His business is us setting our lights on pedestals that even more sinners might become Christians. When I left the “end is nigh” phase of my Spiritual walk I came away with the sure knowledge that God is not reacting to anything on this earth. Instead God is bringing about His perfect plan. To paraphrase Jesus, “I did not come the world to condemn the world rather I came to SAVE the world”.

  45. Jacobite says:

    What is an “End-Times Church”? As a Roman Catholic, I don’t spend a lot of effort trying to keep up with the Protestants, but this is odd. Catholics are told to keep ourselves in a state of grace (no mortal sins) at all times. To have mortal sins absolved, we must make a good Act of Contrition, which is pretty small potatoes, considering… If we are successful in doing so, we are ready for death and will end up in Heaven, even if a hold-over in Purgatory is required by some venial sins are on our souls at the time. I’m always amazed at the idea that some preacher someplace has discovered heretofore unknown truths in the Bible which were overlooked by Ambrose, St. Augustine, Origen, Tertullian, Gregory the Great, St. Jerome, the faculties at Paris, Bologna, and Oxford, etc., for a thousand years or more At the least, it smacks of presumption — unless they have been directly instructed by God, of course, like Mohammed. But this is not claimed, so it cuts no ice with us. as an attorney, I’ve always been struck by the balance and completeness of the Catholic Church’s canon law. European civil law was based originally on canon law, as it was the only legal system in existence, except for the Justinian Code, which was a Greco-Roman civil law (Corpus Juris Civilis) with the canon law added and intermixed. After Constantine, civil law and canon law were not considered distinct. I can see why Catholics are seen to be obnoxious, but when I consider the achievements of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches over the centuries, well, I guess I’m obnoxious. Protestantism can look good if you begin history in 1500, I guess. I’m not betting the Anglicans make it to 1,000, much less 2,000. Lutherans have already split into (how many now?) several Synods. Catholics have gotten good at watching the foes come and go (not speaking of Michaelangelo, of course).

  46. purrl says:

    Robin,
    I liked this article. You perked my attention with the Lyrics by REM one
    of my favorites.When I was young I was attracted to REM, and other
    similar groups such as the Smytherenes,Bare Naked Ladies and the Indigo
    Girls.
    I have read most of your articles on AT, and have watched carefully your
    awakening. I have been amazed at how your journey has mirrored my journey.
    My journey began much differently than yours, but the process of opening
    my eyes has not been dissimilar.
    It is clear that our world is beginning to change and things will never be the
    the same. We can read the old testament prophets, the new testament
    books of Mark, Jude, and Revelation,or Nostradamus,the Mayan calendar,
    the Bible Code, or the Web Bot. All of these sources point to something
    that will change the world as we know it in the near future.They also point
    to similar events that will occur.
    What is amazing to me is that not all people can understand or grasp what
    is about to occur.Isaiah 44:18 “they know nothing, they understand nothing;
    their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see.”Matthew 4:12 “They may
    be ever seeing, but never perceiving,and ever hearing but never understand-
    ing…” This is why Jesus spoke in parables. It is clear to me that you are somebody
    that is beginning to see and understand.
    All over the world in far corners even in places like Iran, and Egypt people
    are having dreams about Christ, and they are being driven to read a Bible.
    They are reading the Bible and becoming Christians.Yes indeed the world
    is getting ready to change. I can tell you to read this author or listen to this
    pod cast,but for me it was literally picking up my dusty old Bible that my
    parents had given me and reading it cover to cover. I saw,my eyes were
    opened, and I understood. I encourage you to do the same, if you are his
    sheep, you will understand and you will hear his voice.I having a feeling
    you are one of the chosen sheep.

  47. leah553 says:

    Robin, thank you so much for sharing your journey with us.

    I don’t dismiss the idea of the End Times at all. However, I have a terrible feeling of dread because I suspect that this is, instead, a time of reckoning. Our nation has strayed so very far from what made us great. I have long wondered how long the Lord would put up with it. I agree with the poster who said that the West has become weak; there will be a time when sides will have to chosen and we could very well face either a second civil war or another world war.

    My parents were of the Great Generation. The second world war was a life-defining and history-defining time. It was our soldiers who saved our world. Looking at today’s young men, I shudder. I have the greatest respect for our volunteer military, but in the event of a huge conflict, more soldiers will be needed. I look at the people that we will have depend upon, and I despair. They have been brainwashed by our educators and the entertainment industry, most of whom despise this country.

    I would much prefer the Lord’s return, but I fear that is not what is coming.

    • River says:

      Do not fear, leah. All of us who have reconnected and volunteered to serve with God will be rewarded more abundantly that we can imagine. Fear is the tool of the Anti-Christ, along with hubris and guilt. Christ’s message is clear: You are forgiven, you are blessed, and you will have joy and eternal life if you follow Him.

  48. Listkeeper says:

    Hi Robin,

    I think you are on to something here. I’m working fervently to prepare spiritually. I say the holy Rosary daily for some time. Where I was having panic attacks not long ago, I am now at peace and have actually been able to help other find peace.

    In case you are interested, you can study the powers contained in the holy Rosary here: http://www.rosary-center.org/

    The Blessed Virgin Mary has been credited with great victories over Muslim invasion in the 1400′s.

    Anyway, if you get right with God, there is no need for fear. We know how the story ends. =]

    Legend has it,

  49. Agape says:

    Three quick thoughts:
    First: Since we cannot know when the final days are for sure, we can treat each day as a potential last day and get square with our Lord. This is consistent with Biblical teaching, encyclicals and common sense. We are cautioned that our judgement may be very close, only a last breath away. We might not sweat the very last days timing and rather sweat and accept the Christ’s gift today. For tomorrow we may meet.

    Second: While it might not be an approved view, i consider the final judgement as my second cut at a positive judgement, given that i will also be judged just after my last breath. Think of the final judgement as just that, a second chance. It will happen when it happens.

    Third: Seek not to PROVE G-d’s existence, since if it was possible through reason alone, there would be no need for faith. Then, any dummy could figure it out. But, since it is not possible to prove without faith, the faithless will never believe. Show them faith first.

    • KR says:

      It is odd that there seem to be some Bible believers here who may not be aware that Jesus actually did say that we WILL know when the time of His coming again is near (in the imperative…a command), “right at the door”!

      Read Matthew 24 and Mark 13. Read what He says about what will be the signs, and then read Matthew 24:33, where Jesus says:

      “Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” (Note: “all” these things)

      He rebuked the religious people who did not recognize the time of their visitation (His first coming), even though they’d had the prophetic Scriptures describing what to expect ahead of time. We have the Scriptures describing what to expect at His second coming. Read it yourselves and let Him tell you what time it is. Don’t listen to this opinion or that. Read for yourselves.

      • Margie2 says:

        Well said. For example 2 Thess. 2:7-12 warns us. God wants us to know what to look for in order to be prepared. The Anti-Christ has to be revealed first and the fact that he will be be revealed means that it isn’t going to be a mystery. We ought to be studying the Bible and learning what to expect:

        “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming. The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

  50. carolsr says:

    Robin: I’ve been reading you regularly on lucianne.com for the past year. I now know why my husband and I enjoy your commentary so much. You have had an epiphany as have we. If you reach out to God, he will touch you. It doesn’t seem to make sense when you try to explain it to anyone who hasn’t experienced it for themselves. He has touched your heart and lifted the veil from your eyes and given you discernment (which I feel you had in spades – but now you really see). I too believe we are in the end times. It would not have been possible before the internet. We are at a point in history where the entire world is connected in a moment. The books of Daniel and Revelation reveal many of the things that are happening now – world political turmoil, wars and rumors of wars, devastating natural disasters, etc. The moral decline is obvious. Please keep on writing – you are inspiring.
    Thanks,
    CarolR

  51. VigilantPatriot says:

    Upon reading the Old Testament, I find that God allowed His people to suffer the dire consequences of their sin (most especially because of their unfaithfulness towards Him), time and time again before He would find someone who had remained faithful to Him, despite their tribulations. Then He would raise up the individual to be His godly leader to bring His people, His “Remnant,” out of the ashes of their exile.

    As well, if you read the story of Joseph’s life, you’ll see that he suffered greatly at the hands of his own family (brothers) because of their jealousy towards him. It was years of Joseph enduring major challenges (being sold into slavery, imprisonment, and being a lowly servant in the Egyptians household) before God used Joseph’s enduring faith and his struggles to raise him up to become the 2nd in command behind the King of Egypt.

    According to the words found in the New Testament, we simply do not know when the end times will come. Face it, if you find out exactly WHEN you’ll be facing a major illness, you wouldn’t need to buy health insurance until then…so why worry?!

    Since Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God in the Garden of Eden, sin entered this world and it’s curse has been with us ever since. God created Man and Woman to be in a right and perfect relationship with Him…it’s really that simple. But sin keeps us from that right relationship. That is, unless each individual lays claim to Jesus Christ, who has fully restored us to a perfect and right relationship with His Father, through His death on the cross. And His resurrection provides and assures us that our perfect and right relationship with the Father exists after this world has passed away.

    For me, I admit to having many days where the bad news of our whole world seems overwhelming and I wrestle with anxious feelings of hopeless and helplessness. And then I read articles like this one Robin…which is your way of reaching out, right where you are, to the many people who read your articles. Whether or not you might consider it so, you have been Called and Chosen, within the marketplace, to reach others who are drawn to your message. (See this link about the Marketplace calling: http://www.marketplaceleaders.org/)

    I just want to add, that I believe my “job” as a Follower of Jesus Christ, is not to wonder so much about whether or not we’re in the end times here on earth. Instead, my “job” is to keep fighting (against human nature and its greatest enemies: apathy, deceit, pride and laziness), and advancing against them in order to reclaim as much of the “lost turf”* as possible. Hopefully, my efforts will help to “flip” as many of the enemy’s captors as possible, regardless of the seemingly impossible odds. After all, my God is THE God of all Creation; the God of David who slew Goliath!

    So who am I to know or even speculate upon the will of God, and how He uses trials and tribulation to bring as many back into relationship with Him as possible, before He comes again in Power and Glory?

    It’s my understanding that this “game” of life is a spiritual battlefield, and there are bound to be casualties. Sadly, even by many good people who mistake their “goodness” to be the same as God’s grace and salvation. I just pray that more people will be restored by rediscovering God’s grace and faithfulness, than will be forever lost because the simplicity of salvation in Jesus Christ is lost on proud and hardened hearts.

    * See this link to reclaiming the lost “turf” of our Country today:
    http://www.colsoncenter.org/ethics#ethics%20newsletter

  52. inspectorudy says:

    Robin,
    I have enjoyed reading about your journey from the dark side to the light(Right). I can see you in your car listening to this station and I can see the profound effect it has had on you. BUT, there is always a but when you hear praise, coming from an agnostic view I come to the same conclusion without the religion. The West and America have become very soft since WWII and we have been on a downward spiral towards ME-ism and self fulfillment. We made a few feints towards the third world countries but basically left them to fend for themselves. As the erudite Rev Wright has noted on several occasions, “Americas chickens have come home to roost”. We are now in a world where the “Other side” is basically Muslim and merciless and we have to decide whether to stand and fight or react like Great Britain and several other western nations have done, which is to accommodate the unaccommodating ways of Islam. In my heart I believe that the exact wrong approach is to inject ANY religion into the mix and approach it as a human rights issue. Of course the Islamist will cry religious persecution and discrimination but we must make a stand. If we treat it like the alligator and the gingerbread man crossing the stream they will eat us eventually.

  53. Thursday says:

    I wanted to be sure to read (more like scan, towards the bottom of them) the 100+ comments following this very good and interesting article, and let it all percolate between my ears before throwing in my 2 cents. Thanks, again, for sharing your journey of faith with us, Robin. I don’t think there’s any topic more fascinating and thought-provoking than the subject of faith and this journey, and sorting through it all, and I think these 100+ comments are a testament to that inasmuch as they express a variety of opinions and beliefs. I will (for now) resist the temptation to argue on behalf of the Catholic faith versus the Protestant.

    Even if the prophesied second coming of Christ isn’t for generations to come yet, I can’t shake the gut feeling that something never before imagined for our country is soon to test it. I maintain hope, however, that the American people will awaken, as they have to previous national crises, and save the day. This awakening, I hope, will be, among other things, the wide-spread recognition that socialism, fascism, and all other species of statism, and Keynesian economics, are profoundly retarded!—and, besides, are symptoms of a spiritual sickness that will always manifest when we stray from our Judeo-Christian values and heritage; that our Founding Fathers had a wisdom and maturity that we can only hope to recapture and pass on to our posterity and embodied in the Constitution (minus, perhaps, the 16th and 17th amendments).

    Love y’all.

  54. teach says:

    I believe that (for believers) the best days are ahead. We are in the last days; Israel has been reconstituted as a nation (Can a nation be born in a day?) and this generation shall not pass until all of these things are fulfilled. Yeshua (Jesus) died on Pesach, was raised up on First Fruits, and G-d poured out the Holy Spirit on The Feast of Weeks. The fall feasts are yet to be fulfilled, and I think one could argue for a Rapture on Rosh HaShanah, and Judgement Day on Yom Kippur with the Millennial kingdom starting on Tabernacles, but what year? Anyway- Exciting times.

  55. Robin – I am a member of a Congregational Church here in Kansas. Though the UCC (United Church of Christ) on a national and international level are extremely liberal our individual congregations tend to have very conservative members.
    I rarely listen to protestant/evangelical programming however. I listen, from time to time, to the Catholic Channel on XM and if I want good theological thought, debate, and instruction I enjoy watching EWTN.
    That you have found so many things (like myself) later in life is very heartwarming and encouraging to me.
    Take care and I look forward to your next AT piece.
    Jim Douglass
    Garden City, Kansas
    p.s. I heard your interview with Micheal Savage on YouTube the other day so I at least know what your voice sounds like.

  56. mjs2113 says:

    Hi Robin,
    I’m so glad you found the Catholic Radio, it is very inspiring during these difficult times. But, one has to remember, even Christ told his followers that he did not know the time or place, it is up to his Father. I would also like to invite you to the Catholic Church, it is the Church Christ found on earth. There are many factions, but, Christ never said he was founding “churches”. The Catholic Church will give you the foundation and consistancy to grow in your faith and salvation. Maybe when you heard the person talking about sin, you were put off. However, if you were like me, you were upset at this person questioning your life and how you have or haven’t lived it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no saint and have done many things wrong in my life. But, it was a few years back that I also started listening to Catholic radio and it made me realize what the church had to offer me for my salvation-the Sacraments. The greatest being the Eucharist, but the next best is reconciliation, confession to the sectular world. If people did this, like I have done, you and your profession of therapist would be out of work.
    Keep growing in your desire for salvation, it is the greatest gift Christ freely gave us.
    Peace in Christ
    Michael J.

  57. drsissy says:

    No one man can know when comes the end of times. ,,,,,,only God the Father. It is not for us to know. We, as believers, are asked to be prepared. It is time to get right with God, to surround ourselves with people of like mind, to live our lives as an example, and to reach out to those who remain in darkness.

    Earlier today, I was thinking of my own parents. My father died when I was 16. He was 72. My mother died when I was 31. She was 71. I didn’t have the opportunity to know them as well as I would have liked. They left me some important gifts in the knowledge of their lives….. The most important gift they left was the role that faith should play in our lives.

    My Dad had been a WWI and WWII veteran. He had lived the life of a guy’s guy…..being an assistant football coach at the college level, playing semi-pro football in the 30′s, moving around the country…..and coming home to care for the family farm. He married at 50. When he was 66, he was baptized at the local Baptist church.

    My mother was the product of a broken home…..her parents divorced when she was 7….unheard of in 1921. She attended boarding school at a Catholic girls school…..got her B.A. in language arts there and a masters when she was 22. She taught and then went to Yale nursing school. She was married and divorced 3 times prior to marrying my Dad. In the early years, she took me and my brother to the small, rural Catholic church near our farm. She taught Latin to the alter boys. She returned to work when I was four and eventually quit going to church. A few weeks prior to her death, I asked her if she would like to see a priest. She said she would… and they had numerous meetings in those last few weeks. Her comment was “I just don’t want God to think I am a hypocrit.”

    The message that I have taken from them both was that faith is important. They both lived very full lives by anyone’s standards. By examining their lives as I knew them, they both had lived their faith by example but not as fully as they could have. I believe they both died in the peace and knowledge of a loving God.

    I hope that you will fully embrace your faith. I have come to believe that living in fear is not living in faith. I do get fearful at times but I right myself with the knowledge that God is faithful. We can’t know exactly what is in store for us. We are obliged to do what we can to protect ourselves, our families, and our friends from what may be a horrible time of suffering particularly when we have had such easy lives thus far. We should be prepared to reach out and help others as we can. As you, I strayed from my faith for a number of years. Today, I thank God every day for returning my soul to me. So read, prepare, hold to your faith, hold fast to those you love, and pray.

  58. mchavez says:

    Robin,

    I as I have grown older, much more in tune with life’s wonderment than in my youth. I have learned to see the wonderful ways the Holy Spirit moves us in certain directions to do certain things at certain times and to say things we would never say on our own. Reading your article today was another one of those instances, where I was moved to read your article by the Holy spirit and was moved by your words. I have long since come to grips with realizing once I made right with God my life has turned completely around and everything feels better now, everything tastes better now and I enjoy my wife and my children so much more. I wish you many blessing on your journey with Christ and discovering the many blessings we enjoy as Christians, as Americans and as people of God.

  59. Brother Kevin says:

    On a side note – I think it’s high time that Protestants, Catholics and Jews consider standing shoulder-to-shoulder rather than toe-to-toe. The forces of militant islam, communism/socialism and secular humanism (and worse) are gathering. I’d imagine that when Protestants, Catholics and Jews bicker amongst ourselves that these forces chuckle and rub their hands in glee because we’re doing their work for them.

    I think that there really is more that unites us than divides us. We may differ on some matters of doctrine and interpretation, but consider this-we all worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We share much of the same sacred text. The Jewish people are waiting for the Messiah while Christians are waiting for the Messiah to return – but we’re all waiting for the Messiah.

    Perhaps we could agree to accept that much and take it from there.

  60. MarkInUSA says:

    Dr. David Jeremiah has a series on the end times that is podcasted. It’s very good and eye-opening. I wish I had the link to them. Sorry.

    I enjoy your articles and pass them on to others.

  61. turbobore says:

    I always find it interesting how some people like myself, a godless conservative man, have been content and at peace their entire life and yet others, often religious, are constantly seeking peace and contentment. Robin is having several epiphanies in her elder years. The discovery of the practicality of conservatism, the illogic of liberalism and the rediscovery of Catholic radio and her religious needs. Better late than never. I am eternally thankful for all of the simple things in my life, like family, friends and health. Find enjoyment in the simple things first and then enjoyment in the more complex will follow.

    To all of you “end of timers”, don’t worry. The earth has been around for four billion years, it will continue to rotate on it’s axis, it will continue to revolve around the sun and our solar system will continue to move within the Milky Way galaxy. Life on earth will come and go over time but don’t be looking for Jesus to appear anytime soon. He’s “been coming” for the past 2000 years.

  62. VigilantPatriot says:

    Robin,
    I think I have read all of your articles since you began posting, and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your messages and watching you grow in your Christian faith and Conservative ideas.

    I can relate to you in so many ways, and I want to thank you for giving a “voice” to your journey. You are an excellent writer and you do a marvelous job of allowing yourself to be vulnerable and transparent, which is not always easy, especially when not everyone can respectfully disagree and they make it personal.

    Keep up the excellent work!

  63. Deborah D says:

    Hey Robin — Thank you once again for your column. I received the most beautiful e-mail from a friend earlier this week. It was an interview with Pastor Rick Warren, the writer of “The Purpose Driven Life.” I’ve not read the book, but his message in the e-mail was a great reminder to get yourself right with God. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that your column was also on that subject. I do believe the Lord speaks to us through other people. He tries to get our attention. He tries to let us know that he’s with us, and that we need to remember Him. I have gotten away from Him recently, so I was glad for the reminder. I have a favorite one-line prayer that has helped me over the years. It’s simple, and I try to start the day with it (now that I’ve been reminded!) It’s this: Help me to know your will for me today, Lord, and give me the power and the strength to carry that out.

    From the e-mail, Warren said this, and it made so much sense to me:
    “We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.

    “Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one.

    “The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.” Wow! Here’s just a bit more:

    “Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life..

    “No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.”

    I needed that reminder especially. I focus a lot on what’s happening in the world today as I fear for the future for my newly-married daughter and her husband. I write a blog that focuses on those happenings, so it helps to get away from all of that occasionally and to remember to be thankful for all the good that surrounds me and be happy that I’m able to write, to think, to spread some truth, because you never know who you might touch; who you might awaken; or what ripple effect your truth will have. God bless you, Robin, thanks for sharing your truth with all of us.

  64. jebabb says:

    Robin,
    Whether or not we are in the last days is not the real issue, but that we know God, and the only way we can know Him is through the only mediator God appointed, His Son Jesus Christ. It is Jesus who gave us reconciliation with God through His own blood (atonement & propitiation), and imputed to us His righteousness throuh His own obedience to God the Father (2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53). Without Christ, we have no hope of reconciliation with God or of (real) eternal life. But it is faith in Jesus that we can have this new life. The Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short…”, so it’s no wonder that this world, filled with 6 billion +- sinners is pretty messed up. That’s why the Bible also speaks of those who are ‘in Christ’ being ‘strangers and pilgrims’ in this world. But we have an eternal hope through Christ Jesus, as we believe in Him (and all that means) and repent of our sins. Because of this, the events of this world, however troubling and disgusting, should not shake us but press us to know Him more and more. Thank you for your great articles, and for giving this opportunity to talk about these things that really matter. God bless you in Christ.
    jebabb

  65. Luce says:

    I became a Catholic after seeing a Billboard that said “Catholic Radio.” I had been a protestant for 15 years and thought “I wonder what the Catholics are talking about?” I was hooked, at first just due to intellectual curiosity, but as GK Chesterton says, “As soon as you stop fighting against the Catholic Church she pulls you in.”
    Progressives have infiltrated the Church and done much damage, but that is the history of the Catholic Church, she survives, just as Christ promised she would.
    I attend a Latin Mass in Oakland, CA where no such distractions occur, just meeting God in His sanctuary with other followers, lead by the priest. Stop by sometime. You will feel His presence as soon as you step into the Sanctuary. St Margaret Mary 580 and 14th:) He is there in the Eucharist waiting to give all of himself to you.

  66. lethargic says:

    Robin, as several previous posters mentioned, there was a great interest in the “end times” back in the 1970′s. There was a man who made a lot of money off that interest — Hal Lindsay, author of “The Late Great Planet Earth” and other books. He predicted the 2nd coming or the beginning of the so-called Tribulation (don’t remember which) to be in 1988 — 40 years after the founding of modern Israel. Obviously he was a fraud.

    The world was in a terrible place in the late ’70′s — Vietnam was recently lost by the forces of good, the Khmer Rouge terrorized Cambodia, our president was a feckless fool, life as we knew it was soon to end due to Global Cooling, the price of gas was spiking and the gas was rationed for awhile (odd/even days, if I remember rightly), Iran was lost to the Mohammedan terrorists (I remember when all the Iranian students at my college just disappeared overnight in 1979 … shudder) — is any of this sounding eerily familiar?

    Yah, the world goes round and round … there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes). Christ personally stated that only the Father knows when the end will be. So why should we, His kids, worry about the date? We are called to love God and our neighbor — now, forever, no matter how much or how little time may be “left.” Just get busy loving and the rest will take care of itself.

    Which is not to say bury our heads in the sand. I think a lively interest in politics can help one love one’s neighbor .. for instance, the situation in WI, in which the people — both little and big — are used as cash cows to finance unreasonably disproportionate benefits for a favored class (the government employees). Clearly that is an unjust situation. Rectifying that injustice will be a loving thing to do for the citizenry as a whole. I think this is an important aspect of your column-writing apostolate … in addition to the Christian witness aspect of it … thank you :-)

  67. Hammersdad says:

    Robin,

    Thoughtful and provocative as usual. Many thanks.

    I doubt there is a sane man who is not concerned that the end of time might be upon us. There are surely signs enough, BUT THERE ALWAYS ARE. The only decent course is to always seek to live as though the next instant will bring it. Building, discovering, and keeping that right relationship with G*d is the only way to keep free of the terror of either dying or continuing to live. Both are terrifying prospects without the Lord.

    When G*d grows weary of man’s foolishness, He simply lets us have it our way. All the tribulation in the world then follows as night the day. We’re working up to a crisis of significant magnitude, and the outcome is unlikely to be pretty.

    Is it, will it be, The End? What do you get when you cross a rhinoceros with an elephant? Elephino.

    We may certainly live to see a dreadful play of pride, hubris, and recursive self-referential disbelief come to some sort of a conclusion. Alternatively, we may be destroyed before the curtain falls. Many may. That makes the right relationship a matter of vital importance. Life, both as we know it and as we do not yet (and CAN’T) know it, depends on it.

    Hammersdad

  68. tre says:

    My Preacher also believes that Jesus could return soon. He preached a series of sermons on that.
    On one hand, I’m looking forward to His return. Like you, my wife was once a buddhist, but now is Christian. But most of my inlaws are still buddhist. I know too many people who would be left behind.

  69. MikeTheMoose says:

    Robin:
    Revelations is a vague book for a reason. So that certainty in the time of end judgment is not possible. The purpose of the Book, at least as I can see, is not to allow you to identify with certainty the end times. But to warn you of the trials you will face if you find yourself in the end times, and to warn you, to be loyal to God in this time; for if you live during the time of judgment you will face greater trials than believers from any other time.

    But a Christian’s duty does not change as the end times approach. Save as many as you can, remain faithful to God. And since your actual spiritual conduct is not changed, it does little to discuss the approach the end times from a spiritual context. From the practical context, one might take heed of signs, and be better physically prepared for the trials. But in that way one should look at all things, not just prophesied signs, because lessor but still significant trials can come at any time without Biblical warning, but still have plenty of harbingers printed in bold letters on your daily post.

    The theory that God revealed Revelations so that the wise might be able to see the end times coming is valid enough. But to what end? Ask yourself, what spiritual advice would you give to someone when the end times are here that would be different than any other difficult time?

    For that reason I normally avoid open discussion of the issue. For too many, the belief in prophesy by a believer, thanks to years of societal conditioning, acts as a locked door, closing the heart of the listener to God. For they believe the prophesy to be nothing more than mythology, and the believers in such to be irrational. So when you carry the word of God’s love on the heal of the grave warning of the end of times, the warning closes their ears, so that God’s love never reaches their heart. In a much larger way, liberals will use any discussion of the topic to discredit the speaker and silence his or her words, much the same way they do creation.

    Better to put aside discussion of the end times. Allow someone to invite God into their lives first, to find faith, then allow them to read the warning when they take the book up for themselves.

    I have my own favorite verses which I always like to apply to current events
    Rev 17:18-18:19 is interesting, and raises questions…

  70. RealEmotionalFreedom says:

    I have been reading your writing for over a year. The transformation has been noticeable and I want to thank you for sharing it. I get this feeling that it runs much deeper. Because it does and it can be difficult to convey. Trust the process.

    I wanted to drop you a link. http://realemotionalfreedom.blogspot.com/

  71. Leroy Whitby says:

    I’m so glad you were saved. You can go to this: http://spanishriver.com/626261.ihtml to download the last sermon of a man of God that I respected tremendously, David Nicholas. He started 26 churches, wrote a book, and trained hundreds of pastors in how to include the gospel in their preaching . . . and he did this in the year and a half AFTER his retirement and before he passed away. You can imagine what he did before his retirement. The download is at the bottom of the page and I hope it helps draw you closer to our Lord.

    God Bless You.

  72. ked5 says:

    Ah, Robin. I have enjoyed watching you on your journey. Fear not, trust in God, and let the Spirit whisper peace to your soul. God loves His children, and ultimately, He is in control.

    The polarization in the world we see is essentially the wheat and tares rippening. (see Matt 13 KJV) There are still many who must choose what side they are on. Yet, look at your own life – how you have awakened and are now seeking to know God. Would that have happened if things hadn’t gotten so bad you finally saw the fallicies of, and rejected, the libral indoctrinations of your youth and where you live?

    As for the end times – The Savior said (Matt 24:32) a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
    iow – as we see prophies of the end times being fulfilled, we can know it’s the end times. Yes, I believe we are in the end times.

    There is still good, and we can seek to do good. As we place our trust in God, and allow the whisperings of the Spirit place in our hearts, we can have peace amidst the turmoil. Remember the words of the Savior.
    Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

  73. maryb says:

    Robin,

    We have been in the end times since Christ’s death and resurrection. The coming of the Holy Spirit upon all believers signifies this, among other things. We who have accepted Christ as our Savior having nothing to fear from the “end times”, although I admit that’s easier said than done. In Him there is no condemnation at all so when God’s wrath comes upon the world we will be protected just as the Israelites were protected by the Blood of the Lamb upon their doorposts when God struck down all the first born of Egypt.
    Mary

  74. Girl with a Pearl Earring says:

    “regardless of what direction this world goes in, whether towards sanity or a deeper descent into madness, we are all called, at this moment in time, to do what that priest suggests: to right our relationship with God. ”

    Thank you, Robin. I do wish I could meet you face to face some day. You are a dear person.

    Life has always been uncertain; we do not know the day we will stand before God or when Jesus Christ will return to this earth. The most important thing is that we have a right relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Repent, confess your sins, and confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Then live for Him, totally and completely.

  75. mister Z says:

    Full disclosure: I’m a Bible-thumping Protestant that happens to believe that the End Times prophesied throughout the Bible are very close, if in fact they have not already begun. I am disheartened by this knowledge, knowing that that time will certainly bring pain and suffering to much of the world. However, that time will also usher in the eternal Kingdom of God right here on Earth (far beyond the shadow of which we’ve been living in these past 2,000 years), and that is a very good thing. No more sorrow, no more pain.

  76. CatherineZ says:

    Robin, welcome to the family!! The family of Christ, that is. You spoke of the end times and how the Pastor at a church you attended stated that this was a church of the End Times. That is true but it is true of all Christian churches. The end times began with the death and resurrection of Christ and only the Triune God knows when it’s final culmination will be. That is why we are told to always be faithful lest we be caught unprepared on the Last Day. May the lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you and grant you peace.

  77. Deninor says:

    I forgot to mention I, too, listen to 1260 AM when in the SFO Bay area to help my in-laws (grandpa has advanced Alzheimer’s. I also very much enjoy Rabbi Daniel Lapin on 560 KSFO on Sunday afternoons. Rabbi Lapin is another force for good on this earth.

  78. Ed Jopson says:

    Robin,
    Check out InsideCatholic.com

  79. Deninor says:

    Two wonderful columns this week. You have quite a following here in Southern Oregon. I copy youre articles for the pastor of our Cahtolic Church and for others without internet access.r
    Our daughter, a student at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, just texted me that Fr. Benedict Groeschel, who taught us Psychology while I was in a Catholic seminary (many decades ago!) will be speaking at St. John’s this Monday. As a native Brooklynite, I’m sure you know where it is or at least have heard of it – a few wholesome acres on Utopia Parkway. I advised her to go, of course! I suggest, if you can, tune in to ewtn either online (www.ewtn.com) or on the telly at 4PM PST Sundays for his program live. It is repeated on Monday morning at 6 AM. Fr. Benedict, who is a tremendous spiritual force, is spiritual director for the Archdiocese of New York, founder of a religious order, prolific author and speaker. A few years ago he was hit by a car near the Orlando Airport. He lost all vital signs for about 27 minutes, then returned to “life.” A truly amazing person, with a lot of practical knowledge. Diogenes41, Oregon

  80. g peach says:

    To Mr. Loomis: Your remarks about the Catholic Church and the disinterst in the ego, are incorrect.Please reference the teaching of the Trappist monk Fr.Keating on Centering Prayer.The focus on that type of prayer is to reduce the power of the ego and allow God to heal and guide our spirits.Many,many Catholics use this prayer form which goes back to the original desert fathers.
    I hope this is helpful to all who have read your opinion.God bless.

  81. Mhaol-Ian says:

    While the Biblical “end-time” scenario fay be frightening to many and there are certainly some fearful events that must take place, it is actually simply a re-set after the bad start as seen in the book of Genesis Ch. 3. The kingdom of man must be destroyed in order for the Kingdom of God to begin.

  82. ghailey says:

    Robin, we’ve been in the end times since Pentecost. What we don’t know is when will be great judgment day. In the meantime, God dosen’t need the USA to complete his plan, so our country could come to naught. Do you remember the pictures of people of USSR, their blank, unsmiling faces, their zombie-like stares? We could be like that under Sharia or Chinese rule.

  83. Jack says:

    Thanks again RoB. Mathew 24 has a little insight into todays subject matter. Another key to consider is this: Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship. It’s a day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute interaction with THE Savior. The beginning of the end here on earth, although scary, is another step in the process of strengthening our relationship with God. Compared to the blink of an eye that is our time here on earth, eternity with Jesus is something to look forward to.

  84. Anita says:

    Robin, The New Testament tells us that not even the Son of God knows the day and hour. It really is irrelevant, I believe. We each have our individual end time. This is the reason the message about being right with God is ALWAYS the message–a relationship–not a regimen. The Church is a living organism not an institution. I have so enjoyed your articles. I refer and send them to many.

  85. teresa of avila says:

    Hi Robin,
    Jesus said to “discern the signs of the times” but not to Fear for” HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US”. Pray, Robin that God will give you His peace and the grace, of these He freely gives. We are in the world but, not to be of it. Surrender everything to Him, your time, talent and treasure. He is calling us to Himself. The Holy Spirit most merciful consoler of the afflicted , will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. He is comming let us be ready. PRAY UNCEASINGLY!

  86. Lightlover says:

    Hi Robin, It’s not about getting right with God before it’s too late, but about believing God, and what He has done on our behalf through the death of His Son.

    It’s not about repeating Hail Marys. The first part of it is from Luke 1:42, and so is truth. The second part, making her “mother of God” is manmade dogma. If she can hear all the prayers to her, she must be omnipresent, and therefore God. According to Scripture, she is yet to be resurrected from the dead. Those prayers are therefore misplaced and vain.

    As part of the body of Christ, we have access by one Spirit to the Father, not to Mary.

    You would not take Obama’s word for what the Constitution means, but rather go back to the Constitution itself. You likewise should not take the word of Roman Catholics or any other denomination of Christendom, end-time or otherwise, for what the Scriptures say. The Roman Catholic Church is built on the wrong apostle, Peter. He is the chief apostle to Israel. Paul is our apostle, commissioned by Christ as such (Acts 26:18). The truth for us for today is found in Paul’s epistles, especially the ones penned from Roman prison, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philippians.

    Your spirit rejects Christendom’s false doctrine of Hell. Thank God. As I point out in A TRUER GOD: THE SUPREME SPIRIT OF LIGHT AND LOVE IN THE HEBREW AND GREEK SCRIPTURES http://www.atruergod.com Hell, or Hel, is the Norse goddess of the underworld. She is a mistranslation of the Hebrew sheol, its Greek counterpart, hades, and of tartarus and Gehenna.

    “. . . we rely on the living God, Who is the Saviour of all mankind, especially of believers” (I Timothy 4:10).

    As believers in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Son of God, we have a special place in God’s purpose, not an exclusive one.

    If you want to get passed the dogma, mistranslations, and false creeds of Christendom, I recommend http://www.concordant.org

    By the way, the Scriptures make no provision for the office of priest, unmarried or otherwise, in the body of Christ. Christ gives us evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:12).

    Paul lets us know very clearly how to discern spiritual truth from falsehood:

    Recognizing a competent teacher: “And what things you hear from me through many witnesses, these commit to faithful men, who shall be competent to teach others also” (II Timothy 2:2). Paul never taught a mysterious trinity, hell or free will, the basis of modern Christendom.

    Recognizing a qualified teacher: “Endeavor to present yourself to God qualified, an unashamed worker, correctly cutting the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). A qualified teacher understands that there is a huge “cut” in the Scriptures, beginning with the apostleship of Paul. Most of the Scriptures pertain to Israel and the evangel of the coming earthly kingdom to be ruled by Christ through Israel. Paul’s evangel, the evangel of the grace of God, comes directly to us through him. Our destiny as part of the body of Christ is celestial, not terrestrial, as Israel’s is.

    Recognizing false concepts: “Have a pattern (literally, stencil) of sound words, which you hear from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” (II Timothy 2:13). If it contradicts what Paul said, it’s coming from an unscriptural place, and will lead away from truth, not toward it.

    Don’t believe men. Believe God.

    • Philip France says:

      I second Lightlover’s comments as erudite and Biblically accurate.

    • Margie2 says:

      lightlover,

      Are you actually trying to say there is no Gehenna? I understand you to be saying the word Hell is a mistranslation, but you say the “doctrine of Hell.” I would like to know if by saying this you are also meaning to say there is no Gehenna doctrine?

      For example in Mt. 5:22 it reads in the Greek, “..who ever says, fool shall be liable into the Gehenna of fire.”

      Thank you in advance.

  87. Scholastica says:

    Robin,

    Dabbling in Catholicism Robin? :) Uh oh!

    Please prepare yourself for the ride of your life if you continue along! Just warning you!

    I think you will really enjoy this documentary by Michael Voris, since you write predominantly write on political themes and subjects. I also present this so that you will understand that the Catholic Church has been infiltrated by the progressives in too many parishes in the US. Voris illustrates how this came about, and what to do about it. But, anyone will thoroughly enjoy this, particularly anyone with an even parting interest in Catholicism.
    Obama’s Counterfeit Catholics:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMFAhW_ZmV8

    CCHD and Saul Alinsky:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=481bgi5Du0s

    And here is Voris waxing more than a little eloquently on the splendor that is the Holy Roman Catholic Church.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=481bgi5Du0s

    You might want to have a pot of coffee, some pastries, comfy pj’s and let em roll! :)

    Take care Robin,
    a fan from the beginning

  88. voiceoffreedom7 says:

    wonderful article Robin,
    having been a member at Our Lady of Peace Church in Santa Clara, Ca. before I moved to Virginia, I used to listen to 1260 all of the time on to work and on the way home. They have one here on 1160.
    You always have great insight. I do agree with your arcticle, I think the main key is to always be trying to do the right things, seek closeness and union with God, and not to worry about when the end comes, the end for each of us is when our lives end.
    So the best thing to do is to do all you can do at every moment to promote the gospel message, help others, and seek the Lord always.
    The old phrase that all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing is true.
    We should try to make sure that the words of our Lord and his Apostles get to as many as we can and be invloved in doing good.
    and of course Vote for good conservative leaders who try to do the right things.
    i had the honor of meeting with Rep Chris Smith a while back, he is a good example of someone trying to do the right thing. He is on Raymond Arroyo ” World Over Show” on EWTN Television sometimes, worth seeing his take on things.
    As a matter of fact that would be a great show for you to go on sometime, I’ve met Raymond and he is a wonderful person, and alway fair with his guests.
    God Bless and keep up the good work,
    SG in Virginia

    Then place our trust in God.

  89. Jewel says:

    I have been watching your spiritual journey for a number of years, now, and each and every time you write about it, you are further and further along. You give hope to a lapsed Christian who’s pretty much burned out on churchianity.

    We may not know the day or the time, but we know He’s coming. Keep writing. Maybe there will be more than 50 righteous souls in Berkeley. If not, maybe then 40. God’s hand is yet restrained.

  90. Margie2 says:

    Hi Robin,
    Greetings in Jesus. He is SO leading you, and I’m always am super encouraged (in Him) each time I read your articles because of this. Seeing the Lord gently guiding you in the Truth is a real joy! I remember when I was a new Christian and I had just gotten my first car. I got started a little later than most of my friends and didn’t get one till I was 18, but anyhow I used to end up tuning in to Christian radio stations and listening to the words of others who already knew Him and just getting fed spiritually by it. At the time I didn’t even realize I was getting fed of course, but I was. Fortunately the young Christian lady that led me to Jesus invited me to Bible studies where there were many other Christians gathered together and learning from the Bible and praying together and fellowshipping. I remember they used to always be saying, “Praise God!” I found myself joining them after not too long. :^) It really does make you happy.

    Anyway Robin, to answer your question, yes, we are in the end times. In Matthew 24 Jesus tells us the signs. He does say that no one “knows the day nor the hour”, but He does tell us about how to tell and those things are happening. There are other books in the Bible too that talk about what will happen, like Daniel and Revelation. There’s a passage too that talks about how the whole world will turn against Israel, and that that is right near the end, and then Jesus comes back. I am sure there are a lot of Bible believing Christians that study these things and the church you mentioned sounds like they would. The Holy Spirit will guide you as you continue to read.

    Jesus said: “When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.” Jn. 16:13.

    How utterly amazing is that? That God would consider us His children and has given us His Spirit to guide us into the truth.

    “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” 1 Jn. 3:1.

    “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Lk. 12:32.

    Just stay involved with other Christians and keep your head in the Bible and your heart in constant prayer, just like you are doing, and He will keep you safe and teach you all you need to know.

    Yours in Christ Jesus,
    Margie

  91. Robin, Love you latest post. Yes, we are in the end times. There is no cause for fear or dread. “HE’s got the whole world in His hands.” Those of us who have righted our relationship with Him will be snatched away before the great judgement of God recorded in the Revelation. We are always looking for ways to connect with those who are outside the fold. Our young, single neighbor is one. She is holding us at arm’s length for now, but we are praying… God bless, keep up the good writing.

  92. jameschaucer says:

    Robin, I don’t usually comment on what I read in AT anymore because everyone else has already said what I have to say.

    But this is a big issue to me and, as a new christian, probably to you too.

    The first time I was hit hard by this was in 1988. There was a book, very persuasive, 88 reasons why Jesus will return in 1988 (or something like that). It was ‘disturbing’ to me. Clearly, we’re all still here.

    In 1999 it VERY much looked like the middle east was headed for the ‘Big One’. A year later the whole thing settled back down and here we are.

    Yes, there are a LOT of reasons to believe that the END truly is almost here. What you need to keep in mind is that 1) we are told that we won’t know the ‘day or the hour’. (of course that doesn’t preclude us from knowing the year and we could debate that back and forth to no conclusion either way) and 2) God is capable of changing the dynamics of peoples attitudes (willingness to die for a cause, etc) over night. He can change our national view on spending and electing scoundrels into office. In short, if God decides that we’re still a hundred years early, things will settle out and life will go on.

    God, our God, the Real God, really IS in charge. It doesn’t look that way a lot of times but He is.

    I say all this because I don’t want you to lose sleep at night wondering ‘if’ all the time.

    Now, this doesn’t mean that you can’t begin to make some reasonable preparations just in case. Reasonable means investing a small portion of your monies/income in things that can help you avoid the unpleasantness that would accompany such times.

    Unreasonable is to sell everything and move to Alaska because, if you’re wrong, you’ve destroyed your future and God is not about that.

    It is said that in 999 there was an intense feeling that Jesus would return in 1000. That year the farmers stopped farming. The next year a terrible famine occurred. Let’s not stop doing our daily work because of something that we think might happen tomorrow.

    Finally, most importantly, I have noted that many–maybe most–American Christians actually have a fear of heaven. Unstated is the concept that we’re going to be ‘bored’ in heaven. ‘Only the Good Die Young’ is a great song by Billy Joel but totally incorrect in its presumptions.

    Heaven is going to KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF. It is Disneyland on massive mega-doses of steroids (metaphorically speaking of course). We are going to have jobs to do and work to complete but the jobs will be doing things that we absolutely LOVE doing, would do as a hobby because we love it and are good at it and, because there are no time-tables, no deadlines, we can take as long as we want to complete them.

    If we knew, now, what heaven was going to be like we’d all be ready to go, now, and leave all our ‘so-called’ treasures behind.

    So, Robin-of-Berkeley, don’t fear the future, don’t fear going to heaven because what is waiting for Robin-of-Paradise is literally un-believable and probably incomprehensible to you now in your present body.

    The future is amazing, only the present is sad and it is sad that we don’t comprehend how amazing our future is.

  93. cdrdanhurley says:

    Robin, I really like your columns! This one really hit home. I don’t know if we are at the end times…but the thought has definitely entered my head.
    I am so glad you are righting your relationship with God. Since you are listening the Catholic radio (which I do, regularly), check out EWTN on your cable TV – hopefully you have it on your provider. Also, have you considered becoming Catholic? Please give it some thought, and God bless you!

  94. esapronetti says:

    The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2 …now is the day of salvation.

    Also, those who say “No Man knows the day of the Lord’s return” are correct, however, Jesus himself said that, when we see signs of the end times, we will know his return is soon. See Matthew 24:32.

    I think the Lord did not want us to know that exact time, because then we would give up doing what he has called us Christians here to do: share the Light of the Truth of the Gospel: Jesus Christ.

    Your brother in Christ,
    -Eric

  95. devoted says:

    Dear Robin, I so enjoy your articles, my liberal sister lives in Berkeley. I used to be, a bit of a Marxist (went to Woodstock) then in the `80′s became conservative (worked in the RR White House). Now, living in Chicago, just last year began to attend the Moody Bible Church….which, believe me, is a brand new bag. Previous to that, I thought demons quaint and was too cool for Jesus. Perhaps because my socially prominent protestant church was so dull, never any mention of good and evil – everything was a mishmash of relativism; I began to listen to Christian (the non-phony kind) radio stations. Thus, am now reading the Bible, which is becoming very much alive; (skip Leviticus). The “Passion of the Christ” is well researched and important to watch if one is new to this sort of thing. The Gospel of John is an amazing read, John was an eye-witness at the crucifixion and also saw Jesus on that critical Sunday after that miserable Friday. The Jews and the Christians are more alike than they think; we are all of us fallen and only by God’s grace (the Triune God) do we find salvation. Weird huh? Still at the point where I don’t talk about this too much but am finding that the Biblical message is far superior to any on earth.
    Thank you for your thoughts and your strength, wish my liberal sister read you too.
    Best – a friend.

  96. ps2 says:

    I indeed believe we are living in the Days written about by the Old Testament Jewish Prophets and spoken of often by Yeshua/Jesus.

    I hope you find the below linked sites helpful.
    http://prophecytoday.com/html/weekly.php

    http://isralestine-blog.blogspot.com/

    http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-radio/bio.php?showid=20

    http://www.olivetreeviews.org/radio/mp3/

  97. clarissa says:

    As a follow-up to my previous comment, Pastor Greg Laurie (can be found at oneplace.com) is currently teaching on the Biblical subject of the endtimes. I just stumbled on his latest message a short while ago. A lot of the radio pastors are giving similar teaching in recent months.

  98. Will D says:

    As the scripture says, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. ” Matthew 24:36

    However, we could be witnessing the end of the world as WE know it. With the West (i.e. Europe and the USA) in decline, and the East (China and India) on the rise economically, we may see a ‘new’ world which is not eurocentric, as it has been the last 500 years. Also, the decline of the Judeo-Christian West is fueling the rise of an aggressive Islamic resurgence, which poses a grave threat to religious freedom throughout the world.

    If the end is near, then our relationship with God is THE most important relationship we can focus on. As the Lord said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

    However, we must be patient and have faith for God is in control.

  99. BookemDanno says:

    Your columns are the best. Bless you. Glenn Beck says the same thing – take the 40 day challenge! What are we waiting for indeed…….

  100. Lauri says:

    Hi, Robin,

    I just wanted to let you know that, for Christians, the resurrection of Jesus Christ ushered in the “End Times”. I think what you are looking for is information about the end of time, which means for Christians the return of Christ in glory. That is something no human can claim to know.

  101. parteagirl says:

    Robin, what a joy to read your articles! Because I “righted my relationship with God” at a very early age, it’s easy for me to loose sight of how amazing grace really is. So hearing about your recent spiritual journey “restores unto me the joy of Thy salvation”. (Psalms 51:12) Thank you for sharing it with us!

    I agree whole-heartedly with your conclusion: getting right with God is the single most important thing a person can do. There are two things that will last forever- the Word of God (Isaiah 40:8), and the souls of man (Hebrews 9:27). Bringing the two together, so that a right relationship with God is the result, is, I feel, the best use of my earthly time.

    There are two theological things that I would like to address in your article. First is the doctrine of salvation as I understand it based on my study of scripture.

    “For by GRACE you have been saved through faith; and not that of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9 See also Galations 2:16).

    The good news about salvation is that there is nothing we can do to earn it. It is a gift. The even more amazing thing about salvation is that there is nothing we can do to loose it. Think about it. IF there was something you could do to earn it, there would be something you could do to loose it- because it would then be contingent upon our behavior. But it isn’t. That’s God’s grace. Salvation depends solely upon Who God is and what He has done, not on what we have done (thank goodness!) There are only two responses possible to this extended gift of grace: rejection or acceptance. Receiving the gift is an act of faith. “For by GRACE (God’s gift) you have been saved through FAITH (our response).

    The part that gets confusing for some, is the difference between salvation and sanctification. Salvation is the point in time we receive the gift of God’s grace and His Holy Spirit comes to indwell us. (Acts 2:38) When Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of man, it was for all sins of all man for all time. Done. Complete. “It is finished”. He is not like a Heavenly pez dispenser, dolling out forgiveness every time we ask for it. When we ask for His forgiveness for something we have done, it is for something He already did long ago, making us “right with God” by His death. We are simply acknowledging our need for it once again.

    Salvation is what rights our relationship with God. Sanctification is what makes us stay right with God. It is the process of becoming more like Him, day by day, hour by hour, decision by decision. It, too, is only possible with God’s help and grace. (Romans 7:15-25)

    I like the metaphor of my life as a car. Once I receive the gift of salvation, He comes into my car and never leaves. (John 10:27,28) Sanctification is the process of putting Him in the driver’s seat (where I usually sit) and allowing Him to steer the car. I may take the steering wheel back many times a day, but I have learned that the more time I spend in the back seat, the better!

    Secondly, is the doctrine of eschatology. If we are in the End Times, which no one can know (Matthew 24:36) then all I have to say is HURRAY!!! This is nothing to fear or dread for those of us who know and love God. The more I learn about Heaven, the more homesick for it I become. (I love the book about Heaven called “The Bema” by Timothy Stevenson.) Praise God this earth and this life is not all there is! How sad if it were!

    That’s where I think a lot of liberals live, with the idea that “this is it”. This earth, this life. That’s why to a liberal, instead of simply being good stewards of a temporary Earth that will one day be destroyed and replaced with something beyond our wildest dreams (Rev. 21:1) environmentalism becomes a life and death issue. That’s why, because Heaven is only an imaginary place created to comfort the bereaved, “heaven” must be made to happen here and now, on Earth. (There’s even a documentary entitled “Heaven on Earth” about the attempts of socialism to create one). The futility of it makes me have the same reaction that the priest had- sorrow. That’s why I feel a sense of urgency to wake up as many souls as possible while I’m here. And that’s why I believe that the answer to our political problems are really spiritual ones. Our Founding Fathers had that part figured out.

    “If My people, who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

    What a promise! Let’s do it!

  102. wingmann says:

    Robin, the answer to your question can be found in the Bible, in Matthew 24:36 – “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

    As a friend of my said to me recently, regarding the current events in the U.S., and around the world: “We’d better be sure that our spirtual roof is thatched.”

  103. Redgrandma says:

    There have been people predicting the “end of days” for centuries. Perhaps they were just warnings to change our behavior but as some of your friends say, it is not possible to know.

    A spiritual awakening is an immensely powerful gift and one that, sadly, does not happen for everyone. You are blessed to have had one and we are blessed that you have shared it with us. I began to awaken 11 years ago when I took some actions to drastically alter my behavior and life. Since then I have come back to the religion of my childhood, which happens to be Catholicism. What sounded to me like a lot of blah, blah, blah when I was young; and which I arrogantly rejected as anti-inellectual superstion as a young adult, I now embrace with an open mind and heart. As they often say about adult childrens’ attitudes toward their parents, I am amazed and humbled by how profoundly wise the priests in my church have become over the years.

    You can counter the fear of what might be by continuing writing, which may be your God given mission — to reach out and bring wonderful insights to an eager audience. That will surely help you as it helps us.

  104. Chris Vosburg says:

    Robin writes: I post all comments received, aside from personal threats or attacks.

    If that were true, Robin, it would simply not be the case that comments here are alomst unaminously laudatory of your writing (unlike blogs which do not scrub dissent). Likewise, at The American Thinker, an entire team of moderators is tasked with the pesky business of deleting dissenting opinion.

    Since you don’t see a distinction between dissent and “personal threats or attacks”, perhaps your readers might be a better judge of this– please let them read dissenting commentary and make up their own minds.

    • Robin says:

      Chris,

      This isn’t true. If you read through the comments section, you will find dissenting point of view. There is often a spirited conversation among myself and my readers with that person.

      There is, in fact, quite a bit of disagreement going on right now, regarding the topic at hand, “Are we in the end times?” Some people say yes, others no. But people are expressing disagreement in a respectful way and sticking to the topic, not getting personal about it.

      However, most progressives are unable to write a comment on the material at hand without resorting to a personal threat or an obscenity or an attempt to degrade me or my readers. This is sad, and shows the inability of most progressives to defend their arguments.

      My blog is intended as a place to share insights and information, as well as the offering of simple kindness in a very dark and angry world.

      I will allow dissenting opinion if the dissenters’ intentions are honorable. If they simply want to start a fight on my blog, then I don’t allow it. This is a civilized blog, and I intend it to remain that way. There are plenty of blogs and websites out there should people want to fight with each other.

      Robin

      • Chris Vosburg says:

        That’s good hearing, Robin, My discipline is Anthropology, and I’m sure that if we combine the knowledge of human behavior you’ve acquired with what I’ve learned, much will be made clear.

  105. John West says:

    I get along fine without believing the myth of supernatural beings in charge of the back drop known as the universe … and it’s there what? for the likes of us?

    Do you have any idea how big the universe its and how many different gods are already assigned to have created it … and who is to say which is real and which is false?

    I like your point of view Robin, but the magic has no real part in it lest we be more like the Islamists who assign their everything to the mystical and invisible god.

    The invisible has much in common with the non-existent.

  106. OraRae says:

    Robin:
    It was a chore to try to get logged in on Word Press but I’m here. I love your columns in American Thinker and they are my first choice to read. Since you are not to familiar with the subject of “end times” let me give you some things to read or listen to. Joel Rosenberg wrote a great book, “Epicenter” besides many novels. They are no waste of time. A web site that I enjoy podcasting is http://www.olivetreeviews.org. Jan Markel is a Christian Jew and is full of information about Israel and the ending of the age. Of course no one knows if it will take another century or another year but we know who is in control.
    Ora Rae Ottmar
    Walla Walla, WA

  107. rehinger says:

    I am not so quick to doom the earth and its inhabitants. Are we living in troubled times? Absolutely. Are there great contentions and despair in the world? Sure. Are we in the End Times? Undeniably. But this is all part of the plan.

    It’s easy to get dragged down by what we see and hear around us. However, I think there is much that we should be grateful for. There are still those of us upon this great earth who are good, honest, considerate people trying to do what’s right. We been blessed to live in a time of great prosperity and knowledge compared to several previous millenia before us. There are still families out there that love their children, teach and uphold values, and look for ways to serve others.

    With that being said, now, more than ever before, is a time for us to make our relation with God “right”. If our relationship with God is right, we have no need to fear. He has a perfect love for us, He will guide us and instruct us according to His will and ultimately protect us.

    I am troubled by what I see happening in the world because, similar to Cardinal O’Connor’s reaction, I see people falling short of the potential that God would have them achieve. Ultimately, I am, however, optimistic about my life, my family, and my country. Why? Because I trust God. He knows me and each one of us individually and is aware of our needs. God wants us to succeed. He is rooting for us. When He is on our side, how can we lose?

  108. The Graeme says:

    Christians believe that one of the end signs is the conversation of Jewish people to Christianity. I thought you’d enjoy that little tidbit!

  109. Truth Unites... and Divides says:

    “So I ask again: are we in the End Times? Given that I am new to all of this and had never even heard this phrase until recently, the prospect fills me with fear and dread.”

    Hi Robin,

    1st time commenter. (I’ve read maybe 10 articles or so on AT and have been tremendously impressed and blessed.)

    I think your question is entirely appropriate and justified. In fact, I wrestle with the very same question myself. The question and the speculative answers impact what I do for a living.

    Sigh. A really heavy and disturbed sigh. I trust God… and yet my heart is still heavy with concern.

    Dilemma. I don’t want to be a scaremonger, a Chicken Little crying that the sky is falling, a doomsday conspiracy nut, a gloomy pessimist. I don’t want to be any of those things!!

    But at the same time, I don’t want to be guilty of ignoring God’s grace and graciousness in giving us more time to prepare ourselves and to prepare others. Am I called to be a watchman? Am I called to be a Paul Revere? Am I even called to be a John the Baptist?! (“Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at hand.”) Am I called to be like Noah (and build a metaphorical ark amidst scorn and mockery)?

    The ambivalence is hurting me. I don’t want to be a nut, but I don’t want to ignore God’s merciful signs either.

    Anyways, your approach as of now is the one I’m pursuing as well. I’m submitting myself to God’s biblical love and direction. I.e., Deny myself and take up the cross. Laboring mightily for my family and friend’s eternal salvation. And then pray (and prepare) for His provision during potential physical privation.

    What else can you do?

    Much thanks for your article. And God bless.

    • Philip France says:

      I once again applaud Robin for attracting so many beautiful souls to her thoughts and insights that ar so eloquently expressed. This is “psychological nudity” that even my esteemed intellectual hero, Dr. Michael Savage, Ph.D. cannot touch.

      I have read Robin’s article and have read reader comments to this point but I must retire for the evening because I am tired (and I am anxious to finish off te final chapters of a great book that I have been immersed in and one in which I am obligated to return to my friend that loaned it to me – btw, the book is entitiled “God’s Arms Around Us” by one, William Moule. It was loaned to me by his granddaughter and it is an exciting and insightful read).

      I have come to admire a great many of Robin’s readers and commentators to her articles, most significanly River, Jib and Norcalagal but I love and admire all of you. Along with Robin, you all inspire me.

      As an amatuer, but accomplished student of God’s Holy Word, most of you are all very close to the mark. I find a major or minor flaw in nearly every comment, but I do not claim to have cornered the market on Biblical wisdom and understanding.

      I will say this: the readers that have commented that no one knows when the “end of times” will come are correct. The Bible’s prophecy for this is most clearly stated in the Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, toward the end of chapter four. It is clear and concise. The “end of times” takes up again in chapter two of II Thessalonians and there will be a blood-bath of epic proportions. Those that believed on Christ will have been gathered together unto Christ, our Savior by then. The earth will have been emptied of those that have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord.

      After the events of II Thessalonians has transpired, the events of the Book of Revelation commence. Much of the early chapters of Revelation are difficult to understand and require a mastery of the Old Testament, particularly the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel (a claim that I do not as yet hold).

      Chapters 19-22 of the Book of Revelation, however, are not that hard to understand. Many readers thus far have accepted the Biblical admonition to “be prepared” or to “be ready”. There WILL be a “new heaven and a new earth”, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

      Please read these final four chapters of God’s word. You will find that every human being that has ever lived will be given another chance to accept Christ Jesus as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”, thus fulfilling the prophecy that “unto him every knee shall bow”.

      Lastly, based on my many years of intense research and study, I have concluded that The Bible is a love story: The story of the love that our Creator has for His creation. Christ Jesus is the hero of the story: the entire Bible is about him and his place as the redeemer of mankind from his position of dominion over God’s creation (Genesis chapter 2) and his reconciliation of mankind to its rightful place as heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ Jesus for all eternity.

      May our Almighty God, Divine Creator of the heavens and the earth and our merciful and gracious Heavenly Father grant us peace in the knowledge of Him and of his son, our Lord and Savior. May our dear Father especially bless Robin of Berkeley and her magnificent following of readers/commentators with rewards in both the here-and-now, but also throughout eternity.

      Wishing a wonderful weekend of blessings to one and all,

      PMF

  110. Higgsboson0754 says:

    Are we at the End of days? Well, that is a mixed blessing isn’t it? In order for The Risen Christ to return, we must go through the hardships detailed in Revelations. Ergo, after we endure the four horsemen before the Salvation of the World will return in His glory!
    Am I scared for myself and my family, yes. Do I have any way to stop, speed up or even know the “end date”? Absolutely not. I do pray for others, that God may grant mercy to us all in the End Days, but I also pray that He return. You can’t have one without the other.

    Live in the world as if only God and your soul were alone in it. Then your heart will never be made captive by anything earthly thing.

    – St. John of the Cross

  111. Sam Adams says:

    “Are we coming to the end of time, at least the end of humankind? Of course, there are many disturbing signs.”

    Simply put…”no.” Our Heavenly Father created this world for us. He is in control and knows the end from the beginning. The world is in great upheaval right now, and it looks like conditions are moving towards the eventual return of his son, Jesus Christ. However, no one knows the exact date or hour of his return, and events leading up to his return will look bad and chaotic.

    Two thoughts, though. First, the only safety is in personal righteousness. We must walk each day as Christians, living the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the best of our ability and knowledge. God hears and answers the prayers of the righteous and is concerned about each of us personally. It is very clear, Robin, that your Heavenly Father is leading you in your new life. He loves you.

    Second, whether we are in the end of times or not ultimately matters little. Each of us are only a few decades away from our own personal meeting with The Master. We can either look forward to that meeting, knowing that he will take us into his arms and thank us for following him, or we can hope to have the mountains fall upon to hide our sins, knowing that we deserve the wrath of a just God whom we have offended by our actions. How we look forward to that meeting says much about how we are conducting our lives.

  112. jib says:

    Robin

    We’ve been in the end times, although most are unaware, since the First World War but yes things do appear to be accelerating. Hands down the best work I have read or listened to on this subject is by Dr Fruchtenbaum from Ariel Ministries. He is a very faithful expositor of God’s word and doesn’t always agree with folks like LaHaye or Ice (both also really good writers). For those new to the subject of prophecy you might want to get the smaller book of Messianic Christianity which covers the 100 or so prophecies that were exactly fulfilled by Christ’s first coming. Footsteps of the Messiah is the second book and covers the rest of end times prophecy. Conveniently it also has a study guide. Much of what is written in Footsteps can be purchased to listen to from his bundled series on The Jews in Prophecy. It can be hard to listen to them since they are of secondary quality at times (personal opinion).

    This country is teetering on the edge and Genesis 12 still holds. Much of what our leadership does in the near future regarding Israel is going to determine our fate. McKernan, although I don’t agree with some of what he writes in the later half of his book, has a fascinating book called As America has done to Israel. Links things like Katrina and our meddling in the negative with Israel together and the evidence at times for these links is quite compelling, a couple of times I think he’s reaching. I would note that I don’t believe there will necessarily be a revival in America or the church because Paul makes it quite clear that the end times church will be apostate by and large and we see that already.

  113. OldSeabee says:

    Dear Robin, This column reminds me of a statement made 40 years ago by a priest, ” The Lord God has won the victory over Satan’s rebellion; all we humans need do is to pick which side we are on.” In your therapy work, you should read the Book of Proverbs, which is a collecton of thoughts concerning human nature, and alll of Paul’s letters which talk about the supernatural nature of the war being waged against all of God’s creation. I am glad for you that you are responding to the knock on your door.

  114. sg says:

    Everyone from the apostles to Luther and Calvin thought that the end was imminent. So do I [as measured in decades] but we should carry on as if the world will go on forever.

  115. Charlie Foxtrot says:

    Ms. Robin or Dr. Robin(not sure of the proper honorific)
    Having read your bits on American Thinker, and commenting on a few, this old Devil Dog is in agreement that it is not the right here and right now that we must be concerned with, but with eternity. And unfortunately, it takes sometimes, God to hit us very hard, as a loving Father, in order to get our hardheaded attention. He did that with me, and obviously He has done that with you. So in my own humble opinion, the best that we can do, is to do our best every day to live as He has shown us, and then get up and try again tomorrow. And you do, in your writings, help me a little on that road. Thank you. God bless you. Semper Fidelis

  116. Gail Keller says:

    It will help to get some historical perspective. I fall in the camp of might be, might just be a time of suffering for the US. But we know from the Bible and history that God never leaves His people without a remnant; that is, until He returns there will be a faithful church – sometimes invisible, but worshipping Him. You have the right position – it is time for Christians to in love warn Americans and everyone that they need to get right with the true God who exists, and has reached down to bring us back to Him. Time to pray and to speak. May God be praised!

  117. apnep says:

    Robin,
    Just so you know, we have been in end times since Jesus left. I know it feels like the world is caving in all around us, but people have survived many wars, death, destruction, and chaos throughout the course of both ancient and modern history. Remember, that in the bible, in both old and new testaments, people are always turning away from God, it’s the nature of humanity because we are not perfect, yet we always return to him. Perhaps this is our nation’s awaking to return to the values from which it was founded?

    No one knows the day or the hour when Jesus will make his return, but rather than focus on what seems hopeless, place that hope and trust in God, cast your worries on him, and always keep him in the center of your life. That is his message. I truly believe that our country will return to it’s former glory, it’s citizens will see to it. God bless America!

  118. rlr says:

    Robin,
    I agree that we all need to “right our relationship with God”. The question is how do we do that? The only way to God is knowing and believing Jesus Christ as Saviour as revealed in His Word the Bible. Jesus states in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” I say this because in James 2:19 it states: “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” It’s not just believing God that makes our relationship right, it is as Acts 16:31 states: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” Our God is gracious and merciful not willing any should perish as John 3:16 states: “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son into the world, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

    Yes the end times are coming! When? No one knows not even the Son as Matthew 24:36 states “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” However, we can have peace because of what Jesus has done, we knows who wins. Revelation 19:11-16 Reveals that Christ wins! Hallelujah!

    I keep praying that the Lord have mercy on our sinful nation and send His Spirit of revival to renew us and restore us to repentance and faith in Him, because I do know He is willing that none should perish and is ever merciful and gracious, but His character of holiness demands judgment and I know if America does not turn we will be judged. He did not spare His chosen people and He won’t spare us.

  119. Hondo814 says:

    Sorry I meant to say Randall Wallace, not Richard Wallace

  120. Hondo814 says:

    It is wonderful that so many are speaking out to pray and get right with your relationship with God. From Glenn Beck’s 8/28, to Robin of Berkley, every day people are witnessing to turning to God to help this nation. I recently picked up an old book called Shaping history through prayer & fasting written by Derek Prince. It was written in 1973. In it he refers to God’s Promise how ten righteous persons can preserve a community of ten thousand.

    Another witness was Richard Wallace who spoke at the National Day of Prayer at the white house. Wow it is absolutely great and well worth your time to watch. It is long around 45 mins, but very enjoyable and he ends it with the most eloquent call to prayer I have ever heard. Both my husband and I with tears in our eyes looked at each other and said WOW WOW.

    here’s the link http://www.breitbart.tv/braveheart-screenwriter-randall-wallace-at-national-prayer-breakfast/

  121. Attila says:

    Hey Robin:

    I am not a Biblical scholar by any means but I would urge check out Ezekiel 38 and 39 for some background on the End Times prophecy. Matthew 24 is a passage where Jesus himself talks about what will be happing before the end times.
    I would recommend reading them and drawing your own conclusions as to what is going on.

    Respectfully:
    Attila

  122. Larry says:

    Robin,
    After reading your piece today, I happened to glance at the church bulletin for this Sunday and saw that the collect was something you might like: “Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who care for us: Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal and which you have manifested to us in your son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”
    As for the afterlife, have you ever come across these words by Carl Jung, who had several near-death experiences? “What happens to us when we die is so unspeakably glorious that our imagination and feelings don’t combine to form even an approximate conception of it.”

  123. Attila says:

    Hey Robin:

  124. alexgraves says:

    Robin, it should be clear now, after your epiphany, that Catholicism is for mature minds. That there is and has been an attack on Catholicism and Christianity in general goes hand in hand with the general decline in life in the west. By abdicating belief in God and assuming we can control the world has led us to a continuing crisis, which will escalate. It is by God’s grace that we finally mature and come to our senses, as did Paul when Christ appeared to him. The children are running things in the west and the return to God will be shocking, similar to waking up from a nightmare. There are too many problems to be dealt with individually, it will take a general exhaustion of egos and subsequent coming to our senses. Alex

  125. Brother Kevin says:

    Robin,
    If you enjoy Catholic radio, you might also enjoy listening to Father Corapi. He has audio CD’s that are nice to listen to while driving.

    There are also videos from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen floating around that are very illuminating. Bishop Sheen had a television show back in the 50′s when I was growing up in Buffalo, NY. It was a televised catechism class, but he made the subject matter very interesting!

  126. clarissa says:

    Robin, I love hearing the perspective you bring both to Spiritual things and to all things political. I grew up in a loving, Christian home in the midwest, where there’s practically a church on every corner. I didn’t meet anyone who didn’t believe in God until I was about 20–I was that sheltered! Eleven years ago our family moved to the East coast and it’s been eye-opening to see the extensive lack of God and religion here. So I love your perspective for two reasons: it’s so different than my own–and oddly I always have a little envy for new believers for whom the ‘light goes on’ cuz my light went on at such a young age–and also your journey helps me understand those around me who are where you were not long ago.

    About the end times, the Bible teaches us to be ready at all times for the Second–and final–coming of Christ. There are numerous, different viewpoints of how this will happen and a college class probably wouldn’t even plumb the depths of Scripture on the subject. I guess I try to remember that one of two things is going to happen to each of us: either death or the Second Coming. The only thing unknown is which will happen first! Eph 2:8-10 speaks to your thoughts in this article and the role we who know the Lord are called to play in this life.

  127. econ1776 says:

    Yes, we are living in the last days of the spiritual epoch. The Bible says that and promises the 2nd coming–no doubts. But the real questions, are the ones you pose in your last sentence. Do we have the right relationship with God?–e.g., accepting Jesus as our savior and Lord. If we have, we can live in an everyday renewal of fellowship, love, peace, and faith with God and his believers. If we haven’t, woe and more woe.

    Yes, it’s challenging times for the country, but my hopes are restored by the liberty-loving thinkers and activists I read on AT and other sites. There are great movements of renewal developing in our world; movements that are spiritual, political, and material.

    Of course, there is vigorous opposition to any good thing. The story of Demetrius the silversmith in Acts 19 comes to mind. Demetrius is a silversmith who makes religious shrines of Diana. He worries that Paul’s success with the Gospel will curtail his business, so he rallies the masses against the Paul and the Gospel. It’s a dangerous situation for a while.

    But we have the promise of victory. God wants us each free and at liberty to exercise the gifts and talents he gave us.

  128. I’ve never been an “end times”-focused person in my faith. But I freely admit that over the past year, and especially the past few months and weeks I’ve begun to seriously think that we might be in them. The daily news chillingly seems to follow Biblical prophesies more and more closely. The only unknown, for me, is God’s timing. What might be weeks for Him may turn out to be decades for us. (Hope I said that clearly.)

    Back during the summer I became curious about the “Left Behind” series; I remember at the time those books were coming out that several people I knew or worked with were reading them. I borrowed the whole set from a friend and read them all in a row. I enjoyed them, and found that with my newly re-discovered and growing relationship with God that they weren’t at all ‘scary.’ I found them to be comforting, in a way, as I know without any doubt whatsoever, that I will be in the first group taken up.

    But I also know that there is still work to be done here and now. I haven’t given up on America. What an awesome challenge to try to right this country, after the decades of damage the left has done, and the acceleration of harm that they are doing as we speak. To stop the left is not the biggest problem though. The most daunting task will be to make millions of American citizens understand and assist with the cutting back on spending that will have to take place. The mass temper tantrum being thrown in Wisconsin is just a sample of what we will see once a true courageous conservative is elected president, and begins to try to correct the path our country has been on. All those tens of millions of people who were willing to vote in as president a man whom they knew nothing about are the ones who will be the problem.

  129. Ken77 says:

    Robin,

    First let me say that I am inspired by your spiritual walk. Thank you for sharing.

    I am one of those who believe that you cannot know when the end is near. The Bible tells us to stay vigilant and be prepared. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 says, “For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.” But, as you have found, even people of faith disagree on this issue.

    And I too sometimes get caught up in the troubles of this world, but I don’t want you to continue to have “fear and dread”. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

    Stay strong and try to walk the good walk.

    Ken

  130. beniyyar says:

    No doubt there is a change coming, a new paradigm for the world.
    God has promised never to destroy humanity again, after the Deluge of Noah’s generation. I am a believing Jew so I will take God at his Word.
    The turmoil in the Middle East is frightening and could well be catastrophic for the entire world because chaos could reign for years in the Mediterranean basin and spread to the rest of the Arab world.
    There is nothing that the West can do to influence these events either.
    I am older now and I have learned that God has his own way of guiding events, His own way of making them turn out, usually in ways that are not as bad as we fear but almost never as good we would like.
    Pardon the cliche, but keep the Faith.

  131. lovetoread62 says:

    You are right, Robin. I’ve felt that we were near the end times since Obama was elected. Since you are unfamiliar with this topic (it’s called eschatology), I recommend reading raptureready.com. I’ve been reading it for 2 years now. They clearly explain what the end times mean and cover all of the Biblical prophecies that relate to it.

  132. Anne says:

    Yes, Robin, we are in the End Times. We don’t know the day or the hour but we are commanded by God to know the signs. One sign is that right is wrong and wrong is right. How else do we explain why so many otherwise intelligent people think that abortion could be a good thing? Or that the government taking money from industrious people and giving it to lazy people is a good thing? Or that our free enterprise system which has served America so well for over 200 years must be abandoned to socialism which has never had even one success? It is definitely time to get right with God and especially Jesus, who is our redeemer and guarantees our eternity in heaven if we will just call on Him.

  133. fedwrkrbee says:

    Robin, I would suggest you read Matthew Chapter 24. The Chapter is Jesus discussing this very subject with his disciples. He says that all the things that are happening today were prophesized, but only His father knows the end of time as we know it. It will not be an easy time, but if we remain faithful until the end, then we will be greatly rewarded. I still wrestle with whether God will make the earth new again for the faithful, or whether we will live with Him in heaven. It makes sense to me that God would just recreate our home, but I don’t know the mind of Him, and I don’t even deem to try.

    Just stay strong. To everything there is a purpose. I had lost my way for many years, didn’t even pray anymore. Then Obama was elected. My soul could feel the evil within him, so I turned back to God and my faith. I am so much more at peace now then I have been in 30 years.

  134. Klaire says:

    Robin I remember reading and commenting, on one of your earlier articles when you went to midnight mass at a Catholic Church. I was thrilled that you were so open and knew then that the Holy Spirit would lead you well!

    Needless to say, I’m not surprised that you are now turning into Catholic radio, the mass, and the rosary. Did you know that if you listen to the gospels of the Catholic mass every day for a year, you will hear (based on CC teaching), EVERYTHING necessary for salvation in those gospels? If only on Sundays, it will take 3 years, then the gospels repeat.

    As for end times, it’s important to be very careful on this topic, as Jesus tells us in Scripture that NO ONE will know the time or the day. Based on that, it’s a bit presumptuous for any of us to think we know, as that would make us know more than God allows us to know.

    That said, there certainly are prophetic signs, but one of the big ones, is that the Jews have to convert. I would say until you see that happen, no chance! The bottom line, which you sort of address in between your lines, is that we are ALL in end times. Personally, I find it’s not a good use of my time to get too focused on end times, when that same energy could be put to better use focusing on MY end times and my own “spiritual cleanup.” What we know for sure is that NO ONE has escaped death, consequently, the only “end time” that should be have concern is our own!

    That said, it certainly wouldn’t suprise me if America is in “end times”, at least, “As we know it.” Our merciful God usually gives us what we need (for salvation), which is why a painful wake up call to America wouldn’t suprise me. For the most part, we have become a sinful and entitled nation. We kills our babies, are addicted to porn, think little of adulterous affairs or casual sex, and worship about everything except God. Even many who call themselves Christians are ‘Christians’ without a cross, (meaning at the first sign of suffering or sacrifice, they’re out, anything but Christian), which is why the big “feel good, no cross” churches are becoming more and more popular.

    God Bless you Robin. I remind you once again how beautifully God is using you to teach many; a gift He gives to all who are open to Him in truth.

  135. Al says:

    Robin,
    Thoughtful and thought provoking as always. It’s not the “End of Time”, but there are major stresses and changes coming. And I agree, God’s hand is in all of this.
    Al

  136. Roberto says:

    I know I just got a chill. The true sign of the Apocalypse is when everyone starts sounding like Glenn Beck.

  137. bonnie says:

    We may not know the day or the hour, but we know it will come, and, as Matthew 25 warns us, we are to be ready.

    Certainly, we are at a time when some of those signs we are to watch for seem more plausible than any other time in history. I have noticed more mainstream ministers speaking on the end times than I have ever before. We cannot know for sure, but we are to be ready, regardless. Those proclaiming that “it can’t happen now” are as foolish as those proclaiming they know exactly when it will happen.

    As the boy scouts used to say, “Be prepared.” If you are prepared, there is nothing to fear.

  138. SteveLohr says:

    Robin-You raise an excellent point: God wants us to get into a “right relationship” with Him. That is one of the major themes throughout the Old and New Testaments. He is determined to undo the divorce between Him and mankind. Because He loves us, He will use a variety of strategies to help bring us to that right relationship. But because He is Just, He will not indefinitely delay His Justice.
    As to your question on whether we will know when the end times begin- It seems to me that we will not know when they begin. In Matthew 24:36-39(NIV) it says: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. “ See also Mark 13:32.
    It seems to me that this is one of the strategies that God uses: He allows tribulation to fall on people, not as punishment, but to give them an opportunity to repent. For instance, in Exodus, He allowed a series of punishments to fall upon the Egyptians. Ultimately, some appear to have repented and joined the Israelites in their exodus. (Exodus 12:38). I suspect that this is the archetype for the coming great tribulation, that the misfortunes inflicted on mankind will bring in the final harvest of souls (See generally Revelation 7).
    For us believers, we must continue to fight the good fight, and try to remain or achieve that “right relationship” with God. By doing so we become a useful instrument to help bring our fellow men in the difficult times ahead. I personally believe that many unbelievers will realize that there is something wrong, but they need a “signpost” to help point them down the right path in during the end of days. We believers can,( if we have that right relationship with God) act as that signpost for our brothers and sisters. But this will only work if we have maintained that “right relationship” with Him.

  139. NotGodinKy says:

    Dear Robin,
    Kudos. It will be interesting to see the responses to this article.

    The Eleventh Step in A.A. states: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, seeking only knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.” Outcome based prayer is not at all suggested, contractual prayer is similarly void. The process is one of improving my consciousness of my God. Nothing more is required for me to continue to make spiritual progress.

    So it is that I start and end my day with prayer and some simple reading or two and in between time, whenever I am aware of gratitude or aware of distress, simply state, “Thank you, God.” It is all I can do. It is enough.

    God is near,
    Marion

  140. elmer says:

    Thank you, we should all be encouraging people to right their relationship with God. Its starts with a broken can contrite heart , 2 things that the Lord loves. Myles Monroe gave a sermon at a conference back in June of 09 on the kingdom of God. Speaks of our relationship to God the father, his Kingship, and our position as children of God. Amen. There is so much that can be said. I also encourage you to try K-Love (christian radio )

  141. George Loomis says:

    I think the essential thing is that the larger the ego the further you are from God. The ego is the root of all of our fears and the larger the ego the more fear we have and hence we tend to harm our fellow human beings more. The Catholic church brings up ego occasionally but doesn’t necessarily link it the the stupid things we do to each other. This life that we are living along with all the other lives we are living are meant to be a learning experience to help us to get rid of our ego and thus end the world for us indiviually, because it will no longer have a use for us. You will not find that concept taught by the Catholic church, by the way. Less ego closer to God, more ego further from God.

  142. Gman27 says:

    Robin,
    Love your articles. Great to know another sister in the Lord. Eschatology, the study of end times, is quite fascinating so long as you don’t lose focus on WHO really matters. I recommend The Islamic Antichrist by Joel Richardson to get an overview of how different the Islamic version of the end times is compared to the Christian one. Joel Rosenberg is another good one.
    Recent events would lead one to believe the end is coming quickly and though we won’t know the exact hour Jesus did tell us we can tell by the signs/seasons.
    Keep the faith!!!

  143. forsuchatimeasthis says:

    Love your articles, very refreshing and they give me hope that all is not lost. Whether we are in the end times is probably a question no one can “really” answer but the Bible does tell us to watch. I have always found it interesting that when you investigate the book of Revelations the United States does not have a presence ( if anyone knows different please inform me) I am starting to believe that is because we will have no standing in the world due to our economic collapse. I just pray and hope that enough people wake up to stop the evil from destroying our country. I find it really hard to believe that people can be so blind. Just like the union people supporting the union bosses but then they scream about all the rich people, that just does not have any common sense logic to it..

  144. wodiej says:

    I agree that people need to get a right relationship with God but there is no best time. Any time is the right time. I don’t know if I believe this is the end times. Perhaps God is giving us a warning to get back on track or this is what will happen. At any rate, I choose to live my life with purpose and have faith that God will touch every living soul who believes in him to get behind someone like Gov. Palin who seems to be the only public leader willing to walk through the fire for Christ and our country. God Bless her.

  145. earl t. says:

    Robin:
    I have enjoyed your articles for some time and appreciate your viewpoint. As for this being the”End Times” I do believe that we are living in a time of shaking and also a time of harvest, meaning that things are now bearing fruit, both for good and evil. But in all of this we need to remember Jesus’s most frequent command “Do not be afraid!”

    • Deborah D says:

      Hey earl t. — Just wanted to share a favorite saying of mine: “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” How perfect is that? I believe that is very true.

  146. JMF says:

    You hit the nail on the head when you said that the most important thing is a right relationship with God, Robin. He is the safest, and surest thing we can hold on to. We live in a fallen world, and as Bruce said, the war between good and evil has constantly been waged on earth.

    The book of Revelation was written to Christians living at that time who were scattered, and were facing extreme persecution. Those Christians understood the symbolism John used when he wrote to them. The message for them, and for us today is that in the end, good will triumph over evil. So no matter what happens, even if we face persecution, if we are on God’s side, we will be victorious. But the ultimate victory is a spiritual one. Our nation could fall, and the world could end, but if we have a right relationship with God, our eternal souls will be saved through His Son who died for us and was raised from the dead, thereby conquering death.

    Our founders started out with the conviction that we as a nation put our trust in God. “In God We Trust”. God has blessed our nation abundantly. But look how far we’ve strayed from our original intent. Many have failed to guard against pride, and greed and have forgotten to acknowledge our Creator. Our society has become infused with drugs, immorality, corruption… when we forget God and go our own way, we destroy ourselves by our own devices.

    So now, in these most perilous times, and as always, God is the best refuge we have.

  147. River says:

    Excellent article, Robin. These are indeed the End Times. They’re fraught with danger, true; but fabulous opportunity as well. The prize is eternal life in joy. I know. I’ve experienced it. Anyone of us would gladly pay any price for it if we knew how good it is.

    We can – and must – adjust our fearful thinking by focusing on our relationship with God. All of us people of faith can learn to celebrate the end of a long nightmare, our alienation from God.

    “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Matthew 24:36

    In order for there to be “…a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1), the old heaven and earth must pass away. Good riddance!

  148. CS says:

    Robin,
    Here’s comfort, from AT: “Leaders Among Us,” by Peter Heckhttp://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/leaders_among_us.html
    CS

  149. norcalgal says:

    Hi Robin, Once again, a wonderful article! I too am questioning whether these are the end times or not. My hunch is that we’re being given a warning and an opportunity. I believe that what’s happening with the conservative movement in this country may be our salvation. The evil of the left is being exposed daily, Wisconsin is just the latest example.

    The positive thing about all of this is that people who have been sleeping are beginning to wake up. I’m reminded of what Tojo said after Pearl Harbor, “We have awakened a sleeping giant.” I think that’s the case here. Most people are not impressed by the left’s shenanigans and the more desperate the left becomes the more outrageous their behavior becomes.

    The stronger we on the right grow, the harder it will be for them to disguise the evils of their belief system. We are calling them out daily now, and you can see how things are escalating. I feel sorrow for those on the left who have been sold a bill of goods that has made them so miserable. There is only emptiness for those who have not found God, and the more they try to fill up that hole with politics or other things the bigger the hole becomes.

    I was a teenager in the late 70s and in those days we also thought the end times were coming, there was actually a book out that said it would come in 1986. Well, we’re still here, but I believe it’s because Ronald Reagan entered the scene. I believe he was sent from God to save us.

    Now we have a multitude of good conservative people who are willing to get out there and fight the good fight. I don’t remember a time in my life when being a conservative meant more to me. We are the revolutionaries of our times, we cannot give up the fight for our country and our souls.

    As a Christian since the age of 5, I am fortunate to not remember a time when I did not feel God walking with me. I have also felt the presence of evil, it always seems to come around me when I am in a weakened state, either physically or emotionally. As you become stronger in your faith you will recognize this as well. As soon as you start to experience weakness, Satan is there, trying to get in. It’s a constant battle.

    My mother gave me two very good pieces of advice, both of which were given to her by an older Christian woman who befriended her when she was a young mother. The first was to always look to God, not to people, because, as hard as they might try, they will always disappoint you, but God never will. The other saying is “sin always starts out as fun.” There were many times as a young woman that that one piece of advice saved me from making some major mistakes.

    I’m enjoying reading about your journey, it reaffirms my own faith, and my trust in other people. I’ve recently been fortunate enough to befriend another new conservative, and his passion has inspired me.

    Thanks Robin, I look forward to reading your next article.

  150. lucius says:

    Robin, I thank God that He has touched your heart and mind, and is showing you daily that He is the light and all else is darkness. Our God, ( and I mean the Father, Son and Holy Ghost) longs for a personal, intimate relationship with you. Please read the Bible, and speak to Him in prayer. If I may, I would also consider listening to Christian radio stations that teach directly from the bible. Calvary chapel, (calvarychapel.com), in Costa Mesa CA can probably hook you up with a station in your area. I also think you might like Ravi Zacharias (RZIM.org). Ravi is an Indian Christian appologist who resides in Atlanta. To hear Ravi’s preaching, ( 15 miutes at a pop), go to resources-just thinking-archive. Enjoy. Lucius.

  151. jr1421 says:

    Hey Robin,

    Enjoyed the article and was directed here from American Thinker. My interest was peaked when you said, “I decided to tune in and didn’t like what I heard, which was a woman talking about sin and hell. I wasn’t ready to hear anything like that.”

    I was raised and confirmed Catholic and have always struggled with the idea of “hell.” Don’t get me wrong, I still wear a crucifix around my neck. But I’ve always thought, doesn’t punishing souls for all of eternity seem a bit, human? I imagine my God to be a bit more benevolent, understanding, and forgiving (i.e., incapable of humanistic faults). What’s more, if hell exists, what does that say about the supposed jubilant souls in heaven? I’ve struggled with this issue for several years and I guess I just wanted to know what your take was. Sometimes I feel as though, if there is a hell, I’m not so sure I’d like there to be a heaven, if that makes sense. We are all infallible, and the moral among us strive to be forgiving and understanding. But if God cannot be, then what was the point of Jesus dying for our sins?

    • So Cal Jim says:

      jr1421,

      I believe the problem you have with the concept of Hell is that you have a fundamental but very widely held misunderstanding about its nature. Hell is NOT a place or state of being imposed BY God on wayward souls. Rather, if a person is “in Hell” they are there – or will be there – of their own choosing. This may be a very difficult idea to wrap your mind around. You might ask yourself, why would anyone “choose” Hell over Heaven? That’s a perfectly legitimate question but one with a deceptively simple answer. Hell is simply the name we put on our human understanding of the condition that a soul finds itself in when it has finally rejected God’s love and is therefore separated from him. Heaven is what we call the opposite condition – a soul, having accepted God’s love, finding itself in his presence.

      God gave us immortal souls and free will. Free will means exactly that – we are free to accept or reject God’s love. If we willfully reject him, we necessarily separate ourselves from him. But it’s not God who chooses. We do. He offers us eternity in his presence but he doesn’t force us to accept.

      I highly recommend you read a very short novel by C.S. Lewis called “The Great Divorce.” In it, Lewis beautifully articulates the Christian concept of Heaven and Hell and why people will willingly choose Hell over Heaven.

    • American Wisdom says:

      Hell is a place for those who have chosen to be against God. People are given free will. If someone chooses hell over heaven by either accepting or rejecting God, then it was his choice, not God’s. One needs to want to be forgiven in order to be forgiven, at least that’s the way I view it.

  152. Bruce O says:

    Robin, I just listened to you on Rusty Humphries. He’s the one that originally clued me in to you. It’s wonderful to witness your spiritual search and growth, even from a distance. I’m not a churchgoer, but I have a deep belief and faith in The Creator.
    You mentioned Spiritual Battle on the show. I am one who believes that todays American political warfare is just one front in the war between good and evil that is constantly waged here on earth.
    As for America being in it’s last days, don’t anyone believe it. The “awakening” that we witnessed, and that resulted in the historic Midterm elections, was just the first election cycle of many to come that will rescue our country from the soft tyranny of the Left.
    Robin is a product of that “awakening” and I do believe that there is a spiritual Hand guiding it.
    Pray as if only G-d can save our country, and work as if only you can.

  153. DaddyOh3 says:

    Help me out a bit…not sure who else to ask; when does the selfishness of the entitlement classes (public sector unions and welfare families) bring this great country of ours to it’s knees? I never thought that I would be witness to the death of the USofA…and I do pray I am wrong…but from what I see (or what I see reported) that light at the end of the tunnel is the train of doom. I served seven years in the Marines while Reagan was president…and I felt so good about this country and even respected our leaders for the most part Now… I can’t say that I trust any of them to do the right thing, the painful thing (save for Mitch Daniels, Gov. Walker and Christie) and I really fear that time is running out for all of us and that this country will collapse under the immense debt burden that has been building for so long. Just my little rant, and Robin, thanks for being a glimmer of hope in the darkness. Sorry for the little tirade.

    • Paul Hubert says:

      DaddyOh3,

      The REAL Ray of Hope is He who GAVE Robin (and so many others) HOPE. Lasting hope. I’m not saying you don’t know this, but IF you know this then you also know everything is COMPLETELY under control.

      May sound trite, but God IS in perfect control and Jesus is coming soon!

      The darker things look, the more we each need to look up!

      Paul

      “Isa – Jesus – Y’shua : TRUST Him”

      Jesus belongs to the world – and the world belongs to Him!

  154. Jeremy32 says:

    I agree, Robin.
    Our best days are certainly behind us.

    Jeremy

  155. tre says:

    ” I post all comments received, aside from personal threats or attacks.”

    You ain’t posted nuthin’ new in a while! If you don’t post a new article SOON ah’m gonna scream some violent rhetoric at cha!