Don’t Panic Chapter 1 – The Point of No Return

This is part 2 in a 14 part series entitled Don’t Panic – Survival Guide to the Apocalypse.  Full PDF Download available free here: Don’t Panic – Survival Guide

The Point of No Return

If the world seems to be following an apocalyptic film script, I think it is fairly safe to say you probably should read this with an open mind.

We are rapidly approaching the point of no return where humanity’s actions will tip the scales of God’s wrath.  Life as we know it will come crashing to a cataclysmic halt.  It will be a time of chaos, destruction, and confusion.  I am greatly burdened to write this for you, to show you what God has revealed.  I want you to know what will happen next… and how you can prepare.

Whether you like it or not, you have found yourself in the midst of an interdimensional battle between good and evil.  As in all battles, there will be casualties.  In this war, humans are the weakest players.  Amidst all the things you are able to see and sense, there is more going on in the spiritual realm!  Angels, demons, God, satan, Jesus Christ, Anti-Christ, true and false prophets – all real.  If “aliens” have shown up… they are not from other galaxies or universes – they are simply fallen angels from the spiritual dimension.  I’m not sure how much background knowledge you have about the Bible, but it’s probably a good idea to try to locate one and start reading it!

I will give a very, very brief overview here.

God is eternal.  He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and ever-present.  God exists outside of time.  He is able to see things from this unique perspective, as if they are pages in a book.  He can flip to any page He desires, which is how He can know the end before the story even begins.  He wrote the book!  The Bible is His story of the world as we know it – its’ creation, its’ fall, its’ redemption, and it’s ending.

Which brings us to our story.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Why?  Because He’s creative.  As part of this creation, God chose to create a heavenly host of angelic beings to serve Him.  These spirit beings have supernatural powers, such as being able to move in and out of physical dimensions.  As spirits, they can appear in different forms.  At the top of the angelic creation was an “anointed cherub” named Lucifer.  In his heart, he wanted to be as God.  He was not content to serve, but wanted to be served.  He initiated a rebellion against God, taking with him one third of the heavenly host.  These were cast down from heaven (the spiritual heaven where God dwells) onto the earth (atmospheric heaven).   Lucifer, also known as “the satan”, “the dragon”, “the accuser”, and “the devil”, has been working hard to deceive humanity ever since.

Which brings us to humanity.  As part of His creative effort, God created humans – male and female He created them.  Unlike the angels, God made humans “in His own image”.  This doesn’t mean that we look like God, necessarily – as He is a spirit.  It means that we are capable of relationship.  We have feelings, we are creative, we can reason.  God gifted us with true free will.  Out of all of creation, humanity is unique.  Just as God has three Persons in one being (Father, Son, and Spirit), we have three parts – body, soul, and spirit.  God created humanity to be in fellowship with Him, eternally.  He created us to be caretakers of the earth – it was His gift to humanity.

When God created the world, “it was very good”.  Unfortunately, it didn’t take humanity long to use their free will to make things “very bad”.  Remember Lucifer the now-fallen angel we call satan?  He took the form of, or possessed, a serpent:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.  He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden,  but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”  But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both were opened…  (Genesis 3:1-7)

“Did God really say?”  Surely not… Surely that is not what He meant…   Satan appealed to humanity’s weakness, which happened to be the same as his own – “you will be like God”.   And ever since, humanity has wanted to be its’ own god.  Disobedience does not come without consequence:

The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be contrary to your husband,
but he shall rule over you.”

And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”

(Genesis 3:14-19)

Why is there suffering?  Why is there death and pain and loss?  Why does God “allow” bad things to happen?  Why is His judgement now upon the earth?  Because of disobedience, which the Bible calls “sin”.  Humans repeatedly choose to disobey God out of their own free will.  And disobedience results in death.  Adam and Eve, in their original sin, effectively passed the title deed of the earth onto satan.

While God has had every opportunity and every reason to destroy us, out of His great love for us He has provided a way to be reconciled to Himself.

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8)

God sent a part of Himself – Jesus Christ – to be born of a virgin and live as one of us.  Why a virgin?  If you remember the sin of Adam and Eve and its’ consequences, humanity now inherits the sin nature through the “seed of the man”.  God promised to send a Redeemer through the “seed of a woman”.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—  Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.  Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 5:12,18-21)

Though Jesus was tempted in every way that is common to man, He did not sin.  When His time of earthly ministry was complete, He gave Himself up to be put to death – even death on a cross.  For you, He kept silent and turned the other cheek.  He took up your pride and your rebellion and He bore them.  Because He loves you THAT MUCH.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:35-39)

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He went up into heaven.  Ever since, He has been acting as our “high priest” – praying for us, listening to our prayers, watching over us.  He is calling to you, to come to Him!  He created you and placed you in this time, in this location.  He has a plan and a purpose for your life.

Though Jesus rightfully “won back” the earth and its’ inhabitants through His death and resurrection on the third day, He has been waiting until the appointed time to claim it.  What you are seeing now is the start of this process.  You have entered the final age of the earth, which the Bible calls “the time of the end”.  The purpose of this time is to prepare both the earth and its’ inhabitants for Jesus Christ to return in great power and glory.  It is time for Him to redeem the earth and take back the reins we handed to satan!

The preparation period won’t be pretty.  Through great anguish and tribulation will the earth be delivered.  The blood of the slain – God’s precious martyred saints – has been crying out to Him for vengeance, and the time of this vengeance has come.

First, God has promised to remove His true followers from earth.  In the blink of an eye, those who died believing in Jesus Christ, as well as those who were living believers, were transformed and taken into heaven.  I’m not sure if the opened graves were obvious or not!  The thing is, not all those who claim the Christian “religion” were spared – only those who had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  If you believe you are a Christian, but are still here, I have written a chapter specifically for you entitled “Why Wasn’t I Taken?”.

There are likely many natural disasters which occurred before, during, or soon after this event.  These might have included earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, asteroids/meteors, sinkholes, and the like.  While these disasters are within the natural realm, their severity will be unprecedented (“supernatural”).  There will be some type of explanation offered for this by governments and the media.  I can only guess what this might be, but suggestions include some type of influence from a “rogue planet”, “aliens”, magnetic pole shift, among other natural and supernatural explanations.

Now we are caught up in our story to where you have suddenly found yourself.  As I said, you are involved in the ultimate battle – whether you like it or not.  Many of the battle participants are spiritual.  It seems that the fallen heavenly host will be allowed to appear and interact with humanity.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  (Ephesians 6:12)

My friend, what has begun isn’t going to stop until it all plays out exactly as the Bible has said it will.  Things will not go “back to normal”!  I gently suggest to you that your odds of physical survival are not that great.  The human death toll will be in the billions!  Instead of focusing purely on surviving, I would encourage you to focus on what will happen if and when you don’t survive.

You are not reading this by accident.  What matters FAR MORE than the length of your physical survival is who you will choose to follow for the remainder of your days.  This will determine what happens when your life ends.  Both sides of this battle will be calling themselves “good”.  Your job is to discern which side is telling the truth.

On one hand, you have the God of the Bible.  Thousands of years ago, He revealed to humanity what will unfold upon the earth in the upcoming years.  This fore-telling will verify that He is outside of time and knows the end from the beginning.  I hope you will read the subsequent chapters and recognize their truth in light of what has already occurred, and what will continue to occur.  God communicated these messages to us, because He loves us.  He loves YOU.  He has His arms open wide to rescue whoever will believe in Him.

On the other hand, you have God’s enemy – commonly referred to as satan.  God has granted satan power over the earth temporarily, as the ultimate test for humankind. Satan is permitted to use whatever means he desires to destroy as many human lives as he is able.  This destruction is not just physical, but even more so in the spiritual, eternal sense.  Make no mistake, he has been planning this for thousands of years and it’s going to be quite the show!  But satan is evil to the core – he is the father of lies.  He hates you.  He knows he will lose this battle, and he wants to drag you down with him.  He wants nothing more than to see your eternal torment.  Even if you manage to survive this apocalyptic period, you will face judgement by God at its’ end.

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, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.  The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,  in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.   (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12)

God has allotted a certain amount of time for satan to rule and not a moment more.

And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. (Mark 13:20)

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, will return.  Oh blessed day this will be to see Jesus come back if you are one of His followers!  Oh terrible day for those who have refused His call!  The end will occur exactly as it has been written.

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.  His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself.  He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.  And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses.  From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.  On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.  (Revelation 19:11-16)

Jesus will appear and defeat everyone who has gathered against Him.  There will be no real “battle”.  There is no comparison between the power of God and the power of any other being that He has created!

There is only one “good” way out of this, dead or alive.  And that is to find the Truth in Jesus Christ, and to follow Him.  He is a gentleman – He won’t force you to follow Him.  It’s completely your choice.  But Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.  The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.  But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”  (Revelation 21:3-8)

My friend, know that my heart is aching for you.  I don’t know how to express how much I wish that you weren’t facing this time of trouble.  While I have learned what is coming someday, it is hard for me to conceive of it actually happening.  Faith is indeed a different perspective than sight!  I have tried to warn those I could, but even my own family members aren’t listening.  I understand why.  It sounds completely bizarre!  But it is predicted to happen exactly when life is seemingly continuing on “as usual”.

I suppose that is how it actually did end up happening?

What I can tell you is that if you are reading this, I have prayed for you, I love you, and I have pleaded with my God to save you for eternity.  Understand that you will not be spared from suffering in this life.  However, I can truthfully tell you that you are eternal, and what you choose to do with that information matters.  I want to show you the words Jesus left specifically for you.  These are somber warnings, but they are pregnant with hope!  This life you are living is not all there is.  Although it seems long and at times unbearable, once it is done it will be but the briefest moment compared to the eternity that follows.

What God has told me, is that He needs witnesses during this time.  Perhaps He has prepared and elected you specifically for this purpose!  While this will be the most difficult period of time known to humanity, have courage.  There is hope in what you are about to face!

I hope that through the course of this book you will see how much God loves you and how He has provided a way for you to come to Him.  He knows how hard it is.  He came here and lived among us, as one of us.  Even in this time of trouble He calls to you – come to Him.  Come home.

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
and he relents over disaster.  (Joel 2:12-13)

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  (Romans 8:19-23)

I don’t really know what else to say.  Why should you believe me?  I know how crazy it sounds, but if you are reading this, then know that it is true.  God is real.  He made you, He loves you, He wants you in His family.  It probably seems like He has abandoned humanity.  Indeed, God has granted certain power and authority of the earth to satan for a time.  This is to fulfill what has been written ages ago.  Humanity repeatedly yelled “Get out!” to God, and now they are tasting a bit of what that feels like.  Satan wants nothing more than to deceive you and drag you down to eternal torment along with him.  He already knows that’s where he’s headed.  You, on the other hand, have a choice.

Jesus paid the price for you to go to heaven, forever.  It’s up to you if you take Him up on the offer.  I would love for you to join me there someday.  And so I write this book for you, through tears, despite how ridiculous it would seem to you if you found it right now.  And I will pray for you and plead with my God for your heart for eternity.

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true.  And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place… Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,  and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!  (Revelation 22:6,12-13,17-20)

From here on, this is part of your story.


♥ Stephanie Dawn


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