Discerning Great Tribulation Hiding In Plain Sight
by Peter Michael Martinez
There is no question in any bible student’s mind that we are living in days preceding the coming of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, Yahusha Hamashiach, to Jerusalem to rule and reign.
As we are watching the day approaching the question that comes up in the minds of many in the west is, when are we going to see the Great Tribulation?
Little did they realize . . . they were already in it.
The nature of deception is it is very deceptive. If you knew you were being deceived, you wouldn’t be deceived.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
And again he said . . .
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
The secret to uncovering false prophets is in the GLORY. When the glory is going to anyone else but Messiah, it is false.
Revelation 5:13 “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”
When we as the household of faith read this, we all want to join in with it. We who love HIM love to praise him.
So how do you know those who are NOT sent of Him?
They are more interested in the praises of men . . . for themselves.
John 7:18 “He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.”
How do they get these praises? Now this is where it is subtle and so many are falling into danger. It is in their OPINION.
What is an opinion?
The word “opinion” is defined as: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
An opinion does not need to meet any criteria for evaluation. It can exist on fairy dust and magic glow sticks because it is meaningless.
It is a stab in the dark without the responsibility of authority or the tedious necessity of the veracity of recorded fact or knowledge.
We defend the right for everyone to form their own “opinions” as if MAN is the arbiter of what is and is not true. It is a subtle deification of man. Did you catch that?
It was so fast you may have missed it.
Your OPINION is a subtle deification of man . . . 666.
1 Kings 18:21 “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”
God settled the matter so that no one’s “opinion” mattered. We need to GET THIS.
If you knew what was happening to you, you would have fought it. You would not have allowed the program to take hold in your thinking. But now that it is operating, only serious prayer and fasting will remove it.
It is responsible for more people in the western nations being part of the “foolish virgins” than other people where persecution and tribulation is mostly physical. The perception of the western nations is that of relative safety.
It is a foolish perception in the western churches that they are not really under attack.
Let him who think he stand, take HEED lest he fall.
I am talking about the stronghold of personal opinion with regards to the TRUTH.
Personal opinion, without playing by the rules of fact, knowledge or wisdom, can exist simply because someone has decided it has as much merit as what God says.
Without realizing it, the person who has this stronghold working in the mind considers their own opinion equal to or superior to the Word of the LORD.
WHO . . . not what . . . WHO is the WORD of the LORD?
Yes, His name is Jesus or as he was called in Hebrew, Yahusha.
So he is the KING and yet … let me see if I have this right … someone can have an OPINION that is equal to or greater than the word of the KING?
He has a word for those who think their “personal opinion” is equal to HIS WORD.
Luke 19:27 “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.”
So you’re thinking right now . . . wait a minute, that doesn’t apply to me. I’m saved by grace. I’m a child of the KING. I have been bought by the blood of the LAMB.
Yeah . . . so what.
So was every person who left Egypt. Quit bragging about a free gift.
YHWH God did NOT bring them to Mount Sinai to ask for their OPINIONS. He brought them to Mount Sinai to tell them HIS commandments.
In the same way, the Holy Spirit writes the Laws of God on your heart and mind and is not asking for your opinion. Your opinion doesn’t matter.
The truth is all that matters.
The bible tells us that we are being “transformed by the renewing of our minds” and to “lean not on our own understanding” and instead, trust HIS ways and HIS word.
So you see what is being crucified? Your opinions, your thoughts, your ideas.
In short . . . Your OPINION is the carnal man!!!
Someone will argue, I have a right to my own opinion. That is what Lucifer said. He was wrong.
Someone will argue, I have the right to speak my mind! That is what Lucifer thought. He found out there were consequences.
So did Miriam in Numbers 12. Look it up.
Someone will argue, my opinion matters!
Can it save anyone? Can you deliver even one soul from hell with your “opinion” or do you need the WORD of the LIVING GOD?
- How many people in HEAVEN think that God’s Laws are subject to their opinion?
- How many people do you think ARGUE WITH JESUS in Heaven?
- How many Angels walk around with a “different opinion” than what God has said?
- How many people in New Jerusalem do you think will be expressing their “opinion” different than the word of the LORD?
Allow me to answer all these questions for you . . . NONE.
You see, what you think and value so highly, the “idea” that your opinion is equal to or superior to the WORD, is actually a stronghold of the enemy.
It is so strong in most in the west that they will argue their opinion over sound doctrine and clear commands.
When people resort to their own opinion, it is an abyss where there are no rules for it is the Word of the LORD that creates definition, order, and structure.
In short, an opinion is a useless mental escape hatch for the disobedient.
How much strife and division has come because of the false idols of personal opinion?
It allows someone to pull away from a commandment without feeling like they have done anything wrong. Without realizing it, PERSONAL OPINION has taken the throne of the heart.
Obedience is now subjective and conditional upon approval of the ‘god’ called My Personal Opinion.
This false god goes by MANY other names too. He goes by “my point of view”, or “my personal truth”, or “I gotta do me” and so on.
Don’t take this lightly because 100% of those who have this working in them and don’t cast it out will go to hell.
That’s right. Your Personal Opinion better get off the throne of your heart or else!
This is so devastating it is WORSE THAN PHYSICAL VIOLENCE!!! It is worse than violence in the streets or being shot at for becoming a Christian. It’s worse than torture because you don’t know you’re being attacked.
Many are so deceived and actually feel sorry for the people in third world countries that are seeing horrific violence for the sake of their faith, not realizing that at least those in persecution that is overt make black and white choices!
If you were being attacked for your faith, you would FIGHT BACK or at least know, you’re dieing for your faith. You will be rewarded.
But the GREAT TRIBULATION in the west is so dark and so sinister . . . you didn’t even see it.
When a sinner comes to repentance, their own personal opinion is the last stronghold to fall. When their own opinion, rationalizations, and justifications fall before the WORD OF GOD, they get saved.
When you TRULY GET SAVED, your personal opinion is crucified. Period. You can’t trust your own understanding. You need transformation by renewing your mind.
This is why we must have FAITH to please HIM. Faith cometh by HEARING so we have to hear HIM speak.
Who are they who overcome the BEAST?
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not THEIR LIVES unto the death.”
Why is this point so critical? Simply because the vast majority do not see this stronghold in operation and its hooks are embedded deeply in “ego, pride, and vanity” that will fight to remain.
If you could only see this from YHWH God’s perspective, you would see that OPINION gets in his way and attempts to manipulate His will all the time.
When your mind is fully renewed, what will your opinions be? Like His. Exactly like his.
Until then, you take HIS WORD for it.
Beware of this in yourself and those around you. Do not follow those who worship their own opinion equal to or even close to the Word of the LORD.
The HUMBLE do not revere their own opinion.
They simply do not trust their own understanding but instead trust the anointing that abides within them to lead them into TRUTH . . . not opinion.
If you are one of those who believe that YOUR OPINION is as important as the Word of God, you didn’t even realize you have this stronghold in operation . . . until now.
You’re in more danger than if you were being chased by an mob of persecution. Great Tribulation from God’s perspective is that which costs much more than our natural lives.
People have been losing their lives by violence for thousands of years. That is nothing new.
Great tribulation from God’s perspective is that which costs people eternity . . . the idol of personal opinion does that.