Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wars and rumors of wars surround the globe. Famines, earthquakes, Plagues - Ebola killing thousands with no end is sight, spreading to USA with first case confirmed in the Dallas area. Nations rising against nation. Muslims, following the teaching found in their holy book, the Quran, beheading hundreds of innocents. Harry Potter being taught instead of Bible - its easier to understand. [thx ep @ the end time]. Evangelicals embracing oneness with the RCC. On and on and on it goes.

Are we as His remnant prepared for what lies ahead?

One blogger writes:

“Whether you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, or believe Christians will be witness to the full tribulation, wrath, and final judgments, there is work to be done. The beginning of birth pains we are seeing should have the same effect on all of us. It should motivate us to save as many souls as we can in the time that we have left.

The Great Commission tells us to be disciples to all nations, including our own, bringing the message of salvation through Christ to all people.

If the Church is raptured before the tribulation, it is important that we prepare by leaving behind an explanation for the trials and judgments that those left behind will face. How else will they recognize the deception of the anti-Christ and seek instead the truth of the Bible and also be able to recognize the signs of end times? If we are to endure the tribulation along side them, we will need to be prepared to not only share the message of salvation, but share with them the reasons for God's judgment and hold it up as further proof of their need to be saved.”

“strengthen the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22

“ ...the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober." 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6

Watch and be sober…. Again I ask, are we His remnant prepared for what lies ahead?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Are we following the traditions of man or digging deep to discover truth found only in scripture? Are we studying to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, RIGHTLY dividing the Word of God or swallowing and following long held beliefs while clinging tightly to traditions within the church?

Case in point: After the fire in 70 AD which destroyed the temple, the gold that lined the walls of the temple melted into the crevices of the stones. All the remaining stone walls were pulled down to get this gold. This was to fulfill what Jesus told the disciples immediately before the Olivet discourse, “I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down.” Jesus’ prophecy that not one stone would be left upon another is proof that the famous mosque, the Dome of the Rock, is not built on the site of the ancient temple. Nor is it built with part of its foundation being the Western Wall (or Wailing Wall.) If all the stones were torn down this wall cannot be part of the ancient temple.

Traditions of man?

Just as Jews in the first century misunderstood the prophecies of Christ’s first coming, is the church today misunderstanding prophecies that relate to His second coming? Is the eternal destiny of millions of churchgoers hanging in the balance?

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!” Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.” “No,” they replied, “there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.” But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. “Sir! Sir!” they said. “Open the door for us!” But he replied, “I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.” Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matt. 25:1-13 NIV)

Established Christian tradition is not always scripturally correct. “Take heed that no one deceive you…”

Are we following the traditions of man, or rightly dividing the Word of God?

Thanks go to the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth, and to Nelson Walters who graciously shares hours of research for making this post possible.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A prayer for such a time as this :

O God in Heaven, may I forever be quick to listen and slow to speak. May I seek wisdom above all earthly treasures? Lord, grant me your grace so that I may be strengthened to answer your call to obey. And in my obedience, put my will to death, so that I may surrender "absolutely" to your sovereign plan. For I am Yours and You are mine. There is no cost I could ever repay, for the gift of redemption and salvation that you purchased for me by the cross. 

God, you gave your life to give me mine. And now with this "new life" I give it back to you. Where you go I will go? Where you stay I will stay. May my heart beat in unison with Yours, and may my eyes become your own. For if I am to walk this ancient path, I acknowledge my weakness and utter dependence upon you to fulfill the plans YOU have for me. For when I died to myself by your grace, so to did my plans perish. And in my resurrection, it was Your plans that became my own. Execute them O Lord for your glory! 

As we enter every Tribulation together, may I stand firm in the faith and never forget your promise, "to never leave nor forsake your saints." As I carry my cross, reveal to me the true depth and power of Yours. Let my life be a testimony and a witness to your faithfulness and the power and life that is in Your Son. May it reveal that when a man "abides in You" he can be "raptured" from his circumstances without physically being removed from them. Through my life may others come to find theirs by turning to You in repentance and faith. And may our deliverance be a sign to the world that you are God Most High. Adonai, You are my King, and I will delight in your Law and obey it by Your Grace, while I wait eagerly in hopeful expectation for Your return. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Is the pre-tribulation rapture theology giving a false sense of hope to the church? Is it easy to believe in and hold to, leaving the church completely unprepared for coming events? Has the belief in the pre-trib rapture theology produced self-satisfied Christians who sit around waiting for Jesus to come back before things get too bad? Would God remove the Holy Spirit and rapture His Church, starting over again with baby Christians who have neither the Holy Spirit nor mature leadership to help teach and to train in the ways of the LORD? Without scriptural understanding and with no solid foundation on which to stand would these be as a ship without a rudder or sheep without a shepherd.

Perhaps your theology teaches there will be none saved during the tribulation. I agree it would be most difficult if not impossible to be saved without the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. But….

“He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea:“ Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.”

“…After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice…Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb…. Revelation 7

“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14

Grabbing a scripture here and a scripture there, it becomes easy to squeeze scripture to fit our long taught beliefs and theological persuasions, just ask Beth Moore, Ken Copeland, TD Jakes, Benny Hinn, Hagin or Roberts]. But if we will take the time to read and study His Word, allowing one scripture to support another, reading the chapter and not just a verse perhaps a different picture will emerge - a picture we had not seen before, but one that needs to be prayerfully considered.

“For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be…But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.” Mark 13

Was Corrie Ten Boon correct when she wrote:

“We have failed. We should have made the people strong for persecution rather than telling them Jesus would come first. Tell the people how to be strong in times of persecution, how to stand when the tribulation comes - to stand and not faint. I feel I have a divine mandate to go and tell the people of this world that it is possible to be strong in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are in training for the tribulation, but more than sixty percent of the Body of Christ across the world has already entered into the tribulation. There is no way to escape it. We are next.”

We should not be dogmatic, stiff-necked nor overbearing in our interpretation of scripture - but as we read and watch with sadness the persecution, kidnapping, imprisonment and slaughter of tens of thousands of believers across the globe is it time to ask ourselves - was Corrie right - “Is there no way to escape it.” Are we next, and if so are we prepared?”




Thursday, September 18, 2014

Psalm 46
by Russell Kelfer
Though the earth be removed and the mountains dissolved,
We have no cause to fear.
Softly,through the wind that blows,
God whispers "I AM here."

 The waters roar, the mountains shake,
The oceans rise and roll;
But there's a river calm and clear,
And God is in control.

The nations cry, they rant and rave,
They cry out their resolves.
Then, God speaks. That's all it takes,
And man's strength is dissolved.

The heathen rage, Oh, let them cry
From kingdoms far and near;
For when God speaks, it's over, child,
And there's no cause to fear.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

“This world is not my home I'm just a passing through,
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore.

We read it, perhaps we have sung it in times past, but how many truly believe it.? “Christian” principles and godly teachings have become anathema in many churches as the world with all its glitz and glamour has a tighter grip on far too many within the church today. How many have  settled in, made this world their home and are content in their surroundings?

Oh Lord You know I have no friend like You
If heaven's not my home then Lord what will I do
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore…”

“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4

Seeker friendly, gay friendly, tolerant, adapting communication style to any audience in order to be relevant. “People have real needs that can be met via social media. Fulfill the Great Commission by engaging the culture around you. Forget about GOD and just concentrate on Jesus.” We are told the generation of our day is considered different than the generations before, so pastors and teachers must adjust their message to reach the world.

We must neither be too comfortable in this world, nor too friendly. Keeping ever a watchful eye toward the heavens …

and don’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A dear Jewish friend tells me I should no longer call myself “Christian.”

I was shocked and concerned that my Christian witness had been less than loving and kind to my non-believing friend until I realized what he was saying.

The RCC call themselves “Christian,” - he remembers the Crusades. Joel Osteen, Ken Copeland T.D Jakes…call themselves Christian yet teach another gospel than that found in scripture. The non-believing among us know these movers and shakers in the evangelical world and they want no part of Christianity or Christians. Mormons, JW consider themselves “Christian” yet clearly their beliefs are far from the teachings of Paul. My friend read of Senator Ted Cruz being booed “by Christians.” He watches the “Christian” world acting less than Christian and grows ever and ever more apprehensive toward Christians. My friend knows scripture, perhaps better than many professing "Christians." To say he does not trust Christians would be an understatement. My vain attempts at shedding light into his darkness seem to have gone nowhere. Quoting scripture, lengthy discussions have been ineffective in changing his mind. His mind is made up and there is nothing “I” can do.

It breaks my heart when I realize that it is those called by His Name who are the greatest hindrance to the spreading of the gospel message. For every true Bible believing Blood bought believer, for every follower of Jesus Christ there are scores that are Christian in name only.

But we are not without hope:

There are upwards of two billion professing Christians in the world, but the true church is minuscule compared to the number professing a biblical faith with little or no evidence to back up their claims. But the church does exist - Jesus promised in Matthew 16:18 “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

We must keep witnessing, sharing and standing on the promises of God.