Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!



Greetings End-Times Warriors, here we go again!  Take all as matters of prayer, not fear, and enjoy the good news too!  God Bless and have a great weekend. Things are getting closer!

Persecution

UN has turned a blind eye to Christian genocide in the Middle East
Atheist group convinces Virginia town to cancel trip to new ARK Encounter 
Atheist group seeks to stop prayers at New Hampshire National Guard Base 
Facebook suspends Homeschool Mom's account because she quoted Bible on homosexuality   
ISIS swears to Allah to eradicate Christians 
Baker found NOT GUILTY for refusing to write Bible verses on cake for Christian customer 
Melanie Trump attacked for reciting The Lord's Prayer at rally 
Christianity banned from the classroom while Islam is celebrated
Christians compared to Islamic state for standing firm on Biblical truth
Atheists force school to drop Ten Commandments monument
Campuses encouraging students to turn in fellow students for offensive speech

Immorality and Evil and Lawlessness

NBA warns TEXAS not to pass transgender bathroom bill or else!
Bay Area restaurants register as sanctuary businesses 
New boy/girl doll a trick to emasculate men 
Finland the latest country to legalize LGTB marriage
Washington Florist loses business when refuses to provide flowers for gay wedding
Christian leaders silent when Washington Florist loses her fight
Arch of Baal displayed for third time in NYC in honor of World Government Summit 
CBS new show "No Doubt" pushes Transgender lifestyle 
Professors warned not to assume gender of students 
LGBT groups planning to incorporate Glitter Ash Wednesday in 21 states for Lent 
Liberal Left joins forces with radical Muslims to fight Trump 
DNA editing of the unborn? 
Letter from Chicago schools sent home to parents encouraging kids to obstruct Immigration law

Apostasy

Why are Christian women watching 50 Shades of Darker?
Roman Catholic group urging Pope to make Mary able to forgive sins
Pope Francis declares Muslim Terrorism does not exist, sets stage for one-world gov

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Iran calls Israel the biggest threat to world peace
Iran vowing to remove the cancer of Israel 
US sea warship buildup against North Korea, China, and Japan
Russian sending 1 billion in weapons to Iran
ISIS training toddlers to kill in Middle East orphanage 
There is a war brewing in GAZA that Israel cannot prevent 
Iraqi forces push to retake Mosul

Earthquakes/Plagues/Famines, oh my!

6.3 Earthquake strikes northern Argentina
Severe winter kills 46,000 livestock in Mongolia 
Source of earth-shaking explosion in SC remains a mystery
Giant sinkholes and massive cracks around the world create anxiety
4 Tornadoes strike San Antonio 
India's only active volcano is spewing smoke 
Swarm of 300 earthquakes rattle New Zealand

Signs in the Sky / Aliens

NASA confirms meteror seen over Alabama
NASA using discovery of 7 new planets to promote idea that Alien life exists

Technology

Robots poised to take over many military roles

Good news!

Oklahoma Republicans acts to legalize copy of Ten Commandments on Public Property
Venezuela shuts down CNN for distorting the truth! 
Tornado Survivor reveals how God wrapped His arms around me
Melania Trump reciting of Lord's Prayer at rally, an historic event
After 953 days in prayer, a miracle happened!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017



Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.

Psalm 20:7-8 




Monday, February 20, 2017

Important: Deceptions that have crept into the church!


Deception is rampant in our modern society. All you have to do is turn on the TV to see that. False news on both the left and right, satanism disguised as entertainment, indoctrination in our schools...etc... However, I've discovered that deception is also rampant in the church.

So many Christians around the world trust whatever the leaders of the church tell them--their pastors, elders, teachers and prophets, that they don't do their own homework in the Scriptures. We have access to so much good teaching online and elsewhere, which is great! But do we just accept what we hear as the truth just because the person declaring it has some theological degree? Or because they've been right on other topics, or because they "seem" like Godly people? Surely someone with a masters in Divinity has to be smarter than we are about Biblical truths, right?  We must remember that no matter how dedicated they are to Jesus, they are still human and hence, fallible.  That is why we MUST check everything against the Word of God.

All throughout both the Old and New Testament, we see warning after warning against deception. Jesus, Himself, warned His disciples strongly about being deceived on more than one occasion, and He prophesied that in the last days, many many people would be deceived. Though He certainly was referring to the lost, I also believe He was talking about the church. After all, in many of Paul's letters to the church, he warned against deception.

Hence, I thought it prudent to give a list of current deceptions I've seen, heard about, or witnessed in our modern Western Church. These are not all from me, but from several sources online. See if you agree with them or perhaps have seen them yourself.

Below is a list of some false theologies that exist currently in the Church. Some of them will obviously be heresies to you, others are more subtle. Remember Satan always uses a portion of the truth mixed up in a lie to trap us. Below them, is a list of Modern Church Strategies that are neither Biblical or effective.

False Theologies Infiltrating the Church


Universalism - There are many paths to the same God. People who believe this will tell you that Christians and Muslims worship the same god.

Hyper-Grace - We are saved ONLY by Grace and therefore once we receive Jesus, we no longer have to follow the law. We can live anyway we want, including daily indulgence in sin, because we are forgiven and still going to heaven

Legalism - The opposite of Grace, Legalism teaches that we must adhere to certain laws and behaviors in order to be saved. If your church is legalistic, there will be a spirit of guilt and judgement among the congregation, often fostered by the leadership. You have to tithe, go on missions, serve in ministry, go street evangelism...etc..etc..etc..

Prosperity Gospel -  God's PRIMARY concern and goal for you is that you be healthy, wealthy, and successful. People who believe this will pull Scriptures out of context and claim them in Jesus's name. They tend to believe if someone is suffering, then they must have done something wrong.

The Emergent Church - in an effort to reach the unchurched, the new Emergent church uses a variety of techniques during the service such as props, movies, plays, poems, incense, candles to create a Feelings-centered reaction toward the Gospel. They make the Gospel more palatable by calling it a narrative or allegory rather than fact or truth. They tend to be more inclusive to other faiths, and do not believe in a need for forgiveness.

The New Age Movement - Universal tolerance and moral relativism (If it feels good, do it). God wants you to be happy. God accepts everyone. God will not judge you. You can eventually become divine!

The Irrelevancy of the Bible in Modern Culture - The Bible is inspired but the parts of it that pertained to the culture of Biblical times do not apply to our modern culture today. Hence, sexual immorality, including homosexuality, transgender, etc are not sins. The Bible is a changing document according to the times.  Hence the reason for the acceptance of gay marriage and even gay clergy as well as recently Pentecostals accepting pre-marital sex.

Say a prayer, you're in the club! -  There are NO altar calls in the Bible. I'm not against them, per say, and I know some people truly get saved, but I believe it's a lie from the pit of hell to tell people that all they have to do is come forward, say a prayer to receive Jesus, and they are saved. It's not a prayer that saves you. It's the Holy Spirit revealing to you your sinful, pathetic condition and thus, causing you to mourn over your sins and fall to your knees in repentance before God. Then it's a receiving of the sacrifice of Jesus on your behalf and an infilling of God's Spirit. I wonder how many people sit in pews each Sunday who aren't saved?  There's no such thing as a Gospel that doesn't change you.


Modern Church Strategies that aren't Biblical


Creating a non-threatening environment, comfortable, familiar- Did you know that the purpose of the church service is NOT to draw in visitors or be evangelistic?  Nope. The early church met to worship God, eat together, pray for each other, and most of all, disciple one another to equip each member to go out and save the lost. In fact, true church services where the Holy Spirit is active and powerful, would probably totally freak out a non-believer.  Here's a litmus test for your church.
  • Are the teachings deep or shallow?
  • Is prayer low-key or moved to a different part of the day or week?
  • Is the atmosphere intentionally not "scary" or strange to ensure visitors are welcomed?
  • Does your church have a comfy cafe, serve donuts, have the sermon piped into the cafe where people can drink coffee and watch?
  • Does your church focus more on entertainment? Popular music, plays, skits, comedians to attract the lost?

Underemphasis on Biblical training - I'm talking about real intensive training in the Word of God, Apologetics, the gifts of the Spirit and how to operate in them. How many churches offer this kind of training? And if they do have a class here or there, how many people actually show up? For me, I've had to seek out my own training through books and online classes because I get nothing from my local church.

Lack of Fiery Preaching! - If you've followed me for awhile, you know this is one of my pet peeves! If you're going to preach from God's Word, then preach from the ENTIRE Word and the ENTIRE Gospel, not just the parts that we are all comfortable with. Yes, of course, Jesus's sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection are most important, as are His love for us, His Words of comfort and grace and forgiveness. But what about His Judgement? You do know He's coming back as a Judge, don't you? What about hell? What about End-times? Shouldn't preachers be linking current events to prophesy in the Bible and warning people? How about some teaching on the power of the Holy Spirit to heal, cast out demons, raise the dead? How about speaking in tongues? What about waking people up from their stupor of grace to realize that God DOES require something from them in this life.


If you recognize some of these happening in your current church, please pray about it and ask the Lord what you can do to correct it, if anything, OR if perhaps He wants you to leave and find a more Biblically based church.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!



Greetings, Warriors of the Most High!  Here's another list of world events as they relate to Biblical prophecy of the end times in which we live. Read with caution, discernment, and in an attitude of prayer. Don't allow fear to penetrate, but be encouraged that our Savior is coming soon!

Wars and Rumors of Wars

China prepares pre-emptive strike against US military targets
Iran fires another missile from launch pad
Russian conducts snap air force combat readiness check 
Millions rally in Iran chanting "Death to America"  
Worries rise over North Korea's EMP potential
Russian Spy ship near US Coast
Russian secretly deploys cruise missile

Signs in the skies

NASA warns of Asteroid impact

Israel

Egypt fires FOUR rockets into Israel
ISIS claims responsibility for rocket attack on Israeli resort

Anarchy

Army preps for urban warfare in cities
Protests erupt in LA when ICE rounds up illegal criminals

Immorality and Evil

Kindergartners taught sex ed and parents can't stop it
Toy maker to make first transgender doll for kids 
Sexual perversion, occult rituals, and violence fill our entertainment 
Medical ethics board determines newborn babies do not have a "right to life"  
Another magazine embraces transgender perversion
Human-animal hybrids are here! 

Persecution

Crises prayer for injured teen deemed unconstitutional
Christians targeted in new NetFlix series 
Most Americans do NOT support religious liberty for Christian business owners 
Christian persecution coming to a city near you

Plagues/Famines/Earthquakes

Deadly virus kills off entire antelope population in Mongolia
6.7 Earthquake strikes Philippines  
Biggest Blizzard of the year hits Northeast US 
Mystery Boom rattles houses in Pennsylvania
More than 739 Earthquakes have struck Turkey since Feb 6th
Hole found in Earth's magnetic field!
Biblical plague of locusts destroy crops in Bolivia

Loss of Free Speech

Apple CEO says we must stop fake news
University students reject conservative students as unsafe and against humanity
Protestors block Education Secretary from entering public school

Technology

Scientists on the cusp of human-machine hybrids
Major push toward a cashless society

 

Good news!

Blind woman has sight restored after prayer!
Rap star turns Grammy's into Act of Worship
Famous Singer: I was dead for 8 hours, then Jesus touched my body
Marco Rubio speaks out on Christian persecution in China


Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017


And the rain fell, and the floods and torrents came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

Matthew 7:25 



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Monday, February 13, 2017

How to be an Overcomer and why it's SO important that you are!



Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

This may be something you don't often hear in church these days, but I feel it's something VITALLY important for Christians to know and understand, especially in these evil days in which we live.

You see, God expects His children to be Overcomers. No, let me rephrase that, He demands that we be Overcomers. It's really not an option.

Overcome - to defeat, prevail, conquer, to overpower and be victorious

So, what are we defeating? We are defeating the devil, of course and the evil in the world. Wait a minute, we can't do that. Jesus already did that, right? Absolutely. We have no power within ourselves to defeat the devil. But if you're a true child of God, then His Spirit lives within you and you have ALL of HIS power at your disposal. But you still have a choice to use it or not. That's where overcoming comes into play.

So, what are the prerequisites for overcoming and what are the consequences for not overcoming. To find the answers, we dive into Revelation and look at Jesus's own words to His church. (That's us!)
He writes 7 letters to 7 churches in which he tells them what they are doing wrong, how to fix it, and what the reward is for overcoming.

Remember Jesus is speaking to Christians here. People who go to church and believe He is the Son of God.  If you want to skip the Scriptures, I give a summary at the end. However, it would be beneficial to read the Scriptures too.


Church of Ephesus


Condition keeping them from Overcoming
They lost their First Love.  What does that mean? I believe it means that they no longer love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, body, and strength, that other things have taken first place in their lives.

Condition for overcoming

So remember the heights from which you have fallen, and repent and do the works you did at first


Reward for overcoming
To him who overcomes, I will grant the privilege to eat the fruit from the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.’

Punishment for not overcoming
otherwise, I will visit you and remove your lampstand. And obviously they will not get to eat of the tree of life in the Paradise of God (the lampstand represents this particular church and it will be removed from before the throne of God. Though I won't speculate on what that means, I don't think it's a good thing)

Church of Smyrna

Sin keeping them from overcoming:  None

 Conditions for overcoming
Be faithful to the point of death and I will give you the crown of life. 

Reward for Overcoming
He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death (the lake of fire).’ Revelation 2:10-11

Punishment for not overcoming
One can assume that it is the opposite of the reward for Overcoming. They will be thrown into the lake of fire.


Pergamum


Sin keeping them from overcoming
But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who are holding to the corrupt teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, enticing them] to eat things that had been sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of sexual immorality. You also have some who in the same way are holding to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Revelation 2:14-15

Conditions for overcoming
Therefore repent change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will

Reward for Overcoming
To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone which no one knows except the one who receives it.’

Punishment for NOT overcoming
else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war and fight against them with the sword of My mouth in judgment. (who are them? The people in the church who are committing acts of idol worship and sexual immorality)

Thyatira


Sin keeping them from overcoming
But I have this  against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess  and she teaches and misleads My bond-servants so that they commit acts of sexual immorality and eat food sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent but she has no desire to repent of her immorality and refuses to do so

Conditions for overcoming
Repent!

Punishment for Not overcoming
I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great anguish, unless they repent of her deeds. And I will kill her children (followers) with pestilence [thoroughly annihilating them], and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts  and I will give to each one of you a reward or punishment according to your deeds. Revelation 2:22-23

Reward for Overcoming 

And he who overcomes and he who keeps My deeds  until the end, to him I will give authority and power over the nations; and he shall shepherd and rule them with a rod of iron, as the earthen pots are broken in pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; and I will give him the Morning Star.


Sardis

Sin keeping them from Overcoming
I know your deeds; you have a name (reputation) that you are alive, but [in reality] you are dead. Revelation 3:1

Conditions for Overcoming
Wake up, and strengthen and reaffirm what remains of your faithful commitment to Me, which is about to die; for I have not found any of your deeds completed in the sight of My God or meeting His requirements. So remember and take to heart the lessons you have received and heard. Keep and obey them, and repent change your sinful way of thinking, and demonstrate your repentance with new behavior that proves a conscious decision to turn away from sin Revelation 3:2-3  

Punishment for Not Overcoming
 So then, if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.  (Hmm. I find this really interesting. It seems to be saying that if you're not walking in obedience to Christ, you will NOT know when He is coming back. Which logically implies that if you are awake, you will know)


Reward for Overcoming

He who overcomes will accordingly be dressed in white clothing; and I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, and I will confess and openly acknowledge his name before My Father and before His angels . Revelation 3:5 

Philadelphia

 Sin keeping them from Overcoming: None

Conditions for Overcoming
Because you have kept the word of My endurance I will keep you safe from the hour of trial, that hour which is about to come on the whole world, to test those who live on the earth. am coming quickly. Hold tight what you have, so that no one will take your crown. (the hour of trial He is speaking of here is the Tribulation, more evidence of the Rapture)

Reward for Overcoming
He who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God; he will most certainly never be put out of it, and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My  new name.  Revelation 3:12

Laodicea


Sin keeping them from Overcoming
So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]. Because you say, “I am rich, and have prospered and grown wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked [without hope and in great need],  Revelation 3:16-17

Conditions for overcoming
I counsel you to buy from Me gold that has been heated red hot and refined by fire so that you may become truly rich; and white clothes [representing righteousness] to clothe yourself so that the shame of your nakedness will not be seen; and healing salve to put on your eyes so that you may see.....  so be enthusiastic and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will].  Rev 3:18-19

Reward for Overcoming
He who overcomes, I will grant to him [the privilege] to sit beside Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down beside My Father on His throne Rev 3:24    

So in summary, what are the conditions of an Overcomer?

  • Jesus must be first in your life
  • Be faithful to the point of death
  • No idols or sexual immorality
  • Commit yourself to obey the Lord and turn away from all sin
  • Endure until the end
  • Do not be lukewarm toward God

What are the punishments if you don't become an Overcomer?

  • You will be removed from the presence of God
  • Thrown into the Lake of Fire
  • Jesus will fight against you
  • Great anguish and pestilence
  • Jesus will come when you do not expect Him
  • Thrown into the tribulation
  • Vomited out of Jesus's mouth

 

Rewards for Overcoming

  • You will eat of the fruit of the tree of life!
  • You will be spared the lake of fire  
  • You will eat of the hidden manna and be given a white stone with a new name engraved on it
  • You will be given authority to rule and shepherd the nations
  • You will be dressed in white and your name will not be blotted out of the Book of Life
  • You will become a pillar in the temple of God
  • You will sit beside Jesus on His throne 


I don't think I need to add any commentary on this. The Word of God speaks for itself.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!



Greetings, Warriors of the Most High!  Here's another list of world events as they relate to Biblical prophecy of the end times in which we live. Read with caution, discernment, and in an attitude of prayer. Don't allow fear to penetrate, but be encouraged that our Savior is coming soon!

Israel

Rare Red Heifer for Temple offerings found!
British antisemitism rises to record levels 
War is coming if U.S. moves embassy to Jerusalem 
Iran warns they can hit Tel-Aviv with a missile in 7 minutes

Immorality

Planned Parenthood workers who reached abortion quotas rewarded with pizza party
Popular Children's magazine includes homosexual men on the cover
Human Pig Hybrid - Gross! 
Transgender man can be girl guide leader and parents are not informed 
Boy scouts to accept transgender boys 
Texas Major comes out as a transgender 
Divinity school told to use gender-neutral terms for God
Pregnant women no longer allowed to be called "Mothers"
Sex robots coming to a store near you

Apostasy

Lutheran church votes in favor of same-sex marriage
Catholic nun says Mary wasn't a virgin

Evil

Satanic temple wants to erect homage to Satan at Arkansas Capitol
Houston area students give Nazi salutes while yelling Heil Hitler 
Satanism now taught in prisons 
Shooting at Quebec mosque 5 dead

Wars and Rumors of Wars

North Korea threatens to nuke LA if  U.S. continues threats
Mikhail Gorbachev - it looks like the world is preparing for war
Iran threatens to fire missiles at enemies after twitter spat with Trump 
Hamas military capabilities restored to pre-2014 strength
China warns of nuclear war if Trump doesn't back off 
U.S. imposes new sanctions on Iran after their illegal missile tests 
Navy Patrol sent to patrol off Yemen amid tensions with Iran 
U.S. would have overwhelming response to a North Korean nuclear attack 
China tests missiles with ten war heads 
Attack on Saudi frigate meant for U.S. warship 
U.S. troops hold joint drills in Poland for possible attack 
Russian biggest artic military push since Soviet fall 
Fears grow over Jihadist cyber threat 
U.S. tanks and infantry arrive in Estonia as NATO builds up forces on Russian Border 
Trump's chief adviser predicts war with China and in the Middle East

Big brother

Left-wing Media matters will work with FaceBook to fight "fake news"

Signs in the Sky - Aliens

NASA cuts live feed from Space station when strange object appears
2nd miss in 3 weeks! Asteroid barely misses hitting earth 
On Feb 2nd another asteroid zoomed past earth
More than 7 fireballs disintegrated in the skies above the UK and U.S. 
Fireballs change night to day in Wisconsn and Illinois 
Eclipse, comet, and full moon happening tonight

Plagues/famines/Earthquakes

Bird flu outbreaks raise fears for human pandemic
Vegetable shortage in Europe due to harsh weather
Earthquake swarm rocks Etna, schools evacuated 
Macedonia reports outbreak of H5N8 Bird flu 
Super volcano in Italy about to blow 
Huge sinkhole in PA, swallows truck
Massive 2 mile crack found in Arizona desert
Mysterious "Booms" heard around San Diego county
6.3 Earthquake strikes off Pakistan 
Violent tornadoes hit Louisiana! 

Persecution

Man fired for invoking Christ's name in an email
Christian converts in Somalia face beheading 
You Tube shut down sermon channel 
Florida couple told to remove cross from front yard 
5th Christian found murdered in Egypt in 2 weeks 
Meet the Christian who may spend years in prison for preaching Christ 
Two-thirds of democrats believe Islam and Christianity are equally violent 
Street preached locked up for hate crimes for quoting the Bible to a Gay teen
Attacks on Christians in France skyrocket 245%!
Angry mob beats up man in India for handing out free Bibles

Chaos/Anarchy/Loss of Freedom of Speech

Ex-Obama official calls for military coup to oust Trump
San Francisco refuses to obey Federal Law
U.S. on precipice of widespread civil unrest
Seattle creates safe sites where addicts can inject illegal drugs  
Google bans 200 publishers, labeled as "Fake News" 
Over 12,000 tweets call for Trump's assassination  

Good news!

Trump will prioritize persecuted Christians seeking asylum.
New CIA director Pompeo says "Jesus Christ, our Savoir, is truly the only solution for our world" 
Trump: "As long as we have God, we are never alone"
Worship artist credits Psalm 91 for miraculous healing from cancer
Latin America experiencing a spiritual awakening!

Praying you all have a lovely, restful weekend!



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