Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Time to Fall In Love Party!



Welcome to the “IT’S TIME TO FALL IN LOVE” treasure hunt where Julie  Lessman, Debbie Lynne Costello and I are celebrating the release of our latest books with some fabulous prizes, including a Kindle Fire, Amazon gift cards, gift baskets, and books galore!  

YOU HAVE TWO CHANCES TO WIN AND HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

1.) Individual Blog Treasure Hunts:
Debbie Lynne, Julie, and MaryLu are giving away separate prizes on each of our blogs per the schedule below, so be sure to come by all three blogs on the days listed. Then, simply enter each of our individual contests via the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of our blog pages. You can then earn extra chances each day of the schedule by answering a question that pertains to that particular blog on that particular day.

Links for Each of our Blogs:
Debbie Lynne Costello
Julie Lessman
MaryLu Tyndall 

Treasure Hunt Schedule:
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Friday, March 4, 2016 — Winner’s Announced

Kindle Fire Treasure Hunt:
  1. While you are visiting each of our blogs per the schedule above, simply collect the “treasure hunt clue” listed at the bottom of the page and write it down.
  2. Continue to collect all the clues at each of our blogs on the specified dates.
  3. Once you collect the final word clue on Monday, February 29, you will have a 15-word sentence that will allow you to enter the Kindle Fire Giveaway by entering that sentence in the Kindle Rafflecopter box on any of our blogs.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON EACH OF OUR BLOGS SIMULTANEOUSLY ON FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH, GOOD LUCK!


Meanwhile, to get you pumped for our new releases, here’s the jacket blurb for my latest release Charity's Cross!

Suspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship out of Portsmouth, England
heading for the colonies. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but she ends up in Nassau. When she spots her husband’s brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship, she jumps overboard.

Pirate turned preacher, Elias Dutton, must get to Barbados as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him with her safety. He cannot let them down—again.  But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados.

Pirates, storms, shipwreck and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias’ heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a woman pure as the virgin sands of the Caribbean. He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities.

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!
BUT … before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THIS CLUE — Christian — which is the #3 CLUE in our15-word sentence you’ll need to enter the Kindle giveaway on February 29th - March 3rd.

DON’T FORGET TO HEAD ON OVER TO DEBBIE LYNNE’S AND JULIE'S BLOGS FOR MORE CLUES AND PRIZES.

HAPPY TREASURE HUNTING AND GOOD LUCK!

Here are the Prizes I'm giving away:  (Enter to win in the Rafflecopter below)

Ocean-themed gift pack:   Total value: $100

Sea-salt hand cream
Beach foaming soap
Pirate ship nightlight
Cute Girl Pirate Doll

Ocean Themed Dish Towel
2 Wooden Cross Necklaces
Signed copies of all  three books in my Charles Towne Belles Series

 

 

 

  Additional Prizes


  • Signed poster of the book cover (24x18)
  • 2 Ship mugs with $5 Starbucks Gift cards
  • Swabbie Cook book
  • Signed Paper back of Charity's Cross

















That's SIX individual prizes!

 The Rafflecopter Question of the day 
Besides Elias being a man, why does Charity not want help from him in particular?

If you are new to Rafflecopter, it will ask you to do certain things in order to gain points toward winning the prize. When Rafflecopter chooses a winner, the more points you have, the better chance you have at winning.  All of the tasks are optional, but to better your chances, I encourage you to do them. None of them take much time.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


This is where you will enter the final 15 Word sentence you collect on all our blogs for the next 2 weeks to enter to win the Kindle Fire!  You can't enter yet, but be sure and collect your secret word for today!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Monday, February 8, 2016

Last 7 Signs of Jesus's Soon Return!

If you missed the first 7 signs from two weeks ago, here's the Link.  

If you missed the second 7 signs from last week, here's the link. 

 

Let me reiterate reasons I believe studying prophecy and looking for Jesus's return is vitally important

  • For every prophecy in the Bible about Jesus's first coming, there are 5 about His second
  • Jesus, Himself, chastised the people of His day for not reading the signs of the times and being ready for His first coming. How much more will He chastise us for not being prepared for His second arrival?
  • Watching Bible Prophecy come true not only increases one's faith but brings others to a saving knowledge of Christ (Biblical prophecy was a major factor in my salvation)
  • We are instructed in the Scripture to always be looking for Jesus's return and to be ready
  • The early church, including Peter and Paul spoke often of the second coming
  • Being in a ready state for Jesus's return helps one live a holy life.
  • Seeing prophecy being fulfilled gives one hope 
  • Knowing the signs of the times keeps us from being deceived and from the great deception the Bible predicts will come upon the entire world.

Now for the last SEVEN signs.

 

15. Rise of Global government - One World Government


The Bible prophesies that in the end times a leader will arise who will unite the world in a one-world Kingdom. This man is called by many names in the Bible: The Assyrian, Son of Perdition, Antichrist, the Beast, man of sin, Lawless one, the mighty man, the violent man, deceitful one, etc...   He will unite the world and bring peace, but it will be a false peace.  He is spoken of in both Daniel 7,11 and Revelation 13, as well as by Paul in 2 Thessalonians, and other places throughout the Bible.

Never before in the history of mankind has there been so much talk about a global government. Plans have even been laid for such an endeavor at the UN.  World leaders are calling for a global government to help with the crisis of Climate control and terrorism.  Obama, Bill Gates, and even Pope Francis are calling for a one-world system.  Don't believe me?  Just Google "Global Government"

It is my personal opinion that this end time confederation of nations will be associated with the rising Islamic Caliphate. A short read into Muslim Eschatology (end times theology) reveals that their "messiah" is our "antichrist".  It's quite interesting but would take too much time here to go into. I suggest you do your own study, if you're interested.

16. UFOs - Return of the Nephilim


This sign is the one that will most likely shock a few people. I'm not saying I completely believe this, but after doing intensive research, I thought it was worth mentioning. In Jesus's end time sermon in Matthew 24, he said the following

But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  

One of the biggest things that characterized the "days of Noah", besides rampant immorality, was the mating of fallen angels with human women, causing the rise of the Nephilim, which tainted human DNA. This was all part of Satan's plan to keep the Messiah from being born and one of the main reasons, I believe, God decided to wipe out all mankind and all Nephilim with them.

Genesis 6:1-5   describes this event and leads right up to the flood of Noah

Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 

Do you see how the Nephilim are somehow intertwined with God's anger and decision to flood the world?

So what does this have to do with end times?  Well, if Jesus said the days before His coming would be like the days of Noah, we should expect to see some Nephilim activity. I've done a lot of research on this.. so bear with me but I believe the extraordinary rise in UFO sightings in recent years is connected to Nephilim. There has been a significant rise in UFO sightings and in abductions in recent years. I know some of you are shaking your heads at me right now, but  I encourage you to do your own research. I believe these UFO sightings are either demons or Nephilim. And I also tend to believe they will play a huge part in the deception that the Bible says is coming upon the entire world.

17. Mark of the Beast Technology

...and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:17

The Bible describes a mark of some kind that the Antichrist will make people get who swear their allegiance to him.  Apparently people can use this "mark" to buy and sell.  Sounds like a chip of some sort, doesn't it?  In fact, many companies are already developing a chip that is implanted just beneath the skin that will have personal identification information on it, including bank information.  This kind of technology was not possible 50 years ago.
Google "Microchip human implant technology" It has already been approved by the FDA

18. A Rabbi's prophecy

This one is super interesting!
Judah Ben Samuel was a legendary and prolific German rabbi of the 12th century who made some astonishing and specific predictions about the future of Jerusalem and Israel that came true.
Here are some of his predictions that came true:

Prediction: In AD 1217 he predicted the Ottoman Turks would rule over Jerusalem for 8 Jubilees (A Jubilee is 50 years)   so 400 years
Fulfillment: The Turks took over Jerusalem in 1517 and ruled until 1917 when Allied Forces forced them out.

Prediction:  In the 9th Jubilee (Jubliee years happened every 50 years --see below for more info), Jerusalem will be a no-man's land
Fulfillment: From 1917-1967, The Holy land was under British mandate and belonged to no nation. Even after Israel became a nation in 1948, Jerusalem was split in two. The Jordanians controlled the east part and Israel the west. In 1967 Israel regained control of all of Jerusalem

Future prophecy!
Judah Ben Samuel also prophesied that during the 10th Jubilee Jerusalem would be under the control of the Jews and the Messianic “end times” would begin. If he’s right, the 10th Jubilee began in 1967 and will be concluded in 2017.


19. Israel is a nation!

This is by far the most important sign. Why? Because for nearly 2000 years, no one could truly claim we were in the last days without Israel being a nation. When Jesus returns and places His feet on the Mount of Olives, it is to destroy the armies which are coming against Israel.

This particular prophecy is a special one to me because it is the prophecy that finally opened my eyes to the reality of God.   If you know anything of the History of Israel, you know that in 70AD the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and took all the Jews as slaves. As a result, Israel was no longer a nation and the Jewish people were dispersed throughout the entire world.

In Ezekiel 37 as well as elsewhere in the Bible, it is prophesied that one day God would gather all the Jews from all over the earth and bring them back into Israel and they would be a nation again. Mind you, this was prophesied 600 years before Israel even left the land.  NEVER in the history of mankind has a nation been annihilated and its people spread to every corner of the world and then 2000 years later, the people brought back and the nation restored with its original language and customs!! Think about it. It would be impossible without God.

Now that Israel is a nation again, the end-time clock has begun to tick!

20. 70 Years since Birth of Israel


70 is one of those cool numbers in the Bible. Just do a search in Bible Gateway on "seventy"

Here are a few of the important 70s 
 
70 people went to Egypt with Jacob
70 Elders went up the mountain with Moses to worship God
70 Men were chosen to help Moses rule the people
70 sons of Jerrubbaal were killed by their brother
70 thousand men died during a plague God sent
70 bulls offered as a sacrifice
70 years was appointed for the captivity in Babylon
70 years is determined to be the length of a man's life in Psalm 90
Isaiah predicted Tyre would be destroyed after 70 years
The western wall of the city was 70 cubits wide
Jesus said to forgive someone 70 times 7
Jesus sent out 70 disciples to preach the Word

Israel was reborn 1947-48.  2018 will be 70 years. 

21. Fifty years since Jews took over Jerusalem


50 is another important number in the Bible. I'll let you do your own search. Serious, type in fifty in Bible Gateway and look through the entire Bible. A couple of the more important 50s are that Pentecost was 50 days after the Resurrection and Moses was up on the mountain 50 days to get the Ten Commandments. Fifty is the number of deliverance and restoration. It is the number of years in between the year of Jubilee in Israel. The Jubilee year was a year in Israel when all debt was forgiven.  Slaves were freed, property was returned and everyone took the year off and celebrated.

And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family. That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine.   Leviticus 25:10-11

Jesus made an interesting statement about Jerusalem in Luke 21
And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Jerusalem was under Gentile rule until 1967 when Israel won the 6 day war and took over the city. 50 years from that day puts us in 2017.  One thing that interests me about Jubilee is the returning of land and ownership of land to the original owners. We all know that because the Jews for the most part rejected Jesus as their Messiah, the gospel was given to the gentiles.  But if you've read the Bible, you also know that God isn't done with Israel yet. They are still His promised people and His covenant with them can never be broken.  After Jesus comes for His church, God will deal with Israel and open their eyes to the truth of Jesus as their Messiah. In essence the Gospel baton will pass from gentiles back to the original owners, Israel. Sounds like a Jubilee year to me!

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I hope you've enjoyed my 21 Top signs. May they bring you hope, peace, and joy as you await the return of Jesus. I did not post these to invoke fear in anyone, but instead to invoke excitement, anticipation, and a desire for holiness and to do God's will with the time we have left. Let us get more serious about our walk with God and stop playing church. May we not waste the talents and time God has given us.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1

"Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”  Luke 21:28
 

I'm sure there are more signs to list but these are the ones I'm focusing on. Do I believe that Jesus will return in my lifetime (As I'm writing this, I'm 57)  Yes, I do.  I could be wrong, but I really don't think so. (Not predicting a day or hour... so please no hate mail)

The thing is, whether Jesus comes soon or not for another thousand years, each one of us only has 80 or so years here on earth. Some much less. So, in essence Jesus will come for you during your life time. The only question is, will He know you and grant you entrance into heaven or will he say "I never knew you, depart from me" and you end up in a very dark place without light or love or anything good for all eternity.

If you aren't sure where you'll end up, all you need to do is ask God to reveal Himself to you through Jesus. You must be sincere and sincerely want to know the truth. God will answer your prayer. Then all you need to do is believe in Jesus, receive the sacrifice He made for you on the cross, and submit your life to Him.  It's simple and can be done in a minute. A minute that lasts forever.

If you aren't sure and have questions or need someone to pray with, please contact me by pressing the "Contact Me" button at the top of this blog.


Friday, February 5, 2016

What's up with Socialism?

Okay, I admit that I'm totally astonished, shocked, and flummoxed  over the popularity of Bernie Sanders.  If you don't know who he is, he's running for president on the democratic ticket and got a fair amount of the vote (almost beating Hillary) in the Iowa Caucus this week.

Bernie Sander is a Socialist. He doesn't try to hide it. He's not ashamed of it. He comes right out and says that socialism is the best form of government and that he will turn America into a socialist state if elected president. The fact that so many people voted for him has prompted me to explain what socialism is exactly, because for the life of me, I can't understand why people would want it.  Believe me I usually don't get political on this blog. I actually loathe politics. However, I feel a need to properly define socialism for those who have no clue.  Mind you, I'm no expert, but I have a good general understanding of socialism

Here's the Merriam-Webster definition:
A simple Definition: a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies

More refined definitions are:
any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

a system of society or group living in which there is no private property

a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state

a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done  

In other words, Socialism means a much bigger government than the already bloated one we have. It means that the government will own most of the industries that employ people, that it will collect outrageous taxes, especially from the prosperous and then supposedly divide that money up equally among all.  At full force, it means the government will control your life, your job, salary, your property with the idea to divvy up the wealth so that everyone has a piece of the pie.

In some ways, I can see how that sounds good to those who are living in poverty. But what they don't understand is that the bigger government gets, the more power it has, and the less freedoms the people enjoy.  Already, we are seeing a government far removed from the republic set up by our founding fathers. They understood the agony of a government that was far too powerful. That's why many of them left Europe to come to America. They sought freedom from taxes and regulations and restrictions, and freedom to worship as they pleased. Good grief, the entire War for Independence in the United States was started by a rebellion against outrageous taxes on tea!

Our founding fathers set up a small government with lots of checks and balances so that it would not be possible for it to grow too large and take over. But that is exactly what has happened. Businesses are leaving the country because of enormous taxes and regulations and personal freedoms are at an all time low. Do you know we had to get a permit to cut down a tree in our own back yard? I've even heard of people who are told they can't give away vegetables they grow in their garden because they are not approved by the FDA.  And don't get me started on taxes.  Here in California, we get taxed for breathing.

And now, people want even more government?  When has the government done anything efficiently?
America used to be the land of opportunity where anyone who worked hard could realize their dreams. Now, due to a bloated powerful government, it has become harder and harder to do that. But is more government going to solve the problem? 

I know there are a lot of poor people in this country who don't feel like they've had a fair chance. They look at the rich and feel as though it's unfair that so few have so much.  The truth is that many of the wealthy in this country have worked extremely hard and sacrificed much to get where they are. That's what this country used to be all about. Everyone, no matter their humble beginnings, could rise up and be successful if they worked hard enough.  The problem is that is no longer possible in most cases due to government regulations.  Just try and start your own small business in this country and you'll soon discover it will be nearly impossible due to taxes and regulations.  The best way to help the poor is not to give them handouts that will only keep them dependent, but to get government out of the way and make it possible for them to have as much chance as anyone to succeed!  Yet, what socialism preaches is to take the money from the rich and give it to the poor, keep them dependent on the government and strip them of their opportunities and dignity. 

There are many problems in this country right now, but expanding government and increasing taxes is not going to solve them. The opposite, in fact, is the solution. 

I'll end with some famous quotes on socialism and let you decide.







Don't forget to come by next Wednesday for the first day of our Time To Fall in Love Party with Julie Lessman, Debbie Lynne Costello, and myself!! 


Have a great weekend!




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Wednesday, February 3, 2016




Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.... I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.  

John 12: 35, 46



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Monday, February 1, 2016

Next 7 out of 21 Signs of Jesus's soon return!

If you missed the first 7 signs from last week, here's the Link. 

Let me reiterate from last week some reasons I believe studying prophecy and looking for Jesus's return is vitally important

  • For every prophecy in the Bible about Jesus's first coming, there are 5 about His second
  • Jesus, Himself, chastised the people of His day for not reading the signs of the times and being ready for His first coming. How much more will He chastise us for not being prepared for His second arrival?
  • Watching Bible Prophecy come true not only increases one's faith but brings others to a saving knowledge of Christ (Biblical prophecy was a major factor in my salvation)
  • We are instructed in the Scripture to always be looking for Jesus's return and to be ready
  • The early church, including Peter and Paul spoke often of the second coming
  • Being in a ready state for Jesus's return helps one live a holy life.
  • Seeing prophecy being fulfilled gives one hope 
  • Knowing the signs of the times keeps us from being deceived and from the great deception the Bible predicts will come upon the entire world.

 

 8. Persecution of Christians


“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you."  John 15:18
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  Matthew 24:9

 In two millennia of Christian history, about 70 million faithful have given their lives for the faith, and of these, 45.5 million -- fully 65% -- were in the last century, according to "The New Persecuted" ("I Nuovi Perseguitati").

Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey. Read more at Reuters
 
Persecution is definitely on the rise due to the influx of radical Islam in the middle east. We have no way to know how many Christians they have butchered there. 

Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. An average of at least 180 Christians around the world are killed each month for their faith. (Source: Open Doors USA)

Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Christ. (Source: U.S. Department of State)

Though we cannot compare with that kind of suffering here in America, I've seen an intense hatred for Christians growing even here in recent years. People being fired from jobs because they are Christians. Chaplains in the military not allowed to speak the name of Jesus. Businesses close who speak out against gays, and even shootings directed specifically at Christians.  Keep your eye on this because it will only get worse. 


9. People will kill Christians and think it is what God wants

 
"...yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service."  John 16:2


Did you ever think you'd see a group of people who scream "god is great" as they are slaughtering thousands of innocent people?  It baffles the mind that people believe their God orders them to kill anyone who doesn't believe like they do. Yes, I'm speaking about Radical Islam whose followers have a special hatred for Christians and Jews. Hmm. Wonder why?  Before I get slammed with being a racist or Muslim hater, I'm neither. I love Muslims and often pray for them. However, a quick read of their Koran and Hadith and other writings of Mohammad, as well as what he did by way of example in his life time, proves that Islam demands the death of the infidel.
Yes, Christians have done that too over the centuries, I agree.  But NEVER because God ordered it or it said so in the Bible.

10. Lawlessness and Iniquity abound and love grows cold


 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  Matt 24:12

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  2 Tim 3:1-4

I thought about gathering statistics to prove this, but if you  live anywhere in the world, I don't think you need any. Crime is rampant, our jails are overflowing, and most people everywhere just don't seem to care any more.  Yes, there has always been crime and wickedness, but I've been alive long enough to notice how much worse things are now than when I was a kid.  In fact, when I grew up, I used to ride my bike through our neighborhood streets and go visit friends blocks away. My mother had no fear of me being kidnapped because only rich kids got kidnapped. Today, with all the pedophiles running around, you can't let your child out of your site. Kids are kidnapped for sexual pleasure and then dumped on the side of the road. 
People used to leave their doors unlocked too. Especially if they lived in a safe neighborhood where everyone knew each other.  Now people hide behind massive bolts and sophisticated alarm systems. What about the language?  I would get my mouth washed out with soap if I said some of the words you hear people saying in stores and coffee shops.  Okay.. I could go on, but you get the point.

11:  False prophets 


There are a TON of warnings in both old and new Testaments about False prophets. However Jesus warns us more than once about them in Matthew 24 as related to end times.  There have always been false prophets throughout the centuries, but apparently in the last days there will be more than ever. 

There have been obvious ones over the years: People's Temple, Jim Jones, David Koresh, Branch Davidians, various Christian cults, Scientology, Wicca, Universalism, New Age... etc.. But did you know there are several people today who claim to be Jesus? Google it and you'll see. They actually have a following!  Also, I believe there are many false prophets within the church today, some preaching from the pulpit. They have huge followings and are almost worshiped like gods, and they twist Scripture ever so slightly so as to make it of no effect. We need to be extra careful what we listen to and who we listen to. Most of all, we must know the Scripture extremely well if we are to judge the truth from lies.  Remember Satan is very subtle with his lies. They almost always sound very close to the truth.

The thing that concerns me most is that there will be a final false prophet who will also claim to be world's messiah, and he will prove himself through signs and wonders. He may even say he is the real Jesus and that the Bible is wrong. People will adore him and many will be deceived by him. 

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect  Matthew 24:24



12. People faint from terror


People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, Luke 21:26

Talk to anyone now a days and most people will say they are apprehensive of what is coming on the world.  Even here in America where we are accustomed to feeling distant from the wars in Europe and elsewhere,, that sense of security vanished after 9-11.  Just a quick glance over the news headlines each day reveals an abundance of terrifying events.  The recent Paris attacks, the shootings here in the US, our open border, the influx of refugees, military cutbacks, a collapsing economy, inflation, our health care system crises. Not to mention that there is an entire group of people who call us the great Satan and want us all dead. People today are nervous about the future. However, even as bad as it is now, I believe Jesus was talking about a time when things will be much worse.

13. Gospel preached through the entire world


And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.  Matt 24:14

My husband has a theory about the spread of the Gospel. As we know it started in the middle east.. spread west to Europe and Africa, then it leapt over the Atlantic and took root in North and South America,and now it is finally ending up in Asia.  When all the Asian countries have heard the Gospel, it will have encompassed the entire globe. 

Well, guess what?  China, Korea, and India have the largest growing Christian populations! 
Here's just one article on China becoming the Worlds most Christian Nation within 15 years! 
Here's an article about India

There are stories after stories coming out of Asia about how the Gospel is absolutely on fire over there, even despite the persecution. I'm actually a part of an organization called Global Media Outreach.  They use the internet to reach people in distant lands through a cool website and then various ads.  People can click on the ad and get the gospel presented to them right through their phone, and then if they want to receive Jesus, they can click another button and they get connected with an online missionary who can email with them one-on-one to help them find the truth.  So, has the Gospel been preached in all the world to every nation? I think we are pretty close.

 

14. Nations involved in the Gog-Magog war are aligning


There is a war described in great detail in Ezekiel 38 which many Biblical Scholars believe to be a war that occurs right before the return of Christ. It is referred to as the Gog-Magog War.

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh,Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him,  and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.  I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.
Ezekiel 38:1-6 

There is much debate over what these countries are called now, so I'll just list the various interpretations

Rosh, Meshech, Tubal (Russia or Turkey) 
Persia (modern day Iran)
Cush - (Modern day Sudan or Somalia, also could be Iraq)
Put (Modern day Libya)
Gomer/Togarmah - (Modern day Turkey and/or perhaps parts of Russia, or Germany)

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Israel

The prophecy states that these nations will form an alliance and attack Israel.  This has never happened before, nor have these nations ever formed an alliance.  Until Now. If you follow anything about the middle east, you know that Turkey is on the rise in both power and in its Islamic roots, and Iran continues to threaten Israel. Also Libya has been in the news lately too!  It used to have a dictatorship but it is now run by Islamists.  All these countries hate Israel and continue to threaten to wipe Israel off the map.  Our recent deal with Iran has handed them the ability to make a nuclear weapon. Russia has also been flirting with Iran, which is unprecedented. Anyway, keep an eye on these countries and their attitude toward Israel.

If you're interested, read all of Ezekiel 38.  It's really interesting and you will discover that it has a happy ending!

Come back next week for the Final Seven Signs of Jesus's Soon Return!  I think you'll find the last 7 the most interesting of all!




Do you know where you are going when Jesus comes?

Whether Jesus comes soon or not for another thousand years, each one of us only has 80 or so years here on earth. Some much less. So, if you think about it that way, Jesus will come for you during your life time. The only question is, will He know you and grant you entrance into heaven or will he say "I never knew you, depart from me" and you end up in a very dark place without light or love or anything good for all eternity.

If you aren't sure where you'll end up, all you need to do is ask God to reveal Himself to you through Jesus. You must be sincere in your desire to know the truth. God will answer your prayer. Then all you need to do is believe in Jesus, receive the sacrifice He made for you on the cross, and submit your life to Him.  It's simple and can be done in a minute.  I'd love to pray with you or answer any questions. Simply contact me through the Contact Me button at the top of this blog.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ready, Get Set, Go! Charity's Cross releases on Monday!!!

Only THREE days left to get your Kindle copy of Charity's Cross at only $2.99!!   On Monday it goes up to $4.99. 

Here's part of a review the book received from Julia at ChristianBookAholic.com

Charity's Cross by MaryLu Tyndall is book number four in the Charles Towne Belles series but can be read as a stand-alone as I had not previously read anything by MaryLu Tyndall. It is a Christian historical romantic adventure full of swash buckling pirates and preachers and maidens in need of
rescuing.
One of the main themes is that of trusting God. Charity used to trust God but life to her, seemed to show that God was untrustworthy. "She had assumed God had abandoned her years ago." Charity feels alone and trusts no-one. She feels that she can only rely on herself, but she is wrong. God is the One she needs to lean on, she just needs to open her eyes and realise that, as she is told "All you can do is follow God the best you can an' trust He loves you." Will these words ever impact Charity?
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The novel demonstrates how the sins of the fathers can continue to the next generation. MaryLu Tyndall sensitively deals with the topic of abuse, both physically and mentally. "He'd denied her nothing, save love, happiness and safety." It can make for hard reading at times. Particularly poignant was the portrayal of how one escapes in one's mind while the abuse is happening.
God is in the business of restoration. The novel shows numerous accounts of lives transformed. "God is in the business of not only forgiveness but restoration." Anyone can have a new start with God.
Overall the novel is a good old fashioned adventure with a dashing hero, a helpless maiden and a good dose of God. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was my first novel by MaryLu Tyndall but now I want to read more, including the first three in the series.

Order now from Amazon !    I also just saw that the paperback  is on sale for  $10.76! 

Party like a Pirate!!

Just a reminder that myself, Debbie Lynne Costello, and Julie Lessman are planning a huge release party for our new 3 books starting Wednesday, February 10th.  We are giving away tons of prizes, a Kindle, and there will be a scavenger hunt too!   So mark your calendar and be sure and come back for that!

Reefer 250!

Some of you may know that I am an avid Reef Aquarist.  I'd like to say I'm an expert, but in truth, I'm just an enthusiastic novice. What is a reef tank?  It is a salt-water aquarium that grows mainly corals and invertebrates instead of fish.  There are a few fish, but it's mainly corals. The water temperature, salinity, and overall quality must be maintained perfectly or things begin to die.  Corals, like me, are very sensitive creatures  Anyway, I just purchased a 54 gallon Reef Tank and set it up in my writing room.  I had a 30 gallon before and spent a few days carefully transferring all the aquatic life from that tank to this one.  So, I thought I'd bore you every once and awhile with a report and pictures of the tanks progression. Corals take a long time to fully grow and develop so patience is required. 



The salmon colored many-tentacled thing on the right is an Anemone.  This particular one is a bubble tipped anemone. You may see the  2 Clown fish hiding among its tentacles.  They have a natural symbiotic relationship in nature. The fish clean the anemone's tentacles and help lure in prey for the anemone to sting and consume, and in return the anemone provides a safe home for the fish and gives them the leftovers. Cool eh? 



I know it doesn't look like much now, but in a year or 2 those rocks will be covered with colorful corals. (I pray!)   
Can  you tell I love the sea?  Now I have it right here in my writing room to inspire me

Don't forget to come back Monday for the 2nd Part of my post on the 21 Signs of Jesus's Soon Return! 



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Wednesday, January 27, 2016



Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 

Matthew 6:26 



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