Friday, July 21, 2017
Greetings Watchers! Here's another batch of news that certainly will convince you that we are close to the end. Keep everything in prayer and don't allow fear to enter. Perfect love casts out all fear, and God loves us with His perfect love.
What caught my eye this time were the incredible number of earthquakes, AND the increasing apostasy of church leaders and the rising persecution of true Christians.
Wickedness, Evil, Violence
US plunges toward occultism and demon worship
Hawaii forcing pro-life clinics to promote abortion
Wars and Rumors of wars
Chinese spy ship spotted off coast of Alaska
Military creating super soldiers through bio-science
Chinese war ships conduct drills in Mediterranean
Israel prepares to counter Iran and Hezbollah buildup in Syria
Tensions continue to rise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem
Big Brother/One World Gov
China has capability to erase images mid-transmission from one person to another
VISA giving out rewards to restaurants who go completely cashless
70 year old Vet fired for trying to stop shoplifters
Facial recognition coming to police body cameras
Sodom and Gomorrah
Transgender nesting doll shows girl transitioning to a boy
LGBT activists double down to fight Trump's hateful policies. (Huh? I'm wondering what hateful policies)
Incest and pedophilia should be legal according to Sweden's Liberal People's party
Maltese parliament legalizes gay marriage in almost unanimous vote
California proposes jail time for using the wrong pronoun with transgenders
Terrorist attack on Temple Mount in Jerusalem
"Preacher" TV show tears pages from the Bible to roll joints
Churches in Egypt shut down due to heightened attacks
Indiana school district bans prayer at graduation ceremony
More than 100 Christians arrested in Eritrea during Government sting
NBC and ABC under fire for calling Christian group a HATE group
8 evangelical leaders who publicly embrace apostasy
A compromised Gospel produces compromised fruit (A must read!! Excellent)
Facebook gives no reason for blocking dozens of Catholic pages with millions of followers
7.8 Earthquake strikes Aleutian islands
Flood waters swamp homes in Illinois
Rare 5.8 Quake strikes off N. Korea
Growing sinkhole swallows 2 houses in Florida
Yemen faces world's largest humanitarian crisis and largest cholera outbreak
6.4 quake strikes near coast of New Ireland
Mexico residents fear a volcano is being formed beneath them
150 earthquakes strike Mammoth Lakes, CA
Series of powerful earthquakes strike the globe within 14 hours
Extreme flooding strikes Istanbul
878 earthquakes strike Yellowstone. Could an eruption fulfill Acts 2:20
Worst wildfires in British Columbia history
Thousands evacuated as wildfires burn in Central CA.
Signs in the sky
Meteor fireballs shake windows in Brazil and N. Carolina
Menacing skull cloud appears about Mt. Vesuvius
Former lesbian finds new identity in Christ
Research reveals blood on Shroud of Turin is from a man who was tortured
Justin Bieber proclaims Gospel of Jesus with boldness!
Have a wonderful weekend and keep looking up!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
I mentioned this idea in one of my other posts, but I felt it deserved a post of its own because it's such a unique and incredible revelation. All these years as Christians, we've been told that once we give our lives to Jesus, we are born again. But I've come to believe that might not be the case.
We get this phrase from Jesus, Himself, who said in John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Let me ask you a question. Do you see the kingdom of God? I would say the answer to that is No. You may sense it in your spirit, you may see evidence of it, but you don't actually SEE the Kingdom of God.
This, then, logically flows to the assumption that when we are born again, we will see the Kingdom of God.
The only other place in the Bible where the phrase "born again" is used is when the Apostle Peter also mentions it in in the following passages.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 1 Peter 1:3-4
Notice Peter says we are "born again" TO a living hope. What is that hope? An inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and reserved for us in heaven.
Also in that same chapter, Peter mentions "born again" one more time.
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible 1 Peter 1:22
Have you been born again of incorruptible seed? Do you have your new glorified body that does not die, age, or get sick? Hmm. I don't.
The Apostle Paul describes our new incorruptible bodies in 1 Corinthians 15
So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
.....Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
In other words, our bodies are currently in corruption, but WHEN we are raised again or raptured, we will be raised in incorruption with new bodies that never die. In our current corrupted state, we CANNOT inherit (or see) the kingdom of God.
Is it possible that when the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples of Jesus at Pentecost that the church was NOT "born" but instead "conceived" ? Remember it was the Holy Spirit who conceived Jesus in the womb of Mary. Wouldn't it make sense that He also conceived the church in the hearts of those who believe?
We true believers are the body of Christ, right?
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ 1 Corinthians 12:12
And Christ is the Head of the Body
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Notice the "we will grow" phrase. The Body of Christ is not completely formed yet because we still have believers to be added to the Body. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes how each of us is a body part. Some are hands, some are feet and we all have a part in the functioning of the body. Well, a baby can't be born until all its parts are formed and functioning.
So when Jesus talked about being "Born again" He was talking about His Body of believers being completed, raptured, and given new bodies that are now incorruptible and can SEE the Kingdom of God!
This fits completely with the Revelation 12 sign of the rapture, which describes a birth. So, the rapture of the church is the BIRTH of the Body of Christ. He (The Head of the Body) has already come out. (The head of the baby is always first). But at the rapture, His Body (us!) is finally born.
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth... She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up (the word means raptured) to God and His throne.
If you missed my post on why this child is us, click here
If you missed my post on the connection of labor pains with the rapture click here.
So, big deal, you might say. We are not "born again". It's just a phrase. True. But to me, it has great importance. It's a matter of perspective. If we say we are already born again, it has a sense of finality about it. We are saved, born again.. now we just live out our Christian lives the best we can. But when we realize we are not born from above yet, that we are still in the womb, it gives a different perspective.. a hope, a longing for something better. God is NOT done with us. The seed of the Holy Spirit has been planted in our hearts, but that is only the Beginning. It is the tip of the iceberg as they say. It is only a down payment of things to come.
We are still infants in the womb, being formed, shaped and molded together into the body of Christ. We are saved, but not yet born again. We don't know what we will be like when we are born but we know we will be like Him.
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:52-53
(I give credit where credit is due: I first heard this online from a guy named Scott Clarke. Check out his YouTube channel. He's awesome)
Friday, July 14, 2017
It may interest you to read these stats from a recent Gallup Poll of all Americans. Then, perhaps it won't surprise you to read the rest of this Friday's news. 😢
- 24% of Americans believe Bible is actual word of God and to be taken literally.
- 47% believe Bible’s inspired by God, but not all of it is literal. Friends, remember the scripture above in Rev. 3:16 on Lukewarm: We’re 100% with Him, or we’re NOT!
- 26% believe the Bible is fables, history, and recorded by man.
- 62% approve having a baby outside a marriage today. Only 17% in 2001.
- 63% approve of LGBT relations. Only 21% in 2001.
- 69% approve of sex between an unmarried man and woman. Only 16% in 2001.
- 73% approve of divorce. Only 14% in 2001.
- 36% approve of pornography. Only 6% in 2001.
- 37% approve of sex between teenagers. Only a scoshe of “4%” in 2013, just 4 years ago.
- 43% approve of abortions. Only 1% in 2001.
Sodom and GomorrahSesame Street rolls out transgender muppet.
Kids too young to even know about sex are talking about same sex marriages
Swedish Prime Ministers says church MUST marry same sex couples
LGBT "acceptance" panel hosted at Virginia public schools
Gay activists are after your children
Drag queens dress as nuns to read children stories
Major denomination praises Trans people
Army: Naked men identifying as female allowed in women's showers
How transgender idealogy has produced large scale child abuse
Florida police to receive reprimand for writing "male" on transgender's citation
Facebook police remove live video where pastor calls rainbow flag the mark of the beast
Signs in the SkyMotorist films UFO
Immorality/Evil12 year olds given the morning after pill
Exorcisms rising in the UK
Parents blast company trying to market pole dancing to teens
Online game urges young people to end their lives
Huge number of young men in America playing video games and not working
Minnesota approves Satanic monument to be built in Veteran's park
Big Brother/TechnologyMilitary technology allows humans to be plugged into a computer
Google censoring anti-abortion groups from top search results
PersecutionBench that contains "God" Quote removed after atheist complaint
Teen Vogue reporter calls Bible "Fake News"
Atheist group demands fire station remove cross from front of building
Turkish government seizes 50 church properties
Pastor receives feces in the mail for opposing Facebook's Rainbow flag emoji
Atheist group seeks removal of roadside cross where a mother died
ApostasyChurch of England votes to accept Transgenders, saying LBGT is not a sin
The man behind The Message translation of the Bible says he would marry gays
8 Evangelical leaders who have embraced apostasy
Wars and Rumors of WarsUS bombers carry out exercises in S. Korea as show of force
North Korea threatens a nuclear exchange after US carries out drills
Trump assures China that N. Korean threat will end one way of the other
Russia has taken a side in the N. Korea dispute and it's not ours
US Bombers challenge China in South Sea
Russian submarine activity in the arctic
US sends warships and Navy SEALS for war games off Ukraine coast
N. Korea's new nukes capable of destroying naval base in CA
N. Korea threatens to turn America into a pile of ash
China sends ships and troops to 1st overseas military base in Africa
Famines/Pestilences/EarthquakesThousands of cows dying in California heat wave
Wildfires spread across 6 states and Canada
Things so bad in Venezuela, toothpaste is being rationed
400,000 affected by flooding in India
6.5 earthquake in the Philippines knocks down buildings and kills at least 2
5.8 earthquake shakes Montana
6.4 Earthquake rocks New Zealand
Massive iceberg twice the size of Wales about to break off in Antarctica
Spotting the Antichrist?New French president Macron says "I will govern like a Roman God"
TerrorismJihadists behead nine Kenyan villagers
Weird StuffAncient skeletons of Nephilim unearthed in China
Good newsThousands attend large UK evangelism event
Evangelical leaders lay hands on Trump in prayer
It's time to get serious and pray, read and meditate on the Word of God, and stay in the Joy of the Lord. That is your strength!
Until next week... have a great weekend!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
If you follow my Monday posts, you probably know that I'm not one to tickle the ears with messages of blessings, grace, mercy, love... etc. NOT that these things aren't the BEST part of God. Without His incredible mercy, love and grace, I wouldn't be here. I wouldn't be writing books, and I most certainly wouldn't be blogging. In all honesty, I'd probably be sucking on a bottle of Tequila and watching old movies. I'm serious.
However, my calling is not to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I believe my calling on this blog (and, in part, my books) is to make known the part of God that isn't often talked about in church. In fact, in some churches, it is never talked about. Why God called me to this task, I have no idea. But it has certainly become my passion in the past few years. You see, I didn't grow regularly attending church, and when I got saved in my mid-40's and started attending church, I couldn't understand why Christians weren't more excited about God! Where was the passion for Jesus, the love of His Word, the care for the sick and poor? Where was the healing I read about in God's Word, the miracles, and other manifestations of the Spirit? And when I met socially with other Christians, why didn't they talk about God? Why did they seem more excited about Sports and money and cars and jobs? So, because I thought that surely these people know more than I do and most certainly the pastor does, I settled down to be a good little church goer.
But I read my Bible.
I read and read and read my Bible, cover to cover, year after year. And instead of making me more comfortable in my faith, I only felt confused. There seemed to be gap between what was taught in church and what I saw in the Bible. Certain verses seemed to be taken out of context, misread, and misinterpreted. And even in the best churches, difficult topics were completely ignored. Was I crazy? Should I just shut up, conform, and be a good little Christian? Well, honestly, that's not me. 😉
No, I don't have a degree in theology and no, I'm not a preacher or pastor. But this is what I am. I'm a Holy-Spirit filled follower of Jesus who loves God with all my heart, who is committed to Him, soul, body, and spirit. I'm not perfect. (Far from it), and yes, I do and will make mistakes, but my greatest desire is to bring people into a saving, intimate, relationship with Jesus. My mission field is mainly the church, believe it or not, because I believe there are so many in the church who aren't truly saved. Can someone sit week after week and hear the Gospel and not be saved? Yes. Look at the Pharisees and Scribes in Jesus's day.
Which leads me to the point of this post. I was reading in Matthew 3 where John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing to the people and a group of Pharisees came to see what he was doing. Here what he said to them:
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance. Verses 7-8
The verse in Red nearly jumped off the page at me. We so often hear in church today about God's grace and mercy and if we would just receive Him, we'd be saved, but how often do we hear about repentance? I mean TRUE repentance. And what about the fruits of repentance? What are those?
Repentance isn't just saying you're sorry for your sins. Repentance is being truly sorry for all your sins AND turning away from them and not purposely committing them again.
True repentance leads to salvation, and true salvation leads to a daily walk with God, and a daily walk with God leads to fruit. What fruit are we talking about? For starters...
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control Galatians 5:22
Out of this fruit comes good deeds (yes, I mean that nasty little word, "works", that so many Christians spout we aren't saved by) such as helping the poor, saving lost souls, forgiving others when they wrong you, self-sacrifice for others, tithing etc.
If someone claims to be a follower of Jesus and over the years has no evidence of fruit growing, I'd certainly wonder.
Jesus had something to say about fruit
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 7:19
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2
I'm not sure how more clear Jesus needs to be, do you? And yet, I've read commentaries from Biblical scholars who say that it doesn't mean you lose your salvation or go to hell, it just means Jesus is punishing you for awhile.
And lest you think I've taken these out of context, right before that verse in Matthew 7, Jesus is talking about the narrow gate and how few find it, and right after that verse he says the following:
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
In John 15, Jesus is saying that you must remain in Him and He IN you in order for you to bear fruit. If you don't,
If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. John 15:6
Thrown into the fire and burned? Gulp That sounds like more than a temporary punishment to me.
Many people will then say, "Well, that person was never saved." But how he or she have been a part of the tree then? Obviously they were branches extending from the tree, so they had to be part of the Kingdom of God, grafted into the vine of Jesus Himself.
I'm not saying this to scare anyone. Read the Bible for yourself and ask God to help you understand. If you've been complacent about your walk with God. If you love the world and the things of the world more than God. If you are stuck in purposeful sin, wake up! Time is SHORT! It's time to stop playing church, stop believing everything your pastor says (they are only human. And yes, there are many great pastors out there), question everything, go to the Author Himself, and stop being a sheep led to slaughter.
Until next week, Keep Looking Up!
Friday, July 7, 2017
Well, here we are again. Another week passed and another collection of disturbing news which only further indicates how close we are to the end. And this is only a small sampling of what has crossed my desk. I know there's even more out there that I don't know about or that isn't reported.
Many say that for the end to come we need to have the rise of a one-world-government, but what most don't understand is that it's already here behind the scenes and those in power have been working to take over the world for hundreds of years. I challenge you to do your own research on this.
Here's a good You tube series I've watched on this topic and our enemy in general
I trust this pastor, though I haven't listened to this particular video on the New World Order
Evil and ImmoralityWitches are on the rise
The solution to white supremacy is white abortion
Rabbi believes the Arch of Baal in Jerusalem is NWO's model for temple of darkness
LBGT mega-donor says next goal is to punish "Wicked Gay Marriage opponents"
Sodom and GomorrahOregon is the next state to offer third option on gender on drivers licenses
Hot new fashion trend has men dressing in skirts and high heels
Newborn baby may be the first to be registered "gender unknown"
Fertility doctors make it possible for men to have babies
Japanese men are marrying virtual reality brides
Sesame Street expresses support for LBGTQ agenda
German lawmakers legalize Gay marriage
World Gov/Loss of Freedom/PersecutionPublic schools give Psych evals to kids without parental permission
Teens threatened with arrest for praying in America
Twitter censors Pro-life citing "hate speech"
Facebook blocks family-friendly video that includes American's Christian heritage
Christian leaders mock governor for his belief in the power of prayer
Wars and Rumors of WarsTillerson calls for global action to stop North Korea
US and South Korea hold missile exercises
North Korea's missiles can now reach Alaska
China dispatches military ships and jets to warn off US
FBI investigating 1000 ISIS-related threats in all 50 states
Israeli airforce targets Syrian military after errand rocket lands in Israel
Famines/Earthquakes/PestilencesPowerful hail storm strikes Spain
Intense earthquake swarm near Macedonia
Central America hit by massive power outages
Volcano erupts in Indonesia
North Sea Earthquake shakes buildings in Britain
Heavy rains cause massive flood and 25 dead in Pakistan