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


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


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! 


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


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


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 


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.


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)


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

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.


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 


 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


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.


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!


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


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


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


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


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! 


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!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

Proverbs 10:25 


Monday, February 6, 2017

Do we care about the lost?

A friend of mine sent me a link to the video below and after watching it, I was deeply grieved.  It will take 5 minutes of your time, but it will be time well spent.

My purpose in posting this is not to cause anyone to feel guilty. Lord knows, we all live with enough guilt as it is. However, I can't help but think of the countless Christians I know (myself included) who spend most of our prayer time asking for the Lord's help. Help with jobs, money, bills, health issues, kids, our marriages, friendships. We may even pray for our pastor, our country's leaders, and for our own spiritual walk with God to be closer. ALL GOOD THINGS!  Nothing wrong with prayers like this at all. But this video got me to thinking about how ultimately those prayers are all self-serving. Even the prayer that God changes our hearts and makes us more like Him, can at its roots be somewhat selfish. (Please bear with me, I'm not at all saying this isn't a good prayer and that it doesn't greatly please God)

We go to church services, sometimes multiple times a week, we listen to sermons online, we attend conferences about marriage and finances and end times. But when was the last time we actually told someone about Jesus?  When was the last time we spent an hour in prayer, crying and sweating blood for the lost people we know? When was the last time we denied ourselves food and instead spent that time praying for the lost world?

Again, I'm not trying to invoke guilt. And I'm not trying to say that we all need to get out on the streets and tell people about Jesus. We all have different gifts in the body of Christ. And believe me, mine isn't evangelism! But we need to figure out what gifts we have and use them to help open people's eyes who are trapped in darkness.

Just think of how much that would mean  to the Lord? If we dove into the raging sea along side Him and helped Him rescue those beloved children He loves so much!  If you have a lost child, think of what that would mean to you if someone came alongside you to help save him or her!

The truth is, hell is a place that is far beyond our most horrible nightmare. And it lasts forever. Perhaps in 2017, we can make a vow to spend less time praying about our own troubles and more time asking God what we can do to help. He may send some of us on missions trips. He may send some to our neighbors. He may ask you to use your talents to create things that glorify Him. Or He may simply ask you to pray for the lost.

The truth is, I believe that when we jump in the trenches with the Lord, when we really work beside Him with all our heart, not only will we come to know Him more, but all of our personal problems will slowly drift away.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Update: My next release!

It's been awhile since I've talked about what I'm writing, so I thought I'd better give an update.

Last week, I finished writing When Angels Cry. At the moment it is in the hands of my editor (Lora Doncea) and a few other readers/editors who have offered to help me out.  I expect to have the edits back sometime by early March, at which time, I will "fix" everything that needs fixing, go over it one last time, and then format it for Ebook and Print. 

My hopeful release date is April 1st. Though I may be able to get it out before then.

This is a contemporary end-times suspense romance.  (Hey, that's a new genre!) It is my first contemporary story. Most of you are familiar with my historical novels, but this one is set in present day, or perhaps a tad bit in the future. The location is Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where I grew up.

I truly believe God instructed me to write this book. I felt so strongly about it for months before I ever started, and then after I began, I got sick multiple times, hated every word I wrote, and thought about quitting and tossing it in the trash. More than once!  It was a real struggle to continue, but against all opposition, I have finally finished.

This may be the single most important story I have ever written. I mean that. It is my utmost hope and prayer that God gets it into the hands of people who need to hear its message before it's too late. 

I don't have the cover yet and won't until late March, so I'll substitute this picture for now. Here's what will be on the back cover:

In the not too distant future…

As wars, plagues, and famines ravage the world,
immorality and violence are rampant, 
and the Bible is outlawed…

Angelica Smoke, a single mother and cocktail waitress, ascends the steps of a mega-church to deliver a message from God to the one man she hoped never to see again.

That message thrusts world famous pastor, Daniel Cain, into a whirlwind of confusion, causing him to seek out Angelica and demand an explanation. But the woman broke his heart once and is now involved in a fanatical cult that could damage his blossoming career. Still, he cannot stay away, and the more time he spends with her, the more he begins to doubt everything he believes.

Angelica is a seer. God grants her visions of the future, but she had no idea what to do with them. Her top priority is protecting her son—from the world, the culture, the devil, and especially from Daniel. But God keeps throwing them together, causing her fears to rise and reopening old wounds that threaten to tear her soul apart.

Angels watch over the couple, protecting…hoping both will make the right choice. But they can only do so much as the end of the age comes to a close and the battle intensifies, not only for Angelica and Daniel, but for the souls of all humanity.

Thoughts? Does this sound like something you'd be interested in reading?   If so, and you'd like to be part of my influencer team, leave a comment with your email or send an email to me at
Requirements: Read the book within a specified amount of time and then leave reviews on 2 or 3 listed sites.  And just generally help me spread the word.

By the way, if you've gotten this far, it's my birthday!  58 and kicking! God is good.  
Also if you've dropped by for my normal overview of prophetic world events, I'll get back to that next week!