Monday, May 29, 2017
But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord. Genesis 13:13
And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, Genesis 18:20
The sins of Sodom and Gomorrah were so horrible and reprehensible that God chose to destroy both cities with fire and brimstone from above. This was the only recorded time God did this to a specific city that I can recall. Maybe you've wondered what "sins" of Sodom and Gomorrah were so abominable that God singled them out to be utterly destroyed. The only two blatant sins that are mentioned in the text are homosexuality and violence, but I often wonder if those were the only ones.
Recently I read Romans 1 and was stunned by the list of qualities Paul lists that are found in people who reject God and engage in all sorts of sexual immorality.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,unmerciful; Romans 1:28-31
That's quite a list, isn't it? Just above these verses, Paul describes a specific downward spiral from knowing God to finally ending up being a person with these qualities. Yes, these people start out knowing God!
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:21
Here's the downward spiral
They know God
They did not glorify God
They were not thankful to God
Their thoughts became futile
Their hearts became dark
They professed to be wise, but became fools
They worshiped created things rather than the creator (money, sex, power, beauty)
God gave them up
They dishonored their bodies with homosexuality
They ended up having all those qualities listed above.
These qualities reminded me of the ones listed in 2 Timothy 3:1-4
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, having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Two things stand out to me about these Scriptures
1. These people once knew God or at least professed to know Him or had a form of godliness
2. How much of these qualities are found in our current culture, particularly in the generation now coming to adulthood. (Which is yet further proof we are in the last days)
Yet there is one more verse in Romans 1 that screams for our attention, the last verse of the chapter
who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Apparently, even if you don't practice such wickedness but stand by and approve it, you are EQUALLY guilty! This immediately made me think of the many Christians and many churches I've heard of who accept homosexuality, not only in their congregations, but in their leadership. It also reminded me that we, as followers of Jesus, cannot stand by and keep our mouths shut. If we do, aren't we guilty of seemingly approving of such practices?
The take away from all this?
1. The first steps toward evil are simple ones. Not glorifying God and not being thankful to Him. Be careful not to take those first steps down!
2. Stand up for righteousness. Open your mouth and be counted among God's people. When you see evil, call it out. Yes, you will be hated, maligned, ostracized and maybe even persecuted. Jesus told us to expect this. The alternative? Being silent, being safe, and in the end being counted among the unrighteous.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
One of the first misconceptions I want to clear up before I get started is the belief that we will spend eternity in heaven. It may surprise you to know that heaven is only a temporary stopping place. When we die or get raptured, we go there to wait for the end of the age on earth when God brings everything to a close and Jesus returns to earth to reign for a thousand years. Yes, that's right. We will be right back here on earth where we started! In fact, we will live here for a thousand years. So, if you're worried you might miss earth when you're gone, don't be.
If you've read Randy Alcorn's book Heaven, (which I highly recommend) then you have an idea of what life will be like on earth during those thousand years. Randy took his information straight from the Scripture which explains in wonderful detail what it will be like here when Jesus is ruling the entire planet from Jerusalem. Read the book, it will excite you, I guarantee it.
But what about the actual place called heaven where God sits on the throne? We get glimpses of the throne room throughout Scripture. Isaiah (Chapter 6) and Ezekiel (Chapters 1 and 10) and Daniel (Chapter 7) and Stephen (Acts 7) and the Apostle John in Revelation 4. I encourage you to go read those Scriptures. The throne room sounds AMAZING!
But what about the rest of heaven? I follow a pastor named John Fenn. He runs an organization called Supernatural House Church which organizes home churches across the world. He's a very humble man who doesn't flaunt himself and beg for money. I have listened to his sermons for years and have not found anything that goes against Scriputre. He has seen visions of Jesus and angels since he was a teenager, and has been taken to heaven in the Spirit more than once. Yes, this is Biblical. The Apostle Paul had a similar experience.
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 2 Corinthians 12:2
The third heaven is where God lives. The first heaven is earth's atmosphere. The second heaven is above that where Satan and his minions roam about, and the third is where God lives.
Anyway, Pastor John has recently released a set of CDs describing his heavenly visit and I had the privilege of listening to them. Nothing he says is against Scripture. However, much of what he says cannot be verified by Scripture because the Bible simply doesn't describe heaven for us. Do I believe that John Fenn actually went to heaven (in the Spirit) and that what he says is true? I do. Mainly because I trust him. He bears the fruit of a true prophet. Of course you can decide for yourself. I encourage you to pick up his CDs. You'll be so blessed and comforted! So, rather than repeat everything he said, I'd like to list below a couple of highlights that really blessed me.
If we go to heaven before the rapture, we won't have our glorified bodies yet. However we will have spirit bodies which resemble very much our earthly bodies except without all the wrinkles, sags, blemishes, and deformities. We will recognize each other and be reunited with friends and family. You'll be able to talk with relatives from ages past! Then once we get our glorified bodies, they'll be even better! We'll be flesh and bone, able to walk through walls, and instantly move ourselves from one place to another far away. In other words, we'll be super heroes! LOL Where do I get this from? From Jesus's example after He was resurrected. He's the firstfruit from the dead.
Our pets are there! John said that his dog who got hit by a car years before came running up to him, along with other pets he'd had as a child.
Heaven is one giant city filled with millions of homes and parks. The architecture varied depending on the time period when the person died. There were structures from village huts to medieval castles to ranches to modern day homes. Everyone gets their own home just like here on earth. (And what goes into that home and how beautiful it ends up being depends on what we do for the Lord here on earth)
The sky was a beautiful mixture of pastels and the lakes, creeks, and rivers were sparkling. There were wide grassy areas filled with flowers.
This part really touched me: Babies who die and babies who are aborted are all in heaven being taken care of by either relatives who've gone before them or if there are no relatives, by angels.
There are places like schools where children are taught just like here. In other words, if a child dies, he or she doesn't instantly become an adult in heaven, but remains a child and grows normally. John saw kids who had been killed in a car accident but their parents were still on earth. They were being taken care of by grandparents and other relatives.
And the best part? Jesus and the Father are there!
I'll leave it there and let you get the CD's if you're interested. (I am in no way affiliated with John Fenn and am not advertising for him. I don't even know him)
I guess the main point I want to get across is that heaven is much like earth, EXCEPT a THOUSAND TIMES BETTER! We will have everything good we have here but so much more! We will still have our spouses and families, homes, and tasks to do for the Lord. We will eat and laugh and love and be filled with incredible joy. And that's only the beginning. It gets much better when we come back to earth for the millennial reign of Jesus!
My hope is that this post has made you VERY excited about Jesus's soon return and very excited to leave this fallen world behind and venture into an eternity that is so wonderful, words cannot describe.
You might be interested in seeing my Pinterest board What Heaven is Like
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
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. Revelation 12:1-2
If you don't know what I mean by the Revelation 12 Sign, please first read my article The Rapture Sign of 2017
I'm NOT saying that this is 100% the rapture, but in all honesty, the more research I do on this sign and the more commentary I hear on it, the more I'm convinced that this is the real deal.
Instead of repeating what others have done much better than I could, I'm going to list some links below. One to an article from a man who set out to refute the sign, and the other to some You Tube channels from some great believers who have done their research and made awesome presentations.
Most of the initial objections I hear from people when I bring up the sign are
1. We shouldn't be looking at the stars to foretell the future. That's astrology and an abomination to God.
True! God does forbid fortune telling and astrology. But He does not forbid looking to the stars for signs from Him. In fact, He encourages it.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; Genesis 1:14
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. Psalm 119: 1-2
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory Matthew 24:30
In the verse below, God, Himself mentions 3 Constellations. Why did He bring them up if we aren't supposed to be looking at them?.
Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? Job 38:31-32
The word Mazzaroth is what the Jewish people call their zodiac. God's created constellations in the stars were first given to Enoch and then passed down to the Jewish people. They tell the story of Jesus and His death, resurrection, salvation, and victory over evil. This is NOT astrology. Around the time of Nimrod, Satan came in and perverted the zodiac and introduced astrology and fortune telling. God forbade His people to practice this because it is demonic. But the Jewish people still had their Mazzaroth, and clearly in Scripture God tells us to look to the signs He puts in the stars
Didn't God mark the birth of His Son on earth with a star? Why wouldn't He mark the rapture of His Son's bride with a sign in the heavens as well? Here's a man who has done a great deal of research on the Bethlehem Star
For more information on this, there are several books out by reputable Christians who have studied this in more depth than me.
The Gospel in the Stars by Joseph Seiss
The Witness of the Stars by Bullinger
Websites with great information
Some great You tube videos on this topic
The Mazzaroth - Alan Horvath
Pastor Chuck Missler
2. We shouldn't be predicting the rapture. No man knows the day or the hour
This may shock some of you and some may think I've lost it, but this particular verse has been misinterpreted in the mainstream church for years. Not only that, but there are several other verses in the Bible which contradict it. If you're interested in seeing the truth, please read my article on this very topic HERE
3. John was speaking about the birth of Jesus in Revelation 12 and not about the rapture
This is what they teach pastors in seminary because this is the only way they knew to interpret this passage. Maybe they were afraid to look into the stars, or maybe they didn't understand that the church is birthed by the Virgin (Israel) as well. (Jesus is the head of the church, we are the body. The head is birthed first, then the body) It boggles my mind that all it took for me to understand it's true meaning is to get out my Interlinier Greek Bible and my Strongs Concordance. When you look up the meaning behind the Greek words in this passage, two things become clear.
A. The Woman gives birth to two children. One was Jesus, The other will be the church.
B. The word for caught up is the same word Paul uses for the Rapture of the church.
I explain all this in great detail in my article on The Revelation 12 Sign
YET, many many pastors and Bible teachers are still denying that this sign has anything to do with the rapture and are still touting the same thing they learned in seminary. Don't be surprised if your pastor says the same thing.
However, you may think me crazy, but this encourages me to believe it all the more. Why? Because none of the religious leaders of the day knew when Jesus first came. God had to alert 3 non-Jews from modern-day Iraq to the sign He put in the sky, announcing Jesus's birth. So, when I see only the modern-day watchman and prophets talking about the sign and warning people, I realize that is exactly how God operates.. through the unknown, the unimportant, the lowly believer who is watching for Him. The wise men and women.
Before I leave you, as promised, here are some valuable resources on this topic for you to explore yourself. Don't have time? If this sign is true and the rapture is in September this year, wouldn't it be the most important thing you discovered EVER? Wouldn't it be worth your time to find out.
Scott Clarke is the expert on this sign. He's the one who first started posting about it. His videos are outstanding. Start at the beginning and work your way through them.
God's Roadmap to the End - Excellent and well-researched videos
Lots of Good stuff here too on Heavenly Sign 1017
Great Informative Website: Heavenly Sign 2017
This Guy tried to refute the Sign and failed
One more thing of note here. Some people may ask why the "church" is birthed from the Virgin (Israel)? Wasn't the church already born on Pentecost? Well, what if we have it wrong? What if, instead of being born on Pentecost, the church was only conceived? Since the Holy Spirit conceived Jesus in the womb of Mary, wouldn't it make sense that the Holy Spirit conceived the church in the human heart? Then over the past 2000 years, the church is growing, limb by limb, cell by cell, muscle by muscle, organ by organ as each new believer is added to the body. Remember the Apostle Paul spoke of the church as one big body and each one of us members. Some are feet, some hands,... etc. But all of us put together form the "body of Christ" Well, a baby can't be born until it is fully formed and has all it's parts, right? In other words, the church can't be born until every last believer has been added. Then the body is complete and the church is born!
So, when the virgin in Rev 12 gives birth to the church, this is the actual birthday of the church, a.k.a. the body of Christ. When I first heard this, my jaw dropped, but things suddenly started to make sense. No wonder Satan is waiting there to devour us as soon as we are born.
And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Rev 12:4-5
Yes, Christ is to rule the nations with a rod of iron, but so are we! Christ is the head, we are the body, and together we are going to reign on the earth.
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;And we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:9-10
Friday, May 12, 2017
Greetings everyone! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the world is getting worse and worse by the minute. HOWEVER, we, as children of God, need not fear at all. He is our Father and will see us through the valley of the shadow of death. Watch, pray, and tell others about His love!
By the way, I'm traveling to see family the next couple of weeks. I have posts all set to go up on Mondays and Wednesdays, but I won't have time to gather all the news for my Friday posts. So, you're on your own for the next few weeks! I'll try and post pictures of my trip if I can figure out how to do it from my Ipad. LOL
God Bless you all!
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