Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!


Greetings, beloved of the Most High.  Here's the latest end times news that you probably haven't heard about on most news stations.  What stood out to me this week.

  • Rise of tensions in the middle east following Trump's announcement and the rise of militant Islam in Europe
  • Lots of saber rattling going on which indicates war may very well break out soon
  • General Apostasy of the church and the world. 

But never fear. Yes, Satan is on the rampage, but we know why. He loses in the end and his time is short. If you are a child of God, you are protected by His angels. Hang in there. We are almost home!

High Tech/Mark of the Beast/Big Brother

Why humans would happily worship a robot messiah

Earthquakes/Pestilences/Famines/Plagues

N. Korea rocked by earthquakes amid fears of more nuclear tests
Scientists hear mysterious hum from deep within the earth 
CA Wildfires larger than NY and Boston combined - 1000 structures destroyed 
Another massive quake rocks Iran

Apostasy

Pope declares Virgin Mary was without sin
More Americans turning to witchcraft as religion declines 
Largest Christian Music fest founder charged with child molestation 
Pope Francis: "Satan's been misunderstood. Let's give him a chance."
Most Americans believe birth of Jesus was a myth 
Ancient pagan gods being honored in the US and around the world

Sodom and Gomorrah

Transgenders can enlist in military come January 1st
School helps teen transition without telling parents 
Gay Nativity scene features baby Jesus with two Josephs 
Shocked parents in the UK demanding schools stop asking kids if they "feel" like a different gender

Rise of the Muslim Caliphate

European court to decide if Sharia law should override a nation's civil law.
Muslim majority in Europe in 30 years 

Wars and Rumors of Wars

US warns Saudi Arabia on recent Mideast actions
ISIS threatens New York Time's Square 
US military drills over D.C. 
US, Japan, and South Korea hold missile tracking drills 
New York Terror attack 
Russia sharply expanding nuclear facilities
Russia and China aggressively expanding nuclear arsenal
Jihad is festering in America
N. Korea set to launch another missile this Sunday 
Kim Jong Un claims he can control the weather

Persecution

Christians being persecuted in more ways than ever
Police seize Bibles during China church raid

Israel

Turkey's Erdogan seeks to lead Muslim alliance against Israel
Tensions high over Jerusalem: Gaza Rockets, airstrikes
Iran declares Trump's declaration hastens Israel's destruction 
US, Israel and Saudi Arabia working on new peace deal  
Netanyahu cites Bible to justify Jerusalem as the capital 
Abbas says US is no longer welcome in the peace process 
Muslims set to declare East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine

Signs in the Sky / Great Deception

Half of humanity believes in Aliens 
Interstellar comet entering our solar system could be of alien tech 
Geminid Meteor shower

Good news!

Christianity growing in Iran despite persecution

Have a great weekend, everyone!  Don't let the season stress you out. Just relax and remember to pour out your love on all those around you!



Wednesday, December 13, 2017



For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

Romans 14:17 

 

 

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Don't be cast from the Kingdom of God!

 
Last week in my Monday post, I talked about how modern Christianity leaves out a very important part of the Gospel message--the message of the Kingdom of God.  Once we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we are not only forgiven of all our sins, given a place in eternity with God, but we are automatically escorted into a new Kingdom.

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, Colossians 1:13.

For right now, the Kingdom of God is an invisible Kingdom that exists in the spirit realm all around us (If you're a scientist, I'm talking about the extra dimensions outside of the three we currently live in)  We can't see this Kingdom, but that doesn't mean it isn't real. In fact, I would say that it is more real than anything we can see and touch. 

During the past week, I spent some time thinking about what makes up a kingdom. A kingdom is a form of government which is ruled by a king. That king has the ultimate authority over everyone in the kingdom. Some of you who are used to democracy may cringe at that thought, and yes, it would not be a good thing if the king was evil. But what if the king was holy, pure, good, loving, kind, merciful, all wise, all knowing, all powerful, unselfish, humble...etc. ??  Wouldn't that be a great kingdom to be a part of? 

Beneath the king there are various positions of authority and responsibility, from those who rule sections of the kingdom, to warrior knights, administrators, minstrels, book keepers, overseers, judges, cooks, laundresses, stable boys... farmers... etc.  The Bible tells us that what we do here on earth for the Kingdom will dictate what position we will hold when the Kingdom comes to earth and Jesus rules from Jerusalem.

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matt 25:21

There are many privileges of being in a kingdom.  I listed some of the great benefits last week that we can experience now, even though the Kingdom is invisible to us. But here are some more which will come later under the Kingship of Jesus (Actually, even some of these we can experience now)
  • Complete protection of the king against any threats or wars
  • Complete provision from the king for all food, clothing, and shelter you need
  • Justice from the king for any issue of law or anything someone does against you
  • A position or job that fits your personality and talents perfectly and that is fulfilling work 
  • Community. Friends, family surrounding you. 
  • Peace, joy, love, happiness, purpose
  • Being a part of something important, something bigger than ourselves.
  • Endless wonders (I like to add this one because we really have no idea all the wonderful things God has in store for those of us in His Kingdom!)
 In return, the King asks us for our obedience, loyalty, and love. Since the King I'm talking about here is Jesus, that's an easy thing to do.

Here's the question of the day.  What would happen to someone who is in the Kingdom but they constantly disobey the King? They don't do what He asks them to. They go behind His back and hurt other people in the Kingdom. They lead some other people to disobey the King. They don't fulfill their responsibilities or jobs. They show up late or don't work at all. Basically, they are not loyal to the King at all.

In our world, in kingdom's past, that person would either be executed or thrown out of the kingdom, right?  Then, why do we think that our King would do any differently? We have this sort of twisted idea that once a person enters the Kingdom of God they can do whatever they please, even if it is against a direct order of the King and still be allowed to enjoy ALL the benefits of the Kingdom, in particular be allowed to remain IN the kingdom?

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Matt 7:21

The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire  Matt 13:41-42

But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:52

“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22 (Hmm. not sure the prosperity preachers have read this one)

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.   1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God Galatians 5: 19-21

Jesus is not a wimpy King as some people like to think. Jesus is love, absolutely! And yes, He loves us more than we can know. But He's also a judge and a king and He cannot tolerate wickedness in His Kingdom. Unfortunately, there are many such people in the Kingdom of God now. They think they're saved, think they're safe in the Kingdom, but somehow along the way, they believed the lie that God's grace allows them to live any which way they want. They believe that because they are in the Kingdom, the King will simply forgive and forget. The truth is that for now, the King tolerates their rebellion, hoping they will return their loyalty and love to Him. But there will come a day when the physical Kingdom comes to earth that these people will be cast from it. Look up "weeping and gnashing of teeth" in the Scripture. Every time you see that phrase, it is connected to those people who believed they were safe in the Kingdom but who find themselves cast out.

To enter the Kingdom of God is easy. You repent of all past sins, bow your knee to Jesus and plead your loyalty, love, and obedience to Him. I know this goes against all of our self-serving, independent, democracy loving human ways, but hey, this is a Kingdom, not a democracy or a republic. And there are only two kingdoms. God's kingdom and Satan's. There is no spiritual democracy. You have only two choices, and in both of them you will be ruled by a king.

However, to stay in the Kingdom of God requires work and discipline. Most of all it requires maintaining a loving relationship with the King and being obedient to Him. Of course, as flawed subjects, we may mess up now and then, but our King is merciful, and if we come to Him with a truly repentant heart and a sincerity to do better, He always forgives.  Such a wonderful King we serve!!  But don't take advantage of His great love and mercy or you may some day find yourself cast from the Kingdom of God into the kingdom of darkness.

And you do NOT want to be in that kingdom. Believe me.



Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!

Greetings, Watchmen for the return of the King!  Here's the latest news. Actually this is only a sampling of the prophetic happenings going on in the world today.  Glance over it. Watch. Pray. And be strong in the Lord and in His Might.  Remember we are only passing through this world. This is not our home. We are only God's ambassadors here for the time being.

The thing that struck me:
Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel!!  WOW this is hugely prophetic. Every since Israel became a country, not a single president has dared to do this. Even though we all know that Jerusalem IS the capital of Israel. It's been the capital of Israel for thousands of years!  This is huge, folks. Keep your eye on Israel. It is where everything started and where everything will end. It is where our Lord was born and where He will soon return. Exciting times!

Israel

Israel makes second strike near Damascus
Israel bombs Iranian base in Syria 
Hamas says Trump has opened the gates of hell  
Palestinians say that recognition of Jerusalem is akin to declaration of war 
Arab world prepares response to Trump declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Persecution

The Red Cross orders branches to remove crosses  (Hmm. Isn't it called the Red Cross?)
Man shot dead with Bible in his hand preaching the Gospel to his killer
Entire Christian families arrested in Eritrea for praying 
While we await a ruling on gay cakes, India Christians are being shot to death 
Scouts told to stop praying before meals 
Atheist billboard campaign calls church "fake news" 
Mom says her teen was bullied for her faith before she committed suicide

Evil/Immorality/Culture/Civil unrest

Number of kids in Foster care rises for 4th consecutive year

Apostasy

Born again Christians in decline: only a minority believe they must share the Gospel

Signs in the Sky

World's longest lasting rainbow appears in sky over Taiwan 
Double sonic boom heard over area 51
Super blood moon in January

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Peninsula on brink of WW3. N. Korea furious at US drills
N. Korea says US threats make war unavoidable
US Troops put on high alert after Trump embassy announcement
Erdogan calls for emergency summit meeting on Jerusalem
War with N. Korea could cause massive loss of life
Netanyahu: We must act against Iran now! 
Russian orthodox warns of end times apocalypse 
US B-1 Bombers fly over Korea in joint exercise 
Islamic plot to assassinate British PM failed 
Russia and China building space weapons to target US sattelites 
Attack sirens blare across Hawaii--first time since cold war

High Tech/Big Bro/Mark of the Beast/Gov Corruption

China calls for tighter control of the internet
58 Democrats vote to impeach Trump 
Google's supercomputer creates its own AI child

Sodom and Gomorrah

Scouting organization in the UK will allow boys to shower with girls
Your child can access pornography on Netflix 
University drops "freshman" label because it's offensive

Earthquakes/Storms/Famines/Pestilence

CA wildfires destroy thousands of homes
US faces nightmare flu season 
Bali's menacing volcano rumbles, Scientists watch 
San Diego opens giant tent to handle Hepatitis outbreak 
Over 100 Earthquakes struck our planet just last week!

Good news!

1.7 million rally for Christ in crusade
Cross stands firm amongst raging flames all around 
NFL player stays on field to pray for opponent after hard loss 
Trump proclaims that Jesus is the reason for the season!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017



Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28




Monday, December 4, 2017

Do we preach half a Gospel?



If you ask most Christians today what is the message of the Gospel, I guarantee that 99% will say something like. "Mankind is eternally separated from God because of our sin, so God sent Jesus, His only Son to earth, to live a sinless life, and die on the cross and rise again to pay for all our sin. If we believe in Him, God will forgive all our sins and we will go to heaven when we die."

Sound good, right?  Well, yes, all that is true, and the cross of Jesus is definitely the most important and essential part of the Gospel, as is the resurrection. However, what most Christians have been taught is only half of the good news. There's another part of the message that Jesus preached that unfortunately gets ignored in most sermons, but it's a part that holds a great deal of power.

Let me ask you this: Why does Jesus save people? For what purpose?

Most Christians will say "so we can go to heaven"
Some Christians might even say "So we won't go to hell"   Though recent polls have indicated that almost half of people who call themselves Christians don't believe in hell.

Both of the above answers are true to some extent but in truth, Jesus did not save us so we could go to heaven.  Heaven is not our final home. It is merely a place for us to live until Jesus returns to earth to rule and reign for 1000 years.

What if I told you that God didn't save you just from hell or for heaven, but he saved you to be a part of His Kingdom.  God is creating a kingdom, complete with a King, princes, princesses, ambassadors, military generals, treasurers, administrators...etc. And He needs people in this Kingdom to perform various tasks.  Think I'm crazy? Look at the following verses.  (I know there's a lot of them. Just scan them if you're in a rush. I simply want you to see how important the kingdom is to Jesus and His followers and the power of preaching the Kingdom message) 

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Matthew 3:1-2

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Matt 4:23

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:3
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:10

The Lord's prayer is all about God's Kingdom!
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. ...But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.


But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you Matt 6:33

Notice in the above verse it doesn't say Seek God or Seek the Gospel or Seek Holiness. It says Seek First the Kingdom!

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Matt 7:21

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matt 9:35

Notice in the above verse it is the Gospel of the Kingdom, not just the Gospel

But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Matt 12:28

In Matthew 13, Jesus tells several parables and in each one he references the Kingdom. There are too many verses to list here

The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, Matt 13:41

“Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Matt 16:28

Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4

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

But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” Matt 26:29

And when Pilate asked Jesus if He was a king, Jesus replied in John 18, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

Yes, indeed, At This Time, God's Kingdom is not a physical Kingdom. But that doesn't make it just as real. God's Kingdom exists in the spirit realm. It is invisible to our eyes and our senses, but it exists all around us. The angels and demons in the spirit realm can see it. Believe me, they know exactly who is part of the Kingdom and who is not. Jesus is a King and He is on His throne in heaven, but someday when He returns to earth, He will establish His Kingdom in the physical realm as well as the spiritual.

The really cool part is that if you are a true believer in Jesus, then you are already part of His Kingdom. And because we are already in the Kingdom, we can receive some of the benefits now. Here's just a small list.
  • Righteousness
  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Salvation
  • Power over evil and the devil
  • Protection from powers of darkness
  • Love from God
  • All our needs met
  • Part of a kingdom that will never be shaken. We win!

 Here's just a few of the verses regarding the benefits
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, Colossians 1:13

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Hebrews 12:28

When the Kingdom actually comes into the physical realm here on earth, we will experience even more benefits!  For one thing, we will be give tasks/jobs/assignments in the kingdom. Some of us will receive rulerships and authority over cities/towns/countries. But there are many blessings to come that our minds cannot comprehend. 

So why bring this up?  I encourage you to go to Bible Gateway and type in Kingdom in the word search for the New Testament. You will soon see that everything Jesus preached was about the Kingdom and also the Apostles preached the Kingdom too.  It is the Gospel of the Kingdom, not just the Gospel. And wherever the Kingdom was preached, miracles happened, people were healed, delivered and set free. There's something powerful about preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and not just telling people they can be saved from hell and get to heaven. Some unbelievers aren't even interested in heaven. They are enjoying their sin too much to think about some mystical place after they die. But a kingdom? Now that's powerful and exciting stuff. If it was good enough for Jesus and the apostles to preach, it is good enough for us. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we are not only totally forgiven of our sins, but we then enter a Kingdom, are a part of something bigger than themselves, receive an assignment, and enjoy some of the benefits of a Kingdom that will last forever and ever!!

Next week, getting into and staying in the Kingdom







Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!


Greetings End-time Warriors!  I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is listed below. Good news is that Jesus is coming soon! How can I possibly know that, you might ask? Because Jesus said in Luke 21 that when ALL the things He listed taken together BEGIN to happen, look up because your redemption draws nigh.

Things that caught my attention this week. 
  • Check out all the signs in the sky! They are definitely gearing up for the great alien deception
  • North Korea ain't messing around. We will have to do something soon.
  • Volcanoes, Earthquakes, plagues, oh my!

Signs in the Sky/The Great Deception

Alien Bacteria found on the hull of the Space station
Huge asteroid to fly by earth in mid-December
Two bright fireballs light up sky in UK 
Huge fireball tears across Canadian sky 
Aliens have been visiting earth for thousands of years 
Another fireball streaks over UK

Big Brother/OneWorld Gov/Tech

Secret code records every key stroke you make on 400 popular sites

 

Sodom and Gomorrah

Teachers warned not to say "boys or girls" since it reminds students about gender
Transgender girls, born male, will be allowed to use girls showers in the UK 
Twitter uses celebrate gay nativity scene 
Brown University to allow students to identify as persons of color 
Newest Barbie doll promotes LGBTQ agenda 
Judge rules military must start admitting transgenders on Jan 1st

Evil/Immorality/Violence

Pagan god of war unveiled at UN
Baltimore schools cancel field trips due to soaring murder rate

 

Israel

Netanyahu warns Assad. We will strike you if you allow Iran to set up bases in Syria
Israel expects Trump to recognize Jerusalem as its capital within days

Wars and Rumors of Wars

ISIS threat to New York City during Christmas
Hawaii reinstates Cold War era nuclear warning system 
Russia warns apocalyptic scenario possible on Korean peninsula 
Iran threatens to put Europe in missile range
China places nuclear bombers on alert 
North Korea fires missile that could hit US 
Moscow scrambles fighter jet toward US spy plane 
Infidels in the US will be forced to accept Islam 
Russia opposes further isolation of N. Korea 
NATO warns of growing Russia-China aggression
N.Korea ICBM launch could put Washington DC at risk 
China new hypersonic nuke able to strike anywhere in the world 
ISIS next plan: Kids in Europe 

Earthquakes/Famines/Pestilences/Storms

Bali Airport closes for 2nd day due to Volcano eruption
Europe's HIV epidemic growing at alarming rate 
Britain to be hit by 3 weeks of Arctic blast! 
Scarlet Fever cases in England hit an all time high 
19 Dead, 1000s flee as mudslides hit Indonesia 
Massive volcano in Iceland ready to blow 
Geologist predict 2018 is the year of monster quakes 
Powerful 6.0 Quake strikes Iran near city with 800K population

Persecution

You Tube pulls plug on Bible videos 
Doctor shot to death after singing Amazing Grace 
Christmas ad rejected for including real reason for the season

Good News!

Bible lost on WW2 Battlefield returned 70 years later 
Kenyan woman remains steadfast after entire family disowns her after she converts to Christianity 
Christian convert risking his life to smuggle thousands of Bibles into Vietnam 
Trump family Christmas card wishes everyone a Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays


Happy December and have a great weekend!!