Monday, April 16, 2018
Did you ever do an experiment in Science class with a glass prism where you passed sunlight through it and it formed all the colors of the rainbow? You might remember that white light is composed of all the visible colors of the electromagnetic spectrum and that the prism bends and refracts each of those colors so they can be seen individually.
There's a rainbow above the throne of God, which seems fitting since God is Light. His wonderful, incredible light coming from His very person is refracted above him into a rainbow! Cool, huh?
And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. Revelation 4:3
We are also told in the Scripture that, we who trust in Jesus, are also lights, lights of the world in fact. But we are also told that it's possible that we don't shine at all or that our light is quite dull. A few weeks ago I heard a sermon online about how easily we can block God's light and what is the best way to become a prism of His Light that we can then refract to show His true beauty to the world.
Think of yourself as a Prism pointing up to heaven. In order for light from God to move through you and shine on others, all three of your sides need to be clear. In other words, there can't be any cloudy or dirty or dark glass because then light would not move through. The First side that needs to be cleared is the bottom which represents your will. This occurs when you get "saved". You believe in Jesus and you submit your will to Him.
Will - Submission to Jesus as Lord of your Life
But the Triangle is still blocking the light! There's more to do in order to reflect the light of God. The next step is to gain knowledge. How do you do this? You read the Bible! You pray often (without ceasing) You listen to great preachers. You hang out with other Christians and share their struggles and what the Lord has done for them. You learn how to hear God's voice in your spirit!
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 1 Corinthians 3:2
But Knowledge and Will isn't enough either. You must produce fruits! What do I mean by fruits? The Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control
The Truth is, you can say you believe in Jesus. You can have a PHD from every theological seminary in the country. You can speak Hebrew and Greek and attend every conference there is, but if you don't bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit, you are nothing, and will not shine the Love of God to others. In fact, once again, I would say that your claim to be submitted to Jesus is false. In other words, you can't say you follow Jesus and then not show love to your fellow man, constantly lose your temper, have no inner joy, lie, cheat, etc. These fruits should be evident your life, especially if you've a Christian for awhile. Sorry the graphic below is a little small. I hope you can see it.
The reward if you grow in these things, you will be fruitful for God (shine lots of His Light!) AND
you will be allowed entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord!
The punishment for not growing in these things: You are shortsithged, blind, have forgotten that you were cleansed from your sins. You will stumble and quite possibly NOT be allowed into the kingdom of God.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-11
As the world around us grows darker and darker, it's time we remove all hindrances and start shining God's bright light into the world! With me?
Friday, April 13, 2018
Greetings Holy Watchers! Prepare yourself for a very active week prophetically. Things are getting crazy. The world seems on the brink of either some major disaster or war itself. Not to mention the utter and complete corruption of governments everywhere, even here in the US. (Which I never thought I'd see). The Deep State (Global elites) are more entrenched in our government than we could ever have expected. Bye, bye, Miss American Pie.
Things that struck me
- War in the Middle East seems imminent. (Read Ezekiel 39) There is more saber rattling among the super powers than I can ever remember in my lifetime
- Earthquakes continue to shake the ring of fire
- Yellowstone volcano is about to blow
- Christians and conservatives are being more and more silenced by those in power of high tech companies
Wars and Rumors of WarsAre we witnessing the footprints of WW3?
Trump threatens China with $100 billion more in tariffs due to unfair trade practices
Russia warns US to stop all military action on N. Korean peninsula
Trump drops his push for immediate withdrawal of troops from Syria
China warns that Trump will learn a painful lesson soon
China launches massive navy drills in China Sea with 40 Warships
China will not hesitate with major response to new tariffs
Airstrike on Syria. At least 12 dead
Iran claims the Syrian gas attack was fabricated to excuse military action
4000 National Guard troops sent to US-Mexico border
Russia says Syrian gas attack is fake news
Japan activates first marines since WW2
Trump threatens Assad over Chemical attack
US Ambassador to UN: US will respond to Syrian attack
Iran warns of war if Trump scraps Iran deal
Russia warns of grave consequences if US takes action against Syria
Syrian missile strike within hours. Eastern Mediterranean on alert
Russia jams US drones in Syria
US destroyer harassed by Russian warplanes off Syrian coast
Top Iranian official says they will respond to Israeli air base attack
Syria moves military jets in response to Trump's threats
UK sends submarines toward Syria for possible strike
Russia moves 11 navy ships out of Syrian port
Russian TV mocks upcoming war with US: Orders citizens to store food and water
Saudi air defense forces intercept rocket over Riyadh
Russia warns it will shoot down any US missiles
US-led coalition warplanes seen flying over Iraqi border
Evil/ImmoralityHot new drug called the "Spirit molecule" causes people to encounter demons
Government seizes online sex marketplace
Satanists say video games help them practice their religion
Gog-Magog / IsraelLeaders of Turkey, Iran, and Russia hold meeting (3 of the countries in Ezekiel 38)
1000 participate in Priestly Blessing at Western Wall
HAMAS vows millions of martyrs and pays cash for injuries and death in border clashes
The Deep prophetic meaning of Israel's 70th Birthday
Israel blamed for missile strike on Syria
Israel threatens to topple Assad if Iran attacks
Earth groaning - famines, pestilences, earthquakes, stormsWorld stock markets on the brink of collapse
5.3 Earthquake shakes Southern California
Earthquake that rattled LA was most powerful in years
CDC warns of new anti-antibiotic bacteria spreading across America
Dow plunges 550 points as fears rattle Wall Street
Scientists predict entire US will be covered in Ash after Yellowstone erupts
Outbreak of severe bleeding by synthetic weed spreads
Series of quakes shake California and Alaska!
Signs in the SkyMystery trumpet sounds in the sky in Hawaii baffle citizens
Solar storm could strike earth this week
Sodom and GomorrahTransgender bathrooms to be forced on 4-H kids in America's heartland
CA considering a bill that would make it illegal to get counseling for same-sex attraction
Boston Marathon runners can compete as any gender they identify with
CA bill introduced making it illegal for Christians to counsel LBGT patients
The end of girls' sports? Transgender males take over
High Tech/Global Gov/Mark of the BeastScientists fear killer robots could destroy humanity
Government acknowledges rogue devices may be spying on you
Feds seek technology that can write info on the human brain
Facebook condemns pro-Trump Diamond and Silk as "Unsafe to the Community"
FBI raids office of Trump's lawyer
Robots replace soldiers in first exercise of its kind
Will Christian speech be allowed in the new Facebook world?
Facebook hearings could lead to Governmental control of the internet
Trump Presidency under siege
Fingerprints and eye scans now required to buy food in India
Persecution80% of Iraqi Christians have disappeared
Chinese government bans online sale of Bibles
Atheists throw a fit over Bible included in POW display
China tears down crosses
ApostasyPope has not refuted his denial of hell
Good news!Man convicted in double homicide is now sharing his faith with inmates
College professor says he saw portals to heaven and hell during his near-death experience
Don't despair, Help is on the way!!!
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal
Monday, April 9, 2018
There are two scenes from the movie, Paul, an Apostle of Christ that I can't seem to get out of my mind.When I was praying about what to write this week, I truly felt led to expound on these scenes and what they mean for us today.
I keep asking myself what made the early Christians so strong? What made them so dedicated to the Lord, so in love with Him, so strong in their faith that they were willing to live in terror and die in torture? They were persecuted from every side, from neighbors and friends and fellow citizens. Their businesses were attacked. They often had to meet in secret, and finally the emperor of Rome decided to blame all the empire's ills on Christians.
Emperor Nero used all kinds of punishments against the Christians. He had some sewed up in the skins of wild beasts, and then turned savage dogs loose on them until they were chewed to pieces. Other Christians were dressed in shirts dipped in wax, tied to poles, and set on fire in Nero’s garden. Many were shot with arrows, and many others were thrown into the arena, where they were killed by savage lions and other wild beasts.
I want you to stop and try to imagine what it would feel like to be set on fire from your feet up. If you think you'd pass out quickly, think again. Remember the last time you accidentally burned yourself? Just a touch to the stove or perhaps you grabbed a pan you didn't know was hot? The pain these Christians went through was excruciating. What about those who were tossed into the arena? I'm talking women and children too. There you are, a young mother with a 5 year old by your side and an infant in your arms. And you know there's nothing you can do to protect them as the starving lions make a beeline for you.
Yes, I think about these things. I'm not trying to upset anyone, but I want you to realize the faith these people had. In one of the scenes in the movie, Luke was in a cell with a bunch of other Christians and they were all going to be tossed in the arena the next morning with the lions. They were understandably terrified, but Luke gathered them together and told them that yes, they would feel pain, but it would only last a moment, and then they'd be escorted into an unimaginable paradise with Jesus.
In another scene, Paul was speaking to the commander of the prison he was being held in. He was trying to explain why Christians are willing to suffer. He held out a hand and said something like, Imagine you dip your hand into the sea and bring up water. But after a few seconds, that water runs out through your fingers and is no more. Then, he said, People in the world live for that tiny bit of water that is soon gone. But Christians live for the entire sea beyond it.
You see, the early Christians had a very different perspective on life than most modern Christians. They did not look at this world as something to enjoy. They did not look at their lives and expect happiness, prosperity, and comfort. They realized without a shadow of a doubt that an eternity awaited them beyond this world, that this world wasn't reality, but there was another place, another time and dimension that was the REAL world. And because Jesus died and rose again, they were destined for this place. Nothing else mattered to them but spreading the Gospel, bringing God glory, and going home to be with Him.
They were strong because they knew Who they believed and they knew where they were going. They weren't living for this world. And this hope, this belief gave them the FAITH they needed to persevere. Don't believe me? Read Hebrews 11, also known as the faith chapter. It speaks about the incredible faith of all the patriarchs and saints.
All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:13-16
For our momentary, light distress is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Every Epistle from the Apostles exhorts us to not live for this world, encourages us to realize we are only passing through. Jesus, Himself, said not to live for this world.
Yet so many Christians in the west appear to be doing just that. When things don't go their way, they complain and grumble. Or worse, blame God. When life gets tough, they get depressed. When they get together, what do they talk about? About saving souls, doing the work the Lord has called them to? Excitement that Jesus is coming soon? Nope. All I hear it the same stuff the world talks about.. jobs, money, kids, sports, the weather, hobbies, vacations. Prayer request time ends up being a litany of complaints and a soliloquy of fears. I can't tell you the number of times I've brought up a topic about the Lord, only to have a Christian friend change the subject. If I bring up the fact that Jesus is coming soon, some actually get angry at me. Many Christians don't want to leave this world. They are comfortable here. They have good lives. They have no faith to look forward to their heavenly home.
This may sound harsh, but I feel led to say it. If you aren't excited about Jesus coming soon. If you don't want to leave this world. If you don't enjoy discussing Biblical topics, then you don't love the Lord. Have you ever met someone in love? They can't stop talking about their loved one! They can't stop, even though it may drive you crazy! They are so excited to see that person again, it's all they think about. This is how we are supposed to feel about Jesus! This is how the early Christians felt about Him. It's what gave them the strength to endure so much pain and torture. Because they knew they'd see Him soon. They knew eternity awaited them.
If you don't feel that way, it's not too late. You can! The remedy?. Spend time with Jesus. Spend time in His Word, in prayer, just hanging out with Him and talking to Him. Ask Him to give you a vision, a longing, for eternity, for your eternal home. The more time you spend with Him, the more the world around you will become less and less important. Fall madly in love with Jesus. He's easy to love.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:17
Friday, April 6, 2018
Greetings Warriors of the Most High! If you're like me, you may not feel like a warrior most days, but if you are keeping yourself pure, staying away from the things of the world, being led by the Holy Spirit and making yourself ready for the Lord's return, then you've been enduring battle, believe me. And with the Lord's help, you will always be victorious!
- Russia and China are becoming very friendly allies in their fight against the West.
- Censorship against conservatives and Christians on social media increasing
- Things heating up in Israel as she approaches her 70th anniversary.
Evil/Immorality/CultureAmerican boys: Casualties of an invisible War
News Stations across the US parroting same fed-to-them script (Bye bye unbiased Press)
13 year old boy suspended for drawing stick figures with knives and guns
New trend of "condom snorting" causes death
Shooter dead, along with 3 others at YouTube shooting
PersecutionEuropeans jailed for Christian conservative views
Baptism service violently halted by Hindu mob
NBC slammed for claims that Christianity is used to justify white supremacy
Google snubbed Easter with no doddle for 18th year in a row
Purge of Christian views on social media continues
Christian student viciously attacked for promoting traditional marriage
ISIS claims responsibility for terrorist attack on Christian family
Anti-Christian crime increasing in Germany
Wars and Rumors of WarsDanger ahead if US pulls out of Syria
North Korea getting ready for 7th nuclear test
Putin launches Satan 2 missile and brags about invulnerable arsenal
Russian to expel 60 US diplomats
Russia and China combine satellite systems into one gigantic global tracking system
Ex-Putin general warns that UK and Russia are heading toward War
China offers military help to Russia against US
Big Brother/Tech/Global GovernmentIs humanity being prepared for a massive deception event
You Tube is fighting God
The dangerous attack on facts: When authorities put ideology ahead of evidence
Trump to deploy US military to protect southern border
Sodom and GomorrahCandidate beats Christian candidate in election in Costa Rica because he promised gay marriage
Ohio sued for not allowing transgenders to correct their birth certificates
IsraelPalestinians march on Israel during Passover week
15 killed and thousand injured in border protest with Israel
Israeli stealth fighters fly over Iran
Saudi Crown Prince says Israel has the right to exist.
Erdogan calls Netanyahu a terrorist and butcher
Barley harvest being prepared for third temple offering
UNESCO to pass most extreme anti-Israel resolution yet
Earth groans6.8 Earthquake strikes Ring of Fire
Firefighter loses both hands and feet from flu
Scientists predict 2018 will be a bad year for killer hurricanes
Antibiotic resistant bacteria detected in 27 states
Life or death drill currently being enacted for Volcanic eruption at Yellowstone
The African continent is splitting in 2!
Apostasy51% of American Christians are unfamiliar with the term "The Great Commission"
Pope admits that hell doesn't exist
What crucial thing is missing from Christianity's presentation of Jesus?
Good news!3-D replica of the Shroud of Turin reveals what Jesus looked like. (On a personal note, after some research, I believe the shroud is authentic)
Have a BLESSED Weekend! Stay strong and keep looking up!