Monday, May 21, 2018
The Old Testament is so rich! If you're not reading it, not studying it, you're really missing out. I'm currently reading some of the minor prophets, and check out this gem I found in Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the Lord [search diligently for Him and regard Him as the foremost necessity of your life,
all you humble of the land who have practiced His ordinances and have kept His commandments;
Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden [and pardoned and rescued]
In the day of the Lord’s anger.
The above is yet more proof of a pre-tribulation rapture and one in which only the truly faithful will be taken. But I digress. What I really wish to talk about is one reason why so many Christians are living in constant want. I came across these Scriptures in Haggai, Chapter 2: 15-17
But now, do consider from this day forward: before one stone was placed on another in the temple of the Lord, from that time when one came to a grain heap expecting twenty measures, there would be only ten; and when one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty measures, there would be only twenty. I struck you and the work of your hands with scorching wind, mildew, and hail; yet you did not come back to Me,’ declares the Lord.
Haggai was a prophet to the remnant of Jews who were allowed to return to Israel from their captivity in Babylon. These Jews under the command of Zerubbabel were supposed to rebuild the Lord's Temple, but instead they spent most of their time rebuilding their own houses and tending their own vineyards. In this passage, God is explaining to them why, when they are working so hard, they are reaping so little. He goes on to tell them they have neglected His Temple!
What is His Temple today? Doesn't Scripture tell us we are His temple? His chosen people? The true believers in Jesus? And how do we build that temple? By doing our part to expand the Kingdom of God! By using the skills and talents God gave us to help spread the Gospel and get people saved. So, it occurred to me that if we aren't doing that, if we are spending all our time, talents, and money on ourselves, our homes, children, food, cars, etc.. .then this might explain why so many believers struggle to pay bills month to month.
In Matthew 6, Jesus is talking about the necessities of life when He says: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
One of my favorite Scriptures which I quote often when being attacked is found in 2 Peter 1
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Notice that the Lord has already given us everything we need to live and to become like Him! Everything! If you continue on in 2 Peter, you will see that there are conditions to receiving everything we need. We must grow in Him and become partakers of the divine nature by working to add virtue, knowledge, self-control, etc and a host of other great things to our faith!
Many believers love to quote the following verse from Philippians 4
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
But if you read it in context, Paul is telling the Philippians this promise only after he thanks them for their generous gift to him for the work of his ministry. Funny, how many believers never consider that. In other words, these Philippian Christians gave generously toward the furthering of the Kingdom of God. And then God supplied all their needs.
So, you may say, what does it mean to help build the Kingdom of God? Are you supposed to go out on the street corner and witness to people, go be a missionary in Africa? Sell everything you have and give to the poor? Probably none of those things. But God created you with specific talents and skills which He planned for you to use in His Kingdom before you were born.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
If you aren't doing anything to build God's temple and you find yourself struggling to get by, I would suggest you get alone with God and repent, and then ask Him to show you what you should do. Then allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. God didn't make it very complicated. He merely says to put Him and His Kingdom as your first priority and then follow Him. Then everything else will be provided. It's a heart issue as much as it is an action issue. You can't just go out and volunteer somewhere or increase your tithe and expect results. It must be Holy Spirit led and coming from a heart that loves the Lord above all things!
The reason I'm saying this? This has worked in my life time and time again. God's word is true. He's a father who loves His children more than anything, and He longs to provide in abundance everything you need.
And by the way, Happy Pentecost!
Friday, May 18, 2018
ISRAEL is God's Clock. He is not done with them yet and the more things head toward war, the closer we are to leaving. God will spend the last 7 years of this present age dealing with His beloved Israel. And things won't be pretty.
Anyway, things that stood out
- The Jerusalem Embassy move
- The Hawaiian Volcano! My goodness, have you ever seen anything like it? And with Yellowstone bubbling and our ground shaking here in CA, I wouldn't be surprised if something major didn't happen.
- Beware of Disney. They have a plan to indoctrinate your children.
- Christian voices are being silenced
Global Gov/Big Government/Loss of Freedom/High TechFacebook blocks 70 million from conservative content
European Countries set to abolish EU and start a European Super State
Why CNN hires deep state spies
Multitudes accepting chips implanted under their skin
Feds plan on taking ownership of your Baby's DNA
Cash purchases over $10,000 illegal in Australia
Political correct InsanityExpert says Babies should give consent to diaper changes
Love grows cold7 Dead in Austrailia's worst mass shooting in 22 years
Sodom and Gomorrah23 Major league baseball teams to promote homosexuality at LBGT pride nights
Disney is selling gay-themed Mickey Mouse ears (Folks, Disney is not the Disney we once knew)
Cases of STDs reach all time high in CA
Gender ideology and public schools!
Earth groaningMore earthquakes and eruptions at Yellowstone
29 people die from lightning strikes withing 24 hours in Bangladesh
Java volcano erupts in Indonesia, shutting down airport
Ancient HTLV-1 Virus off the charts in Australia
4.0 Earthquake in Oklahoma?
Hawaii volcano causes concern of eruptions along West Coast
Giant Crack over 400 meters, appears in Mexico
World's tallest geyser erupts for third time in 6 weeks in Yellowstone
Officials warn largest Hawaiian eruption is imminent
Hawaii volcano is in a chain of 169 volcanoes and 50 are ready to blow
3 inches of Hail drops in Colorado hailstorm
India dust storm: 61 Dead in 4 states
Ring of Fire alert after Philippines earthquake: CA has been warned
Ebola outbreak in the Congo
Hawaiian volcano spews ash 30,000 feet in the air
Wars and Rumors of WarsIran likely to launch cyberattacks on Western businesses
Trump warns Iran of severe consequences if they continue their Nuclear program
Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria as Tensions mount
Iranian cleric warns that Tel Aviv and Haifa will be brought down in ruins
Iran urges global resistance against Israel and US
Yemen fires missiles at Saudi facility
Al-Queda leader calls for Jihad
Turkey calls for all Islamic nations to unite against Israel--calls summit
US intelligence reports that Russia's new hypersonic weapon will be ready in 2 years
Iran group offers $100,000 to bomb US embassy in Jerusalem
IsraelUS to dedicate Embassy in Jerusalem on Israel's 70th anniversary
Rabbi warns that war with Iran is about to get Biblical
Israel feels pride but senses peril as US embassy moves to Jerusalem
Arab league to meet over embassy move
Tens of thousands protest pm GAZA border. Over 50 killed
Israel faces diplomatic fallout after deaths in Gaza
Tensions rise between Turkey and Israel after embassy move
Apostasy10 reason why millennials are backing away from God and Christianity
Megachurch pastor tells people to unhitch their faith from the Old Testament
The Pope's continued heresy
What the Anglican Church is now saying about Same Sex marriage
Signs in the SkyAsteroid narrowly missed earth on Tuesday
PersecutionSchool district punished for persecuting LBGT students by forcing them to read the Bible
11 dead after suicide bombers attack churches in Indonesia
Mike Huckabee: California in massive attack on Christianity
College orders student to remove Jesus from graduation speech
Slow genocide: 7000 displaced Christians in Myanmar
Christian social worker fired for views on same sex marriage
Good News!Family of former Korean prisoner praises God for his safe return
Pastor says security camera captured an angel
And it shall be that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord, invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord Jesus shall be saved Acts 2:21
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
I am NOT setting a rapture date! Please don't be alarmed, upset, and turned off. Please do not quote me the Scripture that says "No man knows the day or the hour". If you examine that passage in context, I believe it's plain that Jesus was referring to His second coming, not the rapture. In addition, Scripture always confirms Scripture and in 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 , Paul said that the true children of God would know the day of the rapture! Anyway, I digress.
The September 23rd, 2017 Revelation 12 Sign was real. I've studied it from every angle and listened to various theologians and end times experts who have studied it in far more depth than I. It happened. It was the exact SIGN described in Revelation 12:5. What is a sign? It points to something coming up soon!.
If you follow my blog, you know I have a keen interest in the Jewish Appointment days that are described in Leviticus 23. For many years, I simply browsed over these festivals and feasts with a yawn, thinking they had nothing to do with the present church age. I couldn't have been more wrong. These feasts and festivals are special appointments with God called holy convocations. The Hebrew word used is moed which means appointed time or meeting. God never told Israel to stop celebrating these feasts. The church has not replaced Israel, rather we are graciously grafted into the vine that is Israel. Hence, it is my personal conviction that these feast days are equally important to us! Not only to join in with the celebrations, but because each feast has huge prophetic implications.
In Colossians 2:16-17 Paul tells us that these feasts days are "shadows of things to come"
I don't intend to go into each feast day here because I want to focus on Pentecost. However, by way of review, there are 7 holy feast days.
Jesus fulfilled the first 3 Spring Feasts on the EXACT day with His Crucifixion, Burial, and Resurrection. The Holy Spirit was given to believers on Pentecost, signifying the beginning of the Church!
It is reasonable to believe that the last 4 Feasts will be fulfilled by major events in the future.
However I want to focus today on Pentecost
Aside from Jesus's resurrection and His 2nd coming after the Tribulation, the rapture of the Church is the most incredible and magnificent event that will soon occur. Though it certainly doesn't have to happen on one of these feast days, I believe that it is important enough on God's calendar that it is highly likely. But which one? For years I believed Rosh Hashana was the feast. But after having studied Pentecost, I've come to change my mind.
The Festival without a date
Since the Second Century A.D., the commemoration of Pentecost has been given two days, accommodating the natural fluidity of the calendar which, when counted from the lunar cycle, has no fixed date. In fact, Jews refer to its commemoration as “the festival without a date,” giving it an aura of deep mystery.
Pentecost is the only one of the 7 feasts that has a direct relationship to the church
The Church began or "was born" on Pentecost.
Pentecost has a direct connection to a wedding
Today’s Jews celebrate it annually, in a ceremony called, “decorating the bride".To Israel, Pentecost represents the ceremony of the marriage between God and Israel. Passover (which precedes Pentecost by seven weeks) becomes the period of God’s courtship of His wife Israel.
We are the Bride of Christ!
Lifting of the Bread and FirstFruits
Pentecost is represented by two loaves of leavened bread, held aloft by the High Priest. In the Feast of Firstfruits, the Priests waved a sheaf of grain which was the first of the harvest. Jesus rose from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits and went to Heaven to present Himself as the First Fruits from the dead to His Father. In 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, Jesus is described as the Firstfruits, and each of us in our own turn after Him. Hence the loafs of bread being lifted up represent the followers of Jesus going up in the rapture, made with grain that was harvested, ground, and baked representing our struggle here on earth!
The Trumpet Blast
Jews celebrate Pentecost as the day Moses received the Law on Mt Sinai 50 days after the Exodus. God sounded a trumpet blast, and they heard the actual voice of God. We are told that in the rapture, we will hear a trumpet and a voice calling us home. Mount Sinai is the only place where we find a heavenly trumpet recorded in the Old Testament.
Ruth and Boaz Rapture Connection
In synagogues, the Book of Ruth is read on Pentecost. The story of Ruth has been called “The Romance of Redemption.” With Naomi in the role of Israel, destitute and alone, Ruth as the Church, the gentile bride, Boaz as the Messiah, and the story itself as a prediction of the relationship that would involve all three of them. In the process of redeeming Israel, the Messiah takes a gentile bride. In doing so, He saves both from their destitute condition and restores Israel’s Land. The story of Ruth takes place during the harvest at Pentecost
Tradition states that Enoch, who was taken live (raptured) into Heaven before the Great Flood, was both born and raptured on the day later to be known as Pentecost.
The Song of Solomon
(Did you know the Song of Solomon is a prophetic book about the bride of Christ and the rapture??)
My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
Notice how this depicts the rapture happening in the Spring!
The Early Summer Harvest
Throughout Scripture, Jesus compared the saints to wheat and the taking away of the saints to harvest time. Biblically, the harvest of early summer is often seen to typify the “harvest” or catching-away of the church, the season when grain and fruit crops come to maturity. Fruit is judged and stored. Wheat is now safe in the graineries of the land.
Judgement of the Fruit Trees
Traditional Jewish belief holds that Pentecost is the day when the fruit of trees is judged in heaven. Christians throughout the Church Age have believed that the fruit of one’s life will be judged following the rapture. The judgment Seat of Christ. (II Corinthians 5:10).
“ Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the first ripe fruit. The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net” (Mic. 7:1, 2).
The Hebrew word for "gathered", asaph, means “to remove, or take away", literally “to be gathered to one’s fathers at death.” “Perish” comes from the Hebrew verb avad, meaning, “to cause to vanish!” Describing the conditions that will prevail when righteous saints of this age are instantly transported from the earth at the rapture
Pentecost means 50 in Greek. The counting of fifty days (here seen as 49 + 1) from Firstfruits to Pentecost is typical of redemption in general. 50 is the year of Jubilee and always signifies deliverance and rest
Possible that the Church age will end on the day it began, both beginning and closing the Age of Grace.
Connections to Pentecost 2018!If the church is raptured this Pentecost, then Israel would see her Messiah return on the 77th anniversary of her rebirth. (As you know, 7 is a huge number in the Bible)
70 Year Connection
- Israel 1948-2018 = 70 years.
- King David passed away on Sivan 6 (2018 Pentecost).
- King David lived to be 70 years.
- Birth of Abraham to the Abrahamic Covenant. 70 years.
- Israel spent 70 years in captivity in Babylon
- 70 years is described in Psalm 90:10 as being a "generation" and Jesus said that the generation that saw the rebirth of Israel would not pass away until all the events He described in Matthew 24 happened.
Israel is celebrating their 70th Anniversary May 14-15th 2018 (Today!!)
Pentecost this year occurs on May 20th-21st!
Also another major event linked to this month is the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, signifying that the US declares Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.
Add to all of this, the current condition of our world (See my Friday posts entitled Friday's Mad Mad World!), and well, I'm pretty excited. The timing, of course, is in God's capable hands, and the more time we have, the more people can be snatched from the fire. Pray for the Lost! Pray that God will use you in these last days to rescue people from the darkness. Keep going about your Father's business and keep your oil lamp filled! He's coming for a bride who has made herself ready. Are you?
Friday, May 11, 2018
Greetings Priests and Kings of the Most High! It's been quite a week! The major things that have caught my eye are the Volcano in Hawaii (which experts say is only beginning) and the start of war between Israel and Iran, prophesied long ago in Scripture!
I love you all and pray you have a blessed weekend!
In God, whose word I praise; In God I have put my trust; I shall not fear. What can mere man do to me? Psalm 56:4
Wars and Rumors of WarsIsrael and Iran on path to war!
Russian warns of Axis of Resistance if Iran deal collapses
Iran planning on launching barrage of missiles at Israel
Turkey says it will retaliate if US halts weapons sales
Netanyahu: Better now than latter to confront Iranian threat
Iran military base in Syria attacked
Israel prepares missile defense systems and opens bomb shelters after US pulls out of Iran deal
Trump pulls out of Iran deal. Middle East on High Alert
Iranian forces fire 20 rockets at Israel
Israel fears explosion of violence when US opens embassy in Jerusalem
Hezbollah/Iran now control Lebanon. Multi-front war imminent
Archaeologists find artifacts linking to King David
Earth groaning (Earthquakes, storms, pestilences, famines, volcanoes)India rain and dust storm kill at least 120
Major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions destroy homes on Hawaii
Over a dozen sinkholes open in Florida
Explosion felt at Cleveland volcano in Alaska. Threat level increased
Hawaii braces for a long upheaval as Volcano Kilauea continues erupting
6.1 Quake smashes Philippines
Six-story deep sink hole opens up in New Zealand
Pakistan experiences hottest day ever. 122.4 F
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano emits toxic gases
Yellow Fever threatens South Florida after Zika scare
Rare 4.5 Earthquake strikes off coast of New Orleans
5 Shallow earthquakes felt in CA over 18 hour span
New Ebola outbreak kills 17 in Congo
Earthquake storm hits El Salvador, damaging 200 homes
4.5 Earthquake strikes near Cabazon CA
300 Earthquakes rock Spain's Canary Islands, Volcanic eruption feared
US agency: Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could see explosive eruptions!
New volcanic fissures force more evacuations on Hawaii
6.2 Earthquake hits Afghanistan
Tens of thousands of fish wash up on popular beach
Signs in the SkyMysterious booms continue to rattle UK and US and no one knows why
Search for Aliens heats up
NASA announces discovery of 1,284 possible alien planets
Sodom and GomorrahMandatory LBGTQ lessons for school children approved by Illinois senate
Inmates allowed to choose their own gender.
Global Gov/Technology/Mark of the BeastHuman cloning fears as Lab in Europe create life from nothing
Mark of the Beast forerunner starting in India
French President Macron wants to establish 10-nation coalition
Bill Gates backs plan to live stream earth with big brother sattelites
Facial recognition software will end your privacy
PersecutionBoard votes to shut down Alberta Christian school for teaching Bible verses condemning homosexuality
Boston public schools refuse CBN questions on LBGTQ funds because they are a Christian network
Pentecostal pastor beheaded after revival ignites among tribal people
Another conservative voice silenced on You Tube
Disney cancels massive Christian Music Festival after 30 years
Christians in Canada fight back over not being allowed to adopt children
Pastor arrested for preaching in movie theater after "Avengers"
Southern Poverty Law Center declares war on Christian Conservatives
ApostasyThe deadly Gospel of "Nice"
Modern Christianity has one FATAL flaw
Prominent pastor teaches gospel of Inclusion and says hell doesn't exist
Good news!N. Korea says it will open its doors to Christianity.
President Trump signs EO protecting Religious liberty and the National Day of Prayer
Iowa Governor signs bill to ban ALL abortions if Baby's heart is heard! Yay
Trump was right to pull out of Iran deal
In final paper before his death, Atheist Steven Hawkins strengthened the case for God