Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World! And Happy Rosh Hashana!


Greetings precious warriors of the Lord!  Happy Rosh Hashana!.

Rosh Hashana or the Feast of Trumpets is the birthday of the universe, the day God created Adam and Eve, and it’s celebrated on the first two days of the Jewish new year, Tishrei 1 and 2, beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1. Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins at sundown on September 20 and continues through nightfall on September 22 . It is celebrated by candle lighting in the evenings, festive meals with sweet delicacies during the night and day, prayer services that include the sounding of the ram’s horn (shofar) on both mornings, and desisting from creative work.

Jewish names and themes of Rosh Hashana (Feast of Trumpets)

  • Head of the Year
  • Day of the Awakening Blast
  • The Last Trump
  • Day of Remembrance
  • Day of Judgement
  • Day of the coronation of the King
  • The Hidden Day
  • The opening of the gates of Heaven
  • The Wedding of Messiah

Yeah, my jaw dropped too. And yes, I believe the rapture will occur on this "appointment" or feast day one of these years. This year? I don't know. If you're reading this after Saturday, the 23rd, then No. LOL.  But regardless, I believe it's close.

Now, for the news! The things that really struck me this week were all the storms and earthquakes! Now we also have Jose and Maria too

Birth pangs: Earthquakes, pestilences, famines, storms, oh my!

6.1 Earthquake strikes south of New Zealand
Mexico 7.2 Earthquake death toll now exceeds 200
56 Dead 200,000 homeless as floods ravage Niger
Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico and gains strength as it lashes the Dominican Republic
Scientists warn super volcano in Italy ready to blow
Severe storm kills 8, injures 140 in Romania 
Alert level raised for volcano in Bali
Typhoon Talim closing in on Japan
Series of small earthquakes hit my city of San Jose! (no, I didn't feel them)
6.4 Earthquake hits Pacific island Vanuatu
5.7 Earthquake strikes off coast of Java
Blood River, pillar of cloud, plague of locusts -- all happening this year
Puerto Rico could be without power for 6 months
Deadly volcano erupts in Mexico

 

Persecution

Church in Australia threatened to be burned to the ground by LBGTQ group
ACLU demands Sheriff stop sharing Bible verses 


Apostasy

The Anglican church of England is in a death spiral
Worship band preforms AC/DC song during church service 
First church in New Mexico to appoint head gay pastor

Wars and Rumors of Wars

3000 new US troops headed for Afghanistan  
Time is running out on North Korea 
Russia unveils massive military force 
South Korea threatens to wipe out North Korea if provoked 
North Korea fires 2nd missile over Japan in a month 
N. Korea threatens US with nuclear strike and miserable ruin

Terrorism/Violence/Evil/Civil unrest

Cellphone bomb found in luggage in India airport 
Train derailment and food poisoning next on list of Terrorist acts 
Possible South London chemical attack
Violent protests in St. Louis
UK terrorism threat level raised to critical

Sodom and Gomorrah

Must get rid of "boy or girl" labels in clothing for kids
Yale replaces "freshman and upper classman" with gender neutral terms

Signs in the sky

Mysterious flashes of light in skies over LA 
Strange lights spotted above Salt Lake City 
Tomorrow the "great sign" of Revelation 12 appears over Jerusalem 
Even the world is noticing the rare planet/moon formation

Big Brother/Tech/Mark of the Beast

Growing acceptance of microchip implants
Canada begins crackdown on climate denial 
California school warned not to chant "USA" at events
4 in 10 Americans can't name any amendment rights
Conservative websites battle Google bias

Good News!

How the Holy Spirit brought this prodigal daughter home!
Christians outpace FEMA to aid Hurricane victims


Have a blessed Rosh Hashana and a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017


For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 




Monday, September 18, 2017

Are you ready for the wedding of the Lamb?


You ladies out there probably remember very well the days of preparation before your wedding, all the plans, schedules, parties, work, stress, guest lists, etc... And of course buying that wedding gown. It had to be absolutely perfect and make you look more beautiful than you ever had. Everything about that day had to be perfect. This was your day, your special day!

I never had a big wedding for reasons I won't go into, but I played a huge part in preparing for my daughter's wedding, so I fully understand the amount of time and planning that goes into every little detail.

The Bible alludes to the fact that we, as believers in Jesus, are His bride and that someday we will marry Him in a grand ceremony in Heaven. (I apologize to the men out there because I know they get uncomfortable with this topic. However this is a union between God and His people and certainly not like our version of marriage here on earth)

 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.  Revelation 19:7-8

For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ 2 Corinthians 11:2

The entire ancient Jewish marriage traditions actually mimic perfectly the Gospel. 
  • The Father arranged the engagement between his son and the bride 
  • The Son and the Bride meet and if both agree, they share a glass of wine (communion)
  • The Son pays the Bride and her family a huge bride price (Jesus died for us)
  • The Son and Bride separate for at least a year while He prepares a home for her in His Father's House (John 14:2-3) 
  • During the time, the Bride spends every waking moment preparing herself for the wedding and to be a good wife. She was set apart and could have no other lovers
  • At a time unknown to the Son, the Father would tell him to go get the bride
  • The Son would come get His Bride with a trumpet blast and in a procession and carry her back to His house
  • The Bride and Groom would go into their chambers for 7 days to consummate the marriage
  • After 7 days, they would emerge and have a great feast and party

If you wish to know more detail about this, Click on this Article which explains it nicely

So, what did the bride do while she was waiting for her groom to arrive and sweep her away? 
According to ancient traditions, she spent her time making herself more beautiful, sewing her wedding gown, learning how to cook, clean, etc, essentially learning how to be a good wife. She was considered "set apart, bought with a price."  And if she went out, she had to wear a veil to signify she was betrothed. 

If we relate this preparation to the Bride of Christ, which is us, what are we doing to prepare for His coming? What should we be doing?

1. Remain a chaste virgin. Which means we should not put anything or anyone above our groom. Jesus should always be first in our lives. Remember how the Israelites went after other gods time and time again. God considered this to be adultery and them to be unchaste. He eventually divorced them.

Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. Jeremiah 3:8

Therefore, we should have no other gods above our Lord. You may not be bowing to an idol, but you may be bowing to the idols of self, money, beauty, sex, power, and fame.  Be careful, Bride.

2. Making our wedding gown.  

But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth  Matthew 22:11-13

It would therefore seem that having the appropriate wedding clothes are very important to God! So how do we make our own wedding garment?

And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:8

We make our wedding garments, piece by piece, by committing righteous acts. What are righteous acts? I would guess they are anything we do in faith and for God's glory and not our own. They could also include things like feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, ministering to the sick, sharing the Gospel, denying ourselves and giving to others. Essentially loving our neighbor as ourselves.

3. Learn the skills to be a good wife
Ask yourself, what skills or qualities would be beneficial to serve Jesus? Off the top of my head, I can think of a few:

Faithfulness, Goodness, Kindness, Self-Control, Perseverance, Gentleness, and Selfless Love

How do we learn these skills? They are attributes of the Holy Spirit and can be cultivated within each Saint by the process of sanctification. Sanctification is a big word that means allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us from selfish caterpillars into beautiful butterflies, from sinful people into images of Christ. Notice the word ALLOW. God is a gentleman and won't do this without our permission and our help. 

 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. 2 Peter 1:5-8

4. Make yourself presentable and beautiful

 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3-4

This is similar to learning the skills to be a good wife. How do we make ourselves beautiful to Jesus? By developing a gentle, humble and quiet spirit.

5. Watch and be ready at all times

Because the Jewish bride had no idea when the groom would come for her, she had to be ready at all times.  If she got tired of waiting, slacked off, neglected to sew her dress and learn the skills to be a wife, and if, God forbid she went after other lovers, then when the groom came for her, he would reject her and leave without her.  

Likewise, if we, as the Lord's Bride do not keep a watch out for His return. If we neglect our walk with Him and don't allow His Spirit to transform us into His image. If we don't obey Him and do the things which He has called us to do. If we get entangled in the things of the world and put other things ahead of Him, He will come at an hour we don't expect Him, and it will be too late for us. 

Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. Revelation 3:3

Yet, I find that MOST Christians are not watching! Most churches are not watching. Most believers are not preparing! 

This is why I've written this post. God does expect something from us. Yes, He's done most of the work. Jesus died for us. He paid the Bride price, and He's now preparing a place for us in Heaven. But His awesome Grace doesn't give us license to live as we please. He's coming back, and soon, for a bride who is looking for Him, a bride who has made herself ready!  

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8

Do you long for Jesus to return? Are you watching for Him, looking for the signs He gave us of His return? Are you making yourself ready in every way possible?  

I encourage you to do so before it's too late.
If you're reading this and you aren't sure you're even part of the Bride, Click HERE to learn how to be saved. 





Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!



Greetings, beloved of the Most High!  I pray your week went well. If it didn't, I pray you are clinging to the One who loves you above all else and who has promised you that "All things work together for those who love God".  Stay strong, my friends. We are almost home.

The following article listing all the disasters in just this month will shock you
List of 27 Major disasters that have happened just in September 2017

Franklin Graham warns the world that they should prepare for the return of Jesus

Tech/Big brother/Mark of the beast

New AI (Artificial Intelligence) can guess from a picture whether you are gay or straight
Death of Free speech imminent 
Implanted microchip to replace credit cards and keys

Earthquakes/Storms/Pestilences/Famines

Mexico's strongest earthquake in a century kills dozens
Infectious mosquitos are turning up in new regions 
Experts warn that New York should not ignore the risk of an earthquake 
Ocean disappears as IRMA passes the Bahamas 
Hurricane Katia hits Mexico 
Hurricane Jose may be the next threat to the US
250 Earthquakes in Idaho in 9 days lead to super volcano fears
Bizarre winds leave meteorologists baffled in San Francisco
Hepatitis outbreak kills 15, sickens 300 in San Diego
Giant crack in the earth appears in Mexico after earthquake and hurricane 
3.2 Earthquake in West Virginia

Wars and rumors of wars

US deploys hundreds of troops in fear of yet another N. Korean missile test
US and Japan stage war drills in preparation for N. Korea hostilities 
Trump orders military to shoot down any N. Korean missile aimed in the US 
Russian drops Father of all bombs on ISIS commanders 
US threatens go cut China off if they don't comply with N. Korean sanctions 
South Korea has a missile that could kill Kim-Jung-Un in 15 minutes

Civil Unrest/Immorality/Evil

Violence erupts in the Caribbean due to food shortages 
Looters with sledgehammers ravage Florida's businesses 
Planned Parenthood teams up with Satanists to promote abortion in Missouri 

Israel

The gathering storm on Israel's northern border

Persecution

20 Nigerian Christians massacred  
You tube targeting Christians and conservatives with their advertising policy (I know this is true because I know a Christian ministry who got told by You tube they would no longer allow her to make money off ads because her content was offensive)
Parents face backlash for opposing Church of England's school's transgender policy

Apostasy

Christianity dying off in Germany. Being replaced by Islam
The church's alarm clock is shrieking!

Signs in the sky

Huge fireball explodes over Russia

Good news!

Discovery of ancient human-like footprints challenges evolution


If you don't know Jesus, this is the perfect time to surrender your life to Him. Yes, the world has gone crazy and it's going to get worse. Choose the light and the good instead of the darkness. Choose life eternal with God instead of eternity in hell. Choose to follow and love a God who created you and has loved you since before you were born, a God who wants to be a Father to you and teach you, protect you, and never leave you. Choose Jesus to be your Prince, your Commander. Choose Life 



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sailing into Heaven! 

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.’

Matthew 25:21

 

 

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Want to be an Overcomer?


Of course you do!  Who wouldn't want to be an overcomer? An overcomer is someone who is victorious over their enemies, who successfully defeats a problem, who makes it to the end of the race. An overcomer is a winner.

Overcoming, however, is not an easy task. Ask any successful person. It takes dedication, hard work, time, and perseverance.

The Bible says much about overcoming, but what are Christians supposed to overcome? I would say three major things:
  • Self
  • The world
  • The devil

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

In 1 John 4, the apostle is speaking about the spirits of antichrist when he says:
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.


For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4 

So, it appears from these verses that if we have faith in Jesus and if He lives within us, then we have overcome the world.  But is it really that simple? I don't know about you, but I don't often feel like an overcomer. Usually, I feel swamped with stresses, temptations, sins, and struggles. 

The truth of the matter is, we are still running the race, we are still in the battle. So, in reality, we haven't yet overcome anything. We are in the process of overcoming, right? But we aren't there yet. While we are still here on earth in our fallen state, we may have several small victories over sin, the world, and the devil, but we haven't yet won the final battle. We will finally be true overcomers when we get to heaven. 

Yet, as I said above, overcoming requires commitment, hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance.  That would imply that we, as Christians, can't just receive Jesus, believe in Him, and then rest on our laurels. We have to fight to keep the faith. We must be obedient to our Lord. 

 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.  And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 2 Timothy 2:3-5

In Revelation 2-3, we are given the perfect description of what an Overcomer is NOT and also what we receive if we are Overcomers.   I encourage you to study these Scriptures on your own, but for now, I'll summarize.

Church of Ephesus  

Sin: Lost their first love  a.k.a They love the world more than Jesus
Admonition: Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works
Punishment if they don't repent:  Their "church" will be removed from before the throne of God.  I'm not exactly sure what this means, but it can't be good.
Reward for Overcoming: They get to eat of the Tree of Life in the paradise of God

Church of Smyrna

Sin: None 
Admonition: Be Faithful until death
Punishment: None
Reward for Overcoming: Each get the crown of life and can't be touched by second death (hell)


Church of Pergamos

Sin: Compromising with the world, holding to false doctrines and sexual immorality
Admonition: Repent!
Punishment: Jesus will fight them with the sword of His mouth
Reward for Overcoming: Hidden manna, a white stone with a new name written on it


Church of Tyatira

Sin: Corruption, adultery, sexual immorality, allowing false prophets and satanic doctrines
Admonition: Repent and then hold fast till Jesus returns
Punishment: Cast into Great Tribulation
Reward for Overcoming: And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, Jesus grants them to rule the nations alongside Him


Church of Sardis

Sin:  Dead church
Admonition: Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die. Hold fast and repent
Punishment: Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. (They won't know the timing of the rapture)
Reward for Overcoming: Clothed in white garments and their names will not be blotted out of the Book of Life, and Jesus will confess their names before the Father


Church of Philadelphia

Sin: None
Admonition:   Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.  Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 
Punishment for not holding fast: Jesus will NOT keep them from the tribulation. In other words, they will not be raptured out of here.
Reward for Overcoming:
I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

Church of Laodicea 

Sin  Lukewarm. They think they have everything but they are naked, wretched, poor, and blind. 
Admonition:Therefore be zealous and repent.
Punishment: Jesus will vomit them out of His mouth.
Reward for Overcoming:  They will get to sit with Jesus on His throne 

Let me further simplify this.
If Jesus is not first in your life, if you follow false doctrines, if you are sexually immoral, if you are compromising with the world, if you are lukewarm or dead in your faith, you will not be an Overcomer. 

Punishments for not Overcoming: Removed from before the throne of God, Jesus will fight you Himself, Cast into the Great Tribulation, Jesus will return when you don't expect Him,  and Jesus will vomit you out of His mouth. 

I'm not trying to be cruel here or scare anyone, I'm just telling you what the Bible says. We are coming near the end of the age, and these Scriptures mean more now than ever. There are consequences for not living a life of faith. And they are dire consequences. 

In closing, what does it take to be an Overcomer?
Repent and put your faith in Jesus, Love the Lord your God with all your heart. put Him first, and obey Him and His Word to the best of your ability.  Then Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown!  Be faithful until death

 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.  He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:3




 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!



Greetings Watchmen and women of the Most High, here are the latest crazy news items for this week. When I say crazy.. I mean, sometimes I can't believe what I'm reading. What has happened to our world? The main things that struck me this week are:

1. The escalation of possible conflict with North Korea.
2. After the Great Eclipse which I believe was a warning to America from God, we have seen the worst hurricane in US history and now another monster storm heading our way. Add to that the widespread fires in several states that are threatening lives and homes. Coincidence? I don't think so.  Watch for some powerful earthquakes to strike the US next.
Also, check out all the weird stuff in the sky!

Please keep the victims of Harvey in your prayers, along with all the people in the line of the many fires that are blazing across the country. And please keep Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas in your prayers. I have family and close friends in Florida and South Carolina. God help us.

Wars and Rumors of Wars

N. Korea seen moving ICBM grade rocket toward the coast
Japan prepares for evacuation of 60,000 citizens from South Korea
UK conducts super-sonic weapons test 
N. Korea could wipe out US economy with an EMP in our atmosphere 
N. Korea preparing another missile test 
N. Korea claims to have a hydrogen bomb 
Putin warns that the situation with N. Korea is on the verge of large scale conflict 
Russia lashes out after US closes diplomatic posts 
US nuke-ready jets drop bombs close to N. Korea in a show of force 
Mattis says US will launch "massive military response" to N. Korean threats 
N. Korea successfully tests nuclear bomb 
N. Korea pursuing EMP bomb 
Chinese military practices for surprise attack 
Putin warns N. Korean crises could end up being a planetary catastrophe 

Apostasy

More than half of the UK consider themselves non-religious
Pro-LBGT Christians take aim at Bible-based Nashville statement

Earthquakes, Pestilences, Famines, Storms...Earth pangs!

Florida Governor already declares State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma
Irma threat for Cuba and Florida intensifies 
Deadly wildfires in Oregon, forced evacuations 
5.3 Earthquake strikes Idaho 
Swarm of 55 Earthquakes strike Idaho
Super Volcano Yellowstone earthquake swarm now biggest on record
Largest fire in Los Angeles forces hundreds to evacuate
Shallow and strong earthquake strikes Sumatra, Indonesia 
100,000 homes damaged by Harvey 
Harvey shattered rainfall record for the US
Firestorm burning half a million acres in Montana 
Eye of Irma the size of Detroit 
Water and gas already running out in South Florida 
Tropical storm Jose expected to become a hurricane 
Earthquake swarm continues to rattle Idaho 
Irma stronger than all 8 other Atlantic storms of 2017 combined 

Signs in the sky

Giant asteroid with 2 moons whizzes past Earth
Mysterious object lights up Canadian skies 
Sun unleashes largest solar flare in a decade 
Thousands witness bright meteor in skies above Washington state 
Black hole 100,000 times bigger than our sun found in the center of the Milky Way

 

Persecution

Math Teacher in Georgia kicks student out of class for wearing a "Make America Great Again" shirt
China bans children from attending church

Sodom and Gomorrah/Immorality/Evil

Woman threatens to abort baby unless she receives 4000 tweets
Christopher Columbus statue beheaded in New York
LA changed Columbus day to Indigenous peoples Day 

Israel

Israeli army holds largest exercise in 20 years due to increasing Hezbollah threat 
Iranian threat moves closer to Israel
First Jacob's Sheep Shofar blown in Israel in 2000 years

Big Brother/World Government

Google issues ultimate to conservative website "Remove hateful article or lose ad revenue'
New Technology could put words in someone else's mouth

Good news

Most Muslims come to faith by dreams and visions, not evangelists
Songs of praise fill the air in Houston shelters!