Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
I actually didn't wish to write this post. It scares me to address such an important topic for fear I will not do it justice. The last thing I want is for anyone to become worried or fearful as to whether they are saved or not. But God will have His way, and He kept pressing this upon me. Perhaps because time is so short and finding salvation in Jesus Christ is the most important thing anyone can do in this world.
I suppose this post is mainly for the people I consider to be Lukewarm Christians or perhaps people who think they are saved when they are not. In truth, I believe it is to these people that my ministry has been called.
First of all, what is salvation? Sometimes we use these terms so flippantly in Christianity that they lose their true meaning. Being "saved" means that a person
- Believes Jesus is the Son of the one true God, the Creator of all things, that He came to earth in human form, died for us sinners, and then rose again on the third day
- Accepts the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for their sins
- Receives that sacrifice to atone for their sins, to pay the penalty for them
- Repents of all their sins
- Puts all their trust in Jesus
- Make Jesus the Lord of their life
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
The problem with modern Christianity is that people will answer an altar call in a moment of emotion or fear, repeat a prayer for salvation by the pastor, and then go about their merry way thinking they are saved.
In truth, God could care less what you believe in your mind. The word believe in the verse above is the Greek Word pisteuō It means to "put your trust in" and "to commit to". It's not a belief of your mind but of your heart, the real you... your spirit and soul.
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. James 2:19
So we see first off that salvation is not a matter of what you believe in your mind, but it is something much deeper.. it is a heart belief that expresses itself in complete trust in Jesus and completely committing your life to Him. This can only happen if God performs it. The Holy Spirit must enter the human heart (not the organ, but the spirit) and bring it to life. You must be born again.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
This will not happen if a person is just causally saying a prayer of head belief but not truly seeking God with all their heart. This is why I believe our churches are at least 50% full of what I call False-converts.
Another thing that must happen and that is rarely talked about in "salvation" messages is repentance. You cannot be saved without true repentance.
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32
Repentance doesn't just mean saying you're sorry. Repentance means that you do a 180 away from your old ways, your old life of sin, and you start down a new path. In other words, if you repent of a sin but then go out the next day and do it again on purpose, you didn't truly repent. Repentance is a change of lifestyle!
So in order to be saved, a person must want to know God, want to know the truth with all their heart. When that happens, the Holy Spirit quickens their spirit and they become instantly aware of their sin and how wretched they are. This causes deep shame and sorrow and then repentance as they cry out to God to forgive them and save them. At that point they ask Jesus to save them and confess their belief in Him and they hand over the control of their life from that point on to Him. The Holy Spirit is working through this entire process and at the end, the person knows something has changed. It may not be a huge emotional experience... but they know something is different.
This very thing happened to my atheist husband when, at the end of his rope, he cried out to God "Are you real?" He sought the truth with all his heart. And the Holy Spirit took over. The first thing He did was show my husband all his sin and how wrong he was and how badly he had acted. Repentance must come before salvation! Once he repented, Jesus revealed Himself to my husband in a variety of ways and He finally confessed his belief and received the atonement for his sins. The final step was to hand over his life to the Lord.
So how do you know if you're saved?
You will come to hate Sin
At first, it may not feel very different. After I got saved, my life went on as usual. I must admit that I still struggled a great deal with sin. The difference was that I confessed it and felt shame for it. Then over the years, sin completely lost is appeal. Now, I find myself hating even hearing of sin. I loathe sin and what it did to me and what it does to others. I hate any sin within myself and am quick to repent and ask for help to overcome it. Yes, you will still sin on occasion. We all struggle with different weaknesses, but the difference is, you hate it, quickly repent, and find that over the years, you sin less and less.
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 1 john 3:9
You will grow to love the Bible.
I'm not saying I always love to sit and read the Bible. Sometimes it's a struggle to set aside the time to read it. But I will say that when I do (which I make a habit of every day) I end up LOVING it. The Words jump off the page at me and I love the wisdom and insight the Holy Spirit gives me
You will love spending time in prayer with the Lord
I'm not talking about uttering a few requests now and then. I'm talking about quality time in the Lord's presence where you feel His love and grace surround you. It's like heaven on earth. This takes time to cultivate, time for your faith to grow... but as it does, these moments with him will become so precious to you, you won't be able to go about your day without it. Jesus will become real to you as you progress in your walk, and develop a close relationship with Him.
You will start to see changes in your likes/dislikes
I remember after I got saved, my taste in music and TV began to change drastically. Some of the shows I used to enjoy became disgusting to me and I had to quit watching them. Some of the music made my spirit feel yucky and I had to stop. Drinking too much, going to clubs, sexy movies, etc... these things will disgust you and you will lose your desire for them
You will start to see changes in your personality as you bear fruit for the Lord.
Love, joy, peace, patience, self-control, gentleness, goodness, faith.. these things should be growing within you. Small at first, but over the years, you should be seeing evidence of them
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. 2 Peter 1:5-9
You will have a strong desire to please the Lord and do good for others
One of the things I pray nearly every day is "Lord, let me put a smile on your face today!" And I mean it. I want to please my heavenly Father. I want to do His will. I want to love others as He does. I often fall short, but I really want to do better every day. We aren't saved by our works, but they are evidence that we are truly saved. Check out these verses from James 2
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
Below is one of the most important Scriptures in the Bible. It proves that you can think you are saved and even do many works and even miracles for the Lord in His name, and still not know Jesus. The word "knew" that Jesus uses is a word used to describe a marriage kind of knowing! This describes a close relationship with Jesus that involves being filled with His Spirit and spending time with Him.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew 7:21-23
If you don't see any of these things in your life. If you continue to sin and enjoy it and don't feel bad about it. If you don't see any of the fruits of the Spirit developing within you, and you don't enjoy reading your Bible or praying, then I would get on my knees and seek the Lord immediately if I were you. I'm not in a position to judge whether you are saved or not, but I would be worried. If you're a new Christian, then be patient. These things take time, but you should be seeing at least some of them developing soon. If you've been "saved" for years, please get alone with God, and truly seek and receive the salvation He so freely offers.
You see, salvation isn't just about saying a prayer or believing in Jesus or attending a church. Salvation is a change of heart, an indwelling of the Holy Spirit that changes you. What people need to realize is that when you get saved, you make Jesus Lord. That means you obey Him and follow Him and allow Him to change you, mold you, and make you like Him. It's not just a free ticket into heaven. It's a complete change in lifestyle, purpose, goals, and personality. Everything will change, and, take it from a notorious sinner like me, they change for the Better! I would NEVER go back to my life before Jesus!
Last of all, what are we being saved from? From an eternity without God. Call it hell or whatever you wish, if God isn't there, nothing good is there either because God is the creator of all things good. He longs for everyone to receive His free gift so they can be with Him forever in a paradise better than any of us could imagine. But He leaves the choice up to us.
Why can't He just take everyone to heaven then? Because God is Holy and cannot be in the presence of sin. If we were to approach Him in our sin, we would be incinerated on the spot. So God had to sacrifice His own Son to pay for our sins so that when we approach Him at the end of our lives, if we have received that sacrifice, we are cleansed of all our sin and can live with God forever. Jesus paid the price that we would have had to pay for our sins. He took that punishment on Himself, so that we could become holy and righteous and be able to spend eternity with God.
Thank you, Jesus, for your enormous sacrifice for us!!
Friday, January 18, 2019
This is a picture of a Warrior Bride, which is what we are! Another crazy week has passed. The calm before the storm, if you can call it that.
Things of note
- Trump peace plan on the horizon. Could this be the treaty Antichrist confirms? Who knows? I believe it is a part of it, definitely
- Check out all the earthquakes! And in places you'd never expect!
- Yellowstone is going to blow
- The magnetic pole is moving. I kid you not
- Made to order babies
- Transgender nonsense!
- And the War against Christianity intensifies.
We are closing in on the end of the age. There's no doubt about it. If you're reading this, you are probably one of the few who are aware of what's going on and are watching for our Prince to come rescue us out of here! The Bible says He's coming for those who LONG for His Appearing. Is that you? If not, you better get alone with Him and find out why.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:8
Wars and Rumors of WarsWW3 fears surge as Russia plans on doubling range of Nuke-carrying missiles
IDF strikes Iranian and Hezbollah targets near Damascas
Israel may need to invade Iran to stop their entrenchment in Syria
Deadly suicide attack on US-led coalition in Syria
IsraelTrump Peace plan may divide Jerusalem
Earth Groaning and moaning3.8 Quake strikes near New Brunswick
81 Significant earthquakes in Alaska already in 2019
7.3 million sick so far with the flu
Yellowstone eruption imminent when nature provides this key clue
Yellowstone eruption could wipe out 3/4s of the US
Swarms of locusts descend on worshipers at Mecca
Earth's magnetic field is mysteriously acting up
CDC warns superbug is showing signs of mutation
The Magnetic North is on the move
A magnetic pole shift would turn our world upside down
Scientists closely watching 465 mile long rising Magma at Yellowstone
Scientists urge government to prepare for a 9.0 quake that could unleash a giant tsunami
Tennessee continues to reel from several small quakes
rare 4.7 Quake strikes off Coast of Maryland
3.4 Quake rattles Bay Area, CA
4.4 Quake in Central Oklahoma
4.0 Quake shakes up Kansas
Signs in the SkyAnother sign in the heavens as Israel and US gear up for peace plan
Strange sounds and mysterious booms are increasing again around the world
Rabbi claims the blood moon over DC is a prophetic sign for America
Rise of the Beast SystemRussia dumps 100 billion of its reserves into the yaun, eruo and yen
New Green Deal pushed by Democrats would cost 3600 times a border wall
California is bankrupt. Insurrection is near
Illegal immigrants bring a wave of infectious diseases into America while Dems insist on mass vaccinations. ( do not get vaccinated!)
Extreme US Weather is controlled and targeted.
EvilNY Governor says no budget will be passed unless it makes abortion legal up to point of delivery
Demand for exorcisms on the rise
Babies made to order: America's fast food embryo industry
Child marriage is thriving in the US
PersecutionHow Hollywood punished actor Neal McDonough for taking a stand for God
Ohio University allows men to use women's restrooms
Atheist group warns over 1000 school districts not to take trips to the ARK Encounter
European court rules against home-schooled Christian family who are now forced to send kids to public school (we are next)
Swedish man told can't use "Jesus" or "Christ" on license plate so as not to offend anyone
California pastor loses job after posting a sign that homosexuality is a sin
Arab Christians clash with police in Haifa over McJesus Scupture
Definitive proof there really is a war against Christianity
Sodom and GomorrahYoung boy in New York sets up first ever drag club for kids. Check out the video. It's demonic!
Marvel comics announces its first drag queen superhero
Men who identify as women are being invited for Pap Smears even though they don't have a cervix
Masculinity is now determined by the APA to be pathological
Protor and Gamble urge men to shave off their toxic masculinity with a razor
10 year old drag boy photographed with naked adult drag queen
Moms sound alarm! Daughters are coming home from college with mustaches and breasts removed
Top university opens up all-gender locker room to be more inclusive
French magazine calls for a complete ban on heterosexuality
ApostasyHead of Episcopal church punishes Bishop who won't allow Gay marriage in diocese
Anglican ambassador to the Vatican says Jesus didn't actually rise from the dead
Record numbers of young adults are dropping out of church
Churches are being divided over the debate over homosexuality
Good News!Man's truck goes up in flames but Bible left inside was unscathed
Porn star turned pastor says she wants everyone to experience the love of God
Two churches that prayed for 88 days celebrate the return of kidnapped teen!
Be blessed this weekend, knowing you will soon see Jesus!
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
In Isaiah 46:9-10, God says that He declares the end from the beginning. In other words, way back in Genesis, God was already speaking of the sacrifice of His Son and the end of the age. Much of the Old Testament is a type and shadow of the New and even of our present age.The Old Testament mirrors the New Testament. What do I mean by that? Much of what the New Testament speaks of has already been shown, prophesied, or told through Scriptures in the Old. A few obvious examples are the Exodus from Egypt of the Jews and the blood of the Passover lamb spread upon their doors to protect them. This symbolizes the shed blood of Jesus protecting those of us who trust in Him, and the subsequent Exodus is our redemption from slavery to sin, being baptized in the Red Sea and entering our walk with the Lord through the wilderness of life.
I could go on, but that is not the focus of this post. I want to focus specifically on our present time and how, by studying Scripture, we can come to the conclusion that we are VERY near the end. (Within a few years) God is a God of numbers. Everything in the Bible, including all the numbers that we merely scan over, are there for a reason. Every event, every feast, every birth, calling, death of someone in the Bible has significance regarding prophesy. I have a feeling we have only begun to explore the incredible depths and wisdom of the Holy Book!
For example.. here's a very interesting nugget.
From Adam to Abraham (patriarch of the Jews) there were 1948 years
From the Second Adam (Jesus) to the birth of Israel there were 1948 years
Coincidence? I found that completely fascinating! What are the odds? Isn't our God amazing? However, for the rest of this post, I want to focus on one of God's favorite numbers 70
7 = perfection, 10 - completeness. The number 70 symbolizes Spiritual order carried out in power and period of judgement.
Occurrences of 70 in Scripture
- Seventy (70) elders were appointed by Moses (Numbers 11:16).
- Ancient Israel spent a total number of 70 years in captivity in Babylon (Jeremiah 25:11-12)
- Seventy sevens (490 years) were determined upon Jerusalem for it to complete its transgressions, to make an end for sins and for everlasting righteousness to enter into it (Daniel 9:24).
- A total of 70 Israelites started a nation WITHIN another nation that would grow to more than two million by the Exodus.
- Terah had his first male child, Abraham, at age 70
- Seventy elders (not counting the High Priest) composed Israel's great Tribunal (Exodus 24:1, Numbers 11:16) which was eventually called the Sanhedrin.
- Tyre, a very important seaport city was judged by God for (you guessed it!) 70 years! (Isaiah 23:15)
- Seventy disciples were sent out by Christ on a 'training mission' to preach the gospel to the surrounding area (Luke 10).
- The Bible records Jesus Christ giving at least 70 parables during his ministry.
In Matthew 23, Jesus is verbally chastising the Pharisees and Scribes of His Day. He doesn't hold back and I love it, actually. But here's what He says at the end.
That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
In this passage, Jesus is clearing saying that the punishment for all the crimes these self-righteous Pharisees have committed throughout history and at that present time is going to come on "This" generation. What generation? The generation in which they were living at that time. What would part of that punishment be? Their "house" would be left to them desolate. What is their "house"? Why it's the great Temple of Herod that stood in the middle of Jerusalem! When did the Temple get destroyed? Wait for it.... 70 AD! Hmm. there's another 70. How odd!
Here's another generation prophesy of our Lord in the very next chapter of Matthew!
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
In context, the verses before this describe the end times and the tribulation right up to the point of His Second Coming. After these verses, He describes in detail the Rapture. What is the "all these things" Jesus telling us to look out for so we know we are the last generation? All the signs he just told us about AND the rebirth of the Nation of Israel! (Israel is the fig tree!)
What is a period of judgement in the Bible? How long does God give a nation to repent? 70 years!
So, if Israel came back into their land in 1948, then 2018 was 70 years. Actually, they celebrated their 70th Birthday in May 2018, so we are still within the 70 Years since Israel's rebirth.
A couple of very interesting things happened in 2018 in relation to this.
Embassy moved to Jerusalem! This is the first time in 70 years that Jerusalem has been acknowledged as the capital of Israel. This is HUGE! If you think it's no big deal, read the Bible. Jerusalem is mentioned 767 times! Jerusalem is the City of the King. It is where Jesus will rule and reign from in the Millennial Kingdom. The Fact that Jerusalem is now recognized as the capital of Israel says to me that God is about to turn His attention back to Israel and finish His dealings with them in the final 7 years of this Age. Otherwise known as the Tribulation.
Another HUGE event happened on December 10th 2018. This was the last day of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, also known as the feast of dedication. Guess what? Israel rebuilt the ancient temple altar and dedicated it to God. Why is this important? Again we go to the Old Testament for answers. Ezra was one of the prophets who returned from Babylon after their 70 year captivity came to a close. What was one of the first tasks he preformed once he arrived in Israel? He built and dedicated an altar to God. Even before they had a temple! See Ezra 3
We know the religious Jews are longing to see the Temple rebuilt. I've mentioned it numerous times here on this blog. This altar being dedicated is a sure sign they will start on the Temple soon. We know from Scripture that a temple must exist for the Antichrist to enter at the midpoint of the Tribulation and claim to be god.
People, hear me. We are close! That's not me saying it. It's the Bible! Read for yourself. Ask for God's discernment. Why aren't most pastors and churches telling you all this? Why are most Christians completely asleep? It blows my mind. I leave you with one last reference to what a generation is
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
Fly Away is Strongs H5774 which means fly, flee, fly away, faint, brandish, or shine forth.
Why did the psalmist use that word when he could have just said died.. or go down to shoal as he usually does?
Average world wide lifespan currently is 73. In the United States, it is 78.7. Do you think God didn't know what a generation would be in our day?
My point is that if we are the generation that will see the return of Jesus, and that generation started in 1948, then at the most we only have until 2028 to fulfill 80 years. Remember 7 of those are the tribulation and if you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture then that only gives us at the most 3 more years. I am not giving a date. I'm merely a student of the Word of God who has the Holy Spirit living within me.
Why is this important? Why care about when the rapture may occur? Because when you realize that this life here on earth is short and just a vapor, then you focus more on the eternal things which are vastly more important. You get closer to God, you grow in your faith, you love others and do the work God has called you to do! You don't entangle yourself in the things of this temporary world. I want believers to wake up! If all the people who claim to be Christians started living for God, we could save SO MANY before we leave this place!
The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:7-8
Friday, January 11, 2019
Greetings saints! I hope your oil lamp is full of oil for I believe we may be getting that call soon to attend the wedding of the Lamb! Wouldn't that be lovely?
I'm not sure what to focus on regarding all the news below. I'll let you skim it and see for yourself how out of control and crazy our world has become. One thing that really got my anger riled was that DC Comics is producing a comic about Jesus returning again but the content goes beyond blasphemy. You can read about it for yourself. Rest assured that if they put out a comic mocking Mohammed, everyone working for them would be butchered.
On that happy note, have a great weekend!!
Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
Earth GroaningPlague of blood red rivers appearing in multiple locations
East Tennessee rocked by 7 earthquakes in 4 weeks
Congo Ebola cases exceed 600
6.8 Quake strikes Brazil
6.1 Quake strikes Alaska
Seismic unrest predicted for next weeks
Polio-like illness spreads to Texas
Alaska still shaking with aftershocks from 7.0 Quake in November
6.6 Quake strikes Indonesia
Geophysicists offers chilling warning over Yellowstone volcano
Worst Measles outbreak sweeps through New York as cases in Washington and Oregon surge
3.7 Quake strikes Mississippi
6.4 Quake strikes off coast of Japan
volcano erupts on remote Papau New Guinea island
Earthquake rattles Oklahoma
Wars and Rumors of WarsChina prepares to take on US at sea with hypersonic railgun
Russia to deploy precision strike missiles in West Atlantic
Iran to send warships close to US waters in Atlantic
China tells its army to urgently prepare for war
France teeters on the edge of Civil War
US and China slowly creeping toward conflict
Sodom and GomorrahNew York City Parents can now give their newborn gender X
Transgender Taboos. Don't question or else!
Newly elected gay senator refuses to take oath on the Bible
Wisconsin now paying for sex-change surgeries for Government employees.
New School program in Australia allows children to question gender and dress up in Islamic clothing
Boyscouts on verge of bankruptcy as Christians flee organization
David's Bridal AD features unwed couple with Baby and Lesbian brides
Austrialian twin sisters announce they both plan to get pregnant by same boyfriend
First Bi-sexual senator with no religions affiliation
Traditional masculinity is harmful and could lead to sexual harassment
To promote gender equality Governor of California's wife won't go by First Lady
Rise of the Beast SystemAmazon Alexa is a demon that can blackmail you
Actor thanks Satan at Golden Globes for inspiring his performance in VICE
You'll be surprised at the number of Muslins we just elected to our government in the US
Is India's new data system the mark of the beast?
Most Americans fully embrace facial-recognition software
Russian patriarch says Antichrist will control humans through "gadgets"
New Governor of CA vows sanctuary to all who seek it!
Who are the real communists? Democratic party proposes higher personal business taxes higher than communist China
The Deep State plot to start WW3
New socialist congresswoman proposes 70% tax rate to fund new Green Deal
Obama's border control chief fights back and defends Trump
French President Macron's response to the Yellow Vests makes Putin seem soft
Signs in the SkySuper Blood wolf moon in January
NASA finds strange alien planet hiding outside our solar system
Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected
IsraelIsrael faces dangers on many fronts in 2019
New Congresswoman displays map with Palestine replacing Israel
ApostasyThis doctrine of demons if infecting the church
Heathens hold religious service rooted in Norse paganism aboard US aircraft carrier
Lauren Daigle no longer considers herself a Christian artist
Pastor says Ten Commandments no longer apply to Believers
PersecutionNew Hampshire allows Atheist to fly flag over Ten Commandments monument
Atheist demand cross be removed on charges of fake wall of separation
China forces church to take down First Commandment given to Moses
DC Comics turn Jesus into a new Superhero. The only problem? He's a failure
Oxford students want professor fired for Pro-traditional marriage statement
Vietnam Christians arrested and beaten for refusing to renounce Jesus