The Lord has been putting on my heart a few things. I have been working hard to tie them together and I think JD just helped me greatly. The three things he has put on my heart through studying His word over the last week are:
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first – 2 Thes. 2:3
Then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. – Proverbs 2:5
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil – Isaiah 5:20
The Lord is amazing. He says: “If you seek her (wisdom) as silver and search for her (wisdom) as for hidden treasures” (context mine)- (Proverbs 2:4) Then you will discern the fear of the Lord. We have to seek, meaning reading God’s word directly, and when we do, it is amazing what He reveals and how He reveals it.
2Peter below is one of the keys that JD laid out. It is the passage on what we can expect and why. The scoffers of Christs return are many and the intensity he mentions is so true, you can feel it. If you even mention: prophecy, rapture, Christ, Gospel, Christs Return, or Judgement. You will feel the intensity of the push back. They do not want to hear sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:3).
2 Peter 3:3-12
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Coming Day of the Lord
3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 5 For [a]when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
A New Heaven and Earth
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and [b]its works will be [c]burned up.
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!
I implore you to watch the full video, it is an amazing update on what we are seeing and why.
How far have we come? We are mocked if we even bring it up. We are called the evil ones, met with scorn.
We are at the hour. Why?
The world is busy fulfilling their own evil desires, believing everything goes on as it has since creation.
Judgement is coming! We must turn back to God.
Maranatha, Lord come quickly!
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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile. He writes:
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5
What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law. But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved. It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.