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Judgement is coming.  (soon)

That is so un politically correct isn’t it.  It is mocked by this world.  They laugh and jeer and anyone mentioning it.  I have felt it, and I am sure you have as well.  But it use to be something Christians would hear every week and discuss daily.

But if you are truly saved, shouldn’t this be a good thing.  You have been promised to be saved from judgement.  Judgement is the time at which God will make all things right and the judgement that we were not supposed to assess will be assessed by the only perfect being Jesus Christ and His Father.  We are forgiven of all our sins, through our faith and believe in Jesus Christ.  Not just our sins today but all past, present and future.  That is good news, the best news and not something to dread.

It is only scary if we are not sure about where we will spend eternity.  That is not something we think much about in our current society is it. 

I am guilty of this as well.  We spend most of our time debating what we should buy next or if we are getting a good deal.  We spend our time telling others about our “fun” lives in person but now more virtually online.  It seems like we are on an endless quest for fun.  We spend time working (making money) and entertaining ourselves (spending the money we earned) with the infinite distractions this world has to offer. (On a side note, I am always amazed at people saying they are bored with so many choices and opportunities for them to partake.  It is probably either laziness or a frustration with not being able to fill the Jesus shaped hole in their lives with the frivolous things of this world.)  But back to the Jesus size hole, it is where we should be focused, and it seems it is the last place we (I) turn to when feeling uneasy.

I seem to have an increased feeling of uneasiness these days both in intensity and frequency.

Do you ever feel like as a Christian you are being surrounded and evil is encircling you?  In every aspect of your life when interfacing with this world.

I think we have well overstayed our welcome here, as Christians, and the rise of the evil forces of this world is growing & strengthening.

This is where that Jesus sized hole becomes even more important.  Our Lord and Savior did not want us to be fearful or surprised at what was coming.  Those two things go hand in hand, we are always more fearful of the unknown, that is why Jesus wanted us to know what was coming and gave us His word and prophecy so that we could put our minds at ease that He is in control and every word He spoke is the truth and unchangeable.  We need to fill ourselves daily with His word so we remember what He said more than what this world is screaming at us daily.  When we see these things come to pass we should look up and rejoice that our Lord is coming for us.  Not only that but all pain and fear will end and only joyful rejoicing will replace it. 

That is how as Christians we should think of Judgement and Christs second coming.  Not as this world has tried to frame it.  And really from their perspective, they should be fearful.  They have chosen to turn their backs on God and reject His free gift of salvation through His works on the cross.

That is the good news and what we are called as Christians to spread.  But we have to spread both sides of the message, for if a non-Christian does not understand the current state at which they find themselves, they will have less motivation to change and a lesser understanding of the magnitude of the gift God is offering to all of us.

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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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.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Terry really nailed what I have been feeling over the last couple of weeks.  I have been reading a lot of articles and listening to a lot of video on current events without a lot of time to post them. 

His article below sums up precisely what I have been feeling.  It is well worth the read and time to ponder the message.

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May 14, 2012

At Sodom’s Gate

My mind is impressed, as the day of Israel’s sixty-fourth birth into the modern era arrives, that God’s dealing with man seems about to make full circle. By that, I mean that the Book given to humanity that is his love letter and His manual for living life on this planet, given through His chosen nation, opens, in my spiritual mind, to the pages of the time of Lot and his life in Sodom.

It seems to me that we can sense, if we consider the headlines today, the angels of judgment at the gates of our own nation. Are they there, sent by the Lord of Heaven, after having entertained the efforts of God’s servants–like Abraham those thousands of years ago—to find, percentage-wise, ten righteous people who have a heart for the things of the Lord?

Israel is the prototype nation–i.e., all successive nations have had Israel to use as a template of how to act, not act, react, and conduct the affairs within the human conditions of their time in the spotlight of history. We are at just such a time of examination, in my estimation, of our own much blessed country.

It is striking to me that a first-time author has hit it big with a book that deals almost precisely with the premise of this commentary. The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn uses just such a template to dissect the Almighty’s dealings with Israel as juxtaposed against the recent history of America.

This isn’t a review of that book, so I won’t say a great deal about it. Suffice it to say that I find the relevant points of similarities between the two nations quite remarkable, as presented by the author. I recall my own opening remarks in a book written not long after the attacks on the U.S. of September 11, 2001, as I reflect on what Mr. Cahn has written.

Television screens across America and the world repeatedly flashed videotape of the huge passenger jet crashing full-throttle into the enormous building. Dazed people watched in awestruck disbelief while trapped victims leaped from the building’s top floors, some holding hands with others when they jumped. The massive twin towers disintegrated and crumbled to flaming rubble. It was the most heinous terrorist attack ever recorded. Almost immediately, angry, frightened people began demanding answers to the insanity now forever etched in their memories. Many churches were filled the Sunday following the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. There was an instinctive sense that those murderous acts of terrorism were somehow foreordained. That the carnage now known as “Ground Zero” and the uncertain future is, in some troubling way, linked by prophetic destiny. (Prophecy at Ground Zero: From Today’s Middle East Madness to the Second Coming of Christ.)

The author of The Harbinger reaches much of the same sorts of conclusions as did the authors who collaborated with me in our book, released in 2002. He gets much more specific about Ground Zero in Lower East Manhattan than did we, providing some really chilling similarities between things written in prophecy about Israel and their fulfillment, and what has happened in America since that fateful 9/11 date. He does a credible job of postulating–with strong scriptural backing—on how the U.S. judgment looks to have begun taking place in earnest at the time the towers fell on September 11, 2001.

The bottom line is that events just this past week bring home in an almost eerie way that the angels of judgment must be at the very gates of our own nation. We have long recounted the many signals of impending prophetic fulfillment. The nation Israel is at the center of hatred in the U.N.; the reviving Roman Empire is rearranging daily into prophetic configuration; the “Roadmap to Peace” plan is being pushed to make Israel conform to the wishes of the international community; the world is moving swiftly toward one world–especially toward global economy that threatens to bring the dollar down and install some sort of electronic funds transfer system.

As if that weren’t enough evidence of where we stand on God’s prophetic timeline, there is Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the whole Islamic world coming together in a way that indicates the Gog-Magog prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 is shaping for soon fulfillment. China represents a growing hegemonic threat not only in all of Asia, but in the whole world, economically speaking.

And now, astonishingly, the first sitting president of the United States in history, on the heels of his vice president first doing so, puts America directly at the gates of Sodom with his declaration that marriage should be made legal as between a man and a man and a woman and a woman. That is, it would indeed be astonishing—except that the U.S. citizenry have been desensitized by years of news and entertainment media inculcation, putting forward the idea that there is no difference between heterosexual and homosexual relationships. So, where at one time–no more than a decade ago—an incumbent president proposing such a thing would have sealed his own defeat, we now have no way of knowing if it will adversely affect his election chances.

Again, we hear the words of Jesus echo in forewarning of when He will next catastrophically intervene into earth’s history: “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30).

–Terry

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If you have not asked Christ into your life, the essential gospel is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and that He was raised on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-4).  Believing this is the only qualification for salvation.  We are sinners in need of a savior.  Jesus died for our sins, and to prove that His death was sufficient for us,  God raised Him from the dead on the third day. Believing in our heart that God raised Him from the dead is our assurance that He will raise us, too.
 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Cor. 15:3-4). 

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