Sunday, December 1, 2013

Someone Telling The Truth

What does America need in these days?  We have so much dishonesty in the country and in the world today.  It appears that even our President cannot seem to tell the truth.  I believe that what America needs today especially if we want God to bless us again, is someone telling the truth.  Maybe that someone is Paul Washer.  I just came across this video earlier tonight and want to share it.  This is the kind of preaching I used to know and have been looking for for years now.  Where has it gone?  Why have we become a nation of watered down gospel?  Why don't preachers tell the whole truth anymore?  Where is this kind of preaching these days?  Social gospel isn't going to cut it with Christ.  But this??? This could bring true revival to the nation.  People out there are so hungry for truth.  People are hungry for the love of God and the truth of God even when they are not aware of it.  We need more Paul Washer-type preachers in this country.  We need more preachers and evangelists who will stand up and speak out even on the streets like they used to.  There is too much fear of being mocked and ridiculed.  I'm guilty of that fear myself.  But over the years I have realized that I just do not fit in with the current church trend.  I am different than so many, not because I am better than they are.  No, I am not even close to being better than anyone else.  But I want to see people really saved again.  I have not seen this in so long that it now seems almost foreign to me.  But I have craved for it and longed for it.  Now God has led me to this video to start with.  I pray the Holy Spirit will open your hearts and minds and eyes to His Truth.

Paul Washer's Shocking Youth Message



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Are You On The List?

While browsing today on Facebook, I came across this website.  The information on this website might be of interest to those of us who wish to see America a nation that God can bless again.  Just that alone will put us all on the list.  But take a look at the list and see if you fit in any of the other categories.  What is the list?  It is who our current government sees as potential terrorists. 

72 Types of Americans That Are Considered Potential Terrorists 

It's a sad commentary on our nation that we have come to such a listing.  I would be willing to guess that almost everyone in this country could find themselves on at least one level of this list.  It is frightening to consider that our government could turn against the citizens of this country.  But it is happening all around us and at rates that are astounding.  Obviously this has been building over the last few decades at least, but for it to have come so far so quickly in the past decade alone could mean that the next few years will bring changes none of us wants.

Again, this is a definite call for prayer.  We need to pray for our nation, its leaders, and all of its citizens.  We need to pray for protection through this coming storm.  We also need to pray for our family members and loved ones who may be caught up in the deception the government is trying to perpetrate on the American people.  Those of us who believe what the Bible teaches us about the coming Great Tribulation certainly do not want our loved ones to have to face that horrible time period without God.  We wait now on the Rapture of the believers in Christ but we know that there will possibly be those we love who are left behind.  For them we pray that they will still somehow find the truth of Jesus Christ and be saved so that when Jesus returns and judges the world, they will be found worthy to spend eternity with Christ.  

The Great Tribulation is going to be so terrible that such has never happened in this world before.  Many who find their way to Christ during that time will be murdered, beheaded for the cause of the antichrist.  We don't want our loved ones to have to face that or any of the other horrible things that are about to happen.  But more than this, we don't want anyone we love to be lost in the fires of the bottomless pit.  We are being called on by God to pray as we have never prayed before.  If the Lord calls you to fast, then fast as you have never fasted before.  Time is very short and getting shorter by the moment.

While we really want America to somehow pull through and be the America we remember from years past, the America that blesses God and that God blesses, we may not stand a chance at this point.  America is losing her political friends very quickly while at the same time the citizens of America are losing our protection that God sheltered us with for generations.  We need to pray that we are all ready for when the Lord returns, by the great gathering up of the believers both dead and alive in Christ, and by the full coming of the Lord when He stands on the Mount of Olives for the entire world to see.

We need to not be so worried about if we are on the government's list of potential terrorists and make sure, instead, that our names are in the Lamb's Book of Life.  Are you on the list?

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Deck of Cards and You

I first heard this story of the deck of cards several years ago at church.  The additional trick at the end of the video really adds to the story.  Do you know what you can do with a simple deck of cards?

  

 

The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn

Just a video for you this time.

  

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What To Watch For Especially If You Do Not Believe That Jesus Christ is Lord.



Things are about to happen in the world that those outside of the believers in Jesus Christ (and even some of us believe differently about some of the events and their timing) do not think could ever be possible.  Things like millions of people around the world just suddenly disappearing leaving cars, trains, boats, and airplanes without drivers/pilots, as well as other scenarios where someone you were just talking with has simply vanished.  Just like Star Trek where people could be “beamed up” Jesus Christ is coming to take those who believe in Him and have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior to be with Him.  You may even see graves opened up but I am not sure of what all will be visible.  When Jesus was crucified graves of hundreds of believers opened up and the people came forth and were seen my many others over the next several days and weeks.  So whether you will see the graves open up at this time as well, I don’t know but we are told that the dead in Christ will rise to Him first before those of us still alive meet Him in the air.  There is now no other prophecy that has to happen before this Rapture occurs.  It could happen at any time now.  The wars predicted that are happening now in Ezekiel 38, Isaiah 17 and 19, and Psalms 83, and other places could continue to escalate before the Rapture, but they don’t have to.  The Rapture could happen before you finish reading this.  Or it could still be a year or two or more away, but I don’t think it will be that long.
These are things to be watching for around the world.  When you see these things happening, and many of them are already happening now, know that what I am telling you is the truth.  Find a Bible somewhere before it becomes outlawed to own one and read it.
Some of these things have already happened or are happening now but were prophesied over 2000 years ago and even prophesied since the beginning.
1.       Israel became a nation once again and Jerusalem in the hands of the Jews.  Prophesied in the Old Testament Ezekiel 37 and other locations as well as by Jesus Himself when He spoke of the Fig Tree in Luke 21:29.  In fact the entire chapter of Luke 21 is good in showing you the things predicted by Jesus Christ of the time of His return to earth.  The fig tree is symbolic of the nation of Israel and He said that the generation that is alive at that time it becomes a nation again would not pass away before He returned.  The people born in 1948 are 65 years old this year.  It will not be long before the last one has died.  Jesus will return before that happens.
2.       Ezekiel 38, Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, and Isaiah 19 (and others) are happening right now.  Never before in history have these prophecies been so aligned in time as they are right now.  When you see the city of Damascus, which has been conquered in various times in history but never totally destroyed and made unlivable, become a “ruinous heap” and uninhabitable, you know that the time is here.
3.       Read up about the historical appearances of the blood moon tetrad.  It is an extremely rare celestial event and the only times in the past 500 years that it has occurred has been in 1492, 1947-48, 1967-68, and now to happen in 2014-2015.  Each of these times in history have been connected to something important in Jewish history.  In 1492 the Jews were thrown out of Spain and Columbus discovered America which then became a refuge for Jews everywhere around the world until they could reestablish their nation of Israel.  In 1947-48 was the time when they were brought by God back into their land of Israel.  In 1967-68 was the Six-Day War when Jerusalem was once again in the hands of the Jews.  All of these things were prophesied thousands of years ago.  Now they are appearing again in 2014-2015 and you can bet your life on the fact that they have something to do with the Jews once again.  The next thing to happen with the Jews is…
4.       The rebuilding of the Jewish temple.  You will see this happen in your lifetime whether you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior or whether you continue to stand in unbelief.
5.       There will come on the political scene a leader who is so charismatic and is able to deceive the world so that he becomes the leader of the entire world.  He will establish a “covenant” (Daniel 9:27) between Israel and her enemies for a 7 year period and this happens while the world is saying “peace and security” which it is even now saying.  You can hear this in almost every politician’s speeches around the world right now.
6.       This leader will (#4) allow the Jews to rebuild the temple and after 3 ½ years he will break the covenant by setting himself up either himself or an image or both in that temple and declaring himself to be God.
7.       This leader will have the “power” to deceive the masses with miracles and lying wonders probably which all will be technologically created.  He will have been fatally wounded and recovered which will also cause the masses to worship him.
8.       This leader will cause every person in the world to receive a special mark on their right hands or their foreheads that they will not be able to buy or sell anything without.  Christians have been watching for this to come about for generations and now the technology is here to make that happen both in the ability to register every single human being in the world, and to make it so that they cannot buy or sell anything without being marked.  If you research about how jungle tribes that have previously not even been known about are being found today (thanks in large part to Google Earth) so that even they can be counted and marked, you can see this happening before your eyes.
9.       There will come two witnesses and the entire world will be able to see them.  Years ago we could not understand how this could even be possible…in times prior to the internet and satellites.  But now with the internet seeing things happen around the world at the exact time they are happening is taken for granted as the norm.  These two witnesses will come to tell the world that they have one last chance to accept the salvation of Jesus Christ before He returns and sets up His Kingdom on earth at which time it will be too late to be saved.  The world will try to kill these witnesses but it will not happen until it is the time ordained by God to happen and then they will be killed and left in the street for days before their bodies are gone and the world will view their bodies and rejoice.
10.   The Great Tribulation will last 7 years, the first half of which will appear to be going well with this charismatic world leader.  The second half will include the worst events in history including plagues, weather events,  earthquakes, wild animals and insects attacking, and much, much more including the possibility of world-wide nuclear attacks.  Some of the prophesies of the Bible describe things that could only happen with nuclear warfare which prior to this being developed in the world made these predictions seem totally impossible.  Things like the sores on the bodies from the radiation, skin peeling off the bodies like it is melting, and much more.
11.   The world leader, called the antichrist and possessed by satan, will call for everyone to receive his mark and those who refuse and are captured will be beheaded. The Jews will know at this time that this leader is not their Messiah and they will flee into a special hiding place provided for them from centuries before where they will stay safe until the return of the true Messiah, Jesus Christ.
12.   At the end of the 7 years Jesus will return standing on the Mount of Olives which will split in two at that point and will be seen by the entire world (internet).  At this time He and those he took with Him in the Rapture will reign upon the earth for 1000 years.  There will be great war before His return and when He comes back that war will end and everyone on earth will bow and realize that He is the Lord.  At the end of the 1000 years during which time He will have satan bound and powerless, He will release satan for a brief time and then He will cast satan into the bottomless pit in chains.  Jesus will also judge all the people and those who do not follow Him will also be cast into the pit with satan.
All of these things will happen.  The reason you see Christians telling people about Jesus is because Jesus commanded it.  Jesus wants as many to be saved from this terrible event as possible and saved from the bottomless pit.  People are free to come and go, to listen or not listen.  We do not force our faith on anyone but will tell anyone who is willing to listen so that they might also believe and be saved.  Jesus told us that the world would hate us just as it hated Him.  We know what the world thinks of us.  Jesus gave His life in payment for our sin debt because there is no human way possible to pay that debt.  God is so Holy that there is nothing we can do to make things right.  But God loved us so much that He, Himself, came to earth as a man so that He could pay that debt for us.  It is like someone being convicted to life in prison but a friend takes that sentence upon himself instead.  It’s even more.  God doesn’t want puppets who believe simply because He created us to do so.  He gave all humans the freedom of choice to believe or not, to do right or do wrong.  He wants us to love Him out of our free will.  But even if we choose not to love Him, He still loves us and wants us to come to Him.  The gift of salvation is just that, a free gift.  He offers it with outstretched hands.  But each of us is free to turn away and not accept that gift.  Those who accept it are changed from the inside out, the old man dies and the new man comes to life.  Once you accept it, you know in ways the world cannot know that Jesus truly is the Messiah.
You have this choice right now and will continue to have this choice right up until there is no time left.  As long as you never accept that mark, you have a chance to be saved.  If the Rapture occurs before you choose to believe, it will be much harder as there will be a lot of deception on the earth like you have never seen before.  But once you accept the mark (it is a sign of worship of the antichrist—who of course will not say he is the antichrist but will claim to be the true savior of the world) it will then be too late to save you.  There is even talk now that this mark, possibly a computer chip implant, will have something in it that will begin to change human DNA into something else.  Check into The Singularity that is becoming so popular lately.  There is a book, a “university” and more and even Google is involved in this, to make mankind better than it is, by merging humans with machines.  If this happens, will these new “creations” even have a soul???  No matter what happens, do not let yourself be marked.  But if you will give Jesus a chance, choose Him now while you still have time.

Monday, October 21, 2013

2 Chronicles 7:14...WHAT???

America is in trouble.  

America is severely divided.  Divided in ways it hasn't been since the Civil War. 

How do we, as citizens who love this country, fix it?  

Some say revolution.  Some say voting.  Many are calling for prayer.  

The Bible tells us over and over again by example what makes a nation great and what tears it down.  The Bible tells us what we need to do to fix our country.  We see it so many times in the history of Israel, how sometimes Israel was strong and healthy and other times it would be weak and miserable.  The Bible also told us why.  Very simply put, when the kings of Israel sought God, Israel thrived.  When leadership turned to other gods and idols, Israel failed.  It even came to times when the people of Israel were scattered because there was no leadership calling for repentance and turning back to God.  This is exactly where America is today.  

America is an amazing nation.  Or it once was.  For generations American leadership sought God.  The citizens of America voted for the leadership they felt best represented their wishes.  Sometimes they were right and sometimes wrong, but overall, the leadership tried to follow God, at least enough to keep God the head of the country.  Foreigners from all over the world sought to come to America where they, too, could be free from the oppression of their own countries.  As Americans, we were proud that we could offer such freedom to the world.

But along the line, we began to take our freedoms and rights for granted.  After the WWII especially, as technology began advancing at such a rapid rate, Americans, tired of war, especially after the Korean Conflict (war), just wanted to live in peace and security without the worry of yet another war.  Then Viet Nam happened.  And America was not happy.  Young people protested the war.  Young people protested a lot of things including the government.  But these same people got caught up in the drug culture and free love (meaning sex) culture of the day that has only progressed into the hedonist culture of today.  Freedom began to mean something different than what it was meant for.  There is always a cost to freedom.  For most Americans it has meant the cost of lives given to provide and protect our freedom.  For those who have been free to participate in the drug and sex culture, it has cost them lives in disease, addiction, abortion, homes, families, and finances.

There were a lot of good protests too.  The protests against segregation were an example.  All those protests lead to the fact that a black man is the President of the United States today.  When Barack Obama was first running for President, I thought that it was a wonderful statement of how far this country had come.  But never would I have thought that the very first black President would be someone so controversial in America.  Before that election I was already aware that there were serious problems concerning this candidate.  But the real problem was not that he was black.  It has never been a race issue.  The problem was that he might not have even been a natural-born citizen as the Constitution requires.  The problem was that the Democratic Party was totally ignoring this issue and that those who had some significant proof were not getting anywhere.  This could not have happened just twenty years earlier.

In addition to these issues was that there were questions about Obama's background, his friends and associates, his religious beliefs, and his lack of experience in political leadership.  But no matter how the conservatives tried, the leadership in America just seemed to ignore everything.  Rather than admit that all these issues were the cause of the controversy, Democrats made it all about race and that all of us who were opposed to Obama were racists rather than confront the real issues.

This was definitely not the America we were used to.  How could this happen that our government leaders did not care about all of these questions?  How could it be that a big part of our citizenship did not care either?  It was as though we suddenly woke up in some kind of waking dream and that everything would somehow right itself eventually.  But it didn't.  Even back then by the time of Obama's first election, the American conservatives knew that we were in trouble.  But even then, not all of us were yet awakened to the trouble brewing for our country.  Even now, five years later and with Obama into his second term in office, many Americans are still asleep. 

The Tea Party became a not-so-popular movement across America as conservative patriots began peacefully protesting various blights upon our nation. Now the Democrats speak of the Tea Party as though it were an actual registered party of voters like the Democrats and Republicans, etc.  Maybe it should be.  But even then, would it be enough to fix our country?  I don't think so.  I think our country has fallen so far that only God can bring it back up.  The Bible, once again, tells us what to do before God will take action to heal our land.  Yes prophecy says that all the world will be connected to a one world government eventually.  But until that time, is there hope left for America?  Or does America have to fall completely for prophecy to be fulfilled?  I cannot answer that.  But if our country is to have any hope left at all, we have to turn back to God as the Bible says.

God gives His prescription for how to treat a sick nation in 2 Chronicles 7:14.  There He says very clearly that "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (KJV)

But what does this mean for America?  It means that American Christians and Jews who believe God and trust God need to turn our backs on their idols (and we have many), humble ourselves before God by admitting that we have turned from His path for us, pray and seek God's face sincerely and honestly, and turn away from all those idols, and wrong directions we have taken, turn back to His path and then and only then God promises to hear from heaven and forgive our sins and heal our land.  But America is large.  And our sin against God is large.  We have sat back and done nothing while we allowed the enemy to creep in with all of his agenda including abortion, gay rights, and more.  And even those of us who may have protested and joined activist groups against these things, if we were still so attached to our idols that we could not let go of them to once again put God first of all of our priorities, was it enough to show God that we really do want Him first in our lives again? 

When Abraham prayed for the safety of Sodom and Gomorrah for Lot's sake, he asked if even 10 were found righteous would God not destroy it but not even 10 were found righteous and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.  Today, America is much, much larger than a couple of small cities.  How many righteous people would God need to find in America today for Him not to destroy it?  Or, if not destroy it as Sodom and Gomorrah were annihilated but destroyed in government, freedom, peace and safety?  Are there enough of us who sincerely want God to reign in America again?  Would having God in control again mean we might have to give up a few things we enjoy?  Would we be willing to give those things up?  Or have those things become idols to us?  Can American Christians and Jews even begin to turn our backs on our idols and turn back to God?

I suspect that this would be a difficult task for most, if not all of us.  So, just for practice, and also for aiding us in sincere prayer for God to be first in our lives and in America today, I am calling for a fast.  Now this is not the normal fast of fasting our food.  No, this is a fast of all the idols we cling to every day.  "What idols?" you ask.  Well, how about the internet?  Facebook? Television?  Sports? Shopping for things we don't absolutely need? I am willing to bet, simply because I know myself so well, that having this kind of fast for even one day would be difficult.  No internet, television, sports, shopping or whatever else stands between us and God for just one day?  What if we fasted all these things for a week?  Or a month?  Or for 40 days like Jesus fasted in the wilderness?  Could we do that?  I leave this between you and God.  Fast what you believe you need to do to get your lives back on track with God.  If the internet is required for your work, then use it only for your work.  Otherwise, if the internet is a problem for you in how much time you spend there, then maybe it has become an idol to you.  If you cannot let go of it for even 24 hours, then you probably do have a problem.  But if you can let it go for one day but can't let go for a week, is there still a problem?  That is between you and God.  Let's make this fast an example to God of just how much He means to us and how badly we want Him in charge of America again.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Do You Know Your Rights?

This post is about educating America again concerning our individual rights as citizens of this country.  It is about reminding us of what the Constitution of the United States of America actually says, including the Bill of Rights.  Now, to make this part clear, you are going to have to do the research yourself.  I am giving you a few places to start, but it is up to you, as a citizen, to find out for yourself what your rights are.  You see, it is your right to find out just as it is your right to totally ignore this post altogether.  Yeh, I know.  We don't really want to have to go back to high school/junior high school to our history and government classes all over again.  They were boring enough as it was, right?  There is a reason that we had to take those courses in school, and if you are young enough right now that maybe what you have been taught does not resemble what you are hearing online, understand that in the most recent generations, the history and government textbooks were gradually changed to fit in with current political propaganda.  You may seriously want to take the time to go to your local library while you still can and read the older books to know the truth.  Back in the 1980's we learned that this was happening in the schools and since then it has only gotten worse.  So, please, if you are a young person reading this (35 and under) go to your library and find out for yourself.  In fact this would not be a bad idea for anyone of any age who wants a refresher course in American history and government.

Okay, so let's get started.  The first section I am going to post here for you are links to the US Constitution.  I can give you the links, but I cannot make you go to the sites.  Just know that this is important for all of us.  There is a great battle going on in America today where one group is saying the Constitution is the Law of the Land and another group that is saying that it isn't the law.  One group is saying that our governmental officials have to follow the Constitution and the other group just is not sure.  Then there are all those in the middle who are just confused and fed up with the whole thing.  Please do not be part of the group in the middle.  Get to know your Constitution well.  Get to know your rights.  Then decide what you believe about this country and what is happening today.  For right now, you still have that right.  You have the right to decide for yourself.  You have the right to study and learn the truth rather than allowing others to force feed their truth to you.  That includes me, by the way.  You don't have to listen to my opinions.  Check it out yourself.

United States Constitution

This link breaks down the Constitution into individual sections. 

This is the "Official" governmental site for the Constitution. 

Front and center, the Constitution is right here easy to read. 

Here you will find Wikipedia's breakdown of the Constitution. 


The Bill of Rights

The "Official" site of The Bill of Rights is here. 

The Bill of Rights with the First Amendment starting on the third paragraph with the First Amendment. 

A very good site for the Bill of Rights which is the first 10 amendments. 

What Wikipedia says about The Bill of Rights. 

At this point, you might want to start asking yourself whether the government is supposed to serve the people, or if the people are supposed to serve the government.  Then ask yourself what is actually happening in the US right now.  Which one is in charge currently?

Do you remember studying about The Federalist Papers when you were in school?  Written by several of our country's founders, the essays here tell you much of what was on the minds of our forefathers.  Here are some links for you to look into yourself.  You might find these interesting, particularly where they speak of what tyranny is, what a tyrant is, and what our government and Constitution does to prevent tyrants from taking control.  Then ask yourself why at this time in history is there such a battle over the Constitution and why people consider Obama a tyrant?

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers Facebook Page

The Federalist Papers explained on Wikipedia

Just for some added interest since this is such a huge problem in America today, let's look at the "Separation of Church and State" issue for a moment.  Again, I will give you some links to check out for yourself as well as advise you to do your own research.  But first, let's take a look at what the First Amendment actually says.  If you did your homework above, this won't be difficult.  

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Let's break it down a bit.  

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...just what does this mean.  As you will learn if you check the links I will provide here, this comes from the reason why the Pilgrims came to America in the first place.  England had their own government-established religion and required all citizens to conform to that religion (as you see still happens in many countries today.)  The Pilgrims left England to be able to worship God the way they wanted to and not have it forced on them by the government.  So this portion of the amendment says that this government of the US cannot declare any religion to be the religion of the country.

What does the second part of this mean..." or prohibiting the free exercise thereof?"  This means that Congress, i.e. government cannot interfere with how we as citizens interpret what our beliefs tell us to do, how to worship, what or where to teach our children, or anything else concerning how we follow our faith.  The government has no right at all to tell us what we can or cannot do when following what we believe God wants us to do.

So where did this "Separation of Church and State" terminology come from and why has it been so misconstrued?  This is where you will need to do your own homework.  I've given you the places to start below.  Beyond that, check it out further on your own.  Then when you have finished, ask yourself whether or not you believe our government has overstepped its bounds where this portion of the First Amendment is concerned.  (After that, you could continue on with the First Amendment to see if you think freedom of speech and freedom of the press is being infringed upon.)

The history of "Separation of Church and State" 

Prager University video explains the First Amendment and Separation of Church and State 

While you are researching this issue, you might want to research for yourself what happened to the Christian church once the IRS was created.  Please do your research, but in the meantime, you might enjoy this bit of humorous explanation to point you in the right direction.