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.   

Monday, October 14, 2013

Taking Back America--What's Next?

A month ago nearly 1 million motorcyclists from across the country flooded the streets of Washington, D.C. to let our government know that we the people are not happy with what they are doing to this country.  This past weekend, thousands upon thousands of independent truckers blocked traffic in the nation's capital for the same reason, with the additional message that we want Obama out of the White House.  Also over the weekend, particularly yesterday, Republican politicians joined thousands of American veterans as they held a peaceful demonstration at the WWII Memorial and other memorials as well.  They collectively removed the barricades set up because of Obama's partial shutdown of the government and peacefully marched them to the White House.  Police showed up, some in riot gear and some in regular uniforms to maintain the peace.  It was an unnecessary show of force, but I can understand the thought that this crowd of dissatisfied citizens might get out of control.  But guess what?  Our vets know how to behave themselves as do our Republican politicians that showed up in support. However, one video showed that demonstrators were crowding around the police until they basically "forced" the police to leave.  I did not personally agree with that method and would rather have preferred to see the demonstrators continue on with what they wee doing even though the police were there to make sure peace was maintained.  On the other hand, the actions taken by the demonstrators did make it clear that the police were not needed, especially in riot gear.

Now we come to today.  What's next?  Will our American citizens continue to make it publicly known that we do not want Obama in the White House and that it is time for him to be impeached?  Okay, so what if the House of Representatives does go ahead and impeach Obama?  What happens after that?  Well, then it goes to the Senate for their vote.  Seeing as how the Senate has supported Obama through most, if not all, of his ridiculous decisions, it is hard to imagine that they will follow through and oust the President.  President Bill Clinton was impeached yet he never had to leave office.  So what do we do now that so many have already made a show of how we feel?

My suggestion is that there be an offline network across the country where patriots can remain informed as to what is going on.  The way things are going in this country right now with all the illegal surveillance of internet, cell phones, and more, we really need a way of communicating with each other that is not so easily traced.  But the real question right now is, "What is going on in my own community to get organized as Patriots who want to take our country back?"  Maybe in your city or town there are various groups scattered here and there, but are they connected in any way?  Is there communication between the groups?  If not, maybe this is the time to set up some kind of communication methods.  Once the local communities are connected, then connect to the other groups within the state.  Then get the groups from each state connected to each other.  

The problem here is that even while you have people joining these groups of Patriots, you will still have those in your communities who agree with you but who do not want to be involved.  Right now, more than at any other time, numbers count!  Peaceful protests can be happening all over the nation right now to make it known to our local, state, and national governments that we are fed up with the tyranny and we are not going to take it anymore.  Organize town hall meetings and then make sure as many as possible are in attendance.  Connect with other towns into joint meetings so people do not feel so isolated in their disagreement with our government.  Right now, isolation can keep people subservient to the illegal laws being passed because of fear that they have no support.  The Obama administration does not want citizens to take a group stand such as this because they know that they cannot use fear and intimidation against us if we are joined together.  This is what we need to do next to make it clear to Obama and to each other that we are not standing here alone.  We are still the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and we will not allow fear and intimidation continue to divide us.

Another thing to be done offline is to start letter-writing campaigns as well as getting petitions written and signed by hand rather than electronically.  It is one thing to use email and online petitions, but it is something else to literally flood politicians offices with paper mail and to show up with petitions filled with thousands of hand-written signatures. It may be easier to do all this electronically, but the effect would not be as great.  It is just too easy for politicians and their assistants to "accidentally delete" all those electronic entries.  But the impact of boxes and bags of snail mail letters and petitions would be much harder to ignore.  We can also flood their phone lines with phone calls.  They want to shut down our government then we can shut down their phone lines and offices with calls and letters.

Yes the government already does know how we feel.  What they don't yet know is how strongly we hold to these beliefs that what they are doing to us is wrong.  All through history there have been times when governments know how their constituents feel but when those constituents take no action in protest, the governments know that they are free to continue doing what they were doing regardless of public opinion.  The House of Representatives know we want Obama out of office.  The Senate knows it to, and they also know it is up to them to follow through and enforce the actions of the House should the House decide to impeach Obama. So what does that tell us we need to do?  Not only do we need to continue to let our Representatives know what we want, but we also have to put appropriate pressure on our Senators.  They may think they have a permanent place in the Senate until they realize that we are the voters who put them into office and we can also remove them from office at the next election.  You do not have to be of the same party to contact your Representatives and Senators. They are YOUR Representatives and Senators regardless of whether you are a registered voter or not.  

This brings another thing to mind that will really draw attention.  Imagine the headlines (or not considering these current trends in the media) should there be a sudden increase in voter registrations!  So if you are not currently registered to vote, get out there and register now!  The sooner the better.  We all know that there are thousands of citizens in this country who do not take part in one of our greatest American rights -- the right to vote.  We also know that politicians are adept at writing legislation in terms that the common voter does not understand which makes voting difficult as well as discouraging to the voters.  But get registered anyway.  Just the huge increase in registrations will show politicians that we mean business and that if they do not listen to us, they will not be in office much longer.

So there you have some ideas on what we can do next.  In a nutshell, get connected.  Find and join local Patriot groups.  Connect your groups to neighboring groups.  Break down the isolation.  Connect.  Organize Town Hall meetings and keep at it.  Organize joint meetings between two or more towns.  Maybe whole county-wide meetings.  Speak out and let your local officials know what you want and expect from them since they get paid by your taxes.  Start a personal letter-writing campaign and branch out to groups.  Write and sign petitions.  Call your Representatives and Senators.  And maybe most important of all, get out there and register to vote if you are not already registered.  Make sure your address is updated as well.  Let the government know that you will not stand silently in the background any longer while they destroy our country.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

God Bless America Again

All over America we can see people posting signs, or filling their social networks with "God Bless America." That's a good thing, right?  I would say that it is a good thing.  But the question it raises is, "Can God really bless America right now?"  I mean, how can a Holy and Righteous God bless a nation that has politically turned its back on Him?  How can He bless us when we, as a people and as individuals, have allowed the political agendas to continue unchecked in this country?  If we talk about the churches in America, what can we say?  Where do they stand?  Do they preach and teach about a Holy and Righteous God who will have to judge the world based on His Holiness and Righteousness?  Do they still teach that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth to be our payment for our debt of sin?  Or has the Gospel of Jesus Christ become so watered down and changed into a new socially acceptable gospel (small g) so as to please the most people? 

This is what I want to talk about today on this first writing of this blog.  What does it take to be a nation that God can bless? Psalm 33:12 in the KJV says "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance."  So, according to this passage, America needs to be a nation who has God as our Lord.  At one time the people of America chose God to be our Lord.  At one time we were a nation of people who wanted liberty and freedom and the rights given to us by the Lord.  We wanted to love God and worship Him as we saw fit and not be ruled and regulated to death by any government.  We wanted our nation to understand this and that is why this country was formed as it was.  That is why our Constitution was written as it was, along with the Bill of Rights.

But today, America has turned from all those original viewpoints.  As each generation ages and passes, and as each new generation takes its place, the old values and standards by which this country was created seem to pass away also.  The further we get away from the things that made this country great in the beginning, the further we get from the dream of living in that true freedom and liberty.  Each generation brings with it new ideas, new dreams, new goals.  They still want all the freedoms they inherited when they were born into this great land, or moved here from some other country where those freedoms were only a dream.  But they do not understand the sacrifices made that made this country what it once was.  They want all those things that God gave to America but without the holiness and righteousness part.  They want to be so free that they can do as they please without concern that a Holy and Righteous God is still here watching them.

The older generations who still know what true patriotism means and who really know what it means to have the freedom to worship God anyway we choose, and what our forefathers paid to insure that freedom are appalled at what is happening in America right now.  The younger generations do not understand what all the fuss is about.  They just want to live the way they choose and not be bothered with religion or God.  They don't want to deal with guilt and sin.  If they can somehow get rid of God, then the guilt and sin will go away, too.  At least they hope so.  For generations our people passed along the history of our country.  For generations we taught our young to know how this country was built and what it stood for.  Somewhere along the line we dropped the ball.  Somewhere along the line we stopped teaching them and let all the historical teachings come from the schools.  Somewhere along the line we forgot that the Bible teaches that parents are supposed to be teaching their children the stories of their fathers, and that includes both the history of the Bible and of our country.  When we stopped teaching and started putting the responsibility on the schools, and thereby the government, we gave up our rights.  Little by little, more and more ground was lost and more and more of our rights have been slowly taken away, all while we watched.  But what did we do about it?

Americans of all ages have come to love the luxuries that we can afford here.  In America, even the poorest of us (aside from the homeless) still has more than the average person has in other countries.  The thought of losing anything we have frightens us.  The idea that, if we really turn back to God, we might have to give something up that we love, prevents many of us from doing what we know we should. In addition to this, Americans have been taught by our government via the IRS, that Christians should not get involved in politics.  Churches have been threatened that they will lose their tax free status if they start teaching politics from the pulpit.  American churches have become such a big business enterprise that to lose their tax free status could end up bankrupting them.  The socialized gospel has become a mission of programs.  Pastors are afraid of offending anyone so they tone back their sermons to accommodate everyone.  Jesus Christ was offensive.  His words offended the government of His time.  He was not afraid to tell the truth.  But the average church in America has allowed its hands to be tied by the IRS, as well as by the general population.  

I believe that it will take a huge turn around, first in the church in America, and also in the individual Christians in America, before we can ever become a nation that God can bless again.  We need revival in America.  All across the nation people are starting to wake up and protest what the government is doing and has been doing to us as a people.  But not all of them believe in God.  However, I believe that there is still a huge majority of people in America who do believe in God and know that we have to let God back into our lives, our schools, and our country.  We need a revival.  

First, we need a revival of our Christian hearts and spirits.  Those of us who believe the Bible have been called by God to turn back to Him.  You can see this from time to time on your social networks like Facebook in status posts. II Chronicles 7:14 says, "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." This means that all of us who call ourselves by His name have something we have to do before we can ask Him to heal our land.  How can we expect God to bless us if we are no longer willing to let go of those things in our lives that we know are against His will for us?  How can we, as the people who actually believe in God, expect those who don't believe to do anything to turn back to Him?  No, it is totally on our shoulders to do this.  We have to stop saying that it is the government's fault and put the blame where it should be, on us.  We are the ones who stopped voting.  We are the ones who stopped getting involved in politics.  We are the ones who stood by and watched while our nation began accepting things that we knew were wrong in God's eyes. We are the ones who stopped living the way we knew God wanted us to live.  We are the ones who have allowed temptation to draw us away from His love and mercy.

Is it too late for America?  I don't think so.  I honestly believe that when we do our part and follow the Word of God, as spoken in II Chronicles 7:14, God will hear us and heal our land.  How long will that last?  For those of us who believe we are living in that time the Bible calls the last days, we know that we cannot stay a blessed nation forever.  Somehow along the line, our country will fall to the antichrist.  Or will it?  America is not mentioned at all in the Bible. Could it be possible that America can make it through the Tribulation as a safe haven?  I doubt that.  Doctrinal, denominational differences aside, there will be a one world government where the antichrist will force everyone to take his mark so that no one can buy or sell apart from that mark.  But until that time, could it be possible for America to still remain blessed by God?  I don't know.  Nobody can know that.  What I do believe is that there is still some time left for a full-fledged revival in America.  There is still time for people to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross for each of us in payment of our sin debt.  Everyone has freedom of choice, of course.  But there are so many who do not even know what Jesus did for them.  Yes, we need a revival.  And a revival starts with us.

I am willing to make the changes necessary to remove the idols from my life and turn completely back to God.  Over my lifetime I have found I had to stop in my tracks and turn around.  Everyday we walk around in this filthy world and get our feet dirty.  Everyday we need to wash our feet just as Jesus did by example at the Last Supper when He washed the feet of the disciples. In John 13:10, Jesus explained to Peter and the other disciples that those who are already clean do not need to be cleaned again, but that their feet still need washed because they walk in the world.  That is an explanation that we are saved and washed clean by the Blood of Christ Jesus.  But because we are still in this world and we still face daily temptations, we still need to wash our feet everyday.  Jesus understood that we face these daily temptations.  Jesus understood because He lived among us.  So each and everyday we need to put away the temptations of the day, clean ourselves up, and start all over again.  We need to look at what we have done throughout the day, search out those things that do not please our Lord and remove them, and ask His forgiveness, knowing that He forgives us when we are sincere and ask with our whole hearts.  Only then can we ask Him to heal our land and bring revival.

I also believe that as we, as Christians, clean up our own lives before God, others will start to see the changes we make in our lives and will be drawn once again to what the real Gospel of Jesus Christ is.  As we lead by example, others will follow.  There is an excellent old book you can get free on Kindle called IN HIS STEPS by Charles M. Sheldon.  The original version was written in the late 1800's and is reflective of those times.  But the message is clear.  There is a newer, more modern version as well.  This book is where the well-known phrase "What would Jesus do?" came from.  WWJD was not something created out of the blue sometime in the 1970's and 1980's.  It came from that book written 100 years before. I read this book back when I was in my teens after I had become a born-again Christian.  It isn't always easy to live that kind of life, but it is possible.  In America today, we have gone so far away from following God that it could be very difficult for many of us to give up things we know do not please Him.  But God blesses our efforts and strengthens us when we are ready and willing to obey Him.

Father, in Jesus' Name we come to you humbly, admitting our sins and how far we have turned from Your will.  We know we are the ones to blame for allowing this great country that You gave to us fall away from You.  Please forgive us for not doing more to stop them from taking You out of our schools.  Please forgive us for not doing more to stop the murder of so many unborn babies.  Please forgive us for turning our backs on those, our brothers and sisters in need.  Forgive us for letting other interests overshadow our love for You and Your Word.  Help us now to have the strength to turn away from all the various temptations that are rampant in the country today.  Help us to turn back to You and to seek Your face only.  Father help us to get rid of anything that takes the place of You in our hearts or that we allow to become more important than You are to us.  Help us to learn again how to treat each other in the brotherly love that You showed us when You sent Your only Son Jesus to die for us on the cross.  Help us and guide us so that we can once again be the children You created us to be.  We love You.  We need You. We need You to come back and bless our country again.  We need You to cover us with Your precious mercy.  Please show us what we need to do to get to that place again.  Amen.