Posted in 2011 natural disasters, birth pangs, end of days. prophecy, end time, pre-tribulation rapture

Disaster roundup, 2011

Here is a 2011 disaster roundup for the year so far, with less than half the year gone. Statistics were gathered from this week’s Hal Lindsey report. It is pretty sobering to read this list, and it doesn’t even include most of the rest of the world which has had their share of disasters.

In the American south, there were massive thunderstorms that spawned 266 tornadoes within a 24/hr period. People in 5 states were killed.

One tornado was clocked as an EF-5 (highest tornado rating, with winds in excess 200/mph)

One twister was 1.5miles wide, was at least EF-4 and was on the ground for an unthinkable 80mi!

The record for single day of number of twisters was super-outbreak 1974, when 267 twisters touched down.
The highest number of  tornadoes in single month was May 2003, when 558 touched down. May is historically the worst twister month.

April 2011 there were 871 tornadoes, shattering ALL records!

This year so far there have been many disaster records tied or broken:

Jan: Australia had floods of biblical proportion
Jan: Floods occurred throughout world including massive floods in Brazil.
Feb: a deadly earthquake flattened Christchurch NZ
March: a 9.1 quake in Japan, so powerful it moved Honshu Island and shifted earth on its axis.
Mar: Tsunami washed away much of Japan’s coastline
Mar: Tsunami caused nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, which is still ongoing

All year, ongoing :
–unexplained eq swarm in Arkansas, with thousands of continual earthquakes
–record drought
–record snow
–record cold
–catastrophic wildfires in TX
–Midwest historic flooding

This year already there have been 23 FEMA fedederal disaster declarations. In addition,

–The US is involved in 3 separate wars
–The Middle east erupted in chaos
–Oil prices are skyrocketing
–US Dollar is in freefall
–UN warns of severe food shortages worldwide

This is not normal. This is not global warming, either. This is Jesus. Jesus said that prior to His return, the earth would experience wars, rumors wars, famines, earthquakes, unrest, international tension. He said that these things would begin slowly and increase in frequency and intensity the closer we got to His appearing. (To when He returns bodily on the earth, not the rapture when He meets His Bride in the air and does not return all the way to earth).

You need to be ready. Being ready means being saved. Period. If you are reading this and are not saved, don’t let the rapture and the Tribulation judgments be the sign that you needed all along to convince you. Prepare your heart to receive the conviction of the Holy Spirit NOW, and then repent in all sincerity while there is still time join us in the church age. Repent simply means being sorry for the bad things you have thought, said, and did. And asking Jesus to forgive those. God’s justice was satisfied in Jesus’ death and shed blood, so you need not pay the penalty for your sin-crimes. And besides, you never know which day your end will come, it is of utmost eternal importance to be prepared to meet Jesus as His friend and not His enemy. Because, you WILL meet Jesus, one way or another.

If you are reading this and you THINK you are saved but have niggling doubts, or you assent intellectually that Jesus lived and died, but never really believed in His deity, you also need to allow the Holy Spirit to convict you toward sincere repentance. The longer you let it ride the more likely it is that He will give you over to your hard heart. Don’t resist the Spirit if you feel Him drawing you. And finally if you know that you KNOW that you are saved but it has been a while since you repented of a daily sin, please do that now. Don’t let anything hinder your walk with Jesus or obstruct your prayer life, with your praise going up and His blessings flowing down. Keep the lines of communication open.

Friends, it is too late to play games. Get serious. The generation is this one. Your days are numbered. The time is now.

Posted in end of days. prophecy, pre-tribulation rapture

Being in the family of Christ

So many people have family members who are not saved, and mourn over that fact. But Jesus prophesied this.

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.” (Matthew 10:34)

“For son dishonors father, Daughter rises against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.” (Micah 7:6)

Jesus is that sword. His name holds power. His Word holds power. Expressing His truth will divide the writhing unsaved and the convicted saved. It will divide those who accept that they personally sin, and those who are deluded into thinking they are good people. “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one, that is God.” (Luke 18:19)

Jesus makes promises that He will keep. Many of you have lived a life where your faith divided you from your family. Many of you are beginning to experience that now. The end of the end time, which is now, is when the rubber meets the road. The gap between believer and non-believer is widening and soon there will be no fence straddlers. After the rapture, the antichrist will force all to receive a mark of worship. People will have to choose; worship the antichrist, or worship Jesus. There will be no other option. Now, since we are so close to the rapture and then the Tribulation, you can see that widening happening.

It’s heartbreaking to have family members who won’t believe. Even if you became a believer and your life and your attitude are demonstrably changed, and they see all that but they still won’t believe, it is very hard. But Jesus made a promise to us,

“Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time–houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions–and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Mark 10:28-31)

Even though we may lose family members to satan, Jesus promises recompense. Jesus is not promising here that we will receive a hundred houses, but only using the number to show proportion. Once we abandon carnality and all its bonds, for the sake of His name, we enter the body of Christ, which is a family. He rewards us richly! Just being named as one of the LORD’S family members is riches beyond compare! But knowing that we will be united with men and women who also love Jesus in perfect form is also riches. I will be grateful to call the woman next to me at the wedding supper of the Lamb my sister. I will be honored to call the man across from me at His table my brother. Joy will abound.

Knowing this relieves a micro-bit the mourning I feel for the loss of the souls of my family. But in another one of His promises and in His grace, He affords us prayer, a wonderful blessing. He said that anything that is asked in His name shall be granted. (John 14:14). Pray for your family, brethren! And prepare for your extended family soon to be enlarged. A lot!

Posted in earthquakes in diverse places, end of days. prophecy, end time, pre-tribulation rapture

Earthquakes already meet or exceed yearly averages, and it’s only April

Just some data on earthquakes. All numbers are from the United States Geological Survey to the date of April 23, 2011. The data is USGS but the chart is one I put together. There were six ‘major’ earthquakes this week, over 6.0 magnitude. Most were in Japan near the stricken Nuke plant. [6.0, 6.1, 6.0] but also in the Solomon Islands (6.9), Kermedec Islands [6.6], and Indonesia [6.2].

In the first few months of this year, to date there have been 121 quakes between 6.0 and 6.9. The annual average for this magnitude is 134. We are near that average and it isn’t even half the year gone yet. I am sure that this average will be exceeded because to date there has been an average of three or more of these size quakes PER WEEK.

There have been eight quakes in magnitude between 7.0 to 7.9. The annual average for earthquakes of this magnitude is 15, so you see we are also more than halfway to the average for this magnitude with less than half the year gone.

There has been one quake over 8.0. The annual average is 1. We have met the average already and that occurred within the first quarter of the year on March 11 with the Japan quake. I am sure that 2011 will also see an exceeding of this average.

Jesus said that the interim between when He ascended on a cloud and when He returned on a cloud IN GREAT POWER AND GLORY that there would be earthquakes in diverse places, and likened them to birth pangs. (Luke 21:11; Mt 24:7) Birth pangs increase in intensity and frequency the closer to the time of the birth.

click on the chart to enlarge

Posted in earthquakes, end of days. prophecy, end time, pre-tribulation rapture, shakeout drill

Quakes are picking up steam; FEMA plans central US Great ShakeOut drill

Jesus said that in the end time there will be earthquakes in diverse places. (Luke 21:11; Mt 24:7; Mark 13:8). There have always been earthquakes. But the entire context of the conversation in which He’d warned about the signs of the time when He would be coming (Mt 24:3) was likened to labor pains. Labor begins slow and increase in frequency and intensity, just as the signs and symptoms of His imminent return to judge the world will indicate. He said that these signs will be famines, plagues, deceptions, false messiahs, and earthquakes to name a few. These are the various things that will increase in intensity and frequency just before He arrives at the end of the Tribulation.

He also said “in various places” or “in diverse places.” The Greek word for “various” used in this case is kata. Usually, various when it means various is the word poikilos- as in Mt 4:24 wen they brought to Jesus people suffering from “various diseases”. But in Matthew 24:7 kata is used for various, and it means “through out, according to, against”. Kata is is translated 52 times as against, which definitely has a judgment tinge to it.

I look at the USGS 7-day earthquake list every day. Earthquakes around the world are listed as they happen. I noticed the last day or so that there are a number of earthquakes in Nevada. Nevada? Yes, Nevada.

Today I find this article:
Swarm of Quakes have Experts Concerned
“Nevada Seismologists are keeping a close eye on an area southwest of Hawthorne, Nevada where hundreds of earthquakes have been detected since Sunday. “It’s a little bit concerning in a sense.. The largest earthquakes in these sequences are pretty large in size.” Graham Kent is Director of Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada Reno. He says there have been hundreds of earthquakes southwest of Hawthorne over the past few days. The largest– recorded at a 4.4 in size. “These are the biggest in a sequence we’ve seen at least in the last couple of years.” Kent says unlike the 2008 quakes in Somersett that damaged so many homes, these earthquakes are fortunately not underneath a community. Size is not the only reason Kent says they are watching the swarm of quakes closely. The location of these quakes is on top of a fault that has until now remained unknown or has not been active. Kent then made an eerie comparison, “Whats really interesting about most of these earthquakes we’ve experienced. Short of the Chilean and Japanese quakes; Haiti, Baja, even Christchurch… Were on unknown faults.” [emphasis mine]

Unknown faults??? Very interesting. Even more interesting is that the swarm ongoing in Guy Arkansas. I wrote about it in October 2010 just after the swarm began, here. I wrote about it again a couple months later, here. Scientists don’t know why there is a swarm there, either, but of concern is that Guy Ark. is kind of near the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The NMSZ is home to one of the country’s worst quakes ever.

The New Madrid quakes of 1811-12 “were an intense intraplate earthquake series beginning with an initial pair of very large earthquakes on December 16, 1811. These earthquakes remain the most powerful earthquakes ever to hit the eastern United States. These events, as well as the seismic zone of their occurrence, were named for the Mississippi River town of New Madrid, Louisiana Territory, now Missouri. There are estimates that the earthquakes were felt strongly over roughly 130,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles), and moderately across nearly 3 million square kilometers (1 million square miles).” [Wikipedia] 

This map shows areas damaged by the Dec. 16, 1811, magnitude 7.2 earthquake. That earthquake was the first of three major temblors along the New Madrid fault in 1811 and 1812. Credit: Seth Stein, based on results by Susan Hough

Because not many people were living in structures west of the Mississippi at that time, there was not a lot of structural damage, but it certainly was a tremendously impactful quake. It shifted rivers, downed trees, belched a sulphurous vapor, caused the sun to black out temporarily (reminiscent of the effects of the great quake in Rev 6:12 when the sun will be dark as sackcloth), and produced such a shock it went through bedrock and was felt intensely in Norfolk and Philly. The quake even toppled chimneys in Maine and rang church bells in Boston.

If a 7.1 quake of that shallowness and duration happened today, it would be devastating. Emergency Management officials are taking notice of the Arkansas quake swarm, noting the rise in earthquakes around the world, and have gotten ready the Great Central US Shakeout. It is a first of its kind earthquake drill taking place in eleven central US states. So far, 2.2 million people are signed up for the drill. 1.9 million of those are school districts. Participants listed so far on their website are:

Alabama 19,752
Arkansas 103,590
Georgia 205,804
Illinois 100,966
Indiana 569,036
Kentucky 256,197
Mississippi 112,256
Missouri 383,235
Oklahoma 5,020
South Carolina 173,969
Tennessee 256,555

“ShakeOut is linked with the 2011 National Level Exercise (NLE 2011). ShakeOut, the drill will be a prelude to a weeklong national earthquake preparedness exercise starting on May 16. NLE 2011 will simulate the catastrophic nature of a major earthquake in the central United States region of the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). The year 2011 is the bicentennial anniversary of the 1811 New Madrid earthquake, for which the NMSZ is named. NLE 2011 will be the first NLE to simulate a natural hazard.”

We received the following email at school and a similar email is also on the Georgia Shakeout website:

“At precisely 10:15 a.m. on April 28, more than two million people across 10 states will participate in the “Great Central U.S. Shakeout,” the largest earthquake drill ever organized in the region. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s (GEMA) Ready Georgia campaign, along with the Georgia Department of Education encourages all Georgia schools to participate in this important event, which will help students and teachers rehearse proper safety procedures should an earthquake strike.”

“The recent earthquakes in Japan have taught us that earthquakes can strike without warning and with disastrous consequences. All of Georgia is vulnerable to earthquakes, both from within the state and from sources outside the state.”

“So far, more than 147,000 students and administrators from across Georgia have signed up to simultaneously “Drop, Cover and Hold On” – drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table and hold on until the shaking stops. They will be alerted to begin by a public service message broadcast by the NOAA Weather Radio. The event is designed to remind people what actions to take before, during, and after an earthquake, as well as to help government agencies, local organizations and schools plan their response to potential damage and injuries.”

Jesus said “there will be earthquakes in various places.” The places are getting more various by the minute! Isn’t He amazing? Plopping down an earthquake in the spots where there are no known faults? Perplexing the scientists and riling up the people? He is so far above our ways it is incredible!

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
         Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
         So are My ways higher than your ways
         And My thoughts than your thoughts.(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Look up, the Lord has the earth in His hands, and He is shaking us out of our sinful slumber. Turn to Him, shelter under His wing, and be prepared to meet Him when He calls His bride! No amount of ‘drop, cover, and hold on’ will protect the Tribulation people when the earthquakes really get going. Instead, because I asked Him to forgive my sins and in His grace includes me in His church, I will ‘look up, sigh, and fly!’

Posted in easter, end of days, end of days. prophecy, end time, pre-tribulation rapture

Seattle school insists on calling Easter eggs ‘spring spheres’

Names mean something. Words are important. An entire book was devoted to how minds are brainwashed by language in George Orwell’s 1984. That book was written in 1949 and is about a dystopian world that Orwell foresaw by the year 1984. “Newspeak” was the centerpiece of how the invasive and excessively totalitarian government leaders wanted the people to think. The aim is to make any alternative thinking (thinking in ways the government did not want you to think) impossible by removing any words or constructs which describe the ideas of freedom, rebellion and so on. Dictionaries were supposed to get thinner and thinner. One character, Syme, says admiringly of the shrinking volume of the new dictionary: “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”

Christians have been struggling against the world’s deliberate dismantling of the concepts behind Christmas by denouncing the removal of the word when and where we come across that practice. Happy Holidays is NOT the same as “Merry Christmas.”

Now we have the removal of Easter from mention in a Seattle elementary school, and from mention by Seattle Parks and Recreation advertisements for the Easter Egg Hunt. Nowadays kids are supposed to call the eggs ‘Spring Spheres” and the hunt a “Spring Egg Scramble.”

It’s a terrible thing, the destruction of words. When those words contain the mention of the Savior, removing them from our language is worse than destructive, it is heinous. Christianity is unique among all the world’s religions. It is the truth, quite simply. Beyond that, all other religions have a doctrine of works: in other words, the person has to do this or that, accomplish this or that to get into heaven. Jesus said that there is nothing man can do to earn salvation, it is His gift alone to give.

Uniquely, Christianity is not a system of beliefs, it is a relationship with God. It is a close relationship: He actually sends part of Himself to dwell inside the believer, the Holy Spirit.

Christianity is unique because though other religions have sacred sayings or important books, none other book makes the claims about itself that the Bible does: it is written by God, and has been proved over and over by fulfilled prophesies.

The most amazing element of the uniqueness of Christianity is that it centers around the resurrection of Jesus Christ!! As puts it, “No other religious leader has died in full view of trained executioners, had a guarded tomb, and then rose three days later to appear to many people. The resurrection is proof of who Jesus is and that He did accomplish what He set out to do: provide the only means of redemption for mankind. Buddha did not rise from the dead. Muhammad did not rise from the dead. Confucius did not rise from the dead. Krishna did not rise from the dead. Only Jesus has physically risen from the dead, walked on water, claimed to be God, and raised others from the dead. He has conquered death. Only in Christianity do we have the person of Christ who claimed to be God, performed many miracles to prove His claim of divinity, died and rose from the dead, and claimed that He alone is “the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6) and that no one comes to the Father except through Him.”

“Easter” is the pinnacle of the triumph of Jesus Christ over all evil. It is the moment where He proves Himself to be Who He is. It is the time when all sinners have the permanent opportunity to receive salvation, in a glorious moment for all humankind, forever. No wonder “the rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers” (Titus 1:9-11) want to remove the concept from our language. DO NOT LET THEM DO IT! “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said!” Mt 28:6

Posted in bible, pre-tribulation rapture, prophecy

Giant whirlpools appear in Atlantic

More strangeness science cannot explain. Pravda (English) has been reporting:

Giant ocean whirlpools puzzle scientists
“US scientists discovered two giant whirlpools in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Guyana and Suriname. It became a sensational discovery because this part of the ocean has been studied thoroughly, and no one expected anything like that to appear in the area. More importantly, no one can understand where the whirlpools came from and what surprises they may bring to people. According to Brazilian scientist Guilherme Castellane, the two funnels are approximately 400 kilometers in diameter. Until now, these were not known on Earth. The funnels reportedly exert a strong influence on climate changes that have been registered during the recent years. “Funnels rotate clockwise. They are moving in the ocean like giant frisbees…”

The End time is a time when all the man-made constructs are slowly detached from normal operating systems. Economics will be acting differently, finances, governments, science, etc. All the regularly operating ways that we have come to understand the world will slowly be lifted apart from the underlying true system: God. It is like He is lifting a scab off the skin.

The Tribulation will be a time when the scab is completely off and nothing will make sense anymore. God is increasingly revealing Himself to an unbelieving world, and no one can understand God. His ways are above our ways and His thoughts are above our thoughts. Who can explain 100 pound hailstones? Who can explain the sudden rise and acceptance of a world dictator? Who can explain demons that bite and the bite inflict pain for five months? Who can explain an angel standing in the sun? Who can explain two men in Jerusalem killed but resurrected after three days?

We’re so close to the Tribulation now that the obvious failure of man to be able to explain anything is becoming more apparent to the saved AND the lost. Who can explain the sudden appearance of whirlpools in the ocean? Who can explain deep-focus earthquakes? Who can explain 1.5 million mile filaments on the sun? Who can explain the Northern Lights appearing when no CME has been ejected? Who can explain dead dolphins washing up along beaches- but no other mammals? I could go on but you get the message.

The message is: Jesus is coming. He will rapture His church away from the earth and then nothing will be the same anymore, forever. Who can explain the disappearance of millions of people? Pray to Jesus to ask Him to forgive your sins, and make Him the Lord of your life. Then, everything will be explained! It is called THE BIBLE.

Posted in end of days, end time, pre-tribulation rapture, prophecy

Weird news

-Plant City FL: “A woman suffered minor injuries after she was walking around her backyard when the ground underneath her caved in and she fell into a sinkhole Monday morning.” Well!

I’ve been writing about the prophesied breaking up of the earth, and the likelihood that the increase in sinkholes and earth cracks being a precursor, but this seems a little excessive, if you ask me! LOL. I feel for that woman. Luckily she had her cellphone and called for help from the pit she had fallen into.

In this next article, it beings to mind the feeling we all may have: we are surrounded by the moral conditions that Paul prophesied to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1-4
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,”

It gets wearisome to be amidst crime and hatred and stealing…and increasingly, we are all affected. Pockets of areas in the world where it still looks and feels like Andy Griffith’s Mayberry will soon dry up like a puddle in the desert. In this next article,  “An elderly woman with “nothing to lose” stopped a bank robber in her tracks Friday, Broward Sheriff’s Office officials said. Helen Dunsford, 66, was a customer at a Bank of America in Oakland Park when a woman reached in her purse, said she had a gun and yelled for everyone to get on the ground. As other customers listened to the orders, Dunsford tackled the would-be robber, Renee Green, and held the suspect down until authorities arrived. “She got on my last nerve,” Dunsford said.”

LOL! The FBI agent who was interviewed at the scene said that he advises never getting involved in a confrontation, but instead concentrate on being good witnesses. The Grandma said that she has stage 4 cancer, and that ‘when she dies she knows that God will call her home, and not that some robber will shoot me.’

I can understand how she feels, though. Sometimes I just get so tired of living in and around sin that my last nerve is spent, too.

The US Government has failed to come up with a budget that our representatives can agree on. A lot of news is being generated about it, and it seems a government shut-down looms. Personally I think that a shutdown government is one that would do no harm, therefore it would be beneficial, but that’s just me.

But this article from CNN-Money caught my eye. This is verbatim today from CNN-Money: “There are two kinds of federal workers right now: the essential and the non-essential. Most don’t know which group they’re in.”

Ow, that hurts. Not for the worker, but it hurts for us. On average in the US, we work until April 9th to pay for our total tax burden. According to 2010 figures, we pay almost 30% of our total income to the United States Government and we work for fully more than a quarter of the year to satisfy the governmental obligations of our tax burden. In return, the beleaguered burro that is the taxpaying citizen carrying this burden expects the government to do its diligence and spend wisely, create a budget, and refrain from excess. It doesn’t look that this is occurring at present.

Not only is it not occurring, but it won’t ever occur again. If government somewhere was ever good, it is not now, because sinful men run it. Not to say that there aren’t good individuals inside government in leadership positions, but that the conglomeration of all that government is, is bad and will only get worse from here.

By its nature, government should be occupied by selfless civil servants, intent on finding the greatest good. By the times, we see the opposite is happening. It is infested the the most base, greedy, careless pompous kings, who create fiefs for themselves.

The people are fed up that there is such a leadership vacuum that by the time the antichrist comes on the scene, people clamor for solutions and accept his on the spot. The antichrist makes it clear fairly soon that ALL other government workers are considered “non-essential.” Only antichrists need apply.

Posted in end of days, end time, pre-tribulation rapture, prophecy

Make sure you focus on the right thing

I read the Charles Spurgeon devotional this morning and a sentence in particular got my attention. Here is the devotional and then we can look at the interesting sentence below.

One King, One Lord
And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. (Zechariah 14:9)

“Blessed prospect! This is no dream of an enthusiast but the declaration of the infallible Word. Jehovah shall be known among all people, and His gracious sway shall be acknowledged by every tribe of man. Today, it is far from being so. Where do any bow before the great King? How much there is of rebellion! What lords many and gods many there are on the earth! Even among professed Christians what diversities of ideas there are about Him and His gospel! One day there shall be one King, one Jehovah, and one name for the living God. O Lord, hasten it! We daily cry, “Thy kingdom come.” We will not discuss the question as to when this shall be lest we lose the comfort of the certainty that it shall be. So surely as the Holy Ghost spake by His prophets, so surely shall the whole earth be filled with the glory of the Lord. Jesus did not die in vain. The Spirit of God worketh not in vain. The Father’s eternal purposes shall not be frustrated, Here, where Satan triumphed, Jesus shall be crowned, and the Lord God Omnipotent shall reign. Let us go our way to our daily work and warfare made strong in faith.”

I’m really looking forward to the time after we are raptured. We will be with brethren who in one heart and of one mind accept and worship the One true God, Jesus. In the Millennium Kingdom to come after the Tribulation, we will still be united in one mind and one heart although there will be mortal believers who enter the kingdom straight from the Tribulation who will have children, and some of those children will not believe in Jesus. We know this from the verses that state although satan is locked up for the thousand years, when he is let loose for a little time there will be one final rebellion before he is cast alive into the Lake of Fire. (Rev 20:8-9). After the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth concludes, eternity begins. The bible is silent on this next epoch but we do know that we will be with Jesus forever. (John 14:3) I am personally thrilled to think of the time, soon to be upon us, when the Lord is recognized by all as the Holy God that He is.

In the devotional, Mr Spurgeon made a comment: “We will not discuss the question as to when this shall be lest we lose the comfort of the certainty that it shall be.” Those few words have powerful wisdom in them. Think of it this way: We should focus on the certainty of His coming, and we should not focus on the uncertainty of the date of His arrival. Why focus on uncertainty over certainty? Doing that befuddles. Doing that confounds. Doing that steals joy. Joy is lost especially when one date after another comes and goes with nary a twinkling of His Glorious Personage seen. Pretty soon people allow satan to slyly enter in to their mind an attitude of defeatism.

But if we focus on the certainty of His promise, rather than the uncertainty of the date of His coming, we will never be disappointed. We will never have even a moment’s defeatist attitude. We will be all joy.

Posted in end time, jesus, pre-tribulation rapture, prophecy

The Tribulation is no joke!

A person contacted me the other night, asking what the password is to get into the kingdom. Others mock, saying ‘gee, too bad, I missed the rapture but let’s party’, or something to that effect. Still others are simply vicious, unadvisedly vowing to spit in God’s eye and be content to be thrown in to hell.

The upcoming Tribulation will be a series of horrifying and terrifying judgments. Like the pregnancy contractions the time is likened to, those horrors will come one upon each other faster and faster. One horror will fall and then immediately another horror will fall. Lest we minimize the terror of the time, let’s look at a verse from Matthew:

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21)

That means it will be so bad, especially the second half of the Tribulation called the Great Tribulation, it will be worse than the Noahaic Flood. Worse than the flood. Think about it. Jesus said it will be a time worse than any time since the creation of the world, and that means the Tribulation will be worse than the flood.

I hope that thought removes any fear you have in witnessing.

Posted in end time, Lord, pre-tribulation rapture, revelation

Guess what is, (or should be), the world’s largest mission field right now?

“Since Christianity has never survived on the basis of mild and uncommitted theism, it is certainly not likely to survive on that basis today.” D. Elton Trueblood, 1961, from “The Company of the Committed

Trueblood, a Quaker, said that in the opening paragraphs of his book fifty years ago. A little more than a generation. We understand how much more true it is today that we have a world full of mild and uncommitted theists. But worse than a world full of mild and uncommitted theists, is the Christian church full of mild and uncommitted theists. Trueblood went on:

“In any case, when the Church is looking for a mission field it need not look beyond the nearest campus.”

When looking at the prophesies it’s always more interesting to look outward, to see the Muslims and the lost and the atheists and the other nations. But there are prophesies that are foretold about us, the Church.

Matthew 7:22-23 says, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Many. If your church is filled with 300 people today, how many do you suppose would be granted entry into the Kingdom? Jesus said MANY will not be. So out of 300, how many is many? 10? 100? 150? 200?

Elton Trueblood again. “When the Church is looking for a mission field it need not look beyond the nearest campus” Why? Because many have halted between the service of God and the service of sin. As Elijah said-

“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long will ye waver between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21.

Now is the time for decision. That gap between the two opinions is widening. People will not be able to straddle it any more, and that time is drawing close. You must decide, and if you think you have already decided, re-examine yourself. Soon there will be a showdown similar to the one that occurred between a God  and the false prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel. Soon the false notion that we can  serve two masters will be exposed, then removed. 

This is a call to re-examine our response to the Holy Word. Paul urged us to “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves,” 2 Cor 13:5. The particular reason why Paul calls on them to examine themselves was, “that there was occasion to fear that many of them had been deceived. Such had been the irregularities and disorders in the church at Corinth; so ignorant had many of them shown themselves of the nature of the Christian religion, that it was important, in the highest degree, for them to institute a strict and impartial examination to ascertain whether they had not been altogether deceived. This examination, however, is never unimportant or useless for Christians; and an exhortation to do it is always in place.” (Barnes Notes). It is never more important than now. In any and all churches, I pray that the many will hear “well done good and faithful servant” and not “Depart from me, I never knew you.”

Serve sin or serve God, time to choose. How long will you waver between two opinions? How long will you push forward in church activity but never actually coming to know the builder of that church, Jesus? How long will you study prophecy as it applies to everyone else but not yourself? By the looks of things in the world, we won’t have long at all.