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The surety of Christ

By Elizabeth Prata

I vacationed frequently at the beach in Venice, Florida. The Gulf coast is so peaceful the water so blue, I found it incredibly relaxing. One day, I watched a couple of kids make a huge sand castle. They spent most of the day on it. It was not architecturally sophisticated. They simply dragged up pail after pail of sand, made it about as tall as themselves, and spent a while looking for the perfect stones and shells to adorn it.  A stick on top and a scrap of seaweed made the flag. And what castle is complete without a moat? The kids wanted to be sure no enemy could raid their fortress, so they made three moats.

Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. (Matthew 7:26).

Gulf Coast, Florida. EPrata photo

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The time is short

By Elizabeth Prata

I think it’s safe to say that most Americans were started by the eruption of violence in our nation, from coast to coast, over this past summer. I’ts unsettling to see those scenes on television or streaming in our phones day after day, night after night.

Any peace we have been experiencing on earth is a privilege granted to us. And as we know, privileges can be taken away at any time.

Everyone who studies the Bible understands explicitly that the Tribulation (Time of Jacob’s Trouble) will be a time of upheaval and war. Everyone who has heard about Revelation but isn’t a believer or hasn’t studied understands implicitly that it will be a time of upheaval and war. Revelation 6:4 says– Continue reading “The time is short”

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The Coming Tribulation

By Elizabeth Prata

Below is a Youtube video figuratively showing the Rapture and Tribulation. The end is nigh. Get right with Jesus if you have not already. Ask Him to forgive your sins. What you see in the video WILL occur, and soon. Why “soon”? The rapture has always been imminent. Also, we are one day closer to the Tribulation than we were yesterday, and 2000 years ago.

These events aren’t solely predicted in the ‘weird’ book of Revelation. The word of God relates the fact of these predicted events in many different books of the Bible. Daniel, Zechariah, Isaiah, Matthew, 2 Peter, and more. They occur because Jesus will close the Age of Grace and finally punish the world in His wrath for its sin. (The rapture removes believers first, because we are not appointed to wrath- 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Revelation 3:10.) Continue reading “The Coming Tribulation”

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Ode to Hubble?

By Elizabeth Prata

With the Hubble Telescope’s 30-year anniversary back in the news I thought I’d reshare my thoughts from April 2010 on the same subject

First, new thoughts on Saturn. Thanks to Hubble, scientists are still perplexed that some of their theories of how the universe was created don’t flesh out when confronted with the physical reality of it- CNN Continue reading “Ode to Hubble?”

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Prophecy and current days

By Elizabeth Prata

I love prophecy.

I love it because it is a significant part of the Bible. It matters to God, obviously. Up to 25 or 30% of the entire written word of God is prophecy.

I love prophecy because it demonstrates God’s sovereignty. It shows that God is in control, utterly and completely. As RC Sproul famously said, there is not one maverick molecule in the universe. Everything that happens is ordained and in control under God’s sovereign hand. Continue reading “Prophecy and current days”

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The Lord will Thresh and Winnow

By Elizabeth Prata

It’s vacation week for much of America. I’m going to go a little easy myself this week and get a bunch of reading done. I thought for this week I’d bring forward some of the early essays I wrote.

With 5,200 essays written here since 2009, there are some you may have missed, lol. I published this one in May 2009. You can see my heart even since the earliest days of this blog. Agricultural allusions, and judgment. Continue reading “The Lord will Thresh and Winnow”

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Will you be trembling, or rejoicing?

By Elizabeth Prata

In Psalm 96:11-12 we read of the creation rejoicing,

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

Creation is glad, rejoices, roars, exults, and sings!

One Psalm later in Psalm 97:2-5 we read, Continue reading “Will you be trembling, or rejoicing?”

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Are things spinning out of control? (Answer: No)

By Elizabeth Prata*

If you read the news today it seems like everything is out of control. I mean, really.

I think every sphere in which we live; food, transportation, government, war, medicine, peace, etc. seems like it’s going wonky. Does it seem like every sphere of our lives are unraveling, undergoing pressure, or otherwise getting worse? It sure feels like things are spinning out of control.

They’re not.

I was musing on God’s orderliness. Time and time again in the Bible He shows us just how much He is in control. Everything happens in His schedule, in His timetable, in His timing, for His reasons. Nothing escapes His notice. Nothing happens unless He causes it, allows it, or oversees it and then brings it all to the Good for those who love Him.

You have to read the Bible a lot to get this broad of an overview and this much of a grounding. I can put in Bible verse after bible verse, but it wouldn’t broaden the scope enough to illustrate what I’m saying. The best thing to do is read Matthew 1-3. I’ll synopsize here.

For millennia, the People knew that there would come a Messiah to redeem them and bring them to sinless glory. They waited and they waited and they waited. It seemed like a long time was passing. And a long time was passing. But in God’s orderliness, this is how time was passing:

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.” (Matthew 1:17).

Orderly. Precise. Jesus arrived at the fourteenth generation of the fourteenth generation of the fourteenth generation, just as planned.

When the Magi arrived, Herod was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. (Mt 2:3). So Herod called the priests and teachers and asked about this birth and where it was supposed to take place. They replied:

So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.‘” (Matthew 2:5-6)

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, just as He planned. Orderly.

Herod was much troubled and he decided to kill the boy Jesus, this coming King he had heard of, by killing all the tots under the age of two. But God sent an angel to Joseph, advising him to flee to Egypt. And so another prophecy was fulfilled.

When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” (Matthew 3:14-15)

Herod’s massacre then happened, and so the prophecy of Jeremiah was fulfilled–

A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.” (Matthew 3:18).

God sent the People their first prophet in 400 years, a man to announce the coming kingdom and to call for repentance: John the Baptist. This was to fulfill he “who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.'” (Matthew 3:3).

Orderly. He was spoken of to come, and he came.

If you take the broad view you see that all had happened just as it should. You see that it is all happening now just as it should. Though daily events seem out of control, over the long term they are actually very orderly.

As an example, you look at this Reubens painting it looks like chaos.

The mothers of the slain babies sure didn’t feel like life was orderly- it felt like it was spinning out of control. As the angel shook Joseph’s shoulder and told him to flee to Egypt, it sure must have felt like things were spinning out of control. You know how you feel when you get a 2 am phone call! It is scary at best and chaotic at worst, especially if the call brings bad news, especially if you have to run out to the police station or to the hospital.

I understand how the people of Jesus’ day would be confused, the disparate verses calling for a Bethlehem-born, lamenting Rachel, out of Egypt, Nazarene presaged by a Nazrite eating locusts and honey didn’t seem to fit together. But then, just as suddenly, they did. His prophecy is perfect and perfectly orderly.

If you feel like life is getting out of control, I understand. There’s high crime, wantonness, bloated lusts. But they too are prophesied

Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:3b-8).

All these things must come to pass. And then He will call for us, and suddenly everything we have been told for thousands of years in the twinkling of an eye will become past history.

God has everything in control. If you are saved by His grace, your soul is secure. Everything is progressing just as it should be. Nothing is out of control.

Did you know that over 100 prophecies in Daniel 11 alone were fulfilled exactly? Such Godly precision!

It is happening now in an orderly way, precisely, and perfectly. And no matter what occurs in my life, no matter how low my bank account gets, or how many rumors of reduction in force swirl past my ears, no matter how many times I have to hide in the tub with a pillow over my head from tornadoes, no matter how empty my refrigerator gets, I know He has everything in control. That knowledge is the securest place I could possibly be, and I wouldn’t trade it. I am grateful for His grace, His perfection, His plan, His love for keeping me sheltered in this wonderful knowledge.

If you would like to partake of the sweetness of His security, knowing everything is perfect in the world according to His plan, then repent of your sins. Appeal to Jesus as your savior from the wrath of God, and fling yourself on Him in sorrow for your crimes against Him. He will forgive you. And then I would be blessed to say to you, “Welcome to the family of God.”

*A version of this essay first appeared on The End Time on March 16, 2012

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They will know that I am the LORD

By Elizabeth Prata

We read the phrase “then they will know” 21 times in Ezekiel. Nineteen times the phrase is repeated “Then they will know that I am the LORD,” and twice we read “Then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”

When you read Ezekiel straight through you can’t help but notice the refrain.

What is it exactly that they will know? And who will know it?

To those living in the mountains and hills of Israel, they knew that it was the LORD who laid waste to the towns and the high places demolished. He said, ‘Then they will know that I am the Lord.’ Continue reading “They will know that I am the LORD”

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America has lost its mind. Here’s why

By Elizabeth Prata

I’m reading through Ezekiel. It’s rough. Chapter after chapter after chapter of doom, rebellion, threats, dire warnings, idolatry, profaning the pure, and more. The Israelites were a bunch of rebels, for sure. Even in exile in Babylon where Ezekiel prophesied, they refused to listen. (Ezekiel 2:5). What God promised to do to them if they refused to hear is very hard to read about, especially in these current days. But they kept right on, and on, and on.

I’d often stop reading and look away from my Bible with tears in my eyes, pleading for the long-gone Israelite rebels, “Why, why do they do such things?’ Then I’d ponder the nature of rebellion and the power of sin. I’d take a deep breath and return hesitatingly to the page to absorb more heartbreak. Continue reading “America has lost its mind. Here’s why”