How to End Well
2 Timothy 4:6-8
9-25-20, Pastor Charles Stanley -- Many people think about the last years of life as an opportunity to just relax. But this does not align with God's purpose for us; He wants us to serve Him all the days of our lives. Let's look at the Apostle Paul's journey exploring what it means to finish well. He spent time pouring into others until the very end of his life. Consider the letters he wrote to Timothy from a prison cell prior to being executed. In every season of life, God calls us to serve others.
Notice how, when writing about his life, Paul chose words descriptive of a battle. He understood the human struggle against sin as well as the challenges of pain and persecution in the trials we all face--even in doing kingdom work like preaching Christ to a fiercely resistant society.
This godly servant's life was also marked by surrender. His mindset is obvious in these words: "present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship" (Rom. 12:1). He was not afraid of Nero, nor was he struggling to stay alive. Paul trusted God to determine everything about his life, including where he would go, what he would do, and when he would die.
Death did not scare him, because he knew he would dwell with Jesus forever.
God doesn't require our lives to be perfect in order to finish strong. We can live life fully and be ready to meet our Maker by surrendering, walking victoriously with Christ, and serving others. If Jesus called you home today, would you--like Paul--be confident that you lived well until the end? [Note: Tradition says his martyrdom and death was by beheading.] Source
Paul said: “Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:20-21
The Martyrdom of Apostle Paul
Apostle Paul is believed to have been martyred in this first wave of Roman persecution around age 66, but his death is not as well documented in early writings as Peter’s. One thing seems certain: Paul was not crucified because he was a Roman citizen, tradition says his martyrdom was by beheading.
Ancient Jewish Artifacts Prove the Bible is True
"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. v 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever."
9-24-20, God tells us His word stands forever and mankind's archaeological discoveries in the Jewish State of Israel prove His word is true.
Regarding the 2013 pillar found in Judea here and here
God Honors Our Commitment to Him: Trust and Obey
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 46:1
9-23-20, * -- Daniel and his friends faced the same dilemma we do--how to live a holy life in a godless culture. At one time, our society readily accepted Christian values and standards, but that era is quickly passing. Our challenge today is to live under God's authority while remaining in submission to the law of the land. At times we are forced to choose between the two, but if we'll seek the Lord's guidance before marching defiantly forward, He'll make our path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Had Daniel bluntly declared, "I won't eat this food!" [Daniel 1:12] he wouldn't have lasted long and we wouldn't have the book of Daniel in the Bible. =>
<= The Lord gave him the wisdom and gift of discretion and diplomacy. God honored his commitment and provided a way for him to live righteously in a pagan world.We tend to hold up Daniel and his three friends as extraordinary people who lived amazing lives. However, the Lord can and does amazing things in the lives of today's ordinary born again Christians also. The determining factor is not the greatness of the individual but rather, their commitment to God Who can do remarkable things in a life fully devoted to Him.
We don't know all that God could do in our lives until we radically commit ourselves to Him. Exodus 15:2
*Source Pastor Charles Stanley, here
King David of Israel Conquered the Ammonites
He Confiscated King Milcom's 75 Pound Gold Crown
"David took their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David's head."
2 Kings 23:13
"The high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mountain of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile."
9-21-20, With God's approval King David conquered many cities of the enemies of God. One was Rabbah - in today's Islamic nation of Jordan. The crown is said to weigh a 'talent' - between 67 & 75 pounds. Some have questioned the validity of the weight ... but considering that many humans can carry up to 70% of their own body weight on their heads it's not unreasonable.
Worldwide in many rural places of Africa, India, Pakistan women carry very heavy loads on their heads. More here
God said about Solomon: For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. v33 Because that they have forsaken Me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in My ways, to do that which is right in Mine eyes, and to keep My statutes and My judgments, as did David his father. v13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. 1 Kings 11:5, 33, 23:13
King Solomon sinned greatly against the Lord (1 Kings 11:3–13). Sadly, he married pagan wives, built pagan altars for them, and even participated in pagan worship himself. The only reason God did not immediately take the kingdom from Solomon was that God wanted to keep His covenant with David (1 Kings 11:12). The record of Solomon’s sins, plus the dismal tone in Ecclesiastes, has led some to suggest that Solomon was not saved and is not in heaven today. However, in his writings in the book of Ecclesiastes we see a dark study on a life lived apart from God. Solomon looks back over his wasted years and finds no joy in them, only futility, vanity, and “a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). But he had learned his lesson—albeit the hard way—and he wraps up the book with this advice: “Now all has been heard; / here is the conclusion of the matter: / Fear God and keep his commandments, / for this is the duty of all mankind. / For God will bring every deed into judgment, / including every hidden thing, / whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14). This surely sounds like a man who has returned to the Lord and is trusting in Him.
'Don't Be Fooled'
"[We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; ... Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things."
9-20-20, Today, Brother John Haller in Ohio reports that the Book of Revelation [and 2 Thess 2:10-12] tells us that in the end times, a delusion will be sent that will confound and confuse minds.
While we do not know the full impact or effect it will have, we do know that it will be an excruciatingly difficult time.
Fox news is no longer the faithful 'fair and balanced' reporter of world news. On Sept 16, 2020 Harris Falkner's guest was Newt Gingrich who was asked about how to stem the violence and rioting. When Newt responded with the truth about George Soros and the leftist in positions of law enforcement who aren't keeping criminals locked up ... they cut him off. She later apologized. Too little too late ... Perhaps OAN network is now the go to for unbiased news??
John Haller's one hour twenty minute video here
We are seeing delusion in our world today in the vigil being held for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was a woman who was a pro-abortion, anti-family, hard left judge whose votes contributed to the slaughter of nearly 30,000,000 babies in the womb. Even purported "evangelical" leaders [Galatians 5:22-26] are speaking of her "distinguished service" and well, those who honor, trust, and obey almighty God do not agree about her so called 'service.' We all have a certain date when God will call us out of this world and at that point, our fates are sealed. We are told we must not judge lest we be judged - however scripture also tells us by their fruit we shall know them:
- Matthew 7:16, 12:33 By their fruit you will recognize them.
- Luke 6:43 "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
- Galatians 5:22 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”
'Down on My Knees' I found my Jesus!
Seven hour non stop playlist here
Taught by the Word
“Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.”
9-19-20, Henry Morris, III PhD -- This eight-verse section (Psalm 119:33-40) closely parallels a similar passage in Proverbs 2:1-5; both focus on being taught, gaining understanding and keeping “the Way” of God’s Word.
Certainly worth noting is the manner in which the psalmist asked to “go in the path of thy commandments” (Ps 119:35). In every case, the request is for God’s hand to control the process. There is no indication that the psalmist assumed the capability of finding these truths on his own as follows:
“Teach me, O LORD” (Psalm 119:33)
“Give me understanding” (Psalm 119:34)
“Make me to go” (Psalm 119:35)
“Incline my heart” (Psalm 119:36)
“Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity” (Psalm 119:37)
“Stablish thy word” (Psalm 119:38)
“Turn away my reproach” (Psalm 119:39)
“Quicken me in Thy righteousness” (Psalm 119:40)
However, having prayed for God’s intervention and oversight in his life, the psalmist promised to act on the given insight and order his life around “the way” so illumined by God’s instructions. He acknowledged his “delight” and his “longing” in the holy life and character revealed in the Scriptures and, like the Proverbs 2:1-5 passage, showed a willingness of the spiritual consciousness of his heart and mind to “understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:5).
May our prayer always be like this:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 Source
Consequences for Disobeying God?
Example Uzzah’s Cart for God’s Ark of Covenant
USA Blaspheming, Disobedience Murder & Homosexuality?
Thou shall do no murder; man shall not lay with man like with a woman.
9-18-20, All through the USA born again Christians are praying for healing in the nation. We are praying for Covid virus to be gone, violence to stop and the country to be united under President Trump for four more years. We see strange weather anomalies with extreme heat and flooding. Wildfires are rampant and anarchists are causing havoc and destruction in our cities.
Will God honor our prayers for the USA when she has legalized murdering babies in and out of the womb, legalized homosexual marriage and daily blaspheme His holy name without remorse? God hasn't been shy about punishing bad behavior and disobedience - look at Uzzah.
If the holy and righteous Creator of all mankind punished: [short list]
Why do we believe God won’t punish the USA for her wickedness? Jesus said to repent and obey Him. [Luke 13:3; John 14:23]
We will physically GO TO THE POLLS not trusting the mail … yet ... because of the nation's sin … I believe God's strong delusion is in effect [2 Thessalonians 2:10-12] and Joe & Kamala will enter the Oval Office; I hope I'm wrong.
Even so, please come Lord Jesus.
Arguments or Obedience
The Apostle Paul said: "I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."
2 Corinthians 11:3; Hebrews 13:9; Ephesians 4:13-15
9-17-20, Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. We cannot think through spiritual confusion [2 Timothy 2:7] to make things clear; to make things clear, we must obey.
In intellectual matters we can think things out, but in spiritual matters we will only think ourselves into further wandering thoughts and more confusion.
If there is something in our lives upon which God has put His pressure, then obey Him. Bring all your “arguments and…every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” regarding the matter, and everything will become as clear as daylight to you (2 Corinthians 10:5). =>
<= Our reasoning capacity will come later, but reasoning is not how we see. We see like children and when we try to be wise we see nothing (see Matthew 11:25).
Even the very smallest thing that we allow in our lives that is not under the control of the Holy Spirit is completely sufficient to account for spiritual confusion, and spending all of our time thinking about it will still never make it clear. Spiritual confusion can only be conquered through obedience. As soon as we obey, we have discernment.
This is humiliating, because when we are confused we know that the reason lies in the state of our mind. But when our natural power of sight is devoted and submitted in obedience to the Lord Jesus, it becomes the very power by which we can see clearly. From Oswald Chambers archives here
2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 11:2; John 14:27
😱 9-16-20, The science, data & facts prove the Covid-19 virus is not worthy of the fear & hysteria that has taken over the USA & world. It's delusion; perhaps God's STRONG DELUSION [2 Thessalonians 2:10-12] as judgment on the nation for her wickedness. Who can deny the masses daily blaspheme the Lord God ... many of our leaders support, celebrate & have legalized the murder of full term babies in the womb as well as homosexual marriage?
God said ... as it was in the days of Noah & Sodom & Gomorrah so shall it be when the Lord Jesus returns. Luke 17:26-30
Jesus said, "Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, "Fear him." Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows." Luke 12:4-7; Matthew 10:26-31
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God Acts On Our Behalf
"Regard the prayer and plea of Your servant, O LORD my God, so that You may hear the cry and the prayer that Your servant is praying before You today."
9-15-20, Pastor Charles Stanley -- In this hurried world we have become so accustomed to quick service that we've begun to demand speed in our spiritual life too. However, God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him" (Isa. 64:4). Born again believers must have faith as we endure until the fruits of His labor appear.
Three reasons believers are called upon to wait.
- God may be preparing us to receive His blessings. Perhaps we need new skills or greater maturity. Sometimes people require fresh spiritual insight before their hands are ready to hold what their hearts desire. For example, David waited years to sit on his appointed throne. But when he did, he was a wise, strong, and battle-tested king.
- Our Heavenly Father is often teaching His children to have confidence in Him. How would believers ever learn faith if God immediately fulfilled their every request? In my own life, the Lord has often said two words: "Trust Me." And He has never been late to meet my needs whether He says: 'yes' 'no' or 'wait.' No matter how we justify rushing ahead of God, doing so amounts to our saying, "I don't trust You."
- The Lord at times may withhold blessing to protect us from harm we can't see. We may never find out what caused the delay. But be assured that God examines the object of our desire closely before placing it in our hands.
We must be patient while the Lord works out details. His best is always on the way. Source
List: People Used By God Some Weak Some Wicked
Fifteen Biblical examples of imperfect or wicked people God used to further His plan
Apostle Paul said: "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of full acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief."
God can use anyone:
~ Noah was a drunk
~ Abraham doubted and lied
~ Joseph's brothers
~ Pharaoh enslaved the Jews
~ Cyrus was a pagan king
~ Moses had a stuttering problem
~ Gideon was afraid
~ Samson was a womanizer
~ Rahab was a prostitute
~ Jeremiah and Timothy were young
~ David was an adulterer and a murderer
~ Elijah was suicidal
~ Jonah disobeyed and ran from God
~ Peter denied Christ
~ Paul persecuted Christ's disciples
"Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." Genesis 50:19-20
"The Lord shall laugh at the wicked: for He seeth that his day is coming." Psalm 37:13
When Surreal is Really Real
God said, "I will pour out My Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the LORD.…"
‘Apocalypse on their mind’: Bay Area transfixed by smoke and darkness at mid-day
9-9-20, SF Chronicle.com -- San Francisco California City Hall is seen under a sky glowing orange due to smoke from the wildfires. The sun did come up on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020 meteorologists confirmed, but it kept largely to itself, on the other side of the thick blanket of smoke, fog, haze and muck.
Meanwhile, headlights and porch lights stayed on all day. Flashlights came out at high noon. The orange dimness confused almost everyone and everything — from the Bay Lights display on the Bay Bridge, which is supposed to turn off a half hour after sunrise, to pets acting unusually standoffish to folks who spied the early-morning darkness, figured their alarm clocks were wrong, and rolled over and went back to sleep.
Hours after sunrise, dawn remained something of an oversight. At high noon, the heavens grew darker instead of lighter.
The surreal replaced what passes for the real.
9-13-20, John Haller's weekly prophecy update ... week of world's horrific events. The California wildfires seem surreal; but they are real as the sun is darkened at noon. Much more ... Daniel 11:32, 12:1, 8-10; Micah 2:1-2, 3:4-5
One hour twenty minute video here
BLM Rioters Block LA Hospital Entry Where Police Officers Were Taken After Ambush Shooting
They Yelled ‘We Hope They Die!'
9-13-20, EpochTimes -- Black Lives Matter rioters made it clear that to them the deputies’ lives do not matter, nor do the lives of anyone in the hospital where the deputies are being cared for. They aligned with the cowardly gunman, celebrating the shooting. The BLM protesters gathered at the hospital and chanted “We hope they die!” They also blocked entrances to the hospital emergency room, according to the LA County Sheriffs’ social media. In Los Angeles on Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 a BLM man ambused and shot two county deputies...
Important Bible Verses About Spanking Children
- “Loving discipline encourages a child to respect other people and live as a responsible, constructive citizen.” James Dobson
- "I love you too much to let you behave like that. Some homes need a hickory switch a good deal more than a piano.” -- Billy Sunday
- "A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone." -- Billy Graham
9-13-20, Annette -- I also was born in 1943 and can remember all these things. And Coca Cola went from 5 cents to 10 cents in 1960, the year John and I were married. It tasted different, stronger more 'punch!'
And we didn't have juvenile delinquency and violence like now - our kids were taught right from wrong based on God's excellent instructions for spanking:
1. Proverbs 23:13-14 Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death.
2. Proverbs 13:24 Whoever does not discipline his son hates him, but whoever loves him is diligent to correct him.
3. Proverbs 22:15 A child’s heart has a tendency to do wrong, but the rod of discipline removes it far away from him.
4. Proverbs 22:6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
5. Hebrews 12:10-11 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
6. Proverbs 29:15 A rod and reproof impart wisdom, but a child who is unrestrained brings shame to his mother.
7. Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your son while there is hope;
8. Hebrews 12:6-7 The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child.”
Surely the hooligans and anarchists burning, looting and rioting on America's streets today were never properly raised to show respect as #6 says they have been 'unrestrained.' Sad.
War of Gog Magog - Not Russia - It's Turkey
The LORD came to me saying: "Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee."
The war of Gog and Magog is the major bible prophecy of our day. In other words I think that we will see the Magog invasion begin very soon. Magog was a man. He was one of Noah’s grandsons. There are several places in the bible that talk about an invasion against Israel that are led by Magog. I don’t think that there is only one battle of Gog and Magog. I think that the bible references three separate invasions. All of these invasions are led by Magog the leader of Turkey! Ezekiel chapter 38 describes the first battle of Gog and Magog. All of the people described in Ezekiel chapter 38 are now in place for this battle to begin! Ezekiel chapter 38 is a loud wake up call announcing that the end of the church age is near, and that the time of Tribulation for Israel and the whole earth is at hand. Bible prophecy teachers say that Magog in the Ezekiel 38 prophecy refers to Russia. That view of the Magog prophecy came about by interpreting “chief” (or the Hebrew “rosh”) to mean Russia. Transposing Hebrew words into English phonetic equivalents is not proper bible prophecy interpretation technique. That technique is not used elsewhere to interpret bible prophecy. Rosh means first or primary ... more from Craig C. White here and more here
NATO Counsels Greece to De-Escalate Tensions with Turkey
Greece Rejects NATO Bid to De-Escalate Tensions With Turkey
9-4-20, VOA -- Athens Thursday denied NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s earlier statement that Greece and Turkey had agreed to “technical talks” to avoid military clashes in the region. The move, critics say, dashes hopes of a breakthrough in rising tension in the eastern Mediterranean that began on 8/10/20 when Turkish seismic research vessel Oruc Reis set sail in the Mediterranean Sea, off Antalya, Turkey.
Germany is currently leading a separate diplomatic effort to defuse the standoff between Greece and Turkey. Analyst Costantinos Filis advises caution.
Either the other side, he says, has gone rogue and Greece should continue to be on full military alert, or this is another negotiating ploy by Erdogan in a bid to skirt potential sanctions the EU may take against Turkey because of its gas explorations.
Turkey's Erdogan warns Greece against taking path to 'ruin
8-26-20, RepublicWorld.com -- Reportedly on 8/26/20 Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Greece against any provocations and emphasized that Ankara would make ‘no concessions’ in the eastern Mediterranean. As the two countries remain locked up in a dispute over energy resources in the sea, Erdogan said that Turkey would take ‘what it deserves’ in the Mediterranean.
Tensions between Greece and Turkey escalated after Ankara sent research vessel Oruc Reis to survey the seabed for gas and oil in the Mediterranean sea. Greece, in response, began military exercise involving its navy and the air force in an area where Turkey had sent its research vessel accompanied by warships. Erdogan on Tuesday also warned that Greece will be responsible for any unwarranted tensions in the region. He further called on Athens to cancel the military exercise saying it endangers the safety of all ships in the area.
8-14-20, Independent.co.uk -- Greek defense source has said Greek and Turkish warships recently suffered a minor collision in the eastern Mediterranean. The source claimed the crash was an accident, but...
9-9-20, Amid rising tensions Turkish research ship to continue Eastern Mediterranean exploration the Turkish Ministry of Defense has confirmed that the seismic research vessel Oruç Reis will continue its planned energy exploration mission in the Eastern.. Erdogan has antagonized many allies and friends with his aggressive behavior in Syria, Libya and at home. Further complicating matters is that Turkey is a member of NATO, but not of the European Union. More here:
The whole earth was of one language in the land of Shinar in Babylon. They decided to make brick and they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. However, the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6And the LORD said, “let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech and scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth.
9-8-20, * -- After the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat after Noah and family made a sacrifice worshipping God (Gen. 8:20-21). God told them to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth (Gen. 9:1). So the animals departed from the ark and went and filled the earth, yet man remained. Instead of filling the earth, Noah’s descendants traveled east and settled on the plains of Shinar [modern-day northern Iraq/ Babylon in Bagdad Iraq & Syria]. It’s very likely that their human reasoning, albeit flawed, led them to believe they were acting out of their own self-preservation and not disobeying almighty God. [..]
They planted roots in Shinar and their numbers swelled. Here is where I believe their rebellion begins because even after their population began to grow exponentially, they refused to move on. Instead, they began creating small city-states. Then, about a century after the flood in the days of Peleg, mankind began to place their faith in a man named Nimrod  to lead them. [ I Chronicles 1:10, Micah 5:6; Genesis 10: 8-9] He was wicked and made the whole world rebel through the building of the Tower of Babel in Babylonia. Scripturally speaking, we know that they wanted to build a tower that “reached into heaven.” What that means is more conjecture than fact; but knowing sinful mankind’s basic inclinations we can speculate that first and foremost they forgot God desiring to find salvation through their own efforts (see Cain’s offering Genesis 4:3-4).
God stopped the tower by confusing their language driving him to Assyria from Shinar in Babylon. [Micah 5:6; Genesis 11:7-8] God’s separation preserved mankind by adding friction to Satan’s plan for global domination. He created a “roadblock” of divine proportions on Satan’s highway to hell. Had there been only one system, and had one man gained control of said system, he could have quickly destroyed whatever chances mankind had to survive. Had God not intervened at Babel, it is likely, Nimrod would have created the first, truly global anti-God empire solely dedicated to rebelling against their Creator. The separation caused all of these different cultures and subcultures to compete against each other for relevance and prominence. In effect, God created a global system of checks and balances. [..]
Fast forward 4,200 years
Now for the first time in history since Genesis 1:1-6 and the tower of Babel, globalization is within man’s (and Satan’s) reach. From ancient times up until the 14th-century, the primary form of creating a “global” empire was solely through military conquest. [..] From the 14th-century going forward, the global banking system started to come into its own, and a valuable lesson was learned. He who controls the money of a nation controls the nation. [..]
Globalism is generally defined as the architectural merging of national governing bodies, into an international one. These generally come about on the heels of some major crisis (war, terrorism, poverty, global warming, pandemics, etc.) Globalization, on the other hand, comes more gradually through corporate acquisitions in the global markets, through banking operations opening market ventures into international trade, financial development (banks too big to fail), and so forth.
Any system that promises peace and security, apart from Christ, is at its core, anti-Christ (1 John 4:3) no matter how well-intentioned it may appear to be. In fact, Satan’s goal since Nimrod has been to unify the world into a singular system…so long as he controls it.
The present day scenario regarding the Covid-19 Coronavirus, face masks then vaccines starts out voluntarily, but may soon become mandatory. The way things are developing with this Covid fiasco, anyone who refuses to accept the vaccine, may find themselves shut out of society.
The world is absolutely heading toward this one-world ‘pre-Babel’ system again (Revelation 6:1-2; 13, 17, 18). We’ve seen how globalists use crisis after crisis to solidify their power from the many to the few. The Bible foretells a time when, after a great crisis, the world rushes into the arms of ten-kingdom, new world order (Luke 21:10-11; 1 Thess. 5:1-9).
I believe that great crisis to be the Rapture of the Church when the Lord Jesus Christ removes His followers from the earth.
*Excerpted and adapted full original report from Pete Garcia, Rev 3:10 here
 Nimrod was a very significant man in ancient times, the grandson of Ham and great-grandson of Noah. Nimrod started his kingdom at Babylon (Genesis 10:10). Babylon later reached its zenith under Nebuchadnezzar (sixth century BC). Here
Persian King Cyrus Helped the Jews
"Thus saith the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. For Jacob My servant's sake, and Israel Mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known Me. I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known Me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. I am the LORD, and there is none else."
9-2-20, Eric Metaxas interview with Lance Wallnau about his new book: "God’s Chaos Code: Donald J. Trump: The Ancient Code That Reveals America’s Future and the Destiny of Nations"  Lance has a special view seeing similarities and a 'code' about Pres Trump and the Persian King Cyrus who helped the Jews and the Bible's Isaiah 45:1-6 proclamation of God. 
I came away with one special tidbit -- Lance said:
"IF the Christian Germans would have been actively involved in government and the events of the day .. Auschwitz never woulda happened!"
IF American Christians [he said 30 million not registered to vote] woulda voted and become involved [they were not at the 2018 midterms and the Dems took the House] the nation wouldn't be as depraved as it is. So based on THAT analogy ... as the righteous Lord God allowed Auschwitz ... I suspect He will allow Kamala to be ensconced in the White House IF Christians don't do their patriotic duty and vote.
See 45 min video here
This is what Cyrus king of Persia [Iran] says: 'The LORD, the God of heaven, who has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, has appointed me to build a house for Him at Jerusalem in Judah."
The LORD, the God said: "I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I have brought him, and he will succeed in his mission."
 Eric Metaxas Radio Show here
Book: God’s Chaos Code: Donald J. Trump: The Ancient Code That Reveals America’s Future and the Destiny of Nations - Amazon Release date: Oct 6, 2020
 King Cyrus and President Trump here
Evils of Ecumenism
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist..."
9-6-20, Four times the Lord Jesus warned us not to allow anyone to deceives us. This week John Haller delivers a sobering and revealing message on the ecumenical [various so called 'Christian' denominations] movement and its influence on the community of true born again Christian believers. The world has tried to lump evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics and other liberal phony Christians together .. John shows videos of false teachers Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Tony Palmer, Anglican Bishop and others ... their thrust under leadership of the RC pope is 'ONE HUMAN FAMILY' in their zeal for an anti-Christ one world religion.
See one hour video here
THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES aka Jewish Sukkot
The Apostle John saw a vision: "I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war."
Joel 2:10, 30-31; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11
9-5-20, * -- Upcoming Lord Feast Days in Hebrew Calendar here:
<= "But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."
Rosh Hashanah is the day known when the new moon is sighted --- not known until per Matthew 24:42.
Currently in 2020, the 29 Days of Elul started August 21, 2020 and continue until the Feast of Trumpets that begins on Friday, September 18, 2020.
Following Elul are ten Days of Awe when it is believed the gate of heaven is uniquely open for our petitions and intercession. This season climaxes on the Day of Atonement called Yom Kippur on September 27th, 2020.
Per my understanding of God’s holy word, the wrath of God [aka day of the Lord’s indignation]
Isaiah 26:20 will be 117 days from the anniversary date Noah boarded the ark Genesis 7:6 on Sep 11, 2020 until Yom Kippur. This will be the beginning of 40 days of massive natural disasters by volcanic fire and smoke that blots out the light of the sun and moon; this time frame parallels =>
<= the time of Noah. Luke 17:26-27; Isaiah 13:10; Joel 2:10; Amos 8:9; Ezekiel 32:7; Acts 2:20
If the rapture occurs this year during Rosh Hashanah, it will fulfill one of the final three Jewish holidays. Yom Kippur follows when the books of judgment are opened. Revelation 1:7; Zechariah 14:4; Exodus 32:1-35
Standing Alone & Walking With God
“GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said,” I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. … Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation and Noah walked with God.”
Genesis 6:5-9; Deuteronomy 5:33
8-26-13, * -- To be faithful as a Christian in an evil day, we must learn to stand alone. We will repeatedly face pressure to violate our Christian standards and go along with the crowd. Mankind faces constant pressure to compromise their faith:
There is probably no greater example of a man who stood alone with God in an evil day than Noah. God, sees the heart of every person and saved only Noah and his family from the great world flood; all others perished. “Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). Through repetition, the text underscores several points. Twice (Genesis 6:11, 12) it mentions that the corruption on earth was in the sight of God.
However, in mankind's eyes, “awe... things weren’t so bad.” They viewed themselves as progressive; but God viewed them as putrid. It’s God’s view, not man’s -- that matters. [..]
If we don’t consistently spend time alone with God in His Word and in prayer, we don’t have focus and strength to walk with Him. Without His strength we will not be able to stand alone as Noah did. The Apostle Peter writes that just as the early world was destroyed by the flood, so “the present heavens and earth by [God’s] word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men” (2 Pet. 3:7). His conclusion is, “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11).
God has said that this evil world is doomed. (Revelation 21:1) He has promised “a new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13). Like Noah, in light of God’s warning of judgment and His promise of deliverance in Christ; we must direct everything in our lives--our time, our money and our goals to Him. (John 14:6; Revelation 4:11)
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Stephen J. Cole here
God's Clear Instructions
"And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, they walked around Jericho [..] only on that day they compassed the city seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city. [..] So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword."
Joshua 6:1-14, 15-21
9-3-20, Pastor Charles Stanley -- Joshua needed guidance as he faced one of the most crucial moments of his life. Because the Lord had promised him success in conquering Jericho, he knew the outcome of the battle, but as the day of combat approached, he needed a specific strategy for victory. What he heard the Lord say must have made his jaw drop.
Can you imagine the soldiers' thoughts as they carried out this bizarre battle strategy? Walk around the city, blow the trumpets and holler??
In confusing times like this, it's good to remember three requirements for benefiting from God's instructions. We need:
• Faith to believe the Lord
• Courage to obey Him
• Patience to wait for His timing
When God gives us clear instruction through His Word or His Spirit within us, our response shows how much we trust Him. If we truly believe Him and His promises, precise and complete obedience will follow. His victory in any area of struggle is available only to those who act upon His directions.
Submitting to the Lord's timing is also an essential part of obedience. What would have happened if the army decided to bypass God's plans for the first six days and skip straight to the seventh day's march around Jericho? They would have missed the victory.
How often do we beg the Lord for guidance, yet hesitate to obey when He finally gives it? Living by faith can seem like a huge risk when His instructions seem to us to make no sense or require a lengthy wait.
We must know and believe that His eternal perspective and unlimited power can strengthen our resolve to obey. Source
What a Day That Will Be!
Wedding Supper of the Lamb
The Apostle John said: "I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." He saith unto me, "Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
9-2-20, Henry Morris, PhD -- Unbelievers sometimes ridicule Bible-believing Christians as being “so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good.” This scorn isn't justified because the Lord Jesus has told us: “Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13), and we are also instructed: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23). A Christian should do a better job in their particular occupation than they would have done as a non-Christian. All honorable occupations come within the scope of God’s dominion mandate (Genesis 1:26-28). “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
Bye and bye there is indeed a great feast day coming and it will be a great blessing to be “called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
The Holy City is inscribed with the names of both the “twelve tribes” of Israel and also of the “twelve apostles” (Revelation 21:9, 12, 14). Therefore, it's clear that believers from both the pre-Christian and Christian [New Testament] ages will be there.
All who have accepted the Lord's free gift of salvation and serve Him as born again believers [Ephesians 2:9-10; John 3:3, 7] will respond to the Lord’s invitation (Matthew 22:1-14; 25:1-13). hallalujah; even so come Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20; Matthew 22:2 Source
Husbands Love Your Wife
Wife Love & Respect Your Husband
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her; and likewise wives love your husband.
Ephesians 5:25; 1 Corinthians 7:3
6-3-19, * -- The key to our successful marriage is that we have always put the other person first. “Husbands love your wives like Jesus loved the church.” And wives honor your husband. The number one killer of every marriage is selfishness. Too many couples think mainly of their own needs and not of their life partner. As believers in Christ Jesus we need to put our spouses and our families before ourselves.
Christ endured a lot of pain and agony to provide a Way for sinners to receive forgiveness and salvation. He endured betrayal, humiliation, suffering and death so what we deserved was transferred to Him.. That is the example we as husbands are to follow. And wives need to show our children that we honor and respect their father; squabbles should be done privately away from the little ones.
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Chuck Musselwhite here
"Mything" the Point
The Apostle Paul said: "I charge thee therefore the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."
8-30-20, This week Brother John Haller reports on world affairs paralleling them to Bible Prophecy as we get closer and closer to the Lord Jesus' return and rapture of His Church. Lebanon, Turkey, Iran and Israel - Turkey vs Greece territorial skirmishes increase ... Turkey is the 'goat' of Daniel 8:5-11.
Unabated anarchy is rampaging throughout the USA with arson, looting, American hating groups of Black Lives Matter, Antifa in Soros-backed Democrat run states whose district attorneys are soft on crime. Yet those states' mayors and governors are hard on the religious. The ignorant uninformed masses are oblivious to the more sinister agenda that underlies it all.
Too many are now "Mything the Point" of all of the disruptions to their lives, their communities, their families and their relationships. Most of all, they are ignorant of the erosion of their basic rights as free men and women, endowed by their Creator to pursue happiness and purpose.
I hear Christians say "I'm so sick of it all ... I'm not even gonna vote!'
We must not succumb to weariness and allow the wicked to push us into depression and apathy. We must be the Light Jesus directed us to be.
If we don't work trying to return the USA to the once God loving and fearing that made her great - who will?
The upcoming Nov 3, 2020 presidential election is clearly setup to be fraudulent. The only way to avoid a swift and deep dive into Marxism is an overwhelming appearance at the polls - do not mail your ballot - hand carry it to be sure it's counted.
One hour twenty minute video here
Galatians 6:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Have the Joy of the Lord; Be 'Merry' but not Drunken
God says, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise..."Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ... The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness."
Proverbs 20:1; Ephesians 5:6; Romans 1:18; Galatians 5:19-21; Ecclesiastes 10:1
8-29-20, Sadly, many people find that they can only find joy and merriment in drugs and alcoholic beverages. God has much to say about the benefit of wine and avoidance of strong drink. Apostle Paul said:
"Stop drinking only water and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illness." 1 Timothy 5:23
However, God's word forbids drunkenness; although the Bible never says that alcohol itself is sinful, it does say many times that drunkenness is a sin.
There are many verses that speak against drunkenness: Romans 13:13; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Peter 4:3
God tells us that a merry heart is good medicine. [Proverbs 17:22].
The USA is currently struggling to stop the hate filled riots and the world suffers misery under the Covid virus scare and subsequent lockdown.
We feel sadness as most people are wearing the awful face mask. We can’t even smile at one another – smiling at strangers usually gains a returned smile; now we've lost 'that merriment.’
Originally, to be merry did not simply mean to be mirthful, but strong and gallant – a double thought of might and mirth. The late great Rev Billy Graham* explained what the word ‘merry’ once meant:
“famous,” “illustrious,” “great,” or “mighty.” =>
<=It was in this sense that:
As Christians we are to engage in spiritual merriment and as we think upon the fact that, through redemption, we become a child of God’s family and this earth is not our home and someday Christ will take us out of here. So we should cheer up!
2 Peter 2:22; Proverbs 26:11
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
The Lord Jesus said to:
"PRAY & WATCH"
Mark 13:33, 37
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
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