When ungodly people state that God’s Word says something that justifies or facilitates their wickedness, I hand them a Bible and ask them to show me where it says that. Usually, they get all flustered, angry, or embarrassed and quickly change the subject or storm off in a huff. If, by some remote chance, they can actually find the Scripture they’re referring to (and conveniently misinterpreting), then we can read it in context and explore it together- but that hasn’t happened to me yet.
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus study His Word and know that He has such a heart of love for the downtrodden and the broken-hearted, He desires us to be free of every kind of bondage. God doesn’t play mean little tricks on abuse victims. He NEVER says anything that would make it easier for a sinner to keep on sinning or an abuser to keep on abusing. To even suggest otherwise is to reveal a profound ignorance of God’s divine nature.
Some abusers like to call themselves Christians, because it enables them to get away with sinful behaviors without being challenged or confronted. The Bible is not an excuse for abusive people to have a field day without ever suffering any consequences. These people might actually be familiar with Scripture so they twist it and take it out of context in an attempt to deceive us into forgiving them when no forgiveness is warranted.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked – for whatsoever a person sows, that shall they also reap.” Galatians 6:7
The Lord Jesus distinctly tells us that we are to forgive someone who sins against us IF they repent. [Luke 17:3] He does NOT tell us to forgive everyone, including those who have absolutely no remorse and fully intend to continue abusing others and behaving badly. That would be preposterous and contradictory.
We need to pray for discernment and wisdom to distinguish between REAL Christians and PRETEND Christians. One big clue is that REAL Christians ACT LIKE real Christians; they obey God's commands and show kindness to others.
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Renee Pittelli here http://www.luke173ministries.org/466809
History: A PERSPECTIVE ON ISRAEL
From a relatively poor country to one of the 25 richest in the world - God protects Israel
Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
7-8-19, * -- To many, Israel today is the Start Up nation, a wealthy and a militarily powerful state. It did not become that overnight. Some radical anti-Israel voices erroneously describe Israel as “white.” The facts however are different; as there are over one hundred thousand immigrants from Ethiopia, African economic migrants in the thousands, and Mizrahi Jews from the Arab Middle East, who comprise about half the population.
Israelis of all colors and creeds made the desert bloom, overcoming the hardships of wars, terror, and absorbing millions of Jewish refugees without any natural resources. Known today for its unique entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, the nation was reborn as an independent state in 1948. She was bereft of natural and financial resources, little economic infrastructure and few public services. In the 1950’s the government instituted rations; families were allocated monthly food stamps that allowed them to buy limited amounts of meat, sugar, flour, oil and eggs. As a small child I grew up with Holocaust survivors; their ordeals shaped the minds of children, including this reporter.
At that time Israel had a quasi-socialist economy, lacking major private ownership of economic entities. Banks, the national airline - El Al, Israel’s shipping fleet - ZIM, were government owned and operated. And, what the government did not own, the trade unions or Histadrut owned. This was a critical period in the country’s history, that coincided with a massive inflow of immigrants from Europe, the Middle East, and the Maghreb (North Africa), who had to be housed, fed, clothed and employed. Given the shortage of capital, the burden of dealing with these problems fell upon the public sector.
In Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, a full 1% of the Jewish population was killed and the country’s infrastructure was in disarray. The U.S. and Britain imposed an embargo on the sale of arms during the war and afterward, while Israel’s enemies, Egypt, Jordan, (which was commanded by a British officer named Glubb Pasha) Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria were already established states and could depend on their existing large arsenals. The decades of the 1950’s and 1960’s were anything but peaceful as follows:
- Fedayeen (Islamic terrorists) from Gaza crossed the Green Line into Israel with the aim to kill Israelis and destroy farmland and industrial facilities.
- Buses were attacked killing many women and children.
- In 1956 the Sinai Campaign began when Israel defeated the Egyptian forces reaching the Suez Canal.
- In 1963 the Six Day War when Israel defeated three major Arab armies. Following the war, the country’s narrow borders were widened to provide more security; erasing the previous narrow waistline of only 9 miles between the border and the Mediterranean Sea, where its main population centers and international airport were located.
- In 1973 the Yom Kippur War when Israel was attacked on its holiest day of the year and again was victorious; but at a very high cost in lives and material.
- In 1979, the miracle of peace with Egypt occurred; and the arrival of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s terrorist regime.
- The 1980’s the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) that claimed the lives of over a million soldiers and civilians.
- In 1981, Israel eliminated Iraq’s dictator’s (Saddam Hussein) nuclear ambitions by destroying the Osirak nuclear reactor in an operation codenamed “Operation Opera.”
- In 1982 the Second Lebanon War when Israel removed the PLO menace from Lebanon.
- In July 1985 economic sphere, the Israeli government Stabilization Plan reduced the government involvement in the economy. U.S. loans to Israel for defense acquisitions were turned into grants. By the middle of 1986, inflation was brought down from three digits to double-digits of around 20%.
- In 1990’s:
- the arrival of over a million immigrants from the former Soviet Union, dramatically increased domestic demand.
- accelerated economic growth and a sharp increase in investments.
- In Sept 1993 the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO, were signed on the US White House lawn. However, the peace was short lived as Yasser Arafat, the PLO chairman, incited Palestinian terror, which including homicide bombing.
- In 1994 Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel.
Israel’s infrastructure has undergone tremendous expansion, with four lane highways across the country and a comfortable rail service. Israel has not only become rich, it is a comfortable country to live in and visit.
God said, "Behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and [for] my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink." Joel 3:1-3
More Bible Verses God Protects Israel here
*Excerpted and adapted full report from Joseph Puder, Front Page More here
Jacob said, “I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.”
6-30-19, Henry Morris, PhD -- This heartfelt cry of the dying patriarch Israel expressed his lifelong, but still unfulfilled, yearning for the coming of God’s promised Savior. In Genesis 49:18 we see the first occurrence in the Bible of the word “salvation” (essentially the same in the Hebrew as “Jesus”). It is also the first occurrence of “waited for,” meaning, essentially, “looked for,” or “waited patiently and expectantly for.” This attitude of Jacob (Israel) has been shared by the people of God down even to the present day.
Significantly, the first occurrence of the equivalent Greek word in the New Testament expresses the same concern on the part of no less a man than John the Baptist when he inquired expectantly of Jesus: “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3)
Even though He has indeed come, bringing salvation, we still must wait patiently for the complete fulfillment of His promises when He comes again. It was the prayer of Paul that the Lord would “direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5)
Finally, it is significant that the last reference in the Bible to waiting for something once again deals with the same promise. “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 1:21)
It may seem long, but the promise is sure:
“Unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28) Source
Knowledge Has Increased; Not About Computers
Knowledge Has Increased About God's Word
God said, "O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
7-8-19, In this video interview author and Bible scholar Joel Richardson explains that our world view and traditional Bible eschatology teachers have skewed our thinking about end time events. Their understanding and interpretation was influenced by tradition and heir personal world view. In the book of Daniel he tells us in the end times knowledge will increase. Most of us have believed 'computers, science & technology are fulfillment of that prophecy; 'we're so much smarter now!' No ... it's about knowledge of God's word that will increase. [Daniel 12:4]
Joel also explains about the beast and why Rome is not the nation to watch. Who are the nations in Revelation 13:1-2
The Apostle John said:
"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority."
They are all Islamic nations; very interesting one hour video here:
While the Rashidun caliphs were based at Mecca and Medina, the Umayyads ... the over-stretched army was stopped in 732 AD at the battle of Poitiers by Charles Martel...
The hordes of the expanding Muslim army has been reborn; it was at first only composed of Arab tribal groups, mostly infantry and some cavalry forces. Gradually it transformed itself by recruiting locally during its campaigns. The role played by the mawali (‘converted non-Arab clients’), such as Berber warriors in the western campaign to Spain and, eastwards, Persians and Turks, is well-known. More here
'Would You Like to Play a Game?'
Apostle Paul: "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."
7-7-19, Facebook -- Fellowship Bible Chapel, John Haller's weekly Prophecy Update - John discusses California earthquakes; homosexual issues, world wars, Middle East ... at the end of the video he shows what a 'chess board' would look like if the nations were playing ... things are heating up.
One hour video here on Facebook
[I couldn't find it on YouTube]
How to Increase Small Number of Homosexuals in America?
How Many People are Homosexual in America [aka LGBTQ, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender]?
In 2011 UCLA Law, Williams Institute says 3.5% [others say 1%] - yet this minority of homosexuals apparently now rules the land. As of 2018, America has 327 million people - so about 10 million people are ruling the rest of the nation. Outrageous! More here
Tolerance is an agreement to live in peace, not an agreement to be peaceful no matter the conduct of others. A peace treaty is not a suicide pact.
7-6-19, Canada Free Press -- Today, we are seeing governments sell our children lifestyles that most of us find abhorrent and depravity.
America has laws now about tolerating or celebrating homosexuality. We tolerate men in womens locker rooms; ‘Pride’ parades and drag queens [men in outrageous makeup and costumes] reading to our kids in tax payer funded public libraries.
In the name of tolerance and diversity we are being told by the “Left” to tolerate more and more. If we don't we are labeled bigots and homophobes!
Recently, parents in California pulled hundreds of students from a public school in because of a new LGBTQ curriculum beginning with 2nd graders. Parents were originally allowed to opt out of such programs, but no longer. Other states have implemented similar programs beginning as early as pre-school. They include books and activities meant to introduce alternate life styles like switching genders and having same sex parents, making them seem normal and commonplace = brainwashing!
We are witnessing the collapse of society as described in three steps in Romans 1:18-32.
- denial of our Creator God and the worship of man instead with secular humanism and the legalization of same sex marriage. Jesus said man & woman Mark 10:5-9
- acceptance of degrading homosexual and lesbian passion
- depraved minds. The deception of LGB is morphing into the delusion of transgenderism. It is the total destabilization of society with the destruction of the family unit and now the denial of the foundational reality of male and female.
6-11-19, WashPost -- Access to a public library in Texas will be restricted this weekend in anticipation of demonstrations over a children's story hour run by homosexuals men dressed up as women 'drag queens' ... Drag queen story hours have made libraries the latest front in the United States’ wrenching national dispute over gender roles and sexuality.
PBS Accused of 'Brainwashing' Kids After 'Arthur' Features a Homosexual Character
5-14-19, Some experts say young children being inundated with 'normalcy' of men dressing up as women and listening to a drag queen read a story is dangerous for their God given gender healthy mentality. It causes confusion. The homosexual community want to increase their small numbers and to do that they are targeting children; they want to brainwash preschoolers and elementary aged children about homosexuality. It's not up to PBS to brainwash/recruit children. The gay community is in the vast minority. One wouldn't know it though between tv, movies, commercials, etc. The Gay Mafia is out in full force. Leviticus 18:22; Matthew 5:18; Colossians 3:1-10
Tolerance ends when it attempts to coerce approval, not simply live side by side with other beliefs. Attempting to destroy or contaminate time-tested, long standing values, social or religious is not tolerance, but speaks of a suicide pact. More here
History of America's Freedom & Heritage
The Lord said, "And you were now turned, and had done right in My sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbor; and you had made a covenant before Me in the house which is called by My name."
6-5-19, * -- Blessings to America and her sons and daughters as we continue to celebrate our independence declared on July 4, 1776. However, the nation we know and love as America, the ideal of the United States of America, really began in the early 1600's. Immigrants from other nations, mainly England settlers, came on an adventure that spawned the beacon of freedom and the light of Jesus Christ for the world.
The Mayflower Compact , (image above) which many believe today to be the first significant governing document of what would become the United States, was very specific about the covenant these men and women were entering into with God for this new land. Herein, we need to know the past in order to preserve our future.
Some 18 years later, The Fundamental Orders of 1638 AD  were adopted in Connecticut. Its preamble says:
"For as much as it hath pleased Almighty God ... knowing where a people are gathered together the word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union of such a people there should be an orderly and decent Government established according to God, to order and dispose of the affairs of the people at all seasons as occasion shall require; ... to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus ... which according to the truth of the said Gospel, is now practiced amongst us; as also in our civil affairs to be guided and governed according to such Laws, Rules, Orders and Decrees...”
These documents and many others like them dispel the lie that America was not founded on Christian precepts . We allow freedom to all religions, because our God in Christ Jesus will not force Himself upon others, but rather allow them to come voluntarily.
The foundation of our nation must remain Christian otherwise we will not so long be a nation of freedom and justice.
God's sovereignty must be the rule of man.
Remember your heritage in order to keep your future.
Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life...
Keep this commandment without spot, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who in His times He shall show, Who is the blessed
and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords;
Who Only hath immortality, dwelling in the light:
to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.
1 Timothy 5:11-16
"Our liberty of worship is not a concession or a privilege but and inherent right."
Inscription on the monument in Washington, DC here
*Excerpted and adapted Bill Wilson’s full original message from Daily Jot here
 Text Mayflower Compact of 1620 AD here
 Fundamental Orders of Connecticut - They wanted the govt to have access to the open ocean for trading here
 Did America Have a Christian Founding? here
Gift of Real Freedom
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
7-4-2014, Archives of Charles Stanley: Although a nation can be free within it's own borders and in it's relationship to other nations, it's people can be in slavery on the inside. In The Gift of Freedom, Dr. Stanley teaches that freedom is never cheap and that true freedom comes only through Jesus Christ.
"It was like Hell; fire raining down from the sky."
Volcanic Eruption of Stromboli
"He [God] doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men."
Sicilians dive into sea to escape Stromboli volcano
7-3-19, NY Post - Massimo Imbesi, a 35-year-old fromMilazzo in Sicily was killed and dozens threw themselves into the sea when Mt Stromboli Volcano on the Sicilian island of Stromboli violently exploded. Two blasts reported by Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology around 10:30 a.m. were unexpected and particularly powerful sending ash/smoke 6,000 ft into the sky and lava embers of fire raining down on the popular tourist spot. Priest Giovanni Longo said: “It was like being in hell because of the rain of fire coming from the sky.” [Exodus 9:23; Revelation 8:7, 13:13??] The explosions were preceded by lava spills; as molten rocks flowed from the crater and flew into the sky.
Stromboli eruption: Volcano rocks Italian island, kills 1 hiker - CNN
7-3-19, CNN -- A hiker was killed when a series of eruptions from one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, MT STROMBOLI, rocked the small Italian island of Stromboli. People were so frightened they threw themselves into the sea. Firefighters and helicopter were deployed to extinguish fires started by the eruption. ANSA reported
Twilight's Last Gleaming
Demise of the USA
The Lord said: “The great day of the Lord is near, it is near & hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble & distress, a day of waste & desolation, a day of darkness & gloominess, a day of clouds & thick darkness. A day of the trumpet & alarm against the fenced cities, against the high towers. I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: & their blood shall be poured out as dust their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy: for He shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.” Zephaniah 1:14-18; Ezekiel 36:23
Mankind is currently the terminal generation . We saw the rebirth of Israel; God’s “super sign” that heralded the beginning of the last generation that would live to see the culmination of all Biblically prophesied events. [Isaiah 11:11-12, 35:1; Matthew 23:33-36]
Twilight is rapidly descending into the night of coming judgment. As the New World Order’s Antichrist system is rising, the Remnant Church, with increasing fervor, cries MARANATHA, even so, come Lord Jesus. [Revelation 22:20]
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Alice Childs - Rapture Ready here
~The Inevitable Penalty~
Is This the God of Mercy & Love?
"You will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny."
6-30-19, Archives Oswald Chambers -- God is determined to make us pure, holy and right. He will not allow us to escape from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit for even one moment. He urged us to come to judgment immediately when we were convicted that we needed salvation. If we did not obey the urging, then the inevitable process began to work, bringing its inevitable penalty. We've been “thrown into prison, [and]…will by no means get out of there till the last penny is paid” (Matthew 5:25-26). Yet we ask, “Is this a God of mercy and love?”
When seen from God’s perspective, it is a glorious ministry of love. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to suffer the horror of the cross to save us; but we must accept the 'gift.'
While we were still sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
God is going to bring us out pure, spotless and undefiled, but only possible by the cleansing of the blood of Jesus. He wants us to recognize our sinful nature. However, the moment we are willing for God to change your nature, His recreating forces will begin to work. And the moment you realize that God’s purpose is to get you into the right relationship with Himself and then with others, He will reach to the very limits of the universe to help you take the right road repenting of our sin trusting Jesus to save us and we are 'born again.' John 3:3, 7
The Lord Jesus Christ's sermons are meant for our will and our conscience, not for our heads. If we dispute these verses Matthew 5:11-12, 25-26 from the Sermon on the Mount with our head; the appeal to our hearts will be dulled. Source
Freak Hail Storm Hits Mexican Town of Guadalajara - 200 structures damaged
Matthew 24:21 "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.Luke 21:11, 25-26 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Luke 21:11Revelation 6:8 Apostle John said, "And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth."
"Peace and Prosperity"
God said about land of Israel: "In this place you say is a wasteland without man or beast, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted—inhabited by neither man nor beast—there will be heard again the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of the bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those bringing thank offerings into the house of the LORD, saying: ‘Give thanks to the LORD of Hosts, for the LORD is good; His loving devotion endures forever.’ For I will restore the land from captivity as in former times."
Sin and Depravity in the USA
Muslims Claim Land of Israel
6-30-10, Weekly prophecy update from John Haller in Ohio USA; He explains straight from the archive of the Babylon Bee [Satire site (1)]:
- In the end times people will believe fables; the Apostle Paul - in last chapter - penned before his death: 2 Timothy 4:3-5 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."
- Joel and Victoria Osteen attended a Lady Gaga event on being "Born this Way." Apparently the race to the bottom for "Shepherds" of Osteen's ilk have reached a fevered pace.
- There will be a time when "Peace and Safety" will be in the news and that time may be here, as Jarod Kushner continues to work behind the scenes, formulating a Mid-East Peace Plan. We are to be watchman, observing, analyzing and warning those who are susceptible to the sleight of hand that may bring about the "Covenant" with the many.
- Some in New York seeking to legalize prostitution ... More ...
One hour fifteen minute message video here
Increase of wickedness and sin: "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
The return of the Lord Jesus Christ = KING OF KINGS says to WATCH!
Mark 13:33 Jesus said: "Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
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Jesus said: Luke 12:39, 17:24-29, 34:36; Matt 24:36, 37-41, 42-51; John 14:1-3; 1 Thess 4:16-17, 5:4
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