The Eternal Danger of a Casual View of the End Times: Preparedness
Iran's General Qassem Soleimani Responsible for American Deaths
1-2-20, Breitbart -- The U.S. Dept of Defense claimed Thursday, 1-2-20 evening that Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq, “he was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans.” It's true.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Al-Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani directed Iranian military operations abroad, including terror. Reportedly he directed rocket attacks last week that on Dec 27, 2019 killing American civilian contractor in Iraq - 33-year old Nawres Waleed Hamid. Last year, President Donald Trump designated the IRGC as a terrorist organization — an acknowledgment of reality.
Reported in a 2013 profile of Solemani by the anti-Trump New Yorker: John Maguire, a former C.I.A. officer in Iraq said: “Soleimani is the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today and no one’s ever heard of him.” In 2011, the Obama administration sanctioned Soleimani for his role in plotting a foiled terror attack in a Washington, D.C. restaurant with the aim of assassinating the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.
Suleimani took command of Iran's Quds Force fifteen years ago, and in that time he has sought to reshape the Middle East in Iran’s favor, working as a power broker and as a military force: assassinating rivals, arming allies, and, for most of a decade, directing a network of militant groups that killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq.
The U.S. Dept of the Treasury [under Obama] sanctioned Suleimani for his role in supporting the Assad regime of Syria, and for abetting terrorism. And yet he has remained mostly invisible to the outside world, even as he runs agents and directs operations. More here
Now the deluded leftist media and Democrats are wringing their hands that Soleimani was killed. These people are nuts!
There's Only One Group Mourning Soleimani's Death
1-7-20, Nikki Haley, "Soleimani's death was a long time coming. You don’t see anyone standing up for Iran. You’re not hearing any of the Gulf members, you’re not hearing China, you’re not hearing Russia. The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and Democrat Presidential candidates.” It's disgusting.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer [D-NY] both accused President Trump of circumventing constitutional guidelines to take out Soleimani, which she described as "a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike."
Pelosi took the opportunity to introduce her War Powers Resolution "to limit the President's military actions regarding Iran." Although there was no complaints when Obama reportedly took out Bin Laden without Congressional approval. Two faced hypocrites!
Iran does have a role to play in the end times. History of Iran and its neighborhood, as it relates to biblical history:
The prophet Jeremiah prophesied that Elam, a nation east of Babylon, west of Persia and south of Media would be conquered and then rise to power again. True to that prophecy, Babylon conquered Elam in 596 BC. However, then Persia, under Cyrus the Great, took control of that area, and the Elamites and Medes became part of the Persian Empire. The Medo-Persian Empire ascended to power and conquered Babylon in 539 BC, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 21:2. This happened during the time of Daniel; in fact, Daniel later resided “in the province of Elam” in Persia. Persia is the setting for the book of Esther and the first part of Nehemiah... More here
John Haller reports ...
1-12-20, America, Israel and Missiles, oh my! Isaiah 2:3-4
Unless you've been living under a rock, or cowering in your "safe space" you cannot help but realize that the convergence of events has taken a major adreneline shot in the arm over the past week. With the precision strike on one of the most notorious Iranian generals in history [Soleimani], eventually relegating what was left of him to room temperature, there has been a variety of responses.
While the everyday Iranian people are celebrating his demise, the regime, and their allies in the US mainstream media, are lamenting his death in surreal tributes and accolades.
Unlike the Bin Laden death, which the American media celebrated and lauded praise on Obama...
... the tone of this death has taken on a regretful, remorseful apology tour with unprecedented worship of this violent General.
It is a despicable display of sympathy for one of the world's worst humans, while the vitriol and rhetoric that should have been directed the brutal Iranian regime ... it was redirected toward President Trump who authorized the strike. It is a surreal world we live in...and who knows where this is going next. What we do know, and are assured of, is that our Lord is in full control of the affairs of men, and He will not leave or forsake us.
Don't fret and worry...while John Haller will share his critical analysis of the current state of the world, do not despair. These are the things that must happen before we see the Lord Jesus' arrive in glory to judge the earth and her people for the transgressions they commit. Jeremiah 31:31-34
Heaven: Will We Recognize Our Loved Ones?
“And it came to pass, that the beggar Lazarus died and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom.” V12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
1-11-20, Almighty God’s word, the Holy Bible gives us a glimmer of understanding of what heaven will be like; we know the struggle of sin will be over; “nothing unclean will ever enter it, only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21:27) We also know that people in heaven have feelings joy, singing, laughter but no sadness or tears. Revelation 21:4; Luke 6:21
If we're born again [John 3:3,7] children of God, we have no fear of the day we stop breathing on this earth. We’ll have eternal life with the Lord Jesus Who has gone to prepare a place for us – Heaven. John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
The sister of Lazarus [not the beggar Lazarus, Luke 16:22-23], Martha said to the Lord Jesus when her brother died: “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." John 11:24. Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25 After Jesus arose from the dead, His disciples were still able to recognize Him and we will be like Jesus*. 1 John 3:2; Matthew 17:2 and equal to the angels. Luke 20:36
Among the wonderful promises of the Lord Jesus; #1 of course is the forgiveness of our sin and His guidance to all who honor and obey Him. Then when we stop breathing - we go into the presence of the Lord. Colossians 2:5; Luke 11:28 Hallelujah!
*Be like Jesus https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-does-the-bible-say-we-will-be-like-jesus/
MANY REFERENCES TO VOLCANOES IN SCRIPTURE
Earthquakes, Tsusami & Israel
DEUTERONOMY 4:11, 5:23 "ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. V23 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
PSALM 104:32, 144:5 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke. V5 Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
ISAIAH 64:1-3 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
NAHUM 1:5-6 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him."
Deuteronomy 4:11, 5:23; Psalm 104:32, 144:5, Isaiah 64:1-3, Nahum 1:5-6
Tsunami on Israel's Shores?
5-2-14, JPost -- Dr Beverly Goodman said, “There will be a tsunami on our shore – the question is when?” Her lab is housed in the Dr. Moses Strauss Dept of Marine Geosciences. The last tsunami recorded off Israel’s shores occurred in 1956, as a result of a large earthquake in Greek waters. While earthquakes stronger than 7.5-magnitude have the potential to cause tsunamis, they can also be caused by underwater landslides. [And volcanoes??]
- Isaiah 64:1-3 "Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might flow down at your presence,"
- Micah 1:4 "And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.
- Acts 2:20 "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:"
- Revelation 6:14 "And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places."
Extinct volcanoes are coming back to life
1-2-20, Watchers.news* -- An extinct volcano by definition is a dead volcano, which has not erupted in 1000s of years. It's now obvious that volcanoes are erupting at a faster pace, not only around the ring of fire, but also around the entire globe. Even dormant & extinct volcanoes are becoming active again. An extinct volcano by definition is a dead volcano, which has not erupted in 1000s of years and is not expected to erupt ever again. In other words there's no magmatic, seismic or degassing activity going on. Following are five extincts that are suspicious:
- The Bolshaya Udina volcano is located in eastern Russia may be active again and scientists are worried that it could have "catastrophic" consequences1
- The Oraefajokull volcano in Iceland has been dormant since its last eruption in 1727-1728 may be waking up2
- Sotarà volcano in Columbia has eruption warning levels and would be first in recorded history3
- Cerro Negro volcano, and Volcán Chiles volcanic complex are located along the border of Columbia and Ecuador are are experiencing unrest.4
- California's dormant volcano shows earthquake actovotu on the West Coast — Mammoth Mountain California5
- More importantly, unrest is growing right now among some of the world's Super-volcanoes like Laguna del Maule in Chile and Italy's Campi Flerei -- under the city of Naples. Since 2005, Campi Flegrei has been undergoing what volcanologists call an uplift. Campi Flegrei showing signs of reawakening, Italy6
- Toba in Indonesia is showing signs of a possible eruption. People in a state of panic as the ground beneath their homes is becoming hot and emitting steam that smells like sulfur and gas."8
- The Seulawah Agam volcano Sumatran seems to be waking up after 170 years of quiet.
- Indonesian volcano: Seulawah Agam and Sinabung9 that had been dormant for about 400 years.
*Excerpted and adapted full report from Jamal S. Shrair who has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Canada’s Queen’s University, a M.Sc. & Ph.D. from the Eötvös Loránd University of Science in Budapest, Hungary and founder of the Helical Universe here
7-11-19, LiveScience -- According to NASA a mud island that burst from the waters off the coast of Pakistan during the deadly 2013 magnitude 7.7 earthquake and volcano has now disappeared into the sea after another earthquake. The 6-year-old island was the product of a "mud volcano," with boulders and rocks on the surface of the 65 feet high, 295 feet wide and 130 feet long island named Zalzala Koh (which means "Earthquake mountain" in Urdu). Now, satellite images show, it's pretty much gone. Officials report that "Islands produced by mud volcanoes in this region have a history of coming and going."
Bible Says Mountains & Islands Moved
Revelation 6:14, 16:20
Big Events in Iraq & Iran
Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
1-9-10, * -- The recent big drama in Iraq is a game changing event. On Jan 2, 2020 the USA Military eradicated the no.1 master mind of terror in the Middle East and the bitterest enemy of Israel since its RE-birth in 1948 – Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani.
Since Soleimani’s death the Iranians have retaliated with a face saving rocket attack on Iraq – killing no one. [Except a commercial Ukraine Airliner with 180 passengers. (1)] Apparently this current round of violence has ended, but a new round of President Trump’s sanctions targeting Iran’s non-oil industries and ruling elites while the U.S. will ratchet up enforcement of existing sanctions. (2) [Sadly dozens of Iranian citizens were killed during a stampede at the burial procession of Soleimani (3).]
The Iranian & US fake news media attempted to deceive the world by reporting that there were 80 U.S. casualties in the Iran rocket attack. An hour later, both the U.S. president and the Iranian foreign minister tweeted that there were no American casualties and no additional hostilities planned. In reality, the Iranian strike was far less severe than the one Iran launched last week that started this whole round of escalation.
As world events are unfolding and the truth of the Word of God, I’m getting excited understanding the times and the seasons as we keep the faith and occupy until He comes to take us out of here. Hallelujah!
*Excerpted and adapted full original report from Amir Tsarfati here
Fred Zaspel Magog Report here
**Past six raptures in the scriptures: God took up:
- Enoch Hebrews 11:5
- Elijah 2 Kings 2:11
- Paul 2 Cor. 12:2-5
- John Rev. 4:1-2
- Philip Acts 8:39
- The Lord Jesus Acts 1:8-9
(1) Ukraine Plane Shot Down here
(2) Sanctions here
(3) Stampede dozens killed here
The Wisdom of God and Leadership
“And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.”
10-12-19, Henry Morris, PhD -- Although God’s wisdom is expounded in depth in the Scripture, there are only seven times that the specific phrase “the wisdom of God” is used as such. The above text is indicating that God’s wisdom can actually be manifested in men through divine inspiration. The Persian [current day Iran] king recognized this also in Ezra. “And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges . . . all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.” (Ezra 7:25)
Thus, the wisdom of God is always consistent with His laws—that is, with the Scriptures.
The first New Testament reference is from Christ. “Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles” (Luke 11:49). Here the Lord is applying a scriptural principle from 2 Chronicles 36:15-16, in effect calling the Scriptures themselves “the wisdom of God.”
Then three times the Apostle Paul uses the same phrase: “In the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God.”
“We preach . . . Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” That is, through both the written word and the living Word, we can proclaim true wisdom. “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery . . . which God ordained before the world unto our glory.” 1 Corinthians 1:21, 23-24; 2:7
“to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.” Ephesians 3:10 "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" Romans 1:20 Source
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
1-7-20, As we watch the world's terror in the Middle East, Israel, Australia and mayhem in governments ... we just want peace. True peace can only be achieved from within. How? Well, when we're born again in Christ [John 3:3, 7] the holy Spirit dwells within us. The Apostle Paul says that it will go deep into our hearts and minds.
Contrary to the pontificating of liberals and their psychobabble, it isn’t something that can be explained in a self help book or with a few simple steps ... it only comes from God (John 14:27).
Followers of the Lord Jesus Christ - most of us - are at peace. It's not because our surroundings are peaceful, but because our hearts and minds are at peace with God. We are children of the King of Kings [Revelation 17:10-11] and He has everything under control. Whatever the evil world leaders plan ... the Lord is WAY ahead of them. Much of what we see that incomprehensible lunatic leaders contrive may be the result of God's strong delusion. [2 Thess 2:10-12]
Be at peace.
God Tells His Children to have "Good Courage"
Almighty God told Joshua: “Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them"...God told Joshua to fear not when his army was fighting the Amorites. God sent hailstones and the sun stood still.
7-29-18, Henry Morris, PhD. -- This admonition to be strong and of “good courage” (Hebrew, amass) is given some ten times in the Old Testament, plus another nine times using a different word (chasaq). The first occurrence of amass is in Deuteronomy 3:28 where it is translated “strengthen:”
“But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him:
for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause
them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.”
Christians today surely need good courage to face a dangerous world, with all its temptations and intimidations, but nothing today could compare to the challenge facing Joshua. Trying to lead a nondescript multitude of “stiffnecked,” desert nomads into a land of giants and walled cities would surely require courage beyond anything we could imagine. Giants and walled cities are no match for the children of God when He goes with them.
However, Joshua had access to invincible resources and so do we; God said:
“Be strong and of a good courage. Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed:
for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9; Romans 8:31
God did go with Joshua; the Israelites defeated the giants, destroyed the walled cities and took the land. And we have the same promise today courage is really another name for faith:
“He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, 'The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me'.” v21“what He had promised, He was able also to perform.” (Hebrews 13:5-6; Romans 4:21) Source
"2020 in Review"
Prophecy of Israel - Almighty God said:
"Behold, I will bring them [Israel] from the north country and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. ... for I am a Father to Israel. v16 Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end.."
1-5-20, Today in John Haller's weekly update he gives us a review and report of the first 5 days of the new year 2020 (not the new decade; it starts in 2021). He has accumulated much material approaching this update from a forward-looking stance, focusing heavily on the events that have occurred in the Middle East in just the past few days and some harrowing and terrifying videos from the horrific deadly wildfires in Australia; showing a woman with a waterhose trying to save her house - fire fighters trying to get out of the conflagration. At 4 pm in the afternoon it was dark as night ... people were forcefully warned to get to the water/ the beach as the fire was coming!
The powers are aligning. The stage is being set. It's just a question from where the spark comes. Who knows? It may have already come from the US Reaper Drone at the Baghdad Iraq Airport when the US Military took out the wicked killer from Iran Soleimani...
One hour twenty-four minute video here
Jan 05, 2020 · Libya military academy, At least 30 people have been killed. The United Nations Mission of support in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned in the strongest terms the bombing targeting the Hadba military college South of the capital Tripoli, which resulted in dozens of …
The Lord Jesus said: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, 'I go away, and come again unto you'. If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice, because I said, 'I go unto the Father: for My Father is greater than I.' And now I have told you before it come to pass [prophecy], that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave Me commandment, even so I do."
John 14:27-31; Romans 5:1-5
Bible Reports Killing Jewish Newborns
"The midwives, fearing Hashem, did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live."
Israel: Abortion Rates on the Decline:
However, 18,000+ Killed in 2018
1-2-20, Although abortion has declined in the Jewish state it's still a blot against God's law as it's murder. Over 18,000 human lives were taken in the barbaric and brutal act of aborting human lives from their mother's womb.
The sad news is that legal abortions approved by Israel law in 2018 [the last year for which statistics have been collected] are still being done. The Health Ministry, who is responsible for supervising legal abortion procedures - said in its annual report - that there were 19,543 applications for abortions in 2018.
Abortion in Israel is permitted when approved by a committee then the Israeli government will pay for women to kill their unborn children in abortion under one of following clauses:
- The woman is younger than 17 years and older than 40
- the pregnancy was conceived under illegal circumstances (such as rape or statutory rape) in an incestuous relationship or outside of marriage
- the baby may have a physical or mental birth defect
- continuing the pregnancy may put the woman’s life in risk or damage her physically or mentally. Under these circumstances, the government has been paying for an abortion in women younger than 33 since 2014.
Israel's abortion rates rank second lowest out of 28 European countries. The number of illegal abortions in Israel was not estimated in the report. More here
God Knows the Unborn Child
Jeremiah 1:4-5 "The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;"
Exodus 21:22-23 "If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows."
Psalm 127:3 "Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from Him."
America Mystery Babylon?
The great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods He hath broken unto the ground because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
"No other nation has been the policeman of the world, as has the USA. Some will call us colonialist, or aggressors, but we have fought endless wars to promote human rights and democracy into all nations that we have fought wars in. I think of WW1 and WW2, the Vietnam War, the Gulf Wars, the invasion of Iraq, and Afghanistan to rid ourselves of communism and terrorism after 9/11 and the destruction of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Each and every time, world conditions and evil men have drawn America into fighting in foreign lands. Some will argue for no good reason and illusions of WMD’s and money to be made from military hardware, but the point of the passage is that no other nation on earth can be called the hammer of the whole earth, like the USA has been and still is…but notice verse 24? A snare has been laid and our destruction is sure. Now some will say, that this passage deals with ancient Babylon, but remember, scripture reveals what happened in the past, will happen in the future, as a duality of prophecy. I believe this is one such passage, but there is much more. -- MIKE TAYLOR here
Following are the top twenty verses confirming the view that America is Mystery Babylon:
- Is the most respected and envied around the world and yet at the same time is hated by the world. A nation "peeled", or timbered, a land of open fields and many waters; rivers. (Isaiah 18:2; Jer 51:13; Rev 17:1, 18:17-19)
- Is lone super power of the world, “Queen among nations.” (Isa 14:4-6, 47:5; Jer 50:9, 23)
- Would be an end time great nation. (Isa 13:6; Revelation 17:18)
- Is called a lady; the symbol of the Lady "LIBERTY" on money and sits in the New York Harbor that's named 'Babylon.' (Isa 47:7-9)
- Destroys her own people [abortion], land, with pollution and waste. (Isa 14:20, 18:2)
- Has a huge aviation program. (Isa 14:13-14, 18:1; Jer 51:53)
- Is a republic/democracy ruled and wearied by many counsels. (Isa 47:13)
- Labored in the occult, astrology from her very inception (Isa 47:12; Rev 18:2)
- Is a nation of perverted higher education and learning. (Isa 47:10)
- Born as a Christian nation; her enemy will lie on the opposite side of the world. (Isa 13:5; Jer 50:11-12)
- Peoples continually focus on pleasures thinking they are great, God's elect and eternal. (Isa 47:7-8)
- Would be praised by the whole earth. (Jer 51:41)
- Is a nation filled with warehouses and granaries. (Jer 50:26; Rev. 18:11-13)
- Is noted for immigrants and men behave as women. (Jer 50:37; Hab 1:6)
- Is noted for her livestock and treasures. (Rev 18:13)
- Christian & political leaders taking their flock astray. (Jer 50:6)
- Is a huge exporter manufacturing, craft & music. (Rev 18:19, 22)
- Common and accepted to use profanity with the Lord’s name; blasphemy. (Rev 17:3)
- Sexual immorality, homosexuality commonly promoted even to young children. (Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42; Rev 17:2, 4-5)
- Leaders enemy of the Lord Jesus. (Rev 17:6)
• Excerpted and adapted full original report here: http://www.sherryshriner.com/sherry/america-.htm
In The World We Will Have Tribulation
Jesus said, “Now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth. As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”
Those who are born again Christians should not be fearful as the world reels in despair and turmoil with the newest nasty events in the Middle East. The Islamic terror nation of Iran hates Christians & Jews. Jesus warned us we’d be persecuted – and we are. Be at peace. Colossians 3:15; 1 Peter 5:7
A good inspirational message follows from Ray Stedman.
1-3-20, * -- In John 17:11-19 we find the Lord Jesus explaining about the secular world that is organized in its antipathy against God; and the church, the body of Christ, God's family. [Matthew 5:11] He knew that there would be this conflict. He called a group out of the world-- not to be separate from it-- but to be a different group. God always sees humanity divided into two categories. Sometimes they are called two kingdoms-- the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. Sometimes they're regarded symbolically as two cities-- Jerusalem and Babylon.
Jesus, knowing the danger of the world, prays for His disciples. Pointing out the reason the world hates them/us. Here are men who have learned a source of joy that the world does not know how to produce. The world hates Christians because they have a source of life the world cannot explain or destroy. Satan tries to destroy it through the deceitfulness of the allurements of the world.
Jesus prayed not that the Father take His disciples out of the world; without us intermingling with the lost, the world is left without light-- to remain in Satan’s darkness. On the other hand, our Lord was aware of the need to be kept from the evil one; we must be careful avoiding contamination by the world and all its deadly delusions.
Our Lord is calling for men and women who, like Himself, can live in the midst of the sin filled world without becoming contaminated by it, instead we are to be a source of light pointing to the only way to be saved; repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:6
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Ray Stedman here
Hardness of Heart
“Afterward Jesus appeared unto the eleven [apostles] as they sat at meat [dinner] and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen.”
1-2-20, Henry Morris, Phd -- Apparently many people—even Christians—are afflicted with “spiritual cardiosclerosis” (hardening of the heart), there are many references in the Bible to this malady. The first was in reference to Egypt’s unbelieving Pharaoh. (Exodus 4:21) When the children of Israel did escape Pharaoh’s persecutions, they also contracted this debilitating attitude: “Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me and saw My work.” (Psalm 95:8-9)
Even the very disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ were rebuked by Him for their hardness of heart [Mark 16:14]. In spite of the Old Testament prophecies and in spite of His own repeated promise that He would rise from the dead, the disciples forsook Him and fled into hiding when He was arrested. Some were even skeptical about the first reports of His resurrection until they saw Him for themselves [Thomas].
If this heart hardness and unbelief could attack the eleven disciples who walked with the Lord and saw His miracles, it could surely happen to us ... if we allow it. Source
Hebrews 3:12-13, 15; Matthew 22:37
Kingdom Prepared Born Again Believers
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Marvel not that you must be born again!
1-1-20, In context, this wonderful promise in Matthew 25:34 may apply specifically to born again believers [John 3:3, 7] who're still alive when He returns to judge the nations or “Gentiles” [as Christians are 'grafted into' the 'tree' of Israel, Romans 11:11–24]. For He has prepared a wonderful kingdom for His kids where they will fully serve their great King Jesus. Sadly, the “goats” [lost unbelievers] will be sent away into “everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41)
Happily Christians know that the Lord Jesus Christ has prepared a mansion for His faithful followers & disciples. He said He'd come again and ... “In my Father’s house are many mansions . . . I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:1-3)
One day we shall see the glorious place Christ has prepared and will ever be with Him; the Apostle John's great vision. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2) “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
We can say with the Apostle Paul: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)
- 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
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