Rejoice In Your Suffering


Don't Be Afraid

Don’t Be Afraid

I was reading an article this morning and it made me realize that we do all have a choice in our suffering. We have a choice to let it define us, or to move forward with learning.In fact scriptures tell us to “Rejoice in our suffering.” I would barely be able to grasp this concept, except I am reminded of things in my past which have brought me to this place today. All the battles have been to grow me for the things which the Lord has prepared in advance.We all have a destiny in this life. A mission. It is living with purpose and growing in wisdom. To accept the call is only the beginning. That does not mean life will become easier. In fact, it’s usually the opposite.

 The only thing which brings some element of comfort, is the knowing that we are a vessel prepared for our Lord’s use. And He has the master plan. He promises that “all of these things work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

 Years ago, I was in the midst of warfare. I was at the breaking point. I had experienced fear. I was thrust into the streets of London with bombs exploding. Having strayed from my faith, I had forgotten that my heavenly Father is my protection.I had many things happening in my personal life, and then this was the final straw. I had suffered Post Traumatic Stress. I began losing weight and losing my hair. I was terrified to go to work and at times, I just wanted to curl up and fade away.

 Reading this article made me think about the things which are important. Of the greatest importance, I had to list my suffering. Yes, that’s right. The article mentioned the term, “Post Traumatic Growth.”For this is the outcome, if we choose to allow this to be our stepping stone. A few years later, I had taken a trip to Israel. I went in an armored vehicle to the place of the first altar. I shared this with a friend, and she said, “I wouldn’t have put money on this adventure of yours. I would have never imagined you doing this.”Yes, after she’d seen me in my most vulnerable state, and now this voluntary experience, she was amazed.But then, I had become firmly planted in my faith, and now I knew that live or die, I am in the Lord’s hands

. As ambassadors for Christ,  we have a commission, to go into the world. We cannot do this, when we are running in terror. But more specifically, we are commissioned to the people which the Lord has surrounded us with. Our families, friends. They are not an accident. If we say we believe in our Lord, and His calling, we must know that there is no coincidence.He revealed the picture of Himself on the cross. With His dying words he told John to take His mother to be his own. And His mother to take John to be her son. John faithfully cared for Mary until her death. In this picture, our Lord wanted us to understand a very powerful message. Knowing these to be words uttered by a dying man, He showed us that it is not flesh and blood which make us family. It is knowing that we need Him and accepting His blood at the foot of the cross. This is what makes us one. His body, unbroken. There is absolutely no division in the body of Christ.

 The very people you have been commissioned to, may persecute you.  But this is why our Lord also said, “He did not come to this world to bring peace, but a sword.” And clearly tells us this sword, which is truth, would divide family members.He has reminded me, that it is not our place to defend ourselves against accusations. As the accusations come from darkness. We do not return evil for evil. The Lord stands as our defense. Though rejection and persecution hurts. He had experienced this too.

 Remember our Lord as He looked over the city of Jerusalem and spoke, “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you. How often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” Matthew 23:37 I was reminding my son the other day that the Lord had felt as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. So much anguish that He had droplets of blood fall from His forehead. “Imagine this,” I said. “Our Lord was also a man. And even He was afraid.” I told Him that I had seen this stone in a church in Israel. I touched it with many others who longed to imagine that fateful night and the despair He must have felt. The prayers so heart wrenching, as to sweat blood.I told my son, “Christ could see what He wa about to endure. The beating He would take. The whips and crown of thorns. And finally the cross. And He felt enough fear to express this to the Father. He asked that the cup of suffering be removed.  But He also knew it was necessary, to finally concede, “Not my will but thine be done.”  Our Lord also knew the final outcome. “For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross.

I was trying to help him understand that in our pleas to the Father, it is not for our wants, so much as it is for His wants. He wants us to turn to Him in every detail of our life. He wants us to become fit for His use. He knows that suffering is what “produces a harvest of righteousness.” So knowing this, I don’t want the easy way out. I want, The Way, The Truth and The Life. This is my choice. Whatever comes my way, I know it has come from the Father’s hands.

Carrie R.Nation


Stand for the truth!

Occupy Wall Street. Occupy America. Occupy the World! This is what we are called to do. To stand against darkness, in all its forms. People are sick and tired of being controlled.Being bullied. Hence, the Movement. We have allowed the pyramid to exist far too long. The labor being so mistreated and abused, just so the top echelon can hoard the wealth, through corruption and the laws they have purchased, which allow these practices.  And the 99%, just like the nation of Israel, in Egypt, are  waiting for Moses to shout, “Let my people go!”

Now, I don’t believe in any violence, to persuade people. It has never been successful. Jesus, was taken with violence, in the Garden of Gethsemane, and Peter, in his fear and anger, cut off the ear of a guard.

The words Jesus used, “Peter put away your sword! He who lives by the sword, shall die by the sword!” Yes, the sword. It has been used for ages as a means of getting the point across. Excuse the pun.

But, for the masses, who are growing, against greed and corruption, I can say, it’s having an impact, and it’s becoming more powerful each day. As I said before, just the fact that the media tries to marginalize,what is happening, is proof in itself, but if you need more, look at their latest mascot, David Duke.

Yes, I said, their mascot. The poster boy for racism and hate. Their sword. Now remember, how media is used, to manipulate people. Why else the focus on a proponent of everything evil? A KKK, member? And his slurs against the Jews, as his reasons for, preaching the merits of the OCW, movement? Does this repulsive man forget that many Jews, are part of the 99%? So are many Black’s,Hispanics Asians, Caucasians, etc. Please. This latest ploy by media should make it obvious, again, that OWS, is successful.

This guy is nothing but a double-agent for the other side. He is despised by almost all the public. The pyschological trick is that the ones backing him, hope we would all be so disgusted, we’d cut ties with the movement all together. “If they have someone like supporting OWS, I sure don’t want to be associated with it!” This is what the planned strategy is, to scare people off.

The 99%, does not include him. He’s in a class of his own And this is how he likes it. He hates people, which disqualifies him from a movement of unity. Now let’s dissect this latest effort, by media to turn people away from the gains on the fight on Wall Street.

I don’t know about you, but when I watch shows like Survivor, I always stop myself before getting to caught up in the ‘reality,’ scam. I ask, “Hey, if that guy is so hungry, why doesn’t he ask the camera crew for a sandwich?”

Yep, and that’s what most tend to forget, when they’re being mesmerized, by the drama. You need to stop and analyze. The media, is owned by the powers, which OWS, is protesting against, so why would it surprise anyone that they would use a person, like David Duke,  to promote a message?And of course he’s going to say he stands with us. And hey, who pays David Duke, to make his bizarre rantings? And why? Once again, the easiest way to make people feel repulsed and want to disassociate with the movement, is to shove someone like, him, out into the forefront, as a supporter of Occupy Wall Street. Exactly as they did, last week, with the woman in Los Angeles. Ranting against the Jews. Nice try. We’re not falling for this.

And now we see, once again, that some powerful people are running scared. To give media time to a white supremacist? This guy didn’t ever deserve 15 minutes of fame, let alone, another chance to rant.

Keep your eyes wide opened people! And just recognize that the power of the masses, is continually growing, and the more nonsense like this on radio and television, should tell you, to keep standing for truth!

He Shall Direct My Path


The pillar of clouds by day

It was amazing to see it. The Menorah in front of the Knesset, in Israel.  As we began to pray, suddenly the clouds formed a perfect pillar formation above the Menorah. We were in awe. It was unmistakeable.

Take a picture! We knew it was as if the Lord was confirming His presence and we remembered this very same sign to the nation of Israel, so long ago.
He would lead His people in this fashion. A pillar of clouds by day, and fire by night.
I’ve learned to trust Him in the same way.
At times, I just wait for Him.
It’s very painful, especially knowing that my loved ones do not know this love of the Father, but, it is this suffering which has this end in mind. He says that the suffering is what will enevitably turn us toward Him or away from Him.
I know in my own life, it drew me closer.
I was reading my bible this morning and was reminded to “stop those who are stumbling toward the slaughter.”
I wept as I thought of those who I care so deeply about and as angry as I have been, and as much as I have been hurt, the thought of them being hurt brings great pain. Yet, I also know that I cannot hold back the arm of the Lord.
I can only intercede for the ones to whom I’ve been sent.
This requires grace. So I ask for a greater measure.
In that garden which Jesus poured out His blood and tears. That holy rock which He laid upon. He cried out and asked for that cup to be passed and finally submitted to our Father.
I also saw this rock in Israel. I did touch that rock and I know  a bit of that pain which He felt. Perhaps to a lesser degree than the pain of carrying the burden of the whole world.
Yet is the need to submit to the will of my Father in all things. The fear of the unknown.
I remember that although my Lord is God, He was also the son of man. He became one of us. He felt our every heartache and struggle.
This is why He in the end had to submit and now my struggle is to submit to Him.
 it is not my will, but His will, that shall be done.
I am to be led by His fire, His Holy Spirit.
Only He knows what is best.
Because there is “a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. But to follow the Lord, will always lead to eternal life.” So I walk by faith, not by sight. He constanly gives me signs and He speaks to me. I cannot go wrong.
He tells us “to submit to God, lean not unto our own understanding, and He shall direct our path.”
Menorah in fron of Knesset

Strange Visitations


What is going on? A UFO hovering over the Dome of the Rock? Oh wouldn’t everyone love to believe this is a hoax? Yes, and for decades, they were all hoaxes. And the ancient landing strips are also hoaxes. And the bible has spoken of the Nephilim, and Enoch and Elijah, were taken up in a whirlwind. And it was all a hoax. They were the only two, who did not see death. They will return in the end to be the witnesses to a callous world.

The “whirlwind,” by all accounts, would have been very similar to our present day description of a spacecraft. But then, this is just a hoax. People try to discount what they cannot understand, and what they are unwilling to believe. Aliens, are not aliens. But if we accept what the Lord has told us, then we must also accept the rest of His word.

Consider this portion of scripture; “One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” (Job 1:6)

We can see many examples in scripture of the free access allowed the fallen angels in the heavenly and earthly realm. There will come a time of the end, but this is when the total plan is complete. What we are witnessing is the increase of visitation, because of these events.

Remember the Lord had spoken of the signs and wonders, “in the heavens above and the earth below.” However, we have no idea, whom, or what this is about, until the Lord decides to reveal His almighty hand. And it really doesn’t matter to those of us with faith.

When Jesus Christ returns, He tells us His coming will be visible to all as far lightning in the East can be seen in the West. (Matthew 24:27) So do not be surprised by the things you see happening. The spiritual world is not invading. It has always existed and always shall exist. It is the material world which is slowly eroding.

Satan’s domain is being challenged, and he will be deposed. “He has bruised my Lord, but his head has been crushed!” He knows his time is short and his job is to recruit as many as God’s creation as he can to take with him to his final destruction. 

There have been many debates over the set of scriptures about the Nephilim. “When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.” (Genesis 6:1-3) “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days-and also afterward-when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them.” (v4)

I tend to believe that they were the fallen angels and daughters of men. But it is expressly noted that it was a demonic attempt to thwart God’s plan to bring redemption by the pure seed of Jesus Christ through the birth through the human race. However, Noah was found to be the righteous man, saved through water, a picture of baptism. And a whole lot of other symbolism

At any rate, we know that the plan of Satan’s to outwit his own creator, would have no way of working,, but it doesn’t stop him from trying. And it certainly wouldn’t keep him from his destruction and hatred. And it should be easy enough to spot who his followers are. Jesus spoke these words to the ones who claimed to be the very teachers of the law, “If you were Abraham’s children, then you would do the things that Abraham did. As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the things your own father does.” (John 8:39-41) “Why is my language not clear to you?Because you are unable to hear what I say, You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell you the truth you do not believe me! (John 8:43-45)

The Lord has told us that they have gone out into this world. We know they are here. We are told to test the spirits. We know that not ever one of them comes from God. So, be vigilant. Even more so as the day of our Lord draws near!

Don’t be shaken by the strange encounters of the third, fourth or fifth kind. We are to Look up! Our redemption is near!!!!!

When Shiloh Comes


My Beloved

Judah will come and set up His government. He is coming very soon.

The stage is being set and only those with the spiritual eyes can see that the events are happening to usher in His kingdom. Read His words and you will see these things that He has spoken as markers.

Everything was to take place as a signal of His arrival. “Let all who have the eyes and ears to see and hear, the Spirit discern the times, He has told us. He did not want us to be unaware, of His coming. There would always be earthly signs as a precursor, of the spiritual battles raging. Many people don’t understand what is happening. I tell them to look back in history. Egypt played a role in holding Israel captive once before. It was a picture of captivity and the world system. They enslaved the Israelites and challenged God.

Now, thousands of years later, Ishmael and Isaac,will be at war again, just as God had spoken. It is the ancient covenant, that will bring them into battle. There is no man who can stop this. It is written in God’s word. It’s end is in Revelation and only the Lord’s foot will bring an end to this battle. On the Mount of Olives. Then Shiloh will come.

The storms raging on the earth. Egypt, typhoons, winter blasting across the nation. Economic storms. It all comes together to point to His coming, to set up His perfect kingdom.

The first seat of government on this earth was, Shiloh. Perfect in its operation. “The Tent of Meeting.” Set up in order by God. And man corrupted it. As sin crept in, everything began to degrade.

Now we wait for Judah. The Lord, Jesus Christ. He will return. And the “government will rest upon His shoulders, and His kingdom shall have no end.”

He is the ultimate king. The king of all kings. The Groom!

When Shiloh Comes, we will all  be free from this tyranny! It will be the Year of Jubilee!

The Spirit and the Bride Say Come!!!!!!

And Every Nation Shall Gather


Against Israel….

Well how is this going to happen? Everyone would wonder when and how these words could come to pass. But look, in the days that we are living in, and Daniel had spoken of the times of the end, “when people would be running to and fro, seeking knowledge.”  In other words, the information highway. The internet.

When the chaos broke out in Egypt, it was the first medium to be cut off, making sure that all ties to the outside world be disconnected, immediately, with the hopes that Twitter, Facebook, and social outlets, be disconnected. Gone are the days of propaganda, and brainwashing. The power is in the hands of the people.

Now, the scrolls which were given to Daniel, are being translated. “These are meant for the times of the end.” The angel of the Lord had spoken to him. They are not meant for you. Well, we are most certainly in these times. And how do we know? Because, as I have spoken so many times before, it has, and always shall be, about the covenant with Israel.

The war that will ensue, is not about anything else. Although, it will be a great deception. My friend today mentioned something about the great oil reserves and the land in one breath. And she is a believer. I had to gently remind her that although these may be great assets, it has never been about either of these things. That is just smoke and mirrors in the hands in the enemy.

It goes back to the beginning in the Garden of Eden, and the curse spoken and the inception of the covenant began with Ismael and Isaac.

Isaac, fathered the nation of Israel and Abraham, being his father was known as the “father of faith.” All who accepted ‘by faith,’ this sacrifice made by the blood of Christ, became inheritors of the covenant.

Ismael, was the half-brother and therefore he was not the inheritor of the covenant. Although the Lord did not cut Him off. God did say he would be the father of a great nation. However, the Lord did say that Ismael and Isaac would always be at war with one another. And this has been a struggle that would take place until His return to end this.

It is the epic battle of good and evil. Satan against God Himself. He will bring all of his forces against God’s forces and the Lord will prevail. He has already said that He has written Israel upon the palm of His hand and I would challenge anyone or anything to come against them. Because in so doing, you are coming against the Lord Himself. So I urge you to pray for the peace of JerUSAlem!

“I will bless those who bless you(Israel), and I will curse those who curse you.”

The Obama-Nation of Desolation


The horror of Ground Zero

Well, things are certainly heating up in New York and around this country. The mosque being built near Ground Zero.

President Obama,remaining silent for weeks, claiming it was “a local issue.” Then he finally addresses this very serious issue, and concedes to the Muslim Americans. The following day, he flip-flopped, and stated that “he didn’t say, what he had said.”

Oh, how many times has he done this? He’s ignored some things which seem to be part of the national crises, yet now when he steps up to the plate that same foot goes into his mouth.

Take a stand on the issues, and don’t back down. Show your true colors. The campaign of “Change,” seems to have been referring to his mind. He changes  it from one day to the next.

Now, I’m of the belief that this is not appropriate to build this mosque in the same location of such tragedy.It incites anger and pain, especially for those who have lost friends and family and those who have to be reminded of this every day.

This is like a ‘finger in the eye,’ of, not only the residents of New York, but anyone that has a belief that this is a divisive act.

“After the sixty-two ‘seven’s, the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler will come, will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood; War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ He will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple, he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end, that is decreed is poured out on him.” Daniel 9:25-27

Well, what a desolation we had experienced with 9/11. Never before on American soil had we lived through such horror. There is an agenda in the Islamic, ‘core beliefs. It matters not, how nice a person is,but what drives a person, is their belief system.

The bigger question would be, “Who is funding this? And what is the real agenda?” If it was just a matter of needing a place of worship, it would be fair to say, these people, if their desire is peace, would be to concede. It should be a normal response to all the anger and hurt, which many have expressed. That is, if the real point is, just desiring a place of worship. However, it’s much deeper than this. These are the sons of Ishmael, and it is a spiritual battle. I have said this many times, and only those of understanding will see this. It is not a political issue, nor is it a moral issue. It is spiritual and it is the the battle which the Lord said, would endure until the end. It is a battle born of the ancient covenant between Isaac( Israel) and God.

Now Pelosi wants to “investigate those who are opposed to this mosque being built.” What???Hey, what happened to the rights of American citizens, who happened to be just a little bit concerned about our own freedoms? Isn’t this statement just trampling all over our freedom to question the motives of the Imam and his statements? And what about his affiliations?  I’ve got a better idea, Ms Pelosi. How about using taxpayers money and investigate this, and while you’re at it, perhaps find out where the source of the funds, for this project is coming from?

  Sadly, I see this kind of  bullying in many people who hold positions of authority.  I see this throughout our government. Those who are involved in blatant corruption, feel a sense of entitlement. Those who would try to take a righteous stand, are opposed, by the media and others in authority.  It is sad, yet expected. The Lord told us plainly that in the last days, people would “glory in their shame,” and “the truth would be exchanged for a lie.” I don’t have to see this in the news. I’m reading God’s Word. This is where I will find guidance and strength.

As the blind leaders, speak their nonsense, I will know what is happening and take a firm stand on His truth. Not some talking heads, who have designed their own path, which we know leads one direction. “There is a way that seems right to a man, and it leads to destruction.

Now I hear, the press bashing Prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, in his attempts to bring Blagojevich, to justice. The argument is, “all of the homicides in Chicago, and they are wasting this money going after Blagojevich. So, let me get this straight, the leaders, should not be held accountable? And no connection is made, to the ‘trickle down effect?” Man is greatly influenced by those in leadership. If the men who are in positions of authority have no integrity, what would you expect from the mainstream? And if these so called leaders, are not held accountable, it sends a message to everyone, that they are above the law. Thereby increasing the lack of trust in any government agencies. So government, becomes powerless.

As I was talking with a colleague today, we both agreed. The world is getting more corrupt, by the minute. It is not going to ‘get better.’ The Lord has spoken. “Desolations have been decreed.” If corruption is in the heart of man, by way of sin, it has only one end. This is why Christ came for us.

He told us that “the dark would become darker, as the light becomes brighter,” until the day of His return. I am not shaken at this. Because, “although I am in this world, I am not of this world.”

Just take a stand for Him, and you will always be on the right side. Remember the Lord tells us, “that He directs the path of a righteous man.

Choose Life!


Look what we've done!

So many people are crying out in anger and hurt, at what’s been done to our environment and this is just the latest catastrophe caused by man. Yes, the Lord spoke of all of these things, and this not being of His hands, but our own. However, it all links back to the ‘corruptible.’ In man’s heart and in the whole earth. Remember He told us that things would go from bad to worse, and man, being corrupted with greed and malice, would not be able to end this curse. 

Jesus Christ came to redeem the whole earth. That’s right, all of creation.He tells us in Romans 8:19, “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 

As I have reminded those who have never understood childbirth, the pains become more intense with labor, and the groaning becomes just as intense as a woman suffers each contraction. The baby does not go back into the womb and the labor subside. No, a beautiful creation is brought forth after the suffering and the mother’s joy is complete. All the pain of labor is forgotten. 

For those who have spiritual eyes, the oil spill, and mans latest attempts at fixing what they have destroyed, are in vain. What happens to the wildlife and the persons livelihoods dependent on this body of water, is part of creation’s groaning. At each attempt we see people groaning in fear and remorse. 

These men should be seeking counsel from the Lord, the one who created heaven and earth. As I have said many times, all wisdom comes from Him. The first error, was the massive coverup, as usual. Adam, once again, running from his own deeds and believing our heavenly Father could not see. The one who had created mans eyes, cannot see? The one who had created his ears and heart, cannot hear or understand that it was by his own evil inclinations, we have this disaster? Now they go about trying to solve the problems, void of HIM. 

This is the reason our whole world is in turmoil. Now my only prayer is that something more catastrophic doesn’t happen. I remember the oil fields under Saddam Hussein’s direction, and the fires that ensued. Horribly evil was this man’s heart. inherently evil and murderous, yet mans greed and this deception is all the same in God’s eyes. 

As I read Revelation 18, I am reminded of the smoke and fire and the destruction of Babylon. Merchants and civilians alike, sobbing in the loss of this ‘great city.’  Crying out, “Woe! Woe! O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!” 

Yet, no one to this day, has any idea, where the United States, places in prophetic accounts, as it doesn’t seem to be mentioned. I’ve always wondered at this. What city(or nation)could this be? I’m praying it is not our own, but the scene is being staged for greater catastrophe. The way out, is to turn to the Lord. 

To look at the two most powerful nations, Britain and the United States, we can see how blessed they have been, yet how the Lord speaks of the dispersion of the ten lost tribes, the inherent blessings they received, and judgement for the lack of gratefulness to His obvious blessings. As I’ve  pointed out many times, all prophecy has its beginnings and endings with the nation of Israel  and the manner in which she is treated. 

I would suggest to you that it would be prudent to understand, who you may be first.Watching the migration of the ten tribes and the promises attached to Israel, would indicate its importance to your own life. How would one know if they have descended from one of these tribes? This should put an end to any animosity you may have toward Israel. 

Next it would be imperative that you understand, all the blessings and curses involved with the treatment of God’s chosen people. He didn’t make this conditional. God Himself grew weary with her unfaithfulness and laid a heavy judgment upon her. Yet, you may indeed be part of this dispersion. Now as you read the judgment toward the nations who exhibit hatred for Israel and her people, this would imply we are headed toward, perilous events. A nation who had always embraced this nation is slowly turning, and in this you will also see the Lord turning, against those who cast her aside. 

The poem written by Rudyard Kipling speaks of this. It is extremely prophetic and it is worth contemplating in these days. Lest we forget, the biblical account of all who turned a cold heart toward the Lord and His people. 

http://www.web-books.com/Classics/Poetry/Anthology/Kipling/Recessional.htm 

It is going to play out as the Lord has ordained, however, you have the personal choice. To be blessed or cursed. The Lord said, “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him!” 

Every time I’ve read this scripture, I have thought of a loving Father, playing the game, ‘guess the correct hand.’ Which, when chosen correctly, holds a special treasure for His child. The difference in this word, is that this isn’t a game, and our loving Father even tells us which hand to choose! He tells us what incredible blessings are in store for us when we choose correctly, and yet some people still choose, death. It is extremely sad when the instructions are clear and concise, that some will turn away. 

Our Father has made it simple to understand, lest we claim ignorance. He’s told us that “my laws have been written upon mans hearts, so the we are without excuse.” 

So knowing this, “Choose this day, whom you shall serve, as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Now What Are the Signs?


yeshua the messiah

yeshua the messiah

This is what my son had asked me the other night. I told him that this was one of my favorite courses of studies when first becoming interested in the Bible. I didn’t ever want to know about any religion and it is a funny thing when I look back at my youth. I grew up in a Lutheran church, with a visit to Jewish summer camp every year. I was fascinated with this culture. My best friend was Nina Cohen, the camp owner’s daughter. I loved everything, Jewish. The music, and the dances. I had no idea why, but I did.

When I heard they were “the chosen people,” I wondered at that as well. Chosen for what? They certainly seemed to be chosen for disaster, when I had read ‘The Diary of Anne Frank.’ I cried.Hearing about the Holocaust and Hitlers reign of terror and everything in the bible. Geesh, what could they be chosen for? But I just had a love for these people. The heartbreak was palpable and yet they  had so much tenacity. No wonder that most of them had migrated to New York! You have to love them! But their lives were so much like my own, perhaps I was Jewish. I had everything that this people had. All the tragedy, the gumption to keep going, everything, … well except the money of course, it’s probably why I loved them so.

Yet, even God had referred to them as “a stiff-necked people!”(Ex 34:9) It would be this enduring quality that would make them take an 11 day journey and stretch it out to wandering for 40 years of their lives. Yet isn’t what God is trying to point out about their stubbornness? That all of us have a choice to do this life’s journey with Him or without Him? It’s our choice. We can see the price that was paid.

Now what are the signs that the Lord spoke of?

First you must read everything that the Lord speaks to the disciples as they are admiring the beauty of the temple stones and surroundings. Don’t forget that the Lord tells them that the temple will be destroyed. He is also referring to Himself as the temple and He tells them that they will be persecuted. He speaks into the future events.He is speaking of into near events as well as far into the future, our lifetime.(Luke 21:5-25)

Now skip to the next verses;

The Lord speaks a parable about a fig tree. “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and   know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

I tell you the truth , this generation will certainly not pass away until these things have happened.. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words, will never pass away. Well, we know from studying Israel, that the Lord referred to this nation as, “the fig tree.”

After thousands of years of being dispersed and following the holocaust,known as the diaspora, they did become a nation in 1948, the fig tree blossomed once again.

Another sign was that the Lord told us all of the Jews would come return to their homeland once again. “From the north, south, east and west. He would bring them home again. Bearing the babes in their arms.” Even though the Jews had this land, not all of them had returned.

Well, this seemed to be an impossibility since so many Jews were still in communist countries until the Berlin Wall came down. I was watching in amazement while watching this. God had supernaturally placed this desire in the hearts of the Jewish people to return to Israel as many made “Aaliyah” and made the journey to Israel. Some with no relatives at all living there.

Then again, in 1990, I turned on the news to see something quite remarkable. It gave me goosebumps and I cried as I was learning from my pastor so much about the Jews and these beautiful fulfillment of events. Here it was, A coup had broken out in Ethiopia and there were thousands of Ethiopian Jews that were being almost quietly rushed out of the country. All of the seats taken out of these 747’s and so many of these people put in the airplanes that some pregnant women were landing on Israeli soil with “their babes in arms!” I cried as I watched the Israeli people welcoming them into their homeland. God was bringing His people back home. These Ethiopian Jews are direct descendants of Solomon himself!Now I’m reading this account, once again and it was called, Operation Moses and Operation Joshua. Interesting, how everything comes full circle. They were trying to keep these Jews from leaving, but an agreement was reached and at the last minute, just as Pharaoh had done, reneged on his promise. All this a coincidence? I think not.

So now I remind my son, that the Lord told His disciples, how is it you can discern the weather but not the signs of the times? Everyone likes to quote the portion of scripture, “No one knows the day or the hour, but they forget that He continues, “But be Aware, of the signs of the times! As a true believer, with the Spirit guiding you, how can you not?

Now there are two parts to His second coming. He returns for the body of believers. Then the time of tribulation begins. It does not end the world. In fact a time of trouble like no other begins. “The time of Jacobs Troubles.”

Now I don’t know about you, but I tend to believe that we are the generation,to see these things happen. And as the Lord stated, we shall not pass away before His return. So don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger.

Yes, my posts may be long. But the time is short. It is a time of warning to bring in the final harvest.

Still, to my knowledge, it is  not as long as Paul who preached so long that a man fell asleep in the window and fell out and died. lol So just don’t read this from an open window! and let me know if that happens. He had to go out and raise him from the dead! (Acts20:9)

How Can I Understand Revelation?


Well, I have heard from so many people over the years that they just can’t read the book of Revelation because it scares them. They also say it is way too difficult to understand. Well, I would like to speak to anyone that feels this way.

First of all, God has promised in the book of Revelation, that a special blessing is in store for all of those who would seek to read and understand this book. Why do you think our Lord told us this? It’s like a father telling his son/daughter, I will give you a special gift if you do this for me. The reason is clear, our Father desires us to have all knowledge that is available to us to help us. It behooves every human being to understand what the creator of all, is trying to convey to us.

To answer the second challenge that it is too difficult to understand, we must first remember that John wrote Revelations to all mankind and this means that he was witnessing future events but interpreting those events in the vernacular of his day. We must remember that John did not know what nuclear bombs were, or tanks or stealth bombers. He was seeing events so incredible that he said this was beyond comprehension. He saw fire that melted the earth and all of its elements. That sure sounds like a nuclear explosion to me.

I have stated in many of my posts that when I first started following Christ, eschatology was my passion. I picked up Hal Lindsey’s books and Jack Van Impe and many others. The movie Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.These books and video,  was all the rage and very close to interpretation of scripture. This helped me study through Revelation.

I have inserted a video that opens up some of the symbolism and I’m sure that if this piques your interest, you can find many others. Just keep in mind, you should have your bible and study it at the same time and also keep in mind that the Lord Himself has promised you a very special blessing. As unbelievers, I understand the fear of this book. Most don’t want to be reminded that our God who is full of mercy and grace, is also allowing the timetable to run its course until the judgement. The biggest fear of most people, I’m sad to say, is that they don’t want to face the truth. That our God is all merciful, however, He is also a righteous God.

To believers I only have one question? What’s your excuse?

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