A certain truth

…Every eye will see Him…

Those who believe in the millennium theory forget: When Jesus returns, He returns in the clouds.

Every eye will see Him as it is written.

How can that possibly happen if He is on the earth? Did every eye see Him when He came to Bethlehem, or Jerusalem? No. Only the people who were a part of those crowds saw and heard Him. When He returns, we need to remember what is written in 2 Peter 3. That chapter talks about the dreadful things which will happen to this world in the Day of the Lord, and it won’t be secret, or quiet.

The sky will be rolled up like a scroll!

There will be a noise so loud, no one will have ever heard anything like it before. The noise will be terrible. Frightening.

Christ is not coming to earth. Those who are chosen by Him will go up in the air to meet with Him, and remain, or live with Him forever.

That’s what we are told, guys! Believe it.

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Perilous times

We need encouragement.

I know nobody wants to believe this, but as I’ve seen for as long as I’ve believed, so today, things are definitely much worse than they were even in 2009. Christ came to take over my life and save it in October 2009. I’ve seen such spiritual turmoil in these last few years, it gets to be depressing.

We really do need encouragement.

This film speaks volumes to me

ENCOURAGEMENT:

Believers Who Have Died

13Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words. (From 1 Thessalonians 4)

Friends, our salvation is nearer today than it was when we first believed. Hold on tight. Hold on tight to the Lord.

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Our God is an awesome God. He reigns from heaven above…

I can’t keep this inside any more. I’m reading an excellent page, full of God’s love and mercy towards those many people consider to be ‘weak’.

Far from weak, everyone here mentioned had vital parts to play in God’s history. It’s all in Scripture. I love this bit:

Then Jesus said to the man who asked Him to eat in his house, ‘When you have a supper, do not ask your friends or your brothers or your family or your rich neighbours. They will ask you to come to their place for a supper. That way you will be paid back for what you have done. When you have a supper, ask poor people. Ask those who cannot walk and those who are blind. You will be happy if you do this. They cannot pay you back. You will get your pay when the people who are right with God are raised from the dead. (Luke 14:12-14, NLT)

Here is the page I’m reading. It’s full of encouragement. I hope it blesses those who read it 🙂

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War, Destruction and the End

You know, I’ve always taken that first commandment Christ gives very, very seriously. “Do not allow yourselves to be deceived.” It is a strong warning, with the attachment that there will be those who give false teachings. We are to be aware of false teachings and avoid them.

There is another stark warning: “Be CAREFUL that you are not weighed down with carousing, (look up that definition), drunkenness and the anxieties of life!” Folks, if we are taken over by the things we see happening, we are allowing ourselves to be concerned for things that do not matter. We have enough promises that God takes care of His people. Refuse to be afraid, then. Refuse it. Trust that Christ has told you the truth, and live in that truth. I’m serious.

The Life Project

Luke 21:5-36

In this section Jesus is speaking to the disciples about something that troubles many to this day; it all began innocently enough when they were noticing the amazing beauty of the Temple:

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” (21:5-6)

In the verses that follow, Jesus tells them that the Temple and the entire city of Jerusalem will soon be utterly destroyed. The context of the passage is easy enough to see in the two verses above, yet this is a controversy in certain quarters today. You can view this however you like; I’m not going to argue about it. For…

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Amazing promises, (I’m SO excited!)

From Hebrews 10

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”[c] 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”[d] 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

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Have I sinned wilfully?

That’s my question tonight. Look what it says in Hebrews 10:

Hold Fast Your Confession

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

There’s more…

The Just Live by Faith

26 For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgement, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[e] says the Lord.[f] And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”[g] 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Bible Gateway

I’m still going through videos where people insist they were Christians, but lost their faith. After reading this, and knowing of other Scriptures where we can have assurance of faith, and that none can be snatched from the Father’s, or the Lord Jesus’s hand; how is it then, that people say that’s exactly what happened to them? If they were kept by God, it wouldn’t have happened. He is able to keep us. He promises that to us who believe. If God makes such a promise, He isn’t going to fail to keep it. We do that! Make promises; some of which we keep; some of which we intend to keep, but other circumstances prevent us keeping them, or we make empty promises, hoping the person we’re speaking to feels a bit better that ‘someone cares’ for them. The last two of those are sinful.

None of us are protected from troublesome times. Jesus made it clear that in this world, we will have trouble. That’s the one thing which works extremely well, I’m afraid. That truth works way too well for my liking. It’s the gentle promises I don’t see enough of. I often feel reduced to beggar status when I keep asking for help with various things. Years later, that help still has not arrived. I think I might have found a solution, and, I’ll have to bring the thing to pass before I get it. That would either mean that if I had someone to talk about it with, I’d either be counselled that I was ‘stepping out in faith’, or that I was ‘putting myself before God and doomed to failure’. Sitting here asking and asking and asking isn’t working! I have to get up out of my chair and do certain things myself, therefore.

That’s just common sense! I won’t find fellowship, or a church unless I go out and look for one. That means getting my disability scooter ready for the road, a process I’ve already started, thank God. I hope I’ll find somewhere that doesn’t discriminate over disabled people’s needs, but if I don’t, I won’t be the only one who has faced that. I’ve already faced it once, so I don’t hold much hope that I won’t be bullied over the same thing again. That’s just stupid, and I can’t live with my head in a bubble. I’ve seen too much real life for that to happen again. I’ll have to face that again, and I’ll just have to deal with it better this time. How? I don’t know, but I’ll have to deal with it. In this world, we will have trouble. I must not repay evil for evil. So that’s how I have to deal with that situation.

I have been very spiritually upset in the last few weeks, and it hasn’t done me any good. I felt the spiritual depression easing away again last night, and I can only thank God it did. Now, hopefully, there’s room enough for me to take in some vital spiritual health food (my Bible!) and get to grips with the truth I already know, and what I need to continue nourishing my soul on.

We ALL need spiritual health food. The Bible is the only place we’re going to get it. Yes, I love listening to sermons; but reading God’s word myself is absolutely necessary. If I don’t bother, then sin creeps in, and heresy waits to catch me out. How am I going to discern the truth unless I know what it is? How will I know the truth unless I look for it?

Spiritual depression is deadly. If anyone reading this is suffering from it, I tell you the truth, as gently as I can – you are feeding yourself on poison. I speak from experience. Turn to God and grab your Bible. Read it. Start anywhere. Go to the gospels; go to John and read everything he wrote. Pray. Ask for forgiveness for any sin committed. If you have a church to go to, ask for the elders/pastor to pray with you, and/or, over you. Confess sin to people you trust. Pray for each other. Exhort each other about Christ’s forgiveness. Study that word forgiveness as soon as you can. It is available to all who ask for it. Once you’ve asked, make it your absolute need to follow and keep His commandments. Look up what they are, and do them. Exhort your loved ones in Christ to do the same. Pray for each other daily.

May the Lord keep us from falling. Amen.

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This is how serious sin is

I’m watching a terrible film right now. It lasts for about two and a half hours. I haven’t finished it yet, but it proves to me what Jude told us, many years ago…

THE BOOK OF JUDE

Jude New King James Version (NKJV)

Greeting to the Called

Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,

To those who are called, sanctified[a] by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:

Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Contend for the Faith

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God[b] and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Old and New Apostates

But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.

Apostates Depraved and Doomed

12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about[c] by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Apostates Predicted

16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

Maintain Your Life with God

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction;[d] 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,[e] hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Glory to God

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you[f] from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,[g]
Who alone is wise,[h]
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,[i]
Both now and forever.
Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. Jude 1:1 NU-Text reads beloved.
  2. Jude 1:4 NU-Text omits God.
  3. Jude 1:12 NU-Text and M-Text read along.
  4. Jude 1:22 NU-Text reads who are doubting (or making distinctions).
  5. Jude 1:23 NU-Text adds and on some have mercy with fear and omits with fear in first clause.
  6. Jude 1:24 M-Text reads them.
  7. Jude 1:25 NU-Text reads To the only God our Savior.
  8. Jude 1:25 NU-Text omits Who . . . is wise and adds Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  9. Jude 1:25 NU-Text adds Before all time.
New King James Version (NKJV)Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Taken from Bible Gateway (as are all linked Scriptures).

I’m not going to link the film up. I wouldn’t dare. It’s too dreadful, but it certainly explains this text.

Why would we have been given Jude to read? Why would the Holy Spirit have given this man such things to write? When are we going to take these Scriptures seriously? And why do we even bother arguing what the mark of the beast is? Just read this couple of pages, and it’s fully explained. Then, lets give ourselves over to God and keep His commandments. It really is the only way to live. If we keep His commandments, we know that we abide in Him and He in us. God’s Spirit cannot live in a darkened house. He is Light, and He is incorruptible.

1, 2 and 3 John would be a good reminder, too.

1 John

2 John

3 John

I pray the Lord grants us understanding; gives us protection from the evil one, and brings us into a full knowledge of who He is. Let Him never say of us: “I never knew you.”

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