There is no need to fear…

No need to fear if you are a saint, a child of God. For us, there is no need to fear the world around us.

The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he delivers those who are discouraged. Psalms 34:18

For everyone else…those who do not believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ, you have a lot to fear. And you are running out of time before he returns.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

The War On Children

The war on our children is unconscionable. It is vile wickedness that goes beyond the pale. It is indicative of the state of our nation and our world. People have sunk so deeply into their sin and their rebellion against God that he has given them over to their depravity.

But God is not mocked.

Those who war against our children and against his saints will one day soon stand before God, before being humbled unto their knees. The Bible says that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:31)

The wicked are going to find out.

The Promise of Christ’s Return

I WIll Come Again

Let not your heart be troubled: ye 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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3

The promise is clear. Jesus will come again.

And His return is just around the corner.

Maranatha!

What is truth?

This was the question posed by Pilate, as Jesus stood before him, shortly before his brutal scourging and crucifixion. A consummate politician, truth stood before him in Christ, but he was unable or unwilling to accept the truth. He then cast a political declaration, as if by doing so, he would not be held accountable for what was surely coming.

“I find no basis for a charge against him.”

Not I, he declared, before then appeasing the mob and their customs. “It is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews?” Not only did he seek to appease the mob of religious zealots, but he did so in a mocking manner, calling Jesus, the king of the Jews which he knew would only anger them more.

Before it was all over, the mob demanded the release of the notorious criminal Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus.

So much for the truth.

The truth was crucified in Christ’s day and it is crucified today in wickedness and political expediency.

Our social and political landscape today is the mob of Christ’s day. They demand the release of criminals and the execution of truth. It is sickening to see the path that the world is on, but it is a path that mankind has always taken.

The world rejects the truth in Jesus Christ.

The world instead replaces Jesus with its own version of the truth.

But don’t believe it. Don’t be tempted by it. Don’t be swayed by it.

The truth of the world leads to a path of destruction, both temporary and eternally.

Jesus is the way the truth and the life.

Paul in Thessalonica

The Apostle Paul Preaching to the Thessalonians by Gustave Dore

Acts chapter 17

1 After they traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed them from the scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead, saying, “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”

If you noticed in the text, Paul went into the synagogue and preached the Word of God for three weeks. And in that short time, some of the Jews were persuaded, joining with Paul and Silas, along with a large group of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women (verse 4).

This core group of people came together as a new gathering of believers, a young church. And it was to this church that Paul later addressed his first two epistles.

Please, let that sink in for a moment.

The first epistles Paul wrote were the letters to the young Thessalonian church, aptly titled 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians. And what was the subject that Paul chose to include in these first two letters?

The return of the Lord Jesus Christ for the church, his bride.

The rapture.

Question:

It is obvious that Paul, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, considered the return of the Lord to be of such importance that it would be the first thing that he wrote about. If it was that important to him and to God, perhaps it should be as important to us as well. What do you think?

Look around you. How can you not see what is happening in the world?

The Lord is coming back…soon.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1Thessalonians 4:16-18

An Upside Down World

And it is getting worse every day.

Like pulling petals from a daisy, I sadly realize that I could count the ways in which this biblical warning from Isaiah has been ignored in recent years, and sadly, the list would be quite long. I suspect that you could conjure your own list. Perhaps we could compare notes.

If we did, what would be our conclusion?

Grab another daisy and start plucking.

Think back to when you were growing up. Think about school, what was taught and what wasn’t. Think about going on your first date or attending the prom. Think about your favorite sports team, the shows you watched on television, and the music you listened to. Think about the things that dominated the social landscape and filled the news. Try and capture as much as you can and when you are finished, compare what you remember to what is going on today.

The contrast is striking, and not in a good way.

This is what the old prophet was warning us about. We as a people and a world have gone from the once unthinkable to the now acceptable. We are now living in the woes of Isaiah and that is not a good place for the world to be.

As a result of our complacency and our acceptance, indulgence, and in many cases, our experiences in the inappropriate and sinful, once condemned and now celebrated, a future is coming, and with it, divine accountability.

Choose this day the forgiveness of God through his Son, Jesus Christ, or don’t. It’s your choice. Choose wisely.

You Probably Don’t Believe in Prophecy

That’s okay. You can believe what you want to believe.

But if you could put aside your beliefs for a few moments and play a “what if?” game with me, you might find this interesting.

I want to take a small portion of the text from a well-known Biblical prophecy. EVERYONE has heard about the mark of the beast whether they believe it or understand it. It has, in some ways, gained traction in culture and as a result, has widespread recognition. We can thank the movie The Omen and numerous other venues for that.

So here are the two verses from Revelation chapter 13 I wish to share:

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

So the gist of the text is this: He (the beast, whoever that it is) will cause people from every political, social, and economic status and walk of life to receive a mark (of some kind) on their right hand or their foreheads. He (the beast) does that so no one is able to buy anything or sell anything without the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

According to the Bible, this beast will implement and enforce a system to control the economy of every single man, woman, and child. This system provides such dictatorial, authoritarian control over you that unless you sign up for the beast’s team you won’t be able to sell your home or buy food for dinner (or anything else).

Let that sink in for a minute. You won’t be able to buy food to eat. Your children won’t be able to eat. Everyone who stands opposed to the beast and his system faces persecution and starvation.

Now, once that has settled in or unsettled you, here comes the “what if” part.

What if this Bible prophecy is true?

You may not believe it as I do, but I am asking you to stretch your minds, and as you do, imagine, if possible, that it is true. Now, when you have battled your way through all the barriers of your rational mind and settled in with that thought, then let me ask you, what if you were the beast?

Again, stretching your imagination, put a crown on your head, and assume your role as the new leader of the world, known biblically as the beast or the antichrist. And when you are ready, think about the following:

How would you implement a system that could prevent anyone on the entire planet from buying or selling anything without your mark of approval? What pieces would you strategically place on the board in order to carry out your plan?

As you consider my “what ifs”, I will move on in an attempt to stimulate your thinking.

In order to be able to control whether people can buy and sell anything, you as the beast and your system would have to have a means by which you could identify every human being. Perhaps, a system similar to the one proposed by ID2020.org would be useful for your world domination. You can read about their plans for a digital identity for everyone here. The ID2020 Manifesto is available for you to watch here. The efforts of ID2020 and the World Economic Forum is laid out in this article.

But that only solves part of the problem. In order for you to execute your beastly plans, you would also need the means to track every person, where they are, and what they are doing. Good thing that China has already implemented a monitoring system called a social credit system that is essentially a digital dictatorship that would fit well in your plans to monitor and control every minute of every person’s life. In fact, it works so well, that other countries such as the United States, Canada, and the UK are considering similar programs or are already implementing them to some degree.

For those of you who are fans of Black Mirror, a bizarre version of a social credit system was shown in Season 3, The Nosedive. I have provided a link to one of the available clips available online. I have also provided another link where there is some commentary provided during the clip.

I think we are nearly there for you, King Beast. Every person in the world now has a digital identification, and the means to monitor every move and activity of every person is now in place. But what’s to prevent someone from pulling some cash from their pocket and buying a little food before running off, eating as they go?

That sounds a little tough to do. But hold on. There may be an answer.

And we can look to our friends in the far east (China) yet again for that answer as they have already blazed the trails of digital currency. Other nations such as the United States are also interested in digital currency and President Biden has gone so far in saying that the new world order that is emerging will force a digital currency on everybody. (EUTimes) While Central Banks might see the move to digital currency as a plus, not everyone thinks it is a great idea. (TheHill)

With the digital currency in place, working through your system of digital ID and social credit system, you, as the beast have everything you need, apart from whatever method is implemented for applying the mark to those who submit to your will.

All that is left is dealing with those stubborn people who will end up refusing to bend to your will. They will, in the face of death, refuse to yield and worship you or your image. You simply have to come up with are some useful tools with some very sharp edges to deal with them. Heads will be rolling.

So, you may not believe in Bible prophecy, but hopefully you will start to wonder if it was possible based on everything that is going on in the world. Believe it or not, time is running out for you to make a decision about Jesus Christ. You don’t want to be here for what is coming fast around the corner.

111 Words Day – In Everything Give Thanks

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In everything, give thanks is the subject for today’s 111 words. We are told it is the will of God in Christ Jesus, and who am I to question that? To do so, may at times, seem difficult, even impossible. That’s particularly true in today’s highly charged and difficult social/political climate, and yet, that is what we are told to do.

We do not have to be pleased about the circumstances we find ourselves in to give thanks. For our thanks transcends the moment, no matter how difficult it is, and points to the one who deserves our thanks.

Thank you, Lord.