Saturday, August 22, 2020

Is This Time Biblical & What Do We Do Now? PART 2 (updated from 2008)


Parts 1 and 2 were both updated from 2008.  That's the scary part.  I did not change but just a few words in each article.  Not much has changed on the Liberal front.

Knowing that many people are afraid right now, because of the liberal platform of the elected Democrats and the Virus, I apologize if this article makes that worse. I don’t want to be a “doomsday prophet.” We need to come against the Spirit of Fear and know that Christ has won the victory!

If you look at Scripture, especially in Matthew 24, you will see that we are getting really close to the end times. We may not know the time or the day, but Jesus tells us of the events surrounding it. I think we are looking at the entire chapter of Matthew 24 unfolding.

We have to go through all these things: persecution, wars, famines, earthquakes, being hated and hating each other, false prophets, being killed, deception, false messiahs, the desecration of the Holy Place in Jerusalem, before Christ returns.

For several years now, Christians in the United States have been going through persecution. Just look at prayer being taken out of schools, the Ten Commandments being removed from courthouses, and now, Christians are being targeted for hate crimes because so many things in the world go against God's Word.  If you compare the U. S. to other countries, our persecution is negligible, but worsening. Matthew 24:9-10 says, 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.” Verse 10 could relate to the Obama years and if Biden gets elected, we get even more of the extreme liberal agenda that kills babies up to their exit from the womb, open borders, getting rid of the police, leading to chaos and the end of Law and Order, more hate, more destruction of our Constitution, more lies, and who knows what else.  

Wars and rumors of wars have really increased over the last few years. Just look at all of the civil wars (Viet Nam, Korea, Bosnia, Syria etc.) and the rumors of what the Muslims are doing and going to do. The Muslims have risen against the U. S. through the terrorists attacks and just numerically moving into our country bringing Sharia Law with them; U. S. has risen against Iraq & Afghanistan seeking the terrorists still. Most countries are rising up against Israel. Matthew 24:6-8, 6“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, crop failures, famines….like we have never seen, are on the increase and being blamed on climate change.) And now we have Coronavirus to contend with!

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. This is where I think we are…in the era of sorrows.

This verse warns us about the influx of false prophets or lying preachers (depending on which translation you are reading)…. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. I think we are witnessing this now. I believe if a prophet operating in the Office of Prophet is indeed a prophet of God, then, what comes out of his mouth better be right 100% of the time. Do you think Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel or Hosea spoke lies from their mouths? I do not. False prophets are here in great numbers and we will recognize them by what comes out of their mouths. AND IF, the Scripture is referring to lying preachers, just take a look at the “fallen” ones over the past few years! Matthew 7 says, 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

Back to Matthew 24… verse 12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” How many people do you personally know that have fallen away from God? How many have replaced the first love that they had in their early years, with an easier lifestyle; a lifestyle of greed, sexual sin, hate, etc.? I know I left for a while. It’s so easy to put Jesus on the back burner when we are satisfying our own lustful or prideful desires. Remember how almost everyone attended church when we were kids? It was a way of life. Now…..we can't even fill 1/3 of our building and our children are being “fought for” by each church in our community, it seems.

In verse 15, Jesus starts telling about the beginning of the Great Tribulation. If we witness or hear about the “abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel, standing in the Holy Place,” we had better know our Bible. It will be our guide through those days…..IF we haven't already gone to heaven beforehand. (That’s a different article! Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation, Post-Tribulation rapture….That is a great debate.)

13-14 "Staying with it—that's what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won't be sorry, and you'll be saved. All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.” (The Message)

So how do we endure? Stand on God’s Word…. Do Good…. Pray….. Obey…. Trust….. Have faith……. Spread the gospel….. Don’t worry…. Love God…. Love each other…. Love your enemies…..Believe in Jesus Christ....Trust in God to lead you.

Do not worry: Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Pray: Ezekiel 22:30, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”  I think President has been led to fill that gap, at least for such a time as this.

Obey: Deuteronomy 6: 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.  (You know, I don't do most of this and I don't even know what frontlets are, but I should!!)

Stand on God’s Word: Matthew 25: 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

Stand on His Word: Romans 8: 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Trust & Obey: Proverbs 3: 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Pray: 2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

The list goes on and on and on….. Keep studying so you will know. Make your own lists Be prepared, for we know not the time.…maybe not tomorrow or even the next 20 years, but Satan is there, ready to attack you at the least little crack in the door. This election?….. just another way Satan can cause worry and grief.

God’s in control. He knows what He’s doing.  I have heard so many stories as to why people just know that God has sent President Trump to rescue the United States, but if we don't do our part, Trump can only do so much.  God can do miracles, but his people need to do their part, too.

We just need to always be doing what we are supposed to do. Listen for what God is telling you to do and do it.  Study His Word. Even if things get really bad, it’s in there. How to fix it?….it’s in there. How to react?….It’s in there. Is it okay to fight for biblical principles? Yes, Read Matthew 21:12-13 –it’s in there.

So if you still have trouble coming to terms with things, talk to someone. God’s Word says to seek wise counsel…it’s in there!

Is This Time Biblical & What Do We Do Now? Part 1 (Updated from 2008)

As I read through my email from friends, news services and commentaries from Christian websites, listen to radio shows and TV news, I am so grieved by the tone set by them. People are so sad and scared and in a state of turmoil on the conservative side while Obama’s liberal supporters are raising him up to the level of being their Savior thinking that he’s going to perform some kind of miracle and be everything to everyone solving all of their problems!  Now they're doing the same thing to Biden.

As conservatives, because we live in the Bible Belt, in a small protected town, in the South, where God is such a part of our lives and we seldom ever cross paths with the other side, we hold to our views because they are biblical and we are comfortable with them. Anything from the liberal front, recently anyway, has been from the other side of the universe compared to our traditional thinking.

We stay hidden here in our own little worlds of making believe that all of that horrible stuff out there in D. C. Or California or Oregon will not touch us here. Believing that the media is just blowing things up out of proportion to the truth because God just wouldn't allow it to really happen! Or we just ignore it and hope it will go away and the government will take care of it. Well, let’s look at Scripture….Read Romans 1:18 – 32.

In this passage, God shows his anger at sin by abandoning the people to their own foolish thinking and allows them to do things that should not be done.

This is what I see in the world today. People know God, but have turned away and worship the idols of “things” around them that make them feel good. So you get blatant homosexuality, abortion, greed, adultery, murder, deception, and all of the other named sins in verses 28-31. This says that God will leave them to their own devices, and I believe he may be doing just that, but…..judgment day is coming.

Keep in mind, however that Romans 2:1-16 goes on to say that we, who sit in judgment, are no better than they are. We deserve to die for our sins, just as they do. We will all be judged for our sins. The day of Christ’s judgment is coming. We are, instead, to do good, seeking the glory, honor and immortality that God offers. In other words, we are to stand on God’s Word, seeking His approval, not that of the world, nor are we to condemn the people in it.

Is this time Biblical? Yes, I believe we entered into the end times several years ago, and then, with the election of the liberal left to lead this country with Obama and to lead the way for other countries to follow, it convinces me even more.

Do we need to be scared? No. Jesus has already won the war. We are going to have to go through some tribulation, but in the end we will be with Jesus. All we have to do is receive His salvation and stand on His Word. I mean, if you think about it, the absolute worst thing that can happen is that we are killed. The best thing that can happen to us is that we live in eternity with Jesus. Death was defeated at the Cross. It seems simple to me….if you have accepted Jesus into you heart, repented of your sins, spoken it out of your mouth then obey God’s Word, death has no power over you, so why be afraid?

Our job right now, as God’s children, is to be obedient which means to do good, spread the gospel and try to lead as many as possible to Him.

We do that by coming out of our self-made Never-Never Lands, doing good, ready to bulldoze our way through and change our country’s behavior back to His values.  President Trump is instrumental in getting that done. We need to spread the gospel, utilizing our God-given gifts for the growth of His kingdom. He tells us to do good. That’s an action. DO GOOD.

Sometimes that may mean that we need to stand together to prevent children in school from being taught that homosexuality is a lifestyle okay for them to choose; or to get up an hour earlier to read His word so we will have it in our hearts to use when He tells us; or to really pray when we commit to do it; or to stand up for our biblical values in the face of adversity; or to teach and enforce with our children, God’s ways; or to be examples by doing; or by living every day like we do on Sunday; or to show up and vote at every single election so that it makes it really hard for the liberals to reach their goals and maybe, just maybe, allowing us to reach ours.

Sometimes, it may mean that we just need to be still and know that He is God, soaking up all that it implies….resting in Him, increasing our faith, trusting Him, allowing Him to refresh us and standing on His Word.

Always remember what Paul said, too….that we are to pray unceasingly. The Holy Spirit leads us in how and what to pray. Jesus takes those prayers and intercedes for us. God hears our prayers and acts on them in His wisdom. God is in control!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

I am the Flag of the United States of America-Unknown Author

 (Originally Published on this website 7/2/2010-unknown origin of pic or poem)

I am the Flag of the United States of America-Author Unknown

I am the flag of the United States of America.

My name is Old Glory.

I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.

I stand watch in America's halls of justice.

I fly majestically over institutions of learning.

I stand guard with power in the world.

Look up and see me.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

And the Star-Spangled Banner in Triumph Shall Wave

Originally posted 6/25/2011 

Independence Day stirs up such emotion for me.  It is one of my favorite days of celebration, even though, I don't have to shoot off fireworks or gather for picnics to feel its importance.

Being a patriot, the mere passing of the flag in front of me brings tears, as does the singing of the national anthem.  My anger wells up when I see others not standing in honor of the Stars and Stripes or the Star Spangled Banner and you might find me verbalizing it!

The winning of the war with England for our independence from the king's tyranny was only by the Grace of God, then the building of the foundation on God's Word, only served to strengthen it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Patriotism through Honor, Respect, & History

I was at a rodeo last night and the flags had passed by.  Everyone I saw had stood up, taken off their hat, placed their hand over their heart and respected and honored our flags.  When the prayer began, shortly after Old Glory returned to the arena, a conversation began just down the aisle from me.  I, mostly, ignored it figuring that the irreverence was between them and God.  

Then, the conversation got louder and louder as people began to sing the Star Spangled Banner. I am so proud to be an American and honor those that have given me the freedoms I enjoy.  I honor them and my country every chance I get and I do NOT understand those who do not. That being said, one does not, in my presence, disrespect our country including its flag, anthem, pledge or heroes

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2nd Update: So It's Been a While!.........A Story of Depression & Healing

May 2013
As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted anything for several months.  I think you deserve to know why.  Mostly because my testimony may help someone else out there that is going through depression.  

I want them to know that there is hope.  It takes inner strength, but mostly it takes knowing Jesus and knowing that God speaks through his children as well as other ways.  He loves you and He can heal anything.  He’s big enough to listen to you screaming at him and you blaming him without His love ever faltering.  He knows what you are going through and He knows that it is a fallen world and it breaks His heart that you have to go through things.  He doesn’t put you through it, but He will get you through it.  All you have to do is ask.  Satan had me in such a stranglehold, telling me that God could have prevented my pain, so that I couldn’t ask.  Don’t believe that lie.  God didn’t do it.  

On to my story……….

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Destruction and Rebuilding of the Heartland

The Heartland is a state of mind. It is land that sustains life.  It is farmers that love the land.  It is families that survive everything God and nature can throw at them.  It is land that provides food and clothing for the world.  It is farmers that through blood, sweat, and tears, get their crops or animals to market for our benefit.  It is families that take care of their own and their neighbors.  It is a place where firefighters, law enforcement, EMS, and volunteers give everything they have to protect life, limb, and property for people they don't even know, with little sleep, great humility, love and concern, often at great personal risk.  

The Heartland is located wherever the farmers and ranchers live and work, and wherever people come together to overcome tragedy.  The area may expand and contract, but the location is wherever the heart is.  On 9/11, the Heartland was the entire United States. In 2005, it was the southern coast as Hurricane Katrina hit.  In March 2017, the Heartland was Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and every state that sent aid to the wildfire affected areas.