More Encouragement from Ephesians

I want to begin this article with this song , Lord I’m Coming Home, because that is where all encouragement begins.

(Performed by Day of Eternity and used by permission)

Medical research tells us that one of the main culprits in much of the sickness of these days is stress. Stress from pressures on the job, or from uncomfortable dealings with people, or just from listening to too much news which never has much good to say! God has an answer to this and He reveals it in His word. The Apostle Paul write about many of the secrets to having peace in our lives in the Book of Ephesians.  Continue reading

Super Blue Moon of 2018

Tomorrow, January 31, 2018 a very special sign will be seen, a Super Blood Red Moon that is also a Blue Moon, which hasn’t been seen in over 150 years. The following video explains what this is –

This Super Blood Moon will occur on the Jewish Festival Tu B’Shevat, a holiday for embracing new beginnings. It is also the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This day marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. It also is the time when God inspects the trees to see if they are bearing fruit. Throughout Scripture mankind is likened to trees and God inspects them as John the Baptist taught – Continue reading

The Restrainer

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2018 the Year of New Beginnings

We have now entered the year 2018, a year that I believe will be marked by new directions and new fulfillments of God’s word. Politically, we already are witnessing the turmoil new directions can bring.

The United Nations was formed after WWII with the hope of world peace but it’s founders forgot the key ingredient of peace – the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Either Christ will rule in the hearts of men or Satan will, but egotistical men want to believe they can achieve what God says is not possible without Him. And these men have only succeeded in building another Tower of Babel

“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. … There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked. – Isa. 48:18-22

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UN Sanctions on Israel outnumber those on all other nations

One goal God has made clear in the Bible is the restoration of Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple in Jerusalem where God’s name is to be remembered. Since the very beginning of the United Nations, they have opposed this goal. Much of the church world also has opposed this goal, claiming Israel has ceased to exist or the Church has replaced it. Through ignorance and rebellion they have been doing the devil’s work. The United Nations passes more sanctions against Israel than all the other nations combined even though many of those nations are oppressing and killing their own people. Israel is always ready to help when disasters hit other nations, even though those same nations are condemning Israel and denying its right to exist. Did this opposition to His stated goal catch God by surprise? No, He just uses it as a signpost to those watching, warning of the nearness of the end. He said,

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” – Zechariah 12:3

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“For behold, in those days and at that time,  When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. – Joel 3:1,2

The nations have been gathered politically against Israel (in the United Nations) and they will soon be gathered militarily against Israel as well. As I wrote in Preparation for the Battle Ahead, there is a heavenly war that is about to break out between Satan’s angels and God’s angels and Satan is going to be cast down to earth with his angles. Then will begin his final assault on God’s chosen people,  Israel and those who have the testimony of Jesus.

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Constellation Ophiuchus the Restrainer

But, there is a principle revealed in the Bible that many have overlooked. It is the principle of the Restrainer. God even placed a constellation in the heavens to remind man of this. God’s plan will always come to pass and He often uses Gentile nations to perform it. He used Cyrus and Darius of Persia to fulfill His word to Jeremiah. He also used Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and the Assyrians to chastise Israel and Judah for their disobedience. Jesus Himself restrained Rome from destroying Israel while He was on earth. There is another Restrainer talked about in the New Testament by the Apostle Paul.

“Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He (or he) who now restrains will do so until He (or he) is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” – 2 Thes. 2:5-8

The Antichrist and his rule are coming and he will be revealed after the War in Heaven John wrote about in Revelation 12. And even though the mystery of lawlessness is at work, it can only go so far – it is being restrained. Is there any doubt that if unrestrained the Muslim countries of the East would be on Israel like rabid dogs? Or is there any doubt that China and its surrogates in the East would be doing the same things Japan tried in WWII? Russia and the European nations have always longed to restore the Roman Empire. But, there is a Restrainer at work to stop their opposition of God’s plans. Who or what is it?

I believe it currently is the United States and its close allies. However, the spirit of Antichrist is very close to victory against us – England is all but overcome with Islam as is Canada with French humanistic doctrine that is against God and all He stands for. Under President Obama this evil spirit has come very close to overcoming America and removing its Judeo-Christian foundations. But, in answer to many prayers and in support of His plans, God gave us a reprieve – the election of Donald Trump. America has once again become a force with which the Antichrist spirit has to reckon with. Most of the nations of the world and certainly all those ruled by the Antichrist spirit hate us and President Trump with vitriolic hatred. Iran calls the United States “the Great Satan”, China uses its surrogate North Korea to threaten war with us while staying in the background in case something goes wrong. Russia is undermining our influence in the Mideast with an aim to destroy Israel. Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt want our money but, work to remove us as a support to Israel. But, their time is soon at hand.

Remember, the time for this Restrainer is limited – he will be removed when God is ready to conclude His plans. We should prepare for this time and Paul tells us how to prepare.

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. … Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.” – 2 Thes. 2:9-15

As Paul wrote, we should love the truth (God’s word), stand on the Biblical traditions, and take no pleasure in unrighteous acts (this eliminates most of what comes out of Hollywood and TV). Biblical traditions include marriage between one man and one woman, only two genders – male or female. If we hold to these traditions, we will have opposition enough. Remember, Jesus said “if they hate the Master, they will hate His servants as well”. But, if we stand to the end, we shall be saved.

Stand with God or the UN?

UN BuildingThat ‘sleeping giant’, the UN, has been stirred to life again. What is responsible for this infusion of energy? Why, it is the only thing that stirs this megalithic ‘United Nothing’ to action – some nation dared to honor the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In this case, it was the United States who dared to recognise what God declares in His word –

“He also built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem I will put My name.” – 2 Kings 21:4

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The 4th of July

18458-July-4th-Quote “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.” John Adams, 2nd President of the United States

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What Language do you Speak?

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In the United States, we are just a few days from the Presidential election and the voice of confusion (the Bible would call it Babel) is echoing through the land. What is called the news media is really just a propaganda machine for Hillary Clinton and leaves a distaste in any thinking person’s mouth. But, there is also the Social media crowd which is pumping

founding-fathersout volumes of posts and tweaks for one side or the other – choosing which are true or false is a coin toss. Meanwhile our elected officials are passing laws which are feathering their own nests all in the name of the people but, the People’s Constitution is burning because of a simple truth – a government is never any better than the people it governs. Our founding Fathers knew this country’s blessings depended upon our obedience to God’s principles.

“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”

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Where can I find Social Justice?

“The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut;
Its transgression shall be heavy upon it, And it will fall, and not rise again.” – Isaiah 24:20

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! “ – Isaiah 5:20

“Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street,
And equity cannot enter.” – Isaiah 59:14

Judgment is falling on the earth, in nearly every kingdom and nation, and it is not the judgment of God – it is the judgment of their own sin bearing its fruit. The people are wandering around like blind men seeking an answer to their problems but, they will not find it because they are looking in the wrong place for it. As Isaiah wrote, their transgression makes them wobble like a drunkard having no stability. They call evil good and good evil. It used to be evil to kill the unborn, now it is called good. It used to be called evil to lie, now it is called shrewd. It used to be called evil to steal, now it is called taxation, repatriation, or wealth re-distribution. Truth has fallen in the streets and anyone who stands up for truth makes himself a prey!

Baltimore-riots 5In America they have invented  a new term called ‘social justice’ which allows them to extort the innocent. Social justice is just a banner used by some to incite people to violence and by others to give vent to their own rebellion. Some try to sugar coat it by claiming that Jesus preached ‘social justice’ thereby exposing their ignorance of what Jesus taught and stood for. Jesus began His ministry with a message – “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand!” There was and is no justice without repentance and forsaking sin. He taught us to pray – “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. As Isaiah wrote, when “righteousness stands afar off’ then ‘justice is turned back”. All the marching, breaking windows, looting stores, and burning cars in the street will not bring justice. Only repentance from sinful lives and humbly calling on God for forgiveness will do that.

In the article How to overcome strange fire,  I warned of the danger of mixing falsehoods with God’s revealed works or words. One of the signs Jesus warned us to watch for were false prophets (Matthew 24:11), and today we see an abundance of false prophets and false teachers on the scene. They often try to deceive by adding a fragment of God’s truth to their proclamations. Or, having forsaken God all together, they use humanistic reasons, evolutionary falsehoods, or political correctness to prove their points.

I give you another paradigm to answer the world’s problems –

  1. Seek God while He may be found“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”– Isaiah 55:6, 7
  2. As you face life’s problems remember “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4
  3. Don’t yield to the world or be bullied by it for in the end – we win!“And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” – Mark 13:13
  4. Trust God to meet all your needs“I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.” – Psalm 37:25