Friday, July 18, 2014
blown away this week by the dryness on some prophecy blogs I track and how my Facebook account and the news headlines had more news of God's soon return than those who are watching on the official blogs.
I think many of the watchers have long realized that the headlines are not giving any more clues as to the day or the hour.
Tsunami, typhoon, sinkholes, fish/bird/bee deaths, war, tension, nuclear proliferation, Israel surrounded, Israel under attack, economic collapse warnings, fukushima radiation, bp oil spill, earthquakes, volcanoes, drought, flood, hot, cold, fire, CMEs, asteroids, meteors, pollution, disease, rape, murder, political impotence, corruption, lawlessness, moral bankruptcy, unemployment, starvation, war, escalation, islamic caliphate, suni/shia, arab spring, one world government, the EU, 10 horns, the 12th imam, tsa, patriot act, planes taken out, mysterious disappearance, blood moon tetrads - is now all old news.
The world is numb and for the most part no one cares. Certainly as best as I can tell, none of this is causing anyone to repent. Not to say people are not repenting. They are, but not from the signs. Even with the sudden disappearance and rapture of the church, who will notice and turn? Many say oh surely they will notice and repent in brokenness. I say I'm not so sure. At least by and large. Of course I believe the Jews will look on the one they pierced and believe, and the two witnesses and the 144,000 will have their impact.
Wonder how much we who are in the pot of this world are like frogs in hot water who don't realize how completely unhinged the whole thing is.
God is indeed patient and has provided ample warning. Stunning just how slow to anger He has been.
Have you seen the sinkholes? Hell opening its mouth.
Israel surrounded - Psalms 83 preparing?
The mid tribe Revelation 12 sign coming in just 3 years?
Less than 10 weeks now until the start of the fall feasts of 2014.
Will these few weeks leading up to Rosh be another dramatic contraction, as the last few years have been only to relax and heat back up later or is this the year?
Every year for the last several I though this was it.
More is aligned now that it was before. The contractions are harder, faster and closer together. The signs are everywhere. The earth is pregnant with corruption and disintegration.
May we be found faithful in being urgent and diligent to share the hope that lies within.
Acts 5:17-41 (NLT)
The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, 20 “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!”---
21 So at daybreak the apostles entered the Temple, as they were told, and immediately began teaching.
When the high priest and his officials arrived, they convened the high council—the full assembly of the elders of Israel. Then they sent for the apostles to be brought from the jail for trial. 22 But when the Temple guards went to the jail, the men were gone. So they returned to the council and reported, 23 “The jail was securely locked, with the guards standing outside, but when we opened the gates, no one was there!”
24 When the captain of the Temple guard and the leading priests heard this, they were perplexed, wondering where it would all end. 25 Then someone arrived with startling news: “The men you put in jail are standing in the Temple, teaching the people!”
26 The captain went with his Temple guards and arrested the apostles, but without violence, for they were afraid the people would stone them. 27 Then they brought the apostles before the high council, where the high priest confronted them. 28 “We gave you strict orders never again to teach in this man’s name!” he said. “Instead, you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching about him, and you want to make us responsible for his death!”
29 But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross. 31 Then God put him in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven. 32 We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey him.”
33 When they heard this, the high council was furious and decided to kill them. 34 But one member, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was an expert in religious law and respected by all the people, stood up and ordered that the men be sent outside the council chamber for a while. 35 Then he said to his colleagues, “Men of Israel, take care what you are planning to do to these men! 36 Some time ago there was that fellow Theudas, who pretended to be someone great. About 400 others joined him, but he was killed, and all his followers went their various ways. The whole movement came to nothing. 37 After him, at the time of the census, there was Judas of Galilee. He got people to follow him, but he was killed, too, and all his followers were scattered.
38 “So my advice is, leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!”
40 The others accepted his advice. They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go.
41 The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.
Dorothy Sayers has said that God underwent three great humiliations in his efforts to rescue the human race. The first was the Incarnation, when he took on the confines of a physical body. The second was the Cross, when he suffered the ignominy of public execution. The third humiliation, Sayers suggested, is the church. In an awesome act of self-denial, God entrusted his reputation to ordinary people.
Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Books, 1988), 147.
C.S. Lewis - The Weight of Glory
In the end that Face which is the delight or the terror of the universe must be turned upon each of us either with one expression or with the other, either conferring glory inexpressible or inflicting shame that can never be cured or disguised. I read in a periodical the other day that the fundamental thing is how we think of God. By God Himself, it is not! How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important. Indeed, how we think of Him is of no importance except in so far as it is related to how He thinks of us. It is written that we shall “stand before” Him, shall appear, shall be inspected. The promise of glory is the promise, almost incredible and only possible by the work of Christ, that some of us, that any of us who really chooses, shall actually survive that examination, shall find approval, shall please God. To please God...to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness...to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son—it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is.---
Persecution, famine, drought, storms, hail, terrorism, radiation, unemployment, disease, fire, hurricane, tsunami, pollution, mindless unfruitful dry near pointless jobs, corruption, slavery, sexual torture, child abuse, rape, murder, sinkholes, meteors, war, tension, nuclear threat, typhoon, divorce, rampant incarceration and vast broken relationships abound. All as we cry Maranatha - Lord come quickly. Praise God for His abounding love, mercy and patience or He would have come back a long time ago as THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH to destroy and judge. PRAISE HIM that have been given the gift of Himself and that we have salvation. And beyond that we have been counted worthy to suffer, worthy to wear His name and worthy to share the hope we have. Worthy to see what is just in front of us.
That we can do anything in HIS HOLY NAME is beyond words. Who am i. who am i.
no one. no one at all, except that I have been redeemed, sealed, cleaned and transformed into a holy son of the MOST HIGH. PRAISE HIM.
TELL EVERYONE. TIME IS UP. Look up smile and laugh for your redemption is here.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
Life on this planet is unsustainable. With three reactor cores melted into the ground water, enormous numbers of reactor rods perched inaccessibly high off the ground, leaks, poor management and all the rest, it is hopeless.
Hope is found only in God and through the finished work of the cross, in His Son Jesus Christ.
The hour is very very late.