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The Ultimate Gamble


Everyone ultimately has to make a decision: will they trust themselves and their understanding or will they trust God and His.  This choice isn't just for unbelievers, but for those who call themselves "Christian", as well.  For very, very soon those who have placed their faith in themselves and their works and abilities will discover whether that was a wise or foolish decision.  As for me, I have nothing to boast or glory in save the Cross of Christ.  I'm staking everything - my life, my soul, and my future on Jesus Christ and Him alone.  I'm taking the gamble that His blood and righteousness are sufficient for me and that trusting in anything else, including my works, will soil my spotless garments.  I believe He freely gave me these garments of His own volition and grace and there is nothing I can do to receive them or maintain their purity save accept them through faith alone.  These garments have been made white in the blood of the Lamb.  Not by my blood nor by my works nor by anything that is mine - only by my Savior.


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  1. There is no gamble when you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ our Lord, the Only begotten Son of God. The wise man built his house upon the Rock. I stand firm upon the Word of God. I believe every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God and lean not to my own understanding. I and all of my brothers and sisters in Christ are safe in His arms! Maranatha

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  2. Amen! In Christ alone!

    Kay

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  3. Gary, what is the name of the song? I can,t find it.

    Carla The Netherlands

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    1. It sounds like "Be Thou My Vision".

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    2. Hey sister Carla:

      Song: Be Thou My Vision
      Artist: Jason Tanioli
      Album: Christmas Gift

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    3. Jesus arrives at the end of the 1260 Day Great Tribulation. There is no 7 Yr Tribulation (Daniels's 70th Week is 7 Days) or pre-Tribulation Rapture; He raises, the 2 Witnesses (Seth's Enoch and Elijah), the dead and living in the Wedding Party (Rev 19:7) at the "Last Trumpet" after the 2nd Woe! 1 Day before He arrives. Don't be fooled by false prophets or false hopes.

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    4. Howard, denying the rapture is denying scripture. Trying to claim the 70th week isn't a 7 year period with a 3.5 year Great Tribulation is just denying a mountain of scripture.

      No offense, but I find your post to be a gross misinterpretation or misstatement of God's word.

      Barry

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    5. Barry....it is no use trying to reason with Howard. His only reason to be on this site is to argue. The unreasonable are also unteachable as well. He is not about what is true of our Lord's words but an agenda. He spouts the same off the wall ignorant nonsense in other Forums to try and get a response.

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  4. I take these 3 months yet to come to prepare for leaving this world. I don't mean anything by works with that. I know I'm safe in Christ, nothing left to do about it. Br. Steve Sewell mentioned it in some of his videos that knowing about Rev12-sign and expecting FoT 2017 to be departure date is like having got death diagnosis from the doctor; the difference is that it is in fact LIFE diagnosis. You can now choose to be afraid and to cling to this world like Lots wife but we are as Christians not suppose to do so (Luke 17,32). Or you can start to anticipate and rejoice in the vivid reality of meeting the LORD Jesus Christ now soon. I am currently thinking of how worldlings react to death diagnosis usually: they want to press any kind of event and experience yet missing to them into the rest of their days left. Be it some base jump, an expensive restaurant, a holiday trip or meeting relatives to say goodbye. But what kind of event or experience could ever exceed the kind of life and the restored (and new) earth a Christian will soon be facing? What or whom could we miss yet on this earth? Honestly saying with Paul: far better is to be with Christ (Philippians 1,23). Right?

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    1. I expect the Lord anytime. The next three months more so as no one expects Him to come during this period, many are probably turning their attention from the spring holidays and all the scripture that hinted at us leaving early, towards the Rev 12 sign later this year. We're on His timetable after all, and there is still those words about cutting the time short for the elect, lest no flesh would survive...

      We just have to wait and see and be patient. Though the vision tarry, wait for it, for it will not tarry is the verse coming to mind...

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    2. @ Kris Garrison: there was a time I thought about it like you do because everybody taught imminency. But I changed my mind because of 2017 fulfillment of Rev12-sign now combined with the definite day and hour given in 1 Corinthians 15,52. This is Gods calendar, not mine. Blessings to you!

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    3. The Lord has me praying for lost family, friends, enemies...everyone. I am reading Andrew Murray school of Prayer and war room prayer book. Preparing for a fast. This is the time to pray like you never have before. Intercession is vital. Let's join with Jesus to bring in the lost sheep.

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    4. Well said, Annabel!!! It is so exciting to think about what our very near future reality with Christ is going to be like!!! My bags are packed and I'm ready to go home! There is nothing left for me in this world.

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    5. I've been praying for everyone as well!

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    6. @Anabel : I worry that getting caught up in that date will have the same result as all the previous dates... If it comes and goes, there will be a lot of confusion and disappointment... and possibly a great falling away... There is also the temptation to 'do as ye will' all the way up to that date and then try to clean up at the last minute. By staying with immanency, we try to live each day as best as we can, always watching and expecting our Lord's arrival.

      I just don't see reaching September without something happening... Everything seems to be set up right now...

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    7. Annabel "I take these 3 months yet to come to prepare for leaving this world."
      You got that right sister! I agree with all that you said! My brother and I have discussed this whole coming event and try not to get over excited. We've known for decades this event was on the horizone, but not until last July 8th did I read an article on Daily Crow where he discussed this. I was not not even looking for anything like this, but when I found out I made sure to do my "due diligence" research before telling others. You are correct There is NOTHING here worth sticking around for as things keep getting worse and worse. I've enjoyed reading your comments and you are a LADY OF THE WORD! God bless and I'll see you all, hopefully, in a 83 days!
      Glory to God this excites me!

      YBIC,
      Gary Hysell

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    8. Amen. I especially like the reference to Lot's wife. Good reminder for those who don't want to leave this world 'yet'. We are overjoyed at the upcoming day of departure, and want all our friends and family to be the same. To God be the glory.

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    9. Annabel, reading your comment brought me to tears....of joy!

      Things are really heating up down here right now. I don't know about what any of you all are experiencing in recent days but it seems the enemy is working overtime to upset me and my loved ones. Just let me encourage you all....Yeshua is soooooo awesome! HE of course is using this for my good! I've learned a few things from all this and have surrendered more to my Savior. I just continue to dwell in my bridal chamber awaiting my Groom.

      Be of good cheer, we are going home soon. As Annabel stated...there is NOTHING for me in this world! Maranatha! Get ready for a party like no other!

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  5. Pastor Sandy Armstrong (Soldiers For Christ Community Church) has been mentioned in the comments here at Unsealed a few times. His church has a youtube channel, I watched several of his teachings. I’ve learned some very interesting things listening to him! However, what I soon noticed is that Pastor Sandy is also holding a strong anti-eternal security (and performance based) stance; he is refuting the notion of eternal security in his teachings. (He even mentioned that he gets “protesting” emails at times where people try to defend “Once Saved Always Saved”.) I just need to say that I simply don’t understand that phenomenon! I mean, I find and listen to people like Pastor Sandy who seem gifted and it seems to me that the Holy Spirit is leading them and I don’t understand how they maintain the anti-eternal security stance and promoting legalistic/performance based views! (Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not passing judgment on Pastor Sandy or others, neither condemning nor smearing them, that’s not my intention at all!)

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    1. The issue of eternal security is a doctrine so fundamental and basic that we must take issue with anyone who wavers in the least, especially someone who has a teaching platform. At stake is the very gospel itself. There is a reason why Gary has been prompted to post recently on defending the gospel and not tolerating false teaching.

      If this man is indeed a brother, then he should be open to correction and rebuke (not condemnation). But if he won't even budge in the slightest when multiple believers are emailing him on the same topic, time after time. Then this is an issue of a stubborn and rebellious spirit. Pride which God himself opposes.

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    2. I like Pastor Armstrong a lot and his heart is in the right place. I watch almost all his videos and saw that too. I didn't agree with it, but no one gets it 100% right 100% of the time.

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    4. Yes, that's true, no one gets it 100% right all the time but the thing is, I was quite taken aback by some of his Bible passage interpretations concerning OSAS.

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    5. I think all we can do in a case when somebody wouldn’t like to listen is to pray (in many cases much prayer is required). Asking the Lord to open their eyes.

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    6. @ Nora dear sister: regarding OSAS truth being attacked you have to consider the work of Satan behind. These days are so much the very last and he desperately wants to destroy our blessed hope and confidence (Hebrews 10,35) or obfuscate our plain view onto the LORD Jesus Christ (Col 3,1-2) that he even uses true brethren to support these teachings. There are true Christians out there who have perhaps been so much dissapointed by todays' hyper-grace teaching (Jude 4) that they will turn onto this legalistic way instead and confuse one false concept with the other. If Satan cannot destroy our souls BECAUSE OF OSAS TRUTH he can at least trouble THE church by bewilderment and confusion (which he is master of). Prove all things, hold fast that which is good! (1 Thess 5,21) Blessings to you!

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    7. Total Amen to all of that! Well said...

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    8. Total Amen to all of that! Well said...

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  6. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose

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  7. We have to trust absolutely in the Word of God. One of the first scriptures the Lord gave me when I asked Him to teach me about sickness and healing (because I'd had a miraculous healing and other, healings but not always) was 'woe to those who go down to Egypt for help'. I knew I was being told not to go to the world (spiritual Egypt) for help, and though I have been through many trials, and still am, I have been kept through His Word strengthening me.

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    1. Dear Brenda, this is huge!! Praise God for your testimony! You know, my family (3 persons) had the same promises when we were saved in 2005, but it was on the financial sector (Matthew 6,33; 1 Kings 17,14) primarily. But God kept us healthy as well all the time so that we were able to work and stay independent from spiritual Egypt. We are paying our taxes into the social security (Romans 13,1) but not taking anything from it so far. It always works!! HALLELUJAH

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    2. Absolutely! His word proves itself true when we trust. God bless you and your family and we continue to trust in that Word and the power that it has to bring into existence that which does not exist. HALLELUJAH!

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  8. Carla The NetherlandsJune 22, 2017 at 5:48 AM

    Thanks Natalie and Gary, I love this Song. Also the Words.

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  9. This is blooming in Israel this year like never before (http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.797073). I looked the tree up on Wikipedia and it is nicknamed the flame tree. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia Also, has anyone noticed the 666 in the Google doodle? https://www.google.com/?client=safari&channel=ipad_bm

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  10. Yahshua is coming*,...tony/vt !!!

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  11. I know I've brought this up before on this site, but it's one of those things with a connection to 2017 exactly 2,000 years ago that I'm having a hard time dismissing. I'm referring to the Lydia EQ in 17AD - https://sussle.org/t/AD_17_Lydia_earthquake

    If it was just the fact that Pliny the Elder described it as "the greatest earthquake in human memory", I'd say that was a strong enough connection by itself, but I can't shake the significance that it destroyed many if not most of the seven future Churches in Asia Minor mentioned in Revelation. That just seems too much of a coincidence

    I have something else I'm going to post here in a few minutes that I think is very interesting after finding a clue in an apocryphal book

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  12. OK, all of us here spending countless hours reading about the Revelation 12 sign have inevitably seen the mention of the last time this astronomical configuration came close to resembling the Revelation 12 sign and I think the dates cited were 3914 BC or 3915 BC depending on whether someone's astronomy software counts year zero. I think most say 3914 BC so let's go with that for now.

    What's been bothering me this entire time is that going back 3914 BC years and adding the 2017 AD years equals only 5931 years which of course is a concern if we assume that 3914 BC is the date of creation because that would mean we're farther away from the 6,000 year mark than current events seem to indicate.

    However, what if the 3914 BC date was not signifying the date of creation but more importantly the fall of Adam that necessitated God's plan of salvation?

    While the bible is silent on when Adam and Eve sinned, the Book of Jubilees gives us some hints and maintains that Eve was aged between 64 and 70 years when she gave birth to Cain, her first child which I think is reasonable to assume (someone call me out if I'm missing something here) may have occured right after they sinned and were kicked out of the Garden of Eden.

    I find it extremely interesting that the missing 69 years from 6000 (3914 BC + 2017 AD = 5,931) is within the age of 64 and 70 implied in the Book of Jubilees meaning the last time this sign appeared in close to the same configuration was at the time of the fall of Adam.


    The references to Eve's age are in the 3rd and 4th chapter of the Book of jubilees and remember when you see the word weeks, it means shmitas or a week of years.

    http://www.pseudepigrapha.com/jubilees/3.htm
    http://www.pseudepigrapha.com/jubilees/4.htm

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    1. I've been obsessed thinking about the above post concerning speculation that the Fall of Adam occurred in 3914-3915 BC after Adam and Eve lived for about 68-69 years according to the Book of Jubilees which seems to show that we are either at or extremely close to the 6,000 year mark.

      Then I remembered that verse in Genesis 6:3; (https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/gen/6/3/t_conc_6003) in which God said he would only strive with man for 120 years (of jubilees) and thought OK, that too seems to support that the 6,000 years started before 3914-3915 BC if we assume that's when the Fall of man occurred.


      Then I sort of went down a rabbit hole when I started looking closer at whether Adam was the first man.

      Is it possible that mankind was created before Adam and that Adam was created later (with a soul) as a foreshadow of Christ and for God's plan of salvation?

      The bible states that God created mankind in Genesis 1:26 (https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/gen/1/1/s_1027)
      Then later in Genesis 2:7 Adam is created (https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/gen/2/1/t_conc_2007)

      In fact, in Genesis 2:2 (https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/gen/2/1/t_conc_2002) it appears that God created Adam after the seventh day and after his work was finished

      So I looked for Adam and the word First in the bible and found that in 1st Corinthians 15:45 (https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/1co/15/45/p0/t_conc_1077045) it says
      "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.". However, is this verse only saying Adam was the first man, or is it saying Adam was the first man that was made with a living soul? I'm asking because remember in Genesis 1:26 it says God created mankind before Adam was created in Genesis 2:7. If mankind in the beginning included more than just Adam and Eve that might explain how Cain found a wife.

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    2. The way I understand Genesis chapters one and two is that Chapter 2 gives more detail to the creation process. For example, God created plants but on the day He created man, they hadn't sprouted yet. Then He creates man, puts in him Eden, and causes the plants to grow.

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    3. I once watched a video that took all the genealogies, the years of the kings, other known dates and made a video showing that we are about 14 years from the year 6000. I'll have to see if I can find it again. I have to go get myself and kids ready for church right now. :)

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    4. I recall Pastor Sandy Armstrong listing all the genealogies as well but couldn't find the video on his YT site.

      I did find this video last night that was very interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOUDNGCO1Zg
      about the missing years in the Hebrew calendar. In the video the youtuber said they were going to post a link to the Jerusalem Post article mentioned in the video but they didn't and I've reached out to request that link.

      Not sure if anyone will have it down exact but everything I've seen indicates that we are very close

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    5. You may be right Natalie. Either way I guess there is nothing in Genesis 1:26; 2:2 or 2:7 that casts any doubt on the fact that we are very close to the 6,000 year mark regardless. If the Book of Jubilees is correct about how long Adam and Eve lived before their Fall and 3914 or 3915 BC was the Fall of Adam, then we are easily within about 5 years of the end of the Church age and no other year other than 2017 has this many signs : )

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  13. This is an interesting verse from Isaiah 49:1


    Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.


    https://www.blueletterbible.org/niv/isa/49/1/s_728001

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  14. Blood Red Moon, not disagreeing, isnt Scripture laid out in layers sometimes? We are given the Word and then there is more given of a particular Scripture later? I would have thought for sure that I would have seen mention of mankind creation Gen 1:26 and then Adam in other studies on Genesis...you have me so curious now. must look into this further as well...while we Waiting these observations only bring us closer to Him! Maranatha! -barb g.

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    1. You can disagree because I don't know. Also see me comment above to Natalie on June 25, 2017 at 12:06 PM about the same matter : )

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