Looking Ahead!

Looking Ahead!

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:1-8 NIV

Are we getting closer to the end–as we know it–and the beginning as God has shown it us?

The answer to this question will vary depending upon who is being asked. For those who cannot see beyond the moment and are living in despair–they would say we’re getting closer to the end. For those who understand that we cannot reach the end of a goal without moving forward, intuitively (naturally and spiritually), they would say, this is the simply the means to get to the new beginning God has promised.

While I refuse to live in despair or be fearful of the things I see, I am also not afraid to speak truth and warn others to be vigilant in all they do. As a watchman, I must be brave and courageous and speak truth whether people want to hear it or not. For if the warning is heard and acknowledged and things fall apart–people will be prepared to make adjustments–including fighting back or taking other precautions in how they live. If people choose to ignore the warnings and are surprised by the outcome of any event, their folly is on them–the watchmen is free from judgment.

Ezekiel said it best–if watchmen see danger and do not warn the people–their blood (any loss of life) is on the watchman’s hands. If the watchmen warn the people of impending danger and the people ignore the watchmen, their blood is on their hands (whatever the consequences are).

I have warned people for months of impending dangers of having a total novice in the White House–one who has never sacrificed anything in his life to serve others–one who has never seen the importance of serving others–one who has never served in public office to accomplish anything worthwhile for others. And yet, in spite of the warnings, church folks–those who claim to know God–lied on God and convinced others to vote for a man who does not know God and avoided serving in the military with trumped up excuses and is now the Commander-in-chief of the same military he refused to serve.

The same man–of which I warned people about for months–has now determined that those with mental illness have the right purchase guns. The coal-miners can go back to polluting surrounding water supplies in order to make a buck. The economic sanctions have been lifted against Russia even though they undermined our democratic process by hacking into a political party’s system (both). Legal immigrants have been impeded from traveling back to the United States because of a fearful, impetuous man–who gave no thought to his actions by implementing an unnecessary ban against a religion. White Supremacists and the KKK have been removed from the “terror watch” list in order to accommodate the systematic suppression of rights of all Americans. Civilians in Yemen have lost their lives and one Navy Seal lost and others endangered because the man with no experience, decided to consult with others with no experience, and carried out a raid without sufficient information from those with knowledge.

The pro-lifers who claim that life is precious from the beginning of conception, have no concern about the lives of human beings after they arrive from the womb. This they have proven, time-after-time. They deregulate corporate policies designed for the production of safety–in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink–just to make corporations rich at the risk of our health. They polarize the country with fear and lies about the healthcare system so all would be covered-without a replacement and without concern about the health of the nation. And yet they say–they are “pro-life.” What a hypocrisy!

Arrogance and ego governing in any capacity is a dangerous thing as we are about to see with his–bullying tactics–against those who are in a position to fight back and win.

In spite of the stupidity that abounds–I will trust in the Lord and I will continue to warn people of the plots of evil that surround us–especially about those who are plotting a military coup. We know this because of all the events unfolding from the placement of Bannon on the National Security Council, to the eliminating of background checks for gun purchases for mentally unstable, to the isolation engendered by keeping other world leaders antagonized against us. Those who hear God–know what is coming ahead, but we also know–no weapon formed against those who belong to God–will have any lasting effect to harm us.

Look ahead–keeping God’s Word in focus–and doing whatever God says to do–being assured of obtaining all He has promised.

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Soon And Very Soon!

Soon And Very Soon!

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:3-8 KJV

When we understand the vision John had and know deep within our hearts that God always has our best interests at heart–we can find comfort in His Word, not fear.

We can be comforted in knowing that no matter how foolish men and women act life, there will come a time when all will stand before God and give an account of what we’ve done.

We can know–with assurance–that it won’t be long now–not based on our calendar days, but in God’s timing–before we begin our second life–living with Him for all eternity.

Looking at all the turmoil and violence in the world–with all the confusion about “everything” I can only cry unto the Lord, “Come quickly!”

We know that God is not the author of confusion and since He is not–Satan is.

We know that God does not promote hatred and fear and since He does not–Satan does.

More importantly, we know that when people ignore God or refuse to obey Him, He allows the enemy to wreck havoc in our lives–until we reach the place where we understand, we can do nothing without Him.

We are our own worst enemy when we refuse to obey Him in all things.

All of the foolishness over which people get angry and rebellious will soon pass away.

There is no politics in Heaven for the King of Kings is sovereign. There are no religious banners denoting which denoting different denominations hanging in Heaven for there is but One Lord!

There is no sickness and disease in Heaven and no reason for there to be pain.

There is no difference of opinion in Heaven for only the like-minded in Christ shall reside there.

There is no black or white or red or brown or any other barrier in Heaven that will separate humanity (in its glorified body) from enjoying The Lord!

Hallelujah! Soon and very soon!

It’s Time!

“And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him” (2 Peter 3:14,15 NLT).

Peter’s letter reminds us of all that will happen “in that day” and assures us that just because it has not happened, yet–it will happen. His admonition is about what we can expect–fiery endings, all things destroyed, and new heavens and a new earth–it’s still going to happen, but he also says, while we wait–we must use the time to make sure everyone is saved–this why God’s promise for Jesus’ return has been delayed–He’s waiting for us to promote a true Gospel in how we live and for others to accept His Son as Savior and Lord.

Now, I know there are some religious groups who believe that the “new earth” is simply this one replenished, but that is simply an error in understanding or deliberate misinterpretation because it is taken out of context. If we look at the entire letter, we see that Peter has predicted “all the elements destroyed by fire”. In other words, everything needed by mere mortals–earth, water, and wind. But for those who have a relationship with God–we understand that the new heavens are not like anything we know, neither is the new earth like the one we know, because we will no longer be mere mortals. The real problem with people trying to determine that “one segment of scripture” means anything by itself is that it is religious propaganda born of a need to control others.

In this letter, Peter also reminds us that when Jesus returns, He will come as a thief in the night–completely unannounced--except for the sound of the trumpet and we’re all out of here in the twinkling of an eye (Paul says). There is no need to pack a bag, save food or money for this event–we won’t have time to grab it and I for one, am glad that all of our needs have already been anticipated and provided as we rise to live and reign with Him. Hallelujah!

At any rate, the message here is clear from Peter’s letter–while we’re waiting–we should “live according to God’s Word” loving and enjoying peace, doing nothing in His sight for which we might be ashamed.  During our wait–we are developing patience and while patience is developing, we are (or should be) promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that none are left to experience the fiery ending that is promised.

 

No Shame Here!

“And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming” (I John 2:28 NIV).

“He’s coming soon!” “The end is near!” “These are the last days!”  “Get your life right, now!”

There is always an alarm–alerting us to the fact that every day we live, we get closer to the end–our end or the world’s end–one really doesn’t know. However, if we are doing all we can to live according to His Word–the watchman’s cry will not cause us to be fearful or intimidated; the watchman’s cry should bring us joy–knowing we will soon receive our rewards.

But that is not normally the case for many. They sound the alarm to make people fearful and mindful of the fact that if they are still in sin, they will not be able to stand before the Lord, confident of what they will hear Him say, but will be judged according to their “acts of sin.”

With all that has been said and demonstrated in The Word–we must learn to continue-daily–to live our lives with confidence, knowing we have done all we can to live The Word and not just preach it to others.

When we “know” (not think) we are living The Word–warnings of His impending return won’t cause our hearts to faint, but to rejoice.

How do we know we are living The Word?

The answer lies not so much in someone having to tell us–repeatedly– we should not sin, but in our ability to love–God and others. If we love God, we’ll study The Word for ourselves and seek understanding from Him. If we love others–we will not do anything that will cause them harm, but we will do everything within our power to serve, encourage, inspire, motivate and promote–living The Word.

If we say we love God–then we know when we sin–against Him. If we say we love people–we know when we sin against them. Perhaps, the most difficult task in our lives becoming loving us and knowing when we sin against ourselves (according to The Word).

Let’s listen and do The Word and know that He is coming back to take us to the place He has prepared for us. The only thing I want to hear from Him is, “Well done” and I am confident of this one thing–I will not be ashamed to stand before Him, awaiting His pronouncement.  Will you?

Can You Hear Me Now?

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2 NIV).

Are we listening to God through His Word, when His spirit speaks to us or are we bombarded by the chaos that reigns in the midst of confusion and disobedience? I can only imagine what  God might be thinking about what is happening in the land, He created for our good.

“Good morning, children,” God said.

“I have much to say to you concerning this world.”

“On this planet, I had devised the means for your survival and even for you to prosper in it.”

“On this planet, I had determined my purposes for your lives if you would surrender your all to me.”

“Over and over again, I have sustained a remnant of people who will obey and do what I have asked them to do.”

“Throughout the generations, I have loved you, warned you, and even sacrificed myself for you, yet you do not hear me.”

“You have not heeded my warnings or learned from your past mistakes, and even when I attempt to correct you, you turn from me.”

“You have defiled yourselves in all manner of abominations and turned what I have said is evil to good–for your own selfish purposes–to appease your flesh.”

“You have ignored my teachings so your children will be upstanding, productive people and now instead they are whore-mongers, warmongers, and haters of self and parents, and me.”

“You care more about what people think that what I have said and you constantly change your views to adapt to people, but you constantly ignore what I have said that does not change.”

“You attempt to talk to me when things go south and then you expect me to act on your behalf as though I am a magician.”

“You refuse to obey me, but you get angry when the consequences of your actions are made known to all.”

“When I am attempting to talk to you about your behavior, you tune-me out or try to justify your actions.”

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? I Am God and I change not, nor do my purposes for you change.”

“Nevertheless, since you insist on doing things your way, I will abide by my word and remove my hand from your lives and allow the consequences to fall upon the just and the unjust.”

“There is no more need to seek me for direction, when you refuse to hear me.  I will not hear you because you do not listen to those I have appointed and anointed for such a time as this.”

“And when you hear the sounds of war knocking at your borders, do not wonder why.  You know why.  Do not point fingers at others until you have realized your part in all of the world’s undoing.”

“Know that I love you, but I will not tolerate your blatant disregard of my people, my Word, or those I purposed to serve your needs.”

“Since you love the praise of men more than your relationship with me, and will praise others more than you praise me, I will leave you to serve what you desire and you will hear from me–no more!”

“C A N   Y O U   H E A R   M E   N O W?”

What is your response? O God, I hear and ask for Your abiding love to sustain us against evil and that You will create in us a heart to hear, a will to do, the courage to speak out against evil and a determination to get it all done, to Your glory! Cut away everything in our lives that keeps us from true repentance, so that we may honor You with our lives!