The Last Bricks

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I believe the LORD wants us to continue to live and make plans as if He might not come back today, but to labor as if He is coming back this very night. Our main concern as Christians is to continue spreading the gospel with fervor, but at the same time to live on with a recognition of the End Times that we live in, while keeping the balance of not being obsessed with it:

“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3 KJV)

That is why I want to share 4 interesting things to think about, especially with the obsession even the world has with the Apocalypse and some of the crazy ideas we see floating around. Christian teachers normally concentrate (and rightly so) on the increase of earthquakes, famines, natural disasters, wars, nuclear threats, religious persecutions, hatred for anything godly, translation of Scripture into every language, rise of militant homosexuality, the alignment of Nations, and frightening surveillance technology being put into place. But, no two speakers seem to agree on their views about the Second Coming. I believe this is because they try to overstep their bounds and be too specific. I try to step back and simplify the facts both Biblically and Newswise as far as current events are concerned.

HERE ARE THE 4 INTERESTING THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

1.) Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will  be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. (Matthew 24:1‭-‬3‭, ‬32‭-‬35 NKJV)

When Jesus spoke the above words, it was approximately 30AD. 40 years later, the first part of this prophecy was fulfilled and the Temple was completely destroyed by the Romans and the Jews were banished. Not until June 6, 1967, the old city of Jerusalem, where Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, was finally under Israeli control. This was during the Six-Day War that took place June 5–10, 1967, and was the third of the Arab-Israeli wars. Israel’s decisive victory included the capture of the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, West Bank, Old City of Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights. The following website gives a documentary look at this miraculous victory:

http://sixdaywar.jerusalemu.org

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) is the Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War. The day is officially marked by state ceremonies and memorial services.

All of this leads me to say that I saw the fig tree put forth it’s leaves when I was 10 years old on that June day back in 1967 as I watched the Israeli troops take over the old city where Jesus was when Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13 were recorded. Jesus stated emphatically: “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” —-> This tells me that my generation will not pass away until He comes again. I will not know the day or the hour but the season is assured!

On December 10, 2017, I added the following PDF that addresses Jerusalem finally being recognized as Israel’s capital and the reality that the 3rd Temple may possibly be built in 2018. People who study End Times prophecy know that the Temple destroyed in 70 AD must be rebuilt in order for the ‘abomination of desecration’ by the Antichrist to take place midway through the Tribulation Period (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15, Revelation 13:5,14)

3rd Temple Reality.PDF

2.) “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4 NKJV)

The advancements over the past 10 years in world travel, especially non-stop flights that reach around the globe (Daniel’s prediction of many running to and fro) and the access of the common person to the knowledge explosion of Google (Daniel’s prediction of knowledge increasing) is unprecedented.—-> This tells me that we truly are at the time of the end. The pieces of the puzzle are set in place.

3.) Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to  come.” (Daniel 10:12‭-‬14 NKJV)

I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you. “Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them. After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely. You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.” (Ezekiel 38:4‭-‬9 NKJV)

Iran (Persia) is controlled by the most evil forces in the demonic world. When the Shah fell on February 11, 1979, present day Persia took a turn for the worse. They are now bent on procuring nuclear capabilities through their nuclear program, with the destruction of Israel most prominent on their mind.

Quds Day (Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem) officially called International Quds Day is an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan that was initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palastinians and oppose Zionism and Israel, Israel’s occupation of Jerusalem, and Jewish settlements in Israeli-occupied territories. Nominally, it exists in opposition to the Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) celebration instituted by Israel in May 1968, and which Kessel law changed into a national holiday in 1998.

This past June 23, 2017 Al Quds Day, Protesters burned Israeli flags and chanted ‘death to Israel’ at annual rallies held across Iran.

We are witnessing the evil rise of the demonic head of Persia, known in the present day as Iran. The stage is being made for the hook to be set in Iran’s (Persia’s) jaw, along with the other nations that will battle against Israel, which will either set off the seven year tribulation or transpire within it.

Please read about Iran’s (Persia’s) threat to Israel and it’s present military capabilities at the following website:

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/iran-military-threat-to-israel

4.) And they said one to another, go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:3‭-‬9 KJV)

Think about this: Google Translate has rebuilt the communication abilities between the different languages of the world that were separated when the first Tower of Babel was destroyed.

The following two articles I just came across in the past 10 days actually make me shudder. They open my eyes to the fact that mankind through technology and medical advancements has rebuilt the Tower of Babel:

Human Head Transplant.PDF

God Robot.PDF

We are told that the LORD is to be our Strong Tower. But man is bent on evil and making himself that tower and is laying the last bricks into this second Tower of Babel before the LORD comes to destroy it!

The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. (Proverbs 18:10 KJV)

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20 NKJV)

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Signs of a True Revival

I am going into my 41st year since I accepted Jesus Christ as my LORD and Savior. I have had my ups and downs in my Christian walk just like any other Christian has. But, I have also had the nagging feeling that I was not being everything that I should be during most of my journey. I am not talking about turning my back on the Lord or having my name blotted out of the Book of Life.

The problem runs deep. Clues are found in Isaiah and Psalms:

“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2 NLT)

“Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. (Psalms 51:13‭, ‬16‭-‬17 NKJV)

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Oh, I studied the Word of God diligently. I not only studied it, I also taught it. I tarried and prayed for Holy Spirit power as commanded and God honored it by filling me with the Holy Spirit. But how could I miss it? How could I miss the other ingredients that were essential to fulfilling the Great Commission successfully in my life? Being busy working for the Lord is no excuse. I must face the fact that my wheels just spun in the mud without humility and brokenness.

Don’t allow yourself to be fooled, O Christian. Pride can be very deceiving. Both James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5 repeat the same warning: “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” That is why David wrote: “Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:23‭-‬24 KJV)

I have this testimony to share. Last night I was restless in my spirit. I felt that the Holy Spirit sent me on a seeking mission. I came across this sermon that was preached a week ago on October 22, 2017 by Ron Pearce of Empower Ministries. It is entitled ‘Three Signs of a True Revival’. This sermon broke me like no other sermon has except for the day I was Born Again in January 1977.

North America and Europe are in deep deep need of true revival. We are being choked to death by our greed. We have remade the Tower of Babel and think we can solve any problem thrown at us while denying the existence of a Creator. Time is short. The end is near. It must start with me! It must start with you! We must have these three things:
1. Humility
2. Brokenness (then put back together)
3. Desperation

Please, I beg of you to listen to the sermon (MP3 format) at the bottom of this article in its entirety and allow the Holy Spirit to truly have His way with you. Because if you do, you will not be the same Christian, just like I was not the same Christian after I listened to it and got up off of my knees with brokenness and tears running down my face, ready to be put back together again.

May God bless you wherever He leads you as He puts you back together. For the LORD is the only one that can truly put you back together again and allow rivers of living water to flow from your heart so that you can revive those dying of thirst!

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38 NKJV)

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3 Signs of a True Revival.MP3

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Is Your God Uncle Sam and Technology?

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How foolish are those who manufacture idols. These prized objects are really worthless. The people who worship idols don’t know this, so they are all put to shame. Who but a fool would make his own god— an idol that cannot help him one bit? All who worship idols will be disgraced along with all these craftsmen—mere humans— who claim they can make a god. They may all stand together, but they will stand in terror and shame. The wood-carver measures a block of wood and draws a pattern on it. He works with chisel and plane and carves it into a human figure. He gives it human beauty and puts it in a little shrine. He cuts down cedars; he selects the cypress and the oak; he plants the pine in the forest to be nourished by the rain. Then he uses part of the wood to make a fire. With it he warms himself and bakes his bread. Then—yes, it’s true—he takes the rest of it and makes himself a god to worship! He makes an idol and bows down in front of it! He burns part of the tree to roast his meat and to keep himself warm. He says, “Ah, that fire feels good.” Then he takes what’s left and makes his god: a carved idol! He falls down in front of it, worshiping and praying to it. “Rescue me!” he says. “You are my god!” Such stupidity and ignorance! Their eyes are closed, and they cannot see. Their minds are shut, and they cannot think. The person who made the idol never stops to reflect, “Why, it’s just a block of wood! I burned half of it for heat and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat. How can the rest of it be a god? Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood?” The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that can’t help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, “Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie?” (Isaiah 44:9‭-‬11‭, ‬13‭-‬20 NLT)

Most people when commenting on the above scripture will say, “Wow! How ignorant can people be?” Yet they fail to realize that they have replaced the wood in Isaiah 44 with Uncle Sam, our wealth, our technology, and our medical advancements. Our technology and our wealth convince us daily that we can solve anything that this life throws at us. Let’s be aware that our modern life, with all the ‘control’ and ‘convenience’ that technology has provided, can confuse us and make us think we are more powerful than we in fact are. There are so many in America that are dependent for their subsistence from the checks they receive from Uncle Sam every month. They have made the American government their god, rather than the God who created them. Americans go out and abuse their bodies, which are supposed to be temples of the Holy Spirit, and then they turn to medical science and expect doctors to reverse the effects of their negligence.

Can a Christian reap the benefits of technology and wealth? He or she most certainly can. But where the dividing line is in the attitude of dependence.

Do you have an attitude of gratitude towards God for the blessings that you have received from this modern-day society’s advancements? Or are you so frightened and at a loss of what to do when you finally hit a brick wall and these advancements cannot solve your problem?

The LORD has blessed me in being a very tenacious and highly skilled individual, as most people are. But if I do not rely and obey the LORD in guidance and direction, then I am not living by faith. Habakkuk reminds us that ‘the just must live by faith’ (2:4). Hebrews 11:6 tells us that ‘it is impossible to please God without faith’. Look what happened to King Saul who took things into his own hands :

But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you, Saul, as king.” (1 Samuel 15:22‭-‬23 NLT)

Habakkuk 3:17-19 describes the collapse of an economy. He predicts famines, food shortages, loss of income, lack in all things. But in spite of these dire things to come, he trusts and is convinced God is still God through every famine and hard time:

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the Lord , I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.” (Habakkuk 3:17‭-‬19 NKJV)

It all comes down to these questions. Who really is your God? Can you truly pray the Lord’s Prayer as your own personal prayer as it is written below?

My Father which art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give me this day my daily bread. And forgive me my trespasses, as I forgive those who trespass against me. Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

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Shaken Christianity

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When putting the two words ‘shaken’ and ‘Christianity’ together, it can often bring ambiguous thoughts to your mind. Could it mean the shaking of your Christian faith? Could it mean shaking in fear? Could it mean Christianity shaking up the world? Could it mean shaking the dust from your feet? Could it mean God shaking the heavens and the earth? Or could it mean not only shaking of the world around you, but the shaking of everything in your life so that you can be as Christ-like as possible? When you look up ‘shake’ in the concordance you will see the word used in all the contexts I mentioned.

What I am referring to in this article is the last scenario of the shaking of everything in your life so that you can be the Christian God designed you to be.

“He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” (Luke 6:48 KJV)

Think about it! There is a whole lot of shaking that takes place when a house is being built. There is shaking when the foundation is put in. There is shaking that takes place every time a hammer strikes in order to nail all the pieces of wood together. There is shaking that takes place when the roof is put on. But after the house is finished, if it is made properly, it is ready to withstand the shakings that come against it.

Listen to the following MP3 excerpt:

Shaken.MP3

No doubt it is a scary prayer that is mentioned in the MP3, but are you ready to pray, "LORD, shake everything in my life that can be shaken!"

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The Fruits and Anguish

“But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 KJV)

“And being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:44 NIV)

An antonym of anguish is joy. So how can one possess both the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ ,of which joy is part of, and ‘anguish’? Let’s look at Jesus Himself. We know that He possessed the Fruit of the Spirit because He literally was God in the flesh. Then we look at Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and we see the anguish he demonstrated in his prayers where he literally sweated blood.

We must make the distinction between when we are out-and-about in the world and when we are locked in our prayer closet. When we are living from day-to-day, we must always exude the Fruit of the Spirit. But when we pray, it is a time that we need to pray as Jesus did, and that means sometimes praying in anguish.

Listen to the following video, for it will really bring anguish into perspective:

When you close the door and drop to your knees, do you feel anguish over the lost souls and the condition of Christianity in the world outside your prayer closet?

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6 KJV)

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Stirred or Fluffed Christianity?

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Let me start off by asking, “Would you rather be a soufflé or a hearty stew?”
 
After being cooked, a soufflé is puffed up and fluffy, and it will generally fall after 5 or 10 minutes. Soufflés are frequently depicted in cartoons, comedies and children’s programs as a source of humor. Often this involves a loud noise or poke causing the soufflé to collapse, evoking the dejection of the character being served the anticipated dessert.

The definition of hearty is something that is strong, vigorous, substantial, abundant, nourishing. A delicious stew full of vegetables and meat is an example of a hearty stew

You must stir a stew while it is cooking for it to come out right. But you dare not stir a soufflé when it is being baked, because if you do, the end result will be disastrous.

Now for the real question, “Which would you rather be, stirred or fluffed up?”

Please listen to the following minute long MP3 excerpt that references the following Scripture Numbers 13:30-32 when the 12 spies returned from searching out the Promised Land:

Being Stirred.MP3

Are you consuming spiritual food of a hearty stew that has been stirred to produce a sustaining meal that will stick to your ribs and give you the energy you need in the days of adversity ahead or are you enjoying a puffed up soufflé that may taste great going down but has no power to keep you from fainting when you will need it most?

My whole point in this article comes down to whose ministries are you listening to? Are you listening to good sound Bible teachings that stir and convict your soul or are you listening to those that hype and fluff you up? Is the bottom line JESUS CHRIST or is the bottom line YOU. I keep tabs on all of the Ministries out there that have multitudes following them. I especially weep for one whose entire Ministry is based upon selling what YOU can receive or be. The reason his Ministry has become so huge is because people love to have their ear’s itched.

For thirty years I have been getting a sermon message every 3 weeks in the mail from a certain ministry. Whenever I go to the mailbox and see that it’s in the mail my heart leaps. I can’t wait to sit down and read it because I know that it will stir me and convict me in belief. Oh Christian, this is the way that it must be whenever we listen to those that preach to us. If not, as the sermon excerpt says, “We must get out and stop listening!”

I don’t know about you, but I want to be stirred. I want to be convicted. I want something that drives me to weeping, seeking, repenting, and trying to become the utmost for His highest where I leave the ME behind.

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Operating in Light and Love

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“The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” (Revelation 21:23 NKJV)

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (I John 4:8 NKJV)

Each day as I get older, I take a look at all of the chores that I have to do in life and I figure out how to do them more efficiently with less energy, less resources, and less time.

I have allowed this practice to spill over into my Christian walk as I also get older and older. I dissect how I operated as a young Christian and I learn from my mistakes and misconceptions.

When I first became a Christian, it was just after the turbulent 1960s. There were a lot of books written about the end times that were engrossed with the dark things that were happening in the world. This set me in motion to take a look at every disaster that took place in the world as a harbinger of the tribulation period that was prophesied. I was fixated on the darkness rather than the light. Jesus does not want us to dwell on the darkness, but only be aware of it. Instead, He wants us to be the light of the world:

 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14‭-‬16 NLT)

Another thing that drained my early Christian walk was ‘working for the Lord’. I was so caught up in the things that I was ‘doing for the Lord’ that I failed to see the needs that were all around me in a dying world. Jesus never designed us to strive to please Him by our exploits. He designed us to allow Him to live through us to touch the world:

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10 NLT)

“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (John 7:38 NLT)

As you can see, we were not designed to go through life in drudgery ‘working for Jesus’. Paul and Silas proved to us that we can sing even in the midst of awful conditions as they did locked up in a cold, damp, dark prison after being beaten severely (Acts 16:22-25).

Jesus wants to be so alive in us that the things of the world will not deflate us. He wants us to operate in light and love. He gave us the signs of the end times. He told us that we would know when the time is near. He compared it to birth pains (Mat 24:8) which get more and more intense, and closer and closer together as time passes. He commands us not to be distressed, but to look up and rejoice, not because of all the calamities, but because He is soon to return and set everything right:

“Men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” (Luke 21:26‭, ‬28 NKJV)

I do not know where you are in your walk in life, but Jesus’ advice is very simple. Stop striving and allow His light and love to flow through you. As soon as you do, people around you will notice the difference. They will no longer see a religious person. They will see someone who has been touched by the Master’s hand, spreading life to a dying world.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NKJV)

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