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Tuesday
Mar032015

Israel’s Struggle To Exist

Israel still has support in the United States, but if some have their way, it won’t be for long. There is no reason the President of the United States can’t meet with the sitting Prime Minister of Israel as he addresses Congress in Washington.  The members of this Administration who boycotted Netanyahu’s speech to Congress are showing how their Anti-Semitic attitudes are beginning to reveal their true feelings toward Israel and the survival of the Jewish State.  This may be a small insignificant ordeal to some, citing political concerns to attend a speech because this Prime Minister of Israel will be up for re-election in a few weeks, but to me it is a sign of Zechariah 12.

 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.

 Israel will eventually stand by herself against a world controlled by Satan, who wants to destroy them, remove their existence from the face of the earth.  When we hear Israel’s enemies say these kinds of words, you might as well be hearing Satan’s voice.  From Revelation 12, we read these words.

 17Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

This gives you the real reason Israel is so hated in the world today, and has been in history.  Her enemy is not the Arabs, or ISIS, or any other government wanting to see Israel destroyed.  They are only the instruments by which Satan uses to accomplish his hatred for the people responsible for his defeat, and his ultimate fate of eternal destruction.  Israel brought a Savior to the world, and she must be punished for the defeat of evil.

This is why you can not only read or listen to news commentator’s who will give you only the political viewpoint, because it is incomplete. Even the best conservative pundit will not give you the source of why this is happening, because it’s not in their wheel house to do so.  Only the Word of God has the answer to the issues we face in our day, and when we don’t pay attention to it’s teachings and understand the spiritual component to our day, we are losing the battle to evil’s propaganda that is heard everyday in our media.  It is even more concerning to me that most Christian outlets are either ignoring the significant signs in our day, or they are ignorant of them. To place a spiritual underpinning to our news seems to be taboo in many churches, it somehow gets categorized as distasteful and irrelevant to God.  

Yet, the Biblical account of the last days shows how political entities will become more corrupt, immoral, and evil oriented as time draws near to the return of Jesus Christ. Even Jesus said that the last days would be days like those in Noah’s day.  Noah’s era was filled with ignorance, and the people were totally unaware of God, and His concepts.  They were immoral, living out their lives only for themselves, extremely wicked, to the point God said He was sorry they were created. Those days were desperate times, much like the days in which we live.

My purpose for writing blogs as I have over these years is not to scare anyone, or to sensationalize the concept of impeding world doom, but to encourage you to do as the Bible teaches, to watch and pray.  We are to be aware of what is coming and to pray for strength to stand in opposition to the evil control of our world. THIS IS NOT TO FOR US TO CHANGE THE WORLD, because you can not change God's plan for the end times. However, you stand in courage to be a source of hope for those who are confused and undecided about how they should live their lives. Courage is what will be needed as a believer in this world. Those who do not have the foundation of God’s Word in their heart, and the power of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct them, will succumb to the propaganda of this world. It has been happening slowly, as Christians abandon Israel in favor of the Palestinians, and have embraced homosexual marriage and lifestyle.

God’s Word will set us a part, and that means trial and tribulation for those who remain faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Are you getting enough of His Word into your daily diet?

 Keeping it honest and truthful….K

 

 

 

Friday
Feb272015

Change, The inevitable Factor Of Life

How about this for how things have changed. This is a contract used by the Ohio Education Association for teachers in 1923. 

Today, we have teachers having sex with students, which to me seems worse than any of these stuffy requirements.

The Associated Press conducted an unprecedented nationwide investigation on the issue between 2001 to 2005, in which it found 2,500 incidents of sexual misconduct by teachers of both genders were reported to authorities.

According to a 2004  U.S. Department of Education report, about 4.5 million public school students, or 1 in 10 students, said they had experienced some form of inappropriate sexual attention from teachers or other school employees sometime between kindergarten and 12th grade. About 43 percent of those students reported misconduct by female offenders.

Things sure have changed!

We like to think about of ourselves as a progressive society where we have improved our existence, and technology has done much of that for us. Let's take the internet for example, it has been a free connection to the world, where you can express your point view without censorship and without being taxed. All of us feared that there would come a day when our government would restrict and censor what is said and done on the internet, and last week was a first step in Government intervention.  This past week, the FCC passed a resolution to make the internet neutral as it concerns access to all services offered by providers.  Many have seen this as a first stage of censorship by the government, paving a path for taxation for usage, and limiting the kind of content that can be posted. It seems logical to me that if the government can control Health Care, and Education in the United States, why wouldn't it want to control the free market of the exchange of ideas? Prophetically, we know that the one source of connecting everyone together, i.e. the internet will one day be controlled by an evil dictator who will use the internet to control commerce, and establish a safe world through a chip or mark on your body. 

16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave,to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,  17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.  18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.  -Rev 13

 In Sweden, there is a company already using the chip in the office. 

Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We're all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach - a chip under the skin. Along with access to doors and photocopiers, they're promised further services in the longer run, including the ability to pay in the cafe with a touch of a hand

Apple Pay is also a forerunner of contributing toward a world getting ready for a cash less economy. The changes that are coming  will personalize all your personal data on a chip, that will become everything from your passport to your credit cards.  We are being primed to accept the chip today, but tomorrow it will be required. There will be no escaping these changes, because the higher good of everyone is at stake. It will be let the vaccination debate of a few months ago.  People were outright angry at parents who resisted to vaccinate their children against some diseases, because they felt it was in the best interest of society if everyone was safely vaccinated. These chips will be required, much like a social security number is required today. These changes are coming, and attitudes that resist will seem as antiquated as the 1923 teachers contract does to us today. 

So, what's our conclusion? The Bible is correct in everything it has predicted, and those in the Body of Christ who refuse to take Bible prophecy seriously are cheating themselves of valuable information. The Church must begin to shift it's emphasis from a self help educational center to a prophetic voice to call people to arm themselves in prayer, and be a voice calling people into a relationship with Jesus. 

Why, you ask?  Because the changes you have read about today are coming, and that is a fact. You can not change it. However, you can be prepared, and with God's help be more cunning to avoid the pitfalls of a system that is under God's judgment. You need to develop a mindset of knowing that God is in control, and He will take care of us as the time arises. To be prepared is to not act foolishly or ignorantly about the world that is coming. We are to resist it, and submit ourselves to God. 

James 4:7

 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Ask your pastor about addressing some of these end time themes this year from the pulpit.  I would bet that only one in ten Christians are aware of what the Bible teaches about the future of this world, and to me that is a shame. Don't let your pastor use the excuse that Bible prophecy is too controversial, because the Bible is 1/3 prophecy, and there is no controversy in that.   Let's get our heads out of the Dr Phil syndrome in our self help churches, and start inspiring our congregations to live out a sacrificed life now, because eventually they will have no choice. 

Change is coming. 

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

Wednesday
Feb252015

In 1927 A Preacher Saw Our Day

 

 Smith Wiggleworth

THINGS SMITH WIGGLESWORTH  SAID ABOUT TODAY

BY MARIO MURILLO

ON AUGUST 11, 1927 SMITH WIGGLESWORTH STOOD IN ANGELUS TEMPLE TO PREACH ON PREPARING FOR THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. 

1. There must be special preparation for the return of Christ and at least half of all believers will be totally unprepared.

We have to see that these days have to come before the Lord can come. There has to be ,a falling away.

I want to speak to you very exactly. All the people which are pressing into and getting ready for this glorious attained place where they shall not be found naked, where they shall be blameless, where they shall be immovable, where they shall be purified by the power of the Word of God, have within them a consciousness of the very presence of God within, changing their very nature and preparing them for a greater thing, and causing them to be ready for translation.

This is the day of purifying. This is the day of holiness. This is the day of separation. 

2.  There will be many Christians who believe that they can do whatever they want and God will look the other way.

People are tremendously afraid of this position because they have heard so much on this line: “Oh, you know you are the elect of God! You are sure to be all right.” There have been in England great churches which were laid out upon these things. I thank God that they are all withered. You will find if you go to England those strong people that used to hold all these things are almost withered out. Why? Because they went on to say whatever you did, if you were elect, you were right. That is wrong.

3. It will be common for preachers to deny the existence of hell. Denying hell prepares the way for antichrist.

What? No hell The devil has always said that What does Christian Science say? No hell, no devil They are ready for him. The devil has always said no hell, no evil. And these people are preparing, and they do not know it, for the Man of Sin.

4.  It is offensive to talk about the Blood of Christ

The Spirit of the Lord will always deal with truth. These people never deal with truth. They always cover up the truth.

Do you believe it? Who can do it? THE BLOOD CAN DO IT! The blood, the blood, oh the blood! The blood of the Lamb! The blood of Jesus can do it. Spotless, clean, preserved for God.

Give the devil the biggest chase of his life and say these words, “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all unrighteousness.

Interesting isn't it, that this preacher saw our day. God has always had his voice in our world trying to get the attention of the masses. Modern voices like the late David Wilkerson, author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, and broadcasters Jan Markell and Dr Michael Brown, have been warning people that we must go beyond just loving people, we have to warn them.  Of course there are thousands of voices taking to the internet, print media and air waves everyday, trying to remind people of God's love and forgiveness.  However, the signs are all around us that we are spiraling toward the days of the great tribulation. As I write this post as I am in Nashville Tennessee at the National Religious Broadcasters convention. Thousands of media personnel here from TV, film, internet, and radio networking together to talk about how to do their craft better in our day. I am thankful for organizations like this who have a concern about religious freedom, and the opportunity to tell the world about the gospel. At dinner last night, the conversation turned toward human trafficking, and how it has become the number one commodity of organized crime.  The true stories that were told were heart breaking, and represents a need that is largely going unnoticed in many parts of the world. Human trafficking is a sign of the last days, when human beings no longer have worth. This disregard for human life is always a sign that evil is taking hold in a society and abortion is the first stage of this process.  We are dealing with the hatred of a spirit of Satan who will do anything to rob, steal and destroy a persons life. The last days will be days of great peril, great heartache and the ramifications of a society that has rejected God. I think its a little ironic that at this NRB conversation that we were talking about human trafficking, because these men and women represent the communication arm of the church worldwide. These people are those who could make a difference in how a campaign against human trafficking could be successful.  The question is, will they?  

Conventions are great, they build opportunities to make new friends, build relationships, make connections, and learn how others do things better than we do. However, isn't there a bigger vision to emerge when organizations come together?  Shouldn't there be an urgency, a call to arms, a trumpet blast, to bring us to a new level of commitment and concern?

It may be my late night speaking today, but personally I don't want to become a religious person taking part in a Christian culture that is polished, polite, and privileged, but has no power or insight as to how to make a difference in our world.  There has to be more voices out there that are willing to thunder the warnings of the prophets, and to be like this 1927 preacher telling the truth no matter the cost. 

I pray there will be a revival of conviction in the church because the hour is late, and we are guilty of what a preacher said about us back in 1927.

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

Tuesday
Feb242015

Anti-Semitism And The Church

Anti-Semitism is not new, the Jews have been blamed for everything from global warming to using the Holocaust to guilt the world. It doesn't surprise me that some Christian colleges have rallies to support the Palestinians at the expense of Israel.  Wheaton College has had some controversy of late, and they aren't alone in a shift against Israel in favor of a Palestinian State. 

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2012/ryan-mauro/israel-haters-invade-wheaton-college/

What I have discovered over the years is that most Christians are not aware of the debt we owe Israel for the opportunity to come to salvation.  Many don't stop to think that Jesus Christ is a Jewish Messiah/Savior, and He doesn't belong to any denomination, He is Jewish, and belongs to Israel.  Even Israel's staunch Orthodox community is rethinking who Jesus is, and love the fact that He is Jewish, however to them, he is just Jewish.

Regardless, Jesus is Jewish, and He never came to set up a new religion, known as Christianity. 

Matthew 5:17

 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Jesus came to establish the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31

Jeremiah 31:31-34

31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,  32not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD.  33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  34And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

These passages in Jeremiah represent what modern theologians call "the church age."  It is the grafting in of the Gentiles, in fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant of Genesis 12:3.

Genesis 12:3

I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

So, don't be proud you're a Lutheran, or a Baptist, or a Catholic, or a Pentecostal, there are no such organizations in scripture.  These tribal groups only divide the Body of Christ, they don't unite us. Jesus prayed in John 17 that we would become one as He and the Father were one, but we aren't going to be able to do that, until we end up on the same page worshipping the Biblical Jesus. I know people get offended when I talk about denominationalism as a man made tribe, but all denominations are designed to set their group a part from the other tribal Christians. However, in so doing they are violating our Lord's prayer in John 17.

20“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,  21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

You see, we need to be one with each other and one with Israel, after all, the Apostle Paul said Jesus was designing a "one new man," made up of Gentile and Jew.  

Ephesians 2:15

15by abolishing the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,

The one new man was Gentile and Jew, only two tribes, all others do not matter. So when our denominations separate us from each other, I can't even imagine what God thinks. 

One of the great deceptions of our day is ignoring Israel, and the Jewish people. This Palestinian movement among Christians is the biggest anti-Semitism move since Nazi Germany. However, I also want to say, that this latest movement against Jews will drive them from all the remaining countries where they reside and they will flee to Israel. So even when there is hatred for Jews in Christian circles, it will work to the good of God's plan for them. 

"Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel." Ezekiel 37:12

You see, God's plan is playing out, even when it appears to a hate crime against the Jews. 

21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Keep that in mind the next time someone tells you to vote Palestinian, that is not in God's plan. 

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

 

Thursday
Feb192015

The Less Is Ruling Our World

When I was a pastor in the inner city, I saw first hand what fatherlessness did to a community. There were some men who came into the fathering program at our church who had 20 or more children by multiple mothers. Some of these men were trying to figure out a way they could turn their lives around and become responsible fathers to their children. Needless to say, with some men, it was near to impossible to make amends to 20 plus children, but they were willing to try. Fatherlessness does rule many homes in America today, and it is not limited to the inner city. Regardless of where a family calls home urban or suburban, fatherlessness is a major problem in the lives of children. Divorice, blended families, single parented homes are all suffering because the men have been displaced for one reason or another. For details on how fatherlessness affects children, here the facts.

http://www.photius.com/feminocracy/facts_on_fatherless_kids.html

Statistics From Focus on the Family:

The United States leads the world in fatherless families, with roughly 24 million children (or 34 percent of all kids in the United States) living in homes where the father does not reside. Nearly 40 percent of children in father-absent homes have not seen their dad during the past year, and more than half of all fatherless children have never been in their dad's home.

Without male leadership in the home, children are at risk. I know from my early years of being raised by a single mother and not having a dad in the home. My mother was a good mom, who did the best she could in raising her children, but there was always something missing that I longed for all my life. A dad!

That is the first "less" that is ruling our world, the other one is "prayerlessness."  I have always said that if believers would master the art of praying, we would find more satisfaction in our Christian experience. I know that many people pray far less than they do in study, fellowship, worshipping, giving, and actively doing good deeds.  Obviously all these things are important elements of a growing Christian life, but if prayer doesn't lead these activities, the question I have is, "how will you know that God's hand is in them, if you never listen to His voice?" You can grow wise in your studies, but still not know God's voice, or you can give your life savings away but still never know if you gave it to the right cause. You can worship all day long, and fall in love with the worship method, yet never hear God speaking to you. Prayerlessness is the number one failure in growing as a Christian. Now, I know this is a broad brush, but I think if you are honest with yourself, you would say, it's true in your own life. I have known only a few people who really understood prayer, and practiced it faithfully everyday. I do believe prayer is a way to stablize your emotions, grow your patience, and instruct you in the wisdom of God. Jesus made it clear that praying was essential for invoiking God's help in directing our lives. 

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.

 10Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

 11 Give us this day our daily bread,
 12and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

 13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

A few observtions based upon this prayer and its importance to the believer:

Prayer acknowledges God's importance for all of life, and prioritizes His presence in your life.

Prayer places a priority on God's Kingdom and His will as the basis for living your life. 

Prayer provides the awareness of our need for God's help to sustain us 

Prayer reminds us of the need to practice forgiveness just as we have been forgiven.

Prayer gives us courage to withstand evil, and be delivered from it

As you can see, prayerlessness can drive a person to the wrong conclusions in life, in the same way fatherlessness does to a family. 

The results of fatherlessness to families, and prayerlessness to believers can be the most influencing factors in how a nation loses its way. We can blame poliicans, or weak churches, or poor leadership for our problems in this nation, but at the root of it all is our prayerless lives, and our fatherless homes. 

Give it some thought. 

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

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