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How Many Times? 

Did you know there are 2500 references to Israel in the Bible?  There are 318 references to the coming of the Lord, in 260 chapters in the Bible.  This is significant evidence that about 1/3 of the scriptures deal with prophecy and the promise of His return. Why is this a consistent theme from this blog?  Because it is what is being missed in most churches today. When the church never teaches about prophecy it is setting up a generation of spiritually ignorant believers who will not be prepared for the world to come. We are moving closer and closer to the days of Sodom and Gomorrah where immorality ruled the culture.  That culture was aggressive and demanding, and no one stood to oppose their lifestyle as abnormal and immoral. In fact, when Lot's angel guests came to these cities, it was demanded that they have sex with those demanding it. (Read if for yourself Genesis 19) It is where our society is headed. Again, how are we preparing for it?  Most churches won't touch the homosexual issue with a ten foot pole, and that is unfortunate. We just aren't preparing believers with the kind of truth that is needed in a world like ours.  2 Thessalonians 2 speaks about being aware of what the future brings:

 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.

And from 2 Peter 2

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies,

This is happening right before our eyes in today's church.  Heresies that keep people from the truth of the gospel which prepares us for His return by not talking about it. That is the beginning of this great rebellion.

 The prophet Jeremiah tells us that the problem of rebellion comes from people who do not know the Lord. Jeremiah said it was rooted in the leadership who was suppose to represent the Lord, but didn't.

8The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’
Those who handle the law did not know me;
the shepherds transgressed against me;
the prophets prophesied by Baal

This is where we are today.  Leaders who don't know the Lord, and refuse to talk about Him, and His return. So how do we prepare for the future? We don't let leaders lead us away from the scriptures by ignoring a major part of what the scriptures teach.  If I was attending your church, and I heard nothing about the second coming of Jesus Christ I would be questioning the leadership on why not? And that's what you should be doing. Remember those statistics that I opened up with?  Don't forget them, they demonstrate our need to honest about the truth.

Keeping it honest and truthful?....K


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