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Was Jesus’ Return a Waste of Time?

Posted by wordforit on February 16, 2008

ChristianNet.com recently asked readers to respond to the question, “Are we living in the end-times?” Of the hundreds surveyed, 75% responded positively.

One said, “Everything Jesus spoke about in regards to the signs of the times at His return is happening right before our eyes.” Many of the respondents agreed that what is happening in the world today is fulfilling Bible prophecies regarding the last days.

Some also stated that Christians should not be fearful of this time but rather be rejoicing. One said these days are as they were in the days of Noah (Matthew 24). Another believer exclaimed, “You can see it, taste it, smell it, hear it, and feel that Jesus is coming soon.”

Yet one of the most frequent comments I get is that when those who want to pass on this good news to friends or family, they are met with criticism, apathy, or scorn. And while Peter tells us there will be a generation of scoffers (II Peter 3:4), clearly not everyone has caved to this attitude.

So if there is a strong remnant believing in His soon return and who even suggest we can almost hear the hoof beats of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, why aren’t more pulpits teaching this? Why aren’t more publishing houses printing such books, more TV preachers explaining it, and more seminaries helping future pastors prepare to teach it?

Why can’t some in all of the above categories step up to the plate and endure some criticism which they will surely get? The Lord’s soon return is a message that helps us live holy lives in an unholy age. It encourages us to evangelize if we believe the hour is late. It takes our eyes off of daily struggles and helps us focus on eternity. And a special crown awaits all who long for His appearing (II Tim. 4:8).

But many church leaders will tell you the issue is “divisive,” it will “impede church growth,” and the church must address “cultural issues” facing families. Pastors don’t want “pie-in-the-sky-by-and-by.” They want to address issues that their congregation may be struggling with. But if the congregation was focusing on the “blessed hope” of Jesus’ return, a lot of other anxieties and “cultural issues” would diminish! This is the best news in the Bible, and it occupies about three-fourths of the Bible. Do you think God wants us to know about these things? Don’t you think He believes this message is the antidote for a lot of social, personal, and family issues?

Roger Oakland writes in his new book, “Faith Undone,” a critique of the Emergent Church, “Many who were once looking for the return of Jesus have fallen asleep. We now live in a period of time where numerous prominent Christian leaders are telling the Christian masses that paying attention to the signs of the times in light of the Bible is a waste of time. And many of them take it a step further and accuse those who believe what Bible prophecy says about the end of the age of being negative and self-centered.”

Oakland quotes Rick Warren in “Purpose Driven Life” as saying, “The details of my return are none of your business. What is your business is the mission I have given you. Focus on that.”

But Jesus never said that! Rather, He chastised the Pharisees of His day for knowing the signs of the weather but not the signs of the times (His first coming). And our “mission” should be winning souls while there is still time. Again, this blends in perfectly with a “lateness of the hour” theme. The words of Jesus and exhortations about His return in the Bible are legion!

The poll results encourage me greatly. There are those in the church today who do anticipate a soon-returning King.

We just don’t know how soon.

Visit our “Prophecy Watch” category to better understand these issues.

(Jan Markell is founder/director of Olive Tree Ministries. To learn more, visit her Web site, http://www.olivetreeviews.org/. You can sign up for her free print newsletter, e-alerts/newsletter, and listen to three years of radio programming. Jack Kinsella has been a frequent guest.)

Source: OmegaLetter

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Amen.

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Where is the United States in Bible Prophecy?

Posted by wordforit on January 18, 2008

One of the most common questions regarding Bible prophecy is where is the United States in scripture? Many nations of the world are not mentioneed in scripture, however it is hard to understand how the world’s most powerful nation would not be. At least not in a way that we recognize it clearly.

There are many theories and ideas as to why this is but here are three of the most common:

*The United States is no longer relevant
*The United States is destroyed
*The United States is no longer its own country – but part of a larger union of nations – possibly controlled by the Antichrist.

All of these responses are based on speculation. We simply do not know the answer but it is very possible there may be some symbolism that the United States may fit into. We must simply watch and wait to see what God’s plan for America is.

To that effect we monitor what impact terrorism and war might have on the United States as well any other factors that could contribute to its decline or change on the world stage.

America is also Israel’s closest ally. God promises to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3). America’s relationship with Israel will be closely watched.

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Visit: ProphecyNewsWatch.com for more insights and information to augment your understanding. I am convinced the USA will no longer exist as we know it, sooner rather than later, but will instead be part of a region under the United Nations/ Global Alliance. Be equipped and prepared to share God’s message!

Note: Click on the link provided here (opens in new window), page down, and hold your mouse over any of the topics of interest to you. I pray that you enjoy learning more about God’s promises! ~WordForIt

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2. Israel – God’s Timepiece

3. A Revived Roman Empire

4. The Gog/Magog War

Ezekiel 37-39 describes a time when Israel has been restored to her land but will then face an invasion force from a country in the north and her allies after God puts hooks in their jaws. Those countries are listed by names we don’t recognize today but many scholars believe they have identified where those people groups were once from. The following are the most common interpretations for those countries:

MAGOG is believed to be modern-day Russia and should also include Kazakhstan (the area north of the Caspian Sea).

MESHECH can include the southern part of Russia by the Black Sea, as well as Georgia and Armenia. Some believe Turkey could also be included.

TUBAL is a part of Russia between the Black and Caspian seas. It also includes the Ukraine and Kazakhstan and possibly Georgia and Azerbaijan.

PERSIA is modern-day Iran.

ETHIOPIA (or Cush). Some consider that other surrounding areas, such as the Sudan or Eritrea, could also be included.

AND LIBYA (or Phut).

GOMER may include the Ukraine. Some believe it may also include the area SE of the Black Sea, such as Georgia. Some believe this may also be a reference to Germany.

THE HOUSE OF TOGARMAH OF THE (far or remote parts of the) NORTH QUARTERS may include Armenia. Many believe this will also include Turkey,

AND MANY PEOPLE (or nations) WITH THEE. This may indicate that there will be yet other nations allied with Russia that are unlisted. It may be noted that Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan are not mentioned.

Russia is no longer the superpower it once was and while it may be hard to see such a scenario happening today, it is no more difficult for God to accomplish than He did the recreation of Israel as a nation in 1948.

Ezekiel 39 would also seem to indicate the use of nuclear weapons in this conflict as specific instructions are given on burying the dead, including specialists who do this.

We will continue to monitor Russia’s relations with Israel. Iran, one of the nations mentioned is also important to keep an eye on in light of its mutual assistance treaty with Russia. Israel has threatened to attack Iran if it continues with is nuclear program – this very well could be the hook in the jaws that draws Russia down. Another nation to keep an eye on is Turkey as it is currently Israel’s ally. If Turkey is to be involved in this invasion it would be a great dupe on Israel or things could change quickly in this Muslim country. The nuclear arms race in the Middle East continues and could play a factor in this conflict.

5. Apostate Christianity

We are told in Revelation[,Chapter] 3 of the 7 Churches. The last church or church age is symbolized by the Church of Laodicea. Laodicea means “the rights of the people.” Thus, this was a church governed by the will of the people, rather than the will of God. This is the church age from which the Antichrist and the False Prophet will emerge. It is the church age Paul talked about that would not endure sound doctrine, but would gather around them teachers that would say what their itching ears wanted and desired to hear (2 Tim 4:3). This church is described as lukewarm, indifferent, not concerned with right and wrong, or with good and evil. They take a neutral position: one of “live and let live; don’t rock the boat; and don’t cause waves.” They are trying to serve two masters-God and self (or the world).

We will continue to monitor the church’s faithfulness to the teaching of the Word of God, realizing that the church of the last days will be marked by apostasy and a falling away. This does not mean that God is not moving and doing great things – but can we also identify the wolves in sheep’s clothing? “For false Christ’s and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the very elect”. (Mark 13:22).

6. The Rise of Islam

Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Demographics studies indicate that it could soon become the dominant religion in many European countries. Very few Christians understand Islam and it’s impact on the people and societies that it governs. Sharia law does not permit a Muslim to leave the faith and to do so means stiff penalties, jail time and even death in countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Radical Islam’s hatred of Israel and the West will be monitored as well as it’s potential role in Bible Prophecy, especially the desire by many Muslims to see the reestablishment of an Islamic Empire or Caliphate. What role will Islam play beyond the traditional Ezekiel 38 scenario? Will it be connected to a Revived Roman Empire or the EU? Will the Antichrist be a Muslim?

We will be monitoring Islam’s rise in terms of both military, political and demographic power. Islam’s impact on Christians and efforts to witness to Muslims will also be covered.

7. Increase in Knowledge/New Technologies

Studies have suggested that the amount of human knowledge is doubling every 8 years. Some of the technologies that are emerging will no doubt have a role to play in Bible Prophecy.

Revelation 13 describes a mark, in the right hand or forehead that will act as not only a form of allegiance or worship, but enable people to buy or sell items – in fact you can’t conduct commerce without it. When you hear comments by the head of MasterCard that microchip implants under the skin could be used for commerce – you can’t help but see the path we are on. The recent approval of the FDA for implants under the skin for medical purposes will no doubt play a role in this emerging trend. The increase of RFID technology also presents some amazing possibilities in terms of commerce and tracking technology.

Revelation 13 also mentions the ability of an image of the Antichrist – to somehow come to life and speak. With cloning and other advanced computer technologies it seems there is nothing man can’t do.

8. Christian Worldview/Issues

9. Other World Events To Watch

Thanks: ProphecyNewsWatch.com

God Bless You Always, in All Ways.

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Christmas Eve by Tom Hargay

Posted by wordforit on December 24, 2007

A deep royal blue toned the sky on that night

Like a canopy studded with diamonds of light

But what from the earth seemed a strange regal sky

Was a heavenly carpet for angels on high

How they watched through the night

standing row upon row

And gazed down in awe at the chilled earth below

And the earth that night listened as

hymns of God’s love

Rained softly, rained sweetly from heaven above

They sang of God’s mercy, they sang of God’s worth

And from heaven they worshiped

The Christ child on earth.

by Tom Hargay

Retrieved from: AmericanProphet.org

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Thank You, Blessed Jesus, Savior!

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