Lessons Learned In The Wilderness – Romans 8:23

cropped-bible-cross1.jpgRomans 8:28 MSG  That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Lately I have been fixated on why certain things happen in one’s life.  For myself it is dealing with health issues, fractures in my back caused by osteoporosis.

I truly believe that God’s word is absolute and it is true.  Yet, the above verse brings somewhat of a contradiction in the way I was taught growing up.  If I believe all other Scripture is truth, then, I must believe that this scripture in Romans is also factual.

I am not quite sure where theology went sideways, but, it truly has.  Somehow doctrine has been subverted.  

It has been taught for as long as I can recollect that any sickness is of the devil.  There are some within the charismatic movement that teach if you are sick there must be sin in your life.  Or if you are not healed you must not have enough faith.  To both of these teachings I say, heresy, false doctrine.

In a previous article I took a look at the life of Job.  He was sinless, yet he went through hell and back.  Lost all of his family, home, crops, and livestock.  The people around him said that God must be angry with him.  His wife mocked him and told him, “curse God and die”.  The true reason is in the first verses of the book of Job.  Satan told God that if God would remove His protection from around Job, Job would turn against God.  God took down the protection so that the enemy could do all he wanted, except for, he could not take Job’s life.  Job came out spotless, sinless, and never once accused God foolishly.  The end for Job was greater than the beginning of his life.

There is another school of thought that declares, if you are sick God must be teaching you a lesson, that’s erroneous.  God does not teach us lessons by giving to us sickness or ill in our body.  We sometimes as earthly parents teach our children how to be safe around the house, but we do not cause them pain to teach that lesson.

So, it is my belief and opinion that when we are faced with such challenges in our life that maybe, just maybe, God is showing the enemy that He has faith in us not to charge God foolishly.

Now, with all that said I would like to bring to your attention the fourth chapter of the Book of Matthew and the record of when Christ went into the wilderness and faced temptation.  It was in this wilderness account that we have lessons that we can learn and apply to our everyday life.

It is my objective for the next several writings to take and delve into that account of the temptation of Christ and break it down lesson by lesson.

Matthew 4:   MSG
1  Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it.
2  Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger,
3  which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: “Since you are God’s Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread.”
4  Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”
5  For the second test the Devil took him to the Holy City. He sat him on top of the Temple and said,
6  “Since you are God’s Son, jump.” The Devil goaded him by quoting Psalm 91: “He has placed you in the care of angels. They will catch you so that you won’t so much as stub your toe on a stone.”
7  Jesus countered with another citation from Deuteronomy: “Don’t you dare test the Lord your God.”
8  For the third test, the Devil took him on the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively, pointing out all the earth’s kingdoms, how glorious they all were.
9  Then he said, “They’re yours—lock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they’re yours.”
10  Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!” He backed his rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.”
11  The Test was over. The Devil left. And in his place, angels! Angels came and took care of Jesus’ needs.

I would like to invite you to join with me to see what gem of truth we can find in the above eleven verses of Matthew chapter four.

I would encourage you to study this with me, have a pen and notepad at the ready.  Maybe, have a friend or a group to study, “Lessons Learned In The Wilderness”.


The Church: Past, Present, Future Prt. 5

Luke 18:   KJV
1  And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2  Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3  And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4  And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5  Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Revelation 2:   KJV
1  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Jude 1:   KJV
3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Basic facts on understanding end – time prophecy:

  1. Before the cross – Israel – Dispensation of Law
  2. After the cross –  The Church – Dispensation of Grace
  3. The Woman – Israel
  4.  The Bride – The Church

Many Bible scholars, students of the Bible and this writer agree, we are living in the “grace dispensation”.  God’s clock stopped after the resurrection of Christ.  The focus now turns to the church, and then to the Gentile nations.

However, this current dispensation is coming to a close and God will turn His focus towards Israel.  I do not the exact time, yet, Christ told his disciples that they should know the season. He related the parable of the fig tree.

Mark 13:   KJV
28  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
29  So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
30  Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
31  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

I know what the church should be by knowing the Word of God and properly discern it.  However, I am not sure it is ready for what is about to come upon this earth.  

Christ, than later, Paul, speak about the church in the sense of future as a bride preparing to meet the bridegroom, or a wedding.  

Christ speaks about this event using a parable of the ten virgins.

Matthew 25:   KJV
1  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9  But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Paul in his epistles talks about the bride’s wedding garment.

Ephesians 5:   KJV
27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Then John the Revelator describes what he is shown concerning this wedding, he calls it the marriage supper of the lamb.

Revelation 19:   KJV
6  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

As I see it the exact prophecy that Jesus gave about the last days is now already upon us.  The church is also caught up in it’s party like mood with little thought about the bridegroom coming.  There is little preparation going on, instead the building of kingdoms on earth, men erecting monuments that heap praise of the builder.

Matthew 24:   KJV
36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40  Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41  Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

As followers of Christ, a member of God’s church we should be filled with anticipation of the coming of the Lord.  A preacher once said, “if a man is fixing up the house it means he is planning on staying”.  Too many are fixing up dwellings here on this old world.

Reader, this is truly those days as Christ spoke about in the previous portion of Scripture.  We are instructed to be on a full watch for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For the church the days that lay before it are going to get rough.  As I have stated in previous articles the only thing we have for sure to build our hope on is Christ, the cornerstone that the builders rejected.

This is my reason that the church should not be aligning itself with any government of man, for it will be a man, the son of perdition, the anti-christ who will turn on the church.  This man will give his soldiers the orders to hunt down Christians and give them two options.  One, deny Christ and live.  Two, affirm Christ and lose your head.

Remember, the government of the land in the days of the early church ordered Stephen to be stoned, Peter was crucified upside down, Paul was beheaded in Rome, and John was sentenced to live out the rest of his life in a prison colony on the Isle of Patmos.

These will be the same actions carried out by the anti-christ towards the church of Christ in these last days.

As I write this article there is a hymn that I heard growing up speaking about this church.

A Glorious Church

Ralph E. Hudson

  1. Do you hear them coming, brother?—
    Thronging up the steeps of light,
    Clad in glorious shining garments,
    Blood-washed garments, pure and white!

    • Refrain:
      ’Tis a glorious church without spot or wrinkle,
      Washed in the blood of the Lamb;
      ’Tis a glorious church without spot or wrinkle,
      Washed in the blood of the Lamb.
  2. Do you hear the stirring anthems,
    Filling all the earth and sky?
    ’Tis a grand, victorious army;
    Lift its banner up on high!
  3. Never fear the clouds of sorrow,
    Never fear the storms of sin:
    We shall triumph on the morrow—
    Even now our joys begin.
  4. Wave the banner, shout His praises,
    For our victory is nigh!
    Following our conqu’ring Savior,
    We shall reign with Him on high!

I fervently pray that you are making yourself ready to be part of this glorious church!

The Church: Past, Present, Future -Prt. 4

Mark 11:17 MSG
17  And then he taught them, quoting this text: My house was designated a house of prayer for the nations; You’ve turned it into a hangout for thieves.

Dateline: 2018

For the church universal, this should be their greatest days, to show the marvellous glory of God, going out into the highways and biways compelling the lost to come to Jesus.

Throughout time the church has experienced revivals of God in their communities.  Sparked maybe by one or two people leading into revivals that saw thousands upon thousands turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let me go back to the 1500’s and a man by the name of Martin Luther.

Martin Luther’s ’95 Theses’ and the Reformation

Taken from: www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-9389283

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, angry with Pope Leo X’s new round of indulgences to help build St. Peter’s Basilica, nailed a sheet of paper with his 95 Theses on the University of Wittenberg’s chapel door. Though Luther intended these to be discussion points, the 95 Theses laid out a devastating critique of the indulgences, good works (which sometimes involved monetary donations) that popes could grant to the people to cancel out penance for sins, as corrupting people’s faith. Luther also sent a copy to Archbishop Albert Albrecht of Mainz, calling on him to end the sale of indulgences. Aided by the printing press, copies of the 95 Theses spread throughout Germany within two weeks and throughout Europe within two months.

His actions created a move that went around the world which we now know as “The Lutheran Churcch”.

Then in 1904 a man, Evan Roberts started to travel around the country and spawned a revival that led to 150,000 people converted and added to the churches and chapels in Wales. (citing: http://truthinhistory.org/the-welsh-revival-of-1904-1905-2.html)

These revivals and many more, like that of the one in Los Angeles on Azusa Street.

The Azusa Street Revival was a historic revival meeting that took place in Los Angeles, California, and is the origin of the Pentecostal movement. It was led by William J. Seymour, an African American preacher. It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906, and continued until roughly 1915. (citing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azusa_Street_Revival)

Again, they saw multiple thousands saved and added to the churches and chapels around the country, just like that in the early church.

Acts 2:42-47 KJV
42  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

So, we have examples throughout history where the church was in it’s finest hours, days, years.  There was one major thing throughout all of these revivals, they were not personality centered, rather they were God centered.

Preachers acting like some “superstar”, think they are God’s gift to the church.  It seems like their memory has a short circuit for they have forgot who it was that called them to minister.  They have stolen what belongs to God, the glory!

In the infant years of North America being settled little communities sprung up across the land.  They didn’t have steak houses, bars, or coffee house to gather in.  Their lives all intersected at one place, the community church.

It is my understanding that in the Jewish communities around the world that their synagogues are built within walking distance of each community.  Evangelicals could learn a great lesson from this model of worship.

I grew up going to a small country church where tall poplars lined the one side of the yard where in the summer and autumn the corn would grow tall, if you looked out the window of the church you would feel like you were right in the middle of the crop.

We didn’t have any choir or great band, up until the passing of my grandfather the only instrument in the church was my grandfather’s guitar which he played for the song service.  Their was no permanent song leader, the pastor would pick someone to come up at the beginning of the evening service.  It’s capacity for seating would not be any greater than fifty, if even that.

I have often thought about these super large congregations if God himself would approve.  The pastor is the sheperd, yet I would venture to guess he knows very few by first name.

As I turn to the Scriptures I find the Apostle Paul outlining the structure of each local church and it’s objectives.

Ephesians 4:   KJV
11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

I sometimes tune into some Christian programming just to hear some preacher expound on the Word of God.  Then instead they are not preaching, but, has his son preach.  Some of these super churches the pastor is grooming his son to take over when he is called home to glory.  This is nepotism.

In the Cambridge English Dictionary defines nepotism this way:

the act of using your power or influence to get good jobs or unfair advantages formembers of your own family:

In my own opinion I feel this is not Scriptural, because one has to be called by God, not a man.  I have been among congregations where the son is being molded to be the next pastor and I have found their is jealousy, animosity, and sometimes down right hatred.

Now, let me circle back to my opening comment that this should be the church’s finest hour, days, years.  Unfortunately it is not, it has ceded it’s authority in almost all areas where the world needs them.  As spoken by the Apostle Paul apostasy has crept in.

2 Thessalonians 2:   KJV
1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

They have lost their saltiness the very question Christ posed to the disciples.  Someone has said, “the church is becoming worldly, the world is becoming church”.  I feel that this statement is true.  The church of Jesus Christ is to be seperate, different, a light in the darkness, but they have pushed those things aside so that they might appeal and have more attraction to the world.  Preacher, preach the Word, give it to God and let God give the increase.  God’s wisdom is far greater than any finite mind of any preacher on earth.

The church will have to face a great shaking.

Hebrews 12:   KJV
27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

God knows how to get man’s attention so that His glory will be shown throughout the earth.  It may take one or two people just getting together for a serious prayer session.  Or a pastor who has had enough and God begins to renew his spirit and causes the pastor to have a fresh vision.

I am not able to physically be part of a congregation due to my ability to be mobile.  Yet, as I write this sentence the following verse has come to mind.

Matthew 18:20 KJV
20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (emphasis mine)

Now there are a lot of different events where two or three get together even thousands.  This does not mean that Christ is there in their midst.  The difference between a crowd at a football game and what Christ was speaking of is the condition He gave.  They must be gathered together in His’ name.

That is what happened with all of the fore mentioned revivals, just two or three getting together in the name of Christ and seeking God’s face.


The Church:Past,Present,Future-Prt. 3

Acts 2:   MSG
42  They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.
43  Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles!
44  And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common.
45  They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met.
46  They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful,
47  as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.

Something new was happening, the air was filled with excitement, awe, and wonder.  No one really knew what to do next, but they knew within their hearts that the prophecy of Joel has just been fulfilled before their very eyes.  Also, everyone spoke in a new tongue, everyone listening heard someone speaking in their language.

I am quite confident in saying that the understanding of Christ’s words became clear, that what He promised would happen about sending another comforter was the event they were now experiencing.

A new dispensation had begun, God was doing a new thing and it started with the resurrection of Christ.  This new thing would send men and women into all nations around the world spreading the good news of the gospel, with God receiving all the praise and glory.  God was now going to show His glory through the creation of the church.  God now would begin to focus on other nations for His beloved nation of Israel had rejected its messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.  This dispensation is now known as the dispensation of grace.  One would no longer have to bring a sacrifice yearly for their repentance for the sacrifice of Christ on the cross would put an end.  Man now has just believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved from sins.

Now this new group called “the church” would not have it easy.  The Romans were threatened about the news of the resurrection of Christ.  Their goal would be to persecute, and put to death those claiming to be followers of Christ.  They believed if they killed these followers that it would put to death the story about Christ being resurrected. (Acts 4)

There was others who also were disturbed by what they were hearing and seeing, the Saducess, the religious elites from the temple.  They go to the disciples trying to forbid them from spreading the gospel.  Now it would be a three sided fight, religious elite, Roman government, and the fledgling church.  Later a friction between whether the gospel should be preached to the gentiles, or just the Jewish nation.

Those in the church would soon experience, stoning, jail, beheading, crucifixion, and also deportation in the case of John the Revelator.

It is my hope the reader will have an appetite to being to study, research and learn about the small beginnings of the church, an expression of God’s glory for all to witness.

I have only just skimmed the surface on the history of the church.  There is so much more that one could write, study, and learn about something that would eventually encompass the entire known world, then every nation on the earth.

In the next article I want to take a journey of the present day church, where it is at.


The Church:Past, Present, Future Prt. 2

Psalms 19:   KJV
1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Psalms 97:   KJV
6  The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

Luke 19:   MSG
37  Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed:
38  Blessed is he who comes, the king in God’s name! All’s well in heaven! Glory in the high places!
39  Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, get your disciples under control!”
40  But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”

For us to truly understand the purpose, place and why of the church we first must understand our place as a Christian.

We are more than just a warm body that occupies a seat in some building with others.  We were created for a purpose, that is to show to the world God’s glory in us.

When God created Adam it was not just so God would have something to admire, for He had the whole of all creation for that.  He created Adam so that He may have someone to fellowship with.  Someone to know the Father’s glory.  He created Eve so that Adam would not be alone in the garden, but to have an another to fellowship with also.  They were to live to fellowship with God and also each other.

When they disobeyed God and sin came into the picture, the direct fellowship that they knew was broken.  The place they lived in that gave them all they need to sustain life was now a place to look back on of where they were cast out of.

God needed a plan, a plan that would restore that fellowship between Him and man.  So He sent His son in the form of a man, a man without the sin nature.  God’s glory in the flesh.

John 1:   KJV
1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2  The same was in the beginning with God.
3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Christ was more than just a man, he was the very essence of God in the flesh.

John 14:   KJV
1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8  Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Christ knew His destination, which was the cross.  He understood that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.  That He would become the sacrifice for the salvation of all mankind.

Hebrews 10:   KJV
1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

Christ death and resurrection prepared a way for us to enter the holy of hollies, to know God in His fulness and glory.

The veil that once hung in front of the holy of hollies which kept man from entering the holy place was now torn from top to bottom.

Matthew 27:50-54 KJV
50  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

The birth of the “church” was about to take place.  For God was about to visit man with the Holy Ghost. God was going to show His glory to man that was never known before.  

John 16:   KJV
7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9  Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Prophecy was soon to be fulfilled in the most unlikliest places with one hundred and twenty dejected people, with the world listening and watching as God’s glory descended in the form of “cloven tongues of fire”.  That day is now called “the day of Pentecost”.  For all those there, their lives would never be the same.

Joel 2:   KJV
28  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

Acts 2:   KJV
1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11  Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12  And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13  Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14  But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15  For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

That upper room was the birthplace of the “church”.

On the next article I will address how God showed His glory through the early church.

The Church:Past, Present, Future -Prt. 1

Ephesians 5:2   KJV
27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Revelation 7:   KJV
9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Dear reader, for this article my objective is to use my words and thoughts to paint you a picture of the church and its glory.  

To look back throughout the history of man, through to the present, and then what God wants of His church in the future.

All throughout time God has shown His glory to men using different means.  He had to for man in his sinful nature could not live if God showed to him his full glory.

To Abraham it was a goat caught in the thickets to replace as a sacrifice instead of his son.  Jacob it was God’s angels that he wrestled with ending by an angel smoting him on his heap.

In the deserts of Egypt He showed his glory to Moses in the burning bush.  To the Hebrews in the wilderness it was when Moses came down from the mountain after spending time with God, then when the Hebrews they could not look at Moses’ face because it shone with the brightness of the glory of God.  Moses also experienced the glory when he asked God to show his face to him.  Instead God covered Moses’ eyes only to allow Moses to see Gods glory in a shadow.

Then while in the wilderness God has the Hebrew children to build the Ark of the Covenant.  He gave the Levites exact measurments, the instruction of what materials to use in it’s building.  He gave instructions that it could only be moved in a certain manner, the placing of beams on each side through rings.  Men were instructed that they were to only use those rods to carry the Ark.  They were warned never to touch the Ark of the Covenant where the glory of God rested.  In it were articles such as the tablets of the commandments, Aaron’s rod that budded, and also a pot of manna.

God instructed the Hebrews when going to war with other nations to carry the Ark of the Covenant unto the battle field.  As long as the were in possession of it, the glory of God, they won all of the wars.

When God commanded them to build the tabernacle He instructed the priests to place it within the Holy of Hollies.  This was shielded from the rest of the tabernacle with the hanging of a heavy veil.  He also gave instructions to the priests what they were to do when entering the Holy of Hollies and also when they were to enter it.  The priests had to be pure.  As the priest was ready to enter the Holy of Hollies there was a rope tied around his waist, because if the priest was not holy he would be struck dead.  The priest had to be pulled out by the rope because only the priest could enter this holy place where the glory of God rested.

There are so many instances of where God’s glory manifested itself in other forms.  The cloud by day, the pillar of fire in the night.  Some Hebrew priests developed the term “shekinah glory”, it’s meaning “he caused to dwell”.  When it was present it was visible to all around, Hebrew children, the soldiers of other nations, even the Eygtians.

The prophet Elihjah called down fire, or the glory of God to show the prophets of Baal that God was truly Lord.

1 Kings 18:20-39 KJV
20  So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
21  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
22  Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
23  Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
24  And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
25  And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
26  And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
27  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
28  And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
29  And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
30  And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
31  And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
32  And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
33  And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
34  And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
35  And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
36  And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
37  Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
38  Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

Those are just a few times where God showed His glory to man of all nations.  During those times His focus was on the Hebrew children.  

Let’s be clear, this is not the “church”, it is Israel.  As I have stated before the terms are not interchangeable.  However, the character of God is what is being shown throughout the ages.  His character never changes, he is not a man that He should lie.  His word will never fail.  We can know what His character is like by looking at what He has done in times past.

In the next several articles I will continue my exploration on this train of thought, The Church, Glory of God, Past, Present, And Future.

Special End-Time Briefing – June 9,2018

Daniel 12:    MSG
4  “‘This is a confidential report, Daniel, for your eyes and ears only. Keep it secret. Put the book under lock and key until the end. In the interim there is going to be a lot of frantic running around, trying to figure out what’s going on.’

Matthew 24:   MSG
36  “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.
37  “The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s.
38  Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark.
39  They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away. “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that:
40  Two men will be working in the field—one will be taken, one left behind;
41  two women will be grinding at the mill—one will be taken, one left behind.
42  So stay awake, alert. You have no idea what day your Master will show up.

1 Corinthians 13:   MSG
12  We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
13  But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Revelation 2:   MSG
7  “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God’s orchard.”

I Do Not Know Or Understand Everything!

I can say that my understanding of end-time prophecy has evolved over several decades.  Certain ideologies that I once taught I no longer can declare with certainty that I hold the same view as I did in my younger years.

I believe that Bible prophecy is fluid.  Time and events bring to light things that maybe a couple of generations ago could not grasp the understanding.  For instance I am quite sure at the turn of the twentieth century Bible scholars did not understand the word of Isaiah in chapter 66:8

Isaiah 66:   MSG
8  Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? Has anyone seen anything like this? A country born in a day? A nation born in a flash? But Zion was barely in labor when she had her babies!

Yet, this made perfect sense after this prophecy was fulfilled in 1948, it was the independence of the Jewish people, the day Israel became a recognized nation.

Those disciples and followers who were witness to the ascension of Christ Jesus on the mount of Olives believed that Christ would return in their very own lifetime.

Growing up I cannot count how many sermons I heard about Christ could come back at any time.  This was preached with such fervor and conviction.

It is not meant for us to know the full picture of what God has on His own time table.  Yet, if we are tuned to the Spirit of God and listening and watching, God will reveal His time table a little at a time.

Isaiah 28:     KJV
9  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11  For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

Understanding Bible prophecy takes discipline, a steady hand, and a willingness to learn.  Always ready to stop and hear the Spirit of God even when it is nothing but a still small voice in all of the world’s clammer and loud noise.

1 Kings 19:    MSG
11  Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before GOD. GOD will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before GOD, but GOD wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but GOD wasn’t in the earthquake;
12  and after the earthquake fire, but GOD wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.

Let me state strongly that there is a problem within the borders of North America that is causing many well meaning Christians down a prim rose path.  Preachers travelling through the country, city by city claiming they have a personal word of prophecy for those who attend their meetings.  I use to be of that crowd, but, I can no longer stay quiet.  These meetings are for one thing, one thing only, raising money for the preachers own greedy lusts.

Most of my understanding of God’s Word came from me being awake in the late hours to the early hours of the day, sitting with my Bible open, notebook and pen at the ready with no other distractions around me.  No radio, stereo, telephone, or other people.

Understanding is something like a treasure hunt, you have some clues of where to look, but you dig from location to location to find the small gems of truth in the Word of God.

I never try to study the Bible or even write an article in the daytime hours.  Just too many interuptions.

I am so thankful for digital technology that allows me to sit at a computer and use many different translations of the Bible just to glean nuggets of wisdom.  Now, if I do not take the time to put in the Word of God, it will not be there to give out.  The adage that we were taught in computer classes was this, “Garbage in, garbage out”.

Now let me try to give you my perspective about the events that are happening in the daily news headlines.

I have stated previously that I do not see America in end-time prophecy.  Things that are happening are given me pause.  I have begun to wonder what is it that happens that America and the west are not in the picture in the last days.

We know that there is coming a man, antichrist who rises up and gains the trust of the world.  He sets up a new rule of government.  He gives power to a beast that ushers in a new economy based on whether or not those who wish to buy or sell have the number of man either on his right hand or the forehead.

Revelation 13:   MSG
15  It was able to animate the image of the Beast so that it talked, and then arrange that anyone not worshiping the Beast would be killed.
16  It forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark on the right hand or forehead.
17  Without the mark of the name of the Beast or the number of its name, it was impossible to buy or sell anything.
18  Solve a riddle: Put your heads together and figure out the meaning of the number of the Beast. It’s a human number: six hundred sixty-six.

In the verses before we see a new religion formed.  He will talk and act like some of the so called “faith preachers” roaming the world.  He will work signs, wonders and miracles.  If you chase after signs, then, you will probably fall under his charm and slick talk.  He will seem like he is of God, wrong, he is a work of satan.

Revelation 13:   MSG
11  I saw another Beast rising out of the ground. It had two horns like a lamb but sounded like a dragon when it spoke.
12  It was a puppet of the first Beast, made earth and everyone in it worship the first Beast, which had been healed of its deathblow.
13  This second Beast worked magical signs, dazzling people by making fire come down from Heaven.
14  It used the magic it got from the Beast to dupe earth dwellers, getting them to make an image of the Beast that received the deathblow and lived.

It will take a person that truly knows the true spirit of God to have the ability to discern the true and false prophets.

I feel that “the church” in North America has become ineffectual as a witness for Christ.  They are playing all sides to come out in the middle.  It is in a dangerous place, their witness is weak and they are just going through the motions.

I am watching with great intense interest the events that are unfolding throughout the Asian countries.

The globalization of trade is a given.  It will soon give way to a one world economy as I have already stated.  The currency you have in your wallets and purses will soon be worthless.  This economic crash will be far greater and a profound impact then that of the great depression the the late 20’s and early thirties of the twentieth century.

Another situation that I believe Christians who want to know where we are in the time table of God’s end-times, is the events that are taking place in the Arab countries and the nation of Israel.

Of course any student of Bible prophecy should be watching what Russia is doing.  Never take your eyes off of this country.  I believe that this “bear” has more planned for the region around it and also the world.

Soon everything that can be shaken will be shaken in the earth and in heaven.

Hebrews 12:   MSG
27  The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered.


The High Cost Of Living -Part Two

Luke 15:   MSG
11  Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons.
12  The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’ “So the father divided the property between them.
13  It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had.
14  After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt.
15  He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs.
16  He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
17  “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death.
18  I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you;
19  I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’
20  He got right up and went home to his father. “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him.
21  The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
22  “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
23  Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time!
24  My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.
25  “All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing.
26  Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on.
27  He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’
28  “The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen.
29  The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends?
30  Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’
31  “His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—
32  but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!'”

There is hidden story withing this parble about the son wandering away from his father.  The story I would like to take a look at is the son who stayed with his father.  The son who was faithful taking care of his father’s farm.

The hidden story is about the character of the older son and his total jealousy of his younger brother.

Now the character flaw of jealousy has been around since Cain and Abel.  It has a close relative, envy.  Jealousy can make someone rage with anger, that anger turning into murder.

It was jealousy that caused Joseph’s brothers to sell him into slavery.  Caused King Saul to put out an order to kill David.

One would think that the older brother would be joyous about his younger brother was home again.  Instead he was enraged that his father put on a feast and celebrated that his lost son came back to the fold.

Yes, jealousy is an ugly charater trait that arises in some of us.

I have seen church members get jealous when another member seems to have the favor of the pastor.  It has ripped apart choirs because someone was chosen to sing solo.  I have had musicians get down right angry with me because I may have been able to play in more key signatures than them.

Christ gave us examples of how we should act towards the one who was lost returns to the father’s house.

Luke 15:  MSG

1  By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently.
2  The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.”
3  Their grumbling triggered this story.
4  “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it?
5  When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing,
6  and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’
7  Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

Jealousy comes with a price.  It can lead to a high cost of living!


* I was in the middle of writing the second part of “The High Cost of Living”.  A couple of days ago I woke up with this hymn playing in my mind:

In Times Like These

Verse 1

In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, The only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid rock!

As I have stated I learned to sing Gospel songs as a young child.  I have sang those songs all of my life, played them on the piano and on the organ.  I turn to these songs when it seems I need something to comfort me, just like some turn to certain foods for comfort.

There are times like the old country song seems appropiate also:

“Stop the world and let me off,

I’m tired of spinning round and round”

Sometimes as I listen to all of news around the world and in my own country of Canada it feels like everything and everyone have lost their mind.  One gets the impression that goal posts have been moved, the rules tossed out, and it is everyone man for himself.

God gave us in His infinite wisdom something man cannot, God’s sure word.

2 Timothy 2:19 MSG
19  Meanwhile, God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM. SPURN EVIL, ALL YOU WHO NAME GOD AS GOD.

Romans 3:4 MSG
4  Not on your life! Depend on it: God keeps his word even when the whole world is lying through its teeth. Scripture says the same: Your words stand fast and true; Rejection doesn’t faze you.

I have been giving a lot of thought on the subject of revival.  In the past several days I believe I have had it wrong.  There is something that first must happen to see God sent revival in the land.  That something there must be a hunger and thirst for God and His righteousness.

It is found in the words of Christ during his sermon on the mount.

Matthew 5:6 MSG
6  “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

We know that God will never force himself on a person.  As one preacher put it, “God is a gentleman”.  The reason is God when he created man he gave them the power of choice, freewill.

I am not sure what it will take for people to become hungry for God and His righteousness.  The time period that we call the “grace dispensation” is coming to a close.  Then God turns His focus back on His first choice, the nation of Israel.

I believe there will have to rise up some of God’s servants that will stand in the breach and speak God’s Word to create a hunger, thirst, in the people who hear.  It may come down to the wire.

It is my belief we are just one major event away before we see a total shake up in the world governments, economies, when the son of perdition is revealed.

Things that most Christians take for granite may soon be stripped away to make a way for a false religion to be installed globally, the worship of the beast mentioned in the last Book of the Bible, Revelation.

It is most likely that it will get worse before it ever gets better.

So, let me finish like I started,

In Times Like These

Verse 1

In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, The only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid rock!