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Are We Reaching A Prophetic Boiling Point? – Todd Hampson - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4865
They say a watched pot never boils. Well I've been watching and it seems like things are beginning to heat up! It appears we are in an era when the water is not only heating up, but the bubbles are beginning to form more rapidly than any other time in history.
Consider this sampling of earlier signs of the times and how spread out they were.
• In 1897, Theodore Herzl chaired the 1st Zion Congress with the goal of creating a home for the Jewish people. That was (arguably) the first concrete step toward setting the stage for prophesied end-time events.
• In 1946 Winston Churchill called for a United States of Europe.
• In 1948 Israel became a nation.
• In 1967 Israel miraculously won the Six Day War and gained control of Jerusalem.
• In 1968 the Club of Rome was founded.
• In 1991 the Gulf War turned the worlds attention once again to the Middle East.
• In 1993 the European Union was created.
• In 2001 the terrorist attacks on the symbols of the US military and the US economy took place.
• In 2011 the "Arab Spring" led to civil war in Syria (creating the Ezekiel 38 playground for Russia, Turkey, and Iran).
Take a moment to ponder the prophetic implications of these key events and how spread out they were. (By the way, I wish I had time and space in this article to unpack how each of those connects directly with key end-time Bible prophecies.) It was about the time of the last event on the list (civil war in Syria), that I began carefully studying eschatology and the signs of the times--and felt called to do so.
The 2011-2012 timeframe was prophetically significant on many levels. It seemed we had entered a new era where end-time signs were noticeably increasing. In addition to the events listed above, there were scores of other significant events including extreme weather, the weakening of America, and the coarsening of society. It was as if the pot was beginning to bubble--but those of us who were watching the signs could still keep track of each bubble and take the time to analyze it in light of Scripture.
Enter 2020. The events of 2020 including, Covid-19 virus was released--as was lawlessness, violence, deception, deep political corruption, and other moral evils on a broader scale than we had ever seen or been made aware of. And this time, these signs were happening globally!
It was as if we entered a "medium-boil" phase. Whereas those of us paying attention to signs that lined up with end-time conditions used to be able to identify just about every significant prophetic stage-setting event fairly easily, now I literally cannot keep up!
I liken it to battlefield tactics. As long as it is possible, a soldier on the field carefully notes each detail that will help him understand the coming battle. The more intel the better. But once the battle begins to get thick, the soldier's attention has to turn to more pressing matters. The soldier must decide on what is priority in order to complete the mission.
This necessarily means the soldier must decide what to focus on, even though he knows there are more key details he could assess at any given moment. The pot is beginning to boil and I can't keep track of all of the bubbles!
Here are a few noteworthy details that have come to light the past few weeks that I have looked into on a cursory level, but haven't had time to research fully.
The recent list includes: record-breaking wildfires, heat waves, flooding, mass animal deaths, droughts, famine, and major riots (in South Africa and Cuba to name two). Meanwhile inflation is occurring, the workforce in America can't keep up with the demand because people are being paid to stay home. People who have been fully vaccinated are still being infected with the Cover-19 virus. A video shows a school function where a woman is saying those opposed to critical race theory should die--and the crowd applauses.
The San Francisco Gay Men's Choir put out a creepy music video informing anyone who believes in traditional marriage that they are "coming for your children." A Brazilian taboo artist turns himself into a demonic looking ORC (from the Lord of the Rings Series) by tattooing his eye balls, removing his nose and implanting horns. More shows celebrating witchcraft and the occult are launching in the fall. So many in the world are ready to welcome and embrace all things demonic and evil.
But wait, there's more...A company in Ireland is looking to fund the creation of a colossal moving, speaking statue known as "The Giant" in 21 cities by the end of the year. There have been 321 mass shootings already in 2021 leaving 352 people dead and 1,331 injured. Russia and China are flexing their military muscles regularly. Iran is close to having nuclear weapon capability at the same time Israel is facing major internal challenges.
Macron (surely having consulted with other European leaders who will follow suit) announced a "vaccine pass" to be implemented in order to take part in normal activities. On top of all of this, apostasy in the church is growing steadily through "wokeness," teachings by people claiming to be apostles (which is a Scriptural impossibility since they did not witness the events of Christ's ministry in the first century), and other mind-bending heresies that gut the truth of Scripture and the fundamentals of the true Christian faith.
I could go on and on. This is just the tip of the iceberg! Ten years ago globalism was a conspiracy theory, the conditions needed for the Ezekiel 38 war seemed impossible, technology had not yet reached the mark-of-the-beast level, and America was sick but still fighting. In 2021 all of that has changed.
We are trending toward a rapid boil and could be there at any moment. Liquids boil at different temperatures depending on the molecular structure of the liquid and the amount of air pressure (due to altitude) that is pressing down on the liquid. The air pressure restrains the boil until such a time when the pressure of the boil is greater than the air pressure restraining it.
The Lord could cause the heat to be turned down and the water could cool a bit, but it doesn't seem that is the case and I don't read anything like that in Scripture. Jesus said he would come quickly (Greek word tacos, which means rapidly/when things are revved up), and end-time birth pains (whether Braxton Hicks or the real thing) won't stop once they have begun.
We are heading full speed into everything the Bible prophesies about the future tribulation period--and our generation is seeing it all unfold!
By the way, if you are taking note of end-time signs and conditions you are in good company. The Old Testament prophets and even the angels have longed to understand the timeframe we are currently in. In 1 Peter 1:10-12 we read, "Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah (1st coming) and the glories that would follow (2nd coming/Millennial Kingdom).
It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things."
Notice the key details I highlighted in the verses above. The prophets longed to understand the "time and circumstances" related to the 1st and 2nd coming! In the midst of the struggle to live in our day we need to remember how blessed we are to see these things!
Thankfully God's people will be removed (via the rapture) prior to God's judgment of the world (as has been the clear pattern of his activity in times past and his stated intentions at the end of the age), but that doesn't mean we won't live in dangerous times prior to the rapture. In fact, 2 Timothy 3:1-5 tells us as much. We are not left uninformed.
My friends, it seems the air pressure is about to be lifted and the rapid boil is soon to begin. When the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit indwelled Church is removed via the rapture--the preserving pressure of the salt and light will allow the world to move immediately into a rapid boil. I dare not set dates or even years, but unless the Lord intervenes in a major way (and He could, he's done it before), it seems to me that we are nearing the time of the rapture.
I know several generations of believers in different eras of church history have thought the same, but never in the history of the world have there been so many signs and conditions in place as they are right now. We have a front row seat to prophecy and end-time conditions. Let's rise to the occasion, wake the Bride, and reach the lost! And let's keep in mind only God knows the day or hour so we must keep courageously planning as we continue to watch for His return.
If you are reading this article and have never accepted the gift of salvation offered and paid for by Jesus Christ--please do so now! Noah seemed crazy until the rain started. But soon, the world was covered by violent water like a massive boiling pot.
Please don't ignore the conditions that are screaming at us that the Lord is real, that time is short, that judgment is coming, and that Jesus paid it all. Please come to him now! You too can have hope, clarity, and joy in the midst of these increasingly disruptive world conditions. He promises to never leave us.
Matthew 28:20--"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Luke 21:28--"When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
Paying Attention Yet? Here Are 10 Plagues That Our World Has Had To Deal With So Far This Summer… - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/paying-attention-yet-here-are-10-plagues-that-our-world-has-had-to-deal-with-so-far-this-summer/
This is a summer that none of us will ever forget. There has been one apocalyptic disaster after another, and we haven’t even reached the halfway point yet. At the same time that historic flooding has been absolutely devastating parts of Europe and China, unprecedented heat, drought and wildfires have been hitting portions of North and South America extremely hard. On top of all that, countless numbers of birds are suddenly dropping dead, hundreds of millions of sea creatures have been wiped out, the COVID pandemic is experiencing a major resurgence and we are starting to see famine break out in parts of Africa.
What’s next? Should we be expecting a plague of grasshoppers to be unleashed soon?
Actually, that has already happened, and I’ve included it in this article too.
The following are 10 plagues that our world has had to deal with so far this summer…
#1 Historic Flooding In Western Europe
Just 10 days after record flooding killed 37 people in western Europe, Belgium was hit by a flood that was so powerful that it literally picked up vehicles and carried them along like little toys…
In Dinant, within Belgium’s Walloon region, a two-hour thunderstorm turned streets into torrential rivers. Footage on social media showed cars and pavements being swept away by a powerful stream of rainwater.
“I have been living in Dinant for 57 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Richard Fournaux, the town’s former mayor, told the AP news agency.
#2 “Once-In-A-Thousand-Year” Flooding In China
Last week, more than a million people were forced from their homes by flooding in China that was so extreme that it is only supposed to happen one time in a thousand years…
Starting last Tuesday, storms dropped the equivalent of one year’s worth of water on the city in a 72 hour period before moving northward, flooding large swathes of Henan province in China. Authorities say the rains have displaced more than a million people and at least 63 people dead in what should have been – in theory – once-in-a-thousand-year floods.
#3 Countless Numbers Of Birds Are Dropping Dead
This is something that I have written about before. Thousands upon thousands of birds are suddenly dropping dead in the eastern half of the United States, and authorities still don’t understand why this is happening…
Thousands of cases of mysteriously ill songbirds have now been reported in at least 10 Eastern and Midwestern states. Scientists from federal and state agencies and wildlife health centers are collaborating diligently to determine the cause, and perhaps find a treatment for what has so far proved to be an untreatable malady.
Hopefully scientists will be able to figure out what is causing this, because once a bird catches the disease death can come very, very rapidly…
Death seems to descend quickly once birds start showing obvious neurological symptoms, says Evans. A neighbor brought him a sick crow and “literally within minutes, it had gone between being living and standing on the street and looking normal but acting confused, to a dead bird in a box.” Other accounts from wildlife centers tell of birds deteriorating and dying within 48 hours.
#4 A Billion Dead Sea Creatures
A few weeks ago, we witnessed the worst heatwave that the Northwest has ever experienced.
Personally, I know how bad that it was, because I was right in the middle of it.
CBS News Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli explained that there was only a “1/10,000+ chance” that a heatwave of this magnitude could happen in the region, and it ended up killing at least a billion sea creatures…
More than 1 billion marine animals along Canada’s Pacific coast are likely to have died from last week’s record heatwave, experts warn, highlighting the vulnerability of ecosystems unaccustomed to extreme temperatures.
The “heat dome” that settled over western Canada and the north-western US for five days pushed temperatures in communities along the coast to 40C (104F) – shattering longstanding records and offering little respite for days.
The western half of the United States is in the midst of a multi-year “megadrought”, and 2021 has been the worst year of that “megadrought” so far by a very wide margin.
As I discussed the other day, about 20 percent of the West was considered to be experiencing “severe drought” at this time in 2020, but today that number is up to 80 percent.
In California, conditions have been so dry and water levels have gotten so low that the drinking water is literally starting to taste like dirt…
Something is off about Sacramento’s water. It smells and tastes a little “earthy,” residents are saying — an effect of compounding climate change crises: extreme heat, little to no precipitation and a historic drought that has gripped the region for the better part of a decade.
Up and down the state of California, rivers, streams and reservoirs are drying up. In Sacramento, that has led to an increase in the concentration of geosmin in its drinking water, one of two organic compounds that give soil its characteristic smell.
#6 A Plague Of Grasshoppers?
The extremely hot and extremely dry conditions in the western half of the country have created ideal conditions for grasshoppers to multiply.
Now millions of these voracious little creatures are gobbling up fields everywhere they go, and the National Weather Service is telling us that some of the grasshopper swarms are so massive that they are actually showing up on radar…
The National Weather Service (NWS) Glasgow says the radar is lighting up, but not with rain.
Instead, the radar is picking up “countless” grasshoppers in the area according to a post from the NWS.
The grasshoppers are flying as high as 10,000 feet above the ground and are being picked up by the radar the NWS said.
#7 Crop Losses
Severe drought in hitting agricultural production really hard in many parts of the globe right now.
I discussed what we are witnessing in the U.S. in this article, and down in Brazil authorities are openly warning that the crop losses this year are going to be “historic”…
“It is going to be a historic crop loss,” Daniele Siqueira from local consultancy Agrural told Agricensus.
The second Brazilian corn crop safrinha has been severely affected by dry and warm weather during key development stages, and crop conditions worsened further in some regions that were hit by frosts for three days in the end of June.
As a result, Agrural has lowered its estimates of Brazil’s safrinha output to 59.1 million mt in early-July, 22 million mt below the initial crop potential and the new frosts could mean these estimates are dampened even further.
#8 Gigantic Wildfires
Dozens of major wildfires are raging all across the West, and they just keep making headlines day after day this summer.
In the last 24 hours, two major wildfires that were totally out of control in northern California ended up merging, and this has created an absolutely giant inferno that is threatening thousands upon thousands of homes…
Thousands of homes in Northern California are under threat from two wildfires that recently merged, as dozens of other fires continue to burn across the western United States.
Officials say more than 10,000 homes are under threat, and evacuations have been ordered around Lake Almanor, a popular resort area, after California’s largest blaze, the Dixie Fire, merged over the weekend with the Fly Fire.
#9 Mammoth Dust Storms
For years, I have been warning that Dust Bowl conditions would return to the western half of the country, and now it has happened.
Some of the dust storms that are being created are so large they can actually be seen from space, and they can be extremely dangerous for those that are driving on our roads.
For example, eight people were just killed during a series of accidents that were caused by a colossal dust storm in Utah…
Eight people — four adults and four children under 15 — were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash near Kanosh on Sunday, as drivers were blinded by a sandstorm.
The Utah Highway Patrol reported Monday that 10 people were taken to local hospitals Sunday after the series of crashes, which involved 22 vehicles.
The dust storms in China can be even worse.
In fact, the city of Dunhuang was just hit by a dust storm that was more than 300 feet tall…
A Chinese city is engulfed by a gigantic wall of sand hundreds of feet high in footage straight out of a disaster movie.
A video shows the city of Dunhuang vanishing between the more than 300 feet wall of sand that blew in from the Gobi Desert on Sunday.
The apocalyptic scene was filmed by a resident who shared the scary clip on Twitter.
#10 The Delta Variant
We were dealing with COVID at this time last year too, but now the pandemic is making a major resurgence thanks to the Delta variant.
Many people don’t realize this, but scientists are telling us that those that catch the Delta variant can have viral loads that are more than 1,000 times higher than those that had the original strain…
In a preprint posted 12 July, the researchers report that virus was first detectable in people with the Delta variant four days after exposure, compared with an average of six days among people with the original strain, suggesting that Delta replicates much faster. Individuals infected with Delta also had viral loads up to 1,260 times higher than those in people infected with the original strain.
The COVID pandemic and everything associated with it has already killed millions, and now authorities are threatening us with more lockdowns and more mandates.
And on top of everything else, studies continue to show that any “immunity” is very temporary. Here is another example that I came across just a little while ago…
Antibodies triggered by Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine decline below a key threshold from around six months after a second dose for most recipients, although a third shot could have a strong boosting effect, according to a lab study.
Chinese researchers reported the findings from a study of blood samples from healthy adults aged between 18-59 in a paper published on Sunday, which has not been peer reviewed.
This is quite a list, and we still have more than half of the summer still to go.
Before I end this article, there is one more thing that I wanted to mention. Famine is now erupting in parts of Africa, and things are particularly bad on the island of Madagascar…
The southern part of the island nation of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa, is experiencing its worst drought in four decades, with the World Food Program (WFP) warning recently that 1.14 million people are food-insecure and 400,000 people are headed for famine. Hunger is already driving people to eat raw cactus, wild leaves and locusts, a food source of last resort. The WFP, which is on the ground helping with food distribution, describes scenes of unimaginable suffering, with families bartering everything they have—even cooking pots and spoons—for the paltry tomatoes, scrawny chickens and few bags of rice still available in the markets.
So why are so many apocalyptic events suddenly happening all over the globe?
Is it just a coincidence?
That is what some people think.
But I would suggest that it is time for all of us to start paying attention, because our world is being shaken like never before, and what we have experienced so far is just the tip of the iceberg.
For decades, we have grown accustomed to living our lives in an environment of great stability, but now everything is changing.
Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, and nothing will ever be the same again.
Nearing Midnight: God’s Weather Warnings – Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
There is, at first glance, perhaps a paradox in our take on the matter of climate change. When I say “our,” I mean those of us in Bible prophecy circles who examine the climate-change matter, which is considered by the Biden administration people to be the greatest crisis faced by mankind today.
The seeming incongruity in our thought process comes by considering the following. While we believe that there is no climate change in terms of the definition given by those on the ideological left, we acknowledge that climate change indeed does exist. And it is becoming exponentially more manifest.
Those who are in the man is destroying the planet camp proclaim all who disagree with that premise to be climate-change deniers. They vehemently declare the same about anyone who disagrees with their dire assessments on any crisis as they delve, in full rage, into whatever problem they believe they must strive to control in their insatiable quest for ever-increasing power. For example, anyone who opposes their claims that COVID-19 is the deadliest virus in modern times is a pandemic denier, and, no doubt, an anti-vaxxer.
Not too many months ago, I have to admit, I was somewhat of a climate-change skeptic, to say the least. And I yet hold that, regarding those earlier times, I still can’t point back to them and see changes in the planet’s weather patterns as being extreme to the point of representing changes of the profound sort.
The evidence is now compounding, however. Reports from around the world of drastic weather events, especially involving flooding and at the same time droughts, continue to erase the skepticism.
Some of the reports just in recent days blazed across our Rapture Ready News headlines. I’ve put a few of these here to display the compiling evidence.
Rescue crews have been racing to find survivors of floods that have wreaked havoc across western Europe, killing more than 150 people. Hundreds are still missing after record rainfall triggered severe floods in Germany and Belgium. Heavy rains also hit Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands – where PM Mark Rutte has declared a national disaster in one southern province.
Parts of Arizona have been hit with devastating flooding, with the city of Flagstaff declaring a state of emergency after being inundated with torrents of water that turned streets into murky, fast-running streams.
The Colorado River is tapped out. Another dry year has left the watershed that supplies 40 million people in the Southwest parched. A prolonged 21-year warming and drying trend is pushing the nation’s two largest reservoirs to record lows.
An unprecedented heat wave and ongoing drought in the U.S. Pacific Northwest is damaging white wheat coveted by Asian buyers and forcing fruit farm workers to harvest in the middle of the night to salvage crops and avoid deadly heat.
Prolonged heavy rainfall affecting parts of China over the past couple of days caused extreme flooding in several provinces, including Sichuan, Hebei, Shaanxi, Henan, and Shandong. Severe thunderstorms also affected the capital Beijing, bringing the entire city to a standstill. On July 12, authorities have issued an orange alert, the 2nd highest in the country’s 4-tier weather warning system.
Heavy rain has caused flash floods in various parts of London. Cars have been submerged as roads filled with water while train services have also been cancelled. Photos on social media showed parts of south-west London including Barnes, Raynes Park and Richmond had been affected, as had areas of north London including Golders Green and Highgate.
Eastern China’s Shandong Province was hit by its largest tornado outbreak in more than 10 years on July 11, 2021. At least 10 tornadoes were reported, with at least 3 of them [reported as] violent. The reports are still coming in and the number of reported tornadoes is rising.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued its highest level rain alert for parts of Kyushu, southwestern Japan on Saturday, July 10, 2021, leading local authorities to instruct hundreds of thousands to take immediate safety measures. Reports of river flooding and landslides are coming in.
The floods and droughts are not merely seasonal occurrences. They are indeed phenomenal weather events, and they are in unprecedented, multiple numbers—occurring almost simultaneously in most every part of the planet.
So this prophecy watcher, at least, fully recognizes that something of last-days significance is taking place almost daily. The way I and others who are likewise watchers differ from the leftists who claim there is climate change is they see it as man-made, while we see it as God-induced.
It is a foreboding weather warning from on high. The storm that’s coming is the Tribulation. The Lord, we sense, is warning of things to come by way of His judgment and wrath.
He wants all to come to repentance. He wants no one to be caught in that final great, destructive storm.
The rebellious, progressive mindset declares that man alone can fix the climate. They are making a globalists-elite-engendered, Mother Earth worship system to do exactly that, they think. We know, on the other hand, that only God can either break or fix the planet He, alone, controls.
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? (Psalms 24: 1–3)
Are Disasters and Pandemics the Judgment of God? - Jim Denison - https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/denison-forum/are-disasters-and-pandemics-the-judgment-of-god.html
More than twenty-two thousand firefighters fought “extreme fire behavior” across the West yesterday as homes burned and thousands of residents fled fast-spreading flames. The largest fire in the US is continuing to grow this morning, one of eighty-eight large wildfires crews are battling throughout the country. Six new large fires were reported Saturday.
California has seen a 257 percent increase in acres burned so far compared to 2020. A fire behavior analyst blames “the critically dry weather” for good reason: scientists say the current drought is setting a 122-year record. Almost 90 percent of the western US is now considered to be in drought. The drought currently extends from the West Coast eastward into Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Is this the judgment of God?
"HEAVEN IS SHUT UP AND THERE IS NO RAIN"
There is no question that God sometimes uses drought as judgment on sin.
He sent a drought against Israel in the days of Elijah (1 Kings 17:1) and “called for a drought on the land and the hills” in the days of Haggai (Haggai 1:11). Solomon foresaw a day when “heaven is shut up and there is no rain” because of the people’s sin (1 Kings 8:35).
Jeremiah 14 depicts such judgment in stark terms: “The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought: ‘Judah mourns, and her gates languish; her people lament on the ground, and the cry of Jerusalem goes up'” (vv. 1–2). The drought affected rich as well as poor (v. 3) and was so severe that “the farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads” (v. 4) and wildlife were suffering as well (vv. 5–6).
Jeremiah responded by confessing the sins of his people and praying for divine mercy: “Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you” (v. 7).
He acknowledged that the Lord is the one true God and thus the only one who could save them: “Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O Lord our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things” (v. 23).
DEFEATING THE GODS OF EGYPT
The Bible clearly teaches that God sometimes uses natural disasters to judge sin and call sinners to repentance. In such cases, however, he warns the people first through his prophets and other representatives, as with Moses before Pharaoh (Exodus 5-12). If they will not repent, he responds directly to their sins. For example, each of the plagues against Egypt was a direct defeat of one of Egypt’s pagan gods (cf. Exodus 12:12).
It would be easy for me as a conservative Christian to blame the West Coast drought on the sins of some who live there. The immorality championed by some in Hollywood and the irreligiosity of many in Washington and Oregon are well known, for example. But the drought includes Idaho, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin—states not known for immorality or irreligiosity.
Unlike the plagues of Egypt, the current drought is not the consequence of specific sins. Nor am I aware of prophetic warnings issued by the Lord before the drought began.
As a result, I do not view the current drought as God’s active judgment against the western US but as a consequence of living in a fallen and broken world (Romans 8:22). We see such tragedies daily, as with the sandstorm yesterday in Utah that caused a series of car crashes, killing at least seven people, and the heavy rains that flooded subways in New York early this month.
However, I am convinced that God wants to use the drought and wildfires to teach us a vitally important lesson.
"NIGHT IS COMING, WHEN NO MAN CAN WORK"
Early Christians lived with urgency born out of reality. Life expectancy in the Roman world was half of rates today. Christians were especially in peril—more than a million died for Jesus in the first three centuries of the Christian era.
But their urgency was not just a product of their circumstances. They knew that “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11), remembering Jesus’ admonition, “Night is coming, when no man can work” (John 9:4). Their Master warned them,
“Stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42).
The disasters we have discussed today should remind us that our lives are no more certain than theirs. With all our scientific advances, we cannot stop droughts or prevent wildfires. With all our medical expertise, we cannot yet end the present pandemic or forecast the next one. We may live longer on average, but none of us are guaranteed another day.
However, I do not sense true urgency among many Christians in America. We may believe theologically that Jesus could return tomorrow or we could die today, but we need to translate this belief into practice. The more urgent our faith, the more earnestly we will share the gospel, stand courageously for our Lord, and live ready to stand before him one day.
SHARING JESUS IN ICU
We’ll close today with a crucial example.
Please join me in praying today for Jonathan Lotz, the son of Anne Graham Lotz and grandson of Billy Graham. Jonathan is in ICU with COVID-19; Anne asks us to pray that he will not have to go on a ventilator and that he will be fully healed. “Fifty years ago, I could hold my son in my arms,” she said in a post Saturday. “Now I have placed him in the arms of Jesus.”
Last night, she updated her Facebook page with her son’s condition, noting that he sent this text earlier Sunday: “I am physically exhausted yet spiritually overflowing!” He added, “I have had the privilege of sharing Jesus with the ER & ICU staff! What a Savior! God is so good.”
With whom will you share Jesus today?
Daily Jot: Children as battlefields - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Children should not be battlefields. But the public school system, excuse me, the government schools, have made children the battlefield. The government schools are perpetrating great abuse on America’s children. They have allowed the LGBTQ agenda to confuse children about their sexuality. They are teaching revisionist history. They are promoting socialist principles and turning children against their parents. Some have suggested that the only way to reverse this brainwashing is to pull your children out of the school and homeschool them. It makes a lot of sense, but can be overwhelming to some. Notwithstanding, your child/grandchild should not be a battleground.
Consider the recent push back by parents in Loudoun County, Va where the school board there was taken to task for policies on transgender sports and bathrooms. The Marxist Critical Race Theory being pushed by Democrats, the National Education Association, and radical leftist groups like LGBTQ organizations, is yet another obvious battleground. Breitbart News reports that a fourth grade student in the Sartell-St. Stephen school district in Minnesota testified before the school board that students were required to complete an “equity survey” and were told not to “repeat any of the questions to our parents.” School boards don’t want to hear this opposition. And unless members are removed, there will be no changes. All this is part of a larger, more sinister agenda.
The 45 communist goals revealed by Cleon Skousen’s 1958 work, “The Naked Communist,” informs what is happening in the government schools. Number 17, “Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.” Number 25, “Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.” Number 26, “Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and healthy.” Number 28, “Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
Number 40, “Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.” Number 41, “Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.” Number 42, “Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“] united force [“] to solve economic, political or social problems.” While communists are anti-God, they know very well Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Our nation is in crisis and children are the battlefield. The only way to stop it is to take control of what our children are being taught.
Daily Devotion: Don’t Settle for Cheap Substitutes - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.’ —Luke 9:23
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When was the last time you heard someone actually talk about denying themselves? We hear so much today about gratifying ourselves, fulfilling ourselves, discovering ourselves, and esteeming ourselves. There’s even a magazine called Self.
But here’s what Jesus says: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it” (Luke 9:23–24 NKJV).
Some people have a false concept of God and think that if they’re really going to be Christians and take up the cross, they will never have fun again. They falsely believe they’ll have a dull, miserable life of bondage to rules and regulations.
But that isn’t true. When we understand what it really means to follow Jesus, we’ll find the greatest joy there is in life. We never will know greater passion or excitement than what we’ll know in a relationship with God.
Anything this world has to offer is nothing but a cheap substitute. There’s no drug, no experience, or any other thing in this world that even comes close to what it means to be a real follower of Jesus and to discover what we were made for.
So if you want to find life, it means that you come to God and say, “Here are my plans. I dedicate them to you, and I invite you to overrule them if you don’t like the choices I’ve made. I want your will more than my own because I’ve discovered that your plans are better than my plans. Your purposes are better than my purposes.”
Do you believe that? If so, then dedicate your life to God. Take up the cross and follow Him.
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