Living In Biblical Times - By Daymond Duck - https://www.raptureready.com/2023/02/11/living-in-biblical-times-by-daymond-duck/
On Jan. 26, 2023, Tim Moore, CEO and Senior Evangelist at Lamb & Lion Ministries, wrote that Dr. David Reagan (founder of Lamb & Lion Ministries) met a man that said he wished he could live in biblical times.
Moore wrote that Reagan replied, “You do! You do live in biblical times! Open your eyes and see!”
The Bible teaches that:
According to the Bible, Jesus will come to this earth twice (called the first coming as a Lamb and a Second Coming as a Lion).
The Scriptures record hundreds of prophecies about the first coming of Jesus and hundreds more about the Second Coming of Jesus.
I had the great honor of being interviewed by Tim Moore, David Reagan, and Nathan Jones on Lamb & Lion’s Christ in Prophecy TV program a few years ago, and they seemed fascinated when I told them my grandson was interviewed on a TCT-TV program discussing the Book of Revelation when he was eight years old.
My grandson was asked if adults can understand the Book of Revelation, and his reply was, “If an eight-year-old kid can understand the Book of Revelation, an adult can understand it.”
Paul said, “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (I Cor. 1:27).
There are thousands of people with multiple degrees that God could have chosen for that TCT-TV interview discussing the Book of Revelation, but He chose an eight-year-old boy.
Reagan got it right, “You do live in biblical times! Open your eyes and see!”
(Note: Today, there are plenty of resources available for a person to get a good understanding of most of the Book of Revelation, IF THEY WANT TO).
Here are a few signs that we are living in biblical times today.
One, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog: on Jan. 31, 2023, it was reported that U.S. Sec. of State, Antony Blinken, visited Israel and said Russia and Iran are on a “two-way street.”
Blinken said, “Russia is supplying sophisticated weapons to Iran,” and Iran is supplying drones to Russia to “kill innocent Ukrainian civilians.”
These two nations, which were once enemies, are constantly growing closer together, just as the Bible says.
Two, also concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog: Israel has been sending supplies (blankets, first aid supplies, ambulances, etc.) to Ukraine but not weapons because Russia has troops and weapons in Syria that could be used to retaliate against Israel.
When U.S. Sec. of State Antony Blinken visited Israel on Jan. 31, 2023, Blinken urged Israel to do more to support the security of Ukraine.
On Feb. 2, 2023, Russia warned Israel against arming Ukraine.
A Russian spokesperson said, “Any attempts – implemented or even unrealized but announced for the supply of additional, new or some other weapons – lead and will lead to an escalation of this crisis. And everyone should be aware of this.”
It is interesting that Bible prophecy says Israel will have a great army at the end of the age, and the U.S. is asking Israel to do more to support Ukraine.
Why does NATO, the U.S. military, the EU, and Ukraine need Israel’s help?
Three, concerning wars and rumors of wars: Muslims have stepped up terrorist attacks in Israel, and Israel has stepped up its retaliation.
Violence is escalating, and the possibility of war is growing.
Four, concerning population control and abortion (the murder of children): on Jan. 30, 2023, U.S. Sec. of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, said government looks for scientists and professionals that can give them a reason to declare emergencies.
Becerra said he is considering the possibility of declaring a public health emergency to promote abortion.
At the World Health Organization Assembly meeting on May 21-30, 2023, there will be a vote to make recent World Economic Forum (WEF) proposals global law.
If approved, one of those proposals will empower the head of the WHO (Director Gen. Tedros) to declare emergencies and regulate the healthcare of everyone on earth.
If one individual, such as Becerra or Tedros, is empowered to declare emergencies to promote a political agenda, the U.S. and the world will soon be subjected to the political agenda of the Antichrist.
Five, concerning a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and tracking all buying and selling: in an article on the Exposé site on Feb. 3, 2023, Rhoda Wilson wrote, “The ‘pandemic’ may be over, but the agenda behind the unleashing of one or more deadly poisons and diseases and an even deadlier ‘cure’ is not. The Great Reset is moving forward, and if the populations of Western countries do not wake up, the final part of the central control grid may snap into place – the rollout of digital identities and CBDCs.”
(My opinion: Globalists are taking a 14-year (2016-2030 or sooner) step-by-step approach toward world government. They pass a few global laws in one week, wait and pass a few more global laws, wait, and pass a few more global laws, etc. They restrict the use of thousands of acres of land in one week, wait and restrict the use of thousands of acres of more land, wait, and do it again. It is like the myth of slowly raising the temperature of water on a frog in a pot. If you put the frog in hot water, he will jump out, but if you put the frog in tepid water and slowly raise the temperature, he will sit in the water until it kills him. Globalists are incrementally moving toward the New World Order and hoping that people won’t wake up until it is too late.).
Six, concerning CBDCs: the idea of the world going to a basket full of currencies first and eventually settling on a one-world currency has been around for more than 40 years (Google it).
In 2013, I wrote a book called God Has Spoken (And We Know It).
There were two more printings, but in the first printing, I wrote the following:
In Dec. 2015, Paul McGuire wrote the following in an article titled “MEGA DATA: WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BRING IN 2015”:
Having said this, let’s fast forward to Feb. 4, 2023, and an article by Zero Hedge titled, “A Dollar Collapse is Now in Motion, Saudi Arabia Signals The End of ‘Petro Status.’”
According to Zero Hedge:
While globalists plot and plan for the end of the U.S. dollar and a single currency made up of a basket of digital currencies controlled by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Bible tells us that would only be temporary.
When he arrives on the world stage, Antichrist, indwelt by Satan, and the False Prophet will seize control of the global political system (Revelation 13:4), the global religious system (Revelation 13:11), and the global economic system (Revelation 13:16-18).
All three are being rebuilt to accommodate the final government.
Currently, 10 nations have launched a CBDC, and more than 100, including the U.S., are exploring their use of them.
I am not prophesying, but I believe the Bible teaches that the world will merge into 10 regions (10 groups of nations; called Regionalization) with 10 leaders (called the Ten Kings).
The Bible does not say this, but I would not be surprised if world leaders settle on 10 CBDCs (a basket of 10 digital currencies because more than 100 is too many).
As I understand it, after some initial rebellion by 3 leaders, God will cause the Ten Kings to merge their 10 regions, 10 militaries, and 10 currencies into a one-world government with one CBDC to fulfill His Word.
Will the Rapture be before the Ten Kings rise, after the Ten Kings rise, or at some point in between?
We don’t know, but I believe some of them could soon start coming onto the scene.
Seven, concerning potential corruption and betrayal of the U.S. in the Biden administration: on Feb. 4, 2023, it was reported that Sen. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, has notified Biden’s Climate Change Czar, John Kerry, that he is under investigation for secret negotiations with the Chinese Communist Party that undermine the economic well-being of the U.S.
The committee has asked Kerry to supply relevant documents and accused him of failing to respond.
Eight, concerning an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters at the end of the age, on Feb. 6, 2023 (Turkish time), a 7.8 earthquake (followed by a 6.7 aftershock about ten minutes later, and a 5.8 aftershock about an hour later) struck while people were sleeping at about 4 a.m. on a cold, snowy night about 20 miles from a major Turkish city.
Initial reports said many buildings have collapsed, more than 1,300 people have been killed, hundreds (perhaps thousands) more are trapped, the earthquake was felt in Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt, and the aftershocks keep coming.
Hospitals, healthcare facilities, and medical and rescue workers are overwhelmed.
(More: At 1:24 p.m., following the first earthquake and aftershocks, a 7.5 earthquake struck. Statistics from the first earthquake were up to more than 1,300 killed, at least 5,383 injured, and more than 2,800 buildings destroyed. The report also said at least 473 people have been killed and more than 3,000 injured in Syria. Several nations, including Israel, are sending help.)
(More: On Feb. 8, 2023, the Associated Press (AP) reported that the death toll had topped 11,000 and was expected to keep climbing. There have been 120 significant aftershocks, at least 6,000 buildings have been destroyed, including hospitals, thousands of people need to be rescued, and 380,000 people are in shelters and hotels. A different report said the World Health Organization is predicting that the death toll could reach 20,000, and a third report said people are working in freezing temperatures, and time is running out.)
(Latest update as of Feb. 11: The death toll has surpassed 28,000.)
Finally, are you Rapture Ready?
If you want to be rapture ready and go to heaven, you must be born again (John 3:3). God loves you, and if you have not done so, sincerely admit that you are a sinner; believe that Jesus is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God, who died for the sins of the world, was buried, and raised from the dead; ask Him to forgive your sins, cleanse you, come into your heart and be your Saviour; then tell someone that you have done this.
Squarely In The ‘Birth Pangs’ Jesus Spoke Of – Amir Tsarfati - https://harbingersdaily.com/worldview-with-amir-tsarfati-squarely-in-the-birth-pangs-jesus-spoke-of/
Shalom from what has been a very stormy Israel! Rain, hail, and snow have all taken their turns these past few days, while high winds have brought down trees in various locations. Finally, the moisture moved on, but it has left many higher elevations with a beautiful blanket of white. Apparently, our weather system temporarily forgot that we are a coastal Mediterranean country.
What a week this has been! Watching the aftermath of the major earthquakes in Turkey and Syria and their many aftershocks has been gut-wrenching. I’ll talk about it in more detail below, but here I want to focus on the big picture. This massive natural disaster has been eye-opening in two major ways.
First, it contrasted the culture of life in the Middle East with the culture of death in the West. Why were so many children killed, hurt, or trapped in Turkey and Syria? Because in the Middle East, children are highly valued. Abortion is rare and the idea of allowing a child to die either inside or outside of the womb without the greatest effort being taken to save it is anathema to the society. Compare that to the laissez faire attitude toward unborn children in the West. If a mother feels that the child will be inconvenient to her life, killing it is not only acceptable but in many circles it is applauded.
This is because in the West, “me-firstism” is the prevalent attitude of the culture. What an incredible victory this is for the enemy, who himself fell when he took his eyes off of God and his created role of being a servant of others and put them on himself. Is it any wonder that between the first and the second major earthquakes last week, the world was exposed to a celebration of Satan at the Grammy Awards in Southern California? While there are certainly many faults in the culture of the Middle East, the relegation of a child’s life or death to the simple whim of another person is not one of them.
Second, the earthquakes have reminded the church that we are squarely in the “birth pangs” that Jesus spoke of to His disciples in Matthew 24. In the last three years, we have had a global pandemic that has killed nearly seven million people. We are seeing a WWII level military conflict in eastern Europe that has claimed hundreds of thousands of casualties. And we are seeing an increase in strength and frequency of earthquakes, including last week’s temblors in Turkey that will likely see well over 20,000 dead by the time all the missing are found. But, if you think that what you have seen thus far is overwhelming, just wait. Dr. Ata Richard Elias from the Lebanese University in Beirut has said that one more shift of the Arab plate would erase Lebanon off the face of the map.
I’m not saying all this to frighten you. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then you should have no fear. I am telling you this to remind you that the time of Jesus’ return is coming soon. What we are experiencing now will pale in comparison to what those left behind at the rapture will endure. Use this moment as motivation to share the truth with your friends and family members who have not given their lives to Christ. As we look around, it is quite evident that the time is short. Do it today!
Historic Earthquake Devastates Turkey and Northern Syria
At a little past 1:00 AM on Monday morning, the ground began shaking in southern and central Turkey and western Syria. Because of its shallowness, the 7.8 quake devastated the region. Nine hours later, a second quake struck, this one 7.5-7.6, with an epicenter less than 100 km away from the first. The damage has been catastrophic. More than 12,000 are confirmed dead with another 45,000 missing. Many of these are buried in the rubble of 8500 collapsed buildings, which will undoubtedly double and possibly triple the current death toll. Those without a roof over their heads number greater than 380,000, a number which is even more tragic considering the snow and below freezing temperatures in much of the affected area. There is so much more that can be said about this tragedy than can be mentioned in this format. I would encourage you to subscribe to my Telegram channel to get up to the minute news about this and other global events. Also, please watch my Special Middle East Update from yesterday. It is full of insights about the earthquakes and how they fit into the grand scope of Bible prophecy.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Rescue Efforts
Planes have flooded into Turkey and Syria from all around the world bringing thousands of rescue workers and relief supplies. Israel was one of the first teams to arrive, and the size of its delegation is second only to that of Azerbaijan. Miraculously, survivors continue to be found in the rubble of the collapsed buildings, including many children. God is certainly answering the prayers that are being offered up by His global church. Unfortunately, the rescue efforts are very dangerous. A near continuous series of aftershocks are still bringing down buildings and at least one rescue crew has been lost to a collapsing structure. When it comes to the ugly, it is not surprising to find Iran in that role. For years, Iran has been secretly shipping weapons into Syria for its own military and to supply its terrorist militias. Now they have a window of opportunity that they are taking full advantage of during which they are bringing in war materiel disguised as relief supplies knowing that Israel cannot touch it.
Iran Shows Ballistic Missile with a Special Message to Israel
Last week, I told you about the brilliant Israeli operation that used quadcopter drones to precisely target a piece of machinery in a nuclear facility in Isfahan, Iran. Apparently, the ayatollahs are a little upset about the incident. This week, they displayed a ballistic missile in its launcher in Isfahan upon which was written the Hebrew words, “Death to Israel”. Hmmmm, I wonder who that’s for….
IDF Kills Hamas Terrorists in Jericho
Two members of Hamas failed in their January 28 attempt to fire into a crowded restaurant in Vered Yeriho near Jericho when their weapons jammed. The Shin Bet and IDF Intelligence Directorate tracked the terrorists to their apartment in the nearby Aqabat Jaber refugee camp where they had barricaded themselves in. On Monday morning, the IDF raided the camp in order to capture the ones responsible. Other members of the new Hamas-affiliated terrorist group “Aqabat Jaber Battalion” fought back resulting in the deaths of at least five of its members.
Israel Deepens Relationship with Sudan
Following a lightning one-day trip to Khartoum last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen announced that his government expects to fully normalize ties with Sudan later this year. This will be the fourth in a series of US-brokered normalization deals for Israel following the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco.
Germany Approves Sending Leopard 1 Tanks to Ukraine
As the war rages on in Ukraine, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands have pledged to send the beleaguered nation at least 100 refurbished Leopard 1 tanks. The German defense minister, Boris Pistorius, said that his government approved sending up to 178 of the older generation tanks, but the actual number would depend on the speed of the repair process. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received a hero’s welcome in Britain’s parliament yesterday when he made a surprise visit to the UK in order to try to drum up some more sophisticated weaponry for his military, particularly fighter jets. From London, Zelenskyy will travel to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Is Ukraine Nearing Defeat?
There are some who say that with upgraded weaponry, Ukraine could mount a counter-offensive and push Russia back. Not so, says General Waldemar Skrzypczak, former commander of the Polish Land Forces. “The Ukrainians predicted the Russian offensive and its directions. [Kyiv’s military] will defend themselves until they inflict maximum damage,” said the general. “Some say they should counterattack. However, the Ukrainians do not have the strength and means to carry out a counter-offensive.” This is especially true with the Russians launching a new major offensive in Lugansk Oblast, while continuing to inflict heavy damage in many other areas of the country. General Skrzypczak claims that Ukraine is nearing total defeat. These next weeks will show whether his prediction is true.
Russian Frigate Armed with Unstoppable Missile Prepares for Another Exercise
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov which had conducted a training exercise centered around the firing of a hypersonic Zircon missile. Now it has been announced that the ship will participate in another Zircon firing drill, this time as part of a military exercise which will include Russia, China, and host country South Africa.
Finland Sticks with Sweden
Finnish Defense Minister Mikko Savola put to rest Monday the speculation that his country might try to join NATO without fellow Nordic nation Sweden. At a conference in Oslo, Savola emphasized the importance of the two nations entering the alliance together. It will be interesting to see if the aftermath of the earthquakes in Turkey affects in any way President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ongoing veto of the nations.
Kim Jong-un Brings Military to Full Readiness
In his constant battle against irrelevance, it seems that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was feeling upstaged by the Turkey quakes. So, to get himself back in the news cycle, he has ordered his army to be brought to a state of “full combat readiness”. Personal message to the Supreme Leader: Don’t worry, habibi, we’ve seen you. You can tell your army to relax now.
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Are They Telling Us What Is Coming Next? - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/are-they-telling-us-what-is-coming-next/
Why are global authorities suddenly so concerned that the bird flu might start spreading widely among humans? And why is the mainstream media suddenly filled with extremely alarming stories about the disease? Just a few days ago, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, made headlines all over the globe when he ominously warned that “we must prepare” for the possibility of a bird flu pandemic among humans. Why is he issuing such a warning now? Does he know something that the rest of us do not? If such a pandemic were to erupt, the consequences could potentially be catastrophic. The COVID pandemic paralyzed the planet for a couple of years even though the death rate was very low. Well, the death rate for bird flu in humans can be around 50 percent depending on the strain, and so just imagine the panic that would ensue if it were to start spreading widely.
Since early last year, the bird flu has resulted in the deaths of more than 58 million birds here in the United States, but as long as the disease stayed in birds scientists weren’t going to be too alarmed.
Unfortunately, H5N1 has now started to spread among mammals.
Lots of them.
In fact, dozens of mammals have already caught the disease in the United States alone…
The H5N1 virus has been detected in more than 120 wild mammals in the US in 2022 and 2023 including red foxes, skunks, and even grizzly bears — a troubling step in the road toward human infection.
And more cases in mammals in the U.S. continue to pop up. In fact, on Friday it was being reported that a black bear and a mountain lion in Colorado both tested positive…
Colorado’s worst-ever avian flu outbreak has crossed over into more mammals, including a black bear put down in Huerfano County and a mountain lion found dead in Gunnison County, state wildlife officials said Thursday.
Of course H5N1 is not just spreading among mammals here in the United States.
Over in the UK, “nine otters and foxes” have tested positive…
In the UK, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has tested 66 mammals, including seals, and found nine otters and foxes were positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1.
Over in Scotland, four dead seals were found to have H5N1, and across the Atlantic in Peru a whopping 500 sea lions “were found dead with H5N1”…
If you have been alarmed by what I have shared with you so far, this next item should really get to you.
In Spain, over 50,000 minks had to be wiped out because H5N1 was rapidly spreading among them…
More than 50,000 minks were euthanized at a Spanish farm because of an avian influenza outbreak. Some researchers are concerned about the possible spread to humans.
So why are those minks so important?
Well, it turns out that minks have “a respiratory system very similar to humans”…
But when the virus was analyzed, it was revealed that the mink were infected with a new variant of avian flu, including genetic mutations that are known to make it easier to spread in mammals. This is “uncharted territory,” Wendy Puryear, a virologist at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, told Nature News. It presents a severe problem because mink have a respiratory system very similar to humans.
It appears that we are dangerously close to a strain of H5N1 that will be able to spread quite easily among humans.
And if such a strain does get loose, the death toll could potentially be catastrophic…
It can be very deadly, with a mortality rate as high as 50% in the cases where bird flu has jumped directly from birds to farmers and other handlers, Schaffner said.
Every time the virus replicates, it can mutate into a version the human immune system has never seen before. “That makes it harder for our immune systems to fight the infection,” Arias said. “When they get to humans, the adaptations tend to be accompanied by high virulence, which means infections are severe with high mortality.”
If you thought that the restrictions and the mandates under COVID were bad, just imagine what a global H5N1 pandemic would look like.
People would be dropping like flies and we would see tyranny on a scale that most of us don’t even want to imagine right now.
According to WebMD, a new H5N1 vaccine will soon be tested on poultry here in the United States…
The Biden administration will test a vaccine that could be given to poultry to counter the current bird flu outbreak that has killed about 58 million birds, mostly in commercial poultry flocks.
These would be the first vaccine given to poultry to protect against avian influenza in years. Poultry are already vaccinated for diseases like infectious bronchitis, and shots have been licensed for past outbreaks.
And it is also being reported that an H5N1 vaccine for humans “has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration”…
A vaccine for H5N1 has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for people 18 through 64 years who are at increased risk of exposure, according to an agency spokesperson.
The country has a small supply of vaccine, a spokesperson from the Health and Human Services told USA TODAY. The vaccine can be used to match against strains with pandemic potential and scale-up as needed, which health experts estimate could take up to six months.
Hopefully there will not be a bird flu pandemic any time soon.
But if one does erupt, you need to be prepared for an extended nightmare scenario.
We have entered a period of time when great pandemics will become a regular occurrence, and mad scientists are cooking up more deadly bugs in secret labs all over the planet every single day.
This is just one of the reasons why I am strongly encouraging my readers to make preparations ahead of time while they still have an opportunity to do so.
Because as we have seen, once a deadly bug gets loose it can travel all over the world at a speed that is absolutely breathtaking.
And There Will Be…Pestilence - By Hal Lindsey - https://www.hallindsey.com/ww-2-12-2023/
Politicians on all sides assure us that happy days wait just over the horizon — as long as we place them in power or keep them there. Talking heads on television assure us that nothing we face is new — humanity has been here before, and we did just fine. And in a sense, they’re right. In Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NASB), wise Solomon said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
Covid was bad, but not as bad as the black plague. Crime is high, but it has been higher. Present wars don’t have nearly the scope of the world wars faced during the previous century. The economy is giving off major danger signals, but we’re not in a depression. Violence and debauchery seem to have taken over among the young. But woke educators and entertainers assure us that we are entering a new age of moral enlightenment.
For the public at large, however, such reassurances are less than comforting. Most people understand that we face a staggering set of potential catastrophes, and we face them all at once. Each is magnified by the size of earth’s population. At the time of the 1918 flu epidemic, fewer than 2 billion people inhabited the planet. Today that number exceeds 8 billion. We depend on fewer and fewer farmers to feed larger and larger populations. In an increasingly divided world, borders are turning into chasms over which supply lines must run.
While there is nothing new under the sun, the scale and scope of disasters can grow and intensify. There have always been wars, and warriors have always used weapons. But they have not always had access to nuclear weapons. So it is with disease and pestilence. Our ancestors faced biological threats, but those threats were not enhanced or weaponized in pharmaceutical laboratories.
By the late 1940s, penicillin and flu vaccines were just coming into wide use among the civilian population. Optimism ran high. US Secretary of State George Marshall saw the conquest of infectious disease on the horizon. In 1962, Nobel Prize-winning virologist Macfarlane Burnet said, “To write about infectious diseases is almost to write of something that has passed into history.”
Not quite. A May 2017 article in Time Magazine said, “The number of new diseases per decade has increased nearly fourfold over the past 60 years.” Most of the world’s 8 billion people live in the petri dishes known as cities. Disease travels with its human hosts. That means infections move around the globe in hours, not the weeks or months of earlier generations. And the people of our time run to and fro at an unprecedented pace.
It’s not surprising that the world was unprepared for Covid. But it is stunning that the situation has not been corrected. For instance, the United States and most of the west still use China as a sort of global pharmacy. But the communists play games. They flex their muscles to prove their strength and our vulnerability. The rest of the world finds itself out on a limb with the Chinese communist party holding the saw. They can slow manufacturing or stop it entirely. They can slow supply lines or cut them off according to their whims. The West’s continued dependance on China for vital pharmaceuticals is suicidal. Yet very little is being done to correct the situation.
In Luke 21:11, Jesus warned that in the days leading up to His return, there would be an increase in what the New American Standard Bible translates as “plagues” and the King James translates “pestilences.” They mean the same thing — massive outbreaks of disease. Those diseases can be naturally occurring, or lab enhanced. So far, we have only had a taste.
Heaven’s Homecoming Highlights! – Terry James - https://terryjamesprophecyline.com/2023/02/12/heavens-homecoming-highlights/
My friend Jonathan Brentner and I are set upon a book project we call HEREAFTER. Its subtitle at this point is Heaven’s Children in Eternal Glory. Considering the lateness of the hour, prophetically speaking, we believe it will be an excitingly appropriate volume for believers—especially for those who view Bible prophecy from the pre-Trib perspective.
The title came to me upon remembering the late, great broadcaster Paul Harvey’s words regarding some dental product he promoted: “If you want to keep your pearly whites from here to hereafter, you need [whatever that product was].”
The older we get, perhaps the more we can understand what Paul was talking about in his own, unique way of expressing a truth. The Bible tells us that, in old age, “the grinders are few” (Ecclesiastes 12:3). Our teeth—like the rest of us—fall victim to the accumulating years.
Paul Harvey professed to be a believer in Christ for salvation. Thus, by “hereafter,” he was referring to that magnificent sphere to which believers ascend instantaneously when we finish our work/journey in this foreign land we call “earth.”
“Hereafter,” therefore, is the one topic that should draw our attention. This life is but a vapor, as Scripture says. Eternity is, well, forever. Heaven is our real home.
With this in mind, I’d like us to think a bit on something. Jonathan and I both believe strongly that most believers alive now will experience the Rapture of the Church when Christ calls. So we could be transported into that realm at any moment—a thrilling prospect to consider!
It is sad that many pastors in churches today don’t dwell to any extent upon this thrilling prospect. Truly understanding our future in considering our “hereafter” can move us into life more abundant, as Jesus promised.
Those who are blessed to come to this understanding of the heavenly promises that await have many questions. I considered that, by researching those questions, we might get at least some small idea of that glorious future in the presence of our Lord. The following are a few attempts at answering some of the questions believers would like addressed.
Why won’t we be bored in Heaven?
As children, we sometimes view Heaven as a boring place. This is the view of many older believers as well. Some imagine Heaven as possibly an endless church service we’ll attend while checking our heavenly watches to see how much longer until we can go to lunch.
But things will be nothing like that. Worship will be action. We will explode with desire to serve as we are expected to do as believers here in this temporal life. Our heavenly desires will be greatly magnified when we are in our eternal home.
This powerful drive to serve will involve love and work. We are told to love the Lord with all our heart, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We will spend eternity interacting with our brothers and sisters in ways that will no doubt involve love for each other and work that uplifts us and them with spectacular, ever-ascending positive results for our efforts. We will experience fulfillment individually and together in carrying out God’s holy will—dynamic activity that is beyond our imagination in the confines of our finite understanding.
Will we know family and friends like we do here on earth?
I like the way one teacher put it:
Just as Jesus on earth loved each person differently and specially—he did not love John as he loved Peter, because John was not Peter—so we are designed to love people specially. There is no reason why this specialness should be removed, rather than added to, in eternity. Our family and special friends will always be our family and special friends. In this life a child begins to learn to love by loving mother, then father, then siblings, then pets. The concentric circles of love are then gradually expanded, but the beginning lessons are never abandoned. There is no reason to think God rips up this plan in Heaven. (Tough Questions Christians Ask, book by Christianity Today, author of comment Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy, Boston University)
How can I be happy in Heaven if someone I loved deeply on earth doesn’t make it there?
We know that the Bible tells us:
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
While some interpret this as occurring only after the new heavens and new earth have been created, the fact that Heaven is perfection no doubt applies the moment we leave this earth and are at home with our Lord.
From our perspective now, to lose anyone we love because they won’t believe for salvation is heart-wrenching. But we will have the mind of Christ at the moment we are with Him eternally. He tells us He will have to say to the unbeliever “I never knew you.” This is not just a judicial advisory on the part of the Lord. It means He will forget for eternity the individual who has never come to Him.
Truly we can’t understand this at present, but when we have the mind of Christ and see Him as He is, we will be like Him. We, too, will have the ability to forget, just as God has that ability. This isn’t a pleasant thought right now, but we will understand it all by and by.
There are many questions we could address from Christians wanting to know about the hereafter. Jonathan and I are trying to touch on many in our upcoming book. Suffice it to say that Paul’s words, inspired by the Holy Spirit, should be a powerful stimulant for all believers while we look forward to Christ’s any-moment call to us in the Rapture.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searched all things, yea, the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:9–10)
Daily Devotion: Disturbing the Culture - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. —Ephesians 5:15–16
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/disturbing-the-culture/ - Listen
There never was a dull day for the first-century followers of Jesus. In fact, it seems that wherever Paul went, there was either a conversion or a riot.
The early church didn’t have modern technology at their disposal. Yet in a relatively short time, these believers changed their world. They permeated their culture.
Tertullian, a Christian leader and a contemporary of these early followers of Christ, said of the church, “We are but of yesterday, and we have filled every place among you—cities, islands, fortresses, towns, marketplaces, the very camp, tribes, companies, palace, senate, forum—we have left nothing to you but the temples of your gods.”
He was pointing to the fact that the church had infiltrated everything. There were even Christians in the palace of Caesar. This is what we need today. We need Christians to go out and make a difference. We need Christians involved in the arts, making great films and creating graphic design. We need Christians in places of authority, because the Bible says that when the righteous rule, the people rejoice (see Proverbs 29:2).
We need Christian doctors, lawyers, and businesspeople. We need believers to let their light shine in this culture today.
Religious leaders in Thessalonica had this to say about Paul and Silas: “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:6 NKJV).
G. Campbell Morgan said, “Organized Christianity which fails to make a disturbance is dead.”
Believers in the first century made a disturbance because they understood that God had called them to do their part. They took risks. They left their comfort zones. In the Book of Acts, we see their fearless preaching, their expectant prayer, and their willingness to obey God.
Twenty-first-century believers should be living like these first-century believers, impacting our culture. We should be making a difference. We should be turning our world upside down.
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