The Beginning at the End
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The Beginning at the End – Pete Garcia - https://www.rev310.net/post/the-beginning-at-the-end
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. T.S. Eliot
As I have said in the past, Christianity, by definition, is apocalyptic in nature. I don't just mean apocalyptic in the original sense that it is revelatory (it is), but also in the sense, as most people assume it means- the end of the world. Hebrews 1:1-2 states, God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds...(emphasis mine).
If we were in the last days nearly two-thousand years ago, by that same standard of measure, must be at the very final seconds of the final moments, of the last days. We are literally at the end of this dispensation of both the Church Age and the Age of Human Government. Not to rehash dispensational theology all over again, but while certain dispensations came to a definitive end (e.g., Dispensation of Innocence), others (e.g., Dispensation of Human Government and Law) continue running in the background so to speak or are put on pause until certain other events come to their ultimate fruition.
In regards to the Age of the Law, we understand that Christ's death on the cross temporarily postponed the Kingdom Age, as well as Israel's fulfillment as a covenant nation (Dan. 9:24-27). As the Apostle Paul alluded to in Romans 9-11, God is not done with Israel. In fact, Jeremiah 30:7-11 states that the entire purpose for the 70th Week of Daniel (aka...the Tribulation) is to discipline Jacob (Israel) and make an end of all the nations in the world. At the end of that seven-year Tribulation, Israel (what is left) will cry out and finally recognize that Jesus is the Christ (Zech. 12:10-14). With that, God will effectively put an end to fallen man's (secular) governance forever.
Originally, Human Government was intended by God to be a stabilizing force in the world, and has, to varying degrees, been just that. As bad as the world has been and currently is, it would have been a whole lot worse if anarchy reigned. Thus, while the Dispensation of Human Government began shortly after Noah's Flood (Gen. 9) and has continued until this day. The government's role in world affairs is only in how God has predetermined their paths and outcomes so that His will would be accomplished...namely, in setting up Israel as the head of nations, and Jesus Christ seated at the head of Israel on the throne of David.
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:30-33
At present, we are coming up on the two thousandth-year anniversary of Christ's death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Given the other two thousandth-year mile-markers in history (Adam- Abraham, Abraham-Jesus), we are confidently expecting a soon change to our present reality. Evidence for this confidence largely lay with all the converging prophesied signs of the end we see coming to fruition today; this includes the aggressive demands for global government, global currency, and global religion. Aiding and abetting the very long list of signs is the rapid development of information, economic, and military technology all of which make absolute global governance possible for the first time in human history.
This begs the question though, if there are so many signs of the end, why are so many Christians reluctant or outright refusing to study the prophetic word?
Part of the problem most have with fully trusting Bible prophecy (aside from falling under false teachings) is in the way prophecy is delivered. The Bible mostly gives prophetic summations of where things and world events will be in the last days, but rarely, if ever, states how we get there, only that we will.
The Old Testament, for example, states that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), but would hail from the land of Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-3). Furthermore, the Messiah would come out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1), and be called a Nazarene (Matt. 2:23). Now, the Old Testament does not state how all of this would transpire, only that it would.
As confusing as that must have appeared at the time regarding the identity of the Messiah, we are, however, given the missing details in the New Testament. Joseph and Mary had to travel from Nazareth, Galilee down to Bethlehem, Judea to be counted in the Roman census set forth by Caesar Augustus (Luke 1:26-27, 2:1-7). Jesus was born shortly after arriving at Bethlehem. They were then visited by the shepherds and Gentile Wise Men (presumably Parthians). After this, Joseph was told to flee Bethlehem for Egypt on account of King Herod's command to kill all boys two years of age and younger. Herod gave this command both out of anger for being deceived by the Wise Men (who were warned not to report back to him) and out of fear of the one born King of the Jews (Matt. 2).
That's all well and good because most Christians today have zero issue believing in already fulfilled prophecies. It's the prophecies that have not yet been fulfilled, they become skeptical about.
An example of this is where the Bible states that at or near the middle of the 70th Week, the Two Witnesses will stand in the streets of Jerusalem and prophesy for 1,260 days. During this time, they will call down fantastical, supernatural judgment on those who oppose them and shoot fire from their mouths to devour their enemies. At the end of the 1,260 days, these two are allowed to be killed by the beast who ascends from the pit, and their bodies will lie in the streets for 3 1/2 days. During this time, the whole world will be able to see their dead bodies and celebrate.
John was given this prophecy over two thousand years ago, and since, theologians, skeptics, and the average layperson have labored over this seemingly impossible prophetic conundrum. How can the whole world see two bodies lying dead on a particular street, in a particular city, and in a particular country, all at the same time? That was a puzzle no one seemed to be able to solve for millennia, that was, until the advent of satellite television and the Internet.
Notice, the Bible nowhere declares that satellite televisions will be invented in the 20th century, or that mankind would become progressively smarter and smarter until they develop a global information-sharing network called the Internet. The Bible only gives us the end state. The whole world will see their dead bodies lying in the streets for three and a half days, and will likewise watch them be raptured up to heaven as well (Rev. 11:1-13) because we now have the technology to do that. While John was given this vision two thousand years ago, the world had to wait until technology caught up with the prophetic revelation. Thus, the technology necessary to fulfill the specific demands of the prophetic text serves us as evidence of the lateness of the hour we find ourselves.
Our generation is both the first and last to witness all of the final prophetic developments necessary for the arrival of the Beast's one-world kingdom. From the resurrection of a dead nation (Israel) to the revival of Satan's greatest pagan empire (the revived Roman Empire/ EU), we are that final generation. This is not my opinion; the geopolitical, economic, technological, and ecumenical realities are all pointing toward the rise of a tyrannical, antichristian/antichrist, anti-Semitic, debased, powerfully wicked kingdom. Still don't believe me? Turn on the news. Whether we are talking about the global embracement of climate change theory, LGBTQIA agendas, human secularism, satanism, paganism, socialism, communism, digital currency, singularity, political corruption, and governance by crisis, the current world leaders are all seemingly of the same mind. This collective agreeance, in my personal opinion, is the mystery of lawlessness.
Most of what is required for the Beast one-world kingdom doesn't even need to be invented or created (i.e., artificial intelligence, digital currencies, global surveillance and data gathering systems, weapons of mass destruction, etc.) because it is already being used against us in our everyday life. Just as we are witnessing the government and corporate implementation of rigid segregation policies via pandemic mandates, the Beast system will make these pale in comparison. You don't need a Ph.D. in International Relations or Political Science to see where the world leaders and powerbrokers, want to take the world.
Those in power, aside from wanting to keep their power, are aggressively advocating for a one-world system. They earnestly believe this is the only way to save the planet. This is what the Bible says the world will one day become- an imperial authority under the direction of ten leaders, who, being of one mind, give their authority to one man. At present, the prophetic stage is already set. Although we do not know who these ten leaders are, or the identity of the one whom they will cede their authority, we can see them lining up and rehearsing their parts.
Those who reject Christ in this generation will first suffer the wrath of abandonment (Romans 1:18-31), then the very literal act of abandonment by being left behind at the Rapture of the Church (1 Thess. 5:3, 2 Thess. 2:9-10). Then, God the Father will give Jesus the Son full authority to execute His wrath against the world (Rev. 5). He begins by opening the First Seal Judgment, which unleashes the Antichrist. He will be the most vicious and evil dictator the world has ever seen.
However, it doesn't end there. God's wrath continues to unfold through another twenty divine judgments, concluding with the Second Coming. Christ returns with His Church and the armies of heaven (Rev. 19:11-21) and personally casts the Antichrist and the False Prophet alive into the Lake of Fire. He then allows an angel to take hold of the Devil and cast him alive and bound in chains into the abyss for a thousand years (Rev. 20:1-3).
The reality is we are at the bitter end of one reality, and at the cusp of a new beginning. It means that the rightful ruler of this universe is getting ready to take back His rightful throne and rule amongst His people with a new heaven and a new earth. It means that however painful our lives here and now might seem, this time will seem absolutely infinitesimal compared to what lies ahead.
Eternity future lay before us. For the redeemed, we have the most glorious future ahead of us. For the redeemed, it is a grand and glorious beginning.
For those unredeemed, the world will quite literally become, hell on earth. To make matters worse, those who take the mark of the beast will trade hell on earth, for eternity in the Lake of Fire. For the unredeemed, its horror is beyond horror without end.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, do not put off the most important decision of your life and of all eternity, you are not guaranteed tomorrow- today is the day of salvation.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:10-13
The Power of Digital Surveillance to Create Social Credit Style Scores – Tom Parker - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=5052
Patent and trademark attorneys Dr. Gal Ehrlich and Maier Fenster of Ehrlich & Fenster recently had a US patent approved for a technology that aims to surveil people via their digital activity, give them a score that defines "the potential level of super-spreading activity of each individual," and then vaccinate people based on this score.
The patent proposes collecting a wide range of personal information from sources such as mobile devices, apps, social media, web browsing records, payment records, medical records, employment records, the government, and surveillance cameras.
It also suggests collecting highly specific personal information via these sources such as:
- Precise location data
- The length of time people spend at the locations they visit
- The ventilation rate of the places people visit
- Images of people looking at the screen of their mobile phone
- Sounds from the microphones in personal devices
- Facial recognition data
The patent proposes numerous potential surveillance applications for this data which include detecting when people are using public transport by using "geolocation and/or regular start-stop movement that matches a public transportation profile," monitoring when people are washing their hands by "analyzing sounds of water running or movement by a smartwatch," and checking whether people are wearing a mask by "analyzing images taken during calls or other looking at screen of cellphone."
Once the data has been gathered, the technology outlined in the patent analyzes the data and assigns a "score" to their electronic device. It suggests using this score to predict the "the potential level of super-spreading activity of each individual" and recommends "vaccinating according to score."
Not only does the patent suggest mass electronic surveillance of people to create a social credit style score that determines when they should be vaccinated but it also proposes that the technology could be deployed as part of a "dedicated mandatory app" where "the government may order the citizens to install a dedicated application on their smartphones (or other smart devices like tablets, smartwatches, smart glasses, etc.) to help the government with the logistics of the vaccination procedures."
The patent adds that "in some embodiments" of this mandatory system, "the app and/or the smart device is configured to inform on the user's location at all times and to communicate with adjacent smart devices (via Bluetooth for example) to assess the interactions between users, for example, vicinity between users, movement of users, etc.)."
When it comes to factors that determine an individual's score, the patent suggests that a person's profession, medical data, the nature and type of locations they visit, their frequently visited locations, and the length of time they spend at locations should be used as part of the calculation.
"In some embodiments, subjects that are prone to frequent religious or secular events, like in a synagogue, a church or a mosque or a dancing venue, where the people are in close proximity to each other, and talk, pray, sing and/or breathe deeply and/or mingle more, will receive a higher score (e.g., for such a contact event) than those who do not frequent religious events," the patent adds.
The patent was approved on August 31 and follows governments around the world implementing increasingly far-reaching surveillance measures amid the coronavirus such as vaccine passports that aim to exclude people from economic and social activities and apps that use geolocation and face recognition to police quarantine.
Into The Abyss We Go… - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/into-the-abyss-we-go/
Why won’t our politicians ever listen? Just two days after voters made it exceedingly clear that they hate mandates, the Biden administration has announced that the nationwide OSHA mandate will go into effect on January 4th. Are Biden and his minions this dense, or do they just not care what the American people think? It has been estimated that the new OSHA mandate will cover approximately 80 million Americans, and it could potentially result in millions of highly qualified workers losing their jobs in early 2022.
What the Biden administration is trying to do is completely unconstitutional, and red states are already challenging it in court. Many people may not realize it yet, but this is one of the most important turning points in U.S. history.
From an economic standpoint, this new mandate is going to be absolutely disastrous. We are already in the midst of the worst worker shortage in all of U.S. history, and we are currently dealing with a supply chain crisis of epic proportions. Forcing millions of Americans out of their jobs right in the middle of the upcoming winter will take both the worker shortage and the supply chain crisis to entirely new levels.
But Biden is going to do it anyway.
On Thursday, we learned that January 4th has been set as the official deadline for compliance with the new OSHA mandate…
Tens of millions of Americans who work at companies with 100 or more employees will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or get tested for the virus weekly. The new government rules were issued Thursday.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says companies that fail to comply could face penalties of nearly $14,000 per violation.
If the company that you work for has 100 or more employees, you are covered by this mandate.
Needless to say, many employers will be frightened into submission by the extremely high financial penalties. Those companies that are deemed to be “repeat offenders” could potentially “face a maximum fine of $136,532”…
Repeat offenders or those found to be willfully noncompliant could face a maximum fine of $136,532. It is not immediately clear what constitutes a repeat offender.
Of course many businesses across the country have no intention of ever complying with this new mandate.
Realizing this is the case, the Biden administration will be secretly sending out OSHA spies to conduct surprise inspections…
OSHA staffers will be doing random inspections to check if businesses are complying and employees could have to pay for their own tests out of pocket. The agency is using emergency orders that usually deal with workers exposed to ‘grave dangers’ to enforce the standards.
GOP lawmakers responded with fury and said some unvaccinated Americans were being forced to decide between putting food on the table or getting the shot, while retailers said the new rules will put an ‘unnecessary’ burden on businesses before the holiday season.
We now live in a dystopian nightmare.
And many local regimes are also choosing to become increasingly authoritarian. For example, just check out the new rules for children that will soon be implemented in San Francisco…
San Francisco will soon require children as young as 5 to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor public spaces like restaurants, entertainment venues and sporting events, public health officials said this week.
The local mandate already requires children and adults over the age of 12 to show proof that they are vaccinated before entering those places. Now, city health officials are planning to extend the health order to children ages 5 to 11, the group newly eligible for the shot.
America used to be the “land of the free”, but that is clearly not true anymore.
The months ahead are not going to be pleasant. As mandates choke the life out of our economy, the ongoing shortages are going to get even worse and prices are going to go a lot higher.
In fact, we are already being told to brace ourselves for “sticker shock” when we go to buy meat…
For America’s meateaters, this is a problem. Some cuts have soared 25 percent over the past year, while others are fetching near record prices, making meat one of the biggest contributors to pandemic inflation. And industry experts expect meat to keep gaining through the holidays and beyond.
“The sticker shock is what we all need to be prepared for,” said Bindiya Vakil, chief executive officer of supply-chain consultant Resilinc. “This is here to stay, at least through the summer of 2022.”
The good news is that nobody in this country is starving at this point.
The bad news is that food prices around the world continue to escalate dramatically, and this is pushing millions upon millions of people in poorer countries into hunger. This week, we learned that global food prices shot up another 3 percent in the month of October…
A United Nations index tracking staples from wheat to vegetable oils climbed 3% to a fresh decade high in October, threatening even higher grocery bills for households that have already been strained by the pandemic. That could also add to central banks’ inflation worries and risks worsening global hunger that’s at a multiyear high.
As I have been relentlessly warning, a plethora of factors have combined to create a “perfect storm” for food prices…
Bad weather hit harvests around the world this year, freight costs soared and labor shortages have roiled the food supply chain from farms to supermarkets. An energy crisis has also proved a headache, forcing vegetable greenhouses to go dark and causing a knock-on risk of bigger fertilizer bills for farmers.
Many of these factors will continue to intensify in 2022.
So be thankful for what you have, because in some parts of the world things are already starting to get quite crazy.
For example, in North Korea citizens are now being encouraged to eat black swan meat due to the “crippling food shortage” in that nation…
North Korea has started touting the “exceptional” health benefits of consuming black swans after breeding them, while also farming rabbits as the country battles a crippling food shortage, according to state media.
“Black swan meat is delicious and has medicinal value,” the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in an article published Monday.
I have been warning that this was coming, and things are only going to get worse from here.
So I would stock up while you still can, because food prices are only going to go higher.
If you are one of those that may lose a job in the months ahead, I want you to know that our prayers are with you.
Don’t give up, and don’t lose hope.
I know that things are really dark right now, but sometimes the darkest valleys in life are where the light shines the brightest.
Departure, Disappearance, Devastation - By Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/2021/11/05/departure-disappearance-devastation-by-terry-james/
The grocery store shelves across America, like Old Mother Hubbard’s shelves, are growing increasingly bare. The ships are being kept from entering the harbors to be unloaded on the docks.
The semi tractor-trailer trucks are idle because truck drivers, refusing the jabs, are walking off the job, so what few containers that do get unloaded from the ships aren’t moving to the rest of the nation.
Workers throughout the country, in most every business, are refusing to work, either because of vaccination demands or because they are given paydays through stimulus madness. All this is creating production and distribution problems that threaten to totally disrupt society. Prices are rising dramatically while economic pressures are in the process of producing… well, the experts aren’t sure what. Perhaps inflation, stagflation, recession, depression, or even something worse that the world hasn’t experienced previously.
Gasoline prices are headed toward all-time highs at the pumps in some parts of the country because those ideologues that see fossil fuels as killing Mother Earth have shut down the previous presidential administration’s successful efforts to make the US once again energy independent. Soon, home energy costs will be so high as to possibly endanger some who live within the coldest climates of America. The rest of us will—if the environmental wackos have their way—just have to swelter during the heat of summers.
Rolling blackouts because of shutting down coal-fired power plants and even nuclear power plants have already begun taking place. Soon, the entire nation will experience what California and others are going through, making daily life ever more unpleasant. This is the forecast of the dystopian bloggers and podcasters who constantly and consistently prophesy the coming time of unprecedented plunges in living conditions on a planet headed for disaster.
These predict that the globalist elite are even now in the process of destroying this, the most advanced and powerful nation ever to exist. They have used COVID-19 and the vaccine mandate tyranny to bring chaos. They have used political shenanigans and stolen elections at every level to bring about cultural and societal change that is hastening the fall of the nation.
That fall must take place, according to those who observe matters involved, in order to bring about the one-world, utopian existence the global architects envision. America is the holdup to progress in the ages-long lust to put all the populations of the world under the despotic thumb of a central, authoritarian, select few.
America’s greatest enemies, like China and Russia, many fear, are planning invasions of various kinds—and are even already implementing some of the cyberspace and other less kinetic forms of warfare. It is just a matter of time until all these outer assaults, along with the internal evil that is undermining America’s foundations at every juncture, bring about the collapse of this great republic.
Those of us who study Bible prophecy from the pre-Trib view see almost exactly the same developments as do those who have no particular religious viewpoint. The intent can’t be missed as the globalist architects employ their unceasing assaults, particularly on the US, but also against all nation-states that insist on maintaining sovereign territory within defined borders.
We see beyond the fears held by those who have no biblical view—or at least no Bible view that is based on sound interpretation. We know that God’s judgment is coming. As a matter of fact, Jesus, Himself, spoke of previous times much like those we are experiencing. He talked about the days of Noah and the days of Lot, as we have mentioned here numerous times.
We have seen that, just as the Lord said, times now are much like they were in Noah’s day. Violence fills the whole earth. Every thought of mankind seems to be only on evil continually.
Today is like the time of Lot in Sodom. We don’t have to have an extraordinary amount of insight to understand the strange unnaturalness involved with the LGBTQ or whatsoever sexual deviancy pervading present-day culture and society. We are apparently at the very brink of judgment described by Jesus while on the Mount of Olives those 2,000 something years ago.
To those who view all of this from the pre-Trib view of Bible prophecy—that Christ will call the Church to Himself before that judgment falls—the time could well be at hand for fulfillment.
The departure (the disappearing of all believers from planet Earth) as given in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, when the Lord spoke of the Day of the Lord and of the man of sin stepping onto the pages of end-times history:
“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.”
The “falling away” in this text, it has now been assessed by most all biblical scholars of the pre-Trib ilk, speaks of a spatial or physical departure from one place to another. Others still view this falling away as falling away from the faith—belief in Christ as a prerequisite for salvation. Thorough study shows that the translators of Bible texts going back to the 1500s and beyond interpret this as a spatial departure rather than as spiritual defection.
I, personally, believe it could mean both a spatial and a spiritual departure. What follows that departure is the coming on the scene of Antichrist. We see his foreshadow in every direction on the geopolitical, societal/cultural, and religious landscape of our time.
Jesus said that, like in Lot’s removal from Sodom, the very day all Christians are removed from earth to the heavenly clouds of Glory to be with their Savior and Lord, judgment and seven years of devastation will fall.
Jesus said that when we see all of this begin to come to pass, we are to look up and lift our heads. Our redemption will be drawing near.
We who know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord can only echo God’s own glorious declaration.
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
Daily Jot: The Farm Chronicles: Do Not Feed The Bears - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
There were plenty of signs in Yellowstone National Park about feeding the bears. They all had a common theme—don’t do it. So what do tourists do? They feed the bears. And once it starts, they all catch on pretty fast. The bears are smart too, just like the Yogi Bear cartoon says of Yogi, “Smarter than the average bear.” Such it was on our Great Western Tour of 1963. We and our travel partners, the McCarthy’s, entered Glacier Park on July 1st. Bill McCarthy and I had a shirtless snowball fight and wrote our names in the snow at a rest stop. Being from Ohio, we were amazed that that there was snow in July and that we could actually have a warm weather snowball fight. Next stop Yellowstone National Park.
Entering the park, there is a huge sign: “Park Regulations Prohibit Feeding or Molesting of Animals. Warning, bears and other large animals are dangerous. For your personal safety, Do not approach or feed wildlife. View from a safe distance.” Everywhere you looked, there were “Do Not Feed the Bears” signs. We really didn’t think much of it. Yellowstone was a natural wonderland. Besides the sulfur smell of the various mud pots and fumaroles, it was an amazing and beautiful area. Challenging, too. To see much of the sights, one had to walk on 2X10s through the boiling soil and dare not lose your balance lest you would fall in and who knew what would happen to you. There were no handrails in ’63.
Warren McCarthy, a decorated war hero as part of the Normandy landing, was a tall, long-legged man. He was very particular about everything. He was an expert woodworker. He was a true conservationist, hunter and photographer. Yellowstone was like heaven to Warren. He had the best camera and was always taking pictures on our trip. He shot Old Faithful at the perfect moment. He worked just the right angles and lighting to photograph the majestic forests, buffalo, Mt. Rushmore, you name it. At Yellowstone, Warren was going through film as if there was no tomorrow. We stopped for lunch. The idea was that we would grab a sandwich in our respective campers and meet at the picnic table by the back of the McCarthy’s camper. The McCarthy’s all went in their camper to fix some food. Warren had to load film into his camera.
That’s when this big old bear planted himself on the picnic table, blocking anyone from coming out of the back of the McCarthy’s camper. Seemed like this bear knew what he was doing. Warren couldn’t even get into the cab of his truck to drive away. They first tried to shew the bear away. Open the camper door, yell a bit, wave arms. The bear was unmoved. Then they tried throwing food. The bear would go grab the food and hurry back to picnic table. This went on for over an hour. Finally, the bear must have had his fill and he lumbered away into the forest. Proverbs 17:12 says, “Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.” It doesn’t say anything about a bear doing the robbing if you’re foolish enough to get trapped in your camper. We all had a good laugh over the bear’s ransom and the park’s rules.
Daily Devotion: Pleasing God - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—‘he disappeared, because God took him.’ For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. —Hebrews 11:5
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/pleasing-god/ - Listen
What does it mean to be well pleasing to God? There are Scripture passages that specifically point out what is pleasing to Him.
For example, God is pleased when we patiently endure when we’re misunderstood, in spite of the fact that we’re in the right. First Peter 2:19–20 says, “For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you” (NLT).
Worship and helping others is also well pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:15–16 tells us, “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God” (NLT).
God is well pleased when we sing His praises. Yes, He sees our hearts, but He wants to hear us praise Him from our lips. God wants to hear us say that we love Him.
Giving to the work of the Kingdom is well pleasing to God. The apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Philippi, “Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18 NKJV).
In that instance, Paul was speaking of an offering they had given. And he was saying their offering was pleasing to God.
Would you commit yourself to be a more patient and forgiving person toward those who take advantage of you or don’t appreciate all that you do? Would you make a commitment to be a regular giver and a regular worshiper? These things are well pleasing to God.
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