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The Tribulation and the Wrath of God - By Pastor Mike Taylor - https://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2022/03/the-tribulation-and-wrath-of-god.html
“And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.” (Revelation 15:1)
As you progress through this “Apocalyptic book”, you can envision how the destruction grows in a crescendo type of judgment on this earth. The past chapters were bad and God has been escalating His judgment on this earth to bring mankind either to repentance, or near total annihilation of all things that breath air on the planet we call the earth. It has been mankind's home for nigh 6000 years, but now it is the abode of his coming death and the grave as the nations are receiving just rewards for their rejection of God's only plan for salvation, through Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. Let us look at what will be coming, possibly in few short years, that mankind in the majority is blinded to what is in front of them. If you read chp. 14 you will notice that John described the near total destruction of the nations leading up to the battle of Armageddon, but here John goes back to describe in more detail what has happened to bring the world to this place. It is common in Bible prophecy to state and re-state in further details that is also common in Hebrew literature. It seemed even back in the end of chapter 6, that the end was near, but John takes us back and forth giving more detail and expanding the canvas that he has sketched of what he saw. Revelation is not totally chronological, but the overall picture is speaking of the division of the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation, as judgment is explained more deeply.
These seven angels having the seven last plagues: This idea is also in Leviticus 26:21:
“Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.” These seven last plagues are God’s judgment on a disobedient and contrary world. The opening verse reveals that God's wrath is waxing hot and He is not just blowing off steam, but will fulfill His eternal purpose releasing His righteous indignation in all its fury.
2 "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”( Revelation 15:2-4)
The sea is designed to reflect the glory of God. In chapter 4 its description ‘like unto crystal’ speaks of the holiness of God. Here the sea mingled with fire speaks of divine judgment proceeding from God’s holiness. Some see the analogy in verse 2 correlating to the Exodus of the people of God through the Red Sea, escaping the persecution of this world, although many of them were subject to martyrdom due to their faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. They are not losers, as they have received victory in the spiritual sense that they believed what Jesus said in their Bible. They are Tribulation saints who have given up their mortal life for eternal life.
25 “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26, For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:25-26)
These Tribulation saints stand either on or beside a sea of glass, which is a reflection of God's Word. Here they stand on the Word, as it is connection to the Temple of Israel to be washed in the tabernacle laver to make themselves clean. Notice they sing a song. A song of Moses which is their patriarch ancestor that led their fathers out of Egypt and out of sin. Does this mean that they are mostly from the house of Israel? Although it could be, it is also possible that they are partakers of the seed and promise of Abraham and are considered the New Israel along with those of Jewish birth. It is said that the song they sing is also called the “song of the Lamb” as they join the promises of the Old and the New Testament into one song.....But hold your breath, as judgment is falling and hardly any man or woman will escape the fiery wrath of Almighty God.
5 “And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” (Revelation 15:5-8)
Here God's anger is revealed by 7 angels that bring seven golden vials, full of the wrath of God. The anger of God is so hot, that smoke fills the heavenly tabernacle and no one can enter into His presence until His vengeance through these plagues is finished. This declares that judgment was now irreversible. This also happened in the time of Moses when the Shekinah glory filled the wilderness tabernacle and no man could enter within. Now nothing could hinder it any longer, because access to this temple in heaven would not long be denied. This is the heavenly Temple in heaven that the earthly temple that was a copy on earth, but is seen in its reality The seven angels come directly from God and do not act on their own authority, but have been given orders directly from God Almighty. They are clothed with white linen and golden girdles that signify the holiness of God's righteous anger
The King James translation is vials of plagues, but the literal translation from the Greek is saucer like bowls that were used in the Temple of God on earth, and now in heaven to hold incense from the altar of God that will be poured out.
CHAPTER 16: THE BOWL JUDGMENTS
“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” (Revelation 16:1-2)
Each of these plagues remind us what came upon Egypt that brought similar plagues and God's judgment on that nation for the idolatry and failing to follow the commands of God and let Israel go.
8 “And the Lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh.
9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt”. (Exodus 9:8-9)
So God brings the same type of plague on mankind in these end of days called the Great Tribulation that falls on every man and woman who has the mark of the Beast and worship his image, much as the people of Egypt worshiped false gods, and even Pharaoh himself.
3 “And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.” (Revelation 16:4-6)
Even as the Egyptians killed the children of Israel and threw their sons to the crocodiles, God had given them also, blood to drink, as they have worshiped false gods who are not gods, and have slain the innocent and spilled their blood. Can you even imagine the smell and the death as sea creatures are washed ashore and die with rotting flesh covering the whole earth in the rivers and the seas? Let alone, no one can drink the water, as it is poisoned. We know that man cannot live without water for 3 days, so unless the government on earth has stored water, they will soon all die. This tells me just how quickly these plagues lead to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ to rule and reign, as men will not be able to stand against this onslaught of the wrath of God.
7 “And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.” (Revelation 16:7-9)
God will cause the sun to become either closer to earth to provide this intense heat, or the ozone layer is destroyed and the rays of the sun cannot be filtered and the inhabitants are at the mercy of intense UV radiation and its intensity of heat. It says that it will scorch men. Will it burn those who cannot escape to the point of death and dehydration? Remember there is not water that is not blood, so unless they have a alternate resource of stored water, the sun will dry them as so much beef jerky. Although mankind is going through the most intense judgment and men are dying all around those on the earth, they will not repent and give God glory and turn from their wicked ways. Those who have taken the Mark of the Beast have no recourse, as there is no forgiveness of those who worship the Beast and take his mark, but those who have somehow managed to escape have a slim chance of repenting of their unrighteousness and turning to God to receive forgiveness and God knows, they will not.
10 “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” (Revelation 16:10-11)
What are we to make of the darkness that falls on the whole earth, either the governmental agencies of the Beast power or the total inhabitants of the earth? The darkness is synonymous what was experienced by ancient Egypt where the darkness caused intense pain and gnawing of their tongues. I believe it is a taste of hell and what they are coming to. It gives them a taste of the torment that is coming, which is beyond what they are experiencing here, but they will not repent, even covered with painful sores. Those under the judgment of this fifth bowl stand, as it were, on the shores of the lake of fire and on the cusp of being lost forever in what Jesus called “outer darkness”. The great evangelist C.H. Spurgeon had a take on these plagues that men face:
“Judgment may produce a carnal repentance – a repentance that is of the flesh, and after the manner of the sinful nature of men. In this repentance the depravity of the heart remains the same in essence, though it takes another form of showing itself. Though the man changes, he is not savingly changed: he becomes another man, but not a new man. The same sin rules in him, but it is called by another name, and wears another dress. The stone is carved into a more sightly shape, but it is not turned into flesh. The iron is cast into another image, but it is not transformed into gold. This carnal repentance is caused by fear. Does not every thief repent of robbery when he is convicted and sent to jail? Does not every murderer repent of his crime when he stands under the fatal tree?” (Spurgeon) So it is not true repentance and to turn away from sin, but a realization of the fear that is taking a person to the pit of hell. Spurgeon followed this up with what it truly is:
“This is real penitence, when the man gives glory to the justice of God, even though it condemns him. O my hearer, do you thus repent? Is sin really sinful to you? Do you see its desert of hell? If not, your repentance needs to be repented of.” (Spurgeon)
12 “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:12-16)
Ancient Rome considered the River Euphrates a nature barrier from invasion from the East, such as China, or Mongolia, but here the river is dried up from the angel pouring his vial upon the waters. They are Kings of the East coming either to destroy Israel, or wage war on the European dictator, the Anti-Christ, either way, they are coming to fulfill God's purpose as He gathers them to a place called Armageddon where they will do battle with Almighty God. I have often wondered, if you knew that you were coming to wage war with God Almighty, would you be so careless and insane to fight against a Living God?
Or have you been told that the problems that you face are caused by some “Alien Force” that you have been fed a lie that you can actually win against an alien invasion? I note that the whole world has been obsessed with “Encounters of the Third Kind” that has been promoted by Hollywood and the MSM that these apparitions we see in the skies are from “another world” since the 1970s into the 1980s even to our modern age ...Is it how they explained the missing of millions of people about 7 years prior and explained it as alien abduction? The whole world will unite behind one cause and that would be the extinction of mankind through an alien life force. Here they all gather to wage war, and it is by design that they are brought to the valley of Megiddo to either wage war with an alien life form, or destroy Israel on a list of things to accomplish in this to rid the world of these “pesky Jews” on orders from the Anti-Christ. Either way, they are heading for complete destruction and they don't even know who they are fighting until it is too late.
Many have wondered who and what are these frogs that come from the unholy trinity of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. Israel has always considered them unclean, but Egypt revered them as gods. So here is another example of a duality of prophecy, as frogs also came upon Egypt in the plagues they experienced. These frogs are demons and these demons are like the lying spirit who led Ahab into battle (1 Kings 22:19-23). They are spirits of demons, performing signs: Again, signs and wonders are used by demons as tools of deception. The false prophet here is the second beast of Revelation 13.
17 “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” (Revelation 16-17-21)
Here Almighty God has said “it is done”...there will be no more delays, no more chances, as God has stretched this judgment time out for many years now trying to get mankind to repent and turn away from His sin, and he will not. So God is going to finish wiping this earth clean of rebellion and the earth trembled and quakes greatly at His coming...who is coming....? Of course, Jesus Christ in power and great glory. Every island is moved out of its place, and every mountain falls flat and are not found....so great is this quaking as the earth rocks and reels like a drunken sailor.
The chapter does not reveal yet the coming of the Lord, as that is chapter 19 and John goes into further details of the events to give breadth and substance to the portrait he is painting of what he saw. Judgment has been enacted against the prince and power of the air, could be why the angel is pouring out his vial into the air. The great city that falls, is it Jerusalem, or some other city? More like Babylon wherever she ends up being. Some say Rome, some say Mecca, and some say New York City, as I have explored each city as a possible suspect, but this side of the rapture, we won't know for sure as we can only speculate. The last plague mentioned in this chapter is great hail which the weight a talent is about 100 lbs....can you imagine great hail the size of a boulder raining down on the earth in abundance? The great hail will flatten anything that is standing that is built by men, or left of creation. The destruction will be almost complete...there won't be much standing when this plague comes upon the earth. Could this be leading up to the Battle of Armageddon and their express defeat, even before the battle even starts? Hail is frequently a tool of judgment against God’s enemies, as seen against Egypt (Exodus 9:24), the Canaanites (Joshua 10:11), apostate Israel (Isaiah 28:2), and Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38:22).
Even after all this suffering, men still will not repent. Why is that so. Some say that if I went through this kind of trouble, I would repent...and I say no you would not...why? I refer to what C. H. Spurgeon said about this:
“Despite all their suffering, many still will not repent. “I have known people say, ‘Well, if I were afflicted I might be converted. If I lay sick I might be saved.’ Oh, I do not think so. Sickness and sorrow of themselves are no helps to salvation. Pain and poverty are not evangelists; disease and despair are not apostles. Look at the lost in hell. Suffering has effected no good in them. He that was filthy here is filthy there. He that was unjust in this life is unjust in the life to come. There is nothing in pain and suffering that, by their own natural operation, will tend to purification.” (Spurgeon) So my reader, if you are waiting for things to go sour on planet earth and think you have time to repent, you may not get that chance. If you were unjust before the Tribulation, you will most likely still be unjust, as Spurgeon said. Calamity and judgment most like will make a person hard and the heart a flint of stone.
WE CAN CALL THIS A GREAT CHAPTER
-It describes great evil: a great city, great Babylon (Revelation 16:19).- It describes great tools of judgment:
-great heat (Revelation 16:9), a great river dried up (Revelation 16:12), a great earthquake (Revelation 16:18), great hail and great plagues (Revelation 16:21).
- It describes a great God: His great voice (loud is the same Greek word for great; verses 1; 17), and His great day of victory (Revelation 16:14).
APOSTLE JOHN DESCRIBES THE WHORE OF BABYLON, chp. 17
“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.” (Revelation 17:1-5)
Here the Apostle John backs up to give more detail of what the False Prophet and where he comes from. The use of the symbol of a woman in scripture always means a “religious” denomination, or earthly power that draws that power from men's superstitions about the supernatural and the natural. Using men's fear of the unknown, this “religious” order has committed fornication with the inhabitants of the earth, infecting the kings that rule the people to follow her without question. Fornication refers to worshiping of other gods, which take away from the glory of the True God of heaven. She has had power over the whole earth and has ruled them with an iron fist. I am reminded of the Middle Ages when a ruling theocracy held sway over the kings of nations and their armies to do her bidding. That same denomination will rise again and rule again once more along side the Beast power that supports her, but in the end, will destroy her with fire. Babylon are identities that are linking and interwoven with one another...the first is Mystery Babylon, which this portion of scripture describes, and commercial Babylon, which is the secular portion of the union of church and state. Now where have I heard that before? Oh, yes, I know...during the rule of the “holy Roman Empire” headed by various popes,(a blend of church and state)
Mystery Babylon is described as a harlot, a woman, a mother, and a whore. Identified with Rome, she is guilty of abominations before God and will go down in total destruction from the Beast power that she used to control.
Commercial Babylon is a symbol of a great city. Is identified with a great port that accommodates large floating vessels of trade. She is a great marketplace, but guilty of greed and self indulgence and will be ultimately destroyed by God.
It is best to see them as intertwined, yet somewhat distinct. Religious Babylon of Revelation 17 is judged at the mid-point of the second half of the- seven year period called the Great tribulation. Commercial Babylon is judged at the end of that period.
It is conceivable to think that Babylon may not be a actual city, as the ancient area of Babylon is in ruins, and even Saddam Hussein could not raise it. But many cities could qualify and the idea of it being New York, Mecca, or Rome could be what Jesus called this system, “the world”...not an actual city.
“When the Lord was here on earth He spoke of the great hatred that ‘the world’ had for Him and His own (John 15:18,19). What is this world but a combination of religion, government and commerce? In other words, Babylon in all its parts stands for that which Christ called ‘the world.’ ” (Barnhouse)
For me, the above verses relate to only one “woman” who has prostituted herself around the world and calls herself the “true church of Jesus Christ”. The above description if taken in comparison to what has happened in the past, and is happening right now, should give the reader a pretty good idea of who John is talking about, and who the angel reveals to him. As a religious system, Babylon came into being long before Christianity, but in Satanic imitation it anticipated the coming true Messiah. According to religious history and legend, the Babylonian religion was founded by the wife of Nimrod (a great-grandson of Noah), named Semiramis. She was a high priestess of idol worship, and she gave birth to a son who she claimed was conceived miraculously. The son, named Tammuz, was considered a savior. Many ancient artifacts remain with the familiar motif of the mother Semiramis holding the savior-infant Tammuz, which predates Christianity. It was also said that Tammuz was killed by a wild beast and then miraculously brought back to life. Baal was the local, Canaanite name for the Babylonian Tammuz.
The Bible makes specific mention of some of the features of the classic religion of Babylon:
Ezekiel protests against the ceremony of weeping for Tammuz (Ezekiel 8:14)
– Jeremiah mentions the heathen practice of making cakes for the queen of heaven (Jeremiah 7:18) and offering incense to the queen of heaven (Jeremiah 44:17-19, 44:25) Sound familiar?
THIS HARLOT HAS DESTROYED MANY LIVES.
6 “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” (Revelation 17:6-9)
Here the apostle writes of the woman drunken with the blood of saints, and only one religion that I can think of can be guilty of such high crimes. Some people try to say this is Islam, but the description does not fit the like of Islam, as she has never destroyed as many people, as has one religion that held sway over the whole known earth for 1500 years, long before Islam came on the scene, even though the Ottoman Empire did reign for a few hundreds years over a vast portion of the earth, they are not synonymous with this description. Today we have one religion that is calling all to come back to the “mother church' and create a one world religion of blended Protestantism, Catholicism, and a smorgasbord of other religions around the world. Many people believe that the woman is the Roman Catholic Church, and that may be totally true, but she is a conglomeration of many false religions blended into one with one man who will have complete control over how and what she does, and what she stands for, that is the False Prophet, who will be the head of a major religion and speak to bring worship to the Beast or the Anti-Christ.
This head of this one world religion sits on 7 mountains on which this woman sits. Many have postulated where this area will be...one is Rome...and there are many others, but we have to take all the clues and descriptions of who this woman is, before we can make a positive identification of who she is....Many believe that the identity is the Pope in Rome. Some will disagree, but we have to look at what is going on right now with Climate Change, the Sustainable Development, and Agenda 2030 that is designed to rule this world and monitor every man and woman on this planet to follow a set of rules they will set in place. And who is the spokesman for this world initiative? He spoke at the United Nations and promoting this One World System. None other than Pope Francis who has charged his priest to preach this message in all their churches.
The Catholic Review commented on this and said, “The unity of religion promoted by the Holy Father Pope John Paul II and approved by His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not a goal to be achieved immediately, but a day may come when the love and compassion which both Buddha and Christ preached so eloquently will unite the world in a common effort to save humanity from senseless destruction, and lead toward the light in which we all believe.” This is continued to be promoted by the current pope in Rome. So they give honor to other religions to join them in creating a united religion. Can you say One World Religion as prophesied in the pages of your Bible?
WHO ARE THE SEVEN KINGS, AND IS THE EIGHTH KING?
10 “And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.”(Revelation 17:10-13)
This is most confusing passage that gives one pause of to what verse 10-11 mean. But the whole passage I pass onto a brother of mine that I posted his hypothesize of what and who this is referring to and I find most fascinating...you can find it in the following link:
In the message, my brother makes a strong case of how and who will be the Anti-Christ AND the false prophet. Is he right? We won't know for sure, but make no mistake about it, this harlot church will be at the table of the power brokers when the world is ultimately united by force and deceit.
14” These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:15-18)
Referring back to the battle of Armageddon, where Jesus comes in all His glory surrounded by the Church Saints that have been raptured(HARPAZO) 7 years prior, as this will be spoken of in detail in chapter 19, but notice that the destruction of the whore will be accomplished when the secular Beast will destroy the religion of the harlot and shall eat her flesh and burn her with fire. Mystery Babylon will be decimated and the Beast will demand worship of himself completely wishing not to have anyone stand in front of him, as Satan has indwelt this monster of a man who has desired worship since his fall from heaven and being an ark angel before God.
The woman has been identified, her destruction is sure. The Beast power will eventually be destroyed as well, when Jesus comes to reign and rule for a thousand years.
My reader, how do you miss out on what I have briefly described of what is coming upon the earth? Believe in the ONLY Name that is above every name, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Believe in the next two passages and you will be saved.
15 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God..” (John 3: 15-18)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” (Romans 10:8-13)
As J.D. Farag speaks of the ABC's of salvation:
a. admit you are sinner in need of a Savior
b. believe that Jesus died on a cross, was buried and resurrected on the third day and is coming again.
c. after you have done this, confess to your family and friends of what you have done.
You must believe this in your heart, not just your head, as John told us, “the demons believe and tremble” at the mention of Jesus Christ. You must change your mind about sin and God Almighty and do a complete 180 degree turn around and acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior and follow Him, picking up your cross daily. May God have mercy on all who are coming to the start of the Tribulation and to those that are removed in the coming rapture of the Church to glory in heaven before God Almighty and Jesus our Savior.
This is pastor Mike Taylor, praying that you never see what I have described. If you need prayer, counseling, or just a friendly listening ear, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit me online at www.pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com , God bless you all, TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET.
Disaster In the Making - Biden Iran Deal Playing into Russian Hands – Clifford May - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=5246
We all have our patterns of behavior.
Start with Vladimir Putin, who, over the more than two decades he's ruled Russia, has assassinated dissidents, slaughtered Chechens, detached two provinces from neighboring Georgia and seized Crimea from Ukraine, while fueling conflict in the east of that country. He's also helped the Assad regime kill Syrians--half a million and counting.
On Feb. 24, Putin again invaded Ukraine. He has been using artillery and unguided bombs to murder men, women and children, and reduce cities to rubble. His apparent goal is to subjugate Ukraine, to strip it of its independence, sovereignty and freedom.
Over to President Biden, who, during his first year in the White House, capitulated on the battlefield in Afghanistan to the Taliban, a terrorist organization joined at the hip to Al Qaeda. He left behind more weapons than a Ukrainian general could dream of. He then declared that mission a success.
Biden now appears eager to capitulate at the negotiating table in Vienna to the Islamic Republic of Iran, a regime that funds and instructs Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Houthi movement in Yemen, whose catchy slogan is "Allah is Greater, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam." He'll then declare that mission a success.
While Biden's stated intention is to isolate Putin, his diplomats in Vienna continue to work hand-in-glove with Mikhail Ulyanov, Putin's envoy.
That's because the theocratic regime's negotiators--as a matter of revolutionary Islamic principle--have refused to sit at the same table with Americans. The Biden team has meekly accepted this humiliation.
Ulyanov is reportedly not just a go-between but "the dominant player," proposing compromises to the Americans (who are always flexible) and to the Iranians (who never are).
As for Ulyanov's interests, do you suppose they are peace, international security, nuclear nonproliferation and a "win-win" outcome? Or does he want to please Putin by helping Iran's rulers further humble and diminish the United States?
On Saturday, Moscow demanded a written guarantee that any sanctions imposed because of its war on Ukraine will not "in any way damage" its commercial and military relationship with the Islamic Republic. The Biden administration has rejected that demand--for now.
Perhaps you think, as does the U.S. State Department, that "Russia shares a common interest in ensuring Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon." If so, think again.
Putin calculates that any nuclear-tipped ICBMs produced by Iran's rulers will be pointed at America and used to keep America at bay while their proxies conquer and/or destroy more of the Middle East than they already have.
When Biden's "indirect" talks with the clerical regime began, he vowed to produce a "longer and stronger" variant of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that former president Barack Obama concluded in 2015 and from which former president Donald Trump exited in 2018. It's now clear that a shorter and weaker variant--more economic relief in exchange for fewer verifiable restrictions--has been taking shape.
It's not only "sources" who say so. It's also Ulyanov. "Realistically speaking, Iran got more than frankly I expected, others expected," he told one reporter. "This is a matter of fact."
He added: The "Iranian clerics are fighting for Iranian nuclear--national interests like lions. They fight for every comma, every word, and as a rule, quite successfully."
Biden's deal will provide Iran's rulers with billions of dollars that they can spend on arms and even nuclear power plants (for peaceful purposes only!) from Russia, and use to fund terrorists, and threaten their American-allied neighbors.
Biden won't submit his deal to Congress as a treaty (as he clearly should) so it won't bind the next administration. But Russian and Iranian negotiators are reportedly looking for a workaround.
For example, they might persuade Biden to agree that Iran's enriched uranium be stored in Russia, with the condition that it will be returned to Iran if, at any time, Putin and Iran's rulers jointly declare that the Americans are violating the agreement.
Or they might insist on an "inherent guarantee" that Iran's rulers get to keep their advanced centrifuges on standby with permission to continue enriching at 60% if they decide the U.S. has transgressed.
By contrast, noncompliance and even out-and-out cheating by the theocratic regime will be ignored or forgiven. We know that based on our experience with the JCPOA.
Relatedly, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said on Saturday that a new deal cannot be concluded unless Tehran first settles outstanding issues relating to nuclear material found at former Iranian nuclear sites that the regime failed to declare.
That will require months. Can a deal be announced before these issues are settled?
Logically no but, in the current era, logic is not a major component in the patterns of behavior driving American foreign policy.
Was it logical to respond to Putin's many crimes over the years with a salad of carrots and not enough sticks to make a bonfire?
Was it logical to invite him to partner with the United States in negotiations with Iran's rulers while excluding the American allies most threatened by Iran's rulers?
Is it logical to give the theocrats in Tehran the means to do in the Middle East what Putin is doing in eastern Europe?
The Biden administration--building on the record of too many of its predecessors--has been establishing a shameful and damaging pattern of behavior: It is proving to be harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend.
Beef Is Now A “Luxury Meat” And Goldman Sachs Says To Brace For “One Of The Largest Energy Supply Shocks Ever” - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/beef-is-now-a-luxury-meat-and-goldman-sachs-says-to-brace-for-one-of-the-largest-energy-supply-shocks-ever/
The new global economic crisis that we have entered into is starting to hit home with hard working American families in a major way. I have been hearing from so many people that are absolutely horrified by how rapidly the price of gasoline is rising. Especially for those that have to drive a lot, this is going to cause a tremendous amount of pain. Food prices continue to surge as well, and this is particularly true when it comes to meat. Unless you are a vegan or a vegetarian, you are probably accustomed to eating quite a bit of meat on a regular basis. Unfortunately, now we are being told that Americans are going to have to cut back due to global supply problems. In fact, a Yahoo Finance article that I came across earlier today actually referred to beef as a “luxury meat”…
Americans could be cutting steaks and burgers from their diets as inflation soars, if beef-packer profit margins are any indication.
Processors like Tyson Foods Inc. and JBS USA are making the least amount of money per head of cattle slaughtered in more than two years, according to data from HedgersEdge LLC. That’s a sign that demand for the luxury meat is flagging.
In my entire life, I have never heard beef called a “luxury meat” before.
But with the way that the price of beef is rising, many Americans will soon only be able to eat it once in a while.
In normal times, those moving away from beef would be able to eat more chicken and more turkey, but thanks to a devastating new outbreak supplies of chicken and turkey are going to be getting a whole lot tighter. For much more on this, please see an article that I just published entitled “Nearly 2.8 Million Birds (Mostly Chickens And Turkeys) Have Died In The First Month Of America’s Raging New Bird Flu Pandemic”.
Of course it isn’t just meat supplies that are going to be tightening. Ukraine and Russia normally account for about 30 percent of all global wheat exports, but now the war is going to cause that number to drop precipitously.
As panic about global food supplies spreads, some countries are already placing restrictions on how much can be sent out of the country.
For example, on Wednesday Indonesia “tightened curbs on palm oil exports”.
And in eastern Europe, Serbia, Hungary and Bulgaria have all recently made moves to make sure that their people have enough to eat…
Serbia announced on Wednesday it will ban exports of wheat, corn, flour and cooking oil as of Thursday to counter price increases while Hungary banned all grain exports last week.
Bulgaria has also announced it will increase its grain reserves and might restrict exports until it has carried out planned purchases.
But of even greater concern is what Ukraine has decided to do.
Normally, Ukraine is one of the biggest exporters in the entire world, but now the Ukrainian government has issued an emergency order which essentially bans the export of most food…
Ukraine, known as the “breadbasket of Europe” given it’s long been among the world’s top ten wheat exporters and supplied over $6 billion in agricultural products to the European Union in 2020, has issued an emergency order Wednesday banning the export of grains and other products.
The ban includes the export of wheat, oats, millet, buckwheat, sugar, live cattle, meat, and other products considered vital to the global economy. But amid wartime, and with Ukraine’s government saying many of its citizens are now starving under Russian siege, Ukraine’s minister of agrarian and food policy Roman Leshchenko said the drastic action was taken to avert a “humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” stabilize the market and “meet the needs of the population in critical food products,” according to the AP.
I can understand why Ukraine has made this decision, but this is going to have a devastating domino effect. Lebanon normally gets 60 percent of the wheat that it uses from Ukraine, and the fact that they have been cut off from Ukrainian wheat is already causing major problems…
Lebanon could face wheat shortages from July, forcing the government to reduce subsidized flat rounds of Arabic bread, which sustain the 80 percent of Lebanon’s population who live in poverty, according to a report by The Irish Times. Flour mills in Lebanon delivered supplies only to bread bakeries on Monday and Tuesday, forcing bakers who make pastries and thyme pizzas to close as a means of rationing wheat imported from Ukraine, which supplies 60 percent of the country’s wheat needs.
I am stunned when I read things like that.
If the war stretches on for an extended period of time, how bad will things be 6 months from now?
Here in the United States, fertilizer prices are causing havoc for farmers all over the country.
If you don’t believe me, perhaps you will believe a prominent farmer from Iowa that Tucker Carlson just interviewed…
Ben Riensche, the owner of Blue Diamond Farming Company in Iowa and a farmer of 16,000 acres in that state, told Carlson that the sanctions will have a far-reaching impact on our food supplies in the very near future.
“Soaring fertilizer prices are likely to bring spiked food prices,” Riensche said. “If you’re upset that gas is up a dollar or two a gallon, wait until your grocery bill is up $1,000 a month, and it might not just manifest itself in terms of price. It could be quantity as well. Empty-shelf syndrome may be starting.”
Weeks ago, I passed along what a farming insider shared with me.
He explained that some fertilizer prices had doubled or even tripled in price, and he warned that this would make growing corn unprofitable for farmers all over America this year.
And that was before the war in Ukraine started.
Speaking of the war, Goldman Sachs is now telling us that it could result in “one of the largest energy supply shocks ever”…
“Given Russia’s key role in global energy supply, the global economy could soon be faced with one of the largest energy supply shocks ever,” Goldman Sachs said in the Monday night report, adding that the scale of the shock is “potentially enormous.”
I have been writing a lot about the price of oil lately, because it affects just about all of us on a daily basis.
We all have to fill up our vehicles with gasoline, and that is going to become a lot more expensive. For example, gas prices in Washington D.C. have been shooting up dramatically…
The trajectory of gas prices at the Mobil station four miles north of the White House has been brutal, clocking in at $3.85 a week ago, $4.17 on Friday, then $4.43 Tuesday, leaving Elizabeth Lopez, a mother of three and employer of six, feeling trapped.
“I don’t know how we can do it,” Lopez said, filling up a Chrysler minivan across from a shuttered tire shop in Northwest Washington.
Needless to say, this is just the beginning.
If people think that things are bad now, how are they going to feel when the price of gasoline is six or seven dollars a gallon?
And as the price of gasoline rises, so does gasoline theft. In fact, it is being reported that thieves are already drilling holes in fuel tanks so that they can siphon off the gasoline inside…
A FOX 11 viewer shared photos of what happened to a vehicle — a thief drilled a hole in the fuel tank, draining all the gas. AAA is seeing a rise in gas siphoning and theft across the country, and now they’re warning car owners about how to keep their vehicles safe.
“This is a sign of the times you know,” AAA’s Doug Shupe said. “It’s thieves looking for ways that they can make money by stealing what is becoming an increasingly more expensive and valuable commodity, gasoline.”
At one time, I never would have imagined that anyone would ever drill a hole in my fuel tank so that they could steal my gasoline.
But times have completely changed, and the worse things get the more desperate people are going to become.
I know that this article is getting quite long, but I wanted to squeeze as much in as I could.
Global events have really started to accelerate, and conditions are changing at a pace that is absolutely breathtaking.
We really have entered a “perfect storm”, and things are only going to get crazier in the months ahead.
Fear - Nathele Grahams - email@example.com
The word “fear” appears many times in Scripture. The first place we find it is in Genesis. “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.” Genesis 9:2. The Hebrew word used is “mora” a masculine noun that means “fear, reverence, terror”. The flood was over and the ark had come to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. God told Noah and his family to leave the ark. The animals, too, were to leave the safety of the ark and step into a world that was very different than the one they had known before entering the ark. The animals who had been cared for and tended to by Noah and his family, would now fear him because, ¬“Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” Genesis 9:3. Now mankind was to eat meat. No wonder the animals felt fear.
The next place “fear” appears in Scripture is in Genesis chapter 15. “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Genesis 15:1. Abram had just fought a war against 10 kings and rescued his nephew, Lot. He had been victorious, and also had met Melchizedek, who blessed Abram. After that, Abram had a vision in which God told him not to fear. This time the word is “yare’”, which is a verb meaning “to fear, revere, be afraid”. A verb is an action word, so Abram, and we, aren’t to act out of fear. If we remember that Christ is our protector, hopefully we won’t do anything rash. Later in Genesis, Abraham’s wife, Sarah, had been taken captive by Abimelech, but Abraham had claimed she was his sister. In fact, he had married his half-sister, and he should have honestly said she was his wife. Fear made Abraham forget that God would protect him. Illness came upon Abimelech because of Abraham’s dishonesty, and he called Abraham out about the deception. “And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.” Genesis 20:11. Here we have “fear” again, but this time the Hebrew word is “yir’a”, a feminine noun meaning “fear, terror fearing. A fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety”. Whether or not the “fear of God” was in Abimelech’s heart and household, God still was Abraham’s protection. That’s something we need to remember. We live in fearful times, but just because ungodly governments cause war, and try to persecute Christians, we need to remember not to act in fear, but honor and trust in the Lord “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6. There are other Hebrew words translated “fear”, but from these few verses we can understand that it’s a good idea to know what type of fear is being talked about.
Does God notice when people don’t fear, honor, and respect Him? Yes, He does. We read in Malachi, that God was not happy with the priests “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear? Saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name, And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?” Malachi 1:6. The word fear here is from “mora’”. Of all people, the priests should have reverence, fear, and terror about offering God “polluted” offerings. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians that we are the temple of God. If you fear God, then be sure what you allow into the temple is Godly. Don’t pollute your offerings with sin.
The New Testament also has many Greek words translated “fear”. When an angel appeared to Zacharias, he was afraid. “And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.” Luke 1:12. The Greek word is “phobos”, used here as a masculine noun. It means “1) Fear, dread, terror and 2) Reverence for one’s husband”. Because of the love my husband showed me, I had much love and respect for him, but I can’t quite wrap my mind around the fear I might feel at seeing an angel. In the next verse the angel told Zacharias to “fear not”. The same word “phobos” is used, but this time it’s used as a verb.
Fear can silence us when we should have no fear and speak boldly for our Lord. When the feast of tabernacles came around, Jesus’ family went to Jerusalem, and His brothers mockingly told Jesus to go too. Jesus told them He wasn’t going because it wasn’t time for Him to be crucified. He knew the Pharisees would try to kill Him. So, His brothers went on without Him, but then Jesus went secretly after they left. Sure enough, the Pharisees were looking for Him. The people had a lot to say about Jesus, but they wouldn’t speak openly because fear kept them silent. “Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.” John 7:13. The people may have been fearful, but Jesus went to the temple and taught. “And the Jews marveled saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?” John 7:15. They wanted to kill Him, but still they admired His teaching.
It’s important that we respect God Almighty, and honor Him with our lives. The book of Proverbs has many verses about the fear of the Lord, and each one is the Hebrew word “yir’a”, meaning to have respect, reverence, and piety before the Lord. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10. Is this true? Could it be that so much craziness in this world is happening because so many people no longer fear the Lord? I think this it’s true. Solomon wrote the Proverbs, but his life wasn’t lived in fear of the Lord. He accumulated wealth and pagan wives. He gave into their desires to worship heathen gods. His kingdom began to fall apart. Knowing that Scripture teaches that having fear of the Lord means to have respect, reverence, and piety before the Lord, which is the beginning of understanding, shouldn’t we spend time studying God’s word? Yes, we should. Not only should we study it but we need to believe it and apply it to our own lives. The first two chapters of Genesis tells us that God created the heavens and the earth. The Gospel of John discloses that Jesus was the Creator. If we claim to be Christians, then we should have no questions about this. Evolution didn’t happen over millions or billions of years. What happens when the truth of creation is rejected? Let’s turn to Romans chapter one. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” Romans 1:21-22. The chapter goes on to say that because of their lack of fear of the Lord, they are drawn to homosexual perversion. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful, who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Romans 1:28-32. Brothers and sisters, fear the Lord and turn away from rejecting His truth. Don’t condone ungodly behavior, for by doing so you are no better than participants in the depravity.
Jesus was quite clear that we should have no fear about sharing the Gospel. Today many so-called missionaries are afraid to share the Gospel without sneaking in with gifts or works, instead of straightforward sharing of God’s truth. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14. Jesus traveled throughout Judea and shared the Good News. Though He was a carpenter by trade, He didn’t sneak in, build and repair homes, then as a second thought mention the Gospel that He came to die for. Paul’s example of missionary work was to go first to the synagogues and speak openly and boldly, without fear.
There is a type of fear which is healthy, and that’s fear of the Lord. From Genesis chapter 1, right on through Scripture its very clear that sin is the cause of eternal death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23. God told Adam not to eat from the tree of knowledge, but Adam ignored God’s warning and ate from that tree. Thus, sin and death entered creation. All humans are born into that sin and death. This is where the fear is a good thing. “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you who ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” Luke 12:4-5. Jesus spoke those words, and who did He say to fear? God. It’s God who has the power to cast a sinner into eternal death. He will only do that if you’ve rejected Jesus.
Is there any hope? Yes, there is. That hope is in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That faith should bring a change into your life. The 10 Commandments should be your guide, but so should Jesus’ example of love. Jesus was God incarnate. He was fully man and fully God. When He willingly went to the cross, He shed His blood for the redemption of everyone who hears the Gospel and places their faith in Him. There is no other way to find eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16-17.
Don’t allow fear to cause you to act out, and don’t allow fear to cause you to keep silent. Let the fear of the Lord cause you to honor and respect Him. Keep His commandments and let the world know that you’re a Christian.
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Daily Jot: Your post-COVID health - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Reputable studies are surfacing that the COVID vaccine was not as “safe and effective” as the government narrative and corporate media propaganda indicated. Many sincere people who “did their research” and “consulted their doctor” prior to getting the shot are now facing health issues because information was being withheld or censored that would have influenced a decision against the shot. Also, the medical community is reluctant to blame the mRNA shot, especially if the health concerns arise well after the shots were administered. Studies, however, are now tracking the side effects of the shot with the actual health issues experienced. How you deal with your post-COVID shot health is very important.
A review of several studies may lend some insight into what you may experience regarding side effects, signaling how you approach your health management. First is a confidential Pfizer report from its safety database submitted to the FDA in April 2021 citing 42,086 reports of 158,893 adverse events from the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Side effects on pregnant women (including abortions), heart conditions, blood clots, anaphylactic shock, and lack of efficacy were withheld from the public. The Appendix of the report listed 9 pages–472 lines and 2,072 words–of “Adverse Events of Special Interest.” The database indicated that 9.69% of the cases were fatal. Heart issues and blood clots were among the most prevalent.
The International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice and Research published an MIT study predicting that over the next 10 years there will be a dramatic spike in prion diseases, autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases at younger ages, and blood disorders such as blood clots, hemorrhaging, stroke and heart failure due to the mRNA shot. Already, that prediction appears to be proving out. This information coincides with an analysis of 2021 deaths by actuaries of life insurance company OneAmerica indicating a death rate increase of 40% from pre-pandemic levels in working-age people 18-64, primarily from cardiac issues. Random reports from certified funeral directors and embalmers indicate a 90% increase in deaths of COVID vaccinated people with veins and arteries clogged by “strange, rubbery, worm-like clots.”
If you have been vaccinated and begin to experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, all is not lost. First and foremost remember 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Do not fear. You can detox and neutralize/minimalize the effects of the spike proteins caused by the shots. The World Council for Health has published a spike protein detox guide to assist you. In addition, Truth for Health Foundation also has treatment guides and can assist you in locating a doctor that understands the side effects of the COVID shot and can recommend an effective protocol. It is important that you take control and develop a comprehensive health strategy.
Daily Devotion: Friend or Enemy? - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. —Romans 5:10
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No one had invited me to the meeting on the front lawn of my high school campus that day. In fact, I was eavesdropping on the Christians’ time of worship. But the preacher there made one statement that hit my heart like a lightning bolt from Heaven: “Jesus said, ‘You’re either for Me or against Me.’”
In other words, you’re either God’s friend or God’s enemy.
I looked around at the Christians and thought, “They’re the friends of God. They have a relationship with Him, and they are for Him. I’m not one of them. Does that mean I’m against God?”
The last thing I wanted was to be against God. So that was the day I became a Christian.
If you’re not a friend of God, then by default you’re an enemy of God. Romans 5:10 says, “For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son” (NLT).
The Bible also says that “whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4 NKJV).
Are you a friend of God? If not, then you can come into a relationship with Him. You can have your sin forgiven and can go to Heaven when you die.
Maybe you’re thinking, “No, that’s too good to be true.”
It is true, and it can be true for you right now. Jesus died on the cross for your sin. He stood in the gap for you and died in your place. And if you’ll turn from your sin and believe in Him, you can be forgiven and know, without any doubt, that you go to Heaven when you die.
You can have friendship with God today.
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