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The Relevance of James - By Denis Bowden -
We have, in the eyes of most literal commentators of God's Holy Word, certainly arrived on the last page of the concluding chapter that provides us reference knowledge of the imminence of the Harpazo:
The Harpazo is the catching up of the faithful, commonly understood from a loose Latin translation into English as 'The Rapture.'
No one can date it or point to a time. Our reference was always to be the injunction from the Christ to look to the signs and to also look for its complete confirmation in Scripture - both the Old Covenant and the New, most specifically through the inspired Apostle, Paul.
Amongst the harbingers that would serve to indicate the imminence of things that would precede our removal is the degree of derisive scoffing that would arise as the World, en masse, rejected Jesus. This is particularly well put by Terry JAMES.
This generation is full of scoffers, mocking the prophesied return of Jesus Christ to Planet Earth. This is as the great Apostle Peter foretold it would be at the end of the age of grace (Church Age): "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation" (2 Pet. 3:3-4). (Unquote)
Terry goes on to illustrate the biblical credentials and antecedents of the event first revealed by the Apostle Paul and which is in itself validated by the entirety of the Word itself.
"The rapture, the "catching up" (Harpazo) was revealed by Paul the apostle. It is a mystery he gave us through Holy Spirit inspiration, as recorded in 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The Rapture was not the concoction of John Darby, who picked up this teaching, and gave it improved order of presentation centuries after the doctrine was believed and taught by the early church fathers (first two centuries AD).
The rapture isn't built on one or two verses, but on the entire body of Scripture. When viewed in totality, and in context, the doctrine flows with prophetic signals we observe occurring in the world today - i.e., the world isn't getting better and better as the "kingdom-now" people believe (that the Church will make the world better until Christ can return to set up His throne).
The pre-trib rapture view puts forward that the world will grow worse and worse. The Church will be removed from earth, then God's judgment will begin to fall on rebellious earth-dwellers!
And as I continued my daily study of the Word, reading from the Letter of James, Chapter Five, I was struck by his take on the end of the Church Age as we, the restrainers (faithful and true believers), along with the Restrainer Himself (whom I believe to be the Holy Spirit), are suddenly, removed.
Although James is not speaking directly of the 'catching up,' he has delineated the condition of the times that will bring Jesus The Judge to the door of our totally depraved and fallen World.
Warning to Rich Oppressors
"Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you" (James 5:1-6).
Patience in Suffering
"Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. Don't grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!" (James 5:7-9).
This World is personified by the gluttony of the affluent and is contrasted by the poverty of those who have nothing. And that gluttony is a self-feeding, loathsome thing that is insatiable. It attempts to sate itself on the plenty it has access to, and still its hungry maw cannot be satisfied.
We don't need to look further than what currently purports to be entertainment on both Free-to-Air and Pay Television. There are the food shows for instance. They display, ad nauseum, the most disgusting preoccupation with gluttony known to man since probably the depraved feasting of ancient Rome and the Kingdoms of the Middle Ages onwards.
If I see one more presentation of the best way to smoke or barbecue the spareribs of a pig or to see who can cook up and present the largest, most obnoxious hamburger, I shall be violently ill. These concoctions are not food to satisfy the hunger pangs of a famished person, rather, they should (and I am sure they do) repel a hungry human being of normal appetite.
I well remember a trip to Hawaii from Australia about 20 years ago. We had been shopping in a well-known mall. On our way out through the underground car park, a vendor had set up a stand to dispense 'hot pastrami on rye.'
Now, as an Australian, I had been hearing about these 'sambos' (OZ slang for sandwich) for many years and was determined to sample one. The preparer laid out a huge piece of buttered bread and then, with cooking forceps, he delved into a huge, bubbling saucepan and pulled out a huge layer of steaming pastrami. When he had layered it upon the bread, I was suddenly confronted with a layer of meat I swear was three inches high. He then placed another piece of buttered bread on top. I moved forward, even then with some reluctance. I thought, "I'll never get through this...it's simply too much!"
But folks...the show wasn't over, rather just beginning. Into the pot went the forceps again, and out came an equally monstrous grab of hot pastrami. It was finished off with yet another large round of bread.
The thing was, to me, so repulsively a potential exercise in gluttony that the bile rose instantly in my gorge. I was confronted with an end result that must have been six inches or more high. Who eats such things? Who can eat them?
Being 6'5" tall and weighing in around 230 lbs at the time, I prided myself on being a 'good eater.' I took a couple of tentative bites, or rather, nibbles as I walked to the bus stop and paused by a garbage tin on a post, 'and as the sun slowly sank in the West, so we said goodbye to this gastronomic nightmare!' Had there been a homeless, hungry person in the vicinity, I would gladly have offered it to him or her before I even had the reluctant nibble. However, it was only a group of folks who seemed to have no difficulty consuming a similar sized portion of the same ilk.
Small wonder we suffer such a surfeit of heart disease in Western society.
Food is the tip of the iceberg. Clothing, motor vehicles, electronic gee-gaws that strap on your arms to monitor everything you do (hmm! that could prove embarrassing!), iPhones, iPads, music download and the means to play it, along with high tech games that, in the main, teach us how to murder and maim or sexually/physically abuse.
A multitudinous bag of hedonistic excesses that clearly tell us, that in the timepiece of the LORD of the Host, we have passed our use-by date.
Against this, the backdrop curtain is temporarily hiding what is to come immediately when the Harpazo is complete. The graves will have been opened, and the dead in Christ Jesus will have risen first, followed by we who are still alive, transcended as we rise into new bodies, raised imperishable from the perishable, to be with our LORD forever.
With our sudden departure, 'all Hell' literally unfolds. The true Church's removal (that's us, folks) removes the last constraint on this rotting corpse we call 'The World.' The demonic is fully unleashed (actually, I am convinced they are well on the move now).
Then, the wholesale slaughter commences of those who have now realized where we have gone, having rediscovered our souls and declared for Christ. And this, together with the full implementation of World Government with Satan's chosen demi-god and his minions in charge, heralds the worst time in the history of mankind since the Flood.
We well see the other geo-physical signs now manifesting themselves all over the World. The mountains and the seas rise against us, the Earth quakes, and the very elements unleash things we have never experienced. And still, literal billions of the unsaved will not listen.
We look to the great institutionalized 'churches' in vain. From them, the silence is so deafening as to be a cacophonic crescendo of nothingness. For in them, the rot is now so entrenched that they should not be celebrating the birth of Jesus at all. Rather, they should 'come out' and be honest. They should, in honesty, confirm that many denominations and their assorted clerics now pay only lip service to Jesus, the Christ Redeemer.
Having supplanted Him because of His 'too hard' message.
Increasingly He is replaced by a 'religious' focus on the so-called great social issues of the Day. We are left with a gutted Bible, its contents manipulated and changed, or ignored. And in lieu, replaced with elaborate doctrinal ceremony and colourful panoply of grandeur, together with 'uplifting' music to validate what really is their rejection of both the redemptive Christ and His message of Saving Grace.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, take heed! He is coming: first for His own. Of a certainty, He commands our removal so that we are spared the Day of Wrath which is to follow our removal. He will not return until the Day of Wrath has almost run its course, and He then returns as Judge of the nations and the reconciler of His people, Israel.
Shout it out. Tell everyone you know and love. A mind-blowing, beyond the wildest comprehension event is soon to occur!
They will, in the main, utterly reject your message and they (the World around you) will despise you. That also is to us a sign. The greater our rejection, the closer is the Day the Trump of God will sound our removal.
We have both an obligation and clear duty to heed the signs, and in turn, herald them to those who might yet listen and be saved.
If you say then that you are a committed believer, endeavouring in your efforts to understand and gain the wisdom of His Word, you must act.
If anyone of us, at this time, continues to deny Jesus and His promises to the 'sheep of His pasture' by our silence (because we do not wish to offend), we are placing ourselves at opposite poles to Jesus and thus, through Him, to God. We, thereby, condemn not only those who are locked within the sin of denial, we condemn ourselves.
We are all now expected to be Watchmen on the Wall. Our task? To warn - so that as many as are still ready at the last, to give themselves in brokenness to Jesus, can also be saved.
To be saved is to be taken into the final Ark. This Ark, unlike that of Noe, is an eternal vessel. And we entreat all who 'say' they belong to Christ (particularly those who erroneously believe that their good works presented as 'church sacraments' will save them), to pray to God to forgive and receive them through Jesus. Thus they will be taken into this Ark of safety and are to be spared what is soon to come.
Are you praying? And are you praying to Him in the solitude of secrecy? Are you praying directly to God through Jesus? Have you yet understood that no earthly man, woman or earthly institution can save you, nor are they entitled to act as your intermediary?
Brethren, this is a clear, covenant contract of faith between you and God The Father, through His Great High Priest, Christ Jesus. He is the only intermediary through which we can reach God. We know this because Jesus Himself said so, and the Scriptures validate His claim just as the Heavens proclaim it. Even demonic hordes know Him and reel back in fear from His power.
The sacrifice He made of Himself, as a once-only offering, immediately pierced the Veil of the Holy of Holies that separates uncleansed man from God. Thus, we now can enter this chamber of Holiness, but only through the mediator, Jesus Christ the Righteous.
Be sure! Death was defeated by the blood sacrifice of this paschal lamb, shed upon the Cross. This is the victory over death attained by the Saved in Christ. Eternal 'Death,' living death, is reserved for those lost to Hell for eternity. It is a real place that is separated from God by a chasm that cannot be crossed. No entreaty is heard, no reprieve is possible once sentence has been passed. And so it remains forever for those in denial who have rejected the victory that was offered them, for the taking, as a free offering of saved redemption.
We then, who have gained the victory, Thank God Almighty with the sweet incense of our prayers as they rise, wafting before His Throne within the Holy of Holies. FREE, FREE AT LAST!
(Written in loving memory of Laraine, my beloved Wife, taken Home in Faith, Friday 28th December, 2018.)
2019: The Year in Review - By Pete Garcia - http://rev310.com/2018/12/2019-the-year-in-review
As always, I will begin with my predictions from last January (2018) to see what I got right, what I got wrong, and what has yet to happen. I do not have a crystal ball, nor do I claim any extraordinary insight into world events. I only watch trends and try to put the pieces together in a logical, sequential order.
Summary: The General Trends
2019 will be a watershed year for President Trump as the gloves finally come off. He recognizes that neither the Deep State, nor the media, will quit their subversive efforts regardless of what he does. The Trump Administration will continue to operate at a breakneck speed, largely sending out mixed signals to friend and foe alike. This is not done due to infighting or confusion, but rather, to keep everyone off their game. In terms of military affairs, the US is going to make some dramatic shifts that realign our forces in a strategic manner befitting the changing geopolitical and technological landscape (we are still largely operating under a 1990s/2000s construct).
While Trump's recent decision to pull out of Syria and Afghanistan are breaking with the status-quo many military establishment-types and Republicans are comfortable with, these are both unwinnable situations. I anticipate major prophetic tremors throughout the Middle East as the US pulls out of Syria, and realigns efforts elsewhere. This could very well be the year Damascus is destroyed. The Israelis have largely not had to worry about too much Russian/Turkish/Iranian build up in Syria so long as US forces were still on the ground. This is no longer the case.
I would expect the Israelis to be provoked at some point in the summer in which they will target Damascus (Isaiah 17) with grim finality. This of course, sets the stage for Ezekiel 38. The Iranians and Turks will seek revenge for this attack, while the Russians are eyeing the natural gas fields off the coast and in the Golan Heights. So long as the US remains the world's superpower (pre-Rapture), they will build their forces but not attack. I expect Ezekiel 38-39 to come in the gap of time between the Rapture and the official start of the 70th Week of Daniel.
I am loathe to try to predict major calamities happening at specific locations, as I have routinely gotten these wrong. However, I will say that given the rise in the major/minor earthquake activity along the ring of fire in places like Alaska, Malaysia, and Japan, I expect that the US West Coast is long overdue for major seismic activity. If the California wildfires of 2018 didn't do their jobs in moving many good and decent people from California, this next round of seismic activity (judgment) could be the start of the collapse of California. Another place to keep an eye on is the New Madrid Fault Line that has also recently become active. See here for a more complete list of places to keep an eye on.
Again, 2019 will be an increasingly a High-Rapture-Watch year as prophetic events continue to increase with frequency and intensity. Do not be discouraged because the world continues to embrace the spirit of Antichrist. The Bible said it would be this way; primarily, that things would increasingly deteriorate during the final generation. Live with abandon concerning Christ. This world and the things therein, are passing away. Live every day as if it could be your last. Keep your heart, mind, and soul fixed on Christ, and keep looking up.
Nearing Midnight: 2019 Prophecy Prospective - Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
We use the word "convergence" to express the urgency of the prophetic hour. That is, those who think and write about Bible prophecy from the Pre-Trib perspective use the term in trying to forewarn that Christ's call to His Church looks to be very near.
The year 2018 drew into focus the convergence of issues and events that we believe have immediate prophetic significance. I hope to file through some of these things, with a bit of conjecture as to where it is all leading, prophetically speaking.
I, of course, cannot foretell the future precisely in terms of exact timing. Neither can anyone who draws breath upon this planet that is prophetically destined for judgment. However, following God's Word on things to come, combined with careful analysis of the above-mentioned issues and events, and with prayer and Holy Spirit guidance, one can discern the direction the world is taking toward its date with supreme justice. And with the level of wickedness we witnessed developing throughout 2018 and seeming to increase hourly, the need for the date with justice dispensed by the True Supreme Court is becoming ever more understandable.
We will begin looking at what the year 2019 might portend by considering the number 2 signal of how near we are to Christ calling His Church to Himself. That sign is Israel.
Yes. I say the number 2 signal is Israel.
This is a departure from what we Pre-Tribbers have until the year just past considered the number 1 signal of where we are on God's prophetic timeline. The year 2018 has, I believe, brought most of us to the point that Israel might have to take second place in our eschatological outlook. Explanation is forthcoming in a future commentary of the series...
Things happening in and around Israel are shaping in a profound way. The latest development is President Donald J. Trump's seemingly flabbergasting decision to remove US military forces and some diplomatic influences from Syria and possibly from Afghanistan. Many believe this will leave the Jewish state vulnerable to hostile forces gathering to its north.
The American president said of such criticisms: "Israel is capable of taking care of itself."
The rather strange thing about the ostensibly flippant remark is that, as far as I can determine, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had little to say. It is if this has long been understood to be a course of action that is acceptable to the Israeli government. There is little doubt among those who truly understand the military power structure status in that region that Israel can indeed "take care of itself," if it comes down to that necessity.
Any assault that might possibly be lethal to Israel's continued existence would bring nuclear holocaust and utter devastation to all involved. Israel's enemies, whether speaking of the many terrorist entities who hate the Jews, Syria, Iran, or even Russia-none harbors any realistic desire to join such an attack while Israel possesses the ability to destroy them in return. There will be no such attack against Israel-as long as their nuclear capability is in place.
With that as an absolute, so far as I'm convinced the present military stand-off exists, I believe strongly that we have definitely seen a shift that will lead to the Ezekiel 38-39 scenario. America's withdrawal from the region is right in line with how the Gog-Magog prophecy should be shaping at this late, prophetic hour.
Israel will grow increasingly to be the number 1 troublemaker in geopolitical thinking. Zechariah chapter 12 is materializing an hour at a time through our headline news.
The volatility-the danger of all-out nuclear conflict involving the Jewish state-and America's withdrawal are setting the stage for the great peace broker-Antichrist- to "disarm" the situation...disarm Israel, that is. I believe he will do this through satanic subterfuge, setting the stage for the now-gathering coalition-the Gog-Magog forces. These are certain to strike at Israel, once Israel has agreed to that Isaiah 28:15-18 covenant of false peace made with death and hell.
I believe 2019 will see Israel make some startling breakthroughs in several areas of significance involving geophysical resource discoveries and technology. These, I conjecture, will add to the "spoil" the prophesied leader called "Gog" will one day, perhaps very soon, consider in having his "evil thought."
Before that "evil thought" can come into that demonically possessed leader's mind, something eternally profound must take place: Jesus Christ's call (see Revelation 4:1) to all born-again believers (see Romans 10: 9-10) will be heard by those who belong to God's family. You don't want to miss that call!
We will continue looking at prophetic potentiality for 2019 in next week's "Nearing Midnight" commentary.
Israeli National Elections and President Trump's Peace Plan - By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - www.breakingisraelnews.com
"As iron sharpens iron So a man sharpens the wit of his friend." Proverbs 27:17 (The Israel Bible™)
At a press conference on Monday held during his visit to attend the inauguration of Brazil's new President, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the media that the White House would release the details of the long-awaited Israel-Palestinian peace plan when it had the greatest chance of success, "and in their estimation elections are the time when it will have the least chance of succeeding."
The Israeli government is parliamentary with the dominant party forming a coalition of several smaller entities after the elections. Netanyahu explained that presenting the president's peace plan before the election may make forming a coalition overly difficult adding another major consideration into the decision of the parties over whether to join it.
"It is their calculation - and I am not sure they are wrong - that allowing a discussion about the peace plan after the elections in Israel is better than having such a discussion before an election when the whole debate will be totally different," Netanyahu told reporters in Rio De Janeiro.
The Israeli elections were scheduled to be held in November 2019 however Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu party) quit his post and left the coalition over a disagreement with the Prime Minister concerning the ceasefire with Hamas after the last wave of rockets in November. This and other coalition complications led Netanyahu to call for early elections on April 9.
Last week, Hadashot news's diplomatic analyst Dana Weiss tweeted that Trump agreed to Netanyahu's request to delay the peace plan.
"The US would like to see Bibi [Netanyahu] reelected and understands that the plan, which calls for the division of Jerusalem, would be ammunition for [Jewish Home party chair and Netanyahu rival] Naftali Bennett to attack the PM," she tweeted.
In contrast to the belief that Trump's peace initiative will be delayed, Debka File, an English language Israeli military intelligence website, published an exclusive report stating that President Trump requested from his friend and ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that he focus his campaign in the national elections on the yet-to-be-revealed presidential plan.
Debka File outlined three reasons the U.S. President would want Netanyahu to do so:
Making it a central feature of Netanyahu's campaign would reuse the general election as a kind of referendum for its popular endorsement.
Building a new coalition cabinet after the vote could be a drawn-out process consuming several months.
As a focal of the prime minister's bid for re-election, the plan would fit in well with his plans for visits in the critical months of February and March of a string of world leaders, including Arab heads of government, to showcase his successes as minister of foreign affairs and defense. Trump believes that knowing the peace plan for the Palestinians was imminent would provide Arab leaders, especially in the Gulf, with an added incentive to make state visits to Israel or invite Netanyahu to visit their capitals.
Debka File reported that some of Trump's advisers requested that the plan be revealed in stages with the more volatile sections being revealed after a coalition is formed.
Despite political interests that seem to be at odds, the concern and consideration being shown by Netanyahu's government and the White House for each other's interests stand in sharp contrast to the previous election three years ago.
Two weeks before the last Knesset elections in 2015 Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. He spoke out against President Obama's deal with Iran concerning their nuclear program. Obama refused to meet with Netanyahu while he was in Washington.
"As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country," White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said at the time.
It should be noted that a bipartisan Senate inquiry in July 2016 revealed that the Obama administration funneled $350,000 into V15, an NGO focused on unseating Netanyahu in those elections. The committee found no wrongdoing but committee member Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) had harsh words for the State Department's involvement in the Israeli election.
"The State Department ignored warning signs and funded a politically active group in a politically sensitive environment with inadequate safeguards," he said to Politico. "It is completely unacceptable that U.S. taxpayer dollars were used to build a political campaign infrastructure that was deployed - immediately after the grant ended - against the leader of our closest ally in the Middle East."
Daily Jot: Practical life lessons for a prophetic people - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
My wife and I were blessed yesterday with the unannounced visit of one of my former football players. He had just received his honorable discharge from the Air Force after seven years of service to our nation. He is well aware of all the headlines both in our country and around the world from his many deployments. He wanted to make the point that the experience of playing football under my coaching helped prepare him for life in the military and beyond. He said that all those on the team for which he played learned teamwork, tenacity, perseverance and how to push through. He said many of the young men who hadn't played sports had difficulty with those traits. This is important to our country today.
Sunday last, the Chicago Bears hosted the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFL Wild Card Playoff game. In a hard fought game with a score of 16-15 Eagles, it came down to the very last play. Chicago kicker Cody Parkey kicked the game winning field goal for the Bears, but Eagles coach Doug Pederson called time out, just before the ball was snapped. After the time out, Parkey lined up to kick again and the ball hit the goal post twice and bounced back into the field. Game over. Bears lose. Parkey was absolutely devastated. Fans booed him off the field. Social media was even worse.
In the post-game presser, Parkey said, "You can't make this up. I feel terrible. I let the team down. It's on me. I have to own it. I have to be a man. Unfortunately, that's the way it went today." In the world of pro football, Parkey could be sent packing. But his teammates and coach rallied around him, hugging him, consoling him. Defensive End Akiem Hicks said of Parkey, "That's our guy. That's our guy. I'm going to ride with my guy. If you have that "C" on your helmet, I'm going to ride with you to the end. I don't care what happens on the field. We are together." Other Chicago stars echoed Hicks' comments. Chicago Linebacker Khalil Mack said, "You've got to learn from this. I was praying, praying real hard, but things happen for a reason." Coach Matt Nagy also said that he, Parkey, and the team need to learn from the experience.
So why am I writing about this when there are so many "important" issues before us? As it turns out, the kick was partially blocked by an Eagles player. The Bears coach and players didn't know this when they were standing up for Parkey. This demonstrates character. That Bears locker room, like all others in the NFL, is black, white, liberal, conservative, a rainbow of religious beliefs and otherwise very diverse. Yet they pull together. Even after the game, Bears and Eagles players were praying together. This is a life lesson. This should be an example of how we as Americans, and as Christians, should come together, despite our differences. Zechariah 8:16 says, "Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor." Ephesians 4:25 adds, "for we are members one of another." Like the lessons in football, we as a prophetic people need to unite.
Daily Devotion: Correcting Storms - By Greg Laurie -
But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the LORD by sailing to Tarshish. -Jonah 1:3
When the Lord called Jonah to go and bring a message of repentance to the great city of Nineveh, Jonah took a boat in the opposite direction. The people of Nineveh were the enemies of Israel, and Jonah reasoned that if he went and preached to them, they would repent and the Lord would spare them.
Meanwhile, the Bible tells us, "the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart" (Jonah 1:4 NLT). The storm was so bad that even the seasoned sailors on Jonah's ship began to cry out to their various deities, hoping for deliverance. Ultimately it was determined that this storm had come as a result of Jonah, so they threw him overboard.
That storm came as a result of Jonah's disobedience. I call it a correcting storm. Correcting storms are what we basically bring upon ourselves by our stupid actions. We do something wrong. It catches up with us. We face the consequences. And then we say, "Oh, why has this storm come into my life?" It's because of what we did. That's why.
Maybe you're facing a correcting storm today. You had been so clever in hiding your sin, and no one knew about it for weeks, for months, or maybe even for years. Then suddenly you were found out. Suddenly everyone knew what you'd been up to.
Correcting storms are reminders that God loves us. If God didn't love Jonah, He wouldn't have sent a storm. But because Jonah was God's man, God wanted to get his attention and get him back on track. In the same way, God loves you and wants you to get back on track with Him.
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