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Saved Out of Doomsday but Missed the Rapture - Joseph Chambers - http://www.pawcreek.org/saved-out-of-doomsday/
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
The sinful world's last fling is now in motion. There can be no question that wickedness has reached its zenith. God's cup of wrath is 99.9 percent full. What I'm saying is not a maybe so. You may be laughing but it's the last sounds of your folly. What I'm saying to you is exactly what the Bible teaches. Listen to Apostle Peter's strong warning. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness." (II Peter 3: 9-11)
John the Revelator paints the perfect picture of this coming hour. Can you imagine the multitudes that will repent after the Rapture that knew better but would not give up their love of the world? There will be such a multitude killed or slaughtered by the Antichrist crowd that burying them decently will be impossible. The viciousness of these dark servants of the Antichrist and his mob will be so great that the dead will beg God to avenge their deaths. "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." (Revelation 6: 10-11) My warning is "do not wait a day longer. Get ready for the Rapture." Let's listen to more from the last revelation of the Lord.
THE BOOK OF REVELATION IS A BREATHTAKING DRAMA. From Chapter One to Chapter Twenty-two, except Chapters Two and Three, are in every case a living theatrical production. John saw the Book come alive before his face. There will probably be at least fifty articles in this series about what John saw. Do not miss one of them for they make the Book of Revelation a "Living Picture" and simple for you to teach others and to awake lost souls. The word "saw" or synonyms of that word are used over sixty times in twenty chapters of the Book Of Revelation.
No picture in this revelation is more graphic than the multitude of dying or dead saints, martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. This vast number is clearly the multitudes that missed the Rapture but repented and became willing sacrifices for Christ. This scene shows up first in Chapters Six almost as soon as the Seven Years of the Great Tribulation begins.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
When the Lamb of God had opened the fifth seal, the text tells us what John saw. "I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held..." (Revelation 6:9b) They were physically dead but yet alive. They had been martyred but were now awaiting their resurrection. Their death had been so gruesome that even in this glorious place and clearly beyond the instrument of their death they were pained to remember how they died. John saw and heard as they cried aloud. "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" (Revelation 6:10) I know of no place in Scripture where death did not hide the suffering that preceded the death. But this is the Great Tribulation of which Jesus said, "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." (Saint Matthew 24:21-22)
John saw them given "white robes" and told to rest and await as the carnage continued on the earth. These were the first to turn to Jesus Christ and die by the "One World Religious System" and the government powers of the "One World Order". These already put to death or martyred for their new found faith could rejoice that death has spared them from the ongoing calamity on earth. John wrote what he saw happen to them. "And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." (Revelation 6:11)
1 John 2
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
This drama gives us a picturesque view of the hellish treatment awaiting anyone that misses the Rapture and even thinks to be saved. The cost of discipleship today does not touch the cost of discipleship after the Rapture. The devil will have lost the prize of the "Bride of Christ" he so determined to destroy. The remnant repenting will be seen as the last vestige of our present effort to warn the world. He will shake his fist at us in heaven while he slaughters our sons and daughters left behind. "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Revelation 12:17)
John does not just view their death and the sorrows of such horrible suffering. He sees the triumph also. We move to Chapter Seven and this great multitude that have died are no longer under the altar but caught up to be guest at the wedding supper. They can no longer count on being in the Bride but can be part of the great banquet celebration. They are a multitude from all over the earth. There is no longer a heathen world that has never heard the name of Jesus. Both the lie of Lucifer and the truth of Jesus Christ is known by all the earth's population.
1 Thessalonians 2
8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
All nations will know and will be a part of these scenes. "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." (Revelation 7:9-10) There will certainly be an incredible number of those that know enough of the Gospel and truth to quickly repent of their unprepared spiritual condition. I believe the vast population of heathens, false religions, and post-Christian churches will now learn the truth and have the privilege for the price of martyrdom for Christ. Do not miss a later scene that John the Revelator saw that we will call "The Guest At the Wedding Supper."
Trump Peace Plan Would Recognize Palestinian State With Capital in Eastern Jerusalem - by Deborah Danan -
The Trump administration's plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will likely include U.S. and international recognition of a Palestinian state with a capital in eastern Jerusalem, the London-based Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Wednesday.
The Old City of Jerusalem will fall under "international protection," the report claimed, quoting "knowledgeable Arab diplomatic sources" in Paris.
According to the sources, President Donald Trump's Middle East team will present its plan at an undisclosed date during an international conference to be held in one of the Arab capitals, most likely Cairo, attended by Israeli officials.
The report also said the plan calls for the Palestinians to give up their core demand of the "right of return" for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to reclaim their former homes inside Israeli territory.
While rumors of the purported plan continue to swirl in the Arab world, nothing has been officially confirmed. Still, Palestinian officials have called it the "slap of the century" that no Palestinian would ever accept. Several senior Palestinian Authority officials have wildly claimed that the U.S. administration, together with Israel, is looking to destroy the Palestinian cause and oust its current leadership.
The report also said the large settlement blocs would remain where they are while smaller ones would be transferred elsewhere.
The framework would also see the PA's security and administrative authorities bolstered in areas A and B - where there are only Palestinian populations - of the West Bank, the report added.
$40 billion in funds will be raised by the U.S. to help establish a Palestinian state. However, the sources stressed to the paper, the money is not intended to "buy" Palestinian compliance.
Responsibility for security in the Gaza Strip would be handled by the Egyptians, according to the report.
Since Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December, the PA has severed ties with the U.S., saying the country can no longer be an impartial broker of the peace process.
Also on Wednesday, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said that European Union countries would act on behalf of the Palestinians to convince the Trump administration to amend the plan in their favor.
In a separate report Wednesday, Asharq al-Awsat quoted a senior Palestinian official as saying that the PA is locked in "confrontation" with the U.S. over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Speaking during a gathering at the Palestinian embassy in Cairo, PA President Mahmoud Abbas' Advisor for International Affairs Nabil Shaath said: "President Mahmoud Abbas is in a position of full confrontation with the United States and Israel in the wake of the Israeli government's intransigence and the recent US administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer its embassy to it."
"We will not establish our state but on our national soil. No state in Gaza, no state without Gaza, no state without Jerusalem as the capital, not a capital in Jerusalem, but Jerusalem is the capital," Shaath added.
Shaath also predicted that within three years "the world ruled by the United States will end and a multilateral leadership will be established."
"We will be part of this new world," he added.
Jerusalem embassy will bring war, warns grand mufti - Bob Unruh -
State Department's plan names May 14 as day for facility to open in Israel's capital
A key Palestinian religious leader is warning that there will be war if the United States follows through on its announced plan to open an embassy in Jerusalem, which Washington now formally recognizes as Israel's capital.
The threat, according to Palestinian Media Watch, comes from Sheik Muhammad Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem.
The official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported Hussein, described as "preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque," "warned against the severity of the American administration's decision on transferring its embassy to occupied Jerusalem."
"He explained that the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem, if it is carried out, will not be an attack on the Palestinians alone, but rather a blatant attack on the Arabs and Muslims throughout the world ... .and that it will not serve peace and security in the region, but rather bring upon it disasters of wars, anarchy, and instability," the report said.
President Trump, last Dec. 6, formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital after three previous administrations had signed waivers every six months delaying enactment of a law passed by Congress.
Last week, the State Department announced the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open May 14, 2018, the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948.
That day is known to Palestinians as the"Nakba," Arabic for "the catastrophe."
At the declaration in 1948, the combined forces of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq joined in an attempt to eradicate the state of Israel.
The report said the mufti "further implicitly encouraged Palestinians and Muslims to use violence and seek martyrdom."
"[The mufti] added that the residents of Jerusalem and all of the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims will not submit to this blatant attack, and will sacrifice all that is dear to them in order to confront the American stubbornness."
The PA Foreign Affairs Ministry described the announcement as "direct aggression." And the Palestinian National Council calls the U.S. plan a "blatant defiance toward the international, Arab, and Islamic will."
The Islamic leader also explained the decision "testifies to the insolence that those who are biased in favor of the occupation have reached, while they continue to do an injustice to our people and its holy sites and to blatantly harm the Palestinian cause in an attempt to eliminate it."
The report said the Muslim leader said the "arbitrary" behavior by the U.S. "will have severe consequences."
Nearing Midnight: Gunfight Over the Second Amendment - Todd Strandberg - http://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
In the days since the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, the left has gone into full propaganda mode to push for some type of gun control. Their main target is the weapon used to kill 17 people, an AR-15 rifle. They will never be satisfied until they turn the tide on Second Amendment rights.
The current system should have been enough to prevent the massacre. Nikolas Cruz came to the attention of the law enforcement system 39 times. He had told people that he wanted to be a school shooter. Someone had called a tip line and reported him to the FBI. The contacted agents made no effort to follow up on the lead.
"Under established protocols," the FBI said, "the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken. ... The information was not provided to the Miami field office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time."
There are thousands of convicted criminals who have guns, and the government is making little effort to get those weapons out of their hands. Gun-related deaths in Urban cities are exploding because law enforcement has become too timid in dealing with the problem.
The sharp rise in mass shooting events is not the result of an increase in the number of guns in America. Gun ownership hasn't changed over the past decade. There are so many of them that some form of prohibition would be no easy task. It's difficult to calculate, but in 2015 The Washington Post estimated the number of firearms nationwide at 357 million, which is more than one gun per US citizen.
The liberal media in America have become so radicalized in their approach in news coverage that nearly every story they produce heavily reflects their leftist agenda. They find and organize people to demonstrate for their cause. One of these efforts is mockingly called by some the "Children's Crusade." The press is using the students from Stoneman Douglas High School to put pressure on lawmakers.
"What I wish people would know is that this is something that people cannot get used to," student David Hogg, 17, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" a day after the shooting. "This is something we can't let keep happening, because if we do and we get used to it, it's going to happen again. This is a time for our country to take a look in the mirror and realize there is a serious issue here," he added.
Several buses were requisitioned and a group of students went to the Florida capital to express their desire for gun control. The question in my mind was who is paying for those buses? If it was Hillary Clinton or George Soros, the whole purpose of the trip would have a new meaning.
The media found a gun-owning politician who was willing to prostitute himself to the anti-gun agenda. Scott-Dani Pappalardo said he would destroy his AR-15 rifle in light of the Florida school shooting unless the NRA is willing to discuss gun-law reform. The New Yorker, who legally purchased and registered the gun 30 years ago, said the Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy had changed his mind about gun control. He destroyed the weapon live on Facebook. His anti-gun speech was featured by almost all major news outlets, which resulted in the video being viewed by more than 20 million people.
The press is going to continue to bombard the public with gun-control propaganda until it changes enough minds to pass new regulations. Once they are able to ban one type of weapon, it will become much easier to put restrictions on all guns.
Satan knows that the Second Amendment will have to be voided before he can turn America into a dictatorship. If people lack the means to defend liberty, a tyrant can take over without a fight. Because we have already lost our rights on so many other fronts, the downfall of America could come at any moment.
The reason why our nation is having so many mass shootings is because we collectively turned our backs on God. The less we have of the Lord's influence, the more we come under the devil's control.
"The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Psalm 9:17).
A Closer Look at the Rapture: Signs of the Times (Part III) - A.V. Rauf -
As mentioned in the previous article, Jesus Christ himself referred to Queen Jezebel (metaphorically speaking) to point out false religion and spiritual seduction which would be taking place in the Church prior to His return.
Revelation 2:19-24-And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
When churches lack qualified leadership and a lack of discipleship, there is always a very strong probability that they can become vulnerable to the lies of the false teachers and false prophets of the developed world.
Scripture says the following:
1 Timothy 4:1-Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.
False religion and spiritual seduction not only leads to scriptural error and idolatry, but it can also cause one to be lead astray, to be lead into error, to be deceived and ultimately to fall away from truth. The teaching of God's Word is not something that should ever be taken lightly:
James 3:1-My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
Notice the NLT:
James 3:1-Dear brothers and sisters,[a] not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
Although the context of the chapter focuses on the power of the tongue and how we should be careful with our words James clearly emphasize the seriousness of being a teacher of God's Word.
Getting back to Elijah, whose name "Eliyahu," in the original language meant "My God, He is Yahweh," his very name became a polemic against false teaching and idolatry, specifically towards Ba'al worship which become the norm under reign of King Ahab and the pagan influence and spiritual seduction of Queen Jezebel. Jezebel, a daughter of the king of Zidon, led the people away from the Lord to worship Baal the sun-god, and the goddess Ashtoreth, whom the Zidonians worshipped.
This was the state of Israel when the Lord sent the prophet Elijah to warn the people and call them back to Him. He spoke as boldly as John the Baptist did years afterward. And like John the Baptist, his hair was long and he wore a leather girdle. Elijah is called the Tishbite. It is not sure where the town was in which he was born, but he was living in Gilead beyond Jordan.
The Lord sent the prophet to tell Ahab that there would be a drought and famine because the people were disobedient and no longer following God. And the famine came, and lasted three years and six months. In the meantime Elijah was cared for by the Lord. He was hidden from Ahab and Jezebel, who would have killed him, and was fed.
James 5:17-18-Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
Notice how Elijah's ministry was compared to John the Baptist, who was a voice crying in the wilderness. John the Baptist's ministry was outside the conventional population areas. He was in the wilderness. Since the time of his birth, the Bible tells us tells us that he spent his entire life in the wilderness. . He wore camel's hair and he ate locusts and wild honey. He was obviously a man apart from the establishment. He lived clearly outside the influences, the attitudes and the life style of his culture. By God's design he was uninfluenced by his society, as was Enoch and was Elijah.
John the Baptist didn't care about cultural relevance, he didn't have any social savvy. He didn't know his culture by personal experience or study. But he knew his God and he knew the message of his God.
I want to make a very important point here: The true prophet of God has never been called to find the common ground with his culture. The true prophet of God has always been called to bring the pure uninfluenced Word of God to confront that culture, preaching repentance for the forgiveness of sin. John's responsibility also was to prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. That's what John the Baptist did and that's what Elijah did and that's what the true Church will do prior to the Rapture.
I want to close with yet another interesting similarity between the times we are living in and the times of the ministries of both John the Baptist and Elijah: Notice there was a famine in the land.
Not only was there a famine in the land bot spiritually speaking there was a famine of hearing and understanding God's Word in the land:
Amos 8:11-12-Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.
In this regard, it can be said then that John the baptist broke the first famine in the hearing of God's Word in preparation of the First Coming of Christ and ultimately Elijah the Prophet, who many Bible scholars believe will be one of the two witnesses God raises during the Tribulation period will be instrumental in dealing with yet another famine in the hearing of God's Word prior to the return of the Messiah. Even these two witnesses will ultimately be "raptured,":
Revelation 12:1-12--And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
Keep in mind that before the two witnesses are revealed on the earth the Church must be raptured. In anticipation of these two events perhaps we are living in the last days whereas the true Body of Christ is being raised to bring the pure uninfluenced Word of God to confront the current culture, to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sin and to prepare the people for the coming of the Lord.
Daily Jot: Exposing FISA darkness to the light - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
On two separate occasions, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department will investigate the secret dealings of Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. He told FOX News, "Let me tell you, every FISA warrant based on facts submitted to that court have to be accurate...That will be investigated and looked at, and we are not going to participate as a Department of Justice in providing anything less than a proper disclosure to the court before they issue a FISA warrant. Other than that, I'm not going to talk about the details of it, but I tell you, we're not going to let that happen." It will be interesting to see if Sessions can unravel the web of deceit and indict the true conspirators.
Undoubtedly, this investigation will pursue the link between the ex "president", the Clintons, the Democratic National Committee, and officials of the former White House in using the court to legitimize the false dossier paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign to undermine not only the Donald Trump candidacy, but also his presidency between the election and when he took office. According to a report as early as March 2017 by the UK Guardian, the previous administration was using the FISA court to obtain telephone and email records of law-abiding citizens without warrants. In January, it was revealed that the previous administration used the secret court in an apparent attempt to maintain control of the White House even after Trump was elected president.
In March 2017, President Trump accused the ex-"president" of wire-tapping his campaign, setting off a barrage of sanctimonious denials from Democrats and the ex "president." The ex-"president's" spokesman Kevin Lewis said, "A cardinal rule of the [sic] Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither the [sic] "president" nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false." Lewis lied. The White House had routinely ordered surveillance on US citizens, and used information to concoct a story to influence the elections.
The FISA court audited this spying and in June 2017 issued a 99 page opinion written by judge Rosemary Collyer, who stated that Fourth Amendment rights of privacy were violated by the ex "president's" administration as early as October 2011 and continued through 2016. This information collected on US citizens was shared with the FBI, CIA and National Counterterrorism Center in violation of regulations. Now we are finding that these abuses continued and interfered with the 2016 Presidential election. Proverbs 26:26 says, "[He] Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shown before the whole congregation." This wickedness is beginning to be revealed, and it is very dark and evil.
Daily Devotion: A Touchy Subject - By Greg Laurie -
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
There is perhaps no clearer evidence of spiritual maturity than financial generosity. Martin Luther said, "There are three conversions necessary: the conversion of the heart, the mind, and the purse."
This is often the last area we turn over to God. We want to retain complete control. We're uncomfortable when the topic is even brought up. It may be that our discomfort is an indication that this area is not in its proper order in our lives as Christians.
The Bible addresses the subject quite frequently. It is worth noting that money is such an important topic in the Bible that it is the main subject of nearly half the parables Jesus told. In addition, one in every seven verses in the New Testament deals with the topic.
To give you an idea of how this compares with other themes, the Bible offers about 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 regarding faith, and 2,000 verses about money. God wants this area to be in balance in our lives.
Writing to the believers in Philippi, Paul said, "Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God" (Philippians 4:18 NKJV).
Epaphroditus had brought a special offering from these believers. This deeply touched the apostle, because it was a sacrificial gift. There were others who could have helped him, but they didn't. Paul was saying, "God bless you for this. It's a sweet-smelling aroma to God that you have given in such a way."
Most churches are supported financially by a relatively small percentage of people who have discovered the joy of giving. I would even venture to say that as a result, these people have also discovered the secret of contentment.
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