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Goodbye Birth Pangs - Hello Tribulation - By Bill Salus - http://www.prophecydepotministries.net/
What will it signal when people cry out?
* "I can no longer feed my son," during a famine,
* "I can no longer hold my son," during a pandemic, like the Coronavirus,
* "I can no longer find my son," during a great earthquake.
In light of the current Coronavirus pandemic that is presently plaguing the world, I thought it would be timely to revisit one of my past teachings. It was near the end of 2008 when I first taught on the subject matter of this article, which are the six distinct prophetic time-periods of Matthew 24.
1. The Temple Destruction - (Matthew 24:2),
2. The End is Not Yet - (Matthew 24:6),
3. The Beginning of Sorrows, or Birth Pangs - (Matthew 24:8),
4. The Tribulation Period - (Matthew 24:9),
5. The Great Tribulation - (Matthew 24:21),
6. The Second Coming - (Matthew 24:30).
At that time, I was asked to fill in for Hal Lindsey who was teaching a weekly Bible study in Palm Desert, CA. Below is a quote about his study from Hal Lindsey.
"During this time, I was teaching a weekly Bible study at a church, (Desert Springs Church), in Palm Desert, California. The study was sponsored by a ministry which serves seniors 50 years and older. During the fall and winter season (which is the prime season in the resort area surrounding Palm Springs), up to 700 people attended the study each week."[i]
I had recently moved to Palm Desert and was delighted to discover that Hal was teaching this study. After faithfully attending the study for a few months, We became acquaintances and I gave Hal a copy of my first and only book, at that time, entitled, Isralestine, The Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East. The primary topic of the book was the yet to be fulfilled Psalm 83 prophecy.
Shortly after receiving my book, Hal began teaching about Psalm 83 as an unfulfilled Bible prophecy, and I was asked to fill in for him when he wanted to take a break from his weekly Bible studies. What you are about to read is an abbreviated version one of the first lessons that I taught as Hal's substitute.
Setting the Stage for the Six Prophetic Periods of Matthew 24
To set the stage for the Six Prophetic Periods, we start with the "Triumphal Entry" of Jesus Christ in Matt. 21:7. Upon making His grand entry, we discover in Matt. 21:12 that Christ entered into the Second Jewish Temple and "drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers." At that time "He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.' " (Matt. 24:13)
Christ didn't stop at that, but within the 39 verses of Matthew 23 we discover that He issued eight severe woes to the scribes and Pharisees. Seven times, He called them hypocrites and in Matt. 23:16, 24 He accused them of being blind guides. Christ labeled these religious leaders as lawless extortionists, murderers, serpents and broods of vipers, just to name a few damning titles.
Period #1: The Destruction of the Second Jewish Temple
Upon departing from the Temple the disciples approached Jesus and attempted to draw His attention to the wonderment of the Temple. It had recently been reconstructed by Herod the Great who was famous for taking on colossal projects in which he utilized massive stones to construct large buildings and complexes. This style of construction became known as Herodian architecture.
After having just accused the religious leadership of Israel of being almost everything bad under the sun, Jesus was in no mood to talk about trivial matters or respond to flippant questions. As such, He abruptly ended the short discussion by prophesying the following.
"And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."" (Matt. 24:2)
Jesus foretold of the destruction of the Temple, which found fulfillment in 70 A.D. when the Roman Empire destroyed the city of Jerusalem and razed the Second Jewish Temple to the ground. Apparently, some of the disciples suddenly got serious and began wondering:
Period #2: The End is Not Yet
This was the right question for the disciples to ask and it prompted Jesus to lay out some important details that would enable people in the future to identify their whereabouts on the prophetic timeline.
"And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." (Matt. 24:4-6)
Jesus forewarned of a time characterized by great deceit. The emphasis is placed upon erroneous boasts of people claiming to be the messiah. Additionally, there would be wars and rumors of wars during this period, but all of the above did not signal that the end of time had yet come.
Simon Bar Kokhba, who led the final Jewish revolt against the Romans between 132-135 A.D., Jim Jones who was responsible for the 1978 "Jonestown Massacre," and David Koresh the American cult leader who played a central role in the Waco siege of 1993, are a few possible examples of false messiahs.
The "End is Not Yet" period began in 70 A.D. and has seemingly lasted 1844 years until 1914 A.D. when World War 1 broke out. This is when nation began coming against nation, which is part of the next period called, The Beginning of Sorrows, or Birth Pangs." It's important to note that during these 18 centuries, the Jewish generations were residing within most every world nation during the Diaspora.
Period #3: The Beginning of Sorrows or Birth Pangs
This period appears to have begun in 1914 with the start of World War 1 and seems to be winding down presently. Jesus declared that this period would be plagued by the following:
"For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." (Matt. 24:7-8)
During the "End is Not Yet" era, there were wars and rumors of wars occurring worldwide, but these were often due to internal strife or a nation rivaling another nation or nations for power. However, nation coming against nation appears to be alluding to an alliance of nations warring against another group of allied powers. This is what happened in World War I and World War II.
The Beginning of Sorrows period was intended to sound a big alarm to the Jews at the time, because being in the Diaspora meant that many of them would be living inside these nations that were at war with each other. From the Jewish perspective World War I prepared the land of Israel for the return of the Jews.
Near the end of World War 1, (July 28, 1914 - Nov. 11, 1918), on November 2, 1917 Lord Balfour of the British government authored a letter that was a public declaration announcing support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. Less than three years later in San Remo, Italy (April 19-26, 1920), which was after the conclusion of World War 1, the principal Allied Powers of Britain, France, Italy and Japan, and also America as an observer, essentially ratified the Balfour Declaration.
This technically, due to the legitimacy vested in the Allied Powers, provided the Jewish People with a legal right to have their own nation. Israel recently celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the San Remo Resolution on April 25, 2020.
At the time of the San Remo Resolution, the British Empire was referred to as the "Empire on which the Sun Never Sets." This empire was sovereign over about 458 million people, which represented nearly one-fifth of the world's population, and it controlled around 13,000,000 square miles, representing almost one-fourth of the earth.
Unfortunately for Great Britain, it failed to act upon the San Remo Resolution and from that point forward the sun always sets on the British Empire. Presently, the landmass of the UK is around 94,000 square miles and its population is about 66.5 million people.
Making matters worse for the Jews, the failure of Great Britain and the Allied Powers to execute upon the San Remo Resolution subjected the Jews to Hitler's genocide of World War II. This dreadful six-year period of human history between Sept. 1, 1939 - Sept. 2, 1945, prepared the Jewish people for the land of Israel. As a result, On 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 as the Partition Plan that called for the establishment of the Jewish State. On May 14, 1948 this became a reality.
Jesus also said that the Beginning of Sorrows would be characterized by famines, pestilences and earthquakes. As World War I was winding down, the Spanish Flu struck the world infecting up to 500 million and killing possibly as many as 50 million people. Unlike the Bubonic Plague between 1342-1353, which happened during the "End is Not Yet" period, the Spanish Flu occurred within the "Beginning of Sorrows" era.
The Spanish flu was from the spring of 1918 on through to the early summer of 1919. Thus, the timing of this flu seemingly served alongside World War I to initiate the "Beginning of Sorrows" timeframe.
This sorrowful age has been characterized by other pandemics like "Sars", "Mers", "H1N1" and now the real whopper, the Coronavirus. Additionally this prophetic period, which is now over a century old, has been hit with worldwide famines and increased earthquake activity. Kingdom has also risen against Kingdom, which according to Isaiah 19, alludes to regional conflicts.
There have been regional conflicts across the world during the "Beginning of Sorrows" era, but for the sake of this article the focus of Kingdom's rivaling each other is confined to the Middle East. The Arab Kingdom has come against the Jewish Kingdom in 1948, 1967, and 1973 and this conflict is not yet resolved. Also, the Arab Kingdom came against the Persian Kingdom between 1980-1988 and it appears that the Jewish Kingdom as per Jeremiah 49:34-39 might be warring against Iran (the Persian Kingdom) in the near future.
Does the Coronavirus Indicate the End of the Beginning of Sorrows Is Near?
Although this is a difficult question to answer, in my estimation the answer is likely YES! I believe YES is the correct answer for the following reasons
Period #4: The Tribulation Period
Jesus warned that after the "Beginning of Sorrows" the "Tribulation Period" would begin.
"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake." (Matt. 24:9)
This period spans the entire Seventieth Week of Daniel. This period includes the predictions in Matthew 24:9-31. Matthew 24:9 would be when the Daniel 9:27 covenant gets confirmed. It is the confirmation of this covenant that starts the dreaded "Tribulation Period." This means that the birth pang events of Matthew 24:4-8 are Pre-Tribulation period events.
The "Tribulation Period" lasts for seven years and it is filled with numerous prophetic events. Some occur in the first half, some at the midpoint and others during the second half, which is commonly called, the "Great Tribulation Period."
The prophecies that happen in the first half are covered in great detail in my book entitled, The Last Prophecies, The Prophecies in the First 3 ½ Years of the Tribulation. (See below).
Period #5: The Great Tribulation
Midway through the Seven-Year Tribulation Period, things go from bad to terrible for the Jews. Jesus explains this in the verse below.
"For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be." (Matt. 24:21)
This period of "Great Tribulation" covers the last three and one-half years of Daniel's Seventieth Week. This period includes the events described in Matthew 24:15-31. These prophecies are the subject of my soon to be released book, which will likely be entitled, The End Prophecies, The Prophecies in the Second 3 ½ Years of the Great Tribulation Period.
Period #6: The Second Coming
Now comes the GOOD NEWS, Jesus is returning to the earth in His Second Coming.
"Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." (Matt. 24:30)
This event happens at the end of Daniel's Seventieth Week. This period covers the predictions in Matthew 24:29-31.
As this article points out, the "End is Not Yet" period has likely concluded over one-century ago. It was filled with messiah wannabe's and characterized by many rumors of wars and lots of actual wars.
Mankind appears to be waving goodbye to the "Beginning of Sorrows" era, as nations have come against nations in World Wars I and II and kingdoms have fought against one another, especially in the Mideast. The widespread locust invasions of 2020 and the Coronavirus seem to be starkly reminding us about the famines and pestilences of Matthew 24:7.
If we are about to witness the end of the sorrows, then that means the Seven-Year Tribulation Period is just around the corner on the prophetic calendar. If this is the case, then humanity should brace itself for a flurry of Pre-Tribulation prophecies to roll off of their ancient parchments and pound down on the pavement. The predictions will pack a powerful global punch. They are the subject of my book entitled, The NOW Prophecies.
They are listed below:
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[i] Lindsey quote taken on 5/1/20 from this weblink: https://www.hallindsey.com/hlr-3-11-2016/
Nearing Midnight: Tribulation Technology Today - Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
Perhaps my thinking here will land me in the same looney bin the elite journalist types place the likes of Alex Jones and others. However, I must say that each and every hour of each and every day lately has lit up the "alert" sensors of my conspiracy meter.
The strange, ongoing developments that permeate this entire coronavirus matter just smack of things being supernaturally constructed, thus to bring about government on a global scale.
It is more than ironic that while America elected perhaps the most nationalistic president imaginable-and one who has been to this point tremendously successful in ensuring that America's sovereignty gets back on track-every other geopolitical effort is aimed at bringing about a global order. It seems the coronavirus has, in a matter of less than two months, derailed the Trump "Make America Great Again" train of success.
I hear from many within the talk-show sphere that to say COVID-19 was created by the deep-state types in order to bring about exactly what we have witnessed-the shutdown of the booming economy-is conspiracy kookdom. Even Rush Limbaugh says that he believes this virus crisis wasn't created by the people of that dark cabal to bring down Donald Trump. He believes, however, that this "pandemic" is being used by that evil group of swamp creatures and world globalists elite to their best advantage. They are using it to bring this president down, while all the other things they've tried-the accusation of colluding with Russia, the misuse of power in the Ukrainian phone call, in trying the impeachment, etc,-has all blown up in their collective face.
So this "crisis" really is just coincidental? This virus-which has already proven to be nowhere close to being as virulent in numbers of hospitalizations and deaths as the common strains of influenza, just coincidentally came on the scene during probably the most volatile and important election year in American history? This disease just, coincidentally, took probably the most booming economy of any nation in history down within a month and locked practically all Americans within their home confines-stripping constitutional rights, including the right to gather in churches to worship, in the process?
The journalists-elite will probably-if they even cared to consider my take as such an insignificant observer-put me in an even more confining looney bin upon my following take on all of this.
I actually agree with those, including Rush, who say that the globalists and deep-state types didn't create this pandemic to bring down Trump and American nationalism and to get the nation back on track to being part of their drive for one world order. These didn't sit around and plan this virus to bring down what was conceived as the greatest economic boom in history. I also agree that to think a group of human agents could plan and do such a thing, and pull it off in America's most important presidential election year, probably does fit within the designation "kookdom."
But, I do think it was planned, after being conceived within the mind of the evilest of all conspirators. It was supernaturally initiated. The name of the conspirator, the master planner, is none other than Lucifer the fallen-Satan.
At the same time, the God of Heaven knew before the foundation of the planet that Satan would do just that-supernaturally plan and bring about this strange, out-of-nowhere virus that would seem to get the apex nation of history, economically speaking, back on track toward globalism. Take comfort: He wasn't taken by surprise.
COVID-19, or coronavirus, or whatever you want to call it, is all part of a plan to bring about Satan's Antichrist regime. Let there be no doubt about that-at least among Christians who hold the pre-Trib view of Bible prophecy. You are not a "kook" if you view it this way through the prism of God's prophetic Word.
One such proof that these constantly appearing developments are preparing the way for the man of sin to take the world geopolitical stage following the translation of believers to Heaven can be understood through the following:
Big Brother Is Watching - And Wants You to Stay at Home
In both South Korea and Israel, authorities use telecom data to track potential COVID-19 patients. Investigators in South Korea can scan smartphone data to find people who might have caught the coronavirus from someone they met within the space of 10 minutes. Israel, on the other hand, has tapped its anti-terrorist Shin Bet intelligence unit to track down potential COVID-19 patients using phone data.
In the United Kingdom, at least one police force has started using drones to monitor public areas, shaming any residents caught going out for a stroll. Tunisia has taken similar steps, deploying security robots equipped with thermal cameras to enforce the lockdown in the capital city of Tunis.
These measures are just some examples of how governments have turned to digital surveillance tools to track and monitor individuals in the name of slowing the spread of the pandemic. Many citizens in these countries have even welcomed the tracking technology intended to bolster defenses against the coronavirus. (Franz Walker, "The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Sparking the Rollout of More Digital Surveillance," The Common Sense Show, April 24, 2020)
Surveillance is touted by the doctors on the White House coronavirus crisis team as the way to assure we get through the pandemic. Drones are being used, by some state and local governmental officials, to fly over and monitor people to see that they are either inside their homes or gathering in groups of no more than ten in areas they are so kind to allow us to gather.
None of this is coincidental. We are witnessing Tribulation technology coming into play right before our fear-affected eyes.
Revelation 13 is about to come to fulfillment, and the beast called Antichrist is about to bound up the steps to that stage of world domination.
However, for those who believe in the blessed hope of Titus 2:13, there is no reason to fear. As a matter of fact, all we see developing should give reason for excitement and should do one thing more. It should cause everyone who names the name of Christ to witness, and to pray that as many people as can be gathered into God's family will come to repentance.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
CV-1984: The Accelerated Rise Of Automated Robots - By Aaron Kesel/Activist Post -
CV-1984 is accelerating the spread of Orwellian surveillance devices like talking drones, facial recognition cameras, and more; but that's not the only technology that is advancing - robots or automated machines are also speeding up their deployment to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
The Activist Post has consistently warned that robots were coming for our jobs; and now while record numbers of unemployment are hitting here in the U.S., automated machines are being rolled out as well to replace even more workers.
Bloomberg Law reports JBS SA, the world's largest meat producer, is preparing to install robots in slaughterhouses to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among human employees working on the production line.
JBS SA CFO Guilherme Cavalcanti recently said the Brazilian processing company expects to expand automation at its facilities across the world.
Cavalcanti said the adoption of automation started before the pandemic as labor tightened at US plants due to a decline in immigration sparked by the Trump administration. He said labor shortages have developed in the US as the virus infects workers and shutters plants."
Here's a video of those meat packaging machines in action along with many other automated robot processes taking over:
It's not just meat packaging that could be threatened by robots; grocers themselves are also in danger of being replaced by machines. CNN reports that grocers - big and small chains alike - are turning to robots for performing various tasks like cleaning floors, stocking shelves and delivering groceries to shoppers. The covid crisis could even prompt online retail warehouses like Amazon to invest more into automation technology as well.
The New York Times reported that the outbreak is boosting demand for Zhen Robotics and its RoboPony, a self-driving cart that is sold to retailers, hospitals, malls and apartment complexes.
A group of scientists on the editorial board of Science Robotics are further calling for robots to do the "dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs" of infectious disease management by replacing certain hospital jobs like disinfecting robots combing rooms/floors and working in labs.
A recent report by A3, Association For Advancing Automation, further details all the ways that artificial intelligence and automation is being used in different industries to combat the coronavirus.
This all continues to highlight what Activist Post has detailed consistently for months -- that advancement in robotics and A.I. is taking jobs daily more and more, warning that robots would soon take human jobs such as construction and farming robots, Angus and HRP-5P, being created to replace workers in the aforementioned industries. Activist Post has been sounding the alarm of the coming robot apocalypse.
We are shifting towards a working world with little or no humans, as automation and artificial intelligence begins to take over our jobs. It's cheaper to hire a few robots which don't need rest and benefits than to hire a few humans who need healthcare and retirement funds.
Last year, robots took a record number of jobs in the U.S. according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA) as Activist Post reported. Now, with the impetus of the coronavirus the number of jobs occupied by robots could multiply quite rapidly.
Oxford Economics also published its own report warning that accelerating technological advances in automation, engineering, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning have the potential to reshape the world in 2020 through 2030s, displacing at least 20 million workers.
With the coronavirus as a catalyst to speed up the deployment of automated machines, we can probably safely say that number will be much more severe. It seems I am not the only one to share that opinion; a recent MarketWatch article written by Johannes Moenius, a professor of global business and the director of the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis at the University of Redlands, agrees with this author's conclusion stating "at least 50 million jobs could be automated in just essential industries."
In fact, the Brookings Institution said in a report last month that "any coronavirus-related recession is likely to bring about a spike in labor-replacing automation ... Automation happens in bursts, concentrated especially in bad times such as in the wake of economic shocks, when humans become relatively more expensive as firms' revenues rapidly decline."
'Gog and Magog will Start with a War between America and China' warns Rabbi - By David Sidman - www.breakingisraelnews.com
O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel Bible™)
In a recent interview, Rabbi Daniel Asor warned that "the United States and China will go to war against each other." He explains this war was predicted by the secret tzaddik (saint) Rabbi Yehuda Lefkovitch. Rabbi Lefkovitch predicted that the third World War will start between China and America over 20 years ago before the tensions were at the level that they are today. According to Rabbi Lefkovitch, this war will be the Biblical war of Gog and Magog.
"Russia will join China in the war" Rabbi Asor added. At the same time, he points to Rabbi Levi Sa'adia Nachamani who predicted 20 years ago that Iran will wage a war against Israel and will receive military assistance from North Korea.
Rabbi Asor warns that "there will be a lot of incitement blaming Israel for all of the world's problems." The reason is because the Arab league will also wage a propaganda war against Israel" he explains and at a certain point they'll gather the world against Israel as written in Zechariah.
When all the nations of the earth gather against her. In that day, I will make Yerushalayim a stone for all the peoples to lift; all who lift it shall injure themselves. (Zechariah 12:3)
Once the war between America and China is waged, martial law will be enforced which will shut down the highways, sea ports and air travel throughout the USA he explains. "This is why it's so important for Jewish Americans to leave and come to Israel" he stressed.
Rabbi Asor, the head rabbi of the Yanar Institute in Jerusalem explains that this war will pave the path for the inevitable takeover of the New World Order that is headquartered in the Vatican. He also claims that "in the Vatican, they worship Lucifer."
Rabbi Asor also says that the Vatican believes that the son of Lucifer will come to redeem humanity. He adds that although Israel's main battle will be with the Muslims and that Moshicah (Messiah) Ben Yosef will handle it. "But the ultimate war will be against the New World Order which is headquartered in the Vatican. That will be handled by Moshiach (Messiah) Ben David" he explains.
According to Rabbi Asor, the New World Order will implement a divide and conquer strategy whereby they cause the Christians and Muslims to fight against each other over the land of Israel. Each side will want the holy land for themselves. At that point, the Cabal will blame the two religions for crimes against humanity. But ultimately, "they will blame Judaism because it's the religion that both Christianity and Islam branched off from."
At this point, according to the rabbi, the New World Order will try to conquer Israel and make Jerusalem its capital. "They will control the world from Jerusalem for nine months. They will duplicate the Vatican on Mount Zion. This way they will be able to control Christianity as they will occupy the room of the last supper as well as King David's Tomb" he warns.
However Rabbi Asor also delivers a comforting message telling everyone not to fear as this is all part of God's plan and that the safest place to be at this time is in Israel even though it will be "the eye of the storm."
Daily Jot: The flu and the coup - Bill Wilson -
The coup is not just against Donald Trump as president, it is against you. You. Democrat, Republican, Independent, Christian, Jew, Black, White, Latino, anyone who is an American. Those who support the coup, just do not understand that it is also against them. They are the pawns in an attempt to complete the remaking of America into a tyrannical society. They are those who believe the narratives of the left and will do their dirty work at the ballot box or anywhere else. But if they succeed, they will also bear the brunt of the decision, the consequence of giving up freedom for emotional nonsense issues, like Esau giving up his birthright for a bowl of stew. We are in the throes of a coup. Take heed.
When the immediate past president said that his goal was to "remake America," he used words that most people could embrace according to how those words fit their beliefs. He said in his inaugural address on January 20, 2009, "The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do."
Do, he did. Shovel ready jobs were government jobs. Health care became expensive socialist healthcare. His science was driven by leftist political agendas. His transformation of higher education resulted in high-interest government loans that created the largest debt for college graduates in the history of mankind. His, however, was not the beginning nor the end of the American coup. He spied on the American people. When the American people rejected his successor, he authorized spying on a duly elected president to try to end the presidency of Donald Trump before it started. Accusations of Russian collusion; Ukrainian quid pro quo; now murdering Americans with COVID-19. What is next?
Using the COVID-19 "crisis," leftist governors and politicians are tightening the screws on Americans. For example, drones are being used to warn people on "social distancing," temperature taking, and other spying. People are encouraged to turn others in if they are not wearing a mask. It's over the top. These lockdowns are just the preview if we do not demand that after the threat, the intrusive tyrannical measures be outlawed. Conspiracy theories abound, causing fear as the lever against freedom. Isaiah 8:12 says, "Say not, A conspiracy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A conspiracy; neither fear you their threats, nor be afraid." Discernment, clear minds, and reasonable and responsible actions by all of us working together will defeat this flu, but courage, vigilance and aggressive accountability will be needed to defeat the coup.
Daily Devotion: Use Your Gift! - by Greg Laurie -
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
-1 Corinthians 14:1
Remember when you were a kid and couldn't wait to see if your parents got you the Christmas presents you wanted? You went searching because all kids know where their parents hide the Christmas gifts.
You knew how to carefully peel back the wrapping and tape without ripping anything. Then, you would peek inside. Afterward you cautiously put it all back again. You could hardly wait until Christmas day to open your gift.
As Christians, that should be our attitude toward the gifts of the Spirit. In fact, the Bible tells us to "desire spiritual gifts" (1 Corinthians 14:1 NKJV), which means to especially want and cultivate them.
However, if we do not want these gifts, discover these gifts, and use these gifts, we could be quenching the Holy Spirit.
The Bible warns, "Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies" (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20 NKJV). Or literally, don't depreciate prophetic utterance or spurn the gifts.
To quench something means to extinguish it like putting out a campfire. When you break camp, for example, you extinguish the fire by pouring water on it and shoveling dirt over it. You quench the fire.
In the same way, if the Holy Spirit is working in your life and has gifts He wants you to discover and use, you can quench the Spirit by saying, "I don't want any of that."
In fact, this could even be a sin because James 4:17 says, "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin" (NKJV).
Also, the Bible specifically tells us that we should "come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:7 NKJV).
So, let's desire spiritual gifts and pray that God will send them.
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