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The Coming World Reset? - by Bill Perkins - https://compass.org/the-coming-world-reset/
[The Antichrist] will intend to make alterations in times and in law; Daniel 7:25b
Distracted by the coronavirus restrictions and BLM anarchist riots, most Christians pushed concerns about moving to a global government to the back-burner. But the Satanic move to push the world to be run by a global government continued on unabated.
In June 2020, just a few weeks ago, the World Economic Forum (WEF) hosted some of the top global Elites-government leaders, business leaders, activists, etc.-and announced their proposal to "reset" the global economy.
The quotes from this meeting are eye-opening, to say the least. They're pushing for a "reset of capitalism" to have a "cohesive and sustainable world." Satan, who is of course behind the push for world government, hates capitalism because it involves freedom. He prefers the opposite-bondage.
So these atheists at the WEF meeting have targeted capitalism as the root of all evil. They believe that if the entire planet were under one socialist government, everything would be better because they would have control over everyone and everything (which, of course, is actually Communism or Marxism).
With Climate Change losing its luster, they're now using Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter riots as the latest reasons to "reset" the global economy. They're calling for all nations and all business/industries to participate in uniting the world as one.
The Tower of Babel was NOT a Good Idea
The last time the world tried to unite, about 4200 years ago building the Tower of Babel, it didn't work out so well.
They said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name...Gen. 11:4
God reminded the world it was He who is in control, not the Satanic evil present on earth.
"Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another's speech." Gen. 11:7
Today's One-World Language-Computers
Today we're again trying to solve the world's problems using one language-computers. We know this time around Satan will ultimately finish the task, getting all nations and people on earth under a single Satanic government during the future Tribulation. Satan will manage all people via computers.
And it's interesting to note that the reason God didn't want one global entity was the total evil they could accomplish.
...and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Gen. 11:6b
Today, with the almost unbelievable advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI), these people want total control so they can use vaccines to control people's rational thoughts. I'm not making this up! (1)(2)(3)
If in fact we're close to the Rapture and the end of the Church Age, it's not surprising to see attempts like the World Economic Forum pushing for a world government. The WEF is just another attempt by the godless Elites, who think they're already in control, to do everything possible to make "one world" come about-ASAP.
"We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order." David Rockefeller, 1974 United Nations Business Conference.
(David Rockefeller died on March 20, 2017 and now regrets what he said.)
God is out, Satan is in
In the outline of their overtly Satanic New World Order, they want everything that is opposite of Biblical truth. All freedom and individual ownership will have to be sacrificed for the good of the world. Homosexuality is considered normal. History is worthless or rewritten. Capitalism is bad. There is no heaven or hell, just live for today.
And I would be remiss in my duties not to mention that Satan first started priming the world for this in popular songs 50 years ago.
Let's Live For Today, The Grass Roots, 1967
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
And don't worry 'bout tomorrow, hey
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
Live for today
Imagine, John Lennon, 1971
Imagine there is no heaven, it's easy if you try.
No hell below us, above us only sky.
Imagine all the people living for today.
Imagine there is no country, isn't hard to do ...
Nothing to kill or to die for, No religion too...
Imagine all the people living life in peace!!!
So whether it's Babel, Lennon, or Rockefeller, the idea of a world government is nothing new. So in that June WEF conference, it's not surprising that President Klaus Schwab said, "Every country from China to the United States must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a 'Great Reset' of capitalism."
Schwab cited the hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 deaths, the shrinking world economy, worldwide riots and high unemployment as reasons to "re-imagine" how the world should work together. ("Re-imagine" is their newest favorite word that follows the overused and tiresome "sustainable.")
Schwab and his Elite cronies, of course, ignore the fact that the number of deaths from Covid-19 are about normal for a bad flu season and much less than past pandemics. And that's not taking into consideration the inflated numbers of cases reported-easily making the total 20 to 40% higher.
They also ignore the fact that five huge Democratic controlled states sent Covid-19 infected people from the hospital back to nursing homes which accounted for some 50,000 deaths.
Lastly, they ignore the fact that of the people who catch Covid-19, only a tiny percentage, less than 1%, die. And the vast majority of those who died were already dying from other health problems. The media-promoted "plague" ultimately turned out to not be a plague at all.
Schwab and the Elites were just following the exaggerated fear-mongering foundation laid by the unelected lifelong bureaucrat Dr. Anthony Fauci, who hasn't seen a patient in 40 years.
We now know Fauci lied about the coronavirus stats (or is very stupid) to control the public narrative in order to close the country over what is turning out to be simply a bad flu season.
Yet Schwab confidently argues, "Left unaddressed, these crises, together with COVID-19, will deepen and leave the world even less sustainable, less equal, and more fragile. Incremental measures and ad hoc fixes will not suffice to prevent this scenario. We must build entirely new foundations for our economic and social systems."
Claiming the capitalistic desire to make a profit is a problem, WEF believes "'shareholder capitalism' is antiquated and must be replaced worldwide with 'stakeholder capitalism,' which is just another word for socialism or state capitalism/communism.
You've got to be dumber than a box of rocks not to see what this is. Their idea of re-imagining the world is a world run by an Elite group of unelected and faceless atheists. And of course, as Obama once said, Christians won't be able to "cling to their guns and religion." True Christians will not be welcomed, to put it mildly.
These Elites, despite their years of formal secular education, are so stupid they actually think the United States will just roll over and let them take over due to a difficult flu season. Unbelievable!
They believe the Covid-19 "crisis" will push the USA over a cliff due to diminishing tax revenues and soaring public debt. And our government will be folded into a new world government that makes the Green Deal operational. Yep, no fossil fuels, no airplanes, no freedoms, and no Christianity (too decisive).
They think they will take the country that we've bled and died for and change it into one that is "more resilient, equitable, and sustainable in the long run."
Under their plan, every country in the world would be required to "Go Green." Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have to be pleased as punch to hear this.
This New World Order wants to control everything. Justice and law, gender parity, taxes, entertainment, corporations, environment, transportation, pollution, food growing and distribution, and all heath care from docs to hospitals.
But, as they say, "That's not all!" They will also control the Internet, the ocean, travel and tourism, all utilities, all industry, manufacturing and businesses, all cities, and public and private banking, finance and capital markets.
I know they're not playing with a full deck of cards because they're literally trying to get rid of police protection, claiming it's the only way out of the Covid-19 / BLM crises. Unreal!
Schwab continued, "The (Covid-19) pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, re-imagine and reset our world to create a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future." Translation: They believe they should control all the monetary digits concerning who can, and cannot, be successful.
Believe it or not, attending this meeting was the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund, the secretary-general of the United Nations, presidents of Microsoft and BP, and Greenpeace. And to top it off, they glowingly point out that the adulterer Prince Charles also attended.
They say they will reveal more details about this plan after WEF has their January 21-24, 2021 meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
They claim 3000 will attend from around the world. The theme is "Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World."
No wonder they want President Trump out of the way. He is the last bit of resistance to this bunch of bone-heads. Do you think this November's Presidential election is important?
If Satan's minions (Ephesians 6) were willing to kill past Presidents and Representatives, or tank the world economy to oust President Trump, I can assure you they're not finished with their Satanic torpedos. You can expect another "crisis" or two to unfold between now and November. Don't be surprised to suddenly learn about a financial crisis that is, of course, fake or manufactured.
God's in Control, not Satan
But there's a problem. Even though Satan is the god of this world (2Cor. 4:4; Eph 2:2; 1John 5:19), Jehovah God and Creator of the universe is still GOD of all. Satan still has to get permission to do anything.
Just as Satan had to get permission to attack Job, Satan is still not in total control of the earth. God the Restrainer, the Holy Spirit, "restrains" Satan until He (God's Holy Spirit) is taken out of the way at the Rapture.
And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way [via the Rapture] 2Th. 2:6-7.
And while God the Restrainer restrains, President Trump is orchestrating his own reset behind the scenes, undoing our nation from the world entanglements set in place by past administrations.
"We will no longer surrender this country,
or its people,
to the false song of globalism."
Donald Trump (7)
With little fanfare, President Trump has been ignoring the Globalist' trade system and replacing it with new bilateral trade agreements with several countries. China, Japan, Philippines, Mexico and others all have new deals.
New U.S. Gold-backed Dollar?
President Trump is even going after the Federal Reserve-which of course is neither "Federal" nor a "Reserve." He's readying a United States gold-backed dollar to replace the petrodollar system currently in place. Those who own gold could do quite well.
President Trump believes having our own gold-backed dollar will keep the IMF from leveraging their Special Drawing Rights (SDR) into a world currency when the U.S. dollar falls apart.(4)
Pray for President Trump as his life is obviously at stake. The last two people who openly took on the Global Elites to expose their plan for a world government died under quite suspicious circumstances.
Rep. Larry McDonald (D-GA), National President of the John Birch Society and a die-hard opponent of the Global Elites, died when Russia "accidentally" shot down a passenger plane in 1983. Hardly an accident.(5) This speech probably did him in:
"The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super capitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control.... Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent."- Congressman Larry P. McDonald, 1976,
President John Kennedy boldly pushed a new law that he signed on June 4, 1963, regarding the United States issuing its own silver-backed dollars. He then issued Executive Order 11110 the same day, amending the September 17, 1951, Executive Order 10289, also regarding replacing Federal Reserve notes with silver-backed dollars.
"For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its fear of influence on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned; no secret is revealed." President John Kennedy
Money backed by silver was in direct opposition to the Federal Reserve Notes that are backed by nothing. It would have put them out of business.(6) On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was murdered.
Praying for our President
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 1Tim. 2:1-2
So when I say the stakes are high this election and that we should all pray daily for President Trump for protection and wisdom, make no bones about it, I'm as serious as a heart attack! We Believers have connections that are out of this world. And Satan is no match for our prayers!
...greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1John 4:4
God is in control, not Satan. God's Holy Spirit living inside of you is greater that all of Satan and his angels. So we can live, witness and pray boldly to our Father!
Use us, Lord!
Pathway To The Mark - Digital Identity, Health Records & Payments Merge Into One - By Raul Diego/Activist Post - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4175
A biometric digital identity platform that "evolves just as you evolve" is set to be introduced in "low-income, remote communities" in West Africa thanks to a public-private partnership between the Bill Gates-backed GAVI vaccine alliance, Mastercard and the AI-powered "identity authentication" company, Trust Stamp.
The program, which was first launched in late 2018, will see Trust Stamp's digital identity platform integrated into the GAVI-Mastercard "Wellness Pass," a digital vaccination record and identity system that is also linked to Mastercard's click-to-play system that powered by its AI and machine learning technology called NuData.
Mastercard, in addition to professing its commitment to promoting "centralized record keeping of childhood immunization" also describes itself as a leader toward a "World Beyond Cash," and its partnership with GAVI marks a novel approach towards linking a biometric digital identity system, vaccination records, and a payment system into a single cohesive platform.
The effort, since its launch nearly two years ago, has been funded via $3.8 million in GAVI donor funds in addition to a matched donation of the same amount by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In early June, GAVI reported that Mastercard's Wellness Pass program would be adapted in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Around a month later, Mastercard announced that Trust Stamp's biometric identity platform would be integrated into Wellness Pass as Trust Stamp's system is capable of providing biometric identity in areas of the world lacking internet access or cellular connectivity and also does not require knowledge of an individual's legal name or identity to function.
The Wellness Program involving GAVI, Mastercard, and Trust Stamp will soon be launched in West Africa and will be coupled with a COVID-19 vaccination program once a vaccine becomes available.
The push to implement biometrics as part of national ID registration systems has been ongoing for many years on the continent and has become a highly politicized issue in several African countries.
Masking ulterior motives
Trust Stamp's biometric identity system, largely funded by Mastercard's massive investment in the company in February, utilizes a technology it calls Evergreen Hash that creates an AI-generated "3D mask" based on a single photo of a person's face, palm or fingerprint. Once this "mask" is created, much of the original data is discarded and encryption keys are created in place of a person's name or other more traditional identifiers.
"Only a small percentage of the data that originally existed is in the hash," Trust Stamp CEO Gareth Genner has stated. "What you have is something safer for storing because it can't be used to directly identify you. No one would recognize you in this huge jumble of numbers." The result, according to Genner, is an "irreversible non-personally identifiable information" system that "protects privacy, reduces potential for misuse and allows effective inclusion when there is no other form of legal record."
Genner also explained in a recent press release that the unique "hash" is capable of "evolving" as a new hash with updated health information is created every time a child or individual gets a vaccine. Trust Stamp's AI algorithms can accurately determine if different hashes belong to the same individual, meaning that "the hash evolves over time just as you evolve," said Genner.
It is unclear how much the Wellness Pass initiative is motivated by public health concerns as opposed to free market considerations. Indeed, the GAVI alliance, largely funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates and Rockefeller Foundations, as well as allied governments and the vaccine industry, is principally concerned with improving "the health of markets for vaccines and other immunization products," rather than the health of individuals, according to its own website.
Similarly, Mastercard's GAVI partnership is directly linked to its "World Beyond Cash" effort, which mainly bolsters its business model that has long depended on a reduction in the use of physical cash.
Trust Stamp also shares this market-focused vision for its digital identity system as the company has stated that it is looking for new commercialization options for its Evergreen Hash technology, specifically with prison systems.
Talks with private and public prison systems have revealed an interest in their utilization of Trust Stamp's technology to provide identification for individuals on parole "without making them pay for pricey ankle bracelets that monitor their every move," as Trust Stamp's platform would ostensibly provide that same function but in a "touchless" and less expensive manner.
Trust Stamp's interest in providing its technology to both COVID-19 response and to law enforcement is part of a growing trend where numerous companies providing digital solutions to COVID-19 also offer the same solutions to prison systems and law enforcement for the purposes of surveillance and "predictive policing."
For instance, contact tracing software originally introduced as part of the COVID-19 response has since been used by police departments across the U.S. to track protesters during the country's recent bouts of protests and civil unrest.
Similarly, a controversial Israeli tech firm currently being used in Rhode Island offers AI-powered predictive analytic to identify likely future COVID-19 hotspots and individuals likely to contract COVID-19 in the future, while also offering governments the ability to predict future locations of and participants in riots and civil unrest.
What is perhaps most alarming about this new "Wellness Pass" initiative, is that it links these "dual use" digital solutions to cashless payment solutions that could soon become mandated as anything other than touchless, cashless, methods of payment have been treated as potential modes for contagion by GAVI-aligned groups like the World Health Organization, among others, since the pandemic was first declared earlier this year.
Iran's Military Alliance with China Threatens Middle East Security - by Con Coughlin -
The U.S. faces the prospect of a serious escalation in tensions with Iran after Tehran's announcement that it intends to build a new military base in the Indian Ocean by the end of the year.
The Iranian announcement, moreover, comes at a time when Tehran is on the point of signing a $400 billion trade deal with China, which will include closer military cooperation between the two countries in the region in an attempt to counter Washington's traditional dominance.
Under the terms of the deal, details of which have been published in the New York Times, Iran could receive as much as $400 billion in Chinese investment over the next quarter of a century.
The agreement, which a senior aide to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says should be signed by March next year, also encompasses closer military cooperation between the two countries, including weapons development, combined training and intelligence sharing in order to combat "the lopsided battle with terrorism, drug and human trafficking and cross-border crimes."
As part of the new era of cooperation between Tehran and Beijing, concerns have been raised by Western security officials that this could lead to the two countries forming an alliance to bolster their presence in the Indian Ocean, thereby challenging America's long-standing dominance in the nearby Gulf region.
Announcing Iran's intention to build a new military base in the Indian Ocean, Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, the commander of the naval attachment of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said that the base would be used to protect fishing and commercial vessels from piracy and "foreign ships", a reference to the US-led multinational naval task force that is currently protecting Gulf shipping from Iranian interference.
Iran has so far given no indication as to where it intends to build its new base. At present Chabahar port in the Gulf of Oman, which is used, among other activities, for shipping goods to Afghanistan, is the nearest base Iran has to the Indian Ocean.
As part of the deal negotiated with Beijing, China is to be allowed access to a number of Iranian ports, including Chabahar, with the Chinese reported to be planning to build a new military base in the vicinity of the port.
The construction of such a base would enable the Chinese Navy to monitor the activities of the U.S. Navy in the area, in particular the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet in the Gulf, which is permanently deployed to protect shipping passing through the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important economic waterways.
Any expansion in Iranian and Chinese military activity in the region would also have an impact on the jointly-administered US-UK base on the island of Diego Garcia, one of the Pentagon's most important military assets in the region.
Earlier this year Washington dispatched a fleet of B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia following the sharp rise in tensions with Tehran in the wake of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the IRGC commander who headed the elite Quds Force.
The prospect of a new Iran-China military alliance taking shape in the Indian Ocean is certainly a development that will be taken with the utmost seriousness by the American military, which is already concerned about Iran's attempts to spread its influence throughout the region.
U.S. Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, warned in a recent interview that Iran posed the greatest threat to regional security and stability.
"Iran actively stokes instability and is intent on degrading security all over the region," McKenzie said. "They use proxies and violence to push other nations in the region to their agenda."
Any future military alliance between Tehran and Beijing would only strengthen Iran's determination to expand their malign activities in the region, thereby raising the prospect of a further escalation of tensions with the U.S. and its allies.
Depending on God - by Mark Susswein -
Horses and chariots in biblical times were considered to be the latest advancement in the art of warfare. In those ancient days Assyria and Babylon were not just militarily ready for battle, they were powerfully ready; fearless men ready and able to fight any and all who dared to go up against them.
These were not only powerful armies, they were brutal armies who knew, as the saying goes, "Winning wasn't everything; it was the only thing." The Assyrians and Babylonians achieved more than their fair share of victories by any and all means necessary.
To pay for those soldiers, horses, chariots, and all that goes with being a powerful military, those nations were, to put it mildly... wealthy. As Isaiah tells us, "Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots" (Isaiah 2:7, ESV).
Assyria and Babylon were nations having wealth beyond imagination. That kind of wealth leads to pride, arrogance and temptations. Before you know it, that wealth is the driving force for good or evil. We know scripturally that wealth or money itself is not the root of all evil. Here is what Paul wrote to young Timothy.
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs" (1st Timothy 6:10, ESV).
As followers of Jesus we cannot allow the love of money to replace the faith and trust we have in God. In all things we are to depend on Him, from our health (physical and spiritual) to our finances. And, let's be clear here. That doesn't mean God is against any individual or nation who is economically strong, but those who have been blessed by God in that area would be wise to show gratitude to the Provider by exercising generosity to others out of their abundance.
"A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor" (Proverbs 22:9, CSB).
Today's Israel is a great example of a nation being blessed with wealth and power. In recent years that nation has discovered oil and natural gas - lots of oil and gas - greatly increasing her wealth and power. Did I mention lots of oil and gas? (Hmmm.... Gog Magog War coming soon to a theater near you? "Have you come to seize spoil?" (Ezekiel 38:13a, ESV).
Also, Israel is one of the most advanced and well-armed militaries of the world today. Israel continues to be "independent" with the things of this world instead of being "dependent" on the Almighty God.
By the way, how dependent on God were "we the people" as we allowed Covid19 to fill us with fear and trembling? And what about the Church? Before I ask the following of "we the Christians," please get your thick skin on. Where were we? What were we doing?
Shamefully, taking counsel from the world; that's what we were doing. We accepted the world's lie that we were... not essential.
The Church cannot and should not ever depend on the world's counsel. We, brothers and sisters, are not of this world. It is up to us to get on our knees and seek His counsel in any and all situations and circumstances. We are to depend on Him.
Hey, you pastors, preachers, ministers, leaders - and yes, you Christians - here is another question to ponder:
What is the plan when this or something worse takes place?
This would be the time to study the Book of Acts and do what our brothers and sisters did long ago beginning with, "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (Acts 2:42, ESV).
That is a pretty good start. Read the rest of that chapter in Acts, and then, as Paul Harvey used to say, "Now you know the rest of the story."
Back to Israel.
Her spiritual problem correlates to her not having to or desiring to depend on the God of Israel. Let's not be surprised. This has been Israel's pattern all throughout her history. She, when the good times rolled, depended mostly on what the "Promised Land" produced along with her livestock and military to keep it "all good."
Today's Israel now has re-defined research and development in various technologies, along with some amazing medical and environmental breakthroughs that have not only benefited themselves, but also has blessed the world through those life-changing advancements as well.
But, what about depending on God? Where is He in all of this? Where is the praise, honor and glory for all He has done and continues to do as blessing after blessing and miracle after miracle rain down on her?
From just about the beginning of Israel's history, it was God who set His nation and people free from the bondages of slavery in Egypt. It was God who parted the Red Sea, making a path to freedom. And, not that long ago, it was God who miraculously intervened to ensure Israel's victory since Israel's War of Independence of 1948. In the 1973 "Yom Kippur War," at the last minute, she "somehow" was victorious. In both of those wars, Israel was sorely undermanned. She was at a huge military disadvantage in just about every category. All that can be said about that is... but God.
Not depending on the God of Israel was Israel's problem then, and today. Nothing has changed, and neither has God.
In the Old Testament, God's solution was to send His judgment upon Israel by using the powerful pagan worshipping nations of Assyria and Babylon to eventually defeat and exile Israel and Judah respectively. They were literally evicted by the Landlord of landlords.
Today, "independent" Israel has allowed her wealth and power to fill her up with that same pride and arrogance which she has stubbornly hung on to generation after generation.
Israel's lack of dependence on God will be addressed by way of "The Time of Jacob's Trouble." That will be the time when God will be, for the most part, dealing with the Jewish nation. It will be the most horrific time in her history - even more so than the Holocaust. And, spoiler alert: There will be restoration and salvation for the Jewish nation. Stay tuned and don't touch that prophetical dial as we watch God's plan unfold to the letter as was written by the Hebrew Prophets long ago.
As for the Gentile nations, they too will eventually be judged by the Almighty God once and for all; the Prophets tell us so.
Modern-day Israel so wants to be like the wealthy and powerful nations of the world instead of being what God called her to be - a holy nation, and a light unto the Gentiles.
"And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Exodus 19:6a, ESV).
"For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, 'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth'" (Acts 13:47, ESV).
Like Isaiah saw then, we too are able to see and understand the hundreds and hundreds of biblical prophecies written thousands of years ago having been fulfilled (90% of them), and many more of them are coming to fruition as we speak (we are living in the days of the last 10%).
We believing Jews and Gentiles have been blessed to know in advance what the future will be for Israel, the nations, and so on. Biblical prophecy, as Jan Markell from Olive Tree ministries often says, "It is not to scare us, but to prepare us." Amen?
The day is coming when Israel will say, "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!" That statement, my friends, is the beginning of Israel's dependence on God! Praise His name!
Bless You All,
Mark Susswein: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Jot: The Farm Chronicles: Wild Donkey Ride - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
All winter long, my dad had the stock truck tied up in what we called the "shed." The shed was actually one of the more modern buildings on the farm. Half of it was horse stalls and a hay loft, and the other half had a concrete floor with two bays where trucks, tractors, combines, whatever, could be worked on (and most of it needed repaired more often than not), and a massive tool bench where no one but Dad could find any specific tool in the pile. One bay during the winter of 1962 and spring of 1963 was occupied by my dad's creation of a camper built on the bed of the truck. Warren McCarthy, Dad's close friend, was renting his camper for the trip. But Dad, in typical penny-pinching Welsh Wilson fashion that I, too, inherited, decided to build his own.
With each day, the excitement built for our western excursion during the summer of 1963. The idea was to travel with the McCarthy's in campers throughout all the states west of the Mississippi during what amounted to almost a three-month tour. Brothers Larry and Chuck would handle the farm duties and Dad's fuel delivery business in his absence. This was an enormous opportunity for adventure! Even my second-grade teacher (and Dad's cousin) Elizabeth Richards gave me a travel journal to collect coins from each state and write about what we saw. It was a big deal. When we returned, we made the local Ravenna, Ohio Record Courier Community Page. There were so many things that we did and saw on that "Great Trip West."
From time to time, I will write about that trip in the Farm Chronicles, which could be a book in of itself. One of the stops along the way was in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Custer State Park in 1963, you could see the herds of buffalo in the open range from afar as you were driving down the two-lane road. They looked small from a distance, but they were huge when you approached them, seemingly tame, but not something you would want to test. Then there were the donkeys. They were the highwaymen of the trip. Wandering purposely in the road, they curiously would stop any vehicle they could, even sticking their noses inside the windows, hoping for a carrot or some other food. They stubbornly would not move until they got what they wanted. Like any cowboy, and particularly an 8-year-old cowboy, I wanted to see if I could ride one of those donkeys.
Dad understood. He rode whatever animal he could, just to say he did it. I was the same way. We are hijacked on the road anyway by these sweet street outlaws, so why not try to ride one of them? No bridle. No saddle. No halter. Just me and the wild donkey. Mom was very skeptical. Dad cautiously lifted me up and I gently swung my leg over his withers. He just put his ears up and lowered his head, kind of posing for the picture. He was rewarded with an apple. Later, we found out that we weren't supposed to ride them. Psalm 104 begins with "Bless the Lord, O my soul." Verses 10-11 say, "He sends the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild donkeys quench their thirst." 'And God provides for those Black Hills road agents through riders of the sage like me.
Daily Devotion: Truly Countercultural - by Greg Laurie -
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. -Ephesians 5:8
If you're a true Christian, then you're truly countercultural. Today the cultural norm is upside down. The things that we once saw as virtues are now vices. The things we once celebrated are now mocked. And the things that we once said were bad are now declared good.
Everything is upside down.
It takes courage and commitment to be a follower of Jesus. Wimps need not apply. So, if you want to march in lockstep with the culture, parrot what everyone tells you to say, and think what everyone tells you to think, then go for it.
Any dead fish can float downstream. But it takes a live one to swim upstream, you see. When you believe in Jesus, believe in the Bible, and stand up for that, you're a rebel today.
Jesus Christ is worth living for. And if necessary, He's worth dying for. On the other hand, if you believe something isn't worth dying for, then is it really worth living for?
Think of people throughout history who gave their lives for different causes. They gave their lives for false leaders and religious gurus. They followed crazy ideas that destroyed their lives.
I want to be someone who really lives for Christ. And that's worth dying for, if necessary. I don't know if that will ever happen. But I know this much. The apostle Paul said, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21 NKJV).
For Christians, death is not the end; we just move from one place to another. In fact, we move to a much better place. But we also have a life worth living on this earth-a life worth living to its fullest.
So, it's the best of both worlds. It's the best of this world, and then it's the afterlife in the presence of God.
FROM THE HEART
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