Jesus’ Return

Tonight some friends gathered around a table with my husband and I. We sang a song that one of the men wrote about watching for the Lord. Later on, the same man asked us what we thought of verses in Matthew 24. We all read a few verses at a time out of various versions of the Bible and then gave our opinion if we had one. The following verses are the ones we read, these are from the King James Version:

Mat 24:3  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Mat 24:5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Mat 24:7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mat 24:9  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

Mat 24:10  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Mat 24:11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:12  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Mat 24:17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

Mat 24:18  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

Mat 24:19  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Mat 24:20  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Mat 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Mat 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Mat 24:23  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Mat 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.

Mat 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Mat 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:28  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Mat 24:32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

Mat 24:33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

Mat 24:34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Mat 24:37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:38  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Mat 24:39  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:40  Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Mat 24:41  Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Mat 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Mat 24:43  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Mat 24:44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

People guess about the year based on prophesies and on symbolism and numbers that God uses frequently. The thing is, we don’t really know. Jesus does say to be ready at all times.

I’ve been feeling like I need to read the Bible more; I know I’ve been hearing it from various pastors on the radio.

I read Isaiah 55:6, (KJV):  Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.

Sometimes I feel as though God might be whispering that to my spirit: Seek Me.

A lady at our gathering said she feels we are close to the time when Jesus will return for His servants. Then the man leading the discussion reminded us to read the Bible through in a year. He gave us a paper with the amounts to read every day, a few chapters of the Old Testament and a couple chapters of the New Testament. He’s been following that format for years and the more he reads the Bible the more he sees things he’s missed before. There’s a date before each entry, so you don’t have to start on January first if you didn’t get the paper beforehand. I like that.

What do you think of this section of Scripture? Is Jesus coming back to earth soon?

 

What’s Going On?

 

It amazes me what God does for me and for others. I’ve seen so many answers to prayer.

Yet, sometimes it’s the little things that capture my attention and appreciation. There are times when I write or sew at night because I’ve been busy throughout the day. Last night I started to put the stitching across the top of a curtain. I added extra stitches to the end to reinforce it on one side. As I continued, the thread broke. No matter what I tried, the thread kept breaking.

Finally I remembered how I’d had manuscript submissions get stuck because the e-mail account wouldn’t send. After trying everything I knew to do, including getting help from others, I’d give up. Then, I’d notice a typo or realize the article was missing pertinent information. Once I fixed it, I’d attach the piece and then hit send. Off it went to the editor!

So last night I looked closely at the second section of the curtain set. I needed to flip the curtain over to sew the top on the other side. I tore out the stitches that had made it half way across. Then I pinned the fabric the correct way and decided to quit for the night. Somehow I knew my machine would work perfectly today. And so it did.

I moved on to the next window’s fabric and worked on it until I started losing energy. My husband asked a good question, “Isn’t it when you’re tired that you start making mistakes?”

I’d been debating over doing one inch side hems around the circle of the valance and then sewing the top seams for the ruffle and the rod pocket. I may need to remove a few stitches so it lays flat, now that I think about it. Anyway, I decided tomorrow is another day.

If someone doesn’t believe in God, they may think good things happening are only a coincidence. I believe it’s God because in the book of James it says all good things and perfect things come from heaven above, from the Father of lights. (James 1:17)

I believe in God because as a young girl when I first learned of God, it resonated deep within.

Some people believe Jesus was God because others walked and talked with Him and saw Him perform miracles. These “others” went to their deaths instead of recanting their eye witness accounts. Why would anyone die to support a lie?

More Christians are being persecuted for their faith today than ever before.

I believe Satan knows his time is short and he’s fulfilling what Jesus said about him in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but I have come to give life and that abundantly.”

When life gets hard on earth, I find comfort in the Bible with its many promises. My mother-in-law’s favorite Bible verses were in Psalm 91 and I have a friend that tells me she prayed Psalm 91 over me today. That always makes me smile.

Psalm 91 (Webster):

Psa 91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psa 91:2  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psa 91:3  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Psa 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psa 91:5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Psa 91:6  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon-day.

Psa 91:7  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Psa 91:8  Only with thy eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Psa 91:9  Because thou hast made the LORD who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation;

Psa 91:10  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

Psa 91:11  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Psa 91:12  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Psa 91:13  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Psa 91:14  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Psa 91:15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.

Psa 91:16  With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

May God bless you!

Time is of the Essence

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Last Sunday at church, I felt as if the Holy Spirit was saying to be ready for the end of life for one or more of the attendees there. That they should be ready or as my husband says, “Keep short accounts with God.”

We all mess up. So, immediately make it right with God by repenting and then if possible, make it right with the person that got hurt by your actions, if that’s the case. I was considering God’s characteristics yesterday, and one of them is that He is a merciful God. He’s a loving God, as well.

Today at the nursing home Bible study we read Matthew 19 and then Matthew 20. Somehow, the conversation came up about God’s forgiveness. I think it was around the passage where the landowner hires workers at the beginning of the day, the earlier part, the middle part and at the end of the day. He paid the last workers first and they received a denarius. The workers that bore the heat and toil of the day expected the landowner to pay them more. He said, “Didn’t you agree to the wages I offered? Why are you jealous over my generosity?”

I got talking about the fact that the Jewish people knew God and were loved by God for many years before He reached out to the Gentiles in a bigger way. The Jewish people received the benefits from God: love, provision, acceptance, mercy and direction. They also experienced discipline, attacks from the devil because of them being God’s chosen people, self-sacrifice through obedience to God which is not always easy but makes for a better life, and occasional chastening when His people followed the Gentile’s gods and ways.

So, as we spoke about these things God’s response to repentance came to mind.

Isa_1:18, (KJV):  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isa_43:25  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Isa_44:22  I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

Mic_7:19  He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

I thought the Scripture that says God forgives our sins and throws our sins into the sea of forgetfulness was in the book of Isaiah. 🙂

When King Hezekiah was very sick, he said in Isaiah 38:17, (KJV):  “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”

After this, God healed King Hezekiah.

God amazes me. He loves us unconditionally, but He is a judge and we must believe on Him and His Son and repent and let Him be our Master. That’s what He says in His Word, especially in the book of John. I think that’s why when people become born again, they are often directed to read the Bible and to begin in the book of John.

I hope this finds you well. This earth is only ours to visit for a short time and then we have the opportunity to live in heaven for all of eternity. That’s the promise in John 14:

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

Joh 14:2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

winter walk near biltmore house photo from: http://www.goodsearch.com/search-web?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=Biltmore+mansion

Of course, God’s mansions will far outdo any mansion man can build. Just look at creation and His animals and His people!

May God bless you.

 

Wisdom on the Fourteenth

I got reading Proverbs 14 today in the NASB – 1977 version and the following ones resonated with me:

Proverbs 14:26: In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge. *On the side of the margin there was a translators’ notation showing “His” as an alternative for “his.”

Proverbs 14:27: The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:34: Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.

In this day and age, I know people that work their own businesses and occasionally they find themselves short on finances. A person told me today that when reading the Bible it occurred to them that there may be times coming when it’ll be best to ask God to supply their need and not necessarily in a monetary way. Then the individual said, “If ever government required their citizens to buy and sell by using a chip in their forehead or in their wrist, by already having the faith to pray for needs, the person could avoid having a chip inserted into their very being.”

We were discussing the new credit cards which are slowly being replaced with cards containing a chip, mandated by the US government. From a chip in a card, may we be made to get a chip in our body some day? Certain people think the number “666” will be hidden in a binary code made up of zeros and ones, so ordinary folks wouldn’t have a clue that they were receiving the mark of the beast under their skin. It could be sold to the people as a security measure.

So, reading verses that say that if I have the fear and/or reverence of the LORD, I’ll have confidence and a refuge place, those Scriptures bring comfort and the wisdom to continue following God. My husband reminds me that the twelve disciples chose death over life when asked to recant their testimony of Jesus and His miracles and His choice to be the sacrificial lamb for the sins of all the world – for the Jew first and then for all the rest of the nations’ known as the Gentiles. They saw Him risen from the dead with the marks of the crucifixion and of the beatings and of the plucking of His beard. Heavy stuff on my mind tonight.

I hope this finds you well and looking up to the Father of lights, as James called God, for your provision and peace and refuge in times of trouble.

May God bless you.

 

The Lord Rejoices

A friend of mine loves the Jewish people and her husband does, too. One of her favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17:

Zep 3:17, (KJV):  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

When I went to the Bible to read Zephaniah 3:17, I glanced at the verses above and the ones below verse 17. They seem to be saying what I was mentioning in yesterday’s blog. The Jewish people will come under the rule of God at the end of the age and be glad to do so, at least a remnant of the Israel nation.

Zep 3:13  The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Zep 3:14  Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Zep 3:15  The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

Zep 3:16  In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

Zep 3:17  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Zep 3:18  I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

Zep 3:19  Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.

Zep 3:20  At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

After all these years of reading God’s Word, the idea of God rejoicing over people, resting in His love for them, and showing joy over the ones that follow God and seek Him with singing – it stretches my thinking. I’ve heard God wants relationship with His followers and I know He loves me, He proves it often. I’m humbled by His love. To think He will sing over those He saves, over those He loves and delivers. This is the God of the Universe, the Great I Am.

It boggles my mind that God loves imperfect mankind.

Have a wonderful evening or day, depending on your time zone and the time of day you read.

May God bless you!

Is Time Short?

Mat 16:1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
Mat 16:2 He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’
Mat 16:3 And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

I spent some time on the front porch reading a Bible study and then getting into the Word with a warm breeze blowing and a black crow caw-cawing.

Our trees are just beginning to change color. It doesn’t seem real that the year is three quarters done already. When I try to hear God’s still small voice lately, it seems as if He’s urging me not to be complacent, that time is short.

My husband has told me in the past that we are a lot closer to Jesus’s return now than we were 2,000 years ago.

Imagine that, He’s impacting the world even today.

 

God bless you!

Cooking Stew

 

I decided to watch a cooking show because they were making a stew, which I decided to make for a meal we’re invited to next week. The show was actually demonstrating how to cut vegetables and meat fast and safely by using a sharp knife and smart techniques. I paid attention so I wouldn’t cut myself, but mostly I wanted to see what went into his recipe.

He used three or four vegetables in addition to those that I normally choose: corn, mushrooms, turnips and green beans. His spices included garlic, eight cloves when I probably would have used two, which I haven’t in the past. He also threw in thyme and oregano, which I haven’t added in. He used stock instead of water. I usually add a touch of vinegar or cooking wine, he mentioned wine, but I saw him drink some, not put it in the pot.

I add salt and pepper; he put a good amount on the meat, steak which I don’t use. I buy a cheaper cut of beef already cubed by the butcher, called stew meat in America. Then he added more salt and pepper to the vegetables. My husband said if I were on a cooking show they would probably tell me that I under season my food. He adds hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce to a lot of his foods, even at a restaurant. So, we’re okay with our different tastes in spices, if there’s not enough he just adds some.

I made a soup last week in the Crockpot which magnifies the flavors of the spices and I used more salt than normal, plus I added French Onion soup cooking base and a small amount of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos – similar to Soy Sauce – which increased the amount of salt.

Whooee! Talk about salty. I added stevia, water, corn and it still tasted like a salty mess. Years ago, my mom told me to put cubed raw potatoes into a salty soup or stew and after they’re cooked to remove them because they’ve absorbed a lot of the salt. It worked, somewhat.

Eventually, the soup turned into goulash because it cooked down and after a few days we were glad to come to the end of it. I haven’t had a fiasco like that in a long time. Lol.

That’s one advantage of eating raw foods. I rarely add salt to a raw food.

I hope this blog finds you well. May God bless you. Keep looking up, our redemption draws closer. That’s according to Luke 21:28 when speaking of end times, which could be soon, or not. 🙂

Spiritual Warfare

 

My husband and I had a busier day than normal. I almost didn’t go to a gathering of friends for dinner, prayer, worship and then a devotional.

Ever since last Monday I’ve been battling nausea. Yesterday I asked my husband to check the internet for side effects of amoxicillin. The top listing: nausea.

With reservations, I joined my husband and set out our offering – salad makings.

As we talked, prayed and then sang songs honoring God I felt peace or something having lifted. By the end of the night, a lady who’s a nurse asked how my nausea was doing. “Gone!”

Praise God.

One of the attendees said she woke up the other night because she heard a sound in another room. She knew her house was securely locked. She looked over to her husband; he was sleeping soundly. She heard another noise in the hallway. When she looked up, a man was there. She said, “Satan stood there. I knew it was him. He waved for me to join him.”

I spoke loudly, “No way!”

My husband kept on snoring. “This is a Christian home. You don’t belong here. Go back to where you belong.”

She said it was like particles of dark colors dissolving and falling away into nothingness.

Once again she looked to her husband. He slept through the whole thing.

When she began telling us, she mentioned that she had a faith building yet a faith nudging experience. She wants to know more about God and she wants to follow Him more closely.

I’ve wondered if my food poisoning just happened or was it an attack after I finished blogging about Jesus returning soon?

I rely on God’s Word: 1John 4:1, (KJV): Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1Jn 4:2  By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,

1Jn 4:3  and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God, and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

1Jn 4:4  You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

The One in you is greater than the one in the world.  Thank You, Jesus.

May God bless you and protect you.

Words from God

I happen to believe that God is alive and that He speaks to people through His Word, the Holy Bible. I also know that He speaks with a still small voice, and it never contradicts the Bible.

In 1Kings 19:11, (KJV), God is speaking to the prophet Elijah:  “And he said, ‘Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.’” And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

1Ki 19:12  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

1Ki 19:13  And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, “What doest thou here, Elijah?”

Therefore, in my opinion when someone thinks God is telling them to kill a president or a rock star, they are sadly mistaken. If God wanted that person dead, He’d simply take them out. God gives us breath. Gen_2:7, (KJV) tells us: And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Every morning when we awake and take a deep breath, we can truly say, “Thank You, God for this air I breathe and for the ability to take it in.”

My sister developed COPD, and when she struggled to breathe, I found myself sucking in a deeper breath, as if to help her. I’d become terrified, but she’d wave at me to calm down. As soon as she could talk, she’d say, “It’s okay, I knew I would breathe as soon as I cleared my airway.”

From that point on, I didn’t take my healthy pulmonary system for granted.

Today I was reading the Bible to get ready for an upcoming Bible study and when I read a verse off topic that said Jesus is coming back soon, it almost jumped off the page at me. Then I thought, I should have written the reference down. So I opened the book at random and it opened to 1 Peter 4:7, (ESV): The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

I was trying to find the above verse by E-sword’s search and the following verses popped up. So I copied them to include here:

Heb_10:25, (GNB): Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.

Heb_10:37  For, as the scripture says, “Just a little while longer, and he who is coming will come; he will not delay.”

I ran into a friend from church and we got talking about the state of the world. She spends lots of time in the Word. She said at the end times things will wax worse and worse. This is a quote from Paul in Second Timothy. The following selections are a part of the conversation: 2Ti 3:1, (KJV)  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

2Ti 3:7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2Ti 3:8  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

2Ti 3:9  But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

2Ti 3:10  But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

2Ti 3:11  Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

2Ti 3:14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

2Ti 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

In the King James Version here, it says “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works,” and the word perfect means mature. We won’t be perfect until we enter eternity with Jesus.

Well, to go back to the beginning, I found the verse that almost jumped off the page at me: James_5:8,(RV)  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

As I spent time with God today I felt Him saying to write His Word for the nations. This blog is the only way that some from other nations may read my writing unless I get some articles published by international magazines. So I’m doing my best to be obedient and leaving the results to Him.

My husband and I took coaching classes and occasionally as we talk it may turn into coaching of sorts. This weekend in the car I talked to him about managing my writing time and housework time in a way that works. We decided on three hours of concentrated cleaning and hours of writing time according to the rest of my schedule. So I’m blogging earlier in the day and setting goals for my other projects. To God be the glory!

May God bless you big time.

 

Is Jesus Coming Back in 2017?

I went to the nursing home for Bible study this morning and the person I started the study for got all set up for Bingo. She stays to play Bingo if the activities person gets to her before I do. At age ninety-four, she probably forgets our weekly appointment.

 

So, three of us met and one lady at age 91 told me she’s really interested in Jesus’ return. So we read 1 Thessalonians 4:7-chapter 5. Then we turned to Matthew 24 – Matthew 25. We spoke of the symbolism of the fig tree often signifying the country of Israel.

 

It tells of Jesus saying in Mat 24:32, (KJV)  “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

Mat 24:33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

Mat 24:34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

 

Some figure that the beginning of the nation of Israel in 1948 is the year that the generation begins. So, if a generation is seventy years, or eighty years, or one hundred years it would seem that Christ could come back in three years or thirteen years of thirty-three years from now.

 

My ninety-one year old friend said that the man on Christian television spoke of 50 year time periods. Using those, he deduced Jesus Christ’s second coming would be in the year 2017. She didn’t remember his logic but she said it doesn’t give us much time, does it?

 

I listened to “Revelation Rumblings” on Youtube with Jack Van Impe and his wife, after looking online to see if I could find anything about 2017 being the year Jesus returns. They are speaking of the book of Revelation and interpreting the end time prophecies.

 

There were many references to 2017 being a year that Jesus could or would return. I didn’t open any of their sites, because I’m not familiar with their ministries. I have listened to Jack and Rexella Van Impe many times on television. I wanted to hear what they had to say on this video – “Revelation Rumblings.” Farther into the video he talks about the sixth Jubilee that will be coming in 2017 and a man of peace will be put into power. That man is not Jesus, the man is the Antichrist.

 

When I blog lately, it seems that it turns to the Gospel when I’m not expecting it.

 

There are so many voices against the Gospel in some circles. I ran into that in my undergraduate college courses. I hear it in my home town when I speak with young people who have read books written by atheists trying to disprove God and His plans.

 

When we lived hours from here, we heard a little girl using the name of Jesus as a cuss word. When I told her God didn’t like His name being used as a swear word, she said, “God?”

 

She never heard anything about Jesus except His name loud and clear and in angry tones.

 

I couldn’t believe that a seven or eight year old in America never heard of Jesus, even at Christmas time.

 

What a shame.

 

If Jesus is coming back soon, that may be why my blogs seem to veer of their own volition to belief in Jesus Christ, God the Son, and His sacrificial death on the cross and His call for us to repent and obey Him.

 

I thought about the verse in 2 Peter that talks about God not willing that any should perish:

2Pe 3:9, (KJV) 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.
2Pe 3:10 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.
2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
2Pe 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
2Pe 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
2Pe 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
2Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

 

May God give you peace and bless you!