Friday, July 29, 2016

In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world

Can you believe how crazy the world have become? Jesus warns us that tribulation will become a way of life, but I suspect that most of us thought it would never happen. Well, it's here now and we have not seen anything yet. The good news is in John 16:33 Jesus told His disciples to be cheerful in tribulation because He has overcome the world. I believe Jesus' words in this very applies to all His disciples past, present, and future. I know some believers assume we, the church, will be raptured out of here before the tribulation starts, but it's too late as it's already started. And, I predict it will only get worse.  Even though things are going to get worse Jesus tell us to be cheerful during tribulation.  What will we have to be cheerful about?  I believe the answer is He has overcome the world and will soon put a stop to the tribulation as long as we overcome in Him.  I do not like to take scripture out of context so please read all of John Chapter 16 for the full impact of Jesus' words.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world

Just as Jesus overcame the world He expects us to overcome the world. What does it mean to "Overcome"? To overcome is to prevail in spite of adversity, to successfully solve a problem or defeat an opponent, or to be consumed with something.   It means to fight against the adversity and never quit or give up.  In the last days there will be a lot of adversity and chaos.  Only the strong in the Lord will resist the temptation to take the easy road.  I believe Christians will be so hated be the world that people will murder Christians because they think they are doing the world a favor - Read John 16:1-4.

In these last days there false teachers teaching false doctrines that are leading church members to destruction.   Jesus tells us to enter through the narrow gate, but few will be able.  Many prefer the easy road that leads to destruction.

23 "Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”

And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’  Luke 13:23-25New King James Version (NKJV)

This verse reminds me of "The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins" - I mentioned this parable  in my previous post.  The last days will be a time of judgment coming on the earth for her many sins, but I believe it is very possible it will be a time of testing for the Church.  Only the true Church will overcome the world even unto death just as Jesus did.

In the last days many people will not be prepared for the tribulation and will be in a panic for food and water.  They will be in such fear they will agree to take the mark of the beast just to survive.  Once they take the mark they have doomed themselves and can never repent again.  Those that take the mark will no longer be the person they once were.  They will become like zombies or the walking dead and hell bent on killing Christians.

The overcomer knows and understand the signs of the end and prepare themselves for what is coming.  The overcomer is sealed with The Holy Spirit and does not fear what man does to him.  The disciples of Christ trust the Lord Jesus with their lives and are willing to lose their life because they know they will soon be with Jesus.  In those last days many Christians will have their heads chopped off, but they are not afraid as they overcome the world.  They look forward to the time when they will have a new and glorified body and to be will Jesus for all eternity.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Perfect Wedding For The Perfect Marriage

Based on what I see happening in the world today I believe that the Lord Jesus' Second Coming has to be very soon.  He's coming back for His bride and He will take her to heaven for wedding feast before the wedding.  From what I understand about the Jewish wedding feast custom the feast will last for seven days, and then after the wedding feast the marriage ceremony will take place.  Many believe this to be symbolic of the Rapture taking place before the tribulation and I will not get into this discussion right now as there is much debate as to whether the Rapture will happen pre-tribulation or post-tribulation.

What I do I know is perfect bridegroom, Jesus, is coming back to get His perfect bride, the Church.  The bride will be perfect, without spot, without wrinkle, or blemish.  All are invited to the wedding and all are invited to be a part of the wedding party.  The bride and those making up the wedding party are one.  They all make up the Church.  But wait a minute, the Church, as we know it today, is not perfect, not without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.  So how can Jesus be coming back for a Church that is so divided by denominations and doctrines which war against itself?

You may disagree with me, and that's okay, but I see a similarity between the modern day church and the harlot that Hosea married as mentioned in the book of Hosea.  Please do not misunderstand as I am not saying that all of the church has become a harlot, but I am saying that many in the church is not with spot, wrinkle or blemish.  I believe there is a part of the church made up of true believers and disciples of christ and then there is another part that professes to be a so-called Christian church, but are more anti-Christ than Christian because the pastors have led their flock astray through trying to be politically correct.  These pastors prefer politically correctness over being obedient to God's word and His ways.

The answer is Jesus is not coming back for a divided Church.  He is only coming back for His True Church, a sanctified church.  The non-sanctified portion that has the Christian name church branded on it's buildings will be left behind when Jesus comes.  Why do I believe some professing Christians will be left behind?  I think Jesus give us the answer in "The Parable of The Wise and Foolish Virgins" found in Matthew 25.

In all Jesus' parables Jesus is giving training instructions for us to live by.  But, I believe in this particular parable He is prophesying about future event.  “The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins” is Jesus' way of warning the Church that only 50% of the so-called church is ready for His coming and the other 50% will be left behind because these people do not know Him and He does not know them.  Notice in this parable the wise virgins were what I call "Prep-per's" as they were prepared for the bridegroom's coming even though there was a delay in His coming.  The foolish virgins kind of gave up on His coming any time soon and did not keep themselves expecting and anticipating His coming.  I think this group symbolizes those people that are deceived by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life as mentioned in 1 John 2:15-17.

Jesus gives us a couple of other prophetic warnings for the church and the whole world.  Jesus warned that the end times will be just like the days of Noah and Lot.  Jesus is warning us that judgement is coming on the whole world, but He will protect those that listen to His voice and do what He says.  Noah was such a man and He was also a “Prep-per".  Noah prepared the ark just as God told Him to do and as a result Noah, Noah's wife, three sons, and their wives were saved.  The flood judgment and the ark is a symbol of the rapture as the family of eight escaped death and the judgement that came on the earth as a result of sin.

In the days of Lot the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were known for their depravity.  Lot and his family made their home among the wicked people of Sodom, but the Lord had plans to destroy the two cities because of their evil doings.  The Lord sent two men (angels) to Sodom to bring Lot and Lot's family out of the city before the judgement fell on the city.  When the towns people found out about the two men and the entire town, men and women, surrounded Lot's house for the purpose of dragging the two men out in order to have their way with them.  I'm not going to tell you the whole story as I want you to read the account for yourself in Genesis 19.  Read also Jesus' words in Luke 17:27-29.  

Like the story of Noah, Lot's story is a picture of the rapture of the true church.  God will deliver His people in His own timing.  Based on all that is currently happening all around the world I think it is pretty evident that we are in the "Last Days" that Jesus tells us to prepare for.  I believe Jesus will take the True Church out of the world by what we call the Rapture, but no one knows the day or the hour when He will come back to get us.  There are some Bible scholars that suggest the Lord could catch the Church up to meet Him in clouds be before the tribulation begins and then there are other Bible scholars that insist that the Church will not be caught up to meet Christ until after the tribulation period is over.  I tend to believe that Jesus' soon return will be in two separate events.  First, based to the scripture I have mentioned previously, the Lord protect and delivered His people from the judgments in each case.   The second event is Jesus' physical Second Coming physically on Mount of Olives.

Another example is when the Lord deliver the children of Israel from hard during the plagues He sent to the Egyptians as mentioned in the Book of Exodus.  The Israelites were protected from the ten plagues of judgment while the Egyptians suffered.  The Lord protected the children of Israel from the angel of death while the first born Egyptians were killed by the angel of death.  The angel of death passed over ever household that painted the innocent blood of a lamb on the side post and crossbar of their doors.  This is a symbol of Jesus' death and salvation for those that are covered by the blood He shed for our sins.

The point of today's post is for us to not be concerned when Jesus is coming back for the Church whether before the tribulation or after the tribulation.  I know there is a lot of debate on this subject and there are some good arguments on both sides, but the key for the Church to have prepared herself and is ready for the wedding.  Read Revelation 19:7-9 and then read Revelation chapters 19-22.

The time of His coming is near and the True Disciples of Christ will have prepared themselves and are ready to be married to Christ.  I pray when you stand before Jesus you will hear him say: