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Israel’s Coming Mind- Blowing Gold Riches

And Russia’s Evil Plan To Steal It

“…. ‘Have you (Gog/Russia) come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?’”
 Ezek. 38:13

How much gold and silver would it take for Russia to be enticed to invade Israel to steal it all? A bunch. It would have to be a tantalizing amount, probably in the mega billions, if not trillions, of dollars.

But even if Israel were to discover a mega hoard of gold and silver, enough to entice the Russians, the timing of such an invasion (basically starting World War III), would have to be seen as the “perfect window of opportunity.”

Well, the Bible says Russia WILL invade Israel to steal her gold and silver and this future invasion is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39… a fascinating read. And a great “opportunity window” will open for the Russians to make their move during the 50 chaotic days between Rapture and the signing of the 10-Nation Peace Treaty. (1)

Think about it—the United States is Israel’s only true ally, and the U.S. will be decimated from the effects of losing key people in the sudden Rapture. So Israel will be alone in the world to fend for herself.

At least that’s what the Russians will think. They will conclude they can invade and capture the vast treasure for themselves. But God comes to Israel’s help in a might way to supernaturally protect Israel. And Russia goes down in an embarrassing defeat.(2)

 

Are the riches future oil discoveries? Nope!


So, if we’re as close as I think we are to the Rapture, where is this great treasure that Russia will be trying to capture? For years I must admit I thought the treasure would be Israel striking huge amounts of oil. And indeed they have struck a great quantity of oil and gas.

But thinking about that reasoning, Saudi Arabia has a lot more oil with far fewer national defenses and I don’t see Russia going after Saudi’s oil.

Massive amounts of gold and silver? Yes!


And now, as I’ve reread the text of Ezek. 38:13, I realize I was wrong. It’s not oil. The Bible specifically says Russia comes after “silver and gold.” I’m quite humbled that I missed that.

However, there’s a problem. At the moment Israel doesn’t have vast amounts of gold and silver. They do have a great diamond-cutting business, world renown. But they just cut other people’s diamonds.

So how in the world could Israel end up with enough gold and silver to entice Russia to invade? Well, as it turns out, the Bible says that amount of gold and silver treasure is already in Israel, they just need to find it—quite interesting, huh!

Hang with me as I back up a bit…

Solomon was the richest man in the world, literally. His treasures were unfathomable. God gave him his wealth because he wisely asked for wisdom, not riches, but God rewarded him for his humble answer and gave him both wisdom AND wealth…great wealth (1Kings 3:9-13).

The Bible, and even 1st century Jewish historian Josephus, mentions that Solomon had a fleet of ships that did business all over the Mediterranean. And each time the fleet returned to Israel they brought the trip’s profit in gold to King Solomon.

Just how rich WAS Solomon?


Solomon had dominion over everything from west of the Jordan River to the Egyptian border in the south and north into present-day Syria. And God allowed him to be at peace with the surrounding nations (1Kings 4:24). He was in the perfect place to make tons of money.

In 1Kings 9:26-28, it records that a fleet of his ships returned to Israel with a profit of 31,500 pounds of gold! That’s over $750 million in today’s value.

And that was from just one sea-faring business trip abroad.

In 1Kings 10 it says the Queen of Sheba came to Israel to pay Solomon a visit to hear his wisdom and see his wealth. She was stunned—so impressed that she was moved to give Solomon over $200 million in gold plus untold numbers of precious stones.

The amount of gold and silver that Solomon acquired during his kingship was beyond imagination, as you will soon see.

Solomon builds the 1st Jewish Temple


In 970 BC, Solomon built the first Jewish Temple to be a permanent replacement for the Tabernacle that had been carted around the Middle East for hundreds of years. The Scriptures outlining the building of the Temple makes a good outline for a business plan, in writing, dealing with planning, labor, and materials management (1Chron. 28; 1Kings 5,6).

Solomon was so rich when he built the Temple that, rather than putting in just one solid gold menorah, he decided to multiply the contents on the inside of the Temple by 10.

So Solomon made nine more solid gold menorahs and lined up the ten in two rows of five each (2Chron. 4:7,8). This means there were ten 6- foot high solid gold menorahs in the 1st Jewish Temple. (See drawing of the inside of the 1st Temple made by the Temple Institute in Jerusalem).

Each of those solid gold menorahs was so heavy that the Temple priests estimated their value at $360 billion each, $2.5 trillion value for all 10!

Solomon also increased from one solid gold Table of Showbread to 10. Each of these solid gold tables held twelve loaves of bread. The Temple Institute says they would have been about six feet high, four feet wide and four feet long. That’s a lot of gold. And a lot of bread to bake daily.

We don’t know how much the Tables of Showbread weighed—they only had to each hold 12 loaves of bread—but they still were solid gold. See pic of man carrying the bread.

However, if they weighed 1/4 of the menorahs, that’s another $500 billion in value for the 10 tables. And this doesn’t include all the golden bowls, plates and such that numbered in the thousands.

Again, Solomon could afford to make all this because he had unfathomable riches. His wealth of gold, silver, precious stones and other things became legendary. So much so that ultimately Israel became a target for conquering by surrounding nations.

2Chr. 1:15 The king made silver and gold as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones,

With all that success, Israel got her eyes off the Lord. Even Solomon brought in hundreds of foreign wives and concubines to pleasure himself. And 40 years later, 930 BC, Israel split into North and South.

The North, Israel, set up its own sacrifice system. But sacrifices could only be made on Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem, and breaking that rule meant they were the first to be conquered. The Assyrians were God’s war club allowing Israel’s Northern 10 tribes to be conquered in 727 BC.

But Assyria was unable to capture the real prize—Jerusalem/Judah in the South with all her riches.

The South, Judah, held on for over a hundred years, but finally Jerusalem was conquered by Nebuchadnezzar’s armies in 586 BC. History tells us that Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, plundered the Temple and deported Jerusalem’s wealthy and educated inhabitants to Babylon.

They looted what they found in the Temple. But apparently Israel had thrown a bone, leaving what seemed like a great treasure to find and seize, but it was actually only a fraction of the whole treasure, only about 2% of the total massive treasure.

The 5400 items that were captured were eventually returned by Cyrus, King of Persia, when he authorized their rebuilding of the Temple after Israel’s 70 years of Babylonian Captivity. The Bible is clear that Cyrus returned all that had been stolen, even listing out the items.

But none of the 10 solid gold menorahs were mentioned, or any tables of showbread on Cyrus’ list (Ezra 1:9-11). Nor was there any mention of the other tens of thousands of gold and silver Temple implements, or gold and silver bars from the treasury.

Now, since only a small fraction of all that gold and silver went to Babylon, what happened to the other 98%? Basically we’re missing the entire fortune that Israel had accumulated under Solomon.

Where did the Temple treasures go?

In the Jewish Talmud, tradition says that King Josiah and the Temple priests hid the vast treasure, including the Ark of the Covenant, in secret winding passages under the Temple Mount 10 years before the 1st Temple’s destruction.

Well, the Jews are a smart people, and Israel did have 140+ years to think about what to do if Jerusalem was ever conquered like their brothers in the north. And Zechariah, God’s prophet of the day, was continually hammering the Israelites to wake up and clean up their sins or the Lord would allow them to be conquered like their Northern brothers.

Zechariah, unlike most other prophets, was also a Priest. He knew it was possible that Israel was going to be conquered. And he would have had first-hand knowledge of the vast riches stored in the Temple treasuries. He was in the unique position to approve plans to hide the treasure if it looked imminent that Israel would be conquered, fulfilling his own prophetic predictions.

Zech would certainly want to protect as much of Israel’s riches he could, including those 10 golden menorahs and 10 golden Tables of Showbread. Not to mention the hugely important Holy Ark of the Covenant that contained Moses’/Aaron’s staff and the two stone tablets with the 10 commandments.

So apparently Zech approved the hiding/burying of the Temple treasures. And Israel was smart enough to throw the Babylonians a bone. They left in the Temple several thousand gold and silver utensils, which would normally be significant spoils of war.

The ruse worked. History tells us that Nebuchadnezzar plundered what they found in the Temple and deported Jerusalem’s upper-class citizens, like Daniel, to Babylon.

However, Zech hid the rest of the treasure so well it’s never been found to this day.

Qumran and the Copper Scroll


Since 1947, in and around Qumran down by the Dead Sea, thousands of pieces of parchment were found buried in caves in the cliffs surrounding the area.

Collectively called the Dead Sea Scrolls, their discovery came within months of Israel becoming a fledgling nation again, and Jews today readily admit the discovery helped awaken Jews around the world to their Biblical roots.

But in 1952 another scroll was found, one made not of parchment but of copper mixed with a tiny bit of tin.

This copper scroll wasn’t found near any of the parchment scrolls, but rather by itself, on a carved out shelf in the back of a cave in the area of Qumran.

Since it was written on copper, whoever wrote it thought the contents so valuable they had to make permanent indentations in metal to stand the test of time.

All the other Dead Sea Scrolls contained Old Testament books, scripture commentaries, and general Jewish life observations. But the Copper Scroll was simply a list of instructions of where tons of gold, silver and precious stones were buried.

But, as Frank Peretti said in his classic THE CHAIR presentation, you have to have a “fixed point of reference” to know where to begin any journey. And there are no reference points in the Copper Scroll instructions.

Though many have tried, no one yet has been able to figure out the right place to dig. Probably they were written vaguely on purpose because once they find just one of the 64 locations, they can find the rest of the massive treasure.

Biblical archaeologists who’ve analyzed the Copper Scroll believe it to be written by five different people who apparently were in a hurry to complete the scroll.

Hebrew priests normally take great care in making each line perfect, but the Copper Scroll looks as if time was of the essence to complete it. Lines are not uniform, some letters are hard to read, there are misspellings, etc.

The Copper Scroll is most fascinating because 63 of the 64 locations described listed staggering quantities of gold and silver. There are even some large unnamed items that very well could be the 10 missing 1st Temple menorahs and Tables of Showbread.

In total, there was over 345,000 pounds of gold and silver listed, not counting the 10 menorahs and 10 Tables of Showbread. That’s over $5 trillion! Certainly enough to entice the Russians to “devise an evil plan.” (Ezek. 38:10)

But, as the commercials always say, “That’s not all!”

More to the story…


2Maccabees 2:1 (granted it’s not part of inspired Hebrew scripture, but heavily relied on and quoted by Jewish historians) mentions that Jeremiah, another of God’s prophets at the same time of Zechariah, made records of the Temple inventory. He even warned those helping him make the records not to be “led astray in their thoughts upon seeing all the gold and silver.”

The Maccabean text continues to say that Jeremiah then found a cave to store the treasure, including the Ark of the Covenant, and covered up the entrance saying the treasure would not be found until “God gathers His people together and shows His mercy.”

Over the last 75 years, several Americans have raised and spent small fortunes looking for the Temple treasures in Israel. Most notably, John Allegro, Vendyl Jones, Oren Gutfield and Jim Barfield. Others, like Randall Price, go on yearly digs to find anything they can. So the area will eventually yield its fruit.

In the meantime, with each failure of discovery the chorus of naysayers who don’t believe the treasure is real grows louder and louder. But all that gold and silver is hiding somewhere and will one day be found.

A Most Intriguing List

Several hundred years ago, some Hebrew scholars decided to try to locate these “other records” that Jeremiah mentioned. They found what they were looking for in the Emeq HaMelekh, which means “Valley of the Kings.” In 1648, a Rabbi translated Emeq HaMelekh and his translations were discovered in 1992.

Emeq HaMelekh is a Hebrew account of five Temple guardians who hid the Ark, the Sanctuary and the Treasures of Solomon’s Temple. Could those five be the same five guys on the Copper Scroll? Very plausible, to say the least.

Most importantly to this article, the Emeq HaMelekh has a lot in common with the Copper Scroll list of Temple treasures, but it lists about 100 times more pieces of gold and silver. Now we’re easily into the mega trillions of dollars worth of gold and silver to be found.

To save space I have made an edited (but numerically accurate) recap of the Emeq HaMelekh. I have added my notes in red, including calculated amounts in parentheses in today’s dollars on some of the items to give you a feel for how much it is.

[Note: A talent was approximately 75 lbs.]

Emeq HaMelekh

These are the vessels dedicated and concealed when the Temple was destroyed:

Mishnah 1


The Tabernacle and the Curtain


The Holy Menorah


The Ark of the Testimony


The golden forehead Nameplate


The golden crown of Aharon the Cohen

The Breastplate of Judgement


The silver Trumpets


The Cherubim


The Altar of burnt offerings


The curtain of the Communion Tent


The forks and the bread molds


The Table of Showbread


(The list “Mishnah 1” continues with several pages of priestly garments)

Mishnah 2


These are the holy vessels and the vessels of the Temple that were in Jerusalem and in every place. They were inscribed by Shimur Halevi and his companions on a Luach Nehoshef Copper Plate with all the Vessels of the Holy of Holies that Shlomo son of David made. And together with Shimur were Hizkiyahu, Zidkiyah, Haggai the Prophet, and Zechariah, son of Berachiah, son of Iddo the Prophet.

Mishnah 3


These are the vessels of the Temple that were taken and buried in the ground:

The locking rods


The pegs


The boards


The rings


The standing pillars of the courtyard

These are the Vessels:


1,200,000 silver Mizrakot (sacrificial basins)


50,000 fine gold Mizrakot (sacrificial basins)


600,000 bowls of fine gold


1,200,000 bowls of silver

Mishnah 4


500,000 trays of fine gold


1,200,000 trays of silver


500,000 bread mold of fine gold


1,200,000 bread molds of silver
On each of the molds there were 5 Margallot/pearls and 2 precious gem stones. The value of each precious stone was 100 talents of gold ($180 million). The total value of all the Margallot was 200,000 talents of gold ($360 billion).

36 golden trumpets


7 branched menorah of fine gold worth 100,000 talents ($180 billion)

Mishnah 5


77 tables of gold


7,000 talents of gold  ($12 billion)


3 rows of priceless stones, 7 cubits by 5 cubits

Mishnah 7


The counting of precious stones, Margallot gems, silver, and gold that King David dedicated to the great Temple was:

1,000,000 talents of silver ($180 billion)


100,000 talents of gold ($180 billion)

600,000 talents of fine gold ($1.08 trillion)

All these were concealed, hidden and safeguarded from the army of the Chaldeans in a place called Borseef.

Mishnah 8


7 golden curtains with 12,000 talents of gold ($20 billion)

12,000 Levitical garments with belts


70,000 Levitical garments with belts, turbans and pants

All of these service clothes were concealed until the future to atone for Israel in the end of days.

Mishnah 9


David also made:

1,000 copper lyres overlaid with fine gold and 8 stones


7,000 harps

All these were hidden and concealed in Ein Zidkiyah that the fittest men of Israel knew in secret, lest they fall, G-d forbid, into the hands of the enemy who hated Israel. These vessels are not to be used except to atone for Israel, thus concealed to prevent the Chaldeans from using them, G-d forbid. They hid them until the day when Israel will return to their former stature and reclaim eternal honor and worldly glory, and they find a man named David, son of David. The silver and gold shall then be unearthed to him, when all Israel shall gather and make a complete Aliyah ascent to Jerusalem. Amen.

Mishnah 10


These are the weights of silver concealed at Ein Kahal by Baruch and Zidkiyah:

1,200,000 talents of silver


1,600,000 of fine silver


2,000,000 pots of fine copper


1,100,000 pots of iron


3,000 frying pans of fine gold
 (LOL!)

Countless copper sinks and lavers


70 tables of fine gold

All those were concealed by Zidkiyah.

Mishnah 11

Treasures of gold and silver stored away from the days of David until Zidkiyah and until Israel was exiled to Babylon.

Hundreds of thousands of golden shields 
Countless silver shields


353,000 precious stones


1,900,000 Korin of gold [no clue what that weighs]

All the prophets, wise men, and scribes in the world could not calculate the wealth and the glory that was in Jerusalem.

Mishnah 12

Twelve precious stones with the names of the Tribes engraved on them.

No king, prophet, or anyone else knew where they were hidden, excepting Hiluk, son of Shimur Halevi. All Israel concealed the Vessels until a righteous king arises over Israel. What’s more, they all share a solemn vow never to reveal the whereabouts of these vessels until David, son of David, arises. All silver, gold, and Margallot precious stones which were ever hidden away will be handed over to him when the exiles of Israel will be gathered from the four ends of the earth, and they ascend with greatness and exaltation to the land of Israel. At that time a great river will issue forth from the Holy of Holies of the Temple. Its name is Gihon and it will flow to the great and dreadful desert and become mixed with the Euphrates River.

       — End of Emeq HaMelekh —
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Well, there you have it. Trillions of dollars of gold and silver are still hidden somewhere in Israel. Not to mention those 3,000 gold frying pans! 🙂 Certainly enough to entice Russia to invade if they saw a window of opportunity.

And when they do find that incredible treasure, look up!

“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28

Shalom!

BP

References:
(1) https://compass.org/article-the-50-days-between-rapture-and-the-great-tribulation/
(2) https://compass.org/article-russias-humiliating-defeat/
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Climate Change Is Definitely True, Here’s Why:

In 1958, noted liberal Betty Friedan wrote in Harper’s magazine that scientists were certain “the glacial thermostat, the present interglacial stage is well advanced; the earth is now heading into another Ice Age.” Since the late 1800s, establishment liberals proclaimed that our planet was doomed to freeze in as few as ten years. Referred to as “Global Cooling,” the libs trotted out one scientist after another showing scientific research as proof of the coming “freeze.” (1)   Yet since the early 1900s, scientists have disagreed as to whether the earth is heating up or cooling off.  

But by the 1980s, when the idiocy of the “fact” we’re going to freeze showed obvious holes, they switched to “Global Warming,” and have since paraded out more scientists with research showing the “irrefutable facts” of the coming world heat disaster.  

But ultimately Global Warming began to also reveal its non-scientific stupidity, so they switched to “Climate Change.”   Now they’re blaming all the world’s problems on man’s impact on the planet. They say there are “over 1000 research studies” that prove Climate Change is real… which is a bald-faced lie.   The national news promotes the lie, calling it the “FACT” of Climate Change, and come down hard on anyone who disagrees.  

The only “FACT” is that these “studies” are myths, lies and distortions produced by the same kind of people who conspired to say Donald Trump “colluded” with Russia.  

Yet students today are universally taught that it is a scientific fact that man (usually meaning white males) has so damaged this planet from using fossil fuels that the earth will only last a few more years… doom is coming soon if we don’t do what they say.  

To anyone with two brain cells, the obvious purpose of all these climate proclamations and predictions through the years is to use the climate for political value. After all, who can argue against saving our planet? All we have to do is give them the power to control more and more of our lives.   Liberal politicians are now turning up the heat saying we must change how we live, even saying if we don’t change our ways we’ll have to go back to the dark ages to stay alive on this planet.  

Some politicians say this disaster will come in as few as 10 or 15 years. Of course that’s what they’ve been saying since the early 1900s: 10 to 15 years. It’s a phrase well-tested in those focus groups. Makes you want to worry!   And this time they actually are right!   Yes, you read that correctly. The liberals are dead-on about climate change coming in the next 10 to 15 years. But it’s not going to happen like they think.  

One of the most graphic characteristics of the soon-coming Tribulation that follows the Rapture, is the horrific scorching heat that comes on the earth. The temperature so high that people are grateful to die to escape the heat.  

“These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation…they will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;” Rev. 7:15, 16

“Men were scorched with fierce heat;” Rev. 16:9  

This “climate change” will in fact sink Miami, as famously predicted by Bill Clinton when he said:   “’The water is going to keep rising’ whether US stays in the Paris Accord Talks or not.” (The Paris Accord was the world meeting to deal with Climate Change that President Trump wisely pulled out of).  

And yes, the polar ice caps WILL melt, but probably in about an hour, not decades. And that will be the least of their problems. This is the time that God will shake the earth so violently that ALL the mountains will fall and ALL the islands will sink.

“and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. … And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. Rev. 16:18,20

In Isaiah 24:13,19 the Bible compares someone violently shaking an olive tree to get the olives to fall off to what God does to the earth during the Tribulation. Ouch!   All this causes the nations of the earth to be in disarray, totally baffled by all that is going on.  

“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, Luke 21:25

The bleeding heart liberals left behind after the Rapture will have more than “climate” change” to deal with…rather, they will be the recipients of God’s wrath. God says the time will come when He will not be silent any more!  

I have kept silent for a long time, I have kept still and restrained Myself.    Now like a woman in labor I will groan,    I will both gasp and pant. I will lay waste the mountains and hills    And wither all their vegetation;    I will make the rivers into coastlands    And dry up the ponds”. Is. 42:14-15

Of course God clearly warned of this time in His Word. It’s there for anyone to read. He even offers a way to escape the coming horrors. But most people chose to ignore scripture and instead chose to worship Satan—who is actually behind all this hokey “climate change.”   And those who ignore the Word of God will pay a stiff price.  

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” Rom. 1:18   “For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,” Col. 3:6

Let me rephrase that in case you missed it. The WRATH of God IS coming against all unsaved sinners, all non-Believers. It’s coming suddenly, in a moment you least expect it. The lies, murders, blasphemy is all seen and recorded for future judgment.   It will be a sad time on earth. Most will die. Few will survive into the Millennium.  

“All the merry-hearted sigh. The gaiety of tambourines ceases, the noise of revelers stops, the gaiety of the harp ceases. All joy turns to gloom. The gaiety of the earth is banished. Is. 24:7, 8

Praise the Lord that God has not appointed us to receive the coming “wrath!”  

“For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1Th. 5:9   “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Rom. 5:9

All Born Again Believers will be removed from this earth before His judgment begins.   So the next time some liberal starts in on “Climate Change,” just say “I agree with you, ‘Climate Change’ is coming.” And that will give you one remarkable witnessing opportunity!  

But keep in mind that this whole climate issue is not about the “climate.” Rather, it’s about “Control.” In the not-too-distant future, this earth will be controlled by one person from one place. We’re just seeing the beginnings of this taking shape.  

Use us, Lord!   Shalom!  

BP  

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”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Prov. 3:5

In 2 Chronicles 20 there’s an interesting story about Israel’s enemies coming against Jehoshaphat. Moab, Ammon and Meunites decided to make war with Israel, and the King of Judea heard they were on their way with a large army.

In desperation, Jehoshaphat called on the out-matched and powerless Israelites to pray to the Lord for help. God answered their prayers and said “‘You need not fight in this battle;…Do not fear or be dismayed;”

God then allowed confusion among the enemy troops and they turned on one another, completely annihilating 100% of those coming against Israel.

“…they helped to destroy one another.” 2 Chr. 20:24

Israel was stunned when they later came to the battle ground—not one enemy soldier was left alive, having killed each other.

There’s another story about Gideon, who had 32,000 troops ready to fight the Midianites. God, wanting to show it was not by Israel’s strength that the battle is won, began whittling down the number of troops.

God told Gideon to send home everyone who was afraid to fight and 22,000 promptly went home. God said there were still too many troops so he had the remaining 10,000 drink from the stream. God told Gideon to take to battle only the 300 men who drank from the stream using their hands, not drinking with their face down on the water.

The 32,000 was now down to 300 men. Now the battle would not be won by might, but could only be won because God orchestrated the victory.

The 300 Israelites surrounded the enemy camp. Each broke a clay pot and blew a trumpet while praising God. And you guessed it, the Midianites turned on each other.

“…the LORD set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole army;” Judges 7:22

In both of these accounts, God wanted to show it was He Who was in charge. He wanted Israel to look to Him, not their strength.

“The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the LORD.” Prov. 21:31

“A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.” Ps. 33:17    

Fast-forward to Today

Just like He knocked out Israel’s enemies 2500 years ago, today the Lord is just as much in control. And He wants us look to Him for all our victories. He is fully 100% in control of all things at all times. And He hears our prayers!

Looking at the political landscape today, the Dems don’t know it but they’re in a circle firing at each other. And they don’t seem to be able to stop shooting!

It’s actually quite comical to watch. If the Republicans could pick the platform to run against, this is what they would have picked—a candidate who is anti-American, anti-white, anti-God, who defends socialistic policies and perversion. It will clearly be good vs. evil.

Now if this is, in fact, the Lord’s doing, we should be tremendously thankful because He’s answering many years of prayers for this nation by Born Again Believers. Just when it looked impossible, God gave us a bit of a reprieve from Satan’s endless march to take over the world.

Think about it, we were only three states and 70,000 votes away from the last nail in the coffin for Christians having any rights left in America. The horse had the bit in its mouth.

Had the Democrats taken over, you would never have heard about the deep-state government operating inside our government. It would have never been revealed how the FBI and State Department conspired to keep Donald Trump out of office.

But that’s not what God wanted. For whatever reason, He put the brakes on the world takeover by Satan. Oh, it will come, but apparently not just yet. For now He is exposing them for what they are—Satanic lies.

Every minute God delays Satan’s takeover and delays the Rapture, it gives us the opportunity to reach others with the Gospel Truth. Every minute someone gets saved from the death and destruction of the Tribulation and the eternal horrors of hell.

Opportunity = Responsibility

But along with this opportunity comes responsibility. We have to be careful how we respond to this God-ordained reprieve. Our purpose on this planet is to be used by the Lord to reach the lost. And what they see in us, our reactions to all things in life, may be the only Bible they ever read.

If in fact President Trump does get re-elected, there are going to be some quite confused people. And we should respond with truth in grace and love while praying God will give us wisdom.

“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;” Prov. 24:17

“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” Prov. 25:21-22

It’s the Lord who is in total control. We have already won the war and it’s up to Him to determine what battles He allows us to win or lose in this life, for His purposes. And He promises all non-believers will eventually be dealt with, but in His timing. All things will work together for good for you and me.

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,’” says the Lord.” Rom. 12:19

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Rom. 12:21

So as we watch the future unfold, whether we understand it or not, be wise, understand what’s going on, and trust the Lord as He continues to grant us opportunities to share what we know. And certainly keep praying for our President!

“To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead;…” 1Pet. 3:8-9

Shalom!

BP

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Globe in chains

I’m not a conspiracy theorist! At least I don’t worry about a man-based group that will someday take over the world and begin shooting Christians. I do know that a Satan-based world takeover WILL happen one day, but it’s a post-Rapture event.

But I DO believe we’re living in the last of the last days. And the Bible tells us to watch the signs — fulfilled prophecies… and there are many! So much so that the news these days sounds like a Bible-prophecy recap.

Therefore, we’re obviously getting closer and closer to the end. And since we know the antichrist will show up in the last days and singularly rule the earth, we should very well be seeing things coming together just before the Church departs this earth.

We’re so close that Satan has undoubtedly put people in place who are sold-out for him, setting the stage for his world takeover. No longer behind the scenes, they’ve come out in the open with their lies and deceit. For example:

UN Global Socialism Plan

In 2015, the United Nations had a huge Global Elites meeting in Paris, where all 193 countries of the world met and unanimously approved a plan to “Transform Our World” in the next 15 years.

Dubbed UN Agenda 2030, they proudly outlined how they will use climate and global warming issues to take over the entire globe.

Obama’s administration enthusiastically signed this monstrosity, in which it is specifically called a “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity by the year 2030.”

This, of course, fit nicely with Obama’s original campaign theme in 2008: “We want to fundamentally change America.” They needed to change America because a free country didn’t fit with a one-world government.

So before B.H.O. left office he started a ball rolling that would have ultimately changed the U.S.A. from LEADING the world to FOLLOWING the U.N. The U.S.A. would then be under the U.N.’s direction to purportedly “save the earth.” And if implemented, it would have been a disaster for Christians as it is a godless manifesto.

Realistically, this world “agenda” is really nothing more than Satan ramping up for full control of the planet… and we know that’s what WILL happen post-Rapture. When the Elites do finally reach their goals during the Tribulation, it’ll be deadly to admit you’re a Bible Believer.

But in Steps Donald Trump

Seeing through their Globalist ruse, President Trump is shaking up their agenda. He’s not going along with any of it. Rather, he’s making decisions that benefit America and making everyone else get in line.

This is making the Globalists white-hot mad, and they’re unleashing everything they can to undermine his Presidency. It is unrelenting, and I think it’s only the prayers from Believers that are keeping him alive.

The Elite control most of the media so we see a daily dose of political lies peppering the airwaves. Undeterred, under the prayer cover of millions from his Believer-base, the President continues to put America first.

Trade War or Common Sense?

For instance, the most recent “China Trade War” is simply making China trade fair and equitable with the United States. The past four U.S. Presidents have allowed this trade imbalance to grow to such unhealthy levels that our whole U.S. monetary system is in serious jeopardy.

China’s been taking their $700 billion surplus from the huge trade imbalance and purchasing hard assets like gold and silver, even gold and silver mines. President Trump sees this can’t continue and must stop. And he’s drawn a line in the sand.

Not-Federal/Not-Reserve

Another of President Trump’s shot-over-the-bow salvos is to the Federal Reserve, which is not “Federal” and not a “Reserve.” Rather, it’s a corporation controlled by eight Global Elite families. And President Trump is boldly in their face. Especially after the recent public comment by their Chairman who said, “Trump needs to be defeated.”(2)

This group of Global Elites, under the guise and power of “The Federal Reserve,” has controlled our country’s finances, milking us for over 100 years …without accountability. Since they got control, our dollar has lost 92% of its value. They’ve never been audited so they basically do what they want to do.

President Trump again is just doing what is best for America. He’s seriously looking at changing our dollar to a gold-backed dollar that would be trackable (think Bitcoin backed by gold). That would circumvent and free us from the Global Elite and the Federal Reserve all in one sweep.(1)

Regardless of all the good things our President is doing, we know this reprieve won’t last forever. Most Christians realize that we’re living in Satan’s world. He IS the “god of this world,” and he will one day get un-Holy-Spirit-hindered control.

But, thankfully, we’re also in a God-controlled universe. And just like Nineveh was given an extra grace of time before God lowered the boom, we too are on borrowed time. We’re in what the Bible calls the time of God’s patience.(3)

Ultimately the end will come with the Church’s exhilarating exit, which paves the way for Satan and his Global Elite minions to take over, ruling the earth for a horrific 7-year Tribulation period where literally 1/2 of the earth’s population is murdered.(4)

False Messiah timeline

But the timing of the Devil’s world takeover has been slowed down by God, for His unknown purposes. I personally think President Trump will be reelected to continue to keep America going on a non-global track. But at some point in the future the Elites will get back in power and finish the job.

Now this is what’s interesting

If President Trump is reelected, that would get us to 2024. We might get four, or even eight more years if a staunch conservative is elected following President Trump.

But even if Trump is not re-elected, this reprieve has pushed the Globalist agenda into the 2030s for completion. This is very interesting because that lines up very well with two end-time prophetic projections — the Church Age Prophecy and the One Generation Prophecy.

The 2000-Year Church Age Prophecy

We have taught and defended for years that God’s original creation week is a timeline-template for all human time (see timeline chart below).

The seven 24-hour days of God’s original creation week are a template for 7000 years of time that God assigned to man to complete on this planet. Scripture mentions the correlation between 1000 years and one day in at least two places.

”For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night.”

— Psalm 90:4

”But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.”

— 2 Peter 3:8

So applying this Creation week timeline of 1 day = 1000 years, the length of the Church Age is quite easy to see.

7000 yrs

Looking at the above graphic, notice that no life was created on the first four 24-hour days of God’s Creation week, only non-living things. And we know from the Bible’s genealogy that there are about 4000 years between Adam and the cross.

At the end of the timeline, God’s day of rest on the 7th day of the Creation week would correspond to Jesus’ 1000-year Millennial reign on earth when Satan is bound.

”And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;”

— Revelation 20:2

“…reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

— Revelation 20:4

God's creation model over time

That leaves two days, or 2000 years, for the Church Age in which we currently live. Jesus came to earth on the 5th day and brought life.

There is even a prophecy that can’t be fulfilled unless this template-timeline for a 2000 year-old Church Age is true.

“Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him.”

— Hosea 6:1–2

That’s an unfulfilled prophecy that says Israel will be scattered around the world for 2000 years (2 days) hurt and wounded. But after the 2000 years, God will revive them/bring them back to life. And on the third day, which is the last 1000 years, the Jews will literally live before Him in Israel.

It’s also interesting that the only interaction anywhere in the Bible that Jesus had with non-Jews was specifically for TWO DAYS.

So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

— John 4:40

After the two days He went forth from there into Galilee.

— John 4:43

After the “two days,” the “third day,” He returned to the Jews. A perfect fit for the model. See also Ex. 19:10–11 — it will blow your mind.

So life showing up on the 5th and 6th days of the Creation week is a parallel to Jesus bringing life to the Church Age for 2000 years while the Jews are scattered, hurt and wounded.

2000 year Church Age

THEREFORE

The Church Age began in 33 AD with the coming of the Holy Spirit and will end with the Rapture, when the Holy Spirit departs. So, if our theory is correct, this would mean the Church Age would last until ROUGHLY 2033. This is not a prediction, just an observation!

There’s also another prophetic application that points to the 2030s:

The “One Generation” Prophecy

Jesus said the generation who saw Israel come together in the latter days will not pass before seeing all the things listed in Matthew 24.

A generation was referred to in varying lengths of times in the Bible — anywhere from 20 years to 100 years. Since seven and multiples of seven are God’s numbers for completion, a 70-year generation isn’t a stretch.

Mt. Moriah is the most important piece of property on earth as far as the Lord is concerned. It’s where Abraham offered Issac and the only place God allowed sacrifices to Him.

Israel didn’t get back control of the Temple Mount/Mt. Moriah until the Six-Day War in 1967. Therefore, the 70-year-generation countdown could not begin until 1967.

That puts us ROUGHLY at 2037. Again, not a prediction, only an observation based on Scripture.

One 70 year Generation

Bottom Line

Therefore, between the Globalists trying to wrap things up in the 2030s, the Creation Week template pointing to the 2030s, and the One Generation Prophecy pointing to the 2030s you can make a good case that God has the Rapture scheduled for the 2030s. Certainly is interesting!

33 to 38 prophecy

Of course (one more time) this is all speculation. We don’t know for sure when the Lord will return. We can and do observe the signs. Hey, as we know, it could happen today! 🙂

“For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”

— Matthew 24:44

So until that fateful day, use us, Lord! And watch over our President!

BP

References:

(1) https://qz.com/1646318/why-trump-and-judy-shelton-want-the-us-back-on-the-gold-standard/

(1) https://investingnews.com/daily/resource-investing/precious-metals-investing/gold-investing/trump-gold-standard/

(2) https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/28/business/u-s-fed-help-defeat-trump-2020-not-enable-trade-war-china-ex-central-bank-official/#.XXlk5SV7lTY

(3) https://compass.org/article-gods-patience-in-the-last-days/

(4) Rev 6:8, 1/4 earth dies; Rev 9:15, 1/3 of balance of earth’s population dies. Total—1/2 population of earth dies during the Tribulation.

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Joshua Harris and book cover

Recently Joshua Harris, a successful Christian author who wrote the bestselling book I Kissed Dating Goodbye in the 1990s, publicly renounced his faith.

Due to his staunch Biblical stance regarding no sex before marriage, many young Christians read his books and followed his advice. So this was a shocker, to say the least.

In a nutshell, Harris is clearly saying he no longer believes the Bible, pretty much giving God the finger. So this begs the question, does this mean he’s now going to hell?

I’ve heard numerous Christian leaders trying to make sense out of this by saying things like “He was never saved in the first place” and “Jesus won’t leave you but you can leave Him.” However, neither of those statements is in God’s Word.

Only God knows Harris’ heart… whether or not he trusted the shed blood of Christ to cover his sins at some point of his life. But regardless, the question remains, if he was once “saved,” can he now be “not saved?”

Most people reading this know we teach and scripturally defend that there’s no “work” you can do, or not do, to become a Believer. You can only believe the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah. It’s about what He did, not about your good or bad actions.

“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,”

— Titus 3:5

”These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

— 1 John 5:13

Therefore, if there is nothing one can do to gain salvation, is there something one can do to lose it? No, there’s nothing you can do to lose it. In fact, if you think you can lose your salvation, the Bible says you’re foolish!

“Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”

— Galatians 3:3

What Actually Happens At Salvation?

When you trust the Gospel message — which is the Good News that if you BELIEVE Jesus came from heaven, lived a sinless life, shed His blood and died on a cross in order to pay for all your sins — God immediately saves you from the eternal fires of hell… forever.

Your sins — past, present and future — are wiped clean from God’s judgment and this allows God’s Spirit to come into your life permanently, sealing you forever.

“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,”

— Ephesians 1:13

So every Believer is sealed by God. Jesus even said He won’t lose anyone the Father has given Him.

“This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.”

— John 6:39

To make an even better case against losing your salvation, consider this verse:

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

— Romans 8:38–39

You are a human, created by God. Therefore, as a Believer, you cannot even separate yourself from God. No matter what you say or do. God is more powerful than you.

So if you can’t lose the permanency of salvation, what happened to Joshua Harris, assuming he was a Believer? It has everything to do with his Biblical maturity. Salvation is just the beginning of your Spiritual walk.

One of Three Things Happens to Believers When They Get Saved — Which One Applies to You?

The Bible puts a great emphasis on Believers maturing in their faith (Ephesians 4:11–14), to “grow up” in order not to be tricked by their enemy Satan — who has spent the last 6000 years perfecting his lies.

“…but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,” —

Ephesians 4:15

Satan even tried lying to Jesus when he was tempting Him in the desert (Matt. 4:5–11). He quoted scripture to Jesus, and although the scripture was true, Jesus replied with “…the scripture also says…” In essence, He was telling Satan, “you’re taking scripture out of context.”

We too need to be able to know the Bible well enough to ward off Satan’s tricks and lies. But new Believers have so little scriptural defense they’re referred to as baby Believers (1 Corinthians 3).

The Parable of the Sower

In the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4–15, we see that when people hear the Word of God preached, the outcome is pretty simple: they either get saved or they don’t get saved.

Those that do get saved can have three different outcomes in their Christian life. So Jesus warns us about these life outcomes because our adversary, Satan, immediately sends his demons to compromise our walk.

Sower Sows

1) The first thing that can happen to a new Believer is to be tricked by Satan from maturing into a solid Believer. Satan’s first goal is to get new Believers to doubt the truth about what they just committed to. Because new Believers aren’t rooted in God’s Word, the tempter can lure them away with his lies.

“…they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.”

— Luke 8:13

Satan’s lies could be about anything… sex, money, friendships, marriage, children, parents, church and everything in between. A series of seemingly innocent compromises is his age-old trick.

2) If Satan’s not successful getting you off course when you’re a new Believer, the second thing he’ll try is to get your eyes off the long-term prize. Satan knows if he can get you thinking short-term, he wins.

“…they are choked with worries, riches and pleasures of this life,”

— Luke 8:14

Satan will again bring on the lies about the burdens of life, worries about children, work, money… anything and everything to get your mind off the eternal prize that you’ve already won. If you fall for his deception, he wins.

3) The third thing that can happen to born-again Believers is that they mature, steel their minds with scripture, shake off the worries of the world and keep their eyes on the prize. God can use these mature Believers in numerous ways for His purposes.

”until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man…”

— Ephesians 4:13

”I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

— Philipians 3:14

So what about Joshua Harris? I think he is #2. I think he unknowingly let Satan get to him through the riches and pleasures of this life, choking out his testimony and grieving God with his sinful statements.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

— Ephesians 4:30

Again, notice in that verse that sin did not “unseal” anything. When a Believer is saved, it’s forever.

I do pray Harris gets a handle on whatever is haunting him. I pray he repents and seeks again to follow the commandments of his Risen Savior. Thankfully, if he is a Believer, his security is unconditional. God will never leave him, even if he tries to leave God.

“I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

— Hebrews 13:5

Always stand on the scriptural fact that our salvation is based on what He did for us, not what we once did, or now do, for Him. Therefore, teaching you can lose your salvation based on sin (repentant or unrepentant) violates this basic Biblical teaching.

This is why Paul, dealing with a horribly sinful and unrepentant Believer, said it would be better for Satan to kill some guy so he could be released from his sinful body and go home to be with the Lord.

“I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

— 1 Corinthians 5:5

This earth is nothing compared to eternity, so keep your eyes up!

Use us, Lord!

BP

Cars Camera

Imagine…

Imagine a world where everything you do is individually monitored, scored, and kept in a big database. And your personal score determines your lifestyle — what you can purchase, your ability to travel, the interest rate you pay at the bank, even your ability to rent an apartment or buy a home or be approved for a car loan.

Everything you do, or don’t do, is monitored and scored. Your score also affects your family by causing your Internet to run more slowly, and keeping you (and/or your kids) from the best schools and the best jobs. A low score could even land you in jail!

So in this imaginary world you have to be careful to keep your social score above a certain level or you could pay big consequences. You can’t even get a driver’s license without a decent social score. So if you’re smart, you learn quickly what not to do.

Breaking the law in any way lowers your score. So will buying too much liquor in a month or using your Visa to purchase too many video games.

You also get lower scores for things like being late on a credit card payment or accessing a website that is in opposition to the ruling government party. Not to mention little things like jaywalking and smoking on trains.

Posting opinions on social media that are not politically correct or posting lewd remarks or pictures will, of course, lower your score. Even bad habits like eating too much, parking in a no-parking area, and driving over the speed limit (yes, that too) are tracked daily and tallied.

EVERYTHING is watched and monitored. Your life is scored on a day-by-day basis. And in this world, a low score can even get you arrested and jailed for nothing more than having a low social score. All to keep you in compliance with the government’s ideological framework.

Think this imaginary world I just described is absurd? Nope. Actually, this is what they are doing TODAY in China. Citizens there are 100% watched in order to be 100% controlled. The system now monitors over a billion people and by 2020 will cover/oversee all of China.

The Chinese government’s system evaluates and scores you between 300 and 850 points. In addition to education, legal, banking, and employment, the score also takes into account perceived trustworthiness, security, wealth, consumption, and social networking (i.e., your online behavior, having “undesirable” friends, and even what you click on to “LIKE”).

Due to low social scores, Chinese citizens are being “detained” (what we would call “arrested”). One man was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation for simply posting on Twitter… and Twitter is blocked in China!

To use Twitter in China, you have to have special software to circumvent the Chinese government ban. But even then, the Chinese government watches posts worldwide, and there are many reports of thousands of private Chinese Twitter accounts disappearing with no explanation.

When I say they’re watching everything, I mean everything. People have had their dogs taken away for their not being on a leash! When you get on a train, announcements are made to not misbehave or it will affect your social score. Of course you NEVER complain about the government.

China students uniforms

China’s data-driven technology is growing in leaps and bounds. Referred to as Cyberspace Governance, China not only blocks certain data on the Internet but it also tracks what you do click on to determine what they will let you do, and not do. You may not even know you are clicking on a site that will lower your score.

The Chinese government is even tracking tourists crossing into China. The Border Police are now beginning to seize smart phones from the X-ray security machines, installing an app called BXAQ. This app collects all personal information including text messages, event calendars, phone contacts, and lists of people called as well as what apps you’re using.

They then check your data against a red-flag list of over 70,000 items. You’re denied entry if you have, for instance, obvious things like bomb-making instructions. But the forbidden list also includes books written in Arabic, books (or materials or documents) about (or by) certain Christian groups deemed controversial, and documents relating to the Dalai Lama. Quite subjective, don’t you think?

China facial regcognition

Cameras are everywhere as they’ve implemented the most sophisticated facial recognition system in the world. You can withdraw cash, check in at airports, and pay for goods using just your face. They not only read and verify individual faces, but also estimate age, ethnicity, and gender. But more importantly, they know where you are at all times.

There are 170 million cameras already in place, and 400 million more will be installed over the next three years. The system is so vast and accurate it’s locating wanted suspects in real time.

At any moment in time, this system can match every face on the street with an ID card as well as the path of your car. It can trace these movements back seven days, matching you up with your relatives and the people you’ve seen this week.

They’ve even begun using facial recognition to determine moods of people — are they angry or happy? What is their sexuality? Are they walking too fast? In short, they can arrest people they THINK will commit a crime.

Nothing To Hide?

Chinese officials say if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. But as the technology develops, so does the potential for abuse. All humans are sinful. Can you imagine a Democrat controlled American government in charge of deciding who gets dinged for what?

Using the social rating system the Chinese have already banned 15 million people from traveling, buying property, or sending their kids to private school. And there’s no reason to appeal if you get banned. You can appeal, but that just makes matters worse.

Since 2015, to put some teeth into the penalties, China has increased the number of police sixfold. Thousands of them have been equipped with face-scanning devices that can determine if you’re a fugitive IN REAL TIME. This iron-fist approach is what they’re using to control every single person in China.

China has virtually become a total surveillance state where residents have different levels of freedom based on ethnicity, religious practices, and social score. The database for individuals includes things like your job, if you have a passport, even if you pray.

When all the scores are tallied, you’re categorized into SAFE, REGULAR, or UNSAFE people. UNSAFE people are sent to study centers for political education. But these study centers are actually no more than prisons with walls, razor-wire barriers, and guard towers… you can’t get out until they think you have changed your mind, realigned your politics, etc.

So people are basically being imprisoned based on surveillance data. And you can’t even see your score or the data used to rate you. People are detained (arrested) and they have no idea where they’re going or how long they will be there.

China cameras on street

China Expands Its Surveillance Around The World

Two out of every three drones used around the world are manufactured by government-controlled Chinese companies. And consensus is that some 75% of U.S. government security cameras are manufactured in China.

Australia is currently wrestling with the overwhelming number of Chinese cameras in their cities and even military bases. Australian officials have determined that Chinese cameras are in use in their Army Forces Command, Air Force Air Command, Navy Strategic Command, and Army Special Operations HQ.

They’re worried that China may actually be tapping the images and using the data to spy or even affect election results. The elephant-in-the-room concern is that Communist China can track Australia’s entire military operation!

The Department of Homeland Security in the United States has been screaming about all this for years. Finally, in a rare bipartisan moment in the politics of Washington DC, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, 2019, which prohibited cameras made by certain Chinese companies from being used in surveillance on U.S. soil. The reasoning was in part that China would be able to do surveillance in the U.S. as they suspect they’ve been doing in Australia.

The commonality of all this is that these cameras all use the Internet. Once online, the information is ripe for rip-off. And the cameras are made in a way that reprogramming can be done via the Internet. So what you determine to be safe today could be unsafe tomorrow.

This is just a foreshadowing of what’s ultimately coming to the United States. Conservatives/Christians are already being unfairly targeted. Problems with the IRS targeting conservative/Christian groups were uncovered and no one was held accountable. Imagine adding a social credit system like this used to shut up conservatives.

Again, this is happening today in China. How far away is this from the United States? Just recently Florida Democrat Congresswoman Frederica Wilson called for shutting down people who voice their opinion online saying, “We’re gonna shut them down.” Governmental surveillance used to control the population WILL come here too. And bummer for you if those who have control are not those whom you support.

It’s Just A Matter Of Time

Already there are social ratings beginning to be used in the United States. The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas is using a social media scoring system to provide perks to guests.

Twitter announced they are instituting a new social score for every user based on “influence.” And Virgin Airlines has announced they will use these scores to determine upgrades and even pricing. And Hoot Suite announced it will allow you to sort your Twitter list based on the influence of your Twitter social score.

Tommy Hilfiger has begun embedding smart chips in some of their lines that are connected to an app where you (and they) can track what you wear and where you wear it.

FB Your ad is not approved

There have been four or five instances where a Compass advertisement was not approved because it didn’t meet Facebook’s advertising policies. There was nothing wrong with our ads, they just didn’t like what we were advertising! You can’t tell people the truth… like the fact they are going to either heaven or hell! That’s too cruel.

So most Believers easily see where this is going.

All This Is Clearly Prophesied In The Bible

The Bible says there will come a day when everyone on the earth who wants to eat or buy products will have to be part of a worldwide system. And this all-encompassing system will be run by none other than Satan himself.

”And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.”

— Revelation 13:15–17

John, through the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit, did an admirable job describing a clear reference to today. He’d been given a glimpse into the future of people watching their TVs, smart phones, and/or tablets and had to put it in his own vernacular. The screens could easily be what he described above as the “image of the beast.”

Everyone connected

One day, everyone will be controlled from one place. And the one who has control makes the rules. And the rule is simple… you either take the “Mark of the Beast” and get your food, or you don’t take it and likely starve.

The Chinese have a system in place today that, between facial recognition, social monitoring, and an iron-clad grip on banking transactions, can in fact be expanded to control every person in the world.

And if the Chinese can do this with 1.4 billion people, it’s not a stretch to see this eventually being implemented in the U.S., Europe, etc.

So, knowing where all this is heading, we’re definitely seeing the early stages of the worldwide system coming together. In 30AD people voluntarily worshiped Jesus when He was physically on earth for 3 1/2 years. There’s coming a post-Rapture day when Satan dons the fake-Jesus attire and forces people to worship him for 3 1/2 years.

Some will take the Mark of the Beast, eat temporarily, and later go to hell.

”…If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, … and he will be tormented … forever.”

— Revelation 14:9–11

Forever is a long time, and many will choose poorly. But some will shine:

“… behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;”

— Revelation 7:9

“…These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb….They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb … will guide them to …life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

— Revelation 7:14–17

“…I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

— Rev. 20:4

Clearly there are those who miss the Rapture and immediately know what just happened. They have the opportunity to be part of the greatest revival the earth has ever witnessed.(1)

Faced with the prospect of choosing temporary life with food or eternal life with no food, they choose wisely. Most will have to give up their earthly lives in order to have eternal life with Jesus. But certainly worth it.

“He is no fool who gives up what he can’t keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot.

Shalom!
BP

References

(1) https://compass.org/article-tribulation-evangelism-on-steroids-2/

https://www.businessinsider.com/china-social-credit-system-punishments-and-rewards-explained-2018-4#6-getting-your-dog-taken-away-6

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/10/business/china-twitter-censorship-online.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/03/21/what-do-people-china-think-about-social-credit-monitoring/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.648706d9ff1c

https://www.businessinsider.com/china-social-credit-system-punishments-and-rewards-explained-2018-4

https://www.pcmag.com/news/369368/china-is-installing-spyware-on-tourists-phones

https://www.foxbusiness.com/retail/hilfiger-embeds-smart-chips-in-new-fashion-line

 

The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. Gen. 7:19
If you believe in the Biblical doctrine of divine inspiration, that God inspired every word in the Bible, you WILL find yourself having to defend it. It just comes with the territory.
Most non-Christians, and even a lot of Christians, have been taught and accept the evolutionary model which takes God and the six days of creation out of the picture. The conclusion is that the Biblical account of creation is just a myth, a fable.
Professing to be wise, they became fools, Rom. 1:22
But if Genesis 1 isn’t 100% true as written, it casts doubt on the rest of God’s Word. If there is one error anywhere in the Bible, the whole thing is suspect.
Genesis 1 is the foundation of the Bible—it tells us where we came from and to whom we’re accountable. And if the foundation is destroyed, the entire building will fall.
Thankfully, if you know the facts, you can scientifically defend the Scriptures and the Lord Who inspired them. You can learn to boldly defend Genesis 1 to Revelation 22.
Take the Biblical account of the worldwide flood of Noah 4500 years ago.
[God] did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly 2Pet. 2:5
The account in Genesis 1 is literally scoffed at by most the world. It’s mainly scoffed at because to accept the account as accurate means the Bible is true, we have accountability to God, there is a judgment, etc. They can’t go there. So instead they scoff while using the magic ingredient of “time” to allow a way for rocks to change into humans.
Denying the worldwide flood account in the last days was prophesied some 2000 years ago. Peter said the time will come when ungodly men would mock the Bible and dismiss the truth of a global flood of judgment about 4500 years ago.

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation. For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 2Pet. 3:3-7

Even a lot of Christians are duped about not believing the Biblical flood account because they’ve not been taught correctly. Yet Jesus Himself testified about Noah and the worldwide flood.
. . . Noah entered the ark, and the flood came
and destroyed them all. Luke 17:27
So as a Believer, it’s imperative to be able to defend what we Believe to a lost world. For some scientific evidences that defend the Biblical account, go to compass.org and read our free article A Flood Of Evidence.

by Bill Perkins, Director, Compass International, Inc.

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 UFOs and the Big Post-Rapture Lie!
 
 
 
The oldest known recorded incident of a UFO comes from the Bible. Twenty-eight hundred years ago, Elijah the prophet exited this earth on what is best described as a UFO—an “unidentified flying object.”
 
“As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.” 2Kings 2:11
 
This incident lies embedded in the minds of the Jewish people because God confirmed Elijah did not die, but would return again. In the next-to-last sentence of the Old Testament, the book of Malachi records:
 
“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.” Mal. 4:5
 
To this day, at Passover every year Jewish families set an extra place at the table, or an Elijah’s Cup, for the prophet Elijah in case he shows up. Just before the Passover meal is to be served, the young kids are often sent to the front door to see if Elijah has come.
 
But if you are a UFO proponent who thinks Elijah’s earthly departure is proof that UFOs are real, you’re sadly mistaken.
 
Nowhere in the Bible does it teach that there’s any other form of human-type life in the universe. No extraterrestrial beings are anywhere in this vast universe. Quite the opposite. God always refers to the earth being singularly significant above all else.
 
But I do believe UFOs are referred to in another place in the Bible, in the New Testament, and that it’s referring to this day and age, the last of the last days.
 
Immediately after the Rapture of the Church, in the midst of the mind-boggling reality that millions of people just disappeared in the twinkling of an eye, Satan, via his New World Leader, must explain what just happened. It’s called the big “lie.”
 
Paul, writing to the church in Thessalonica about the Rapture and the Evil One who is revealed to rule in the aftermath, says this:
 
“For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false.” 2Thes. 2:11
 
Satan will do what he does best, he will tell a big bold lie about what just happened. He will try to get people to believe what is false, dooming forever in hell those who believe what he says.
 
 
Ever since the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977, I believe Satan has been nervously preparing the world for this lie. We’ve seen an obvious exponential increase in UFO articles over the last 40 years. And also more “sightings.” 
 
Now if you are following me closely here, I just said there have been UFO sightings. Yet at the beginning of this article I said there are no such things as an extraterrestrial beings. How can that be?
 
It’s not that difficult to understand if you stick with the Bible because it is clear that Satan is an angel and angels are spirits. And the Bible says these spirits can take on the form of humans. They look so real you don’t even know they’re not human!
 
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Heb. 13:2
 
Angel Basics
 
The Bible says angels come in two types—good and bad. The bad ones fell back during Adam’s day, one of every three rebelled with Lucifer and today we refer to these fallen angels as demons. The good ones we still refer to as angels. 
 
Presumably any angelic interaction by Christians in Heb. 13:2 is with the good angels. But the fact is, demons can also fake who they are. And the head demon, Lucifer/Satan, leads the way.
 
“No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” 2Cor. 11:14
 
 
Satan is also the biggest liar of all. 
 
“Whenever [Satan] speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44b
 
Therefore it’s completely feasible that Satan is intending on using the UFO phenomenon as a way to explain away the Rapture. We have no idea what the context of “The Lie” will be, but it’s going to be a whopper!
 
The lie could be something like:
 
“We’re from outer space and have come to save the earth from total destruction. We had to take those nice people away to another planet to reprogram their minds.” 
 
Or:
 
“People from another civilization in space have been watching our planet. For our own good they have removed people who would have destroyed earth.”
 
Obviously this is a guess, the lie could be anything. All we know for sure is that many will be deceived and believe it. However, we do know, thankfully, that there are an uncountable number of people who do not buy the lie.
 
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;” Rev. 7:9
 
“These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?….These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Rev. 7:13-14
 
So we know there will be millions who missed the Rapture who will not follow Satan and ultimately go to heaven. They will refuse the “mark of the beast,” which means they are prohibited from doing anything, including buying food.
 
“And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.” Rev. 13:16-17
 
These Believers, who will be saved by faith in the Tribulation, will be hunted and killed during the long seven years of horror, but they spend eternity in heaven, which is all that matters. 
 
So as the Church Age winds up and we witness more and more proclamations of UFO sightings, etc., it should remind you to pray for your family, friends and coworkers who miss the Rapture …that God would grant them wisdom to cling to the truth at all costs.
 
Shalom!
Bill

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On our trips to Israel, my most fun Bible study to teach is from the top of the Mount of Olives. The view of the Old City is stupendously visually impacting to anyone with even a basic understanding of the Bible.
You can literally see so many of the things mentioned in Scripture like the Garden of Gethsemane, Palm Sunday Road, the Eastern Gate, the Temple Mount where the Jewish Temple stood, Caiaphas’ House, the Garden Tomb, the City of David, Herod’s Palace and so much more.
One of the more interesting observations I like to point out from this breathtaking view from the Mount of Olives is the famous story of Jesus healing a beggar who was blind from birth (John 8:59-9:41).
In a nutshell, Jesus was leaving the Temple compound, saw the blind beggar, picked up some dirt, spit into the dirt and applied it to the beggar’s eyes. He told the beggar to go wash the dirt out of his eyes in the Pool of Siloam. And once he did, he could instantly see for the first time in his life.
The Pharisees came to him to question the beggar about Jesus healing him. They were unmercifully berating the poor guy about how this could have happened, ultimately resulting in the healed man blurting out the now famous words, “All I know is that I was blind but now I can see.”
More to the Story
But when you’re sitting on the Mount of Olives reading this Biblical account, you learn there’s a lot more to the story. You can see the place where the stunning Jewish Temple once stood (#1 in the Jerusalem drawing above). Jesus would have been in that area when He healed the blind beggar. Only a couple of hundred feet to the north, just outside the northern wall of the Temple Mount, were the Pools of Bethesda, a relatively short, flat walk (#2 in the drawing).
But Jesus didn’t send him to the Pools of Bethesda. Instead He said, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam,” which was five times further away down to the lowest part of Jerusalem (#3 in the drawing). For a blind guy, that was a LONG way to go— especially since the Pools of Bethesda were far more accessible.
Why did Jesus send the blind beggar all the way to the Pool of Siloam? Well, as the scripture points out, the Pool of Siloam’s name in Hebrew means “The Pool of the One Who Will Be Sent,” which was, of course, the Messiah. The Jews regarded this pool as prophetic of the Messiah pouring water upon the desert.
The Pool of Siloam was also symbolic of the Messiah pouring out the Holy Spirit on the Jews. The blind beggar was told to go to the Messiah’s pool to be healed. The name of the specific location the blind beggar was told to go to in order to be healed would not have been missed by the Pharisees.
But there’s even more to the story…
Each fall the Jews celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. The last day of this feast is called “The Great Day of the Feast.” On this day, the priests would perform a special ritual in which the nation would cry out for their Messiah to come.
Beginning at the Temple located at the top of Mt. Moriah, the High Priest would lead a long line of priests as they sang their way down a wide descending boulevard (see picture above) to the Pool of Siloam, located at the bottom of Mt. Moriah.
At the pool the High Priest would fill a special pitcher with water. With great pomp and ceremony, the High Priest would then take the long climb back up the boulevard to the Temple at the top of Mount Moriah.
He then would take the pitcher of water to the Brazen Altar of Sacrifice and pour the water on it while reading Isaiah 44:3 about the future Messiah coming to Israel:
“For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
   And streams on the dry ground;
   I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
   And My blessing on your descendants;” Is. 44:3
The crowd would fall silent as they prayed for the Messiah to come and pour His Spirit on them. But this particular year, Jesus had come stealthily to Jerusalem without His Apostles. And it was at this moment He boldly broke the prayerful silence by loudly proclaiming:
“…If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38
Jesus was answering their cry for their Messiah to come. The prophetic ritual of pouring the water from the “Pool of the One Who Is Sent” and praying for their Messiah had been answered!
But the crowd was confused. Some were amazed by His miracles and teaching. Others were adamant He was not the Messiah because He was from, they thought, Galilee and the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem. They didn’t realize He was actually born in Bethlehem.
The next day Jesus showed up at the Temple and confounded the Pharisees with His incredible oratory. Not being able to answer, they made a deep, deep dig at Jesus being born of fornication—supposing Mary had gotten pregnant before she was married. Then they said He had a demon. Finally they tried to stone Him.
Jesus slipped away from their grasp, and as He left the Temple area he saw the blind beggar sitting on the sidewalk. I have to think Jesus was smiling as He healed him right under their phariseetical noses and then tells him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam—The Pool of the Sent One.
Now you know why Jesus didn’t send the blind beggar to the Pools of Bethesda!
Shalom!

© 2019 Compass Int’l, Inc.

Bill and Susie Perkins founded Compass International, Inc. in 1993 as a non-profit, non-denominational ministry. For information on Compass’ Steeling the Mind Bible Conferences, Good Morning Lord! Bible studies, books, DVDs and Biblelands Cruises, go to compass.org

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When the 300 Foot
Waves Swamps America
 
 
“YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” Heb. 12:26


 
One of the most incredible prophecies ever described in the Bible regarding mass destruction on this earth takes place during the future 7-year Tribulation.
 
In 1450 BC, back during Israel’s Egyptian bondage, God reached a point where He was no longer willing to be silent. He had heard the cries of His people and took amazing action for the world to see and remember…and for the purpose of making His name known.

“Then the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD,” Ex. 14:18
 
And today, pretty much the whole world knows about those 10 horrific plagues that God unleashed on Egypt. When it was all over, there was no doubt in any Egyptian’s mind that God was not only God, but also that He loved Israel and was actively protecting her.
 
Fast-forward 3500 years to today and the situation is not much different. God has been quiet for some 2000 years. Miracles have happened, and He’s of course answered prayers. But nothing has happened that the world could point to like the parting of the Red Sea or making the sun stand still in the sky.
 
Yet there’s a time in the not-too-distant future when the Lord will no longer be silent. And He will make the 10 plagues look like child’s play. When this happens, God will finally deal with all the lying and Biblical sin on the earth. He will protect His name and the world will know He’ll be actively protecting Israel.
 
Ezek. 38:23 “I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the LORD.”’
 
And it’s during God’s blazing wrath unleashed from heaven to earth during the future 7-year Tribulation that the Bible says He “shakes” the heavens.”
 
“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Luke 21:25-26
 
The Bible says the nations of the world will be in dismay—perplexed by the waves in the seas around the world. Men are falling down, fainting, due to God shaking the heavens so violently.
 
“Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken from its place at the fury of the LORD of hosts in the day of His burning anger.” Is. 13:13 
 
The Bible talks a lot about this coming event. But notice it’s not just the heavens that are shaken during the Tribulation… He shakes the earth too.
 
“For thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Once more [in the future], I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land.” Hag. 2:6
 
Even though it’s hard to imagine, the earth is shaken so violently that every island on the planet sinks into the ocean and every mountain is thrown to the ground! That would flatten every building on the planet. From skyscrapers to one-story huts, everything falls flat. That’s a lot of shaking going on! Those that survive won’t know what to do!
 
“…and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;” Rev. 6:16
 
This is the time that the Lord finally says He’s had enough of the proud earth-dwellers’ sinful lying. This will be the post-Rapture moment when He will no longer be silent and punishes the earth for its Biblical sins like abortion, homosexuality, lying, etc. No one is getting away with anything at the moment!
 
“For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning against everyone who is proud and lofty and against everyone who is lifted up, that he may be abased. … Against all the lofty mountains, against all the hills that are lifted up,” Is. 2:12,14
 
And in this righteous anger that’s been quiet for 2000 years, He shakes the earth quite violently.
 
“The fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all the creeping things that creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the face of the earth will shake at My presence; the mountains also will be thrown down, the steep pathways will collapse and every wall will fall to the ground.” Ezek. 38:20
 
Now when the earth is shaken so violently that the mountains all over the earth are thrown down and the islands sink in the oceans, enormous waves will be created. And they’ll come crashing to shores worldwide.
 
We’re talking 300 to 500 foot waves submerging New York, LA and Seattle. All coastal cities in the USA and around the world will be devastated for miles inland.
 
I wrote an article about the probability that the latter-day Babylon prophecies of future destruction could easily be a parallel reference to the United States.
 
“The sea has come up over Babylon; She has been engulfed with its tumultuous waves. Jer. 51:42
 
If I’m correct, then these references about this end-time city being engulfed by water would be a prophecy for New York City’s total destruction.
 
“For the LORD is going to destroy Babylon, and He will make her loud noise vanish from her. And their waves will roar like many waters;…” Jer. 51:55    
 
“This is the exultant city which dwells securely, who says in her heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’ How she has become a desolation, a resting place for beasts!…” Zeph. 2:15    
 
However, even if I’m wrong about New York City being the future Babylon that is destroyed, New York will still be leveled during the Tribulation destruction caused from the worldwide violent earthquakes and gigantic waves created when God shakes the earth. It’s such a destructive time that Mark says this:
 
“Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.” Mark 13:20
 
We as Believers won’t be on the earth. Thankfully, God promises we’re not recipients of His wrath. 
 
“For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1Th. 5:9
 
We’re 100% sure that all that unimaginable destruction is coming because God said it would. You can bank on it.
 
“Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.” Is. 42:9
 
God gave us Bible prophecy to PROVE He is God. Only God can predict specifics in the future with exact precision. He’s done it in the past as a testament to being God. Prophecy is so important that some 30% of all Scripture is prophetic in nature.
 
The Bible gives us a sobering admonition directed to those of us living in the Church Age…
 
“And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, ‘YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.’ This expression, ‘Yet once more,’ denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. Heb. 12:26-29
 
The world may laugh and sneer at God today, but we we know in the not-too-distant future our God will remove His Church and then come out of His quietness like a consuming fire. And it will be a never-ending nightmare for those left behind. In the meantime, we’ll continue to honor our Creator God with gratitude and reverence!
 
Use us, Lord, to be a light to a dark, unsuspecting world!

© 2019 Compass Int’l, Inc. 

Bill and Susie Perkins founded Compass International, Inc. in 1993 as a non-profit, non-denominational ministry. For information on Compass’ Steeling the Mind Bible Conferences, Good Morning Lord! Bible studies, books, DVDs and Biblelands Cruises, go to compass.org

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Below are the television networks and web listings that air the Christ in Bible Prophecy show hosted by Dave Reagan/Lion and Lamb Ministry. 
 
The interview with Bill Perkins and Buck Storm regarding the new novel THE LIST will air the week of April 14.

Lamb & Lion Weekly TV Outreach 

National Networks: (10 – Access to 110 million homes)

Wed. 6:00pm CT, DirecTV 369, DISH 263, broadcast stations, satellites, and web streaming (daystar.com).

Tues. 12:30pm CT, DirecTV 373, satellites and web streaming (thewordnetwork.org).

Sat. 7:00pm CT, DirecTV 367, web streaming (lesea.com/wht).

Thurs. 8:30am CT, DirecTV 365, web streaming (www.god.tv).

Sat. 5:00pm CT, DirecTV 363, web streaming (gebamerica.com).

Wed. 12:30pm CT, DirecTV 376, DISH 267, and web streaming (ctnonline.com).

Sun. 4:00pm CT, DirecTV 378, web streaming (nrbnetwork.tv).

Sun. 7:30pm CT, DirecTV 377, ten broadcast stations in the Midwest and web streaming (tct.tv).

Mon. & Fri. 9:30am, CT DirecTV 379 (www.upliftv. com).

Mon. 7:30am CT, DISH 218 (www.myfolk.tv).

Regional Networks or Stations: (20)

VTN (The Victory Television Network) — Covering the state of Arkansas. Sun. 10pm CT, Tues. 9:30am, Sat. 5:00am and 2:30pm (vtntv.com).

Colorado

KXTU
— Colorado Springs, Sun. 9:00am CT, channel 21, (www.fox21news.com/soco-cw).

Florida

WTOG
— Tampa and St. Petersburg, Sun. 8:30am ET, channel 44, (cwtampa.cbslocal.com).

Georgia WATC — Atlanta, Sun. 8:30am ET, channel 57, (http://watc.tv).

Kentucky WBNA — Louisville, Sun. 8:30am ET, channel 21, (wbna21. com).

Louisiana

FVN
— Southern Louisiana broadcast stations and cable, Sun. 12:30am CT, Sun. 6:30am, Mon. 8:30am, Wed.

7:00pm, and Sat. 10:30pm (familyvisiontv.com).

KMCT — Monroe, Fri. 10:30am CT, channel 39 (http://kmct.tv).

Missouri

KMCI
— Kansas City, Sun. 7:30am CT, channel 38 (kshb.com/38-the-spot).

KFJX — Joplin, Sun. 7:30am CT, channel 14 (fox14tv.com). North Carolina

WCCB — Charlotte, Sun. 7:00am ET, channel 18 (ccbcharlotte.com). WRAZ — Raleigh-Durham, Sun. 7am ET, channel 50 (fox50.com).

Daystar —

Word — WHT — GodTV GEB — CTN — NRB — TCT — Upliftv — Folk —

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Arkansas

Ohio

WUAB
— Cleveland, Sun. 7:30am ET, channel 43 (cw43.revrocket.us).

Pennsylvania

WPCW
— Pittsburgh, Sun. 7:30am ET, channel 19 (https://cwpittsburgh.cbslocal.com).

Tennessee WNAB — Nashville, Sun. 7:00am CT, channel 58 (http://cw58.tv).

Tennessee

WBXX
— Knoxville, Sun. 8:00am ET, channel 20 (wvlt.tv/cw/home).

Texas CFNT — Wichita Falls, Fri. 3:00pm CT (cfnt.org).

KCEN — Waco & Temple, Sun. 6:30am CT, channel 9 (kcentv.com).

KDAF — Dallas-Ft. Worth, Sun. 8:00am CT, channel 33 (cw33.com).

KSCE — El Paso, Sun. 10:30am MT, channel 38 (https://lifechristian.tv).

KUBE — Houston, Sun. 8am CT, channel 57, Comcast cable 53, DirecTV & DISH local 57 (http://kube57. com).

Internet Networks: (8)

Our programs are available on demand on these websites:

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Vimeo DailyMotion Roku

Lamb & Lion

hischannel.com

youtube.com/user/ChristinProphecygodtube.com

truli.com

vimeo.com

dailymotion.com/us

roku.com

To watch on Dave Reagan’s Website click here— lamblion.com 

 
 
Why
Capitalism vs. Socialism
Is Really God vs. Satan
 
 
You have to be two short of a coaster set to think Socialism is a better governmental model than Capitalism. But most of the youth today inexplicably believe a socialistic government is a change for the better. This is the price we pay for allowing our public schools and universities to teach students to be anti-God and pro-socialism.
 
Listening to some of our elected officials push Communistic ideas while using the foulest language imaginable shows the depth of our depravity here in the United States. And the rhetoric will only get worse as our public schools continue to poison our kids’ minds with non-biblical trash.
 
For 50 years the liberals have been entirely in control of our public universities across our nation. They’ve replaced rigorous disciplines with social justice indoctrination.
 
Purporting to be neutral, they’re force-feeding students with Social Justice ideology—which is Socialism—a false religion from the pit of hell.

So we now have a whole generation of youth with no understanding of God and no understanding of our Constitution. And with no truth-rudder, they will believe anything. So they act ignorantly.
 
Students today have no understanding of how to research both sides of an idea or issue in order to determine the best decision. More and more universities refuse to allow conservative speakers like Ben Shapiro give his opinion on Campus. If something doesn’t line up with what they perceive to be truth, they don’t want to hear it.
 
Today, a student’s world is totally void of God’s Word.
Therefore they’re not taught there is a future judgment day determining an eternal destination—heaven or hell. That God makes the rules and His rules rule…whether they like them or not, agree with them or not. They have no concept that there are consequences to their actions—with zero chance of appeal.
 
In 1971 John Lennon penned his Satanic-themed lyrics in “IMAGINE.” This song still haunts us today as an apt description of the coming Tribulation.
 
Imagine there’s 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’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
 
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
 
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world
 
What Lennon sang is actually coming to earth in the future, but most students today, and the rest of the liberal non-Believers, are not going to like it much because in order to have all that perceived Socialistic utopia you have to give up FREEDOM.
 
God will allow this total lack of freedom to come to pass in the Tribulation…the coming horrible 7-year time period. Literally 1/2 the world dies from the most gruesome deaths you can imagine. But that fact is not taught in most churches, much less in schools.
 
Even a large number of Christian schools shy away from the so-called “divisive” subject of eschatology. So the beginning of Tribulation, the Rapture, will come like a thief in the night, catching the world by surprise. 1Cor. 15:51, 1Thes. 4:6-17
 
The Perpetually Offended Generation
Not only are students taught there is no penalty for sin, they are taught they are all good! And if they’re all good, any problems are not their own. So in their world, nothing is ever their own fault.
 
And into this ridiculous world of vanilla-lined safe zones and biased-reporting headlines steps President Trump proclaiming truths to which they’ve never been exposed. The typical response from these Millennial Snowflakes seems to be to shut their ears while screaming at the top of their lungs.


The result is that now we have this uneducated mass of people in our society who have no clue that if they get what they want, socialism, they kill the goose that’s laying the golden eggs. They don’t understand the basic tenets of capitalism, much less the ramifications of socialism

 
 
Capitalism is freedom, socialism is bondage.
They don’t teach true history much anymore so today’s students have no clue how blessed the United States is. In a very short time God allowed us to build the most incredible nation the world has ever seen on a conservative, capitalistic and Scriptural foundation. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised that Satan HATES America! He hates anything that points to God as the answer so he definitely hates you and me.
 
Satan knows Scripture so he knows he’ll eventually get control of the world. And I’m guessing he sees the writing on the wall that his time to rule is getting close so he’s pulling out all the stops. Nothing is left in the closet. His spiritual forces of wickedness are doing everything they can to be ready for the aftermath of the Rapture when he gets to be temporary King of the earth.
 
I honestly believe that’s what we’re seeing play out in the news—we’re literally watching Satan readying his troops. But let not your heart be troubled, we’re Biblically safe until we depart this earth.
 
“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
James 4:7
 
Since we don’t know if the Rapture is minutes, years or even a decade away, we’re commanded to “resist” evil where we can. I love the above verse that says when we do resist, Satan will flee. We have nothing to fear.
 
“… greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1John 4:4
 
Our Founding Fathers framed our constitution using Scriptural principles. That resulted in America being blessed to be the beacon of freedom to the world for 250 years because of its Godly capitalistic foundation. What thinking person would want to exchange what we have to be like Venezuela or Cuba? Only fools.
 
“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing. And fools hate knowledge?” Prov. 1:22

Eph. 6:13 “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

Use us, Lord!

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A Clear And Present Danger

Future Active Shooters are Present Among Us!

“…be on the alert.
Your adversary, the devil,
prowls around like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour.” 1Pet 5:8

 

It’s sad that today we’re pretty much unfazed when someone starts shooting people in a public area, unless it’s close to our own home. Then we think, “I never thought that could happen here!” Yet it does happen all too often in America

Look at this chart of mass shootings in the U.S. since 1982. Unbelievable!

Four or more had to die to make that list. It doesn’t include instances where three or fewer were killed.

So don’t think for a moment it can’t happen personally to you. An active-shooter situation is a clear and present danger to you, your family, your friends and your coworkers, regardless of where you live.

I saw this just last week, some numbskull in Texas was headed to shoot up a church congregation but was thankfully stopped.

The mass murder was foiled, but it should be a sobering wake-up call to us. It’s a fact that you could be in danger at church, the mall, a restaurant, a theater… any public place. Yet few of us know what to do in the first few seconds, and, quite frankly, it could mean life or death.

We’re not trying to scare anyone. We know our days were numbered before we were born.
 
“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” Psa. 139:16   
 
And we can’t add time to our preordained lifespan by worrying.
 
“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” Matt. 6:27
 
But we have to take the whole counsel of God, and the Bible also says not to put the Lord to a foolish test…we are to be wise and consider our steps.
 
“And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’” Luke 4:12
 
“The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps.” Prov. 14:15 
 
 
You can watch Dave Fowler’s presentation titled STEELING YOUR BODY,  available March 2019, on what to do if you find yourself in an active-shooter situation. You’ll learn what’s the first thing to do if God allows you to be in this situation.
 
It’s time to think a little differently, live smart, or we might end up paying a steep price. It’s hard to believe we even need to discuss this topic. but if you ever needed this info, you’ll be grateful you learned it!

Use us, Lord!

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Borders, Walls & Leadership
 

It’s hard to believe this is actually a debate!

When spending $5 billion saves $180 billion per year in illegal alien expenditures, what nut-case can’t see the common sense of building a border wall to stop the monetary bleeding? Not to mention heavily reducing the problems with incoming drugs, murders, gangs, etc.

We ARE a compassionate nation that welcomes all LEGAL immigrants. But to remain a nation, we have to have order. We have to control who is and who is not allowed to come live here.

Our current border problem began when our public schools were high-jacked by the liberals in the ’70s. Since then our colleges have been graduating some real indoctrinated doozies.

And now these same doozies are voting some highly unqualified people into public office … e.g., Rashida Tlaib, the Muslim who called President Trump a mother-xxxx in public, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected congresswoman who inexplicably named the three branches of government as the House, Senate and Presidency.

Therefore, teaching what God thinks about borders and walls will probably fall on deaf ears with the liberals. But for those of us who both fear and trust God’s infallible Word, God has lots to say about borders and walls.

BORDERS
Defined borders are big in the Bible.

“Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set.” Prov. 22:28

After God allowed Assyria to punish Jerusalem, she became prideful and He later broke down her borders as punishment.

“So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say ‘I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of his haughtiness’” Is. 10:12

It is God Who determines a nation’s borders …

“…and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,” Acts 17:26

And do realize, when you start messing with borders, you’re actually messing with God. Good luck with that. Even though Great Britain was the undisputed leader of the world in WWI and God used her to raise up the State of Israel in her ancient homeland, the Brit’s world dominance quickly diminished after she carved up Israel’s boundaries giving 70% of her designated land to the Palestinians (today called Jordan).

Israel built a simple wall of separation that immediately solved their problem

WALLS
There are over 250 references to walls in the Bible, mostly referring to protection. Israel apparently noticed this because in the 1990s there was a problem with people entering neighborhoods with intent to harm.

But once Israel built a wall to protect her citizens, the problem literally went away overnight. See photos (above) of the simple wall Israel built.

Jericho was famous for being a walled city. The wall was so strong it seemed impenetrable. But in the Book of Joshua, we see the Lord break down the walls to allow Israel to defeat the inhabitants of Jericho.

When Nebuchadnezzar defeated Jerusalem in 586 BC by building a siege wall around Jerusalem and for two years starving the city into extinction, the crowning blow of embarrassment was to tear down the city’s walls of defense. 

“He burned the house of the LORD, the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire. So all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem.” 2Kings 25:9-10

Ancient remains of the base of Nehemiah’s 3000-year-old wall in Jerusalem. The original actual height of the wall was over 20 feet higher.

Seventy years later, in the Book of Nehemiah we find Israel in Babylonian captivity due to disobedience of not adhering to God’s commands. Then they were allowed to return to Jerusalem but her WALLS and GATES had been destroyed, leaving the newly returning inhabitants defenseless.

So what was the first thing Nehemiah did? He didn’t start by holding a spiritual revival. He began by doing the most practical thing possible, rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls and gates to make the city safe.

Nehemiah knew that a city without solid border walls and gates made spiritual revival senseless. Walls had to be built first. Only after the walls and gates were rebuilt for safety was Israel able to rebuild the rest of the country.

Even in the Book of Revelation, in the New Heaven and Earth where there is no death, mourning, crying or pain, we see God still uses walls and gates for the New Jerusalem.

“It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates,” Rev. 21:12

LEADERSHIP
God says He is the One who determines a nation’s leadership!

“It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings;” Dan. 2:21

“…there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Rom. 13:1b

All of our presidents, from George Washington to Donald Trump, have been ordained by God and He is in control. If you don’t like who your leader is, take it up with God—as many of us did with some of our past presidents!

At a time like this, it’s also important to remember to pray for our leaders. That WILL make a huge difference.

“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

I know many, many people who pray daily for our nation’s leadership. If you don’t have them on your prayer list, add them!! This has never been as important as it is now!

So, to recap, God is pro-wall. He’s in control of all world leaders, whether they realize it or not. And our current leaders need all the prayer he can get to know how to defend this nation’s freedoms so graciously given to us.

Use us, Lord!

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Signs For The Shepherds
 
—The Rest of the Christmas Story
 
Luke 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
 
The birth of Jesus is a story most of us know well. Joseph and Mary, who was nine months pregnant, had traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to register for a census. 
 
When they arrived in Bethlehem, they found there was no place for them to stay. Mary goes into labor, has her baby and places Him in a manger. 
 
One of the things you learn when you go to Israel is that our American conception of a “manger” is not very accurate. It certainly wasn’t cute and wooden. 
 
A “manger” was a “feeding trough” and they were always carved out of stone. They didn’t make them out of wood because food and water would cause them to rot. We see these feeding troughs all over Israel (see picture of a stone manger).
 
“This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12
 
We’ve written before about Jesus being born in Bethlehem in the middle of all those sheep being born and raised for the Jewish Temple sacrifices. Jesus was even referred to by John the Baptist as the “Lamb of God.” 
 
That would have been quite a statement to the Jews whose lives revolved around sacrificing tens of thousands of lambs each year to cover their sins. 
 
But to the shepherds in the fields, why did the angel of the Lord say the baby “wrapped in cloths” would be a sign? As it turns out, it was a HUGE sign!
 
In the time of Christ, during the birthing season, Levitical Priests would be sent from Jerusalem to Bethlehem to watch over the birthing process to make sure the sheep were born without any defects.
 
On the edge of the fields surrounding Bethlehem where most of those sheep were being born, there was a two-story stone tower called the Migdal Eder tower. Israeli archeologists recently found this tower. The picture is of the recent archeological excavation.
 
This tower is mentioned in the Book of Micah regarding the announcement of the birth of the Messiah.
 
“As for you, tower of the flock
Hill of the daughter of Zion, 
To you it will come—
Even the former dominion will come, 
The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.” Mic. 4:8 
 
In plain English this is saying that the Messiah will be revealed from the Migdal Eder—“the tower of the flock.”
 
The priests would climb the tower and look out over all the flocks to see any signs a sheep was about to give birth. Sheep usually get fidgety, paw the ground and/or separate themselves from the flock just before birthing a lamb. When the signs were noticed, they would bring the sheep to the tower’s ground floor where it would give birth in a ceremonially clean area.
 
When the the lamb was born and if it was without blemish, it was immediately wrapped in strips of cloth made from old priestly underwear. The purpose was to make sure the lamb would stay unblemished. The priest would then put the lamb in a manger to keep it safe from getting trampled.
 
So when the angel of the Lord told the shepherds in the field that the Savior had been born and the “sign” was He would be wrapped in the same cloths as the sacrificial sheep and placed in a manger, they would have immediately understood the significance of the “sign.” 
 
When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. Luke 2:15
 
It’s obvious that the shepherds knew exactly where to go with only limited info—they headed to the birthing tower where they found Joseph and Mary with Jesus lying where sacrificial sheep would lie.
 
And, of course, don’t miss the fact that the first clothes Jesus wore were the clothes of a priest!
 
So when you hear the Christmas story this year, we hope you have the chance to share, as Paul Harvey would say, “The rest of the story.”
 

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If you’re not a dispensationalist, you’ve got big problems regarding how you understand your Bible! Biblical Dispensations are divinely ordained and easily distinguishable time periods prevailing throughout the Bible.

In a nutshell, a dispensationalist believes God doesn’t change, but He does change how He deals with people on the earth. So when you read your Bible, to understand the context, you need to understand to whom each verse is directed.

For instance, in Matthew, a book describing Jesus and the Jews before the cross, Jesus says your forgiveness depends on what you do … if you forgive, then you’ll be forgiven.

“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Matthew 6:14-15

Yet Paul’s post-cross letter to the Ephesians says you’ve already been forgiven—written in past tense.

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:32

God didn’t contradict Himself. He just dealt differently with people living before the cross than those living after the cross. We see seven of these distinguishing time periods/dispensations in the Bible.

Looking at the dispensation chart below, you can see seven dispensations. God dealt differently with Adam before and after he sinned. God dealt differently with people on earth before and after the global flood, as well as before and after the Tower of Babel.

And as we just saw regarding forgiveness, God deals differently with people before and after the cross. He will deal differently with people before and after the Rapture and before and after the 2nd Coming. This is fact, not theory.

Notice it’s the cross that is the dividing line between Israel and the Church Age, not Matthew 1. This is because Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are accounts of Jesus interacting with people living under the Jewish Law, prior to the cross. So the divider should be Acts 2, not Matthew 1.

Here’s an example of why it’s critical to read your Bible via dispensations when interpreting Bible prophecy. Many non-dispensational teachers have taught that one of the prerequisites to the return of the Lord is that the Gospel must first be preached to every nation on earth—based on this verse:

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14

There are some large national ministries that use this verse to fund-raise for world evangelism, interpreting it to mean Jesus can’t come until the world has heard the gospel. But trust me, there’s no way God is sitting around waiting for sinful humans to evangelize every nation before He can act.

The fact is, the verse is written to the Jews under the Law regarding the future Tribulation dispensation which they will endure. It is not written to us living in the Church Age. And during the Tribulation, every nation in the world WILL hear the gospel preached by an angel from the sky:

“And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people;” Revelation 14:6

Dispensations clear up so many seeming contradictions in the Bible. If you wish to download a video explaining dispensations in depth, go to compass.org and search for “Biblical Dispensations.” When you check out, use the discount code DISP and it will be a free download. Once you have a comfortable grasp of dispensational theology, you’ll grow deeply in God’s Word!

by Bill Perkins, Director, Compass International, Inc.

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The First Thanksgiving
 

After the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, the Church of England became the official church in England and was headed by the King and Queen of England. All those with religious convictions were under the authority of the bishops of the Church. These bishops began to create power positions and ruled over the congregations—a dogma of the Roman Church.

Several hundred people were having great difficulty in worshiping with freedom, so they began to speak out about their commitment to Jesus and their desire to follow only the writings of the Scriptures. These people became known in England as the “Separatists.”

Since they did not want to obey the rules of the King’s Church, which was the law of the land, they began to have secret meetings. However, the King heard they were holding clandestine gatherings, and he began to put some of the men into prison. He caused many problems and trials in an attempt to get these people to bow to the laws of the Church of England.

The church leaders became harsh and cruel, making it more dangerous for these committed Christians to worship according to Scripture. Consequently, they were afraid to stay in England, so they began to contemplate a move to a place where they could worship as they pleased.

In 1608 the Separatists moved to Holland, seeking Christian freedom. They lived in Holland for 12 years, but life there was very difficult. The men worked extremely hard but received little to show for their hard labor. The parents also became concerned about their children, fearing that they might forget the culture customs of their native England.

Furthermore, they did not want their children to become sailors and soldiers for Holland, which was customary. It seems the Lord used these concerns and their difficult life to cause them to explore the possibilities of going to the new world, to a land called America.

The people began to lay plans for a move to this newly discovered land. Their search for a way to the new world and a means to ship their supplies led these people to some businessman. They were able to make an agreement for 35 of them to go to the new land if others would work for these businessman for seven years.

They thought this agreement unfair, but it was the only way they could find to get to the new world, so an agreement was made. The departing 35 picked up the name of “Pilgrim” since a pilgrim is someone who goes on a long, long journey.

The Pilgrims return to England from Holland determined to set sail for the new world, and boarded a cargo ship acquired by the businessman called the “Mayflower.”

And even though the Mayflower was not designed to carry passengers, the ship did bring 102 people from England to the new world in the year 1620. Out of the 102 passengers, 35 of them were Christians from the Separatist group from Holland.

Sailing conditions were extremely poor, and the sailors on the ship became hostile toward the Pilgrims due to their practice of singing spiritual songs and praying. The Pilgrims, in turn, did not like the sailors using bad language.

There was little each family could take along on the voyage because there wasn’t much room. Each family could bring one box which contained the family Bible. The women brought a few cooking utensils and the men brought a gun or sword and a few tools for building and working in the gardens. A mother with a baby could only take along a cradle for the baby to sleep in.

It was dangerous for a small ship like the Mayflower to make such a long voyage—especially by itself. In those days one ship never sailed alone.

Living conditions on the ship were miserable. The food consisted of salted beef, pork or fish and hard, dry biscuits.

Sleeping quarters were on the floor below the main deck where hardly any light or fresh air existed. If they wanted to bathe they had to wash in salty water. Most of the people had to wear the same clothes day after day for the 66-day voyage. Sanitary facilities were non-existent.

During one dangerous storm the main beam cracked. It splintered the main deck, causing water to pour in on the Pilgrims who were living on the lower deck. Their clothes, bedding and food lay in water, making living conditions intolerable.

Many of the people on board became deathly ill. The sickness was so severe even the sailors began to pray with the Pilgrims for an end to the terrible voyage. The Pilgrims knew it was only by God’s mercy that they could survive the voyage.

It was the morning of November 9, 1620, 66 days later, when they saw the sandy beaches of Cape Cod in what is today the State of Massachusetts. Many of the people on the ship, led by the Pilgrims, fell on their knees and blessed the God of heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean.

And now they were here in a strange land where there were no homes, no towns and no friends to greet them. They continued living aboard the Mayflower for another 33 days until a landing site could be found with a place to make their homes.

On December 16, 1620, the Mayflower landed at an area which the Pilgrims called Plymouth because Plymouth, England was their point of departure, and they had received kindness from Christians there. This was the beginning of the first Christian settlement in the new world called America.

In the area surrounding Plymouth where the Pilgrims decided to stay, they found running brooks and fields which had already been cleared for planting. Here they would be able to worship God, pray and sing songs with complete freedom.

Trials in building this Christian settlement were many. The Pilgrims had to contend with the cold and snow, lack of food, sickness, death, loneliness and conflicts with Indians.

During February of that first winter, there were times when only six or seven people were well enough to take care of the ones who were sick. By spring, half of the pilgrims and sailors had died. Three entire families died during the initial days. The rest were alone, except for their God and their commitment.

It was this commitment to Jesus Christ and their faith in Him that gave them the courage and strength to carry on. Their faith had been tested and tried, and built up through the experiences they had endured in England, Holland and aboard the Mayflower.

This gave them the strength to persevere, and establish the first light of Jesus in the new land of America. Through these Pilgrims the spiritual history of American Christianity had its beginning.

On April 5, 1621, four months after arriving in America, the Mayflower headed back to England. But not one Pilgrim returned.

As summer approached, their faithfulness and commitment to Jesus began to reveal the fruits of their commitment. William Bradford, one of the leaders of the Pilgrims, wrote that they had all things in plenty because the corn had grown well.

A friendly Indian named Squanto, who had traveled abroad and knew the English language, taught the Pilgrims how to plant. It appears he was God-sent. The Pilgrims had plenty to eat and were careful to lay up in store for the next winter.

During the summer they were able to build several homes. Most of the dangers of sickness past and their friendship with the Indians allowed them to live in peace.

Through the grace of God, they had been able to do what they set out to do. They found a place where they could live and worship God in their own way with complete freedom.

In October of 1621, nearly a year after that their arrival, the Pilgrims decided to set aside a special time to give thanks to the Lord for his faithfulness, a commemoration we now call Thanksgiving.

(Excerpted from “The Last Days In America,” by Bob Fraley, pages 52 to 56, published by Christian Life Services, copyright 1984.)

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Above: In Hebrew “Yahweh” is read from right to left.
You’re going to love what the letters spell out!
 
Tying Tassels To Truth
 
Believers today pretty much take for granted living their lives with access to their Bible to study and learn God’s Word. But for most of the world’s history, that was not the case!
 
Since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, the Word of God can be read regularly not only by Church leaders, but also by regular common folk. 
 
But for the first 3000 years of God’s recorded Word, access to God’s inspired Word came only from hearing pieces of it read on Shabbat. Rarely did non-Levites have a personally owned scroll to read in their spare time. 
 
Back in the Old Testament days, God’s inspired Word that was given to Moses and the prophets was painstakingly copied and recopied on animal skins. It took a whole year for one person to copy the first five books, Genesis to Deuteronomy, called the Pentateuch. 
 
So usually the only way you could learn scripture was attending Saturday Shabbat, when the Jewish leaders would read a predetermined portion of the Pentateuch, mandatorily completing the entire Pentateuch in one year before beginning it over again. 
 
Other scriptures from books like Daniel, Psalms, or Ruth were also read to supplement that week’s teaching. 
 
To remember to do and not do all that you heard was an obvious problem. There are 613 laws in those first five books—248 are “to do” and 365 are “to not do.” That’s a lot to learn if you’re only hearing them in pieces on Saturdays! 
 
Therefore, in the 15th chapter of the Book of Numbers, the Lord dealt with this tremendous responsibility. It begins with the Lord laying down several requirements about keeping the Law and the penalty of death if someone defiantly breaks the Law. But the Lord also made a provision for dealing with people who unintentionally break the Law without realizing they did. 
 
Moses then records the story of a man who was caught gathering wood/working on the Sabbath. Exodus 31:14-15 clearly states no work shall be done on Shabbat and the penalty was death if you did. 
 
The Lord told the congregation, through Moses, to stone the man to death for breaking the Law, which they did. He apparently had willfully broken the Law—he knew it was wrong—so no exception could be made for not realizing what he had done. 
 
To Believers today, this seems harsh. But Israel lived and died under the exactness of God’s Law. Remember what happened to Uzzah’s good intentions when he steadied the Ark! (2Sam. 6:3-8)
 
However, the very next thing recorded in scripture says if someone unintentionally broke the Law, a sacrifice was offered to the Lord and he was forgiven. It is specific in Numbers 15:22-26 but summarized a couple of verses later:
 
Num. 15:29-30 “‘You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the sons of Israel and for the alien who sojourns among them. But the person who does anything defiantly, whether he is native or an alien, that one is blaspheming the LORD; and that person shall be cut off from among his people.'”
 
So as Jews learned the Law on Saturdays in their synagogues, they were held responsible for their future actions if they knowingly broke the Law—many of which had a death penalty associated with breaking it. 
 
To help keep the Israelites from forgetting that they were under the Law and to remind them of the penalty for breaking the Law, God commanded them to hang blue tassels on their garments. This is usually done today by hanging blue tassels on the corners of their robes and/or prayer shawls. 
 
Num. 15:37-40 “The LORD also spoke to Moses, saying,’Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue. It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot, so that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.'”
 
Today, when a Jew wears his tassels (often referred to as tzitzits) on the four corners of his prayer shawl, he ties them in such a way that the knots spell out “Yahweh,” the name of God. 
 
They can do this because in Hebrew each letter represent a number. Yahweh is actually spelled in four Hebrew letters: yod, hey, veh, hey. The corresponding numbers are:
 
….yod = 10
….hey = 5
….veh = 6
….hey = 5
 
So most of the Jews would create their tassels by wrapping the blue cord in a line in groups of 10, 5, 6, 5, with each group separated by two white knots. Therefore when they looked at the tassels, they saw spelled out “yod hey vey hey” or “Yahweh.”
 
Naturally, not all Jews agree. Some Jews disagree with the 10-5-6-5 numbers and rather tie their knots in a 7-8-11-13 sequence. But the point is, they all tie their tassel knots in a way that reminds them to obey Yahweh.
 
What’s really fascinating is what the letters in the name Yahweh actually mean. 
 
Yod means “hand,” specifically from the wrist to the tips of the fingers.
 
(Note: There is a different letter, kaf, that means palm. This is important because Jesus was nailed through His wrists (Red circle). If you nail someone to a cross with nails in their palms (yellow circle), the weight of the body will tear the soft skin and the person will fall off!)
 
Hey means to “behold,” “show,” or “reveal.”
 
Vey signifies a nail, peg, or hook. It even looks like a nail.
 
So when you read Yahweh from right to left in the Hebrew, it reads: 
 
“Behold the nail, behold the hand.”
 
Or simply, 
 
“Behold the nailed hand.”
 
When you combine the meaning for the individual letters with the overall meaning of the word Yahweh, YHWH, which means “salvation,” then it translates to: 
 
“Behold, the nailed hand is salvation.”
 
So today, the Jews who so meticulously and piously tie their tassels so they can read the name Yahweh are looking directly at their true salvation—Jesus’ blood from the nailed wrists as the propitiation for their sins. 
 
When God said He would blind the Jews, He meant what He said! 
 
Only a few Jews become Believers in the Church Age. And most of those who do struggle with getting away from the Law. They tend to want to work Jesus into the Law instead of making Jesus’ and Paul’s instructions their life’s focus. 
 
But getting back to God’s instructions to the Israelites to tie those tassels to remember His Commandments, we can certainly apply it to us living in the Church Age. What is it that we need to do to remember God’s Word on a moment-by-moment basis? 
 
From the Old Testament we have:
Psa. 119:11 “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”
 
From the New Testament we have:
Eph. 6… “Therefore, take up the full armor of God…His Word.”
 
To armor up, we’re to know the Word of God. Now, more than ever, we need to know God’s Word to discern good and evil. Satan is a liar, and the Word sheds light to discern truth from lies.
 
 
Reference:
https://compass.org/article-jesus-five-wounds-2/

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Satan’s Crosshairs
They are coming after you, not Trump!
 
In June of 2016 I was probably the last one invited to New York City to be a part of some 1000 evangelical Christian leaders who met and asked questions of then-Presidential-candidate Donald Trump. It was an amazing experience and pretty much everyone there could sense God was doing something different in this nation.
 
A couple of weeks ago, just under 100 Christian leaders were summoned to the White House for dinner. I, unfortunately, didn’t make the cut for that list. 🙂 But from all accounts, it too was quite a dinner on par with a State Dinner.
 
The meeting, as reported by those attending, was for President Trump to listen to the leaders. Most of the comments were praise for what President Trump has accomplished for the Christian community in his less than two years in office.
 
Then President Trump talked quite bluntly about the upcoming mid-term elections. In essence, Republican losses could be disastrous. He quite adamantly said if we lose, we lose everything we’ve gained so far. He said:
 
“Campaign for the Republican candidates in your area or they will reverse all the things we’ve accomplished.”
 
But what was even more amazing was President Trump’s comments after the press was ushered out of the meeting. One attendee surreptitiously taped part of his remarks.
 
Here are a few notable President Trump quotes from the recording: (Read them carefully!)
 
“There is a level of hatred and anger that is unbelievable because of things I’ve done for you.”
 
“The elections are a referendum on your religion. You’re one election from losing everything you’ve got.”
 
“[Democrats] will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently…they will end everything immediately.”
 
Note the sobering words “quickly” and “violently.”
 
Trump also quoted Robert Jeffers: “‘You know Trump may not be the perfect human being, but he’s been the greatest leader in terms of supporting Christianity.’ Hopefully I’ve proven that to be a fact.”
 
I know God is 100% in control. He knew we didn’t need a choir boy, a pastor or another politician as our President. So He raised up a tough-skinned, no-nonsense business guy who couldn’t be bought to get things back on track.
 
Ok, granted, I don’t like everything he says or tweets, but what he has done has been extraordinary for Christians. He’s literally done more for Christians in two years than any past President. He’s kept his campaign promises.
 
Red vs Blue, or, God vs. Satan?
 
I continue to make the case that the nation’s divide is no longer Republican vs. Democrat, but rather, God vs. Satan. Yes, there may be an exception here and there, but for the most part, that’s what’s going on.
 
Satan is now out of the shadows and into full view. Watching the news you would have to have your head buried in the sand not to see it. Lies have become so prolific it seems like truth doesn’t matter anymore.
 
But of course, we know truth does matter. There is a judgment day that…
 
“…will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts;” 1Cor 4:5
 
Of course, God straight-forwardly warned us about this spiritual battle:
 
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Eph. 6:12
 
We have to be realistic. We’re not up against flesh and blood. It’s not politicians, it’s not people about which we should be concerned. Rather, it’s the evil spirit behind the people.
Satan loathes Christians, America and truth. And this lying demon is pulling out all the stops to get at what he hates the most—you and me. Thankfully at the moment God has President Trump in the way.
 
I, and millions of others, pray for his protection daily.
 
   “pray without ceasing;” 1Th. 5:17
 
 
Our Biblical Armor
 
The Bible also gives us the solution to dealing with this spiritual battle. In Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, he made this extraordinary assessment about how to win when dealing with spiritual warfare directed against the knowledge of God:
 
   “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God,” 2Cor. 10:3-5
 
We are in a spiritual battle, not a flesh battle. The closer we come to the Lord’s return, the more Satan will be in the open coming after CHRISTIANS, after truth. Don’t think it’s anything else. Ephesians 6 point blank tells us what we should be doing.
 
   “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil… so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” Eph. 6:11,13
 
  • The Bible, God’s Word, is our armor. The more we know His Word, the less Satan can dupe us and the more God can use us. And of course, prayer is our ultimate weapon that moves mountains.
 
   “And He said to them, ‘This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.’” Mk 9:2
 
 
A Call To Prayer
 
There’s never been a time in our nation’s history that His armor was needed more by His Believers. We must pray continuously between now and November 6 for the upcoming elections. Pray that Christians will turn out en masse to vote. Your prayers and vote matters.
 

I do believe God when He says:

 
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16
 
I also know God SEES our prayers coming to Him.
 
“And he said to him, “Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God.” Acts 10:4
 
Because this is so important, I’m praying that God sees our prayers as a group coming to Him. And I hope you join our mass of ascending prayers!
 
Shalom!
 
Bill Perkins
 

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WOW—ALL THAT BLOOD!

 
Understanding Your Jewishness as a Believer
 
   “But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.” Rom. 11:17-18
 
We live in a very special time period where God has paused His preordained clock dealing with the Jews and allowed Gentile Believers to be grafted into/adopted into the rich root of the olive tree— the Jewish promises given to Abraham and the prophets.
 
Yet few Believers understand their Jewish heritage. In fact, Satan has convinced 80% of the professing Christians to believe that the Jews rejected their Messiah and therefore the Church has inherited the promises given to the Jews.
 
Of course, that’s simply not true. Anyone with two brain cells should be able to read Romans chapters 9-11 and see God’s not finished with His chosen people. Once the preordained time period we call “The Church Age” is completed, God will remove all the Born-Again Believers and go back to dealing with the Jews again for 7 years.
 
But in the meantime, even premillennial, pro-Israel Believers today are missing so much by not understanding our rich Jewish roots. For instance, the sacrificial system God had ordained for the Jews is fascinating under scrutiny. Let’s look closely at what the Passover sacrifices entailed in the first century as it overtly pointed to the death of the Messiah.
 
When John the Baptist thundered, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” it would have resonated deeply with every Jew standing on the bank of the Jordan River. None would have missed the obvious connection being proclaimed because they lived in a world where God commanded innocent lambs to be continually sacrificed to pay for sin.
 
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.” Leviticus 17:11
 
God added this in the New Testament:
 
“And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of bloodthere is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22
 
These sacrifices to the Lord go all the way back to Cain and Abel (Gen. 4:4-5) and later Noah (Gen. 8:20-21).
 
Personal sacrifices were made in the open-air plaza in front of the Jewish Temple at various times during the year, as prescribed by God in Leviticus. While the Day of Atonement each fall was the most important feast, it was the Feast of Passover in Jerusalem each year that was the most celebratory. It is simply hard to imagine!
 
Passover dinner is a big deal each year for even nominal Jews.
 
Passover was held in Jerusalem each spring, and every male over the age of 20 mandatorily had to attend. There they would join over two million fellow Jews making their sacrifices of an unblemished one-year-old male lamb and eat the Passover dinner.
 
During the meal, God commanded that they recount Moses and the miraculous exodus from Egypt when the Lord “passed over” the Jews on that same day 1450 years earlier. A major part of the exodus event was that the death angel passed over only those who had been covered by the blood of a lamb on their doorposts.
 
Two million Passover attendees in Jerusalem each year astonishingly required some 20,000 sacrificial sheep to be slaughtered in a single day—between 9AM and 5 PM on Nissan 14 on the Jewish calendar. The organization by the Levites who were charged with the monstrous task staggers the mind.
 
Many Jews raised their own sheep for the yearly Passover sacrifice. But most did not and would instead purchase an approved lamb outside the Sheep Gate. The bulk of the sheep were raised five miles to the south in the grass pastures surrounding Bethlehem. Our Savior, called the Lamb of God, was born in the middle of all those sacrificial sheep.
 
A few days before Passover, the shepherds would carefully bring thousands of sheep north from Bethlehem through a series of valleys ending in the Kidron Valley. It’s situated between the towering Temple Mount walls to the west, the steep sides of Mount of Olives to the east and Mt. Scopus to the north, making a natural pen for the thousands of sheep.
 
Near the north end of the Temple Mount’s east facing wall was the Inspection Gate where the sheep were inspected in order to be declared “unblemished.” Once deemed to be acceptable offerings, the sheep could then be sold as Passover Lambs.
 
Sacrificing 20,000 sheep in one place in one day was so spectacular that the Roman ruler, Pontius Pilate, would travel from his luxury Roman palace in Caesarea on the Mediterranean Sea to Jerusalem just to watch the day-long event.
 
Pilate even had a special high tower built on the southeast corner of the Roman Antonia Fortress. From there he could peer over the Temple Mount’s walls and view the mesmerizing sight of some 40 lambs being sacrificed every minute.
 
To perform this many sacrifices in one day, by necessity, meant most of the sacrifices were slaughtered in the area between the Temple Compound and the Antonia Fortress, north of the Alter.
 
Above: According to Leviticus 1:11, all sacrifices had to be
performed north of the Altar. Because of the sheer
number of sacrifices needed in a day on Passover,
the sacrificial area stretched into the area between
the Temple Compound and the Antonia Fortress
(Shaded yellow area), giving Pilate a grand view of
20,000 animals being sacrificed in one day!
 
In Jesus’ day, imagine a freshly bathed Jew, with his 1/2 shekel Temple tax in his pocket and his sacrificial lamb draped over his shoulders, standing with thousands of other Jews with their lambs, waiting their turn to enter the Temple compound. As he got closer to the sacrificial area, he could hear the all-male Levitical Choir singing continuously from the balcony.
 
The Levitical Choir included singers and musicians who played on trumpets, harps, lyres and cymbals. Once you were in the sacrificial area it was customary to sing along with the choir.
 
Singing for the entire eight hours of sacrifice required five groups of 100 singers rotating every 30 minutes. The deep base lyrics and musical accompaniment drowned out most of the sounds of the scurrying Priests and bleating sheep.
 
When you reached the front of the line, the lamb’s throat was slit by a priest who simultaneously caught blood in a cup. The cup was passed down a long succession of priests until it was thrown at the base of the great altar.
 
Above: The entrails of the animals sacrificed are
wheeled to the Altar located in front of the Jewish Temple.
 
The entrails were removed and wheeled to the top of the altar, where a roaring fire burned the quite-greasy innards of the lambs. The flames burned throughout the day, leaping 30 to 50 feet into the air—so high Herod remarked he could see them from his palace on the other side of town.
 
The amount of blood from so many sacrifices at one time apparently was a problem. In the picture above, I’m standing in front of a huge drain discovered about 20 years ago that comes directly from the sacrificial area. All that blood, as well as the history of the ages, flowed to the Dead Sea.
 
NOTE: Today, cosmetic products made from Dead Sea mud seem to have special healing powers. Many European insurance companies cover expenses to the Dead Sea for treatments of things like psoriasis and other skin problems.
 
With the entrails removed and the blood drained, the carcass was then taken back to the family to roast and eat for the Passover dinner. The entire carcass had to be 100% consumed before morning. With an average lamb producing some 50 pounds of meat, a single lamb would feed around 100 members.
 
An average extended Israeli family in Jesus’ day would easily have 100+ members celebrating the Passover together. But smaller families would have to combine together in order to consume the entire lamb before sunrise.
 
The meal began with the children going to the front door to see if Elijah was there. Jews to this day still set a dinner place for Elijah and send the kids to the door to see if Elijah has returned.
 
“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.” Mal. 4:5
 
They, of course, don’t understand that when Elijah does show up he will be one of the two witnesses described in Revelation 11 who are prominent in the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation.
 
With Elijah not at the door and the house meticulously cleaned of leaven, the famous celebratory dinner could then begin. It included four glasses of wine spaced through the evening, and often the celebration stretched into the wee hours of the morning.
 
The meal courses were served between explanations of the specific Passover foods (lamb, bitter herbs and

Close-Up of Traditional Jewish Food


unleavened bread) and accounts of Moses and the Egyptian Exodus retold to wide-eyed children.
 
But there was another interesting characteristic of the days leading up to Passover. While the rest of the world worshiped multiple gods, the Jews worshiped one God, Yahweh. And Yahweh promised a future Redeemer would come and rule the world from Mt. Moriah in Israel. 
 
With the Romans holding a tight grip over the Jewish nation, every Jew longed for God’s promised Messiah to appear. Most Jews expected another Moses-like Redeemer. And, like Moses, they expected their Messiah to show up on Passover. So Messianic fever reached its zenith each year at Passover.
 
But it had been over four hundred years since God had communicated with the Jews through a prophet or a miraculous physical sign like Moses parting the Red Sea. Israel longed for those historical days again providing relief from the despised and cruel Roman Empire rule. So Israel longed for her Messiah to arrive.
 
Therefore in the weeks leading up to Passover it wasn’t uncommon to hear Jews discussing the Messiah, saying “Would this be the year the Messiah will come and release us from the yoke of the Romans?”
 
Just like “prophecy buffs” today, watching and waiting for the return of their Messiah, there were those at the time of Christ who also lived and breathed prophetic scripture. Based on Daniel 9:24-27, some had calculated that they were in the window of time predicted for the Messiah to show up.
 
So it was amongst this national Messianic fever at Passover that God Himself shows up in the flesh and begins fulfilling all the Old Testament prophecies. To the prophecy buffs of the day, Jesus must have been exciting to watch as He fulfilled one prophecy after another. They KNEW the Messiah had come.
 
Unfortunately, most missed the part where the Messiah had to first come as a sacrificial lamb, then return later as a King.
 
But the prophecy buffs of the day were well rewarded for their attention to scriptural detail. No doubt many of them became Believers when all the dust settled and the Holy Spirit came rushing down to earth on Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus was crucified. All because they dug deeply into scripture.
 
“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

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It’s likely many have never heard the expression or phrase the “Internet of Things.” But it’s an integral part of your life today whether you realize it or not. And where it’s headed is a bit scary.

The concept is quite simple—the Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to the use of sensors to both gather data and take action across a network that connects trillions of data. This unbelievably large network enables information insights that have never been available before.

The upshot to this is that the physical world is becoming one big information system.

Like the proverbial frog that adjusts to the rising water temperature until it’s too late, the Internet of Things began with humans simply using modern-day advances to make our lives more convenient while sensing absolutely no threat or danger.

For example, rather than adding wood to the fireplace when we get cold, we have a home thermostat that senses more heat is needed, automatically turning on the furnace, which raises the temperature.

Other examples are when you have a motion detector automatically turn on a light at night in order for you to see. Or when your fridge beeps when you leave the door open. Or your phone is dead and your calls go to voicemail. The examples are endless.

Those simple, useful ideas are of no concern to us while working independently. But what IoT does is that it connects all these seemingly insignificant cause and effect “THINGS” into a network—like your computer or phone connected to the “INTERNET.” These all connected now give you the Internet of Things, or IoT.

Not sensing any danger, we humans are still in the water adjusting to the temperature. We reason we’re not Amish so creature comforts are making our lives easier. But to see where all this is leading, let’s look at a few more examples of IoT.

Your stock portfolio senses a bad stock dropping in value, so automatically the bad investment is sold to protect your money.

You pay for an airline ticket online with a credit or debit card and electronically it’s automatically subtracted out of your bank account.

You eat dinner at your favorite restaurant adding a generous tip, paying with your credit card and it automatically is debited from your bank account.

Again, these three examples don’t make us sense any danger. We just see the efficiency and conveniences provided. However, because all of these formerly independent things are being connected by the Internet, and the data gathered in the process, although unnoticed, will eventually boil us to death.

No doubt you’re rolling your eyes at that last statement. Granted the IoT has made our hospitals more efficient, our traffic lights more organized and our businesses more profitable. But let’s take this information network up a notch. For instance, who’s watching all this? And does it matter?

Just a few years ago it was revealed that Christian and conservative organizations were being targeted by the IRS. They literally harassed them for being conservative or Christian. And more recently, it has been revealed that it wasn’t too hard for the Democrat government in power to spy on the opposing Republican Party’s election strategies.

When you also consider the NECESSITY of the Internet for everyday use, it adds even more importance the IoT equation. Twenty years ago, at certain times of the year, this ministry routinely paid phone bills of over $2,000 a month. But now, thanks to the Internet, we pay around $350 for the same service. For us, the Internet has become a necessity.

The need to have our compass.org website, and even sending out this article via email, makes using the Internet critical for us. But are we inching toward a cliff without realizing it? Are we allowing a noose to encircle us? Will we humans eventually boil to death?

Yes, we will. Ultimately, whoever controls the Internet, and the Internet of Things, controls all things. Today, without access to the Internet we pay more to make banking transactions, receive phone calls and just communicate in general. When the wrong entity from the dark side gets control of the Internet, it’s too late and the water begins to boil. And all of this was prophesied in the Bible 1900+ years ago.

“And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.” Rev. 13:15-17

Today we can easily see how one person can literally control all the monetary transactions on earth. But all in God’s timing. The Bible tells us that it’s the Lord Who allows leaders to rise and fall. God is in full control of this earth and its leaders.

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Col. 1:16

“It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings;” Dan. 2:21

“It is He who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. … He merely blows on them, and they wither, and the storm carries them away like stubble. Is. 40:23-24

Not long ago Congress called Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, to testify about Internet security issues. In the hearing Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., accused Facebook of “the wholesale invasion and manipulation of users’ right to privacy.”

A defensive Zuckerberg replied, “The content that you share, you put there. … The information that we collect, you can choose to have us not collect. You can delete any of it, and of course, you can leave Facebook if you want.”

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore, pressed Zuckerberg, “Did it ever cross your mind that you should be communicating more clearly with users about how Facebook is monetizing their data?”

Zuckerberg denied he was doing anything wrong. But the cat was now out of the bag. FB DOES monetize their data, which is our data. But Zuckerberg said he was just doing what your local pizza delivery company does when it keeps up with what you ordered, when you ordered, how you paid, where you live, etc.

Most of us by now have noticed that if we Google an item online, like searching for a new BBQ grill, for days or weeks we’ll see advertisements show up for BBQ grills when we innocently use the Internet. The point is that our personal data is being gathered. Actions are being taken based on our everyday choices stored online.

So there is a LOT of personal data being collected, more every second. In Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony it was revealed that Facebook has roughly 1500 pieces of information about every user. Even more interesting is that they have over 100 pieces of information on non-users! How is that even possible?

The IoT is continually evolving as wireless Internet becomes more dominant and embedded sensors grow in sophistication. Where you go, what you eat, what you LIKE, what you read, how you travel… everything is being monitored, mined and used to influence and manipulate your life.

In addition to tracking keystrokes on your computer, watches are now sensing data and reacting to commands. Not to mention Siri and Alexa constantly listen to literally every word uttered in a house in order to hear and react to commands. The IoT is exploding exponentially!

And it’s difficult to not be monitored. It was just revealed that even if you turn off personal tracking on your computer, Google continues to track you through services like Google Maps, weather updates, and browser searches — any app activity can be used to track you.

Much of the data harvested can be used for good. For instance, through the IoT police departments have found a whole new way to find the bad guys through the Internet’s social media. Credit card fraud is being severely reduced by notifying you when someone out of state or in a foreign country is using your card number. But needless to say, this data can also be abused.

It was the Lord who allowed Barack Hussein Obama to be President for His own purposes. It was the Lord who allowed Donald Trump to win for His own purposes. God is in control of every nation on the earth, all the time, even when He’s been quiet for a few thousand years. And one day, post-Rapture, He will no longer be quiet but will reveal Himself to the world.

“I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the LORD.” Ezek 38:22

“And I will set My glory among the nations; and all the nations will see My judgment which I have executed and My hand which I have laid on them.” Ezek 39:21

It’s at this time that God will allow the entire world to be controlled by one man, who is eventually embodied by Satan. He will use the Internet, the Internet of Things, or a close cousin to exert total and forceful control. Thankfully by the Grace of God, Believers are exempted from enduring the horrific conditions surrounding this future time.

“For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1Thess. 5:9

God promises we’ll be taken up and above the Tribulation, “just like” Noah was taken up and above the floodwaters (Matt. 24:37). Jesus is our rescuer.

“…wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.” 1Thess. 1:10

And just like Noah returned to the earth, Believers will also return to the earth with Jesus after the 7-years of Tribulation, to live and reign in the 1000-year Millennium.

“Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” Rev. 20:6

Should Christians Be Concerned About IoT?
So yes, where IoT will eventually take the world is scary, but using the Internet for convenience in the Church Age is not sin.

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An amazing chart that unlocks a hidden Biblical truth

When God created the world in six literal 24-hour days and rested on the seventh, He gave us a template of time designated for the earth. This seven-day creation template is hugely valuable in seeing where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

It’s really very simple—on the first four days, no life was created. Life was created on Days 5 and 6. And God rested on the seventh 24-hour day. So the template is four days without life, two days with life and a day of rest.

Now to God, a day is “like” a thousand years. Not “is,” but “like.”

“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” 2Peter 3:8

So if we take our creation template and apply the “1000 years is like one day,” we get a fascinating 7000-year map or timeline for mankind’s days on Earth (See chart below). And the timeline fits like a glove.

For example, according to Ussher’s Chronology, it was almost exactly 4000 years of elapsed time from Adam to when Jesus arrived, bringing “life” and the Church Age. And we know that Jesus will reign 1000 years as King of Earth after the Church Age, which is the last day of God’s timeline.

Consider this verse that only makes sense using this timeline.

“Come, let us return to the Lord. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him. Hos. 6:1-2

That’s an unfulfilled prophecy about Israel being scattered, torn and wounded for two days and then “returning”/”raised” back up on the third day. But, if we apply our creation model template, it translates to: God will scatter the Jews for about 2000 years before He brings them back to their homeland where they will live with their Messiah for 1000 years.


You can see this template hidden in other verses too.
John 4:40 So when the Samaritans [non-Jews] came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.John 4:43 After the two days He went forth from there into Galilee.

This is the only place the Bible records Jesus staying with non- Jews—and wouldn’t you know it, He stayed with the non-Jews for TWO DAYS!
John 11:39 Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Lazarus was dead for four days–four days of no life–then revived on the fifth day.
You can also see this pattern in John 2:1, “On the third day there was a wedding…” After the 2-day Church Age, on the third day, the Millennium, Believers have a wedding—the Church is the Bride of Christ! This happens at the beginning of the Millennium, the third day on God’s timeline.
Rev. 19:7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”
And one more that’ll blow your mind:
“The Lord also said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let
them wash their garments; and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.” Ex. 19:10-11
The two-day Church Age is the period of time where our sins are washed away (Acts 22:16). And the Jews are to be ready for the Lord to “come down” and reign as King of Earth “in the sight of all.” Amazing!
Applying this to today, Jesus died around 30 AD. So if you add 2 days/2,000 years, it points to this generation being quite blessed with a non-physical-death exit! We won’t know the day or the hour, but we should be able to see the equivalent of Noah loading the animals on the ark!

Shalom!

Bill

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The Stones Cry Out

by Bill Perkins, Executive Director, Compass International

In our public schools today students are being taught revisionist history, meaning they’re not being taught the truth about history. Rather, if history is taught at all, it’s a revised history meant to fit a liberal political narrative. And those revisions do not correctly portray our country’s founding fathers’ beliefs, why they founded the United States, etc.
 
Ask a public high school student today to tell you about the people and events surrounding our Declaration of Independence. If you get more than a blank stare (they don’t teach a lot of history in school today), students will most likely tell you that rich capitalistic white people stole the land from the Indians.
 
But fortunately the truth is easy to find. In 1492 Christopher Columbus bravely crossed the unknown Atlantic Ocean for the express purpose to bring the gospel to the unreached(1).
 
In 1620, those who crossed on the Mayflower fled religious persecution, wishing instead to worship a personal God, not a state-run God(2).
 
In fact, most of the original colonies and states along the eastern coast of North America specifically mentioned God and/or Jesus Christ in their incorporating documents.(3)
 
The founding fathers, and those who followed in our nation’s leadership for decades, were so engrossed in their Biblical beliefs that they left a trail of writings and monument inscriptions carved in stone. The stones cry out today against the lies being taught in our public schools and colleges.
 
For instance, did you know that the 10 Commandments are pictured above the eastern entrance to the Supreme Court building? The inscription reads: “JUSTICE – THE GUARDIAN OF LIBERTY.” And above that inscription, carved in stone and prominently located front and center of the world’s most famous law givers, is Moses holding the two tablets with the 10 Commandments. (Pictured below)

Even the doors of the Supreme Court have the two tablets with God’s law engraved on them.
 
Inside the Lincoln Memorial are numerous phrases that acknowledge God and citations of Bible verses. One quote states, “That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” Other quotes include Matthew 18:7, Psalms 19:9 and Isaiah 40:4-5.
 
On the apex of the Washington Monument are the Latin words “Laus Deo,” which mean “Praise be to God.”
 
In the White House, over the mantel in the state dining room is a quote from John Adams, “I pray Heaven to bestow the best blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it.”
 
Inside the Jefferson Memorial are numerous Biblial references including: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

 
The Jefferson Memorial (pictured above) also quotes the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights. That among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
 
Patrick Henry (March 23,1775)
“We shall not fight ALONE. God presides over the destinies of nations…The battle is not to the strong alone. Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! Give me liberty or give me death!”
 
Religious artwork is found all around Washington DC, including in the Capitol Rotunda. There the prayer service of Christopher Columbus is prominently displayed, along with the Baptism of Pocahontas and the Pilgrims having a Bible study.
 
In the Library of Congress, The Giant Bible of Mainz and The Gutenberg Bible are on prominent permanent display. As is a bronze statue of Moses. And on the walls are Bible verses, including:
 
   “The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.” John 1:5
 
   “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom and with all thy getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7
 
   “What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” Micah 6:8
 
   “The heavens declare the Glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1
 
In the Cox Corridor of the Capitol the words “America! God shed His grace on thee” are inscribed. And at the east Senate Entrance the words “Annuit Coeptis” — Latin for “God has favored our undertakings” — is there for all to see.
 
Recently, Hobby Lobby’s owner Steve Green put up hundreds of millions of dollars to finance the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC (pictured below). It’s located near the National Mall, only three blocks from the Capitol. The museum has hundreds of ancient Biblical artifacts and history exhibits.
STEELING WASHINGTON!
With all this info for Christians to see in our nation’s capital, we’ve planned a great weekend trip in early June 2019 to see for ourselves our nation’s spiritual roots. The visit will also include the Museum of the Bible and other notable Washington landmarks. Should be fun!
 
This Thursday-to-Sunday weekend will be hosted by Andy Woods,President of Chafer Seminary. Andy will do several Bible studies throughout the weekend on the history and purpose of our Constitution as it pertains to Christianity.
 
We’ve also included in our itinerary a Dinner Cruise on the Potomac! (See pic below) And even though it’s a long shot, we’ve also requested a private meeting with President Trump. 🙂 Probably won’t happen, but we’re asking!
 
You can even come in a day or two early or stay later and see even more, it’s going to be an outstanding weekend!
 
There’s never been a better time to spend a weekend in our nation’s capital learning about our Christian roots. So join us in Washington DC, June 6-9, 2019 for Compass’ Christian Heritage Weekend!
 
 
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Are There Restrooms In Heaven?

by Bill Perkins, Executive Director, Compass International

Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of what’s ahead—what it’ll be like in heaven. After all, the Bible does say that our glorious future life is beyond anything we can imagine.
 
“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 1Cor 2:9
 
We can’t even imagine how good it will be. With my imagination, I can think of a lot of A+ situations we could find ourselves in when we finally reach our heavenly goal. Yet no matter how good I imagine it could be, it’s better than anything I can think of! That’s amazing. We certainly won’t be sitting around on clouds playing harps.
 
So with all my “imagination” I have some questions. For instance, what age will we be in heaven? If we live to 100, will we look like that forever? Or will the men all look about 25 and the women 20?
 
Time, After Time?
Here’s another question…eternity’s a long time, so will we have a lot of time on our hands to fill? Will there be “time” after time? Many years ago I was taught that God is outside of time and when we get to heaven, there will be no more time. I didn’t understand it but accepted it as fact.
 
But now as I look more closely at scripture, it clearly says there WILL be time in heaven.
 
“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”   Rev 6:9-10
 
Here we see people in heaven definitely referring to time, saying “how long.” They can see the tribulation going on on the earth, not having completed its full seven years of time.
 
But what about the new heaven and earth? Will time stop? Clearly not!
 
“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” Rev 21:8
 
Here in the New Heaven and Earth we see time mentioned regarding those who did not Believe the Gospel. They’re in the “lake of fire that burns…,” which is a reference to time for people who have died.
 
But this earth will be destroyed by fire one day at the end of the Millennium and we’ll have a New Heaven and Earth (Rev 21:1). Time will also be there:
 
“Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.” Rev 22:1-2
 
Every month! There won’t be a sun or moon to measure time like we do today, but there’s definitely time somehow being measured in the New Heaven and Earth.
 
Einstein showed that time was a physical property that varies depending on mass, acceleration and gravity. Who knows if there’s any gravity in heaven or how fast we’ll be speeding through the universe.
 
Also it’s important to note that time on this earth, as used in our lives, was originally created “good.”
 
    “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Gen. 1:1,5
 
   “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Gen. 1:31
 
We measure and mark time with birthdays, marriages, events and such. And when you think about it, the only bad thing about time is that, after Adam’s sinful fall, time ultimately brings death. But in heaven, there is no death, so time will be on our side.
 
Uh, how about restrooms?
So it’s a fact that time will be present in heaven. But what about restrooms? It’s always intrigued me that Jesus ate with His disciples after He was raised from the dead and in His resurrected body. Obviously He did this to show He was not a spirit, but rather He was truly resurrected with flesh and bone.
 
“See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them.” Luke 24:39-42
 
Jesus proved to His disciples that His resurrected body had flesh and bone by eating fish. Apparently His resurrected body functioned similarly to His original body.
 
We also know that when we get to heaven we’ll go to the big dinner, called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9). There we’ll eat food and drink wine. Jesus said:
 
“And He said to them, ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, ‘Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.’”   Luke 22:15–18
 
I’ve always wondered what the wine was like that Jesus made at the wedding in Cana. So I’m looking forward to tasting His wine at the Marriage Supper! Now it won’t be polite to stare at your Baptist friends who’ve got no clue what to do. Just saying…
 
THAT BEGS THE QUESTION
But this eating food and drink raises another somewhat awkward but interesting question. If you eat food and drink wine, will you need to go to the restroom?
 
Susie, my wonderful wife of almost 43 years, came to my rescue on this one. She, who has a physics minor, said she believes that our bodies will be so perfect, and the food and wine so perfect, that anything we consume will be perfectly absorbed and nothing will need to be eliminated. Whew! I’ll go with that.
 
She makes a good point because we know our new bodies will be like Jesus’ resurrected body—flesh and bone—and absent of sin and decay.
 
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. Phil 3:20–21
 
“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” 1John 3:2
 
So when the Rapture whisks us into the sky, we’ll leave our wretched sinful bodies behind and they’ll be transformed into new containers for our individual spirits. Bodies that won’t age or get sick, but can walk through walls (John 20:19). That’ll be fun!
 
“For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.” 2 Cor. 5:1-3
 
Our earthly bodies are referred to as temporary tents and our new bodies are referred to as eternal houses. That’s quite the upgrade, with or without restrooms.
 
Shalom!
 

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Should Christians Fast?

by Bill Perkins

“But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matt. 6:17

Several years ago I was discussing with an Elder the pros and cons of a huge decision our church was facing. He ended our conversation saying, “But we’ve got it all under control because all the Elders are fasting.” I looked at him incredulously and said, “Really? You think that will help?” The conversation went downhill from there.

Fasting didn’t help these men make a better decision or make them better attuned to the Lord’s direction. The decision they made was disastrous, but it had nothing to do with them fasting or not fasting. These well-meaning and otherwise Godly men were simply incorrectly applying statements in the Gospels, things Jesus said to the Jews under the Law, to people living post-cross in the Church Age.

Applying this Elder’s reasoning, it’s easy to see why so many people through the years have punished their bodies trying to get God’s attention. On our trips to the holyland we have often seen people bleeding from beating their backs with whips or crawling on their bloodied knees for blocks, believing that these kind of actions would make God more likely to answer their prayers.

But the truth is, there is zero you can do or not do to make yourself more or less acceptable to God. You can’t, but Jesus could, and He paid it ALL on the cross.

Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30

The phrase “It is finished” is a Greek accounting term meaning “paid in full.” Born-again Believers are as holy as they’ll ever be living in their sinful and temporary container. You can’t add to the righteousness Jesus provided you. He doesn’t need your help. Paul, our Church Age Apostle, never mentioned fasting.

“You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” Gal. 3:1-3

With the exception of a couple of references to people fasting in the transitional book of Acts, it’s not commanded or instructed in the Church Age.
Some people have used this verse to justify Believers fasting:

And Jesus said to them, “While the bridegroom is with them, the attendants of the bridegroom cannot fast, can they? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.” Mark 2:19-20


They suggest that verse confirms that while Jesus is away we should fast. That’s true for the Jews who rejected their Messiah, to whom this was written. But this verse actually confirms Church Age believers are not to fast because He’s not gone away; He lives in us!

Fasting may have some health benefits and I’m obviously referring only to spiritual applications. So it’s not necessarily wrong to fast. It’s just wrong to fast thinking it will make God more likely to answer your prayers or impart more wisdom to you. If you want wisdom, ask for it.

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

Shalom!

Bill

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Suddenly!

by Bill Perkins

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly, I’m not half the man I used to be.
There’s a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Most people near my age bracket know well the words above to the song “Yesterday,” penned by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. I remember well these pagan lyrics from my pre-Christian days. They came to mind recently as I researched some Bible prophecy verses that specifically mentioned that the Rapture would come “suddenly,” without warning.

Were John Lennon’s Words Prophetic?
The “Yesterday” lyrics could be an unintentional but interestingly prophetic description of the post-Rapture scenario. People will long for “yesterday.”

Think how the world will be absolutely dumbfounded by the sudden dramatic change when the Rapture happens–-most will go from comfy surroundings to unimaginable horror—in a split second. Normal and routine suddenly change to sheer panic and total confusion.

In all probability, due to the electromagnetic polarity of the earth being temporarily disrupted, electricity will cease to work. This means cars and phones won’t work, planes will fall from the sky and communication will be limited, at least for a while, to how far you can holler or walk.

So many things taken for granted, like food and water, will suddenly no longer be easily obtainable—even if you have money, gold, or silver. The scale of disruption is unimaginable. And it all begins suddenly when most least expect it.

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Most miss John the Revelator’s warning
John began the Book of Revelation with a warning of how this period would suddenly begin. But because of the way a word was translated to English, we usually miss the warning. Revelation 1:1 begins with some wording that is a bit awkward:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; NASB

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must soon take place; RSV

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. NKJV

This is a revelation from[fn] Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon[fn] take place. NLT

When you first read that verse, unless you’re a Greek scholar, it sounds like John is saying the events he’s about to describe will begin soon. This is an obvious problem since it’s been some 2000 years since it was written.

But the Greek word translated here simply doesn’t mean “soon.” John was not saying the events would be happening in the near future. The actual Greek word translated “soon” is tachos (from which we get the English word “tachometer”). Consider the definition:

tachos, takh´-os; a brief space (of time)

The NLT has a reference after the word “soon” that says:

1:1b Or suddenly, rapidly, or quickly.”

Obviously the NLT should not be used as a study Bible as it’s a paraphrase, not a word-for-word translation. Trust me, for a Bible, you want to know what God said, not what someone thinks He said. So a word-for-word translation is always preferred when studying God’s Word, like the KJV, NKJV, or NASB.

But used as a commentary, the NLT corrected noted (“fn”) that the word translated “soon” or “shortly” is unique and means “taking place suddenly, in a brief space of time.”

So Rev. 1:1 could very easily be translated:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must suddenly take place;

The same idea is hidden in a Rapture-related verse that most prophecy lovers know well, which was written about non-Christians:

“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they [non-Christians] are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.” 1Thes. 5:2-3

The word “destruction” (or “ruin”) should actually be translated sudden destruction.” The NASB Greek Notes has the alternative translation listed:

1Thessalonians 5:3-
1Or sudden destruction
2Lit comes upon

Therefore the phrase could (should?) be translated:

“…then, suddenly, destruction comes upon them…”

So the Bible clearly teaches us that the end of the Church Age comes suddenly, without warning to the world. Do you think if the Rapture were to happen this year it would suddenly catch most of the world off guard?

Oh wow would it! Imagine a hungry, Holy Spirit-less world, dealing with the food distribution problems in Rev. 6:6. Not good.

So just how bad are the post-Rapture events?
I wince when I hear mid-trib Bible teachers trying to explain that Christians are only exempted from the “Wrath of God” and claim that Wrath only comes in the second half of the Tribulation. That has to be one of the dumbest arguments of all time.

Consider just these five events (of many) that will begin happening suddenly, without warning, and continue in the FIRST three and a half years of the 7-Year Tribulation:

1) World war. Rev. 6:4
2) 1/4 of earth killed by famine, pestilence, and wild beasts. Rev. 6:8
3) 1/3 of earth is burned by fire from heaven. Rev. 8:7
4) 1/3 of the fish in the sea die. Rev. 8:9
5) 1/3 of remaining people on earth die. Rev. 9:18

That last 1/3 of the world dying is in addition to those dying in Rev. 6:8—so a total of 50% of the world’s population dies! There are 7 billion people on the planet today. Assuming Rapture takes out one billion (probably a generously high estimate), then an astonishing 3 billion people will die in the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation.

Yet, it does get worse in the second 3 1/2 year period. The Bible says God’s Bowls of Wrath are then poured out with such unbelievable destruction that it ends with an earthquake so large that the mountains around the world fall flat and the islands disappear! That’s unimaginable!

“And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.” Rev. 16:20

So to say the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation aren’t that bad is ludicrous. And all of this comes suddenly, without warning, for most people on the planet.

However—
But, believe it or not, there’s one essential characteristic of the first 3 1/2 years of Tribulation in which you could be directly involved. There’s something you could do today that might affect those living into the Tribulation. Interested? Read on….

Here are the facts: There will be millions upon millions who’ll get saved after the Rapture and during the Tribulation. There are scores of references to Jesus and the Gospel in the Tribulation. It’s a pretty simple choice: Choose Jesus and probably die on the earth but live forever in heaven. Or choose Satan and live on the earth but eventually be cast into hell forever.

MULTITUDES will choose Jesus. There are so many people who get saved during that time that the Bible says they’re uncountable!

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;” Rev. 7:9

“Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?’…’These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’” Rev. 7:13-14

“They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;” Rev. 7:16

No doubt, of all these getting saved in the Tribulation, many will have had knowledge of Jesus before the Rapture but never believed the Gospel. There’ll be people who missed the Rapture who will immediately KNOW WHY THEY MISSED IT. They’ll get saved by faith during the Tribulation and become bold warriors for the truth.

These have a second chance to believe the Gospel, much like many who got saved at the last second when Noah’s flood waters began rising. They immediately knew they were wrong not to listen to Noah’s warnings. So they called out to the Lord before they drowned, much like the thief on the cross.

Those saved will not believe the monstrous lie being perpetrated about what happened to all those disappearing people at the Rapture. They heard about the possibility of Rapture but didn’t believe at the time. And when the Rapture happened, they became Believers and will be great witnesses for the truth.

“Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many;…” Dan. 11:33a

“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Dan. 12:3

It’ll be a terrible time, but these saved-by-faith Tribulation Christians will be saved from eternal punishment in hell, even though they will endure temporary pain and/or death during the Tribulation.

When the New World Leader first shows up, he’ll explain away the Rapture with a bold lie. Those who believe this unspecified lie do not get saved.

Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. 2Thes. 2:8-12

But the Tribulation Christians don’t believe the World Leader’s lie. They won’t have the Holy Spirit indwelling them but they’ll be motivated to “Live for Jesus” and “die for gain.” We wrote an article detailing the mass evangelism during the first 3 1/2 years of Tribulation. You can read it HERE.

A Challenge For You Personally
So, here’s an idea for you to pray about. Hang with me here. The Rapture will catch only non-Christians by surprise but will NOT catch Believers by surprise:

“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they [non-Believers] are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren [Believers], are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 1Thes. 5:2-5

So discerning Christians, like you, can see when Rapture’s getting close. I’m convinced that regardless of the year, the Rapture will happen on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish Feast that is celebrated in the fall each year(1). And there are a LOT of Christians thinking this could very well be the year.

I am NOT predicting Rapture will happen this September. In fact, it probably will not happen this year—but it certainly could. And if it did, it’s all over for Believer’s human existence on this planet. We’ll get our new bodies like Jesus received after His resurrection (Phil. 3:20-21). But everyone left behind is in a real mess. So I would like to leave a few messages of instruction—just in case!

Millions Missing Booklet
The Millions Missing Booklet

This is our booklet of instructions for those who miss the Rapture. If you’ve never seen this unique booklet, CLICK HERE to view it.

If the Rapture happens this year, we’ll have left behind a lot of instructions for those “on the ground” worldwide. Just one of those instruction booklets could be used by God to keep someone from believing the “lie.” And maybe be used to reach many others.

We’re Not Date Setting!
As I said, and don’t miss this fact, the Rapture is probably NOT going to happen this year. And we’re not date-setting. In all probability we could be mailing some again next year. And the next. So we can’t go crazy and empty the coffers.

But with all that’s going on around us, it seems better to be proactive and leave a little truth on the ground around the world, just in case it suddenly happens. And if it does, it could be a life-saver for a lot of those left behind!

Shalom!

Bill

(1) Compass Article, “Is Rapture in September?”
https://compass.org/article-is-the-rapture-in-september/

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USA – God’s War Club

by Bill Perkins

Missles United States

“He says, ‘You are My war-club, My weapon of war; And with you I shatter nations, and with you I destroy kingdoms.’” Jer 51:20

The Bible says there’s a latter-day nation referred to as “Babylon” and/or “Daughter of Babylon.” We wrote an article about this nation proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that it can only be the United States. At the end of this article there is a link to the original piece that shows 22 reasons Babylon has to be the USA.

One of the more interesting characteristics of this end-time nation, Babylon/USA, is that God uses her as a “war club” to militarily carry out His will around the entire earth.

The Hebrew definition of “war-club” is “shatterer.” This is interesting as the U.S. pretty much shattered Germany in World War I and then shattered Germany and Japan in World War II. When there is no political restraint, the USA can take out anybody.

There is another similar Bible reference to this country—calling her God’s military hammer of the earth.

“the hammer of the whole earth…”  Jer. 50:23a

The actual Hebrew definition of “hammer” is “a forge hammer.” So we see that God prophesied that He would raise up this nation as His military hammer to move things along at the pace He desires—to forge or shape the country’s policies around the world to be aligned with His will.

It’s not surprising that God does things like this as He’s in control of all things, even who is in leadership of nations. God says He literally puts kings and world leaders into and out of power.

“…For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Rom. 13:1b

“…He removes kings and establishes kings;” Dan. 2:21b

I can assure you that the reason Donald Trump is president is because God wanted him there. Continuing the policies of the previous administration was not what God wanted at this time. So the Lord lifted up thick-skinned Donald Trump to be president.

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Prov. 21:11

God can use anything and anyone at anytime for His purposes. While most people reading this would prefer to have elected a president with impeccable past morals, God, in His sovereignty, chose a no-nonsense leader who was NOT politically correct in his thinking.

I can think of NO other person who was running for office who could’ve withstood the constant barrage of media lies that President Trump has withstood. What he has accomplished is astonishing. If you’re not praying daily for his protection, shame on you! I can promise you, Satan HATES President Trump!

World Map

God wanted this nation to be strong militarily, in order to be His war-club. God is using President Trump and the United States to currently be His military hammer on Syria.

It’s also interesting that our weapon of choice against Syria is the Tomahawk cruise missile. A Tomahawk is a weapon shaped like a hammer.

Tomahawk Cruise Missile

Many have wondered if we might have pushed Russia too far. Many liberals and conservatives alike have worried that President Trump, by his military actions, could trigger a war with Russia.

But Russia, for all her boldness and tough talk, knows full well she’s woefully out-gunned and can’t square off in a war with the USA. Consider this map of how much military might we have surrounding Russia:

That’s amazing. So how many bases does Russia have in Canada or Mexico? Zero. None even in North or South America. Not even Cuba anymore. (1)

But Things Will Suddenly Change In the Future

After the Rapture things will abruptly change. With the United States decimated, Russia and Iran WILL take the opportunity to attack Israel (Ezek. 38 & 39). So it’s not surprising that Russia and Iran are linking together today, if in fact we’re getting close to the Rapture.

The word on the street in Israel is that the most recent drone attack against Syria had nothing to do with “chemicals.” Rather, it had everything to do with Iran!

What Most Don’t Know

In February, Iran sent a drone loaded with deadly toxic gas into Israeli airspace. The drone was shot down and recovered, and Israel determined that it had been launched from a base in central Syria where Iranians had been covertly working.

The recent airstrike from the U.S. against Syria was coordinated with Israel, something most news outlets didn’t mention. The U.S. and Israel struck the huge underground bunker complex near the town of Homs, which was full of Iranians.

The Iranians were there developing chemical weapons… including the ones used against Israel in February. The complex was totally destroyed. Iran even admitted that Iranians were killed in these Syrian attacks.

This is an amazing development. Behind the scenes, Iran is now mad-as-a-hatter and extremely embarrassed. They (Satan’s minions) want to take out Israel (God’s chosen) so badly they can’t stand it. But God is saying, “No, not now.”

Russia & Iran WILL attack Israel, but not now

Ultimately the Bible says Iran will team with Russia and launch an attack “from the north” against Israel (Ezek 38:6,15; 39:2). God will personally bait Russia and Iran into attacking Israel:

“I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army,” Ezek 38:4

“in the last days that I will bring you against My land,” Ezek 38:16

And then He will personally crush them in a humiliating defeat. Notice God’s personal involvement phrasing:

“It will come about on that day, when Gog [Russia] comes against the land of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD, “that My fury will mount up in My anger.” Ezek. 38:18

“With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgment with him; and I will rain on him and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone. Ezek. 38:22

“I will strike your bow from your left hand and dash down your arrows from your right hand.” Ezek. 39:3

God’s purpose for bringing on this war is quite simple. Post-Rapture will be a new day—the time will have come when He will no longer be silent. Just as Egypt suddenly received the wrath of God, so will all the nations of the earth see God at work.

“My holy name I will make known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let My holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” Ezek. 39:7

“And I will set My glory among the nations; and all the nations will see My judgment which I have executed and My hand which I have laid on them.” Ezek. 39:21

Timeline

But remember, all this happens POST RAPTURE in a Restrainer-less earth as the Church will have been graciously removed — we’re thankfully not appointed to be a recipient of God’s wrath.

“For God has not destined us for wrath,…” 1Th. 5:9a

“…having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Rom. 5:9

“… Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.” 1Th. 1:10b

So if what we’re watching today is setting in motion what God will use to goad Iran and Russia into attacking Israel, we could definitely be close to our quite exciting exit.

And during that time of post-Rapture Tribulation, God will allow the destruction of the United States. His War-Club will no longer be necessary as He will be pounding the earth from the heavens.

You can get the video explaining the post-Rapture destruction of the United States HERE. The download is FREE. If you wish to have the DVD shipped to you, it’s $6.95. The printed version will also be included in a new Compass book that’s going to press this week. Details coming!

So we keep our eyes up, looking for the coming of our Lord, not down on this temporal earth. There will come a time when the world as we know it will suddenly, without warning, change forever. In the meantime, our prayer is to be used by God in the lives of our friends, family and coworkers!

Shalom!

Bill

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_military_bases_abroad

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Is “Biblical Maturity”

Your Life Goal?

Mature, or wish you had!

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ve probably run across the four responses in the Parable of the Sower. There have been many explanations and debates in the Christian community as to whom these four situations apply. 

And even though Jesus is speaking pre-Cross to people in Israel under the Law, not to people in the Church Age, there’s a lot for Spirit-indwelled Believers to consider and apply—especially in the area of Biblical maturity.

The Parable of the Sower is addressed in Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8.graphic depicting a bird eating seed, the sun scorching seed, brambles crowding out the seed, and seed flourishing as a plant In those passages Jesus describes in easy-to-understand word graphics four things that can happen when someone shares the Gospel. 

The parable begins with the seed (the Word of God) being sown (spread).

     “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.” Luke 8:11  

We know this can apply to Believers today because Peter also refers to the same “seed” in reference to the Church Age.

     “… for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable,

     that is, through the living and enduring Word of God.” 1 Pet. 1:23

Paul also calls all Believers part of “God’s field,” which means God’s “cultivated land.”

     “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field …” 1 Cor. 3:9a new plant just recently emerged from soil

As the parable continues, we see once the seed is sown, two things can happen:

  1.  > Some seed does not bloom—is not saved. 
  2.  > Some seed blooms—is saved.

When the Gospel is proclaimed to someone, one of two things happens: They either get saved or they don’t. Pretty simple. 

     “Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.” Luke 8:12

But if the person to whom the gospel is being shared does believe/get saved, the person begins to grow in God’s cultivated land. The seed blooms because God is in their heart growing. But they have an adversary, and he has two goals for every person:

     1 – Keeping people lost.

     2 – Robbing those saved of spiritual blessings. 

So for born-again Believers, there are three things that can happen, all having to do with how much the blooming seed grows, which is code for We are to grow up in all aspects unto himhow much Believers mature in their spiritual walk. 

1. No maturity

     “Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.” Luke 8:13

Never forget that when a person believes the Gospel, even for one second, the person is saved forever. 

     “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24

biblical literacy is not to be confused with christian maturityA person’s salvation from the point of belief onward has zero to do with “works,” zero to do with what the new Believer does or doesn’t do. (Gal. 3:3)

Paul warned the non-maturing Corinthian Believers about the critical importance of Biblical maturity.

     “I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly.” 1 Cor. 3:2-3a

Paul continued to explain that even if they had zero maturity, they still were saved. Even if everything they did after they were saved was bad, they still went to heaven.

     “If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Cor. 3:15

So if the seed has any root whatsoever, it bloomed, therefore we’re dealing with a Believer. Most of us know people who truly trusted Jesus but over time it didn’t seem to dial in. Don’t give up on them—they didn’t lose their salvation and they did get saved! Keep praying for them and look for ways to help those who seem rudderless. 

     Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.” Gal. 6:1

Don’t miss the last part of the verse—except by the grace of God you could be in the same situation!

In 1st Corinthians 5 Paul discusses a Believer who is so bad he decided it was best to allow Satan to destroy his flesh so his Spirit, that which is eternal, could go to heaven. Wow!

     “I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Cor. 5:5

That person was a Believer who exhibited zero signs of maturity and was acting as a non-Believer. But he was still saved. Know anyone like that? I do! 

2. Some maturity

     “The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.” Luke 8:14

The second thing that can happen after someone becomes a Believer is starting in the right direction, exhibiting growth and maturity, but eventually being tripped up by the Evil One and losing a Christ-centered focus. Rather than focusing on the next life, they begin focusing everything on this life. 

     “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Col. 3:2

There are so many people in this category that a worship song by Keith Green, “Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful,” includes these lyrics:

     Oh Lord, please light the fire
That once burned bright and clear
Replace the lamp of my first love
That burns with holy fear

How many people do you know who seemed to be doing well in their Christian walk but were badly tripped up over time due to excessive worrying, over-emphasis on acquiring wealth or too much attention on the pleasures of this life? 

Satan has had some 6000 years of practice messing with Believers and he’s good at what he does. Ignore him to your own peril. We are warned:

     “and do not give the devil an opportunity.” Eph. 4:27

Believers who have petered out over time need extra care to be  brought back into a balanced life-focus where God can use their Spiritual gifts to His glory. The key here is continuing to pray for them to get their eyes back on the Word, believing God will change their heart’s focus.

     “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matt. 21:22

3. Solid maturity

“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” Matt. 13:23

The third thing that can happen when a Believer believes the Gospel is that he/she does, in fact, mature in his/her faith.

      “Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity,” Heb. 6:1

Biblical maturity begins when a person understands the importance of studying and applying God’s written Word to every aspect of life. The new Believer desires to serve the Lord in all decisions and uses the Bible as a life-guide.

This is not automatic as everyone is different and therefore some grow faster than others. Some may take years, trusting the Lord little bits at a time. Or God may use a life event to immediately get attention focused squarely on Him. 

But at whatever pace, maturing Believers begin to acquire and apply their knowledge and understanding of God’s principles to their decisions. They may fail at times, but they get up and continue. Over time they understand that there’s good and evil in the world and that the safest and most glorifying decisions are rooted in Scripture.

     “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Heb. 5:14

Maturing Believers sink deep roots for spiritual nourishment so they don’t wilt under persecution. They welcome a steady stream of input from their pastor, solid believers and personal Bible studies to keep a properly balanced life-focus.

     “Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors.” Psa. 119:24

     “Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.” Prov. 11:14

A maturing Believer learns to totally trust that God is in control of all things, all the time, and that worry is sin. We ARE to be concerned for people and events, as Paul praised the people in Philippi for their concern for him (Phil 4:10). 

But the spiritual balance comes in the next verse (Phil. 4:11) when he says he has learned to be “content” in whatever circumstances he’s in, knowing God allowed them for His ultimate good.  

     “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Rom. 8:28

The ultimate goal of a maturing Believer is to bring every thought into perfect obedience inside Scriptural parameters. This is what Bible teacher Darryl Kraft calls learning to “think in verses.”

     “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” 2Cor. 10:5

Therefore, to keep from becoming unfruitful in this life or to change an improper spiritual direction or emphasis, sink your spiritual roots deep. Make your Bible your guide in everything to receive the pure and proper nourishment from God. 

This Godly nourishment will guide you in establishing proper priorities. And WHEN you mature, you will begin to see more clearly in ALL areas of life! PTL! 

     “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” Psa. 1:1-3

But don’t get cocky if you have experienced some measure of maturity because you’re only one nano-second away from moving from maturity to embarrassment. 

     “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Pet. 5:8

Shalom!

Bill

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Murdering God’s Image

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” Ps. 139:13,14

In the beginning….

The pinnacle of God’s mind-blowing seven-day creative week was humans made in His own triune image. God created all of these “Images of God” to live, maintain and populate a most beautiful planet.

Not long after the seven days of Creation (where God declared all He had created was “good”), Lucifer sinned and his ultimate destiny in eternal hell was set. His revengeful vile runs deep, and for 6000 years he’s taken it out on humans because being made in God’s image is a constant reminder to the devil of his upcoming punishment by God.

The first thing Satan did after he fell from his lofty perch was set his destructive sightsFor as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive 1 Corinthians 15:22 on the first humans—Adam and Eve. We now know through our study of DNA that present in those first two people was 100% of the population of all the world. Who you are today came from literally being “in Adam.” So you’re therefore a co-recipient of Adam’s death sentence. (1 Cor. 15:22)

But God thankfully made our redemption possible through believing the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus the Messiah’s death, burial and resurrection. Humans are graciously given the choice to opt out of spending eternity in hell by trusting the shed blood of Jesus.

Not wishing for anyone to be redeemed, Satan does everything in his power to keep humans from understanding Biblical truth. And if they do “believe,” resulting in eternal security, the devil seeks to make Believers’ lives miserable through his lies. The last thing he wants is a well-grounded, Bible-trusting Believer.

So Satan knows that to do his job best he has to start early…

“The sower sows the word. These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them.” Mark 4:14,15

But then again, why should Satan wait for someone to hear the Word? Why not just snuff ‘em out before they have a chance to hear? Why not murder the Image of God before it’s even born?

Ancient pagan civilizations like the Incas, the Aztecs and the Druids were notorious for child sacrifice. In the Bible the Ammonites and the Canaanites sacrificed children in the Hinnon Valley outside of Jerusalem in the name of “Molech,” which of course is just Satan in disguise. Without God they’re duck soup for Satan.

But later in the Bible we are dumbfounded to read King Manassah (2 Kings 21:6), King Ahaz (2 Chronicles 28:1-4), King Solomon (1 Kings 11:4-11) and the tribe of Judah were horribly sacrificing their children (Jeremiah 32:35).

God so detested this practice of child sacrifice that He said anyone doing it should be stoned to death.

“… Any man from the sons of Israel …who gives any of his offspring to Molech, shall surely be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones.” Lev. 20:2

Satan the Deceiver

Today, child sacrifice continues in the form of abortion. Make no mistake about it, abortion is child sacrifice. Mostly done for the God of convenience or the God of money (thinly camouflaged as maintaining a preferred lifestyle), abortion has murdered over 50 million (3) of our most delicate and innocent Americans since the Supreme Court ruled abortion was legal in the landmark Roe vs. Wade case in 1973. Even though the number has dropped in half since 1978, today we are still murdering 1,300,000 innocent babies each year in the United States.

Pie chart depicting the deaths by abortion compared to many wars

Believers who have had abortions are as forgiven of this sin as believers are of other sinsThose 50 million lives, had they lived, would have produced at least another 50 million babies that would now be having more babies.

And those numbers are not even counting the technical abortions caused by birth control. I am amazed how few people know that 80% of the time, the pill works as an abortifacient by not allowing a fertilized egg to implant in the lining. Life begins at conception. Everything for life is contained in that union of sperm and egg. If God sees it as a life then so should we!

“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” Ps. 139:16

graphic stating that God says life begins when the egg and sperm unitegraphic depicting the fetus four days after conception

So if you add those technical abortions from birth control to the physical abortions, you would have somewhere around 200 million more people in our population. That number would make this nation quite great again with a booming economy.

But instead of the post WWII Baby Boom followed by their babies producing the Baby Zoom, Satan was able to dupe Christians and non-Christians alike and we ended up with the Baby Bust. White families went from about four kids per family in 1948 to two kids in 2015. (4)

Medical Problems Caused by Abortion

The medical results from abortions are simply covered up. It is a FACT that abortions cause an increase in sterility, future births being premature, mental illness, guilt, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse and even death— up to 10 each year. And the most under-reported of all, a direct link to breast cancer. (1)

None of these abortion complications are mentioned to pregnant women coming to abortion clinics. There is no “safe” abortion. And if you want to talk about women’s rights, half of those aborted are women. What about their rights? What would they say if given the “choice”?

We had Abby Johnson speak at a Steeling the Mind Conference. She formerly worked in an abortion clinic for several years, “counseling” those coming in the door for abortions. She dutifully told women seeking abortions what she was told to say.

But one day, due to an urgent staffing problem, she was asked to assist on an actual abortion. It changed her life because she saw first-hand that what she had been telling women was an out-and-out lie. Her story is amazing and every Christian should know this information.” CLICK HERE for more information.

And if there was any doubt in your mind that abortion is not murder, check out the three pictures below. No wonder Planned Parenthood doesn’t have one single ultrasound machine in ANY of their 650 clinics in the U.S.! They KNOW that if women saw their babies, they would change their mind about abortion!

References

(1) http://wrtl.org/abortion/problems-after-abortion/

(1) https://www.liveaction.org/news/centers-for-disease-control-reveals-more-women-dying-from-abortion-than- we-thought/

(2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3icaJM-PPtc

(3) https://www.texasrighttolife.com/did-you-know-that-some-birth-control-methods-can-cause-abortion/

(4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post%E2%80%93World_War_II_baby_boom

graphic depicting after 5 to 6 weeks of gestationAt just 5-6 weeks of gestation…

Despite being only a quarter of an inch long, her nose, mouth, and ears are already taking shape! Her heart began beating at 20 days and is now beating about 100 times a minute (almost twice as fast as yours) and blood is beginning to circulate through her body. Brain waves have been detectable for at least 2-3 weeks already!

At 12 weeks…graphic depicting after 12 weeks of gestation

Her muscles are beginning to bulk up, as she stretches and kicks. And she’ll likely respond to touch because her reflexes are beginning to develop, although you won’t feel it yet. [photo:mshop.nationalgeographic.com]

At 6 months…

The baby now responds to sound by moving. The mom usually notices some movement, even from hiccups! [photo: hospicepatients.org]graphic depicting after 6 months of gestation

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret ... Your eyes have seen my unformed substance. Psalm 139:15

Depiction of a fetus from 1 month through 9 months of gestation

Electrical recordings of the heart at 9 and a half weeks are very similar to the EKG tracing of a newborn

Looking at those pictures I find it almost inconceivable that someone might think life randomly came from two rocks. God’s design, IN HIS IMAGE, is magnificent! And impossible to be random. Giving any credibility to the theory of evolution is simply blasphemous.

Concluding thought…

If you found out that your next-door neighbors were about to murder their two year old with a knife, would you go to them and try to talk to them? If so, why? What’s the difference in a two year old and a baby two months from conception?

The difference is whether or not you look to God as Lord of your life.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2Tim. 2:15

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graphic of a heart with a hole in it shaped like a cross

The Hole In Your Heart

“He has also set eternity in their heart,” Eccl. 3:11b

It sure seems like we’re seeing a lot of downright godless behavior lately. Every day, if not every hour, more and more men in deplorable and degrading sin are being revealed in the national media.

Why is God suddenly allowing us to see the depths of our political corruption andpicture of Matt Lauer the astonishing sinfulness of powerful men? What is causing this and what is the best response by Believers?

The answer is embedded in the Bible for all to see. But most people aren’t willing to look for eternal answers and instead only wish to deal with the here and now, to their own peril.

Where To Start

For Believers, we look at problems and solutions from a Biblical perspective—temporal vs. eternal. God’s way vs. man’s way.

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Col. 3:2

Sin today is exacerbated with the explosion of pornography. An unbelievable number of men, both Christian and non-Christian, have fallen to Satan’s “lust of the eyes” lures, damaging—or breaking completely—their 90% of young boys and 60% of young girls have been exposed to pornography before the age of 18. The median age of exposure is 11.marriages. (3)

God warns us to be careful about what we allow our eyes to view.                    

“The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.” Luke 11:34

It’s probable that most, if not all, of the national leaders who are being busted for sex innuendos or actions outside of marriage have had, or are having, problems with pornography.

The Roots Of Sin

When Adam was created, he was designed perfectly, with a place for God to live in his heart, to have perfect union with the Creator of the universe. He walked and conversed with God, having a personal and direct relationship.

But when Adam sinned, God, being perfect and having no alternative, had to withdraw from that relationship. Sin had caused Adam to lose what was originally designed for him— having God’s Spirit living in his heart. Adam was left with what Blaise Pascal called “A heart-shaped vacuum.”

That godless, sinful condition that Adam now embodied, with a heart-shaped vacuum that only God can fill, was passed along to every living human being on the earth through the male.

In fact, if a female could have a baby without a human male being involved, she could have a sinless offspring—which is how Jesus was born sinless, not having a human father.

Everyone since Adam has been born with this vacuum, a hole in their heart. They have a place designed for God, but because of sin, God cannot live there. So man, realizing he is missing something, spends his life trying to fill his heart-hole with temporal things.

The Problem With A Hole In Our Heart

The sin nature and the drive to fill that empty heart is difficult for humans to control. No matter what humans tried to fill their empty heart with, it is only temporarily satisfying. More and more earthly “things” had to be continually inserted.

Jesus even commented that rich people are the hardest to reach because they have the money for an endless supply of temporal items. If they got tired of filling their heart-hole with one thing, they had the money to switch to another. And then another.

So it didn’t take long for Satan to lead the earth in open rebellion. It got so bad God had to basically start over by wiping out the earth with a global Flood. Thankfully God saved Noah, the only one righteous man left on earth, and his family.

Post Flood, God restrained many of the worst of Satan’s angels and allowed the earth to repopulate. But humans still have the same problem. They are designed with a place for God in their hearts, but God, being absolutely perfect, could not indwell His human creation because mankind was sinful.

Thankfully God loved us so much that He came from heaven in order to provide a way out of this sinful condition in which man was seemingly forever trapped. God became a human in order to redeem mankind from our sinful condition.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,” John 1:14

God lived a sinless life on earth, allowed His blood to be shed while dying as a sacrifice for a full and complete atonement for our sin, thus defeating death. This atonement broke down the barrier between God and man. God could again commune with His human creation.

God’s Rules Rule (4)

But receiving the atonement from God to escape the hot, dark and forever fires of hell has a condition attached. You must personally believe the Gospel news, trusting that God’s death on the Cross and His subsequent resurrection did in fact pay for your personal sins—past, present and future.

“…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” Rom 10:9

For those of us who do confess to being a sinner in need of a Savior, and believe that God paid for our sins, the Lord comes into our hearts to live permanently and forever refilling our heart-shaped vacuum, completely satisfying our heart-hole.

Unfortunately, in this life, we still live with our sin nature on this earth.

“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8

Thankfully, a born-again relationship gives us access to power over our still-existing sin nature. And ultimately, we receive a new, sinless body for eternity in heaven.

So Believers use this new Godly access to armor up against being duped into sinning on this earth. And even though we fail in this life, the more Scriptural armor we employ, the more we mature and are less likely to fall for sin’s continual lures.

“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Heb. 5:14

The World Without God

Therefore, it is a Biblical fact that the only way on this earth to effectively deal with sin is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. So when we’re watching headlines about the sinfulness of prominent men, keep in mind that they’re duped, operating in a fallen world, and not seeking the only true answer—Jesus Christ.

“No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” 2 Cor. 11:14

When non-believers are caught with their hands in the cookie jar, they naturally try all imaginable ways to deal with their sin nature other than turning to Jesus. They will apologize, explain or complain that they forgot the rules. Or they gravitate to the latest “get out of jail free” card offered by Satan: “getting counsel.”

Don’t be fooled. Secular counseling, without using Biblical principles, is from the pit of hell.(1) And most “Christian counselors” incorporate some secular thinking when they offer solutions.(2) True counselors point to God’s inerrant Word to show where out-of-bounds lines are clearly marked. One session should be enough.

Desiring “Self” To Be God Is Not New

In Genesis 3:1-7, Satan tempted Adam with “You can be your own God.” Satan is still using that same line 6000 years later. He wants people to think only of themselves, today. He wants us to think we should be focused on ourselves in this life, not on God and eternity.

When you look at the Isaiah 14 passages regarding Satan‘s fall, the main characteristic of his sin was “self.” Six times Satan says, or implies, “I”… Satan didn’t want to worship God, he wanted to BE God.

“But you [Satan] said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,

And I will sit on the mount of assembly
[I will sit] In the recesses of the north.
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’”   Is. 14:14

So the answer to dealing with sin is not to rely on our human abilities and personally seek ways to climb out of our miry mess. Rather, we’re to look to God. True and lasting answers are found only in His Word.

We can’t, but God can. God is the only thing that will come into our lives and permanently satisfy the desires in our life and truly fill the hole in our heart.

“I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”

So today in the news we’re seeing what happens when you refuse God’s will as the purpose for your life.picture of Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein was exposed trying to put temporal sinful sex in his empty heart-hole. He can go to all the counselors he can find, but he will still have his sin nature after all of those counseling sessions. He’s fighting a losing battle and nothing will change permanently, unless he turns to the Bible as his counselor.

Matt Lauer also put self first, via sinful sex, into his empty heart-hole. He can apologize and promise to be better, but he’s fighting a losing battle unless he turns to Jesus for true satisfaction.

Charlie Rose can question the accuracy of all the accusations against him while promising to change, but he can’t change unless he allows into his life the only thing that can really change him, Jesus Christ living in his empty heart- hole!

Former comedian and now Minnesota Senator Al Franken can back-pedal all he wants, but nothing will actually change until he looks to Jesus to fill the hole in his heart.

John Conyers, Anthony Weiner, John Edwards, Tiger Woods… the list is seemingly endless. God seems to be telling us we need to get our eyes back on the things that matter.

And matter they do. The entire non-believing world is only a nano-second from the worst imaginable horror coming on this earth for seven full years. We have to be bold in these last days, proclaiming and defending what we know to be true.

“…always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;” 1 Pet 3:15

Is God allowing one last opportunity to proclaim truth to people before the final curtain closes? Maybe. So over the upcoming holidays when you inevitably discuss these things with family and friends this Christmas season, ask the Lord to give you the opportunity to plant eternal seeds.

“…praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;” Col. 4:3

Because “just like” in the days of Noah, the time of God’s patience won’t last forever. (5)

“…when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.” 1 Pet. 3:20

Use us, Lord!

References:

(1) https://compass.org/product/why-christians-cant-trust-psychology-gino-geraci/

(2) https://compass.org/product/is-christian-psychology-biblical-t-a-mcmahon/

(3) https://compass.org/article-what-pornography-does-to-your-brain/

(4) https://compass.org/rr1/

(5) https://compass.org/article-gods-patience-in-the-last-days/

days of noah graphic

graphic of end of church age, tribulation, and beginning of millennium

The above two charts are from a previous Compass eNews article: “God’s Patience in the Last Days”

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The Day God Changed America

In 1948 God allowed Israel to become a nation in the midst of howling wolves surrounding the fledgling country. In a land that had been dominated by Arabs for 800 years, Israel sprang up, seemingly out of nowhere.

On May 14, 1948, the day the United Nations announced that Israel had been given formal nation status, six Arab nations invaded Israel with the expressed purpose to wipe her out before she could even get her government and army established.map of Israel showing the War of Independence

So much was at stake. The Arabs had grown accustomed to controlling that part of the world. They assumed it would be theirs forever.

Immediately, within hours of Israel becoming a nation, 1.2 million Arab troops from six countries came against a total population of 800,000 Israeli men, women and children. Anyone who has played the game of Risk knows those numbers don’t work for holding territory.

Yet against all odds, somehow Israel repelled the overwhelming forces who came against her, and the new nation began. One of the things they did was drain the swamps, literally, giving Israel much-needed agricultural space.

The bottom line is that Israel survived only because the Lord wanted her to survive in order to fulfill Bible prophecy. It was proof that the Creator God of the universe was, is and will always be, in total and complete control. The ultimate result was that after 2000 years of Jews being dispersed and ridiculed around the world, God changed everything in a day.

Some 70 years later, in similar fashion, on November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. He too was dropped into the midst of howling wolves who surrounded him, fully intent on destroying his duly-elected administration. He too had to drain the swamps.

From the day he was elected, the full force of the liberal left has assaulted him with any and everything available. They’re incredulous that they’ve lost control of so much money and power. They assumed that their control of our nation’s direction would be theirs forever.

But God changed everything in a day. God allowed, for His purposes, Donald Trump to become President. And President Trump has already done as much, or more, than Ronald Reagan did for Christians. Only the Lord could have arranged such an amazing story.

graphic of the cover of the book The Day Christians Changed AmericaGeorge Barna, the famous national pollster, has released a new book entitled “The Day Christians Changed America.” When you read it, you realize the title could have easily been, “The Day God Changed America,” because using his monthly polling he documents how Christians and their faith were the determining factors behind the inexplicable Presidential election results. 

It’s a fantastic read for Believers because it shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is still in control and used Believers to turn back the openly Satanic assault against God, family and country.

Unless you had your head buried in the sand, it had become quite clear that those in charge for the last eight years wanted to detach this nation from its moral base and world prominence.

The former administration had done everything within its power to wipe out all Christian influence in this nation. They pushed one anti-biblical theme after another for eight long years. And the nightmare ended, against all odds, only when God used Believers and their underlying faith to change the direction of America in a single day.

Donald Trump is now the captain of our ship and is exposing the most unimaginable atrocities perpetuated on Christians in America by the last administration. How long this reprieve will last is up to the Lord, but in the meantime, we pray for God’s protection of President Trump and his administration. And we thank the Lord the election didn’t turn out differently.

And if you want to see what was FACTUALLY behind the presidential election, order George Barna’s book from Compass: The Day Christians Changed America. It’s so captivating for Believers I practically read it all the way through without stopping!

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Within the pages of Barna’s book are several references to the invitation-only meeting I attended with other Christian leaders in June of 2016. Barna says that meeting was a turning point in the Presidential campaign.

I believe him. I wrote about the meeting that evening in my hotel room. I was exhausted from a long but exhilarating day, but managed to bang-out the post for Facebook before I fell asleep.picture of the banquet room

I was motivated because at the end of the meeting I had just witnessed most of over 1000 Christian leaders, dressed in suits and skirts, get down on the floor of a hotel ballroom to pray for our nation. I wanted to share that incredible moment as best I could.

And as I was leaving for the airport the next day, I glanced at the post and was dumbfounded to see it already had over 200 SHARES. Amazingly it was eventually shared over 2,000 times between the original Compass Facebook post and my personal Facebook page.

I then sent it to our 25,000 eNews subscribers and we spent weeks in our office answering calls from people who received email “Forwards.” Based on the response, I just KNEW God was up to something. You can read the article in our eNews Articles section online, titled “Donald Trump Meets with Evangelical Leaders.”

And as we now all know, the Lord allowed, or maybe even orchestrated, an amazing power shift in our political landscape. For whatever reason, He didn’t want those Satanic left-of-the-left liberals to take over just yet. Thankfully He’s given us this temporary reprieve from an undeniable march toward world government.

I remember before the 2016 election that I was thinking the Rapture had a chance to happen during that particular September’s Rosh Hashanah. It’s humbling to know that since then, countless people have been saved from the coming Wrath of God. And millions of babies have been born—eternal blessings from God. So God’s delay is good in a lot of ways.

Our patience is necessary in these last days, until God’s timing for that fateful moment of the Believer’s departure is upon us. And thankfully our time-extension includes President Trump’s unlikely election. Otherwise a lot of us might be witnessing from prison!

So get this book about the untold story of how God used the faith of Christian Believers to change America’s direction. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

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Shalom!

Bill

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Jerusalem:
Jewish or Muslim?


…Jerusalem…the city of the great King.
Matthew 5:35

The entire world is involved in a dogfight over the land of Israel. The
United Nations Security Council ruled in December that Israel should
change her borders–that she had no right to East Jerusalem, which
includes such things as the Old City of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and
the Wailing Wall!

Normally the United States would have used
our veto power to block that Security Council
ruling. Since Israel’s beginning in 1948, we’ve
always protected our staunch ally in the Middle
East.

But Barack Hussein Obama, for the first time in U.S. history, stuck his finger in the air and
abandoned Israel. He hasn’t got a clue what
he’s done.

“I will bless those who bless [Israel], and the one who curses [Israel] I will
curse.” Gen. 12:3

This past weekend 70 nations met in France regarding who has rights to
Israel’s land. They concluded that Israel should compromise her security
and change to unmanageable borders. That, of course, will never happen.

Those 70 nations also have no clue that they’re playing with fire. God says
to NEVER divide Israel or change her borders.

I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of
Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there …[because]
they have divided up My land. Joel 3:2

Now, coming in like a knight in shining armor, is
Donald Trump, who thankfully sees through the
world’s unfairness to Israel. He’s promised to
return the United States to fully supporting
Israel.

It should be an interesting time as Trump begins
to undo the myriads of unconstitutional
Executive Orders put in place by Barack
Hussein Obama. Just saying….

Slowing the World’s March Toward Globalism. But can Trump trump the New World Order’s march to a global government? Or at least slow it down? Time will tell. In the
meantime, the push for peace in the Middle East by the United Nations, or
by the 70 nations who met in France, IS an indication the world sees Israel
as a problem, even if we don’t.

“It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for
all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of
the earth will be gathered against it.” Zech. 12:3

Thankfully God has given us a reprieve, it seems, with the new leadership in
America that supports Israel. At least it’s not ALL nations yet! All but one.


Can the “whose land is it” problem ever be solved? No. Eventually the
world’s push for peace will lead to a 7-year peace treaty, as prophesied in
Danial 9:27. And since that’s a post-Rapture event, watching all this is quite
interesting to Believers looking for signs of our exhilarating exodus!

In the meantime our prayer is still for peace in Jerusalem, albeit temporary,
or even for a stalemate, so Israel can continue to grow and prosper.

To understand the true problem between Israel, the Muslims and the
land of Canaan, the following is a brief factual outline.

Understanding The Two Sides
On one side is the relatively new nation
of Israel, fulfilling 2600-year-old
prophecies that say after about 2000
years of world-wide dispersion, Israel
would indeed return to her God-given
land. Since 1917 Israel has lived
surrounded by mortal enemies. The
Jewish people have worked hard in a
barren desert, draining swamps and
building cities, making a viable and
strong nation. They do want peace, but
not at any price.

On the other side are the ancient
Muslim-dominated nations that surround
Israel. They vehemently detest her very
presence, refusing even to recognize Israel
as a legitimate country. The Arab school
textbooks literally teach Arabs should kill
Jews whenever possible.*

The Arabs literally wish to kill every Israeli in the land. That sounds
presumptuous, but it’s true. If the Arabs lay down their guns, there would be
peace. If Israel lays down her guns, they would be run over.

The Most Important Land in Israel
The gold-covered Dome of the Rock, so prominent on Jerusalem’s skyline on Mount Moriah, stands as a visible testament to the sharp divisions between Israel and the Arabs.

The Dome of the Rock is a Muslim shrine (not a mosque) and sits atop the Jewish Temple Mount, the eastern border of the Old City of Jerusalem. Since 1967 the Temple Mount has been controlled by Israel. Her soldiers are positioned there 24/7 to keep the peace.

Mount Moriah is the most important place on the planet to God. It’s where
Abraham offered Issac, where the first two Jewish Temples were located,
where Jesus was crucified, and where Jesus’ world throne will be located
during His future 1000-year reign.

Since 1967, Israel has allowed the Muslims to use and maintain the Temple
Mount area. In addition to the Dome, they have two mosques on the south
end–one built above ground and one recently built below the ground.


The Temple Mount, built atop Mount Moriah and outlined
in red, is controlled by Israel–but Muslims are allowed to
use the area. The purple represents the size of the original
Jewish Temple compared to the Dome of the Rock today

The Dome of the Rock is referred to by the Muslims as their third most Holy
site, next to Mecca and Medina. It sits atop the architecturally rich Jewish
ruins of the Herodian-built Temple Mount, which was constructed around
the time of Christ’s birth.

Dome Blocking Temple?
Could the Jews rebuild their Temple today or is the Dome blocking its
rightful spot? We know that the Jews go back to sacrifices in the Tribulation
because the New World Leader puts a stop to the Jewish sacrifices half-way
through the 7-year Tribulation. Therefore the Temple must be rebuilt.

“…in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice.” Dan. 9:27b

There’s no consensus among the Jews as to where the Temple should be
built. Ultimately, when the Two Witnesses show up after the Rapture, they’ll
show where the Jewish Temple will be rebuilt (Rev. 11:1,2). (See probable
location in purple, above).

The Jewish Temple probably was NOT standing where the Dome stands
today because the Dome was built on the pentagon-shaped ruins of the
Roman Temple of Jupiter that was destroyed in 638 AD by invading Muslims.

Another reason is that several ancient writings
confirm the Jewish Temple was located directly across from the Eastern Gate. You can clearly see today that the Eastern Gate is not
positioned directly in front of the Dome of the
Rock, proving there is a large empty space on
the Temple Mount where the Jewish temple
could be rebuilt.

Regardless, the FACT that the Jewish Temple that Herod built 2000 years
ago sat somewhere atop Mount Moriah is verifiable and unquestioned by
anyone with two brain cells. The Muslims, naturally, deny this fact.

For His unknown purposes, God allowed the Dome of
the Rock (a Muslim shrine to their pagan moon-god) to
be built during Israel’s 1900-year dispersion from the
land of Israel.

If nothing else, the dome has stood for 1400 years,
deterring the Jews from beginning work to rebuild the
Jewish Temple until God’s appointed time.

Satan is well aware of the importance of Mount Moriah.
Of all the arguments over “land” and “borders” in Israel,
who has rights to the Temple Mount is the most
contentious of all. And that’s what the real fight is
being fought over.

God Says He Gave The Land To Israel
The Muslims claim the Temple Mount, as well as all
of Israel, belongs to them. This runs both against
logic and also against God’s Biblical grant of the land to all of Israel’s
descendants.

“…I will give it (Israel) to you and to your descendants
forever.” Genesis 13:15

“On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your
descendants I have given this land.”
Genesis 15:18

“I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your
sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession;” Genesis
17:8

But God was even more specific… here He lists the area given to Israel by
people-groups.

“the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite and the Hittite and the
Perizzite and the Rephaim and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the
Girgashite and the Jebusite.” Gen 15:19-21

The most important of the above groups was the Jebusites, who lived in
Jebus, today called Jerusalem. Their city was built on the southern end of
Mount Moriah. God confirmed the city of JERUSALEM was GIVEN to Israel
FOREVER.

Palestine Given To The Arabs In 1924

Most people are unaware that originally, in the
1917 British Balfore Agreement, the land of Israel
included Jordan! But the Arabs went nuts,
demanding then what they are demanding now…
“a two-state solution.”

So 7 years later, England bowed to
Arab pressure, and in 1924 lopped off 3/4s of Israel and gave it to the Arabs for a two-state solution. It’s interesting that he decline of the British Empire as a world power began at this very time.

But don’t miss this
astonishing fact: The Arabs
demanded a two-state
solution, and they were given
Jordan to satisfy their demands.THEREFORE, they already have their two state solution!!!

But despite getting 3/4s of the area
designated to Israel, the Arabs weren’t
satisfied. They wanted it all. They demanded
Jerusalem also be given to them despite Jerusalem not even being mentioned in the Koran. They jockeyed back and forth until Israel’s War of
Independence in 1948.

Israel Won The War
The Arabs and the United Nations don’t follow the Bible’s commands. They
couldn’t care less that our Bible says the land belongs to Israel. But what
about accepted results of war? Consider these facts:

Israel became a nation again on May 14, 1948.
President Truman quickly recognized Israel as a nation.
The very next day 900,000 Arab troops from six nations
invaded Israel.

Israel had only 600,000 men, women and children living
in the land, no government, and no standing army. The
Israelis fought for their lives and held a lot of what the
UN had given them.

But neighboring Jordan captured the Temple Mount
area, as well as East Jerusalem. Jordan illegally
occupied East Jerusalem and Judea/Samaria, referred
to today as “The West Bank,” from 1948 to 1967. Israel
accepted this war loss.

Never once in those twenty years did the Arabs try to make a country
out of the West Bank! If the land was so important to the Arabs to make a
country, why didn’t they do it when they had it under their
control? It was because they didn’t want “some” of Israel, they
wanted “all” of Israel.

In 1967 the Arabs were amassing troops on Israel’s borders while at the same time proclaiming to the world that they were getting ready to push Israel into the sea. Israel took them at their word, launched a pre-emptive defense strike, and the Six-Day War began.

In this brief war, Israel took the Sinai and Gaza from Egypt, the
West Bank from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. See
map —> Israel won the green areas in the
1967 Six Day War

This was a bitter defeat for the Arabs. Six years later, in 1973 the Arabs
attacked Israel again. But this time the Arabs kept their plan a secret and
attacked on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), Israel’s most holy day of
the year. Although caught completely off-guard, Israel again repelled the
onslaught.

Peace with Egypt and Jordan
With Israel desperately wanting peace, the United States was able to
negotiate/broker a “land for peace” deal with Egypt. Israel
gave up the oil-rich Sinai desert to make peace with Egypt.
But Egypt refused to take back Gaza!

Jordan made peace with Israel in 1994, but they wouldn’t
take back the West Bank! So today you have these two
areas, Gaza and the West Bank (ancient Judea & Samaria)
that have become a political football re-named “Palestine.”

So what the Arabs couldn’t get in war, they’re now using
fictitious “Palestine” as an invented reason to get Israel’s
land via a United Nations’ decree.

What The Liberals Won’t Tell You
Never lose sight of the fact that “Palestine” never existed
before Yassar Arafat in the 1980s. Consider these facts:


There has never been a nation of
“Palestinians.” Never! The United Nation
just made it up–made something from
nothing. The UN has referred to the “Low
sinking of a once-proud nation.” Really?
When and what was it so proud of?

Palestine has no history, no culture, no
currency and no former capital. It has no former borders that it has ever in
history defended.

It’s had no former government, no former major cities and no former
language. No country in the world has ever recognized its existence at any
time in world history.

As I said, from 1948 to 1967, the Arabs controlled the areas in question:
Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Philistia (Gaza), and they never once
tried to make a nation out of them. Why not? Because they don’t want a
nation, they want Israel wiped out.

The Muslims are a Satanically driven people, thinking they’re serving Allah,
who is really the devil in disguise.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against
the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this
darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Eph. 6:11-12

Really, the “Palestinians” are nothing but generic Arabs. There was never a
push for any kind of country until they lost the war in 1967.

The “Palestinians” openly state that their goal is to wipe out Israel. They
won’t recognize Israel as a legitimate country, even though they got their
nation-status from the U.N., just like Israel.

Arabs Elect Terrorists For Leadership
Israel, at the world’s insistence, pulled their citizens completely out of Gaza
so the Gazans could elect their own government.

What did Gazans do with their new democratic freedom? They promptly
elected a terrorist organization, Hamas, for its leadership. The terrorists then
began firing tens of thousands of rockets at Israeli men, women and children
only blocks away.


What would you think if Toronto, Canada began firing thousands of rockets
at Detroit, trying to kill people? Or if Mexico began firing rockets at San
Diego? Yet the world does nothing about Gaza’s missiles and blames Israel
for retaliating! Satan, Satan, Satan.

The United States has had Israel’s back through the years, always protected
her with our VETO power. But Barack Hussein Obama changed all that as
he left office, leaving Israel to twist in the wind.

Immediately after the UN vote, a ticked-off U.S. House of Representatives
voted 342-80 declaring that it “opposes UN Security Council resolution
2334 and will work to strengthen the US/Israel relationship” and for future
status issues toward a two-state solution to be “resolved … between the
parties.”

What will Trump do? He will support Israel and call a terrorist a terrorist. We
welcome the change!

Is all this our Nineveh moment? On one hand, so much has recently
changed. On the other hand, nothing has changed!

BP

The End of the Church Age

When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations. Ezekiel 39:27

In the not-too-distant future, Israel will again be in the forefront of God’s actions on earth—and the whole world will be watching! Like the time of the Egyptian plagues, the world will again see God in visible action.

I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. Ezekiel 36:23

Timeline showing Adam, Noah, Israel, Church Age, 7 year tribulation, 1000 year reign Currently we’re living in the “Church Age,” and the Lord reveals Himself to individual people via His invisible Holy Spirit. But the Church Age will soon end with the sudden disappearance of all living Believers. A shocked world will immediately know things have changed.

When the Rapture dust settles, the horrific seven-year Tribulation begins. All Hades will break loose on earth and close to two billion people will die! TWO BILLION!!!

I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8

That’s a lot of tribulation! But we know that number is true because God inspired every word in the Bible.

…no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. 2 Peter 1:20-21

So the Bible is penned by man, but 100% inspired/authored by God. It’s perfect in every way. Perfect in word, doctrine, design… even perfect in number. You can depend on His numbers—there will be BILLIONS who die in the Tribulation.

The law of the LORD is perfect, Psalms 19:7

Jesus left no doubt about how accurate God’s Words are:

For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished. Matthew 5:18

If God is the author of every word in the Bible, they are perfect and all prophecy will be fulfilled, then it’s not surprising to see that numbers used in the Bible are consistent from Genesis through Revelation.

For instance, when using the number 5, and/or multiples of 5, it always refers to grace. Jesus had 5 wounds on the cross. Almost all measurements in the Jewish Temple are multiples of 5.

Eight is the number of new beginnings—there were 8 people on the Ark and the 8th day of the week is a new week. Forty is the number of testing— Jesus fasted in the desert 40 days and Israel wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. Six is the number of man—as in 666.

But the most interesting of all the numbers is 7, God’s number He uses to indicate “completion.” There are 7 days in a week and there were 7 days in the creation week. Israel had 490 years assigned to her by the Lord…and 7 years are still left to be fulfilled in the future—called the “Tribulation” or “Time of Jacob’s trouble.”

Keep Your Eyes On Israel We know we’re very close to the end of the Church Age because Israel is being readied by God to again bring her and her land to the forefront of the world. Consider these fulfilled prophecies in the last 69 years:

1) In the latter days God would gather Israel back to her homeland after being scattered around the world. He did.

When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies… Ezekiel 39:27

…I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; Ezekiel 37:21

2) Israel would return to their homeland as a pure race. She did.

And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: Revelation 7:4

3) Israel would take over her land in a day. She did.

Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? Isaiah 66:8

4) Israel would have a mighty army. She does.

So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” Ezekiel 37:10

5) Israel would have nuclear weapons. She does.

Now this will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth. Zechariah 14:12 (Ezekiel 39:11-16)

6) The regathered nation would be a problem to the whole world. She is.

It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. Zechariah 12:3

7) Iran would be her enemy. They are.

Persia, … with shield and helmet; Ezekiel 38:5 (In 1932 Persia changed her name to Iran.)

Israel is in her “regathering” period, a length of time predetermined by God. It’s also called “The Time of God’s Patience.”(1)

So, for pure fun, how much time would you expect God to have predetermined for this period of time between Israel becoming a nation again and the start of the Tribulation?

timeline showing from 1948 to 2018 being 70 years Using God’s numbers as a guide, my guess is that it’s likely to be 70 years, God’s number for completion.

Seventy years from 1948 puts us at 2018. For the record, let me repeat, this is not a prediction, merely an observation or a guess based on God’s use of numbers in the past.

But you could just as well theorize that God might count 70 years from Israel’s takeover of Mount Moriah and the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967.

timeline showing from 1967 to 2037 is 70 years Or it could be anywhere in between. We don’t know for sure because the Rapture is a signless event. But Israel’s time clock is tick tick ticking. Keep your eyes on Israel!!

Any way you slice it, we’re definitely living in the last of the last days! How exciting that God has predetermined the day of our great titillating departure, and when it arrives, millions will be missing because we’ll have disappeared in the twinkling of an eye! Exactly as predetermined on God’s perfect schedule!

Until that day, use us, Lord!

Shalom!
Bill Perkins, Founder & Executive Director

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When Jesus Went to Hell

There was a time when no  
one could go to heaven.   
 
  
Believers can go to heaven because of what Jesus did on the cross. His sacrifice/shed blood makes it possible. But it wasn’t always like that.
  
Prior to Jesus dying on the cross, Old Testament Believers could NOT go to heaven when they died. This was because their sins were not yet paid for by the Messiah. They had to wait, they had to first be cleansed, made perfect.
  
When Old Testament Believers died, they went to a place in the center of the earth. It had two parts, “Paradise” and Hades. Here the Old Testament Believers waited on the Messiah to redeem them with His sacrificial shed blood.

Once the Messiah died on the cross, Believers then COULD go to heaven when they died because they were no longer forbidden to enter heaven as they were “cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.”

We derive this information from the verses about the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. This glimpse into what is called

the “Bottomless Pit” in Revelation 9:1-2 is not a parable but rather an actual event. And a bit eerie at that!

If you’re not familiar with the story, take a moment to give it a quick read.

Before the cross, those who died who were saved by faith by trusting in a future Messiah went to “Paradise.” Scripture says they were in “comfort.” That’s good because some of them had to be there for thousands of years waiting on the Messiah!

Those who were not saved by faith went to the other side of the “Bottomless Pit” — “Hades” — where they were in “agony,” “torment,” and “flame.” Not good! At the end of the age they will all be judged and cast into hell with the devil and his angels. Hell will make Hades look like a weenie roast.
  
After the cross

Today when Believers die they go straight to heaven as their sins have been permanently paid for by Jesus’ shed blood some 2000 years ago–totally escaping the torturous flames of both Hades and Hell.

            “I … prefer rather to be absent from the body
             and to be at home with the Lord.” 2 Cor. 5:8         

But there was another incredible time period–just after Jesus died on the cross and before He ascended to heaven. He had to redeem those in Paradise waiting to go to heaven!

Therefore He “descended” to the good side of the Bottomless Pit, into Paradise, and took all those Old Testament Believers with Him to heaven.

            “Now this expression, ‘He ascended,’ what does it 
             mean except that He also had descended into the
             lower parts of the earth…” Eph. 4:9

Wow, think about it, all the Old Testament Saints from Adam and Eve to Isaiah to Daniel… all of them, were in one huge room where every direction was up. Some had been waiting there for almost 4000 years!

And then Jesus finally arrives! That earth-shattering shout of exultation by so many excited Believers would have shaken the earth’s foundations! Jesus had come to redeem that which was His.

And as if God wanted to prove He has a sense of humor, some of those traveling from Paradise in the center of the earth to heaven above the earth stopped off on the earth’s surface!!

The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep [died] were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Matt. 27:52-53

Amazingly, some of the OT Saints stopped on earth as they passed through the crust. Can you imagine that? Some could have been dead only a few days. Some could have died 3000 years earlier. Yet there they were, walking around the earth, talking to people. Imagine THAT conversation!

Jew #1: “Hey Zechariah, I thought you died!

Jew #2: “Yeah, I did die, but had to wait for the shed blood of Jesus to cover my sins before I could go to heaven. And you won’t believe who’s going to heaven… and who isn’t!”

Ok, I speculated a little bit with that last line. But it just boggles my mind that some Jews living at the time of Christ saw people who had died hundreds or thousands of years before and were waiting on the Messiah in Paradise
  
And, as if this study couldn’t get any stranger, the Bottomless Pit will also play a role in the future Tribulation period. Apparently all the demons locked up from the flood, the really really bad ones, will be released back into the earth. (Rev 9:2)

Two thoughts on those demons….

First, Hades would not be a good place to be, even though it was not yet the eternal hell in which they will eventually reside. In addition to dealing with the horrific hot flames without water, those poor people will also have to deal with those grotesque demons torturing them night and day.

Second, if you miss the Rapture, your worst nightmare begins and never ends. You might as well be in hell. It will be so painful that you’ll think it would be better to be crushed by rocks and/or die!

“and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb'”; Rev. 6:16

“And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.” Rev 9:6  
 
For those who willingly oppose God and reject His mercy, there is no hope. But His love is SO great that scripture tells us that He is not willing that any should perish. Yea!

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Pet 3:9

And, gratefully, He has no pleasure in the death of lost sinners.

“For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord GOD.” Ezek 18:32
 
What a great privilege and comfort to be able to turn to Him now and know that we can look forward with excitement and not terror. Our future is better than anything we can imagine!

That’s exciting! Heaven will be better than anything we can conceive in our brain. I can think of a lot of A-Plus situations that heaven might be like, but it’s better than anything I can imagine!

What a privilege to live on this earth knowing that truth!

Shalom!

Bill Perkins 

graphic with the words of the title

How to Distinguish Between Rapture vs. Return

As prophesied, the Lord Jesus is coming again. First He comes in the sky to remove the Church Age Saints prior to the seven years of horrific Tribulation. Then again seven years later to defeat Satan and rule from Jerusalem as King of the Earth for 1000 years.

timeline with before time at the left and after time at the right; between them is Adam, Noah, Israel, the cross, church, 7 (years of tribulation), and 1000 (years after tribulation

But not everyone believes the Lord will first return to whisk away the Believers before the horrible tribulation. They just can’t seem to understand the fact that the Lord “Paid it all” on the Cross. But He did. And we’ve passed out of judgment:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24

All of our sins, past, present and future, were nailed to the Cross some 2000 years ago. Whatever you did wrong yesterday, whatever you do wrong today and whatever you do wrong in the future was all covered by Jesus blood atonement.

“When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” Col. 2:13-14

So there is nothing left for you to do, or not do, in this life. You are as cleansed as you’ll ever be and ready to meet the Lord in the air just as you are. You won’t have to endure a future tribulation as there is nothing that has not already been paid for on the Cross.

“For God has not destined us for wrath,” 1 Thes. 5:9

More than anything, we’re not instructed to look down, at the earth, for the Antichrist, but rather to look up, to heaven, for Jesus Christ!

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the earth.” Col. 3:2

This means we’re looking for the true white horse of Revelation 19:11, not the false white horse of Revelation 6:2. But the two arrivals can still be confusing. Sometimes it’s hard to know which verse refers to the Rapture and which verses refer to the Return. So the following will help clear the fog.

Clear and distinct Scriptural differences

The clearest way to distinguish between the two is to determine if the verse in question is referring to the Lord coming “for” His saints, or “with” His saints.

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Th. 4:16-17

“so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.” 1 Th. 3:13

Consider these other differences in the two events:

graphic listing terms to distinguish between rapture/translation and 2nd coming/established kingdom

 These two list comparisons show in no uncertain terms that there are definitely two distinct comings, coming for His Church and coming with His Church. Nothing could be plainer in Scripture!

Therefore, using the comparisons above to guide our reasoning, the following is a fairly decent list compiled by Tommy Ice showing the difference in the Rapture/Arrival verses to the 2nd Coming/Return verses:

Rapture Verses:

John 14:1-3 – Receive you to Myself
Rom 8:19 – Revealing of God
1 Cor 1:7-8 – Revelation of God
1 Cor 15:51-53 – A mystery that happens in the twinkling of an eye
1 Cor 16:22 – Come quickly, Lord
Phil 4:5 – The Lord is near
Col 3:4 – Christ revealed
1 Thes 1:10 – Rescued from wrath
1 Thes 2:19 – In presence of Jesus
1 Thes 4:13-18 – We meet the Lord in the air
1 Thes 5:9 – Not destined for wrath
1 Thes 5:23 – Without blame
2 Thes 2:1 – Gather together to Him
2 Thes 2:3 – Apostasy comes first
Titus 2:14 – He redeems us
Heb 9:28 – We eagerly await Him
James 5:7-9 – Coming of Lord is near
1 Pet 1:7,13 – The revelation
1 Pet 5:4 – Shepherd appears
1 John 2:28-3:2 – When He appears
Jude 21 – We wait anxiously
Rev 2:25 – Until He comes
Rev 3:10 – Keep from the hour of testing

Second Coming Verses:

Ezek 21:27 – He comes Whose right it is
Dan 2:44,45 – Kingdom endures forever
Dan 7:9-14 – Kingdom never destroyed
Dan 12:1-3 – Time of distress
Zech 2:10 – Jesus will live in our midst on earth
Zech 12:10 – Him Whom they pierced
Zech 13:9 – Jews call on Jesus
Zech 14:1-15 – All nations against Jerusalem
Zech 14:4 – Jesus Stands on Mt. of Olives
Zech 14:5 – Saints come with Him/
Zech 14:9 – He will be King over earth
Mal 3:1 – Comes to His Temple
Matt 13:41 – Angels gather offenders
Matt 24:15-31 – Follows the Great Tribulation
Matt 26:64 – Jesus comes in the clouds
Mark 13:14-27 – Follows the time of Tribulation
Mark 14:62 – Right hand of power
Luke 21:25-28 – Signs in sun, moon, stars precede event
Acts 1:9-11 – Jesus will come in the sky
Acts 3: 19-21 – Time of refreshing
1 Thes 3:13 – Comes with His saints
2 Thes 1:6-10 – Revealed from heaven
2 Thes 2:8 – Jesus defeats Satan
1 Pet 4:12, 13 – We rejoiced at His coming
2 Pet 3:1-14 – Day of God
Jude 14,15 – Lord comes with holy ones
Rev 1:7 – Every eye will see Him
Rev 19:11-20 – Heavenly armies with Him
Rev 20:1-6 – Binds Satan
Rev 22: 7,12,20 – I am coming

Therefore comfort one another with these words - 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 18

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Trusting Enemies?

by Bill Perkins

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;”

Is. 5:20

The United States has enemies who wish to take us down.
It’s easy to see our sworn enemies outside our borders, like North Korea and Iran, and take appropriate defensive action. But it’s harder to see our enemies our borders. Yet they exist and are actually more dangerous if not Be careful who you trust; the devil was once an angelacknowledged.

In the 1930s during the Great Depression, the Communist Party in America gained a foothold. They continued to grow until they reached 85,000 members by the early 1950s.

In the spring of 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy held hearings on unAmerican activities exposing the Communist threat. These hearings were broadcast live on television and shocked America.

Due to what was learned in the hearings, President Eisenhower expanded his loyalty-security program through which he identified and fired hundreds of federal workers who had infiltrated our government. Congress responded by passing a law that was designed to outlaw the American Communist Party.

Despite revisionist history that has dubbed McCarthy as being on a witch hunt or causing an unnecessary “red scare,” the truth is Communism was a growing threat from within our borders, and McCarthy exposed it for what it was. Growth of Communism was shut off and the Communists had to find another way to reach their goal of defeating America.

In 1958, W. Cleon Skousen, an ex-FBI agent, wrote a book entitled The Naked Communist. Having seen what was going on in America from the inside, he wrote brazenly about what the Communists were up to.

In the book he soberly lists 45 goals the Communists wanted to achieve in order to take over America. This list was read into the Congressional Record in 1963.(1) Reading the entire list will make you want to cry, so I’m listing only five zingers:

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

It would be difficult to argue they’ve not achieved these goals.

Russian Communist Vladimir Lenin famously said, “Give me just one generation of youth and I’ll transform the whole world.”

Needless to say, the Communists have stealthily invaded this nation without firing a shot. Everything America has stood for in its first 200 years was being dismantled piece by piece until the Lord allowed Donald Trump to be elected.

The liberal-controlled media (CNN-Communist News Network, NBC, CBS, ABC, et al.) has been on a rampage to do anything and everything to keep the lid on where they have been taking our country.

When Obama was elected president, glowing reports and sweeping accolades for the new president flooded the liberal media airwaves. What do you think would have happened if a group of people led by George Bush had started a multi-million dollar fund to undermine Obama’s presidency and to fight him every step of the way? They would have been arrested. Yet that is exactly what is happening with Obama.(7)

How long the Lord will allow President Trump to fend off his foes is anybody’s guess. Regardless, a LOT of damage has already been done through the years—under both Democrat and Republican administrations.

For instance, public education has been totally decimated. Are you aware that today, literally one out of every five high school graduates can’t even read?!(8) And yet we spend more per student than any nation in the world.(9) Where is the outcry?

In 1994 at a Steeling the Mind Bible Conference in Vail, Colorado, we had a two-hour presentation on the sheer evils of a new education program being rolled into public school systems nationwide. Called Outcome-based Education, or OBE, it was in-your-face evidence that progressives had come out of the closet using OBE as their perfect Trojan horse for social engineering.

National pride, gun control and Christian views on creation and miracles were being openly ridiculed while the environment, socialism/globalism and homosexuality were lauded. Curricula were made easier to pass and “absolutes” were abandoned.

The result was that we graduated dumber kids who were more likely to use illegal drugs and become more promiscuous.(4)

Due to people and groups who saw through the maze and protested its curriculum and true goals, OBE was replaced by Goals 2000. Same song, different verse. As Goals 2000 was exposed, it was eventually replaced by No Child Left Behind, which dumbed down curricula so that everyone passed. After 10 years of schools treading water, making virtually no improvements, Mr. Obama picked up the education baton in 2009 and called it “Common Core.”

Common Core actually had some pure education teaching fixes, but the assault on Christian values continued. Between 2010 and 2015, Obama directed $7 billion to turn around 5,000 failing schools. The only problem was there was no accountability with the money. Imagine sending out $7 billion to liberal educators without supervision! So there’s no surprise that it was a colossal failure.

Andy Samrick, an education policy expert with the American Enterprise Institute said of Obama’s investment:

“(Obama’s $7 billion investment) is the greatest failure in the U.S. Department of Education’s 30+ year history.”

But what Obama didn’t accomplish with education, he did through secular social engineering of our kids.

Why Do We Have Public Schools?
The purpose of education should be to train students in communication, writing, speaking, research, problem-solving and critical-thinking. It’s not just knowing the answers to questions on a test. It should teach them how to live, work and think. And for Christians, education is worthless if God is not the central part of it.

And do realize that education is not religiously neutral. The publishers of school books teach from either a secular or biblical worldview. There’s no middle ground. Students learn to view the world from either a secular or biblical lens. Obama’s legacy is that now public schools brazenly indoctrinate students with a philosophy that is virtually opposite of scripture.

Matt Walsh recently blogged about what schools are teaching to 11 year olds:

A concerned parent sent me a school newspaper for Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church, Virginia. Among the other hard hitting pieces of journalism targeted at children, ages 11-13, is an article on “transgender rights.”

The article explains how Obama “improved the lives of transgender people by fighting the discrimination against them,” but all of that is now in jeopardy because of President Trump.

The next article delves into the intricacies and wonders of various forms of gender identity, including “transgenderism,” “non-binary,” “bigender,” “agender,” “demigender,” “genderfluid,” and “genderflux.” I’m obviously more innocent and naive than the typical middle schooler these days, so I’d never even heard of some of these.(2)

I doubt few adults understand all that, much less an 11 year old. When they kicked God out of the schools, they lost their rudder. Public school, the largest time-influence of our kids, is unabashedly and enthusiastically teaching that the world is not about God, but about man.

“For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,” Rom. 1:25

James Dobson of Focus on the Family has taken the gloves off concerning sending kids to public schools. He recently said on his radio program:

“Christian parents should pull their children out of public schools, now, to protect them from spiritual damage, extreme indoctrination, and other serious problems.” (10)

God says parents should teach their kids about God, Who He is, what His rules are and what He expects. And they are to teach His spiritual truths all day long.

“You shall teach them (God’s Word) diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deut 6:7

If we are commanded to teach our children God’s Word from the time we get up to the time we go to sleep, that would include the eight or so hours during the middle of the day while they are at school. But instead of teaching God’s truth, central planners mold them into functionally illiterate graduates that are unable to think critically, much less know their purpose in life.

And without understanding God’s purpose, depression sets in. So not surprisingly, teen suicide has doubled in the last ten years.(6) But depression is also coming from the amount of drugs taken—illegal and legal.

Unbelievably, one of every five boys have been diagnosed with ADHD, resulting in one in ten boys being prescribed the psychiatric drug Ritalin or Adderall, which are known to cause depression.(11) In all, 8.4 million kids are taking prescription drugs. And the elephant in the room is that ALL mass shootings at schools have one thing in common…the shooters were all taking psychiatric prescription drugs.(4)

The Columbine School mass murderers, Harris and Kebold, had brains full of serotonin, a chemical that causes violence and aggression. It came from Harris taking Zoloft and Luvox. Kebold’s records are officially sealed, but witnesses have testified publicly that he took Paxil and Zoloft.(4)

You would think the fact that 22 international drug regulatory agencies warn that these antidepressant drugs can cause violence, mania, psychosis, suicide and homicide would be enough to convince doctors to NOT give those drugs to kids. Apparently not.(4)

ADHD and other so-called “mental disorders” are only diagnosed by a checklist of behaviors. There’re no scientific or genetic tests, brain scans or X-Ray that verifies mental disorders as disease requiring dangerous psychiatric drugs to “treat” them.(3)

Yet parents of 8.4 million kids throw caution to the wind when all they would have to do is ask to see the lab test, brain scan, blood test or X-Ray that proves the child has a mental disorder that requires drug “treatment.”(3)

“Any recommendation for more mental health ‘treatment,’ which inevitably means putting more people and more kids on these psychiatric drugs, is not only negligent, but considering the possible repercussions, criminal. CCHR International

Who Should Teach Your Child?
A Christian parent should want his child to be taught by a teacher with a biblical worldview. Then the students can be taught to compare everything to what God says, in order to learn what God wants.

So what Christian parent would send their kid in to an environment that literally mocks Christianity and God’s Word? Especially when God’s instructions to parents are clear:

“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

Since children are born sinners they need to be “trained” to know what is good and evil. And who should define what is good and evil? Obviously the Lord Who created us. And He gave us all we need to know in His Word—wisdom comes from God.

“The fear (reverence) of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”   Prov. 9:10

“… if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

So it’s no surprise that when God was kicked out of public schools in 1963, Satan filled the void and things have been progressively going downhill since. Students cannot publicly acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, while at the same time students can discuss Allah, Confucius, Karl Marx and a host of other godless people. So it’s safe to say that Satan has compromised our public schools.

But too many parents refuse to acknowledge the facts. Or they simply say they can’t afford to send their kids to a Christian school. Which, quite frankly, is admitting that money is their god.

“Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN;” 2 Cor. 6:17

Another reason we hear is that parents send their kids to public school so they can be “salt and light.” Really? Do you really want to send your kids into a Satanic battle they will most likely lose? For every one kid who survives there are dozens who buy the lie and lose their faith.

Some People Don’t Want To Hear These Facts
In the 24 years of doing Steeling the Mind Conferences, we’ve never had an outburst from an audience member that interrupted a speaker’s presentation. Until this year. Halfway though Russ Miller’s presentation last month at Steeling Noah’s Ark, one person did just that. She screamed out, “That’s not true!”

Unfortunately, what Russ was saying in his presentation entitled “Inside The Public School Nightmare” was, in fact, true. He was methodically going down a long list of facts about public schools today; things most parents either don’t know or willfully ignore for a variety of reasons.

Apparently, hearing all the cold hard facts at one time was too much for this lady. After a brief exchange back and forth with the lady, Russ continued to document his long list.

By the time he finished, pretty much the entire room understood the gravity of the public school situation. There is no excuse for any Christian parent to allow their child or children to go into Satan’s playground.

If you’re blessed to have children, the Bible says don’t yoke them with unbelievers.

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psa. 127:3

“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” 2 Cor. 6:14

“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Col.2:8

The bottom line is this:
If God’s Word is not allowed to define what sin is, then on what basis can anything be weighed or examined? You can call it what you want, but if it’s not God’s basis, then it’s Satan’s. There is no gray area or middle ground. You either use God’s measuring stick, or you’re using Satan’s.

The entire Steeling The Mind Conference, including the presentation on public schools that upset that lady so much, is available on DVD for $29, or you can download and watch it for $4.95 each or all conference downloads for $19.95. Click here to see the titles and/or order. See also Curtis Bower’s presentation on “The Communist Agenda in the U.S.” here.

References:

(1) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1561529/posts

(2) http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-christian-parents-your-kids-arent-equipped-to-be-public-school-missionaries/

(3) https://www.cchrint.org/issues/childmentaldisorders/

(4) http://psychiatricfraud.org/2011/04/the-real-lesson-of-columbine-psychiatric-drugs-induce-violence/

(5) http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/radical-increase-in-kids-prescribed-ritalin/

(6) http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/03/health/kids-suicide-deaths-increase/index.html

(7) http://nypost.com/2017/02/11/how-obama-is-scheming-to-sabotage-trumps-presidency/

(8) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/illiteracy-rate_n_3880355.html

(9) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-education-spending-tops-global-list-study-shows/

(10) https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/25675-christians-urged-to-pull-children-from-public-schools

(11) http://ritalinsideeffects.net

Uri Bezmenov, a KGB agent who defected in the late 1960s, said in 1984 that Russia knew American academia was a big supporter of communism.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/13/37-percent-of-americans-cant-name-any-of-the-right/

Why “Asking Jesus Into Your Heart”

Won’t Save You

by Bill Perkins

This truth is a shocker to a lot of people! 

If you have the opportunity to witness to someone and God convicts them of their sin and need for a savior, what do you tell them to do to become a Christian?

Many people will tell a non-believer that they need to pray the sinner’s prayer and “Ask Jesus into their heart.”
 
Where is THAT in the Bible?

It’s not. There is no place in the Bible that non-believers are instructed to ask Jesus into their heart to save them.

And no place in the Bible says that if you do ask Jesus into your heart you will be saved. But, unfortunately, this non-Biblical tactic has grown to be the norm.

That’s a shocker to a lot of people. So what does the Bible say? Let’s look at some verses.

The Philippian jailer asked Paul, “What must I do to be saved?”

Paul answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:30-31)

The key word in Paul’s answer is “believe.”

In the original Greek, the word “believe” (pisteuo) means to have faith in / to trust in.” It’s in the aorist tense in the Greek which means it doesn’t require future action, just a single decision.

The late Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer said in his book, “Salvation: God’s Marvelous Work of Grace, (p.33) “This one word ‘believe’ represents all a sinner can do and all a sinner must do to be saved.”

Chafer’s statement is Biblically consistent. Consider:

“…whoever believes in Him…” John 3:16

“He who believes in the Son…” John 3:36

“… he who hears My word and believes…” John 5:24

“…he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

“…everyone who … believes in Him, …” John 6:40

“…he who believes has eternal life.” John 6:47

“…unless you believe…” John 8:24

“…he who believes in Me…” John 11:25

“…everyone who … believes in Me…” John 11:26

“… that (by) believing you may have life…” John 20:31

You don’t have to pray a prayer or ask Jesus into your Why heart to be saved. You just have to believe that you are a sinner, incapable of saving yourself, and that God sent His only fathered Son to the earth to shed his blood, die for your sins and be resurrected, defeating death. You are, by faith alone, trusting God and His written Word to be true.

   “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved… that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” 1Cor. 15:1-4

The “gospel” or “good news” that you must “believe” centers on Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died for our sins and rose again. The gospel does not include “praying for Jesus to come into your heart.”

It is, of course, possible that someone “walked the aisle” or prayed the infamous “sinner’s prayer” and did understand Fact faith biblical view. Why the gospel– thereby being saved. But it was their belief in the gospel that saved them, not their walking the aisle, praying a prayer or asking Jesus into their heart.

And it is just as possible that there are many who have a false salvation security based on praying a prayer for Jesus to come into their heart without understanding the gospel!

But what about the verses about God living in us?

    “…Which is Christ in you…” Col 1:27

    “…Christ lives in me…” Gal 2:20

    “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts…” Gal. 4:6

Yes, every Believer has Jesus living in their heart.

 
But how did He get there? God came into our hearts at salvation, the exact moment we, by faith, believed the gospel. We don’t ask Him to come in, He comes in because we believe.

     “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” John 1:12

     “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,” Eph. 1:13

First we believe, then God sends His spirit into our hearts.

To tell someone to “ask Jesus into your heart” is blatantly skipping the scripturally necessary “believing in” / “trusting in” the gospel.

Dennis Rosker said it best in his book “Seven Reasons Not To Ask Jesus Into Your Heart.” He stated, “We have confused the means of salvation with the results of salvation.”

But what about Rev 3:20?

     “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.” Rev. 3:20

Notably absent from this verse are the words “ask,” “Jesus,” and “your heart.”

If this verse is written to Believers, the context is about Jesus desiring to be number one in the lives of the believers as they had confused earthly success withRev 3-20 spiritual maturity. Jesus desired the Laodiceans to make Him not only Savior, but also be predominate in their lives.

Many have misunderstood the phrase “I will come into him” to mean “come into their heart.”

Michael Cocoris discusses the Greek words used in Rev 3:20 in his book, “Evangelism, A Biblical Approach.” He says “Christ will come ‘in to’ (two different Greek words), not ‘into’ (one Greek word). The verse is saying that Christ will come in the church to the person, not that Christ will come into the person.”

Cocoris later adds, “Christ is speaking of fellowship, not salvation.”

Jesus wants a moment by moment fellowship with Believers.

     “… taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Cor. 10:5

However, if this verse is written to non-Believers, as John MacArthur contends, the term “standing at the door” is not the door of your heart, but rather the door of the Laodicean Church. MacArthur states in his Commentary on the Book of Revelation, page 140:
Jesus knocking on door
     “The door on which Christ is knocking is not the door to a single human heart, but to the Laodicean Church.

MacArthur believes these people held to their own form of Godliness but were denying the power of the Holy Spirit (2Tim 3:5).

Therefore, regardless of whether Rev 3:20 was addressing Believers or non-Believers, it is not a verse instructing us that we need to ask Jesus into our hearts to be saved. It’s just not there.

Two quotes from Charles Ryrie from his book, “So Great Salvation.”

     “…it seems to me that those who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible ought to be especially concerned with accuracy in communicating the truth.

     “Just as words were the means God used to record the Gospel in the Scriptures, so words are the means we use to explain the Gospel to others. Therefore, a correct choice of words is important, even essential, in stating the Gospel well.”

There may be someone reading this who prayed a prayer and your faith of salvation is in the fact you prayed the prayer. Or you may have walked to the front of a meeting and your faith is in the fact you walked forward.  saved grace faith

If there is any doubt that you are a Christian, simply believe by faith in the true gospel of salvation — that God sent His Son Jesus to die for your personal sins, and rose from the dead defeating death so you can have eternal life with God.

Salvation has zero to do with what you did in the past–or will do in the future–and everything to do with what Jesus did on the cross 2000 years ago. When you believe you are forever assured of eternal life with Jesus. Because once He comes into your life, He’s there forever. PTL!

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The United States in Bible Prophecy

by Bill Perkins

 

Most Bible prophecy teachers teach that the United States is not in Bible prophecy. I disagree. I believe the United States is mentioned specifically, scores of times, and is described in great detail. I know I will receive a lot of mail on this, so my only request is that before you tell me that I am wrong, first tell me who this nation could possibly be… other than the U.S.!

The words “United States” or “America” are not in scripture. But often buried within scriptural text is a parallel subject revelation or dual fulfillment.

 Obvious examples of this double reference are in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. In Isaiah 14:4, the text begins with references to the “king of Babylon,” but gradually changes into comments about Satan:

“How you have fallen from heaven” Is 14:12.

The same is true with Ezekiel 28 where verse 11 speaks of the “king of Tyre,” but the following verse moves into specific traits and characteristics of Satan: “you were in the garden of God.”  It’s from these two chapters that many of Satan’s characteristics are revealed, yet we had to dig a little first before we could uncover the scriptural jewels buried therein.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter…”   Prov 25:2

If we are living in the final decades, years or days of the Church Age, the United States, still the #1 power in the world, should logically be in the Bible somewhere. Applying the above principle of “Double Reference,” or “DuelFulfillment,” there are numerous verses in the Bible that may give us some insight into what ultimately happens to the United States in the future.

Below is a list of the characteristics of an end-time, latter-day nation. I’ll challenge you to find another country, other than the United States, that fully fits this description!

Who Is This Nation?

The Bible calls this unnamed nation, “Babylon,” and sometimes refers to it as the “Daughter of Babylon.” These characteristics of Babylon are taken from verses in Jeremiah 50, 51, Isaiah 18, 47 and Revelation 17, 18. These scriptures record a fascinating description of a nation that has much wisdom, wealth and knowledge, thinks it is secure and invincible, but is suddenly totally destroyed.

Bordered By Many Waters

 “O you who dwell by many waters,” Jer 51:13

 “The sea has come up over Babylon; She has been engulfed with its tumultuous waves.” Jer 51:42

This is a nation who is bordered by “many waters.” Later you will see that it also imports primarily by ships. It is important to note that Babylon in Iraq has two relatively small ports on only one ocean. In comparison, the U.S. is virtually surrounded by water. It has no less than 15 major ports, on three oceans, 5 Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

Has A Mother Nation

“Your mother will be greatly ashamed, she who gave you birth will be humiliated. Behold, she will be the (youngest) of the nations” Jer 50:12

This nation has a mother nation . . . like the U.S. has a mother nation – Great Britain. And this nation is the youngest of the world’s superpowers at the end of the Church Age.

Militarily Strong

“How the hammer of the whole earth…has been cut off and broken!” Jeremiah 50:23

He says, “You are My war-club, My weapon of war;” Jer 51:20

This nation is the military hammer of the earth. We have bases

 

Large Importing Nation
  “Come to her from the farthest border; open up her barns,”  Jer 50:26
 
“And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more . . .” Rev 18:11
 
 
A Wealthy Nation
 
“…all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth” Rev 18:19
 
“….such great wealth…” Rev 18:17

 

This nation is agriculturally abundant, wealthy, has world-wide influence and is a large importing nation via the sea.
 
 
An Educated Nation
 
“A sword against . . . her wise men!” Jer 50:35
 
This nation is very educated.
 
 
Population Diversity
“A sword against… all the foreigners who are in the midst of her,” Jer 50:37
 
This nation is full of foreigners, legal and/or illegal. The King James Version calls it a “Mingled-People Nation.” The U.S. is about as “mingled” as a nation can get!
 
 
Abundant in Natural Resources
“… A sword against her treasures, . . .”  Jer 50:37b
 
“Abundant in treasures, . . .” Jer 51:13
 
This nation had been blessed by God.
 
 
A Nation Full of Idols
 
“. . . Her images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered.” Jer 50:2d
 
“. . . it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.” Jeremiah 50:38
 
The nation in question has a lot of “images.” How would Isaiah describe TV, movies, or the Internet 3000 years ago? And, any way you define “idol,” the United States is full of them.
 
An idol is anything that you put before God. Money, cars, sex, TV, football, pornography, self, etc., would certainly qualify as “idols.” Amazingly, one of the top TV shows in the United States is named American Idol!, and we have a national magazine titled “SELF.”  If the shoe fits…
 
Space Program?
 
“Though Babylon should ascend to the heavens.” Jer 51:53
 
If that is a reference to this nation taking space shots, it certainly narrows the field of prospective countries that could qualify!
 
 
Has Become Arrogant 
 
“. . . For she has become arrogant against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.” Jer 50:29
 
“Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one,” declares the Lord GOD of hosts, for your day has come, the time when I will punish you.” Jer 50:31
This nation “has become arrogant against the Lord,” indicating that at one time the nation was once humble to the Lord. Not just arrogant against God, but specifically arrogant against Jesus Christ, the “Holy One of Israel.” Maybe the 50 million deaths of innocent babies via abortion, being the pornography distribution center of the world, and taking God out of the classroom had something to do with it.
 
 
Daughter of Babylon
“. . . Against you, O daughter of Babylon.”  Jer 50:42c
 
This nation is also referred to as the “daughter” of Babylon. Not the original Babylon, but another country.
 
Attacked from the North
 
“a nation has come up against her out of the north;” Jer 50:3
 
“For the destroyers will come to her from the north,” Jer 51:48
 
The nation is attacked from the north. Interestingly, Russia (Gog) is aligned with Iran (Persia) in the Ezekiel 38/39 post-Rapture invasion of Israel. If the U.S. did receive a nuclear attack from Russia, it would come to the United States over the North pole, “from the north.” The U.S. could be the “coastlands” (Ezek 39:6) who also get attacked in the Gog invasion.
 
 
Rapture Related?
“At the shout, ‘Babylon has been seized!’ the earth is shaken, and an outcry is heard among the nations.” Jer 50:46
 
This “shout” might be a reference to the Rapture (I Thess 4:16), indicating it is still a future event. The earth will definitely be shaken at the Rapture.
  
God Allowed Luxury, Culture and Industry
“The fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them.” Rev 18:14
  
“And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer;”  Rev 18:22
 
“Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the LORD, intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine;” Jer 51:7
 
This nation lives in luxury and splendor with many musicians, craftsmen and mills/factories. It is quite an advanced nation, allowed by God Himself. 
 
 
Worldwide Merchants
“…your merchants were the great men of the earth..” Rev 18:23
 
This nation reaches the far corners of the earth with her dominating trade.
 
Happens Without Warning
“Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken;”  Jeremiah 51:8
“for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!” Revelation 18:17
 
“these things shall come on you suddenly in one day…”  Is 47:9
 
“…destruction about which you do not know will come on you suddenly.” Isaiah 47:11
“Suddenly” could be another reference to the Rapture or possibly a post-Rapture nuclear attack that takes out this nation. The phrase “in one hour” could also be translated “in a moment.” The Greek word used there, “hora” was translated “moment” in two other places in the Bible. So it too could be a reference to the Rapture.
 
Has Good And Bad
“For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor At the time it is stamped firm; Yet in a little while the time of harvest will come for her.” Jeremiah 51:33
 
This nation is compared to a “threshing floor.” It’s a nation that has and obvious division between good and bad people (political?), but eventually God promises to come get the good (cleansed by Jesus’ blood–at Rapture).
 
 
Lots of Whirring
“Alas, oh land of whirring wings…” Is 18:1
 
This nation has a lot of “whirring” going on. Airplanes, helicopters, and other engines make a whirring sound. It would be a stretch to say this isn’t true for other nations, but interesting nevertheless.
 
Sends Diplomats Worldwide
“Which sends envoys by the sea, Even in papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters. Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, To a people feared far and wide, A powerful and oppressive nation whose land the rivers divide.” Isaiah 18:2
 
This end-time nation sends diplomats around the world, is considered “tall and smooth,” is known worldwide and has plenty of water due to many rivers dividing the land.

 

So, for those that insist that Babylon MUST be rebuilt in Iraq to fulfill Bible prophecy, I submit Iraq doesn’t fit the above scriptures. Iraq is not bordered on many waters, it is not the world’s military hammer, it is not full of wise men, it is not a mingled people nation, it is not the world’s largest importer, it is not a new/young nation, it does not have plenty of water and certainly doesn’t take space shots!

 

This nation, whoever it is, is wiped out in one hour, either by the Rapture or a nuclear attack soon after the Rapture. Could this be the United States? With the Church gone, and nothing but liberal non-Believers left, in God’s perfect timing, it sure seems to fit!

 

But in the meantime, God bless America!
 
By Bill Perkins,

 
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Earthquakes & Volcanoes in Bible Prophecy

by Bill Perkins

Jer. 10:10 “…He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth quakes”

The wrath of God is a scary thing.

In 1 Chronicles 21, God’s wrath was abundantly seen when King David disobeyed God and took a census of Israel. As punishment, God sent a pestilence that killed 70,000 Israeli men in one day!
In the future Tribulation we know that God will pour out His wrath on all those who take the Mark of the Beast, as well as on the entire earth.

Rev. 14:9,10 “…If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God…”
Rev. 16:1 And I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth.”

Believers living today in the Church Age, thankfully, have already been judged.
1 Th. 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
But until we exit this earth and receive our new containers, we must live on a fallen planet, Satan’s temporary sinful domain. He’s called:

“the god of this world…” 2 Cor 2:4
“the ruler of this world…” John 14:30
 

And the problems coming from tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis and volcanoes fall on both Believers and non-believers alike.

But where did all these weather problems come from that we have today? If the earth was good when it was created, they would have had to come about after Adam sinned. It did, and our bad weather is rooted in sin.

Prior to Noah, the earth was so wicked that God decided to, in essence, start over. With the exception of Noah’s family of eight, God destroyed the earth with a GLOBAL flood.
 
“The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered.” Gen. 7:19

The word translated “high” is a little awkward from the Hebrew to English. At first glance in English, it makes us think that the flood waters had to be as high as Mount Everest.

But the word in the Hebrew means “high place.” And in reality, there were no high mountains yet.

Prior to the flood, the weather was perfect on a perfectly created planet.


“God saw all that He had made and behold, it was very good.” Gen 1:31
“Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth;… But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.” Gen 2:5,6
Later, when God flooded the earth to deal with sin, the physical ramifications changed the weather. Here’s how:

When God flooded the earth, the Bible says water came from both above AND below the surface of the earth.

Gen. 7:11 “… all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.” It took a lot of water to flood this planet. Logically, “fountains” being plural, there were many places around the earth where water burst through the earth’s surface in enormous amounts.

We see these water portals today as volcanoes. Often there is even a lake at the top of the volcano, formed from water below.

Flood water also came from the sky, and some Christian scientists have theorized that, prior to the flood, a huge vapor canopy engulfed the earth.

Was there a water canopy around the earth prior to the flood of Noah?

The theory continues that this canopy filtered the sun’s rays and that’s why many people lived so long prior to the flood.

However, other scientists contend that a vapor canopy would have turned the planet into a greenhouse and therefore the water vapor theory, to them, has no credibility.

But regardless of how much came from above the earth, most of the water that flooded the planet came from below.

Gen. 7:19 The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered.

So the question is, how did the water cover the “high” mountains?

The answer is that there were no extremely high mountains at the time of the flood. The high mountains we have today came after the initial flooding of the earth, as we will see later in this article.

In this satellite photo, visible earth is
almost all water. The west coast of the U.S.
is barely visible top right and Antarctica
and Australia is bottom and left.
The first thing to realize is that over 70% of the earth is covered with water.

If the earth’s surface was spread out perfectly flat, there’s enough water in the oceans to cover the globe to a depth of about two miles!

When the earth was flooded from below, the tremendous amount of sediment released began to settle on the bottom. The heaviest particles settled first, then the next heaviest, continuing until the lightest dirt particles / sediment settled on top.

The result is that today, all over the earth where there is a visible cutaway of a mountain, you can easily see these layers. This is clearly seen in the picture below where the light chalky sediment is the top layer and the heaviest particles are at the bottom.

Evolutionists say these layers were laid down over millions of years. Of course they can’t explain why the heaviest layers are at the bottom and the lightest layers are at the top.

But there are two “layerings” found all over the planet. This is because after the earth was flooded and the first horizontal layers were formed, God then moved the ground vertically to make the mountains and valleys.

“You covered [the earth] with the deep as with a garment; The waters were standing above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled. At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away. The mountains rose; the valleys sank down to the place which You established for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass over, so that they will not return to cover the earth.” Ps 104:6-9

Psa. 135:6 “Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.

Secular “layering” display
at the Grand Canyon

So the newly laid down horizontal layers were pushed up, churning up the dirt in the water a second time.

As would be expected, this second layering has the heaviest particles forming the bottom layers and the lightest layers forming the top layers–perfectly matching the Genesis flood story.

In this close-up picture of the display on the right, we see the gray stone at the bottom is the original creation bedrock (marked with a yellow dot).

On top of the original creation rock, the angled layers are the layers formed from the “flooding from below.” (Marked with a red dot)

Originally these layers were laid down horizontally, but were pushed up at an angle when God “raised the mountains and lowered the valleys.” As the mountains were raised, it caused more turbulence in the water, which in turn, caused additional settling of layers … hence the top horizontal layers on the display (Marked with a green dot).

A recap – this is too good to miss!

Sorry about the crude drawings!!

In the beginning, God created the earth, the original earth – the yellow dot. Then God flooded the earth from below. Lots of dirt, rocks and sediment came up with the water from below.

The red dot layers on top of the yellow dot/original earth were laid down horizontally from all that turbulence and debris as the water poured through the volcano portals to flood the earth.

This is confirmed by the fact that the layers at the bottom have the heaviest particles and the layers at the top the lightest.


But then God “raised mountains and lowered the valleys,” pushing up the red dot layers. This again caused a tremendous amount of “dirty water sediment” to be stirred up.

And this sediment again settled to the bottom forming new green dot horizontal layers.

Isn’t it amazing that the secular geological display at the Grand Canyon confirms the Biblical account of the worldwide flood about 5000 years ago! 🙂
(Side note: Those would have been HUGE upheavals and earthquakes! Those on the ark would have been tossed all over the place by huge waves, probably for weeks on end. No wonder the first thing Noah did when he got off the ark was to plant a vineyard!) 😉

Fast-forwarding to today, the Bible says the earth will never again be flooded, sealed with the rainbow in the sky. This is referred to as the “Noahic Covenant.”

“… never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” Gen 9:15,16

But earthquakes are a different story. The biggest earthquake yet is still in the future.

Rev. 16:18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.

Rev. 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

Wow! In the future there is ONE earthquake bigger than any earthquake that has ever happened on earth. God will flatten the steep mountains. No wonder men will be weak-kneed as they see the wrath of God on full display.

But all things work together ultimately for Believers. The high and steep mountains from Noah’s flood cause irregular wind patterns on the earth. As the earth turns, the irregular and high mountains cause abnormal wind currents, which account for our weather problems today.

But when all the steep mountains are reduced to rolling hills from that HUGE earthquake, the world’s weather will change also–back to what it was like before the flood.

Therefore, when Jesus returns to reign on the earth as King of Kings, there will be no worries of tornadoes, tsunamis and hurricanes. Cool, huh!

And if you want to see an incredible view of the original creation rock with both groups of layers on top, join us for our Grand Canyon trip next month. Details here.

The Big Volcano

There was a news story a couple of weeks ago about the buffalo running away from the large caldera* in Yellowstone National Park. Do they know something? There have been several earthquakes in this area through the years, and they’re increasing in frequency in the last few decades.

It turns out that there is, today, one GIGANTIC volcano under Yellowstone National Park. It’s not noticeable too much from the ground because of its size. The walls are miles apart and appear only as distant mountains.

This volcano has had three massive explosions in the past…and geologists have found the remains of the debris fields of each eruption. See below.

Notice the size of the debris field from the Mt. St. Helen’s explosion in 1980 in Washington State and Idaho (yellow, top left). We thought that was a big volcanic explosion!

But as you can see, the largest Yellowstone explosion carried ash and debris 1500 miles, to Canada, Mexico and all the way to Mississippi!

Also note that on this map, they estimate the eruptions took place millions of years ago. They estimate about 800,000 years between the first and the second eruption, and 700,000 between the second and third.

However, we know the Bible says the earth is only about 6000 years old. If you roughly apply those dates to a Biblical timeline, it would look like this:

The above graphic is obviously not scientific. And I’m not trying to be “doom-and-gloom/the end is near.” But it IS interesting that we’re probably in that window of the expected 4th Yellowstone volcanic explosion, and maybe even past due!

And since we know that huge earthquakes ARE part of the tribulation judgments, it is logical this COULD be part of the coming judgments.

Luke 21:11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

And if the Tribulation is near, so is our exhilarating exit the Rapture.

Just saying.

Bill

Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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Notes:

http://www.present-truth.org/3-Nature/Evolution%20of%20Creationist/Chapter%2007.htm
http://godandscience.org/youngearth/canopy.html
http://creation.com/where-did-all-the-water-go

“The Waters Above: Earth’s Pre-Flood Vapor Canopy” by Joseph C. Dillow [Moody Press, 1982

https://water.usgs.gov/edu/earthhowmuch.html

caldera |kalˈderə, kôl-, -ˈdi(ə)rə| noun
a large volcanic crater, typically one formed by a major eruption leading to the collapse of the mouth of the volcano.
ORIGIN late 17th cent.: from Spanish, from late Latin caldaria ‘boiling pot.’

http://www.earthside.com/2005/04/is_the_yellowst.html>


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When Jesus Went to Hell

by: Bill Perkins

There was a time when no

one could go to heaven.

Hell fireBelievers can go to heaven because of what Jesus did on the cross. His sacrifice/shed blood makes it possible. But it wasn’t always like that.

Prior to Jesus dying on the cross, Old Testament Believers could NOT go to heaven when they died. This was because their sins were not yet paid for by the Messiah. They had to wait, they had to first be cleansed, made perfect.

When Old Testament Believers died, they went to a place in the center of the earth. It had two parts, “Paradise” and Hades. Here the Old Testament Believers waited on the Messiah to redeem them with His sacrificial shed blood.

Once the Messiah died on the cross, Believers then COULD go to heaven when they died because they were no longer forbidden to enter heaven as they were “cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.”

We derive this information from the verses about the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. This glimpse into what is called the “Bottomless Pit” in Revelation 9:1-2 is not a parable but rather an actual event. And a bit eerie at that!

bottomless pit 1
In the Bottomless Pit, every direction is up!

If you’re not familiar with the story, take a moment to give it a quick read.

Before the cross, those who died who were saved by faith by trusting in a future Messiah went to “Paradise.” Scripture says they were in “comfort.” That’s good because some of them had to be there for thousands of years waiting on the Messiah to redeem them!

Those who were not saved by faith went to the other side of the “Bottomless Pit” — “Hades” — where they were in “agony,” “torment,” and “flame.” Not good! At the end of the age they will all be judged and cast into hell with the devil and his angels. Hell will make Hades look like a weenie roast.

After the cross
Today when Believers die they go straight to heaven as their sins have been permanently paid for by Jesus’ shed blood some 2000 years ago–totally escaping the torturous flames of both Hades and Hell.

“I … prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.” 2 Cor. 5:8
Bottomless pit 2

But there was another incredible time period–just after Jesus died on the cross and before He ascended to heaven. He had to redeem those in Paradise waiting to go to heaven!

Therefore He “descended” to the good side of the Bottomless Pit, into Paradise, and took all those Old Testament Believers with Him to heaven.

“Now this expression, ‘He ascended,’ what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth…” Eph. 4:9

Wow, think about it, all the Old Testament Saints from Adam and Eve to Isaiah to Daniel… all of them, were in one huge room where every direction was up. Some had been waiting there for almost 4000 years!

And then Jesus finally arrives! That earth-shattering shout of exultation by so many excited Believers would have shaken the earth’s foundations! Jesus had come to redeem that which was His.

And as if God wanted to prove He has a sense of humor, some of those traveling from Paradise in the center of the earth to heaven above the earth stopped off on the earth’s surface!!

The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep [died] were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many

. Matt. 27:52-53

Amazingly, some of the OT Saints stopped on earth as they passed through the crust. Can you imagine that? Some could have been dead only a few days. Some could have died 3000 years earlier. Yet there they were, walking around the earth, talking to people. Imagine THAT conversation!

Jew #1: “Hey Zechariah, I thought you died!”

Jew #2: “Yeah, I did die, but had to wait for the shed blood of Jesus to cover my sins before I could go to heaven. And you won’t believe who’s going to heaven… and who isn’t!”

OK, I speculated a little bit with that last line. But it just boggles my mind that some Jews living at the time of Christ saw people who had died hundreds or thousands of years before and were waiting on the Messiah in Paradise

And, as if this study couldn’t get any stranger, the Bottomless Pit will also play a role in the future Tribulation period. Apparently all the demons locked up Demon from the flood, the really really bad ones, will be released back into the earth. (Rev 9:2)

Two thoughts on those demons….

First, Hades would not be a good place to be, even though it was not yet the eternal hell in which they will eventually reside. In addition to dealing with the horrific hot flames without water, those poor people will also have to deal with those grotesque demons torturing them night and day.

Second, if you miss the Rapture, your worst nightmare begins and never ends. You might as well be in hell. It will be so painful that you’ll think it would be better to be crushed by rocks and/or die!

“and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb'”; Rev. 6:16

“And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.” Rev 9:6

For those who willingly oppose God and reject His mercy, there is no hope. But His love is SO great that scripture tells us that He is not willing that any should perish. Yea!

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Pet 3:9

And, gratefully, He has no pleasure in the death of lost sinners.

“For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord GOD.” Ezek 18:32

Brain What a great privilege and comfort to be able to turn to Him now and know that we can look forward with excitement and not terror. Our future is better than anything we can imagine!

“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 1 Cor 2:9

That’s exciting! Heaven will be better than anything we can conceive in our brain. I can think of a lot of A-Plus situations that heaven might be like, but it’s better than anything I can imagine!

What a privilege to live on this earth knowing that truth!

Shalom!

Bill Perkins

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Christians and Birth Control

by: Bill Perkins

Where Have All The Children Gone?

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” Psa. 127:3-5

American Family

An American Family

The birthrate in the U.S. is so low – 13.83 per 1000 / 2.02 per couple – that we, as a nation, are staring at the eventual loss of our culture. In 1909 we had 30 births per 1000, three times as many kids.*

Other cultures, some of whom are our avowed enemies, are having children at three times our pace (6.4). It has been estimated that in 20 to 30 years, if we don’t change our views on having more children, the loss of our culture will be irreversible. As a nation, we’ll be “ashamed.”

Muslim Family

A Muslim Family

How did we get to this point? We have a national mindset, Christians and non-Christians alike, that having fewer children is the right thing to do. And birth control is almost universally assumed to be how married couples achieve this “fewer children” goal.

Imagine a typical, but obviously make-believe, conversation that Jesus has with a newly married couple today. The three of them are sitting in the living room of the couple’s home. Pleasantries are Car with coupleexchanged. Then Jesus drops a bombshell by saying,

“I want to bless your marriage.”

The newlyweds are really excited to hear this! Their minds run the gamut considering all the possibilities of the blessings Jesus might be giving them. But then Jesus adds,

“I want to bless you with many children, beginning right now.”

“Children?” the husband responds. “Now?”

“We are not ready for children,” the wife responds. “We’ve only been married a few days.”

Jesus looks them both in the eyes and says,

Three talking“Children are a blessing from Me. Human life is the greatest of all my creative works, made in God’s image. Trust Me and I will provide for all your children and you will enjoy these blessings for eternity.”

“Sorry, Lord,” the husband says, missing Jesus’ point entirely. “We have decided to wait on having kids. We want to both work in our careers, save some money, get to know each other, and maybe get a bigger home in a better neighborhood.”

And the wife adds, “Plus, we don’t really want a lot of kids. Just one or two, three at the most. We have no desire to have 10 or 15 kids. Besides, raising children is so expensive. If we have a lot of kids, I would have to stop my career, our income would be cut in half, and we would have to live on one salary. We appreciate the offer, but we’ll wait a while. We’ll let You know when we think we’re ready and then You can bless us.”

Sound familiar? That conversation is played out every day in some form or another, with Christians and non-Christians alike. The God of the universe, through promises in His inerrant Word, offers to bless Believers with the greatest eternal gift available in this life (next to salvation). But this incredible blessing from God is amazingly shunned in favor of temporal things.

In essence, we are saying to God:

“I know better than You so I’m going to prevent You from blessing me.” 

“I don’t trust You to give me good gifts.”

“I don’t trust You to provide for the gifts You give me.”

“I’m focusing my life on this world, not the next. I want more money, comfort and material things rather than more kids.”

And in reality, we’re saying,

God we trust?

“We’re self-centered and temporal things like money, houses, cars, clothes, etc., are our primary focus on this earth, more important than having lots of children.”

“For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh and
the lust of the eyes
and the boastful pride of life,
is not from the Father,
but is from the world.”

    1 John 2:16

How in God’s green earth did Christians begin to cavalierly accept focusing our life on this earth and not eternity? Why do we not want God’s eternal blessings? When did we begin believing that we should have smaller families… that having fewer kids is better… when God plainly states the opposite?

We have been deceived by the great deceiver.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Col. 2:8

Satan has cleverly moved us away from the greatest gift God wants to give us in this life. He has falsely proclaimed, mainly though our public, private AND Christian schools, that birth control is a private decision. That “overpopulation” is a problem. He’s convinced us that large families are not to be desired and has assured us that we know better than God.wold-sheep's clothing

“Do not be deceived … for he is a liar, and the father of lies.” Jas 1:16/John 8:44c 

I believe Satan’s biggest lie today is his successful demolition of the importance of God creating mankind in His Own image. During those six days of creation, God spoke the earth into existence displaying spectacular imagination.

And the crown jewel of His creative process is man himself, made in the image of God. He made us a lot like Him! Today Jesus is on the throne with a body like ours… hands, arms, feet, eyes, etc. We are made in His image. IN GOD’S IMAGE! Wow!

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.’ And God created man in His Own image”
Gen. 1:26

“… For in the image of God He made man.”
Gen. 9:6

One of the few eternal blessings of this life is having children. They are God-given gifts, and He says the more the better. Ten is better than two.

But Satan has used age-old tactics to prevent Believers from reaping the eternal rewards of children. He has duped us primarily through a false view of feminism (Gen 3:16c) and its two ugliest by-products: birth control and wives feeling compelled to find fulfillment outside the home—all three deeply rooted in “self” and birth control directly linked to the quest for more money.

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The love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.

“For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh and
the lust of the eyes
and the boastful pride of life,
is not from the Father,
but is from the world.”

    1 John 2:16

If someone has 10 kids in this life, is always tired and broke, is that bad? Only if you have your eyes on this world, not eternity. If God says it’s a blessing, it’s NEVER bad!

“From the God of your father …  
blessings of the womb.”     Gen. 49:25

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This can obviously be a touchy/sensitive subject. Most of the people reading this, even if they agree, can’t do anything to undo the past. My goal is not to put people on a guilt trip.

But if it’s true that we should not use birth control, in almost all cases, that we need to pray for more kids, not fewer. Then we need to repent and boldly proclaim the truth loud and clear for future generations. We must teach eternity is more important than this life. We must proclaim:

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD;
The fruit of the womb is a reward.” Ps 127:3

Bill Perkins
Executive Director
Compass International, Inc. 

* Statistical sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_fertility_rate

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/27/us-birth-rate-sets-record_n_697131.html

http://www.indexmundi.com/united_states/birth_rate.html

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html

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Should We Confess Sins
 For Forgiveness After Salvation?  

by Bill Perkins

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

The above verse may be one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible, even for relatively solid and well-versed Believers!

At first glance, this verse seems pretty simple. “If” we confess our sins, He (Jesus) will forgive our sins and cleanse us.

MOST churches today teach this verse means that we must confess our sins, on-going, to be forgiven. That we must continually “clean the slate.” An often heard reference to this verse is, “It’s the Christian’s ‘Bar of Soap.'”

But, thankfully, this is not true. We can’t scrub ourselves clean. Here’s why not…

For this verse to mean that we have to continually confess our sins to be forgiven, as the popular interpretation implies, means that the finished work of the cross is not finished. That Jesus didn’t pay it all, and that we have an ongoing part in our personal salvation. 

And what if we don’t confess a sin? Do we lose our salvation? What if we forgot a sin? What if we didn’t know we had sinned?  

Three Key Words

Under closer scrutiny of the verse we see there are three key words that prove it could not mean that we must continually confess our sins. 

The verse begins with the word, “If…” This would mean that for your sin to be forgiven, it is dependent on something that you do, or do not do. It would imply a false works doctrine…. salvation based on what we do, or do not do. 

But that’s not scriptural, anything to do with salvation by works contradicts other scriptures like:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works…”     Eph. 2:8, 9

“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit”    Titus 3:5

The second key word is “forgive.” For that verse to mean that you are not forgiven until you confess each sin is opposite what the Bible teaches… that ALL your sin was taken out of the way 2000 years ago:

“having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” Col. 2:14

The third key word is “cleanse.” Does ongoing confession make you clean? Not according to other verses discussing being cleansed in the past tense:

  “… those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’  Acts 26:18

“By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  Heb. 10:10 

  “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” 1 Cor. 6:11 

When you were saved, God the Holy Spirit came into your life FOREVER, never to leave (Heb 13:5). Therefore you were fully and completely cleansed FOREVER at salvation and it’s unnecessary to be ever cleansed again.

Did Paul Forget?

Paul, our Church Age apostle, never mentioned ongoing confession of our sins except to one another for accountability (James 5:16). If ongoing confession was required before God forgave each of our sins, did Paul just forget to mention it in all his letters? No, he said just the opposite:

 “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.” Rom. 6:22

Jesus only mentions “confessing” when He was speaking to the Jews who were under the law in the context of salvation (Matt 10:32). 

It is also interesting to note that John wrote 1 John in 95 AD, about 50 years after the first New Testament books were originally penned. Would this be the first mention of ongoing confession for the forgiveness of sin if it were THAT important!?    

John did say in the verse before, 1 John 1:8, that if we say we don’t have sin, we are a liar. So even if we could continually confess sin for forgiveness, the moment we confess it, we are still the same dirty rotten fleshly person we were before we confessed! Nothing would be changed!!  

Self-sanctification?

Some people teach that you have “positional” sanctification at the moment of conversion but have to work for your “progressive” sanctification. This is not true – any concept of self-sanctification is from the pit of hell. All it does is yoke people with the lie that Jesus didn’t do enough on the cross and they have to do something to be acceptable to God.

The concept of ongoing confession of sin to procure forgiveness is simply a bad doctrine holdover from the Catholic Church… just as A-millennial and anti-Jewish doctrines were initially embraced by Luther and others in the early Protestant movements.

Then What IS the meaning of 1 John 1:9?

If 1 John 1:9 doesn’t mean we have to continually confess our sins to be forgiven, what the heck does it mean?

In his book, Forgiven Forever, Hector MacLeod explains in eye-opening fashion that 1 John was written in response to the Gnostic claims of the time. And he shows that the context is actually dealing with one time confession for individual salvation.

Yes, make no mistake about it, to be saved we ARE to confess to the Lord that we are a sinner, confessing that we know we can only escape the horrors of hell via the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.   

And we are certainly to acknowledge and repent of each and every sin by which we are convicted by the Holy Spirit living inside us. But that is because we are already forgiven, not to earn forgiveness! Acknowledgement of sin is the natural process of spiritual maturity — growing in knowledge, faith and the grace of our Lord.

Ongoing confession of sin to the Lord, for forgiveness, is not required… actually, we are called “foolish” for even thinking that way!

Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Gal. 3:3

I will go as far to say that there is nothing one can do, or not do, to make themselves more, or less cleansed, than that which Jesus accomplished on the cross!

Is that not just incredible! Everything that can be done, has been done by our Lord. When He said “It is finished” it was totally finished! Wow wow wow, that is just incredible!

Through the years while Hector was alive, we bought his book, Forgiven Forever, by the caseload. God has used his book to make known the true grace of God to countless individuals.

The most common remark we hear is that reading it brought them such a peaceful release! 

       “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension…”    Phil. 4:7

Before Hector died at age 93, he graciously gave the rights of the book to Compass in order to keep it in circulation. We have reprinted it and also have it available both in paperback and in a free eBook format.  You can download it from the compass.org store.

Paperback $9.95.
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Click here to order Forgiven Forever–

And reading it may very well just change your life!!!  

Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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Signs of Jesus’ Return

by Bill Perkins

God gave us Bible prophecy to prove He is God because no one can predict the future with 100% accuracy except God. Nostradamus had about 5% of his quite vague prophecies come true. But the Bible has never missed one iota, even predicting names of people hundreds of years in advance. It’s interesting that over 25% of scripture is regarding short- or long-term prophecies. So it’s hard to read much in the Bible that doesn’t touch on Bible prophecy.

When we take groups to Israel, we always schedule a Bible study on the top of the Mount of Olives. It is a stunning view looking down Palm Sunday Road, across the Garden of Gethsemane toward the Old City and Temple Mount. There’s so much Bible history from that breath-
Palm Sunday Road
Compass group walking down Palm Sunday Road in Jerusalem
taking vantage point that it’s always one of our longest Bible studies of the entire tour–and also the most interesting!
 
From there, you can see the locations of the first two Jewish Temples as well as trace the final week of Jesus prior to the cross. You can see from the Empty Tomb area on the right (north) to the Pool of Siloam on the left (south).
 
But sitting at the top of Mount of Olives also gives us pause to reflect on the story of Jesus riding humbly on the donkey in that very spot. In the middle of that fascinating event, the Bible says when Jesus saw that same view of Jerusalem, he wept bitterly.
 
Olives from Dave tower
Dome of the Rock with 
Mt. Olives behind
“When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes…. because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:41-42, 44
 
Jesus did more than weep. In English we would say “He sobbed.” Jesus sobbed over the fact that the Jews missed the day that was fulfilled exactly as prophesied by Daniel. 
 
Jesus held the Jews accountable for knowing their Bible, and specifically that He would come into Jerusalem on aBible worlddonkey exactly 173,880 days (483 years) from the command to rebuild Jerusalem. Dan 9:24, Ezra 1:2, Zech 9:9
 
That was one incredibly specific prophecy. Jesus fulfilled it to the exact day. And the Jews missed it. It was there to read, and they missed it. 

Jesus continued to fulfill numerous other very specific prophecies like: 

                     OT Prophecy/NT Fulfillment
>He was hated for no reason – Ps 35:19 /Jn 15:24
>He was betrayed by a friend – Ps 41:9/Lk 22:47
>Betrayed for 30 silver coins – Zech 11:12/Mt 26:15
>Crucified among criminals – Is 53:12/Mk 15:27
>Pierced in hands and feet – Zech 12:10/Jn 20:27
>His clothing gambled away – Ps 22:17/Mt 27:35
>No broken bones – Ps 34:20/Jn 19:32
>Pierced through His side – Zech 12:10/Jn 19:34
>Buried with the rich – Is 53:9/Mt 27:57-60
 
In all there are some 300 prophecies regarding the first coming of the Messiah and they were all literally fulfilled exactly as written. Proof positive that the Bible can be trusted as God’s Word.
There are also scores of prophecies regarding Israel’s future in the latter days. Consider these seven prophecies:
 
1) Israel would return to their homeland after being scattered for about 2000 years. Hos 6:1-2
2) They would remain a pure racedespite being scattered all over the earth. Ezek 38:8
3) They would take over their land in a day. Is 66:8
4) They would have a mighty army. Ezek 37:10 Israel-crosshairs
5) They would have nuclear weapons. Zech 14:12; Ezek 39:11-16
6) That the regathered nation would be a problem to the whole world. Zech 12:3
7) That the generation that saw the above prophecies come together would see the Messiah’s return. Mt 24:34
 
Well, that “generation” would be us. We saw those things come together. This generation today will see the Messiah return. Awesome!
 
There are also prophecies about what it will be like just before the end of the Church Age. The Church Age is defined as the time between the arrival (Pentecost) and departure (Rapture) of God’s Holy Spirit Who permanently indwells Believers. 

Bible prophecy graphic

Those latter day prophecies include:
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>World moving toward a one-world government. Rev 13:12
>Television/Images of one person can be seen worldwide. Rev 13:15
>Knowledge will be increased. Dan 12:4
>Persia (Iran) and Gog (Russia) will be Israel’s enemies possessing nuclear weaponsEzk 38,39
>The account of God’s creation in Genesis will be scorned. 2 Pet 3:4-6
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>Moving toward a cashless society. Rev 13:16  
>Israel will be a burdensome stone. Zech 12:3
>Emphasis on worldly riches. James 5:1-5, 2 Tim 3:2

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>Ten countries of the Old Roman Empire will come together again. Dan 2:28, 41; Rev 17:12
>Self will be more important than God. 2 Tim 3:2-4
>Worldwide interconnected economy. Rev 18:11
 
These are just a few of the prophecies concerning the days dead-ahead.

Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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How to Distinguish Between

Rapture & the 2nd Coming

by: Bill Perkins

As prophesied, the Lord Jesus is coming again. First in the sky for Rapture, and again seven years later to defeat Satan and rule as King of the Earth from Jerusalem. The simplest way to distinguish between scriptures about the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ, is to determine if the verse in question is referring to the Lord coming “for” His saints (I Thes 4:16), or “with” His saints (I Thes 3:13). Here is a list (not exhaustive) of the differences in the two events:

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When The Fire First Fell

by: Bill Perkins

Evidences of a changed earth in 33 AD.

Just after Jesus’s death on Calvary’s cross, the most spiritually impacting of all dispensational changes occurred … God’s primary focus transitioned from Israel to the Body of Christ–Christians throughout the world.

Eventually this remarkable period, called the “Church Age,” will end with the departure of the Holy Spirit and God will again go back to making Israel as His primary focus. But currently, the Church Age, in which we live, began with quite unique and powerful characteristics.

Here are three evidences of this historical and monumental change that happened in 33 AD.
 
1) Gaining Direct Access To God

The 4″ thick, 60′ high and 30′ wide curtain that ripped in the Jewish Temple from top to bottom, exposing the private Holy of Holies area, was the visual indicator that the blood of Jesus had been accepted as payment for sin. There was now no more barrier to accessing the God of the universe.

It’s amazing to think that for some 4,000 years, Adam, Moses, Noah and every other Believer saved by faith through the ages was barred from heaven due to the stain of sin.

Granted, where they waited, after death, was called “Paradise,” but it wasn’t heaven. (Paradise & Hades is explained in Luke 16:19-31 and is not a parable.)

Finally, when Jesus died, this huge group of Believers made a mass transfer from Paradise, in the center of the earth, to the real heaven above. As the multitudes broke though the earth’s crust on their exciting journey, some even lingered a bit on the earth’s surface, to the bewilderment of those still alive on the earth.

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Matt. 27:50-53

Wow! That sheds a whole new light on the saying, “dead men walking.” Imagine a possible interaction that day:

Ben sees Joe, a friend who had died several years before, standing in the street and exclaims, “Good grief Joe, what are you doing here? I thought you died years ago!?”

Joe responds, “I did die, but I couldn’t go to heaven until my sins were paid. But now, Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, has made payment for all my sin and I’m headed for heaven now….and look at the time, gotta go, bye.” (You have to love God’s humor.)

So things had changed. God did not change, but He was changing the way He dealt with mortal man. Before the cross, no one could go to heaven due to their sin. Now of course, when a Believer dies, their spirit goes directly to heaven…made possible because of the shed blood of Jesus.

we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 2 Cor. 5:8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2) The Holy Spirit Arrives

Just before Jesus departed this earth, He told the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit to come and permanently indwell Believers. 50 days after His death, on the Jewish Feast Day of Pentecost, the disciples were gathered in Jerusalem, probably near an entrance into, or possibly on, the Temple Mount.

People have often assumed the “upper room” in the Acts 1 account of choosing a new disciple to replace Judas was the same room in the Acts 2 account of the arrival of God’s Holy Spirit. But a careful reading of the text makes no such definitive assertion.

Acts 2 was definitely a later time than the Acts 1 account when they were meeting in the “upper room,” with the 120 people, because the scripture says:

“When the day of Pentecost had come . ..” Acts 2:1a

The last part of this verse continues,

” . . . in one place.” Acts 2:1c

Although it is usually assumed and taught that this place is the upper room of Acts 1, the text doesn’t say that. It only says “in one place.” Scripture suggests a lower room on the ground floor that could be observed by people outside in the street seeing the faces of those inside well enough to identify that they were Galileans inside.

The middle part of Acts 2:1 says,
          “. . . they were all together . . ” Acts 2:1b

Who is “all”? Referring back to the previous verse, the last verse of Acts 1, Scripture states,

“. . . and the lot fell to Matthias, and he was added to the eleven apostles.” Acts 1:26

And in verse 2:14 Peter refers only to the 12 apostles who were present.

“But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, …” Acts 2:14

So it was in this ground floor room where the God of the universe first permanently indwelled humans… beginning with the 12 Apostles. He did not indwell hundreds of people on His initial arrival, only the twelve Apostles.

And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Acts 2:2-4

This was a loud event…all of Jerusalem could hear the “sound” of God’s Spirit’s arrival. Then, those nearby the disciples’ gathering place saw and heard “signs” that this was something new from the Lord.

The three recorded signs of the Spirit’s coming–wind, fire, and inspired speech–are considered in Jewish tradition as a sign of God’s presence. Wind (pneuma) is associated with God’s Spirit (Ezek 37:9-14). Fire from heaven is always an attention grabber (Sodom and Gomorrah, Elijah calling fire down from heaven, etc.). And speech alterations once began a whole new dispensation at Babel.

So a first-century Jew knew full well this was something very powerful from heaven above. God was making the statement that things had changed. God did not change but He was changing the way He dealt with mortal man.

Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. Acts 2:5-6.

To further establish this “things have changed” moment, God had the disciples each speaking in a different language. Only the disciples were doing this, not others observing the Apostles strange behavior.

They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? “And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? Acts 2:7-8

Due to so many people in town for the Feast of Pentecost, there were visitors from all over the Mediterranean. And these visitors were dumbfounded that these men from Galilee were speaking in their native tongues. The Romans, Greeks, Arabs, etc., all heard an uneducated Galilean Apostle of Jesus speaking in their native tongue.

“Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.” Acts 2:9-12

The diverse and culturally mixed Jewish crowd was mesmerized by what was happening, and quite curious.

And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” Acts 2:12

It meant things had changed. God had not changed but He wanted people to know He was changing the way He dealt with mortal man. And it’s worth noting that all these men took this story back to their hometowns around the Mediterranean Sea. Which was as close as you could come to news going viral today. 🙂
 
3) The Indwelling Spirit

The third evidence that God was changing how He dealt with humans was evidenced by visible observations. The apostles began speaking in foreign languages. Those observing first thought they were drunk. But Peter explained things more thoroughly.

But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day;” Acts 2:14-15

Peter corrected their assertions of drunkenness and presented them with the Gospel, the good news about who Jesus was, what He did, how He was killed and that He rose from the dead. It was at this time that individuals responded to the conviction of the Gospel Truth and received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:37-38

Peter shared the simple Gospel message that God had sent His Messiah to redeem sinners. If you “Believed” your sins would be forgiven and you would permanently receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

This permanently indwelling Spirit from God, the third part of the Triune God now able to live in humans, births a new creature on arrival.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Cor. 5:17

When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, He illuminates scripture, heightens spiritual sensitivity and gives us access to an unequalled power source from above. Lives are changed.

So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. Acts 2:41

The 3,000 people who were saved that day had responded to Peter’s invitation to trust what Jesus had provided via the cross. There is no evidence that these new Believers spoke in other languages, known or unknown. Only the 12 Apostles were exhibiting signs.

       Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders
       and signs were taking place through the apostles. Acts 2:43

Therefore the Church Age began: 
  > With Jesus’ 12 Apostles loudly receiving the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. 
  > The event drew a street crowd giving Peter the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection. 

  > Many responded to the Good News and were saved, the same way people get saved today, by Believing the Gospel. God’s Spirit entered each new Believer, permanently, when they Believed.

And, just saying, if the Holy Spirit came so very loudly to earth when He arrived and infilled only 12 people, then the Holy Spirit’s departure, with millions of Believers in tow, will be ear-splitting!
 
There will be no doubt to all those left behind that God is again changing how He deals with mankind.
 
Bill
 

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The Big Boom AKA – The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord

Jesus promised His disciples that even though He had to depart this earth, He would “come again” (John 14:3). An angel confirmed this truth to His disciples as Jesus left the earth some 2000 years ago from the Mount of Olives.

“They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come (again) in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,…” Acts 1:11-12

The prophetic hope of Jesus returning to Jerusalem as King of the Earth has comforted myriads of Believers through the years.

And return He will. Following 7 years of horrific seal and bowl judgments on the earth, Jesus physically returns to earth with a landing of seismic proportions on the Mount of Olives, completing His wrathful objectives.

2nd Coming / Day of the Lord Connection
This Second Coming coincides with the much-prophesied conclusion of the “Day of the Lord.” It’s Jesus’ booming climactic conclusion to His “bowls of wrath” judgments that He had been unleashing on a sinful earth.

The Bible talks a lot about the “Day of the Lord” in very descriptive language. Here are a few verses to consider:

“Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, cruel, with fury and burning anger, to make the land a desolation; and He will exterminate its sinners from it.” Is. 13:9

“…For the day of the LORD is near, and it will come as destruction from the Almighty.” Joel 1:15

“He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath” Ps. 110:5

“…In the day of His burning anger.” Is. 13:13

Jesus’ Second Coming is in two distinct parts: First to the Jews in the desert and then in the final battle with Satan.

First Jesus Returns to the Jews in the Desert
Jesus first returns to reveal His crucifixion scars to the Jews who refused to accept Him as their Messiah 2000 years ago.

These Jews will have been living in the desert for 3 1/2 years. This is because halfway through the Tribulation, those Jews who were attentive to the Bible’s warnings left all their worldly possessions to flee when they saw the Abomination of Desolation standing in the rebuilt Jewish Temple.

“Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.” Mat 24:15

They that made it out alive ultimately gathered in the wilderness where they were protected from the last 3 1/2 years of Satan’s unholy rule on earth.

“Then the woman (Israel) fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days (3 1/2 years).” Rev. 12:6

Isaiah 2 says the place to which the Jews will flee will humble them as they live in caverns, tombs and rocks. When Caves in Petra, Jordan the Abomination of Desolation stood in the Temple, those who dropped everything and made a beeline out of town were part of the 1/3 of the Jews to survive that day. Those that went back to grab anything worldly were captured and killed.

We think Petra is the most likely place the Jews will gather. (See articles on Petra HERE)

But at the end of the 3 1/2 years, the Jews hear the Antichrist is coming with the armies of the world to wipe them out. The 3 1/2 years they spent learning to depend on the Lord must have been good for them because they cry out to the Lord and He answers their prayers. He comes to them and they brokenheartedly see the scarred hands, side and feet from His crucifixion.

“And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then He will say, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.'” Zech. 13:6

This is the nation of Israel’s “Come to Jesus” moment.

“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. Zech. 12:10

Next Comes The Final Battle After reacquainting Himself with the surviving Jews, Jesus then departs to wipe out the Antichrist’s world army of nations who had joined forces and gathered in the Jezreel Valley.

“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.” Matt. 24:30

Often incorrectly referred to as the “Battle of Armageddon”

Armageddon, seen above from Mt. Carmel. Note the Israeli air strips that will undoubtedly be used.

(the battle takes place elsewhere, the armies only “gather” at Armageddon), Jesus wipes out the armies of the world who were marching to kill the remaining Jews in Petra. But not much of a fight, God always wins.

“And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.” Rev. 19:19

Jesus then heads to the Mount of Olives, to the same place He departed the earth some 2000 years before. When His feet touch the mountain, what happens is amazing!

“In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.” Zech. 14:4

When Jesus’ feet touch the Mount of Olives, the whole world will shake! Imagine this if you can:

First, the Mount of Olives not only collapses, it also splits in half, moving north and south, leaving a large flat valley in its place.

The Big Boom-Mountains Disappear Worldwide
But that’s not all! Splitting the Mount of Olives sets off the largest earthquake ever…a worldwide boom!

“And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.” Rev. 16:18

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” Matt. 24:21

This earthquake is so huge it affects the topography of the entire planet causing the remarkable collapse of ALL mountains worldwide (with the lone exception of Mt. Moriah).

“… the mountains also will be thrown down, the steep pathways will collapse and every wall will fall to the ground. Ezek. 38:20

“… and the mountains were not found.” Rev 16:20

“Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, And the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the LORD of hosts In the day of His burning anger.” Is. 13:13

A Dark Day
All of these earthshaking events cause a lot of smoke and dust to cover the entire world.

“The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. Joel 2:31

“…It will be a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.” Ezek. 30:3

“Alas, you who are longing for the day of the LORD, for what purpose will the day of the LORD be to you? It will be a day of darkness and not light;” Amos 5:18

“But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” Matt. 24:29

“Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light, even gloom with no brightness in it? Amos 5:20

“Before them the earth quakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and the moon grow dark and the stars lose their brightness.” Joel 2:10

In addition to the mountains falling causing darkness, the massive worldwide earthquake causes all the islands in the world to disappear! “And every island fled away,” Rev. 16:20

Obviously all this worldwide shaking will cause the oceans to go crazy, scaring the bejeebees out of people watching all of this take place.

“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” Luke 21:25-26

All this worldwide phenomena are hard to imagine, but do keep in mind that this IS the conclusion to the horrible tribulation judgment on the world….a judgment that Believers won’t have to endure because God will have previously removed them via the Rapture.

Mount Moriah Raised
As the dust settles and the waves calm, Mt. Moriah will be raised to be the highest mountain on earth.

“Now it will come about that in the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it.” Is. 2:2

“All the land will be changed into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but Jerusalem will rise and remain on its site (foundation)…” Zech. 14:10

“You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the LORD.” Ezek. 13:5

All the mountains fall, all the islands disappear, Mt. Moriah is raised to be the highest mountain and the world will know Jesus has defeated Satan and is now reigning as King of Kings. But there’s even more to this story!

Moriah Gushes Godly Water
From the raised Mount Moriah, gushing from the southern end of the Temple Mount, comes a perpetual river. With the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion flattened to the east and west of the raised Mount Moriah, the water flows both west to the Mediterranean Sea and east to the Dead Sea.

“And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.” Zech, 14:8

This “Holy Water” from God’s special place on earth will cause the Dead Sea to come alive! Currently nothing can live in the Dead Sea, but with God’s special water flowing into it, it comes to life as a fisherman’s paradise!

“Then he said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah (Arabah = the desert plain from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea); then they go toward the sea, being made to flow into the sea, and the waters of the sea become fresh. It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to Eneglaim there will be a place for the spreading of nets. Their fish will be according to their kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many.” Ezek. 47:8-10

“…and a spring will go out from the house of the LORD to water the valley of Shittim.” (Jordan River) Joel 3:18

“By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.” Ezek. 47:12

The Judgment of the Nations
With Jesus now rightly ruling as King of Kings, He judges the nations of the world from His throne that overlooks the newly created valley that is now adjacent to Mt. Moriah, where the Mount of Olives once stood.

Called the Valley of Jehoshaphat and the Valley of Decision, Jesus doles out judgment, especially to those who fought against Israel. Several verses talk about this:

“Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones. Let the nations be aroused and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.” Joel 3:11-12

“For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head.” Obad. 15

“…when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;” Matt. 25:31-32

“He will judge among the nations, He will fill them with corpses, He will shatter the chief men over a broad country.” Ps. 110:6

“Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones. Let the nations be aroused and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.” Joel 3:11-12

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision” (“decision” = God’s verdict). Joel 3:14

“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat (“Jehoshaphat” = “Yahweh has judged”). Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land.” Joel 3:1-2

Those who are allowed to live into the Millennium will be required to come to Jerusalem once a year to pay homage to Jesus on His throne. “Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.” Zech 14:16

Jesus Reigns for 1000 Years

“And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, …” Rev. 20:2-3

With the world’s mountains flattened, the weather will be more like it was prior to the flood. This means Jesus will reign without having to deal with harmful weather like tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods and lightning strikes.

Best of all, imagine a world with Jesus righteously ruling as King, Satan is bound and everyone uses the Bible as the rule of law. Pinch me!

PTL! This is truly something for which to look forward! “Surely it is near.”

“Blow a trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near,” Joel 2:1

BP

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Is Retirement Biblical?

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, 2 Tim. 3:1-2

Nowhere in the Bible does it suggest that when you reach a certain age you should have enough money to sit back and do nothing. In fact, man’s penalty for sin in the Garden of Eden is lifelong work.

Then to Adam He said: Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Gen. 3:17

When the Israelites were wandering in the desert, God forbid them from picking up the divinely supplied manna for even one additional day, except for the Sabbath. And if they did gather more than a day’s worth, it spoiled.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day . . . On the sixth day. . . . it will be twice as much as they gather daily. Ex. 16:4-5

Yet, literally every night on television, the number of ads proclaiming how to reach your retirement goals is mind-numbing. The world apparently believes people should be obsessed with how much they have in their “retirement account and how much more is needed.

Commercial after commercial is highly suggestive that success in this life is all about having enough money to do what you want when you get old.

But, like a lot of other things where the world’s thinking is not Biblically oriented, it has the wrong long-term focus. And if we’re not careful, we’ll get sucked into the world’s focus and away from God’s truth.

The Bible is clear that this life is not about how much we accumulate in this life.

Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions. Luke 12:15

After making that statement, Jesus went on to tell the parable about the man who had so much he decided to build bigger barns.

‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry’; But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’; So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:19-21

The idea is that in this life we need to be mainly concerned with eternal things, not temporal things. Money is temporal. God is forever. Our life should be focused on eternity, not on this earth.

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Col. 3:2

And when you have the correct long-term priorities, this life will take care of itself.

[S]toring up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. 1 Tim. 6:19

This, of course, does not mean saving money is wrong. We save for unexpected events. The Bible says it’s smart to save, and even to have money leftover when you die.

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, Prov. 13:22

Yet, not everyone will have an abundance. God chooses some to have more and some to have less material wealth.

It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it. Prov. 10:22

Men are simply to work hard to provide for their families.

. . . if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, 2 Th. 3:10

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1Tim. 5:8

I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread. Psalms 37:25

When men work, they are to assume they are working for the Lord, that He is their ultimate taskmaster. They’re only to work hard but also to look at their employer or business as God-ordained, leaving the ultimate success up to the Lord.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. Col. 3:23-24

May the LORD give you increase, you and your children. Psa. 115:14

This must, of course, be balanced with the fact that if God does allow us an abundance, we’re to multiply our assets. The late Christian financial counselor Larry Burkett loved to point out that roughly 2/3s of the parables that Jesus told were about money. Money itself is not evil.

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; Heb. 13:5

In the Matthew 25 parable about investing, some made money, some lost money, but the only guy who was chastised was the one who buried his money and wasn’t even earning interest. He failed by not investing.

So it’s not wrong to have some savings or even a lot of investments. What’s important is to have the right Biblical purpose for which you save. Our life’s focus should not be saving money for retirement. Rather, investing in eternity.

Spiritual maturity is our goal.

We’re to desire to be “rich toward God; Not spend our lives trying to save enough money to get to a point to do nothing. By making spiritual maturity the goal, when a man is older he has have a lot to offer in wisdom. He can then attest to the fact that this life is all about God, not money. It’s about being mature in God’s ways, not man’s.

They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap [Hebrew = lit: “fat”;] and very green [“mature”;], to declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. Psalms 92:14-15

until we all attain to . . . a mature man, Eph. 4:13

. . . they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. Luke 8:14

. . . let us press on to maturity, Heb. 6:1

Keep your eyes on the prize!

BP

 

Is The Rapture In September?

by: Bill Perkins

 

Rapture will probably be in September, regardless of the year. Here’s why!

According to Leviticus 23, there are seven Jewish Feasts commanded by God to be observed each year.

They are:

Feast Name:                Jewish Date               Hebrew
1) Passover                     Nisan 14                         Pesach

                                              (April or May)

2) Unleavened              Nisan 15                         Hag-Ha-Matzot
    Bread

3) Firstfruits                 Starts the day after          Bikkurim
                                           the Sabbath following
                                           Passover.

4) Feast of Weeks       Starts 50 days after          Shavuot

                                           Firstfruits. (May or June)

 
5) Trumpets                     Tishri 1                            Rosh HaShanah

                                               (September or October)

6) Day of Atonement      Tishri 10                        Yom Kippur

7) Tabernacles                   Tishri 15                        Succoth

The symbolism of Jesus in the Jewish Feast of Passover has been extensively analyzed by numerous scholars. In a nutshell, Jesus is our Passover Lamb, the Lamb of God.

                   “…Christ our Passover…”   1 Cor. 5:7Lamb-cross

Jesus was slain on the cross on Mt Moriah. At the same time, the Jews were slaying their Passover lambs (had to be a male lamb without blemish), also on Mt Moriah, just a few steps away.

There is also symbolism in the other feasts as well.

The second feast, Unleavened Bread, is the day after Passover. Jewish days began at 6 PM, so the Feast of Unleavened Bread began in the evening after Passover.

 

             “…Behold, the Lamb of God who takes  

              away the sin of the world!”   John 1:29 Unleavened bread

Leaven in the Bible is a symbol of sin. The Jews purged their houses of leaven, in conjunction with what the sacrificial lamb had done–removed sin. This is a picture of what Jesus had done on the cross.

                       “I am the Bread of life.” John 6:48

The Feast of Firstfruits was to be celebrated on the Sunday after the Sabbath following Passover.
 

              “But now Christ has been raised from the dead,  

              the first fruits of those who are asleep.” 1Cor. 15:20  wheat sheaves

 

They celebrated Firstfruits by offering a sheaf of grain to the Lord for His allowing the first harvest. 

Jesus is called the “first fruits” from the dead.

 

Fifty days after Firstfruits, the Jews celebrated the Feast of Weeks. Here the Jews offered two loaves of bread, as a second offering to the Lord, but this time they were baked with leaven, which again symbolizes sin.   

 

                  Wretched man that I am!  Rom. 7:24 2loaves

 

The two loaves could represent either the Old and New Testament, the wheat and the tares, or the Jews and Gentiles being included in the New Testament Church. The leaven represents sin’s existance in the church. That’s an understatement! 

 

While the Jews were celebrating the Feast of Weeks, the Holy Spirit came roaring to earth, filling both Jewish and Gentile Believers (Acts 2) at what Christians call “Pentecost.”

 

The symbolism of Jesus and the church in the first four spring Jewish feasts is undeniable. The first four major events of the Church Age – Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, and the coming of the Holy Spirit – all fell exactly on the days of the Jewish Feasts.  

 

But there is a break between the spring and fall feasts.  

 

Line graph-JewishFeasts

 

The break in the feasts may very well represent the break in God’s plan for the Jews… the Church Age.  

 

If God had the first four major events of the Church Age land exactly on the Jewish Feast days, it is almost a given that the next big Church Age event, the Rapture, will land on the next Jewish Feast in the fall…. whichever year Rapture takes place.  

 

The next feast in order falls in September or October each year. Called Rosh HaShanah, it’s a day of gathering and celebration and the Jews are specifically charged to “blow trumpets.” The blowing of a Ram’s horn was the signal that it was time to blowing shofargather in Jerusalem.

 

For this feast, the Jews would blow the shofar for 29 days. Then on the last day there was one more blowing–three distinct series of 30 blasts each. This was followed by ten final blasts leading up to “The Great Blowing.” This was one last, long blast of the trumpet, proclaiming the beginning of the feast. 

 

        “Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the  

         month, you shall also have a holy convocation;  

         you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a  

         day for blowing trumpets”  Num. 29:1

 

As all who have studied the Rapture know, the Rapture is a day of gathering in the air and should be quite the celebration! The two most famous spine-tingling Rapture verses read:

        “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven  

        with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and  

        with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ  

        shall rise first.”  1Th. 4:16

“in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed”  1Cor. 15:52

 

 Therefore, following God’s pattern of having the first four major events of the Church Age land on the first four Jewish feasts, we think the next big event of the Church Age is likely to occur on Rosh Hashanah, regardless of the year! Is that cool or what! 🙂 

 

Bill Perkins

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Summer Rapture Fever?
Three signs the Believers’ earth-shattering exit may be near!

The Jewish Feast Rosh Hashanah (AKA The Feast of Trumpets) is September 20/21, 2017. We wrote an article a few years back defending Rosh Hashanah as the most likely time of the year the Rapture would happen(1), regardless of the year. So each summer it’s always interesting to see how the prophetic signs are shaping up…could this be the year of our exhilarating departure?

Several other ministries ARE predicting it will happen during Rosh Hashanah this year. One guy has a whole website talking about Revelation 12:1 and the Rapture.

“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;” Rev. 12:1

Supposedly, on September 22 (Tishri 1/Jewish New Year begins) the stars in the sky will point to the Rapture. In this fanciful prediction, the “woman” in Revelation 12 is the constellation Virgo. The nine stars of the Constellation Leo plus the planets of Mercury, Mars and Venus are the 12 stars around her head and the moon is at her feet. And somehow Jupiter represents Jesus’ birth.(3)

You can buy the book that explains all this in a digital download for a mere $25. But if he really thought the Rapture was in September, why would he be selling the info instead of just giving it away?

Don’t waste your money trying to understand HIDDEN signs few people know about. If this were truly a sign from God, it’s doubtful He would hide it in a constellation from 99.99999% of the world. No, God does things like parting the Red Sea or raising Lazarus from the dead, for ALL to see and ponder.

Can we even know beforehand?
Before we go any further, the logical question we should ask is, “Can we know ahead of time when the Rapture will take place?” The answer is “not exactly.”

For those who are new to Compass, we loathe those who set hard, absolute dates for The Rapture or 2nd Coming. But we believe the Bible teaches that we can, and should, observe any and all OBVIOUS signs to determine if we’re getting close. Consider this verse:

“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 1Th. 5:2-6

That verse tells us that the coming of the Lord at Rapture will come without warning only for non-Believers. But Believers are encouraged to be alert to the OBVIOUS signs because we have the discerning light of God’s Holy Spirit.

Therefore, it’s incumbent on Believers to be alert to OBVIOUS prophetic signs that the current Church Age dispensation, the Biblical time period in which we live, is coming to a booming close.

The Rapture of the Believers on the earth will make way for the next dispensation to begin—a horrific 7-year period referred to as “Tribulation,” “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble” or “The 70th Week of Daniel.” (Matt. 24:21; Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:24-27)

So how’s everything stacking up this year?

Obvious Sign #1: Israel
It’s an exciting time to be alive as we’re living in the generation that saw God, as prophesied, begin bringing the Jews back to their homeland. So our first gauge is to look at Israel. We’ve written many articles about their God-ordained return to their homeland.

The main reason to watch Israel is that soon after the Rapture, the Jews will again be in the prime-time of God’s earthy dealings—God will come out of His Self-imposed slumber and the entire world will know it. The heaven and earth will be shaken to its core as He lets the world know that He is the Creator God and Israel is His chosen nation.

Watching Israel being primed for this change is fascinating. We can also observe the prophesies regarding her latter-day enemies. Ezekiel 38 and 39 discuss, among other things, the last-days invasion by those from the areas of Russia (Gog), Iran (Persia) and others.(4)

‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “It will come about on that day, that thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil plan, and you will say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls and having no bars or gates, to capture spoil and to seize plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited, and against the people who are gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and goods,…’ Ezek. 38:10-12

The stated purpose for the invasion is to capture riches in the land of Israel—which begs the question, “What spoil? What riches?”

When Israel became a nation in 1948 she had no known natural riches for which a hostile sovereign nation would invade. In fact, Golda Meir, Israel’s Prime Minister in 1969-1974, often quipped that Moses wandered the desert for 40 years and unfortunately settled in the only place that didn’t
To grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
Is. 61:3 have oil.

But recently that’s changed. A couple of years ago Israel discovered massive gas reservoirs just off her coast.(6A) And within the last year or so Israel discovered a massive oil reservoir within her borders!(5) And there are other oil exploration companies are currently drilling there.(6)

It’s possible Israel’s government has put out the word to their media not to publicize these oil and discoveries so as not to give the surrounding Arab nations another reason to come after them. But the oil discovery within Israel’s borders was described as huge.

BTW—All that Middle Eastern Oil is another proof that the Bible is 100% accurate. The massive amounts of oil in the Middle East is obviously due to Noah’s flood burying the lush and plentiful plants in-and-around the Garden of Eden. These buried plants naturally turned to oil (11) and today Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, etc., and now Israel, benefit from the destruction of Noah’s worldwide flood.

So, because of Israel’s relatively close proximity to the original Garden of Eden, it’s not surprising that Israel also has massive oil reserves under its land. The question is simply “how much?”

Some oil experts have theorized that Israel has more oil under her land than all the other middle eastern nations combined. And looming in the future is the prophesied Russia/Iran invasion to come after her riches—an invasion that takes place, we believe, within a few days after the Rapture.(4)

The Israeli oil and gas discoveries mean the prophecy of Israel being so dog-gone wealthy in the latter days is being fulfilled right under our noses.(7) And when the Rapture takes place, and the Holy Spirit Restrainer is removed from the earth, Russia will obviously “devise an evil plan” and invade Israel.

All this is detailed in Ezek. 38 and 39. The result of this invasion is that Israel is miraculously protected by God, Russia/Iran/others suffer a humiliating defeat and the Jews are awakened out of their spiritual slumber.

Sign #2
Signs In The Skies
“Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;” Gen. 1:14

The first reason the Lord gave us for His creating the sun, moon and stars is to be for “signs.”

Throughout the Bible He has used the sun for miraculous signs— i.e. The long day of Joshua, three hours of darkness when Jesus died on the cross, etc. (Joshua 10:12-14; Luke 23:44)

One of God’s signs is a solar eclipse where the sun’s light is blocked by the moon. It’s interesting that if the earth and moon were .04% further apart, or closer together, there would be no eclipses to view.(8)

On August 21, 2017, there will be a solar eclipse on the earth. This full eclipse of the sun’s light will only be seen in the United States, cutting a path from the Northwest to the Southeast.

This is the first time in the history of the United States that a total eclipse will touch only the United States.

But what makes this eclipse raise even more eyebrows is that another eclipse will do the same thing—exactly seven years from now, again seen ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES. Seven years—how interesting!

But rather than NW to SE, in seven years the eclipse will be from the SW to the NE, creating a big X on our nation.

We already know the United States is the prophesied nation in the Bible that is destroyed in an hour(6). Does this big “X” mean God is trying to “give us a sign”? Maybe.

Scientists have recently been studying the link between the sun, moon and earthquakes.(10) So it’s most interesting that the eclipse will cross through the two main earthquake zones in America: Cascadia Subduction Fault Zone in the Coastal Northwest and the New Madrid Fault Zone in the heart of the Midwest.

Most people are aware of the West Coast’s affinity for earthquakes. But the middle of the U.S. has also had its problems. The last time there was a big earthquake in the New Madrid Fault Zone, in 1812, the land movements were so severe it caused the Mississippi River to run backwards for several hours!(12) Over 1200 miles away in Boston, MA, it rattled plates off the walls and caused church bells to ring.(12)

Of course, in 1812, the New Madrid Fault Zone area was sparsely populated. Today it is estimated that a similar earthquake would be twice the problem of Katrina.(13)

The eclipse also cuts across volcanoes in the northwest like the recently active Mt. St. Helens and the unbelievably large, but long-time dormant, caldera in Yellowstone National Park.

The Lord may have used the numerous volcanoes around the world as water portals for the flood of Noah.(16) So hope those things stay put for now!

We’re not predicting anything. Just pointing out that the paths of these eclipses, this year and seven years from now, are quite unique and interesting. So buy some approved glasses and watch this amazing eclipse! More eclipse info at the bottom of this article. (17)

Sign #3
The Incorrect Jewish Calendar
For all my Christian life I’ve wondered why the Jewish Calendar was so far off. The Jews, always trying to keep the letter of the Law, are so precise in everything Biblical that they do. But the Jewish calendar says we’re in the year 5777. And common sense says that’s off by some 200+ years.

James Ussher, an Irish bishop, wrote an incredible book on biblical chronology in the early 1650s. Using Biblical lineage, he sets the date from the Garden of Eden to Jesus’ birth to be 4004 BC. So by simply adding 2017 since Jesus’ birth to the 4004 years before Jesus’ birth, it totals to 6021 years from Adam to today.

6021 is an interesting number because Jesus died in 30AD. And if you add seven years for the Tribulation, we’re within a couple of years of completing two thousand years of the Church Age.

We wrote an article back in the 1990s suggesting that the seven-day creation week was God’s template of all time, one 24-hour day equaling 1000 years. After 4000 years, Jesus came in the 5th and 6th day, bringing life.(14)

But the Jewish calendar shows we’re in year 5777. So, being that far off I never paid much attention to it. Until now!

It turns out, according to an interview I watched of Michael Norten at a Texas prophecy conference last week, that in 160 AD a Jewish rabbi named Yose Ben Halafta first created the Jewish calendar. But he strangely subtracted some 200+ years from his total years counting from Adam.

Purportedly, the reason for the change was that Ben Halafta realized that dating the calendar using a literal method would point to Jesus being the Messiah. He apparently saw that the prophecy in Daniel 9—483 years from the beginning of rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls to the coming Messiah, would point directly to Jesus as the Messiah. Oh dear, can’t have that!

So the theory is that Ben Halafta subtracted some 200+ years from the Jewish calendar so the Daniel 9 prophecy would not point to Jesus’ Triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

When you add back 200 years to 5777, you get 5977. Add 7 years for Tribulation and you get 5984, which is getting close to 6000 total years.

And who knows how many total years he subtracted! Norten believes it was 214! That would mean the Jewish calendar should be 5998. And in September, Tishri 1, the Jewish new year, it will be 5999!

Why is 6,000 years so interesting?I’ve taught for over 30 years that God’s creation week of six 24-hour days and nights and one 24-hour day and night of rest is His divine template of earthly time.(13) In other words, when the Lord created time, He created 7000 total years from beginning to end.
It’s called the “Day-Age” theory and it fits like a glove. God created time and everything He does is perfect. So how many total years would He create? It would obviously be a multiple of seven, His number He uses all through the Bible for completion.(15)

Not to mention that there are two verses where God pointedly refers to one day being “like” a 1000 years.

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 2Pet. 3:8

For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night. Psa. 90:4

Therefore, the first four days of creation would be a template the first 4000 years of human history. No life was created in the first four 24-hour days.

Then, after 4000 years of recorded history, Jesus came to earth and brought “life,” in day five of the template.

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b

Therefore, on the 5th day of the divine template (Five is God’s number for grace) Jesus arrived bringing “life.”

The 5th and 6th days of the template are referred to in scripture in several places. In Hosea, there’s an odd and unfulfilled prophecy:

“Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him.” Hos. 6:1-2

This remarkable unfulfilled prophecy states that Israel would be wounded and torn for two days, but that God will raise them up on the third day and they will live in His presence. No one seems to be able to explain this verse.

But if you apply this verse inside the 7000-year template, the prophecy states that for 2000 years, Israel will be wounded and torn, but not destroyed. And after the 2000 years, God would raise Israel up to live in His presence for one day, which equals 1000 years.

Well, that’s what happened. We know for a fact that Israel rejected her Messiah and for almost exactly 2000 years, Israel has been scattered around the world, torn and bruised. Israel is waiting for the “third day” where they will live in His presence.

God is currently gathering the Jews once again in their homeland where they will soon begin living in their Messiah’s world-ruling presence for 1000 years.

“Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” Rev. 20:6

The 7th day of the Creation Week, God rested. This equates to the 1000-year reign of Jesus on the earth. 4000 + 2000 + 1000 = 7000 total years.

There are also other verses that fit this 7000-year template theory. For instance, when Jesus was on the earth, the only time period recorded in the Bible that He went to the non-Jews, the Samaritans, was specifically for “two days.”

“So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.” John 4:40

After the two days He went forth from there into Galilee.” John 4:43

Applying this to our 7000-year divine template, the “two days” would be the 2000 years of Jesus going to the Gentiles. And after that 2000 years, He would return to the Jews for “one day,” or 1000 years, which is, of course, the Millennial reign of Christ with Jesus living and reigning from Jerusalem.

Another fascinating example is Exodus 19.

The LORD also said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments; and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. Ex. 19:10-11

This one gives me chill bumps. Buried in the Old Testament is a direct reference to the Church Age and the Millennial Reign of Christ.

“Today and tomorrow” are days 5 and 6 of our template— the Church Age, where we are “washed” or cleansed by the blood of Jesus. The “third day” is, of course, the 1000-year Millennium where the Jews will live with Jesus on the throne in Jerusalem—“in the sight of all.”

So we believe God laid out 4000 years of time before Jesus came and brought life for 2000 years, 6000 total. We still have remaining 1000 years of rest, which is Jesus’ reign as King of the Earth.

This 7000-year Divine Template makes the end of 6000 years of human history quite interesting!

We like this topic so much we’ve invited Mr. Norten to speak at our March 3, 2018 Steeling the Mind Bible Conference at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Should be a good one! Watch for details!

As for the timing of the Rapture being this year—we may not know the day nor the hour, but it sure is fun watching for the season! It WILL happen one day in the future!

BP

References:

https://compass.org/store/products/Article%3A-Is-The-Rapture-In-September%3F.html

(2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_years_(Jewish_calendar)#The_missing_years_and_Daniel

(3) http://www.therevelationsign.com/

(4) https://compass.org/store/products/Article%3A-Russia%27s-Humiliating-Defeat.html

(5) http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/07/potentially-game-changing-oil-reserves-discovered-in-israel.html

(6A) http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/1.697863

(6) http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230573
http://www.worldoil.com/news/2017/1/11/genie-energy-launches-drilling-services-company-in-israel

http://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-oil-reservoir-entirely-within-israel-says-company/

(7) http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/enormous-oil-deposit-discovered-in-israel-as-russia-slowly-advances/

(8) http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/physics/128-our-solar-system/the-sun/solar-eclipses/148-will-we-ever-stop-having-solar-eclipses-because-of-the-moon-s-motion-away-from-the-earth-intermediate

(9) https://weather.com/science/news/thanks-active-new-madrid-fault-zone-midwest-earthquake-risk-still-looms-20140124

(10) https://www.sciencealert.com/the-pull-of-the-sun-and-moon-can-cause-earthquakes-along-the-san-andreas-fault-study-finds

(11) https://answersingenesis.org/geology/catastrophism/how-fast-can-oil-form/

https://socratic.org/questions/how-long-does-it-take-to-turn-plants-animals-into-fossil-fuels

(12) http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/earthquake-causes-fluvial-tsunami-in-mississippi

(13) http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1379#1Uhi12cFH2KdOjXv.99

(14) https://compass.org/ee-uploads/2_Days_in_Scripture.pdf

(15) https://compass.org/store/products/God%27s-Colors-And-Numbers-In-Scripture-%252d-Paul-Van-Noy-%28Digital-Video-%26-mp3-Download%29.html

(16) https://compass.org/store/products/Article%3A-Earthquakes-%26-Volcanoes-in-Bible-Prophecy.html

https://compass.org/store/products/Article%3A-Tornadoes%2C-Hurricanes%2C-Tsunamis…From-God%3F.html

(17) Eclipse facts:

• During a solar eclipse, the Moon’s shadow is cast upon the Earth. There are two parts to this shadow – an outer shadow that covers a wide region creating a partial eclipse and a much smaller central shadow that creates the total eclipse. As the Earth rotates, the central shadow creates a thin path known as the path of totality.

• Those outside of the path of totality will experience a partial eclipse, an event nowhere near as dramatic as a total eclipse.

• A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on the earth once in every 18 months on average.

• In any one location, a total solar eclipse is very rare, occurring on average once every 375 years.

• Even if only 1% of the Sun is visible, it is still 10,000 times too bright to see the exciting eclipse phenomenon. You must be within the path of totality to feel the full experience.

• Even those who know what is happening can be caught off guard by a total solar eclipse. It is eerie, awe-­inspiring, unsettling, beautiful, and often emotionally overwhelming.

• It is essential to consider eye safety when planning for the eclipse. People must use APPROVED solar filters to view the partial phases of the eclipse. Don’t risk blindness!

• Totality can be viewed safely with the naked eye, but only if you are in the path of totality.

• Click here to see when the eclipse will pass your city:

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in.html

Who are the 144,000 in Revelation?

by: Bill Perkins

One of the most overlooked characteristics of the future seven-year Tribulation period is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached to the entire world. People are given the stark choice to follow Jesus or Satan. All through the book of Revelation we see the Gospel being preached to the whole world.

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The Bible describes the Tribulation as an intense evangelistic period in and among the catastrophic judgments by God. And the astonishing purveyors of the Gospel will be none other than Jews! 144,000 Jews will be given instant Holy Spirit illumination–12,000 from each of the 12 Jewish tribes (Rev. 7:4). They are singers (Rev 14:3). But more interestingly these Jewish men are also unmarried virgins! (Rev. 14:4) So if we are living in the last days, let’s say between two seconds and 20 years prior to Rapture, who are these 144,000 Jewish male virgins, and where do they come from?

Today in Israel about 80% of the population consider themselves as “Secular” Jews. In talking to scores of secular Jewish people on our trips to Israel, I found that they usually observe Passover and Day of Atonement. But for the most part, they don’t go to synagogue on Shabbat (Saturday) and don’t know what to think about the miracles of the Old Testament. And prior to marriage, dating is similar to non-Believers in the U.S.A., with most having sex prior to marriage.

There are some who consider themselves as “Orthodox” Jews. They will wear the yamika (sometimes referred to as “kippah,” [the cap]) to keep something between them and God. They believe the Bible is the Word of God, go to synagogue on Shabbat, and of course, celebrate the seven Jewish feasts. But they dress normally, have no problem with using birth control, serve in the army, and work for a living. They also support the State of Israel.


And there is a third group, a most curious oddity, referred to as the “Ultra-Orthodox” Jews, or Haredi (ÁŽ ̄Õ“¦È) in Hebrew (means “one who trembles in awe of God”). Oh my gosh, they are a sight to see. Numbering about 1.3 million (800,000 in Israel), the men all dress in black suits with white shirts and a hat. The type of hat worn depends on the particular order to which they belong. The largest group of them live in Jerusalem.


They vote as a block, sort of like a third party, and it’s almost impossible to get a ruling majority in Israel without including them . . . so they take advantage of this and demand a steep political price, getting pretty much what they want. So the Haredi have exemptions from serving in the military as long as they don’t work. And most receive a small stipend from the government.


For men in Israel, military service is mandatory. Active duty is from age 18 to 21 and then you are in the reserves until age 55. So for Haredi to keep their military exemptions, over half of them simply don’t work. Rather, they just study the Old Testament and the ancient Jewish commentaries in schools called “yeshivas.” Let me repeat that for emphasis, Haredi spend their entire lives studying religious texts full-time. Understandably, some 60% are considered under the poverty level.

Haredi are very, very conservative as they try to keep the Old Testament Law, word for word, all 613 Jewish Laws! These guys are amazing. For instance, on Shabbat, they can’t do any work whatsoever. They tear up their toilet paper the day before in a little pile next to the toilet so they don’t have to do work (tearing toilet paper) on Shabbat. Nor do they make or receive phone calls, drive a car, or do anything that could be considered work.


Most all the hotels in Israel have a specially designated elevator to use on Shabbat. It goes up and down all day automatically stopping at each floor. That way the Haredi can use the elevator without pushing buttons—which would be considered “work.” The wives cook all the food for Shabbat the day before. Also, believe it or not, many Haredi wives shave their heads so they won’t look attractive to their husbands (in public they wear a wig—go figure). Grace looks pretty good, huh?!

Haredi are having children at three times the rate of secular Jews. A family with 10 kids is not uncommon, and demographers now estimate about a third of last year’s Jewish babies were born into the ultra-Orthodox community. This is causing a lot of anger in the secular side because they are getting all the benefits of government, hospitals, schools, etc., but pay no taxes since they don’t work.


Young, marriage-age Haredi do not date. Rather, eligible guys and girls meet for coffee or coke at a public place. We often see couples in hotel restaurants or lobbies. They spend hours talking but would never do anything close to kissing, much less hopping in the sack together.

Which brings us back to the 144,000 male Jewish virgins. There are approximately 150,000 unmarried ultra-Orthodox Jews in the world between the ages of 18 and 35, the only group of Jewish men who can fulfill the prophecy. Imagine what they will be like when, post-Rapture, God suddenly opens their eyes to biblical truth and marks them for service. They already have a zeal for God’s Word, so when they understand the rest of the story of how their forefathers rejected Jesus their Messiah, they will become the most proficient and prolific evangelists the world has ever seen!


God uses these guys in such a powerful way that millions of people living in the Tribulation world will rather live for Christ and die on this earth rather than line up with the New World Leader’s agenda.


“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues . . .” Revelation 7:9


“These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:14


Mind-boggling, don’t you think?


Bill Perkins

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Was Jesus Crucified On Friday?

by: Bill Perkins

Tomb in IsraelMost of the Christian world observes Jesus’ death on the Friday before Resurrection Sunday.

But according to the Bible, that dog won’t hunt!

Most churches today teach that Friday is the day of Jesus’ death on the cross. This is an alternate view. (I actually think I’m Biblically correct but my wife thought I needed to soften my stance. Naturally, I worry if I soften my stance, don’t draw lines in the sand, I might turn into a democrat).

First, it must be noted that the Bible gives us a detailed description of every day of Jesus’ last week prior to his crucifixion- VERY detailed. But there are only five days detailed in the Bible, instead of six. The missing day is referred to by Bible scholars as “The missing day.” LOL! Not much imagination there. It takes a lot of (guts, pride, ego, take your pick) to say there might be something left out of the Bible narrative.

These Biblical “scholars” ASSUME that Jesus was crucified on Friday; therefore, there should be six days of details (Sunday through Friday). But only five are referenced in Scripture (Sunday through Thursday).

* Sunday – Palm Sunday Road to Temple
* Monday – Overturned moneychangers’ tables
* Tuesday – Priests examine Jesus
* Wednesday(“Missing Day”?)
* Thursday – Passover preparation and meal
* Friday – Crucifixion, grave
* Saturday – Grave
* Sunday – Grave, Resurrection

And, if you use the above timeline, it directly contradicts this verse:

“for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matt 12:40

The “heart of the earth” is a reference to the “bottomless pit” in the center of the earth (Rev. 9:1,2). When you are in the heart of the earth, no matter which way you look, you’re looking up!

The Old Testament Saints could not go to heaven when they died because Jesus had yet to pay for their sins. So they went to “Paradise” to wait for their sins to be paid in full. Today, post-cross, Church Age Believers go straight to heaven when they die (2 Cor 5:8).

Luke 16:19-31 is not a parable but rather an actual description of the bottomless pit. At death, those O.T Saints who trusted by faith the future Messiah were enjoying paradise just a few feet from those who were wailing in the scorching flames of Hades. They were so close they could actually talk to each other across a “chasm” (v. 24-26).

Circle denoting Earth's crust at the edge and Hades and Paradise in the middle but separated with a chasm

It’s interesting that when Jesus died and defeated death, the first thing He did was go to the Bottomless Pit to claim and release His O.T. Saints so they could go to heaven.

“(Now this expression, ‘He ascended,’ what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens” Eph. 4:9-10

80,000 people at a football game can make a lot of noise, but that’s nothing compared to cheer that must have roared when Jesus made His appearance in Paradise to redeem the O.T. Saints. I’m hoping I get to see a replay of that one day!

Apparently, as the redeemed Saints crossed through the earth’s crust on their way up, some lingered around and were seen by those alive on the earth.

And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth shook; and the rocks were split, and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Matt 27:51-53

I’m sure at least one conversation back then went something like this:

Eli: “Wow, Aaron, I thought you were dead! I went to your funeral two years ago. You look great!”

Aaron: “Nope, not dead. I just changed places from earth to Paradise. I had to wait until the Messiah came to the earth and shed His blood for me so I could go to heaven. I’m on my way to heaven, just stopped for a moment to reminisce.”

Eli: “Then if you’re on your way to heaven, did the Messiah come, did I miss Him?”

Aaron: “Did you not hear that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified three days ago?”

Eli: “You mean Jesus was the Deliverer!!!!????”

Aaron: “Yep, and you can only get to heaven by faith in that fact.”

Eli: “Wow! Hey, what’s with the all those white clothes you’re wearing?”

Aaron: “You get them on arrival after you die. If you were trusting the Messiah to pay for your sins and you die, you get the clothes.”

Eli: “That’s it? That’s all you have to do- TRUST? Your clothes aren’t received based on doing good works?

Aaron: “Come on Eli, are you so foolish that you think that there is anything you do can add to the finished work of the Messiah? I gotta go now.”

(Note: Eli and his family received the Holy Spirit 47 days later at the Feast of Pentecost)

(Hope you enjoyed that little tangent … sorry, I got side-tracked… now back to the study on what day Jesus was crucified)

So, if you ASSUME the Bible records all the events without a “missing day,” using a literal translation and application of the Biblical text, you have a much more scripturally defendable timeline:

* Sunday – Palm Sunday Road to Temple
* Monday – Overturned moneychangers’ tables
* Tuesday – Priests examine Jesus
* Wednesday – Passover preparation and meal
* Thursday – Crucifixion, Grave (one night)
* Friday – Grave (two nights)
* Saturday – Grave (three nights)
* Sunday – Grave, Resurrection

By not arbitrarily inserting the “missing day” you also solve the problem of Jesus being “three days and nights in the heart of the earth.”

Anyway I slice it, I can only get two nights between Friday and Sunday, even if I use a Jewish day beginning at sundown (sundown to sundown equals one day).

Calendar week to visualize the nights in the tomb

It seems so much simpler just to follow the text as written and you have literally three days and three nights, as the scripture says. Now consider the verse regarding Jesus arriving at Lazarus’ house.

“Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.” John 12:1

We know that the latest Jesus could have arrived at Lazarus’ house would have been Friday before His Palm Sunday entry, because Saturday was Shabbat and He couldn’t travel. If you count six days from Friday, you come to Thursday, and the verse indicates that Passover began then.

John’s Gospel may also support a Thursday crucifixion:

“The Jews therefore, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day)” John 19:31

Then on the fourteenth day of the first month shall be the LORD’S Passover. Num 28:16

Calendar week with labeling for Palm Sunday through the Resurrection

Passover lambs had to be slaughtered on the 14th of Nisan, which was Thursday that year. Jesus is called the Lamb of God (John 1:29). Jesus would not have been an acceptable sacrifice if He were sacrificed on any other day.

So Passover would have begun on Wednesday night at sundown and His disciples would have had their Passover meal on Wednesday night, after dark. Thursday, He was crucified.

It seems so much simpler to me to just follow the text as written and you end up with literally three days and three nights–as the scripture states! But, of course, what’s MOST important is not the day He died, but the fact that He defeated death and rose from the dead. On Sunday, three days and three nights after His crucifixion, He rose from the dead leaving an empty tomb. It gives me chills just thinking about the many times I’ve looked into that empty tomb in Jerusalem!

“Why do you seek the living One among the dead? “He is not here, but He has risen. Luke 24:5-6

Shalom!

BP

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Petra – Prepared by God?

by: Bill Perkins

One of the new seven wonders of the world, Petra is incredibly fascinating – a place like no other. Located in southern Jordan, near the western border with Israel, Petra today is an empty city.

Though it’s hard to reach, due to the rugged and almost impassable mountains of western Jordan, still almost a million
tourists trek there each year from all over the world to see the jaw-dropping scenery.

The following is a brief outline of the case for Petra as the place to which the Jews will flee in the middle of the coming seven year tribulation period.

The time period when we believe Petra will stand tall in fulfillment of Bible prophecy is the last 3 1/2 years of the tribulation, the length of days described in Daniel 12:11.

After the Rapture, the seven year tribulation will begin with a peace treaty, orchestrated by a new world leader, between Israel and ten nations in Europe and the Middle East (Dan 9:27). The ten nations will include five nations from Europe, the western leg of Daniel’s image in Daniel 2, and five nations (toes) from the eastern leg of the image. (10 toes in Dan 2:41, 10 Kings in Rev 17:12)

Israel’s promised peace, specifically agreed to be a seven year period (Dan 9:24a), will come to a screeching halt after 3 1/2 years (Dan 9:24b). Jesus describes it as the the worst day in the history of the Jews-past, present and future.

“…a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, or ever shall.” Matt 24:21

Therefore, the worst Jewish holocaust is still in the future! Calling it a holocaust might be an understatement. The horror of this one day is so bad it’s actually hard to comprehend. Imagine, if you can, a single day when 2/3rds of all Jews will die at the hand of the double-crossing Antichrist! (Zech 13:8)

Backing up to the beginning of the Tribulation, in the wake of the post-Rapture world crisis, a fast-rising and boastful world leader promises peace to Israel (Rev 6:2, Dan 9:27, Dan 7:8). This peace offer will include the right to rebuild their long lost but beloved Temple (Rev 11:1,2), which would allow the Jews to return to animal sacrifices for the first time in almost 2000 years. Israel accepts the ungodly peace offer, against the warnings of the Torah, and ultimately pays dearly for it (Mat 24:21).

This takes place at a time when all the Jews in the world will have been forced to squeeze back into Israel, which is not very large, roughly the size of New Jersey. With 15 million Jews in the world today, that’s 10 million Jews murdered in one day– certainly qualifying as the worst day in the history of the Jews!!

Also in the first half of the Tribulation, 144,000 Jewish evangelists will proclaim the good news of Jesus’ shed blood for sins (Rev 7:4; 14:6). Some Jews will listen, some won’t, and millions will die in one day.

But the focus of this article is not the 2/3s who die, but rather, the 1/3 who escape, having heeded the warnings the 144,000 Jewish evangelists pointing to God’s Word.

To keep it simple, the following is a time-line of events for the middle seven days in the heart of the seven year tribulation:

> The Antichrist, having had enough of the two witnesses, tries to kill them. But instead, the two witnesses kill the Antichrist. Rev 11:5

> The world mourns the death of the world leader for three days. Rev 13:3

> Satan is thrown to the earth from heaven. Satan, being a spirit, needs a body and takes up residence in the body of the dead world leader. Rev 12:9

> The world leader appears to rise from the dead after being dead for three days. He has only one eye and one arm. Zech 11:17

> The risen world leader (Satan) kills the two witnesses. The world rejoices. Rev 11:10

> The two dead witnesses rise up, visibly alive, into the sky. Rev 11:11, 12

> The Antichrist goes to the Jewish Temple, halts the sacrifices, stands in the Holy Place and claims to be the Biblically prophesied Messiah. Dan 11:31 Matthew 24:15

This is the literal fulfillment* of the famous “watch for the abomination of desolation” prophecies of the most important event in the future for the Jews. It is a sign to them to run as though their life depended on it-because it will!

Dan. 11:31 “Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.

Matt. 24:15-18 “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his
house. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.”

Only 1/3 of the Jews will escape the murderous hand of the antichrist. They flee with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Those who are not hunted down (the last to get out of town) will eventually congregate in Edom, present day southern Jordan, in the area of Biblical Bozrah. It is here in the area of Bozrah that God has prepared a place for the surviving Jews to be protected from the anti-christ’s murderous hand.

“And the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she might be nourished for one
thousand two hundred and sixty days.” Rev 12:6

“Enter the rock and hide in the dust…. The proud look of man will be abased, and the loftiness of man will be humbled…..” Is 2:10-11

“And men will go into caves of the rocks, and into holes of the ground” Is. 2:19

“…In order to go into the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs” Is. 2:21

For 3 1/2 years, the Jews will live in fear of the antichrist, but will be provided for and protected by God. They will have been stripped of all their earthly possessions…no
cell phones, cars, faxes, Internet, or money. God will provide them with food and water (Rev 12:6). They will loose their pride (Is 2:11). With all the distractions out of the way, the Jewish people, chosen by God for His purposes, will reacquaint themselves with their Maker.

After 3 1/2 years, at the end of the Tribulation, their Messiah will present Himself to them there.

“Who is this who comes from Edom, with garments of glowing colors from Bozrah, this One who is majestic in His apparel, marching in the greatness of His strength? ‘It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.'” Is 63:1

“…they (Israel) will look on Me whom they have pierced;” Zech 12:10

“And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will say, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Zech. 13:6

The Petra Connection

2000 years ago, a civilization called the Nabateans, sprung up in south Edom, in the area called Bozrah. History doesn’t know for sure where they came from, or what caused them to disappear seemingly almost overnight. But they lived there for about 300-400 years continually building and expanding a city called that today we call Petra (“rock”).

Petra has only one entrance that is a mile long, roughly 10 to 20 feet wide, with towering cliffs above reaching as high as 300 feet. The long winding entrance, called the siq, opens up into open spaces and canyons large enough to hold 5 million people, when fully excavated.

All throughout Petra, the Nabateans carved into the miles of soft sandstone walls. They carved houses, stables, meeting rooms, caves, tombs and more. The amount of digging, and the beautiful stone edifices still there today
are mind-boggling.

My my, what a coincidence that in the middle of Edom, in the middle of Bozrah, is a place just waiting to be used by God. A place He prepared 2000 years ago! Just as the Bible predicted.

As we mentioned, Petra was recently designated as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World.” Few of the tens of thousands who trek to see Petra each year have any clue about the Biblical tie-in. But we try to make visiting Petra and option on every trip we take to the Holyland.

Every Believer should go to Israel at least once in their life. Seeing what you’re reading in your Bible simply changes you. And when you go, if at all possible, try to include Petra. It will knock your-Bible-socks-off!!!

Shalom!

Bill

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What Pornography Does To Your Brain
 
by: Bill Perkins
 
I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;
Psalms 101:3
 
The Evolution of Pornography
In His original creation, God designed guys to be responsive to visual stimulation. He then created women with curves to be visually enjoyed within the confines of marriage. And God blesses men when they find a mate.
 
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD. Prov. 18:22
 
Finding a Believer to love and cherish can be the best part of a Christian’s life. And to top off the relationship, God blessed marriage with the act of sex. This was obviously part of His “fill-the-earth” strategy, but also sex is for pure physical enjoyment. God doesn’t mince any words in this verse:
 
Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; be exhilarated always with her love. Prov. 5:18-19
 
Because Adam sinned and passed the sin nature down to every human, we live in this life in a corrupted state that remains with us until we discard our earthly containers. And that sinful nature is so bad we can sin with a single glance from our eyes.
 
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” Matt. 6:22-23
 
God warns us our eyes can be a major portal of sin. And if our sin remains unchecked, it leads progressively into great darkness.
 
Jesus even equated lusting with adultery:
 
“but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matt. 5:28
 
James said:
 
“But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.” James 1:14
 
And John confirmed that all lusting comes from our age-old adversary, Satan.
 
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” 1John 2:16
 
Paul lists 15 “deeds of our flesh,” i.e., sins we commit due to being deceived by Satan.

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these,” Gal. 5:19-21
 

Notice the very first thing on his warning list is “immorality.” The actual Greek word is “porneia” where we get our English word “pornography.”
 
The evolution of pornography took a giant leap when the Internet brought porno/sex videos directly into our homes. Playboy and Penthouse magazines, termed soft-porn today, are no match for what’s available on the Internet for free. And it is private, easy to access and easy to hide.
 
The fact is, Internet pornography is so accessible for free that as much as 40% of traditional porn suppliers, who were delivering porn via magazine or video disk, have gone out of business in the last ten years!
 
Josh McDowell speaking at Steeling the Mind Bible Conference

Josh McDowell said,

“The greatest threat to the cause of Christ today is pervasive sexuality and pornography. We have lost control of the controls. With just one keystroke on a smartphone, iPad, or laptop, a child can open up some of the worst pornography and sexually graphic content you can imagine. There’s never been such easy access in history.”
 
Internet pornography is highly addictive. Consider these disturbing statistics:
> There are more than one billion pornographic webpages that are one click away for both adults and any child with a smart phone.
 
> On any given day, millions of people in the United States are sexually involved with the Internet — over half of them admit to being Christians.
 
> The average age of first-time views of pornography is 10 years old.
 
> 80 percent of 15-17 year olds have been exposed to hardcore porn.
 
> The adult pornography industry reports that 20-30 percent of their traffic comes from children (12 years old and younger).
 
> Over half of all Christian families report that pornography is a problem.
 
> 30% of pastors admit to have viewed pornography in the last 30 days, and 60% in the last six months. Most studies of pastors and Internet porn reveal between 60% and 70% are addicted!
 
> One out of every four online searches is for porn.
 
> In 56% of all divorce cases, one party had an obsessive interest in porn.
 
> Porno use increases the risk of marital infidelity by more than 300%.
 
> When viewing pornography becomes an addiction:
 
* 40% of ‘sex addicts’ lose their spouse.
* 58% suffer considerable financial loss.
* About a third lose their job.
 
> And it’s not all just men. Over 1/3 of all churchgoing women have intentionally visited porn websites online.
 
> Over 50% of Christian men admit that pornography is a problem in their home. And that doesn’t count those who don’t or won’t admit it. But “half” is an incredible statistic. Some put the number as high as 70%.
 
Next time you’re in church, look around you and think about the fact that probably well over half, maybe two thirds, of those sitting around you are dealing with pornography issues.
 
Without restoration, they’re in a no-win fight. The Bible says….
 
Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned? Or can a man walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? Prov. 6:27-28
 
And remember, Jesus said “looking” is no different than “doing.”
 
abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 1Pet. 2:11
 
The bottom line result is that when a person views porn online, it diminishes normal sexual responses. Viewing porn requires more and more sexually graphic scenes to be sexually stimulating. Ultimately, in a marriage, viewing porn pushes the viewer to demand more and more “kinky” sex from his/her spouse for arousal.
 
Here at Compass we’ve noticed a marked increase of women calling about what to do about their husbands desiring anal sex. In desperation they’re blurting out to us these problems before we can tell them that we don’t do one-on-one counseling!!

Pornography and the Bible

Due to translations from Greek and Hebrew into English, the sin of pornography is unfortunately somewhat hard to notice in the Bible. Consider this verse:
 
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Heb. 13:4
 
Fornicators” is actually the Greek word “pornos.” So pornographic sin IS quite explicit in scripture, but the words used in translation are easily overlooked. The above verse could easily be translated: “viewing pornography” instead of “fornicators.”
 
Fifty Shades of Sin
Now we have the best-selling book (100 million+ copies sold) “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and the blockbuster movie by the same title. It’s been described as an erotic romance novel but this book/movie is simply pornography in your local theater.
 
50 Shades began as an e-book and, despite being universally declared “poorly written,” the e-sales took off like a rocket and Vintage Books published it.
 
The book doesn’t have pictures, but the descriptions are so meticulous and descriptive that the images your mind assembles are no different than watching a porno movie.
 
But immorality [Greek- “porneia” / “pornography”]or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; Eph 5:3
 
And the movie, well, you’re simply paying to watch porn in a theater. There’s zero reason for a Believer to read the book, much less watch the movie.
 
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality [Greek- “pornos,”/”pornography”]; 1 Thes. 4:3
 
But 50 Shades goes far deeper than simple pornography. It subtlety sucks the reader into reading about abnormal sexual activities.The ungodly images will be seared on the readers’ brains forever.

It also brings sadomasochism and bondage (referred to as “BDSM”) into the minds of the readers as something that normal people could consider.
I’m not sure why, but it has powerful appeal to women between 30 and 50, both single and married, drawing them into extremely graphic word-pictures pornography. Like playing with dynamite, it’s a demonic portal into debauchery.
So Believers should not even peek at the book’s cover jacket. Run the other way!

Flee immorality [Greek- “porneia”]. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral [Greek- “porneuo’) man sins against his own body. 1 Cor 6:18

Pornography and Your Brain
Viewing porn physically changes your brain! In the last two decades “neuroplasticity” has been discovered. “neuro” means brain and “plasticity” means changeability. Scientists have discovered that our brain is constantly changing by laying down new pathways based on our experiences.
 
Dopamine is a compound that
affects brain processes that
control emotional response
and ability to experience
pleasure, desire or motivation.

Brain scientists have a saying, “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” When brain cells (neurons) get activated by something you’re watching, hearing or smelling, they release chemicals that strengthen the connections between those neurons.

 
An example of this is when you eat a delicious steak (or whatever your favorite food is), your brain releases a chemical called “dopamine” that makes you feel good. Each time you eat a steak, a new pathway is created connecting steak with good feelings.
 
Or, if you cuddle intimately with someone to whom you’ve become attracted, a different chemical is released (oxytocin) that increases “bonding.” The more time you spend with the person, the more pathways are developed.
 
When a person looks at porn, even for a minute, the brain is flooded with the chemical dopamine. Pathways are developed. But with constant viewing, the brain fights back and begins restricting the overload. The result is that more and more porn is needed to get the good feeling.
 
And once you’ve started viewing porn regularly, if you stop for a while, your body will crave the good feeling that the chemical dopamine was bringing to you. Sound familiar?

Yep, just like drug addiction. Porn is no different than needing more and more drugs to get the same high. Or even more and more food to satisfy your hunger. In the

There is no difference between being hooked on drugs and hooked on porn.

exact same way, more and more porn is needed to get the same “porn high” from dopamine.

 
Just like a drug dealer will give away samples to “prime the pump/get you hooked,” porn sites give away free samples to whet your appetite for more. And once the person is hooked, they will begin by viewing porn more often. Eventually, to satisfy their growing porn appetite, they will move on and pay to see deeper and darker porn images.
 
Frontal-lobe

Believe it or not…it gets worse!

Once addiction grips the person, the part of the brain that helps you reason, helps you make good choices, is constantly being damaged.
 
That area is called the “frontal lobe” and the more porn that is viewed, the more damage it causes and the more difficult it becomes to make good choices and break free. It becomes a vicious non-ending cycle. View porn, make bad choices. View more porn, make more bad choices.
How To Stop Pornography Addiction

(Below is our two cents on the subject, what we think someone should do if they are addicted to pornography. We are not counselors, just Bible researchers helping fellow Believers find answers in the Word of God. There are many other Christian counselors/Christian websites dealing with pornography addiction and we recommend you prayerfully seek advice from more than one source.)

Thankfully, God promises that any Believer CAN break free of porn. Actually, the Believer can’t, but Jesus can.

 
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
 
By God’s grace, the porn-damaged brain cells can be restored when someone gets away from sin. Repentance is the first step. Instead of looking to porn to meet your needs, you instead look to Jesus, Who is abundantly able! He knows your every sinful thought and desire. You can’t, He can. To quit the cycle you must repent/turn to Jesus to meet your needs.
 
Luke 11:9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
 
After repentance, the scriptural remedy for restoration begins with prayer and accountability.
 
“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Matthew 21:22.
 
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.” James 5:16
 
If you’re a Believer, you don’t need to continually confess your sins to the Lord for forgiveness because He’s already forgiven all of them though His blood on the cross some 2000 years ago.
 
“having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Col 2:14″
 
It’s tremendously important to understand that ALL your sins, past, present and future, are behind you, nailed to the cross 2000 years ago. When you pray to the Lord, He sees you as righteous. He has not quit loving you because of your addiction/sin. Notice the past-tense use of words in this verse:

Getting off porn may
save your marriage

Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1Cor 6:11
 
Biblical repentance starts with agreeing with the Lord that the Bible says you’re in sin and that you know Jesus is the only permanent answer.
 
With an accountability partner to help keep you from relapsing, you set your sights on fully understanding Jesus’ love for you. He desires for you to bring every thought into spiritual obedience for your well-being.
 
“taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” 2 Cor 10:5
 
Your goal is to get to the point that when you feel the desire for porn to meet your needs, you simply open your Bible, read His grace and trust Jesus to meet your needs. There is no better antidote than God’s Word.
 
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Phil 4:8
 
If you’re a believer with a pornography problem, you have to get to the point where you faithfully trust Jesus to meet your needs.
 
Matt. 21:22 “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
When you begin to allow Him to rule your responses, you’re on your way to enjoying the peace that surpasses all understanding!
 
“… walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” Gal. 5:16
 
If you don’t have a pornography problem, people around you do. Even if you don’t know who they are. Odds are your pastor has a problem! So put your family and church leaders on your prayer list!

BP

10 signs your husband has a porn addiction:
http://www.covenanteyes.com/2014/07/21/signs-of-porn-addiction/

Other article reference sources:

http://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/how-many-porn-addicts-are-in-your-church-1336107.html
http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/
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When Mormons Knock  By Dennis and Rauni Higley

What’s the best response to Mormon missionaries when they come knocking at our door? People ask because they know that both Dennis and I have been on that side of the door – (i.e. as LDS missionaries approaching Christians with a plan to convert them to Mormonism).!

Dennis was a lifetime LDS and I was a convert to Mormonism. Thus Dennis understands Mormonism from a “generational” viewpoint and I from a “converted Mormon” viewpoint.

I was a biblical illiterate and fell for false claims of Joseph Smith and his church and joined the LDS Church. Less than a year after my conversion I was called to serve as a full-time LDS missionary in my own country, Finland, where Dennis was already serving his 2.5 year mission.

Mormon missionaries are the friendly door-to-door salesforce of the Mormon Church. Mormons target Christians who do not know the Bible well, just enough to assume that since “Mormon-talk” sounds Christian and even biblical, they must be Christians…

The Mormon Church gains annually nearly 300 thousand converts from Christianity around the world by their about 85-thousand strong missionary-force. The LDS Church now enlists 18-year old young men as missionaries immediately after they finish High School, and young women after they turn 19.

They are first sent to the Mormon Church’s training facility for about 3 months where they learn a script they must follow when they talk with potential converts. Most of them have no real knowledge of what their religion is all about.

The Mormon Church does not send missionaries to countries where Christianity is not well known. They send them to countries where Christian missionaries have done the groundwork and introduced them to Christianity.

Mormon missionaries say that they are Christians too and because Mormons use Christian terms and words, their missionaries are able convince many to leave the churches they now belong to and join Mormonism. Mormons are “sheep-stealers” – stealing from the flocks that are not yet prepared to discern what is biblically true and what is not.

Even in the old and established Christian countries as Finland is, Mormons can count on meeting only very few

Christians who can challenge them with their biblical knowledge.

When we served our Mormon-missions in Finland, our mission president instructed us by saying, “If you meet at the door someone who says that he/she is a Bible- believing Christian, just bear your testimony of the truthfulness of Mormonism and leave. We do not want you to get into scriptural arguments!” . (We wondered about that even then, asking ourselves, How could there be arguments if we both believe the same Bible-doctrine…?)

Much later we came to understand that bearing our testimony was to assure ourselves that Mormonism is true just in case if we had heard something that could present doubts to our hearts of what Mormonism is and what we were involved in.

Interestingly we did not meet many Christians that presented anything from the Bible against what we were teaching. When they invited us in we were free to present Mormonism to them as the “restored gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Many Christians have expressed their desires to help Mormon missionaries to come to know what the Bible teaches about God, Jesus and salvation and the error of Mormonism. Apostle John gave a stern warning to us all, when he said,

“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.” 2 John 10-11

LDS missionaries are not bringing biblical doctrine, but another gospel with another Jesus, accompanied with a different spirit, warned of also by Paul (2 Cor. 11:3-4, 13-15; Gal. 1:8-9.)

Bringing “another gospel and another Jesus,” Mormonism represents an “evil deed” of the worst kind. Paul calls their teaching “doctrines of devils” (1 Tim. 4:1.)

Biblical warnings of another gospel and another Jesus is not obviously taken seriously, for every year about 300 thousand Christians convert to Mormonism. This is the very reason why Apostle John wrote that we are NOT to invite any representatives of a “false gospel”, as Mormonism is, to our homes to teach us. In Christian homes only the Truth of the Bible is to be taught!

We may invite them in to our homes only if we know the Bible doctrine of God, Jesus and salvation well enough to teach them and correct their beliefs.

Their teachings are very cleverly hidden in biblical terms and words, and without knowing that, many (including myself then) have fallen for the counterfeit gospel of Mormonism. (That error cost me 20 years of my life.)

Mormon missionaries begin their presentation of the Mormon Church with the “First Vision Story” of Joseph Smith, telling how God called Joseph to be the prophet of the Restoration.

They explain that God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith when he had gone into the woods to pray which church was right and which he should join. In response to his prayer, they say, two physical gods, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph and told him that he should not join any of them, “for they were all wrong, and an abomination to God.” (Joseph Smith History, Pearl of Great Price.)

The Mormon Church has all along insisted that The VALIDITY OF THE MORMON CHURCH RESTS ON JOSEPH SMITH’S FIRST VISION STORY. They say that IF IT IS NOT TRUE, THEN THE MORMON CHURCH IS A FRAUD. This story is important for Christians to know so that they can refute Mormonism from the start, directly from the Bible.

LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley, speaking to the Church’s faithful in October 2007 General Conference, said, “You and I are faced with the stark question of accepting THE TRUTH OF THE FIRST VISION and that

which followed it. ON THE QUESTION OF ITS REALITY LIES THE VALIDITY OF THIS CHURCH. If it is the truth, and I testify that it is, then the work in which we are engaged is the most important work on the

earth.” (Ensign, Nov. 2007, p. 86. Emphasis added.) [This has been taught by all General Authorities (high leadership) of the Mormon Church.]

That same year, President Gordon B. Hinckley, answering Mike Wallace’s question of the truthfulness of the First Vision of Joseph Smith, said, “Well, it’s either true or false. IF IT’S FALSE, WE’RE ENGAGED IN A GREAT FRAUD. If it is true, it’s the most important thing in the world. Now that’s the whole picture. IT IS EITHER RIGHT OR WRONG, TRUE OR FALSE, FRAUDULENT OR TRUE. And that’s exactly where we stand, with a conviction in our hearts that it is true: that Joseph Smith went into the Grove; that he saw the Father and the Son; that he talked with them; that Moroni came; that the Book of Mormon was translated from the plates; that the priesthood was restored by those who held it anciently. That’s our claim…” (From Interview “The Mormons,” PBS Documentary, April 2007.)

There is hardly any reason to go on listening to Mormon claims past this First Vision story, for the teaching of the LDS Church has, from 1839 onward, been that the Church begun with this “revelation,” and that the entire claim of truthfulness of the Mormon Church hinges on that story. If

it is not true, then all the rest of Mormonism is not true either!

We know that it could not be true because the Bible teaches very clearly against that. Jesus said

No one has seen God at any time; John 1:18

(See also 1 John 4:12; Col. 1:15.)

God is invisible! No one can see God as He is, for He is Spirit. The Bible says:

“God is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

He clarified the difference between Spirit and a physical being by saying:

“See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” Luke 24:39

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,” Col 2:9

That would not have been possible if God the Father also had a physical body!

However, if you want to continue conversing with the LDS missionaries, the next issue they will present is the total apostasy from the truth.

They say that after the death of original apostles the Church of Christ fell into apostasy and the Priesthood was lost, and from that time on there was no authority to perform baptisms or other necessary ordinances until God called Joseph Smith and restored the Church of Christ with the authority of the priesthood, i.e. both Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods.

Young Mormon boys, from age 12 through 18, are ordained into the Aaronic Priesthood – and from age 18 up, to the higher or the Melchizedek Priesthood.

When they tell you this, you need to ask if they know what were the requirements in Israel to have the Aaronic Priesthood? They may not know, so you need to inform them that the office of a priest was a hereditary office with many strict requirements.

To become a Priest, a man needed to be 30 years old and from the tribe of Levi, and in that tribe a descendant of Aaron and without any physical defects.

If you are conversing with male missionaries, ask if they have held the Aaronic priesthood and if they, or other

priesthood holders, are from the tribe of Levi and in that tribe from the house of Aaron?

No, they are not! Thus they could not have the Aaronic Priesthood! In addition, there was no Melchizedek Priesthood in Israel! (1)

Duties of the priests were to offer animal sacrifices for forgiveness of sins (Lev. 4:20, 26, 31), for the penalty of sin is death (Ez. 18:4; Lev. 17:11; Rom. 6:23; Hebr. 9:22.) That continued till the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. That ended the animal sacrifices for Jesus was the final and ultimate sacrifice for all who receive Him. (Hebr. 9:28.)

When Christ died, the veil of the Temple was torn “from top to bottom” (Matt. 27:51), opening access to God for everyone through Jesus Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man. (1 Tim. 2:5.) His death ended the Levitical Priesthood, the priesthood of Aaron (the only priesthood in Israel)! (See Hebrews, Chapters 7 through 9.)

Since the LDS Church claims to have also “restored” the Melchizedek Priesthood, you need to inform them that there never was a Melchizedek Priesthood in Israel – only a Person, Melchizedek, who was a type of Christ (Hebr. 7:1-3) for he was a Prophet, Priest and King, as is our soon coming King, Jesus.

The Name Melchizedek means King of Righteousness. Therefore Melchizedek Priesthood belongs to Jesus alone and it cannot be passed to another. (Hebr. 7:24.)

The Levitical Priesthood was abolished (Hebr. 7), and the Gospel of God (1 Cor. 15:1-4) was declared as the message of death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for our salvation. It was “once for all delivered” as Jude 3 says. No redelivery needed.

As a “proof” of apostasy, requiring restitution, as they say, the missionaries will read 2 Thess. 2:3 that says that there will be a falling away. You need to open your Bible and read with them, beginning from verse 1 on, to see what Paul was actually saying.

Paul warned them not to let any man deceive them with that saying, for “the falling away” will not happen until the Church is taken away (in Rapture; 1 Thess. 4:13-18), and the “man of sin” is revealed. Only then there will be a wholesale abandonment of true Christianity. Has that happened? Absolutely not – yet!

They may also read from 1 Tim. 4:1 to an “prove apostasy.” Paul wrote to Timothy saying:

“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, ” 1 Tim 4:1

Paul said “some will depart”, not all! (At this point you need to read with them also 1 John 4:1, where John warns “…believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God, for many false prophets are gone into the world”.

Paul had also warned Timothy that these “seducing spirits” present “doctrines of devils”. (Gen. 3:5 is where the devil’s doctrine that men can become gods begun.)

The Mormon missionaries are claiming that God the Father and Jesus Christ, as two physical gods, came to Joseph Smith (the First Vision), and restored a “gospel of laws and ordinances” (3rd Article of Faith). (There are no “laws or ordinances” in the biblical Gospel!)

As we have already talked about, they claim that the Levitical priesthood (that God had abolished! Hebr. 7) was restored to Joseph Smith, and that Joseph Smith produced the Book of Mormon and the gospel (“another gospel”) he had received from an angel (see Gal. 1:6-9.)

In 1842 he added to his “godhood requirements” the temple ordinances which he had mostly copied from the Freemasons.

This is the Mormon-salvation plan by works.

True doctrine of God is presented in the Bible, given to us by God Himself. (2 Tim. 3:16.) Eternal life is the Gift of God to be received through faith in Jesus’ finished work for our salvation. (Romans 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10.) That is how we gain eternal life with God.

We do not need the Book of Mormon, that they say is “another testament” of Jesus Christ. The New Testament is a complete testament of His finished work for salvation for everyone who believes that Jesus is God who became a man and died to pay the penalty of sin. (Matt. 1:23; John 1:1, 14; 8:24; 14:6.)

Mormon missionaries will tell you that all humans are God’s children born to Him (and His wives) as His children on another planet/heaven. There was no preexistence of mankind. We did not come from “above.” Jesus alone came from heaven for He is God. (John 1:1, 14; 3:13, 31; 8:23-24; 1 Cor. 15:46-47.)

God becomes our Father through adoption (Rom. 8:15) when we receive Jesus through faith in His finished work for our salvation and are born again. (John 3:7.)

Humans are a creation of God and descendants of Adam. We are “children of the flesh” until we are born again.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” John 1:2

“…it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.” Rom. 9:8

Jesus said, “…you must be born again John 3:7 All people who have become God’s children through a

new birth will live together forever in God’s presence.

Another Mormonism’s “selling point” is the Mormon- mantra, “families are forever”. The only way that our families can be together forever could be if and when members of our families believe and receive the true Jesus and the Gospel of God, and are born again. (1 Cor. 15:1-4 John 1:12-13.)

We must share with them the biblical Gospel, which is a message of death, burial and resurrection of Jesus so that our families can be with us forever in heaven.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Eph. 2:8-10

We are not saved by works, but we are, after our new birth, created for good works to represent our new life in Christ.

There are no laws and ordinances in the gospel to obey, as Mormonism teaches – our faith in Jesus alone will save us. Jesus was asked, “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God that ye believe on Him whom He has sent.” (John 6:28-29.)

We are warned over and over again about false prophets, as Joseph Smith was, and false Christ(s) (Matt. 7:15; 24:4-5, 23-24.) We are warned that there will come those who teach “another Jesus” [different than Jesus who is eternal God], and who present “another gospel” [different gospel than is taught in 1 Cor. 15:1-4 and warned of in Gal. 1:8-9], and who have “another spirit” that “testifies” of these non-biblical doctrines. (See 2 Cor. 11:4, 13-15.)

The Mormon missionaries urge you to pray about what they teach – i.e. the First Vision story of Joseph

Smith, Priesthoods and the Book of Mormon, etc. so that you will “know that it is all true.

This may sound good and even genuine to those who do not know what God’s Word says. Praying about prophets or books is not what the Bible asks or commands us to do – quite the contrary: It tells us that we must

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2Tim. 2:15

This commandment is so that we will not end up “ashamed” by accepting as truth teachings that are not of God.

The Word of God tells us that we must “test all things” by comparing all new teachings to the proven Word of God, the Bible, for it alone is The Truth. (1 Thess. 5:21; John 17:17.)

If we do not test the doctrines and teachings that Mormon missionaries present and testify of – by comparing them with what the Bible says about God, Jesus and salvation – we could be led astray by the spirits and prophets that are not of God, just as 1 John 4:1 and 1 Tim. 4:1 warn of.

The Holy Spirit of God would not give us “feelings” or “testimonies” of “these new truths” that contradict the Truth and doctrines that God has given us in His Word.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;” 2 Tim. 3:16

People who do not test all things by God’s Word, the Bible, but instead allow “feelings of their hearts” to lead them, they will end up ashamed, sooner or later (just as we did). Jeremiah warns:

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” Jer 17:9

The Word of God will always lead us to truth.

“Sanctify them in the truth: Your Word is Truth.” John 17:17

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Jesus compared having eternal life to knowing God and who He is. He prayed,

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3

Instead of teaching truth about God, Joseph Smith taught, “We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil, so that you may see…God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!…you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves… the same as all Gods have done before you…” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp.345-346.)

The Bible says that God is not a man. (Num. 23:19; Hosea 11:9.) We were not born to God and his wives in “yonder heavens”. We did not come from heaven. We will not become gods! We did not pre-exist.

Jesus, who is God with us, (Matt. 1:23; John 1:1, 14; 3:13) He alone came from above and said:

“You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” John 8:23-24

“Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Mark 2:7

Isaiah warns about false prophets and said,

“…if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no dawn (no light in them)…the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail. For those who guide this people are leading them astray; And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion.” Isa. 8:20; 9:15b, 16

Matt. 7:15 warns,

“Be aware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.”

We have written several papers on how to witness to Mormon missionaries, and more about what they teach. We can send them to you if you’d like to have more information on this or any other LDS topic.

We also have a list of Bible scriptures missionaries use (out of context, of course). We can send that list to you also. You can also send to us your questions, and we’d be happy to reply.

It is such a huge blessing and joy to see a Mormon coming to the real Jesus and leaving Mormonism. We have experienced that many times.

We pray that God will reward you for your faithfulness to Him, even if you do not see the results right away. All He asks of us is that we prayerfully share the information we

have about these things with those who have been lied to and misled.

Don’t worry about what to say because any conversion to Christ is the work of the Holy Spirit. Just be willing to be used.

Dennis & Rauni Higley Email: hismin@xmission.com Website: www.hismin.com Tel. 801.943-5011

HIS Ministries
2890 E. Willow Bend Dr. Sandy, Utah 84093-2044

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Compass uses the NASB Scriptures in the above article, but if you have the opportunity to witness to Mormons, only use the KJV version of the above Bible verses because that’s all they will accept.

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God’s Patience
in the Last Days

  

I received a phone call this week from a guy who was bound and determined to prove to me that born- again Believers could lose their salvation based on sin.

It didn’t matter what I said, how I explained it or what verse I used, he was resolute to stay in his works-oriented doctrine.

I eventually lost patience and did my best to politely get off the phone with him. But the point is, I lost patience with him. After I hung up, I really got convicted reading this verse:

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.–Eph. 4:1-3

I was not humble with this guy, nor gentle, nor tolerant. I did nothing to preserve Christian unity. And most of all, I was not patient.

Bottom line is that I was in just as much sin losing my patience as he was teaching believers can lose their salvation. Licking my wounds, I began looking at what God says about patience.

I remembered that, as new Believers, someone once erroneously taught Susie and me that if we prayed for patience, we would be given many opportunities to practice! It was years before we understood that wasn’t true. So I’m extra-motivated to be careful in what I learn and teach about patience!

As often happens in my Bible studies (and I’m sure to many of you too), once I started my study it took a “left turn” in a direction I had never considered. I was surprised to learn that not only is God patient with all of us sinners, we’re actually living in a time just before the Rapture that is called “God’s patience.”

“the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.”–2 Pet. 3:20

The Bible says to compare
Noah’s Ark to the Rapture

I’ve done a lot of “Days of Noah” comparisons, comparing the days prior to the flood to today, but somehow missed this specifically designated time period.

But it is quite clear that the time before Noah’s flood is specifically referred to as a time of “God’s patience.

Since Jesus said the time before Rapture will be “just like” the days of Noah, then we are also currently living in the days of God’s patience.

We know this because God said the time just before the Rapture of the Church would be “JUST LIKE” the days of Noah before the flood.

Jesus said:

“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.”–Matt. 24:37

The Bible also says that in the last days before the Rapture many will “mock” God and His Word, lusting after self and denying that God will return to judge the earth.

Peter said:

“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.'” –2 Pet. 3:3,4

So this chart illustrates what we know about the time prior to the Lord shutting the door on the ark and destroying all living/breathing creatures outside God’s protective ark:

And standing out like a sore thumb in the chart above in yellow is what Peter calls the “Time of ‘God’s Patience.'”

“when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark,”–1 Pet. 3:20

During the hundred plus years that Noah was building the ark, despite the horrible sin happening all over the earth, God was patient.

God is love and love is patient.

“Love is patient,”–1 Cor. 13:4

During the time of God’s patience before the worldwide flood, Noah was preaching God’s truth. For over one hundred years, while building the ark, Noah warned the people on earth of what was to come.

Noah preached for over 100 years but it fell on deaf ears!

“God….did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness.”–2 Pet. 2:5

Imagine preaching for 100+ years and no one getting saved!  Despite all the sin and corruption for hundreds of years, the Lord was patient during the time the ark was being built.

Noah knew the end was getting close.

When Noah and his family finished loading the food and water on the ark, and God began to supernaturally bring the animals to load, Noah and his family KNEW the flood was close. They KNEW the end was near. They could see the writing on the wall! It wasn’t rocket science.

They knew that the patience of God was about to end and that He would destroy all wicked mankind on the earth. And, despite Noah’s warnings, the wicked were caught totally off-guard.

“For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.”–Matt. 24:38-39

Therefore, since that is EXACTLY how it will be right before the Rapture, then this is how it looks graphically when applied to today:

Understanding the time of God’s patience explains a lot of things. We really can’t fathom God’s incomprehensible restraint He’s displaying during the time in which we live.

Think about the depths to which we’ve sunk in the last 50 years … without the Lord lowering the boom on those on the earth:

 >> We’ve literally murdered over 50 million precious

Baby aborted at
12 weeks

unborn babies in the United States, simply for the sake of convenience. Worldwide the unfathomable number is over two billion!

“… the LORD hates…an abomination to Himhands that shed innocent blood,”–Prov. 6:16-17

 >> We’ve watered down our Biblical armor by not preaching about sin and repentance from our pulpits.

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” –2 Tim. 4:2

 >> We’ve made our decisions based on money instead of honor or Biblical principles.

A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, favor is better than silver and gold.”–Prov. 22:1

 >> We’ve violated the Biblical principle of “no work, no food” calling it “welfare.”

“…if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” –2 Th. 3:10

 >> We’ve allowed pornography to infiltrate our homes through television, computers and cell phones. The United States is the world’s largest distributor of pornography.

The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.”–Luke 11:34

 >> And most recently, our nation’s leadership has “flipped-the-finger” to our Creator by calling the quite grievous and gruesome sin of homosexuality as “normal.”

 “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;”–Is. 5:20

“Woe to those who enact evil statutes and to those who constantly record unjust decisions,”–Is. 10:1

So why hasn’t the Lord judged America, or the earth? The answer is that He will. It’s just that currently we’re spared because we’re in the time period of “God’s Patience.” But eventually God will judge all nations at the end of the Tribulation.

All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;”–Matt. 25:32

“I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there…”–Joel 3:2

It’s also necessary to note that Americans tend to assume God views the United States like He views Israel, in a special category. But America is not Israel, and we’re not in a special category. America has not inherited the promises of Israel.

“For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery…a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,”–Rom. 11:25-26

“God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.”–Rom. 11:2 

Prior to the Church Age, God dealt with Israel as a nation. But today, in the Church Age, God deals with individual Believers.

Yes, as individuals we have been grafted into Israel’s promises, but the United States as a country is really no different than any other nation. Believers in other atheistic nations have the same access to the Lord through prayer.

But the rain falls on Believers and non-Believers alike.

“… He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”–Matt. 5:45

Today, nations can be blessed, or not blessed, based on how they interact with the reborn nation of Israel.

“And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse.”–Gen. 12:3

The Lord also says we should pray for our governmental leaders so we can lead a quiet life. So a believer in Russia has the same situation as we have. We all pray for God’s Will to be done.

“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.” –1 Tim. 2:1-2

But the bottom line to us today is that we’re in the time of God’s Patience. God is withholding what is due for all nations until His plan is perfectly finished. His patience allows for more people to be saved and avoid the horrors of the tribulation.

Those who have recently gotten saved are missing the Tribulation because God has been patiently waiting. Therefore there are people He still will draw into the Kingdom and things He wishes to do through Believers before the curtain drops. So God tells us to also be “patient!”

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”–2 Pet.3:9

Those who are saved between now and the Rapture will be rescued because God is patiently waiting for all whom He chose before the foundation of the earth was laid.

“just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,”–Eph. 1:4

We don’t know if the Lord is coming in the next minute, the next month or years from now. And if the Lord tarries, we have to be patient.

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord…”–James 5:7

“…regard the patience of our Lord as salvation;”–2 Pet. 3:15

And just like those living in the time of Noah, we too can see the handwriting on the wall. We too see all of the prophecies coming together, lining up exactly as the Bible predicted. Even with people all around us denying it’s close!

“and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”–2 Pet. 3:4

So we wait patiently, ready to be used by Him as the days linger on until our great exodus at the Rapture.

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;”–Col.3:12

In the parable of the Nobleman (Luke 19:12-27) there is an inference to “occupy” or “stay busy” until the Lord returns. So we wait patiently, staying busy with our duties while praying that He will use us to witness to someone in our family, a neighbor, or someone at work, someone who still needs to get on the boat.

So this is one incredible time in which we, as Believers, should be very, very sensitive to God’s leading. There is one person on the planet who will be the last person saved prior to our exit.

Much like the thief on the cross, one person will be the last to believe. That person will be the last to receive God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, being permanently indwelled by Him. The person will be whisked away with the rest of the Believers, escaping God’s horrific judgment coming on earth.

But until that departure day, we can have peace in God’s latter-days patience, knowing that despite what we see all around us, THE LORD IS STILL IN CONTROL. Nothing is happening that He’s not allowing.

And when it’s all over, we win. So let’s live like we know we’ve already won!

Use us, Lord!

BP

Rapture and Rosh Hashanah

One of the more interesting Bible discussions in this life is about the timing of the Rapture. Hey, this world will go from normal to experiencing God’s wrath in a split second. And there are many reasons to believer we’re getting close to the end of this age.

I wrote an article in our Spring Communique’ entitled “The Last of the Last Days” and presented 10 unmistakable signs were close, very close, to wrapping up this age.

So there are numerous clues hidden in scripture about the last days, especially pertaining to the Rapture. And based on these Biblical clues, I think that the Rapture will probably happen on the Jewish Feast day of Rosh Hashanah, regardless of the year. Here’s why!

According to Leviticus 23, there are seven Jewish Feasts commanded by God to be observed each year.

They are: Feast Name:                     Jewish Date:       Hebrew:

1) Passover                Nisan 14                 Pesach (April or May)

2) Unleavened Bread    Nisan 15                 Hag-Ha-Matzot

3) Firstfruits    Starts the day after the Sabbath following Passover.        Bikkurim

4) Feast of Weeks     Starts 50 days after Firstfruits.     Shavuot (May or June)

5) Trumpets                      Tishri 1                     Rosh Hashanah (Sept. or Oct.)

6) Day of Atonement     Tishri 10                  Yom Kippur

7) Tabernacles                  Tishri 15                 Succoth

Passover

Passover has been extensively analyzed by numerous Biblical scholars. In a nutshell, Jesus is our Passover Lamb, the Lamb of God.

“…Christ our Passover…” 1Cor. 5:7

Jesus was slain on the cross on Mt. Moriah, the same mountain where Abraham tried to sacrifice his only son Issac. It’s also the same mountain where all the animal sacrifices were offered.

The Passover sacrifice had to be a male lamb without blemish to temporarily cover their sins. So it’s quite fascinating that at the exact same time the Jews were slaying their Passover lambs on Mt. Moriah, just a few steps away Jesus was being sacrificed as permanent covering for our sins.

There’s perfect symbolism in the other six feasts as well.

Unleavened Bread

The second feast, Unleavened Bread, is the day after Passover. Jewish days began at dark, about 6 P.M., so the Feast of Unleavened Bread began in the evening after Passover.

“…Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

Leaven in the Bible is a symbol of sin. The Jews purged their houses of leaven, in conjunction with what the sacrificial lamb had done–covered sin temporarily.

Unleavened bread is a picture of what Jesus had done on the cross…permanently covering our sin.

“I am the Bread of life.” John 6:48

Firstfruits

The Feast of Firstfruits was to be celebrated on the Sunday after the Sabbath following Passover.

“But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.” 1 Cor. 15:20

The Jews celebrated Firstfruits by offering a sheaf of grain to the Lord for His allowing the first harvest.

Jesus is called the “firstifruits” from the dead (sleep).

Feast of Weeks

Fifty days after Firstfruits, the Jews celebrated the Feast of Weeks. Here the Jews offered two loaves of bread, as a second offering to the Lord, but this time they were baked with leaven, which again symbolizes sin.

Wretched man that I am! Rom. 7:24

The two loaves could represent either the Old and New Testament, the wheat and the tares, or the Jews and Gentiles being included in the New Testament Church.

The leaven represents sin’s existence in the church. That’s an understatement!

While the Jews were celebrating the Feast of Weeks, the Holy Spirit came roaring to earth, filling the Apostles (Acts 2) at what Christians call “Pentecost.” (See our article on whom the Spirit fell HERE)

Just a coincidence? The symbolism of Jesus and the church in the first four spring Jewish feasts is undeniable.The first four major events of the Church Age – Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, and the coming of the Holy Spirit – all fell exactly on the days of the Jewish Feasts.

But there’s a long summer break between the spring and fall Jewish feasts.

The summer break in the feasts may very well represent the Church Age break in God’s plan for the Jews.

God divinely scheduled the first four major events of the Church Age to land exactly on the Jewish Feast days. Therefore it’s probable that the next big Church Age event, the Rapture, will occur on the next Jewish Feast in the fall…. whichever year the Rapture takes place.

This is where it gets very interesting!

Rosh Hashanah

The next feast in the Biblical order order falls in September or October each year.

Called Rosh HaShanah, it’s a day of gathering and celebration and the Jews are specifically charged to “blow trumpets.” The blowing of a Ram’s horn from the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount was the signal that it was time to gather in Jerusalem.

For this feast, the Jews would blow the shofar for 29 days. Then on the last day there was one more blowing–three distinct series of 30 blasts each. This was followed by ten final blasts leading up to “The Great Blowing.” This was one last, long blast of the trumpet, proclaiming the beginning of the feast.

“Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets” Num. 29:1

Rapture and Rosh Hashanah

As all who have studied the Rapture know, it’s a day of gathering in the air and certainly should be quite the celebration!

The two most famous spine-tingling Rapture verses read:

“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Cor 15:51-52

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1Thes. 4:16

Coincidence is not Kosher

There’s a trumpet blown at the feast of Rosh Hashanah and a trumpet blown for the next Christian event, the Rapture. The Jews celebrate at Rosh Hashanah and Christians will celebrate at the Rapture in the sky.

Coincidence? Hardly! The Jewish Feasts continue to mirror the major Christian events!

Therefore, following God’s pattern of having the first four major events of the Church Age land on the first four Jewish feasts, I believe undoubtedly that the next big event of the Church Age is likely to occur on Rosh Hashanah, regardless of the year!

Now, for those purists who will argue that you can’t know the day and the hour based on this verse:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Matthew 24:36

First, when Jesus made that statement, He was speaking pre-cross and had not yet received all knowledge as described in Revelation 5.

Like many other statements He made to the Jews under the Law, it was true when He made it before the cross, but not true today to you and me living in the Church Age. Today, Jesus can’t make that statement!

Second, we still don’t know the year, much less the day and hour as Israel is one day, eight to ten time zones ahead of us.

But for what it’s worth, just for fun, if the Rapture just happens to be this year, Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of October 2. Just saying…

BP

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Satan’s Claws/Santa’s Claws

by: Bill Perkins

A typical question we receive often receive in Good Morning Lord! letters:

 “Is there anything wrong with Christians allowing their children to think Santa Claus is real?”

Typical answers by Christians:

“Give me a break, children are usually so young when they are doing Santa that it could hardly matter!”

“My parents played the Santa game and it didn’t hurt me, so what’s the big deal?”

“When my children ask if Santa is real, then I will tell them the truth. But until they ask, I enjoy watching their little eyes light up on Christmas morning.”

A pastor with a large national following once said:

“I find it impossible to believe God will be eclipsed by the silhouette of Santa’s sleigh rising in the Christmas sky.” (http://www.livingway.org/articles/SANTA2.html)

A recent MSNBC article said this:

“Fully 86 percent in the poll believed in Santa as a child. And despite the multiethnic nature of the country, more than 60 percent of those with children at home consider Santa important in their holiday celebrations now.” AP-AOL News poll <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16329025/>

So, with so many Christians intertwining Christmas with Santa, at least when their kids are at an early age, could anything really be wrong with it? I think there’s a strong case it’s VERY wrong. Here’s why.

Let’s start with a simple question, “Should Christians lie?”

God says:

“Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment.” Proverbs 12:19

The Bible says we have a sinful nature:

“Transgressing and denying the LORD, and turning away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words.”  Isaiah 59:12,13
                                             

And the sinful nature doesn’t go away when we trust Jesus shed blood and are born again:

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.” Rom. 7:18

The Bible says this about lying:

 Bible“There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue…” Proverbs 6:16,17

Based on the Word of God, God hates lying – all lying about anything, anytime. He hates it so much that lying will be non-existent in the New Heaven and Earth (Revelation 21:27, 22:15).

So the next question is: “Is allowing your kids to believe that “Santa” is real the same as lying to them?” Yes it is. And once your kids realize that you mislead/lied to them about Santa, no matter how good your intentions, you have a credibility problem when you tell them about the things of God. They can’t see Santa, they only believe what you say about him. Neither can they see God.

Liar-pants-fireWebsters’ definition of “lie” includes this phrase:

” . . . a situation involving deception or founded on a mistaken impression.”

So it seems pretty clear that Christians who mislead their kids about Santa are lying to them and that’s clearly not what God wants.

What’s even more remarkable is that the truth is so much better. What in the world is wrong with teaching our kids that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Savior?

I realize that debunking Santa in your home, especially if you have kids, is not easy. We took the “no Santa tack” as we raised our two girls. It caused several awkward moments because there were so many kids and adults into Santa Claus.

We simply taught our kids that Christmas was Jesus’ birthday and Santa was a lie. We also taught them that they were sinners and needed a Savior. You can imagine what happened when well-meaning adults would come up and say,

“Is Santa coming to see you?”

They would say emphatically, “nooooo!”

That invariably brought on the next question,

“Well, have you been bad?”

And the kids would respond,

“Yes.”

By the time they explained their limited understanding of “He who says he has no sin deceives himself,” that Santa was for non-Christians, and they thought it was wrong to pray to the Jesus substitute “Santa Claus,” the adult was usually red-faced with embarrassment.

But the upside was that our Christmas celebrations have been, and still are, full of joy. There are gifts, and surprises, and wonderment – but it’s always centered around Jesus, not a fictional character who mimics the omniscience and omnipresence of God. Santa Claus is nothing more than a poor Jesus substitute promoting an ungodly works doctrine (“He knows if you’ve been bad or good . . .”).

Susie and I are the first to admit we made a lot of mistakes with our kids! So please don’t think for a moment that we’re saying “do what we do.” I’m just pointing out that it can be done – by the graciousness of God – and a lot of prayer! So our hope is that you ask the Lord to give you wisdom and confidence in this tricky area. Because Santa Claus may very well be Satan’s Claws in disguise!

May you have an incredible celebration of Jesus’ birthday!

Bill Perkins

Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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Home of the Brave?

by: Bill Perkins

To most of us, it’s hard to believe that someone would sit, not stand, for the national anthem. God blessed this nation more than any other and to protest perceived unjust treatment is stupid… especially since the blood of past veterans fighting for our flag is what gives them the right to protest! Apparently they don’t know too much about how we got the National Anthem. This is the story.

In the War of 1812, America was again fighting her mother country, Great Britain. Britain had lost the American War of Independence in 1783, but now 29 years later, she was determined to take America back as a British possession.

In Europe, Napoleon had been defeated and all the seasoned British troops were sent en masse to the United States in order to take back the land and its rich tax base.

The initial battles were fought in the north, in and around the Canadian border. But in August 1814, the British invaded Washington, D.C., burning and looting the White House, the Capitol, the Treasury, War Department and Navy Yard. President James Madison and the entire U.S. government had to flee the city and eventually ended up hiding in Brookeville, Maryland.

American troops were demoralized and were easily defeated in successive battles around the Washington area. The British spent several days looting tons of merchandise from city merchants. In the countryside, farms were looted for food and other provisions. Those who resisted were arrested and taken as prisoners of war.

It was a dark and pivotal moment for the new Republic. With our capital in Washington destroyed, our government leaders on the run and our troops in disarray, the British turned their sights to Baltimore for a knock-out blow. The British believed victory was at hand.

On Sept. 12, 1814, 5,000 British troops headed by land from Washington to Baltimore, only 35 miles away. They met 3,000 American troops about five miles outside Baltimore.

The Americans initially engaged the British in battle, but then retreated as a stalling tactic to allow time for more American troops to arrive.

At the same time, a large flotilla from the British Royal Navy was sailing through the Chesapeake Bay to attack Baltimore from the sea. It included five (of eight) massive siege artillery ships Britain had in its navy and used to pulverize cities from the sea. So the only thing between the British Navy vessels and Baltimore was Fort McHenry. If Fort McHenry was destroyed, Baltimore would be a sitting duck and the British would win the war.

During this time, a young lawyer was commissioned to make contact with the British about a prisoner exchange. One of the prisoners of war, Dr. William Beanes, was a prominent physician. He was arrested at his farm outside Washington, D.C. for resisting the British.

The lawyer was able to negotiate the release for all the prisoners except Beanes. Eventually it was established that Beanes was a civilian non-combatant and could be released once the British had conquered Baltimore. So the lawyer and Beanes were sequestered on a ship about eight miles from Fort McHenry.

From the ship, using a telescope, the lawyer could see the massive fleet sailing up Chesapeake Bay toward the tiny fort with the United States flag boldly flying over the fort’s ramparts. But the prospects of repelling such an onslaught were grim, to say the least. It appeared the fledgling nation was about to be conquered less than 40 years after its breakaway from England.

The British fleet arrived, and as twilight began to fall, there was a haze over the water, typical of sunsets in Baltimore. The British Admiral in charge of the fleet, Admiral Cochrane, maneuvered his ships into position and began to relentlessly shell the small fort with the large American flag, unleashing his cannons on the helpless occupants.

The lawyer recounted later that the explosive sounds from the British cannons were so deafening that you couldn’t even hear to talk. There was almost no pause from the massive cannon fire as the ships moved one after another into position to fire everything they had at the fort. The sky was pitch black but was lit up by the yellow and red bursting bombs.

Every time a bomb would explode near the flag, the lawyer could see the flag was still there. He knew the thing that sets Americans apart from all other people in the world is that they would rather die standing up before living on their knees.

Brave Americans died that night, refusing to surrender. When sunrise came, there was a heavy mist over the water and the fort in the distance, and as the morning light enveloped the area, even though the flag pole itself was leaning heavily to the side, the lawyer could see the shredded American flag still flying proudly.

In the end, the British concluded the fort could not be breached and, therefore, moving ships past it to attack Baltimore was impossible. Our American ground troops, inspired by those giving up their lives from the onslaught of the British cannons at Fort McHenry, won a decisive victory and Baltimore was saved.

The British were also dealing with the fact that the American citizens were heavily armed and therefore unmanageable. Since the British troops wore bright red uniforms and tended to walk in a straight line, they made easy targets for a well-armed nation who had enough sense to shoot from behind trees and rocks.

This was the turning point in the War of 1812. America has never since been at risk of being conquered by an invasive enemy army.

The lawyer was so moved by those brave men that he wrote a poem titled “Defence of Fort McHenry.”

The first verse of his poem reads:

“O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light.
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming.
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight.
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there.
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

The lawyer in this story was, of course, Francis Scott Key. And his poem eventually became the words for our national anthem. And do notice that the last line in the first verse ends with a question mark (“?”) !

And what revisionist history writers don’t want you to know is the last verse to that original poem because it mentions God’s protection of America, His power that divinely preserved this nation and that God is Who we trust, not ourselves. Fascinatingly it reads:

“Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

And do notice that the last verse ends with an exclamation mark (“!”) instead of a question mark “?” like the first verse. The last line of the last verse answered the previous question.

As it’s often been said, freedom is not free. Throughout the history of this country, we have paid the price for freedom with the blood of our countrymen. Roughly two million men and women have died in all wars since 1776.

So, praise the Lord that we’ve had the incredible blessings afforded only by the blood of those who fought and died for this country.

It is also interesting to note that the number of those in the U.S. who supported the United States over those who supported Great Britain in the War for Independence (1776-1784) were much less than 50%. Estimates range from a low of 15% to a high of 40%! It’s no wonder the new Constitution made provisions to protect minorities! We were founded as a Republic, not a Democracy!

So don’t take lightly praying for this nation. Satan hates the United States. He hates Christians, Bible teaching churches, Biblical prayers, evangelism, mission work, Christian marriages … basically anything good. He is total evil and he’s doing all he can to mitigate true Believer influence.

And never forget that we’re not up against people.

It’s not the Muslims we’re fighting against. It’s not liberals. It’s not flesh, period. They’re all just duped by the master duper who’s had 6000 years of practice.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” Eph. 6:11-13

And you can see Satan’s hatred more and more as Americans and Christians are being openly murdered worldwide. And if the Lord tarries long enough, we will probably see Believers’ rights erode here in the United States.

But regardless of what the Lord allows to happen in this country, never forget that we’ve already won the battle through Jesus’ blood. Our most important asset is our Bible and our personal witness.

As we’ve said often, the only thing that truly matters in this life is who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. So our prayer should be, “Use us, Lord!”

BP

References:
http://www.history.com/topics/war-of-1812

http://www.catholicamericanthinker.com/gun-control.html

Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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Islam’s World Agenda
Islam is the Religion, a Muslim is the person who follows Islam

As the Muslim population grows exponentially in the world, so does their influence.

Regarding the 4 million Muslims who have immigrated to Germany in the last 30 years, but who refuse to assimilate into German society, Chancellor Angela Merkel candidly admitted, “Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has utterly failed.”

The Merkel remarks only add more fuel to the growing debate over immigration and Islam. If the world continues to ignore Islam’s stated desire to take over the world, it will ultimately give them victory. The following is a brief recap of facts of which everyone should be made aware.

The Qur’an
The Qur’an (the Islam Bible) was written by one man, Mohammed, about 1400 years ago. History shows Mohammed was a mass murderer, warlord, and had several wives (polygamy). Mohammed claims he received the Qur’an through revelations from the angel Gabriel in the seventh century (actually a demon). The Qur’an demands that all worship Allah, who was the moon god of ancient Mesopotamia. Allah and Jehovah God are NOT one and the same.

Islam Is NOT A Peaceful Religion!
In the first part of the Qur’an, Mohammed included a large number of peaceful passages. Toward the end of the book he penned more violent passages, AND, instructed that if there were any contradictions between passages in the book, followers of the Qur’an were to use the last/ more recently penned passage.

The result was that all the peaceful and tolerant passages recorded in the early part of the Qur’an were superseded by the latter more violent passages. The Qur’an is loaded with direct commands and warns that you will burn in hell if you ignore even one of them.

Under Shari’a law, you can not disagree with the Qur’an. Free speech is not allowed. The word “love” is not in the Qur’an. Neither is “Jerusalem.” In 622 Muhammad founded the first Islamic state, a theocracy in Medina, a city in western Saudi Arabia located north of Mecca.

Shiites and Sunni
When Mohammad was poisoned to death in 629 AD, the family of Mohammad was split as to a successor. Those who followed Bakr were called “Sunni” and those who followed Ali were called “Shiite.” 85% of Muslims are Sunni. The Shiites control Iran (Biblical Persia), and have large populations in southern Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria and Lebanon. Sunni Muslims control or dominate Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and several smaller countries.

Iran (Shiite) loathes Saudi Arabia (Sunni)
Saudi’s Sunni Muslim population believes that Shiites aren’t real Muslims. In Saudi Arabia the law doesn’t allow Shiites to hold jobs in politics or judicial posts, to testify in court, or to intermarry with Sunnis.

The most recent reason for the disdain between the Shiites and the Sunnies dates back to the 1980s when Saudi Arabia gave Iraq/Sudamn Hussian money and weapons to fight Iran. In that war, over 500,000 Iranians were killed. Iran has not forgotten and forgiveness is never an option in the Islamic religion. Iran would love to invade and take control of Saudi Arabia – home to Medina and Mecca – considered the two holiest cities for Muslims.

There is no distinction for the Muslim between the political and religious. Islam is less than a religion and more of a religious and political ideology. It demands control over every level of society: legal recourse, beliefs, morals and manners, worship specifics. Islam means ‘submission.’ The Qur’an demands it.

Muslims expect to take over the world and institute Shari’a law everywhere. Spreading out from the Middle East, Muslims have been multiplying like rabbits in Europe, averaging 6 kids per family. In France, one in ten are Muslim. Many European cities, including Amsterdam, Marseille, France and Malmo, Sweden are already one-quarter Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods.

A Muslim man can have up to four wives. With American and European birthrate at less than 2 per family, Muslims are d