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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The Christian Life is a Life of testing” – Pastor Harold Hansen
· Why living a Godly life is worth it
· What do young adults actually think about Jesus?
· Could doing “Lent” hurt my soul?
· Planned Parenthood doctor said she would “break the baby’s neck” if born alive
· The dinosaurs of written history
· WHO OWNS IT ALL?
WHY LIVING A GODLY LIFE IS WORTH IT
Greg Laurie declares, 'We are all being tested more than we may even realize'
WND – Mar. 9, 2019 -- I heard about a pastor who caught a bus one Monday morning and handed his fare to the driver. When the pastor sat down he realized he had too much change. So he went back and pointed it out to the driver.
“Actually, pastor, I didn’t give you too much change,” the driver said. “I was in church last weekend and heard you talking about honesty. I was putting you to the test.”
That pastor passed the test. And if you’re a Christian, you’re being put to the test as well. You may not know it, necessarily, but there are people who work with you, who are related to you and who live near you who are watching you.
Maybe you’re thinking, “I knew I shouldn’t have put that Christian bumper sticker on my car.”
No, it’s a good thing. You’re making your stand, and they’re watching you. Why? They’re hoping you’ll mess up. They want to see evidence of hypocrisy in your life, because then they don’t have to be uncomfortable with the message you proclaim.
We are all being tested more than we may even realize. We see this in the lives of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the Old Testament book of Daniel.
When Israel was conquered by Babylon, the people of Israel were taken into captivity for 70 years. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon at that time, was looking for the brightest and best of Israel, some young men he could bring into his court and school in the culture of the Babylonians and in the worship of the false Babylonian gods.
Among those brought in were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and it’s believed they were somewhere between 14 and 19 years old.
They were taken from a very simple lifestyle into the very lap of luxury in the palace of the king. The finest food in the world would have been provided to them every day, as well as the finest education the world could offer. It was Nebuchadnezzar’s desire to turn them into Babylonians. He wanted them to leave their Hebrew roots and their belief in the Scriptures and instead think like a Babylonian.
But there was one thing the king didn’t consider: These boys had character. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego demonstrated how to live godly lives in an ungodly place.
The king wanted them to eat at his table, but they chose not to. We don’t know exactly why. It may have been because the king’s food was simply awful. But somehow I don’t think that was the reason. It may have been because the food the king offered them was forbidden in the Mosaic Law. Or, it may have been because these foods were offered to pagan gods, and that would have been a compromise for them.
Whatever it was, they were making a stand in a relatively small area, but it mattered to them. And consider this fact: Nebuchadnezzar was an intimidating person. He was a cruel and wicked king. Yet they made their stand.
Ultimately, Daniel made an arrangement with the man in charge of enforcing the king’s will. In effect he said, “Look, we’re not going to eat this food, so I’ll make you a deal. We’ll eat what we’re going to eat, and you guys eat what you’re going to eat. Let’s do it for 10 days. Everything will be all right.”
The 10 days passed, and Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were healthy and strong. In fact, they looked better than the people who had eaten all the other food from the king’s table.
When we make our stand for what is true, God will bless us. And a little with God is better than much without him.
What do we really miss in life when as Christians; we choose not to get on that merry-go-round of selfishness, drinking, drugs, partying, illicit sex and so forth? Fast-forward 10, 20, or 30 years, and let’s see who made the right decision. I guarantee those who have put God first and the principles of Scripture first will come out in the end knowing they made the right decision.
WHAT DO YOUNG ADULTS ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT JESUS? (Excerpt)
Charisma News – Jan. 31, 2019 -- Most young adults who attended church as teenagers say they believe in God today, but fewer consider themselves devout Christians. And as a whole, they have conflicting recollections about the churches they attended in high school.
LifeWay Research surveyed more than 2,000 American adults between the ages of 23 and 30 who attended a Protestant church twice a month or more for at least a year as a teenager.
Today, 39 percent say they consider themselves a devout Christian with a strong faith in God. Fewer consider themselves Christian, but not particularly devout (27 percent). Even fewer say they believe in God but are uncertain of Christianity (14 percent) or say they consider themselves spiritual, but not religious (11 percent).
Only a small number say they are uncertain about their belief in God (5 percent) or say they don't believe in God or in any higher being (4 percent).
Two-thirds (66 percent) of those who attended church regularly in high school dropped out for at least one year as a young adult.
"During the years most young adults are gone from church, they tend to hang onto their faith but don't make it a priority," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research.
Researchers found significantly different spiritual perspectives between those who dropped out of church and those who stayed.
Those who dropped out of church as young adults are less likely to say they consider themselves a devout Christian today compared to those who stayed in church (29 to 60 percent).
Those who stopped attending church for at least a year are more likely to say they believe in God, but are uncertain about Christianity (17 to 8 percent); say they consider themselves spiritual, but not religious (13 to 5 percent); say they're uncertain about their belief in God (7 to 3 percent); and say they don't believe in God (6 to 1 percent).
Among all young adults who attended a Protestant church as a teenager, 61 percent say they currently spend regular time in prayer privately. Half (49 percent) want the church to help guide their decisions in everyday life. Fewer say they consistently give financially to the church (37 percent), spend regular time reading the Bible privately (36 percent) or attend a church small group (32 percent).
Those who didn't drop out of church are more likely to say they do each of these.
"Prayer is the only spiritual practice in which a majority of young adults participate," said McConnell. "While most maintain a Christian identity, they admit their devotion to Jesus is either not all it could be or is even in doubt."
COULD 'DOING LENT' HURT MY SOUL?
The ‘Christian Post -- The season of Lent is once again in full swing. It's a tradition that leads up to Holy Week and Easter. Some find Lent more meaningful than others. But what if I told you that "doing Lent" could actually hurt your soul? It's true.
It all depends on how you "do Lent."
"Mardi Gras" is translated "Fat Tuesday." It's the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent. There is a natural way to approach Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and Lent, and there is a supernatural way. Doing Lent is OK, but only if you do it in the supernatural way God designed discipleship to be lived out all year round.
The season of "Carnival" is celebrated in many countries where Roman Catholicism is prevalent. Carnival culminates on Fat Tuesday. For many, this season includes more than just parades, dancing and feasting. It also includes drunken celebrations of sexual immorality.
The natural way to look at Fat Tuesday is to see it as one final "sin binge" before going to church and getting ashes on your forehead to make up for all your unholy pursuits during Carnival. The ashes supposedly signify sorrow over the way you binged on sin during Carnival.
Those who "do Lent" this way miss out on the real meaning of repentance, faith, and salvation. And therefore, they miss out on a relationship with Christ. All they are left with is religion and a natural approach to Lent. It doesn't change your soul, and it doesn't bring you closer to God. The only thing that brings us to God is repentance and faith in Christ.
Imagine a couple preparing to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. The husband tells the wife, "Tomorrow night is our big celebration, but I need to tell you something. Tonight I am going out on a date with another woman, but don't worry. You will have my full attention tomorrow night. I just need this little binge right now, and then you and I can celebrate our anniversary tomorrow in style."
That repulsive approach to marriage is analogous to how some people "do Lent." And it doesn't work. That is to say, it doesn't bring a person closer to God. In fact, it actually hurts a person's soul.
While someone may feel comforted by "being religious" on Ash Wednesday, it does not make up for the past indiscretions during Carnival. Even if you choose to "give up something for Lent," it will not benefit your soul until you "do discipleship" in a supernatural way. The natural approach simply masks the underlying addiction to sin with a few religious rituals. Lent provides "cover" for those who choose to "do Lent" in a natural way. And yet, the "cover" only soothes their misguided thinking. In reality, their sins are not covered by the blood of Jesus because there is no genuine repentance in their heart.
"He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." (Proverbs 28:13)
Chasing after sin on Fat Tuesday makes it very unlikely that a person will truly renounce his sin on Ash Wednesday. If he is not willing to renounce his sin on Fat Tuesday, then he has deceived himself into thinking that a few religious activities can make up for his life of deliberate sin. But he is sadly and tragically mistaken.
God does not accept those who love sin more than they love Jesus.
Is it possible that someone who is hung over from Fat Tuesday could actually be changed on Ash Wednesday through genuine repentance and faith? Sure. But most people who are "slaves to sin" (Romans 6:20) on Fat Tuesday remain slaves to sin on Ash Wednesday.
"A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him." (2 Peter 2:19)
Having said that, there are plenty of believers who "do Lent" in a way that strengthens their faith and draws them closer to the Lord. Their attitude and behavior during Lent is no different than their attitude and behavior during the rest of the year. People who have a relationship with Christ don't "sin binge" with the thought that they will go to church on Wednesday or Sunday to get it "taken off their record." Such an attitude is not supernatural, and it is not from God. It is merely natural. It is religious, but not godly or Christ-centered.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOC SAID SHE WOULD “BREAK THE BABY’S NECK” IF BORN ALIVE AFTER ABORTION (Excerpt)
Prophecy eNewsletter Update – Feb. 28, 2019 -- A Planned Parenthood abortionist’s shocking admission to a late-term abortion patient is back in the spotlight after Democrats in Congress repeatedly blocked bills to protect newborns from infanticide.
According to a former patient, the abortionist admitted that she would “break the baby’s neck” if he was born alive after a botched abortion.
The unnamed patient shared her horrifying experience with Pro-Life Action Ministries. She was 22 weeks pregnant when she went to a Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, Minnesota for an abortion in 2017, but she said she chose life after hearing what the abortionists would do to her son.
The woman said she asked the two abortionists, “If you guys were to take him out right now while he’s still, his heart rate is still, you know, going, what would you guys do?”
She said one of the abortionists looked at the other one, then looked back at her, “and she told me that we don’t tell women this, and a lot of women don’t even ask this question, but if we was to proceed with the abortion and the baby was to come out still alive and active, most likely we would break the baby’s neck.”
This would be a clear violation of Minnesota’s “Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” which requires that, “All reasonable measures consistent with good medical practice . . . shall be taken . . . . to preserve the life and health of the born alive infant.”
In the video, the woman described how she initially went through with the abortion. She said the abortionist used a long needle to inject digoxin to stop the baby’s heart, but the baby survived.
The woman said she had a change of heart following the injection, after reading information given to her by Pro-Life Action Ministries’ sidewalk counselors. That information included the story of another woman who changed her mind in the midst of a late-term abortion and gave birth to a healthy baby.
The woman said she requested an ultrasound on the second day to see if her baby was still alive. When it revealed that he was and she learned what the abortionists would do if he was born alive, the woman said she demanded that the dilators be removed so that she could go home and keep her baby.
“The more I was telling them no, it was more like they were trying to sell me something, like a seller that pushes you and pushes you until you buy their item or their product. That’s how it felt, as if they were trying to sell me this abortion,” she said.
Her baby later was born full-term and healthy, according to the pro-life ministry. Her identity was concealed so that she will not be subject to retaliation by Planned Parenthood.
THE DINOSAURS OF WRITTEN HISTORY
Revelation 12:9a “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:.”
Creation Moments – Nov. 5, 2018 -- Virtually every culture in the world has stories and legends about dragons. Amazingly, these serpents resemble each other from culture to culture. They also resemble what we call dinosaurs. The universality and uniformity of these stories strongly suggests that dinosaurs could not have died out 65 million years ago as evolutionists claim.
There are several credible accounts of dragons that resemble dinosaurs in ancient writings. In each case, these records describe, in as much detail as possible, observations of the natural world. Dio the Roman wrote an account of the Roman Consul Regulus’ war against Carthage in the third century B.C. According to Dio, a dragon settled behind the Roman army. Regulus ordered it killed and skinned and the hide sent to the Roman Senate. In the senate, the hide was measured to be 120 feet long. Writing as late as the 8th century, John of Damascus took dragons to be real, living creatures, while using the Bible to debunk myths that had grown up around them. One of these myths was that dragons could assume human form. John rejected this on the basis of creation, noting that only humans were made in the image of God and, thus, animals cannot be changed into this same image.
These accounts read like serious history being written about a time in which dragons were assumed to exist-much more recently than 65 million years ago!
WHO OWNS IT ALL?
A serious error has made its way into the church. Some Christians think that their beliefs and their wallet belong in separate spheres. The truth is, obedience to God includes how we handle our finances. He owns everything (Hag. 2:8; Psalm 24:1). Cash, possessions, and ways to earn more are gifts from the Lord; we are simply stewards.
A steward oversees the use and care of someone else’s riches. A wise steward bases financial decisions upon the owner’s rules for using and multiplying material goods. In our case, God has woven financial principles into the fabric of Scripture. Since money touches nearly every aspect of life, it is mentioned hundreds of times in different contexts. For example, God urged the Israelites to stay faithful to His teachings and to avoid the trap of self-reliance. He reminded them that the power to make wealth resides with Him rather than in their own hands (Deut. 8:17-18).
The minute a steward presumes that he owns the money he manages, trouble is at hand. He stops consulting the Owner and spends as he sees fit. Even in trying to do good, the wayward steward is ruled by his shortsighted perspective rather than by God’s omniscient view and gentle guidance. He will suffer the consequences of choosing his own way over the Lord’s.
Faith and finances are intertwined. The bottom line is that we cannot keep our money out of God’s hand, because He holds it all—we simply manage it. And we are to do so in the way He directs us. A maturing believer trusts the Lord’s principles for using and growing wealth.
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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “There is Hope for America because of Jesus Christ” – Billy Graham
· Jesus Christ’s Rest
· End Time events predicted centuries in advance which have come to pass in our life time
· Millennials largely uninterested in Israel
· Genderless Babies Are the new craze!
· EQUIPPED BY GOD
JESUS CHRIST'S REST
Charisma News – Feb. 28, 2019 -- The rest that Christ spoke of in Matthew 11:28 became available for us at Pentecost. It is the peace that passes all understanding that we get when we unconditionally trust in Christ (see 1 Pet. 5:5-7 and Phil. 4:5-7). This had to wait until Pentecost because it is a part of the Spirit of Christ that was poured out. Jesus' Spirit was not available to inhabit us while He was on earth. This is why He said that "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you." (John 16:7). "It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life" (John 6:63).
Peace is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). Christ had to complete His mission on earth and ascend to the Father in order for it to become available. Ten days after Jesus' ascension, the Holy Spirit was poured out. This enables the risen Christ to inhabit us by His Spirit. He can now share His rest with us which He has from His own faith and trust in the Father. He said that He was meek and lowly or humble in Matthew 11:29 because this is how His humanity is empowered from His Father and brings Him rest. Our humanity is empowered by the Father through Christ when we are meek and humble towards Christ, who is the Lord of peace. We need Christ to give us rest because we are not capable of arriving at a sustained rest on our own. The law of sin, which is our human weakness, prevents this (see Rom. 7:14-8:2).
"Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed" (Ps. 85:10). Christ is the only one who could fulfill the Mosaic Law and obtain its righteousness; therefore, there was no divine peace available from Christ before He completed His earthly mission. There was the righteousness of the Law if you could obtain it; but no one except Christ could fulfill it. In doing so, He connected righteousness with peace; and mercy with truth. He enabled a new consciousness of inner peace and strength for mankind if we avail ourselves of it. This is the real higher consciousness that we seek. We don't naturally evolve into it. It comes by faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
The role of Christ, when He was on earth, was not the role that was expected by most of Judaism 2,000 years ago. The area was under Roman occupation; and the hope was that the Messiah would be a king of the line of David who would restore the Davidic kingdom (Acts 1:6). A Messiah that would free them from the law of sin was not what they expected; and neither was the fulfillment of their animal sacrifices by the sacrificial crucifixion of Christ.
The law of sin is what weakens us toward sin; and it is the main cause of our individual sin actions. Christ came to strengthen us; and not to just forgive our individual sins, "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly" (Rom. 5:6). Inner strength is a fruit of the Spirit, and is called temperance or self-control in the Bible.
The idea of a God-man Messiah who was to be trusted in the same way as the Father is trusted was foreign to Judaism, but this would end up being the requirement for obtaining the peace of God through the Messiah. Christ's divinity allows us to be humble toward Him and surrender to Him; otherwise, it would be idolatry (see 1 Pet. 5:5-7 and Phil. 4:6-7). This brings us Christ's presence, which is the most important part of Christianity because we can only have access to the Father when Christ is dwelling within us: "For in Him lives all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all authority and power" (Col. 2:9-10). Also, the graces of the Father flow into us through Christ's Spirit, including His peace.
Practices such as yoga and eastern type meditations do not include an interaction with Christ; therefore, the only peace that they produce is an unsustained peace that comes and goes. Only Christ can bring us the divine peace that passes all understanding which keeps us rooted in Christ (John 16:33). The world can't give us this peace (John 14:27).
The humanity of Jesus is essential in the plan of salvation because there could have been no shed blood without it; and it qualifies Him for the role of the one human mediator between the Father and us. The man Christ Jesus is our mediator, High Priest, and intercessor at the right hand of the Father in heaven. His humility and faith in the Father bring Him the graces that He can impart to us when we have His Spirit within us. With Christ in us, grace does not come to us from a distance. He not only intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father; but also intercedes within us with groanings which cannot be uttered (Rom. 8:26).
Also, His human faith in the Father brings Him the righteousness by faith that He can share with us by His presence within us (Gal. 2:16—old KJV). Christ was the only one after Abraham who was directly eligible for righteousness by faith (Gal. 3:16); but because Christ's Spirit can inhabit us, we can have it by our faith in Him. Our own faith directly in the Father does not bring us righteousness by faith. Jesus connects us to the Father.
"Thus says the Lord, 'Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths where the good way is and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, "We will not walk in it"'" (Jer. 6:16).
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MILLENNIALS LARGELY UNINTERESTED IN ISRAEL (Excerpt)
Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord. Psalms 102:18 (The Israel Bible™)
Weekend News Today – Feb. 22, 2019 -- Vibe Israel, a non-governmental initiative to brand Israel to the world recently presented the findings of a report into Millennials and their perceptions of Israel to the country’s 10th President, Reuven Rivlin.
Approximately 4,000 people, between the ages of 14-52, were surveyed. Participants included residents of 12 countries, collectively, in North America, Western Europe, South America and Australia.
The main finding revealed that as generations decrease in age, so does their interest in Israel as a subject. It is supported by the results of the Best Countries ranking which is published every year in U.S. News, which ranks 80 countries around the world based on the perceptions of 22,000 people globally.
Israel was ranked 30th in 2018, but when only considering Millennials’ responses (ages 22-38), it dropped to 49th place.
No other country has such a large intergenerational disparity, highlighting that Israel’s traditional messaging is flagging somewhat with the young.
The large majority of respondents – 84% – had neither heard of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) and was unimpressed with its efforts to tarnish Israel’s international standing.
One of the other takeaways from the report, perhaps surprisingly so, was that although many people’s first associations with Israel were war and violence, the Arab-Israeli conflict did not appear in the first five associations with Israel.
The last major revelation was that Israel, despite its technological achievements and rich multicultural mix, is perceived as being a largely religious country.
The findings are important and could actually point to a change in emphasis in Israel’s attempts to brand itself. The youngest generation polled in this report is unaware and seemingly uninterested in Israel as a topic.
GENDERLESS BABIES ARE THE NEW CRAZE – ‘WE DON’T WANT OUR CHILDREN PIGEON-HOLED’ (Excerpt)
WND – Mar. 1, 2019 -- Bonnie Love is a mother who didn’t want her youngest child, Isabella, growing up with a gender assignment.
So when Isabella was born, Love and her female partner didn’t use a gender-specific pronoun. They gave her toys that are popular for both boys and girls. They didn’t use gender-specific colors, such as pink and purple.
The goal: let Isabella choose her gender.
It’s part of a new trend among some parents of raising “theybies” – newborn babies who spend the first years of their lives without a gender assignment, apart from the birth certificate.
“I think that you’re born a specific way, and… however you identify is on your own,” Love said.
Parents of theybies avoid pronouns such as “he” and “she.” Instead, they use plural pronouns: “they” and “them” to reference the child.
Love’s first daughter, Madelyn, wasn’t raised this way. “I raised them differently,” Love told the television station. “Well, similar, but a little different in the sense of the gender neutrality. I had a lot of pink, a lot of purple. A lot of the gifts that were given to Madelyn's baby shower, everything was your pink, pink, pink, girl, girl, girl dolls. Something about that didn't sit well with me. With Isabella, though, I did give her the trucks. I did give her the Spider-Man costume. I gave her both and just let her choose.”
Anna Shier, a child psychiatrist who has worked with parents of theybies, supports the concept.
“We don’t want our children pigeon-holed,” Shier told Fox 11. “We don't want our children to not be able to be as successful as they potentially could be. So, you know, kids learn the very most in this world from toys that they play with, so if girls don't get to play with blocks or toys that would teach them special understanding or mathematical concepts, then they're missing out on that really important aspect of learning, because they are pushed really more towards dolls, learning how to nurture through that sort of toy.”
In the end, Isabella chose to live life as a girl.
“She definitely wants to be a princess and wants to marry a prince, and she wants to be a mom, if you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up. She wants to be a mom,” Love said. “... I believe that we are born very loving creatures, and I think what we are thought are boundaries and negativity, all of those things are things are thought and learned.”
Last year, Christian Headlines profiled a gay couple that is raising a genderless child named “Zo.” “We use ‘they’ pronouns for Zo,” the father, Nathan Levitt, said. “We felt like there are so many gender stereotypes that get put on kids. From the second they’re born, the question is, ‘Is it a boy or a girl?’ And then so many decisions are made from that. … Are you going to buy pink clothes or blue clothes? Do they play with trucks or with dolls?
“And we felt we really want, as best as we can, to have our child not have those stereotypes put on them. And our child to have the openness to identify as whatever gender they want to whenever they feel that’s right for them.”
Job 38:22 “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,”
Creation Moments – Oct. 25, 2018 -- As I write this particular Creation Moment, the weather in Washington state is very wintry. The falling snow has been a constant source of conversation. Are the roads going to be clear, or will they be dangerous for driving? Will outdoor faucets freeze, and what can we do to protect them? And are the schools closing today?
Coupled with these conversations will be the usual comment that no two snowflakes are the same shape.
Now, we cannot prove that this common assertion is true. Snowflakes frequently, though not always, grow in a hexagonal manner, and this is because of the hexagonal arrangement of water molecules in an ice crystal. But the great variation seen in snowflakes cannot be proved beyond doubt to be unique. Even if it is not unique, however, the chances of finding two identical snowflakes in any given fall of snow seems to be very remote, so uniqueness of design, while not absolute, is certainly sufficient to give pause for thought.
Snowflakes are formed when tiny water droplets form crystals around particles of dust. The actual shape of the snowflake seems to depend on weather conditions, such as temperature and humidity. If the air is fairly humid, and above -40ºC (-40ºF), then the snowflake formation is at its best, as far as the attractiveness and variety of design is concerned.
Whether or not snowflakes are unique, they certainly give us good reason to stop and consider the greatness of God, who has made everything so well.
EQUIPPED BY GOD
Sometimes followers of Christ get the wrong idea about their role versus God’s role. They may think that God is sitting on His throne, waiting to meet their needs when they call on Him. Although He is a loving Father who provides for us, we must be careful not to assume He exists to serve us.
The reality is that we exist for God. He created us for His purposes and has equipped every believer to serve Him in some fashion. According to Ephesians 2:10, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Everything about us has been designed by God to equip us for the work He preordained long before our birth.
• He created each of us with the exact personality and body we would need to fulfill His purpose for our life.
• God has equipped us with the strengths, abilities, and talents necessary to do what He planned for us.
• The Holy Spirit has given us spiritual gifts with which to serve one another in the church.
• Every experience in our life is used by God to equip us for doing His will. Both the pleasant and difficult times shape our character, mature us spiritually, and train us to help others.
God uniquely created each of us, and He’s provided us with everything we need to serve and glorify Him. All we must do is step out in obedience with full reliance on His grace and power.
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SECTION II - SPECIAL ARTICLES/ BOOK REVIEWS
IN THIS SECTION:
· WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE? (WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS)
· WHAT’S IN A NAME?
· "BOB PIERCE - THIS ONE THING I DO" - A BOOKREVIEW/SUMMARY
· "THE HIDDEN CODES OF THE BIBLE" - A BOOK REVIEW/SUMMARY
· "SIGNS OF THE TIME” - A BOOK REVIEW/SUMMARY
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE?
By D.E. Davis
For Christians, we are told in Scripture in 2Cr 5:8 that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. For those who turn away from God, we are told that they are eternally separated from God and go to a place called Hell. Rev 14:11 says that the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever.
The question that everyone ponders is: What really happens after we die? Do we just lay dormant until the Lord takes us to be with him or until judgement is handed out at the Great White Throne as called out in Rev. 20:11? Are we conscience? Do we feel, touch, think, recognize loved ones, know what is happening around us? All questions that we have ask ourselves, no doubt, at some time in our life.
My own personal review of the Scriptures has led me to believe that after we die, even though our body may be dead and buried, our Spirit is alive and fully conscience. Chuck Missler likens this state of conscienceness to the software that runs the Computer; once the hardware goes, the software remains intact and available for further applications.
There are two illustrations in the Bible that makes it clear as to what happens after death, when we're in the spirit.
The first one is illustrated in the Luke account of Lazarus and the rich man in Chapter 16. After death, Lazarus, a man of God, is escorted into Abraham’s Bosom, a holding compartment in Hell for the Believers prior to the Cross. The non-believing rich man was "buried" and went into a separate compartment in Hell (Hades), apart from Abraham’s Bosom, where he was in Torment according to Scripture. Both were in a Spirit state; yet by the account, they could see each other and speak to each other.
The second account is in Revelation, where John is taken (in the Spirit) to Heaven to see those things that shall come to pass prior to the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth, or Second Coming (not the Rapture).
I had to conclude from the study, based on the following Scripture, that all of the senses we have here on earth will be with us throughout eternity, even unto death.
· THE ABILITY TO LOOK/SEE - Luke 16:23;Rev. 1:12;4:1,4; 5:1,2; 6:1,2,8,9; 7:1,2; 8:2; 9:1,17; 10:1,5; 13:1,2,3;14:1,6; 15:1,2; 16:13; 17:3,6; 18:1; 19:11,17,19; 20:1,4,11,12; 21:1,2,22; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO HEAR - Rev. 1:10; 4:1; 5:11; 6:1,3,5,6,7; 7:4; 9:13,16; 10:4,8; 12:10; 14:2,13; 16:1,5,7; 18:4; 19:1,6; 21: 3; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO BEHOLD ( to obtain knowledge of: understand: perceive) - Rev. 5:6,11; 6:5,8,12; 7:9; 8:13; 13:11
· THE ABILITY TO REASON - Luke 16:30
· THE ABILITY TO CRY (even though there will be no more crying in Heaven) - Rev. 5:4,5; Luke 16:24
· THE ABILITY TO SPEAK - Rev. 5:13; 10:9; 21:6,15; Luke 16:24, 29,30,31
· THE ABILITY TO FEEL/TOUCH - Luke 16:23, 24,25
· THE ABILITY TO REMEMBER - Luke 16:25
· THE ABILITY TO WONDER - Rev. 17:6
· THE ABILITY TO WRITE - Rev. 1:11; 10:4; 19:9
· THE ABILITY TO QUESTION - Rev. 7:13
· THE ABILITY TO TAKE (THE BOOK/ROD) - Rev. 10:8,9,10
· THE ABILITY TO FALL (ON KNEES) - Rev. 19:10; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO STAND - Rev. 13:1
· THE ABILITY TO WORSHIP - Rev. 19:10; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO PERFORM TASKS - Rev. 11:1
God has promised in 1 Thess 4:16 and 1 Cor. 15:52,53 that one day, we shall be reunited with Him in body and will be transformed and conformed to Him - in the twinkling of an eye. We are also told in Scripture that we shall see Him face to face- see the Lamb that was slain for you and me. We know by His Word, that we will Praise Him, Worship Him and Rule with Him.
One thing in the study that I found extremely fascinating was the difference in treatment between Lazarus and the non-believing rich man. Scripture says that Lazarus was escorted to Heaven by an Angel, but there is no indication in Scripture about how the rich man arrived at Hell. Could it be that God had a specific purpose why He chose not to tell us in Scripture?
Finally, knowing that others may have varying interpretations of these Scriptures, I strongly urge you to review the Scriptures yourselves to determine what you find as the truth according to God’s Word.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
For those who wish you had some other name because you don't like the name you were given, you had better think twice. It is most likely that the name your parents picked out for you was not their choice but God's choice. Let’ s face it, the word of the Lord is true. That's why in Eph. 1:4, God proclaimed that He had chosen us from before the very beginning of the world.
If you follow the Genealogy of Adam in Genesis, Chapter 5 (*) you will receive an insight into what importance God put in names - It's an exciting message:
Mahalalel The blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Methuselah His Death shall bring
Lamech The Despairing
Noah Rest, Comfort
Now let us look at God’s Plan for Redemption:
"Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest."
Let us now look at the Genealogy of Abraham (*):
(*) Source: Chuck Missler’s Briefing package: “A Walk Thru the Bible”
WELL YOU SAY! BUT THAT WAS ALL OLD TESTAMENT AND WOULDN'T BE APPLICABLE FOR TODAY - WOULD IT?
Well, let us see.................. As a Christian, did God not choose you by name at the same time he chose Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph - before the very foundation of the world? If God had a purpose for their name, would you expect anything less for your name since He chose you at the same time?
As a Christian, You ought to thank God daily that you, by your given name, was written in the Lamb's book of life before the very foundation of the world and that you will be a partaker in all the promises of Rev 21:27.
Within the last couple of years, researchers have found many startling discoveries through the use of super computers, specifically, hidden codes that God supernaturally placed within the Hebrew text of the Bible. Over 2000 years ago, the names of historical and current leader’s names were placed in the Bible. Such names as Adolph Hitler, Eichmann, Arafat, Peres, Rabin, Rabin's murderer Amir, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, Saddan Hussein, George Bush, Schwarzkoph, Peter Arnet (CNN), Timithy McVeigh, Bill Clinton.
Do you think that God would limit His calling out to just those who had a highly visible historical impact on this world? There is no doubt that He had a purpose in doing this, if nothing else, just to get your attention that He is the Creator; that He alone knows the beginning from the end.
It is my firm belief that as we advance further with our computer technology and peel back the layers of the Hebrew text of the scriptures, we will make many more startling and exciting discoveries. One being that God has written each and every one of our names in His Word.
HERE IS WHAT GOD SAID: Isaiah 66:22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain."
BOOK REVIEW by D. E. Davis (September 1997)
BOB PIERCE -"THIS ONE THING I DO"
By Franklin Graham with Jeanette Lockerbie
It is amazing the worlds that open up to an individual, once the Power of the Holy Spirit comes upon him. Just three years ago, where once I was blind to Missions, to all the inspired men and women God has called to service and the multitude of people all over the world who have been saved, new worlds are ever opening to me to see how awesome the power of God is in our Christian lives.
Such was the power and strength of faith Bob Pierce had in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is difficult for me to even attempt to assess where God has put Bob along with other past great men of the faith, but from what I read about his life with Christ, he certainly had his eyes focused on Jesus! I personally feel inadequate and humbled to even put in words, my thoughts about this man. Bob was a man Blessed by God. I feel sad that I never had an opportunity to know him, but look forward to meeting him one day in heaven.
If ever there was a verse of scripture that represented Bob Pierce, it had to be the title of this book as taken from Philippians 3:13,14 ".......this one thing I do,....I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ."
Bob was raised in Los Angeles and at the age of 12, gave his life to Christ and was baptized in the Nazarene Church. "God simply called me to give my heart to Jesus, and I followed Him." He died in 1978 of leukemia but lived his life for Christ in between in between those dates as if Christ was coming tomorrow and he still had to witness to the whole world before dawn broke. Throughout his career, he dedicated his life mainly to Missions and over the years was responsible for founding such World re-noun programs as "World Vision", an organization dedicated to meeting the emergency needs in crisis areas such as Korea after the Korean war. During that time of need, he established a Korean Orphanage, serving over 30 thousand Korean war orphans. Bob was also responsible for starting the World re-noun Korean Orphan's Choir. As an outgrowth of "World Vision" he founded "World Medical Mission" which covered all emergency medical needs in countries all over the world which had no medical facilities. He was also founder of "Samaritan's Purse" and organization dedicated to funding World emergency need, no matter where they were. These organizations are still meeting the needs of those in crisis today.
If his work through these organizations was not enough, he became a United Nations War Correspondent during World War II; was Co-founder for "Youth for Christ"; and became a Motion Picture producer/Radio program host, author and a lecturer, but first and last, he always considered himself an evangelist! Even though Bob knew that he was "extraordinarily gifted by God, he was never impressed with himself - he considered himself just an earthly vessel, available at all times for the exclusive use of the Lord".
In his own words, he had "many flaws, failings but had abundant faith in God who lives and cares about people."
If I had to pick four areas of the Christian life that I feel truly represented Bob Pierce, they would be 1) Unwavering Faith, 2) Compassion for others, 3) Obedience to God and 4) Commitment to accomplish the Will of God in his life.
From the Beginning, Bob knew his calling was for Missions to the Asian Countries. His first mission led him through Hawaii to Hong Kong and eventually to China. Getting to China was his first big test of faith - he had no money, even for the first leg to Hawaii. Bob held the opinion that God knows ones needs already and if He has called you to a task, He will provide and enable you - just move out! He did just that and went to the L.A. airport that day without any money in his pocket. His faith paid off as God provided the funding for each leg of his trip just at the moment he needed it. This was the norm rather than the exception throughout his career as an evangelist. What ever it was, where ever it was, if God called, Bob would act no matter what the circumstance......he knew that God would always provide.....and He did!
Bob had a compassion for the spiritually and physically suffering of the world. "He was the friend of the little people, the forgotten, the hurting, the maimed, the unheard and the unsung". Bob's theme was "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God". It was Bob's personal belief that "wherever you find men and women who really love Jesus Christ, you find the compassion of Christ spilling out of them to meet human need." Over the years World Vision, Samaritan's Purse and other organizations like them; one in particular, Mission Aviation Fellowship Pilots (MAF), who flew Missionaries around the world in crisis situations, helped so many helpless and needy men, women and children. They knew first hand the healing power of God.
Bob dared it all to be obedient to the Lord's call. Once he had in focus the mission that God wanted him to accomplish, he followed in Faith to bring the unsaved to Christ. It was his opinion that " If you are an ambassador, act like one!"- no matter where you are. Bob would bring to memory how other great men of Faith were obedient even in the face of death. During World War II, a young South Korean Pastor, Mr. Im was mistaken for a North Korean Communist and imprisoned. During his internment, he would go around camp singing "Jesus Loves Me" and other Christian songs. He not only uplifted and inspired other fellow Christian prisoners to come together, he brought many more to Christ. Together he and another prisoner, Chaplain Voelkel, established a Bible Study where over 6,000 prisoners finished a six month Bible Study. Six Hundred (600) of those finishing the Bible Study became pastors and came back to Korea to preach the Gospel. In another instance, he related how a Korean school teacher was put to death in front of his students because of his faith and obedience to the Lord.
To be an ambassador for the Lord "is one of the greatest things that could ever have happened to anyone - to let God put a fish hook into you so deep that there is no way of ever getting off the hook."
"Bob did one thing all of his life, and that was to lead people to the foot of the Cross where they would put their faith in a risen Lord Jesus Christ. He lived every minute completely amazed that God could use him. No matter how much he was able to do in how many places, it was never enough." This was the kind of commitment Bob made to Jesus; "to commit yourself, give yourself away to God irrevocably, forever. Say to Him, go ahead and burn me up. Spend me. Eat me up. Use me for you Glory." And that's exactly what he did.
Being a man of God was not always easy for Bob and he paid a high price. In one measure or another he had to forsake his wife, his family, his Mother and Father, his brothers and sisters and other worldly possessions to follow Jesus. He not only lost his health, he lost his Daughter, Sharon, to death.
Committing your life to Christ in a Godless society is never easy; many times you feel like you may be the only one putting your life, your self image, your social acceptance on the line. As Bob came to realize, ". Someone has to go and pay that humiliating price of literally letting your ego be stomped on- not just pushed in and suppressed, but laid out there for people to stomp on. We need to do this by the grace of God with love and patience: sow the seed on rocky soil, nurture it, and maybe never be applauded."
Committing your life to Christ really comes down to this; What really matters
to you in Life?
On his death bed in the City of Hope, Bob left us this one message - "I don't care what you have attempted. What you have succeeded at, or what has been your work in Christ's name while you are here on earth - only one thing matters when you have reached the last step before you go to stand before Christ:
- Did you tell men and women who Jesus is?
- Did you bring them to some comprehension of His redeeming love?
- Did you make it plain to them that He alone can pay their way to heaven throughout His atoning death on the cross?"
Such was the life of a man of God, Bob Pierce.
HIDDEN CODES OF THE BIBLE
References: Grant R. Jeffrey - "The Signature of God"- RECOMMENDED READING
Other reading: "The Hebrew Factor" by Yacov Rambsel
Prepared by D. E. Davis
Daniel 12: 4 - "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
Here is undeniable proof, the third in the series, that every word, every letter and every punctuation in Bible text was put their by the inspiration of God. It gives new meaning to the words "increase knowledge". It's just one of the many signs, and without a doubt, the most exciting revelation that God said he would reveal to man in the "end time". As you will see, God has put his signature throughout the Bible, has revealed History before it ever happened, all through hidden codes that were supernaturally placed into text which was written over 2,000 years ago; which could only be found with today's computer technological advances. The codes are found in what scholars call "Equidistant Letter Sequences" or ESL. That is, each sequential letter in an encoded word or phrase was found the same distance apart numerically; The exact interval designed by God.
Actually, the discovery of hidden codes in scripture dates back to before WWI and it was not until 1988 that the use of computers were able to detect a significant amount of coding in scripture. Since then, the research that Grant Jeffrey and others have done has just exploded and new discoveries are happening every day.
Here is a summary of what has been found and outlined in Grant's book, referenced above. It is my understanding that he is in the process of writing another book to tell what he has found subsequent to "The Signature of God".
Luke 21:15 - " For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay (refute) nor resist."
Proverbs 25:2 - "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter."
What follows is what most of the human race would find hard to believe. It unfathomable to think that the Hebrew Bible, containing 304,805 Hebrew letters, written by 40 individuals could contain hidden messages that if one letter was taken out of the text, one word was removed, the hidden message could not be revealed......yet the message has been sustained for over 2,000 years and has been revealed to man just as Jesus said it would be. Jesus has actually placed His name and other messages about Himself into text which proves he is the creator of all; King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
God has personally signed scriptures throughout the Old and New Testaments in various ways. For example in the Old Testament, he has encoded his name, Jesus, in the following scripture:
God has also encoded unbelievable detail about many of the things we read about and which touch our lives daily. For example, he outlines:
PLACES AND THINGS
· Gen. 2: 4-10 - The key word "Eden" was spelled out sixteen (16) times in the span of 379 Hebrew letters. The letters were all equidistant from each other.
·Gen. 2 - In this chapter which deals with the garden of Eden, scientists found encoded in the Hebrew text, Twenty-five (25) names of trees that were in the
Garden of Eden.
· Gen. 1:1 - Starting with the first appearance of the Hebrew letter "Tav", the word "Torah" was found every 50th letter.
· Ex. 1: 1 - Again, starting with the first appearance of the letter "Tav" and counting every 50th letter, the word "Torah" was spelled. Num./Deut. - In the book of Numbers the word "Torah" was found spelled backwards every 50th letter. In the book of Deuteronomy, "Torah" was found again spelled backwards, but this time every forty-ninth (49) letter.
NAMES AND EVENTS
· Deut. 10: 17-22 - Beginning with the second to last appearance of the Hebrew letter "bet" in this passage, they found every Thirteenth (13) letter, the phrase "b'yam marah Auschwitz" which means "in the bitter sea of Auschwitz." Also encoded in this passage were the names of the other Nazi Concentration camp, "Belsen".
· Deut. 33:21 - Beginning with the letter (resh) that appeared in the Hebrew word "Yisreal," and counting every twenty-second (22) letter from the left to right they found the phrase "re'tzach alm" discribing the Holocaust, which when translated, means "a people cry murder, slaughter."
· Adolph Hitler
· Deut. 10: 17-22 - The word "Hitler" spelled out in Hebrew was found every twenty-second (22) letter.
· Deut. 33:16 - Beginning with the first appearance of the Hebrew letter "mem" and every two hundred and forty-sixth (246) letter from left to right you find that the coded letters spelled out the phrase, "Melek Natzim," which translates as the "king of the Nazis."
· Deut. 32:52 - Beginning with the appearance of the first letter (aleph) and counting from left to right every six hundred and seventy (670) letters, the name "Aik'man" is spelled, which is the Hebrew form of the name "Eichmann."
· Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
· "Sadat occurred together with the name of the leader of the Moslem Brotherhood assassinating team that killed him.......it contained the year of his assassination, 1981, and the words "president," "gunfire," "shot'" and 'Murder".
· Desert Storm
· Beginning in Gen. 1:7 and continuing through the rest of Genesis, Grant Jeffrey indicated at the Prophesy Conference in Irvine,Ca. on 27 Sept. 1996 that they had recently found information in hidden code in scripture relating to Desert Storm. I believe more details will be available in Grant's next book.
· The French Revolution
· Gen. 39,41 - "Another passage in the Book of Genesis revealed a cluster of encoded words that deals with the French Revolution. The following words are clustered ogether" "Mapecha HaSarfatit" which spells "the French Revolution" in Hebrew, "Louis," the name of the French king, and the word "Beit (house of Bourbon,") his royal dynasty. In the same cluster were the following words: "Hamarseilles" (the name of the French anthem) and the word "Bastillia" (the infamous French prison for political prisoners........"
OTHER HISTORICAL INFORMATION
· Word pairs - "In their initial experiment, .......the scientists arbitrarily chose three hundred (300) Hebrew word-pairs that were logically related in meaning, such as hammer and anvil, or tree and leaf, or man and woman." ".....the researchers were astonished to find that every single word-pair had been located in Genesis in close proximity to each other."
· King David's Ancestors
· Gen. 28 - " Every one of the five Hebrew names of these ancestor of King
David (Pharez, Zerah, Boaz, Obed, Jesse) were found encoded at forty-nine (49) letter intervals, hidden within the text of Genesis 38".
· Famous Jewish Rabbi - "The Jewish people celebrate the memory of their famous sages by commemorating their date of death. Incredibly, the computer program found every single one of the sixty-six names of these famous rabbis embedded in the text of Genesis paired at significantly close proximity with their actual date of birth or their date of death."
IS THE HEBREW BIBLE UNIQUE TO GOD' S INSPIRED EMBEDDED CODES?
Grant points out that "The researchers attempted to reproduce these results by running the computer program on other religious Hebrew texts outside the Bible, including the Samaritan Pentateuch. .......the researchers could not detect word pairs in the Samaritan Pentateuch or any other Hebrew text outside the Bible. In fact, an exhaustive analysis reveals that no other Hebrew text outside the Old testament contains these mysterious codes, not even the Hebrew apocryphal books written during the four hundred years before the birth of Christ"
A WORD OF CAUTION
"No one can search the Torah using these codes to foretell future events. The reason is that it is impossible to extract the encoded information unless you already know what the future facts are." "The prophet Isaiah warned against false prophets and declared that only God can Prophesy future events accurately
(Isa. 46: 9,10).
"Computer tapes are now available so that anyone with a computer can personally verify the existence of these codes beneath the text of the Scriptures.
As Christians, we can stand firm in the word and shout for joy. God has given us "the words and the wisdom that none of our adversaries will be able to refute or contradict", no matter how much they try!
PRAISE THE LORD!
SIGNS OF THE TIME
References: Grant R. Jeffrey - "The Signature of God"- RECOMMENDED READING
Prepared by D. E. Davis
June 10, 1997
How do we know that Jesus is the one true God when there are so many religions, cultures and cults that claim that they serve the one true god? How about Buddha, Allah?
Scripture says that God alone knows the beginning from the end. The way that God establishes His authority is through Biblical Prophesy. There are over 500 prophesies that were prophesied over 2,000 years ago that have all come to pass. There are still some Old Testament that have yet have to be fulfilled (Daniel Ezekiel), but there has never been an event prophesied that has not come to pass in it’s time. 100% accuracy tells us that the God of the Bible is the only true God. No one else in the history of the world, living or dead, can make this claim.
In Matthew 24:3, just before Jesus' ascension into heaven, the disciples of Jesus ask Him what would be the sign of His second coming. Over the centuries various groups have attempted to guess when Christ would return to the earth to claim His inheritance as promised throughout scripture. As we know, no one has been right yet!. God clearly states in Matthew 24:36 that no man, not even the angels, know the day or the time when Christ will return. Only God the Father knows.
ACT 17:11- Exhorts you to daily review the scriptures to see if what is being said is true.
----------------------THE SIGNS OF THE TIME-------------------
Grant Jeffrey has done a wonderful job of providing critical information about events that are happening in this generation that all Christians need to know; Events that were prophesied over 2,500 years ago. Approximately 90% of the material contained herein was extracted and summarized from Grant's book. I highly recommend reading this book as it contains so much more that you will want to know.
THE REBIRTH OF ISRAEL
The rebirth of Israel was prophesied in several scriptures throughout the Bible. Isaiah 66: 8 predicted that Israel would be born again in "one" day. Ezekiel 4:3-6 and Levitcus 26:18 foretold the exact number of days that it would take Israel to re-establish themselves as a nation in the last days. ( The exact calculation can be found in Grant Jeffrey's book referenced above). On May 14, 1948, the Jews proclaimed their independence of the reborn state of Israel.....The exact day that was predicted over twenty-five (25) centuries ago.......No other ancient nation ever ceased to exist for a period of centuries and then returned to take its place on the stage of world history."
PRESENT ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
In Psalms 83:2-8, God inspired King David to predict that upon Israel's rebirth as a nation it would be immediately surrounded by their enemies. The modern names of those nations named in scripture include Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria....the nations that have now joined the Palestinians in their attempt to destroy Israel.
In Gen. 12: 3, God has promised to punish those nations that come against Israel. "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
RESTORATION OF THE HEBREW LANGUAGE
When Israel was captured by Nebuchadnezzar in approx. 562 B.C., Israel was no longer allowed to speak the Hebrew language, but had to learn the language of the Chaldeans. The Lord predicted, however, through Zephaniah 3:9, that he would restore a pure language to Israel so that they may "serve him with one consent". It was in the early part of this Century that the Hebrew language was revived from the dead language. Today, Hebrew is a living language to over 5 million Israelis.
THE FERTILITY OF ISRAEL
In Isaiah 27:6; 35:7 and Joel 2:23, the Lord prophesied through these prophets that the deserted, unproductive, barren land of Israel would once again become productive in the last days and that Israel would experience tremendous increases of rain. Ever since Israel has returned to the land, they have flourished in the land and now supply over 90 percent of the citrus fruit consumed in Europe. Rainfall has increased by more than "10 percent every decade for the last century and Israel has planted in excess of two hundred (200) million trees and transformed the complete environment of the Promised Land." According to the United Nations, Israel is now "the most agriculturally efficient land on earth."
THE UNWALLED CITY
Ezekiel 38:11 speaks of the future invasion of Gog and Magog (Russia) saying "And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of un-walled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls and having neither bars nor gates". Grant explains that "even army bases and Israel's settlements in the West Bank and Gaza have no walls today.........How could Ezekiel have known twenty-five centuries ago that the development of modern weapons such as bombs, airplanes and missiles, would have made walls and gates irrelevant for defensive purposes in the last days. In the ancient past even small villages as well as cities depended on walls for defense against invading armies."
PLANS FOR REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE
Revelations 11:1, 2 foretells of Israel rebuilding the Temple in the last days. There is much controversy between the Israelis and the Muslim's because the Dome of the Rock (Al-Aqsa Mosque) it is believed, sits on the very spot where the Temple is suppose to be built. In recent years, however, aerial Infra-red photography shows that this may not be the case. Ezekiel 44:14-18, tell about the sacred vessels and linen robes that must be used in the Temple. "The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has already prepared over 75 of the objects, vessels, and linen garments required for future Temple service.......over 500 men from the tribe of Levi have already been trained to fulfill the duties of Temple worship and sacrifice."
Just recently in the Washington Post on May 28, 1997, it was reported that a 10 month old heifer named "Melody" is the first red heifer to be born in Israel in over 2,000 years. "In ancient times, the ashes of a red heifer were mixed with spring water to purify high priests before they entered the Temple."
THE REBUILDING OF BABYLON
We know that the old city of Babylon (now called Iraq) will be built again in the end times because Isaiah 13:6, 19 foretells of its destruction. In Isaiah 34:8-10 it is prophesied that the rebuilt City of Babylon will burn for ever.
"As unlikely as it seems, the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein has spent over one billion dollars rebuilding the ancient city of Babylon and intends that it will become the center of their future renewed Babylonian Empire. Interestingly, the whole city of Babylon was built over an underground lake of asphalt and oil."
THE ANOINTING OIL
The prophet Daniel prophesied in Dan. 9:24 that the when Jesus returns, that the most Holy of Holies will be anointed with the anointing oil. "One of the five ingredients, afars' mon, was thought lost forever, when the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and the only two groves of afars'mon trees in existence were burned
to the ground. Incredibly, several years ago, archeologists in Israel found a clay flask buried near the Dead Sea caves filled with the ancient oil of anointing. Scientists confirmed that the oil is two thousand years old and is composed of the precise ingredients described in Exodus 30:25,26."
Matthew 24:7 prophesied that in the last days "For nation shall rise against nation and Kingdom against Kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in divers (various) places." Grand Jeffrey writes regarding these matters:
· Pestilence - In 1991, the Central Intelligence Agency produced a report which "concluded that up to 75% of the population of Africa living in the area south of the Sahara Desert may become infected with AIDS over the next 12 years. This will mean the death by AIDS of over three hundred million people in Africa alone. In July 1991, the South African Medical Journal reported that a staggering 47% of black male and female blood donors tested positive for AIDS during 1989."
In Nov. 1996, the Associated Press reported that "Sexually transmitted diseases are diagnosed 12 million times a year in the United States - including a staggering 3 million cases among teen-agers".
· Famine - The United Nations today "claim that over thirty million in Africa are now at risk of dying from the most devastating famine in this century. The UN estimates that one billion people are in danger of starvation while another billion lack proper nutrition. North American food reserves (grain and corn) are at the lowest level in sixty years."
· Major killer earthquakes – “Major Killer earthquakes (7.2 or greater on the Richter scale) occurred only once per decade throughout history until our century. However, since A. D. 1900, the growth in major earthquakes has been relentless. From 1900 to 1949 it averaged three major quakes per decade. From 1949 the increase became awesome with 9 killer quakes in the 1950's; 13 in the 1960's; 56 in the 1970's and an amazing 74 major quakes in the 1980's. Finally, in the 1990's, at the present rate, we will experience 125 major killer quakes in this decade."
WORLD WIDE COMMUNICATION
In Revelation 11:9,10, it is prophesied that during the tribulation period, the antichrist will have the two witnesses that God sent killed and their bodies will lay in the street for three and a half days while the whole world watches.
Did not the whole world watch Desert Storm on CNN television? With all the technological advances in telecommunications, including the recent opening of the World Wide Net to our computer industry, any event happening in any part of the world can now be viewed while it is happening. The prophesy of the two witnesses could literally be fulfilled today. This could not have happened just 10 or 15 years ago.
INCREASED KNOWLEDGE AND TRAVEL
Daniel 12:4 prophesies how much knowledge and travel will increase in the end time. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the Book, even to the time of the end: Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased."
Today, it is estimated that "Human knowledge is growing so quickly that it literally doubles every twenty-four months." With the discovery through the use of modern "Super" computers by Grant Jeffrey and other researchers of the hidden codes that God supernaturally designed into the original Hebrew text of the Torah describing not only the history of the world in advance, but also verifying his Authority through His personal signature throughout his scripture, we realize that God chose this generation to reveal this unique aspect about himself.
It is also amazing that in this century, we have gone from horses to cars, from cars to supersonic spacecraft; not only can we now travel the world in a matter of hours, but in the case of the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery, we can now travel at speeds in excess of eighteen thousand miles per hour.
REVIVAL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Daniel 2:40-44 predicts that the old Roman Empire will be revived in the end times into a ten Nation alliance. We currently see the foundation being laid today through the European Economic Community. "In 1957, six (6) Countries signed the Treaty of Rome laying the foundation for the future United States of Europe.............Since then the Maastricht Treaty consolidated the fifteen (15) Nations of the European Union into the worlds first superstate." All it will take is the re-shuffling and/or the consolidation of Nations to bring this prophesy to a literal fulfillment.
ODDS THAT THESE PROPHECIES WERE FULFILLED BY CHANCE IN THIS GENERATION
"In the Bible there are several types of generations. One generation is defined as the length of life of the average person - seventy or eighty years. However, a generation of governing is usually defined as forty years,...........During the last two thousand years since the days of Christ, there were fifty such forty-year generations. Therefore, the odds are one chance in fifty that any one of these specific prophecies happened by chance in our generation rather than some other generation."
"The odds that more than one event happening in our life time are:
"Another way of looking at this is that the chance that the prophets of the Bible correctly guessed these prophecies is also one in 97,500 trillion............in other words, it is simply impossible that men alone could
have written the Bible without the supernatural assistance and inspiration of God."
Matthew 24:32-35 - "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
Luke 21:28 - "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
ANTI-CHRIST TO BE REVEALED
As of today, no one knows who the Anti-Christ is, but we do know what God has told us about him:
Many people try to spiritualize or say the events prophesied in the Bible are just symbolic. Any doubt about how God handles these prophetic events should have been erased on May 14,1948. God is literally fulfilling scriptural prophesy before our very eyes. Can we expect anything less for those few remaining prophesies for which He has promised the world; 1) the removal of the one who restrains the man of lawlessness/Sin (the rapture of the Church), 2) His second coming to take possession of His inheritance, 3) The millennial kingdom and 4) the new heaven and new earth.
Ezekiel 33:6 - "But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."