Nearing the end

Matthew 24:4-8And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

*”Many shall come in my name saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” Here is a link to the list of people who have claimed to be Jesus incarnate:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_who_have_claimed_to_be_Jesus

They have deceived MANY!

*”And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars:” Just in the last few hundred years we’ve been in America, we’ve had the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI and WWII, Vietnam, Cold War, we had Desert Storm a few years back, and now we’re in the War with Iraq. These are the major ones I could remember. This link will take you to the Wikipedia site that gives a list of wars the America has been involved in.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_the_United_States

This is ONLY ones America has taken part in, how many people have been killed because of hatred? Just because someone with a little money and a little power decided they didn’t like a certain characteristic, or religious views. The war in Iraq was started when terrorists flew their planes into the Twin Towers and Pentagon. There have been countless fights in Africa between tribes and peoples. We’ve got the Sunni’s against the Shiites, we even have the wars in our own cities against rival gangs. Mexico and the southern states of America are having a war with the drug lords and illegal immigrants. We are constantly hearing of rumors of wars.

*”see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

*”and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” We are always seeing the famines and pestilences on TV. The little African children with the distended stomachs, with flies buzzing around them. They have been riddled with famine and disease for years. We have children in the USA who’s only meal is the one they get a school. We’re a society stricken with cancer. I heard a man say that you don’t have a headache because of an aspirin deficiency, it’s a warning signal, your body is letting you know something isn’t right. It may just be stress, but every time you pop a little white pill in your mouth, you are ignoring that signal and it will eventually lead to something bigger if you don’t fix it. If your oil light comes on in your car do you check your oil or do you unplug the light? You check it! If you don’t you’re going to end up with a blown engine. Check your stress level. Pray-that’s the best stress reliever out there! Decide you are going to live on less, don’t work for something you don’t need! Quit charging $1500 TV sets, get rid of it and go outside and play ball with your kids. You don’t need a brand new $400+ a month payment vehicle. Find one that holds your family and spend less on a used one. You may be surprised at how much your monthly payments and stress levels drop when you cut out the stuff you don’t really need!

*Earthquakes-I’m in Missouri, not too far from the New Madrid fault line. There are hundreds of earthquakes in that fault line every year, not very strong, but there, none the less. In the US the number of earthquakes continues to rise. In 2000, there were 2342 earthquakes recorded. In 2010 (between Jan. 1 and Dec. 14) there have been 7566 recorded earthquakes. In 2009 there were 4264 recorded. As America falls farther away from God, the more problems we face, the rod of correction is being administered.

*”All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

Matthew 24:9-14 “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

*”Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” These things are taking place all over the world. In China, people are killed if they are found with a Bible, or even just 1 page of a Bible. Christians are being persecuted in the US because of our beliefs, we are considered “intolerant” because we do not believe in homosexuality, divorce, out-of-wedlock childbirth, living together, and in sin in general. There are “hate crime” laws being passed. If you speak out against homosexuality, it’s considered a hate crime. Our preachers are going to be fined and imprisoned eventually for being “intolerant.” Many are offended, because of sin, and people are betraying one another left and right.

*”And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” TV Evangelists. Anyone who says they can heal you and then smacks your forehead and knocks you into the floor, well, I don’t remember Jesus or one of the disciples smacking someone to the ground. They would take their hand and help them up or speak the words and they were healed. It was always done with love and kindness, not “biff-ing” your forehead. (you mid-30’s folks know what biff is-right?) The disciples also never asked you to send $1000, that you didn’t have, to their ministry. If you are looking to donate $1000 let me know, I know a church that operates on >$600 a month and they are adding on to their church. They have a very poor congregation of people on fixed incomes that most churches won’t reach out to, because of their circumstances. I also am a little leery of the name-it-and-claim-it preachers. What’s with claiming a jet, or a Jag? What happened to claiming a double portion? I’ve yet to see one jet, house or car buried in the cemetery along with the person who’s passed. It may have happened in Egypt, in the Great Pyramids, but, guess what, all that stuff was still in the pyramid when they dug up the mummy. False prophets are deceiving many now.

*”And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” How many drug addicts are out there? How many women are giving up their children and their spouses for drugs? I’ve heard it said that “sin will take you farther than you want to go and take more than you want to lose.” People are after the dollar, they could care less about their families, they don’t spend enough time with them to even KNOW them anymore. The love of many has definitely waxed cold. It’s been prophesied, and is coming to pass.

*”But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Hold fast! Endure!

*”And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” The bible is being printed in hundreds of languages, we are sending missionaries to places they’ve never been allowed to go. Once we get the Bible into the hands of every nation, the end shall come.

I’m not trying to scare anyone, but, it’s nearing the end. This old world is going to fold up one day. Jesus is going to split the sky wide open. Are you ready? Is your family ready? Are your friends ready? Do you want to stand in front of God one day for judgement and have your spouse, child, mother, father, or best friend say “Why didn’t you tell me?” “Why didn’t you set an example for me?” and hear God tell them “Depart from me ye who work iniquity, I never knew you?”

If you are not ready-GET READY! Ask God to forgive you, get up and go to church, read your Bible, learn all you can about what God expects from you, DO IT, and tell others about how they need God in their lives in order to make Heaven their home one day. I want to see all my friends and family in Heaven one day. I’m striving to set an example in the way I live my life. I’m going to warn you, there will be times that I fail in my walk, I’m human, but what I will strive to do is ask God to forgive me, dust myself off, and learn from my mistakes. I’m also sending out this blog to warn you. Get Ready!

It has occurred to me that you may not know how to be saved.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” You’ve sinned, I’ve sinned, ALL have sinned.

Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death;” If you’re sinning and not repentant, you will die, and go to hell.

Romans 6:23b “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” God’s FREE gift is eternal life, you don’t have to pay for it, you just have to ask for it!

Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus died for us BEFORE we were even born! He knew we’d need a Saviour! God sent his son Jesus, 2000+ years ago for us.

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” YOU have to ask God to forgive you and ask Jesus to come into your life. I can’t do it for you, and no one else can either. YOU have to do it.

Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” If you ask God to forgive your, confess that Jesus is your Lord and BELIEVE in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. But, you cannot leave it at that. You must change your life. You cannot confess Jesus but do things the Bible says not to do. You must get into a Bible-believing church and grow spiritually. You cannot be eternally secure and never attend church, and do your own thing. Being saved is not enough, it’s just the beginning! I’m going to tell you now, I have NEVER regretted becoming a Christian. I have had to learn and grow. It’s not been easy, but, it has been worth every minute. You have to work at being a Christian, it’s a life change. Remember, if it wasn’t for the valley, there would be no mountains, if you don’t face the clouds, you’ll never find the silver lining!

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