Archive for October, 2010

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THINGS TO KEEP ONE AWAKE AT NIGHT

October 30, 2010

Good afternoon. It’s a short notice, however, I wanted to make known two broadcasts which will be of interest. Both will take place on the evening of Oct 30 and last into the early hours of oct 31. The first begins at 11:00pm est (although the actual site has it listed for 8:00pm. Check both times to be sure) and the second begins at 1:00am est. Here are the links and relative information:

STEVE QUAYLE (Omega Man Radio)  For three hours, Steve will be discussing “the gates of hell and how the saints will prevail.” Steve has concluded that the time of endless warning and debating is past and that it’s time to prepare the remnant for the days ahead. Anyone who understands the current place on the prophetic timeline will agree. We are to still be about the Fathers business (with an even greater urgency) but should understand that, from here on out, the climate will grow continually darker. This is according to the words of Jesus when he stated that the days prior to his return would be more horific than those of any other season. We are heading into that time and must prepare accordingly.

PETER LAVENDA will be featured on COAST to COAST AM and will be discussing “American Political Witchcraft” and occult activity in the highest seats of power. In all honesty, I’ve never heard of Peter Lavenda and while he seeks to expose these goings on, his web site seems to suggest a more generic approach. Nonetheless, it should be a source of information which one can take to the Lord in prayer. One more link that needs to be made known as we are in unimaginably strange times.

SHATTER THE DARKNESS This is the site of Russ Dizdar. It discusses the times in which we live, the deceptions that are being orchestrated before us, and the battle that every saint is currently engaged in (whether they understand it or not) The site features a plethura of information, links to other relative sites, and live broadcasts on topics that few dare to engage in. Such discussion should cause us all to draw closer to Jesus and walk in the Spirit continually. Many become fearful when such topics are brought to the forefront (what will such a one do when the thing has come to the full?) but they should cause us to look up and set our affections on the age to come. To abandon everything that’s irrelevant and engage in works that will follow us into eternity.

One more thing before closing. When this post is published, it will bring the total number of posts on this site to 450. It begs the question, “what else can be addressed that hasn’t been covered in previous postings?” It does seem as though the same topics are touched on and that in very generalized terms. I plan to contiune, however, as it’s a place to write down whatever is on my heart at a given moment. It’s also a point of contact with others of like faith who understand the times and offer up insights that are not found in other venues. When we walk in the light, we have fellowship with the lord Jesus, fellowship with each other, and are granted a foretaste of what the everlasting will be like for all who are washed in the blood of the Lamb.

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Blessings always in Jesus name.

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LIVING AND A PRAYER

October 25, 2010

The last few days have been awash with drama on a number of fronts; both physically and in the spiritual realm.  In the physical realm, there’s much uncertainty as to our future circumstances in the physical realm; although for God it’s no mystery at all. Beyond this immediate household, we’re watching as people in our ambience make very destructive decisions; thereby securing heartache in the years ahead; both for themselves and for those in their wake. Others are so distracted and obsessed with the goings on of this world that eternal issues rarely enter into their mind. Sadly, this includes people in their sunset years who, despite knowing that their remaining time is short, continue to be unconcerned about their eternal faring. The chains are secure; the blindness is complete and, unless the Holy Spirit brings true conviction, there is no remedy. The tragedy playing out before us is unfathomable.

Before going farther, I must relay a testimony that Steve Quayle shared, late Friday night on Omega Man radio.  It transpired in the 1970s as he was on a plane headed for Tahiti. Upon taking inventory of the cabin and its occupants, he noticed that Marlin Brando was on board. He was preparing to go over and share Jesus with Mr. Brando, when the Lord suffered him to not go forward. Upon inquiry as to why, the Lord revealed that “he has had multiple opportunities to believe. There’s nothing in him that can respond to the words of life.” It was remeniscent of something that transpired in Elkhart on the morning of October 21. I approached an elderly man along Main street and, before I could get two words out, he gave a forceful “NO!” He didn’t even offer up so much as a feeble “oh I’m good.” It was a flat out “I want nothing to do with that!”

In considering this over the past two days, the words from Genesis 6:3, “my spirit shall not always strive with man,” have been coming to mind. After years of rejection, a person can become so hardened that the Spirit will no longer strive with them.

When we take note of these conditions, we are brought into direct contact with the spiritual battle that’s playing out beyond our line of sight. An added sense of urgency is made  manifest as we “know beyond a doubt” that this age is nearing its conclusion. We see it in scripture and we have the inner witness that time is running out.  A hardness is setting in, and a universal lie is being rolled out that will ensnare multitudes; even to the point of orchestrating a great falling away from the faith of Jesus. Yet most of our contemporaries (even many who profess faith in Jesus) are oblivious to it. Despite the undeniable truth that “there is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit;” most go about their day fully expecting to be on the scene for the next sunrise. When considering the number of folks whom I know who fall into the camp of the unaware and/or unconcerned, it’s heartbreaking. The words of Jesus are playing out before us:

Luke 17:26-27 “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”

“There is a point of no return.” When a person leaves this physical world, their final answer forges their situation in the hereafter. I’ve heard testimonies concerning visions; both of the gateway to heaven and the dropoff into hell. While souls trickle past the gateway into heaven, souls are pouring into hell like a like a flood. One cannot verify that another did, or did not, have such a vision, however, the scriptural accuracy of the report warrants a retelling. The enemy doesn’t get sidetracked from his objective the way that we do. He continually seeks to devour the eternal ones while sidetracking the saints with an array of irrelevant issues. Incidentally, one of the tracts that I use is entitled “I Have Seen Hell.” It relays the testimony of one who had such a vision.

I Peter 4:7 ” But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”  

 This brings us to the title of this posting. When one attempts to grasp the whole of what’s taking place before our eyes, it’s overwhelming.  The prophetic events unfolding before us, the unfathomable loss taking place as multitudes slip into eternity, every minute of every day, without Jesus, and the profound bondage of darkness that grips the lives of so many in the valley of decisions. We begin to realize how inadequate we are in our own strength or wisdom to properly respond to the need. We see our own shortcomings and realize the need to be “in close to Jesus in every moment of every day. Praying without ceasing; always abiding in a place spiritually where we are hearing the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit. Staying in his word as to discern between truth and error; understanding that, if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived. Being instant in season and ready at the drop of a hat to share the gospel with anyone who asks of the hope that is in us.

There is so much coming at us these days from every facet of the ambience. The enemy is in a full court press; seeking to counter the will of God. If we are walking in truth and bearing fruit, he has us in his crosshairs; seeking to sidetrack, and if possible, shipwreck us. He’ll seek to keep us tied up with a myriad of “obligations” in this world and thereby wear us out. He’ll attempt to get us drawn into endless debatings over issues that have no relevance while our neighbors are teetering on the edge of the abyss. For our sake, and the sake of those around us who know not the Lord Jesus, we must keep our hearts with all diligence. The primary ,motive behind this post is a prayer that all who stop by will be encouraged to fervently seek the Lod Jesus. Setting aside the words of contemporaries and taking everything to God in prayer. We have the promise outlined in Jeremiah 33:3 and James 1:5; that if we call on the Lord desiring understanding; not for selfish gain, but out of a pure heart, he will answer.

Well it’s about time to be going for now. Please keep this household in prayer as much is in transition. The Lord is working on the hearts of my son Ryan and my niece Jamie; two souls whom the enemy would love to devour. And also for wisdom on planting seeds of truth faithfully and always being in a place to share the words of life. That may sound like a strange request, but, there are times when I just don’t want to engage in dialogue. Be it from distraction, fatigue, much business, or what have you, I sometimes just don’t want to talk to anyone. It’s an area of my life in which a victory is needed. Because it could well be that, during one of those moments, when I’m in a state of weakness, that someone could call the cell phone number on the back of the tracts that are routinely distributed, and ask to know more about Jesus. Being always ready is a must and the best way to be always ready is to be always in prayer.

FAITH and DOUBT QUOTES  (Tentmaker) This is a link where one can read some incredible statements on faith.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.

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INVENTORY OF THE HEART

October 17, 2010
It’s necessary to begin this post with the following links: 
DISTRACTED WITH STUFF This post is an honest discussion that seeks to distinguish between that which is truly relevant and that which serves only to occupy moments. It demands a visiting of priorities as we consider how much of our time and energy is devoted to issues of little or no eternal significance. The next post will challenge everyone who professes Jesus as Savior.
IT WILL COST YOU EVERYTHING How often do we actually “consider the cost” of being a disciple of Jesus. Of serving him completely and not entangling ourselves with the cares of this temporal world? Too often we desire to serve God, but on our terms. We set up a perimeter of desired circumstances and pray “Lord bless this.” We go through all the motions and use all of the proper phraseology, however, our lives oftentimes reflect an agenda that’s rooted in this present realm. TIME IS RUNNING OUT! We must get in close to Jesus now and forsake everything that’s contrary.  If he says “go here” we must go; doubting nothing. If he says “stand in this place” we must trust that he sees the end from the beginning.
Luke 21:18 “But there shall not an hair of your head perish”
I don’t quite know how to describe the past few days in this venue. Life-changing events lie in our immediate future and much uncertainty is in the forecast. (at least in the short term) While the bulk of our present situation can be traced to past goings on, there’s a bigger picture in play. One that carries with it a call to abandon the safety net and follow Jesus without apprehension. As a result of this upheaval, I’m finding my attachment to this world diminishing, while the desire to serve and to be with the Lord intensifies. The ensuing peace and liberty is incredible and has fostered deeper cogitation in relation to events unfolding. The time will come when our faith in Christ will cost us everything in this world. If we have, from our heart, relinquished these things beforehand, the manifesting of such will be nothing more than a formality. In the midst of the present turmoil, my hearts prayer has not been that the Lord would remedy the situation in a way that that pleases the flesh, but rather that the Lords will be done and souls come to Jesus.
Psalm 42:2 “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”
Psalm 42 has been a place of much pondering coupled with examination. The question posed in verse two reflects a heart that has counted the cost and properly identified all of the worlds treasures as wood hay and stubble. As we consider the temporality of all that is here, the enduring nature of the hereafter, and the indescribable greatness of a holy God who inhabits eternity, does our heart cry out “when shall I appear before thee?” Or does our heart embrace elements of a world which is in complete opposition to the God whom we profess to love wholeheartedly? With the world growing darker by the hour it’s imperative that we seek the answer to this question and remedy any drifting that has set in. The warning from the book of Hebrews is direct: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”
Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called to day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
While verse 12 outlines the danger of being lured away, verse 13 encourages us to seek the company of likeminded saints.  Last week I was blessed to talk with two saints from vastly different venues whose hearts are completely in heavenly places. It was very encouraging to discuss the deep things of God and to ponder the moment when we are no longer scattered across the four corners of the earth, but are in the presence of Jesus. There is a sweetness in the fellowship with those whose hearts have left this world. It further enhances the desire to forsake all vanity and be about the Fathers business. To dwell in that place of being “a straight betwixt two” which Paul wrote about. His desire was to be with Jesus and he knew that the moment of entering his presence forever would soon arrive. His only reason for desiring a continuation of days here, was to address the needs of a young church that was facing incredible opposition. A church that, after his departing, would see wolves entering in and not sparing the flock. Pauls entire thrust was toward that which is eternal, as should ours be.
Well I’ve rambled long enough. Please check out the two sites at the beginning of this post as they address this topic more effectively. On Wednesday, October 20, Stan Deyo will be on Coast to Coast AM discussing earth changes and new sciences from a prophetic standpoint. Here’s a link to his  website which is entitled MILLENIUM ARK which offers up a vast array of information. The following site, I discovered last week while sifting through Steve Quayle You Tube presentations:
SHATTER THE DARKNESS Of course prayerful discernment and searching of the scriptures is a must with anything that we see or hear. This is the web site of Russ Dizdar. It covers the operating of spiritual wickedness in high places and related topics from a scriptural perspective. These are topics that many will shy away from, but for me they have a different effect. After listening to Steve Quayle and/or Russ, there’s an enhanced soberness and desire to just find a quiet place and be with the Lord Jesus. To not get rattled by things soon to come to the surface (getting rattled plays right into the hand of the destroyer) but to be in the place of Gods protection and anointing. To maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ in the face of seemingly universal deception. One final link:
PEERING INTO THE DARKNESS  This is Sue Bradleys site which follows current events and their significance  in relation to the time of the end. One of the astonishing things is just how dark oursociety is becomming. last week CR was discussing the recent sales position that he held for a few weeks. He observed that dishonesty is rampant; in every aspect of every venue. The whole head is sick and its days are numbered.  There’s a lot of information on this, and the other sites mentioned. Nonetheless, the most important thing at the moment is to be close to the Lord in prayer.
Until next time, blessings always in Jesus name. 
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We’ve been…..Watching you…..Mr. Anderson

October 11, 2010
Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
When one considers the progression of technology; not only the life changing aspects of each new enhancement, but also the  rate at which these enhancements are introduced, a single concern stands out as being the most ominous.  “There is, or soon will be, no place to hide. There will come a time when no financial transaction will be anonymous and no geographical position will be “off the radar screen.” Increasingly, interaction with the internet is a requirement for filling out resumes, school work paying bills, staying in contact with others (seriously; who mails a letter these days?) and what have you. And as social networking continues to grow at an astonishing rate (the last I knew, Facebook had more than 500 million subscribers) private information will be “at the ready” for those bringing with them a sinister agenda. With little effort, the agents of this new order will be (are) able to identify and locate resistors. Most of the incriminating evidence will have been offered up freely by those who are just “fascinated with this technology.”
We know that cell phones can be located with a few feet and lately the news has been awash with stories about criminal trials in which e-mails and text messages play a pivotal role. Everything that we have ever placed out here is accesible to those holding the proper clearances and many of us have made a myriad of anti-antichrist statements on our respective sites. A humorous exchange transpired Sunday evening as Matthew, Ryan, and I went out for a walk. Following our departure from the house, Mrs timbob, Morgan, and Megan left in the van to take care of some business in Three Rivers. During our walk, I received a call from Mrs timbob asking if everything was ok. She had seen several police cars on U.S. 131 heading toward Constantine with their sirens blaring. I jokingly replied “maybe they found my blog.” And yet while I was being light about the situation (Mrs timbob didn’t find my comment amusing) the truth is that senarios of this nature could well await us in the days ahead.
Perhaps it would be prudent to depart this venue, however, such caution may well result in someone somewhere not receiving a much needed admonishment. A situation that was told of in Brother Andrews book “Secret Believers” has remained with me ever since I read it a few years ago. It was a statement made by brother Andrew to a saint in a muslim country who was hesitant to let others know about his faith in Jesus. Brother Andrew gently explained how the seriousness of salvation requires that we sometimes “place ourselves in harms way” in order to reach the lost. (That saint was in a position of authority and later on, he aided the escape of several saints who had been targeted by that nations Islamic government) I remember the testimonies of house churches springing up behind the iron curtain during the cold war era. Despite the government placing secret agents throughout society, and despite the treatment of any new converts (Christianity was treated as a mental illness) the churches continued to grow. Each time these saints shared the gosepl with another, they did so knowing that the person could be an informant.
I just did a search for Sergei Kourdekov, with the intent of linking to information, but the engine came up with no results. (I may be spelling it wrong) Several years ago, I read his testimony. He had been a Soviet naval officer who, during his schooling at the naval academy in Petropavlovsk, was also involved in rounding up newly discovered saints. He stated that, in the beginning, they found a few here and there. As time went on, however, the numbers of those being rounded up kept increasing. The authorites were bewildered and wondered how this could be possible. Years later, Sergei defected to the west; jumping off a Soviet ship and miraculously making it to Canadas Pacific coast. Later on, he believed on the Lord Jesus and began to share his story. Shortly before his death, he had stated to others that, when he was found, it would look like either an accident or a suicide.
It seems alien to most of us; that we could one day be rounded up in the middle of the night. Yet we know the times in which we live as we witness the gradual implementation of a global governing framework. The principles outlined in the opening passage weren’t exclusive to the saints in Smyrna. We place in this venue, the contents of our heart. The “whole” of who views it is a mystery, however, we can be assured that occasionally an opposer of truth will stumble upon our electronic trail. We know that key words are flagged and their sources identified. And once again, the familiar passage of Revelation 12:11 comes to mind. There really is no place to hide. We could unplug from the internet. We could rearrange our lives so that we buy everything with cash and completely minimize our interaction with the electronic beast. We could move to the mountains and live off the land (how many of us could actually live off the land if we had to? Were aleardy “tied in” to a degree) But those options are quickly dissipating. At some point, Revelation 13:16-17 will come to fruition. At some point we will have to save our lives; not by running to a bomb shelter or hiding in the desert, but “by the blood of the lamb, by the word of our testimony, and by loving not our lives unto the death.”   
Last week on a Coast to Coast broadcast, George Noory talked with a guy who follows the latest advances in electronics along with the subsequent trends that they foster. he discussed everthing from the new X-Box system coming out to the latest advances in cell phone technology. Near the conclusion of the interview, George inquired “what will our lives be like five years from now?” The guy spoke words to the effect that practically every aspect of our lives will be routed through the internet. His outlook suggested that, apart from the web, it will be impossible to function in society or even sustain ones self.  This brave new world was spoken of with an excitement that could not be contained. Such is how many, if not most view all of the latest editions of better living through science. We love the convenience, but rarely consider how such a thing could be utilized to control the masses.
And we know that a time is coming when all who wish to continue functioning in this present world will have to receive a mark. Anyone who refuses will be instantly exposed as being in opposition to the beast system and beheaded. Most of us cannot even fathom such a manifestation; let alone consider that we may one day have to lose our heads in order to possess our souls. I know that, as of late, this topic has become dominant on this blog; seemingly to the point of vain repetition. And yet, this is what has been impressed upon me to write about. It’s why every planned series of posts about a specific topic fails to be completed. Each post has to involve what has been placed on my heart at a given moment. And over the past few weeks; striving to relay the seriousness of what we are soon to face in its completed form has been weighing heavily. My sincere prayer is that all who stop by will seek to be in close to the Lord Jesus, and not become astonished when the beast is permitted to make war with the saints and prevail against them.  
Matthew 10:26-31 “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid that shall not be known.
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
And fear not them which kill the body; but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall to the ground without your father.
But the very hairs of your head are numbered.
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
To let go of this present world, from our heart, and have our affections set on things above, is imperative. This world is soon to pass away and regardless of what form of trials we must face, they are for a very brief season. A season that, when compared to the fabric of the everlasting, is as nothing. May we all be of sober mind and watching as we fulfil our testimony in this world.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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ACTS and the PAROUSIA

October 8, 2010
Wednesday evening, while machining gears at work, a conversation from the past came to mind. It transpired in the fall of 1983, a few weeks after the hour in which I believed on the Lord Jesus. While I don’t remember the names of the people having the conversation, it focused on Ezekiel chapter 38. It was a routine assigning of current goings on to prophecy and I remember a continual mentioning of then Soviet chief of state Yuri Andropov in connection with Gog and Magog. (I now seriously consider the possibility that Ezekiel 38 describes the little season following the millenium as it lines up perfectly with Revelation 20:7-9) From our twenty first century vantage point, it’s clear that much of what was theorized that night, insofar as timings and players didn’t come to pass. It did, however, begin to foster in me an interest in prophecy which continues to the present.
 In the arena of prophetic consideration, it’s imperative to discern between that which is clearly outlined in scripture and speculation. To embrace truth, discard error and to filter everything heard or seen through a prayerful searching of the scriptures. To look beyond the myriad of senarios and seek true understanding from on high. (Jeremiah 33:3 and James 1:5.) A side cogitation that’s been going on lately is how many of us (Christian and non- Christian) will unwittingly devote much time and energy to defending our world view instead of sincerely inquiring as to whether or not it’s accurate. We’ve all done this to one degree or another. We live in a deception-rich environment wherein the whole world is being prepared to follow a falsehood. Many who were once strong in the faith will fall away and as such we must remain continuously atuned and watching.
Although we normally don’t view it as a prophetic book, The Acts of the Apostles offers insight on three critical areas concerning the time of the end and the return of Jesus.  Two of them are obvious. The third is more obscure, but critical as it entails a pitfall that may not appear as such. As such. The first passage to visit is:The
Acts 1:9-11 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
One of the primary elements of the return of Jesus is that it won’t be a secret event. It will be visible and in like manner as he was taken up. This was a point of emphasis when Jesus was telling about his return. He warned us to beware of imposters and of thinking that he’s in a secret place. He also warned us of supernatural fireworks that have but one purpose; to draw folks away from the truth. He described the moment of his return like this:
Matthew 24:27″ “For as the lightening cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Prior to Jesus return, there will appear false Christs; yielding signs and wonders and there will be rumors that Christ is in a safe location. Under normal conditions it may seem strange that anyone would believe rumors of Jesus being conceiled in a secret place. But in times of upheaval; such as we know will precede his return, folks will be much more susceptible to believe such a thing. Especially if, instead of staying close to Jesus, they had been heaping to themselves teachers who didn’t prepare them for trying times. One thing that has been driven home while reading Steve Wohlbergs book, “End time Delusions” is that we cannot follow a person; even if we agree with portions of what they are teaching . He brings up some really good points and has fostered a studying out of a few issues. But there are also things in his book that I definately cannot agree with.
The second familiar insight found in the book of Acts actualy stems from the old testament, but is revisited by Peter on the day of pentecost after he is filled with the Holy Ghost:
Acts 2:16-17 “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and you young men shall see visions, and your old men shall see dreams.”
Two observations before proceding further. First, the day of pentecost could be considered the beginning of the last days, or the “last time” as John writes in I John 4:18. It’s the age that spans between Jesus being received into heaven following his resurrection, and his glorious return wherein every eye shall behold him. Another observation is that, in making the connection between the day of pentecost and the day of the Lord, one understands that the gifts of the Spirit will remain for the duration of the “last time.”
Acts 2:18-20 “And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come.
Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
 It’s intresting that, in the above passage, Peter, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, moves from discussing the gift of prophecy right into the signs of the end and the day of the Lord. One thing that Steve Wohlberg does cover well is the flow of events through the church age. We tend to view things in a segmented matter; clonsidering the days of the early church, and then fast forwarding to the 1800s or thereabouts. Steve discusses how the history of the church from a last time perspective. He discusses how the spirit of antichrist campaigned for the hearts of the undiscerning right from the beginning, seized the reigns of control in the institutionalized church during the dark ages, and is fuctioning in the present day. Which brings us to the final passage from the book of Acts:
Acts 20:27 “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”
This verse highlights the need to present a completeand balanced gospel. If we leave things out, or over emphasize certain aspects, we end up presenting a lopsided gospel; kind of like the curved mirrors found at carnivals. They reflect an image, but it’s a distorted one.
Acts 20:28-30 “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous woulves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”
Folks with an alternate agenda, slipping into the church and leading folks away from Christ. So imperative it is to ensure that we are following Jesus foremost. I’ve seen folks who are so beholden to a denomination or a particular ministry that it seems to have become their first love. Their words and study will become aimed at defending the denomination or ministry as opposed to sincere searching of the scriptures. We learn from Revelation 2:4 that a similar transplanting of our first love took place in the church at Ephesus; although there’s no evidence that they were embracing heresies. Interestingly, the above passage was addressed to the Ephesian elders who had travelled to Miletus for what would be their final audience with the apostle Paul. This remionds us to not place the words of others in higher esteem than that which is written. We are going to be judged according to that which is written and we must give all diligence to ensure that we are grounded in truth.
Well this is in need of refining, but I’ll post it in a few minutes. The conclusion is something that we all know. We must stay close to Jesus and stay in his word. We don’t have a complete picture of what the end time senario will look like and pitfalls are everywhere. Settling it in our hearts to maintain the testimony of Jesus “regaqrdless of the consequences in this life,” is imperative. If we’re holding out in a certain area; we can be assured that the enemy will attempt to use it to his advantage.
Mark 13:37 “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
 Blessings always in Jesus name.
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ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE OCEAN

October 2, 2010
Psalm 39:12 “Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”
II Corinthians 5:8-9 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Wherefore we labour, that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”
“For I am a stranger with thee” These words sum up the mindset of those who have tasted the indescribable goodness of the Lord and have seen by faith the everlasting age to come. They stand upon the shore of this present realm; and yet their heart is not a part of this world. Somewhere in their past, they had an encounter with the Creator of all that is. They believed on a Savior who paid for their sins with his own blood, and has gone to prepare a place for them.  No longer are they just living day to day; seeking cheap thrills and hollow acquisitions to pass the time away. These have cast aside the former entrapments and have embarked on “the journey” that leads to immortality. Their thoughts continally gravitate toward the heavens. On the far side of the ocean, that stretches between here and there, abides a continuing city not made with hands. In that eternal domain, they shall abide forever in the presence of the Lord. And even though the eye has yet to behold this wonder, their heart has already landed on that distant shore and taken up residence.
With a song in their heart that none can steal away, they travel through this fallen realm which can no longer lay claim to them. They work, they play, they render unto Caesar a portion of the vanity. They occupy a space for a moment of time, but they harbor no attachment to its hardware. They dutifully and joyfully fulfil the role of “ambassador” but long for the moment when their testimony is fulfilled. They ponder the moment when they shall join the great cloud of witnesses who have preceeded them, and take up their position in presence of the Lord Jesus. Their love for the Savior who redeemed them is overflowing. They long for their contemporaries to know the Lord as they have come to know him. They search for words which will enable them to relay this to the beautiful captives, however, no phrases seem up to the task. “Oh come and taste the goodness of the Lord” they cry. “Look to Jesus and he will give thee life everlasting. Come with me to a land where sorrow and despair are but a distant memory and we shall shine as the firmament forever.”
“Come see a Savior who is before all things and by whom all things consist. Who came into a world that was engulfed in darkness and sorrows. He healed the sick and restored the despairing. He showed us the Father, who is not willing that any should perish. He was tempted in all points as are we, but was yet without sin. When the time was at hand, he was brutally entreated; more so than any man had ever been. He could have called twelve legions of angels and been delivered. He could have destroyed the mockers who were shouting “come down from the cross and we’ll believe you.” But he was faithful unto the end. He took upon himself every infraction that ever had been, or ever would be, committed by sinful men. With his own blood, he blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us. And then he said three of the most powerful words ever to be uttered. “It is finished!”. He entered the depths of the earth; he stripped the accuser of all authority. Three days later he rose from the dead. Corruption could not take hold of him and he is alive forever more.”
They pause for a moment to reflect on this incredible deliverance. To consider that he who formed the worlds, took upon himself the form of a servant, and was bruised beyond recognition for our iniquities.  They remember the moment when they first believed on the Lord Jesus. When the angels shouted for joy as their name was inscibed into the book of life. They reflect on the seasons which have since transpired; each having a distinct mixture of mountaintop rendezvous with the Lord, and growing pains which are shared by all who strive to become more like Jesus. They ponder the lessons learned, the souls encountered, and the significance of each firey trial. And then their thoughts turn toward the conclusion of their faith; that being the salvation of their souls. When they either become absent from the body due to physical demise,  or they put on incorruption at the moment of the Lords appearing; when the elect are gathered from the four corners of the earth. Either way, to depart the “here”  is to be forever in the presence of the Lord Jesus. And then, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
………Of all the things that one can write about; sometimes it’s a joy to simply let our thoughts venture into heavenly places, and afterwards, file a report. Tonight my heart is definately there and not here. Over the past 2 days, I’ve been reading a book that discusses end time prophecy and some of the misconceptions that are floating about. I wasn’t looking for such a book, but this particular one caught my eye. After briefly examining the content to ensure that the author was heading in the right direction, I purchased the book. It has proven to the the most cogitation-generating publication that I have encountered in years. This is not to say that I agree with everything, but the author brings out some points that cry out for a prayerful studying of the scriptures. In the days (or weeks) ahead, I’ll comment more on some of the issues covered. (I’m still reading it and I must make a second pass through before even attempting to comment) One thing is for certain; the return of Jesus is near and it won’t be a silent vanishing of the faithful while life as we’ve known it continues on. When Jesus appears, every eye shall behold him and everyone will know who it is that their eyes are beholding.
This single thing has been deeply impressed upon me over the past 48 hours; the return of Jesus will catch multitudes off guard; even many who considered themselves to be “watching,” and the door will be shut. Those who know him will put on incorruption. Those who know him not will cry unto the rocks “fall on us.” Tonight as I sit here rambling, my God is more awesome than ever. And while I know that we are sailing headlong into the darkest of hours, Jesus has promised to be with us always; even unto the end of the world.
Blessings always in Jesus name.