Back from my road trip and we are down to 2 days until the Feast of Trumpets. Remember that it is probable that nothing out of the ordinary will happen. Probability and likelihood both tell us that this years Feast of Trumpets days will be just like all the rest. We as believers though, should be able to rise above probability and likelihood and expect the Lord’s return each and every day.
There are references in The Scriptures to the Midnight Hour. Death, in the plague for the first-born, visited Egypt as promised at the midnight hour of Nisan 14, the night of Passover.
Those with faith, with the hyssop applied blood of the lambs on the doorposts and the lintels of their homes, were spared the plague and death. Nisan 14 had begun, Passover night deepened into greater darkness, and death passed over them. The trusting experienced Redemption at the Midnight Hour.
For Messiah/Christ, the final Nisan 14 of His life on earth, was all important. The thought life of our Master is studied in “The Hidden Life of Christ series” by Johnny Tatum at http://radicalgrace.com/HiddenLifeSeries.htm to learn fascinating things.
Of special interest are the articles about Gethsemane and the last 15 hours of Christ’s life. The Lamb of Lambs sought and found great comfort and meaning in the Psalms at the ending of His earthly life.
A favorite place, Gethsemane was where our Redeemer accepted assignment. The Sinless One began to experience the horrible crushing weight of the sins of others, and began to die. Death did not pass over Him at the midnight hour.
He came close to death, sweat blood, and an angel helped Him to continue. That second midnight hour was of greatest consequence for Him and billions of others. Our Deliverer began to be the dregs, the judgment outpoured, the full wrath of Adonai for sins.
But even in the deepening literal and spiritual darkness at the midnight hour, Freedom, Deliverance, Salvation and Victory were close to conclusion.
Will the rapture happen within the next 72 hours? Only God knows. But he did tell us in his word that we would know the time was at hand if we were watching the signs.
The signs have stacked up so deep in the past year that it would be scary if one did not personally know the Lord. In the past few months, those signs have started appearing at warp speed.
They include UFO talk, earthquakes, animal deaths, advancing microchip technology, famine, drought, economic collapse, increasing evil accepted by the world, and the current topsy-turvy condition of our world. Good has become bad and evil has become the new good.
Organizations claiming to be christian churches are preaching anti-christian messages. Some preach there is no hell. Some preach that there is more than one way to salvation. They say Jesus is not the only way and the only answer.
They’re all wrong. There is a hell. There is only ONE way to avoid it. There is only ONE way to salvation and that is through the blood of Jesus. NOT through works. NOT through some new age feel-good guru. Not through Oprah or any other celebrity.
The media doom forecast for this week includes:
- comet Elenin alignment
- volatile stock market
- potential crash of U.S. economy
- potential default of U.S. on debt if budget not finalized
- increasing odds of war in the Middle East
- Iran’s push to divide Jerusalem
Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday at sundown (Israel time), September 28. Many believers have considered this holiday as the time when the rapture will occur. Others believe the rapture will happen before Rosh Hashanah begins.
No matter what this week brings – be it catastrophe, rapture, or nothing unusual at all – God is in control.
A real relationship with God is all that can sustain us through daily life and beyond.
So what should believers be doing for the next 3 days? The same things they’re always doing. Praising the Lord, spreading the word and living their lives for the Lord. Talking to God about everything in their lives, reading their Bibles, and praying for those who have yet to know the Lord.
One day the rapture will happen. One day the tribulation will begin. The tribulation will be far beyond any science fiction movie. It will be life and death, with a martyr’s death awaiting those who choose to side with God.
The world is ready for the tribulation. The foundation has been laid for the antichrist to control food, water, and every aspect of life. The foundation is in place for constant surveillance of everyone, everywhere. The foundation is in place for the devil to do his best to become God and to make his feeble attempt to defeat God.
The world is taking sides and going to great lengths to prepare for the battle. Now is the time to decide who you will side with – God Almighty or evil. Now is the time to accept Christ as your Savior, to press in and read the Word and learn to know, really know, God.
Whatever happens in the hours, days, and weeks to come, don’t be caught without God.
The next three weeks in the Middle East -Â namely Israel, Cyprus and Turkey, may well provide far more excitement than any of us want. With the High Holy Days beginning on the 29th this always seems to cause Security to go into high gear in Israel, but this year even more soÂ than usual. The so-called “Palestinians” asking the Arab controlled General Assembly of the United Nations to recognize them as a State is certain to cause riots, if not war, to break out here in Israel. And if Obama betrays Israel and does not vetoÂ this in the Security Council the bloodbath couldÂ begin right away. Hamas and Hezbollah willÂ cut loose with all they have to back-up the PA in their determination toÂ destroy the State of Israel.
It has also become obvious that Turkey is playing a very dangerous game to gain the upper hand in the Arab and Muslim World. Now that Egypt is not the top dogÂ Turkey is forcing Israel into a confrontation at sea, with the real reason being to take control of the.natural gas and possibly theÂ oil which is presently controlled by Israel.
The Lord has impressed upon this writer for many years now the need for us to be continually watching. So when you read the posts here you see “be watching” over and over and over again. If you have ever asked “how do we watch?” This post is for you.
Matt 26:36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, âSit here while I go over there and pray.â 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
38 Then he said to them, âMy soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.â
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, âMy Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.â
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. âCould you men not keep watch with me for one hour?â he asked Peter.
41 âWatch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.â
Keep watch “with me” the Lord said and what was the Lord doing? He way praying…
… Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Continue and watch in prayer is what “watch in the same” means here ^^^
1 Peter 4:7
… But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. …
^^^ Here it is said directly “watch unto prayer”
Jesus was praying and he told the disciples “keep watch with me.” So how was Jesus “watching?” He was watching in and through prayer. Why prayer? The sight needed to do the watching Jesus commanded us to do is spiritual sight.
Spiritual things are seen with spiritual eyes and this is done through prayer as demonstrated by our Lord.
grace and peace
There’s plenty of stuff out there about the end of the world happening in 2012.Â Well, the world has to get through 2011 first and things are getting really interesting.
A few high points:
- If once calculates from the year Israel became a nation (1948) we are in the 63rd year.Â If this generation is the one that shall not pass before seeing the return of the Lord and the last seven years appointed to Israel, the tribulation could be starting one day this fall.
- The rapture happens before (seconds? days? ) before the tribulation begins, so Christ could appear in the clouds anytime.
- The birth pangs are greatly increasing – just today there were earthquakes in California, Virgina and New York.
- August 30th (29th of Tammuz) is a potential rapture date.
- Sept 9, 2011 is in the news for potential terror attacks.
- Sept 21, 2011, Last Day of Feast of Tabernacles, potential rapture date.
- Sept 26, Comet Elenin will come close. Some say the earth will be shaken and severely damaged when this occurs.
- Sept 28, 29th, 2011, Rosh Hashana, potential rapture date.
No matter what happens, God has believers covered. If you don’t know the Lord, you really should be making his acquaintance.
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While the news that Israel is under attack is nothing new, the attacks have increased in frequency and in damage. Here are just a few of the headlines regarding Israel:
Hezballah/and or Hamas Responsible For Mass Terror Attack On Israel civlians. 7 Soldiers Dead, 33 Civilians Injured…
Terrorists fire anti-tank missiles, heavy machine guns and mortarts at busses, while one strapped with a bomb blows himself up in the name of Allah…!!!!!
http://debka.com/article/21217/ ALERT MASS BOMBING BY ISRAEL IMMINENT!!!
Israel tenses for MASS Gaza strike after deadly Palestinian multiple terror attack!!!
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4110783,00.html ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALERT!!!!!!!!!!
Defense Minister Ehud Barak of Israel says “very harsh retaliation is coming.”
“There will be a price tag to this event,” he said. “Gaza will be severely hit. It is clear that the plan (for the attack) came from terror organizations in Gazaâ¦The IDF will soon prepare for a response.”
http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=234354 ISRAEL BEGINS RESPONDING TO MASS TERROR ATTACK!!!
ISRAEL DROPS AIRSTRIKES OVER GAZA KILLS 7 TERRORISTS IN RESPONSE TO MASS CIVILIANS TAGRETED BY GAZA MUSLIMS…STILL HUNTING FOR MORE THAT THEY SAY ARE HIDING…
MKs: Enough Missile Defense â End Hamas Completely Go Into Gaza Take Out Hamas!!!!
National Union MKs call on government to stop relying on âIron Domeâ and start hitting Hamas â hard. MK Ben-Ari called to not only target Hamas, but retake Gaza. âThe one conclusion from the recent events must lead us to reoccupy Gaza,â he said. Read the rest of this post »
When a person presents to their doctor, vital signs are taken to assess just how sick the person is. Unfortunately, an assessment of America’s vital signs indicates the nation is succumbing to total heart failure in addition to acute septicemia. Unless America takes drastic measures, including repentance and restoration, death is the expected outcome.
America’s Current Vitals:
1. Weak Respiration -Â Fading Supremacy of God. The very mention of God, in-God-we-trust, etc. is actually forbidden now in some places and some situations. As our Creator, God is our lifeline, the very blood that keeps us alive. Without him, eternity is hell.
2. Weak Pulse – Diminished Power of Prayer: prayer to God Almighty has been suspended and is discouraged. Remaining in constant contact with God keeps the heart healthy. When the heart becomes diseased, it weakens and eventually dies.
3. Failed blood work – Churches have been infiltrated and taken down by the inter-faith virus. Messages from many pulpits are no longer about God Almighty, the One True God, they’re also about Islam and other false religions. This not only results in diluted blood, it infects the blood. Life expectancy for severe septicemia patients is not good. Again, death by infection results in eternity spent in hell.
4. Symptoms of the no-hell virus:Â Infected pastors and leaders are spreading the “there’s no hell” virus. This deadly affliction causes blurred vision and affects the thought processes. The infected person can no longer see the reality of hell. Left untreated, the result is a frightening one – an eternity in the very hell so vehemently denied.
5. Presence of the Inter-faith Myth – left untreated, the inter-faith virus mutates, much like a form of religious ebola. America’s current leadership is actually dosing citizens with this nasty and deadly virus – deliberately telling Americans they should be not only tolerating but embracing the anti-God beliefs of Islam, Hinduism and other false religions. Death occurs quickly in those affected with this virus – they become weakened and bleed out.
The outcome for America is bleak. Diseased and dying, there’s nothing left to do but plan the funeral. The only thing that can save America now is a miracle from Almighty God. America needs emergency surgery to repair its heart along with a complete blood transfusion – Christ shed his blood to save us. Nothing but the blood of Christ can make us whole.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
…Verily, verily I say unto thee except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
I can honestly say that I never imagined I would live to see the day when church pastors deliberately and willfully stepped up to the pulpit and gave space to evil.
Tomorrow, June 26, 2011, Churches across America are going to participate in an anti-christian activity.
From the Faith Shared site:
“…Suggested readings will be provided from the Torah, the Gospels, and the Qurâan, but communities are encouraged to choose readings that will resonate with their congregations. Involvement of members from the Muslim community is key…”
Hmm. Is it just me or might it be a bit hard for the Muslim community to participate in worship in a supposedly Christian church when their bible instructs them to kill infidels aka christians?
Many of us have been anticipating God’s judgment on America for the nation’s sins. Those of us who worship and fear Almighty God are shaking in our shoes for the church leadership that has agreed to read the Qur’an in the House of God.
Wait a minute. If the church is truly the House of God, reading from the Qur’an wouldn’t be considered for even a moment. So maybe, just maybe, that’s why these pastors are having no qualms about signing up to share their pulpits. Maybe these buildings are churches in architecture only.
Their congregations should probably be fasting and praying that God, the only God, doesn’t remodel their sanctuaries and smoke the occupants when it comes time for Sunday worship.
Do pray for those who have yet to see that Christ is the only way to salvation.
FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR JOHN HAGEE
Greetings to all of our Salt Covenant Partners across the nation and around the world.
If you haven’t already heard, you will soon hear on the national media about the radical protesters that invaded Cornerstone Church Sunday protesting the right of Israel to exist. I want my friends and partners to have “all the truth and nothing but the truth.”
The facts are as follows:
Sunday morning, May 15, 2011, at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio a day was set aside to express our appreciation for the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Hundreds of churches across America and around the world joined us as we stood in solidarity with Israel in this time of crisis.
What I didn’t know was that eleven anti-Israel protesters came to our 11:00 am worship service pretending to be worshippers. They sat in different sections of the church; some in the balcony and the majority on the main floor. As it turned out, none of them were Palestinians; they were all local radical activists.
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Thank you for your prayers.
The following comes from G and K Detry of Isaiah 40 Ministries and warrants our attention.
Dear Prayer Warriors,Â Please pray about what is being planned for Israel and the meetings coming up this Friday and next weekÂ in DC.Â Our nation’s future and the future of ISrael are at stake!!!Â We at Is 40 Min. have visited many of the Jewish communities in Samaria that are being targeted for expulsion.Â Two of our 4 major projects are headquartered in Karnei Shomron!Â Blessings, Gini DetryÂ Isaiah 40 Ministry
MK Katz Shows Knesset Scope of Communities Outside the “Blocs”
Based on hisÂ and most media analyses of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the Knesset Monday, National Union chairman MK Ya’akov Katz (Ketzaleh) on Tuesday said that the Prime Minister is talking about negotiations onÂ removal of over 120,000 Jews from their homes.
Speaking to the Knesset, Ketzaleh said that based on the content of Netanyahu’s policy statement at the opening of the Knesset’s summer session Monday, the fact that the Prime Minister mentioned the need for âpainful concessionsâ along with Israel’s desire to keep the âsettlement blocs,âÂ clearly implied holding on to the second while giving up the first.
While Netanyahu did not actually sayÂ specifically that Jews living outside the settlement blocs, or anywhere else,Â would be expelled from their homes â and, in fact, according to news reports Monday night, sent reassuring messages to right wing Mks who were taken aback by his speechÂ that he meant that there would be no negotiations whatsoever on the settlement blocsÂ â KetzalehÂ claimed that the Prime Minister’s intentions were very clear.