Thursday, May 5, 2016

Two Words Known Internationally Despite Any Language Barriers!



There are so many languages throughout the world and so many different dialects, but did you know that two words supersede the language barrier? There are no translations for the words Alleluia or Hallelujah and the word Amen! They are said the same and they mean the same in any language and in any dialect in the world.

People these days want to know what the future holds. What will happen in the future? They buy all kinds of magazines and books on the subject but neglect the very one book that promises 100% accuracy in all the prophecies it speaks of. If you really want to know what the future holds, read the Book of Revelation from the Bible. The reason so many don't is that Satan has blinded their interest in doing so. This is a prelude of what will happen in the future. It is like using a time machine and looking ahead at yourself in the future. The question is, will you be in heaven or on the earth as Chapter 19 opens?

If you are a believer of Jesus Christ, you will be a participant in heaven singing the Alleluia chorus. In the Hebrew language, the word Alleluia doesn't have the hard "H" sound like you see in Hallelujah. Still means the same thing, but if you want to say it correctly use Alleluia!

Psalm 68:4 ~ "Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is LORD; exult before him!"

The word Alleluia in Hebrew means Praise Yah! Allelu-Yah. Means Praise the LORD.

In Islam, they don't know the name of God. They call him Allah but it is simply a title. Meaning God. They don't know his specific name. There are many gods in the world, but only one LORD, the God and His names are found throughout the Bible.

The word Amen is the second internationally known word which means that is true, it is true, let it be true, so be it! It transcends all language barriers just like Alleluia does.

Revelation 19:1-6 ~ "After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven crying out, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God for his judgments are true and just; for he had judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants." Once more they cried out, "Hallelujah! The smoke for her goes up forever and ever." And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" And from the throne came a voice saying, "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him small and great." Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like a sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns."

This is the prelude to setting the stage for our next study into Revelation 19 further with the coming wedding announcement. God makes it known that He is the great I AM. He is everything we need and there are NO other gods but Him. Before time ever began, God has existed. He transcends time.

If you remember our study in Revelation 17 and 18, it is important to understand those chapters because they introduces us to a false worship system from ancient Babylon, that was the origin of many false gods that are worshiped today and will become more prevalent in the end times. Such gods like Molech, Ashtoreth, and Baal just to name a few. What is all comes down to is which God or gods you will serve. The God of heaven or the gods of the earth? That is who you will worship.

If you remember Elijah and the priests of Baal and Ashtoreth who had a battle of the gods on Mount Carmel. To see how it all turns out, read 1 Kings 17 and 18. It is quite the story of how mighty our God is and why we worship and praise Him! People today still continue to worship Baal, the moon god and every year they cut themselves in their worship to him just like they did on Mount Carmel so many years ago. Not much has changed.

So why should Christians worship and pray to God?  Because we serve a God who is real and alive! If you're not worshiping God, you're worshiping those ancient gods of Babylon in some form or another.

Revelation 19:1-2 ~ "After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven crying out, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God for his judgments are true and just; for he had judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants." 

If you remember the words "After this or After these things" is the Greek word "meta tauta." It means a time shift. Here we go from being on earth during the Tribulation period to now being transported to heaven. 

We see that "true and righteous are His judgments." Can you define perfect truth or see what absolute righteous or right doing done perfect looks like? The word here means that the motive is pure. We don't get it because we haven't experienced it or even know what this looks like. We have to take this on faith alone.

We live in a culture today that "true and righteous judgment," means that if you have enough money or influence, you can change your own judgment. You can sway what is true or righteous to work now in your favor. Why?

Because we have removed anything from prayer in schools to the Ten Commandments and anything else that reminds us of God so that we no longer fear Him or His judgments. There is no fear of what God may do in this culture any longer and it is growing in hostility towards anything to do with absolute truth and righteousness according to God. People want to do what they want without anyone judging them or their motives for doing so.

We will continue to study more on this tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How Does Someone Get To Heaven?



The question was once asked by a CNN reporter who was interviewing people after the death of the Pope John Paul on how does someone get to heaven? The answer was be just like the Pope. It is sad to think that is the correct and truthful answer. It takes me back to the Bible for clarification to a man who was much greater than the Pope. and his name was Nicodemus, a great religious leader of his time, who asked Jesus the same question and Jesus answered, "You must be born again to see the kingdom of heaven." Does that mean that the Pope won't be in heaven? I don't know, but if he is not born again according to Jesus the answer is No.

You must be born again, spiritually. Not by riding your bike and logging in miles to work yourself into the kingdom of God, but by placing all your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and what He did. This is not a membership club or an option. This is required to get to heaven and is the only assurance we have. It is those that are in heaven as we study Revelation 19, that are praising and worshiping God that we find here.

We left off in our study yesterday about how those people got to heaven. We know that these in heaven are the church age believers. These were those who put their trust in Jesus from the day of Pentecost until the rapture of the church that happened in Revelation 4 that we studied yesterday. This is the pre-Tribulation Rapture view and the only one that makes sense without having to bend scriptures to fit the other Rapture viewpoints of Mid-Tribulation or Post Tribulation. These are not Tribulation believers that we see here, those will be waiting under the altar for their time. Each age has had their own set of believers. We have the Old Testament Saints from Creation to the Pentecost, The Church Age Saints, from Pentecost to the Rapture, and then you have the Tribulation Saints, those that die during the Tribulation Period for their faith in Christ.

How do we know? It's what Jesus Himself spoke of.

John 14:1-3 ~ "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also."

It's what the prophet Isaiah spoke of.

Isaiah 26:19-21 ~ "Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead. Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. For behold, the LORD is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain."

Its what the apostle Paul spoke of.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 ~ "For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words."

There is a grand connection between Revelation 4:1 and Revelation 19:1. The 24 elders which we know are representatives of the saints are in their office. What are they doing? They are worshiping. Where are they at? In heaven!

These church age believers have not been heard from during the entire Tribulation since the letters to the seven churches. The churches of Jesus Christ, they left at Revelation 4:1 and we never hear about the church again until Revelation 19. We have been in heaven during this entire time and the only believers on earth are the Tribulation Saints. We have been in heaven waiting to come back with Jesus Christ, during the Second Coming. We can't confuse the Second Coming with Rapture of the Church. They are two very distinct events.

The number one reason they worshiped the Lord was His salvation. Heaven has been given to us as a gift by the price Christ paid at the cross. Salvation warrants absolute devotion. Are you devoted to the Lord? We believe in the grace of God, not in works to get to heaven and some religious groups do not agree with that approach, but it is the approach Jesus gave. You can't save yourself and get to heaven by anything you do, its only in what Jesus did.

The number two reason they worshiped the Lord was His faithfulness to His glory. We have to understand the word "doxa" in the Greek means to praise, the worship, the adoration, the respect, the focus. This faithfulness of His requires our human response. They follow Him with devotion. "Worship Him" says the Bible because He only is our glory!

The number three reason they worshiped the Lord for His faithfulness by His honor. Time = the value of, the price paid, the ransomed. We need to thank Jesus for paying our bills, our sins, Jesus paid for it all. As believers you can try and backslide with a willful intent to do so, but it will lead to misery and unhappiness. You can't even sin right anymore. That is the sign of a true believer in Christ, the Holy Spirit convicts you while you try and sin. You've been exposed to Jesus.

The number four reason they worshiped the Lord for His faithfulness to His power. This is God's power to perform. God is the Creator. It ties together Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. He is the One in control. He is the Alpha and Omega; The First and the Last. We belong to the Lord our God!

Romans 8:14-17 ~ "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, Abba! Father! The Spirit himself bear witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs - heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him."

We are suffering in this world. Nature is groaning. The question is, are you a child of God? Will you be with us in heaven?

If you have ever seen a police light in a helicopter illuminate an area of darkness and even stood beneath it, you feel completely exposed. Even if you did nothing wrong, you feel guilty as if you did something wrong. God's glory is like that. It exposes the sin that you have hiding in your life. Nothing is hidden from God. He knows it all.

One day, as believers in Christ, a grand entrance will be provided for us. We have that assurance when we get to heaven, our sins will be paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. Only those who put their faith and trust in Jesus now, will have that assurance than when this life is through our eternal life in heaven begins.

I would ask you that if you are not a believer in Jesus, make that decision today. No one is guaranteed a tomorrow and nothing you can do will get you there. It is only through what Jesus did that will but you have to believe it and ask Him into your life today. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Eternity is Just A Breath Away!



Who hasn't dreamed of an eternity in heaven? I can't believe anyone would ever give up the notion that heaven exists! It is a very real place, not just something you can hope for, but something you can know with absolute certainty awaits the believer of Jesus Christ, when they either breathe their final breath here on earth or they find themselves caught up in the rapture with Jesus Christ in the air!

We have been studying all about what is coming for the earth in what will be known as the Tribulation Period and I believe we are seeing the players being readied and the stage being set as we look at the events that happening in the Middle East. This is one prophecy we know is coming but as a believer we won't be a part of.

God has been so gracious to lay out the timeline within the Book of Revelation and it can be found in a simple outline found in Revelation 1:17-19.

Revelation 1:17-19 ~ "When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, "Fear not, I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this."

The verse "things which you have seen, " relates to the entire Chapter 1 of the Book of Revelation. "The things which are," relates to Chapters 2 and 3, and "those that are to take place after this," is Chapters 4-22.

The concept of Heaven for anyone is beyond what we can think or speak of and eternity for us all is but a breath away! As a Christian, you will not be involved in any of the judgments of God that are coming during the 7-year Tribulation Period. We are citizens of heaven with passports we are just waiting to get to use one day in our future!

As we open Chapter 19 of the Book of Revelation, this was the inspiration for Handel's Hallelujah chorus! We need to know the words of the songs in the Bible, because as believers, we will one day experience what we are reading here. As a believer in Christ, this is our future! We need to know the words to the songs we will be singing. Did you know that the words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic are from the book of Joel?

The Tribulation Period at this point in our study, is about to come to a close, but it isn't over just yet. Satan knows that his time is running out so soon he will turn all of his attention and venom to Jesus Christ. Chapter 19 of Revelation is the gateway to the Second Coming of Christ. This will be sung by the believers of Christ.

Revelation 19:1-6 ~ " After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven crying out, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God for his judgments are true and just; for he had judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants." Once more they cried out, "Hallelujah! The smoke for her goes up forever and ever." And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" And from the throne came a voice saying, "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him small and great." Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like a sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns."

Notice that four times, the word "Hallelujah" is cried out in just six verses in this chapter! It is an international word like the word "Amen" that every single person and culture understands no matter the language. The word "Amen" means let it be true or this is so. The word Hallelujah, is pronounced with an A not the H, but is means to Praise the Lord or Praise be to the Lord. "Alle or Halle is to praise, praise to be, a declaration of praise. Jah or Yah, it the name of God like Yah-weh!

The one thing we know is that we will be worshiping the Lord in heaven because He is faithful! Notice in verse 1, the words "After these things or after this, " that is the Greek word, 'meta tauta.' This is a most significant key to understanding the chronology of Revelation. The "meta tauta' or the "after this or after these things," now links us to the time table and sequence of events. That is very important to us, the church. This is where we are going to see and experience our future in heaven. Now everyone put on your memory caps and go back with me to Revelation 4.

Revelation 4:1 ~ " After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, "Come up here and I will show you what must take place after this."

Here we find "meta tauta" again or "after this or after these things." After what? What has happened since the letters to the seven churches? Something significant indeed. We know John was told to write the letters to each of these seven churches which were real churches during John's day, but they are also the characteristics of the churches we will find in our later days. Now John looks up and sees a door standing open in heaven. Why is the door open? He then heard a voice like a trumpet, isn't that the same thing believers in Christ were promised that when Jesus came for His church He would come a the blast of a trumpet? John represents the church in this verse if we take it literally. The voice tells John to come up here and I will show you what must take place after this." John is taken up into heaven like the believers will who believe in Christ and then the time clock for the 7- year Tribulation Period begins and so does the judgment of God. Why?

This is the pre-tribulation rapture view between Jesus Christ and the bride of Christ. God must do this to focus His attention on Israel, so He removes the church. Revelation 4:1 is the apostle John's "caught up" vision of the future. Since Revelation 4:1, the church is never again seen on earth. The church is no where to be found because since Revelation 4:1, the churches location has been in heaven with Jesus Christ, during the Tribulation Period.

Still, Revelation 19:1, the church is not only, not on earth, but is in heaven. How did that happen?

We will study that in further detail tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Monday, May 2, 2016

One Stop Shopping at the Mall of the World



I don't know about you but I love to visit malls. Especially when visiting new cities, I love to see what their malls have inside, and for me the best ones are the all inclusive malls or one stop shopping malls, like the Mall of America. You have everything inside one location, food courts, banks, shops, entertainment venues of all kinds, you name it, you can pretty much find it here. One day in New Babylon, in Iraq, this will make all those malls pale by comparison.

In fact, rebuilding efforts are already underway to rebuild Iraq from the war, so this alone makes the Book of Revelation, as not being fulfilled as some have suggested. There are some who have been taught that this book of prophecy from the Bible has been fulfilled already and we are living in the Millennium right now. As you will hopefull see by the conclusion of this study, this is not true. This is a future event.

We need to realize that catastrophic things can happen at any time in a single hour, like they did on 9/11 when the World Trade Centers fell. People left for work, thinking it would be like any other day and they would be coming home. That would not be the case for some. This is why our choices we make in the next hour are not guaranteed that we will have any future in our day. Today in the weather, we have extremes like never before, super cells, super storms, super quakes and things are changing rapidly. Nothing in this world is permanent. Our soul and spirit operates our physical body but it will live on in eternity when we die. The choice of where we spend that eternity is up to us alone. No one else can make that choice for us.

Revelation 18:9-11 ~ "And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment and say, 'Alas! Alas! You great city, you mighty city, Babylon! For in a single hour your judgment has come.' And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her since no one buys their cargo anymore,"

This will be the destruction of New Babylon as the new global commercial trade organization of economic commerce. These kings of the earth will in love with what they got from her. This will be the global center of commerce based on the reviling of the people for the antichrist, claiming to be god. They will absolutely love and adore him and fall for this hook, line and sinker. This will be the world's largest city of import and export trade in the globe. Not even New York or Hong Kong will be able to compete, and ships will be responsible for this from all over the world to make this possible.

So now lets take a look at the one stop shopping in the future Mall of the world! Climb aboard our elevator!

First floor is the jewelry department!

Revelation 18:12a ~ "cargo of gold, silver, jewels and pearls,"

Second floor is linens and things!

Revelation 18:12a ~ "fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth,"

Third floor is home furnishings!

Revelation 18:12b ~ "all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble,"

Fourth Floor is Gourmet and Health Foods!

Revelation 18:13a ~ "cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep,"

Fifth Floor is the Automotive section!

Revelation 18:13b ~ "horses and chariots,"

Sixth and final floor is the trafficking in the bodies and souls of men.

Revelation 18:13b ~ "and slaves, that is, human souls."

Slavery will ravage the world in the future. Marketing and selling will be based on desire and the black market trade will have nothing on this commodity in the future. Prices will be based on shape and ages, and will lead the world in a pornographic lifestyle and trade. Nothing will be off limits for the right price. Even in Los Angeles, in Northridge, is the largest pornographic studios in the world today.

Revelation 18:14-19 ~ "The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your delicacies and your splendors are lost to you, never to be found again! The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud. Alas, alas for the great city that was clothed in fine linen, in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold and with jewels and with pearls! For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste. And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning. What city was like the great city? And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out, 'Alas, alas for the great city where all who had ships at sea grew rich by her wealth! For in a single hour she has been laid waste."

Notice the shift now to heaven. This single city of Babylon, located in Iraq will NEVER be inhabited again, by humans. That is not the case now. People are rebuilding and living in Iraq today. This is why the Book of Revelation, can not be fulfilled today. It is a future event yet to come, not one that has come and gone.

Revelation 18:20-24 ~ "Rejoice over her O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, for God has given judgment for you against her! Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more; and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more, and the sound of the mill will be hard in you no more, and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery. And in her was found the blood of the prophets and saints, and of all who have been slain on earth."

As believers, we will never see these things come to pass, this is what awaits those who remain left behind throughout the Tribulation Period. Evil and darkness are coming. You might still think you have time, but how do you know you'll go home today to heaven? Don't you want that assurance that we as believers in Jesus have? Which road are you on today?

Matthew 7:13-14 ~ "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."

Luke 6:39 ~ "He also told them a parable, "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?"

That's exactly what you're doing if you're not listening to the Lord today.

John 14:6 ~ "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

John 3:3,5 ~ "Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven." Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."

One thing we are guaranteed in this world, beside taxes, is that we all will die one day. Unless Jesus comes back and takes his believers, those will escape death who put their faith and trust in Him. Are you ready to face eternity? You can know with 100% certainty that you will go to heaven when you die.

1 John 5:13 ~ "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life."

Our assurance of heaven is not based on works we do but in putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and what He did by His death on the cross. We must be born again to enter heaven. If you pray to Him, He has promised to listen to you! Won't you take the time to make that guarantee today?


Friday, April 29, 2016

Judgment Comes in An Hour

(Image courtesy of Huffington Post)

We serve a God who is always there, anytime, day or night. We can call upon Him whenever we need to. Today, we find ourselves close to wrapping up the final moments of the Tribulation judgment that is coming to the world and God is still calling out to us, wishing none should perish. The patience of the LORD whether Old Testament or New Testament is beyond remarkable. His enduring mercy and grace and love for His people is amazing. It will run its course however when He deems it so, much like the door on the Ark for Noah. God extends His grace and mercy to us every single day, but He won't wait forever for you.

Revelation 18:5 ~ ""for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities."

This the most remarkable verse and speaks of something ancient, something current, something futuristic and it is an amazing verse. The meters been running since the creation of the tower of Babel. The sin has finally reached God's breaking point and He finally says, "Enough is enough. "Reached" her sins have been laid one upon another until a great tower has been made. It is like when you overload the circuits in your home and the circuit breaker is tripped. You don't have any more electricity until you reset it.

The sin of humanity from the beginning of the tower of Babel has reached the end of God's mercy and God is saying, "No more!" His judgment will come, make no mistake about it. Don't think because God hasn't judged you from the way you've been living your life apart from Him as acceptance because nothing bad has happened to you. That is simply His grace, love and mercy for you, hoping you'll turn to Him before His patience with you runs out and the only way to correct your bad behavior is punishment. Its the same way parents discipline their own children. Why wouldn't God care enough about us to get us back on track? Don't wait thinking you still have time to turn to God one day while you continue to live your life apart from Him. You might just wind up like Pharaoh and God will harden your willful, sinful heart and you won't be able to make that choice because you denied Him for far too long.

You'll know when you are born again, because it is something that God does. You don't have to change your own life to be a Christian. We don't become holy by our works, but in trusting in the power of Christ. God will begin to clean your house, your mind, your heart, one room at a time. And the older we get, there comes a time when He discovers rooms in our life that we have padlocked. He has to take that Hazmat suit and power washer and really get to those places in our life, we had hoped He might just overlook. That is what it means to grow spiritually old in the Lord. All we have to do is present ourselves to Him. He'll take over from there.

Genesis 11:3-4 ~ "And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said,'Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth."

They had begun to build a tower of sin! What was their sin?

Revelation 18:2-3, 24 ~ "And he called out with a mighty voice, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living. And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth."

Its the love that is devoted to that thing or system that brings it about. The Babylonian system, rather than giving God the glory, is a worship system of the earth. Babylon will come to know that God is just to the unbeliever because they'll have their reward.

Revelation 18:6 ~ "Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed."

God says to take the cup of the woman who is riding the beast, mix it up, doubly strong. That's the wrath that I'm going to give her. This Babylonian system will reap what it sows and Babylon will come to know destruction.

Revelation 18:7-8 ~"As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, since in her heart she says, I sit as a queen. I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see. For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her."

We already know that according to Jeremiah 44, she has declared herself to be the Queen of Heaven. It will be destroyed because it will be a system without God. Remember the worship of Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz in Jeremiah's day, promised prosperity. It's a dangerous thing to be self sufficient. When you see yourself like Nebuchadnezzar, when he proclaimed to the city, "IS this not the great city of Babylon that I have created?!!" In Daniel, God judged his arrogance and pride and he spent 7 years without a kingdom living like an idiot among the animals. Only after 7 years did God have mercy on him and restored him to King again. Then He realized that he needed to give God the glory and that is when you can see the real attitude change that being humble had on him.

When the Lord is in it, you love where God has placed you. You can't wait to get there. When He is not, everything is difficult, and it becomes judgment from God. We know in the Tribulation Period, this city will be greater than any city in the world. It will be utopia, heaven on earth for those who see it and dwell there in their own eyes. But since it doesn't have God in it, it will face destruction.

Isaiah 47:1,5, 7-9 ~ "Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throe, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall be no more be called tender and delicate. Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the mistress of kingdoms. You said, "I shall be mistress forever, so that you did not lay these things to heart or remember their end. Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures, who sit securely, who say in your heart, I am, and there is no one besides me; I shall not sit as a widow or know the loss of children." These two things shall come to you in a moment, in one day; the loss of children or widowhood shall come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and the great power of your enchantments."

This woman, Babylon, is going to have another son, the antichrist.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 ~" who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God."

Matthew 24:15 ~ "So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),"

Matthew 4:8-9 ~ "Again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me."

Babylon will come to know destruction and will be destroyed because she has led the world astray.

Revelation 18:8 ~ "For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her."

This is all going to happen in one single day.

Remember 9/11 and everything that happened that day, it all took place in a couple of hours. Prior to this day, we never imagined how things could happen suddenly to change our world in a matter of under 2 hours. If man can do this in a couple of hours, imagine what God will be able to do in one single hour!

America is hated for supporting Israel! That is why Jihad began in 1990, despite what they would have you believe, to bring us down financially from being able to support Israel. Why? Because according to the Qu'ran, Allah can't capture the earth as long as Israel exists. Did you know that?

There is no promise given to America to succeed or fail, but there is a promise to Israel, that it should never again be uprooted from its land, says God from the Bible. This is the agenda today. It's all about Israel and destroying those who support her. Israel must stand alone in the last days. (Ezekiel 36-38). All the nations of the world will condemn a Russian-led attack by its Islamic neighbors according to Ezekiel 38. It might be by a UN resolution. That coalition will come down from the north to swoop down on Israel in the last days and it will fail! God said, I will not let my people be destroyed.

Revelation 18:8-9, 17, 19 ~ "For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her. And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste. And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off...And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out, Alas, alas, for the great city where all who had ships at sea grew rich by her wealth! For in a single hour she has been lad waste."

On 9/11 people were told who were still in the buildings of the Twin Towers, that the fire department would not be able to reach them, as we have heard in the stories of those who communicated this by phone to family and friends. So what do you do in that hour? You tell them about Jesus, like one man named Al did. Makes you wonder how many people went to heaven that day by making their decision to accept Jesus in that final hour. We believe in a God who moves in a split second. God further asked one man in a Century 21 building to stop fleeing that day and instead go back in the shadow of his building and begin to pray for each person who jumped that day. Why? Because judgment can come in a single hour.

What will you do with yours?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Babylon Awakens



We have been learning about a two-fold system that has its roots in ancient Babylon from the creation of the Tower of Babel to the coming one world global, political, economic and religious system. There will be a reawakening in Rome regarding politics in the very near future and I believe we are seeing the stage being set for all this to happen even today.

God will one day condemn Jerusalem again in the last days for going after and following a pagan worship system. He will call Jerusalem, spiritual Babylon! This system is vast, it is broad, it has infiltrated and is alive in our day today if you simply know where and how to look for it. It is what we have been studying lately.

To sum up our study from yesterday, we learned what Babylon will come to know that the end is near because (1) Babylon lives in darkness, (2) Babylon lives in sinful practices, and because (3) Babylon lives in idolatry. We learned that the scriptures tell us that Rome will play a great part politically, Jerusalem will play a great part spiritually and Babylon will play a great part economically. The world's headquarters for the anti-christ.

We know that there is a chronological order to things between Revelation 17 and 18. Remember that the world at this time is being held in a supernatural darkness based on the 5th bowl judgment, much like the ancient plagues of Egypt.

We know that the world will one day have a political, economic and religious system that will all be based in ancient Babylonian practices under the control of the antichrist during the Tribulation Period. The antichrist will captivate the world by his belief system to lead the world astray. That has always been his agenda. Babylon will know that God is just to the believer and they'll have His appeal.

Revelation 18:4-5 ~ "Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities."

The European Union's vision is to be a one global unified world with no wars. The believers will make a mass exodus and leave Babylon when God calls them to do so. It is Jesus speaking to the believers, or Tribulation Saints in this verse, and this has been His word to all His children throughout the ages.

What will be said to them then?

What could be said to us today?

How does this warning affect us? It means for us to keep a light touch in this world.

What do I need to change today in my life? Are you being used by the world or are you using the world for the glory of God?

Is there something I need to separate myself from? Something we need to be free from? A thinking, an action that has kept us bound to this world like smoking or some type of addiction that you are struggling with? Did you know that 27% of women are admitting to being addicted to pornography? We need to pick our Bibles up, not put them down. God will do the work and He'll get all the glory. Find ways to make yourself accountable to others to help you.

Galatians 5:1 ~ "For freedom Christ has set us free, stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."

Post this scripture where you can see it everyday. Make it your screen saver!

Why does God want believers to leave Babylon?

1. Because judgment is coming
2. He doesn't want you to share in her sins. Don't get involved in that stuff. Remember how susceptible Israel was and how often God warned them to steer clear of their enemies idols and practices? It was because He knew if we allowed them to be nearby, we would get sucked into their practices and make compromises in keeping our faith to God pure!

This world should have no governing powers over us. Make sure if you've been blessed in your life, that you are possessing your possessions and that your possessions are not possessing you. Use them to the glory of God. Make sure you own them and they don't own you instead. We need to learn how to use this world all to the glory of God. We want to make sure that we are really in God's family. What evidence is there in your life that you belong to Jesus Christ?

John 3:1-5 ~ "Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." Jesus answered him,
Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."


More on this tomorrow as we finish up our study in Chapter 18 and prepare for the great news coming in Chapter 19!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Do Your Put Your Trust in God with a Big G or a Little g?



When you consider the question, do you need money, what do you need the money for? Is it for that second vacation house, or a sport's car? Or do you need the money to buy food to feed your family? There is a fine line between worship and a need for money. When people get blessed, most of time when that happens, we can forget God in the process and then we turn that blessings into an idol instead. How many times can you honestly say, "If I had an extra hundred dollars, I'd give it to the church or support a ministry?" It doesn't even have to be a specific amount. What do you do with all that God has blessed you with. Are you furthering yourself or furthering God's kingdom?

Money should be considered as tools to be used in the building up the kingdom of God. "In God We Trust." Our founding fathers realized that money is a blessing from God. In our prosperity we'd better not forget that, especially in America. That's why so many people are trying to get rid of that on our money even today.

Isaiah 13:19-20 ~ " And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the splendor and pomp of the Chaldeans, will be like Sodom and Gomorrah when God overthrew them. It will never be inhabited or lived in for all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there; no shepherd will make their flocks lie down there."

What Babylon will come to know because the end is near is because Babylon lives in idolatry.

Revelation 18:3 ~ "For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality; and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living."

Matthew 6:24 ~ "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."

Why do we put "In God We Trust" on our money. You should do some research and see what a true blessing it really is.

James 5:1-3 ~ "Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire."

1 Timothy 6:10 ~ "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs."

It is not wrong to be wealthy or to invest our money or even to be wise with it. Is it wrong to lean on it, trust on it, or depend on it? One way to find out is to get rid of God, stop going to church, burn your Bible and then see  how it affects your life? Then get rid of all money, stop relying on it, trying to earn more of it, give what you have away, and see how it impacts your life. Which one in your life is more important? Which one do you need in your life? The Big G or the little g? Be very careful where and what you put your trust in.

What Babylon will come to know in man's final stand, is that God is just.  He is just to the believer, they'll have His appeal.

Revelation 18:4-5 ~ "Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities."

There will be believers, Tribulation Saints, not only all over the world during the Tribulation, but also in New Babylon in Iraq. God is telling them to get out, before He destroys it, just like He did with Lot when it came to Sodom and Gomorrah. Do we as believers deal with non believers every day? Yes we do.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 ~ "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, 'I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty."

This doesn't mean you can't do business with non believers, it is not getting involved with others who are not of the Lord in personal matters, like marrying non-believers. Don't marry them thinking one day you will convert them to God. Many relationship problems we have today is because we disregarded God and became disobedient to His word.

Isaiah 26:19-21 ~ "Your dead shall live, their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead. Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by."

Those who have died believing in God, their bodies lie in the dust until the day of the rapture! Some of your Bibles may say indignation or fury, but it simply means God's wrath, not hell but the earthly judgment coming in the Tribulation Period. This is God's declaration that He will deliver His people from it.

We also read "reached to heaven" which translated means to lay one brick upon another until you reach heaven. Sound familiar? Nimrod built a tower of Babel intent on reaching heaven in Genesis. God is saying here, that "You've been building a long, long time, building your sin, and don't think I've forgotten all those bricks upon bricks you've been laying. It has reached a point that I need to deal with this once and for all. What began in Genesis, God deals with finally in Revelation.

Have you been building a life for yourself without God, brick by brick? What does your life look like? Don't say it, do it! Conduct yourself in such a way unto the Lord, that will draw people to you and they will want to work for you. They will want to draw near to you.

Who is your God? The One of the Bible or the one of the world, part of the system?

If you're living a  life or a lifestyle that isn't acceptable to God, don't think because nothing bad has happened to you, that He approves. You are receiving His mercy right now. There will be a day when His mercy reaches its intended goal, it was given for a limited time and then His judgment will come. Don't wait for His judgment and get swept away with what is false.