Author: thingsgodtaughtme

What day will Jesus return? If your alive in the tribulation you can know the exact date and mark it on your calendar.

There is a disturbing movement I see. There are groups of christians thinking that Jesus is coming sept 21st or the 22nd or the 23rd. Some are doing it because of the revelation sept 23rd sign or because of complicated math and spans of 7 or anniversaries of past dates. This is a dangerous trend. Trusting Christs words when it comes to doctrine or salvation is good. However some people trusting the words of Jesus say they can know the day or the hour when Jesus said “no man knows”. He specifically said the we would not know when our master returns.

Seasonal signs:

Remember the 4 blood moons falling on the 4 Jewish holy days? Or the big eclipse? I believe that these are seasonal signs like the leaves falling is a sign of the fall season. Saying that a certain sign or number sequence means you can know the exact date is against Christs specific words. He said he would come at a time we think not. Seeing these signs as a seasonal sign is the way to have no problems. Jesus said You know not what day your master will return. He did get upset that the pharisees did not recognize the season they were living in. If you say you know the day you are mistaken and Jesus himself says you are mistaken. Believing in a certain day can leave you disillusioned hurt and despondent. Jesus told you not to believe you will know the date when he will return in secret for his disciples. On Jesus return to the earth to reign however the angel in Daniel tells people how many days to wait after the stopping of the daily sacrifice. The return of Jesus to rule the earth with all his saints is seven years from the start of the 7 year tribulation. The 7 year tribulation starts the day of the seven year peace treaty between Israel and the anti-christ. Anyone can know the day of Jesus return to the earth to rule. The angel gives us how many days to wait. However you can NOT know the secret date Jesus returns for his own to keep us from the trial that comes to test the whole world.

Anyone alive in the tribulation that has passed have passed the marking dates the bible gives us can figure out the exact day Jesus steps on the earth at the end of the seven years. The bible teaches an unknowable date that is a catching away of Christs people IN THE CLOUDS. It also teaches in the book of Daniel a return date of Jesus you can mark on your calendar if you know the other dates it points out. In order to reconcile Jesus words and the book of Daniel there has to be a secret date and a date men in the tribulation can mark on their calendars.

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Pre Trib, Mid Trib, Post trib? Here is the answer:

Common sense: Daniel says Jesus comes at the end of the 7 year tribulation. Every eye will see him, he comes with all his saints. The tribulation starts with the signing of the Israel / antichrist peace treaty and ends 7 years later. Also the angel tells us how long to wait until Jesus steps on the earth. He gives us the exact amount of days after the stopping of the sacrifice. So two markers make the last date of the tribulation known to anyone in it. Jesus comes and steps on the earth on a day anyone (in the tribulation) can circle on thier calendar. If he comes as a thief on a day no one can know not even him – then how is he to come in secret if its marked on a calendar. . The soulution comes when you realize the diciples said “when will you return for us”. To that Jesus said it was a secret. However when will he step foot on the earth? A day anyone can calculate to the exact day. A angel in daniel even gives the exact amount of days to give people hope. The only way to make this all fit is a secret day that is a suprise where he comes in the clouds for those trusting him. Then another day that is no secret where he steps on the earth and rules. He said he would keep us from the trial that would come to “test the whole world”. Like noah in the ark. Like lot escaping sodom. There are many examples but God takes the righteous out. Common sense, think it through. There can not be a day you can circle on a calendar and a secret suprise day and be only one return. One is in the clouds and one is where he steps on the earth. This lines up with ancient jewish wedding tradition. (share if you agree) This hope will purify you the bible says, but if your not sure how can you have hope.

Waiting to see if your prayer gets answered means you never really prayed the right way in the first place. 

I prayed to get something My brother clint would really like for his birthday. I went in to a thrift store and saw a clay glazed marshall pottery cup that seemed to have a sort of special glow. I turned the cup to examine it and it had my brothers name “clint” written on it in blue. It was 0.78 cents. I bought it, but later thought there was no way he would like this cup really. I thought maybe my prayer wasn’t answered- Which for me is not normal. Anyway I sent a picture of the cup and the other items. My brother exclaimed he had had a cup like it he loved. Then he broke it and his friend Dean had made a special effort to replace that one for his birthday. He broke that cup as well. He was really happy to see the cup I had bought for him and said “how did you know”. The point is to keep your faith, receive it WHEN you pray like Jesus taught. That is a “righteous judgement”, to believe you all ready have it WHEN YOU pray means you wont be waiting to see if your prayer will be answered. Faith is certainty, not being wishy washy. we should not turn loose of what God and you have created by faith together. When you are not certain your not in faith. By judging it not all ready done your not actually praying. Thats not recieving ot when you prayed.

Waiting to see if your prayer was answered means you never really prayed right in the first place. 

Being confident you got it “when you prayed” means never having to “wait and see” if your going to get it, because you received it when you prayed.

Why God remains hidden to the world? Why does God hide? Where is God?

My suburban broke down in front of the whataburger a month or so back. I prayed and asked God to send someone that could explain what had gone wrong.

A nicegentleman driving a suburban stopped I wants even through praying, and showed me what is wrong.

He was a chief mechanic at the chevy place and said he had only owned suburbans all his life. He told me it was the fuel pump (which I had recently replaced). This was likely the very best person in the region or state to tell me what was wrong with this particular make and model of automobile.

He was late and couldn’t help me but now I was sure it was the fuel pump. I took a look at it and told God if I can’t fix it by myself please send someone who will help me. So then “Gary” a retired mechanic whom God had sent to me 4 times before to help with my car troubles helped me and had a tester for electricity I didn’t have. We found the short and took the fuel pump to auto zone for a warranty replacement. We then fixed it on the spot.

Later my son was with me to pick up the car. I told him the verse “it is Gods glory is to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to find it out. (he has made us kings and priests)
I told my son that God hides things.

I told him God could show up and in one second there would be no more atheist, but he doesn’t. Why?

thou art a god who hides himself” the bible says. I asked God why he hides himself, I believe the answer to that question is:

1. its Gods glory to hide a thing, that is make complicated things seamless. kind of like a good carpenter hides nails in some cases.

2. He is also humble so he doesn’t brag on himself.

3. The world is judged for sin and belong to another spiritual master until they legally can be bought out of that slavery.  Slaves do not have rights. The full price to obtain legal rights over people has been paid, but to find that out men have to humble themselves and look for God. If they do God promises that they will find them. 

4. God is opposed to the proud but gives (unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor) to the humble. This whole world is under judgement and belongs to the the “God of this world”. This god is the is the “king of pride”.

God is opposed to the proud. People can seek him and find him, but most do not.

I was explaining to my son that Gods glory is like this, to remain hidden. However my prayers and God’s responses let him “see” God today through Gods actions.

As I was doing this I said “look!, look!, because of the car in front of me had a license plate.

The license plate said “HS GLORY” -this happened just as I was telling him it was Gods glory to conceal a matter.

The answered prayers, and the license plate made a big impression on him. I have seen this sort of thing repeatedly for the last several years of my life, however I don’t tell everyone because they think your nuts. It still is amazing to me and makes me very happy. “I see knowledge of him in every place

Why does God reveal himself to some and not others?

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

In addition to the above:

Here is a reply I made on a comment in a discussion group on Facebook about why God remains hidden.

Why can you lay out the facts and atheist can not understand them?

This assumes logic is the only thing at work here. It ignores what the bible teaches about spiritual control. The bible tells us that the whole world is under the sway of the “god of this world”. Its a spiritual control issue.

Why not lay out the facts on both sides and just examine them (without name calling, anger, or pride). I have tried it many times, carefully outlining my arguments for the existence of God and instead of a conversation have been met with name calling, twisted logic and open hatred. It’s not going to work to lay out and discuss facts and here is why.

1. the God of this world blinds minds -2 Corinthians 4:4

Under the control of their spiritual master, they will not be allowed to believe. The God of this world has legal rights to the world, and until the legal claims are terminated they remain slave and are not able to think anything they want to think, or believe anything they want to believe.
Slaves do not have rights. – Romans 6:16

2. No one comes to the son unless the father draws him John 6:44

God is apposed to the proud, but gives (unmerited, undeserved, unearned ) favor to the humble. God is actively opposed tho the world at large because he opposes the proud. I bet 99.999% of atheist think christians are just ignorant morons, even as they pretend to hear there side.
If your an atheist your most likely thinking that of me right now. For atheist this means they are being actively opposed by God as they listen to any facts. So it just doesn’t work. There pride keeps them out. Pride also keeps them from being objective. God promises though that if they look for God they will find him. So the door is left open. Pride though keeps the door shut.

3. Deep darkness covers the earth, it is a spiritual darkness.
Isaiah 9:2

4. The spirit the world has as “truth” is not God who is actual “truth”. The world can not receive truth. The spirit they live under, that they identify as truth is not “truth” at all but an imposter.

Its spiritual control that keeps men blinded, not logic or facts.

5. No matter what facts you present or evidence you gather or argument you make, the world will not believe it- and usually just resort to name calling rather than any sort of logical argument.

” they will not be persuaded, even if someone were to rise from the dead.” Luke 16:31

The world can not accept truth. The spirit that legally rules over them is pretending to be the spirit of truth, and people that are legally his property are not allowed to believe anything other than what he says is truth.

Slaves do not have rights

Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. -romans 6:16

When you obey sin (the god of this world) it is your last free act.
You then are no longer able to make free will choices, but become a slave of your new legal spiritual master. He will not just let you think what you want to think, or believe what you wan tot believe or do what you want to do. Until the legal debt is paid to buy you out of slavery, you remain a slave.

God has paid to have the legal rights of the “God of this world” terminated and anyone who looks for God will find him, however pride keeps most of them from looking objectively. So they never get out of prison and they remain slaves.
These people remain the property of the “fake imposter spirit of truth” and never find the actual spirit of truth.

He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

http://biblehub.com/john/14-17.htm

 

Hidden meaning in a word? The heavens declare the glory (weight) of God…

Psalms 147:4 He counts the stars and assigns each a name.” In one translation it is nicknames or “pet names”.
HE is calling each individual star a “name.” He is saying they are something.
The Strong’s concordance number for this word “names” in Psalms 147:4 is H8034-
In looking up the definitions of H8034-
I found in this word is related to Shem as in shem the son of Noah.
I then googled the meaning of the name “Shem” in Hebrew. -then found.
“The same as H8034; (name) name; Shem, a son of Noah (often including his posterity): – Sem, Shem.Shem, a son of Noah. ” So in looking up the meaning of shem I found:
—-The word Shem means “glory” and “fame”. This relates to “Glory” or “fame” as in “the heavens (stars) declare the “glory” (the Shem) of God.” or it might be said the heavens declare the “fame” of God. It might be thought of as God saying the stars are related to his fame or glory. He is naming them, telling us what they are.
He is calling them something.

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When God calls a thing a name it is significant, as when he changed Abraham’s name to reflect his being “the father of many nations.”

This is why I was wondering what the word translated “names” meant in the Hebrew.

In the translation of Revelation 19:16
you can see the word “shem” used like this:

“And on his robe and on his thigh He has His SHEM written:
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Jesus has his “fame” or “shem” (who he is, his glory) written on his thigh.

God has his glory or fame (shem) declared in the heavens (the stars.)
God’s fame (or shem) is declared by the stars.

He is calling them names-
names means “fame” or “glory” -his shem.
Does this make any sense?

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http://beth-abraham.org/shem.html

ideology=skin color? (is it OK to hate people who believe differently than you do?)

Differences come for the most part because of the data we have seen in our life and believed or disbelieved. If I had the same data you had received I would likely have the same beliefs and views you do and vice versa. Just because people believe differently doesn’t necessarily mean they are a moron, or evil. The idea that if you are not like me (in beliefs, views, skin color, hair color, bank accounts) is the basis of prejudice. I believe that anyone who thinks that everyone should be the same way is as bad as a Klansman, Hitler or anyone else like that. God lets everyone have freedom, love does not demand its own way. God colors the world with diversity. 
Who wants all the people to have the same beliefs and political views? Tyrants do, like Hitler, chairman mao, those guys.

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If I find myself hating people because they vote for Hillary or Trump, then I am taking a step towards being a tyrant. I hate them because they are not like me. this is the basis of racism. Just because I make my determination of a person because of their political views instead of skin color does not make me any less prejudice. They are not like me so I hate them. In this case you are just trading the basis of hate from skin color to ideology.

Hitler would burn all the books that did not fit his ideology and killed millions because they were not his “chosen” race. The idea was to get rid of every race not like his own, and to get rid of all the ideas that were not like his. He believed his ideals and his race was superior and all he wanted to get rid of everything not like him.

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It’s really important to love everyone and let them believe what they want. God allows it, why wont you? I did not believe the same things now as I did 10 years ago. We are all in transition and change. To not like people because they do not share your beliefs, customs, political views or skin color is going toward evil and away from love This is easily seen when it comes to skin color, but a little harder to see when its political views. To hate or dislike someone because they do not think like you is similar to not accepting someone because of their skin color or nationality. That is my take on it, vote for Gary Johnson , Hillary, Trump or what ever, Personal freedom is the American idea.
Believe in God, Allah, Buddha or the spaghetti monster, Be rich, poor, be whatever color skin. Be diverse, have different views. Whatever people believe Christians owe all people love.

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Having individual freedom is the heart of democracy and the American ideal just as no freedom, and conformity is the ideal of societies run by tyrants and dictators.

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PRAYER ANSWERS FOR TODAY:

so I replaced a fuel pump about a year ago. I pulled up to a light at the Whataburger in Marshal. The Chevy suburban died right then. I knew I had gas in the tank, or I thought I did. Well my two oldest kids were with me and we pushed the car off the road right in front of the Whataburger by the mall. My kids go to school right next to the restaurant, and I was taking them back to school. So its good I broke down so close to school. They walk the one min walk back and are not late. I wonder if I could be out of gas and the gage is wrong. I decide to walk a mile to get a gas can and gas. I walk back and put the gas in the tank but it wont start. I pray and ask that God would make it known to me what is wrong with the truck, Right then a nice gentleman pulls over. It turns out he is one of the senior mechanics at the local ]Chevy dealership and has worked on Chevys for about 30 years. He has owned mostly suburbans himself. He helps me diagnose the problem. It is the fuel pump. I had just prayed for Gods help to diagnose the problem and a min later possibly the most qualified person in a 200 mile radius or more stopped and diagnosed it. Coincidence? Wait, there is more!. So I bought the fuel pump at Autozone. its covered under lifetime warranty. My wonderful friend and neighbor Patsy Raska helps me out by giving my kids a ride home and lets me use her car to get the fuel pump. I have my 18 year old son come with me to help. I put the pump in and as I am about to start the car, I pray that if I didn’t install it right that God will send me some help. I try to start the car, it doesn’t start. Just then Gary, pulls up to me and says “having trouble?”. Gary has spent most of his working life as a mechanic and has helped two other times I have prayed for help. He helps me track down the wiring and we find a dead wire. He had a circuit tester and the tools and knowledge I did not have. I had just prayed about this. Coincidence? Wait there is more. I then get the car started thanks to Gary. I am driving home with my son Ben and I tell him he saw God at work. I tell him the verse that says “surley thou art a God who hides himself”-Isiah,
then the one about moses, “seeing him who is unseen Moses braved the Pharaohs wrath.”
I explain to him that because moses was sure God was with him, by the things moses experienced. He was brave because he knew God was real. I tell Ben the verse, “it is the GLORY of God to hide or conceal a matter but the GLORY of kings to find it out”. Then I tell him the bible says that God has made us “kings and Priests”. I tell him God is playing hide and seek, but when you “SEE” him it’s quite a amazing thing since if God wants to play hide and seek you can bet he is good at it. So then as we are driving home we see the car in front of us, it has a vanity plate that says “HS GLORY”. Ben laughs.
___ this kind of thing happens to me several times a week, sometimes several times a day. No joke. —-
“I see knowledge of him in every place” – King David—
I tell Ben, well you saw God today, isn’t that amazing,
I read a quote attributed to Einstein. “coincidence is the disguise of God”. I know many people do not believe in God, but I see him all the time. He is always moving in my life, I am always talking to him, and he answers my questions. Like I asked him why a lot of other people never see him. I know why. I can tell you if your interested. God is the best thing about my life and he is worth playing hide and seek with, He will let you find him if you play.

No clothes?

I saw the political news, looked at my sons Ben and David and wondered what kind of country this has become, then I wrote this, it’s a little corny maybe but it’s from my heart. You may or may not like it.
 
It used to be the “emperor had no clothes”
but the intimidated public were all supposed to pretend that the emperor DID have clothes, only a stupid person couldn’t see the clothes, so we the public all went along. 
Now the emperors are finely clothed,
their wives wear $35,000 dresses and go to parties we pay for as a people but
they have no integrity to clothe them,
they write laws and exempt themselves,
they lie and get away with it,
they break laws without being jailed,
they start wars based on lies, thousands die, billions spent, an innocent mistake, I am not responsible they say
They then don’t guard the place we paid for with our young men’s lives and billions of dollars that we had to borrow, and now our paid for weapons of war are used by a more vicious enemy
they spy on anyone they want to
They use their governmental positions to crush political parties they don’t agree with
Then they “lose” the evidence of their crimes
Repeatedly
they even have all the kings horses and all the kings men be allowed to take away mens lives and then justify it.
They then use the death of a man as leverage to stay in power
If you will only make me the emperor I will fix it, they promise.
Then another man kills people because they have different skin and our emperors make a political football out of that too
Put me in power because life matters they say
Were all supposed to pretend we don’t see they are naked and acting immoraly.
We have to pretend or the free stuff might stop
If we point out our choice of emperor is naked it will make us look bad
so we stay silent
Our emperors assure us they have the finest covering of morality and virtue. it’s clearly evident, unless you’re a moron, a bigot, or a racist! they say.
and as evidence to their virtue they point out that “all evidence to the contrary” was on a “crashed” hard drive
So that is the proof they are moral. the proof is that there is no longer any proof
We pretend we don’t see they are naked
as we hold up printed cards with their names on it!
We are excited about all the promises the professional class of liars are making us, we are hopeful, that this time they will not lie.
We ignore OUR favorite emperors nakedness and point
out the other guys choice for emperor is naked, why can’t you see they are naked, we are so offended!
 
I will move out of the country if your choice is elected! we scream.
Then we call the other guy who doesn’t like our choice for new emperor a “moron”, or “Bigot,” Or “racist,” they are so-evil, we think.
The truth is we all are the morons,
We the people are the bigots
We the people are the racists.
We the people the ones in the wrong
We the people are naked
We the people
Without Love we the people have no clothes
We the people can all tell ourselves were dressed up in virtue
But without Love –
We the people are as naked as our emperors
Choosing a new emperor wont change a thing.
Until we –
We the people are all ruled by love, kindness, compassion, virtue, integrity
Choosing a new emperor wont change a thing.
Because you will still rule you, and I still rule me.
“it’s the economy stupid” is stupid
“its our hearts”
I think we can all see what “we the people” are really wearing
 
Quote From the book of Revelations
 
“you said that you are rich, and, ‘I have prospered, and I lack nothing’, and you do not know that you are sick and wretched and poor and naked,” -Jesus The Anointed One

What is truth?

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Now a days, its hard to believe anything. Photoshop, biased news, spin doctors,

it’s a sea of lies.

I tell my kids I have seen a lot, I know a little, but the truest, truth-iest, truth I know for surely sure is true is just this.

“Jesus is EXACTLY who he claimed to be”

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That is for me the most shocking fact I have ever learned and it still rings my whole being like a bell that has been sharply struck.

That one truth, is so provocative, and largely unknown, explosive in its implications and applications to everything and everyone.

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The world at large will not believe it, they will find out one day sadly. All other ideas will melt like candle wax leaving this one truth Un-melted.  It is the most important fact anyone on earth could ever know. This is the one question you need to be certain one way or the other about. Don’t just guess, or take someones word for it.

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It is cleverly hidden, ESPECIALLY from the proud.

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God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble. Some of you might know its true now. Some of you just scoff and relegate it to fairytales and delusion.

You think only the simple-minded, Child-like people believe that kind of thing.  You are right. If you’re scoffing now, I can promise you wont be later.

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‘Behold, scorners, and marvel and be destroyed, for I will do a work in your days, which you will not believe even if a man reports it to you.’ 

It is the most truth-iest truth I have ever discovered. You should settle that one question, looking at both sides and without pre-judging it either way. Its hidden.

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Is their a rapture for the Church? What the bible says.

Is there a rapture for the church?

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Consider this.
No matter when you see the seven years beginning it is exactly seven years. It is marked by the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and the Antichrist.

Christ comes at the end of the 7 years. This is laid out in Daniel. This is a date you can calculate down to the exact day when you know the date the seven years starts.

Jesus references his “return for his disciples” as surprise. Even he does not know the exact date and says no one but God knows. This “surprise” date you can not calculate.

How can a known date at the end of seven years be the same date as a surprise “unknown” return date?

A day that no one can know can not be a day that anyone can know.

The only way I can see to reconcile this is two dates.

A return in the clouds for his bride at an UNKNOWN time along with a physical KNOWN calculable return date to rule and reign. The angel in Daniel even gives us another countdown to the return as 1337 days.

He returns with all his saints, how can he RETURN with the saints if the saints have not yet left the earth?

He will put his feet on the mount of olives at the end of the seven years just as the prophecies say (a known date you can mark on a calendar) and return to keep his bride from the trial that is coming on the whole world (an unknown date) .

This It fits exactly with Jewish wedding tradition and makes Jesus words true and gives us a blessed hope rather than a dread of the future. Don’t take my word for it. Pray and ask God what he thinks, he promised to teach you all things.

 

Who are you going to vote for? I have a suggestion.

These days everyone is talking about who will be elected as our supreme government officer.  The standard I use for politicians is unfaithful in little = unfaithful in much. By this standard its easy to see very few measure up. I know one that does measure up.
Honor and integrity are flexible based on what your goals are it seems. Still God says he likes people who “sweareth and keepeth it even to his own hurt.”

I have lost hope in politics and put my hope in God and the return of Christ because its the only realistic hope for change. I can trust God in my daily life though and change my small world for the better. Electing Christ as your president in a world with only one vote, your vote.

Crushing my own frailties and errors by trusting Christ really works when its worked. By simple trust in Christ living in us we can all live under the new coming government right now, instead of waiting till later. It’s voluntary, and not forced on anyone-unlike the current spiritual government which the non trusting world is under. Trusting Christ for help aligns us with the new government to come in the now and makes us citizens of heaven where the king is set. It allows me to take my hopes out of this current time and politicians. It allows me to join the government “to come” right now in every second I choose to exersize trust instead of some far off “someday”. This reality is just the fish well for God to fish out the good stuff before he makes the permanent reality. As your own body will show you this is all temporary.

Believing this helps me not get too upset about all the stuff I can’t do much about leading to frustration and puts me in a active position of governing my small part of the world personally by trusting God for the power to do it. It allows me to see his power in action right now.

I have often lost my way in this and been sidetracked but its the only game in town for real change in my little world, right now, today. I vote with every second, every moment to trust and focus on Christ for help or not. No formal election needed, no dependence on frail people or my corrupted self. It doesn’t depend on “pack money”, or leaders promises. No one elses votes count. Electing Christ your leader  every moment by moment by child like trust. After all if we can’t govern our selves can we depend on others frail mortals to govern us? Can you trust them where it really counts, in your corner of the world.

Faith in God is powerful  and not just “peter pan advice” (sorry Billy Joel). I have seen his power in any moment I use my faith. I have seen it work thousands of times.

Despite all my failings I keep seeing Gods hand in my life because I have learned his love and care of me is based on faith. The bible says even trusting is not from yourself, it too is a gift of God.
It’s made “legal” despite my record of law breaking because someone showed up and gave his life of non law breaking to me. A free Gift. Not trusting myself or my performance or lack of it is as a foundation that takes the pressure off of me to be perfect because its all ready done. The bible says God has all ready “perfected” all those he is sanctifying (cleaning up). You may not realize it, you may not feel it but you are all ready perfect in Gods eyes. He is cleaning you up from faith to faith but as far as perfection goes you all ready have it. This frees me from a relationship based on a record of personal performance and a relationship based on the performance and empowerment of another. A relationship that is from unearned favor. It’s called “grace”. “truths”. Angels are broadcasters like a cell tower. Believe them and follow their urges and they will become your leader. Once you elect them as leaders they become your dictators. Paul says when you obey sin it’s your last free act. Jesus arrived and said that he people were all “slaves of sin (the current spiritual government) , and slaves do not have rights.” With the God of this world you choose and then choice is over. By not voting you vote for the current one, which you mistakenly believe is yourself. It’s not, that’s an illusion.
The bible says “know ye not the one you yield yourself to obey, he will become your master”.
With Christ you vote first by your belief in him and what he did for you and that opens the door to being able to obey his influence. He is the new coming leader and will take over everything. You will all vote for your spiritual leader.  You can vote for Christ every second by trusting him. “the justified will walk by faith” but it’s voluntary not forced like the other government. .
Jesus will be proclaimed the leader over everyone after this is all settled out. Deny yourself and the world and choose the winning ticket now, it will be too late to choose him later

 

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Your power, or his rest?

Sometimes our human nature gets christians so wrapped up in keeping their various denominational laws and our own made up rules that we miss the out on the power that allows us to do what God wants us to. We soon look down on others who don’t keep the rules in the same way we do, the very people we are to serve. We often miss out on following the spirit of Christ by faith and focus on our own self effort by keeping rules. Our power is weak and no substitute for a living dependent relationship empowered by Christ. Jesus tells us that “without him we can do nothing” and “as you received Christ so walk ye in him.” Thats a walk of depending on him and not our selves. He walked this way as well saying that what he did was empowered by his father and he spoke only the words his father spoke through him. He walked by depending on Gods power and we are told to walk in the same way through the open door Christs obedience has made for us. Depending on his power to do what we ought offers real rest. “come unto me all you who labor and I will give you rest.” imagesREST+series+background

A warm friendly fire or a Donald Trump like yell “your fired!”

“God is love”
and at the same time
God is a “consuming fire”,
one day everything you did today, yesterday and tommorow will pass through the fire of Gods love, what will remain of your life? Will your life amount to ashes?
Life’s selfish endeavors profits nothing, a puff of smoke, a pile of ash. In the light of love that sort of life will be seen for what it actually is.
However, day by day, moment by moment, moving with the spirit of God, animated by Gods love, following him creates a legacy. Even the smallest act in love, a cup of cold water to the thirsty, a kind word to the weary. A life of love guarantees your life’s actions will endure forever, bright and shining seen by all in the midst of a friendly fire.
The fires coming for sure. Everything everyone does goes through the fire eventually. Will it be a friendly fire, or a terrifying one?

is there or rapture or is there not a rapture?

as to the person who said there is no rapture. The prophecies of Daniel and Revelations point out that that at the end of the last week of Daniel’s seventy weeks of years Jesus will return to earth and put an end to the anti christ. Also we know that the beginning of the tribulation is when the anti christ makes a peace treaty with Israel. Daniel 9:27

So we know that seven years to the day Jesus will come back to earth to set foot on the mount of olives.

An angel points out to Daniel that blessed are they that wait the 1335 days, when the messiah arrives at the end of the tribulation.

http://biblehub.com/daniel/12-12.htm

When the disciples ask Jesus about his return for them he tells them no man knows the day or the hour not even the angels or himself but the father only.

My question to you is if the exact day second coming of Jesus (the end of the seven years) can be calculated by several reference points to the exact day, then what day is Jesus speaking about when he says he will return for his disciples at a day which no one but God will know. Is he speaking about his return at the end of the seven year tribulation?
The people in the tribulation calculate the exact day of the end of the seven years since they could know the exact date the peace treaty was signed. (Daniel 9:27)

people in the tribulation know that after the midpoint of the seven years that after 1335 days that the messiah would return, as the angel pointed out. This exact day is used as a focus of hope. Like a countdown.

So the exact day second coming of Jesus at the end of the seven years will be known by many people from these two reference points.

As to his return for his disciples Jesus said no one, not even him or angels would know that day.

Is the second coming of Jesus at the end of the seven year period and the day jesus returns like a thief in the night the same day? Do thieves make appointments? Is Jesus speaking on only one date in both verses? The point is Jesus and the prophets prove that there is indeed a return of Jesus that can be calculated down to the exact date (the end of the seven years), and a return of Jesus for his disciples that will come like a thief in the night (an unknown day) that can’t be calculated to the exact date. One is the second coming where he steps on the earth and the other one in the clouds when he takes his bride away in keeping with the jewish wedding tradition (that he alluded to in his parables in only the father knowing the date for the son to claim his bride) Yes Virginia there is a rapture…

The itsy bitsy spider, busily setting up it’s web has no Idea what is coming.

I was washing the car and found a spider making a web between the car fender and the tire. I was thinking I should remove it but then I thought the car was going to take me somewhere soon so why bother. The web was coming down when the car moved anyway.
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I then thought if I could talk to the spider and tell it what a car was and how much power it had, the fact that it moved etc, then the spider would flee in terror. I realized even if I could talk to the spider like Dr. Doolittle, the spider would likely not believe me because it contradicted “spider knowledge.” Spiders have no idea cars exists, and even if you told spiders they would not believe you. The car will be moving and all the spiders efforts to spin it’s web will soon be forgotten by all.

New International Version
Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.

New Living Translation
You will look in vain for those who tried to conquer you. Those who attack you will come to nothing.

English Standard Version
You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.

New American Standard Bible
“You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.

King James Bible
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will look for those who contend with you, but you will not find them. Those who war against you will become absolutely nothing.

International Standard Version
Those who quarrel with you will be as nothing; those who fight you like nothing at all!”

NET Bible
When you will look for your opponents, you will not find them; your enemies will be reduced to absolutely nothing.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
You will search for your enemies, but you will not find them. Those who are at war with you will be reduced to nothing and no longer exist.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt seek them and shalt not find them, even those that contended with thee; those that war against thee shall be as nothing and as a thing of nought.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall seek them, and shall not find them, even them that contended with you: they that war against you shall be as nothing, and as a thing not existing.

American King James Version
You shall seek them, and shall not find them, even them that contended with you: they that war against you shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nothing.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contend with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find the men that resist thee: they shall be as nothing: and as a thing consumed the men that war against thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them — them that contend with thee; they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contend with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

Webster’s Bible Translation
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of naught.

World English Bible
You will seek them, and won’t find them, even those who contend with you. Those who war against you will be as nothing, as a non-existent thing.

Young’s Literal Translation
Thou seekest them, and findest them not, The men who debate with thee, They are as nothing, yea, as nothing, The men who war with thee.

http://biblehub.com/isaiah/41-12.htm