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In seeking to further apply  Titus 2:1
- "But as for you,
speak [gently, in humility (II Tim. 2:24-26)]  the things which
are proper for sound doctrine ..." (NKJV ; emphasis ours) - we
are bringing 
a new format to our 2018 blogs.  We hope you
are further edified in this year's new approach.


A special end-of-quarter blog ...

 

A Message of  HOPE  &  RESURRECTION  Praise

 

Dear global inhabitants,

God has clearly communicated HIS most basic message to us:

Humanity has a problem:  SIN  &  the consequence of  SIN  is
                                   both physical  &  spiritual (eternal)  DEATH.

God loves His special creation made in His image (man) such 
that He is willing to  SAVE  us from that which all of humanity 
has not been able to save us from:  SIN  and  DEATH.

God has come - Immanuel - as the Son of God, Jesus Christ to:

1.  Pay for the SIN of all of mankind through His blood by dying
      on the cross - Good Friday's celebration!

2.  Erase the consequence of SIN - death - by His victory over death
      through His resurrection - Resurrection Sunday's celebration!

One  CONDITION  is required to  apply  God's provision over sin
and death:  One MUST  receive  God's gift in the person and work
of Jesus Christ in order to  activate,  personally, this gift of forgive-
ness of sin and eternal life which the one true and glorious Creator
YHVH God has made available to all ... to whosoever will.

In HIM - in Christ alone - we find our solutions to sin and death;
In HIM - in Christ alone - we are offered salvation unto life eternal.

One must personally acknowledge and repent of his/her sin  AND
accept by faith, God's mercy and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Are you  IN CHRIST  today?  If NOT, please  CLICK  HERE
for directions to enter into Life in Him.

If you are  IN CHRIST  today, please consider this message
from Him:

"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which
I say?  Whoever comes to Me,  and  hears My sayings  and  does
them,  I will show you whom he is like:  He is like a man building a
house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.  And when
the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and
could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.  BUT  he who 
heard  and  did nothing  
is like a man who built a house on the earth
without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently;
and immediately it fell.  And the ruin of that house was great."  
(Luke 6:46-49 ; NJKV ; emphases ours ; also see Mt. 7:13-29)


Dear Savior God, thank You for dying for the sins of man.
Thank You for Your glorious victory over death through Your
resurrection.  Father, thank You for creating all things through 
Your eternal Word - God with us - Who came to seek and to 
save the lost.  Thank You for Your Son, our Savior - Christ
Jesus our Lord.  And thank You, Lord Jesus, for sending 
Your Spirit, the Holy Spirit of God.  We praise You for the
glorious heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus as we walk in
Your Spirit unto Your glory and praise.   Blessed be!  You,
oh Most High YHVH God.  Even so, please come quickly
Lord Jesus!  Amen

 

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Week of 4/2-6  (B14;18)

 

God's Holy Word:  FOREVER  Powerful & True


The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word
of our God stands forever.

Isaiah 40:8


Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
The entirety of Your word  is  truth, and every one
of Your righteous judgments  endures  forever.

Psalm 119:89, 160


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  Do not think that I came
to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come 
to destroy but to fulfill.  For assuredly, I say to you,
till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one 
tittle will by no means pass from the law till all
is fulfilled.

Matthew 5:17, 18


All Scripture  is  given by inspiration of God, and
is  profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God
may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every
good work.

II Timothy 3:16, 17


For the word of God  is  living and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even 
to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

( passages quoted from the NKJ version of the Bible )


Father God, thank You for Your revelation to us concerning 
You being Truth.  And thank You for caring so for us that You
have revealed crucial Truths to us concerning You and our
upcoming eternal existence.  Help, please, the unbelieving
to know their eternal state is only bright in You.  Move them
to better discern the truths which Your Son proclaimed
concerning the awful state of the one sent to the Lake of
Fire.  And help Your people in Christ Jesus Your Son heed
Your Counsel regarding the importance of enduring to the
end.  Yes precious God of glory, God of grace, thank You
for Your love letter to us in Your Word.  In Jesus Christ's
holy name we pray.  Amen 

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Week of 4/9-13  (B15;18)

 

The  10  Kings

 

You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image!  This
great image, whose splendor  was  excellent, stood before
you; and its form  was  awesome.  This image's head  was
of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs 
of bronze, its legs or iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of
clay.  You watched while a stone was cut out without hands,
which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke
them in pieces.  Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver,
and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff
from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them
away so that no trace of them was found.  And the stone
that struck the image became a great mountain and filled
the whole earth.  
This  is  the dream.  Now we will tell the interpretation of it
before the king.  You, O king [ King Nebuchadnezzar ],  are
a king of kings.  For the God of heaven has given you a 
kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the
children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the
birds of the heaven, He has given  them  into your hand,
and has made you ruler over them all - you  are  this head
of gold.  But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior
to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which
shall rule over all the earth.  And the fourth kingdom shall
be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces
and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes,  that
kingdom  
will break in pieces and crush all the others.
Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's
clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided;
yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you 
saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.   And  as  the toes
of the feet  were  partly of iron and partly of clay,  so  the
kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.  As you
saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with
the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another,
just as iron does not mix with clay.  And in the days of
these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom
which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall
not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and
consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the
mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the
iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold - the
great God has made known to the king what will come
to pass after this.  The dream is certain, and its
interpretation is sure.

Daniel 2:31-35, 36-45


Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came
and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the
judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with
whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the
inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of
her fornication."  ...  I saw the woman, drunk with the blood
of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.  And
when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.  But the
angel said to me, "Why did you marvel?  I will tell you the
mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her,
which has the seven heads and the ten horns.  ...  The ten
horns which you saw are ten kings, who have received no
kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as
kings with the beast.  These are of one mind, and they will
give their power and authority to the beast.  These will make
war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for
He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those  who are
with Him  are  called, chosen, and faithful."

Revelation 17:1, 2, 6, 7, 12-14

The passages above are taken from the NKJV ; emphases ours.


Lord, may we follow the correct and most appropriate example
of King Nebuchadnezzar and  fall  on our faces in worshipful
awe  of You.  Thank You for Daniel 2:46, 47.  May we, Your
Church, be wise enough to say,  "NO!"  to the antichrist who
will depose three of the  soon-to-appear kings  of the days of
the end and, together with the other beast, set up  another
image  of great darkness [ cf. Daniel 3 ].  In Your kind mercy
and grace, let the reader, Lord, understand.  In Jesus Christ's
precious name, amen.


A question to seriously ponder:

Could  MBS  be a possible candidate for the antichrist?

Please use  explicit  Bible data when you research this question.

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Week of 4/16-20  (B16;18)

 

The  THREE  Kings  Of Daniel 7


Daniel spoke, saying, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold,
the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea.  And
four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from 
the other."  ...  "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold,
a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong.  It had
huge iron teeth;  it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and
trampling the residue with its feet.  It  was  different from all the
beasts that  were  before it, and it had ten horns.  I was con-
sidering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one,
coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns
were plucked out by the roots.  And there, in this horn,  were
eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous
words."  ...  "I watched then because of the sound of the pompous
words which the horn was speaking;  I watched till the beast was
slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame."  ...
"Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which
was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful,  with  its
teeth of iron and its nails of bronze,  which  devoured, broke in
pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet;  and the ten horns
that  were  on its head, and the other  horn  which came up, before
which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth
which spoke pompous words, whose appearance  was  greater
than his fellows.  I was watching;  and the same horn was making
war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the 
Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made  in favor  of 
the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to
possess the kingdom.  Thus he said:  The fourth beast shall be
a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all  other
kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break
it in pieces.  The ten horns  are  ten kings  who  shall arise from
this kingdom.  And another shall rise after them;  he shall be
different from the first  ones,  and shall subdue three kings.
He shall speak  pompous  words against the Most High, shall
persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change
times and law.  Then  the saints  shall be given into his hand for
a time and times and half a time.

Daniel 7:2, 3, 7, 8;  11;  19-25* ...

(the quotation above is taken from the NKJV)


Lord God omniscient and omnipotent, please help Your
Saints in Your Son, Jesus Christ, maintain/persevere in
the Daniel 7:26, 27 perspective whereby we are strongly 
encouraged to  heed  Your Counsel to  endure to the end.  
Thank You for Your mandate to do so - so clearly given by 
Your Son [as recorded in Mark 13:13].  We PRAISE You most 
kind and protective Shepherd of our souls.  Amen

*  Amazing predictions indeed, yet, in the unfolding of it all,
    another one of those  "but God"  chapters  opens - see
    verse 26!   :-) 

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Week of 4/23-27  (B17;18)

 

How  GREAT  Is Our God

 

King David enjoyed a  bigger-picture  perspective.
Here's a small part of his  song of praise  to the LORD:

Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Each day proclaim the good news that He saves.
Publish His glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things He does.
Great is the Lord!  He is most worthy of praise!
He is to be revered above all gods.
The gods of other nations are merely idols,
but the LORD made the heavens!
Honor and majesty surround Him;
strength and beauty are in His dwelling.

I Chronicles 16:23-27 ; NLT ; emphases ours

And in this context, please recall this:

(Jesus Christ speaking)  " ... I am the way, the
truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father
except through Me."       (see John 14:6 ; NKJV)


Holy Triune God, we praise You.  We thank You for
Your mercy and grace.  Your mercies are new every
morning;  Your grace is sufficient and sweet.  We bow
our knees in humble adoration oh everlasting Father.
Please come quickly Lord Jesus.  Amen

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Week of 4/30 - 5/4  (B18;18)

 

The  3rd Seal  Of Revelation 6

 

When He [the Lamb] opened the third seal, I [John] heard
the third living creature say, "Come and see."  So I looked,
and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair
of scales in his hand.  And I heard a voice in the midst of 
the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a
denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and
do not harm the oil and the wine.

(Revelation 6:5, 6 ; NKJV)


Priceless Protective Shepherd:  There is NONE like Thee!
We praise You concerning how You have walked with Your
covenant peoples over the past six millennia.  You are,
indeed, merciful and holy.  Blessed be.  Thank You that
we - the final generation of Your eternal New Covenant
people in Jesus Christ Your Son - are  SAFE  in Your 
loving hands ... even through martyrdom if that be our
lot.  Help us Father.  Help us  rightly  prepare - in mind,
material provision and spirit - whereby we heed Your
Counsel toward being properly  watchful  so that we 
avoid the failure of the Sardis Church [see Rev. 3:1-6].
We don't want to be those who find ourselves unpre-
pared for the  theif-in-the-night  appearing of our Savior.
Instead, Lord God, we desire to be Your Ambassadors
during the early part of the Day of the Lord before our
final trumpet rapture gathering whereby we miss Your
wrath when it is poured out during the Bowls of Wrath.
All-knowing Father, thank You for Your Counsel in 
I Thes. 5!  May we be doers of Your Word unto Your
glory and praise.  In the name of the Lamb of God
Who takes away the sin of the world ... in the name
of Your dear Son in Whom You are well pleased, amen.  

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Week of 5/7-11  (B19;18)

 

The  Debut  Of The Antichrist, The Man Of Lawlessness

 

After this I [Daniel] saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth
beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong.  It had huge iron
teeth;  it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the
residue with its feet.  It  was  different from all the beasts that
were  before it, and it had ten horns.  I was considering the horns,
and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them,
before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots.
And there, in this horn,  were  eyes like the eyes of a man, and a
mouth speaking pompous words.  ...  I was watching;  and the
same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing
against them  ...  The ten horns  are  ten kings  who  shall arise
from this kingdom.  And another shall rise after them;  he shall
be different from the first  ones,  and shall subdue three kings.
He shall speak  pompous  words against the Most High, and
shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to
change times and law.  Then  the saints  shall be given into his 
hand for a time and times and half a time.  But the court shall be
seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and
destroy  it  forever.  Then the kingdom and dominion, and the
greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be 
given to the people, the saints of the Most High.  His kingdom
is  an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and
obey Him.

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors
have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce
features, who understands sinister schemes.  His power shall
be mighty, but not by his own power;  he shall destroy fearfully,
and shall prosper and thrive;  he shall destroy the mighty, and
also  the holy people.  Through his cunning he shall cause 
deceit to prosper under his rule;  and he shall exalt  himself
in his heart.  He shall destroy many in  their  prosperity.  He 
shall even rise against the Prince of princes;  but he shall be
broken without  human  means.  And the vision of the evenings
and mornings which was told is true;  therefore seal up the
vision, for  it refers  to many days  in the future.

There shall arise in his place one who imposes taxes  on  the
glorious kingdom;  but within a few days he shall be destroyed,
but not in anger or in battle.   And in his place shall arise a vile
person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty;  but he
shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue.
With the force of a flood they shall be swept away from before
him and be broken, and also the prince of the covenant.  And 
after the league  is made  with him he shall act deceitfully, for
he shall come up and become strong with a small  number of
people.  He shall enter peaceably, even into the richest places
of the province;  and he shall do  what  his fathers have not 
done, nor his forefathers:  he shall disperse among them the
plunder, spoil, and riches;  and he shall devise his plans 
against the strongholds, but  only  for a time.

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon
shaken, in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by 
letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.  Let
no one deceive you by any means;  for  that Day will not come
unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is
revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts him-
self above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that
he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he
is God.  Do you not remember that when I was still with you
I told you these things?  And now you know what is restraining,
that he may be revealed in his own time.  For the mystery of
lawlessness is already at work;  only He who now restrains
will do so  untill He is taken out of the way.  And then the 
lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume
with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness
of His coming.  The coming of the  lawless one  is according
to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying
wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those
who perish, because they did not receive the love of the
truth, that they might be saved.  And for this reason God
will send them strong delusion, that they should believe
the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not 
believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Daniel 7:8, 21, 24-27 ; Daniel 8:23-26 ; Daniel 11:20, 21-24
and  II Thessalonians 2:1-12  (NKJV)

And please note  qualities of the antichrist  in the New
Testament book of 1 John.

Also see page 185 - titled "Future Events to Ponder" - in our
book,  The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering: An Introduction
for further contemporary cultural affairs  most  important to 
our well being.  Note the left column.


Omniscient Father God, we once again offer sincere and deeply
humble  praise  to You for graciously revealing to us Your Counsel
regarding the end of days - our days.  Open our eyes, please, that
we may behold awesome things which Your Word speaks to con-
cerning the days around the public emergence of the little horn,
the antichrist.  In the name of Jesus Christ Your Son we pray, amen.

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Week of 5/14-18  (B20;18)

 

Our  OMNISCIENT  Informant

 

Do you know how the clouds are balanced, those wondrous works
of Him who is  perfect  in knowledge?

Job 37:16 


For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and
knows all things.

I John 3:20


 am  the LORD, that  is  My name; and My glory I will not
give to another, nor My praise to carved images.  Behold, the 
former things have come to pass, and new things I declare;
before they spring forth I tell you of them.  ...  Remember the
former things of old, for I  am  God, and  there is  no other; 
I am  God, and  there is  none like Me, declaring the end 
from the beginning, and from ancient times  things  that
are not  yet  done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and 
I will do all My pleasure' ...

Isaiah 42:8, 9 ; 46:9, 10

(The passages above are taken from the NKJV ; emphases ours)


YHVH God  knows  perfectly,  encompassing  everything,  
even the future.


Lord God, as You well know in Your omniscience, one message high-
lighted in the  Contact  movie was such an example of  self deception!
Please open the eyes of the defiant and show them their blatant dis-
regard for Truth.  Yes Lord, expose the fallacy they hold, especially
in light of Your Word which speaks to Your  foreknowledge  of end-
time events.  THANK YOU  for the powerful analogy of Isaiah 55:8, 9
and the revelation that You've created the vastness of our universe to,
in part, illustrate the degree of Your omniscience.  And help us Your
people, Lord!  Help us heed Your Counsel concerning our new lives
in Your Son during these  end of days.  Help us to shine for You in
these days of great darkness.  We PRAISE You loving Creator and
Savior.  It's in Christ Jesus' holy name we pray, amen. 

P.S.  God's knowledge of  each  man (male and female) is  MOST
         intimate!  Jesus' insights as recorded in  Matthew 6:8  and  
         10:30  speak to His knowledge of each and every one of us.  
         Psalm 139  (e.g., see vv. 1, 2, 4, 16)  testifies to the reality 
         of God's omniscience.  Will we respond  realistically  like
         David the psalmist did?  - see verse 6 

         God also knows our  greatest  need:  to be in His Son, the Lord
         Jesus.  Have  YOU  placed your trust in Him (by receiving Him
         by faith) whereby you are  eternally saved  from your sin - sin
         which brings death and separation from God  IF  one rejects
         His gift of Life in God's only Savior, Jesus Christ?

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Week of 5/21-25  (B21;18)

 

The  TAX  Imposer  Of  Daniel 11


There shall arise in his place one who imposes taxes on  the
glorious kingdom;  but within a few days he shall be destroyed,
but not in anger or in battle.   Daniel 11:20 ; NKJV


Many believe, in light of the content of the rest of this eleventh 
chapter, the antichrist is described in Daniel 11:21ff.  Because
this vile person rises  after  the one who imposes taxes on the
glorious kingdom, it is reasonable to include this tax imposer
as one of the signs which come prior to the activity of the vile
person.


Father God, as the book of Daniel manifests itself to be Your
written book (written through Daniel) due to the accuracy of
the specific forecast of the global kingdoms which followed the
Babylonian empire, so too does this book speak to very specific
details concerning things which take place before the little horn
fulfills Your prophetic details concerning the covenant, the taking
away of the daily sacrifices and who then goes on to set up the 
abomination of desolation.  THANK YOU for informing us as
to events which come before the  war  this one brings against
Your saints.  Help us, Father, rightly prepare to be Your lights
during these days, too - for those who remain on the earth
during this fantastic time. 




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