ARTICLES - FOCUS ON GOD'S WORD
Keep MY Commandments
LOVING THE LORD GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIND
Lenny Smith's - "You Are The River" - Enter to Worship Jesus Christ
WE SHALL BE CHANGED IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE
SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD
The CROSS - The cost of our Redemption from sin CRUCIFIXION
LINE UP OF THE END OF THE AGE EVENTS AND PROPHECIES
LINKS AND BANNERS
THE REALITY OF HELL
A WORD OF THANKS TO PASTOR MURRAY
THE WATERS OBEY JESUS
PERSECUTIONS OF CHRISTIANS - TODAY
I WILL BE UNTO THEM AS A LION
PETER THE APOSTLE - A FISHER OF MEN
USS LIBERTY by RONALD KUKAL
ONE NATION UNDER GOD - IN GOD WE TRUST
CHRISTIANS - TAKE HEED - WATCH AND PRAY!!!
WORLD - WOE TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH!!!
BABYLON -YOU WILL SUDDENLY BE FALLEN!!!
There will be another Holocaust!!! This time around it will be called the GREAT TRIBULATION. Here is what the Word of God says.
Matthew 24:21 tells us what Christ said, “For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor shall ever be.”
Some have taught that the GATHERING of “those who are alive and remain unto the Coming of the Lord”, in 1 Thessalonians 4:15, indicates Christians who have survived. Survived what? Survived the GREAT TRIBULATION.
The persecution of the Jewish people in the Holocaust is a black spot in the history of mankind. What we need to remember is that many other black spots have taken place in the history of mankind.
Christians from all over the world have been persecuted and martyred throughout the history of the Church and are still being martyred today. Not only do we see it in the daily news, but there are websites which give detailed accounts of such atrocities. Murder and torture of Christians will not end until Jesus Christ returns to Earth to rule and reign as KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS.
Hebrews 11:35-38 - “Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:” “And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yeas moreover of bonds and imprisonment:” “They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;” “(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”
~~cdl~~ Now we ask, what if it comes to you that you are persecuted for believing in Jesus Christ? Are you spiritually prepared? Are you afraid of what the future holds for you and your family? ~~cdl~~
TRIALS AND PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS
James 1:2 - “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trial,”
~~cdl~~ What do you do when you are faced with trials? Do you get filled with joy, trusting that Christ is with you? Brothers and Sisters, there is a GREAT TRIBULATION coming, you must prepare spiritually so that you will be able to claim Victory in Jesus and not go down in defeat. ~~cdl~~
Matthew 10:22 - “And you shall be hated of all men for My Name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.”
~~cdl~~ Note what it says - you will be hated. Are you ready to take that on? How good are you at enduring, when faced with hatred? ~~cdl~~
Luke 6:22 -23 - “Blessed are you when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake.” “Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.”
~~cdl~~ If you are hated for Christ’s sake, you are blessed, ever think of that? Most think being blessed is when being loved, praised and fawned over. Anyone experience joy when you are hated for Christ’s sake? Remember this, your reward for suffering for Christ is stored up for you in Heaven.
1 John 3:13 - “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.”
~~cdl~~ Surprised when you are hated? Don’t be, it comes with being a Christian. Remember, keep your eyes on an Eternity with Christ. ~~cdl~~
1 Timothy 2:12 - “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, he also will deny us:”
~~cdl~~ We have a promise here, if we suffer for Christ while here on Earth, we shall reign with Him. Glory Hallelujah!!! Are you ready for such an honor? Are you willing to undergo suffering for His Name. The verse also has a warning, it says, if anyone denies Him, He will deny that person. ~~cdl~~
2 Timothy 3:12- “Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
~~cdl~~ It says right here, you will suffer persecution if you follow His Way and live godly. If you are not suffering some kind of persecution, physical or spiritual, what does that say about your Christian life? If you are suffering persecution for living a godly life, then Praise God!! ~~cdl~~
Romans 8:16,17 - “ The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” 1 Peter 2:21 - “For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:”
~~cdl~~ Here is a promise - if we suffer with Christ, we shall be glorified with Him. Christ gave us an example - He suffered for us, so we are quite likely to be called on to suffer for Him. ~~cdl~~
Revelation 7:9-17 - “After this I beheld, and, behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;” “And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God Who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb”. “And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,” “Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and where do they come from?” “And I said unto him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” “Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sits on the throne shall dwell among them.” “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.” “For the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
~~cdl~~ What promises!! God shall live among His people, after the Tribulation. They shall worship and serve Him with thankful and grateful hearts. He shall supply them with fountains of water, He shall wipe tears from their eyes, and they shall not hunger or thirst anymore or suffer from the heat. The question is who are these people? It says, they are those who come out of the Great Tribulation. The verses indicate that these saints have suffered from heat, thirst, hunger and tears. ~~cdl~~
Matthew 16:24 - “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
~~cdl~~ Christ calls on His followers to deny themselves and follow Him. How does one deny oneself? How about denying one’s self some TV? How about denying one’s self the things that interfere with communing with Christ and reading the Word?
Daniel 7:21 - “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.”
~~cdl~~ This is taken by most to mean that the horn is the leader of the global government (anti-Christ, beast, or Satan) will make war with Christians in the GREAT TRIBULATION. Note that it says he will prevail. That means to succeed and to persuade successfully. What will he succeed in doing? Turning the world against Christians and having them slaughtered? What will he succeed in persuading people about? Himself being Christ? ~~cdl~~
Revelation 11:7 - “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”
~~cdl~~ Brothers and Sisters in Christ, are you ready to testify for Christ? Are you ready to be put to death for Him? Are you ready to face the spiritual or physical warfare that will come your way? The beast (the horn, the anti-Christ, the world leader, or Satan) that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against you. Study God’s Word to understand what you may face in your lifetime, and learn how to nestle into the everlasting arms of Christ. ~~cdl~~
Matthew 24:9 - “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for My Name's sake.
~~cdl~~ In these verses the hatred moves beyond hatred into the cesspool of murder. You will be delivered means to be taken into some kind of custody and put on some kind of trial. Or does it mean some kind of spiritual testing? Christians are and will continue to be killed for their Christian beliefs. Are you willing to be martyred for Christ’s sake? Here, again, there is a call to endure. ~~cdl~~
Revelation 6:9-11 - “And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” “And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”
~~cdl~~ This passage of Scripture is pretty clear. Many of the servants and brethren of Christ, who hold to His Word, are going to be slain. They have been down through the history of the Church, and they will continue to be. Blood is real. Death is real. Persecution is real. Martyrdom is real. But Glory to God, so is Victory in Jesus!!!!!! ~~cdl~~
Revelation 2:10 - “Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
~~cdl~~ It is clear in this passage concerning the End of the Age, that some Christians will be put in prison and some will be put to death. There is a reward for those who are faithful, a crown of life. ~~cdl~~
Revelation 20:4 - “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
~~cdl~~ Those who are beheaded for their witness to Jesus, will live again and reign with Him during His thousand year Millennial Kingdom. Note that they did not worship the beast or his image or receive his mark upon their forehead or in their hands. Brother and Sister in Christ, be aware of who the beast may be and what this mark may be, it is a matter of eternal significance. Don’t let yourself be deceived. ~~cdl~~
Revelation 3:5 “He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels.”
~~`cdl~~ If you are an overcomer - you will be clothed in white raiment and your name will not be blotted out of the book of life. Christ will confess your name before His Father and the angels. What promises!! ~~cdl~~
Revelation 3:12,21 - “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the Name of My God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My New Name.” “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and Am set down with My Father in His throne.”
~~cdl~~ If you overcome you will be a pillar in the temple of God and Christ will write His Name upon you. Another glorious promise to those who overcome, you will share with Christ in His Throne/Kingdom/Authority. ~~cdl~~
Revelation 2:7,17,26 - “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches;” “To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows except he that receives it.” “And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:”
~~cdl~~ Just look at all the promises given to the one who overcomes until the END. Read these verses over and list out the promises. Most are way beyond our comprehension. ~~cdl~~
Hebrews 13:5 - “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for He has said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
~~cdl~~ Be comforted, just remember that Christ has promised to never leave you or forsake you, regardless of what lies ahead. If you end up in prison for Christ’s sake, He will be with you. If you are put on trial for Christ’s sake, He will be at your side. If you are to be put to death, Christ will be with you as you leave planet Earth and enter the corridors of Eternity. ~~cdl~~
Matthew 28:18-20 - “And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” “Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, behold, I am with you always, even unto the End of the World. Amen.”
~~`cdl~~ Look at this promise, Christ said,” I am with you always.” For how long? Stretched way out there, even until the End of this World /Age. No matter how tough the going gets as the End of the World/Age approaches, He says He will stay with you. Christ keeps all His promises. ~~cdl~~
So how do you survive and overcome? Look to God’s Written and Living Word for help.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” - “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” - “Let the word of Christ live in you richly.” - Colossians 3:2,15,16
Matthew 10:28-31 - "And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And not one of them is forgotten before God." (Luke 12:6) "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered." "Fear not therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows."
Trust HIM when dark days assail thee,
Yes, as we have seen, Christians will continue to be persecuted and martyred, even until the End of the Age. It is likely that the persecution of Christians will spill over to anyone, world wide, who does not submit to the global government.
So we get to the question, will the USA, specifically, face an invasion and/or lose all her freedom to a controlling foreign, global or internal force? What do many think Scripture indicates?
In light of these thoughts, there is a question often asked by those studying Prophecy. Could the USA be the Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18, and Jeremiah 50 and 51? Babylon is thought by some to be the global government; some think it is apostate Protestant and Catholic Christianity, mixed in with all the false religions of the world; some think it is the commercial empire of the world; some think it is the country of Iraq; some think it is the UN; some think it is the USA; and some think it is all of the above mixed together into one big Babel. As you can see, there is a long list of possibilities. To many, the USA fits the description presented in these chapters of the Bible.
We are NOT saying that the USA is Babylon. We just want to look at some Scripture and compare the two and then look at what is happening in the USA concerning Martial Law.
In 1968 Zondervan Publishing Co. published S. Franklin Logsdon's 64 page book, "Is The USA In Prophecy?" Logsdon listed many of the prophecies from these Scriptures that he thought fit or described America. There are many more verses than the ones listed below. Study over these passages of Scripture for yourself and see what you think.
Once was a Cup of Gold in Gods Hand (Jeremiah 51:7, Revelation 17:4)'IF' America is Babylon, this is how it would be attacked and destroyed.
Sudden (Jeremiah 50:24)
Here is another thought concerning the USA. Does the USA come from the Lost Tribes of Israel, in particular, the Tribe of Manasseh? It is pretty much evident from historical documents that it does. Ephraim's migration has been traced to England. (Dr. E. Raymone Capt's "THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT") Zebulun's migration has been traced to Holland (Helene Koppejan's "STRANGE PARALLEL") Manasseh's migration has been traced to the USA. You can find documents in the libraries of the world concerning this matter. Believing the validity of these historical documents does not make one a Supremacist or a hate - monger. So if much of the citizenry of the USA comes from the Tribe of Manasseh, any promises or admonishing from God to Israel or the Tribe of Manasseh, follow through to this very day and until the End of the Age.
(There are many websites on the internet where you may do some research on this subject.)
Take a look at the laws that have been passed by our government leaders that the average USA citizen knows nothing about. When you read this, you will wonder if this country is still the land of the FREE?
All of the following EXECUTIVE ORDERS, drawn up by our PRESIDENTS, are combined under one EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 11490.
Presidential EXECUTIVE ORDERS, whether Constitutional or nor, become laws simply by publication in the Federal Registry. Congress is bypassed. The following have been on the books for over 30 years and could be enacted at a moments notice under "Marshal Law" by the stroke of a pen:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take control of all modes of transportation, control highways and seaports.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 12148 ENTITLED: "FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT."
"All functions vested in the President that have been delegated or assigned to the Defense of Civil Preparedness Agency and Department of Defense, are now transferred or reassigned to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)."
These EO's are for real.
Thousands of our Relatives, Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters died to protect our freedom, only to have it legislated away by our Government.
This once great country is crumbling. It is turning its back on Almighty God. It is steeped in sin and rebellion. How long will it be before God judges it?
Will our country be invaded? Will the day come when it will be under the control of global government, along with the rest of the world?
But take heart, Jesus said all these things must be before He Returns. And return He shall!!! He shall come in Godly Splendor to vanquish all sin and evil. He shall come to sit on His throne in Jerusalem to rule over the whole world. Praise God, Hallelujah, Amen!!!!