Monday, August 10, 2020

Are ya hurtin’ some today? Had some losses?

So sorry. Wish I had comforting words for you. I know it can get better.  

Facts to stand on: God still loves you, hasn't bailed -- he's there for you. Prayerfully meditate upon these truths. Won't forsake ya. That's not his nature. 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
John 16:7

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 14:26
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. John 14:16

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place. Psalm 118:5

I, even I, am he who comforts you.
Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
human beings who are but grass. Isaiah 51:12

‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ Revelation 7:16-17

When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. John 15:26

For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5 Fish4souls.org

But if I say somethin' that's so, they might get all offended. Isn't that kinda divisive?

Are ya feelin' a bit broken? How did it happen, or..? 

Did they not like what you said? 

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We do our best never to offend people. Some believers won’t even talk to others so that they won’t offend them. 

Some people today are offended by nothing offensive.. perhaps cuz of their upbringing or from what they’ve earlier been taught. Dunno, wanna find out.. Jesus told us to go tell cuz he loves all and it’s important. 

I say... Live boldly for him. You’ll be so glad you did.  

It’s better to temporarily offend someone who doesn’t know Jesus Christ and see them ultimately come to faith than to never offend them in any way and see them enter eternity without Him. 

“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.” —Jesus, Matthew 10:34 

Can sharing the Gospel divide people? One day God will divide people for the destiny they each chose. It’ll happen.  

In that final portion of a section of Matthew’s gospel containing a series of parables.he wrote in verses 25:31–46 this: 

But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.

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"Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’

“The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.

’“Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?

’“Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did not do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

It’ll be a time of dividing according to our personal choices made. 

Now days most people we’ve known or met understand that they are a sinner who yes, have done some sins ..yes, that we all are sinners really. Man, especially at those parties where I used to hang out at. We all knew it. But some people say Nope. I’m flawlessly good, perfect even and really mean it. Mormons even believe they each will become deities ready to populate the planets out there. No lie.  

Some people say.. Yes.. by word and by life..YES, to the Gospel, and some people say.. No.. to God regarding the most imperative Message they’ll ever hear.  

The Bible says in Romans 3, “As the Scriptures say, ‘No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one’” (see verses 10–12 NLT).

That precisely doesn’t sit well with some people even though it’s true. In a society that has changed quite a bit.. where there’s so much emphasis on self-image, pleasure seeking, money, feeling good, youth, looks and self-worth it’s no longer accepted by many. Yet God essentially says, “You’re not good. And there isn’t even one righteous person.” Alone you can’t even perfect yourself or make yourself good in God’s eyes. We’ve all broken his top ten list of commandments -- we all need his free forgiveness and Spirit. 

Woe, don’t judge me, man. Who do you think you are to make such evaluations? 

Well Buckeroo, those aren’t my words or ideas. Those are God’s. I merely gave you what he said.  

And that can sting for many. It cuts to the root of the issue. It hurts even. But then God’s Holy Spirit works within our hearts to convict and prepare us for his Greatest miracle blessing. Salvation, if we’ll simply turn and trust. If we’ll simply receive God’s Son, Jesus Christ into our hearts. 

If we allow the Spirit to work, we begin to recognize that it’s all true -- the Bible is. I love the illumination of the Spirit. And we believe it. So, we accept God’s only remedy -- his physically resurrected sinless Son (you’ve heard about Christ’s dying on the Cross ordeal, in my place, in yours too) who is still fully God and fully man and for you. 

And that message which initially brought us the sting so to speak ultimately brings us his abundant and eternal LIFE!.

How cool is that!? We can evaluate and witness of his love (as fruit inspectors) and he evaluates too. 

Jesus said, “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).

Has that happened in your family or with relatives cuz of the Gospel? Are some now against you even when you say nothing about what happened regarding your forgiveness?  

brown and black butterfly perching on flower

If you’ve been seeking to please the Lord.. been seeking to live a godly life and it’s causing some division because you’re unwilling to compromise your faith in Christ, don’t lament bro or sis. We seek him, and want to be wisely tactful, so as not to offend anyone, but the truth of the Scriptures will offend some people. There is an offence in the Cross of Christ, we just don’t want to add to that offense by foolish decisions, acts and or words. We want to minister to needy people the way Jesus did while here. In love minus any spiritual compromise. 

But remember the people who clearly heard him -- many were offended as well.. all the way to Calvary’s hill.  

It’s better to unintentionally.. temporarily offend someone who doesn’t know Jesus Christ and then see them ultimately come to faith cuz seeds were planted and watered in them.. than to never offend them in any way and later see them enter eternity without Him in their lives. 

If you’re going to act like a true disciple cuz you actually are one, you'll rejoice with the truth. If you’re going to follow Christ in any given situation, it may bring temporary division among some people. It may cause a temporary sting when even tactfully the truth is shared ..yes, graciously. Can happen. But ultimately, it can bring the greatest harmony of all. That’s what we want for those we care about. 

Be born again. Come to Christ.. or as you need, just come back to him today

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

My old fleshly nature doesn't like to hearing some of the hard things that God says to me in his word, but all he says to me is good for me and others. My human spirit does. Glad God gives his kids a new nature. I sometimes don't feel like hearing the directives of authority still. "But my God" at times challenge me on stuff.. so that I'll grow up. Glad he's so patient and doesn't quit on me. I always hear that from people, "But my God would never..." You too?

opened book

"Jesus said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. On hearing it, many of His disciples said, 'This is a difficult teaching. Who can accept it?' Aware that His disciples were grumbling about this teaching, Jesus asked them, 'Does this offend you? Then what will happen if you see the Son of Man ascend to where He was before? The Spirit gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life..'" John 6:59-62

Wat Kurt!? Eat My Flesh? Committing Murder in the Heart? Drink My Blood?

Literal or metaphorical? What? We often like to spiritualize the Scriptures too -- I say don't do it. Sound hermeneutics is a good hobby for us to take up.

man reading book on beach near lake during daytime

When reading Jesus’ words in in the Bible like in John chapter six, it is good to remember that when something seems exaggerated to the extreme, Jesus is trying to show that there is a deeper meaning to His words.

He often used parables to help humble people while hiding the meaning from the proud religious leaders of His day. Jesus explained why He did this:

“He answered and said to them, ‘Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them” (Matt 13:11-15).

Any time that Jesus or the Apostle Paul talks about a “mystery” it means that before the church was established and Jesus began His public ministry, there were hidden mysteries and they were not clearly revealed in the Old Testament. There are types, shadows. You can see Jesus Christ throughout the Old Testament in the different books, but the New Covenant made clear the meaning of the Old Testament sacrificial offerings and laws. All of Scripture points to Christ our unblemished sacrificial lamb.

Check out the stats on this, but most people here think that they will go to heaven, are headed there, and most funerals verbally put dead people in heaven. How comforting. I'm all for comforting the hurting, but many loved ones tell me that God needed an angel and that's what their dead relative has become (even if he or she was a crack dealer etc). Is that true? Well they aren't now an angel.

Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.…" Matthew 7:13-15a

Sometimes "my God" (the Bible Jesus) says some hard things that my mind.. that the minds of many people just don't understand.

"Let the Dead Bury the Dead.." (Matthew 8:22; Luke 9:60. Christians have limited time here for fulfilling the specific callings they have related to bringing closure on the Great Commission).

How could Jesus be so insensitive as to provoke a grief-stricken seeker to forego a proper burial for his parents? Some scholars have discovered a Jewish custom for having two ceremonies. It may be that Jesus was referring to this second, redundant ceremony. Others still suggest that the wording of the young man’s request means that the father was still living, and the son was asking for permission to fulfill his family duties until his father passed. Either way, Jesus is heightening the urgency of his kingdom work and placing loyalty to his cause above cultural expressions of family loyalties.

photo of woman reading book near body of water

"Whoever Divorces and Marries Another Commits Adultery.." (Matthew 5:27-32; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18).

The western church has seemingly lost its right to speak to issues concerning sexuality since it has looked the other way when professing Christians divorce without biblical warrant. Could it be that Jesus, even against the Jewish culture of his day (which permitted a certificate of divorce for the most trivial of reasons), actually leaves room for very few exceptions to this covenant commitment (see “Remarriage and Divorce in Biblical Perspective” by Craig Keener)? Perhaps the church needs to repent of its loosening the bonds of marriage. This isn’t to say that divorced and remarried persons should live with perpetual shame for past mistakes. However, we should acknowledge that Jesus’ teaching here touches a sore spot for his church body.

"You Must Hate Your Parents, Spouse, Siblings, and Children.." (Matthew 10:37 Luke 14:26. Your love for them should be like hate compared to your love for the Father).

If loving your neighbor must extend to include your enemies, how could it be that it is now restricted to exclude your family? Clearly this is an instance where Jesus is employing rhetorical hyperbole to drive home a point. This is obvious since in the Matthean account the author softens the effect by recording it as, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.” (10:37) This interpretation comports well with Paul’s admonishment in 1 Timothy 5:8 that caring for the family is essential to being a Christian. Nonetheless, it’s true—sometimes family ties can be so consuming that it leaves us with little time or resources in the way of working for his kingdom. I believe this temptation is all too real for many families today.


"You Must Be Perfect.." (Matthew 5:48)

Our culture is paradoxically obsessed with perfection, as is evidenced by the rise of near cult-like gym and fitness followings, while also eschewing perfection and condemning it as an expression of self-righteousness and hypocrisy. So what could Jesus mean, if in other places Scripture asserts that humans fall short of perfection (Romans 3:10; Philippians 3:12; 1 John 1:8)? The word translated “perfect” in Hebrew could also mean complete, or whole. Still, Jesus raises the bar on righteousness earlier in this speech (5:20), and thus points his followers to the need for an atoning sacrifice which indeed makes us whole and endows us with the Holy Spirit who enables us to fulfill God’s law. Instead of despairing for having flaws, Christians may enter into the peace of Christ by his effectual work (Phil. 4:7).

"Fear Him Who Has Power to Cast into Hell.." (Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:4-5).

I will say the H word, or HE double hockey sticks when mentioning hell sometimes, but Jesus who wasn't PC spoke of hell and repentance. Yes of that really horrible place that he wants us all to avoid by running to him for salvation and for further guidance.

This saying above doubly offends because it seemingly advocates fear, which modern Christians reject as the basis for a relationship with God (see 1 John 4:18), and because it threatens the judgment of hell, which some consider to contradict the loving character of God. First it must be said that the word for fear has multiple senses. In the Greek language it likely refers to a strong respect or reverence, which is why in Acts 9:31 the church can “go on in the fear of the Lord.” Elsewhere it appropriately refers to the temporal or foundational affection that positions us before the holiness of God. Second, Jesus’ reference to hell (hades, or gehenna) is consistent with his overall teaching and concern for God’s mercy and judgment of evil and injustice. Whatever the existential nature of hell, Jesus and Paul authoritatively teach us that it is God’s way of dealing with evil and injustice outside of his kingdom.

"Sell What You Have.." (Matthew 19:21; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:22. Said that to a certain person who had some idols, but would have done better to bail on those idols).

This challenge strikes at the heart of western Christians who live in a free market economy. Could Jesus really mean that we’re supposed to sell all that we have? Is this not also modeled in the early church in Acts 2 and 4? This is likely a localized, or conditional requirement for Jesus for that particular young man. It was common for ancient teachers and philosophers to require their followers to leave the comforts of their aristocratic world in order to focus intensely on the project of the teacher. Jesus was uttering a challenge of allegiances, one which we need to hear today as well, although it may take on different forms. See 1 Thess. 4:11. Whatever the particular challenge for us, Scripture teaches that Christian virtue does consistently require extravagant giving to those in need.

"Let Him Who Has No Sword Buy One.." (Luke 22:36).

Didn’t Jesus in another place command us to turn the other cheek (Matt. 5:39)? It would be difficult to reconcile this advice about buying a sword with his admonitions at other times where he advised against using violence. It is likely that Jesus here is speaking ironically, suggesting that the arrest and charge they’re about to be indicted with would only be just if they would be political revolutionaries like the zealots (Isaiah 53). We know this because when Peter actually follows the command literally he is rebuked by Jesus. Rather than being an affirmation of modern gun laws or the use of self-defense, this passage is meant to highlight the injustice of the Roman and Jewish leaders violence against Jesus.

When graciously, kindly  biblically witnessing with the word just know.. you already understand this but it's good to be reminded..

When the inquirer or hearer says, "No, that's not my God. My God would never command me to live holy or pure. How verklempt! My truth is as good as your truth, and my God is just as valid for me. He is only and always positive energy, he is gracious and never speaks anything hard to me. He wants me to live free, loving myself more, only positive, so that I can do what I feel. He only speaks loving, kind things to me. My God is this way, or that way ___they fill in the blank as they feel___ (customizing their religious or New age view of god [that has never existed] into whatever they wanted she or it to be.


Something like that). That's how those of the world are today but the god of the Bible does say things to us that are sometimes hard to hear cuz my fleshly nature and yours doesn't always feel like denying self, like doing or applying his word. it's not like he's always saying hard things to ask cuz off and he's comforting and encouraging but it goes well for me when I hear the hard things and obey Jesus.


Go check it out in the Bible, our dear heavenly Father God through all of the Scriptures sometimes says some hard things to his people.. like repent, believe, turn away from that sin (that's fun for a season), abandon that idol.


Jesus and the HOLY Spirit often said things that were hard to hear and still do but it always greedy with the Bible. even to the proud Pharisees and Sadducees whom we're sad you see but he loved them too.


Think about the Old Testament Israelite pattern we've seen. God blessed his people, then after a time they went off into idolatry. Then God allowed pain to come their way via say some enemies. Then the Jews earnestly prayed, and prayed some more, and then God delivered them from bondage. Then God blessed them again and they rejoiced. Repeated. Repeated. We don't need to backslide.. take a stride from our Master's side!


Qs: Was it always idols.. is it for us or just trials to get our attention.. to keep us from going off into idolatry? Ask yourself. What idols take up your time and heart? What do you think about, do, and talk about the most? Has God said some hard things to you when you were straying away from your first-love, Jesus Christ?


Have you ever felt kind of angry at God for allowing trails, harassment from sinners, or pain and loss -- how could he allow such unfair treatment to us, this getting ripped off over and over again while here? I'm supposed to love that manager or co-worker, God. Really?


Perhaps the expectations of future promotion (or rewards at work) were so built up in you ..for a long time by what appears to be liars at your workplace. Perhaps.


We all still have room for thanksgiving, believer. Hey, got a lot of blessings mixed in with those managers at work burning the workers for too long? I think we believers don't need to allow many rip offs or rip-off artists, but sometimes.. isn't that's part of normal Christianity for Christians of every age. How can Jesus expect me to pray for, forgive and show love to my enemies? Does he think I'm stupid? Doesn't that say that they were right?


Religious people in the world and lost kids in the world will at times burn Christians over and over. We can learn. We can protect people even our families.


You can't expect (as you perhaps have done) that things will go super good, or fair for you here, believer. Think about those of the early Church. The believers were burned at the stake and killed in other ways too.


They didn't expect to get treated better than they actually did by the lost people of their day. For me, I know that I really don't deserve my wife, my parents, my grand kids, my fairly nice house, my employment or income. But there've been times (after I prayed over a tough situation) when I felt upset and even angry at God for allowing so much unfair treatment to my wife at her work, or to me, or to my friends. After awhile though, after spending some time with the Lord.. I can let it go and even thank Jesus. Sometimes, when I look back, I can even understand why God said hard things to do, or allowed those hard trials in my life.


"He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those selling doves He said, 'Get these out of here! How dare you turn My Father’s house into a marketplace!' His disciples remembered that it is written: 'Zeal for Your house will consume Me…'" John 2:15a


As a kid being raised in a formal religious church every time I heard the term "mysteries" used, I was told it was because God wanted to keep these things as mysteries to the people, we just could know and must accept that. But Jesus still delights to, by his Spirit and word to, reveal mysteries to us, believers. If you aren't his son or daughter, then mysteries will probably remain mysteries until you get saved and filled with his Spirit who will explain it to you.


God still has a plan for you, believer. Hasn't given up on you.


“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Romans 11:29 


“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call].” Romans 11:29 Amp 


“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24


My old fleshly nature ain't for hearing some of the hard things that God says to me in his word, but my human spirit is cuz all that the Lord says to me is good for me and for others. Glad God gives his kids a new nature inside. I don't deserve any of his blessings really. My flesh ain't into hearing the directives authority still, but my spirit rejoices to gain good instructions. "My God" at times challenges me on stuff.. so that I'll grow up. Glad he's so patient and doesn't give up on me.

I always hear that from people, you too?.. "But my God would or would never..." I guess they don't want to be accountable to the one God.. of the Bible. If they were born again with a new nature they would want to be. Fish4souls.org

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Exciting Times We Live In -- End Times. It's a good day to live ready.

Exciting Times indeed -- I want to keep my eyes on Christ and on Israel. 

And on the truths found in the Bible. That Book is indeed the Word of God and one of the most exciting aspects of it is prophecy and all the fulfilled prophecies that verify Scripture. God doesn't miss. He never has. 

Have you considered this and therefore are walking with him or are you far from him today? 


Listen, the farther one takes a stride from the Master's side.. the farther one goes from the God of love, wanders off away from our dear Lord.. the less they will know real peace, love, and joy inside. Please come to.. or come back to him. Now is good. Some look around and have asked... 


How did we even get here.. to the point where gathering to burn Bibles in the streets is protected by the first amendment, but gathering at church to study them isn’t? Weird huh.

It wasn’t enough for Democrats to burn our flag, to burn our businesses, to burn our churches, to burn our Bibles on the streets of Portland.. they now want to burn this nation.. yes, burn you through more of their cheating like mail in voting.  

Why are Liberal rioters allowed to gather outside to burn bibles but churchgoers are banned from gathering to read and apply them?

Fact. After Pastor John MacArthur announced that his congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley California, would be assembling in obedience to God’s Word, he received a letter from LA county officials threatening repercussions such as fines and possible arrest. It’s the way liberals roll.

Good idea. Let’s all prayerfully all hide God’s word in our hearts so that if they burn all our Bibles like on the streets of Portland this week…we’ll still have the valuable truth to wisely apply.

Is Coronavirus aka Covid 19 a Sign of the End Times? 

Sure, I think it's a birth pain. Perhaps we're now in the end of the end times ..right before the Rapture happens. The Rapture is the next event on the prophetic calendar. Nothing needs to happen before it happens according to Scripture.  

Jesus Loves You, Has a Good Plan Still. He Promised to Come Again to Rapture His Church Outta Here. You Can be A Part of that! Make Your Reservation in Advance. 

One of the greatest promises in the Bible is the promise from Christ to His disciples (and to us in our day as well) that someday He will come again to take us up to heaven with Him. Just hours prior to His unjust trial before the Roman governor Pilate and His crucifixion, Jesus said, Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also ( John 14:1-3).  

“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”  Matthew 24:38-42  

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths." 2 Timothy 4:3-4

After the Rapture happens then comes the wrath on earth, but you weren't appointed unto wrath, believer. Are you a (spiritually) born again believer yet? Man, who really wants to go through those years of tribulation and great trib here like this world has never seen before? If they only knew.. nobody would. No one would want to. 

And God says in Ezekiel 33:11: ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live."   

And you're perhaps heard about that popular one who will show up on this world's scene. The deceiver will promise strength and peace and security, but the Bible says he will speak out against the Most High and he will wear down the saints of the Most High. 

That’s why I warn you to beware now of a new leader with great charisma trying to take over the world during this terrible time of chaos and confusion. This person is known in the Bible as Antichrist. He will make many promises, but he will not keep them. 

We must not take his mark, but we must trust in the promises of God Almighty through his Son, Jesus Christ.

Please read the words of Isaiah. He was one of the greatest Hebrew prophets—called by scholars “the prince of prophets”—he lived about 800 years before Jesus Christ showed up. He spoke frequently for the Lord to His people. This prophet’s name was Isaiah, and his track record of fulfilled prophecies serves as proof that he spoke for God because only God can foretell the future with 100 percent precision, yes and have it all come to pass. 

For some time there's been an interest in this. In Isaiah 46:9-10, this prophet spoke on behalf of God, saying, 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.” Here, God declared beyond all unbelief that He alone is God, and for proof to verify the Scriptures, He pointed to the accurate fulfillment of His prophecies as the evidence. 

Only God can tell, in advance, what will happen in the days soon to come. There are more than a 1000 prophecies in the Bible. And more than 500 have already been fulfilled. The skeptic might say that is only a 50-percent fulfillment rate. The trouble with that objection is that the other 500-plus prophecies haven’t yet been fulfilled because they are still in the future. 
They have to do with the end times, an area of study known as eschatology. These prophecies are now going to be fulfilled soon, and we can expect them to continue being fulfilled at an increasingly rapid pace. 

For example, it is more than interesting that the people of Israel began returning to the Holy Land after expulsion from the land for some 1850 years. And since 1948, Israel has been recognized by the United Nations as a sovereign nation. This regathering of the people and rebirth of the nation are among hundreds of signs of the end times that are being fulfilled today—signs we’ll examine more closely later in this book. The point in Isaiah 46:9-10 is that God, through Isaiah, pointed to fulfilled prophecy as proof that He is God. On the basis of God’s perfect track record when it comes to prophecy, we can trust what He has said about who He is, what He has said about the past, and what He proclaims will happen in the future. 

The most basic definition of authentic Bible prophecy is that it is history written in advance. Anyone can utter a sorta prophecy, but having the prophecy come to pass right on schedule, well that can only be done by God, for He alone knows the future. This is why it is possible to say that fulfilled prophecy proves beyond question that the originator of the prophecy is authentic. And when you consider that more than 500 of God’s prophecies have been accurately fulfilled without a single error, then logic tells us that God is surely the source of all things behind those prophecies. 

God knows very well.. you, me, us all, and the future ahead, but that does not mean He causes all of it. We all have sinned. Hate that, but we still do from time to time. 

We need the word for victory and guidance. We need Scripture for strength, warnings, edification and inspiration -- it all points to Jesus Christ and his work. All of the written word is inspired by God (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17). 

The Bible is completely inerrant in the original manuscripts -- so much prophecy in there! 

To review.. you know that about 27% of the Bible (comprised of the Old Testament 39 books, which are also used by the Jews, and the New Testament 27 books) is about prophecy (i.e., 8,352 verses out of 31,124 verses in the whole Bible). 

There are 1,845 references to Christ’s Second Coming in the Old Testament, and 318 such references in the New Testament. Compare that to the 109 declarations in the Bible about His first coming [Tim LaHaye, 2012]. In the Bible, only the doctrine of salvation is mentioned more than the doctrine of Christ’s Second Coming [LaHaye, 2011a]. 

The Apostle Paul, for example, mentioned baptism 13 times, communion 2 times, and the Second Coming 50 times. 

You remember how the Bible was written by 40 authors guided by the Holy Spirit. Yes, they were supernaturally inspired by God in this, over a period of 1500-2100 years (Moses wrote Genesis-Deuteronomy in approximately 1400-1450 BC, and Revelation was written shortly before 100 AD; but, it’s possible that the book of Job was written around 2000 BC). Bible prophecy can be used to confirm that the God of the Bible is the one true God, by tracking the fulfilled prophecies.    

Turn, trust..believe. The living word (Jesus) and the written word can be trusted. 

Jesus was the fulfillment of what the Old Testament prophets had prophesied about -- they all pointed to him. Yes, for hundreds of years. 

You know how the Jewish people largely rejected Christ, and are still looking for the Messiah's first appearance. But Christ made it clear that: He is the Messiah, He will snatch his Church out of here, and he is coming back to earth to rule and reign with us. 

How do we know that the Bible is the Word of God? I like how Hank Hanegraaff uses the acronym MAPS to provide proof of the Bible’s Divine Inspiration [2011]: 


The Book is inspired for you--it's God's love letter to believers. And why must you turn trust, and be born again? Cuz in the Bible God says you must be born again in his Son Jesus. He says we all must repent and have saving faith -- must be born again spiritually (See John 3:3). 

The Bible says that to all those who receive him, he gives the power to become sons of God. Forgiven and washed clean in his righteousness. Simple as that. Jesus is the living word—the Father's only ultimate Solution for you, me and our world. When we become sons of God, we have what Jesus has: a meaningful relationship with God the Father. We enjoy abundant and eternal life starting then not later on, and because Jesus paid our full penalty, we also have full forgiveness for our sins. Humbly request. Ask.
 
Never forget that what's taught in the Bible is fully accurate and has all been verified by fulfilled prophecy. 

“Since the accuracy rate for the fulfillment of Bible prophecy so far has been 100%, we can be confident that it will continue to be so. No other religion in the world has such confirming evidence to inspire its faith.” ― Tim LaHaye  


“The Bible says that the Cross offends. If you are offended, I am doing my job. If you are attracted to Christ, the Spirit is doing his work." Bruce Barnes

Christianity is the only faith whose founder died for His followers in order to enable them to escape the consequences of their sins. So selfless -- I want you to know him. You must come to him on his terms.  
In Romans 10:9-10 the Bible says, ‘If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." 

Would you pray something like this.. Dear God, I admit that I’m a sinner. I am sorry for hurting your heart -- so sorry for my sins. Please forgive me and save me. I ask this in the name of Jesus, who died for me on the cross..in my place. I trust Jesus right now. I believe that the sinless blood of Jesus is sufficient to pay the full price for my salvation. I accept and invite you in, Jesus. Thank you for hearing me and receiving me. Thank you for saving my soul.