The Revelation of Jesus Christ
I recall a time over 10 years ago while I was a single man living in Santa Monica, California. I'd been ignoring God for a time, just living my unfulfilling life for myself, each day inching closer to death. Although my back may have been turned, He was always there, waiting patiently, speaking softly.
Some months earlier I had signed-up for a Christian CD-of-the-month club. When the CDs arrived in the mail I didn't excitedly open the box and listen to the latest music, but simply tossed the unopened box onto the floor into the pile of other unopend CD boxes. One day I needed to get out for a walk. Wanting to listen to something new, I randomly chose one of the unopened CDs and ripped open the box. The band was called Plumb, the album was 'Candy Coated Waterdrops', hmmm, this sounded interesting 'so I popped it into my portable CD player, put on my headphones and headed out the door towards the ocean to watch the sunset.
The very first song on the album is called 'Late Great Planet Earth' … once outside I started my walk to the deliberate, driving beat of the song, when something supernatural happened. The lyrics being sung were, "The sky is falling, voices crying out in desperation, hear the calling, everybody SAVE YOURSELF…" then something caught my eye that wasn't there the last time I walked down Broadway. It was a sticker spirally wrapped around the hand rail of some stairs to an office building. It was smaller than a bumper sticker, I could only read 3 letters on it that looked like "SAV" so I just knew that the rest of the word had to be "SAVE" so I stepped up to the rail and peeled the sticker off and read it in shocking belief, tears instantly welled up in my eyes, it said, "SAVIOR SELF" at the very exact moment that the lyrics to a song I'vd never listened to before were being sung, "YOU CAN NEVER SAVE YOURSELF". Only a fool says in his heart that there is no God.
I recognized the sticker as a mockery and insult to what God has done for us by sending His only son to earth to live a perfect life, and to pay the price for our sins by dying on the cross in our place, so that those who believe in Him and accept His love can be with him in paradise forever. But I also recognized this as a very special moment when God was speaking to me, showing me something. His death and resurrection made a new everlasting covenant between God and mankind. Christ promises those who turn to him: "Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed from death to life" (John 5:24).
There were a half dozen or so little blue advertising postcards strewn about on the ground and I felt compelled to pick one up and put it in my pocket. I felt that there was a connection to the sticker on the handrail. Although I don't remember exactly what was on the postcard I still have it stashed away somewhere. There was a website address on it. When I got back home I got on the Internet and did a WhoIs on the domain name… the owner's name, Morgan Bennett, was very familiar but I couldn't immediately figure out why. Then a lightbulb turned on, there was always mail being delivered at my apartment building to people who used to live there but moved years ago…at one time this guy lived in the very same 8-unit apartment building that I did on the corner of Lincoln and Broadway because I'd seen mail addressed to him… what are the odds of that?
So tonight, I watched a 5-minute video clip interview with Anne Rice, author of 'Interview with a Vampire' At one point in her narrative she says, "you can't save yourself" which sparked the memory of what I've just written above. I recommend watching it.
Interesting that the owner of www.SaveYourself.com is Suze Orman, the self-professed financial guru. Somebody ought to tell her that you CAN'T save yourself. The Way to true, everlasting security is Jesus Christ, who said, "I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me." : John 14:6
Today you can come to God by surrendering your life and heart to Jesus Christ. The Bible says: "To all who received him (Jesus Christ), to those who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12).
Right where you are you, right at this moment you can pray something like this: "Lord, I know that I have sinned and need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ died for me and rose from the dead. I invite you into my life to be my Lord and Savior."
If you sincerely put your faith in Christ, God promises not only to forgive you, but also to receive you into his family. "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you". If you haven't already made a decision for Christ, become a child of God today, while you still can.
Christians are looking toward the Second Coming which is the return of their savior, Jesus Christ, the son of God.
Jews are looking for their messiah to come for the first time.
Muslims are looking for the return of the Mahdi, or enlightened one.
The meaning of Islam is 'peace'. Peace in the Middle East between the Arab nations and Israel is the ultimate but elusive objective of all governments which are involved in the so-called peace process.
While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
1 Thess 5:3
They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace.
Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
Christians also believe in the appearance of a global leader who rises from obscurity. A man who speaks of peace but who also is hell bent on destruction. His title is the Antichrist and his number is 666. I personally do not believe that it will be possible to identify who this person is until a 7 year peace treaty is signed between Israel and presumably the Arab Nations. The word 'Anti' is Greek and not only means 'in opposition to' but also means 'in place of'. So by his very nature he will be against God, but will see himself as a god or savior of humanity.
I found myself wondering about the Bible passage describing people saying "Peace, peace" … wondering if that might be translated as "Islam, Islam" since the meaning of 'Islam' is 'peace'.
The Koran mandates the muslims "fight against those who believe not in Allah" who refuse to accept what Allah or Mohammed taught, even if they are the People of the Book, who are essentially the Christians and the Jews, until they pay a tax in acknowledgment of the superiority of Islam and until they are in a state of subjection.
From the Koran 009.030 :
"The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!"
There can never be true amity between the world's 3 major religions. Judaism and Christianity will eventually be reconciled when the Jews look upon the One who they pierced and weep in acknowledgment of their error. What will happen to the third religion, Islam? While it is true that Islam is currenlty the fastest growing religion in the world, it's destiny can only be to cease to be, to not even be a memory in His story.
In California Proposition 8 narrowly passed, adding an amendment to the state constitution which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Yet nearly 47% of the state voiced their opinion that homosexuality should be accepted by all as normal and acceptable. This contradicts our nation's historical, conservative, traditional beliefs that what the Holy Bible clearly says on the issue is true and right. (Romans 1:26-28, 1 Cor. 6:9-10, Lev. 20:13, Lev. 18-22, 1 Timothy 1:8-10, ) The people have spoken.
California is a liberal state, where Democrats are in the majority and often get their way. But even with a majority there were enough Democrats whose conscience would not allow them to redefine that which God says is 'wrong' as 'right'. It's a matter of morality, not of hate or prejudice as many claim. How do you define morality? By whose authority? The accusations that it is hateful or prejudicial to not allow men to marry men or women to marry women are lies from the Devil who has come to steal, kill and destroy all that is good that God has in mind for you. You may or may not believe that there is a real Devil, but if you doubt his existence, your doubt does not make him any less real (The same can be said of those who do not believe that there is one God, the creator of all). I assure you that there is a real Devil who is known by various names; Satan, Lucifer, the Dragon, the Beast. His fate is sealed. He has been condemned by God Himself, the ultimate righteous judge, to spend all eternity in a place that was created just for him called Hell. There is nothing good in Hell, not one thing. Contrary to what many believe, Hell was not created for people, it was created for the Devil and the fallen angels who chose to worship him instead of the one true, living God. God does not want anyone to perish… This means that God does not want anyone to be separated from him for all eternity in Hell. More than anything God desires for each person to choose life, to receive the free gift He offers them and to spend eternity with Him in a place called Heaven where there are no tears, no pain, no death. There is a way to get to heaven. Jesus Christ says "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." Anyone who ultimately finds them self in Hell will have chosen their own destiny by rejecting God's call to turn away from sin and to believe in Him.
The Bible does not describe homosexuality as a "greater" sin than any other. All sin is offensive to God. Homosexuality is just one of the many sins which separate people from their Creator. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, you, me, everyone.
Sadly, a few laws have passed which mark the decline of morality in our society. In Washington state a proposition passed which allows for the administration of lethal drugs to anyone who is deemed to be terminally ill with less than 6 months to live. In other words, it's ok to kill someone if they're suffering. Another law which has passed says that parents are not required to be notified prior to their children getting an abortion.
What has happened to the sanctity of life?
What is written in the Bible about what is 'right' and what is 'wrong' is not a matter of interpretation, it has been made clear to all.
Satan's first deception was "Did God really say, "…." ?
Morality must be defined by an absolute authority and there is no more absolute authority than God. Otherwise, if morality is left to mankind to define by referendum then it will change with the times until that which is evil is deemed to be good. Those times have arrived.
We've been warned again and again in recent years, Judgment is at the door.
Pray for our country, for the souls who have not yet turned to Christ as the author and perfecter of Life and Savior of their souls, if they would only believe it and turn from their sin.
Free will, or the 'right to choose' does not negate our responsibility to value and protect life above all else.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
It’s been over a year now. I thought I’d have more to say about the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, but I don’t. Our nation is obviously being preprared for the war that is about to be waged upon Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The NASDAQ stock market hit 6 year lows today and unemployment is almost 6%. Over a dozen Israelis have been killed in the last week from the latest wave of murderous Islamic ‘suicide bombers’ who have dispatched themselves to Hell. In response, Israel has all but destroyed the terrorist Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah. Almost 50 people have died here in the US from the West Nile virus this summer. The government is talking about offering voluntary Small Pox vaccinations soon. Over half the US is suffering from the worst drought in decades if not 100 years. I understand that church attendance is below pre-Sept. 11th levels. More people are probably asking if there is any hope in all this.
God’s judgment is his mercy, but many people don’t see it that way.
I believe God gave me a scriptural revelation the other night while driving on the freeway, here it is:
The body of Jesus Christ was risen as a new, incorruptible, glorified body early on the 3rd Day. So it will be with the Body of Christ today, which is the Church. On the 3rd day the body, that is the church of true believers, will be given new incorruptible bodies and will rise to meet Christ in the air. The Rapture is nearer than ever, but do not give any attention to anyone who says they know the day or the hour, because God’s Word says no one, not even the angels, know what the day or the hour is….but its near.
I believe that the 3rd day has already begun.
Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us;
he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.
2 Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2000 years = 2 days to the Lord
2000 years since Christ is right about now.
Check out this math for fun,
The arabic word for martyr is shahada. Many of you may not yet know that the Palestinians teach children as young as 8 years old the art of guerilla warfare and indoctrinate them with the idea that they must kill Israeli civilians to liberate Jerusalem and Palestine. Will the world condemn Israel for defending themselves against children with rockets and automatic weapons? I expect the photos that the world will see will be of dead Palestinian children after their Kalishnikov rifles have been pried from their hands.
A question that I keep asking myself in light of this developing war on terrorism is, “What is the worst-case scenario?”
The answer that keeps ringing in my ears is that despite the best efforts of our government, this is going to turn into a religious war against all of Islam. There would most likely be many Muslims who distance themselves from the violence, but many who ally themselves with their terrorist Muslim brothers against a perceived assault on their religion. Who could you trust? All muslims would be suspect. Of course, there has already been plenty of talk about internment camps. Sacrificing the rights of the few for the safety of the many. 6 million muslims in America is a lot of people. How many people have to die before the world acknowledges that there is only one true God who is ‘knowable’, and that the Devil is behind all of the other religions of the world? There is hope…Jesus Christ is coming back very soon to put everything in order. But not until after the world goes through a time of trouble like it has never seen before.
President Putin of Russia has agreed to allow the United States to use nuclear weapons against Osama bin Laden. Of course there was a price for his agreement, which was allowing Russia to use nuclear weapons against the Chechens without interference if Russia decides to do so. One news source today stated that Osama bin Laden is the most popular man in all of Islam today. Naturally, our only course of action as a nation is to seek and destroy this man and as many of his followers as possible. There would be no peace otherwise, for their objective is to destroy Western civilization. This looks like a no win situation, because there will be thousands of other terrorists throughout the world who must be dealt with after Osama is confirmed dead. Its hard to imagine anything getting better before it gets worse. If you don’t yet know Jesus Christ, call on his name, ask him to reveal himself to you through his word in the Holy Bible, and begin reading the Gospel of John today.
The question of when the Rapture takes place is one of the most divisive and controversial subjects of Christian debate today. The tone of this debate has gradually deteriorated to the base level of insults and character assassination. Proponents of both sides are accusing the other of heresy. Sadly, this is what it has come to.
After much reading and studying I have decided for myself that the greatest likelihood is that the Rapture will occur before the 7 year Tribulation spoken of in the Book of Revelation. I have to insist that you give careful consideration to arguments from both sides before drawing any of your own conclusions.
Regardless of who is right we should agree that Jesus is righteous and that salvation can only come through acceptance of the final atoning sacrifice of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. Our salvation is not at all tied to when the Rapture will occur. If we all lived our lives as if the Rapture could happen at any moment then the world would be a better place and we wouldn’t have this debate.
The content of this web site is both original and borrowed. Although much of the content is original I prefer to not take any authorship credit since I borrow so much. When it comes to the Gospel whats most important is sharing The Word, rather than who wrote what.
One piece of advice for all is to shy away from the date-setters who preoccupy themselves with trying to determine the ‘day and the hour’ of our Lord’s return. It is clear that we will be witness to many signs in the Last Days that the hour is approaching, but the Bible says “nobody, not even the angels” know what that hour is.
My prayer is that the information shared on this web site will be a blessing to those who need reasurrance that our Blessed Hope is that Jesus Christ is returning for his loved ones very soon.