Don’t Blame God

In God’s original plan for mankind, He created Paradise for us to enjoy. He delighted in fellowshipping with Adam and Eve in the cool of the Garden (Genesis 3:8). He never wanted us to experience one bad day in our whole lifetime.

In his rebellion and pride, mankind decided as he always does, to “do it his way”, and rejected Our Father’s ultimate plan for his life. Adam sowed to the flesh and reaped destruction, toil and hardship for us all.

Adam forfeited dominion on the earth to the devil when he sinned. Until Jesus comes again to take His rightful Kingship over the earth, Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). Sin and destruction are his specialty.

Even creation is cursed by the effects of sin in this world. All creation groans for the unveiling of the sons of God to bring God’s total glorification back to the earth (Romans 8:19-22).

All of the misery, trials, disappointments and loss we suffer in this world are spawned by Satan. We are reaping what Adam and Eve sowed by their rebellion and pride.

So if something bad is happening in your life or in the life of some good or godly person that you know, don’t blame God. The “credit” actually goes to Satan. In salvation, God gives us back both now and in eternity what Satan stole from us.

God knew mankind would not appreciate His generosity; so He planned to become a man to pay for our sins, to redeem us back to Himself and to prove His unconditional love for us (John 10:30).

By providing a way for our salvation, God gives us all a chance to choose eternal life (John 3:16-17). If anyone refuses to believe, we condemn our self to hell in this life on earth and also in eternity (John 3:18).

If you repented of your sins and came to Christ for salvation, you are now a Saint (1 Corinthians 1:2). The Good News is that God will restore His Saints to Paradise in just a short vapor of time (James 4:14).

Prayer:
Father God, when we consider eternity, the 6,000 years of mankind’s toil on this earth are just a brief era. In Your perfect timing, Jesus will take His rightful place as ruler of this world and restore the Kingdom under Your government and order. There will be no more crying, toil, pain or hardship there (Revelation 21:4).

Those born on the earth during the following 1000 year Millennium will also have a chance to choose or reject Jesus’ Lordship; so that everyone will be allowed to exercise Your gift of free will (Revelation 20:3-7). All of those who stay faithful to You through to the end will serve You and enjoy Your blessings throughout eternity (Revelation 22:3; John 12:26, 30).

Thought for the Day:
God rejoices over us with singing, and He delights when His Saints pass from this world through death’s portal, and enter eternity to dwell forever in His presence. -Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 116:15

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God’s End Time Purposes

God views the past, present and future as one event. He knew man’s penchant for depravity and our eventual need for Jesus as our Savior. He crafted His end time plan prior to establishing the earth. He dwells in eternity and is not restricted by time as we are. He had a major plan for humanity and it has now almost entirely unfolded.

The anti-Christ’s rise to power may be happening as I type. However, God will remove His Saints from the earth before the anti-Christ is ever revealed (1 Thessalonians 5:9). God will judge our works and reward us at the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). We will be dressed in our wedding garments, which are made from our righteous works for God, while we are alive on this earth (Revelation 19:8).

Then we will have a wedding feast with Jesus in Heaven (Revelation 19:7-9). At this same time, the torment of the Great Tribulation is taking place on the earth. Jesus opens the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments, which bring devastation and destroys the corrupted earth and the people on it (Matthew 24:4-31; Revelation 6-19).

During the Great Tribulation, the two Jewish witnesses will preach in Jerusalem while 12,000 from each of the Jewish tribes will go out through the earth to win the lost Jews to Christ. God will save those in Israel who choose to believe, and these Saints will give their lives in martyrdom. At the end of the seven-year Great Tribulation, Jesus will return to the earth.

This is called The Second Coming of Christ (Revelation 19:11-21). We, His Bride, are coming with Christ in our immortal, glorified bodies at this same time. The Word of the Lord defeats all the armies of the world assembled by the Anti-Christ at the “Battle of Armageddon” (Revelation 19:11-21). Then He will lock up Satan with all of his demons in the lake of fire. We will rule and reign with Jesus during the Millennium (Revelation 20:3).

Prayer:
Father God, You never send judgment without first sending warning. Noah believed Your counsel about his time’s coming Day of Judgment and he built the Ark. He preached Your plan for 120 years. He and his family heeded Your forewarning and were saved from Your wrath (Luke 17:26; Hebrews 11:7), while everyone else perished. As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the end times (Matthew 24:37). Thank You for saving us, and making us part of your eternal plan. Please, draw our loved ones, who do not believe, to come to Your loving heart now, before it is too late.

Thought for the Day:
God has not yet poured out judgment on evil, because He has been storing up the cup of His fury since the sin of Adam and Eve; He will dispense it during the Great Tribulation. – Revelation 14:10

The Comings of Christ

There are three separate comings of Jesus Christ recorded in God’s Word. First, He came as a baby, born in a manger and lived a submissive life to His parents for 30 years. Then, after His ministry of three years, He died on the cross to save us from our sins, He resurrected from the grave and ascended back to heaven to be with our Father. He is building New Jerusalem for us, so that we can live with Him for eternity (John 14:2-3).

What we call the Rapture is the second appearing of Jesus, which happens in the clouds, when He comes to call His Bride of Believers home to Heaven. Those who are dead will rise first. Their spirit and soul are already with the Lord, but their mortal body will come from the dust of the grave and be changed into an immortal body as they go to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Isaiah 35:4). Those Believers still alive on the earth at that time will join them (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

This occurs prior to Jesus opening the first seal on the scroll and unleashing the reign of the anti-Christ on the earth for seven years (Revelation 5:1-10, 6:2). God will use the Great Tribulation to judge the ungodly nations of the world through the horrors of the Day of His Wrath. The governments of this world will topple and every unbeliever will be brought to their knees and realize that Jesus is Lord (Romans 14:10-12; Philippians 2:11).

God will also use the Great Tribulation to save Israel and to bring them into the land He promised their father Abraham. God’s third reason for the Day of His Vengeance is to put an end to Satan’s rule on this earth. This brings on what is called the second coming, when Jesus physically returns to earth with His Saints to defeat Satan’s Army and to rule the earth for one thousand years, and then on into eternity (Revelation 20-22).

Prayer:
Father God, the end time events strike fear in the heart of everyone who respects Your name. We know they will literally happen just as your life, death and resurrection literally occurred. We thank You for giving us the opportunity to work in Your Kingdom throughout the Millennium. Help us to reach as many people as possible now, to join us for eternity with You.

Thought for the Day:
Going to church and reading the Bible will not save anyone. God calls everyone to believe that we need a savior, that Jesus Christ is that Savior, and to surrender our life and our will to God. – John 3:16-18

How Satan’s Temptations Influence Us

Satan uses three aspects of our human life to tempt us into sin. The lusts aroused by what we see, the lusts of our human flesh, our pride and our rebellion against authority. Study the way Satan tempted Biblical characters such as Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:6), Jonah, Moses and even Jesus (Matthew 4:3). He appealed to fleshly gratification, power and recognition and self-interest.

 

Attempting to fulfill the lusts of our flesh always causes our moral demise and allures us from following God’s will for our life (Galatians 5:16-25). Satan is subtle and very good at what He does. In fact, at the end of the Millennium, God looses Satan from his chains in hell so he can attempt to deceive those born during the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ right here on the earth with us (Revelation 20:7).

 

Satan convinces people who lived in the presence of Christ during the Millennium, just as he did when Jesus lived on the earth for 33 years.

He blinds their eyes and deafens their ears and appeals to the lust of their eyes and flesh, as well as to their pride and rebellious nature. As we follow after God and obey His will for our life (Ephesians 2:10), it is much easier to discern Satan’s deception from the start.

 

Only God and His Kingdom will last forever (1 John 2:15-17). If we recognize that this world is passing away and everything in it, then we can put into perspective the fiery darts of temptation from our #1 enemy. Relinquish all lust, pride and rebellion to Christ. Only those who depend solely on Christ as their life (Colossians 3:4) will believe to the end and be saved.

 

Prayer:

Father God, when Satan tempted Jesus, he found no flesh in Him that He could appeal to. He tried, but Jesus was so united with You that He rose above Satan’s carnal appeals. Jesus also used Your Word to defeat the enemy. Remind us to drench our life with Your scriptures so that we too can withstand the enemy when he comes like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

 

Thought for the Day:

Cling to the vine of Christ and draw your fulfillment from Him rather than from your flesh, the world or the devil. – John 15:5

How Satan’s Temptations Influence Us

Satan uses three aspects of our human life to tempt us into sin. The lusts aroused by what we see, the lusts of our human flesh, our pride and our rebellion against authority. Study the way Satan tempted Biblical characters such as Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:6), Jonah, Moses and even Jesus (Matthew 4:3). He appealed to fleshly gratification, power and recognition and self-interest.

 

Attempting to fulfill the lusts of our flesh always causes our moral demise and allures us from following God’s will for our life (Galatians 5:16-25). Satan is subtle and very good at what He does. In fact, at the end of the Millennium, God looses Satan from his chains in hell so he can attempt to deceive those born during the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ right here on the earth with us (Revelation 20:7).

 

Satan convinces people who lived in the presence of Christ during the Millennium, just as he did when Jesus lived on the earth for 33 years.

He blinds their eyes and deafens their ears and appeals to the lust of their eyes and flesh, as well as to their pride and rebellious nature. As we follow after God and obey His will for our life (Ephesians 2:10), it is much easier to discern Satan’s deception from the start.

 

Only God and His Kingdom will last forever (1 John 2:15-17). If we recognize that this world is passing away and everything in it, then we can put into perspective the fiery darts of temptation from our #1 enemy. Relinquish all lust, pride and rebellion to Christ. Only those who depend solely on Christ as their life (Colossians 3:4) will believe to the end and be saved.

 

Prayer:

Father God, when Satan tempted Jesus, he found no flesh in Him that He could appeal to. He tried, but Jesus was so united with You that He rose above Satan’s carnal appeals. Jesus also used Your Word to defeat the enemy. Remind us to drench our life with Your scriptures so that we too can withstand the enemy when he comes like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

 

Thought for the Day:

Cling to the vine of Christ and draw your fulfillment from Him rather than from your flesh, the world or the devil. – John 15:5