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The Rapture: A Twinkling of an Eye
A father savagely murders his nine children. A stay at home mother drowns her five children in a bathtub. A sex offender confesses to abducting and killing a nine-year-old child. Two weeks later in the same state - another sex offender duplicates the same heinous crime. In late December of 2004, over 75,000 children perished when a 9.3 earthquake caused a great Tsunami off the coast of Asia; 75,000 children were gone in an instant. When reading the morning headlines, nothing can strike more sadness within the soul once finding out a defenseless, innocent child has passed away.
It is only natural for man to ask God how He could allow a helpless child to die. The answer, if given likely would not be sufficient enough for our human minds. The prophet Isaiah explained, "the righteous passes away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come (Isaiah 57:1.)
The countries where the Tsunami struck are well known for their worship to false gods and idols. They are content worshipping cows, rats, insects, etc, choosing to worship creatures instead of the Creator. The 1st commandment of the Ten Commandments reads "I am the Lord your God?you shall have no other gods before me." The 2nd commandment: "You shall not make for yourself any carved images, any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water underneath the earth, you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God." The great Tsunami claimed over 300,000 lives in less than a hour. Was the Tsunami judgment upon these pagan nations from God? Not to mention, the majority of countries hit by the Tsunami are well known for the heavy persecution of Christians within their country. Prophetic evangelist, Perry Stone, believes that the aftermath of the Tsunami will allow missionaries to freely teach the Gospel in places which they were restricted to do so before: a fulfillment of the prophecy of the Gospel being preached to all nations.
It was over 2,500 years ago, when Isaiah the prophet declared the prophecy concerning the righteous to die, at the time spiritual wickedness was at an all time high in Israel. According to the amplified Bible:
"The society then was so bad that the righteous people in Israel had to die in order to find peace. Observing the evil all around apparently frustrated them. The only way the righteous could be sparred from such frustration was to die."
A wise man once said if you want to know what's going to happen in the future look to the past. America as a nation is on the same spiritual path (i.e. Idolatry, Spiritual Abomination, and Sexual Immorality) that the nation of Israel was before God rendered His judgment. The only difference this time is that instead of the righteous dying, the righteous shall all be changed and taken away in a twinkling of an eye. Was the great Tsunami the beginning of the birth pains described by Christ before His imminent return? The words of Isaiah regarding the righteous can offer a glimmer of hope when a devastating tragedy occurs. We must hold tight to the fact that God is in absolute control when it appears nothing in this world is.
Recommended reading "Plucking the Eagle's Wings" by Perry Stone Ministries
Nevada York, Author of Caught Up and Mahogany's Revelation, released her latest book in July of 2004 to rave reviews from readers. Nevada's published novels are an accomplishment that has been well worth the wait. Not willing to be deterred, her determination has bought about the publication of two memorable novels. http://nevadayork.com
Helping Others - What Did Jesus Say?
Helping others was something Jesus did on a daily basis. He was constantly approached by people, but He always found time to stop what He was doing to help those in need.
The power of the Holy Spirit is so profound it is truly a wonder, beyond human intelligence. Let's take a look at what the Bible says about miracles.
Pope John Paul II, The Right Man at the Right Time
The world has been blessed to have Pope John Paul II for the past 27 years. Many people have called him The Man of the Century.
Do you sometimes wonder how did Jesus make a Public Spectacle of Satan? Well let's see what the Bible says. Look at Colossians 2:13 it says.
Saved From Religion
"Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief." - Oscar WildeA recently released study by The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, found that the number of adults who say they subscribe to no religion jumped from 14.
3 Clues To Know Where You Fit In Ministry Part 1
Clue Number 1: You Have TalentYou were born with at least one talent. One talent is all you need to have fulfillment in your life and ministry, if you use it.
The Unbelievable Becomes Believable
The Path Is Winding:Ever wonder why things that happen in our lives seem so cruel and undeserved? Why do these things happen to me? Why am I being punished like this? What am I doing wrong? All of us have sought answers to these questions dozens of times. Have you found the answer yet?We all have some sort of dubious answers as to why they happen.
Slain in the Spirit?
WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE?A Catholic woman reported to me that a priest with the gift of healing had recently visited her church. After mass, the congregation swarmed toward the altar as the priest laid hands upon the faithful to minister healing.
And the matter of who is doing the abusing is the most important thing we as a world full of equal people must ascertain. Who are the Benjaminites who were thrown out of Israel and later returned under Judas Maccabee? Who are these mercenaries who protected Egypt from the Elephantine stronghold?To be sure there are many perspectives on the history of Israel and the Jews.
Is being purified only for the men of the cloth? Well let's see what the Bible says. In the book of 2Samuel David sang a song to the Lord.
New Orleans is only the Beginning as Prophecy Unfolds
We are all very well aware of the tragedies occurring right now in the United States; particularly New Orleans. Yet, Bible Prophecy never leaves us to chance what is happening.
Is Christianity Losing America?
2 Thessalonians 1:3-1:4Is Christianity Losing America? The apostasy of the professing church. (2Th 1:3); (Luke 18:8); (2Ti 3:1-8).
Living By the Truth, the Word of God
Let's be honest: Too many Christian books are nothing but fluff or teach a viewpoint that is borderline contradictory of what the Bible actually teaches. Christian publishing appears, to this reviewer at least, to be focused too much on marketing and profits, and not nearly enough on solid teaching for building up the church.
America for War
The Americans themselves billed the vote for now President George Bush in the US as a vote for war.Politics is the highest form of spirituality.
What If We Are Getting Paid For Prayer (Salat)...
What will be the effect on general public if the constitution of our country pass a rule as:Section #___It is hereby submitted that from 10, July, 2005 , everybody will get 27 rupees for saying his prayer , provided , he must have to say his prayer (Salat) in the main mosque of the living area.Provided further that he must have to come on his feets by walking.
End Time Events - The Miscellaneous Signs
Per the miscellaneous signs listed in my previous article, Jesus literally tells the apostles face to face what the signs are that will let us know when He is about ready to come back to our earth for His second coming. The verse is from the gospel of Matthew and it reads as follows: "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age? And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you.
Why More Priests Need To Train As Fighters (And Why We Dont See Many Boxers In Church)
"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. JOHN 15:8Can you imagine the fruit of six million lighthouses across America praying for, caring for, and sharing Jesus Christ with their neighbors, friends, and family?I can imagine it, but there was a time when I couldn't have.
The Caribbean is the site of another thing which some would call a mystery. Until a few years ago I would have been inclined to put it in the paranormal control of soul category and I still believe that is part of it.
Church Retreat and Church Retreats
Church retreats are an excellent way to involve the church in an important part of church involvement. Offering a church retreat creates community and support with the people closest to you spiritually.
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