Persecution Coming

I don’t normally post anything political, but this article I found seems too relevant for the Church in America. 

“Democrats preparing ultimatum for people of faith”
This is real serious as the dems want to destroy the church in America. They are not playing games, but they literally despise us and want us destroyed. 

We need revival for survival.

Proverbs 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 

The Alliance Defending Freedom, (a powerhouse of civil and religious rights advocacy), has joined other groups in denouncing the Equality Act proposed in the Democratic-majority House as a threat to faith. “Essentially, the Equality Act gives people of faith an ultimatum: Change your faith-based practices or face government punishment,” wrote ADF’s Sarah Kramer.

WND reported it would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit and the jury system.  And it would specifically prevent Christians from relying on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to uphold their religious rights.

Washington watchdog Judicial Watch has warned it would effectively eliminate single-sex “public multi-stall bathrooms, domestic violence or rape crisis shelters, drug rehabilitation centers, jails, juvenile detention facilities, homeless shelters, locker rooms or group showers.”

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Falling Away of the Church

As one reads news articles from around the Christian community, it is hard not to notice that many churches and denominations seem to be stepping away from “controversial” biblical teachings in favor of a world view version of the bible. This means that tough topics such as homosexuality, abortion, adultery, and going to hell for not acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Savior, are not being discussed, let alone preached about in churches. Moral relativism and congregational entertainment seem to be all the rage. So are we in the period prophesied in the Bible as the “great falling away” of the church; the age of the church apostasy?

We are warned in 1 Timothy 4:1-2:
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”
And in 2 Timothy 4:1-4:
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. 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.

Paul is saying that people will move away from a strict teaching of the gospel and begin to substitute other ideas in place of the guidelines and directions God gave to us through Jesus Christ, the apostles and the Word (Bible). These “false teachers” will teach doctrines that are easy to hear and don’t cause the congregation to become uncomfortable with their own sin and failure to do God’s will. Moral Relativism will become commonplace and in order to maintain their revenue, preachers will teach a “feel good” approach to the scripture, where such things as divorce, adultery, homosexuality, gossip, unwillingness to forgive, strife, jealousy, anger, disputes, and factions are never discussed. Sermons might as well be a seminar of Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits for Highly Effective People” (1) with religious words and phrases added for Christian palatability. No longer do many fellowships ask “what are you willing to do for God” but instead clue in on a feel good “look what God can do for you” message. They reduce the Creator of the Universe, to a short order cook at the window of a drive through. They have a “Hello this God, may I take your order, please?” mentality.

In the last ten years, I have seen this move away from basic Christian doctrine. Pastors now have to entertain and amuse people. Music directors have all but removed traditional Christian music from the service and replaced it with what I have heard called 7-11 music (the same seven words sung eleven times). Sermons capitalize on two or three verses instead entire passages. In a nutshell, the dumbing down of society has walked through the door of the church.

This “dumbing down” philosophy and desire not to offend anyone leaves a church fellowship open to the very things Paul warns us about in first and second Timothy, “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”. The desire to accumulate enough revenue for the latest sound system and theatre lighting for the stage, bigger and better buildings, and a new bus with the church logo on it, will skew all but the most determined pastors into “softening up” their messages of salvation. They will avoid the social issues such as homosexuality, adultery, divorce, and other vices that might “hurt someone’s feelings”.

Some denominations take this even further by redefining marriage as being between “two people” instead of between “a man and a woman”. They actively support homosexuality, contrary to true Biblical teaching, even appointing them as pastors and bishops.

The Bible and its Truths have truly become minimized to the modern, enlightened church’s search for something more “appealing”. Something to keep the collection plate dollars rolling in. Something to keep from making people “feel bad”. Something “nicer” then that old fashioned message of sin, salvation and hell.

People are not stupid though. Where Satan closes their eyes to the message of hope from Jesus, he opens their eyes to the duplicity of the churches. The people realize that instead of being something different from what they see in the world, churches use the same methods one might use to sell any number of items in a store. “C’mon in, have a cappuccino and a cafe latte while you sit in our multimillion dollar “theatre”, I mean sanctuary, and watch our pastor spin out those words of peace. Everybody grin now”.

Sound far-fetched? You may not believe just how true these words are. They are my words, but they represent actual churches I’ve seen with my own eyes. Mainstream, supposedly “down to earth” churches. Fallen-away churches?

Maybe not yet, but certainly headed in that direction.
Time to get back to basics.

Grace That Won’t Let Go

by Chuck Swindoll

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

This is a good time to correct faulty thinking. It is not always God’s will that you be healed. It is not always the Father’s plan to relieve the pressure. Our happiness is not God’s chief aim. He doesn’t have a wonderful (meaning “comfortable”) plan for everybody’s life—not from a human perspective. Often His plan is nowhere near wonderful. As with Paul, His answer is not what we prayed and hoped for. But, remembering that He is forming us more and more into the image of His Son, it helps us to understand His answer is based on His long-range plan, not our immediate relief.

Thankfully, in the midst of that suffering, He gently whispers, “My grace is sufficient for you” (v. 9). As with Paul, His grace supplies more than we need to endure whatever it is that threatens to undo us. Let me amplify that thought. His grace is more sufficient than your strength. His grace is more sufficient than the advice of any trained counselor or close friend (though God uses both). His grace is sufficient to carry you through whatever your own unique “thorn” may be. His grace—that’s the ticket.

Would you like to know why? Because God’s power is perfected in weakness (v. 9). What an amazing statement from the Lord! And all this time we thought power was perfected in success. We’ve been taught all our lives that it is achievement that makes us strong. No. A thousand times, no! Those things make us proud and self-sufficient and independent. Painful thorns make us weak. But the good news is this: when we are weak, He pours His strength into us, which gives an entirely new perspective on pain and suffering, hardship and pressure. Those stresses and strains drive us to our knees. It’s at that point our God comes through, takes us by the hand, and by His grace lifts us up.

His grace is sufficient for you too.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Culture affects Christianity

Ever since I was a boy, I realized there were some cultural differences in the Church.  Supposedly the same church, the same doctrine, but total opposites on some issues.

50 years ago, Baptist was synonomous with “Tea Totalers”.  No alcohol… zero.  It was not up for debate.  Then our high school had a foriegn exchange student from France.  This girl was from a French Baptist family.  Wine was consumed by everyone.  Next a boy from Germany… and ale or beer was commonly consumed. 

As a teen I was faced with a real cultural difference. 

Now the purpose of this devotion is not to debate alcohol.  But alcohol does show a tremendous cultural bias in our Christian beliefs and our walk.

What prompted today’s devotion was a picture I saw with one of those inspirational sayings.  It said, “God is Our Shield in Times of Trouble.” 

And i got to thinking while I was creating a picture timeline of the political riots in Kenya several years ago.  I have pictures of th displaced persons walking with all their belongings, pictures of the camps, and pictures 6 years later of the tattered tents. 

I was remembering how many thousands lost their lives in the violence.  And I remember my brother telling of elderly dying from harsh conditions. It is so easy to hang a cute inspirational poster in our homes when all is going well.  But how about the Christians in persecuted countries?

Just a few weeks ago we heard of much violence against Christians and churches as bombs went off.  The news media really played it up.  But just last week in a remote village 150 were slaughtered and no mention. Where was their shield either time?

There are hundreds of these motivation pictures that reflect more culture than Christ.  The are feel-good sayings, that really don’t stand up to close scrutiny by the scriptures.  Some even quote a Scripture verse or part of one. 

My favorite example was one I saw quoting a verse from the book of Job. 

The verse was Job 36:11… If they obey and serve him, (God) they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures

This was presented as a promise of God. A promise to the believer. But upon closer study, I am not sure this is a quote we should hang onto. Why? Keep reading.

[  ] Job Chapter 36 (Elihu Extols God’s Greatness)  “Bear with me a little, and I will show you, for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf. I will get my knowledge from afar and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.   For truly my words are not false; one who is perfect in knowledge is with you. … If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures

Now read what God has to say about the “Wisdom” found in the previous chapter.

Job Chapter 37  “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?”

 God Himself said that Job 36:11 was words without knowledge! I don’t really think I want to make that one of my memory verses! I don’t think that the idea or truth of Job 36:11 is one I want to put into my belief system.

We need to be careful when we accept scripture quotes. Often they are taken out of context and/or omit a significant part, that when included, offers a totally different meaning. Yes they sound good, but are they really what God meant?

The same way we need to examine our Christian Beliefs and Lifestyles to see what has been tainted or colored by our cultural background. 

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Blessings, are they still for Today?

Blessings are an indispensible part that everyone needs to survive.

Blessings can be either from God or from your fellow humans but it is the root of all good deeds. Blessings take many forms; it offers peace of mind, good health, wealth, tranquility, status and many more. But I am of the opinion that good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.

Ironically it takes a little reasoning and more sense to recognize the blessings showered on us. We immediately recognize the misfortunes and lament over them but if we list out the blessings that are offered to us, it certainly is a longer one.

So, don’t fail to recognize the blessings that are offered to us and be grateful to them. When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.

May this day mark another period of joy, peace, and love in your life. May your life be filled with more victories and blessing through Jesus Christ. May He renew our lives and reunite us with Him.

Don’t throw out using Blessings because some “church” has abused them. God still honors a Biblical Blessing.

False Promises

These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
Jude 1:16–18

A common characteristic of false teachers is the offer of false promises. You see them promising, for example, that God will prosper those who give $10 with a hundredfold blessing—multiplying that amount and returning it to them. This is a false message, however. We should never give to get.

If I were to give an amount of money to God’s work, thinking it would multiply a certain number of times and would ultimately return to me, that would be a wrong motive. God will not honor it. It is also a false promise.

All believers should give, on a regular basis, of the resources and income that God has given to them. On the other hand, we don’t give to get something. The Bible says that God loves a cheerful giver (see 2 Corinthians 9:7). We give because we have received. We give because we recognize that all that we have comes from God. We give because we want to share in the eternal reward of what God is doing by investing in the work of His kingdom. We give because God has commanded us to do so.

Jude wrote his epistle to refute those who were teaching that the grace of God gives people a license to sin. And Paul wrote in Romans 3:8, “And why not say, ‘Let us do evil that good may come’?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.”

In other words, there are those who say, “Go ahead and do wicked things, and God will bless you, because you are covered by grace.”

Paul was saying that this is a perversion of the teaching of the grace of God.

What is Biblical Forgiveness?

Before we delve into the subject, let’s determine what forgiveness really means. Some definitions include:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: To pardon, absolve
To give up resentment of
To grant relief from payment of
Strong’s Hebrew Definition: salach (saw-lakh’)
To forgive:–forgive, pardon, spare
Strong’s Greek Definition: aphiemi (af-ee’-ay-mee)
To cry, forgive, forsake, lay aside, leave, let (alone, be, go, have), omit, put (send) away, remit, suffer, yield up

Perhaps it is more helpful to define what forgiveness is NOT.

Forgiveness is not ignoring, disregarding, tolerating, excusing, overlooking, or closing one’s eyes to the sin of another person.

It is not simply letting time pass after the offense has been committed and then “getting over it.”

It is not resigning one’s self to the other person’s sinful actions by saying, “Well, that’s just the way s/he is and I’m stuck with her/him for life, so I’ll just accept it.”

It is not letting things “roll off our backs”or agreeing to make a “fresh start” without confronting the problem.

To engage in these behaviors not only condones sin, but also perpetuates it, and as Christians, we are forbidden to do so.

The Biblical Model of Forgiveness

Jesus himself gave us a three-step model of forgiveness among believers in the Gospel of Luke. He said: “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him” (Lk. 17:3-4) (emphasis added).

Step One: Rebuke — Jesus clearly tells us that if a “brother,” meaning a believer, sins against us, we are first to rebuke him. What does this mean? To rebuke is to criticize sharply, to reprimand. This plays nicely into the Christian principle of speaking the truth in love. To rebuke a brother is not an act done with a hateful or prideful heart. No. In fact, it could easily be compared to the behavior of a loving mother correcting her child for a behavior that will bring harm to her child and/or others. She may raise her voice and speak sternly, but she does so with a loving heart and tongue. We are to rebuke our brothers privately, and with humble hearts.

Step Two: Repentance — Jesus tells us that our forgiveness is conditional upon the brother’s repentance after the rebuke. To repent in the broad biblical sense is to turn away from sin. Repentance is not simply a reform of one’s behavior, although genuine repentance ultimately results in reformed behavior. Instead, repentance is the sincere feeling of remorse, and a heartfelt search for forgiveness. A believer does not get to that place without first feeling the burden of Holy Spirit conviction. The natural response of a believer to Holy Spirit conviction is acknowledgement that one has sinned, followed by true remorse and repentance. The kind of repentance God demands, knowing the interaction of the indwelling Holy Spirit with His children, is one that has visible results to others: fruits. The great Apostle Paul discussed his gospel with King Agrippa, saying “that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance” (Acts 26:20). Also, John the Baptist said, “Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance” (Lk. 3:8). True repentance is always evident and visible through the changed hearts and fruit bearing works of the repentant. That kind of transformation is evident to believers and unbelievers alike. It’s obvious to all who interact with the person and witness his or her daily conduct. Jesus gives us more insight into this dilemma when he spoke these words:

“Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mat. 18:15-20).

In the practical and relational sense, repentance begins with the offender recognizing his or her wrongdoing. This recognition always includes an admission of guilt to the offended party. The person who has committed the offense is required to confess the wrongdoing and express remorse to the offended person for the sinful acts. Afterwards, the offender is to make a commitment not to repeat the offense. Ultimately, the purpose of this process is to express guilt and remorse to the offended person in an attempt to gain forgiveness so that the two people can repair the relationship. Without this process being fulfilled in its entirety, forgiveness is impossible.

Step Three: Forgiveness — If the first two steps have been completed, and the fruits of sincere repentance have been observed, Jesus commands the offended party to forgive his brother, as He has forgiven us.

Unconditional forgiveness is canceling a debt to all those who intentionally offend us, whether or not they own up to what they have done and repent. Offering forgiveness without repentance, however, does not follow the biblical model of forgiveness, as previously outlined in Luke 17:3-4.

The Bible says we are to forgive as God forgave us. It is written in Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you,” and Colossians 3:13 states, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

However, God withholds His forgiveness until we repent: “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mk. 1:15). “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Lk. 13:3-5). “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

God does not grant forgiveness to those of us who continue to act with prideful arrogance against Him, and against our brothers and sisters in Christ. We must recognize our sin and repent to receive and enjoy God’s merciful forgiveness. We must exhibit this same behavior in our relationships in the Body. God requires repentance and so must we.

An unrepentant person maintains a false sense of control over his life through pride, which inevitably leads to destruction, violence, and animosity. This is because an unrepentant heart is conceived in the child of the devil: “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate” (Prov. 8:13). “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18). “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit” (Prov. 29:23).

Turning toward God is necessary to break the cycle of destructive behaviors and patterns of relating to others. If, as believers, we don’t require repentance on the part of the offender, we stand in the way of that person coming to see his or her need for God and experiencing His forgiveness. To put it simply, forgiveness is a two-way process: repentance on the part of the offender and pardon on the part of the offended.

Failed Prophecies Of The Bible?

The following question came into my inbox a few days ago and seemed to merit a more detailed answer that I usually have room for in our “Ask A Bible Teacher” column. Here it is. – Jack Kelly

Q. What is your opinion on the alleged ‘failed prophecies’ of the Bible listed below?

A. First of all, let me say that this is what comes of letting unbelievers interpret Scriptures for us. Paul warned us that the man without the Spirit cannot accept the things of God. They’re foolishness to him, he can’t understand them because they’re spiritually discerned. (1 Cor. 2:14) I read the responses to a similar question posted on a secular site recently and had Paul’s warning confirmed once again. For people who’ve probably never studied the Book, some of the respondents certainly act like they know a lot about it.

I noticed that unbelievers often think that if something is in the Old Testament, it has to be written about our past, as if there’s no future fulfillment to Old Testament prophecy. This causes them to reject our view that there are only two kinds of prophecy, the kind that has been fulfilled and the kind that will be.

God Himself said, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times what is still to come. What I have said, that will I bring about, what I have planned, that will I do.” (Isaiah 46:10-11). But unbelievers think it’s a cop out when we tell them a “failed” prophecy is for the future, even though most Biblical prophecy speaks about a time still future to us.

I also found that they give more credence to man’s word than to God’s. In other words, they read the Bible and then look for something man has written for confirmation. If they don’t find it they assume the Bible is wrong. It’s the reverse of the way believers approach things. We know that if man’s history differs from the Bible then man’s history is either wrong or incomplete.

With that, let’s have a look at five “failed” prophecies that have been cited and see what the real story is.

1. Deut. 7:1, God Will Give Israel 7 Nations. Joshua 15:63, He Is Unable To Drive Some Out. Joshua 15:63 specifically refers to the Jebusites of Jerusalem, one of the 7 nations mentioned in Deut. 7:1. But Judges 1:8 says, “The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.” As per their agreement, the Tribe of Judah then went with the tribe of Simeon to capture the rest of their two allotments instead of remaining in Jerusalem. (In their absence, the Jebusites returned and dug in.) They also had difficulty with the Philistines in the southern coastal areas. And other tribes experienced problems with the people in their areas as well. All this happened after the major conquest had ended, “the land had rest from war” (Josh. 11:23) and the tribes went into their own allotted lands.

In Judges 2:1-4 we learn that previous to that the Angel of the Lord criticized them for their lack of faith in completing the conquest of the Land, and withdrew His supernatural assistance. He had promised them victory over every enemy they chose to engage, (Josh 10:25) but they lacked the faith to make it so. (This is something unbelievers don’t understand. It wasn’t that God lacked the ability, but that they lacked the faith. Of course they don’t understand this because they don’t understand faith.)

That being the case, He said, in effect, “Fine. If you want them living among you, so be it. But they’ll be thorns in your sides and their gods a snare to you.” (Judges 2:1-3) It wasn’t until the time of King David, a warrior of supernatural faith, that the Israelites finally possessed all the land that God had promised them. The prophecy did not fail.

2. Isaiah 17:1 Damascus Will Be Destroyed Every scholar who takes the Bible literally agrees. This prophecy is in our future. Many believe it’ll likely be fulfilled as early as the summer of this year. As evidence of this, here’s an excerpt from a report from the Jerusalem Newswire that I received this week.

Syria is making concrete preparations for war with Israel, and is anticipating such a conflict this coming summer.

According to reports carried in the Arab media Friday, the Assad government has already ordered, and carried out, the removal of the Government Archives and State Archives from Damascus to other locations.

Reports have circulated during the past two months that Syria is preparing its SCUD missile arsenal for war, including the VX gas warheads it has been working on producing for several years. It is widely believed that any attempt by Syria to introduce non-conventional warheads into a conflict with Israel will be met by an Israeli response that will destroy Damascus. (

3. Isaiah 19:5 The Nile Will Dry Up. Many view the fulfillment of this prophecy in the construction of the Aswan Dam by the Soviets in the early 1960’s. When it became operational in 1965, it forever changed the economy of Egypt for the worse. For millennia, Egyptians had relied on the Nile’s annual flooding to renew the land and enrich the waters of the southern Mediterranean. It had been the most important event regulating the fertility of the region. The dam stopped all that. In addition to forever changing Egypt’s agricultural industry, the decrease in fertility of the southeastern Mediterranean waters caused by the dam has had a catastrophic effect on marine fisheries. In spite of the dam’s benefits, such as cheap electricity, some have said that the best way to restore Egypt’s economy would be to blow up the Aswan Dam. A comparison of the economic and environmental effects of the Aswan Dam and the prophecy of Isaiah 19:5-10 clearly show that the prophecy did not fail.

4. Jeremiah 50:39 Babylon will be uninhabited. For many years prophecy scholars believed this prophecy to have been fulfilled. And then came the first Gulf War. People were astonished to see Babylon standing there on the Banks of the Euphrates, rebuilt by Saddam Hussein. While there’s no comparison to the great city of Nebuchadnezzar, it does exist, and though it’s population had dwindled to as low as a few thousand when the Greeks built Baghdad to become the major river port city of the region, Babylon has not yet become uninhabited. But 6 chapters of the Bible are devoted to its destruction, Isaiah 13-14, Jeremiah 50-51, and Revelation 17-18. It’s clearly a prophecy yet future to us.

5. Ezekiel 29:10-13 Egypt Will Be Uninhabited For Forty Years (after being destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, Ezekiel 29:19) I believe that this is a case of misunderstood context. There is no reason to connect the prophecy of Egypt’s 40 year desolation, given by Ezekiel on January 7, 587BC, with his prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar’s conquest of the Egyptians which was given on April 26, 571BC. The two are completely different utterances, spoken 16 years apart, and in reverse order of the “failed” prophecy claim. Nebuchadnezzar did defeat the Egyptian Army at the Battle of Carchemesh in 606BC and subsequently carried off the wealth of Egypt, as Ezekiel’s 2nd prophecy says, but the land of Egypt has not yet lain desolate for 40 years. (I guess you can say that when it does, it will have happened after Nebuchadnezzar’s conquest.) The prophecy has not failed.

Some of you may be asking, “What’s the big deal if a few of the thousands of prophecies of the Bible didn’t come true?” Well, the big deal is this. If God couldn’t deliver on His promise to the men of Judah, or to Nebuchadnezzar, how can you be sure that He’ll able to deliver for you?

You’ve staked your eternity on the belief that He can perform on His promises. By the time you know for sure that your faith was justified, it’ll be too late. You’ll be dead.

None of us has ever seen Him. All we have is His word that He’ll come back for us and save us from judgment. He knows we have to trust Him for this, so He gave us an unblemished record to justify our faith. It’s called prophecy. I guarantee you that in just a few short years, there won’t be anyone left who still believes that God doesn’t do what He says He’ll do. But then, instead of ridiculing Him for not doing what He said, they’ll be cursing Him for doing it. (Rev. 16:10-11)


I cannot say OUR if I live only for myself.
 I Cannot say FATHER if I do not endeavor each day to act like His child.  
I cannot say WHO ART IN HEAVEN if I am laying up no  
treasure there.  
I cannot say HALLOWED BE THY NAME if I am not striving   
for holiness.  
I cannot say THY KINGDOM COME if I am not doing all in   
my power to hasten that wonderful event.  
I cannot say THY WILL BE DONE if I am disobedient to His word. 
I cannot say ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN if I will not  
serve Him here and now.  
dishonest or seeking things by subterfuge.  
I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES if I harbor a grudge against anyone.  
I cannot say LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION if I deliberately place myself in its path.  
I cannot say DELIVER US FROM EVIL if I do not put on the whole armor of God.  
I cannot say THINE IS THE KINGDOM if I do not give the   
King the loyalty due him from a faithful subject.  
I cannot say THE POWER if I fear what others may do. 
I cannot say THE GLORY if I am seeking honor only for myself. 
I cannot say FOREVER if the horizon of my life is bounded by the things of today. 
   --Author Unknown 

Don’t pray for Revival, Pray for the harvest

AWhat we are witnessing now in the West and in America in particular is an inevitable cycle we see repeated in the Old Testament with God’s people Israel. After the Lord graciously revealed Himself to His people, the first time in Exodus delivering them from slavery in Egypt, the people acknowledged Him as God and followed Him out of Egypt. But almost immediately at the Red Sea and in the wilderness the backsliding began with murmuring and rebellion against the One who had saved them with an outstretched hand from Egypt.

After the forty years of wandering in the wilderness the Israelites invaded and possessed the Promised Land of Canaan, the Lord graciously accompanying them with visible might and power. After Joshua led them in mostly victorious campaigns against the Canaanites, they succeeded in possessing the Promised Land. But afterwards the Israelites began to backslide from the Lord during the era of the Judges, and then suffering defeat at the hands of their enemies as a consequence. Eventually they repented and cried out to the Lord at which time the Lord would send someone a “judge” who would deliver them. This cycle was repeated time after time in the book of Judges. Yes, there was a Golden Era under King David, but it turned out to be only temporary. We see the cycle of revival, backsliding, painful correction, repentance, and subsequent deliverance repeated in I Kings and II Kings ad nauseam.

The pattern is a result of human nature. When times are difficult, a “Christian” nation will turn to the Lord in repentance. He is gracious to forgive us and deliver us. We will experience a season of blessing on earth. But with prosperity the following generation of “Christians”—who never endured suffering and then witnessed the Lord’s miraculous deliverance—will inevitably take for granted God’s gracious blessing. They will inevitably backslide, focusing on the material blessing and no longer on the Author of the blessing.

We in the West and in America in particular have arrived near the end of our “cycle.” We have enjoyed the greatest measure of God’s material blessing in the history of the world, and have come to take it for granted—even to the point of denying the very existence of (or in some cases even hating) the One who delivered and blessed us and who called us to live a life of righteousness.

But since we are in or near the end times, the cycle will not be repeated again. The terrible events prophesied in Revelation will be played out in full color in the lives our children. And depending on your view of the timing of the rapture, we may still be on earth when those dreadful events begin to unfold. We have had our chance, and now the Lord’s focus in terms of evangelism and mission has shifted elsewhere.

Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

We cannot continue to mock God. Eventually our nation will reap what we have sown. Our children, now adults and future leaders, have been educated in universities where an overwhelming majority of liberal professors have inculcated values in them which to varying degrees are based on lies from the mainstream culture.

It may be too late to pray for revival. We will reap what we have sown for over an entire generation. It is an immutable law. And God’s patience is not unlimited.

What then should we pray for?

Let us pray in accordance with the times we see around us—as Jesus taught us.

Luke 10:2. “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Matthew 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Let us pray that we the Church will go into all the world to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God and to disciple all nations, especially the nations who have never heard the gospel.