Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Will There Be Tears In Heaven?"

"Although Christians have been justified by faith, Christ will still judge them for the 'deeds done in the body...whether good or bad' (2 Corinthians 5:10). How well or poorly we do here might indeed determine our status in heaven for all eternity," warns Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Th.M, author and Bible scholar.

In his classic book, Your Eternal Reward, Dr. Lutzer asks the questions inquiring minds want to know:

  • Does our behavior as Christians matter once we are assured of our salvation?
  • Will eternity be the same for those believers who follow Christ faithfully and those who live a carnal life style?
According to Lutzer, "everything we do in this life matters. We all struggle with the concept of negative consequences at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Our sins have been washed away and God cannot judge us for our carnality, selfishness, and wasted lives,we think. Because we are not under condemnation, we feel secure that any loss we suffer cannot be too serious."

Not so fast. Lutzer points out that God sometimes judges His people while they are still alive even though they are forgiven and justified. Ananias and Sapphira were judged by death for their dishonesty (Acts 5:1-11). Carnal believers in Corinth died because of their disrespect for the Lord's Table (1 Corinthians 11:30).

"I can't lose my salvation," says Lutzer, "but there is something I can lose--the highest privileges available for all eternity. Let's not live in such a way that we'll be given a rebuke from Christ and have "shame at His Coming" (1 John 2:28)."

In other words, how we live our lives has eternal consequences. Charles Stanley (pastor, radio preacher and author of over 45 books) agrees:
"Will eternity be the same for everybody? Not a chance. Our God is a God of justice as well as grace. His offer of grace is continually extended to even the most vile sinner. But His justice moves Him to keep a careful record of those who remain faithful and those who do not. His grace moved Him to sacrifice His only Son to provide a way for our salvation. But His justice causes Him to take special note of those believers who are willing to sacrifice for His Son."
A wise man once said: "Entrance into heaven is gained by accepting Christ's sacrifice for justification, but a person's rewards in heaven will be determined by what they did for Christ here on earth. There are consequences to a careless Christian life." -- Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, author of The Complete Word Study New Testament (With Parallel Greek)
Jesus said, "...I am the One who searches minds and hearts, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds." (Revelation 2:23)
"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done." (Revelation 22:12)
"...there are some who have not soiled their garments with evil deeds. They will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before My Father and His angels that they are Mine. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches." (Revelation 3:4-6)
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News:

  • Breitbart: Iranian commander: "Date has been set" for Israel's destruction as tensions continue to mount along Israel's northern border.
  • BBC News: 250 priests from 50 countries arrive in Rome for exorcism training; 1/2 million seek relief through exorcism every year in Italy.
  • DEBKAfile: Moscow now ready to give Syria S-300 air defense missiles 'to curb further aggression'. 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"The Bible Predicts The Future Of: Russia, Iran, Turkey. But What About Syria?"

The Bible gives us detailed descriptions of what will happen in the future in the Middle East, events that will be the catalyst of the End Times scenario. What it doesn't give us is the exact timing or order of these events.

For instance, we know that sometime in 'the latter days' or 'the time of the end' after Israel is re-established as a nation (1948) and the city of Jerusalem is back under Israeli control (1967), they will be attacked by a vast multitude of people who want to annihilate them.

Detailed in Ezekiel 38 & 39--The Battle of Gog and Magog--5 nations, enemies of God (Ez. 39:1) will try to destroy God's people (Ez. 36:28). Their ancient tribal names correspond to their modern-day names:

  • Magog = Russia
  • Persia = Iran
  • Cush = Sudan (not modern-day Ethiopia)
  • Put = Libya
  • Gomer & Togarmah = Turkey
Gog, the head of Magog, is the leader of this great invasion against Israel. God addresses him directly in Ezekiel 39, (and believe us, you wouldn't want to be in his shoes), describing the judgment God will bring on the invaders.

Most of these nations are amassed in Syria right now and remember, gang, Syria borders on Israel.

The Big Question? Why isn't Syria mentioned in the prophecy? 

Logically, they would join in the invasion against Israel if they could, wouldn't you think? After all, they hate Israel as much as the others.

We don't know why Syria isn't among the nations that attack Israel, but the prophecy in Isaiah 17 might offer a clue: "Look, Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins." The Bible doesn't tell us when the destruction of Damascus will take place. Our guess? Sometime before the invasion detailed in Ezekiel 38.

"And you will live in Israel, the land I gave your ancestors long ago. You will be My people, and I will be your God."  Ezekiel 36:28
        "Look to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other."
          Isaiah 45:22

A wise man once said: "More now than ever before, put your trust in the God who tells the future and recorded it in the Bible to prove to us He is real." -- Jack Hibbs, pastor Calvary Chapel Chino Hills

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News:

  • DEBKAfile: Moscow and Tehran link up to strike Israeli targets in response for U.S.-led operation in Syria
  • Newsweek: Russia TV mockingly prepares for war with U.S., instructing citizens to buy water and gas masks; claimed "real panic" is across the ocean
  • Fox News Channel: Mattis: "Still assessing military option in Syria; meanwhile U.S. and French destroyers already in place off Syrian coast; UK assets en route.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

"Pope Francis: Is The Pope Catholic?"

In a recent interview, Pope Francis allegedly claimed that hell doesn't exist.

So where do unbelievers go when they die? According to the interview, the Pope said they just "disappear."

Hmmmm...apparently the Catholic Church never got the memo.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1035:
"The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, "eternal fire". The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs."
The Bible teaches that all sin is deadly.

"The Father gave His unique and beloved Son," says biblical scholar John MacArthur, "to die on behalf of sinful men because the consequences of sin is death (Romans 6:23). "Jesus paid the consequences for all those who believe Him and put their faith in Him. True faith in Christ is the only way to heaven."

Scripture says:
"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few" (Matthew 7:13).
"Christ continually emphasized the difficulty of following Him," said MacArthur. "Salvation is by grace alone through faith, but it is not easy. It calls for knowledge of the truth, repentance, submission to Christ as Lord, and a willingness to obey His will and Word."

Pope Francis' view seems to be at odds with Scripture as well as other popes.

For instance, Pope Benedict XVI said in a 2007 sermon, "Jesus came to tells us that He wants us all in Heaven and that hell, of which so little is said in our time, exists and is eternal for those who close their hearts to His love."

The Vatican has been back-pedaling ever since Pope Francis' statement on hell went viral last week, dismissing the interview as "unofficial." Hopefully the Pope will give his followers an official statement soon because the Bible clearly warns:
"If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life (heaven) maimed than with two hands go to hell, where the fire never goes out" (Mark 9:43).
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A wise man once said: "For those who follow Jesus, death is a coronation. This world is not our home; our citizenship is in heaven. To those who are faithful, Christ will give a crown of Life."         
-- Billy Graham

News:

  • DEBKAfile: (EXCLUSIVE) U.S. Marines Head To Syria As Reinforcements Against Turkey; Joined By French Special Ops Forces
  • Newsweek: China's military pledged support to Russia as tensions with U.S. mount
  • The Washington Free Beacon: Russia Tested Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile Twice; Nuclear Fallout Feared.

 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

"Evidence of the End Times"

On his weekly prophecy report, bestselling author Hal Lindsey said, "While the 'Big News' is good news, it's going to be carried in on an ever increasing wave of bad news."

The 'Big News'? Jesus Christ is coming back soon. 

Each day brings new and mounting evidence, as the generation that saw the rebirth of Israel approaches 70.

Unfortunately, the bad news comes first:
  • Global rejection of Biblical truth
  • Widespread deception characterizes every institution including the church
  • Weather and earth changes
  • Love grows cold/strife takes hold
  • Rise in global tensions and antisemitism
Psalm 83 predicts Israel's enemies will call for a confederacy to join forces to "wipe Israel off the map." Last month Turkish president Erdogan called on 57 Islamic states to form a joint "Army of Islam" to attack Israel. Once warm, relations between Turkey and Israel have only recently grown hostile.

Isaiah 17 predicts Damascus, one of the world's oldest cities, will become a "ruinous heap and cease from being a city." Recently, Russian president Putin claimed he had "inside intelligence" that the U.S. plans to strike Damascus with chemical weapons and blame it on Assad to justify U.S. air strikes in Syria. True? Who knows. But the city has become ground zero lately and rocked by multiple bombings.

Zechariah 12 predicts Jerusalem will become a "very heavy stone" in the last days. While Israel is celebrating Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Arab world is infuriated. Many fear the 70th anniversary of Israel's re-birth will be a violent one.

Doom & Gloom? "No," says Lindsey. "Not any more than a woman going into the labor of child birth. The pain is necessary to usher in the new life."

A wise man once said: "Prophecy is knowledge of future events. God has laid it all out in advance and called certain Christians to be 'Watchmen', meaning they are appointed by God to warn people of the coming judgment and to tell them the 'Good News' of the Gospel: Jesus Christ will save those who put their trust in Him. Even though the majority will not listen." -- Hal Lindsey, author
Jesus said: "When you see the events I've described beginning to happen, you can know His return is very near, right at the door. I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place." Matthew 24: 33, 34

News:
  • DEBKAfile: Moscow: "U.S. Attack On Damascus Is Imminent"; Washington, U.S. media silent
  • FNC: New documents "strongly suggest" co-ordination between Obama, CIA, FBI, DOJ, and Dems regarding Trump/Russian collusion
  • The New York Times: Russia Expels 60 U.S. Diplomats; Tensions Reach Fever Pitch As New Cold War Approaches


Thursday, March 22, 2018

"What If You Could Live Forever?"

Sorry gang. We can't live forever...at least not in these bodies. But what if you could be resurrected--raised from the dead--in a new and improved body?

Sounds like a trick question, doesn’t it? What if…me?! Raised from the dead—yeah, right—and while we’re at it, can I be taller, too?

But Jesus told His disciples in John 14:19, “Because I live, you will live, too.” Seven simple words with the power to change the world.

There are many religions, but only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation on which Christianity is built. If it isn’t true, we are (as the apostle Paul said), “dead in our sins. We might as well eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”

But what if it is true? Consider the following excerpt from Lee Strobel’s The Case for Easter:
“When Jesus was crucified, His followers were discouraged and depressed. So they dispersed. The Jesus movement was all but stopped in its tracks. Then, after a short period of time, we see them abandoning their occupations, regathering, and committing themselves to spreading a very specific message—that Jesus Christ was the Messiah of God who died on a cross, returned to life, and was seen alive by them.

“And they were willing to spend the rest of their lives proclaiming this, without any payoff from a human point of view. They faced a life of hardship. They often went without food, slept exposed to the elements, were ridiculed, beaten, imprisoned. And finally, most of them were executed in torturous ways. For what? For good intentions? No, because they were convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that they had seen Jesus Christ alive from the dead.
“Yes, people will die for their religious convictions if they sincerely believe they are true. Religious fanatics have done that throughout history. While they may strongly believe in the tenets of their religion, however, they don’t know for a fact whether their faith is based on truth. They simply cannot know for sure. They can only believe. In stark contrast, the disciples were in the unique position to know for a fact whether Jesus had returned from the dead. They saw Him, they touched Him, they ate with Him. They knew He wasn’t a hallucination or a legend. And knowing the truth, they were willing to die for Him.

“The disciples didn’t merely believe in the resurrection; they knew whether it was fact or fiction. Had they known it was a lie, they would never have been willing to sacrifice their lives for it. Nobody willingly dies for something that they know is false. They proclaimed the resurrection to their deaths for one reason alone: they knew it was true.”
The good news is that Jesus is still alive today. And…if He lives, we can live too. Seven simple words with the power to change your world.

Video: The Case For Easter

A wise man once said: "We live and die; Christ died and lived! And because He lives we will live too." -- John Scott

" I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live." John 11:25
News:

  • BBC News: British PM Theresa May to warn EU leaders over Russia threat to democracy
  • YNET News.com: Institute for Science and International Security: Syria may have underground nuclear facility, based on satellite imagery.
  • Jews News: Pentagon Admits Missile Defenses Powerless Against Russian Hypersonic Weapons

Thursday, March 15, 2018

"Weaponized Video: A New Way To Manipulate The Masses?"

Experts are sounding the alarm on the "terrifying" potential of digitally-altered audio/video capabilities.

That's right, Christian, recent advances in audio/video technology can make anyone appear to say anything by "stamping" one face onto another. www.cbsnews.com/news/experts-warn-of-digitally-altered-video-becoming-weaponized/

For instance: "Imagine a world leader appearing in a video to give a speech that never actually occurred. Computer-generated imagery has made this more possible than ever," said Tony Dokoupil on CBS This Morning.

And video experts as well as lawmakers, are freaking out, fearing it could sow chaos or even war.

"The idea that someone could put another person's face on an individual's body?" said Virginia Senator Mark Warner. "That would be like a home run for anyone who wants to interfere in a political process."

Sen. Warner believes manipulated video and doctored audio could be a game-changer in global politics by 2020, or even as early as later this year.

While this technology has some legitimate purposes, Hany Farid, who  runs a lab at Dartmouth College, is trying to expose it.

"We are absolutely not ready for this," he said, in regards to the new video face "stamp" and the Adobe program (reported on last year) that can create new audio from written text, and actually put new words in some one's mouth.

"Right out of the gate, that's terrifying," Farid said. "Now I can create the President of the United States saying just about anything.

"I think the nightmare situation is a fake video of a politician saying, 'I have launched nuclear weapons against a country.' The other country reacts within minutes, seconds, and we have a global nuclear war," said Farid.

And though his lab is developing tools to identify fakes, Farid believes this is only the beginning.

Yikes.

A wise man once said: "We have a 'fake news' phenomenon that is not going away. And so add to that fake images, fake audio, fake video and you have an explosion of what I would call an information war." -- Hany Farid

"The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder, and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them..." 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-10
News:

  • Reuters: Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response; claims inside intel
  • Gateway Pundit: Radical Atheist Set To Become Navy "Chaplain"
  • The Jerusalem Post: U.S. intelligence warns of "real potential" of war in Near East region between Israel and Iran. 

 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Porn For Pay? New Bill Will Force Citizens To Pay & Register With Gov't."

George Orwell is alive and well in the state of Rhode Island--or so it seems. A new law (should it pass) forces all R.I. residents to register with the state and pay a $20 fee to view online porn.

If your first thought is: "Good," think again.

This bill, S2584, introduced last week by Sen. Hanna Gallo and Sen. Frank Ciccone (D-Providence), will require internet providers to digitally block pornography in the entire state. In order to remove this block, residents will have to pay a $20 fee to the state. This bill includes all internet-enabled devices and requires they must be equipped with "a digital blocking capability that renders inaccessible sexual content and/or patently offensive material."

Hmmmm...exactly what does "patently offensive material" mean?

Unfortunately in today's environment it could  mean just about anything.

For instance, the Bible says the cross of Christ is an "offense" to those who are perishing. Why? Because salvation comes solely through the finished work of Christ on the cross. It requires that we repent of unbelief and put our faith in Christ alone. It renders all other so-called ways to heaven false. It demands a decision few are willing to make and excludes all who refuse. Offensive? You bet it is.

A wise man once said; "This true, offensive Gospel will never be accepted by the world and its ungodly system or the prince of darkness who oversees it. It will always be a scandal, an offense, a sword between those who follow it and those who refuse it." -- Josef Urban, The Offense of the Cross
"For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."  1 Corinthians 1:18
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News:

  • FNC: Bible Study, Christian Music Banned by Florida Condo Association; resident files lawsuit
  • Eyewitness News: Amazon's Alexa devices are scaring people with out-of-the-blue cackles; unprovoked laughter heard in the middle of the night.
  • CNN: JP Morgan exec warns stock market could fall by 40%