Be Vigilant

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be like men, be strong.”  1st Corinthians 16:13   “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  1st Peter 5:8   vigilant   Watchful; circumspect; attentive to discover and avoid danger or to provide for safety; wary.   Webster’s Universities Dictionary of the English Language, 1942   This article is written with a perspective for those who believe in God, but yet have not repented (Ac. 17:30-31) and by faith believed into Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Ro. 10:8-10), as well as those who are truly Christians.  For many of the first category they will assume that they are Believers, but they are deceived (Ac. 4:12).   I have a keen interest in the world we live in and enjoy getting some perspectives on day to day life in other parts of the world.  The other day I managed to find a series of documentaries on road conditions throughout a variety of places around the world, dangerous roads.    Over the course of a few days I had watched a glimpse of life in Nepal, Peru, Madagascar and the Colombian/Venezuelan border.  Throughout the documentary, these people who would accept rides on a bus, a jeep or whatever vehicle was available for hire, there was a sliver of reality into their daily lives.  There was also some similarities, even though these areas of the world are in the fringes of their respective countries, as well as thousands of miles apart.   For one, just like the current so-called protests in...

God’s Justice, God’s Peace

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but Jehovah ponders the hearts.  With Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice is to be chosen over sacrifice.”  Proverbs 21:2-3   “But Jehovah shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for justice.  And He shall judge the world in righteousness; He shall execute judgment to the people with equity.  Jehovah also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of distress.  And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Jehovah, have not forsaken those who seek You.”  Psalms 9:7-10   “If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, do not be astonished at the matter; for He who is higher than the highest watches; so there are those higher than they.”  Ecclesiastes 5:8   Under the guise of justice for George Floyd, our major cities are literally being burnt, looted and violence prevails.  Where is the justice for those small business owners?  Where is the justice for replacing government property that was paid for by taxpayers?  Where is the justice for more missing sales?  Where is the peace in those neighborhoods?   Well, they hold banners and they hold signs saying ‘No Justice, No Peace’.  What does that mean?  With injustices in this country there is no peace?  Get used to it, this world has been full of injustices sin Cain murdered Abel (Gen. 4:8).  What happened to George Floyd should not have happened and indeed this is by no means an isolated case.   Yet should a...

Setup

“They do not know, nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.”  Psalms 82:5   I spend quite a bit of time behind the wheel.  The other day I tuned into the local Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) radio station.  In no way is All Will Stand endorsing the SDA.   This particular day was apparently the last day of a thirteen day series about prophetic end times and as they were in the book of Daniel, in particular talking about Daniel chapter 9, I was quite interested in whether or not they had a biblical take on it.   “Seventy weeks are decreed regarding your people, and regarding your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make atonement for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Holy of Holies.  Know, therefore, and understand that from the going forth of the word to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem, to Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks and sixty two weeks. The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in times of distress.  And after sixty two weeks, Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself. And the people of a coming ruler shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end shall be with a flood, and desolations are determined, and there shall be war until the end.  And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week. And in the middle of the week he...

Already Won

“So when Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, It has been finished! And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”  John 19:30   “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have affliction; but be of good courage, I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33   “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in immersion, in which you also were raised with Him through the faith of the working of God, who raised Him out from the dead.  And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross; having disarmed rulers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”  Colossians 2:11-15   There is a lot that could be said about this pandemic and the responses of not only the United States government, but governments all around the world.  I’ve heard many arguments and have spent much time thinking on the matter.  However, I will leave the debates as to what wise choices are regarding a new way to die in a world full of death (Heb. 9:27).    One thing I do know is it is now abundantly clear that...

Saving Lives

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Mark 8:36-37   In the year 2020, a monumental amount of changes are happening consistently around the world, in order to save lives.  Now I could get into the arguments on both sides, both pro and against the measures being taken, however, the point of the matter is that whether or not you agree or disagree with what is happening around the world, it is happening.   The argument, if you will, is to bend the curve, saving lives.    I could not help but wonder the other day about the amount of effort pastors around the country have put into preaching the Gospel.    “But what does it say? The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the Word of Faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, Everyone believing on Him will not be put to shame.  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich toward all who call upon Him.  For everyone, whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on Him into whom they do not believe? And how...

The Biggest Conspiracy of Them All

“And the devil, who led them astray, was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”  Revelation 20:10   conspiracy A combination of men for an evil purpose; an agreement, between two or more persons, to commit some crime in concert; a plot. In law, an agreement between two or more persons to commit an illegal act or acts. A concurrence; a general tendency of two or causes to one event. Webster’s Universities Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged, Webster, 1942   All Will Stand talks about politics, only when it is fitting and from a biblical viewpoint.  At times talks of what would be considered ‘conspiracy theories’ are mentioned.  As with any conspiracy theory, it is simply a theory, the Word of God is the only guaranteed Truth.   “Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of eternal life.  And we have believed and understood that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  John 6:68-69   Yet there has been a conspiracy against mankind, only the focus is always on the people behind it, yet who is behind them?   “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.”  Ephesians 6:12     “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who leads the whole world astray; he was...

Seek God While He May Be Found

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  The one believing into Him is not judged; but the one not believing is judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But the one doing the truth comes to the Light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been worked in God.”  John 3:16-21   The amount of fear and panic that is out there regarding COVID-19, the coronavirus, is unprecedented, with a HUGE lack of common sense.  Even some basic measures that would prevent the severity of this situation are not even being discussed or implemented, rather a dystopia for the United States of America, as well as most of the world’s population.    People are afraid of contracting the coronavirus and dying, but where is their fear of God?   “And do not fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul. But rather fear Him who has power to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.  Are not two sparrows sold for a copper...

Now is the Time

“For He says: In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  2nd Corinthians 6:2   There is a lot of talk nowadays about the end times, people wondering if we are in the end times.  Well, we have been in the end times for quite some time, but if it brings up memories of things you heard in the past regarding the apocalypse, this isn’t at the moment of the writing those last days yet.   I’m going to go out on a limb, suggesting that if several people were to read this they would become angry with me regarding saying such things, but that is alright, they need to be said.  With as much chaos as the coronavirus is causing around the world, there is a bright spot in all of that.   Never in my life have I seen a renewed interest in prayer, God or the things of God, even if misdirected.  God knows the heart (Jer. 17:10).  So if people begin to search and try to figure out what is going on (Jer. 29:13), those who are true Believers need to ensure that the full message of Salvation is preached, both repentance and faith into Jesus Christ (Acts 17:30-31, 20:21, Ro. 10:8-10).    The world was going on in its normal course of a downward spiral, when suddenly this virus shook the ordinary day to day operations – tossing normalcy out the window.  Could this be an opportunity RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW...

Is This It?

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.”  Ephesians 6:12   There is a lot going on in the world nowadays, some very troubling things happening.  I think of the things that were on my heart to write about just a month and a half or so ago and look at the current state that we find ourselves in since then, it is remarkable.    Truly my heart goes out to the people in China.  Many of the videos I have seen, that Chinese citizens have managed to get out through a VPN, are indeed very disturbing.  I have no doubt in my mind that the situation has staggered out of control, that the coronavirus probably has killed more than 50k and infected hundreds of thousands, if not many more.    Right away rumors began to circulate at how this was a bioweapon.  I have seen evidence that it does appear to be, with another media outlet reporting on the HIV markers found in the virus, yet does it matter?  For even if it were not a bioweapon, in today’s society there would ALWAYS be people who would claim it is.  For truth has been cast down, no one knows who to believe anymore.   Rather than wonder if it was a bioweapon that accidentally spread or if even our government is using such a tool at an opportune time is not known.  I am highly suspicious that the name of the person, the lab, how, etc.,...

Truth Cast Down

“And he cast truth down to the ground.  He did all this and prospered.”  Daniel 8:12b   “For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is clearly recognized by them, for God has revealed it to them.  For ever since the creation of the world the unseen things of Him are clearly perceived, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they know God, they do not glorify Him as God, nor are thankful, but become vain in their reasonings, and their stupid hearts are darkened.  Professing to be wise, they become foolish, and change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.  Therefore God also gives them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who change the truth of God into the lie, and fear and serve the created things more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  For this reason God gives them up to vile passions. For even their women change the natural use for what is contrary to nature.  Likewise also the men, abandoning the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another, men with men performing what is shameful, and receiving the retribution within themselves, the penalty which is fitting for their error.  And even as they do not like to have God...