Falling Away

“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is unveiled, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is honored, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, declaring of himself that he is God.”  2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4   Recently I spent some time researching churches found in Rapid City, South Dakota, in many instances, if they had a head organization, ending up on their website to see what it is they have in their Statements of Faith.   There are several things that I look for when looking into Churches that preach the truth of God, which ones are closest to following what the Bible says.  Here is a short list:   1.) Do they preach repentance towards God and faith in Christ (Acts 20:21) or simply neglect repentance?  Do they have a basic ‘sinner’s prayer’ that is found nowhere in the Bible telling the person if they just prayed that to contact them and let them know?   2.) What is their type of music?  Is it traditional or not?  Do they have flashy lights and a stage?  Is it a rock concert?  Is it honoring to our Creator or not?   3.) Do they believe in a literal six day Creation as the Bible teaches in Genesis chapter 1?   4.) Do they believe in a literal Flood that only Noah, his three sons and their wives (8 in all) were Saved through (Gen. 6-8; 1 Pet....

Deaf Ears

“Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear; for they are a rebellious house.”  Ezekiel 12:2   I’m not one to take much account of dreams.  There are those who proclaim I have dreamed this or dreamed that (Jer. 23:25) and I have seen articles written online about such-n-such a prophet dreams that this is going to happen or that is going to happen.  What I fail to see is the follow-up articles, by the same writers who promote such things, when these things fail to happen (Duet. 18:22).  Their dreams were not of God.   Last night I had a dream, not a prophetic dream, but a dream where I awoke having understanding about the times in which we live.  Now understand my background, for a living I clean commercial buildings and have done so off and on for nearly 25 years.  While it might not be a dream job, this has been the career where God consistently opens the doors, so that I might be able to work in ‘peace’ and provide an honest living.   In this dream there was another man who was a janitor for a building that I did not clean.  I happened to be walking outside this building and he had a flood of milky water outside the entrance, going down a half step of cement stairs to another sublevel basement entrance.  He was trying to mop it up and asked for some help.   I grabbed the mop bucket on...

Good Soldier

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize controls himself in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we an imperishable.  Therefore I run in this manner: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.  But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”  1st Corinthians 9:24-27   “You therefore endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No one serving military duty entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him.”  2nd Timothy 2:3-4   When someone goes before God with a repentant heart and by faith believes into Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, forsaking their sins and being born again, they do not realize the battle that is set before them.   “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.”  Romans 10:8-10   “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, yes,...

The Whole World Astray

“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who leads the whole world astray; he was cast out onto the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”  Revelation 12:9   “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   Let’s take a moment and consider something that is perhaps too big for most to actually contemplate in relation to the actually reality of the world that we live in.  Satan leads THE WHOLE WORLD ASTRAY.   Where does that lead to?  Well certainly the answer is found in the remainder of the verses in Revelation chapter 20.   “And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, out of the things which were written in the books.  And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one, according to their works.  And Death and Hades were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death.  And anyone not found written in the...

Eventually…

“And in that day Jehovah of Hosts called for weeping and mourning, and for baldness, and for girding with sackcloth.  But behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine, saying, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!  And it was revealed in my ears by Jehovah of Hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be atoned until you die, says the Lord Jehovah of Hosts.”  Isaiah 22:12-14   “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your calamities that are coming upon you.  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.  Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days.  Indeed the wages of the laborers who reaped your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.  You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.  You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.  Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.  You also be patient. Make your hearts firm, for the coming of the Lord draws near.  Do not grumble against one another, brethren, that you not be condemned. Behold, the Judge stands at the door.”  Jacob (James) 5:1-9...

Emergency!

“Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this One adorned in His apparel, flexing His great strength? I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.  Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?  I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the peoples there was no one with Me; for I tread them in My anger and trample them in My fury, and their blood is sprinkled on My garments, and I have stained all My apparel.  For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come.  And I looked, and there was no one to help; and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; therefore My own arm has given victory for Me; and My fury sustained Me.  And I will tread down the people in My anger, and make them drunk in My fury, and I will bring down their blood to the earth.  I will mention the lovingkindnesses of Jehovah, the praises of Jehovah, according to all that Jehovah has bestowed upon us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel which He has bestowed upon them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses.  For He said, Surely they are My people, children that will not lie; so He was their Savior.  In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them, and carried them all the days of old....