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Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day 14 May 2015
Many people confuse Memorial Day and veterans day. memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle, or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military- in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans, and to underscore the fact that all those who served-not only those who died-have sacrificed and done their duty. Veterans Day and Memorial have different history. The first memorial Day was on May 28, 1868 when flowers were place on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen, Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs Ulysse S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers ans Sailors' orphan Home and members of the GAR ( Grand Army of the Republic) made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both the Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns. After World War !, the holiday was extended to all soldiers who had fallen in American wars. Veterans Day has its origins early in the 20th century. In November 1919, one year after the armistice ending World War 1 went into effect, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words; To us in America, the reflection of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the things from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations... In 1938, Congress approved a bill that made November 11 an annual legal holiday known as "Armistice Day" that would honor the cause of peace, but it was primarily used to honor World War 1 veterans. In 1954, after World War 11 the law was amended, the word "Armistice" was changed to "Veterans" and November 11 became a day to honor veterans of American wars
The Antichrist A cunning Leader 29 April 2015)
In Daniel the 7 th chapter give us a picture of this man. ; "I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots." (Dan 7:8) I we understand prophetic symbol of the horns, we learn form this verse taht the coming world leader subdues three other kings by picking them out by their roots. This man will squeeze out the old to make room for the new. He will take over three kingdoms, one by one, not making war but by clever political manipulation. He begins asva little horn, but then he succeeds in uprooting three of the first horns and ,thus abrogates their power to himself. Daniel reiterated this event in chapter 11 of his prophecy, telling us that this ruler' shall come in peaceably and seize the kingdoms by intrigue." (Daniel 11:21). Thw Antichrist will be a political genius, a masterful diplomat, a clever leader.. If you have notice, today every country and world leader wants to be the one who solves the perpetual crisis in the Middle East. Americans presidents dream of adding that distinction tot heir legacy. Jimmy Carter though he had achieved it. Bill Clinton tried to eked out during his time in office and now Obama is trying everything possible to to it, whether it destroys Israel or not. but one day in the near future a cunning superleader- a man who adores power-will arrise and use his manipulative ability to succeed where all other diplomats have failed. He will resolve the Israeli-Arab conflict. ( Next writing "He will be a cruel leader")
The Antichrist 20 April 2014
The word Antichrist is mention in the Bible 4 times, each time by the apostate John . 1 John 2:18; 22: 4:3, and 2 John 7. The very word "Antichrist" should send a shudder in the hearts of a Christian. Many have suggestions, who he is, when will he come to power? I cannot answer that, but maybe I can clear up some of the confusion according to the Bible. The prefix "anti" mean instead of, so the word Antichrist mean against Christ.. He will overtly oppose Christ and even at the same time pass himself as Christ. He will live up to his his name. He will be Satan's "He man", who persecutes, tortures and kills the people of God and leads the armies of the world into the climatic Battle of Armageddon. He will be the most powerful dictator the world has ever seen, making Caesar, Hitler, Mao and Saddam seem like babies and weak in comparison, even though his name is only mention four times in the bible, he appears many more times under various aliases. He is also called: "The prince who is to come (Dan. 9;26) " A fierce king" (Dan. 8:23) " A master of of understanding" (Dan. 8:23) "A king of flattries" (Dan. 11:21) "The lawless one" ( 2 Thess 2:8)" The Evil one" ( 2 Thess 2:9) "The beast" (Rev. 13: 1), The Antichist is introduced and described in great detail in the Bible, yet his identity is not revealed. Yet This has not stopped speculation of who he might be and even some naming individual. If you Goggle "Who is the "antichrist?" you will get about 1.5 million hits. Some of the Web sites post incredibly long and detail articles- a sign of the extreme fascination generated by this sensational subject. Read what Hitler offered himself as a messiah with a divine mission to save Germany. On one occasion he displayed a whip he often carried to demonstrate that "in driving out the Jews I remind myself of Jesus in the temple." He declared, "Just like Christ, I have a duty to my own people." He boasted that just as Christ's birth had changed the calendar, so his victory over the Jews would be the beginning of a new age. "What Christ began<' he said, "I will complete." even at one rally a sign with a picture of Hitler carried the caption "In the beginning was the word' . A pamphlet printed in 1941 called "The Beast" presented the formula identifying Hitler as the antichrist by showing how the letters in the word Hitler link him numerologically withe number of the beast. (Rev 13:16-18). There were some cven saying that President Kennedy would come up of of his casket and rule the world. which never happened. Of these two men and several others in history were to have been the antichrist, all efforts to identify him have failed, and they will continue to fail. Paul tells us in 2 Thess that this coming ruler will not be revealed until the rapture of the Church. So if you think you have reached the point that you know who his is,, you have been left behind! We may not every know his name , but we do know what kind of man he will be> Next writing we will explore some of the info and learn a little more about the Antichrist.
The Salvation Of God's People (9 April)
We know that the sovereignty of god's plan i rescuing His people. Ezekiel tells us that the ultimate outcome of the battle of Gog and Magog will be the salvation of the Jewish people: Thus says the Lord God " Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house, and I will be jealous for My holy name-after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to me, when they dwelt safely in their own land, and no one made them afraid. When I have bought them back from people and gathered them out of the enemies lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know That I am the Lord their God who send them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. And I will hide My face from them anymore, for I shall poured our My Spirit on the house of Israel," says the Lord God." (Ezekiel 39:25-29)
So her Ezekiel ends this prophecy, showing God's tender love and compassion toward His people. no matter how great the evil in men's heart, no matter how mush destruction and death that evil brings about, God;s purpose is confronting that evil in revealing His glory among the nations, and in bringing His own from the lands of the enemy is always to accomplish the salvation of His people. Ezekiel shows so clearly, God's destruction of the Axis of Evil in the last days will accomplish the salvation of His people, the nation of Israel. BY Identifying this Axis of Evil as modern nations who are unwilling bent on fulfilling this devastating prophecy, we have answered another question what is going to on in the world today. You have seen how present events, such as Obama and other nations trying to get Israel to give up some of it's land (which will never happen) leads to the ultimate accomplished of God's purpose
It would like to point out. The Apostle Paul tells us. each of us has in our heart the "sinful nature" we inherited from Adam and if not controlled and rid of rid and not controlled by God's Spirit, can run rampant and produce destruction in our own lives and in the lives of others.. But thanks to God, His salvation is not only for Israel only. All men and woman today can chose to be among God's people. You can be a Gentile and receive salvation, not does Russia or an Iranian force one to be part of the Axis of Evil. God in His infinite love pours out His Spirit on all who call on Him. With that wonderful transaction, and as He pours out His Spirit out on the redeemed, the axis of evil in our hearts is transformed by God's love. Amen (Next writing Arming for Th Big Battle)
The Sovereignty of God's Plan (3 April)
To understand what is going on in war and destruction described in Ezekiel 's prophecy, we must first consider the sovereignty of God's plan. We know that in the most devastating times, God is still in control. I fact, He often orchestrates events to bring about His purpose. He tells us what he will do to Israel's enemies in no uncertain terms: "I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your armies, horses, and horsemen" (Ezekiel 38:4); "It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against my land' (V 16): "and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel" (39:2). Passages such as these confuse many people because of the seeming implications that God leads men to be evil or to do evil things, But the Bible never says that God instill evil in the hearts of men. Some would attempt to refute this claim by pointing out that during the Exodus, the Bible explicitly says that God hardened Pharaoh's heart. It does say that of course, but the statement speaks about the nature of Pharaoh;s heart, not about God overriding man's free will. Some hearts are like clay, the sun's heat harden them. It's not the sun 's fault that it hardens one substance and melts others; it all depends on the nature of the material. Pharaoh's heart was the kind that would harden when exposed to God's light. It had nothing to do with God coercing him to do evil. The Old Testament, especially, is intended to show God is the sovereign ruler over all. Even men try to thwart His plan and wreak great destruction, God purpose will always win out. When Ezekiel wrote that god will bring the enemy against His land, he was simply saying that he will bring these nations to the doom and that their wickedness inevitably demands. Everyone accomplishes God's will in the end. Those who conform accomplish it inadvertently as an unwitting tool in his hand.. Secondly, let's look at the simplicity of god's purpose. As you read the following verses from Ezekiel,you will have no difficulty picking out the defining purpose clauses; "I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes (Ezekiel 38:16." "Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know That I am the Lord.' (Ezekiel 38:2). Then then they shall know that I am the Lord . So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the Lord (39:6-7) I will set My glory among the nations, all the nations shall see My judgement I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their god from that day forward. (39 21-12) It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out God' purpose in the cataclysmic battle of the last days. It is very clear and very simple. God intends for people to recognize Him as the Lord God of heaven, whose name is holy, whose glory fills the universe, and whom men must recognize as sovereign if they are to find peace and joy he desires for His people. Next writing The Salvation of God's people
The Aftermath of the War
First, there will be a feast. There is a strong irony in using the term feast for what will happen immediately following of the destruction of the enemies of Israel. It will be a feast of victory for the rescued Israelis: it will be feast of vultures and predators feeding of the incredible masses of bodies spread across the battlefield. Here is how Ezekiel explains it in Ezekiel 39:4-5, 17-20."You shall fall upon the mountain of Israel, you and all thy bands (troops), and the people that is with thee: "I will give unto thee ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field; for I have spoken, saith the Lord God. And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God: speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves: and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth. of rams. of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, and all the fatlings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses, and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God. My! My! what a prophecy, what God call called His "Sacrificial feast"-to show how the intervention of God will result in a spectacle of uncountable bodies littering the hillsides as if a nuclear attack had hit, creating feats for His guest, the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. Now comes the funeral. Ezekiel 39:11-12,14-16. "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea; and it shall stop the noses of the passengers and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude; and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog, And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them. that they may cleanse the land. (verse 14-16) And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamon-gog. And also the name of the city shell be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.
Now let's look at another aftermath of the war. It will be a great and long fire. Ezekiel 39: 9-10 "And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire, and burn the weapons, both the the shields and bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire for seven years. So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forest, for they shall bur the weapons with fire: and they shal lspoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them saith the Lord>' This tells me that all the weapons and military equipment brought against Israel by the armies of nations will be staggering. While it will take seven months to bury the bodies, which is astonishing enough, it will take seven years to bury the weapons. The Burial of the bodies and the burning of the weapons comprise what Ezekiel calls the "Cleansing of the and" for the defilement of death and destruction wrought upon the enemies of God's people. The lesson learned in this is a end prophecy which is a speeding a neck breaking speed. Next writing "What is God purpose in this anyway?
When God Goes to war!!!
When God goes to War against the Antichrist, He uses weapons unique to Him- weapons that render the weapons men as ineffective as a water pistol is to a atom bomb. God will saved Israel by 4 of his weapons simultaneously. First, he will route the armies of Israel's attackers with massive convulsions in the earth Ezekiel explains: "For my jealousy and the fire of my wrath I have spoken: Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creepng things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at my presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall tot he ground." (38:19-20) God will follow these convulsions of the earth with His second weapon, which will be to create such confusion among the attacking troops that they will panic and kill each other; "I will call for a sword against Gog through out all My mountains," said the Lord God." Every man's sword shall be against his brother.," (Ezekiel 38:21). In the seven and eight chapters of Judges, we see a similar event reported. WE are told that 135,000 Midianites had gathered Israel. Gideon and his little band of three hundred men, under the directs of God and through the power of God, threw the enemy in to confusion, and the Lord set every man's sword against his brother. As a result 120,000 Midianite died, largely by what we would call "Friendly fire." In Ezekiel we can see how God's first two weapons work together in a one-two punch. A sudden earthquake in the mountains of Israel would certain panic an army. With the ground moving like sea waves. the upheaval of the earth generating dense clouds of dust. It would be impossible for warriors to distinguish an enemy from a ally and in their blind terror they would kill anything that moved. The third divine weapon with be that of a contagion disease: "And I will bring him to judgement wit pestilence and bloodshed," asserts the Lord. (38:a ). He will infect the invading army with some type of a disease that will cause them not to be able to carry out an effective attack.God will follow this disease with His fourth and final weapon: Calamities form the heavens. " I will rain down on him on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone (Verse 22.b). We find the same type of punishment of God's judgement upon Sodom and Gomorrah ., where two decadent cities were forever buried under the briny waters of the Dead Sea by a storm of fire and brimstone.Every force of nature is a servant of God. We are now slowly discovering that God's forces in nature are mightier than any human can ever man can imagine. When God goes to war. no army on the face of the earth can stand against against His arsenal. Them. The armies that come against Israel in the last (Including the USA & Russia, etc) are going to learn the truth the hard way
If You Love Me (11 Marc 2015)
Written By: Jill Sullivan
In the 14th chapter of the Gospel of John, verse 15. Jesus said, "If yo love me, you will keep my commandments." Why is it that we human beings want a rule book to go by in order to make sure we are following the letter of The Law, and no more! The New Testament was written during and after the time of Jesus, when we were free form the Law. That does not mean we no longer have the Ten Commandments, and that does not mean they are now ten suggestions! However, the spirit (no pun intended-oh, well, maybe!) of the Law is making sure we act like we love the Lord. He will decide if he is pleased with us; we are not the ones doing the deciding. If we love The Lord, we are more interested in pleasing Him and showing Him our love for Him, rather than seeing what we can get away with and still be in His Good Graces (oops, the pun again.)
if you spouse said :If you love, you will_________________. Fill in the blank, cook my favorite meal, wash my car: I could go on and on. My point is that no matter how may meals you cook and ho many times you wash the car,if it is done out of sense of dread and fear rather than love and loyalty, the recipient will not be nearly as pleased. Maybe the food will still be good and the car will be shiny, but if the acts were accompanied by love, it will take on and entirely different meaning.
As we prayerfully consider whether we show The Lord that we love Him, ask Him what He wants you to to obey His commandments. He will show you
Dead Flies Tell No Tales 20 Feb 2015
Ecclesiastes 10: 1 "Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is reputation for wisdom and honour."
Have you every enjoyed a delicious meal in a restaurant or at a friends house and suddenly you see a fly floating around in the soup, or a cockroach with his antennas and feelers lying hidden underneath a Taco in a Mexican restaurant? I can imagine! Can you continue enjoying the meal with such a painted picture in your min? No way!! I was visiting a friend one day and After the meal, I was served some ice tea, As i was drinking I noticed a big old horse fly floating around inside of it. I didn't want to hurt feelings so I finished drinking the ice tea and the horsefly was in my mouth. I slowing take my hand a place him in the napkin. They ask me did I want more tea. You already knew my answer.. I felt sick at my stomach the rest of the time that I was there.
In the same manner, God faces such situations as Christians of different degrees present themselves before the Lord. This generation care less over their presentation even before the Lord.. Today, we find men and women in church-service dressed awfully as if to tell others "See', we are around!" Ladies in mini-skirts-see me through dresses, skin tight, I might add! and those funny looking high that look like the ones the Roam soldiers wore in the day of Christ( you just take a glimpse at the feet in skin-tight dresses and you will get the picture. At times the praise and worship leader should burst into the song..'there something new today in the house of the Lord.," I have myself have been in service where the perfume the lady was wearing that a mist was send through out the whole church and kept the congregation sneezing!. I know one instance where a lady was ask by another lady to move to an opposite pew because she was exposing herself tot he amazement of the men and women on the stage. I for one, depict, such deplorable sight. It is a shame that a women to present herself with that ungodly low cut blouses and high hem lines so that the congregation can see "raise Standards". It okay also a big shame for ministers who think is okay for men to wear earrings, bangles in the name of "fashion and "excellence." The wise do not need to see men wearing earrings what type of man that they really are? Do you realize that some Christians never bother about their utterance? The speak anyhow, even in the pulpit. It is time that the saints of God tame our tongues over what we say. Men and women ought to discipline there tongues so as to preach and teach Christ to the great cloud of witnesses around. There is no
where in the Bible we see Jesus Christ unhygienic, abusive or uncouth. We should recall that Samson was anointed but like character. However how much anointed you may be, these "dead flies" can spoil that the Lord has poured upon us. Let us be modest ans keep those dead flies off the Lord's sacrifices. Abraham keep the birds away so that thy dis not contaminate the Lord's sacrifice (Gen 15:11) Let us start in our utterance reflect Christ, in our dress and general behavior be acceptable before the Lord, Let us take great careful how we present ourselves before the Lord. It's true we come from different societies and communities but when we get saved, we become one tribe, one language, one color, one race,etc. We should then act in the newness of our selves by renewing our self with one another, so that we can sing praises to Him as we worship Him, they may just see Christ in us, how we act, dress, and speak as we witness to the unsaved. The they will want to be in the Kingdom Of God.
The 5 Most Shocking Things In the Bible (Matt 7:13-23)
The Bible is the greatest Book ever written, because it is the Word of God. It has many great and wonderful things like, The love of God, eternal life, and heaven, etc. However, the Bible is also a Book filled with horror, like Sodom and Gomorrah, Satan, death, hell, etc. To me perhaps the greatest horrors in the bible have to do with Hell, in this message, I would like to share what are the 5 most shocking things in the Bible. They are shocking because they might just happen to you or someone you know. The intent of this message is to communicate to the heart and not just to the head.As you read this, let the Lord speak to your heart as we look together at the 5 most shocking things in the Bible.
1. Verse. 13, 19 That there is a place called hell. A place of Consciousness-(Luke 16:23-24)- A place of Torment-(Luke:16:23-24, 28)- A place of Darkness (Matt. 8:12)- A place of Eternal Separation. (2 Thes. 1:9)-A place of Memory and Regret (Luke 16:27-28)- A place of Intense Misery ( Matt.13:42) no, water, no children, no nothing.
2. V. 13b. That there is Population in Hell. More in Hell than in Heaven-(Isa. 5:14)-In the days of Noah, there were 8 saved out of the entire world's population. In Sodom , there were only three spared out of those cities-There are more Heathen lands than is so-called Christian countries-40 to 1-
3. v. 15-23 That there is a Paradox in Hell- Many who expect to make it to Heaven will actually wind up in Hell- The Rich man-(Luke 16:19-31) Lost Church Members (Actions -v.15-20; James 1:26) You may not always be able to judge a book by its cover, but you can always tell a tree by its fruit!) Even good moral people who are unsaved will go to Hell (Rom 3:23; 6:23). Perhaps the most horrible words that will ever fall on the ears of a human are those recorded in verse 23
4.That There is a Problem With Hell-The problem is might be that you will be there today- Jesus could return today (Matt 24:44)-You could sin away you day of grace- Gen. 6:3; Ex, 8;1; Hos 4:17-God said, let them alone (Rom . 1:26,28) God gave them up. Could today be the day of your deadline?. Please don't take any foolish chances, be saved today!
5. That There Is a Permanence To Hell. Hell is eternal, no escape, pardon or death. (Matt 26:26; Heb 6:2; Rev, 14:11). Oh yes! the inhabitants of Hell get out, but what awaits them is worse than hell! (Rev 20:11-15) Yes Both Hell and Death were cat into the Lake of Fire. The lost will suffer for eternity while the redeemed enjoy the wonders and blessings of that city, New Jerusalem. As the redeem are shouting around the throne of God, the lost will be screaming and gnashing their teeth in the pitch darkness of the Lake of Fire. Do you know for sure that you will miss Hell and be with the Lord forever more. If not. you can be sure right now- (Matt 11:28; Acts 12:31; John 5:24.; John 3-16)