Christianity In The End Of Days
Adam Jeremy Capps
Christianity In The End Of Days
Adam Jeremy Capps
2023, public domain
It is both a happy time and a difficult time. With what the bible says a wicked world looks like, it truly is. It is truly selfish, hedonistic, barbaric, lawless, perversion, and out of order. Let’s answer the question right off of “where is God?” God has been ridiculed and forced out of our society by most of its members. Christians have largely been tainted themselves, if they can be accurately called that, turning to more materialistic aims for their gain– instead of spiritual gain. We see rich pastors everywhere and Christians in it for the power it gives them. There is so little said about the end of times. Just as the Bible says, God comes at an unexpected moment Matthew 24:44. Luke 12:39-40.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
If the sermon on the mount epitomizes what a Christian should be, Matthew 24 is a chapter in the Bible which lays out what a Christian should prepare for and look for and they are all things found in today’s world.
My aim is not to have you “fight the system” or any such thing. It is so that so many Christians in high positions are only in it for the power or the wealth it brings. They run off its cause and align themselves with such things because it gives them social and political power, with nothing more than the name needed. That is, the name of Jesus Christ and Christianity. It is a quick group to become a part of. They just have to quote the Bible here and there and make little prayers, then have all the Christians in the world on their side.
You see that they care more about the world and the things of the world than the more spiritual side of life.
There is a lot to be said about it all and this book will focus on just that. What does the Bible say about the End Times? How should we be in such times, as Christians? What are the most important things to know during these times? This book is here to answer those questions.
Be Seen Doing Good
You do not want to be seen doing wrong in life when The Lord returns. You do not want to be caught up in wickedness. With what God has given you in your life, you do not want to abuse it, expecting more, being greedy, being bossy. There is the perfect lesson of “the Karen” these days which do that and more. As you may know, a “Karen” is a person that falsely accuses others (which is intrinsically Satanic by the way), that will go into a rage if their unreasonable needs are not met, and that just go about thinking they have the right to do things like harass and slander people. In contrast, a Christian should be forgiving, patient, and understanding.
Be seen doing good: it means to always be a gift giving person. It means to be philanthropic. To help the poor. It can in fact mean being a hard worker, providing for a family, making your children grow up happy and Christian. For some it means teaching God’s word. There are a number of ways you could be “doing good.”
What are the bad things to be doing? For one, being caught up in the world. To focus on ordinary life based things and ignoring the spiritual component. In a hedonistic paradise such as this that is more difficult than ever. However I had a father that knew how to enjoy life while also being a Church going Christian. I had one that could relax, sit down, and enjoy hard action movies for example without it interfering with his Christian nature. After all, the Bible says that the person who works will enjoy the rest of their life more. He was nonetheless a responsible, good natured person. I took it as a good lesson that I offer you today.
It is like this: anarchy is a thing that can grow quickly, powerfully, and suddenly, especially among the people today. The kinds of people that exist today are good at that. A little trouble becomes a lot, quickly. They want law and order to collapse. If for some chance they made the police crazy they can look forward to a multi million dollar lawsuit upon being mishandled: that does not make society better. It strips us of protective resources. It cannot be afforded. It is asking too much, yet is most greedily accepted. A Christian must make the hard choice to forgive. If they do, then all the more to them, because God forgives those who forgive.
Overall: living in sin is doing things wrong. As Christians we know very well what sins are.
Matthew 24: 40-51
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Living For That Day
There is an existence to come that bears all good things for you. There will be an end to all suffering for you. God has prepared a place for you. God has been with you all along. He knew you even before you were born. What you are looking for all of your life will one day be found and more than you could know, life will be better.
God’s Wisdom Is Irreplaceable
For a wicked person wisdom = pleasure. There is no other thing for them to live by. If they have pleasure they have life. They cannot live without it. That’s always the way it goes for them. That is always the way it has been. Again, the question of “where is God?” is answered as “you don’t want Him here.” It is the same here as it is in Israel. Once the Israelites refused to have God in their lives and leaned towards more wicked pleasures, God removed His hedge of protection over them. Their land was then invaded and they were misplaced. Then after returning to God in full, He put it right back. America was once a great nation under God. We lived Holy and Righteous lifestyles. We followed His moral code. We lived without sin as much as we could. Yet people look everywhere for the answer to “what happened?” What happened is we came into godless lifestyles. They don’t want that answer however. For what it is, people have ridiculed and detested the presence of Christianity all around. No other religion is treated that way. It went from the way of the greatest people to the stigma of the world: a controlling thing. Something that denies their self-god making.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Keeping Yourself Safe
I often pray for the protection of me and my loved ones. I was homeless for about a year and would not associate with anyone while I was. The homeless are treated with ill gotten gains. Your best company is with other Christians, such as from attending Church, and your family. I had a family that had a rule of not inviting over any who were not family. Even then, only the right family. We would visit other family members, such as our grandparents, over night. We celebrated holidays at our grandparents' home. As a result we did not bring in bad people. No one came in and just took over everything as you see in certain households. Video games were actually a good influence on me. It is like the first thing said in Zelda: “it is dangerous to go alone, take this (video game sword.) My thing to teach here is that bad company makes bad people.
If there are no good people to be found then it is better to just be a person alone reading the bible in their room.
Do not get caught up in it all. Many would mislead you. Many would take from you. Many would lie to you. Many would deceive you. Many would abuse you. They could be a kind of influence that does you a lot of harm. Be aware of cultural agendas.. Political ones, worldly ones, because they are easy to get caught up in and just basically make you go from being a Christian to a person who serves a “worldly cause.” In more than one way a Christian can lose their footing and be swept away with the world. They then begin doing what wicked people do. Where you see lawlessness basically being celebrated, understand instead that a time of punishment comes for them, even if it is nowhere to be seen, it will come. Fear the wrath of God. Live a life without hate, without destructive behavior, without its poison. God will purify you and keep you.
Being A Christian
No one ever (should have) said that being a Christian is easy. It wasn’t made for the sake of being easy. By design it is very much against instinct. It is not a worldly based religion, after all. It is not materialistic. It is not without self sacrifice either. The worst of us are forgiven. Paul declared that he was the worst sinner that ever was, and yet was forgiven. And salvation is a gift. When I see a bad thing happen to a celebrity (I am not saying something horrible, but a gentle contrast) they are for a moment graced, made humble. Among their life of greatness and riches, this little thing comes in that humbles them for a moment. Some would grow up as a Christian in their childhood, maybe into their teenage years, to only become atheists. Then, perhaps in their middle age, they go back to Christianity in full. Then they will either sink or swim. Some sink, and it is a pity. Just as Jesus described them, “their roots were not strong.”
Maintaining Christianity can be difficult. For one, it is an agenda to overcome personal anger. There is the purpose there that modern people, through modern psychology, would say “anger is just fine.” They teach this odd lesson that not “venting it out” will make it worse, sort of a “boiling over” thing will happen. I actually came across a psychologist that had something different to say, however: that such a thing only “teaches” you to be angry. They were not alone in saying so in fact. I go with that side for sure. For most part I had an angry mindset until I dealt with it and sought to reduce it. I like to say that I didn’t mature in life until my late 30s. Why? It was because of these bad things that psychologists teach.
It means speaking the truth when the truth must be spoken. That can be the most difficult thing indeed, but you will at least have the truth on your side, and it is good to have truth “with” you. That is to invite God into the problem. For those that lie however, God is not found beside them. It is turning the other cheek. Just don’t mistake that with meaning you cannot protect your loved ones and to let what will happen to them. Turning the other cheek has saved me a time or two. You never know if a person has a group with them, or a gun. I just ignore it anymore. If I am out on the bus or walking wherever and someone has something bad to say, it may scare me a bit, but it doesn’t make me angry.
11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,
12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
The thing I said about controlling anger can be applied to sexuality, in not gaining unscrupulous online behavior or leading yourself into perversion otherwise. These things really can be controlled. You may be surprised how easy they are to control, in fact, at least I hope so for anyone.
The Bible says to not use nasty language. Cursing and anger go hand in hand. They are coupled with emotion, one helps the other. When you use them they come with anger, in other words. You don’t so much say in anger “you bad person!” than you do in its cussing form (which you can imagine but I will not quote an example here.) My father taught me to not use words such as “hate” in my mind. I look for consideration. I look for things such as “maybe they had a bad day.” And, “well, I have bad days, too.” It is better to turn an enemy into a friend than it is to keep them an enemy of yours. It helps a lot to turn to understanding over raging on in your mind against someone. Otherwise you get into thinking such as ‘this isn’t fair,’ and ‘how can I get back at them?’
Besides, if you are caught cussing out another it will just do two things: make them more angry, and strip you of justification.
Being blameless means you do no wrong and there is no reason to punish you for anything.
There are certain things you do that you will be rewarded for, as a Christian. A list of these can be made:
Giving To The Poor - A Christian goes out of their way to help others. If they find someone broken then they seek to bring them back together. In a moment's time a hungry shelterless person can have something nice to eat, and that is in your hands and your capacity. Not the least of such things will be forgotten by God.
Give your life- And the greatest of these is love. S/he who gives their life for their friends has the greatest love of all.
Giving Gifts- God loves a cheerful giver. It is more rewarding to give to those who don’t so much deserve it, you could say. Jesus said that doing good to those who do you good warrants you no reward. “Even the Pagans do that.” Matthew 5:46-48.
Teaching the Gospel- God has set forth those who would teach the world the gospel, for it needs to be known. The angels in heaven rejoice when even one soul is saved. Luke 15:10. Your soul is saved already. It is the task of the Christian to bring others to God.
Standing up for Jesus- This is in the Sermon On The Mount (Matthew chapter 5.) Those who are punished for teaching about Jesus and for righteousness will be well rewarded.
Doing good to/for others- Let it be seen by God and not by men. Just know that He is the one you are doing it all for. He wants to see you helping others. If you do it for the praise and such things from others then you are not doing them for God but for those you’d impress.
Work- The Bible teaches us to work and for the person who works it is not their gift, it is their due. Naturally this does not include the work of a wicked person. God wants us to enjoy the fruit of our work. Jesus often taught that what a person earns through work is their blessing.
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
9 And let us not be weary in doing well: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
We should all be very familiar with these kinds of verses. Jesus said that where your treasure is your heart is, so seek God’s Kingdom. “God loves a cheerful giver,” life for a Christian is about helping others. What you reap is what you sow. God will reward those that do good, and so on.
Turning The Other Cheek
Today someone cut in front of me in line and I just let him. I was at the bank about to cash my check and this guy boldly walked in front of me to be seen first. It is all a part of things I let happen and ignore. It is wise to not confront people. 9 out of 10 times it prevents a fight or heavy argument. There was one bank teller when he did it but a few moments later another came to the front to serve me. I actually got done and out before he did. To think, I could have caused an argument over a couple of minutes lost. Patience in fact is a great virtue these days. You could cost someone a minute of their time, really no more, three minutes perhaps, and someone behind you would implode. In fact there is another story for you of my day: when I was putting my dollar bills into the bus fare machine this guy behind me yelled “hurry up dude!” It wasn’t even that I was being gingerly or something. Faster than putting in a lot of coins. Somehow though I bothered him.. For no real reason I could comprehend, he was agitated.
God would receive all kinds. The question about which denomination got it right has the answer of: they are all right. God wants a kind of people of different kinds over just one. There are many ways to practice Christianity depending on your focus and understanding of it. Not that scripture isn’t misinterpreted sometimes, it is. But it is a belief that can take many different directions. It’s the abusive stuff that doesn’t have it right, those born of perverted people, doomsday cults, leaders proclaiming they are Jesus. The real Jesus was like no man. Jesus performed miracles. Was full of the kind of wisdom not possible from others. He said that the world over will follow him and certain people would emerge who claimed to be him. Oh, wasn’t he right. His teachings spread across the world like wildfire and along with it a great deal of people saying that they were him. Usually going on some sort of reincarnation thing, and they all should have known better but will lie even unto themselves– easily fooled I imagine, from the feeling of grandiosity that must entail. Oftentimes however, a denomination is just a way of focusing on one particular thing over another.
Signs of The End Times:
Many will claim to be Jesus Christ- Jesus knew this before it happened. He said it when he was still teaching the disciples and walking on Earth. It became something true, proving that Jesus could predict things far ahead of his time. Although he warned Christians to not be fooled by such people, people are anyway. He said they’d deceive many, and people like this in fact have large groups behind them. He gave a warning against it.
Wars- Jesus said “wars must happen,” but that in the end times the greatest wars will occur.
People will persecute Christians- They will blame Christians. As a result Christians will turn away from the faith and betray their own. Love will be lost.
False prophets will appear- With false religion, false beliefs, false faiths. They will fool many with their false prophecies.
The increase of wickedness- It will make love grow cold. People will love themselves the most and become selfish.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
3 Know this too, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Jesus said: “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” Matthew 24: Verse 21.
Examining What Paul Said About Wickedness
There is the word “covetous,” which is a sin in Christianity. It can be seen as a desire for things like large TVs, video game consoles, the most powerful phones, and so on. In a word: it is materialism.
A lover of oneself- we live in such a society today. People are taught to love themselves and rate themself so highly that not doing so has become an absurd concept of some kind. Among people that only love themselves, there is no love for one another. Not even much consideration, as it goes in today’s time.
With pride and boasting, a person is ever out to impress another and it is only the stage that matters. When people rate themselves so highly that they haven’t the time to consider others, they are just as disconnected as could be.
People will be blasphemous in the end times, according to Paul here. If that isn’t true I don’t know what is. It has become a custom to ridicule Jesus Christ and Christianity in popular mediums. People “just are” with Satan but are ashamed to have anything to do with Christinaity. They see the Holy Bible as a harmful and misleading book. It insists on responsibility and dares to make people virtuous and reserved. It takes away their pleasure.
Disobedience to parents- Parents have been formed into such figures that disdain discipline and instead spoil, because of the mechanisms of psychologists.
In such a mindset that the selfish have, they can only fake their concern and care for others.
False accusers- It has become a modern problem. People would lie in every way in order to have someone punished, in a misanthropic (people hating) way. They have been given a name, a “Karen.”
People are fierce- they are often found trashing places, just boldly robbing, breaking up jewelry cases to steal the jewelry, even just blatantly grabbing and walking out. Things like road rage too. In some cases seeming altogether demon possessed with the rage they go into.
They despise good people because good people have morality that inhibits their wicked lifestyles.
There are lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Life for them is a fast food thing.
Those are the attributes of modern people.
Comparing the life of a wicked person to the life of a Christian
By nature, the wicked are lost. The world around them is tightly connected to the physical. You could say that it constricts them like a serpent. It is an animal that cannot see beyond reward and punishment in such a narrow way. What to eat today, what to buy, what to watch today, what to get, what to avoid. Life for them is nothing more than a temporary dream. They take it as here today, gone tomorrow. They look up at magnificence and claim it created itself. They never consider how unfathomable it is to simply exist. To have consciousness, and yet think that the world is not special enough to have a God in it, a God that made it.
Christians learn to control their emotions and behavior. It has lost any meaning anymore to not cuss. The objective of modern man is to get into a sexual orgy. The Christian man looks for a wife he will love for a lifetime. The woman who receives a truly Christian husband has received the best she can. And Christian parents raise their children on a moral basis, with Christian teachings also teaching things like hard work, decency towards others, avoiding brawls, and just doing good and well in life.
The earth just cannot do well without God’s wisdom. To the hedonist, Christianity is the enemy. Because of a wicked person sin amplifies and the world is damaged because of it– society cannot be kept together because of it. Wicked people have no basis to do good. Why should they exert themselves? Why should they follow rules that are made by some meaningless person?
When it will be and who it will be none of us knows. People have been given that title throughout modern history. What it will be though, that we have been told. It is a person that promises peace but in the end gives great destruction: the most despicable leader in human history. A ruler over the whole Earth. Not just one nation, not just a few, but a ruler over every nation. He will strip God’s people of money and food and those will only be given to those who worship his image. His number is 666. I have scratched my head on that one just as so many other Christians have. What does 666 mean? I couldn’t say myself but that may be more apparent when the time comes. He will pose as a Christian. Anti in Antichrist is a word that also means “instead of,” as far as translation into English goes. So then it can also mean “instead of Christ.” He comes on a white horse. He comes with false miracles and wonders, making “fire fall from the sky.” People will be convinced he is a divine figure because of it. The False Prophet will perform those miracles for him. There is an unholy trinity here: Satan, The Antichrist, and The False Prophet.
The Rapture The Bible says that not a hair on your head will be harmed. Jesus comes and goes like lightning, just as soon as in the west as in the east. He collects his own. He will be seen appearing from heaven (the space above) with all of his angels. The Christians will then be lifted up and taken away from the Antichrist catastrophe. But any who worship the image of The Beast (The Antichrist) are doomed to hell. That too is where Satan, The Antichrist, and The False Prophet go.
What the Devil has done
Have you ever stopped to consider just what harm Satan has caused? He doesn’t even have to do anything further than what he did in the beginning, to have caused such evil. All of the deaths that have ever been, all of the pain, the suffering, the strife, the mere difficulties of life, were his doing. It is because of him that people mourn the loss of loved ones, in every generation, with friends, with family, bringing great grieving. It is no wonder then what God has against him. It is no wonder that God would assign him to hell.
The Satanic World of Today
You don’t have to travel an inch to see something Satanic on TV in these times. Even the monsters in children shows in puppet form can easily be equated to demons. Horror movies get more sequels than any other genre. Magic and witchcraft are just a funny thing that certain people like. Some take it more seriously than others, but it is all the same. Magic cards are a hobby, so are RPG games, which teach magic in a sort of virtual sense. Blaspheming is a means to an easy joke. Some of that is downright ridiculing and mocking of Jesus Christ. There is metal music that is a little about Satan or altogether so, but don’t leave out so many other music genres and individual songs as being Satanic. If it is about sex, drugs, violence, and total materialism, then it is Satanic. Those are examples for entertainment things alone.
Worldliness= Satanic. A lifestyle of material gain, sexual pleasure, food hedonism, being stronger and overpowering, such lifestyles are Satanic and are found in full among the people of today. We are living in a world that is Satanic.
Christianity Will Keep You Safe, God Will Keep You Safe
Your morals and principles will save you. For the ungodly, punishment lingers over them. Whether that punishment comes from God, from the legal system, or the people they harm, punishment will come for them. If you are living life as a Christian then you have no reason at all to suffer through the same. You might at worse get some misdemeanor. God’s wrath, not our own, will come to them. Whenever you see a person going around yelling and being disruptive, even greatly rude, you can know it will not end with you. It will not end until the wrong person is offended. The wicked will go their own way, and that is the way. We are focused on spiritual things. We dress modestly and humbly, so we are not so likely robbed. The wicked often do not know what to do with us. We have the spark of God in us. We do not render evil to evil. We are harmless, and we are just not responsive to them, not in ways that either lead to fights or even warrant them. It is Jesus Christ that such people see in us and it is that which turns them away from harming us.
We have built up things like patience and other moral attributes that keep us sane. I have seen a great number of “socially demon possessed people.” I have never seen a true Christian behaving that way. Some misuse Christ and take God as their avenger and such things, but they are not Christian in the way they were meant to be. In the midst of a fight one kind of person spews hateful words and curses, but the Christian has trained themselves not to. Very much so, it is like some people want to weaponize their words.
I had a friend that probably did the right thing. It was something he told me about. He likes wearing dress suits. He was a hard worker, he deserved it. The guy gave away a bit too much of his money. Then out in town a guy told him to give him that suit which my friend did. This is an instance where “turning the other cheek” and “give him your cloak as well” comes in. Many times when a person fights a robber it does not end well for them. But I pray to God that no such thing ever happens to you or me. As well, let us pray for our protection. The times are hard.
Jesus said to settle the matter before the authority before you make a problem out of it. “Agree with the adversary” in The Sermon On The Mount (Matthew chapter 5.) Else he turns you over to the judge. Instead of complicating a matter, be agreeable and don’t make a bad thing worse. Something is only made worse when you fight with the police. If you get into a serious fight, it is because you did not try to resolve your argument with that person (or is at least often the case.)
Be sure that Christianity keeps people from being destructive, disruptive, harmful, perverted, violent, and other such things. It could very well even make you a blameless person all of your days.That is after all the model of Jesus Christ we were so given.
Do not be too hard on yourself
For so many Christians, self sacrifice and their practice of Christianity go hand in hand. Some of us are able to be monks, but not all of us. It should not be taken as something we earn, it is not. Salvation is a gift from God. Romans 6:23. It is not a thing we earned. We are all sinners. Doesn’t matter how much. Doesn’t matter how little. We are sinners. Sinning equals death. We cannot save ourselves. Only God can, through His Son Jesus Christ.
We just have to be resolved to accept our own inadequacies. We must pray for forgiveness, and repent, knowing that God will forgive us of our sins. If you are not a lost sheep then there is no place to go. If you are saved, not lost, then Jesus Christ is not looking for you. He knows very well where you are. He is looking for the sheep that are lost.
Luke 15: 1-7
15 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he finds it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
God does not see our sin.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
So rejoice in your salvation. Know, believe, and come to understand that you are saved. You will feel better by it. That is a part of faith. After all, is it right to doubt that God has given you any such gift? Doesn’t matter how lost you ever are, Jesus Christ will always find you.
Wait Patiently For The Lord’s Return
Good things come for those who wait, right? This life isn’t made for us. We are made for the next life/ existence. Remember that no matter how difficult things are, they will be better for us someday.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (World English Bible)
But as it is written, “Things which an eye didn’t see, and an ear didn’t hear, which didn’t enter into the heart of man, these God has prepared for those who love him.”
Time is better spent on waiting than it is being wrapped up in the “next best thing” that can happen. Jesus Christ returning is the best thing about to happen. It is good to at least sometimes stop yourself: stop yourself from worldly worry, from the difficulty of the day, and reflect upon that.
The Choices of Making And Doing Christian Things
For me it is a book, as is being presented here. Some people think that San Francisco is full of godless people (this city I live in) but there are a lot of Christians here, all over, easy to find a person into scripture. There are corners where people preach regularly. There are some that just hang out handing pamphlets of Christian teachings to others. Sounds like a good Christian thing to do: handing those out. If you are into preaching through a microphone on a street corner, then that could be something. If you want to build a Church, and are inspired by God to do so, then bless you in that! You could start a non-profit. We always need another one. Another good group to help the unsheltered, a place to feed the hungry, and so on. You might instead look for a good one to donate and do so. Maybe being a minister or a missionary is a good choice for you. If it fits you then you might even become a monk.
I was homeless myself at one time. Nothing was better than receiving money for such things as those with any amount of it wouldn’t even care for. I got an iced tea once which I was too afraid to drink and lose, until it got lukewarm..
Being Ready For The Worst
It is good to have things that are easily sold, for a good amount of money, that do not lose value.
It is good to have a battery operated analogue pocket radio as that may be your only source of entertainment. Batteries in those last about two weeks even with heavy use.
A notebook and some pens can be a good thing to fill your time. In fact you can leave out the notebook, paper is easy to find.
It is good to have a tarp and other such things to keep dry during rainy days.
You might want a fanny pack and cargo pants to store things you get here and there.
It is good to have a compact Bible.
To have warm clothes and a blanket, because though it might only feel a little cold in a room, it feels as though freezing late at night when you are out there.
You might want to get some fast food places gift cards. You will of course benefit from having saved up some money.
With small packets of instant drinks you could turn fountain water to at least something with flavor.
Then go into the world determining where you can sleep and where it is good and safe to sleep. Try not to go around making friends, because people in this circumstance will often use you and do you harm. The police may move you from one place to another, that is the way it is. Some encampments are full of those who entirely ignore each other. When you see whole tents and basically homeless communities, turn away.
If a church is worth its salt then it will help you. As for me, I tried to go to a Church to both hear a sermon and get some food. It had been raining and I was wet, so I wasn’t allowed in. Wasn’t given the meal either but given a bag lunch with a plain peanut butter sandwich and a couple of small cookies..
By contrast there was this lady pastor who brought me into her very home. It was a building she turned into a living place for people like me. She took just a small amount of our money, certainly more fairly than other places I’ve been. She even cooked for us and had food prepared for us!
Then to contrast things again: I was staying at a hotel that I couldn’t afford to be in any longer (though it was the cheapest hotel in all of Albuquerque.) So I looked up information on my phone for a living place for someone who didn’t have a large amount of money. I found a Christian sort of place listed, which was all the way across the city. I walked for hours to get there. But once there they tried to strip me of everything I owned, in fact tried to have me stripped searched. The moment they left the room I walked out, knowing that the place was something of a cult.
How much better is it to have a home. To have a bed, with blankets over you on a cold day. A life where you are not spending all of your time on one bench then another. Where food is easily at hand whenever you are hungry. Where you can watch a good movie. Where you can pour yourself coffee and make yourself iced tea whenever you want. And to just have a place to come home to after you are out there awhile, instead of that never being!
I would love for universal basic income (guaranteed income) to come about. That is, money for all, as needed. As needed for the basic things: a home, food. Maybe we are even getting there too. As much as our resources increase, it becomes more feasible. Resources are not as limited as they were even 50 years ago. Look back further than that and well, a fast food chain alone has more food than a thousand farmers ever could.
If we cared more about others than we do about our newest smartphone then we would be guiding science and tech towards helping those who suffer.. They suffer from homelessness, sickness, pain, and crime, because science and tech is not focused on such things. I even say that a large amount of government funding should fund the science and things that would help such people. Faster food generation, crime deterrents, housing, more abundant energy, and so on.
I don’t think that people with addictions should be thrown into jail or prison.
I don’t believe in any war unless it is waged against cruel and inhumane leaders.
There are evil and heartless people out there. I think they should be rendered the same. These evil people who would throw away the life of another out of pleasure.
I think that anyone fighting on the side of good is in a good fight, and as Paul said, “fight the good fight.” Fight for what is good, what is just, what is humane.
What The Bible Says God’s Kingdom Is Like
No Suffering– “Every tear from our eye wiped away” Rev 21:4. No more mourning, crying, or pain.
We will have our own place– Some translations put it as “mansion,” others “homes,” and others “rooms,” but they all mean “our own place.” After all, we would not be sleeping in fields or some such thing and Jesus Christ wants us to have a home. Jesus himself was homeless. In fact, that very place has been prepared for you. John 14:2-3.
It’ll be unimaginably great– The Bible says it will be greater than any human could ever conceive. 1 Corinthians 2:9. It will look magnificent too, crystal, gold like, like that of precious jewels.
There will be no night, only day.
None can take it from you– It is something you will always have. It will never fall apart. No thief will ever break in and take your place in heaven. You will find eternity there. 1 Peter 1:4.
The Power of God Will Be Revealed
We live among a need-proof kind of people. We have faith, they need proof. That’s especially so due to science and technology. It doesn’t matter to them if God has not been disproven, it only matters to them that He has not been proven to exist. They will not take up theory at all. Scientists should know very well what they believe in is based on theory. But when it comes to God, He is not on the table. He sort of takes power from them and their own beliefs. It is a part of their nature to downright reject Him. It goes against who they are.
Only faith pleases God Hebrews 11:6. Sometimes that is understood as it is impossible to please God without faith. They mean the same thing. He does not have anything to prove. He would not be like a human with super powers that need to show them off. If He hasn’t appeared yet it is because he hasn’t wanted to yet. Consider that science itself is like a great marvel, how the world has changed and transformed because of it, then consider the God that has very well made all things of physics and the elements, and chemical reactions and so on. These are trivial things to God.
We have been on quite a journey! Ages have passed since Jesus was here. Though to God one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day 2 Peter 3:8. Our computers can process and “think” on a level far quicker than our own brains. God is beyond any super computer. That is what time is really, the speed of processing.
Have no doubt that things can turn into a fantasy movie quickly. When Jesus Christ returns people will grieve that they did not believe. His greatness will be shown in the heavens.
Matthew 24:30-31 (World English Bible.)
30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
Let them make no mistake, it will not be aliens in spaceships making “first contact” proving that there is life out there after all, or some such thing. That brings up a point with scientists and what they choose to believe. They are all on board with believing in aliens out there and alien civilizations (with their silly religion just as us.) Scientists believe in multiple dimensions too, but never Heaven.
The world will not end with a climate disaster, nor a volcano, nor an asteroid from space. Christians know the truth. We always have. There will be a new heaven and earth as God has taught us in the Bible. God’s Kingdom will come upon Earth. Christians will be with God and His Son forever in His Kingdom. There will be a rapture. There will be a tribulation. There will be a period of evil rule. Satan will be locked away for a thousand years and then return for one last battle. After that he will be cast into hell with the non-believers, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet.
We will live in a different state for sure. That is heaven, as described in the Bible. No scientific mechanism can ever compare to the wonder contained in heaven with the power of God behind it.
Being Spiritually Happy
Even when things are at their worst we should continue to have hope for a better future. We are all afraid to die. As Christians we would prefer the deathless route, being caught up in the rapture. One of my Christian counselors told me it wasn’t death he was afraid of, it was the “transition.” We know that heaven is in every way greater, but we are still afraid of that. The more we focus on our future with God and His Son the better. Jesus Christ said to have your heart in Heaven and what you do, do for the Kingdom of God. He said to not worry. He said to know that God will provide for you.
It is easy to get distracted these days with all that we have. Further in the past people were always working and when they were not they were enjoying things in a more spiritual sense. They were full of wonder over the world instead of the whole thing being figured out. They had all the time in the world to study the Bible and all of these things did not require so much faith.
Hopefully with Christianity we can be a bit more patient, a bit more understanding, less angry, less agitated, less stressed out, with more hope, with more faith. When the troubles of the world overcome us, maybe we should take a step back and examine things. Let’s not drown in the concerns and worries of the age. Let us live for Jesus Christ and God’s Kingdom in every way, every day.
Having a conscience can bring with it pain. Christians are not selfish. We take many things into account when it comes to our behavior. Certain things we do, we regret. We do not want to bring anyone pain: anger, harm, or whatever it is. Just be sure it is all a part of being Christian and being a better person. The other side of things are full of those who go about wanting to be greater and stronger. They have mentalities of a kind that drive them into having power over others. They do not care at all about the suffering they may bring. They are only after their own pleasure, which is at times sadistic.
The Beatitudes say it all. Jesus Christ had pain in life. When it comes to Heaven, lessons of the good entering are found here.
The Beatitudes (WEB):
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
[ such people are gentle people. In Heaven they will no longer be harshly dealt with.]
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
[ they will enter into heaven where there is no death, where their loved ones are found.]
5 Blessed are the gentle,
for they shall inherit the earth.
[God chooses who rules over the Earth. God appoints its leaders.]
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be filled.
[Righteousness wins out. It is fulfilling]
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
[God forgives those that forgive others.]
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
[Like a child sees their parent]
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
[God is love. Bringing peace is God’s Will.]
10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
[You will be saved and separated from those who persecuted you in God’s Name. You will be appointed and be known as someone who has fought for Him.]
11 “Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. [It takes great strength. It takes great faith. It is to bring honor to God.]
The Bible teaches us that we are either made for Heaven or made for the world.
Luke 16:19-31 (World English Bible)
19 “Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day. 20 A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was taken to his gate, full of sores, 21 and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The beggar died, and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried. 23 In Hades,[a] he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom. 24 He cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue! For I am in anguish in this flame.’
25 “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you, in your lifetime, received your good things, and Lazarus, in the same way, bad things. But here he is now comforted, and you are in anguish. 26 Besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that those who want to pass from here to you are not able, and that no one may cross over from there to us.’
27 “He said, ‘I ask you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house; 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, so they won’t also come into this place of torment.’
29 “But Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’
30 “He said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the dead.’”
Elements To The Apocalypse
1– In the end times there will be a great deal of violence all over. “The streets will be covered in blood.” People will be trying to flee the anarchy that ensues. People will be godless, self consumed.
2– The world will be united under one leader, the Antichrist. Unless a person worships him they will not be allowed to have money or food. They will bear his name on their hand, which will probably manifest as a chip in the hand or a card in their hand, or a number in their mind.
3– The world will never have known such devastation. It will be unequaled in its calamity. It will be another world war, one worse than any war before it. The Lord will quicken it however, because if He did not then no one could escape it.
4– “The heavens and the earth will be shaken.” and “there will be signs in the heavens.” Strange things will occur. The least of them perhaps, a blood moon. People will see strange things occurring.
5– People will suffer so much that they want to die, but cannot. They will see Jesus Christ appear from heaven and mourn that they did not believe in him or should have believed more. He will appear with his angels.
6– God will separate the bad from the good just like a farmer separates the weeds from the food. If we are anchored in Christ, if our roots are strong, we will be seen through and enter into God’s Kingdom. We will be raptured up. Only the worst of people will be left on Earth.
7– Jesus taught us to just leave behind what we must. That not a soul should go back into the house to collect something that they forgot. But rather to escape, to flee for the mountains.
8– The Rule of Jesus Christ will be brought into the world with His Kingdom centered in Jerusalem. The wicked will be on the outside of God’s Kingdom (which will be Israel.) And they may only take from the fruit of life if they purify themselves, because without doing so they cannot enter into God’s Kingdom to partake of it.
9– The Final Church will be consecrated. The true religion will be revealed. All of the denominations will enter into one.
10– The greatest war will be fought, known as Armageddon (the name of a land where it will accumulate into.) The Great Battle of Good Vs. Evil in which God will be victorious and Satan will be bound for a thousand years, a thousand years of peace. He will then be let out, as the Bible says he must be. Then after one last war The Devil will be thrown into hell where the False Prophet and The Antichrist are.
The Good Do NOT Die Young
Stress is a great killer. It is bad for the heart and mind. So are emotional problems like anger. Those who are spiritually well do not suffer the same. People of spiritual religions, who do things like meditate, live long. Any spiritual wellness will extend your life. I have seen the worst of people suffer from heart attacks and other things who, all their lives, insisted that their ways would elongate their lives. I have had one side of my family always die early and dealt with health problems. Then another side of the family who went to Church and were seriously Christian, and they all lived long and happy lives.
If the “bad” are alcoholics, abuse drugs, enter into violent gangs, squander their money, do not work (exercise, “toughen up” rather than living a soft work-free life), and have problems with anger and abusing others, then it is just common sense to assume their lives will be short ones.
God takes pleasure in the lives of those who worship Him and does His Will. I have seen two sides. One is a perverted lot and an immoral one. Their life is a struggle with many problems, complicated by sin. Even those on the run all the time because of what they do. It is a strain. Then there are those that take life less seriously. They work. They provide for a family they love. They bring happiness to their family. Would never abuse them. They go to Church. They are not “guided into” sin. There are a lot less difficult things for them to deal with in life overall. They know that they are here for God and because of God and seek to do good all of their days. Things are not a filthy mess for them. They are orderly and better understood. Through God they keep everything together and simply manage things better. There are no violent strangers coming in and out. They will not keep company with bad people or do as they do. As a result their happiness, their security, and rationality, is greater.
Keep With The Shepherd
The Shepherd will guide you into good things.
Psalms 23 (AKJV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (AKJV)
5. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6. In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
Jesus Christ is The Good Shepherd. We know his voice. We can tell his voice apart from other voices. We know good from evil, it is written in our hearts. It is God’s Will that matters to us on the face of the Earth. Without God we are lost. Our lives are aimless. We are just wanderers in a wilderness without God. But through God we know how to live and what to do in life, what is right and wrong, through the Will of God.
God May Discipline, But He Does Not Hate
God disciplines just as a loving father would do. He would never harm us, however. He would not situate evil in our lives. To those who love God, God takes pleasure in. God does not hate, God does not rough up or condemn His Children. He gives people a lesson they will survive and learn from. Not one where death from it is certain or any such thing. He makes our soul right. He brings maturity if we do not have maturity. He makes us good people. We can have hard times because of it.. If it needs to be, but the aim is to make us better people. A kind of person that forever after does better, produces better, out of hard times, into good times, forever.
Our answers may not be His answers, but God is full of wisdom that exceeds our own. He appropriates things as they should be. He harkens to those who greatly need Him. What difficulty we face today we will be seen through, better than ever. Such is the love of God.
Keep The Faith
There was a time when Christians were heavily persecuted. They were persecuted in the worst of ways. That was so in our earlier days. Then Christianity became a foundation for a very long time, the rule of the land. There were bad Christians, that abused it, as always was, but honestly they are given too much attention. It is easier to see the bad in something and the bad are ready and willing to point that stuff out. They use the power of Christ negatively. They are not Christians that do so. They are Satanic entities putting a stain on the name. Still, the Earth was better off. We were guided by God’s wisdom. The world did very well because of it. Society certainly benefited from it.
If we look back a few decades we see a growing Satanic presence in the world. No secular person would admit that it comes from The Devil. They regard themselves as free, free to be sinners, and if any suffer from it they fail to come up with the answer that we have: it is because of their ungodly lifestyles. That is why great trouble exists in the world today. People have turned away from God and Christinanity. We have returned to a time where Christians are demonized and persecuted.
We could be oblivious to the fact. We wonder where our “power” went. Where our presence has gone, not knowing it is unlikely to return until God returns. We want to bring the world back to better times but are stopped at every level. It may not come back at all until God returns. No one knows when God will return. Matthew 24:35-37. So we should keep on fighting to bring back Christianity until then. A part of Christianity is teaching the gospel and the world will not end before it is “taught to all the nations.” Matthew 24:14. If the question is when enough is enough, the answer is, it is never enough. We should always teach The Gospel.
It is in fact more important than ever. There are souls to be saved. The Christians of its earliest days congregated despite the risk of being apprehended and executed for it. We taught Daniel and the Lion. They fed us to the lions. That is how much Rome despised God’s Word.
Beware of The Doomsday Cult
Be aware of any cult. Whether it is situated in an ordinary home, out in the woods or veritable wilderness, or or is of some wandering group. The basis of Christianity is strong. They are words from the Son of God that many abuse, robbing it of its power which was meant for good, not evil. Most cults are Christian based. Not real Christian based, but you know what I mean. They are not always deliberately deceptive. Along the way in reading scripture there are certain people that begin to believe they are Christ and the grandiosity of that overwhelms them. What’s more, Christians would like to believe that they are in fact Jesus Christ. They want to be with their Lord. Unfortunately they come into deceit. This power wielding person then (after all they are God’s son, or think so) thinks more and more that they can get away with what they are doing. It is all a part of God’s Will, His doomsday mechanism. That will help you understand what is going on. It is hard to believe it but on the side of truth they are only a disillusioned group doing and believing what is delusional. All the while they are sure that what they are doing is a part of God’s Will, but it isn’t.
The Bible has laid out exactly that in our times many will come saying that they are Jesus. It says to not believe anyone who says that they are him.
Matthew 24:23-27 (WEB)
23 “Then if any man tells you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There!’ don’t believe it. 24 For there will arise false christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.
25 “Behold, I have told you beforehand.
26 “If therefore they tell you, ‘Behold, he is in the wilderness,’ don’t go out; or ‘Behold, he is in the inner rooms,’ don’t believe it. 27 For as the lightning flashes from the east, and is seen even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Teachers become obsessive. They might sort of malfunction in what they should be, going off into areas such as bearing God’s ultimate discipline or some such thing. A thing where life doesn’t matter at all so it’ll be thrown away in God’s name. It was Judas however that hung himself. Murder is a grave sin. The Catholics say that it is a sin that cannot be forgiven, because you cannot do so and then ask God to forgive you. Judas represented The Son of Perdition.
Church in a Church building is usually fine. Some are in fact masterful at teaching and sincerely dedicate their lives to it. Those who have sermons on Sunday and Wednesday and whose members are not really odd, should be a good sign. A person has to choose their own Church. I had the luck of being right by a really good Church twice in my life. The best. Perhaps the best that was present in town. Not crazy people. Not strange in their approach but pragmatic. Not greedy. Full of truth preachers that do not misguide you, that do not abuse you, that would not demand tithes or come to the podium with expensive jewelry all over their body, are the ones to avoid.
These mega preachers that appear on TV have one fault, but it is a very serious fault: the fault of their riches. They are quick to fool themselves into thinking that it is all a blessing of God. They think ‘I serve God in a truly good way. He has made me rich.’ And so they live in mansions buying frivolous things. They’ve done nothing but taken the Devil’s reward. Real understanding comes from a simple question: would God have them own all of that while there are poor people everywhere, those who starve, those whose lives would be far better if they received that money instead? They don’t even have a shack to live in. Yet the mega preacher thinks it is God’s Will to have exorbitant things!
What We Should Be Doing In The End Times
Let our lives be humble and discrete. Let us keep safe until the time comes when we are raptured, if that is to be. Who knows how much time is left? Only God knows. It could be a few years, it could be another 30 years. We have only the signs to go by. Those have been elaborated on earlier in this book. I use Matthew 24 to understand it all. The Bible says that we should be seen doing good in the last days. That if we are seen doing bad in those times we will be punished for it. So take it as God will come at any time and to be doing well because of it.
Spend some of your time giving to those who need it. Have a joy in giving gifts. Brighten up a child’s life with them whether they are for your own children or your nieces and nephews. If you feel you are losing your direction and focus, then fast. Pray often. Not wordy words, not proudly, not “ranting” but rather humbly speaking to God about important things. Attend a Church. Read the Bible every time before you go to bed. Remember always the things to come, as the Bible has taught you. The Bible teaches us that better times are to come.
Make amends to old sins. If there are people who need reconciliation from you then give it to them. If we are to be punished then so be it. We cannot lie our way out of trouble and be a Christian doing it. What you owe, pay. What you have neglected which you shouldn’t, try and make better.
Christian Psychology And Sociology
Sometimes Christian therapists can be found. Sometimes in their own building, a mental health place. Sometimes in a Church you find licensed therapists. Then there are lots of Christian based self help books out there. And finally, there is the Bible and selective scripture to help you in life. I in fact consider the Bible to be the greatest way to learn and grow.
Jesus Christ has prepared a place for us, our own room in God’s Kingdom. One made for us. Some of us want privacy, others want a more social place, some want a lot of room to invite family into. Whatever it is, it was made for us. I have been in about every kind of living place you can think of. A place for me would not be all that large, a place for my things, and with privacy.
What I hope Heaven to be like: like Earth, only a paradise. Like Earth, only without pain, suffering, death, or such things. A very well advanced place technologically, brought about with the knowledge of the heavens, of God and His angels (aliens?) A peaceful place. No fighting or hatefulness anywhere. Time for me to write and see what comes of my books. With my family there. My family who never grows old or dies, hopefully a part of the rapture along with me. I think there is a lot of basis to believe that Heaven will be that way. “A New Heaven and a New Earth,” God’s Kingdom will come to Earth. So, maybe the two are a little different, I do not know. They could be a lot different. I believe what some believe, that it means a “made new” Earth, or a “renewed Earth.” With all the power of God and Heaven behind it, I am sure it could be greatly different.
The Bible says to seek the Kingdom of Heaven, live righteously, everything else you need will be given to you. Jesus Christ said to put your heart into Heaven and to not be too concerned with Earthly things. God is watching out for you and ready to provide.
One person receives the kind of therapy that says it is okay to sin. Those kinds of therapies are not for us. We would rather make an enemy into a friend. We would rather settle matters with them and change them around. We seek philanthropy. They sometimes teach lessons on how to be selfish. They incorporate Buddhist teachings, Yoga, and religious things foreign to Christianity. They teach visualization. We believe in prayer. God comes to our heart to teach us things, especially through the Holy Bible. Their pioneers have largely been atheistic.
They call it “gratitude therapy” which we call “counting your blessings.” We are thankful to God for all that we have. We understand suffering. For some of us it is a painful thing to see how poorly another is doing. We want a better world. One without suffering. We are taught to help others. We are taught to go out of our way to help others. They might teach us to put ourselves first.
We are at times too much a problem for other nations and those nations would censor us and even punish us. We get in the way of “their system.” The Devil doesn’t want us around. We teach fairness, we are egalitarian, they do not like those things. Socially, we get in the way of their hedonistic, wicked, and grotesque lifestyles. We are often the butt of a joke. It is even getting so that we are figured as intolerant, limiting, and corrupt. Yet the world is falling apart!
Society has become a Satanic thing. You don’t have to see too many cartoons, movies, video games, or books to see that is so. If not most of them are, it is becoming that far. People will not always do good things for others for its own sake. There are some philanthropists out there who are atheists, yes. You can never tell how much there will be at any given time, though. All Christians however, are philanthropists.
Little And Large Tribulations
It came on scene recently that a great comedian was slapped hard by another great comedian. The one that got slapped said a nasty joke against the other’s wife. For a moment, that man looked humbled. Just for a moment, a moment after decades of celebrity. Too bad that the act didn’t make him become a Christian man. I am being hard in saying so, but “the taller they are the harder they fall.”
God will correct you if you are in the wrong direction. When it happens to us things can be difficult for a while until we have learned to live better. We may have committed some bad sins, or maybe it is that we have been growing like a weed grows. So then uprooted, for the sake of change, of meeting our Christian potential. A person may have even grown to an atheist. They may have even been in a catholic school and very endearing to God, only to become an atheist as an adult. Then one day, they turn to the Bible. They hadn’t read it for years, but it strikes them hard and it goes straight into their heart. I have seen it happen in others. It happened to me. From what I have seen, a person will either sink or float after that. They will either go back or just remove themselves from it. If The Devil planted their roots, then they would not be strong. If the house was made out of sand, it would collapse. Matthew 7:24-26.
Colossians 2:6-8 (WEB)
6 As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving.
8 Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.
You may enter into hard times. You may have been an irresponsible wanderer like I was, up until the time I lost everything. My strife came to an end and it is a miracle that I didn’t kill myself in the process. With how hard things were, they were not unbearable and I found myself in the best home I have ever had in the end. All of my lessons came together. I can honestly say that God brought me into a better life, the best of homes, and with the right mind. I used to have anger issues, the kind a spoiled child would have. I know I am in good hands. What I lack, God will make up for. God will make us all the best person we can be in His Kingdom and take it as a blessing, as where we fail He will make up for us. “Whom God loves He corrects.” Proverbs 3:12.
In the end times such a thing is more important than ever. God can truly take a broken person and fix them. They can go from “borderline” behavior into a mature, peacekeeping, and kind person. If they were never with God, then their behavior might only be corrected through human punishment. Certain people will end up in jail or prison as their behavior gets worse and worse. Others will learn life long lessons and grow into the kind of person you would call blameless.
May God give you the means to escape any bad thing. May God protect you and your loved ones from harm. May we live to see a better day, a better people, and live in the Kingdom of Heaven forever more (Amen.)
I pray that each of us be guided into God’s Kingdom.
I pray that us and our loved ones are protected in these difficult times.
I pray that the world does us no harm. I pray that evil has no way into our lives, and that evil people are kept away from us.
I pray we have what we need. I pray we have enough joy in life to live well and do well.
I pray that God knows us for the good in us, and not for our sins, and I pray our sins are forgiven. May God make us good people, the people we should be.
May we be shown and given what we truly need. May we be healthy. May we be prepared for God’s Kingdom. May we be righteous doing God’s Will until the day He returns. May God’s Harvest be most plentiful.
Let us live to see a brighter day. One without pain, without suffering, or death. Lead us into your Kingdom, our Lord, our God. Bring us into the home you have prepared for us there.
From the days of Adam and Eve until Jesus Christ ascended from the cross humans have lived under a curse with no way out. And not until the return of Jesus Christ and God’s Kingdom on Earth will the curse be totally gone. We are individually saved through Jesus Christ upon our death. Our curse, it is a death sentence that The Devil unfairly imposed upon us.. Upon billions of us. The Bible says that who is last is the first. Matthew 19:30. Many who are first will be last and many who are last will be first. I have heard it taken to mean that the best comes last. God knows us before we even had life on Earth. He made plans for us. He created our lives and guided them. He established what was to be for us. He knows the beginning of it and the end of it. I would say that we are fortunate to have come upon the Earth when we did. Consider the far greater difficulty for people of the past. What little they had. What hard work was required of them. For even the little things we all take for granted. Maybe the curse doesn’t just suddenly end, maybe it gradually ends. We were sent to “work the harsh fields,” we were set up as masters of the Earth. We were made in God’s image. We carry some godliness with us. It is not a bad thing to say “we are gods.” Jesus called us such. He was referring to Psalm 82:6.
– I said, “You are gods,
all of you are sons of the Most High.
Heaven is in our midst. We have used the power of our work and body of knowledge to make a sort of paradise for ourselves here. Our power cannot compare to the power of God. Of course it can’t. In fact nature has us beaten in many ways. The world system that God created here is often beyond our capacity to control or even predict. And the breadth of the universe is incomprehensible. But we have made a little sort of paradise for ourselves here after ages of time. Is it so that God has found our work substantial enough? Would He come upon Earth to complete our work? Is that what God’s Kingdom on Earth is about? I think it is a wonderful idea.
Only He can create a utopia. A world without war, violence, crime, and suffering is something only He can bring about. We have mastered a lot. We can never with our own hands obliterate our sins and sin-doing. So we depend on Him. Jesus Christ said on the cross “forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34.
Only God can make up for what we lack. Only God has the power to make things better for us. It is beyond us. Only He can break the curse.
I kind of got the lesson that R rated movies are okay for Christians. That is a controversial opinion. If all of your entertainment is wholesome then more power to you, for sure. I was taught by my parents that these things do not lead to bad behavior. The only thing martial art movies had me doing was silly martial artist moves in wanting to be the master Karate guy. I never watched horror movies wanting to be the villain. Far from it, I was scared for the victims– I got nightmares out of them as a kid. I was warned I would but didn’t listen. In many ways my parents let me make my own mistakes. Playing games like Mortal Kombat as a teenager though did not in any way inspire me to “fatality” someone. Overall, video games were a good influence on me. I was too much on them to be getting into trouble with the other kids and teenagers, many of whom were doing troublesome things. I never took drugs. Not a lot of low class/ middle class people with a background like mine can say that. I liked alcohol as an older teenager and really young adult. I never liked the stuff beyond that. I actually dislike the feeling of being drunk. I really don’t like the feeling. I had a lot of “bad influences” that did not make me bad. I would have to be a psychotic person to emulate some awful villain.
Yet me and my Christian parents were always going to Church and living godly lifestyles. Not abused. Not mistreated in any way. Rather provided for. We went on vacations a few times every year. We celebrated birthdays and holidays. We were disciplined, not harshly, but not made spoiled. If a kid is going to grow up happy and grow well then they need those things.
So I would be a hypocrite if I said I do not like shows such as LEXX and 80s action movies. However, in my older age, I have found some of it too offensive for me. What I once liked I find kind of disgusting. It is like I became my grandparents disapproving of it. A friend once told me “controversy is cheap.” And he is right. What is so controversial about something as common as itself? It makes for some cheap and effortless entertainment. Don’t make a good story. Don’t build upon characters. Just have them doing disgusting and violent things.
A happy childhood means letting your children watch The Smurfs despite what pastors would label it as “witchcraft stuff.” I looked forward to Saturday cartoons. I played various video games. I had toys, I had things and a happy childhood because of it. It is just in raising kids right, a thing for its own sake.
God’s Glory Is Greater Than Any Earthly Glory
The majority of the world contains those who seek riches and fame. There is no better gain for them. Like the Bible says, you can have the things of riches now or in Heaven. Some have already been given their reward. I am talking about the worldly, those that would have and get everything the world can offer. They’ve never come to know Jesus Christ. God wants us to have good things and enjoy them. He doesn’t want those things to get in the way of spiritual development. He does want us to have what we need however. I once had an ascetic experience of just walking right out of my home feeling I needed to make that sacrifice. I have come to know better.
What great glory awaits us however, which is Heaven. It takes faith more or less. Let us be comforted however in the fact that things will be greatly better for us someday. Let’s be modest people. Gift giving, giving to the poor, fulfilling Christian responsibilities, and knowing that God will reward us for such things. We are rewarded by them in this life and the next.
He has a specific place for us in Heaven. If we can get by with a little we can enter into it unselfishly, without being spoiled. A spoiled person after all might even mock what they are given. If not outright, then inside them. So let us be content.
If we do not have much more to do than to wait, to read the Bible here and there, to do well, to make the world a little better, then it is time well spent. There is no better time spent. To know that whatever problem you have in your life will one day be gone. To enter into God’s Kingdom would fill our hearts with such joy as we could ever imagine.
Matthew 6:16-19 (World English Bible)
16 “Moreover when you fast, don’t be like the hypocrites, with sad faces. For they disfigure their faces that they may be seen by men to be fasting. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you are not seen by men to be fasting, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
19 “Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Things will come together someday in such a joyous way. We will walk beside God and Jesus Christ in His Kingdom. Forever happy, full of peace, full of joy, forevermore.
Good Christian Habits
You choose. Here are some possibilities:
Whenever you go out, carry money on you to give to a homeless person. Or, if you prefer, some food.
Give gifts regularly. Make your relatives and friends happy with them. Even if it is only on their birthdays or holidays, and especially for the children in your family.
Do some cleaning. Cleaning brings things back together for you. It is better to be in a clean home or room than it is a dirty one. So especially if you are bored, clean what needs to be cleaned.
Spend some time praying. Spend some time reading the Bible. Learn a little thing, learn a lot.
Write a letter to a loved one you have not spoken to in a while. Such as a parent who would love to hear from you. Visit them if you are able.
Hand out Christian pamphlets. Hand out Bibles.
Attend Church. If there is no Church on a certain day, then you can watch a sermon online or on TV. Commit to watching at least one. Try to go to Church regularly if you are not already. Going there well dressed and eager to learn.
Share the gospel for any who would hear.
We should speak the truth even when it goes against us. To have God on our side, that makes saying the truth valuable, and a lie a great stain.
We shouldn’t use cuss words. They are very connected to negative emotions such as anger.
We have certain responsibilities and God wants us to take care of them and be responsible. That is more so with the more important matters. It includes things like taking care of your children and working. It means taking care of your body and getting the things you need, such as food.
If you’ve never tried drugs, do not try them. The only way you can possibly get addicted is by trying them in the first place. That is why I personally will not “try” any of it.
Keep yourself out of bed. Wake up as early as your body allows. Get rest. Keep yourself occupied. Be productive. Find things to do. Create a routine. It’ll go a long way against depression.
Focus on eliminating or reducing your worst sins. Things like porn addiction, desires of infidelity, abusive behavior, gambling, and alcohol addiction. Find what help you can in overcoming them. Be attentive towards those who would guide you out of it.
Do not overindulge. Just about anything is fine in moderation. We shouldn’t let ourselves be controlled by certain things. Be full of the spirit, not alcohol.
2 He cried with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and she has become a habitation of demons, a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird! 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her sexual immorality, the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from the abundance of her luxury.”
4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, that you have no participation in her sins, and that you don’t receive of her plagues.. (WEB)
The world has fallen into a thing of debauchery. Our nation, particularly, which here I would call “Babylon” and its evil influence over the world. The greatest wickedness that could be is so. We all agree that something is wrong. The righteous will not be heard, and are tightly shut out. With wrath in fact, punishing any who would boldly promote morality, love, forgiveness, clean lifestyles, and such things.
People have lost all sense of right from wrong and do things according to that nature.
Wickness is like a cult. Through it they are given every avenue and means to be sexually, morally, and spiritually deprived. If kids are disciplined, it is abuse. If they are shown a drag show with vulgar body movements, it is teaching tolerance. It is as though Satan is establishing his kingdom on earth and chose to plant it in America. People are killing for the pleasure of it, with no motive found. Sociologically and ideologically people are twisted to the core: iniquitous, bent. Lost in a cause, which determines their thinking and actions in life: all one against another, all in hate.
The abyss has been opened. Demonic spirits have come upon the Earth. They gnaw at people. They concentrate within them many sins. They live accordingly, to their pleasure alone. They mock the things of Jesus Christ. They are causing the world trouble on a scale never before seen on the Earth, like Sodom and Gomorrah many many fold.
But God will put a mark on the heads of those who are His own, one of protection. The wicked will have no power over us.
The Sinners Road To Destruction
Great sin leads to it, and so do whole societies if they are filled greatly with the wicked. If people do not tend to their spiritual and godly natures then they will just get worse and worse. That is especially so when God is forced out of our society. That He has been. A lost person only becomes more lost. A lost society only becomes more lost. A hedonist only becomes more so. A mean person becomes a violent person and then becomes a murderer, if s/he has no spiritual direction.
Such people take advantage of the system at every turn. If morality is around them of the humane kind, then they will take advantage of that. They will make themselves out to be mentally disparaged. If they are given EBT funds they’ll just sell them for money and actually choose to starve.
What about humaneness for prisoners? We lock them up in places that only make their behaviors worse. We don’t want prisons to be a lovely place, but we want to put forth a good example for them. If a person is not locked up because of an intrinsically violent nature then perhaps they should be kept away from those who would teach it to them. People should not be locked up just because they have an addiction. The Netherlands have put forth a more humane prison system and it is working well with them.
The point is to take them off of that destructive road and show them a better way.
Humans need freedom but they also need things like peace, harmony, civility, safety, and order. The wicked are a threat to these, unto anarchy. When things become a free for all it is because of a severely lost people. Order cannot be when things are like that. A “live only for yourself” mentality has just been too implanted by modern psychologists. If we do not care about our very family then anarchy is all the more favorable. Good people need laws not only for themselves but for their loved ones too, for their protection.
The Righteous Road To Life
In character building one gets a soul to begin with. They are not just objects, not just flesh. They live according to order: God’s Order. If you live “the natural way” then you are no different than an animal. Animals can do nothing more than follow impulse. A righteous person on the other hand has control of themself. They are more powerful than their biological nature.
They don’t render anger for anger. They are not caught up in the vices that some carry along with them. They have chosen to develop themselves spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally: in a way that they have control over those things. They know right from wrong. For a wicked person the only wrong is the wrong they don’t get away with. Doing bad things is seeded in their hearts.
Material things do not hold power over the righteous. They are greater than their things. They are greater than their money.
They will go further in life. They will not end up in prison. Hopefully they will not get into drugs. They’ll not commit some atrocious act. They will be around their own kind, all of whom love them and are like minded, spiritually like minded. Without bad habits. Responsible. Morally right. Righteous.
Do Not Get Involved
In today’s world we find a cult. One of many causes. One in which members are so brainwashed that to argue with them is like arguing with a brick wall. In fact, with how they have things, going against them can be detrimental. It can even cause you to be attacked. These are mad people. They are not in control of their own minds. They are getting worse all the time. With such easy exchange of knowledge and messages that go along with their belief systems, because of the internet, they dig themselves into a pretty deep hole. It is a hole that no one can take them out of.
I am a person alone just as I prefer it. I don’t go out for protests. I never even talk to people unless I must, like at a store. Well, except for my family, the one I was born into. These problems we see are worldly. Christians should not be captured by worldly things. They should not be caught up in them or allow that to happen. I have found my private little means to express myself here. I can talk about it all I want still, fortunately. I would even say I might take a risk being a Christian, with how things are going.
You won’t find a Christian in the right place in the wrong place. The wrong place is to be captivated by these mechanisms that the cult has set forth. The right place is with God, with the Bible, a good Church, among our own, away from the wicked, nowhere near the net of the world. Those in the wrong place would not hear a single word you say. They may even attack you the moment you suggest any part of your Christian beliefs.
So many Christians.. In name only. What they really care about are the causes of the world. If you see them entangled in them they are not Christians, or at least not doing things as a Christian should. That is especially so if all they care about at all are those causes. A Christian has better things to tend to.
Christianity Will Win And Be Proven Right
Why do exorcists call on the name of Jesus Christ? As we know, it is because of the power behind the name. Demons are corrupt angels. They were made with God in their heart though, and to acknowledge that. Going against God can make them self hateful. They were made to know and praise God. They were made to know The Son. Just as in the times of Jesus demons on the Earth knew who he was, by the nature God gave them to begin with. So they live in pain.
Likewise, humans were made to have God in their hearts. Only Jesus Christ can quench the thirst for righteousness that we have. Sinners thirst greatly for it, usually not knowing so. They realize in their hearts that things could be better. That maybe they are overstepping their boundaries. Only God can give us the fruit of life. The wicked are a kind of people who would look forever and everywhere for answers they will never find.
Eventually though people will come to know that it can only come from Jesus Christ. God’s wisdom is irreplaceable.
John 4:9-14 (World English Bible)
9 The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. So where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his children and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
The Devil would try forever to have his ways work. He will just find that things are becoming a greater and greater mess. Only God’s Wisdom works, as we have been given through His Son, Jesus Christ. According to his intentions he would do just the opposite of God. Such a thing is perfectly wrong and a thing that would only quicken the end times.
Philanthropy wins. Fighting on the good side for the good side is the only right fight. Such a fight as to end a cruel dictatorship and free a people, is the only good reason to go to war. The people themselves want to be freed from it. The soldiers that help know in their hearts that it is for the right thing.
It is all in the things Christianity teaches: morality, discipline, love, sympathy, caring for others, helping others, living without sin, and so on. The people in the early days of Christianity hated Christians for those things. It was evil that hated them. Its hatred had The Devil behind it. But just as Rome became Christian in those days, so it can again.
Some Of The Things We Have Witnessed
What do I mean by “a wicked people?” They are the kind that begin demeaning others on a bus. For no reason: just to. Whatever person they are in front of they slander just as much as can be, and their kids with them. They are in a store when something might slightly go bad for them, and then wreck the place. Taking every little thing and knocking it on the floor, then yelling before they leave, and they even take their time.
They take their time to steal from stores too. They fill up their bags as much as they can then just walk out. Employees are told to let them (I guess they don’t want to get sued if they are harmed by the thieves.) Going in groups they do the same on a bigger scale. Then there are those masked people who smash up jewelry cases and rob a jewelry store blind.
If a fast food place doesn’t get something just right the customer goes into a rage, knocking things over, throwing the food in their face, like hot soup, and cursing at them. They might go right through the window, get their order themself, and twerk before they leave. Once a man guilty of murder and on the run called the police over cold fries. He felt that he had an arrest to be made or something. They found out who he was and arrested him on the spot.
Teenagers went into a store to trash everything they could. They did so in a large group with no apparent reason at all (it is the way the world made them.) Did they get together some day (the whole large lot of them) and collectively decide to do that?
Some are treated far more cruelly. Like a big man pounding an entirely innocent person with their fists. Like shooting someone at random. Like dropping large stones onto the highway which crash through windows and kill. This guy got out of his car on a highway, went right up to the car behind him, and smashed it with a hammer. Then he got back into his car and simply drove off. It wasn’t the first time he did so either.
There are the mass murderers too and those whose evil plots were prevented. Some of these things they were able to prevent would have been enormous disasters. A six year old shot a teacher.
Celebrities are being found to be massively perverted. Chris Rock got slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars! In the 90s I was watching his show. Even the Oscars have suffered. Bad things are happening at these events and no one really knows if they are the last place they will go.
Then there was this instance when a woman burned down her house. She got into a fight with someone inside (there was a family with her there) so she lit it on fire and took a seat in a lawn chair to watch it all. We see people who are downright demon possessed. Surely they have demonic spirits in them with how they gnash their teeth, growl, and speak incoherently.
“Oh where have you been my blue eyed son? Where have you been, my darling young one?”
The storm of evil is all around us. We are centered in Jesus Christ, you could say. We know to live right and that is a thing that has never been so important. So many have fallen away from the faith. Being a Christian is more important than ever. So let us be mature, blameless, and keep God beside us. I pray for your protection and mine.
Fires are hard to control. The fire all around is impossible for us to extinguish. Only God can do that.
Blasphemy Is The Norm
There was a time of more “innocent” Satanic things. Things that were maybe subtly so and not so directly so. Nintendo would allow no religious references to their Nintendo Entertainment System. They had to be good with the parents and avoid any controversy they could. As for video games, it really changed with the introduction of Mortal Kombat. Not that alone, but largely so. D&D was considered by Christian parents a Satanic thing. Do we have such parents at all anymore? Their number has greatly reduced, down to practically nothing it would seem. It imposed itself so strongly that no matter how many would detest it “too bad.” What was once a gentle blasphemy that was gone against has become “in your face” stuff all over.
It has become a thing of “beating a dead horse.” Controversy sells, now, only controversy will do. They say it is your fault. That you should be a better parent and keep your children away from those things. Then the teenager has the brilliant idea of stuffing the book into their pockets. One of witchcraft or whatever it is. They can look up literally whatever they want to on their phones or laptops. They get into things of depravity. They are too intertwined with worldly things to even consider Christian living.
Nothing is off the table anymore. Whether it is sexual, of violence and horror, selfish, hedonistic, dirty, or foul. In fact those things are insisted upon. If it is for kids they will poke their parents with a stick to rouse upset from them.
We Do Not Know When God Will Return
1 Thessalonians 5:2
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
Matthew 24:43 (WEB)
But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
32 “Now from the fig tree learn this parable: When its branch has now become tender and produces its leaves, you know that the summer is near. 33 Even so you also, when you see all these things, know that he is near, even at the doors. 34 Most certainly I tell you, this generation[a] will not pass away until all these things are accomplished. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
The New Life Version Bible, Matthew 24:35-37
No One Knows When Jesus Will Come Again
35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 36 But no one knows the day or the hour. No! Not even the angels in heaven know. The Son does not know. Only the Father knows.
37 “When the Son of Man comes, it will be the same as when Noah lived.
You Will Be Fine (Some Encouragement)
Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be dismayed, for Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 WEB.
God says that not a hair on our heads will be harmed. Luke 21:18.
In fact, compared to others you will fare much better in a world of sinful travesty. They destroy themselves with their own sins. You do not. You are a diamond in the rough. You are a flower prized by God. We are God’s children. God is love, a loving Father.
Salvation is a gift that cannot be taken from you. We need only repent and ask for forgiveness and it will be. We will be raptured:
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 (AKJV)
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Some christians are God's- wrath sort of Christians. For them He is a strict Father. It is better to not think of Him in those ways. Consider how He must feel in today’s time with evil everywhere. He is angry about that. If you were angry would you be agitated by insistent prayers? How can anyone feel good about today’s time? Do you stop a person in the middle of trying to fix and deal with something? Today is a time of brief and important prayers. Today is a time where faith comes first.
Today is a time of looking at the world around you and knowing that you probably have it well over others. If you do not truly have a complaint in life then it is better not to make them. Take the bad along with the good all that you can. God will make things better in their time. Prayers should be about saving your soul along with what all is happening.
If bad is happening to bad people then it is all in their due, especially if they are atheists. It is a time of reconciliation. It is a time of gathering and preserving souls. We were written in the Book of Life. God chose us before we were even born. We who believe in Jesus Christ are saved (John 3:16.) If you have brought even one soul to Jesus Christ then you have made a tremendous difference. Luke 15:7.
Jesus has taught us that we can walk on water if we only have faith. Just as God saved Noah He shall save you.
Look For The Signs Of His Return
Be steadfast in expectation. God wants us to know and see the signs. That is what the Book of Revelations is all about. It is the beginning of something new that we are awaiting and know through signs when it will come about. Jesus asked his disciples to pray for him and remain awake with him up until the moment that the law (the bad law) came after him. “The spirit is strong but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41.
Bad things grow worse every day. I think that has never been truer. In the past someone might have said “things are bad but not out of control,” or “things are bad but they can be fixed.” There were times when one thought that a great war was not likely. Every passing day it seems that one becomes more likely. They say “what a difference a day can make,” and that is very true right now in a negative sense. These little arguments here and there grow out of proportion. It is in human nature to wage war. No person of peace can prevent it forever whether or not it is a good purpose and a good thing.
We live in an irreconcilable disaster. One side says “quit splitting us up” and the other side says the exact same thing. Like talking through a wall. I have been waiting for Jesus Christ to return for a lifetime. Since the age of 7 I read Revelations and in my youth I took it all very literally, I was so young. Like a literal dragon, monsters, and things like that. Yes in the past it felt possible, but now it feels altogether soon and likely. It could take a while longer. For all we truly know it could take much longer. A few years? Ten years? Twenty?
The Bible is always right in what it says. There were “early” things to be fulfilled such as the destruction of the temple. There were more recent things too like Israel becoming a nation again (of course that was after the second world war.) Then we have the more modern things occuring. The sort of “attributes” of the apocalypse which are very clearly occurring. The world will be brought under one leader, the Antichrist, and the number of the beast on one’s hand, these things are only things we could have recently figured. Like a credit card of some kind. Or the number on (in) our head. Or a chip inside our hand (I believe that is more possible, offering greater control of the system.) Then it says that in the end times “knowledge will greatly increase,” which you can very well say is due to the internet. Many will go to and fro. As for the world itself uniting, that is only a thing that could have recently been possible.
I could be wrong but “The Kingdom of Heaven” could be an alien thing. It could be in a realm much different than ours. We live under the physics that God created, here, and we live in the flesh that we do. We are halfway gods. We are bent Gods. We are like a malformation of His image. When the Bible says that Jesus Christ will return, appearing in the sky with his angels, and bringing up Christians during the rapture, it very much sounds like that kind of thing.
I don’t imagine things like metal space ships however. Some attribute the vessel in Ezekiel to be space origin, a spaceship. Not as we would think one to be. Our imagination is too limited to think beyond metallic space ships. But how do angels travel? Angel is a word meaning “messenger” to top that all off.
Evil Forces At Work In The World
They can raise up things as evil as Hitler. Witnesses describe Hitler as seeming demon possessed. Moaning, in pain and agony, and fueled by some evil source. He was known to have been involved in witchcraft before he came into power. The Nazis themselves practiced the occult. We know of high stature people that were involved in the occult at some time. The Antichrist will be the ruler of all rulers. As bad as any past ruler was, that ruler will be the worst in history.
Demonic mindsets are festering in the minds of people. They live a life of silent pain. They hurt inside without really knowing so. Life for them is somehow meaningless, going nowhere. They never feel good enough. They do not understand things beyond the material realm. They aspire for things they will probably never have, that only a small minority get, like fame and wealth. So they feel unsubstantial.
These sorts of things have become out of our control. Behavior from so many people has gotten out of control. Evil is planted into the hearts of certain people. They can rage at any moment and become destructive, sometimes with dire consequences. There are some basic people in life that don’t want to harm a soul, but unfortunately they can fall victim to such people at any time.
Women have become objects of impure gratification. Drugs have both become more prevalent and harmful than ever. Those that distribute them only care that they are cheaply made and easily sold. We even find kids doing horrible things. Old people are being beaten sadistically. People are seen from place to place erupting for no real reason. Then they go into a destructive rampage. People pose as those the victim through falsely claiming they are ill in whatever way.
It is so out of control.
Some entertainment mediums have become the filthiest things you can imagine. What may have been a distasteful movie here and there in the 70s has led to the most grotesque things any can think up.
People plot the worst of things. They gather into groups for the power it imparts them over others. They use psychology as a means to bend others. If they think they can get away from something then they will. Freedom of speech has become freedom to slander. They go into a course of bad and hateful speech towards another knowing it is “their right” to do so. They will get as close to unlawful behavior as they possibly can without crossing that line. Or so they think, because they often get arrested anyway. We need tougher laws and we are not getting them.
The politicians are tired of it all. They can never do any good. There is always a group, sometimes large ones, that dispel every effort they try to make in making things better. They are blamed for not trying and doing enough. They are openly ridiculed. The police are often ridiculed and slandered without reproach. It really seems as though it doesn’t matter if politicians and police do any good. They are demonized by people at every turn. They only care about their power and are in reality trying to break them.
What they do not know is that they need light in their lives. They need the peace of Jesus Christ within their soul. They need the Holy Spirit to enter into their lives, calming them, directing them, and transforming them. They need to drop these ideocentricities. They need the nonsense to altogether stop. Jesus Christ has the ability to make those things become so. While they live in a world they only know as ever dark, the light of Jesus Christ would make them whole. It would give them the perspective they need. It would give them meaning and purpose that they cannot find otherwise.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Identifying The “Minor” Satanic
Some would list things like Yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation. Some would list visualization. Some would include Tarot cards. Some would include troll dolls. Others would include RPG games, and some would add magic based playing cards to those. It is a determination of a Christian to either keep them out of your house or allow them. Some would call action figures an idol. Lots of video games are tainted, built around crime, violence, and full of sexual things. Likewise with movies and even cartoons (especially cartoons anymore.) There was a time when Rock and Roll was said to come from The Devil. I think so myself, but as Christians we have become desensitized to the “lesser” things.
A question was once asked of a preacher: “Is Christian Metal okay?” whose response was “would the disciples listen to it?” And I would say no, they would not. Just picture the things of awful violence and ask the same question. Would they enjoy watching those things?
The principle here is that if it wasn’t okay for Christians in the past it still isn’t today. But we seem to have forgotten a bit when it comes to what is good and what isn’t.
God will not forget one life lost. We see some horrible things on the news, then see them again, and again. So many have become used to it. It is something of a norm. But God will not forget the lives that have been lost, lost for no good reason, taken by the hands of a demon possessed person. I am sure these things pain God. God wants things to be good in this world. He wants righteousness and good to prevail. He wants peace from us. And God is Love.
1 John 4:7-12
7 Beloved, let’s love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God. 8 He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love. 9 By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice[a] for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.
No doubt Jesus taught about love, understanding, peace, forgiveness, and so did his disciples. If we are to be Holy like God is Holy then we must live loving one another.
The days are full of hatred however, and murder. The days are full of lies. They are full of deceit, greed, selfishness, and carnality.
People live behind wickedness but God will find them. Those who do evil, He will find one and all. He will uproot evil with the power of His angels. He will bring to an end those who do evil in the world. He will correct His own, but for those who do evil He will punish. His Angels will pour out the seven bowls of wrath on those who serve The Beast. Revelations 16:1. They will not know the day or the hour that God comes against them, because He comes as a thief in the night. His wrath against them will be full and relentless. They will face utter destruction.
Let The End Come
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
In a dystopian world, light is difficult to find. It is like a lost bird after a sky darkened by a volcano. It flies while its soul begs: let there be light. A Christian is surrounded by evil. A non Christian is just surrounded by their own, the norm. I pity those who really were abused. They were beaten. That was imposed upon them. To them doing very bad things was put into their nature. Getting arrested, it is still just one against another. Inside them it may even be that they want to die. In a way they are dead inside. So where are they expected to go and what are they expected to do otherwise? Do you care for such a person and teach them a better way? Or should you sentence them to death? I think they deserve a better life just as much as an abused bull dog does. They don’t deserve to die. The most attritious things happened to them, from their parents, and that is something that the rest of us simply cannot comprehend. This guy has burn marks on his face because his parents put their cigarettes out on it. He has deep wounds all over. He was never given a chance.
There is no end to suffering without God. If we have gotten through life without really ever having been harmed then we can’t understand those who are under it all the time. Jesus Christ knows all about pain and suffering. He stood up for what was good. He was refuted far and wide in his time. He also inspired many. He inspired and gave hope to those who were good. He stood as a threat against haughty leaders. He gave His life for us, willingly. He was the very model of God.
We have come into a darkness we can’t see past. It’s all the brighter for God upon His return. This time Jesus Christ returns with his angels and returns with all the power of Heaven behind him. The wicked will then mourn, wishing they had believed and did better in life. We have the fortune of being given salvation and understanding the scripture, living by them. Just as they mocked Noah they mock us. They do that all the time. They mock any concept of Heaven. They mock the idea of the resurrection. They even mock our morality and how we would turn away from hedonism.
They think we are miserable. They think we are “self denying.” They think we are fools. They think we are misled, faulty in our thinking, and delusional. They think we hate our own lives. They ridicule our appreciation of Jesus Christ. Whatever the world is though, it is because of us. It is because of the rule of the church that carried us through for the last two thousand years, until recently. And just recently, things have become disastrous all over. They’d never attribute that to loss in faith.
It is just like the story of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31.) Or Noah’s Ark, or David and Goliath. Goliath was a giant and an informidable one. They all mocked David. They thought it was a joke he’d go against Goliath. Then for a moment God’s power shined and David struck Goliath dead, with a slingshot.
Humans Are Helpless Beings
Make a law that anyone who steals will have his hand cut off and there will still be those who steal. Put forth the death penalty and there will still be those who have no regard for punishment. Tell the world that the end of the world is coming due to climate problems and people will still drive fuel driven vehicles. People will build villages around active volcanoes. They will be very unprepared for frequent things in some areas, like flooding. They’ll build their cabin by fire prone forests and they will build houses on the edge of hills, only to have them collapse and burn down.
We have never been able to beat nature. We were not born helpless though. We were meant for the Garden of Eden. Being cast out into this Earth was our punishment for eating the forbidden fruit. Genesis 3:17-19.
Our levees break. Like in the song “London Bridge is Falling Down” everything breaks apart in time. A bad volcano can do untold sums of damage and is something we can in no way prevent/ stop. If some volcanoes erupt it can be a worldwide problem. We are susceptible to flooding and cannot do anything to stop the downpouring rain. Just keeping warm can be a great task in some areas. The thickest clothes needed, always chopping wood, and such things. We come against wildfires in full force and have to suffer power outages frequently. Nature is so much more powerful than us. Maybe we are not so godly as we would assume.
Nature (or human modified nature) can even enslave us, as it does with drugs and alcohol.
I count an aggressive criminal as a fool every time. They don’t have any sense. They just go rob a place, then comfortably come home happy with their money. Then that becomes a habit. Even if it doesn’t it is more likely than not (80 percent or more sure) that they will be apprehended for it. The more they do what they do it becomes a habit. They then lose all sense of getting caught if they haven’t already. Then: POUND POUND POUND! Come knocking the police on the door. Which is okay for some. They fooled themselves just enough into considering prison “not so bad.” They have reasoned themselves into thinking it is worth it. Some are just incapable of regarding punishment.
Humans are a helpless lot.
We overindulge, getting fat. We take leaves, dry them, and smoke them up. We eat too many cakes and get the lifelong problem of diabetes because of it.
We were born with the brains we have. They are not different from the brains the primitive people have. It has been unchanged. We have new things because of people who have thought them up. But we still deal with the same mental flaws we ever had.
Forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34.
All in all we are a weak species in a world far greater than us. That goes in many different ways. It also goes against our own selves with no hope to save ourselves. So it is no wonder why Salvation can only be a gift and not something that we earn. “There are no righteous, no, not even one.” Romans 3:10-12.
Telling Good Leaders From Bad
There are the cult leaders that are the most dangerous of “Christian” leaders. Beware of gathering into a commune of disillusioned people. People who almost always serve as a master above Jesus Christ. The perverted kind: the kind that harms the innocent and collects wives, housing sexual misdeeds, is certainly a warning sign. Some cult leaders are deliberately so. Some are disillusioned Christians. Others follow doctrines that are not canon in Christian scripture. Those have a “new found knowledge,” a “secret revelation” of some kind to use on others.
Rich preachers are a warning sign. As I have said before, they are the kind that fool themselves into thinking God wants them to have enormous sums of money.
Anyone in a group claiming to be Jesus Christ, is not. We Christians want to be with our Lord, to know him. So I can understand how a Christian could be fooled into thinking an earthly leader is him, which is unfortunate.
If they severely isolate people then that is a cult. That is a hallmark of cults. They’d take you from your family and loved ones. They are in tightly knit groups that have little to no outside contact unless they are recruiting.
They’d take everything you own. They would demand high tithes and labor from you. They would expect you to sell your house in order to bring them greater money.
In the end: they could end up committing suicide, drain a person of all of their money and resources, trap them into perverted cult “families,” lead their followers into doing something destructive, rob you of your loved ones and family, and take over your mind itself. So do not fall prey to such groups. The moment you know something is wrong, leave.
Christians That Harm Themselves and Their Lives
God wants us to enjoy what we have been given. Ecclesiastes 9:7-9. Unfortunately many Christians believe it is their due to do self sacrificial things. God does not want us to be enslaved by sin. He wants us to cut it away from ourselves like cancer. He wants us to focus on His coming Kingdom. He wants us to live right through His wisdom. Those things may include fasting, if we are so able, but to take things to the extreme is no different than how Judas hung himself.
If a thing makes you happy: certain food, drinks, a hobby, work you like doing, visiting a place, buying something you have your heart set on, attraction to someone else, wanting to get married, those things are okay with God. God would not empty you of your possessions for “spiritual sake.” That does not bring you any closer to God to begin with. Loving and enjoying the things you have been given is an honor to God.
If there is some bad habit you simply cannot control, then that’s fine. It isn’t going to condemn you. It is not going to send you to hell. If you are doing your best then you are doing perfectly well enough. My dad used to say “everyone is allowed to have one vice.” For me it is smoking.
Unfortunately many Christians fill all their preaching time with judgmental things. They say things like “everyone is living in sin,” and should be doing (these or those) sins. In other words they preach against sins, more than they should. They only see around them sinners. The heart of Christianity is a different matter than that. It is a gospel of hope. It is one about the gift of salvation. Of course we should be right in life. And we are! We have never paid the price of Salvation even though many times it might seem we need to, no, that price was paid on the cross.
Being Ready For The Return Of Jesus Christ
Blessed are those who watch and wait. It is good to minimize your distractions. Those worldly distractions that have you looking at worldly things. Every day the news is full of just a little bit more evidence that his return is soon and it is great already. Will we even taste death before then, or will we be in the time of the Rapture? Will we be united with lost loved ones on that day. And what would we say? Who would we spend time with again “at last?” What would the first day in heaven be like? These questions should ever be in the hearts of Christians. So ask, and ask away.
As I have said a few times already: be seen doing good. You do not want to be seen doing bad when The Lord returns. Make amends where you need to. Have your debts paid. Do good things for the poor. Live righteously. Bring others to Jesus Christ. Attend church. Purvey what is going on in the Earth. Read the Holy Bible. Look for the signs.
Be most gracious with your gifts. Your gifts are things bought for the soul, if that makes sense. Pray often but pray for the Earth and its people. Pray for your own soul. Pray for the souls of others. Keep clean both physically and spiritually. Be well dressed. Dress with God’s return in mind. Be most Holy on the Sabbath.
Do not overindulge. Do not “drink with the sinners.” Keep the right company. Keep the right influences in your life. Do not be led astray.
Matthew 24:48-51 (World English Bible)
48 But if that evil servant should say in his heart, ‘My lord is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the lord of that servant will come in a day when he doesn’t expect it and in an hour when he doesn’t know it, 51 and will cut him in pieces and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. That is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.
Most importantly: be good among one another. This life is coming to an end. Meaning this existence is coming to an end and the entrance into Heaven is near. Then all things will be new. There will no longer be any strife between you and another. In other words: those past ills you had against another will no longer be relevant, someday. We will all enter into the purity of Jesus Christ. So do not take personal pains you have with another at heart. They are truly only temporary.
There is no time to rest. We must get ready. We must take care of the things that need to be taken care of and come to the knowledge that his return draws near, so that we can be ready. That glorious day can happen at any time. So let us not take the remaining time for granted.
A fast food sign is like an idol. The food it serves, like a sacrifice. Trademarks are like idols. These are money making entities that hammer deceptive commercials at us all the time. They are deceptive in that they are false, fiction, with actors, with having nothing to do with a product really but “hilariously” have you buy their products. So we see an insurance company commercial put together with actors we take seriously and through some comedy we buy their insurance.
They get us where it hurts. Or they get us through pride. They get us through comedy. They get us through “being on our side.” They are all lies, they are all just there to get your money.
When music came onto stage and came to be recorded it formed into idolatry. People glamorize them. They idolize their singers and message. Their hearts are set on them and they come onto stages with hundreds, thousands, or more before them.
Action figures and lots of toys often look like demons. They might even live in a Pagan realm. They are prayed to in a way. Some of them look downright like they were designed after demons and some of them really are. We do not know exactly what a demon can look like, they take many forms.
When people used to read books they did not draw out what their characters looked like. People do that with the more TV based things though. Whether it is Anime or from a video game, they draw out their heroes. They are in fact making graven images when they do. When I was 19 that was something that I did when a commercial for a certain video game came on. I didn’t realize it until later in life, but I was drawing an idol.
There are tall statues for these things as well. There are posters. There are shirts that bear the images. Sometimes dressing up as a character is much like dressing up as a demon. It is like Halloween everyday when it comes to conventions and such places.
Not Letting Modern Evil Latch On To You
To not let evil capture us we must be aware of The Devil and his mechanisms. The Devil will deceive you and try to warp your practice of Christianity. He will plant lies in your head. He will try to break you that way. He will have you distracted just as TV has done to so many, as TV was meant to do. He would have you pleasure seeking instead of God seeking. He will increase your pleasure in bad things.
Satan and the Satanic forces of today have led more astray in today’s time than ever before. Some of it you could say is “automated” ; they are established things which deter you from God. A person can have the whole world and what a great new world it is full of great things. The Devil has these before us to deter us from The Faith.
As Paul said, we should take a little as a lot. We should be able to use a lot wisely as well. Philippians 4:12 12 I know how to be humbled, and I also know how to abound. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need. (World English Bible.)
Just as The Devil tempted Jesus to have all of the world itself, he tempts Christians into the same thing. He tempts God’s Children into placing the world above God.
14 The farmer sows the word. 15 The ones by the road are the ones where the word is sown; and when they have heard, immediately Satan comes, and takes away the word which has been sown in them. 16 These in the same way are those who are sown on the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 They have no root in themselves, but are short-lived. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they stumble. 18 Others are those who are sown among the thorns. These are those who have heard the word, 19 and the cares of this age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
A deeply rooted Christian is steadfast in their faith. Whether bad things happen or good, they remain Chrisitian. That is all in faith. Unfortunately for some of us a day comes when we simply stop reading the Bible. We stop going to Church. We even stop praying. Some may even turn to atheism and choose an “easier” life. We can return and hopefully the next time around our roots are sown deeper. Some will return and fail again. Some eventually become ever faithful. Some do not.
The Devil would rather you be Christian in name only. Some Christians are led into the idea that as long as God is in their heart then nothing else matters. The thing is He isn’t in their hearts, just in their limited scope. Some “Christians” only claim to be and they even make themselves think they are with just the smallest dose of its belief in their lives. You see in their daily lives though that they think very little about God. They are rather focused on worldly things and causes. They give a brief thanks to God and that’s that. They are poorly rooted. They are like a thing that just blows around in its wind. They are not really going anywhere with anything.
Some design Christianity out of themselves over themselves out of Christianity. They are “did God not say” kinds of people. They fit The Bible into what they believe instead of the other way around. They support ungodly things in doing so. “This verse said..” They generally do not even take the time to read or care about The Bible for what it is. They are just good at bringing up scripture that makes them right, in a twisted way. They mutate everything in The Bible to serve them.
Some Chritians only want the good parts and ignore the rest. They think ‘God doesn’t want me to turn the other cheek.’ ‘God doesn’t want me to love my enemies.’ They practice Christianity in minimal ways. They believe that God is only around to bless their lives and discount the “good work of faith.”
Then there are some that take things too far. They end up as apocalyptic madmen and self abusers. They force themselves into martyrdom and take others along with them. It all ranges from bad to horrible. Horrible is “drinking the red flavor aid” (a reference to Jim Jones and his cult.) Just remember however that if you are poor and barely getting by then you are not expected to make heavy tithes. The Christian religion is about helping the poor and the less fortunate.
If The Devil cannot make us into atheists then he will try to make us into false Christians or those with limited belief and practices. It is he who tests our faith, not God. God does not tempt people into evil. Satan does. Satan would fill our table with great things just to turn us away from Jesus Christ.
“Reject The Devil and he will flee.” James 4:7. Even the demons fear and tremble God. James 2:19.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit will bring us peace in the last days. He will guide us into the Truth. John 14:26. We are taught “come what may, we belong to Jesus Christ.” Things are not made so perfectly safe for us. Being a Christian sometimes means being persecuted, unless we are among a certain kind of society that either supports Christinanity or is even established by it. In some places during certain times it was dangerous to be Christian. In the last days Jesus Christ says that the whole world will hate us.
Matthew 10:22-23 (WEB)
22 You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next, for most certainly I tell you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man has come.
It means “don’t stick around” if those around you would punish you for believing in Jesus Christ. These verses also mean that the person who doesn’t lose faith despite its persecution will be saved. Then it means that Christians will have to escape and flee again and again. There are the Christians that teach that Christians will be a part of the tribulation. Then there are those that teach that they will not. The Beast will strip those who do not worship him from money and food. It is a truth that those who believe in God have at times been persecuted from it. It is true that God has made His people mighty for as long as they stayed with Him. He even saw Daniel through the lion's den and saved those who worshiped him from a fiery furnace. A furnace that did them no harm, those who chose God over their persecuter’s idol.
11 “Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Disciples were executed one by one. Paul was executed. Early Christians were thrown into the Roman Colosseum, in a kind of mockery against their beliefs. That was ages ago. The Disciples have been in Heaven for two thousand years, just imagine. Just imagine how much their steadfast beliefs mattered, that sacrifice they made a very long time ago. In the scope of things, it all makes sense. No evil can take the true beliefs of a Christian. Nothing can purge them of their beliefs. The world has no power over us because death has no power over us.
That should in fact be our focus. We must put into our hearts eternity, if it is not there already. There is a pain to worldliness, a sort of emptiness. There is a pain behind not having any reason not to hate others. There is a pain behind only living according to human nature. Those are the sorts of things where the Holy Spirit cannot exist within a person. As Christians we should focus on The Holy Spirit and bring it into our lives, day by day, hour by hour. As such we remove our stress, our difficulty, our burden, and exchange it with inner peace. Let us calm the heavy seas that rattle us around and bring us into fears and concerns. Let the Holy Spirit be in our lives day by day until the time comes that we transcend to something greater.
The Holy Spirit will give you the words when you need them.
Today In The News: The Rise Of The Antichrist
What a horrible thing to occur. Someone went into a Christian elementary school and shot and killed six people, three of them children. That person disdained them. It was a transexual person that had attended that school when younger. With how things are they don’t even know if they should say the word “transexual” when referring to the person. What was once the least common of things has become a frequent thing. Such a person would have hanged on the news for weeks. Now it is just one then another. “Till next time, which could be tomorrow.” If these aren’t the sign of the Apocalypse, well, truly it is. It is hard to take it all in at once. Taking it all in at once and seeing the “forest for the trees” shows one a nightmare. You could say, well, this is mostly an American problem. Wouldn’t the whole world need to be involved? With the most powerful nation on earth, the whole world is involved. If a dictatorship comes about here it is likely to be one ruled by The Antichrist. The Bible teaches us that the Antichrist will unite the world, promising peace, leading to the worst dictatorship the world has ever seen. It will be under a worldwide religion. It will be under one ruler. As far as America is going it is headed in the way of things like anarchy and a police state. The politicians here are veritably spat upon. We are always ridiculing them. Sometimes even harming them. I think that the conditions are ripe for such an occurrence of one person taking over it all. There is just no other way to bring things back under control.
People in this nation are insane. They are lost in ideologies. One side against another. They have been sharply split into two. They fight for their side not knowing that only a civil war could hope to resolve it.. These foolish things, these things that absorb them like the worst cult. It all leads to violence, to riots, to evil schemes, to destruction and disaster. If I were not a Christian I would probably not pay much mind to it all. I would think, ‘that is just silly people doing crazy things,’ or, ‘we just need more gun control or something.’ As a Christian however I can see where things are going. I can see where they are headed and understand it through the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 24. Otherwise I would be among them that are not a part of the problem. I might even be someone enjoying the part of the problem on one side or another. I would likely just be a person with some hobby and interest in life oblivious to what is going on. There are people like that in this nation. They spend time playing video games and watching movies. They spend time making music or enjoying whatever. They are harmless people. They don’t care about social justice stuff or whatever else. Just living ordinary lives among the destruction. The Bible taught about that in Matthew 24. People will be “living it up” and will be caught off guard when things become their worst.
The Antichrist is probably a political trickster. We know he is one with promises of a better world, like that of peace and union. He probably knows the system really well. He probably gains power in such a way that other dictatorships come into power. The Devil will put him into power. He will likely grow paranoid and become corrupted by power, turning peace into cruel laws and hunting down any possible adversary. He will make it impossible for the government to go against him. He will squirm his way in. He will bend things in a way that places him into power. He will give power to those who support him and demolish those who do not. He will legally seek to diminish those against him. He will appropriate himself into power that way.
He will empower the side that is for him and limit and remove those who are not. Those are the things that dictators do to get into power. They become more and more brave. At first they say to not tolerate their punishment (for whatever.) Then they get braver and braver until they openly say to attack and obstruct any in their way. They only need a certain amount of support to make that happen. People begin to fear him. Some are just too afraid to lose their jobs in politics. Others might see what is going on and decide to side with him knowing if they don’t that he could, in the future, punish them for not doing so earlier.
He will feed on his ego as far as it can go. He is a man who wants power and is likely driven by a strong ego. He is going to be politically smart. He is going to be as sneaky as the serpent. He will lure others into his cause and purpose. He might be the only one who can stop the regular occurrence of awful crimes which by then would be happening everywhere. There could be problems with the economy that only he could fix. Urgent pleas to be rescued from it all may lead to his great position of authority. He would be set up as the only person who could fix our problems. He would be welcomed into power that way. Unfortunately dictators start out as the perfect idea (unless you know better) and lead to the worst of things that can happen in any society. The Bible says that the Antichrist will be the worst one that the world has ever seen.
He will have himself be worshiped. If you do not worship him, you will not be allowed food and money. If you take his name or the number of his name (666) then you will be damned. If you do not, then a tribulation will be upon you, but as Jesus Christ returns, you will be taken into God’s Kingdom, where you will dwell in true peace and happiness forever more. We would have a hard time but always keep in mind that your difficulty is worth it, no matter how great. So boldly choose the side of salvation. Reject the Beast and his number, and you will be saved and brought into the Kingdom of God. In fact when you see these things happening, be very happy! You will know that The Kingdom of God is soon to come after you see these things happening. Be strong for a little while.
Being Good To Yourself And Others
James said that we can do things like steer a ship but have a harder time controlling our tongues. It helps to not cuss. Curse words go hand in hand with anger as I sometimes say. I was taught growing up to not say the word “hate.” Certain words are used in our minds that carry hate with them. If we are to understand someone and forgive them then there are just certain words we should never use. Besides, in the midst of an argument they just look bad on you. Your credibility goes out the window. You “went too far” when you start cussing someone out with the worst of words and have anger beside them.
It is good to be a clean person. A little cleaning can make your day. It can make your room better. It can make it more pleasant to be in. Cleaning yourself makes you feel better too.
Cutting down on smoking can do a lot of good. I cut down quite a lot when the afternoon comes in a bit. By around 6 PM I mostly stop smoking. I think in the morning I am catching up but after a while I am sick of it. I shouldn’t smoke at all. I would have switched to vaping but they were illegalized here, in San Francisco. Too bad for me! I won’t smoke around anyone. At least there is that respect that I have.
As Christians the more we forgive the more we are forgiven. Like in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13.)
Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)
As Jesus Christ said:
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
We are all imperfect. We are all sinners. We all live under a world that is cursed. We all have our own faults. We should never call on God for revenge. There are some that do unfortunately, who are quick to say that God will punish them for whatever transgression. But He reserves the right to enact the timing and nature of His justice in His own way. It is His to avenge. Not our’s. Romans 12:19. Isaiah 30:18.
Judge not lest ye be judged yourself. Matthew 7:1:13.
Those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Matthew 26:52.
We all belong in Heaven just as much as any else who does. It is not a competition. It is not a Holier Than Thou thing. Another either has salvation or does not. We bring others to God. We help them with scripture and teach them our scripture in doing so. Unfortunately many preachers are anti-sin preachers and little else. Some of those are corrupt. They make others feel inadequate and truly believe that if others do not do and act a certain way then they should be regarded as some kind of evil. For them they love to carry God’s wrath in the palm of their hand.
Jesus Christ kept company with “bad” people. He recognized the haughty for what they were. Those that felt special and privileged under God he called out. In his time whenever someone made a large tithe in the Church they would sound a trumpet and praise that person. They sought to be proud among men, not God. The Bible says that our good deeds should be done in secret. That we should fast without making our faces appear wasted. That these things should be done for the sight of God, not for the sight of people. Matthew 6:1. Matthew 6:16-18.
It is better to make an enemy a friend. You might be surprised how easy that is. That is, unless you really did something very bad to them. If it was just a bad argument or something then it can be easy to turn around. To just apologize and move on. They could be feeling as bad as you do. That’s often the case. Christians just do not hold onto enemies. They want things to be better between them. They stop whatever bad behavior and words they may have had. Anger does not stick with us. Maybe the other person would not forgive us but we forgive them. We then ask God for forgiveness, and receive it, and move on. Self hate is something that demons and evil spirits would have us have. It is apart from grace.
Manner Of Worship
Apart from some false or misconstrued doctrines we cannot go wrong. I would add to that the “abuse” of doctrines, but that too goes under the misconstrued. I am a Southern Baptist at heart. I have been in catholic churches however and found them a wonderful way of worshiping God. As far as the Virgin Mary goes, she does have a place in the Church but yet is absent in so many of them. While on the cross, Jesus said to his disciples “behold your mother.”
John 19:25-27 (WEB)
25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
There are some religions that got scripture wrong. That misinterpreted it from lack of knowledge to the context. The Holy Bible is not always a literal thing. The Bible says not all of us should be teachers, knowing that the teachers are held to higher standards. Or literally from James 3:1 “Let not many of you be teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive heavier judgment.” It is a leader’s responsibility to produce good fruit, you could say. One misread thing can lead to many false beliefs! We should all stick to what we know. Not before we are sure of something should we teach about it.
My favorite pastor growing up was the late Arnold Murray. He conducted his teachings on TV by buying time. You know, like a paid program, only about the Bible. He sold the lessons he taught on paper and cassette, and later CDs, and that was the money he received. Of course he received donations too. But he always said that he was not a beggar. He was a bible teacher. He gave out his lessons on Revelation for free. For these reasons he was a good preacher. He was unlike these enormously wealthy televangelists. He took questions that were mailed to him and would answer them. He always said to not ask about certain religions or denominations. He said that is because he was not there to judge. He was only there to teach the scriptures.
God likes diversity. He is perfectly fine if one kind of person wants to dance and jubilantly sing during church and another wants to more solemnly sing old gospel songs. The details don’t always matter so much. They all serve their purpose. It is only when the interpretation of scripture is so off that they harm others that things become a problem. Church isn’t there to make people feel bad. It is there for things like raising one’s spirit, to learn about God, to praise and worship Him, and to bring themselves to Jesus Christ.
Beware Of High Egos
They leave us thinking that we are better than others. They even lead some into thinking they are Jesus Christ Himself. We are all equally God’s Children and Heaven is not a place where one is better than another. Neither is our place on Earth when it comes to our relationships with one another and with God.
Instead we should be humble, always sure to pray for others, not only ourselves, and to think about others, considering them, wanting better for the world overall. We must at the same time know that God is a loving Father who does not look down upon us.
A high ego is the easier and more natural way to go. It leads many Christians to take Christianity as a thing of their own power and might. As such many people do damage with Christianity when they should be preaching the Gospel of love.
True Mental Illness In Today’s Time
There is a new kind of madness all around. Some are Karens, a very modern term for accusatory people, some on mind bending drugs, “lost” somehow, those I would deem demon possessed, and other kinds. Some of them are murderous. Some are dangerous people that act erratically. They attack people without cause. They take pleasure in it. People like these are all too common these days.
They’ve lost sense of how the world operates. They lash out against others, violently, or in rendering accusations in the hope that their prey will be arrested (who didn’t lift a finger against them), fully willing to lie, to be a false witness. They weaponize themselves to slaughter others.
They want their butts kissed and if they aren’t then they use every means possible to ostracize you, to ruin your career, and rouse hatred for you. They don’t want equal footing. They want control over you. They would bombast you over the slightest jokes made against them. It has nothing to do with being treated fairly. It has to do with having a presence that is worshiped. They’ll even pull out guns for those means.
We have dealt with physical based mental illness from our earliest times. They are treated with things like antipsychotics making a Schizophrenic person rather normal. Now a new mental illness has emerged. It is something more accurately called a “spiritual illness.” It is caused by being under Satanic influences. It includes being possessed by evil spirits/ demons.
Just look at the attributes of Satan. He is: The Accuser, a murderer, and a liar. Karen lies about others because s/he wants them locked up (for not kissing the ground s/he walks on.) Mass murders have become common in the news. People will do all they can to lie themselves out of trouble. To deceive and to take things that do not belong to them. Satan is also called a thief and shoplifters have become out of control. They all have violent urges to hurt others, to vandalize with hammers and rob, to steal and to kill.
They ask “why and wherefore.” It is because of The Devil. It is because of demonic possession. The power of Jesus Christ would save them. But God has been forced out of our society. The Holy Spirit has been deeply purged from us. That is why things are as catastrophic as they are. Without God, without Jesus Christ, The Devil comes. It’s worse than that. The Devil has even come to be celebrated.
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (WEB)
15 Behold, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and evil. 16 For I command you today to love Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his ordinances, that you may live and multiply, and that Yahweh your God may bless you in the land where you go in to possess it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away and worship other gods, and serve them, 18 I declare to you today that you will surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you pass over the Jordan to go in to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your descendants, 20 to love Yahweh your God, to obey his voice, and to cling to him; for he is your life, and the length of your days, that you may dwell in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
The enemies of modern people are based on opinions that they do not agree with. If someone does not share their opinion then they are an enemy. They could go about life without really being bothered at all, by anyone. But they want an enemy and have manufactured them. The politicians will throw blame onto something else, “if we could only get them to side with (this or that) we could fix our problems.” Those aren’t solutions to begin with. No politician is bold enough to elaborate on how we need God. They might say “let's pray that..” Then you see people on TV yelling “we need more than prayers!”
Sometimes we catch people before something terrible happens, by the grace of God. Others are secretive up until the end. They enact their horrible crimes on others not minding at all that in the end they’ll possibly be shot down. There is no sign on their faces or anything like that which would warn us. They creep in out of nowhere. You could say that they operate in the dark where they are unseen. All of a sudden a party can become a massacre.
Many are fighting against fictitious enemies. They come to believe that the world has done them wrong. These people often live in nice homes, too. Not some trailer park living. Not being homeless. You will find that most of these people were living in nice homes. What’s more, their parents seem like good people. The internet is to blame for radicalizing them. They get wrapped up in conspiracies and dubious “purpose.” They sometimes trigger the FBI to investigate them. Sometimes they “pass” only to later commit horrendous crimes. But what can be done? You can’t apprehend that way based only on speculation. So unless they are hoarding weapons and making clear threats online, then not much can be done. To add to that, they have their hands full.
Who knows where they will strike next. They could take down a power grid. They could cause devastation as such that makes a collective problem, one that makes everything else worse, as they sometimes intend. You could say that these people are demons without at all looking like them. When drawings of demons are made, they look grotesque. Those that walk among us though, appear like ordinary human people.
They struggle to find a motive. The motive is that they are possessed with evil spirits. Evil does not need a reason. Their hearts have hardened. They have no love for anyone. They thirst for blood. Their minds are twisted, unable to be fixed, especially because they deeply hide these things within them. You won’t find any good in them that would tell them to visit a psychologist to change their evil intentions. It is too late for them.
For most people, people can watch certain movies and videos and listen to certain music without it having a bad influence on them. But for some, it affects them altogether negatively. They are inspired to do evil by them. They took the spirit of Satan within themselves. They perceive evil as glory. They lose any control that they should have naturally had. They envelope their minds with these things they see until it becomes embedded in their hearts. Then they go out and massacre. All the while no one would know. Not their parents. Not their friends. No one. No one would have known any better. They always say about sociopaths and psychopaths, “they seemed just like normal people.” That is because it isn’t written on their face. They might have a shirt that shows death on it in whatever way. But they don’t say “I am going to kill someone today.” More often than not they keep their intentions a secret.
They hide in the dark.
Satanic Forces Have Become Too Powerful
Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:6
6 “Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
(World English Bible)
This means that if you teach any wicked person to do good then they will tear you apart for it. It means to not preach good things to those who would hate you for it and even attack you for it. It means to not show how good is good and what good brings. I would add to that that it means they would abuse the lessons you taught them. They would use good for bad gain. Finally, it means that they would see your good and seek to destroy it. They don’t like it. It goes against what they are. It goes against the things they have because of wickedness.
These days this lesson has never been so important. There are hopeless people out there. They are falsely Christian and if you try at all to direct them in just a little bit better a way they will lash out at you for it. As for the hedonistic, if you suggest they indulge just a little less and suggest the Spirit, they will hate you for it. They will not let others get in the way of their pleasure.
Satanic things have built up enormously. There is no stopping it. That is a hopeless cause for us. I am referring to the hyper-sexualized, glamorous lifestyles, that lifestyle of gain, materialism, blasphemous entertainment, violence promotion, and other such things. They are protected, greatly so. At every instance that we complain as both Christians and parents, we are shut out, even hated for it. “Here’s those Christians again dictating our creativity.” Maybe we just want things to be a little less sexual, a little less violent. But that’s asking too much!
The Bible teaches the greatest lessons. God’s Wisdom is irreplaceable. It might not be convenient. It might not be the easy and natural way. But it is most perfect and nothing can replace it. When we turn against God and His wisdom the worst things are brought forth. People will go where their sheer nature takes them. They’ll lose direction. They’ll have no real reason to be good. Their life becomes selfish and pleasure seeking lives with nothing at all else that matters. Things in fact can go from right to wrong very quickly that way. It takes time to build up a righteous society but that is broken in a day. What’s worse, they built up a great wall to keep us out, to keep God out.
We no longer have any say. To them, we are just fools. The James Webb telescope is showing that their theories were wrong. That happens a lot in science. Something is believed to be true for so long and then, with just a little more known, they are proven altogether wrong. God made everything. They think we look like apes. They have to, it is a part of their beliefs. Just because we have some kind of similarity doesn’t mean anything. God made apes a little bit like us, but we are clearly greater than them. Yet they believe in things like multiple dimensions and ruminate over the unimaginable vastness of space. They are based on theories, they are full of different theories, so long as they are not in any way based on God.
Likewise, people will look every which way for what went wrong, so long as turning away from God is not one of the answers.
We Are All The Body Of Christ
Matthew 23:9 (AKJV)
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
John 1:12-13 (AKJV)
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Through Jesus Christ we are the children of God. Just as Jesus Christ had one Father, so do we, and Jesus said to acknowledge Him as such. We were born of God, of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We have the body of Jesus Christ. We are at one with him. Just as God saved His Son Jesus Christ, he has given us Salvation too, through him.
Before Jesus Christ came to earth God’s people had a temple for Him. It was the closest that people could come to God. It required animal sacrifice. Jesus Christ replaced that temple after his resurrection. John 2:19. And we now have the living temple within us. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law. We can now eat swine, for example, and we rest with Jesus Christ on the Sabbath.
Isaiah 1:18 (WEB) states:
“Come now, and let’s reason together,” says Yahweh:
“Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God. Through him He sees no sin in us.
Our body is the temple: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 . 19 “Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
There are no more sacrifices to be made. We have been made God’s Children through the body of Jesus Christ whom we carry within us. We will be resurrected upon our deaths. We carry The Truth within ourselves, where it was that a lie cursed us.
Philippians 2:14-16 (KJV)
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
The Most Wicked Generation That Has Ever Been
Matthew 11:16-24 King James Version (KJV)
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
2 Timothy 3:2-5 (Good News Translation.)
2 People will be selfish, greedy, boastful, and conceited; they will be insulting, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, and irreligious; 3 they will be unkind, merciless, slanderers, violent, and fierce; they will hate the good; 4 they will be treacherous, reckless, and swollen with pride; they will love pleasure rather than God; 5 they will hold to the outward form of our religion, but reject its real power. Keep away from such people.
There was a large group of teenagers that recently went into a store and trashed everything they possibly could. They had no reason to do so other than the pleasure it gave them. Yet when a child is strictly disciplined it is taken as far worse and far more despicable news. Believe me, it is going to have a very bad effect on the world if the majority of children and teenagers are spoiled. With the majority of a generation becoming so, disaster is sure to follow. A kid in school had his mouth taped shut and it was regarded as humiliating. It could have taught him to have a cleaner mouth. But was taken as such abuse that the teacher was punished for it. Teenagers are seen in the news more and more often ganging up on people for no reason. You see them following grown men humiliating them as they follow him. They ridicule and slander teachers freely. I think that if you mess with the bull then you’ll get the horns.. Or the belt, as my father taught me. I grew up without taking drugs. Without ever hurting anyone. Away from legal troubles. A mature and responsible man and I thank God for that.
Among other things that we need today one of them is certainly tougher laws. Psychologists are finally acknowledging that teaching “everyone is inherently special” is a bad idea. It means that a lazy individual is just as special as a college attending person. It takes just one spoiled generation to ruin the world entirely. It takes just a few years of overly light laws to wreck everything and bring about anarchy.
One who spares the rod hates his son, but one who loves him is careful to discipline him .
The Work Has Never Been So Important
There was a time when going to Church and reading the Bible was far more commonplace. The world needs the message of the Gospel more than ever. Souls are hard to come by. Saving others, that is, has never been so difficult, and so has never been so important. It is like everything is falling apart with little time left to save who we will.
Things can only keep together for so long. I am sure we will soon see things falling apart left and right before too long. People will either have listened or not. They will choose to listen to the sound of The Thief over God. They’ll be gathered and led astray only to be lost, abandoned, by that evil person. Christians will hear the sound of their Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Others will be led into destruction and destructive causes. They will not know where their true enemy is or what that enemy is doing to them. But those with God will be brought up by God, in the Rapture.
In the end days we should offer what hope we can. We should help where we can. We should prepare also, and be ever waiting. We see the ruin of the world. We see the ages it took to get to this point knowing it was always going to come, and now, appears to be soon! The greatest of men will be proven wrong. Science will be flung out the door. They will wish that they have served God and good causes. Some will wish they had served God more than they did. The time of reward and the time of punishment for some, has come. The appearance of Jesus Christ will far outdo any regard we would have had for an alien race. Certainly more so, than any far away planet we have taken pictures of. The greatness of Jesus Christ is upon us.
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
None of our greatest fiction can compare with the truth to come. People on Earth (Christians) know what is to come. It isn’t going to be the Vulcans. It isn’t going to be space beings who got here in metal ships. It hasn’t been monsters, but rather evil spirits. It hasn’t been science that was exactly right. It has been the Bible that was. Some carry with them the truth. Others will know nothing about it until the day that our Lord arrives.
Important Christian Virtues In Today’s Time
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,[a] 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
To go over these one by one:
Love- It is natural that Paul would list it first. That is a keyword when it comes to Christianity: love one another, as the Gospel says. It means to not be argumentative. To not start fights. To not allow hate in your life.
Joy- Be happy. Live well. Bring joy to others, especially your children. Be happy with the people you live with. Enjoy the things you are given and good things to come, and all good times to come.
Peace- Be a peacekeeper. Do not get into fights or be a part of them. Try to resolve them instead. With as much as you are able to, bring things back to normal, away from chaos. Get along with one another. Don’t be responsible for fights.
Patience- In today’s world this is especially important. We are made to want things as quickly as could be. We want solutions now. Be patient at your work. Be patient for schedules and towards the people who are there to help you.
Kindness- This means not being rude. It means be gracious towards one another. It means not being harsh towards others. It’s not being difficult with others or being harsh towards them. It means to not bully or harass anyone.
Goodness- This means living right. It means doing right. It means following the rules. It means being wholesome, rather than sinful and sinfully acting. It is in doing people the right way.
Faith- Have hope. Know that you are in God’s hands. Trust people. Trust people to care for you and help you. Know that through God things will work out. Know that He will bring you what you need in due time. Keep the hope that things will get better.
Gentleness- If you must correct someone then do so gently. If you have a problem with another, it is making your case gently. Do not act violently but instead as rationally as you are able to.
Self Control- It means holding your tongue when you need to. It means not behaving erratically or allowing yourself to act poorly towards others. It means accepting things that may not be as good and well as you wish they would be.
With good behavior we will go far. With bad behavior we won’t go anywhere and we’ll be miserable. We are already ahead of those who would be destructive. As Christians we shouldn’t have the inclination to crash places to begin with. We shouldn’t be spurred to lash out at someone. No verbally, and certainly not physically. We are people of virtue. We mature through the Holy Bible. We better ourselves by modeling ourselves after Jesus Christ. The whole world could go crazy but we would remain good people. For better or worse we love one another, even our enemies. Through our faith we learn to control our words and behavior. So as long as we don’t misinterpret scripture we are like the light of the world (we are like Jesus Christ.)
Could Things Get Better?
We all know that things are bad right now. We might say they have never been so bad. Let’s speculate on the possibility that things could get better. What would that need?
If laws got tougher than maybe we could reduce these things like rampant theft and harm being dealt on others. As crime deterrents increase then that’ll help. Things like better cameras, smart cameras, extra police, help from the community to patrol, and whatever good thing could be brought about to reduce the crime. I do not personally see an end to this onslaught of crime. Guns are easy to come by. There are just too many of them. I think that certain crimes can be reduced though, such as shoplifting, if the penalty is higher. Some people don’t care if they live or die however. Inspiration to harm others comes too easily for them.
Could bad influences be stopped? That one isn’t even on the table. There is no politician that would dare say that this movie or that, this cartoon or that one, should be removed. We have certainly not lost any rights to make them. They’ve become the most morally bankrupt things they can possibly be. Not to mention all of the porn prevalent online. Such things are here to stay. It all kind of crept in over the last decades. In the 50s the biggest controversy in entertainment was Elvis Presely shaking his hips and having a drunkard on a show (Otis) on Andy Griffith. They were purer times.
As for things of homophobia and racism.. I think on one side, things can level out well, and on the other, there are those that are in it for the fight. It seems like there is more racism and homophobia now than there was ten years ago. God made us all different. We are all brewing together in a pot and it wasn’t meant to be that way. It was Satanic forces which raised up Hitler. The Devil forced them back into Israel. As we know, Israel is the nation that God gave the Hebrews and they are His People. At the time of World War Two they had lost their nation. At the end of it they got it back, and that fulfills some Christian prophecy there.
Everyone deserves at least a little respect no matter who they are. I’ve seen horrible things happen to good people. God made one kind and another and when you harm those who were born a certain way you are attacking God’s choices and violating His creation.
I would try to find ways that would suggest things could get better but I simply cannot find any hope in it all. We are living in a mess of great degree. Just as the end time would be. If things cannot get better but just get worse day by day, then surely God is soon to come.
The Ways That Demons Are Being Brought Into The World
It’s a thing called “cosplay” when people dress up as their heroes and villains. They take on demonic attire when they do. It is like the people who wear animal masks. It is in the instances when people dress themselves up to look monstrous. For some it is heavy tattoos and piercings all over. Nothing portrays demons in the style and design that anime does. What people do not know is that by doing these sorts of things it raises demonic spirits. It brings them into the world. Couple that with our blasphemy and Satanic mindsets and there they come up even more.
Demons have always made their own names. They are usually sounds put together to mean more than one thing. We do that all the time online.
If we cannot see them in the flesh then we accept seeing them and raising them through things like magic cards, RPG games, sword and sorcery books/movies, and D&D like things.
Then there are heavy metal songs (or death metal, black metal, or in whatever other form.) They may not be able to see it with their own eyes, but things like it raise demonic spirits. Do you think those demons care if they are seen or not? They prefer to not be. They are there however. Think of the amount of people that are into these forms of music, from emotionally sensitive teenagers to adults. They are blasphemous through and through. They are inspired by Lucifer. One attribute of Lucifer is that he is a master of music. It also extends into things like gangster rap and vulgar forms of music, especially that which is heavily costumed.
Then there are those more deliberate. They outright practice Satanic rituals.
People are full of idolatry. They hone their appearance to perfection. Lucifer was the most beautiful angel that God ever created. They would even go through surgery to look more attractive. They cling to youth as greatly as possible. Their hero-figures have nothing to do with God. They worship fictional characters. They seek to embody them as closely as possible. They are very Anti-Christian sometimes.
They preach a Satanic gospel without knowing it. They believe a Satanic gospel without knowing it. They live Satanic lives without knowing it. Their standards are such, and so are their principles, mindsets, and lifestyles. They are oblivious to the fact, just natural sons and daughters of Satan. This new generation is more Satanic than any before it. Satan knows that he does better when his name is kept out of things. He would prefer to not be believed in at all, to be taken as a fairy tale. His purpose succeeds better that way. Like they say “the greatest trick the Devil has ever pulled was making people believe that he doesn’t exist.”
Revelation 9:1-5 (KJV)
9 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
Some Say And Some Believe..
I am not saying that anyone is right or wrong about these things. But..
Some say that hell is a black hole
Some say that angels are aliens
Some say that Heaven is in another dimension
They say we were in Heaven before we came to Earth
Some say that there is a rapture, other Christians do not believe so
Some say that Christians will endure the tribulation. Others do not.
Some say that communion is for anyone, others, only if you are a part of their Church
Some believe in infant baptism. Others believe it should be a grown person’s choice
Some say that Saturday is the Sabbath, as in Israel Saturday is Sunday
Some have Mother Mary in their religion and religious rituals but some religions do not
Some Christian religions are against any gift giving, others encourage it
Some use the name of God (YAHWEH) and others say The LORD
Some prefer the KJV, others the NIV, and for me: The World English Bible
Some say that Adam was the 8th day creation, that the tribes of the Earth were made before him
Some say that God caused the big bang
Some say that Ezekiel 1:4-28 was describing a spaceship
There are just some cases when we cannot know who is right or wrong with these things.
If The World Was More Christian
There wouldn’t be perverts with their corruption. They say that once societies become sexualized they begin to collapse. We would have people of practiced virtues. Our society would be wisely guided. People would believe in love, not strength over others. People would be taught not to be selfish. Those needing help would be helped more. Science and tech would be more driven towards things that help others. It would be guided into those things that help with things like homelessness and hunger.
People would be more forgiving. So people would have more chances to get better instead of falling into a helpless hole. There would be less people doing drugs. There would be less people burdened with alcohol. We would be taught to do good and do well in life. Our religion would discipline us. We would have a thing to work towards: Heaven. We would not so much live for pleasure alone.
TV would not be saturated with things of sexuality and violence. It would more closely teach us to be good. People would accept their weaknesses, even from others, instead of trying to overpower one another. Money would be put to better use. Money would be spent on how God wants it to be spent. It would be used for philanthropic purposes. People would gather to help others and always be mindful of those who need it. People would spend less time on their devices. They would be socially better. They would be closer to each other.
They would learn valuable lessons in life and grow up better. There would be less to corrupt them. They would have direction. God would guide them. Their place in life would not be misguided, not lost, never really going anywhere.
It would unite people in the best of ways. It would be a better common cause. It would be the best common purpose and bring the best common meaning in life.
But without it, people are selfish. They are ever self-serving. It is like others just do not exist until they enter the room. Life on the other side is not much more than pleasure seeking. As such, people are like animals when they should be godly, as they were meant to be. God would have us be godly, not like animals. He gave us a spiritual nature. When that spiritual nature is blocked out then we become like animals. Life for an animal is only about gratification. There is no spiritual wellness found in a life like that. A person doesn’t really understand things beyond pleasure and pain when they live a life of carnality.
So read your Bible today. Learn a good lesson every day. God will not fail to lead your life into greater things.
Turning To The Past
If the world of today is terrible then maybe the only goodness to be found is found in the past. Fortunately the things of the past are easily accessed. There are lots of such things too. There are more “old things” than there are “new things.” It is in the common era that things have gotten really bad. You can find a lot of wholesome shows from the 90s to watch. There is music from the 60s to the 90s which is not so bad. Then there are centuries of classical music (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, ect.) with nothing at all wrong with it.
I grew up watching shows from around the 60s and 70s. Things like MASH, Andy Griffith, family oriented shows, and shows with moral lessons behind them. The standards they set were high. There was no cussing, no violence, and nothing sexualized in them. My mother had them on TV all the time. I enjoyed all of the shows from the 60s at one time or another. Less of them from the 70s. The 70s brought a more serious tone, but it did not promote violence or such things. The 90s had a fair share of wholesome shows itself. I found nothing wrong with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, or Full House. On the other hand, bad things were creeping in. By the late 90s the rule of “be as offensive as possible” began to happen.
I am not saying it is all lost, however. There are more good things to find in the past for sure. But there exists today music, movies, shows, books, and video games that are just fine. If you want anything without violence, anything that isn’t sexualized, anything that doesn’t even use any swear words, then you’ll likely only find them further in the past. Again though, there is a lot out there and it is easier to access than ever before. I personally like video game music soundtracks. I am listening to music from the SNES Sim City game right now.
The line is not so thin. Things are either far over the top or just graze it. Our standards do not have to be too far out of proportion. Things like Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles are fine. Star Trek is fine, Star Wars is fine. It is when they invite blasphemy into it and it is when they mock Jesus Christ that we should turn away from it. It is when they get really dirty. It is when they speak in curse words all of the time. It is when they take joy in murder.. We all know just how disgusting things can get and of course they are going to mock Christians, Christians want nothing to do with it. We know when we should not be watching it. Beyond that our standards may be more or less than that depending on who we are. I knew a Christian pastor who would not listen to anything at all other than Christian music and would pretty much not watch any TV. I believe that the higher your standards are the better. Fortunately though I got to watch the Ninja Turtle stuff and The Wonderful World of Disney growing up. I really enjoyed everything I watched. In the end it had no bad effect on me. Now as an adult I don’t mind leaving out a lot. I am at an age where I really just watch (observe) more than I do enjoy, such as emotionally. I can take it or leave it.
Now Is The Time To Be Ready
It is only today that we can make the amends we need to, to serve the Church, to serve God, to help the poor and homeless, and to live a godly life. Have Heaven in your heart. Jesus Christ prepares a room for us in God’s Kingdom, one like the room we would enjoy the most. We must see through the darkness into the power of God. God will make all things new. Revelations 21:5. He keeps His promise. Sin will be taken away. All wicked things will be swept away. They will all be gathered like weeds are gathered. They will be burned away. Matthew 13:40. The things that The Devil has planted will be taken and removed from the earth. God will make all things new. Satan will be bound for a thousand years and there will be a thousand years of peace. Revelations 21:1-15.
A thousand years of peace! That is a very, very long time in human standards. In that time God will be with us and we will be in His Kingdom. After those thousand years are over The Devil will be let out of the pit for one final battle in which God will triumph. Then those destined for hell will be there, and so will the AntiChrist and false prophet.
Keep yourself safe until God’s return. He wants you to. Have with you what you need. Keep away from bad people and know just how many are bad these days, whether it is apparent or not. Do not let people take from you those things you need. Jesus said that some will have what they need in these times and there will be those who would take those things from you, but do not give it to them. He said that people will flee from one place to the next. He said that bad things will erupt all over. He said that things will be worse than they ever were in history. Matthew 24.
Luke 21:12-18 (WEB)
12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you up to synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 It will turn out as a testimony for you. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to withstand or to contradict. 16 You will be handed over even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will cause some of you to be put to death. 17 You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake. 18 And not a hair of your head will perish.
Christians will be more persecuted in those times then they ever have been. The Bible says the whole world will hate us. As Christians, I hate to say, we have become spoiled. For so long God’s Word was taken as true and just. In more recent times however, that has reversed. People no longer want us around because of The Devil and what he has done with the world.
Turn to the Church. Turn to your brethren. Turn to your family if they are righteous. And turn to the righteous wherever they are found. Keep your faith no matter what. That is what happened with the earliest Christians and that is what is occurring now.
There is no zombie apocalypse before us. It is the real apocalypse. One that was first spoken of more than 2,000 years ago. One whose prophecies can be relied upon. One whose words were true and remain true. To us signs have been given and they are clearly seen. It is no climate disaster that we anticipate. Though the heavens themselves will be shaken. Mark 13:25.
It is no asteroid or comet that we fear. It is not artificial intelligence destroying our race. It is not a virus that wipes out our race. It is none of those things that have been taught, things that would contradict the Holy Bible.
Instead, it is about a cursed world. One where evil has grown into a thing that we can no longer control. One where the evil will have its way and that the weaker, more gentler person, cannot deter. Where the good people become the victim, the end of the world is seen.
The growing of monsters, the demonic. The false prophets, those claiming to be Jesus Christ. The deceiver. The greedy who would kill for quick riches. The person who would hide behind lies and secrets. Those who think we come from apes. Those who would have us be animals. The psychology of today which would enable the worst criminals. The drug addicts who destroy their minds and souls. People who are lost. Those who would rage in an instant. Those who have murder in their hearts. These are the people we face. These are the people that only God can save us from, and may He so do. May not one hair on our heads be harmed (Amen.)
In earlier times Christianity was like a great fire. It spread throughout the world. Now, I fear, the Satanic is that fire. It is a fire that would wipe us out if not for the power and grace of God to save us. So let us pray daily for our protection, for the protection of our own, and for the protection of our loved ones. We never know when things will become their worst. Let us not be caught off guard. Let us look for the signs daily and be ready for the worst (Amen.)
More About The Kingdom Of God
The scriptures teach us a lot about Heaven. I will tell you just how wonderful God’s Kingdom will be and answer some common questions here.
God’s Kingdom will come to earth. That is in the Lord’s Prayer and in other scripture. God will establish His Kingdom here. God will be with us on Earth. Revelation 21:1-3. Where God is, Heaven is.
We will remember our past life (our life of the past.)
Our loved ones will be with us.
It will be like Earth is: people will lead lives like they do now. We will work on things. We will travel. We will create. We will enjoy food and other things. The only difference (an enormous difference it is though) is that there will be no pain or suffering. Everyone will have a home. We will all have a home that cannot be taken from us in fact.
We will have better bodies than we do now. When Jesus Christ went into a resurrected body he could eat, talk, and walk. We will have a body like his. We will not be like spirits or like ghosts. We will have a physical form.
I was watching a video last night on people who seriously thought they determined when God would return. They came up with these odd calculations. Such as “the number 23 is evil because in it two comes before three. 2 is an evil number and 3 is a Holy number, therefore, God will come on the 23rd. So they each gathered a large group of Christians and convinced them that the end will be exactly at this time and that time. They weren’t trying to fool others. They were fooling themselves however. So the countdown goes down to zero and nothing happens. Some of the people were angry about it. They had spent their rent payments on other things. They sold all they could and gave the money it got them to the poor. So naturally they were upset at the person for being wrong. What did the guy do but “recalculate” the end into a new time. This time he was sure he got it right. He made a perfect calculation, or so he thought, and then the same thing happened again.
These people just ignore a piece of scripture that is right in their face. The Holy Bible clearly says that only God knows the hour and day when He will return. Even the angels and Jesus Christ do not know when that time will be. So what makes a human think he has any chance of knowing?
The Antichrist has been pinned on one person or another for as long as Christianity has been around. It has been The Pope, it has been this US president or that. It has been a celebrity of one kind or another. A leader of one nation or another. Believe me though, when you see someone whose rule is so strong that they rule over the entire earth: that is the Antichrist. The Antichrist will unite the world under him. If you see that person having microchips being put into your hand or in some other way implementing the 666 on hand or head thing, then you’ll know.
It’s all more than bad weather or political troubles. It is a total collapse. It is sin truly running rampant. It is a crime on every corner. It is a great devastation. It is when things are so bad that they cannot be fixed. It is such a bad time that it is worse than anything before it.
And that great battle at Armageddon where the world unites in war.
There are people these days that should be ordinary. Their mental problems do not come from something physical however. They come from evil spirits, spirits that distort their beliefs. They are led to believe in some crazy ideas like grand conspiracies. They might include God in them in some bizarre ways. They at least know that the world is secretly under control by Satanic forces. At least they are right about that. Overall they are tangled into something they cannot fully grasp right, knowing that something is wrong. They are people of greater sensitivity. It is when they deify human figures they get things wrong. They praise and clamor over this person or that instead of God. For them this person or that is their savior. Those people receive “secret messages” from that human person. What I am saying is true, an actual occurrence among people these days.
We have always had our monsters and gods. It used to be a far more simple affair. One controlled the thunder and another the crops. We have that genetic stain from the past. The sea goers would fear a giant squid. The Bible made more sense. One God, not some group always contending against each other. As though missions were being invested on humans and such things such as from The Odyssey. God made the Earth with the power of His Will. It wasn’t a group of gods doing strange things like “the tears of a god caused water on earth” or, “this goddess is set free during a certain time of year, and so there is winter.”
Yet there are people that think that aliens came here and built the pyramids. That people and their past trinkets looked a bit like a spaceship so they must have seen one. Fewer people believe that Alatis is actually there somewhere in the ocean. How about those that actually believe the earth is flat, though? As for the earth going around the sun it is just relative. So Heavenly realms have been replaced with something a bit more scientifically acceptable: different dimensions. The truth is, we are in a remarkable realm. The setting of the atheist has been made perfect and full and the Bible says that Jesus Christ returns it will hit everyone like a ton of bricks.
Ephesians 4:14 (AKJV)
14 that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive
Hebrews 13:9 (AKJV)
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
Part Two: Christian Life And Christian Living
I am guiding this book into my next one which will be called “Christian Life And Christian Living.”
A Contrast Between Good And Bad
I have had two sets of parents I lived between. More accurately, a biological father, a step father, and my mother with my step father. (I have come to know that my step father is my true father for all he was worth.) He brought me to God. We went to Church every Sunday and Wednesday and lived Christian lives. I know two differences. One sexualized everything. One had a dirty mouth and mind. I was doing things like playing with knives when I was around him when younger. I starved and didn’t see that that was a problem, which now I know better. I lived off of toast and syrup for some time. He was gone from the home for days on end. I was greatly spoiled by him but mistreated at the same time. Were it not for my step father (my father) I would have never known a second side to things.
A side where my school clothes were taken care of. Where every promise mattered. Where my birthday was celebrated. Where every holiday was celebrated. Where I came to know Jesus Christ and the Christian way. A life where we always had food. Where we were kept safe, housed, and where all of our needs were met. There was certainly a strong contrast there. He was raised by Christian parents himself. A Christian lot, a family of success, in fact all of them in that family lived in really nice homes due to the work they put in. They were the salt of the earth.
Looking at the other side.. I had a cousin who killed herself with a gun. We lived in raggedy trailers for some time. Ones without even warm water. There was no structure in it to be found. We lived rather chaotically. People were coming and going all the time. They allowed strangers to move in and so they would, over and over again, they moved out, and another moved in. There were drugs all around and those who did them all around. I thank God that I have never done drugs. I thank God for the father he gave me, the father that brought me to God and Christianity.
Some people will only ever know the bad side, the side of having bad parents and bad family. Ancestral sins are a thing. If you take a Christian family and go back in time, you would see that they evolved better. One bad person however can come in and ruin that legacy. They are weeds among a better crop. Weeds produce weeds. Flowers produce flowers. In fact, a flower can sometimes make an even better flower.
Unfortunately there are those parents that abuse through Christianity. They are always strict. They are always condemning any form of human behavior. They strip good entertainment down to nothing. Good entertainment can just be a simple cartoon they aren’t allowed to see. They are forced into long prayers. They are kept from having any friends and things like that. They live under a very mean God indeed. Children should be allowed to grow happy and given things to enjoy. They will never have that time back. They will grow better with it. They are pure before God’s eyes already. Let their Christian matters come when they are older teenagers or young adults.
Proverbs 11:21 (AKJV)
21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished:
but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
Finding The Right Church
I don’t think I could have been in a better church as a kid. What’s more, it was only a couple of blocks away from our home. It was called Westbrook Baptist Church. Its preacher, Pastor White, passed away some time ago. Arnold Murray passed away not so long ago. He actually paid to have his preaching broadcasted in a paid program style. Very smart guy and it is too bad we lost him. I have found a few good Churches, Churches spread out due to how often I moved around in life. The most humble one I ever found was in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I believe it was called Mountain View Church.
It might surprise some to hear that there are lots of Churches in San Francisco. There are in fact street preachers all around. I have known a lot of people here dedicated to The Holy Bible. I stop to listen to them sometimes. They are a bit too focused on anti sin stuff for my tastes. I just feel that comes across as judgmental. While a good judgment is fine, it is not very welcomed by strangers to the faith. I knew a lady that ran away to be a devotee in monk form. There are groups that live together to fully focus on God. I am scared of them personally. They don’t always end well. They are cults sometimes. I don’t feel that is so true in Catholic settings where you have nuns and other clergy.
I have been to a Church that interprets “brotherly love” as a moment where the members go to one another and shake each other’s hands.
I have actually gone to a Church that was taught by the leader of a biker gang. They took a lamb and sacrificed it for Passover.
I went to a Church camp at age 8. It was near Pike’s Peak in Colorado. We in fact climbed Pikes Peak. We went to Church throughout the day.
I grew up a southern Baptist but more and more I am more interested in Catholicism. It has form. It has rituals. It includes The Virgin Mary. They are more organized. It is all done in beautiful Churches. I can’t say I am 100% with it however. I am leaving out the reasons why I am not, as my opinions may change.
We find Churches all around from the smallest towns to the largest. You might want one that is jubilant or one that is more solemn. You may prefer one preacher over another according to what they teach and their general knowledge. You might like a very large Church. You may like one that is small and only has a small number of members. You might like one for its Bible study. You might like one that serves morning breakfast, donuts, and coffee. Churches widely vary. I hope you have found one that you really enjoy being in.
And if God has called you to be a preacher/priest or a clergy member, then good for you!
The mega preacher receiving millions of dollars soon finds themselves as truly blessed by God, for without those beliefs, they would suffer with guilt in keeping it. If not that, then they would just accept that their soul has been sold to The Devil. How can a preacher rightly operate under such conditions of living incredibly wealthy, anyway?
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Any Church that doesn't let the poor in, that shame them for the way they are dressed, only belongs to an exclusive group of modern pharisees. Any preacher who would insist on more than a ten percent tithe should be suspected of greed. Any Church that doesn’t help the poor should be questioned about their purposes. Helping the poor is supposed to be a hallmark of the Church and is one of God’s highest intentions for them.
Christians should have modest lifestyles. Our work doesn’t involve efforts to become rich but rather work to develop spiritually. That work is easier when worldly desires of wealth do not control us and our hearts.
Fortunately in today’s time we can have lots of good things. Things that don’t even really cost us a lot. Labor just didn’t pay off as much as it does today. Just take a freezer. In the past people could only have ice houses or live in freezing environments to ever have something as simple as ice. Yet there were Christians in those times truly poor. They didn’t have anything as simple as ice. TVs used to cost an arm and a leg. With today’s internet TV there are seemingly limitless amounts of Biblical things we can learn both in video form and text form. It is easy not to be poor in today’s time. Yet there still exist those who are homeless who may have nothing more than unwashed clothing and a pocket radio, which is a pity.
If you are really poor then it is not you who should help the (other) poor. It is the non poor that should be helping you, as a Chirsitan is meant to do. Those food banks are for you. Those free meals are for you.
God’s Kingdom will afford us a lot of things. There will be universal basic income. We will have every ability to get those things we always wanted. This is already becoming so. It will be more so in the time we enter into His Kingdom, that day when His Kingdom comes. Just as we have now, only more, with things far greater, will be allotted to us. In God’s power, a diamond is nothing more than a grain of sand. In His Kingdom the world will be more beautiful than it ever could have been. The streets will be paved in gold. The waters will glisten like diamonds. It will be truly magnificent. The Bible tells us so.
It is not that God wants us to live poorly. It is that he doesn't want us to live poorly. That is the reason why God wants the wealthy to help the poor. In God’s Kingdom however, none will be poor. On this current Earth there are just those that have everything and those who have nothing. Things will not be that way in God’s Kingdom. The better we do in our current life, the more we help the poor in particular, the greater reward we will have in God’s Kingdom. Also: those that preach the gospel and are harmed because of it, we are told will receive a great reward in Heaven. The Bible says that not one good deed will be forgotten.
10 For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your work and the labor of love which you showed toward his name, in that you served the saints, and still do serve them.
Christianity Is About Love
1 Corinthians 13:1-8 (World English Bible)
13 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; 6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.
“The Way Of” Christianity is love. In the earliest days of Christianity a Chrisitan was truly with their brothers and sisters. Ever on the run, ever hiding, but with one another practicing and preaching the Gospel, telling the story of Jesus whom they greatly loved. It was enough for them. It was everything to them! Though they faced persecution they continued to be joyful together and teach the story of Jesus Christ.
So Christianity spread throughout the world. The word “Gospel” means “good news.” The early Christians were a family together under God. At first, leaders hated it. Jesus was despised by his own people. They put a crown of thorns on his head. They fed him to the gentiles to be put to death. They would have done anything to be rid of him. They probably thought that their problems were solved. He was crucified, ‘look at that,’ they probably thought, ‘how could that be God’s Son?’ Then there was an earthquake and Jesus gave his spirit to his Father, God. One which startled them and made them declare that he was the Son of God.
Their problems did not end with that, of course. This mere “trouble rouser” of theirs was truly about to become a king over the earth. His message was being delivered everywhere and there was nothing that could stop it, try as they may, persecuting the Christians as they did. Churches would start to form, Chrisitan churches. Very governments would start to be connected to them. Since then Christinity has spread to every part of the world. Just as Jesus Christ predicted. One, that his words will never die. Two, that he is the alpha and the omega. Three, that the gospels will be spread throughout the world. He even said that many will arise and declare themselves him. These things he said came true, one and all.
We live in a much different setting than those early Christians did. All they had was each other. They were more connected to thoughts of Heaven. They had to be. They were always being hunted down. Christians are not hunted down, put in jail, and executed as they were (not in most places in the world.) It was the birth of a thing. The birth– like a newborn thing, still “fresh” must have been very captivating. I see them as truly in The Spirit and all the time.
The Important Things
We do not know when God will return but we are given signs.
In a world that is so torn up as it is now, things like maturity are important.
We should be good Chrisitans, not the kind that judges or twists Christian teachings into “wrath of God” things.
We must not be enslaved by sin, entering into an addiction to it.
We must always forgive one another. Christians forgive.
Christianity is not easy. It wasn’t meant to be easy. Christianity is not a worldly thing. It requires things of the light, overcoming our nature.
Be seen doing good on the day that God may return. If you are seen doing bad and sinful things it will not serve you well.
God has prepared a home for us in Heaven. It will be a home most suitable for us. Everyone will have their own kind of home in Heaven.
God will come to earth to establish His Kingdom. Then Heaven will be on earth, as where God is, that is heaven.
We will be in physical form in Heaven.
We will do what we do already in Heaven but there will be no pain and suffering, the curse will be gone.
We will be with our loved ones in Heaven, if they are saved.
There are some that are too closed minded to hear anything you would have to say. They would never give up their sinful lives for any better, more spiritual life.
God loves the poor. He wants the poor to be helped. But that does not mean He wants people to be poor. Just the opposite, that is why He wants them to be helped. He wants them to have good food, good lives, in good homes.
Beware of cults: you’ll know them by the way they isolate you, trying to take you away from your loved ones, by a perverted leader, a destructive leader with a suicidal nature. Who would overly absorb you into Christianity, in negative ways.
Pray for forgiveness and you will be forgiven.
Invite Jesus Christ into your heart and he will be there.
“Only faith pleases God.” Hebrews 11:6.
“Love one another.” John 13:34.
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Spiritual Alchemy: Transcendence and Empowerment through Ancient Mystical Practices serves as a guide, offering insights into the mystical practices that have...
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