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I am originally from Clarksburg, WV. I now live in NC. I very much enjoy the state of NC. I long for the Lord’s return and spend my time in preparation to always be ready to give an answer to every man that asks of the hope that is within me with meekness and fear. I love to study the Word of God. I particularly enjoy studying end time Bible prophecy as well as the Day of the Lord. I enjoy sharing the Word of God with anyone who has an ear to hear.

Come let us Grow Together: Our Entire Walk with God through this Lifetime

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding in things pertaining to God.

God’s will for our lives is for us to live in peace. Peace of mind. The place of contentment and rest in the hope we have both now and in the world to come. “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” (Rm 12:18) “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Heb 12:14) “In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Lk 21:19)

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Let’s talk about patience. In the context of the scripture given here in Luke the Word of God is referring to the end of days. However, it applies to each of our daily walks as well. Not from that particular scripture taken in it’s context, but in conjunction with all the scriptures that speak of patience. It all comes down to our patience not only in God’s time but also for God’s purpose. And we are given precious promises such as knowing that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rm 8:28) Whether it be unjustly held in captivity such as Joseph who made the proclamation “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive”, (Gen 50:20) or whether it be for a just reason that one is in their situation due to bad choices such as King David who had a just man killed in battle to steal his wife away from him and so lost his first son of Bathsheba. “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.” (2 Sam 12:13-15)

Our entire walk with God through this lifetime is a walk of hope while also suffering afflictions and that of patience. “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” (James 5:10-11) “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” (James 1:2-7)

Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations. When our flesh is in struggles with the cares of this life and deceitfulness of lusts and riches of this life we are to count this all joy because happy is the man that endures for this man is laid up a crown of life. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12) “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1:3) “In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Lk 21:19) “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Heb 12:2-3)

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Gal 5:17) This is how you end up in a contrast of opposing thoughts when trying to follow after the Spirit. There is a war here. Yet you can find peace, love, and joy in the Holy Ghost while patiently enduring “stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” (2 Cor 11:23-28)

“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.” (1 Thess 1:5-7) LOOK AT THE CONTRAST!!! Having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:” (Col 1:9-12)

WITH JOYFULNESS, Strengthened with ALL MIGHT, according to HIS GLORIOUS POWER… leading unto ALL PATIENCE and LONGSUFFERING……. YET WITH JOYFULNESS!! YET THIS CAN BE DONE WITH ALL JOYFULNESS!!!! LET THE MERRY HEART SING AND REJOICE FOR WHEN YOU ARE WEAK THEN ARE YOU STRONG!!!! AND THOUGH LED AS SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US!! REMEMBERING IN PATIENCE POSSESS YE YOUR SOULS!!! WITH ALL JOYFULNESS EVEN AS CHRIST SUFFERED YET IN ALL PATIENCE AND LONGSUFFERING WITH JOYFULNESS HE BORE OUR SINS DESPISING THE SHAME YET LOOKING AHEAD AT THE JOY.

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Seventy Weeks of Years

Daniel 9:24-27
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

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It is this passage of scripture concerning the seventy weeks of years that the doctrinal teaching of a final seven year period, commonly referred to as the tribulation, is found. We learn from this passage of scripture that “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” We are then given a specific time when the counting of these seventy weeks of years are to begin, “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks”. Messiah the Prince being Jesus Christ. However, after the sixty nine weeks including the seven weeks plus the sixty two weeks which is four hundred eighty three years, the Messiah, this being Jesus Christ, will be cut off. This speaking of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, “and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” The people of the prince that shall come, which is the anti-christ, “shall destroy the city and the sanctuary”. The majority view of the Church’s understanding of this is the Roman soldiers destroyed the city Jerusalem and the second Jewish temple in 70 AD. Thus making them the people of the prince that shall come which is referring to the anti-christ. This is one of the reasons that we believe that the Roman Empire which became the Holy Roman Empire will be the kingdom upon the Earth at the time of the seventieth week of years that is yet to be completed because Jesus Christ was cut off out of the land of the living leaving a final week of seven years yet to be fulfilled. Then we are told in reference to “the prince that shall come”, speaking of the anti-christ, whose people destroyed the city Jerusalem and the sanctuary, that “he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” This is the reason why the Church is looking for a peace agreement that will take place between the anti-christ and Israel concerning the covenant giving by God to Abraham that will be broken by him in the midst or middle of the week of seven years where the anti-christ will cause the animal sacrificing that is now taking place in a future third temple in Jerusalem to be stopped and “for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” The anti-christ will also claim to be god at this time. The Apostle Paul says of him, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thess 2:3-4) Therefore we know that this future peace agreement that will take place between the anti-christ and Israel concerning the covenant given by God to Abraham will also allow them to rebuild their third temple and to once again resume animal sacrificing. Otherwise the anti-christ could not sit “in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

Another important point is if all seventy weeks of years concerning Daniel the Prophet and Israel have already been fulfilled then there would not be a a final seven year period of time that people commonly refer to as the tribulation. We also know that Jesus the Messiah was “cut off” as was spoken by the Prophet Daniel and also the Prophet Isaiah. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.” (Isa 53:7-8)

How we know that a week is representing a seven year period of time.

Genesis 29:18-28
18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.
25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

There is a common misconception concerning the final week of seven years in that the entire seven year period will be tribulation. Actually the scriptures teach emphatically that only the last three and one half years of the week of seven years will be that of great tribulation against the saints of God.

Daniel 7:21-27
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

How we know for sure that the tribulation period is actually only the last three and one half years of the final seven week of years or “a time and times and the dividing of time” is shown clearly in multiple places.

Revelation 13:1-10
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

In this prophecy speaking of the anti-christ we are told that he would be given power for forty two months and forty two months is three and one half years or “a time and times and the dividing of time” which was spoken to Daniel the Prophet concerning the reign of the anti-christ.

We were also told by the Angel Gabriel speaking to the Prophet Daniel “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Dan 9:27) The midst of the week is the middle of the week leaving three and one half years.

During this three and one half years of tribulation we learn something else of great importance as well as establishing that of the final week of seven years; that it is during the last three and one half years that the tribulation is upon the holy people, the saints of the most High God. This doesn’t mean that the nations of the world will not be persecuting and killing Christians as we have seen this taking place from the time of Jesus Christ even to this very present day where our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and killed for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Revelation 12:1-17
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

This referring to Israel and the twelve tribes of Israel.

2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

This is speaking of the birth of Jesus Christ by Israel represented as “a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet”.

3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

This referring to satan and the one world government depicted as “a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.”

4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

It is here that we learn that one third of the Angels referred to here as stars of heaven were a part of the rebellion against God and the only scripture that let’s us know how many Angels sided with satan in the rebellion against God. Satan failed to devour Israel’s child and it was satan that “drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth”.

5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Satan believed that he had won the victory when Christ was crucified on the cross. “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Cor 2:6-8) However, it was for this very purpose that Jesus Christ gave his life as a sinless sacrifice unto God. “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 Jn 3:8) “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Heb 2:14-15) “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” So Jesus, the child here depicted as the son of Israel, “her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Heb 12:2-3)

6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

This is also very important for understanding that the final week of seven years, that it is the second three and one half years that the anti-christ reigns and is given power over the holy people, the saints of the most High God. We are told that Israel “fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God” which is her own land where “they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” which is three and one half years long. So during this time Israel will be fed and protection will be given to her for three and one half years.

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Many people believe the devil and his angels are already cast out of heaven because Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” (Lk 10:18) However, Jesus could have spoke this as God knowing the end from the beginning and not meaning literally at that time or even referring to what we just read where satan “drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.” The reason we know that this is so is because we see here mentioned that satan depicted as “a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads” which is the one world government of the end times “drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth” to destroy Jesus the child of Israel and not from “war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.” We also know this because the woman Israel is fed “there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” of which would have no meaning if you apply it to the time that Jesus spoke the statement, unless he was referring to this war spoken with foreknowledge as God, nor would it have any meaning if it were referring to the time after his death as a very specific time of days was given here concerning Israel and then we are told specifically at this time “Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven”. Remember the devil is the accuser of the brethren.

9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

It is at this time we see that the devil and his angels is cast out of Heaven into the Earth. It is at this time “the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

This is a crucial statement made as it is at this time that the devil now being cast out of Heaven is coming with “great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

This time it wasn’t the devil with “his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born” but rather this time “Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.” At this time a loud voice in Heaven says, ” Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child” which we know is Israel. The devil knowing he has but a short time has great wrath and that short time was given to us as “a thousand two hundred and threescore days” which is three and one half years.

14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

We are told this time that “two wings of a great eagle” was given to Israel “that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” A time, and times, and half a time being forty two months which is the time that the anti-christ will reign for and also a thousand two hundred and threescore days in which the dragon gives the anti-christ “his power, and his seat, and great authority.” “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” (Rev 13:2) We also know that this beast is symbolic of nations that are present upon the Earth at the time of this final three and one half years of the final seven week of years as was spoken by Daniel the Prophet. “I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” (Dan 7:11-12)

15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

This is also something to take notice of. When the dragon realizes he can’t prevail in his great wrath it says he “was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Notice that those who are described here are those who “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Israel at this time will still not believe Jesus is their Messiah yet these saints not only keep the commandments of God, they have the testimony of Jesus Christ!

The reason why many people believe the Church will not go through the final seventieth week of years is because the children of God are not appointed to the wrath of God or what is known as the day of the Lord. This is the time that God will execute judgment upon the Earth because of their sins and ungodliness. So the question is when does the day of the Lord actually take place. Some people believe that the entire seven year period is the day of the Lord, so the Church won’t be here during that time. This is known as a pre-trib rapture. The trib being short for tribulation. Others believe the day of the Lord will begin in the middle of the week of seven years and this is known is mid-trib rapture. Others believe we will be here the entire seven years and then the rapture will take place and this is known as post-trib.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-9
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Verse nine the Apostle Paul plainly tells us “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ”. However, there is much to be said here. Remember “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Also remember what was said, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

It is the dragon and his angels that was cast out of Heaven coming down to Earth having “great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
It is the devil who gives the anti-christ “his power, and his seat, and great authority.” It is the accuser of the brethren the devil “who persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child” and it is “the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

This does not sound like the day of the Lord’s wrath, but rather like the wrath of satan! The Church is appointed unto tribulation!

Acts 14:19-22
19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.
20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

We read in the epistles of the Church suffering persecutions and tribulations all throughout. The Apostle John was on the isle of Patmos suffering tribulation when he received the book of Revelation. I would also like to share what was said to one of the seven Churches in Asia.

Revelation 1:9
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

This wording of “for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ” is exactly what the believers in the final three and one half years are also suffering tribulation for. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

Revelation 2:8-11
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

A person might automatically think when reading the book of Revelation that all the seals, trumpets, thunders, and vials are the wrath and judgment of God. However, listen to what takes place on the fifth seal.

Revelaton 6:9-11
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

If this was the wrath of God or the judgment of God then why do those of whom are slain cry out “with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” The answer is that this is not the wrath nor is it the judgment of God taking place. I believe that this fifth seal is taking place during the last three and one half years of the final seven year week. A clue is given here. These “were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held” and just as we have read from Revelation chapter 12 when the devil is cast out of Heaven to Earth having great wrath we are told “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

What was the answer to their question that they cried out “with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” “it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” Notice that it says “for a little season” whereas in Revelation chapter 12 it was said, “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” This period of time was revealed to us twice in Revelation chapter 12 “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” Speaking of the anti-christ in Revelation 13:5 “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.” Also in Daniel 7:25 “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”

So we know without a doubt that the day of the Lord has not yet taken place as of the fifth seal. We also know that the fifth seal is going to take some time since “it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” We also read what the Apostle John said, “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

The Church is appointed to tribulation! The Church is not appointed to the wrath of God! The day of the Lord has not yet taken place!

However, when we read the sixth seal we see a very definitive statement made “For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

Revelation 6:12-17
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

So now we know when the day of the Lord will begin and the wrath of the Lamb. It will come with the signs given to us in the sixth seal. It is this wrath of God that we Christians are not appointed to.

Jesus said in Matthew chapter 24:

Matthew 24:15-22
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

We can now see that it is in the middle of the week of the final seven years that “the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place” takes place. It is at this time we are also told that satan is cast out of Heaven to the Earth having “great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child” which we know is Israel. Thus why Jesus warns them in Judaea which is the West Bank to “flee into the mountains” “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

Geographically, the West Bank is mostly composed of north-south–oriented limestone hills (conventionally called the Samarian Hills north of Jerusalem and the Judaean Hills south of Jerusalem) having an average height of 2,300 to 3,000 feet (700 to 900 metres). – Encyclopedia Britannica

This is not the wrath of God nor great tribulation by God but rather great tribulation by satan working through the anti-christ making war against Israel and the saints of the most High God “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” as we are told in Revelation Chapter 12 and also Revelation chapter 6 “when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?”

2 Thessalonians 1:1-10
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

Romans 12:19
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Luke 21:20-22
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

These be the days of vengeance and great tribulation of satan persecuting the saints of the most High God! Not the Lord’s vengeance upon the Earth! That is why the anti-christ is given power by satan for he knows he has a short time. “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” (Rev 13:2) “and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. (Rev 13:5) “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Rev 13:7)

It is also during this final three and one half years of the final seven week of years that we see the Lord’s two faithful witnesses.

Revelation 11:1-13
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Matthew 24:29-31
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
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.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

These same signs are given in the sixth seal that we read above.

Revelation 6:12-17
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

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Daily Devotional – Made Known to all Nations for the Obedience of Faith

“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.” (Rm 16:25-27)

Did you know the gospel was “made known to all nations for the obedience of faith”? What does it mean to have obedient faith? “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph 2:8-9) Is quoting this verse having obedient faith? This tells you how you are saved but it isn’t the only verse of scripture that speaks on how you are saved? “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” (Titus 3:5) Both of these passages of scriptures should be applied. You have grace, faith, washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost mentioned here. What does it mean to have obedient faith? If you are saved by grace through faith what does that mean? The grace of God teaches us something of which we are to apply. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” (Titus 2:11-12) You can’t be saved by grace if you don’t apply what grace teaches you. “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” (Gal 5:6) Obedient faith requires action on your part of which we have now seen through the scriptures that you must apply faith which works by love. To love also requires action on your part. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 Jn 3:18) Faith also requires action on your part. “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?” (James 2:20-22) Obedient faith requires that you apply faith with works to be made complete. This faith operates by love which requires you to apply the gospel of which the Apostle Paul said was “made known to all nations for the obedience of faith”. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (Jn 14:15) Again showing faith with works or obedient faith to be saved. Grace taught you what to do again showing obedient faith. Faith working by love showing obedient faith. Also “according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”. (Titus 3:5) What does that mean? It is saying you were saved by water baptism in Jesus name and regeneration meaning spiritual renovation and renewing of the Holy Ghost is speaking of when you receive the Holy Ghost it is evidenced with the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. (Acts 2:1-4) So to renew the Holy Ghost it is by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. Therefore the gospel that was made known to all nations for obedient faith is speaking of how you are born again of water and of the Spirit (Jn 3:5) which is fulfilled by applying what the Apostle Peter taught “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38) The Apostle Paul teaching the same. “Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” (Acts 19:4-6)

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Daily Devotional – For He is our Peace

“For he is our PEACE, who hath made both ONE, and hath BROKEN down the MIDDLE WALL of PARTITION between US; Having ABOLISHED in his FLESH the ENMITY, even the LAW of COMMANDMENTS contained in ORDINANCES; for to make in HIMSELF of twain ONE new man, so making PEACE; And that he might reconcile BOTH unto God in ONE body by the CROSS, having SLAIN the ENMITY thereby:” (Eph 2:14-16)

Were you aware that Jesus Christ is the end of the law to all those who believe? “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Rm 10:4) “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” (Rm 3:21-22) “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;” (Mt 27:50-51) “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” (Heb 10:19-23)

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Daily Devotional – Whom shall he Make to Understand Doctrine

“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” (Isa 28:9-10)

This is how the entire Bible is set up for gaining knowledge and doctrinal understanding and is therefore essential that you pray and ask God for doctrinal knowledge and understanding. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15) You will need to not only pray and ask God for help but you must also study to show yourself approved unto God. Doctrine is essential for you to know and understand so that you can grow by it. This is what you need so that you know whether or not what you are being taught is accurate and correct. “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.” (Acts 17:10-12)

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Come let us Grow Together: If it weren’t for the Mercies of the Lord

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

If it weren’t for the mercies of the Lord any one of us may also find ourselves in prison some day for something we have done, God forbid, but remember wrong choices can sometimes ruin your life and everyone you knew in connection with you. It is of vital importance that you hear what I am saying to you. If it weren’t for the mercies of the Lord any one of us may also find ourselves in prison some day for something we have done. Wrong choices can sometimes ruin your life and everyone you knew in connection with you.

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Lamentations 3:22
22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. You may be getting by with what you are doing right now but everyone of us have been guilty before God “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psa 51:5) It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. We were all guilty before God!! No one is exempt from this! So quit running from God and quit running after your own carnal ways!! If God wanted you dead you wouldn’t be alive! If God wanted you drinking everyday of your life he wouldn’t have given you the opportunity to be born again of water and of the Spirit!! It’s time to put the bottle away!! “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” (Eph 5:17-21)

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rm 5:8-21) If it weren’t for the Mercies of the Lord we would all be damned to eternal hellfire in the Lake of fire to be revealed in due time!!!

Hear me!! It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Stop running from God and quit looking for another fix, another hit, another pill, another drink, more sex, more ungodliness, more filth, and more wickedness, and more lewdness. “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Rm 13:11-14)

It’s time to repent and let God both heal you and forgive you of your past and press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus! Wherein our redemption is found! For if it weren’t for the mercies of the Lord we would all be consumed!! Not one of us would stand!! It is only be the grace of Almighty God and the redemption found in Christ Jesus that anyone of us can be made whole!! Do you want to be made whole? Do you want to find that place of peace that God has to offer to you through Jesus Christ? Then it’s time to come home! I said it’s high time to awake out of slumber and come home! It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. But I have done this and I have done that and I say to you the Apostle Paul wreaked havock on the church of the Living God, entering into every house, and forcing men and women committing them to prison. The Apostle Paul said “I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.” (Acts 26:9-11) If it weren’t for the Mercies of the Lord we would all be consumed!!

It’s time to come home! No more excuses!! It’s time to come home! Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mt 11:28-30) It’s time to come home!

To those who have never been born of water and of the Spirit as Jesus instructed Nicodemus in John chapter 3 verses 1-8 today is the day of salvation! It’s time to fulfill what Jesus has freely given to you and apply God’s free plan of salvation. To be born again of water and of the Spirit the Apostle Peter with the rest of the Apostles present told all of us how we are to be born again as Jesus had instructed saying, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38-39) Is the Lord calling you? Then it’s time to come home and partake of the rest of the Lord and to those who have not yet obeyed the scriptures of how to become born again you need to “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” before it’s to late and you make your final arrival to the Lake of fire where the fire is never quenched! It’s time to come home!

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Daily Devotional – God was Manifest in the Flesh

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (1 Tim 3:16) “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (Jn 8:24)

Who was manifested in the flesh? God was. This topic has been a topic of debate since Jesus was born. However, it was just answered right there. God was. Not God the Son was. God was. Who was born of the virgin Mary? God was. We just read it in the verse above. “God was manifest in the flesh”. If you say yea but what about this verse… insert whatever verse on this topic you desire, but for instance this one “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Mt 1:23) Who was with us according to scripture and not traditions of men? God was. Not God the Son. Please don’t misunderstand me. Jesus was fully man and God at the same time. However, it was God in Christ not God the Son. How do I know. The Bible has already said so in the two verses I used already. “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5:19) Who was in Christ? God was. See the Bible is right it is man that has come up with the trinity. It is those who have learned of the trinity that have been taught to associate a scripture more with God the Father, or God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit. However, the Bible plainly teaches us it was God alone. There is a Son of God but not a God the Son. There is the Spirit of God because God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24) but not a God the Holy Spirit. This is all man made. From the beginning of the Bible to the end of the Bible we are taught that our God is one. The doctrine of appropriation that the trinitarian’s use is just a way to try to associate an attribute to one of the three persons of the trinity that they feel more closely aligns to what they have made up concerning God while denying the scriptures that continually teach us that it was God with us.

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