Waiting on His Return

We are familiar with the details of Christ’s fanfare when He returns amidst trumpets sounding across the land. The clouds will break open, and God’s light will shine as He returns. We can visualize the dead rising first as He calls us home. But, what if…

What if you sat on your porch and a man with a long, white robe and long, flowing hair approached you? Would you know instantly everything you learned and read was correct about Jesus? What if He came to your steps and said, “Are you ready?”

Would you think… is my bed made? Am I dressed appropriately? Is my home in order and bills paid? Is the laundry piled high by the bathroom sink? Is your house tidy or in complete disarray, just like your life? Would you tell Jesus, “let me get my wallet and cellphone?”

I wonder how many people will have the strength to follow Him? I’m sure some who claim to be of great faith, will fall flat on their face, kneel in forgiveness, and try to repent of their sins. But, it will be too late for those actions are to happen in this life. When Christ arrives for you, there will not be another chance or a rain check. Some will answer the calling, and some will miss the opportunity.

It will be a sad situation, especially when it involves those closest to us. For example, good Christians raise their children in the House of the Lord. But, as those generations turn into adults, they seek other means of comfort. Such vices include the drug scene, alcohol, sexual promiscuity, atheism, and crime. If God were to return today, we would never see our children again. It is taught that if we do everything possible to train our kids to have a strong spiritual nature, they will eventually return to their roots. Children are a gift from God, and He demands parents to raise them according to His laws. Teach them well so they, too, will walk from the porch with the Lord.

Our Father has given us everything in life, yet asked nothing in return except to honor Him. So, I wonder about the smug hypocrites who use the church to hide from their sin and faults. Will their unconscionable mind realize the wrongness of their logic? God is just and kind, but the Bible reveals hypocrites will also be severely judged at the end of time:

The condition of your home, or how well you are dressed will be gone forever when the Lord arrives at the sound of a trumpet. His appearance will be shocking and scary for those less prepared to face Him. I contemplate the unfolding events of our stand before His throne. If we bow and offer excuses for our sin, will God raise His right hand and say, “NO MORE! Begone!” Or will He whip out His “Book of Life” and start reciting all of our mistakes? The Bible reveals the answer:

I don’t have a clue if Christ will come through the clouds or arrive on your doorstep, but I can only emphasize this – don’t wait to prepare for His second coming! Start today by asking forgiveness of your sins, and never return to those wicked ways. Serve your fellowman in His holy name. Turn away from evil, and praise His name. Guide yourself and family to the heavens above so you all may be richly rewarded at the end of time. Every day you wait, is one less day you have to get things right before God.

As for me… I’m prepared and waiting on His return, covered in the blood of Christ.



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The Inevitable Destiny of Mankind

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Last weekend the world suffered an incredible loss of talent. As Kobe Bryant’s helicopter lay smoldering at the foothills of the mountains, people gasped in disbelief and choked back tears. Social media and our television sets covered the headlines to report on the death of nine great lives. It will forever change the surviving families as the Lord anoints them with hope and peace.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

1 Peter 5:10

A Facebook posting caught my attention about this tragedy, and it sparked me to write today’s message. The posting spoke of the horror Kobe must have felt in those last seconds when he recognized they would all die.

Death is the inevitable destiny of mankind. It’s not a pretty sight or an engaging act for those left behind to pick up the pieces. Most people never want to think about this unpleasant topic until faced with a funeral or a deadly illness. Yes, it’s scary to think only Jesus could conquer death as He rose from the dead. Our loved ones submit to their fate, and we are assured their body will never walk on this land again, unlike Jesus… yet the irony is incredibly sad.

I’m not sure of the other passenger’s backgrounds on the helicopter, but I know Kobe Bryant was an active Catholic. He attended mass and Holy Communion hours before the crash, at an Orange County church. Much of his tumultuous past was shaded in gray. Marital discord and loss of sponsorships plagued him for many years. But, just like of all of us, he had sins to conquer before the Lord. He knew only God could forgive him, so in 2003 he turned to the church for consolation and hope.

His love for the welfare of mankind surpassed all dignity. In December, he witnessed a horrible car crash in Newport Beach, California. Videos captured the moment he ran to the cars and pulled everyone to safety. He stayed by their side, speaking comforting words of love until paramedics arrived at the scene.

Kobe supported seven charities and fourteen causes. His dedication to children and their future was always at the front seat of his life. There is a lesson to be learned from Kobe about compassion and spreading God’s love!

Good practicing Christians should always be ready for their inevitable destiny. If I were a betting man, I’d place a wager Kobe prayed, like never before, in those last few seconds of his life. God heard his prayers because He, too, grieved the unjust execution of His Son, Jesus. He understands our pain. But, the Lord is rich in mercy, and He opened His arms to all those passengers on the helicopter.

Death is part of living – it is our fate set in stone by Adam and Eve. In my opinion, though, nothing is sadder than the death of an adult who never accepted Christ into their life before their mortality. As Jesus taught us, we are to confess our sins, pray for forgiveness, and never return to them. If we commit these deeds, we are assured of living with our Father in heaven. Christians should rejoice in knowing God has lovingly addressed our need for forgiveness. It clears the way for those we leave behind, and they can celebrate our eternal life with Christ.

Seek comfort in knowing God is the one in full control of our lives. He pre-planned our birth and death. Nothing and no one on earth can change our fate. It is futile to place blame for a person’s death because it was our destiny from the very beginning of life. Take solace in knowing physical death is just the start of our spiritual journey with Jesus Christ. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a good Christian’s life!

May the surviving families of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, Payton and Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.


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What prompted Jesus to curse the Fig Tree?

Have you ever read the portion of the bible where Jesus cursed the fig tree and wondered why He took such action on an innocent tree?

Could it have been because there was no friuts on the fig tree for Him to quench His hunger?. It’s also worthy to note that book of Mark 11:13 stated that it was not yet the season of fig trees to bear fruit.

Mark 11:11-24 also recounts the event that transpired between Jesus and His disciples in respect of the fig tree vis-a-vis the important lesson from it.

Furthermore, Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that; for everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

So what prompted Jesus to curse the tree if the time of figs wasn’t yet?

Well, Jesus gave the answer and the lesson He wants us to learn in Mark 11:22-24

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have

In other words, Jesus wants us to know that as children of God we have the authority to command and issue decrees concerning anything or circumstance and it will happen according to our faith.

It’s interesting to know that God has given man dominion to rule over situations Ab initio genesis 1:26

This goes to show that there’s a measure of God’s power in us, and its efficacy depends solely on the level of our faith.

In summary, Jesus passed a judgment on the fig tree not necessarily because it was fruitless, but because He wants us to know and understand that we can achieve our heart desire if we believe and exercise unwavering faith in God as touching anything.


Many thanks for dropping by, until next time…

Shalom!

Danny

Goodbye 2019

Last night I told my mom. when she said she was grateful 2019 was almost over, there were good things which happened in 2019.

Be grateful for the good things in 2019 and leave behind the rest.

I say again: BE GRATEFUL FOR THE GOOD THINGS IN 2019 AND LEAVE THE REST BEHIND.

Going further, be grateful for the lessons learned from the bad things that happened in 2019.

Overall, move in 2020 with a grateful heart. Forgive the events, people, and perhaps most importantly, yourself. Gratitude for the what was and gratitude for what will be. This is the best way to progress into the next decade.

I end with my favorite Scripture. Philippians 4:4-9:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Familiar Signs of the Antichrist

I recently reread the Book of Revelations to digest the word “Antichrist,” a beast who will rise to power during the end times. If we study Apostle John’s writing (called the “Beast from the Abyss”), he claims there will be many antichrists (false teachers) between the time of Christ’s first and Second Coming, but only one great Antichrist. Paul the Apostle even painted a great picture of this character. Though the Antichrist is considered an entity, it will be led by one person. So, let’s review this person’s attributes according to the Bible.

ATTRIBUTES OF THE ANTICHRIST

1 – He speaks blasphemies against God (Revelation 13:5) and changes the words of Jesus. The Antichrist also claims priests can forgive sins (but only God can do this). (Luke 5:21) He will also deny Christ lived as a human being. (1 John 4:3)

2 – He has the authority to rule over every tribe, people, language, and nation. The Bible considers those who follow him as the names not written in the Book of Life before God made the world.

3 – He has great political power as he rises to power as a very influential, charismatic, political, or religious diplomat. The Antichrist won’t appear to be evil at first.

4 – This person will be an economic and foreign policy genius.

5 – He will institute lawlessness across the nation.

6 – The Antichrist will emerge from one of ten countries in Europe as a Gentile. (Daniel 7:7-8) This constitutes the revival of the Roman Empire. (Daniel 7:16-24)

7 – He will be a liar and deceiver whose natural abilities Satan enhances with a counterfeit supernatural power to confuse people.

8 – He will claim himself to be God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4)

9 – He will represent a world religion, not predominately Jewish. (Revelation 13:11-18)

ANTICHRIST MOVEMENTS ARE EVERYWHERE

Today, there is a movement called the AntiChrist Warriors. They are on a rampage to destroy Christianity, a sign of the end times. Some of their names include anti-Christian, anti-Christ, and atheism. They cause upheavals such as the use of “Happy Holidays,” not “Merry Christmas.” They petitioned for the US Capitol Christmas tree to be called the “Capitol Holiday Tree.”

The AntiChrist Warriors also fought for the removal of prayers in schools. We can witness their lobbying at abortion clinics, Hobby Lobby, Family Planning clinics, florists, and wedding venues. As you can tell, they are the leaders of Christian persecution.

Events predicted in the Bible which precede the Antichrist include a substantial increase in Christian persecution. Random attacks of Christians will come from hundreds of thousands of Antichrist minions around the world. These individuals, organizations, and events were foretold thousands of years ago, so Christian friends, be on high alert.

IS THE ANTICHRIST AMONGST US TODAY?

Many people today are trying to figure out who the Antichrist is in the world today. My opinion is we have not seen him surface yet. This Gentile will be a staunch non-believer of Christ, and he will hail from Europe, Greece, or the Middle East. It’s unfathomable a great leader will convince the world that no god exists, but Revelations predicts the event. In the meantime, his followers are in place around the world.

HOW CAN CHRISTIANS AVOID THE ANTICHRIST?

Is there any place to hide from the power of the coming Antichrist and his followers which live amongst us? As Christians, we cannot hide from the world’s corruption – it’s in our backyard. But, instead of hiding in the pages of the Bible, we should continue to live by the Lord’s Word.

Be selective of your friends and acquaintances. I have a personal example to share with you. I knew a woman who attended my church and was part of the choir. She sang the praises of the Lord. Her demonic behavior soon surfaced when it was revealed she was labeled a “black widow.” She married seven times, just long enough to steal the money and possessions of each husband. In the 90s, she and her parents began a mission church. But, God halted that when she was arrested for extortion. The lawlessness of the Antichrist’s believers, which Paul the Apostle warned us about, are everywhere.

From one Christian to another, stand up for God! Do not crouch behind your TV screen and silently watch the Antichrist protests and destruction. Fight for your beliefs by voicing your opinion. Disconnect yourself from the media, which gives glory to the Antichrist movement. Do not be misled by clergy with ulterior motives – money and fame.

Be an avid reader of the Bible so you will be familiar with the signs of the Antichrist and false prophets. Follow God’s word for your eternal salvation. God bless.


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Why You feel God never answers your prayers ?

Why you feel,God not answering prayers ?

Recently one of my friends got depressed and expressed that,the Prayers are not being answered.This made me think about Gods way of looking after His creations.

You are a strong believer in God.

And you know His Unlimited Powers

you have not just one but many wishes to be fulfilled and you go on praying Him.

You are disappointed that not all your wishes are granted !

But why ?

Isaac Breece beautifully puts it while explaining,

“It’s not that God didn’t answer your prayer,it’s that you did not get the response you wanted.”  Isaac Breece

As a believer in God ,I know that prayers never go unnoticed or unheard by the Almighty.

God gives answers in three ways.

1.He says ‘YES’ and gives you what you want.

2.He says ‘NO’  but still gives you some thing Better.

3.He says ‘WAIT’ and gives you the Best .

So leave it to God and He knows when to answer your prayers

Remember the ways of God are unexplained.

His ways are mysterious.

His blessings are miraculous.

Have patience.

Thanking you

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There Is No America Without Christ [Video]

 

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Thursday, July 4th is America’s annual Independence Day celebration. It is the official yearly commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, proclaiming to Britain that America was no longer under their sway.

The historical basics are fairly well known. We know that the principal author of the Declaration was Thomas Jefferson, and part of the introduction, or preamble, is very well known.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Where did these truly revolutionary ideas of the basis for government come from? History tells us that the greatest source for the Founding Fathers beliefs and writings was the Bible.

The fact is that the early history of America from the time of the Pilgrims onward was saturated with Christianity. Moreover, without Christianity, America would not exist.

The First Americans were Christians on the Run

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Pilgrim’s prayers before embarking to America

The first settlers in what would become America were fleeing religious persecution from their own European governments. Most fled from English monarchies to the New World because they could freely worship Christ here, and spread the Word of God.

One of the best examples of this phenomenon were the Pilgrims who were first known in England as the “Separatists.” They were an offshoot of the “Puritan” movement which would later escape to America and found the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

…the Separatists were hounded, bullied, forced to pay assessments to the Church of England, clapped into prison on trumped-up charges, and driven underground

After about a dozen years of suffering, in 1619 the leader, William Bradford, and his Separatist flock decided to become Christian “Pilgrims” in the New World. Among their reasons for taking up this perilous journey were these:

…their children were being worn down, and many were being drawn away by the lures of the world around them. …They had cherished a “great hope and inward zeal” of at least playing a part, if only as a stepping stone for others, in the carrying forth of the Light of Christ to remote parts of the world. Increasingly, the Separatists came to believe that America was the place God intended them to go…

From the time of the Pilgrims onward through our infancy, America was long considered as a Christian nation and the influence of the faith was not only acknowledged but encouraged in public life. Moreover, that influence was far more extensive than most realize.

What has happened especially during the last century forward has served to drive a wedge between Christian faith and government. A wedge that has only resulted in a cultural nosedive in America.

Therefore, it is reasonable to assert based on this alone that without Christianity America would never have come to be. However, if we delve a bit further into details, we would also find that America would never exist because, without Christ, Europe itself would never exist.

No Christ Means No Christianity and No Europe

Europe during the late 18th Century, when America was born was a conglomeration of various ‘Christian Monarchies’ dominated by Kings, Popes, and Archbishops. Obviously, without Christianity, there may be kings, but no Popes and the like would exist.

There would have been no Church at all, in any form, and nothing to spur Luther’s Reformation. In fact, there would have been no Renaissance or Enlightenment period without the Christian Church.

Inset.2.7.4.2019Much of the art and literature of the Renaissance directly reflected Christian beliefs and biblical imagery yet its humanism was a severe critic of Christianity and the Church. Moreover, the ascendance of ‘reason’ in the Enlightenment was used in antagonism to Christian faith and influence.

Without Christianity, none of that exists, and the history of Western Civilization vanishes. What would exist, if something did at all, is literally unimaginable, at least in any semblance of detail.

It might be also said that without Christ there would be no Islam since Jesus is a revered figure in that faith. However, Christ is not the God of Islam, and all Muhammed needed for his tyrannical religion was the Old Testament and delusions of grandeur.

Moreover, other parts of society we take for granted but do not normally connect with Christianity would be seriously altered or not exist at all.

Modern Science Began with Christians

It is perhaps not common knowledge that the pioneers of modern science were mainly of the Christian faith. Sir Issac Newton, the discoverer of gravity and enumerator of physical scientific Law was such a one.

For Newton the world of science was by no means the whole of life. He spent more time on theology than on science; indeed, he wrote about 1.3 million words on biblical subjects. Yet this vast legacy lay hidden from public view for two centuries until the auction of his nonscientific writings in 1936. Newton’s understanding of God came primarily from the Bible, which he studied for days and weeks at a time.

Though science is not as much associated with faith today, there is one thing in science which has not changed, at least in theory. That is the “scientific method,” developed by Sir Francis Bacon in 1618.

he proposed a new science based on experimentation, inductive reasoning, and the betterment of the human condition.

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Sir Francis Bacon Statue Grays’ Inn Law School London

Bacon believed that we should observe and learn as much about the world as possible and that the Word of God authorized such investigation. The way to accomplish that was with experimentation.

The tenets of the “scientific method” still hold today. In brief, those tenets declare that scientific inquiry must be observable, testable, repeatable and falsifiable.

That is, in order for a hypothesis, aka a scientific educated guess, to be verified it must pass those criteria. It then reaches the status of a theory, and closer to established scientific fact.

The nearest to settled fact that exists in science is scientific Law, such as the Laws of Thermodynamics in physics. A theory can only reach the status of Law after an extended period of time in which the theory is tested over and over for perhaps centuries.

All the scientific advances of our modern age owe their existence to inquiry by the scientific method in one fashion or another. If Christianity did not exist, it is reasonable to speculate that the discovery of electricity and the harnessing of its power, along with all that it has made possible would never have happened.

Be Thankful This Independence Day, and Work to Preserve Liberty

Many who live in today’s America would disagree with much that has been written here. As has been said, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but no one is entitled to their own facts. 

4th of JulyThe overwhelming preponderance of factual evidence points to the conclusion that America was founded by Christians with biblical principles undergirding the foundation of the nation. On Independence Day we should both embrace and be eternally thankful for that truth.

Moreover, we should work to preserve and practice that truth at all levels of society, including in the government. Americans should relearn a crucial observation made by John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, and son of John Adams, the second President.

The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.

If that spirit and practice can be renewed in this nation called America, we may once more realize and be grateful that God’s Word declares,

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD… Psalm 33:12 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
A History of Christianity, Kenneth Scott LaTourette, Harper & Row, 1953
The Light and The Glory, Peter Marshall and David Manuel, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1977

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A Representative of Christ

Everyone comes into life to serve a great purpose. That is our destiny. We extend a hand in life to help the broken, but it’s Christ who chooses the believers He wants to represent Him. Faith is a large part of the commitment, but it’s the renewed spirit which Christ blesses each time. I, too, am not worthy to wipe the dust from our Father’s holy feet, but for an unknown reason, God duly elected me. I am a representative of Christ, an emissary, an evangelist of His word. But, I was the man most people least suspected to be His ambassador. This is how God works among humanity. He selects the defeated, renews their heart and mind, and sends them into the world as a witness of His great love.

My heart filled with emotions, and it danced with a joy I didn’t think was possible. All I could do was reverently thank God for the opportunities He opened up before my eyes. It’s a select few picked to serve our Lord on a greater platform, representing Him in the interim of His great return. Yes, this includes ministers, pastors, priests, missionaries, and then just the ordinary… like me.

Do you know how Christ chooses who will live in His shadow as disciples? Millions live in a holy relationship with the Lord, but a genuine disciple usually is considered a social outcast. They have a more profound knowledge of God and wisdom; perhaps a miraculous incident occurred with Him. Often, they are rejected by family and friends and considered “weird” or a false prophet. Demon possessed people react strongly to them, and immature Christians spew insulting comments their direction. Disciples, or anointed chosen followers, stand alone in a mocking world. I’ve experienced all of these things, but with God by my side, I endure all the accusations and criticisms, knowing He is my strength and power.

In the Bible, Jesus’ biological half brothers rejected Him and His ministry. King David was ridiculed for obeying and following the Lord. Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, was born supernaturally for his parents were aged one hundred and ninety when he was conceived by God’s miracle. Moses was appointed at birth to represent God and was the target of terrible criticism from the Israelites and even his own brother and sister. Christ filled John the Baptist with the Holy Spirit before he was born. He was ultimately beheaded because no one believed Christ chose him. Not one person in scriptures chosen and anointed as a representative of Christ had an easy life. They had to set themselves apart, and I’m sure they felt very isolated.

So, today I ask, are you chosen by God to be His ambassador? Are you afraid to take a leap of faith for fear of rejection? Please read Psalm 91 as it is God’s promises to His chosen and anointed people:

God will reward the fruits of our accomplishments at the end. Pick up your staff and walk my friends. Be strong in your commitment, now more than ever as the world’s flocks of sheep are like a pack of wolves. They hungrily circle God’s chosen to wait for the perfect chance to ensnare and devour your devotion. Be not afraid to stand in the barley and dance in the shade. Christians, we were born to represent Christ Jesus.

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