We are living in times where tolerance of the true Christian message is getting very low.
Anyone who preaches or speaks the truth as found in God’s Word, the Bible, is being labelled a bigot, fundamentalist or a radical. Tragic!
Sadly there is criticism of evangelical Christians even from within the church. Why? Many have departed from the faith and have given way to a social gospel, compromise and deception. The pope speaks of evangelical Christians in very derogatory term.
As 1 Timothy 4 states: “Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons”
I will be doing a series of posts very soon about deception in the church, subscribe to this blog today to make sure you do not miss out on the series.
In the meantime, my question is: Are YOU a soldier of the Cross? A follower of the precious Lamb of God? Then stand up, speak out and live for Him, who gave His life for you, the only Saviour, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
I leave you with the challenge posed by Isaac Watts (1721) in the that beautiful hymn…
- Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follow’r of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?
- Must I be carried to the skies
On flow’ry beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?
- Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
- Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord;
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
- Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.
- When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of vict’ry through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.
There is no question about it … the world is so unstable at present. Economies are tottering – so much national debt. Morals are in a downward spiral. People believe the lie rather than the truth. Violence, insubordination, … As 2 Timothy 3 states: “You should know this, … that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.” (New Living Translation)
The question then is this … “Is this the beginning of the end?”
I invite you to watch this video which covers the topic in a brilliant and comprehensive manner. Amir Tsafati is from Israel and is became a Christian (Messianic Jew) during his high school days. Since 1999, Amir has been invited to churches, prophecy seminars and conferences around the world, to teach on current events in Israel in light of Bible prophecy. (beholdisrael.org) Absolutely sound teaching on the subject, do NOT skip any part of the video. Brilliant and a must to see in these days.
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Never before has the world been quite in such a state as it is now … and don’t let anyone try and water that statement down!
Just this past week terrorist attacks have made the headlines yet again. Innocent folk gunned down or blown to shreds. News of further attacks imminent!
Over the last few months the migration crisis has been getting completely out of hand with the powers that be not having any answer as to how to deal with the situation. Thousands pouring into countries, thousands losing their lives in the process. Illegal immigrants causing chaos at country borders. The whole situation is totally out of control.
Financially the world is unstable … debt crises, general economic meltdown.
Globalists taking advantage of the fear and panic to pursue their agenda for a “one-world” system. One World Economic order, One World Government …
Churches compromising Biblical Truth and Guidelines to “fit in” with modern society and political correctness. No clear message being preached from many pulpits any more. Thank God for those churches where the Bible is being taught in its fullness. Thank the Lord for those ministers and Christians who are not ashamed of the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus and are willing to speak out.
Right has become wrong and wrong, right!
Believe it or not, the Bible tells us that this is exactly what will happen in the last days … the end times (and much, much more!)
I feel so constrained to share this message (which is likely not to be very popular!) as all around me I see such complacency! People brushing aside the thought of any imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Rapture of the Church (ekklesia – the called out ones, those who profess faith in and allegiance to Christ) or the Great Tribulation that will come upon the earth after the Rapture of the Church. So many folk simply laugh off any idea of there being a God OR are of the opinion that all religions are equal, promoting interfaith movements … once again in line with the end-time scenario of a One World Religion.
Dear friends … I cannot stress enough that we are living in days when the return of the Lord is closer than ever before. We do NOT know the day nor the hour BUT as Jesus Himself said, we can tell the seasons … you and I need to be ready!
Whether you believe the Bible or not, whether you believe what I’m saying or not will not make one iota of difference. Jesus is alive and He is returning – this time as the Judge and not the Saviour! The door of opportunity is still open, but we don’t know for how long!
How can you be ready? Make sure you:
- repent of your sin (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23);
- ask the Lord Jesus to cleanse you from all sin and to come into your heart/life and give you eternal life (for God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life – John 3:16);
- Make sure you read your Bible every day – a good place to start will be the Gospel of John. (If you haven’t got a Bible, get one. If you can’t get one, let us know!)
- Pray (talk to God) and ask Him to help you live for Him moment by moment, day by day.
- Find a Bible-believing church so that you can get to know other Christians and grow spiritually.
A special word to those who know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour, we need to stop playing church and really get serious in following Jesus very closely, reaching out to the lost and praying.
Leonard Ravenhill once said: even “if the whole church goes off into deception, that will in no way excuse us for not following Christ”. Stand up for the Truth!
Live expectantly! Make sure you’ve accepted the pardon that Jesus died to purchase for you. Make sure your friends and family have the opportunity to accept this pardon too!
I close with an extract from John Hagee’s prayer earlier today:
“Father God, we worship You today as the one and only Authority. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. The world around us may be in utter chaos as our society does its best to destroy us from the inside out…but YOU ARE STILL IN CONTROL! … You said that the righteous would not be forsaken. Lord, make the crooked way straight for us as we delight ourselves in you, as we use the Word of God to direct our path. We give you praise and glory today, as we glorify your matchless name! Amen!”
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Although an impressive structure just a few miles outside Port Elizabeth in the south-eastern corner of South Africa, the Van Staden’s Bridge has been the site of at least 87 suicides as at December 2012.
Just recently I had news about a publisher from Jeffrey’s Bay, a sea-side town near to Port Elizabeth, who has had a vision to construct a huge cross on a site overlooking the notorious bridge. The cross would be 14 metres high and would have the words “Jesus loves you” in huge letters (+/- 4 metres high) at the foot of the cross. The problem was that over R100,000 would be required to achieve this project. (+/- £7300/$11,000). Where would this money come from?
This cross of hope, as it is called, would be there in an endeavour to remind the folk coming to the bridge to take their own lives, that there IS still HOPE. That Someone cares. The cross of hope would have a constant message – day and night – for those who have lost hope, those who have reached the end of their tether.
Back to the vision – the miracle of provision has already started. Construction companies and steel manufacturers in the Port Elizabeth area were approached by Robbie Hift (the publisher) and are working together to supply and construct the huge cross. When Robbie contacted the marketing manager at the first steel manufacturing company to explain his vision, she stated “This is not strange. My own father jumped off the Van Staden’s Bridge to his death! I know exactly what you are talking about and I will give you all the support I possibly can!” A company offered to supply all the cement needed to build the foundations for the cross and the four concrete blocks to anchor the steel cables reaching up to the crossbar of the cross. And so, one after the other, every need is being supplied.
The farmer who owns the mountain on which the cross will be built, has cleared the area & built an access road to the site; the best lighting/illumination possible has been organized; a security firm has committed to 24 hour protection from vandals and others who might want to destroy the cross; the list is endless. All things are falling into place and the items needed are being wonderfully provided. What does it prove? God is in the project!
Robbie Hift goes on to say: “This vision is not just to encourage unfortunate people who might want to jump off the bridge. It is much, much more than that. We want to encourage ALL peoples of ALL nations that God really loves us. Our tears are His tears. Our problems are His problems. He really wants us to turn to Him in ALL situations and He is the God who can make a way where there is no way. He is the God of the impossible.”
I would like to ask the readers of my blog to pray with me for this project. Pray that the Lord will bless and prosper every aspect of the vision as it progresses. Pray that the Cross will indeed be used of the Lord to point people to the God of all comfort, the great Physician, the Saviour of the world. Watch the short video made by a friend in Port Elizabeth to remind folk to keep near the Cross and to continue to pray for the project.
The world has become a very cruel, selfish and lonely place. Folk are finding life increasingly difficult – the economic downturn leading to loss of jobs, financial pressures and feelings of utter desperation. There is no one quick solution BUT, having Jesus in your life can make all the difference. Yes, Christians are also caught up in these dreadful situations and also face suicidal thoughts. But let us remember, Jesus hears the softest cry, and sees the tears – He knows, He Cares, He loves.
If you, dear reader, are going through the darkest tunnel of your life, please do not struggle on your own. I have listed some helpful links below. Feel free to write to me and request prayer and/or helpful literature. Jesus loves you so dearly. Reach out to Him, He is reaching out to you … right now!
For further help:
Nationwide Christian Trust Prayer Support: Why not pick up the phone right now and call 0044 844 576 8876 (international) or 0844 576 8876 (UK).
Premier Lifeline is a confidential telephone helpline which offers a listening ear along with emotional and spiritual support from a Christian perspective and prayer.
Lifeline telephone numbers: 0845 345 0707 (BT Local Rate) / 020 7316 0808
Premier Lifeline is open 9am to midnight everyday of the year.
OTHER COUNTRIES: I do not have local numbers but try to contact a Bible-believing church or contact Nationwide Christian Trust Prayer Support on 0044 844 576 8876 (international)
Email questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Hold on now … who said anything about the imminence of the Lord’s return?”
That is just the point! We seldom hear people refer to or preach on the subject dealing with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is quite tragic really. The very fact that the Lord could return at any moment (when we least expect Him) is what can help us all as Christians to keep focused and to walk in ways that are pleasing to Him.
Sadly so many Christians and Churches are getting dreadfully side-tracked these days on issues that have little or no bearing on the salvation of the lost and walking closely with Jesus. Recent arguments and discussions about various “issues” are not really helping anyone spiritually. These are distractions rather than helping us to focus on Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
As Christians we have a responsibility to “go and make disciples of all nations” and to “build each other up in our most holy faith, praying in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:19 & Jude 1:20). In fact, the book of Jude is such a gem to study and ends on such a triumphal note in verses 24 & 25.
I know that there will be some reading this blog post who will feel that I am being simplistic. Be that as it may … “as we await the return of the Lord Jesus, we need to throw and strip off everything that hinders, trips us up or slows us down and the sin that so easily entangles, ensnares or distracts us so that we can run with perseverance and patience the race marked out for us.” (Free translation of Hebrews 12:1).
It is a great concern to me that we as Christians can so easily find ourselves taking the eye off the ball. The Lord says in His Word: “…be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with …worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the [c]business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose; … “(Luke 21:34 – Amplified)
A Pastor we had in South Africa once shared these five points about living in the light of the Lord’s imminent return. Each point has Scripture references associated with it and can thus be a practical personal Bible Study for a quiet time with the Lord.
1. Walk in the Spirit – Galatians 5:16-26
2. Memorize Scripture –Psalm119:11
3. Keep short accounts with God and others – resolve outstanding issues
4. Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
5. Be faithful in church attendance and fellowship – Acts 2:41-47
6. Learn to know the Power of God in your life – Ephesians 3:20
Any questions or discussion will be most welcome!