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Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. (KJV)
All the wicked will be sent to Sheol, and all the nations who forget God.
Psalm 33:12-13 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. 13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. (KJV)
To begin to imagine the right way, America needs to realize that she is so deeply rooted that people will embrace any spiritual fad so much quicker than they would to revere the true and living God and His Holy revealed Word. To have faith in this awesome God, most people are quite unaware of the fact that this has always been the experience of the saints of God.
Rev. 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: [KJV]
Many say, 'I am rich. I have everything I want. I don't need anything!' They do not realize that they are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
Laodicea and Sardis were the richest churches around. They believed the almighty dollar was the answer to life’s problems. Sound familiar? Some believers falsely assume that numerous material possessions are a sign of God’s blessing. But what the Laodiceans could see and buy had become more valuable to them than what is unseen and eternal (Mat.6:19-21). Wealth, luxury, and ease can make people feel confident, satisfied, and complacent. But no matter how many possessions you have or how much money you make, you have NOTHING if you don’t have a relationship with Christ. Instead of centering your life primarily on comfort and luxury, find your true riches in Christ (Ep. 3:8; Phil.3:8; Jam.2:5; Mt.19:23; Mk.4:19; 1 Tim.6:7, 9, 19).
Jesus Condemns Seven things about the Laodiceans:
1. Evil works (Rev. 3:15)
2. Neither cold nor hot (Rev. 3:15)
3. Lukewarm and nauseating (Rev. 3:16)
4. Proud and self-satisfied (Rev. 3:17)
5. Ignorant of their true state (Rev. 3:17)
6. Blind, in ears, mind and eyes. Spiritual darkness (Rev.3:
7. Naked, unclothed, defenseless (Rev.3:17; 16:15; 17:16).
It is time to consider that the generations of the elect who have gone before us, in this world we also have a problem. Jesus told us so. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (KJV)
There shall be times when we will be harassed, persecuted and prosecuted. And this present darkness will give way to an even more horrific future. When the Tribulation arrives, the Antichrist will seek out and destroy ALL who worship the Lamb.
Rev. 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. (KJV)
What John saw when the fifth seal was opened really affected him. Souls of martyrs under the altar, at the foot of the altar in Heaven, at the Feet of Christ! Persecutors can kill ONLY the body; they CANNOT kill the soul! God has provided a wonderful place, in a much better world, for those who are faithful unto death (Mark 13:13), those who persevere and keep their firm stand for our Lord. But we must remember, it is NOT their death, but the Sacrifice of Christ (HIS death) that gives them entrance into Heaven. WHO are these souls? They cannot be from the church age, for those souls were taken by Christ to Heaven at the Rapture (1 Thes. 4:13-18). These souls under the altar are the Tribulation saints who took a stand for Jesus, and were martyred for their faith. This same group is again mentioned in Rev.7:9-17. The cause for which they suffered was the Word of God; the best for which any man can lay down his life; faith in God’s Word, AND the unshaken confession of that faith. We must tell others of Jesus! We cannot be ‘closet Christians.’ When this is fulfilled, God will send great tribulation to those who trouble His own, and wonderful happiness, peace and rest to those who are troubled. These martyred souls are extremely eager for God to bring justice to the Earth, but they are given white robes and told to wait a little while longer; until all their fellow servants and family are also killed as they were. http://www.hisservants.org/tribulation_why_h_s.htm http://www.hisservants.org/tribulation_what_h_s.htm
Hostility will grow and spread as the end draws near, leading to greater separation and silent treatment for us who follow Christ. BUT . . . this is NOT our looming and growing problem, it is our great privilege and opportunity.
Let us continue to honor and serve our heavenly Father as we support godliness and all that will glorify, honor and praise Christ Jesus.
2 Chron. 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. (KJV)
Pro.1:24-30 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. (KJV)
Jer. 30:12-13 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous. 13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. (KJV)
I honestly think that America’s self-inflicted wound is incurable, as the Scriptures above state. We as faithful Christians should strive to act as salt and light, working for the safety of this pagan land. Maybe we can reach a ‘few’.
EXILES AND STRANGERS
IN A STRANGE LAND
1 Peter 2:4-5 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (KJV)
My friend, we do NOT come to a little Baby in Bethlehem; we come as little babies to a Living Stone, JESUS! The Living Stone is Christ Jesus. After the confession of Simon Peter, the Lord Jesus said, "...upon this rock I will build my church..." (Mat. 16:18). Simon Peter makes it very clear here that he is NOT the living stone because the Living Stone is Jesus Christ.
Jesus refers to Himself as a Stone. Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (KJV) . . . Here He quotes from Psalm 118:22. Again, speaking of Himself He says: Matthew 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (KJV)
Christ Jesus is that Foundation Stone of the church. He is that Stone today. Paul writes:
1 Cor.3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (KJV)
When you come as a sinner and fall on that Stone, you are broken. BUT, in your brokenness that Stone becomes a Foundation for you, your salvation. BUT, if you reject that Stone, as millions do today, you are NOT through with the Stone. Daniel, in his vision, saw a "stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet" (Dan. 2:34). THAT is the Stone of Judgment which will come to smite the Earth. This Stone that Peter speaks of is a symbol of Christ. He also will be the Stone of Judgment to this Earth. What a factual picture of the Lord Jesus is given to us here!
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (KJV)
Ye also, as lively stones . . . lively is an old English word for living. HOW are we living stones? We have been "born again," not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever" (1 Pet.1:23).
The Jews identify with Abraham’s wandering as a sojourner in Canaan because as a people they awaited rescue from bondage in Egypt. They lived as exiles in Babylon, longing for their deliverance from captivity. We as Christians think that we are entitled to live in a society that honors God and respects our institutions. We are supposed to be a restraining force on evil and beacons of hope until Jesus takes us at the Rapture. We need the bold confidence of the Apostles and early Christians who saw themselves as privileged to suffer on behalf of Christ.
Haggai 1:5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. (KJV)
Haggai 1:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. (KJV)
Consider your ways . . . the LORD has already warned them in verse 5. It is repeated again to impress it the more firmly on their minds; and to show them the importance of it, and the necessity of such a conduct.
We ALL must choose the way that is pleasing to God. "Set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God" (1 Chron.22:19); "Your heart shall live that seek God" (Ps.69:32); "Cast away from you all your transgressions" (Eze.18:31); "Turn ye even to me with all your heart" (Joel 2:12); "And rend your heart, and not your garments" (Joel 2:13). Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV) Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (KJV)
The Lord is clearly stressing how important it is for His people to step away from their routine and consider how they should proceed. We need to weigh Jesus’ words about faith and love.
Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (KJV)
Shall he find faith on the earth? . . . either in the land of Judea, the believers being removed from there, and scattered among the Gentiles, and not a man, at least in Jerusalem, could be found that had any faith in Jesus, as the Messiah . . . OR in the world at the last day.
When Christ Jesus returns, it is my humble opinion that He will find very few who have faith in Him. There will be multitudes who have fallen away, because of the power worldly temptations have upon the weakness of mankind. It seems that faith here means the true and suitable effects of faith, growing out of it, as the fruit out of the firmly planted root. This really is a forewarning from the Saviour, which served as an outstanding caution to His apostles that they might watch, and take care that they might stay strong in their faith.
The danger of our love growing cold in the face of rising anarchy touches on the criticism He leveled at Ephesus— the first church in Revelation 2-3. The key to avoiding those pitfalls is to cling to the third leg of Paul’s three-legged stool: faith, hope, and love. Peter tells us that the result of active faith is love (2 Peter 1:5-7), while Hebrews 11:1 characterizes faith as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” We do not yet see Christ face-to-face; do you hope for Him with such assur\ance that your heart resonates with anticipation of His coming?
How many will there be with faith? It is my humble opinion, NOT many! "Will he find faith on earth?" Very little, according to the way the world is going today. Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV) . . . More and more people are walking on the broad road that leads to eternal destruction. BEWARE!!! Which road are you on? Do you trust and obey Jesus, the Master? Or are you on the broad road with the other master, Satan?
AMERICA . . . Do You KNOW the Trouble You Are In?