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Why God’s Grace Matters

Posted: July 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Most of my life I spent very frustrated and unclear about God and who He is.  I was taught at an early age that to please God I needed to fulfill a list of rules and regulations.  This was very difficult for me to fulfill these lists that the church and/or pastor would tell us to do.  I spent a lot of my life living in guilt and shame.  Much time wasted on trying my hardest to please God, yet it seemed that the harder I tried the more I failed.  

It was not until I began to read my bible more that I started to understand that the God of these lists didn’t exist.  In fact, the real God was the one I found through His word.  I realized that Jesus went to the cross and just for sins but also to die for the law (Romans 6:14).  Therefore, I no longer have to keep the lists but am free from the bondage of guilt and shame.  His death freed me and frees any who believe in Him.  I now live under the law of Christ and not some list of rules.  God’s grace matters because it helps me to live for Him.  It brings me to God.  I no longer have to live in fear if I slip up.  God’s grace matters because it enables me to know Him.  The Lord will return someday, and in the mean time it is up to us to share this grace with others.

 

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666 not just a number

Posted: July 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

The number 666 has been popularized by our culture today.  It has been featured in many movies from horror  to Christian films.  A great many books have been written about it as well.  Many pastors warn of a coming cashless society or credit system by which this number will be used.  While the number is sensational, we do get a different idea of what it means when we read about in Revelation 13:17 it says “no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.”  This verse tells us that the number doesn’t mean a credit or cashless system, but rather the name of the AntiChrist himself.  Based on this verse many would then start looking to names of presidents and rulers to see if the letters in their name equaled 666.  However, unlike the English language Hebrew, can used to express numbers (also Greek can as well).  There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet and in the order of numerical value they are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90,100,200,300,and 400.  The numerical value of Jesus’ name is 749.   This is something that cannot be duplicated with English.  A great website to check this out would be hebrew4christians.com.  Believers living during the Tribulation should be able to identify the AntiChrist if they are watching.

 

The purpose of the mark is not just for buying and selling but rather worship of The Beast.  By placing the mark on either the right hand or forehead people are submitting to his authority.  People will want to do this because the will perceive him to be a god.  He will be mortally wounded and thought to be dead but will rise again (13:3).  Satan who gives The Beast his power, is worshiped when people worship AntiChrist.  Also important to note that worship is coming from the whole earth not just the European union.  Some have indentified the European Union as the 10 kings in Revelation.  However, upon further review, Daniel 7:23 tells us that this fourth empire will be over all the earth.  Therefore, the whole earth will make up the ten kingdoms.  The European Union gives us a preview of what that would look like on a much smaller scale, but it is not the actual 10 kingdoms from Revelation.

 

All this means is that one day the Lord will return and we need to be ready.

America in the End of Days

Posted: July 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

I was writing down everything furiously that I heard that afternoon.  I was tired because it was after lunch, however, I was so interested in what my professor had to say that day about the book of Revelation.  I had grown up hearing about how America would not be a world force in the end times.  My professor that day confirmed what I had always heard.  It is true America is never mentioned in the Bible.  This has lead many to believe and talk about the impending “fall of America.”  With our economic fall and rising unemployment, many believe that America’s doom is just around the corner.  Of course many 2012 doomsday believers suggest this supports their belief of the end of the world in December 2012 as well.  Nevertheless, the world will not end in 2012.  God has a plan for the end of the world and it will take awhile for that plan to play out.

 

There are several reasons for the absence of America in the bible.  As many scholars will point to, America is a late blooming country and thus never grew into a world power in the sense of conquering other countries.  Also because America is not the Middle East it is not a factor in what is happening there.  Now it has been in the past, however, we are pulling troops out and by doing so we are indirectly losing influence.

 

Where does this leave America in the End Times?  In my last blog I suggested that the 10 kingdoms Daniel 7 and in Revelation speak of are not the European Union.  I based this theory on what Daniel 7:23, 24.  The fourth beast will rule the earth and be different in that, it will devour the earth.  On the earth at that time will be ten kings ruling ten kingdoms.  It would make sense that America would be one of the ten kings and kingdoms.  Possibly it would look like Canada and America as one kingdom.    Is America one of the three kings, who lose their kingdom to the Beast (Daniel 7:24)?  I am only speculating at this point but I would tend to say no.  Those kingdoms could be in the Middle East, because the AntiChrist will come from the Middle East.  In fact he may well be living in modern day Iran or Syria.  However, we can discuss that in another blog.

Hello world!

Posted: July 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Welcome to Prophecy for today!  In this blog you will receive what the Bible has to say about prophecy and how it affects us today.  Your thoughts, opinions are welcomed.  I approach prophecy from a biblical point view.   I also look to the bible to help me understand the events and things happening around in regards to prophecy.  Thanks for stopping by.