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Do you ever feel like a failure? Joe was well past fifty and grew up with a negative self- image which set his mind into a negative mindset that ultimately poisoned every home repair project he ever attempted. He was a mature Christian who was learning that God loved him as he was and not what he did. Find out in Joes own words how he was learning how to stay positive and in peace even when the outcome of his repair project did not turn out as how he hoped.

You have got to be kidding! How come this darn saw is not cutting down the wood in a straight line. Joe yelled, feeling pressured as time quickly slipped by him. Boy I started at 1:00 p.m. and now I turn around and its 2:00p.m. Joe wiped his brow with his sopping wet handkerchief where his hair used to be. He could feel the worry lines pressed in his forehead from years of frowning over the negative mindset he had developed over all those years from failed repair projects.  His negative self-image was weighing him down like a cement block tied to his shoulders. Joe was now on his fourth piece of wood trying to cut that ever elusive straight line down the piece of wood. Joe you have to stop and go pick up Stephen from work its time to go. O.k. honey, Im stopping Ill just have to pick it up when I get back.

Joe realized he was not feeling so bad about the failed attempts he had just made to make that perfect cut. He was actually feeling calm and remaining positive and not reeling into a pit of despair because the repair was not going how he imagined it would. He was aware that his thinking was not as negative as it once was; he did not have to perform the perfect repair job. Yes, he wanted it to look good but it did not have to be precise and absolutely perfect. So Joe went on his way and picked up Stephen from work and they quickly returned home. Joe was feeling his middle section noticing he had put on some weight.

Joe went right back out to work on his home repair project feeling that it would work out well and would be presentable when the job was completed. Joe fired up his saw and cut away on the wood. The cut was not perfect but the wood would fit into the space and would fit in well with the rest of the boards comprising the deck. He hammered a few nails into the board and called it quits. He stepped back and surveyed the repair he just completed. Joe saw that the board was not a perfect fit in the space but it would serve its purpose.

The old perfectionist mindset tried to rear its ugly head and overshadow Joes positive attitude. Joe started feeling that familiar negative poison rising up in the pit of his stomach. This time Joe determined to trust God and stay in a positive frame of mind. He shot up a quick prayer and the Lord helped him finish the repair job. Joe was at peace with the result of his work which was a vast improvement from his old tired way of thinking.

 

Brothers, continue to think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected. Philippians 4:8

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Joey was rebellious from youth and the more His mother prayed the worst he seemed to get. Joey came from a very strong Christ-centered family but he would have nothing to do   with Christ, the bible or church. His mom hosted a prayer meeting weekly and faithfully invited Joey to attend. Joey would get obnoxious about her invitations. Here was a very violent response in front of the prayer group: Joey come and join us in prayer. OLD LADY HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU I AM NOT INTO THE JESUS THING? I DO NOT WANT TO PRAY; I DO NOT WANT TO READ THE STINKIN BIBLE AND FURTHERMORE QUIT PRAYING FOR ME. I WILL NEVER ASK JESUS TO BE MY SAVIOR AND I WILL NEVER BECOME A MINISTER. DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

Joey walked swiftly over to his mother and backhanded her sharply across the mouth. The resulting blow cut his mothers mouth and bruised her face. Roger one of the, prayer meeting attendees, quickly ran over to Joey scooped him up and threw him down to the ground. He put the full weight of his 250 pound frame on Joey. Help Joeys mother and call the police to have Joey picked up for domestic abuse.  The police shortly arrived and hauled Joey off to the jail. He was a tall, skinny, loud, rude eighteen-year old who finally would answer for his wild behavior toward his mother. The police had Joey handcuffed and were escorting him out the front door before lightening could flash he kicked the one officer in the leg and hit the other one over the head with his handcuffs. He was gone with the wind down the street and around the corner.

Five minutes later a patrol car called on the scene cut Joey off and the officer sprung out of the car catching Joey slamming him to the ground and threw him into the car. This time he was on his way to jail. Back at the house the members prayed earnestly for Joeys peace and salvation. His mother was visibly shaken and terrified from Joeys violent outburst! He has never slapped me like that before.  The Lord is faithful and will bring him home. The enemy will not steal him from the Savior and he will fulfill Gods call in his life. Joey was as rebellious as they came and he did not go to jail lying down. He kicked, screamed and swore all the way to the jailhouse.

Jim we have a real hot wire here. He took out two officers out on his initial arrest. I had to tackle him in the street to bring him down. Hes been rioting in the back of my car all the way here. He needs to be searched, booked and held until his trial. He roughed up his mother pretty good at a prayer meeting. So we got a real punk on our hands? Son ,speaking as a Father, how about if I take off my uniform  and we go into the back cell and lets see how much of tough guy you really are. Ok cop lets go Ill kick your but to the moon. So the police sergeant took off his uniform and put on his street clothes.

 The two of them went into the last cell. Joey immediately put up his fists and started swinging away; the only thing he hit was air. The sergeant grabbed him by the shirt collar and pushed him down unto the jail cell bed. Son I came here to fight for your soul not you! Your mother has been praying for you for years and this is the day the Lord is answering her prayer. The sergeant opened his bible at started reading at John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Joey, the rebellious rebel was one youth who finally met his match-Jesus.  

 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,                                                                                                                Luke 4:18

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 Living Christians entering the wrath of God---end times
 

Living Christians entering the wrath of God---end times

Galatians 6:1-5   1 Friends, (in Christ,) if a Christian is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore the person in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will (obey) the law of Christ. 3 For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4 All must test their own work; so that their own work, rather than the work of others, will become a cause for their pride. 5 All (Christians) must carry their own loads.  

Daniel 11:33-35    33 (Holy Preachers and Teachers) who are wise and have spiritual insight among the people will instruct many and help them understand; yet for many days some of them and their followers will fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder. 34 When they fall they will receive a little help, and many persons will join with them. 35 Some of those who are spiritually wise and have insight will fall as martyrs in order to refine, to purge, and to make those beginners among God’s people righteous, until the end time; because it is yet to come.

Luke 8:11-15   11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones on the path are Christians who have heard God’s word; but the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 The ones on the rock are Christians who, when they hear the word, and receive it with joy.  They have God’s word with no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing God’s word will not be followed. 14 As for God’s word that fell among the thorns, these are Christians who hear God’s word; but as they go on their way, God’s words are not followed due to their cares for riches, for pleasures, and for worldly living.  Their Spiritual fruit does not mature. 15  As for God’s word falling on good soil, these are the Christians who, when they hear God’s word obey the word through an honest and good heart, and bear Spiritual fruit with patient endurance. The output will vary according to Spiritual growth.

John 15:1-6   15 “Jesus Christ said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine keeper. 2 He removes every branch in Me that bears no Spiritual fruit. Every branch that bears fruit He prunes as to make it bear more Spiritual fruit. 3 You have already been touched by the word  I have spoken, therefore   4 abide in Me as I abide in you.  A branch cannot bear Spiritual fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in Me and I in them bear much Spiritual fruit, because apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in Me is thrown away like a dried up branch; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

Ephesians 6:10-18   10 Christians, be strong in the Lord, in the strength of His power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the deceitful trickery of the devil. 12  Our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil. 13 Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may succeed on that evil day by having done everything to stand firm.  14 Stand your ground, fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet use whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, use the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the devil. 17 Put on the helmet of salvation, and use the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in a humble request. Keep alert and always humbly pray for all the chosen Christians.

Revelation 2:10  10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I, Jesus Christ will give you the crown of life.

1 Peter 5:6-11  6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8 Be disciplined and keep alert.  Like a roaring lion, your adversary, the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.  9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your Christian brothers and sisters around the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.  10 When you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11 In Him is the power forever and ever. Amen.

2 Timothy 2:22-26  22 Avoid your youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, joining others, all with a pure heart, calling on the Lord 23 Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 As the Lord’s servant, you must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, like a patient teacher, and 25 correct opponents with gentleness.  God may perhaps grant that certain persons will repent and come to know the truth.   26 They may escape from the snare of the devil, after having been held captive by him while doing his will.

2 Timothy 3:4-5  4 Avoid the treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit.  They are lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. 5 They display an outward form of godliness while lacking God’s Spiritual power.

John 6:70   70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil,” and will fall.

James 4:4-7   4 Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is being an enemy of God?  Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Do you over-look scripture that says, “God yearns jealously for the spirit that He has given us, ”  6 He gives more grace.  Scripture also tells us, “God opposes the proud, and gives grace to the humble.” 7 Therefore, turn to God and Resist the devil, and the devil will then flee from you.

Proverbs 12:16  16 Fools show their anger at once, but the prudent ignore an insult.

Galatians 6:7-10  7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8 If you act according to the desires of your own flesh, you will reap corruption, but if you sow in Spirit, you will reap eternal life.  9  Do not get tired in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time if we do not give up. 10 Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those who are faithful to God’s word.

Galatians 5:17  17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other. Prevent doing what the flesh desires.

Galatians 5:19-26  19  Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions,  21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Do not become conceited by competing against one another, and envying one another.

2 Corinthians 4:4-7  4 The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 As teachers we do not proclaim ourselves, we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6  It is our God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” and has placed in our hearts the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have made it clear made clear that this extraordinary power comes from God and flows through us teachers.

Mark 13:9-11, 13  9 “As for(Christians), beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of Me, as a testimony to them. 10 (God’s word)  must be first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of God. 13 The one enduring to the end will be saved.

Revelation 13:7-8  7 (the  first beast of the devil) was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.  It was given authority over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and many of the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slaughtered. 

Mark 13:21-23     21Jesus Christ said, “if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is (Jesus Christ)’ or ‘Look! There he is!’—do not believe it. 22 False (Christ and false prophets) will appear and produce signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.” 23  Remain alert.

2 Corinthians 11:14 14   No wonder! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Revelation 13:13-16  13 The second beast (of satan) performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of all; 14 and by the signs that it is allowed to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceives many inhabitants of earth, causing them to make an image of the first beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet lived; 15 and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 Also it causes many, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, (but not those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.)

Revelation 14:9-13  9 Then another angel, a third, followed them, crying with a loud voice, “Those who worship the beast and its image, and receive a mark on their foreheads or on their hands, 10 they will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of his anger, and they will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image and for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” 12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus.  13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”

Revelation 19:19-21   19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against the rider (Jesus Christ) on the horse, and against His army.    20  The first beast was captured, along with the false prophet, (the second beast,) who had performed in its presence the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 The remainder of evil army members are killed by the sword of the rider (Jesus Christ) on the horse, the sword that came from His mouth.

Living Christians entering the wrath of God—End times                                               Is written by Ronald Edwin Matteson, an 87 year old Christian having no arrest records

 

 

 

 

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 God's wrath
 

God’s Anger

Amos 8:1-12          1  The Lord God showed me a vision, and behold, there was a basket of overripe summer fruit.  2  He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel. I will spare them no longer for the nation is ripe for judgment. 3 On that day, the songs of the palace shall turn to wailing,” says the Lord God. “There will be many dead bodies; in silence they will throw them everywhere.” 4 Hear this, you who trample down the needy, and do away with the poor of the land,  5  “When will the New Moon festival be over so we may sell grain, and the Sabbath ended, that we may open the wheat market, making the ephah (measure) smaller and the shekel bigger (that is, selling less for a higher price,) and to cheat by falsifying the scales.  6  We may buy the poor (as slaves) for silver (since they are unable to support themselves,) and the needy for a pair of sandals, also that we may sell the leftovers of the wheat (as if it were a good grade of grain)?”  7 The Lord has sworn (an oath) by the pride of Jacob, “surely I shall never forget (nor leave unpunished) any of their rebellious acts. 8 “Because of this (coming judgment) will the land not quake and everyone mourn who dwells in it?  Indeed, all of it shall rise up like the Nile, and it will be tossed around (rom the impact of judgment) and (afterward) subside again like the Nile of Egypt.  9 “It shall come about in that day,” says the Lord God, “that I shall cause the sun to go down at noon, and I shall darken the earth in broad daylight.  10  “ I shall turn your festivals and feasts into mourning and all your songs into dirges (funeral poems to be sung); and I shall cause sackcloth to be clothing for everyone,  and baldness on every head (shaved for mourning).  I shall make that time like a time of mourning for an only son (who has died), and the end of it shall be like a bitter day. 11  “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “when I will send hunger over the land, not hunger for bread or a thirst for water, But rather (a hunger) for hearing the word of the Lord.  12  “People shall stagger from sea to sea (to the very ends of the earth) and from the north even to the east; they will roam here and there to seek the word of the Lord (longing for it as essential for life), but they will not find it.

Daniel 12:1  1 “At that (end) time Michael, the great Arc Angel, who stands guard over the children of your people, will arise.  There will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until the distress; but at the time of distress, your people, everyone who is found written in the Book of Life, will be rescued.    Matthew 13:43  43 Then the righteous (those who do what is right) will shine forth radiating the new life like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear and listen to My words.      Daniel 12: 4-10   4 conceal these words and seal up the scroll until the end of time. Many will go back and forth and search anxiously (through the scroll), about knowledge of the actions of God as revealed by His prophets.” 5 Then I, Daniel, saw two men standing by the river, 6  one on each bank, and behold, there stood one man on this bank of the river and the other man on that bank of the river.  One man asked an angel, who was standing further upstream, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” 7  The angel, dressed in linen,  held up his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and a half a time (three and a half years); as soon as they finish shattering and crushing the power of the people, all these things will be finished. 8  I heard, but I did not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these things?” 9 The angel said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are concealed and sealed up until the end of time. 10  Many  persons will be purged, purified (made whole) and refined, but the wicked will behave wickedly. None of the wicked shall understand, but those who are spiritually wise will understand.         Daniel 11:33-35  33 They who are wise and have spiritual insight among the people will instruct many and help them understand; yet for many days some of them and their followers will fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder. 34 Now when they fall they will receive a little help, and many dishonest persons will join with them. 35 Some of those who are spiritually wise and have insight will fall as martyrs in order to refine, to purge and to make those among God’s people pure, until the end time; because it is yet to come at the time appointed by God.          Daniel 2:11-12.   11 From the time that the regular sacrifice, the daily burnt offering, is taken away, to the abomination of desolation, the ruining the temple in Jerusalem for worship of the true God, there will be 1,290 days.  12  How blessed, happy, fortunate, spiritually prosperous, and beloved is he who waits expectantly (enduring without wavering) for the period of tribulation comes to the 1,335 days!      

 Daniel 11:31-32    31 Armed forces of satan will arise (in Jerusalem) and defile and desecrate the sanctuary, the spiritual stronghold, and will do away with the regular sacrifice, the daily burnt offering; and they will set up an evil altar in the sanctuary.  This is the abomination of desolation. 32 By smooth words they will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.

Daniel 12:13 But as for you (Daniel), go your way until the end of your normal life; for you will rest and rise again for your allotted inheritance at the end of the age.”            Psalm 119:33-40   34 Let me have understanding, that I may observe God’s commandments, and keep them with all my heart.

Exodus 20:1-17  1 Then God spoke all these words: 2  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;   3 you shall have no other gods before me.  4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses His name. 8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. 12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 13 You shall not murder.  14 You shall not commit adultery. 15 You shall not steal. 16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 You shall not covet (desire) your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet (desire) your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.  

Revelation 6:13-17    13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree drops its winter fruit when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll rolling itself up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the magnates and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “fall on us and hide us from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the anger of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their anger has come, and who is able to stand?”

Mark 13:24-27, 30-33   24  “In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened,  and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, 26 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27 Then He will send out the angels, and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven 30  I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.

Mark 13: 5-6, 9-11, 13, 21-23   5 Then Jesus began to say to them, “be aware that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in My name and say, ‘I am He!’ and they will lead many astray.   9 “As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of Me, as a testimony to them. 10  God’s word  must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of God will take over.  13 You will be hated by all because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 21  If anyone says to you at that time, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘Look! There He is!’—do not believe it.   22 False messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23  Be alert; I have already told you everything.        Revelation 12:10,12,17   10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Messiah, for (satan,) who blames our comrades, has been thrown down, who blames them day and night before our God.  12 Rejoice then, you heavens, and those who dwell in them! But pain and agony to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great anger, because he knows that his time is short!” 17 Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus.         Revelation13:1,4-8    1  I saw a beast rising out of the sea.  The whole earth followed the beast. 4 They worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to this beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like this beast, and who can fight against it?” 5 The beast was given a mouth uttering arrogant and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6  It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7  It was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.  It was given authority over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the Lambs book of life

Revelation 13:11-18   11 Then I saw a second beast that rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12  It exercises all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and it makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed. 13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of all; 14  By the signs that it is allowed to perform on behalf of the beast, it deceives the inhabitants of earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet lived; 15 It was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, (this does not include those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life,).  17  Persons cannot buy or sell unless they have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name 666.

Revelation 11:2-12   2 Do not measure the court outside the temple (in Jerusalem;) leave that out, for it is given over to the evil nations, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months.  3   I, Jesus Christ, will grant authority to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days (three and one-half years), dressed in sackcloth.”   4 These witnesses are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth. 5  If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouth and devours their enemies; who must be killed in this manner. 6 These two witnesses have the power from God to shut up the sky,  that no rain will fall during the days of their prophesying about judgment and salvation; and they have power over the waters (seas, rivers) to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every (kind of) plague, as often as they wish.  7 When they have finished their testimony and given their evidence, the beast that comes up out of the abyss (bottomless pit) will wage war with them, and overcome them and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie exposed in the open street of the great city (Jerusalem), which in a spiritual sense is called by the symbolic and allegorical names of Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 Those from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not allow their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.   10 Those non-believers who live on the earth will gloat over them and rejoice; and they will send gifts, in celebration, to one another because these two prophets tormented and troubled those who live on the earth.  11  After three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear and panic fell on those who were watching them. 12  The two witnesses heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they ascended into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.  13  In that very hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell and was destroyed; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were overcome with terror, and they glorified the God of heaven since they recognized His awesome power.

Revelation 14:9-13   9 Then another angel, a third, followed them, shouting in a loud voice, “Those who worship the beast and its image, and receive a mark on their foreheads or on their hands, 10 they will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of his anger, and they will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.  11 The smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image and for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”  12 Here is a call for the endurance of God’s chosen persons who are successful, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith in Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”          Revelation 16: 2, 8-162 The first angel went and poured his bowl on the earth, and foul and painful sores came on those who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped its image. 8 The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to burn evil people with fire; 9 They were burned by the fierce heat, but they cursed the name of God, who had authority over these plagues, and they did not repent and give him glory. 10 The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness; people gnawed their tongues in agony, 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and they did not repent of their behavior. 12 The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up in order to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 And I saw three evil, spirits like frogs, one coming from the mouth of the dragon, one coming from the mouth of the beast, and one from the mouth of the false prophet. 14 These are demonic spirits, performing signs, and move abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.   15 (“I, Jesus Christ, will arrive  like a thief!  Blessed is the one who stays awake and is clothed not going about naked and exposed to shame.”) 16 And the armies assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armagedon.           Revelation 19:19-21   19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against the rider (Jesus Christ) on the horse, and against His army.    20  The beast was captured, along with the false prophet who had performed in its presence the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 The rest were killed by the sword of the rider on the horse, the sword that came from his mouth.

 Revelation 16:17-21   17 The seventh angel poured his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18  There came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a violent earthquake, such as had not occurred since people were upon the earth, so violent was that earthquake. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities in the nations fell. God remembered great Babylon and gave her the wine-cup of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island disappeared, and no mountains were to be found; 21  Large  hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, dropped from heaven on people, and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, so terrible was that plague.

 Revelation 20:2-15  2 An Angel seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be let out for a little while. 4 Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him a thousand years 7 When the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth with all evil forces to be gathered for battle against Jesus Christ; they are as numerous as the sands of the sea. 9 They marched up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city  (Jerusalem) . And fire came down from heaven and consumed them. 10 The devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 11 Then I saw a great white throne and the one who sat on it; the earth and the heaven disappeared, and could not be seen anywhere. 12  I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their deeds as recorded in the books. 13 And the sea gave up the dead that were in it.  In Death and Hades, evil forces, many of the dead were found in them.  All evil dead were judged according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades evil dead were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; 15 and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.        Revelation 21:1-3, 7-8    1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them, the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all the evil teachers, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

“God’s Anger”  is written by Ronald Edwin Matteson, an 87 year old Christian,

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Author Ronald Edwin Matteson  Added On 07/21/2017
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 What does repent mean?
 

What does repent mean?
Does repent simply mean to change our mind or is some action required?

In both the Old and New Testaments, the word repent can mean -
a) To be sorry about or regret something or
b) To turn away from sin.


In the OT, the KJV translates two Hebrew words as "repent" -

The first is "Nacham" (H5162), which means to be sorry or regretful. An example is in 1 Sam. 15:35 (KJV) which says, "... the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel". In this verse, repented means that the Lord regretted or was grieved that He had made Saul king.

The second Hebrew word is "Shub" (H7725), which means to turn from sin. An example is in Ezek. 14:6 (KJV) which says, "... Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations". In this verse, repent means to turn away from evil.
From these two OT examples we see that repent can either mean to be sorry about something or to turn from sin.


In the NT, two Greek words parallel these two Hebrew words:

The first is "Metamellomai" (G3338), which means to care afterwards, to regret. An example is in 2 Cor. 7:8 (KJV) which says, "For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent...". In this verse, Paul repents (that is, regrets) causing sorrow.

The second Greek word is "Metanoeo" (G3340) which Thayer's dictionary defines as, "to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins". An example is in Act 3:19, 26 (KJV) which say, "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out... in turning away every one of you from his iniquities". In these verses, repent means to have a change of mind and turn from sin for forgiveness.


These examples show that, in both the OT and NT, repent can mean to be sorry or regretful about something or it can mean to turn away from sin. When repent is associated with salvation it means to turn from sin, as Luke 13:1-9 (NIV) show. In this passage, vs.2, 4 set the context as sin and in v.3 Jesus said, "... unless you repent [turn from sin], you too will all perish". In this verse, repent is Present (Continuous) Tense meaning that Jesus actually said, "... unless you continually repent [continually turn from sin], you too will all perish". Then, in the parable of vs.6-9, Jesus said that if a fig tree (a believer) does not bear fruit then it will be cut down. This passage tells us that a sinner must turn away from sin and lead a holy, repentant life otherwise he will be cut down and perish.


Regarding salvation loss, in one sense it really does not matter what repent means. The fact is, Jesus said that we must continue to do it, whatever it is, otherwise we will perish. For example, if repent means to "eat an apple a day" then we must continue to eat an apple a day otherwise we will perish. This makes it obvious that salvation can be lost if we fail to continue to do whatever repent means.

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