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 The Rapture
 

James was always mocking the bible and Christians in general. Several people, who were Christians, tried to tell him about the end-time rapture when Jesus would come in the air to take His bride away. James thought the whole notion was folly and a fantasy generated from the bible and in the mind of these fanatical Jesus followers. They warned him the time was upon us and to accept Jesus as His Savior before it was too late. James would have none of it. Then one morning he woke up to the biggest shock of his life.

Josh would you go talk to someone else about your crazy, heretical Christian ideas? Josh had been speaking with James about the end-time rapture and trying to reason with him to become a Christian. Time on the earth as they knew it would be ending soon and all the believers would disappear to meet Jesus in the air. For 6 months straight they had been pleading with James to open his heart to Jesus and ask Him to be His Savior but James resisted them to the bitter end. James typical response was Dont give me that baloney about the second coming of Jesus because the earth is millions of years old and it will continue for millions of years to come. I dont believe the bible, in God or in Jesus. My attitude is the rapture is a fantasy written by Christian heretics who had nothing better to do with their time than to write a lot of religious nonsense in the greatest fiction tale of all the- bible.

James was so blind and his heart so covered in darkness to obvious truth that the Christians just stop talking to him and never brought the subject up to  him again. Sometime later James ran into to Josh again this time Josh said nothing about the bible or the rapture or anything along those lines. Josh arent you going to hammer me with your religious garbage like you usually do? James I am done talking to you about Christianity and the events leading to the second coming of Jesus. All you have to do is read the newspaper or watch the news and you will see that the time for his coming is ripe; and read the criterion Jesus told his disciples would be manifesting on the earth right before he is supposed to meet His church in the air. In fact, every Christian James ran into did not talk to him about the bible anymore. Great he thought finally I can have peace from these Christians.

The next morning the skies were dark with ominous, low hanging dense black clouds. Oh well looks like another rain storm is coming in. Little did James know a storm was coming upon the earth far beyond any he could imagine or would there be anything like it to ever occur on the earth again. Eagerly he scampered into the kitchen expecting both his parents and his two sisters to be sitting at the table eating their usual Saturday morning ham and eggs breakfast. This time with his family was the highlight of his week. To his surprise they were nowhere to be found nor were there any ham and eggs on the table. The chairs around the table had not even been moved from the night before, MOM, DAD, CHRISTY,ALICE anybody here? He combed every inch of the house looking for them; the house was eerily empty like no one had lived in it for years. James was a very logical thinker so he tried to figure out what happened to them. He thought of every possible scenario he could but none of them made any sense. He scratched his bushy, fiery, red hair then decided it was time to get dressed and get to the bottom of their unsuspected disappearance. He lopped some icy cold water on his round freckled face.  He shot outdoors and to his dismay his neighborhood was silent.

Usually, on Saturdays the street was filled with kids playing and fathers mowing their lawns or working on their cars. Typically, the older children would be zooming up and down the street on their bikes or playing baseball or some other favorite game in the middle of the street. There was no activity to speak of.  James rubbed his eyes in disbelief he looked up and down the street. All he saw were a few other neighbors looking up and down the street in terror as he was. James felt a sick feeling rise from the pit of his stomach to the base of his neck. His body became rigid and he was full of terror. Oh no he thought were those Christians right?  He remembered the verse all of them use to reference when they were talking to him about the rapture. He ran back into the house and grabbed the family bible off the coffee table. He frantically turned to I Thessalonians 5:17 these words jumped off the page After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. He screamed at the top of his lungs WHY DIDNT I LISTEN TO THEM!

 

 

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Thessalonians 5:17

Author Admin  Added On 05/10/2015
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 How Can We Love our Neighbor as Our Self, as Jesus Commanded?
 

How Can We Love our Neighbor as Our Self, as Jesus Commanded?

Loving other people as oneself is a difficult goal. But Jesus clearly made it fundamental to Christian living. On one occasion, an expert in the Jewish law challenged Jesus with the question, What must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus answered, You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27 NKJV).

Although the goal of loving ones neighbor as oneself is difficult, it isnt impossible.  In Luke 6:36-38, Jesus gives some basic principles that help us understand what it involves:

Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you (NKJV).

This passage contains two principles. One principle is that our expectations of our neighbors are directly related to the expectations that will be placed on us. As Jesus said, With the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. The expectations we have of others will be required by them (and God) of us. But even subjectively, we already loveor hateour neighbors as ourselves. We subconsciously project our own attitudes and values upon other people, expecting them to perceive us as we perceive them. If we are impatient and judgmental towards others, we assume others will be impatient and judgmental towards us. If we are compassionate and patient towards others, we wont have to deal with the pressures that come from assuming that others view us with hostility and impatience. Love or hatred directed outwards is always matched by love or hatred directed inwards.

The second principle is that love for ones neighbor should never be confused with indulgence. A father who gives his children anything they want spoils them. If we love our neighbor as our self, we must be as careful in setting standards and goals for him as we do for ourselves. If God were a genie in a lamp who gave us anything we wanted, would we ever be satisfied? Of course not! Love for our neighbor involves the same principle. While love always seeks to promote the other persons well-being, at times it is manifested in acts of charity and at other times in firm confrontation.

Our neighbor is just like us. At times he needs mercy, at times he needs correction, but he always needs our love.

Author Anonymous  Added On 09/10/2013
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 When and What Is the Sabbath?
 

There are many points of the Bible of which there is a lack of understanding or acceptance among nonbelievers and believers alike. One point is the Sabbath. What is the meaning and purpose of the Sabbath? Is the Sabbath Saturday or Sunday, or is it any day that one chooses to rest on? Is the Sabbath relevant today? What is the actual seventh day of the week? There are several religious groups who believe that the Sabbath is Saturday, and those who worship on Saturday are breaking the Law of God. Seventh Day Adventists, Seventh Day Baptists, Hebrew Israelites, Seventh-day Pentecostals, and others teach that it is necessary to keep the Sabbath in order to be saved, insisting that we are still under the law. Believers today continue to dispute whether Christians are required to honor the Sabbath. 

 

There are several religious groups who believe that the Sabbath is Saturday, and those who worship on Saturday are breaking the Law of God. Seventh Day Adventists, Seventh Day Baptists, Hebrew Israelites, Seventh-day Pentecostals, and others teach that it is necessary to keep the Sabbath in order to be saved, insisting that we are still under the law. Believers today continue to dispute whether Christians are required to honor the Sabbath.
 
I hadn't really given it much thought until I received a video from a loved one about the Sabbath. Then, in Bible Study that same day we were studying in John chapter five and the subject of the Sabbath came up again. God pointed out something to me during Bible Study, which caused me to go home and study more on the subject that I want to share here. It is not my intent to prove one is right or wrong, whether the Sabbath is Saturday or Sunday. I want to show as the title says that Jesus is our Sabbath rest with the Word of God of course.
 
The word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word sabat, which means "to rest or stop or cease from work." The origin of the Sabbath goes back to Creation. In Genesis 2:1-3 we read:
 
“(1) Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. (2) And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. (3) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” 
 
When we read a little further back in Genesis chapter one, we see that the prior six 
days end with the words, “And the evening and the morning were the (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th) day.” However, we do not find the words "evening" and "morning," in the description of the seventh day. Man was made and then God rested, and there has been no creation since. So, the seventh day lack of ‘evening and morning’ in Genesis was about the end of creating. Therefore, the Sabbath rest upon which God entered, is still continuing today. 
 
The scripture says after having spent six days in His creative work, God ceased from His labors. He did no work between the end of creation and the fall of man, except for His sustaining work. Jesus referred to God's continuing labor when the Jews criticized and accused Him of breaking the Sabbath for healing the lame man at the pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath when He replied: “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” (John 5:17). His point was that by performing a deed of mercy on the 
sabbath day He was merely imitating His Father who was continually active in mercy and love on His Sabbath day. God had stopped creating, but he was still busy in a many different ways. Thus, the Sabbath means that God's creative activity has ended.
 
After the mention of the Sabbath in the creation account there is no mention of it again until God instituted the covenant of the Law 430 years after He had made the covenant of grace with Abraham (Genesis 12 – 17). In Exodus chapter 20 God said the Israelites were to rest from their labors one day out of every seven,  and they were to give the same day of rest to their servants and animals:
 
“(8) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, (10) but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. (11) For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. −Exodus 20:8-11
 
God gave Israel the Sabbath command so that they would remember His 
creation work and his work of deliverance (Exodus 20:11, Ezekiel 20:12). The Ten Commandments and the rest of the Law were given to Israel to show them (and the other nations) how God’s covenant people were to live. They constantly labored trying to obey the numerous do’s and don’ts of the Law to make themselves acceptable to God. They couldn’t keep all the do’s and don’ts of the Law so God provided several sin offerings and sacrifices which would allow them to come to Him for forgiveness and restore fellowship with Him, but it was only temporarily. When Jesus came everything changed. He eliminated the priesthood and all the sacrifices for all. 
 
I am constantly amazed at God’s wisdom. The more I study the Word of God, I realize how brilliant He is in giving us types and shadows of Christ throughout the Old Testament. Shadows point to something else. When you see a shadow, you know there is something casting it. Jesus is the substance casting the shadow. A type and shadow in scripture 
is a person or thing in the Old Testament that foreshadows a person or thing in the New Testament. A few for examples are:

  • Adam is said to have been a type of Christ in that he was the representative of humanity (Romans 5:12-21).
  • Abel is shown to be a type of Christ in that he was the first one to suffer for righteousness sake (Matthew 23:34-35).
  • Noah was a type of Christ in that he served as a sort of “second Adam.”
  • The Bronze Serpent was a type of Christ. (John 3:14)
  • The manna was a type of Christ. (John 6:32-33)
  • Incense was a type of Christian's Prayers (Revelations 5:8)
  • Animal Sacrifices were a type of Christ's sacrifice (1 Corinthians 5:7)
  • Sanctuary or Temple was a type of Our physical bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • Priestly Robes were a type of Christian's good deeds (Revelations 19:8)
  • Sabbath Rest was a type of Heaven (Hebrews 4:3-11)

 
Jesus Himself told the Pharisees in John chapter 5, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” Look what Hebrews 9:8-10 tells us, “ By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation..”
 
Like most of the ceremonial laws of Moses, had New Testament anti-types the Bible calls the Sabbath a shadow and an anti-type. Hebrews 10:1 says, “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.”
 
Hebrews 10:12, says “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.” Jesus after performing the ultimate sacrifice, ceased from His labor of atonement.


Colossians 2:16-17 says, “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” Paul says we shouldn’t let anyone judge us for keeping the Sabbath and we shouldn’t let anyone judge us for not keeping the Sabbath. The reason being is that the Sabbath was a shadow of something to come. The substance, or the thing that the Sabbath was pointing to, is Jesus Christ.
The Sabbath is only a picture of the true and greater rest found in Christ (Hebrews 3:7-4:11).

Because of what Jesus did, we no longer have to “labor” in law-keeping in order to be justified in the sight of God. Because of Jesus, we can rest in God and in what He has provided. Jesus is our rest, so it doesn’t matter whether you go to corporate worship on Saturday or on Sunday, because that’s not what really matters. What really matters is that you find your rest in Christ! And you can (and should) do that every day of the week!

Author Angeline Williams  Added On 04/03/2019
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  Lift Up Your Head for Your God Is A Restorer
 

I went through something this week and even though I was okay with the outcome, I was deeply hurt. I felt like several years of my precious life had been wasted. I felt like a failure and a fool, and I was angry. I was now in a city alone. I was shocked and afraid. I sat for hours at my desk crying and wondering what to do. I was 250 miles away from family in Miami and almost 500 miles away from family in Atlanta. I knew I had to get rid of what I was feeling, so I took all those emotions and feelings to the Throne of Grace.

I thank God that I know Him and that He is a present help in time of trouble. Father God plainly said, “Lift up your head daughter, for I am a Restorer. I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten… and I will heal you”.

Then He said to read the scriptures Joel 2:21-26 and Jeremiah 30:17 and personalize them. Look at what God said to me: 

"Fear not, Angeline; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten… and ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed." -Joel 2:21-26

”For I will restore health unto you Angeline, and I will heal you of your wounds, says the LORD; because they called you an Outcast, saying, Angeline, whom no man will seek after.” - Jeremiah 30:17

Instantly my tears of sorrow turned to joy and I could do nothing but rejoice and praise my loving Father! Earlier that day in my carnal thinking, all I could see was that I am now middle-aged, and no man will want me now, but clearly, God did not and does not see me this way. He has a plan to restore!

Restoration is the primary theme in the Bible. It is demonstrated throughout God's Word. It’s what we need from the moment we enter the world. It was Jesus’ purpose for coming… to restore mankind back to God.

Restore means:
  • to reinstate, re-establish, bring back, return, refurbish, renovate, repair, make amends
  • make an end, finish, full, give again, make good, (re-) pay (again), (make) (to) (be at) peace,
  • recompense, render, require, make restitution, reward,
  • return to its original or usable and functioning condition. 

In all the years I’ve known God, I have come to know that He will always do what He says He will do. It might take a minute because our belief has to catch up to His Word, but His Word will NEVER return void. I don't know how He does it, but He does it. The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. (Luke 18:27) Whatever the enemy has tried to take away from you, God wants to restore it and make it better than before. That’s just the kind of Father He is.

Life happens… we all will be tempted, hurt, wounded, oppressed, depressed, and so on at some point in life. However, here is the key… we can complain and remain in the same awful condition, or we can praise God and be raised up. Every day we have to make a choice to stand on what God says.

Lift Up Your Head for Your God Is A Restorer!
God wants you restored spiritually, emotionally and physically. Be encouraged. Place your trust in the Lord. Look to Him only and surrender your life and your future to Him for God is a God of Restoration.

I pray you will gain the understanding of Christ that will not only bring you the restoration you are seeking but move you further into His plan for your life. Thank you for standing with me, for drawing from me and for seeking the Lord for His purposes to be fulfilled in you and in us in these last days.

God has blessed us all with Jesus Christ,
Author Angeline Williams  Added On 04/02/2019
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  Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?
 
Some people don’t want to be healed or happy. They love to have pity parties because they love the attention they bring. I had someone call me for prayer one day. I began to pray and while I was praying, this person was talking to people in the background, not even listening to me pray so that they could agree with me or hear what I was praying for. Holy Spirit said stop they don't want to be healed. Then I understood why Jesus asked the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, "Do you want to be made whole?" (John 5: 5-9) . 
We know that Jesus could see through to the heart, so when Jesus approached the man and asked if he wanted to be made whole it was a legitimate question. Just because someone has a sickness (in any area of life) doesn’t mean they are automatically really ready to be free. You've heard the saying, “misery loves company.” Sometimes there's a comfortable misery in repetitive failure. The familiarity of the known is more comfortable than the uncertainty of the unknown. In the book “I Don't Believe In Fairytales” I discuss the spirit of sabotage.

The dictionary defines sabotage as to deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage. Sabotage is the devil’s primary goal against the things of God. He is the master of sabotage, with a particular mission to get you off course with God. Sabotage and unholy strongholds have the same goal. Both evils work to block people from experiencing the things of God.

Some people have held on to anger, resentment, and the “victim” mentality so long until it has become their identity, not realizing they are blocking the blessings that belong to them. When we hold on to past hurt, we can actually sabotage our own success. The Lord can do nothing for the person who is not willing to be helped. Sabotage and unholy strongholds have the same goal, to block people from experiencing the things of God.

There are times when we struggle to break out of hardship and unpleasant situations, looking for help in the wrong direction. We look for help from friends and families, but because families and friends need help themselves, they are unable to help. When we don't get our desired result, we become discouraged and give in thinking it is our fate without making an effort or trying harder.

Wholeness hinges on your decision. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”  In Revelations 22:17 He says, “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” He offers the chance for a better future in this life and in eternity (Matthew 19:29). Will you take advantage of it?  Is there anything that you are holding onto that is blocking your blessings? Will you be the head and not the tail? Will you be above and not beneath? Will you have your household saved? Will you be what I have said in My Word that you can be?

In the book “Put The Word In Your Mouth”, I candidly share how God taught me the importance of agreeing with Him and speaking what He speaks. Are you facing circumstances that seem impossible? Do you need healing in your body, a financial breakthrough or a fresh touch from God? Are you blocking your blessings? God’s plan for your life is good, not evil!  Whatever you need, the answer is in God's Word. It's time to live the abundant life Christ died and rose for you to live! It's breakthrough time! ​Grab your copy today!!!
Author Angeline Williams  Added On 04/02/2019
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