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THE PEACEFUL REIGN

I don’t know about you but I am not happy about the times in which we live. There is so much chaos, unrest, hatred, and division in every sector of life that I am eagerly looking forward to the time when Jesus our sovereign ruler will be reigning on this earth. His reign will be peaceful and those people that know the Word can attest the words of Solomon in Proverbs 29:2 2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

During Jesus’ reign, the earth will be inhabited with believers who were raptured and who have glorified bodies, and individuals who have mortal bodies. Unfortunately, many of the mortals with their unregenerate nature will resist Jesus’s leadership. No doubt they will be demonically influenced because though Satan is bound in the bottomless pit the bible does not say that his angels and demonic spirits are also bound during this time. I believe these spirits though they do not have a leader they will be stirring up trouble with sinful individuals that do not realize they are living at the best of times. Thus, the bible states in Revelation 19:15, “Jesus will rule them with a rod of iron,” which means He will rule with judgment and justice (Isaiah 6:6-7).

Despite the demonic activity, those of us that have a relationship with God will be willingly serving Jesus and enjoying the benefits of being with Him. Additionally here is a list of other pertinent things that will take place during Jesus’s peaceful reign:

1. Jesus will establish Jerusalem as his capital and the nations in the earth will go there to worship, to learn His laws and to attend the annual Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16).
2. Believers will rule and reign with Jesus teaching the world His ways and laws (Daniel 7:18, 27; Psalms 37:29- 31; Revelations 5:9-10).
3. Blessings and prosperity will happen to nations and people who acknowledge Jesus as their king. The land will once again flourish and people’s lifespan will increase. The nature of predatory animals will be changed from carnivorous to herbivores and harmful to peaceful (Isaiah 11:6-9, 65:18-23, 25).
4. For raptured believers, no dying and no sickness for our bodies are changed (1 Corinthians 15:52-54).

Just blogging and thinking about the peaceful reign of Jesus brings me comfort, hope, and longing for that time. So, I pray you will be there with me enjoying the peaceful reign.

DOOMSDAY

Doomsday is referred to as a time when human civilization is at risk of partial or complete destruction. This is going to eventually happen but anyone that understands eschatology knows that it will not be in our near future.

Often, when we hear of climatic catastrophes happening around the world we will also hear predictions of the world coming to an end. Exactly when this world is going to end no one knows except God. I do know that according to the scriptures this earth is going to experience trauma not only from the events that Jesus told his disciples about in Matthew 24 but from the judgments that the earth and its inhabitants will experience during the tribulation. During that time the Antichrist will attempt to become the world leader; however, his attempted reign of terror ends with the battle of Armageddon after which he and the false prophet are placed in the lake of fire.

The earth will then experience prosperity under the rule of King Jesus for a thousand years. Following this time Satan who was bound during the thousand-year reign of King Jesus will be loosed deceiving men and causing them to revolt against the dictatorship of Jesus. The final earth battle called Gog and Magog will occur resulting in the enemies of Jesus being destroyed and Satan joining the Antichrist in the Lake of Fire.

Everyone that has ever lived on the earth who was not a participant in the rapture will stand before Jesus at the great white throne judgment and if their name is not found in the book of life they will be cast into the lake of fire. It is at this time that doomsday will occur. All of the enemies of God will be defeated, and sin will no longer exist. For the true children of God, God has great eternal plans for us. Revelation 21:1a states, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away,” and it is on the new earth that believers will experience unspeakable joy as we will forever be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Apart from reading Revelation, if you are interested or curious about the information I shared in this blog you can get more details by reading my blogs on the book of Revelation which can be found in the archive. Also, my next blog will be on the Millennial reign of Jesus. I invite you back next week to read it.

ENDTIME SIGNS

I believe Jesus will be returning soon to rapture His bride; so, in this blog, I am going to share what I think are signs that the rapture is imminent. Below I have listed ten signs with explanations. If you have not taken note of these events, I pray this information will be helpful to you as you prepare for your future.

1. During the tribulation, Jerusalem will be the hub of activity. Presently, Jews are calling Jerusalem their capital and now other nations are beginning to recognize it as such.
2. At the onset of the tribulation period, the antichrist will make a treaty with Israel allowing them to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Articles, instruments, furnishings, and vessels need for the temple have already been made and are stored in the Temple Institute. Plus, priests are now being trained to do the work needed in the future temple.
3. Modern technology needed for taking on the mark of the beast (microchips implantation), the ability to see the two dead prophets on the street in Jerusalem come to life and giving the statue of the antichrist the ability to function in mysterious ways have been invented.
4. Deviant sexual behavior has risen to unbelievable heights and the world due to media exposure has become desensitized to it.
5. For years’ scientists have been predicting an asteroid will hit the earth doing tremendous damage and they have now predicted this will happen around 2029. Could this be the “Bitter worm” spoken about in Revelations 8:10 -11?
6. Plagues:
A. Swarms of locusts have devoured entire farms in Africa and they are spreading throughout the Middle East, and have even reached China.
B. The Coronavirus will shortly be considered pandemic killing many people along the way.
C. The African Swine Fever which has spread to more than 40 countries, has already killed millions of pigs in China.
D. The H1N1 Swine Flu is on the rise and the H5N1 Bird Flu and H5N8 Bird Flu is killing birds and chickens around the globe. These events produce a food shortage.
7. Climate change is affecting the whole world. The meteorologist can no longer accurately predict the weather. Fires, flooding, frequent earthquakes, and seismic activity resulting in volcanic eruptions are happening in divers places. No one can say they are living in a place where catastrophes won’t happen.
8. Global realignment of nations (Russia and China) that were once enemies are now working together strategizing ways to take over the world.
9. Wars and rumors of wars are happening all over the world.
10. Worldwide the killing of Jews and Christians on the rise.

FOREVER THANKFUL

I haven’t written or posted a blog since January 11, 2020, because I was away on a mission trip in Uganda. While there with the mission group, we were able to minister the Word and give clothes, food bundles, candy, footwear, stuffed animals, school books and school supplies to the needy in five different communities. This was my fourth year going to Uganda and as I did in the past, I came home forever thankful that I live in America.

You may be asking why I am forever thankful, so let me share some of the conditions that exist in Uganda and you will understand. In 2017 the population of Uganda was 42 million persons and the recorded poverty rate for 2016 was 87% of the population. Thus, you will see people young and old begging or trying to sell some items to get monies and this goes on from early morning to late at night.

Most families do not have indoor plumbing, bathrooms, or kitchens. They cook their food out-doors, use the community out-house, and get their water from the community water hole station. You will see all ages of people carrying containers to the water hole to get water to use in their homes and this water is sometimes contaminated causing the people to get infectious diseases.

In Uganda, a large portion of the children is uneducated because parents must pay for them to attend school. The cost of the fees that the parents must pay for a child to attend school is approximately $100. a year and for those parents that are working their annual salary ranges from $80. to $120.; therefore, for many Ugandan parents, educating their children is not a priority when they don’t have a job, trying to get monies to feed their family and scraping up monies to pay rent.

The roads in Uganda are horrific, there are hardly any traffic lights, and most people’s mode of transportation is a motorcycle. It is pure chaos.

If you go to the hospital, the doctors may not tell you what is wrong; if you are hospitalized, you need to bring your own sheets and if you have surgery, you need to bring bandages.

I could continue sharing things, but these are just a few reasons why I am forever thankful. I realize I take so many things for granted because of the privileges I experience living in America, but I’ve learned from my trips to Uganda that as bad as sometimes think of America, I need to shut my mouth and be forever thankful that I live here.

THE PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF PRAYER

Everyone born in this world has the awesome privilege of communicating with God, the creator of the universe. He is no respecter of persons; He allows us all to approach Him with our praises and concerns. Most importantly, He hears each one of us though millions maybe talking to Him at the same time.

What I’ve come to love about this communication is that everyone can communicate in their own manner and God hears them. He does not discriminate and pick someone’s emotional prayer above another person’s quiet prayer, but instead He notes the sincerity of all our hearts. So, I am thankful for the privilege of coming to God knowing He wants to hear from me and He is always listening. Also, He truly misses me when I fail to speak to Him.

When God was creating man, He said and did this, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28). He gave man the responsibility and authority to manage the earth for He was not going to do man’s job. By expressing our worldly concerns to Him and getting His help and direction, we can subdue and have dominion in the earth realm. When we pray, we can rest in the knowledge that we are covered and have the backing of a higher power, and when we speak, we are to speak with authority the Word and thoughts of our creator. We can do the job on earth because the Great One is in us. All of this happens because we know the privilege and responsibility of prayer and we follow these three life changing words of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing”.

STOP COMPLAINING AND START PRAISING

Let’s start the year off correctly; stop complaining. It is so easy to find fault and complain about everything from the start of your day to when you go to bed at night. Even worse if you are a constant complainer, you don’t even realize that you complain all the time.

If you are a constant complainer, people around you often tune you out because they know most of your conversation will be negative and based on what you are feeling, not what is happening. Also, your presence changes the atmosphere and not the right way.

So, here are a few things that you can do to change for the better in 2020. Speak slowly and think about what you are going to say before you speak. When you feel things are not going in the way you desire, think of others in a worse situation and be grateful you are not in their shoes. Remember the scripture found in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “ In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Lastly, on New Year’s Eve, this is what my pastor suggested for believers to do this year when they find themselves in trouble and don’t know what to do and say, or about to say the wrong thing, lift both of your hands up. This is a signal to God, “I’m over here,” “I need your help,” “I surrender God, come and see about me.” Guess what I’ve been doing it since that time and I believe I am getting help. So, I close this blog recommending that you join me giving thanks and raising your hand.

THE YEAR OF THE MOUTH

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year festival, which also marks the start of the Jewish New Year. According to the Hebraic calendar which is different than our Gregorian calendar, the year is 5780, and it is the beginning of a new decade or kingdom era. In Hebrew, this era is known as “Pey,” which means “voice” or “mouth.” As God’s ambassadors, our voices must be heard this decade. We must unlock God’s kingdom plan and align heaven and earth.

Additionally, prophets are calling this time “The Year of the Mouth.” for believers are to proclaim, announce, publish, or declare decrees for all to Hear
When believers declare they are with confidence saying or stating something in an official or public way and the decree they make is an authoritative order having the force of law behind it. For with the knowledge of Ecclesiastes 8:4a, “Where the word of a king is, there is power,” believers speak with boldness and confidence.

Because we understand kingdom principles we realize the words God spoke to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 51:20, “Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms,” is the same words He is speaking to us. We are the vessels that He is using on earth in this present time and the mandate that He gave to Adam in Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” has not changed.

Those of us living in America use the Gregorian calendar which starts our new year on January 1; so, we are a bit behind those that were aware of “The Year of the Mouth,” but thank God it is not too late to begin declaring the decrees of our Father.

With this fact in mind let me close my last blog of 2019 with this decree for your life found in Ephesians 1:17-19, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.” God richly bless you throughout 2020.

IMMANUEL

It’s that time of year again when the world celebrates Christmas. Most families will give gifts to each other and come together for a Christmas meal, and unfortunately, the real reason for the season is often overlooked. Supporting this fact is a recent statement I heard a clergy say, “If Christmas happens to falls on a Sunday, church attendance will be down.”

In my blog “THE REASON FOR THE SEASON” which I posted on December 19, 2015, I shared this information, “Many biblical scholars have questioned the exact birth date of Jesus; however, the first celebrations of Christ’s birth were initially grouped with Epiphany, one of the earliest feasts of the Christian church which was held on January 6. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on December 25th.”

Libraryspot.com states more than160 countries celebrate Christmas. A few countries refer to the holiday as Family Day, while some countries like Pakistan and Jordan designate December 25th as an official holiday only for Christians. Furthermore, I assume the name “Family Day” was given because more emphasis is placed on family gatherings than on the birth of Jesus.

For true believers the actual birth date is not important, what is important is that the prophecies found in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” and Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” happened as recorded in Luke 2:10-14, “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”

Though others may forget and some overlook, don’t allow yourself to be included in that number. Remember, that God so loved us that He sent His Son to be born a citizen of earth and through Jesus’s death to redeem us back into right relationship with God. Jesus is forever our Immanuel, our designated King of this earth and we can celebrate Him not only December 25 but every day of our lives.

EVENTUALLY, REAPING WILL COME

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Once again, this week, as I was reading the story of Jacob, I was reminded that our actions have consequences that can be good or bad for us.

Jacob’s father Isaac was old and blind; therefore, he desired before he died to give his son Esau who was his oldest child, the blessing of the firstborn. He told his son to prepare for him his favorite meal so he could eat and afterward, he would bless him. His wife Rebekah heard what he said and arranged a deceptive plan with their younger son Jacob for him to get the bless instead of Esau.

After Jacob successfully deceived Isaac and obtained his brother’s blessing, Esau pledged to kill Jacob when their father died; hence, Rebekah had Jacob leave Canaan and go to Padanaram under the pretense of getting a wife. Upon arrival in Padanaram, Jacob meets his mother’s relatives and falls in love with his cousin Rachel. He agreed to work for her for seven years, which he did; however when the wedding took place, his father-in-law deceived him and gave him Leah the oldest daughter and not the one for whom Jacob worked.

Jacob was tricked because the wedding took place at night, and he could not see when his bride was brought to him in her bridal attire. Just like he deceived his father, who could not see, he was tricked because he could not see. Jacob switched himself for his brother and Laban switched Rachel for Leah. Jacob used Esau’s clothing to trick his father and now his father-in-law uses the bridal attire to trick him. It took seven years for him to reap what he had sown. Jacob was upset with his father-in-law for deceiving him and denying him what he had rightfully earned but he forgot he tricked his father and took from Esau what was legally his.

The lesson that Jacob learned is a lesson for all of us, especially when our actions are harmful to others. You may not reap negativity or hurt immediately, but eventually, reaping will come. So it behooves all of us to follow the motto of this saying, “Do the best you can, to all you can, while you can.”

GIVE THANKS

In my lifetime, I’ve had the privilege of travel to countries where a large percentage of citizens are suffering from extreme poverty, and they don’t have what I consider the basic necessities of life. I receive monthly literature from organizations that support those that don’t have the civil liberties that we do in America. For many years I worked in a hospital where I witnessed first-hand the results of diseases, some of which were incurable. Additionally, for the last fifteen years I’ve done a weekly bible class in a nursing home where I minister to people who wish they were not confined to that nursing home. All of these experiences and exposures have helped me to give thanks for when I see the plight of others and know that their situation could be mine, I bless and thank God for His continued kindness to me.

Since many of us take things for granted, let me share some of the things for which we can thank God for throughout our day, starting in the morning when we wake up. First, give thanks because you could have passed into eternity during the night. As you get out of bed give thanks for the use of your limbs and senses (hearing, seeing, feeling, and smelling) being intact. Thank God nothing happened to your home while you slept during the night. Thank God for the clothes and shoes that you have to wear. Thank God you have indoor plumbing, which provides you with a bathroom and kitchen. Thank God for the food that you eat and beverages you drink throughout the day. Thank God that the food and beverages were not poisonous. Thank God for employment and transportation services (car, bus, or train). Thank God for means (phone and internet) to communicate with people. Thank God for his guidance and protection throughout the day, and especially thank Him because He brought you back home safely at the end of the day.

Finally, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I can follow this directive because God is with me in every situation, whether good or bad, He is there to lead and help me, and for this I give Him thanks.