“Ready Or Not, Here He Comes”

Posted: June 21, 2010 in Bible Prophecy, Church, Death, Holocaust, Isaiah, Israel, Rapture, Resurrection, Salvation, Security, Tribulation

  You’ve Heard – “It’s darkest just before the dawn.”   “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5).  “The future is as bright as the promises of God.”
  The Truth.  These things are true for the children of God but not for the unbelievers who die without the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  For them is reserved the blackness of darkness forever (Jude 1:13). There will also be weeping and the gnashing of teeth (Matthew 24:51).  These are Christ’s own words. To avoid this awful place, keep reading.
  Dark Days.  Ever since God selected Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their descendants to be the special recipients of His Word to pass on to others (Romans 3:2), and the ones through whom the Messiah would come (Isaiah 7:14), they have been the target of many nations in the world.  Neither the devil nor his children want the Jews to prosper.  It’s really sad when so called “Christians” attack the Jews.  God wanted the Jews to be His witnesses to the nations around them (Isaiah 43:10, 12). 
  Conformity.  But rather than maintaining their uniqueness, many of the Jews became more and more like the pagans around them.  This, in keeping with God’s Word, brought a curse rather than a blessing on them (Deuteronomy 28).  Disobedience has dire consequences (Romans 6:23).  Rebellion [against God] is as the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23).  Are you a rebel?  If you are, you are opening yourself up to demonic oppression.
  Sabbatical Years.  Every seven years the Jews, living in the Old Testament times, were supposed to let the land rest and trust God to provide their needs (Leviticus 25:4).  They chose to trust in themselves rather than God (Proverbs 3:5, 6).  Aren’t we prone to do the same thing today?  Because they violated this law for 490 years, God sent them into Babylon for 70 years (Jeremiah 25:8-12; 2 Chronicles 36:21).
  Temple Rebuilt.  After defeating the Babylonians, Cyrus, king of Persia (isn’t that interesting) allowed the Jews to return to their land and rebuild their temple (2 Chronicles 36:22).  Later, under Nehemiah, the walls around the city were set up in 52 days (Nehemiah 6:15).
  Another Lapse.  Failing to learn their lessons, the Jews slipped back into their old ways of living.  The Old Testament ends with a curse on the Jews (Malachi 4:6). God was silent for the next 400 years in which no prophet was sent to them until John the Baptist came just prior to Christ’s arrival (Malachi 3:1).
  The King Came.  When the promised Messiah and King of the Jews (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 27:11, 37) arrived on the scene they didn’t welcome Him (John 1:11).  He was despised and rejected by His own people, the Jews (Isaiah 53:3).  They and some of His own half brothers thought Jesus was insane (Isaiah 53:4; Mark 3:21).  His half brother James didn’t believe on Him until after His resurrection (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7).  Their leaders cried out and said, “His blood be on us and on our children” (Matthew 27:25).  Unfortunately, it has been on them for centuries.
  Exterminate Them?  Even though the nations of the world have tried to exterminate the Jewish people, they can’t.  Why?  God isn’t finished with them yet.  They are temporarily set aside by God as a nation “until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in” (Romans 11:25).  If you’re an unsaved Gentile (non-Jew) now, but will trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you just might be the last person to come to Christ for salvation to fulfill that number.  Then He will come back for those of us who are true believers (John 6:37; 14:1-3). 
  Believe In Vain?  Many people “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2; Matthew 7:21-23).  Do you know what this means?  Are you one of them?  You better make sure as soon as possible. This may be your last day on this earth.  You may not be alive by the time this day is over.  Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14).
  Set Aside Temporarily.  At the present time God’s time clock with Israel is stopped.  They have been set aside temporarily but have not been cast away forever (Romans 11:1, 2).  The church and Israel are two distinct entities and are not to be confused (1 Corinthians 10:32).  God is dealing primarily with the Gentile nations and gathering out from among them a people for His name to become the Bride of Christ when He returns for her (John 14:1-3; Acts 14:15; Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 21:9).
  The Body Of Christ.  The church, which is the Body of Christ, consists of Jewish and Gentile believers in Christ (Ephesians 2:15; Galatians 3:26-29).  It began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2; 10:44-48; 11:15) and will be completed by the time Christ returns in the rapture when all whom the Father has given to the Son have come to Him (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; John 6:37).  We don’t know exactly when this will take place.  So we must continue to be faithful Christians to the end of our days so others can learn about the Savior and be saved (1 Corinthians 4:2; 15:58).
  Blindness.  Being physically blind is bad enough.  But to be spiritually blind is far worse.  While natural blindness (1 Corinthians 2:14), and Satanic blindness (2 Corinthians 4:4) plague all unsaved men, judicial blindness (Romans 11:7-10) also keeps some Jewish people from trusting in Christ as their personal Savior. They have eyes but don’t see Him as He really is (Isaiah 6:9, 10; 44:18; Romans 1:18-23).
  The Divine Ophthalmologist.  Jesus, while on earth, opened the eyes of the blind to demonstrate that He was/is the light of the world (Matthew 9:27-30; John 8:12; 9:5).  But He can do far more than that.  He can open the eyes of those who are spiritually blind (Acts 26:18) so they can believe in Him as the One sent by God the Father to be the Savior of the world (John 1:29; 3:16; 36).
  Another Holocaust?  It’s sad to say but another “Holocaust” is on the way.  The world stage seems like it is being set right now.  Animosity for Israel is mounting daily.  It’s called “The time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). It will be far greater than any of the previous holocausts combined.  During the last part of the Great Tribulation the sun will go out and darkness will cover the whole earth (Matthew 24:29-31).  Against this backdrop the King of kings (the Lord Jesus Christ) will return from heaven to rescue the believing Jewish remnant from annihilation by their enemies (Zechariah 12, 14; Romans 9:27; Revelation 12:17; 16:13-16).  Sadly, the United States will be involved in the campaign of Armageddon and will try to annihilate the Jews too (Revelation 19:11-16). 
  Peace On Earth?  Yes, but when?  Once He has defeated all His enemies with His rod of iron (Psalm 2:9), and the sword of His mouth (Revelation 19:15), Jesus the Christ will establish His millennial kingdom here on earth as He promised to the Jews (Revelation 20:1-7; Daniel 2:44; Isaiah 9:6). What all others have tried to do and failed to do, Jesus, the Savior and Messiah, will actually accomplish.  He will prove to all mankind, once and for all, that He is God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-14; Philippians 2:11). 
  The Good News.  When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, God saves us from an eternal hell (Acts 16:31).  The “Good News” is, “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
  Trust Him Now!  If you want to go to heaven you must believe on Him while you are alive here on earth.  We’re here to help you make the most important decision you’ll ever have to make.  Jesus came to give us [eternal] life and abundant life (John 10:10).  To ignore Him is the same as rejecting Him and sealing your doom forever.
  Need Help?  If you need additional information go to our web site at www.kelseypeach.com or call us at 805-238-3549.

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