The Rapture...are you ready?

Written by Doug Miller on . Posted in FAITH

Publisher’s note:  The gentleman that wrote this is a friend who didn’t know I was going to publish it. Except that I asked him who wrote it when I saw it on his Facebook page, I don’t even think he’s aware that I really appreciated his viewpoint on a subject that is near and dear to most Bible believing Followers of Christ.

In very brief, simple terms Doug Miller explains an event that believers expect to occur at some point in the future, and possibly sooner than not.  However the day and hour will be in His timing and only outright charlatans dare to identify that specific moment in time.   

I am honored to share Doug’s heartfelt thoughts on the subject.

Doug Miller:  Christians have known for many years that the Lord Jesus Christ promised He would return for His Church. They are the true believers both in Him, meaning Who He is, the Son of God, and what He has said WILL happen upon the earth after he has taken his Church from it, just before the Great Tribulation. 

The Tribulation has been referred to as the Apocalypse, and it refers to the 7 year period of literally Hell on earth during the reign of anti-Christ

Many Christians have had difficulty trying to explain what the "Rapture" will be like; which is when Jesus calls His Church home with the words "Come up Here.”  It will cause unbelievable distress to happen on the earth.  Think about this for just a minute.

Millions and millions of people will suddenly 'disappear' all over the world.  You may even be among them, if you've trusted your life and soul to the Lord, and acknowledge Him for Who He is; Lord and Savior…God!  

Or you may not.  Picture yourself in a conversation with someone who you know that professes to be a Christian.  When the Lord shouts for His church, (the Rapture) the person you're speaking to may just suddenly be gone, just disappear.  Can you imagine the confusion you would experience?  What happened to him/her?  Where did they go? 

Now, picture that same event repeating itself all over the planet, at the very same moment.  No one knowing what happened.  Did Russia do something, what about the US; are they to blame?  Of course, this is just my opinion as to how people would react; but, confusion will certainly reign supreme!!!

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The Problem with Christianity is....The Christians!

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in FAITH

This is an issue I've been meaning to write about for months.  To lay a little ground work, I'll describe myself and my basic thoughts on Christianity.  I call myself a Christian because I believe and know in my heart that Jesus was and is the promised Messiah foretold by the prophets in the Old Testament.  From His birth, to His death and resurrection, He fulfilled every prophecy concerning the coming Messiah.  I believe and understand that He came to earth to bridge the gap between God and man which was created way back in Genesis with original sin known as the fall. 

I believe God bridged this gap by sending Jesus, the Perfect Sacrificial Lamb as a final atonement offering for the sins of mankind, and that final atoning sacrifice washes away the sins of all who accept it.  I'll talk about this a little more in a few minutes, but let's have a look at something regarding original sin, because I think it escapes many people.  God doesn't grade sin as we do.  That is to say, all sin is against His will, and it is punishable by death.  To back that up; in Genesis, Adam and Eve had only one, (1) rule to obey and live by, and that was not to eat the fruit of a certain tree, under penalty of death.  Death for eating a certain fruit!

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You matter...you really do!

Written by Leah on . Posted in FAITH

Publisher's note:  Leah is a friend of mine and The Patriots Press, and is about as gentle and kind a soul as you will find anywhere.  I hope her words and meaning hit you as they did me.

Leah:  As I was backstage last night, unplugging my charger and packing my things, a friend came in and I asked her to sit with me a moment.  Ninety-nine percent of Academy staff, students, family, etc., had gone home.

We chatted and she asked me how I was.  You know how a conversation pauses...and the words you just exchanged are hanging in the air, and you and your friend are sitting there, looking at one another pleasantly...?

Well we were in that atmosphere when she opens her mouth and asks me, "how are you?” Just like that.

Sigh...I really don't like answering that question, so I said I was fine.  And she of course, looked at me with a more penetrating gaze and said whatever it was she said while I squirmed beneath her scrutiny.

She continued speaking and then a phrase came out of her mouth that stopped my ears from hearing anything else.  Do you know how your mind stops when something really good happens to you?

You don't hear a word anyone says because for you, time has stopped.  Well, that's what happened last night.

"How are you?"  I smile and answer.  She gives me the hard look and continues..."okay, because when I pray for you I get the impression that..."  And that is when time stopped for me. Time!  Thought!  Even emotion!  I was stunned.  Truth seeped into my intellect slowly.  "She prays for me."  It is difficult to explain how I felt inside upon that revelation.

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Billy Graham Speaks

Written by World Net Daily on . Posted in FAITH

Publisher's note:  The Reverend Billy Graham has been 'America's Pastor' for decades.  As he nears what are likely his last days and years, he is still doing his amazing work and is sounding the alarm for the imminent return of our Lord.  As a follower of Christ and an observer of our ever degrading, immoral, and Godless culture, I could not agree with Billy more.  I wish him many more blessed days and years of service.

WND and Billy Graham:  Just as Noah did in ancient times, world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham is sounding the alarm that the Second Coming is “near” and signs of the end of the age are “converging now for the first time since Jesus made those predictions.”

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly “biblical prophecies are being realized.”

And last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., claimed the world has entered the last days.

“When you see up is down and right is wrong, when this is happening, we were told this: that these days would be as the days of Noah,” Bachmann said.

The remarks by Graham, Netanyahu and Bachmann come amid a steadily rising wave of public interest in the end times, as demonstrated by recent polls and New York Times and Amazon.com bestselling books such as “The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future,” by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, and “Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change,” by Pastor John Hagee.

In September, a poll by the Ventura, Calif.-based Barna Group found 4 in 10 Americans – and 77 percent of evangelical Christians – believe the “world is now living in the biblical end times.”

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Lest we forget, we are His servants.

Written by Dawn Ellen on . Posted in FAITH

Publisher's note:  Once again, my friend Dawn has been inspired and inspired me with a very basic and simple article.  She is absolutely correct, many of us do seem to make demands of Jesus when we pray as if He should drop everything else and tend to our perceived need.  Amazing insight.

Dawn Ellen:  Jesus is not our servant, we are His servants. He is not at our beckoned call, so we must seek His face no matter how long it takes for Him to answer.  Dare we demand anything from our Lord?  Never!  

In the Churches today there seems to be arrogance. Christians are demanding that the Lord answer their prayers.  They reject the Lord’s will and try to force the Lord to abide by their will.  I see the Lord’s people shaking their fists to the ceilings in Church saying, “Because it is in Your Word, You HAVE TO do it."  

Actually, He doesn’t need to do anything.  Yet, He looks down on us and pours His mercy upon us. He may not answer your prayer the way you want, but He answers it according to what you need at the time.  

Your life is not about “answered prayer,” but about the Lord growing and enriching your faith.  It’s about humbling yourself before the throne in recognition that you are nothing in His sight but for His blood, He sees us as His Redeemed.  I refuse to assume I know the Lord’s mind or His will in my life.  I refuse to be arrogant and demand He answer my prayers the way I want Him to. Yes, I have unanswered prayer in my life for 35 years now, but I am a changed person, a grounded in the Word person, and a person with unimaginable faith in my Savior.  I dare not go before the throne with an arrogant spirit, but a spirit of complete humility knowing I could have been thrown into the depths of hell for all eternity.

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