When we go into an endevour to defend the truth, it is a praise worthy endevour and task!!! And the gospel has been preached for sometime!!! And when God brings everything to close and it won't be the rapture, it will be the anti-Christ and his work!!! And probably you heard that this individual will force everyone to take a mark on the forehead or I think the wrist to do a sensus on all those who dwell in the world!!! And whom ever does not comply will not only not be able to buy groceries and or gasoline for the care or milk for the baby, but will be extermiated, perhaps in a public ceremony to frighten the rest!!! Now God says that the truth will set us free!!! Will I have to beheaded to prove to God or someone I'm a Christian???!!! Revelations tells that God's people will be take to a place of Safety in the wilderness, and what happened in the wilderness when the children of Isarael were thirty withour water and they came to the waters of Mara, but the waters were bitter and undrinkable!!! Let turn there in Exodus, ["... 20And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. 21And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. 22So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. 23And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 25And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 26And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. 27And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters..."] After Mose brought the children of Isarael to cross the parting water of the Red Sea, then three days later, thirty they found another problem thirst and need!!! Now we said that if we keep milling the truth, the truth will always be providing for us and our love ones!!! Now what does God's word tells never to forget to do: ["...1My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones..."] Now God want to keep your body together and not be beheaded!!! Now what does God say to keep together, Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart... Uphold the truth but don't be clever in your own eyes and try to do stunt to impress people: It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones...Always have plenty of mercy for other who do not measure up to God or to us like if we were authority on matters!!! And what if you for some reason decide to spare your own life and abide with what the anti-Christ, you will not loose you salvation!!! It will just prove that you are human the way God created you to fear death, like any other of God's creatures!!! And if you forgive others when they trouble you, God will forgive you too for just being human and caring for you loved ones!!! You don't have to prove anything to anybody or even God!!! But if you don't understand how free God hasth made us, you will make the wrong choice and trouble your family, needlessly!!! Let finish with Psalm 89:14, ["... 13Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand. 14Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. 15Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. 16In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. 17For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. 18For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king..."] God will defend you with his Grace and God says that Blessed is the people the know the joyful sound: they shall walk...In thy name shall they rejoice all the day!!! Blessings. Amen. thbg
[quote]Now God want to keep your body together and not be beheaded!!![/quote]
I was just wondering about this statement for there are many who have given their lives for the sake of the Gospel. I am thinking of Stephen, James, Paul (who was beheaded) and others just to name a few. I am also thinking of the many people in modern times who have in the past or our currently suffering for the sake of the Gospel. One person who comes to mind is Jim Elliott who along with four other men was murdered on a beach. Why were they on that beach that day? They were trying to make contact with a tribe who had not yet heard the Gospel. While these men paid for that with their lives, God used that situation to open the door for some of the wives and children of these courageous men to actually go and live amongst and actually befriend the murderers of their loved ones. It opened the door for these people to come to Christ. You see, the idea of giving your own life for the life of another was foreign to this tribe. In fact, they were dying out. The families of these murdered missionaries were later told... they came to understand this sort of love when they learned how these men had given their lives for them... they wanted them to come to know God.
Shiver Me Timbers! I, too, want to keep my head and my body together! I am resolved in my heart to be faithful until death or unto death, whichever one I must face. I pray He will give me the grace to die for Him in that hour if it is what He requires of me. I also pray for His mercy that I be spared from such an hour. Whatever He decides to do is alright with me. He'll get me through.
Amen K! I remember the story of Jim and the others very well. And God would have it no other way! As you mentioned, Stephen, James and Paul to mention a few. And we must not forget what Stephen saw when He looked up :)
In all his torturing...what he saw, is the vision we must all hang on to if it ever came to us sacrificing our lives for God. Jesus said we will be persecuted for His Name's sake!
This are fair statements and I'm sure everyone is sincere and wants to be faithful to God and his work!!! But I did say not to do things for a needless purposes of someone who want to try and see how obedient you are???!!! Now God said that no one we be justified by their obedience, but their saving faith!!!
The Cross is so powerful that once we have eternal life in us, no one can take it away!!! Do we have to shun the anti-Christ to be saved??? Did God say that once you passed throught the 5 hoops of trial of anti-Christ you will be saved??? What did God really say??? John 3:16,
["...16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life..."]
Now what part of this message I don't understand??? Did God just imply u would have eternal life if you did something for him??? The fact of the matter is that we cannot separate the Book of Revelation by what God already said in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!!!
And this doesn't mean we won't have tribulation!!! I couldn't go to church today because they're going astray there and the message of Jesus was to simple and strong for that group!!! They wanted to add to God's word!!!
And we know the penalty for adding to God's word!!! Let turn there for review,
["... 17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus..."]
And the spirit and the bride says to take of the tree of life freely!!! All you have to do is thirst for God and his simple message and like I said in this blog, I did not want to add to what Jesus already said about the road to Salvation!!! What we have to to do is believe God simple message of Salvation and leave the expectacle to someone else!!!
May you be blessed. Amen.