The Heavens Declare

September 18, 2008

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory and creative work of God…not massive amounts of stellar time.

The Glory of God is revealed by swirling galaxies, gas giants, and purple nebular clouds…

Think on this AMAZING FACT….

The statistical probability of ONE planet ANYWHERE in the universe fitting the necessary parameters for life is approximately 10 to the -194 power. Meaning, there is less than 1 chance in 100 thousand trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion, that there is even ONE planet that could support life in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE.

But Earth does……….

 

The Peony Nebula

The Peony Nebula - Getty Images

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“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”- Jeremiah 17:9-10

Did you know that if you have accepted Christ to live in your heart, and have invited the Holy Spirit to guide your life, and have accepted God’s awesome LIFE TERMS, then your HEART is no longer WICKED???!!!!

Yes that’s right you have a new heart, a heart of flesh, circumcised by the atonement of Christ, made new in Him. Your heart is GOOD. I mean GOOD like ice cream, newborn babies, spring rain, and the first snow good.

This teaching in the CHURCH has been stomped for 2000 years! Because the ENEMY DOES NOT WANT YOU TO LIVE WITH A NEW HEART! He wants you to waste away in self pity, rejection, self loathing, and despondence, thinking that “if I could only get to heaven, I’d be ok”. We really don’t think we are OK!!!!!

WHAT? I mean I am sitting here thinking of all the times the Enemy has gotten me with this one. YOU ARE NOT OK. YOU SUCK. YOU ARE NOT CHOSEN. YOU ARE NOT SINLESS. YOU ARE A FILTHY RAG. YOUR LIFE IS CHOKED WITH WEEDS.

Well where the HELL is the Gardener, the Counselor, the Shepherd of my Soul??????

IN MY HEART!

Your heart has been ransomed, transformed, made whole, made clean, and made new!!

REQUIRED READING FOR THE FAINT AT HEART:

Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Ransomed Heart by John Eldredge

Ransomed Heart Ministries

 

Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge

Wild At Heart by John Eldredge

Many honest people in the body of Christ are wholeheartedly following after a terribly faulty teaching about the rapture of the church.

 

What does the Bible actually say is the chronology of events leading up to our miraculous trip up in the clouds? Look at these well known scriptures:

 

“According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 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. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

 – 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

 

 “Immediately after the distress of those daysthe sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” 

 – Matthew 24:29-31

 

 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

 – Luke 21:25-28 

 

“I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

Revelation 6:12-17

 

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

 – Revelation 7:9 (notice this is AFTER chapter 6’s description of the sun turning black etc.)

 
1) So there is ONE EVENT called THE DAY OF THE LORD
2) It will be preceded by a terrible tribulation (previously unmatched in history)
3) We will know it is THE DAY OF THE LORD because there will be unmistakeable GREAT SIGNS in the Sun, Moon, Stars, & Heavens
4) THE DAY OF THE LORD will COMMENCE and the terrible tribulation will END with Jesus’ Personal Return to Earth.
5) ALL eyes will see Him, EVERYBODY, we “who remain” as well as the wicked.
6) The DEAD in CHRIST will RISE. THE RESURRECTION!
7) THEN and only then will He will gather us from the ends of the Earth.
The Bible is VERY clear on the chronology of events, in my opinion. If you can twist the words of Jesus into some other chronology do not write me about it. I don’t twist the words of Jesus.

Day of Atonement

September 23, 2007

Well today is the Day of Atonement. Our sins have already been atoned FOREVER, FOR GOOD, COMPLETELY. But Israel (faithful Israel) still thinks that God needs sacrificial repentance through The Law. I keep thinking about this, and it really seems in character with God’s mercy and grace. Their hearts are temporarily “darkened” until the “fullness of the gentiles comes in”. Why?

Here we have a people who have a graphic, personal, historical relationship with the God of the Universe. He says that He is going to send Someone to restore Israel and bring in an eternal reign of righteousness and peace. He sends a baby whose wrist bones get nailed to pieces of wood. And then 2000 years go by and after the Holocaust and Auchwitze they are still believing in the God of the Universe to bring in the restoration of Israel and the eternal reign of Heaven on earth. Can you imagine the glee and faith and glory when they get to “look on Him whom they have pierced” and He instead of saying, “You faithless and perverse generation” He says, “Come up to me to live in Glory Land forever!” WOW!!!!!! Talk about a faithful God. And talk about faithful people. The remnant of Israel, without revelation, because God personally has a blind fold put on their eyes, are going to turn away from The Law once and for all and embrace the Lamb Slain from the foundation of the world. WHEW!!!!!!

Well speaking of Israel, whether faithful or not, they are about to go to war. And it will seem that EVERY NATION is coming up against then and swarming them. We need to seriously take notice, take heart, take this seriously. We are the spiritual children of Israel. We are bastard children. Grafted in by nothing but pure mercy and grace and favor. We are adopted into this Family of the Creator ONLY by their sacrifice and faith and patience and slavery and laws and Book. By David’s Son! We don’t need to forget about them because they are forgotten and silly and big nosed and hard-headed like some people view them. We need to see them as our true and rightful co-heirs. Because God chose them and they chose to remain faithful to Him no matter what. 

There will be every nation, tribe, and tongue in Heaven, but the Jews are God’s first born among men, because JESUS is His Son. 

Let’s please pray for them and for the grafted in gentile church all over. We are breaking up and breaking apart. We are separated by hurts and wounds, frustrations, misunderstandings, feuds, bad blood, bad water under the bridge. But we need to set all that aside and hold hands because all Hell is about to break loose on this earth.

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