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There is no middle ground for the church anymore.  God has drawn a line in the sand and we must now choose where to stand. Do you stand for God and His Word or do you stand with whatever society deems acceptable?  Rise up church for the days of your ease are over!! Rise up Christian for now is your time to take a spiritual stand…and having done all to stand…STAND!!

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, Ephesians 6:12-14

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Mark of the Beast

Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Please notice that ONLY the King James Version deals with this type of technology. The verse says IN their right hand while other versions changed it to say ON their right hands. Man changed it (in my opinion) because they couldn’t imagine a technology would exist that would allow something to be seen that was IN their hands or foreheads. Isn’t God’s word awesome that He saw the technology and used just one little word -IN – to let us know that He does see and hold the future in HIS hands and NOTHING is a surprise to HIM.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/12101449/Man-uses-microchip-implanted-in-hand-to-pass-through-airport-security.html

Andreas Sjöström strolls through Stockholm airport

Happy Birthday

Today is hubbies 50th birthday. It was just over 6 months ago that we sat in a hospital wondering if Dave would live to see his 50th birthday, but here we are celebrating it today. We are celebrating Dave’s birthday because of God’s healing power. We are celebrating Dave’s birthday because of Gods mercy and grace. We are celebrating Dave’s birthday because of the faithful prayers of Brothers and Sisters in Christ. These were not only friends and family that we knew, but prayer warriors from across the country who prayed for Dave. I can’t express enough just how grateful we are for those prayers. I can’t thank the Lord enough for allowing us to celebrate Dave’s 50th today. Happy Birthday David I love you and thank God for you and your life today and every day!

Ever have a random thought that wouldn’t leave you until you researched it a bit? Well for the past two weeks or so from about 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. give or take a few minutes a very bright star can be seen from our bedroom window – rising low in the east until it high in the sky in the east.

First few nights didn’t give it much thought, but then Dave and I both noticed it was brighter than all the other stars. This got me to thinking about the original star in the east and how it announced the arrival of the King. This made my mind think about this star and its announcing the Coming of the King.

So I did some research into that first star and what made the magi follow it in the first place. People don’t believe the magi come from the orient, but are indeed from Persia and descendants of the wise men from Babylon.

When the captives from Jerusalem were taken to Babylon they also took when them their history and scripture – so the wise men learned these. They learned about Balaam’s prophecy in Numbers 24:17 which mentioned a star “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.

They also would have known of Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people. They would know Daniels prophecy in Daniel 9:25-26 which mentions Jerusalem. Which is why the magi went to Jerusalem instead of Bethlehem because the magi did not have the prophecies of Micah which stated the Messiah would be born in
Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

So what about the star? Well it seems that only the Magi saw the star – which is why Herod asked them when it appeared. It also isn’t a planet or a comet or any other star we know of…why? Because the star rose in the East – traveled West like most stars, but they banked South to Bethlehem and then stopped over 1 house.

Strange star…so what was it really? The star was the Shechinah Glory of God and it could move a showed the presence of God. The Glory of God is mentioned through out scripture,,,what an awesome star. While the star I see in the early morning hours may not be the Shechinah Glory of God – it does remind me that Gods spirit is present and moving…much like that star.

Yes I remember 9-11 – who really can forget it.  We remember the shock, the sorrow, the unbelievable sadness and we remember those we lost.  But do we remember right after the towers went down?  People came together in droves to pray and hold hands with strangers.  Black, white, yellow or red….it made no difference.  The only thing we were that day and the days that followed were Americans United.  Its been 14 years and though we remember the fallen seems we have forgotten their legacy of Uniting America.  Yes it truly is a sad day.

Wow what a question – Does God know your name? As I was reading through Exodus I was struck by this line:

Exodus 33: 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

Imagine God knowing your name. The one thing Moses did was talk to God on a regular basis. However, have we really talked to God lately or have we just lobed requests at Him as though He worked a fast food drive-in?Moses did not do that – in fact when he met with God, it was on God’s timetable – not his. Who in his right mind would climb a mountain and talk with God 40 days – surely no one I know would take that time today!! But that is just what we need to do today – climb a mountain and be with God!!

Climbing a mountain in Mose’s day was no easy feat – steep, rough mountain trails, really I would be hard pressed to call them trails more like a path cut out by some wild animal. Not an easy path to follow, but when meeting with the Lord of Glory the trip is surely worth it!!

Now flash forward to today – we make climbing mountains easy!! We blow holes in them and put tunnels through them, or we blast away rock and put a nicely paved road through them. But even with all our short cuts – a trip up a mountain still isn’t easy, especially if you aren’t used to the trip.

Picture a tall mountain looming in the distance and the thought of a nice Sunday drive comes to mind. You begin your decent up the mountain and you think that this was a great idea – what a beautiful day.  After a short time of driving and looking at the scenery you realize that your chest feels heavy and it is getting hard to breathe. So you pull over at a rest stop and sit for awhile – hoping and praying that pressure lessens. Some of us will turn around at the pit stop and say the pressure is too much I have to turn back…they never met their goal of making it to the top of the mountain.

Others of us though will rest a bit and then continue on. After we begin going back up the mountain we travel for a little bit aware of height, but still enjoying the drive. All of a sudden you get a violent retching in your stomach and you think you are going to throw up – so you pull over and try to breath slowly. You find a little grocery store and you go in and buy soda crackers – after sitting for about 2 hours your stomach begins to feel better. Now you must decide do you proceed on or turn around and head home. A lot of us will turn around and say something like the ride was so very nice,but it is getting late and I don’t want it to be dark when I try coming back down the mountain. A small portion of us will continue up to the top of the mountain.

The trip that you imagined was a short, scenic trip, but that isn’t what it turned out to be. It has been beautiful it is true, but it has been hard. You are tired, worn out, even a little light headed. It is now dark and the mountain roads seem to drop off into nowhere, but you are determined to make it to the top of the mountain.

It is now midnight and you make it to the top of the mountain. You pull off at the last scenic rest stop, but you see no glorious view – only darkness. So you sleep and rest awhile. You made this trip and you are not going to miss the view for anything. Hours latter something wakes you gently, it is the sun splashing across your face.

You sit up excitedly knowing that you will finally see what you have been seeking  and you aren’t disappointed. This is something you will never forget, but what does that have to do with God knowing our names? The journeys are the same and there will be problems, pressures, and darkness – but if we push-on we will not be disappointed.

So what did Moses ask God for when he  got to the top. Was is money, fame, healing, etc…no this is what Moses asked for: Exodus 33: 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

All Moses wanted was to see God – thats it to stand in His presence. How many of us would have made that journey just to see God – really not many. We are happy with a safe distant relationship. We explain it away by saying we don’t have time, or we are busy for the kingdom. Some will conclude that if we faced that many problems, then God doesn’twant us to climb the mountain.

Do you want God to know your name – really? Are you willing to fight your way up the mountain to meet with God? If so then begin the journey today and start up that hard path God has called you to, but remember you will meet obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles determines whether you will see the view or not!!

Exodus 33: 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked,
because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

Exodus 33: 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

How you deal with those obstacles determines whether you will see the view or not!!

Exodus 33: 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

Exodus 33: 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

   
Exodus 33: 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

In Revelation God shows miraculous signs in the heavens and the earth and yet people never turn to God – I could never understand this.  I always heard people say if I had been alive to see all the signs God showed Israel then they would never doubt…or if they could have seen the signs Jesus did – then they would believe.  This is a common cry in this land – God show us a sign and we will believe.  This same cry allows atheism to flourish because they say God never ‘proves’ His existence to them – thus concluding God does not exist.

So this past couple of weeks I have been reading headline after headline of destruction or near destruction.  This is not  in isolated locations anymore such as remote areas of Turkey or Nepal, but right here in the USA and things are looking to get much worse quickly.  There are earthquakes, dormant volcanoes showing signs of life, tornadoes and violent storms wreaking havoc across the US.  This destruction has people asking what is going on and  the ‘experts’ are giving every reason known to man as to  the cause of all of this. It was these ‘experts’ that finally helped me understand the people mentioned in Revelation.

You see God did everything to get these peoples attention, burnt the grass, killed the animals on land and sea, car sized hail, creatures to torment them – but all they did was curse God even more . I can even hear some saying well if there is a God – then He would stop all this.  But you see God was using all this to try one last time to get people to turn to Him- He did not want any to perish in their sins.

The bible tells us that the weather we are experiencing now is like a woman just beginning labor, A woman just beginning  labor isn’t done with the first pain….that is only the beginning…so is this ‘wild’ weather  only the beginning.  God is beginning to shake the heavens and the earth in an attempt to get us to take Him, His Son Jesus and His Word seriously…but we are doing exactly what the people in Revelation did….ignoring God.  We are trying to find anyone who will explain this as anything but God.  We want people to make us feel better about this – we don’t want to do serious thinking – we have enough pressures from life without thinking about all this….God is love after all.

The bible is clear that we are in the time described as the ‘endtimes’ a much as we wish it weren’t so.  The bible is also clear that during this time people with go about their lives as if nothing is wrong until destruction come upon them suddenly.  Luke 17: 26-27 describes this vividly 26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

So the question becomes how will we react to whats going on around us?  Will this drive us to our knees in repentance or will it send us searching for answers apart from Gods Word?  Gods word tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Its not too late – the end is coming, but it is not here yet.  Today God is calling all of us to repentance – He already paid the price with the death of His Only Son Jesus…all we have to do is accept the forgiveness that Jesus offers. John 3:16 says For GOD so LOVED the world that He GAVE His ONLY begotten SON that whosoever BELIEVETH IN HIM should NOT perish, but have everlasting life.  Jesus will give you a new heart, a new life in him and you will join the family of God….not needing to worry about the judgement that is coming.

God is holding back judgement waiting for us to decide, but He won’t hold back for much longer.

2 Corinthians 6:2    2 For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”  Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.