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« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2018, 07:31:47 AM »
I thank God this morning for the wealth of information He has given to us to protect us from Satan's delusions. Because the counterfeit lays so close to the truth it will be impossible to tell the difference except by reading, studying, believing and obeying His word. This chapter stirs many emotions in me. After reading so much of the warnings of the evil that is in the world and the professed Christian world I am revived by these statements.....

"When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

"In the prophecy of Jerusalem's destruction Christ said, "Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."

"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

Rev. 22:20 "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2018, 10:52:35 AM »
Amen, Richard and Dorine! Jesus is coming again so soon, and we can hasten His return by living a life fully awake--not falling into the carnal temptations that pull us from the reality of the spiritual world that is all around us. Angels are right by our side. Jesus is ministering for us in the heavenly sanctuary. The Holy Spirit gives each truly converted soul (fully surrendered to Christ, as manifest in bearing all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing) power to live in Christ above the clamors of the fallen nature, to be kept from sinning. This is faith working by love.

We see so many we love and know around us who are "asleep." We can help them only as we personally remain wide awake, alert and in prayer for their salvation!

"The world, full of rioting, full of godless pleasure, is asleep, asleep in carnal security. Men are putting afar off the coming of the Lord. They laugh at warnings. The proud boast is made, 'All things continue as they were from the beginning.' 'Tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.' 2 Peter 3:4; Isaiah 56:12. We will go deeper into pleasure loving. But Christ says, 'Behold, I come as a thief.' Revelation 16:15. At the very time when the world is asking in scorn, "Where is the promise of His coming?" the signs are fulfilling. While they cry, 'Peace and safety,' sudden destruction is coming. When the scorner, the rejecter of truth, has become presumptuous; when the routine of work in the various money-making lines is carried on without regard to principle; when the student is eagerly seeking knowledge of everything but his Bible, Christ comes as a thief." {The Desire of Ages, page 635, paragraph 3}

I choose Jesus today anew. May we each realize our continual need of Jesus, who has power to keep us from the alluring deceptions and errors, the engrossing sins that are so pervasive, that our lives may be preserved in holiness to God for His purpose of glorifying His name!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2018, 07:43:48 AM »
Everything in the world is in agitation. The signs of the times are ominous. Coming events cast their shadows before. The Spirit of God is withdrawing from the earth, and calamity follows calamity by sea and by land. There are tempests, earthquakes, fires, floods, murders of every grade. Who can read the future? Where is security? There is assurance in nothing that is human or earthly. Rapidly are men ranging themselves under the banner they have chosen. Restlessly are they waiting and watching the movements of their leaders. There are those who are waiting and watching and working for our Lord's appearing. Another class are falling into line under the generalship of the first great apostate. Few believe with heart and soul that we have a hell to shun and a heaven to win.  {The Desire of Ages, page 636, paragraph 1}

May we choose to come close to Christ and receive the Holy Spirit by responding to His leading in these last days!


 
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« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2018, 07:45:03 AM »
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." 

God always has a way of escape for those who believe and obey Him. May we never be pulled in by the culture that surrounds us. God is looking for a people that will reflect and vindicate His character. I cling by faith in Jesus this morning in His promises to help us live for Him through any and all circumstances.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2018, 08:19:44 AM »
Amen, dear Sister. God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear, IF we will abide in Him and He in us.  We only have to wait a very short time before we see Jesus coming in the clouds of glory. He is even at the doors!

Jesus wants to come more than we want Him to come. It is not easy for God to watch the suffering in this world. Why has Jesus not come yet? We are told. It is because we have not done that which has been entrusted to us. We have not taken the gospel to the world. Instead we as a people have perverted the gospel truth.  Who has not heard contradicting truth being preached from pulpits and printed on presses? Many do not want to hear this truth. But, until we acknowledge this and correct the teaching, we shall continue to delay His second coming.

     In the prophecy of Jerusalem's destruction Christ said, "Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." This prophecy will again be fulfilled. The abounding iniquity of that day finds its counterpart in this generation. So with the prediction in regard to the preaching of the gospel. Before the fall of Jerusalem, Paul, writing by the Holy Spirit, declared that the gospel was preached to "every creature which is under heaven." Colossians 1:23. So now, before the coming of the Son of man, the everlasting gospel is to be preached "to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people." Revelation 14:6, 14. God "hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world." Acts 17:31. Christ tells us when that day shall be ushered in. He does not say that all the world will be converted, but that "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord's return. We are not only to look for but to hasten the coming of the day of God. 2 Peter 3:12, margin. Had the church of Christ done her appointed work as the Lord ordained, the whole world would before this have been warned, and the Lord Jesus would have come to our earth in power and great glory. 


Let us hasten the coming of Christ. Let us not only teach the gospel, but live it. There are multitudes seeking truth. The harvest field is white and ready for the harvest!
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« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2018, 03:13:00 AM »
By giving the gospel in our day Jesus gives us the exceedingly high privilege of hastening His return. What could possibly be more important than this? The gospel is not to be given in word only, but it is to be reflected in the life, manifest in all we say and do. We are to cooperate with Christ who will reveal His character through us, and as all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing are manifest in a life lived in harmony with His holy law as we simultaneously give the last message of mercy and judgment to a perishing world, many will turn to the Lord and be saved. Be not discouraged at your present circumstances, whatever they are. Spend more time with Jesus THAN EVER BEFORE, and let Him work out His lovely life in you! There is nothing to fear for the future as we remember how He has led us and what He has taught us.

 "In the prophecy of Jerusalem's destruction Christ said, 'Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.' This prophecy will again be fulfilled. The abounding iniquity of that day finds its counterpart in this generation. So with the prediction in regard to the preaching of the gospel. Before the fall of Jerusalem, Paul, writing by the Holy Spirit, declared that the gospel was preached to 'every creature which is under heaven.' Colossians 1:23. So now, before the coming of the Son of man, the everlasting gospel is to be preached "to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.' Revelation 14:6, 14. God 'hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world.' Acts 17:31. Christ tells us when that day shall be ushered in. He does not say that all the world will be converted, but that 'this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.' By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord's return. We are not only to look for but to hasten the coming of the day of God. 2 Peter 3:12, margin. Had the church of Christ done her appointed work as the Lord ordained, the whole world would before this have been warned, and the Lord Jesus would have come to our earth in power and great glory.  {The Desire of Ages, page 633, paragraph 3}

I wanted to find the statement that shares how the latter rain will come with ten times the power, and I did a search and found it this morning! I was SO HAPPY to find it and I want to share it here:

"You are getting the coming of the Lord too far off. I saw the latter rain was coming as [suddenly as] the midnight cry, and with ten times the power." {SpM 4.3}

Let us be a part of this experience by the grace of God!!! Hallelujah!!!
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« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2018, 06:42:14 AM »
"Christ is coming with clouds and with great glory. A multitude of shining angels will attend Him. He will come to raise the dead, and to change the living saints from glory to glory. He will come to honor those who have loved Him, and kept His commandments, and to take them to Himself. He has not forgotten them nor His promise. There will be a relinking of the family chain. When we look upon our dead, we may think of the morning when the trump of God shall sound, when "the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:52. A little longer, and we shall see the King in His beauty. A little longer, and He will wipe all tears from our eyes. A little longer, and He will present us "faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy." Jude 24. Wherefore, when He gave the signs of His coming He said, "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." 

We are living in that day that our reading speaks of. We are soon to see great tribulations. Many will not endure, not because God fails to do His part but because they have not been connected to Christ in knowledge and heart. I may profess something but if I'm not living what I profess it is worth nothing. Satan is working overtime and utilizing all his demonic efforts to keep us distracted from spending time with God. The distractions may not be evil in themselves but anything that keeps us from spending time in God's word and prayer has evil and destructive consequences.

The quote that brings such hope to my heart this morning is stated above. I cling to Jesus moment by moment and when I do fall and recognize it I come running back to the shelter of His wings for there is where I find forgiveness, love, security and acceptance. To think that we may have a part in hastening Christ's return should spring us into action for Him.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2018, 11:36:13 AM »
In the prophecy of Jerusalem's destruction Christ said, "Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." This prophecy will again be fulfilled. The abounding iniquity of that day finds its counterpart in this generation. So with the prediction in regard to the preaching of the gospel. Before the fall of Jerusalem, Paul, writing by the Holy Spirit, declared that the gospel was preached to "every creature which is under heaven." Colossians 1:23. So now, before the coming of the Son of man, the everlasting gospel is to be preached "to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people." Revelation 14:6, 14.

To me this is amazing, although I do believe it. I'm not sure how many times I've heard from our pulpits that when Paul said this it only meant the then known world. However, we know that there were Sabbath keepers in Africa. Some of the American indians had similar creation stories and ideas of a creator that made the world. Even Paul's enemies said that he had turned the world upsidedown. This was under the power of the former rain and as Pastor Sean pointed out the latter rain will come with even more power. We are living in exciting times.
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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2018, 07:28:20 PM »
I cling to Jesus moment by moment and when I do fall and recognize it I come running back to the shelter of His wings for there is where I find forgiveness, love, security and acceptance. To think that we may have a part in hastening Christ's return should spring us into action for Him.

Amen!!! We do have a part to play that will hasten the soon coming of Jesus. He is waiting in His people to preach the gospel to every nation, kindred, and tongue. The last steps will be rapid ones and will succeed not when the leaders preach the truth, but when the people take the gospel to others there will an exponential growth that will ever increase in speed. Do we want to see and end to suffering and death? Then let us do all we can to hasten the soon coming of Christ!!

    The crisis is stealing gradually upon us. The sun shines in the heavens, passing over its usual round, and the heavens still declare the glory of God. Men are still eating and drinking, planting and building, marrying, and giving in marriage. Merchants are still buying and selling. Men are jostling one against another, contending for the highest place. Pleasure lovers are still crowding to theaters, horse races, gambling hells. The highest excitement prevails, yet probation's hour is fast closing, and every case is about to be eternally decided. Satan sees that his time is short. He has set all his agencies at work that men may be deceived, deluded, occupied and entranced, until the day of probation shall be ended, and the door of mercy be forever shut. 
 

But, we will cling to Christ and look to Him for our wisdom and grace.

A little longer, and we shall see the King in His beauty. A little longer, and He will wipe all tears from our eyes. A little longer, and He will present us "faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy." Jude 24. Wherefore, when He gave the signs of His coming He said, "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
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« Reply #29 on: November 13, 2018, 05:37:26 AM »
Jesus did not answer His disciples by taking up separately the destruction of Jerusalem and the great day of His coming. He mingled the description of these two events. Had He opened to His disciples future events as He beheld them, they would have been unable to endure the sight. In mercy to them He blended the description of the two great crises, leaving the disciples to study out the meaning for themselves.

I didn't look back to see if I quoted this part before. I may have but never-the-less I find in this the  beauty of Christ's character. He was careful not to give them too much information as to overwhelm them. But it was enough information for their time (and ours) especially since all Christians took heed to the warnings and got out of Jerusalem in time. We serve a wonderful God! 
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« Reply #30 on: November 13, 2018, 05:51:51 AM »
Amen, Jim! God prepares us for what is coming by giving us His word, and He also loves to comfort our hearts with the promise of the relinking of the family chain that has been broken through death!

As I enjoyed spending time with Jesus this morning, I was encouraged anew with the glorious hope of Jesus’ soon coming, when broken family ties will be relinked with even greater love and joy—never to part again! I look forward to the day Jesus comes and raises our loved ones who have trusted fully in Jesus! This hope fills my heart with joy—you also may have this hope—if you will fully surrender to Jesus!

“Christ is coming with clouds and with great glory. A multitude of shining angels will attend Him. He will come to raise the dead, and to change the living saints from glory to glory. He will come to honor those who have loved Him, and kept His commandments, and to take them to Himself. He has not forgotten them nor His promise. There will be a relinking of the family chain. When we look upon our dead, we may think of the morning when the trump of God shall sound, when ‘the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.’ 1 Corinthians 15:52. A little longer, and we shall see the King in His beauty. A little longer, and He will wipe all tears from our eyes. A little longer, and He will present us ‘faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.’ Jude 1:24. Wherefore, when He gave the signs of His coming He said, ‘When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.’” – {The Desire of Ages, page 632, paragraph 3}
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« Reply #31 on: November 13, 2018, 06:30:42 AM »
   "The crisis is stealing gradually upon us. The sun shines in the heavens, passing over its usual round, and the heavens still declare the glory of God. Men are still eating and drinking, planting and building, marrying, and giving in marriage. Merchants are still buying and selling. Men are jostling one against another, contending for the highest place. Pleasure lovers are still crowding to theaters, horse races, gambling hells. The highest excitement prevails, yet probation's hour is fast closing, and every case is about to be eternally decided. Satan sees that his time is short. He has set all his agencies at work that men may be deceived, deluded, occupied and entranced, until the day of probation shall be ended, and the door of mercy be forever shut."

Serious warnings but there is still time before the door of mercy closes but not much.  I'm so thankful that God has given us every opportunity to know and understand the times in which we live. We may hide our heads in the sand or procrastinate in making a decision but that will be deadly.  There will be no excuse for neglecting our connection with Christ. Only those who 'endure' to the end will be saved. By God's grace, I want to be ever filled with the Holy Spirit so that Jesus will carry me through the trials ahead because of my trust in Him.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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« Reply #32 on: November 13, 2018, 10:53:25 PM »
Amen, dear Dorine. We are given a period of probation. What is that? It is time to be transformed from sinner to saint by beholding God's grace.

Satan is busy at work that men may be deceived, deluded, occupied and entranced, until the day of probation shall be ended, and the door of mercy be forever shut."  Of all people we have been awakened to the light. In 1844 the anti-typical Day of Atonement began. And there are ordained ministers telling to rejoice that we are in the Day of Atonement.    It is a somber time to consider God's grace and that our probationary time is soon to close.
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