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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Does God Have a Billboard in the Heavens? 2

          In John Hagee’s recent book, he studies The Four Blood Moons, (a tetrad) that have taken place for centuries. But he sees a phenomenon that I’ve never read about before. It’s interesting that he discovers where the Jewish Festivals, the Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, are tied to the Four Blood Moons. Each of these times Israel’s history has been affected by these Four Blood Moons. Should any of us take note of this discovery?
        Only three times in the last 500 years have the Four Blood Moons been tied to the Jewish Festivals. In Joel 2:30-31 and Acts 2: 19, 20, and in Luke 21:25,  Jesus himself declares that He will show us Signals in the Heavens with the stars, moon and the Sun to remind us of His Return back to this earth.

So just what significant things have taken place in the last three tetrads, or the last three Four Blood Moons in Israel’s history?

·       1492 Spain puts Israel out of its country

·       1948,49, Israel, after 1900 years becomes a nation in their homeland

·       1967 Israel wins a 6 day war over the Arabic enemies and Jerusalem becomes the capital of Israel.

Every time the Four Blood Moons have taken place when it’s tied to Jewish Festivals, Israel has faced great challenges with Tears but ended in Triumph. There will be SEVEN more Four Blood Moons this century, but only ONE of the SEVEN will be aligned to the Jewish Festivals. Is the Lord Jesus Christ giving us a wakeup call? Is He saying again, “When all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near?" (Luke 21:28)
   The Next Four Blood Moons will take place on these dates

·       The Passover April 15th 3 AM ET

·       Feast of Tabernacles October 8th 2014

·       The Passover April 4th 2015

·         Feast of Tabernacles September 28th 2015
In No Way do any of these dates declare when the Lord will return for His People. Jesus himself says, “No man knows the day or the hour of His return.” (Matt 24:36) I encourage you to “Look Up”, for any moment our Lord could return for His Church

Friday, April 11, 2014

Does God have a Billboard in the Heavens?


God always communicates his Glory, Love and Grace in the Heavens. “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” (Psalms 19:1) USA Today recently published an article from a NASA report. One of the Four Blood Moons is coming up in a few days starting with April 15th 2014 at 3:07 AM ET and will only last about 30 minutes according to analyst. This phenomenon is in NO WAY meant to set a date for the return of Christ but becomes very interesting the more we study about it.

For many years there have been Blood Moons, but only three have happened in the last 500 years that tie in with the Jewish Festivals. Is something up in the heavens? Does God communicate to us through the Sun, Moon and the Stars?  And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth—blood and fire and columns of smoke.31 The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible[a] day of the Lord arrives.” (Joel 2:30-31) Then again Peter repeats the same words on the Feast of Pentecost. Then Jesus Himself in Luke 21: 25 “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides.” God is saying, “Are you watching?” “Are you looking for MY return?”

It’s so easy to be distracted with so much that life throws at you. It’s easy to get stressed with increasing gas prices and what you pay for groceries. Stress may continue with the uncertainty of your job, marriage, the safety of your kids at school and terrorism around the world.  But Jesus is about to send a reminder that He is Coming Again. Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me. 2 There is more than enough room in My Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1, 2)
                       
Does God use Signs and Signals in the Heavens to show His Glory and His Return to the earth?

Joshua, the leader of Israel was under attack by the Amorites. NLT 12 “On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”13 So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.
                        
Hezekiah had just been told by the prophet Isaiah, “Set your house in order, you are going to die.” Hezekiah immediately turned his face to the wall and pleaded with God. “Lord you know I have been faithful to you all these years.” Before Isaiah could get out of the court, God said, “Tell him I have heard his cry and I will add 15 years to his life.” Hezekiah responds, “How will I know that God will do this?” Isaiah said, “The sundial can either go forward or back; which would you like?” The King said, “Cause the Sun to go back 10 degrees.”

The Wise Men from the East went searching for the Messiah, The Christ who would be born in Bethlehem. When they went to Herod, they said, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” Again, God used the Heavens to declare His glory and a sign of His Coming. God still uses His Billboard in the Heavens to declare His Glory. Be watching what will happen in the next Four Blood Moons. “In the last three tetrads, significant things took place with Israel.”
 "Notes taken from John Hagee recent studies."      

    ·    Passover April 15th  2014,
                           ·    Feast of Tabernacles  October 8,2014,

    ·    Passover April 4th 2015,
                           ·    Feast of Tabernacles September 28, 2015 
       
  Will you be ready when He returns?
          Next devotion will look at what happened in History from
       the Four Blood Moons tied to the Jewish Festivals in Israel.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Is Heaven a Hoax?



Why would anybody want to miss out on Heaven? The truth is that 250,000 people die every day. It’s sad but not everybody goes to heaven. You may have lost a son, a daughter, a dad, a mom or a grandparent. Amazing, but to this day, I have never met anyone 500 years old and I bet you haven’t either. What about 300, 150, or 125 years old? The average life expectancy in America is 77-80. In Swaziland, Africa it’s 31.99, and 82 years in Japan.


    But regardless of how long we live, each of us is going to face our Creator one day, and then the Day of Judgment will come. Will you make Heaven your eternal home? It’s sad, but very little is said today in our churches about our future home. Many want to explore MARS and the Milky Way, but what about that physical place called Heaven?

Let’s LOOK at 3 Things that Hinder people’s View of Heaven
 
·       DOUBT

Satan was very slick in causing Adam and Eve to doubt what God had to say about their living and staying in the Garden of Eden. They were instructed to never touch the Tree of Knowledge. Satan starts by getting Eve to question God, “Has God said not to eat of that tree?” Satan then says, “God knows the day you eat of that fruit you will be like Him”. Doubt was the beginning step toward the luscious fruit that hung from that tree. “Just one bite surely won’t hurt you.” But that one bite was the seed of doubt that caused them to lose their heaven on earth.

 ·       DISTRACTIONS       

One of the most dangerous weapons on the road today is the Smart Phone. Many are multitasking with their time as they drive and text at the same time. I must confess I have done it myself. My family and I have made a vow to one another not to use the device that could take another life or even our own. But isn’t it distracting when you’re sitting at a red light. You say, “Well I better see who’s texting me.” Friend, Satan will use many things to distract your worship from The One True God. Many today are distracted with their jobs, family, sports, working overtime, hunting, fishing, golfing. There is nothing wrong with any of these unless you place them before your Holy God. If your affection for these becomes greater than your love for God, you’re on dangerous ground.  Jesus says, ”Seek first the Kingdom Of God and His righteousness and then these other things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Don’t allow this world to distract your affection for God’s Presence.

·       DISCOURAGEMENT

There may have been times you have questioned your value and identity. But your value isn’t based on your title, position, bank account, looks, or how many ‘likes’ you get on Facebook. God says, “You are the apple of His eye.” Satan’s greatest tool against most people is discouragement. We can experience this emotion with much pain in the loss of relationships, health, positions, income, friendships.  And the list goes on and on. Jesus is the great Encourager who says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. “ God says, “No weapon formed against you will prosper.” The Holy Spirit was sent from Heaven when Jesus left this earth. He comes to build us up, walk by our side, and point our eyes towards the Heavens where our help comes from. Jesus says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (John 14: 1, 2, 3)                                     
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Reaching the Unchurched 4

                 “What Impact is Your Life Making in Your World?”


If each of us were to be transparent, at the end of the day or at the end of our life, we should ask ourselves, “What kind of impact am I making on others? Many times we forget that People are watching our lives, and each of us will either have a positive or a negative influence on others. Car dealership’s showcase their best to bring in potential customers.
What Impression are you Showcasing to the World?

·               Your Fear or Your Faith?
I don’t know anybody that hasn't dealt with real fear in life. Take a mom that’s having a baby for the first time, a pilot that’s learning how to fly a plane, a newly married couple signing their first mortgage on a new home or a teenager applying for their drivers license exam. Fear is real and can torment anyone. A 17 year old shepherd named David chose to live with Faith instead of following his brothers in Israel’s army who were intimidated by fear. His Faith overcame a bear, lion, giant and even the threats of King Saul.
 ·             Your Pain or Your Peace?
 It’s very easy to live life in a ‘pity party’ when you’re facing the winds of adversity. If you live very long, you will face some pain in life. Possibly in your health, marriage, parenting your kids, peers, or in a friendship that went sour. The way to IMPACT the unchurched is by showing how God’s Peace and grace is greater than all your hurt and pain. He is the great deliverer who can pull us out of any ugly pit in life.
 ·             Your Charisma or Your Character?
When Christ comes into your life, old things pass away and all things become new. That doesn’t mean that we become perfect, but it does mean that He changes our heart’s desire not to lie, cheat, steal, and live like the devil and not even be bothered by it. Character and not charisma is the only long lasting virtue that will influence your world.
 ·             Your Junk or Your Joy?
 The Word says, “We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).What people need to hear is that God has pulled you out of your pit of sin. He has the power to deliver from drugs, alcohol, the lust of the flesh and the pride in life. Let people hear more about the new song and Joy in life than the old crud and junk from your past. In David’s own failures he prayed, “Restore unto me the Joy of my salvation.” Jesus: He is the great deliverer!

 ·             Your Whining or Your Worship
 David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1). He could have easily filled most of the Psalms with all his grief and heartache; he rather chose to impact those around him with his confidence and glory to his God.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Reaching the Unchurched 3

As I write, Malaysia Flight 370 is still missing some 17 days later with 239 passengers lost. Every News Broadcast around the world spends the majority of its time compelled to inform its listeners with the latest update. Will they ever find this plane? Was it hi-jacked to be used in a future attack on some nation? The families connected with the people on board this plane have hardly slept a night, worried over the loss of their family members.
Recently, America was invited to help with the investigation to find this lost plane. The FBI, NTA, Air Force and the Navy have all been called in to HELP.

Here are EXAMPLES of how Flight 370 ties in with the Church Reaching out to the Unchurched.
Can the Church get on the Same Page in reaching the UnChurched? As the search began for Flight 370, only a couple of nations were engaged to help find this lost plane. Now, there are 26 nations united in helping find Flight 370. Too many times I’ve watched churches doing their own thing. It doesn’t matter if the label on the Church door is Baptist, Methodist, Church of God or Assemblies of God; we are all in the Redemption Business to see the lost come to know Jesus Christ!

Is The Use of Highly Sensitive Technology critical in searching in the right direction? The Holy Spirit comes not only to Empower each of us, but He also directs us where and when to speak up and love those who are still in darkness. Regardless of where people are in life, Christ died for everybody!
Being Sent by Authority is also critical in reaching those that are lost. When a Navy plane, submarine, FBI, or NSA is doing their search, they realize the authority comes from their nation. Jesus said, “As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you” (John 20:21). Our authority is our Lord Jesus.

Do we Have a Sense of Urgency in reaching the lost? The black box aboard Flight 370 will put out a signal for about 30 days for the searchers to find the plane. The Lord says, “Today is the day of Salvation.” We must not assume we have plenty of time to reach those still lost.
 Everybody can Share in Reaching the lost. Each of us has our own unique story of how Christ opened our spiritually blinded eyes. The blind man said, “I was once blind, but now I can see” (John 9:25). We might have been blinded by drugs, alcohol, self, stubbornness, or some other thing, but the Amazing Grace of God came to pull us up out of sin!

What will it Cost? America has budgeted $4 million and already spent 2.5 million to help in the search. What will it cost you? Jesus gave everything to reach you! What will you give to reach someone?



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Reaching the Unchurched 2

     Jesus says, "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way” (Matt 7:13). On May 9th, 1980 the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Florida was knocked out by a cargo ship. One driver on the bridge in a pick-up truck was able to stop before going over the edge. He ran down the bridge to warn others with a scream, “The bridge is out, the bridge is out.” A Greyhound bus driver just waved his hand at him and kept on trucking. That day 35 people were killed when the Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapsed. Twenty-six of the victims of the Sunshine Skyway collapse were passengers on a Greyhound bus. Six cars and one pickup truck also plummeted from the bridge when it collapsed.

     Friend, one day the Whole World System as we know it is also going to collapse. Our assignment is to warn men, women, boys and girls that there is a bridge that’s out that leads to death, but God has a Bridge through His son Jesus Christ that will give you Everlasting Life.

     Too many of us in the Church have given into fear, pride and shame when it comes to sharing our faith. (Nearly 80% never share their faith.) Even His disciples were bold as long as Jesus was by their side here on earth. When the Jewish leaders came for Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter draws out his sword and cuts the ear off the High Priest’s servant. But what happened to that boldness when a few hours later they took Jesus to be tried and crucified? Peter denies that he even knows Jesus.

     Jesus gave His disciples an important revelation before He left this earth. He said, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift He promised, as I told you before.  John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4b-5).

     Once the Holy Spirit came upon these sheepish men, they were willing to die for their faith. Peter stood and preached on the Day of Pentecost and 3000 people were saved. He would later give his own life by being hung upside down for His Lord. Andrew went to “The land of the man eaters” (Russia) and would later be crucified. Thomas would have four men pierce swords through his body, Matthew was stabbed to death in Ethiopia, while James the Son of Alpheus was clubbed and stoned to death. John in his late nineties was later cast onto the Isle of Patmos where he was thrown into boiling oil.


     Something dramatically changed in all of His disciples. They had all run and forsook Him at His trial and crucifixion, but the POWER of the Holy Spirit forever changed their courage, tenacity and fire within their bones. Church, if we’re to Stand Up for our God in these troubled times, we’ll never do it without the “Dunamis” Power of the Holy Spirit!
 
    
                                

Sunday, March 9, 2014

7 Surprises about the Unchurched

Surprise Number 1: Most of the unchurched prefer to attend church on Sunday morning

Surprise Number 2: Females are likely to be either the most antagonistic or the most receptive to the Gospel

Surprise number 3: 82% of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if they are invited (8 out of 10 would go to church if somebody would invite them)

Surprise Number 4: Very few of the unchurched have had someone share with them how to become a Christian; Christians have not been particularly influential in their lives

Surprise Number 5: Most of the unchurched have a positive view about pastors, ministers and the church


Surprise Number 6: The attitude of the unchurched is not correlated to where they live, their ethnic or racial background or their gender. The only patterning where we saw any correlation was related to income. The higher an individual’s income, the more resistant to the Gospel they were. Jesus himself warned us that the power of money can be like a god to us

Surprise Number 7: Many of the unchurched are far more concerned about the spiritual well-being of their children than of themselves

CHURCHES THAT ARE HIGHLY INTENTIONAL ABOUT REACHING KIDS AND YOUTH TEND TO BE AMONG THE MOST EVANGELISTIC CHURCHES IN AMERICA

Compiled by Thom Ranier