Sunday, September 28, 2014

True Faith is Believing in Being Prepared in the Face of Ridicule and Attack by Other Christians

Earlier I was on a Facebook page where Evangelist Anita Fuentes was telling people that it might be wise to prepare for what's coming by at least putting aside some food and water. Needless to say this started a discussion between those who agree about the necessity of being as prepared as possible, and those that condemn them for their lack of faith.

Here's my response:

So how many of you saying to "just trust God to take care of you, there's no need to prepare" have home insurance or auto insurance? Why? Shouldn't you just trust God to take care of you and to protect you? Do you also have health insurance? Why? Don't you trust God to heal you?

What you don't realize is that it takes a greater amount of faith to follow what you hear God telling you to do in preparing, especially in the face of friends and family that poo-poo, laugh at you, and basically attack your faith, than to close your eyes and just "trust God to provide".

It takes more faith to stand on what you see in the Word, especially if it doesn't line up with the accepted teaching of the any-day, pie-in-the-sky, beam-me-up-Scotty pre-trib rapture theory.

Instead of closing their eyes and proudly expecting (falsely) to be "taken out" before the mark of the beast and the tribulation, those who prepare stand on the Word. Foregoing vacations, new cars, and mega-screen TVs, they instead use their funds to acquire those things they might need in a time when they won't be able to buy or sell without swearing allegiance to a "beast" government.

They learn those skills necessary to grow and raise their own food, how to live without power, how to preserve the food they grow...and in necessary how to defend their families. All the while they are praying that what they see coming doesn't happen for at least another week, month, or year...because there's still so much to do.

Then they have to have the faith to know that if what's coming happens before they get that extra week, month or year, that God will provide.

That is true faith.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Left Behind: The Lie Continues

Shouldn't be surprised that this story based on a total twisting of the Word of God is now being resurrected.

Too many people will take what comes out of Hollywood as confirmation of the teachings based on twisting and out-of-context scripture that the
y've been taught supports a pre-trib rapture. 

Why? Because most are too lazy to research it themselves. 

Not only that but they ("they" being Christians primarily in the West) think God has promised to take them out before any troubles begin. Jesus didn't teach that. He said, "you will have tribulation", and throughout his teaching (Matt 24, Mark 13) on end times, he continually uses the phrase "and after that..."

Then he uses the story of Noah as an example of what would be happening at the end of days. Saying, "As it was in the days of Noah, they were eating and drinking and having a party (more or less) and knew not until the flood came and took them away." Who knew not? Those partying like nothing was going to happen. Those who had been warned by Noah that judgment was coming. What happened to them? They were taken away.

Where was Noah? He and his family were in a stinky, noisy, crowded wooden ship that rose and fell and rose and fell with the waves. They were NOT in heaven. They were NOT comfy. They ENDURED to the end. (Think "overcomes/overcame" used so often in Revelation) 

They were safe, but they did NOT miss what was happening.

Then immediately after mentioning Noah and those taken away, Jesus says, "So shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man, two will be in the field, one will be taken, one will be left." Jesus didn't speak in chapters and verses to indicate a change of thought, so this was a continuation of the Noah teaching.

Jesus says it's gonna be the same. Who was taken in Noah's time? The unrighteous. If it's the same, then the "one taken" would also be the unrighteous.

This lines up with Psalm 37, where 11 times we can read of the promise that the wicked are going to be judged and taken out..."they'll be there one day and you'll look for them the next day and they'll be gone."

Also in Psalm 37 you read 3 times the promise that the righteous will inherit the earth. How are the righteous going to inherit anything if they're gone? They're not.

Christians Being Killed for NOT Denying Christ
Believe me, those brothers and sisters in the Lord being beheaded in Iraq are just as saved as you and I, and yet they are faced with death. Do you think you are better than them?

It's coming folks. Yes, a lot of Christians will die (a lot are dying now), but there will be a remnant of Overcomers who "overcome to the end" and who are part of those who mentioned in Revelation as "and they overcame him (the Antichrist) by the word of their mouth and the Blood of the Lamb."

Throw out all teachings you've received about the timing of the rapture and do your research. Ask the Lord to show you the Truth. He will. We are told to watch and pray, and those that study prophecy will be blessed.

Don't take my word for it. Do your research. Study to show yourself approved.