The Coming "Apocalypse"
"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the Earth:
blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
The Sun shall be turned into darkness,
and the Moon into blood,
before the coming great and awesome Day of the Lord,
and it shall come to pass
that whoever calls on the Name of the LORD
shall be saved."
Introduction . . .
As God looks down upon the Earth He sees the violence. He sees the gross and rampant immorality and how casually we accept it. He feels the rebellion. He hears each lie. He hears the blasphemies spoken in earnest and in jest against His name and the name of His Son, who stepped forth from Eternity ... "from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2). He knows what is about to happen. Yet, as He looks upon us, it is with a heart filled with love and compassion. A heart willing to forgive and forget. A heart that yearns for His children to come to repentance (to turn away from their sins) and return to Him. He sent forth His prophets to reason with and to warn the people. But His prophets were brutally beaten, imprisoned, and murdered. Then He sent forth His Son ... not to judge the sinner, but to save the sinner. And through His Son He extends an offer. An offer to save each of us from the second death (which the Bible warns is the eternal darkness, aloneness, and torment of Hell) and to hide and shelter those who are waiting in faith from the great and awesome "Day of the Lord" ... the coming Apocalypse. Jesus (Yeshua) came to show us "the way" into the Kingdom of Heaven. But, as with Jeremiah, Elijah, Zechariah, Isaiah, and other prophets sent before Him who were imprisoned, beaten, and killed, the unbelieving political and religious rulers of the day once again treated a prophet of God with arrogance, malice, and evil intent. Only this time it was different. Not just a prophet, but He Himself who stepped forth from Eternity to place His Spirit into the form of man, as the "son of Man" ... the "Son of God." This time, a living sacrifice for all of mankind, once and for all. Willingly and lovingly He took upon Himself the punishment and penalty due to each of us for our sins. The only burden He asks us to carry is simply the burden of turning away from our sins and believing (trusting) in Him to save us (from Hell), while loving Him as He loved us. We choose our eternal destiny by accepting or rejecting His offer. "The foolishness of the Cross." We are told He hated it and despised the shame. Yet, He endured it as He hung there in pain and agony, nailed to that cross of wood, out of love. His love for you and for me ... just as the prophets said He would!
Today He waits patiently seated on His throne in Heaven. Waiting while His offer of grace is extended to all peoples and nations on Earth. There is a day, we are told, when God's patience ("long-suffering") with a world filled with sin, violence, and arrogant unbelief will end, and the door of escape will be closed . . .
These events which are about to be unleashed upon this world, even though global in nature, will focus on one thing - the nation of Israel. One tiny piece of land. A speck of land when compared to the powerful enemies that surround her on all sides (look at a map). A land God calls His own. God says He owns it and the sons and daughters of Israel are His . . .
"I will bless those who bless you (Israel), and curse those who curse you"
Watch! The situation in Israel and the Middle East will continue to grow worse and worse, and if you don't already know ... Armageddon lies in the heart of Israel.
There is a crushing weight associated with the words found in the following section. We are told we live in an age of darkness mixed with light. Jesus (Yeshua) calls those who believe in Him and wait in faith, the "salt of the Earth." Salt is a preservative. We are told those who sincerely believe in Him and wait in faith are filled with "light." Satan is also called the "prince of darkness" and the "ruler of this world." The world hates the light. The Bible warns the light acts as a restraining force. Jesus will someday return as a "thief in the night" to remove the children of light, in a moment, "in the twinkling of an eye," to protect and shelter them from those things which are about to come upon a violent, immoral, arrogant, and unbelieving world. A world in opposition to God. There is the promise of Light returning after all these things take place. The purpose of prophecy is to authenticate God’s word and to prepare those who wait in faith. God takes no delight in these things. It is His hope that all will change their ways (repent) and return to Him, through His Son, so that all might escape those things that are about to come upon the Earth. We are told Noah was a preacher of righteousness and for 120 years was God’s witness, a trumpet of warning, while he built the vessel of refuge and escape. The people were feeling content without acknowledging God. We are told they were "morally corrupt and filled with violence." People ignored and disobeyed God’s law and simply "did that which was right in their own eyes." After 120 years of patiently waiting and warning, we are told God Himself closed the door to the Ark . . .
Only eight people were saved.
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