This could possibly be the last post I will be posting. Why, you ask? Because I'm waiting for "Superman" to pick me up. Sound kind of silly? Okay, I'll put the metaphors aside for a minute because I feel the urgent need to be serious in what I'm about to say.
If you're keeping up with my posts then I'm sure you have a pretty good idea of what my "religious" beliefs are. For those who are just seeing this blog for the first time and this is the first post you landed on, you're about to find out. :)
Because of my Christian Faith, I feel strongly that I should share this with anyone and everyone. I don't try to push my beliefs on others because I don't like them to do it to me, but my Faith requires that we share the gospel and so, today, I have an important message I feel I really need to share.
If we take a minute to turn on the news or even look around, we can see the trouble America is headed in. And not only America, but the whole world. This world is chock full of evil and it's only steadily increasing. I was raised up in the Christian Faith. At six years old, I asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save me. As I grew physically, I also grew spiritually and so I've not really ever had much trouble understanding what God's Word had to say. I mean, yes, there have been verses in the Bible that I've had to ask my Pastor about, but once told, I understood. Basically, as I was taught, it made sense because I had Jesus living inside me. The Holy Spirit made clear the things that would otherwise be confusing to unbelievers.
My life has been far from perfect but God has been with me the whole journey. I wouldn't even be typing this now if He'd given up on me, but, thankfully His promises stand true and always will.
This post serves as a warning to all. If you are on the fence about this whole "Christian" thing, if you're not sure about God and you're willing to listen, PLEASE keep reading. I hope those whose hearts are stubborn also read this because God can soften any heart.
Each post that I post is to encourage and lead people toward the loving God that I know.
Firstly, I want you, dear reader, to know that God LOVES you. He created you unique and also in His image! It doesn't matter what you've done or what you're doing, He absolutely loves you.
There are so many Scriptures that say so but the ones that stand out the most to me is John 3:16-18,
"For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His ONE AND ONLY SON that WHOSOEVER believes in Him SHALL NOT PERISH, but have EVERLASTING LIFE. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, BUT that the world through Him MIGHT BE SAVED. He that believeth on Him is NOT condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD." (Emphasis mine).
Look at all the good there is in those verses! He wants us to never perish but because we were born into a sinful nature, passed down from Adam and Eve, we are all to die a spiritual death (go to hell). Because God loved us so much, He sent His perfect Son to die, to be THE ultimate sacrificial Lamb for our sins. Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection made it possible for us to boldly come before The Lord and pray whenever and wherever we want. He didn't, and doesn't, want us to spend eternity separated from Him, from the very precious creation He breathed life into.
Another verse is 2 Peter 3:9- "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (Emphasis mine)
He wants us ALL to repent (the Greek word for repent translates as "a change of mind") and believe. Being a Christian isn't about being perfect. It's about knowing that Jesus died for your sins and when you believe He alone is your Savior, He sees you through the blood of Jesus whose payment covered your debt. However, that isn't to say we can pray for Him to save us then go on willfully living in sin. His Word says we are to stray from all forms of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22). He wants us to live for Him and love Him. Yes, we are all prone to mistakes but His Grace covers them! The blood Jesus shed covers all your sins.
I know this sounds like I'm preaching because, well, I am. The message and question of this post is, Are You Ready? No, I'm not one of those people who jump on the it's-the-end-of-the-world bandwagon but I am a believer who has been watching for the signs in which God's Word indicates. I believe that Jesus is coming soon for His people. The Bible doesn't mention the literal word "rapture" but it's the word Christians use for "being caught up in the clouds" (1 Thessalonians 4:17) with Jesus when He returns.
The Bible says that no one but God Himself knows what day and hour Jesus will return but He says we can watch for the signs of His return. Matthew 24:1-14 says,
"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these [are] the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And 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."
So let's go over the list of things that Jesus said would need to happen before the end will come:
*Those claiming to be Christ - Check!
*Wars - Check!
*Rumors of Wars - Check!
*Nation rising against nation/kingdom against kingdom - Check!
*Famines - Check!
*Pestilinces - Check!
*Earthquakes in diverse places -Check!
*Martyrdom for Jesus - Check!
*False Prophets - Check!
*Gospel Preached in All TheWorld - Still being fulfilled!
If in doubt, all you need to do in order to verify is watch the news, Bing search, listen to the radio. People, it's all around us. These things Jesus said would happen have GREATLY increased since He walked earth. Other versions of The Bible, such as NIV say these things are the beginning of labor pains. This makes sense because labor pains start slow and not as intense, then build and build in intensity as a woman gets closer to giving birth. Look how much Jesus' promise from Matthew 24 has increased over the years--even within the last three to four years! We are SO close to the end.
So many people out there claim that the Bible is a myth and that it's been proved wrong. Good news, it hasn't been proved wrong. Each prophecy that was given within the 66 books of The Bible have all been fulfilled except for the coming of Christ and onward. Is it not reasonable to assume that if all the other prophecies have been fulfilled that this one will be, too? Matthew 24 clearly is being fulfilled now, so I believe it is only a matter of time before God calls His people Home.
I want to share a video with you that I hope you will take time to watch. I know that even those who are atheist, agnostic, etc. tend to know Scripture and sometimes can know more Scripture than a Christian believer. So the believer and non-believer will see this video aligns with God's Word. Scripture cannot contradict Scripture.
Here's the link to the video: About The Rapture of The Church
I know that many of you may think I'm stupid or that all of this is a bunch of garbage. But please let me present a question: What do you have to lose in believing what I believe? In believing that a sinless Man (Jesus Christ) died for us so we have the choice as to whether we spend eternity in hell, burning in flames while wailing and gnashing your teeth or spending eternity with God, forever wrapped in His love, living on the New Earth where only peace, love, laughter, and beauty exists as we've never seen or known?
If I die with my beliefs and you're right that no God exists, no Perfect Man died for us, then I lose nothing. But if what I believe in is right and you die then you lose everything, my friend. I'm being completely sincere. I'm not trying to mock or jab at you, but I am wanting to get this message out because eternity is a VERY long time, folks. It's forever. Period.
The God I know is loving and patient. 2 Peter 3:8-9 says,
This verse blows me away. He loves us so, so much that He is holding back His wrath so we may have a change of mind and believe the Gospel. When we ask Jesus to save us, He WILL save us. He is a Man of His Word.
Again, if you're still not sure whether you want to believe or you want to gamble on whether Christians are right, please, please don't wait any longer to make that decision. Make it right now because God won't hold off forever. If you feel like God is knocking on the door of your heart, don't push Him away. I PROMISE you will not regret opening that door. He wants to bless you and love you unconditionally.
If you are unsure of where you will spend eternity and you want to be saved, say a prayer like this:
Dear Lord Jesus, I'm a sinner in need of Your Grace. Please forgive me of my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me and rose three days later. Please come into my heart and save me. I love You and I trust You. Amen.
If you prayed this and you meant it, you are saved. From here on out, seek Him and You will find Him. Jeremiah 29:11-13 says,
Cry out to Him, my friends. He's waiting for you.
One last thing I would like to present to you--I recommend you also check out my post called Heaven: Why It's Not Just White Fluffy Clouds and Harps. To view it, click the link Heaven: Why It's Not Just White Fluffy Clouds and Harps
That post will show you what believers in Christ have to look forward to when He calls us Home!
Whether Jesus comes back today, tomorrow, this weekend, next year or 50 years from now, I hope to see you there! I love you guys.