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God's Soon And Coming Judgment

With the recent U.S. election now behind us we are seeing what is likely the beginning of the end of the U.S.A. as we know it. The people have voted for the most part to follow the leading of a president whom is pro-abortion, pro-gay and pro-gay marriage. He is also anti-Christian, anti-Zionist but pro Muslim bowing to a king of a pro-Islamic nation. He has apologized to Muslim nations for the success of America. The success of America came about because America was founded on Biblical beliefs and principals by the founders of America who believed in the tenants of the Bible.

But, over the years the people of America have begun to turn away from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and have begun to follow the god of this world Satan. Satan is the father of lies ("and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44 King James Version) and has been misleading people from the beginning with Adam and Eve. He has not changed the course since, nor the ways in which he deceives.

Our God is a God of mercy and is "longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Pet. 3:9 (King James Version). But, just as a loving human father cannot allow the sins of a child to go unpunished, our Heavenly Father likewise cannot allow the sins of this world to go unpunished forever. If He were to do so, what kind of a Father would He be? It is neither wise nor loving to allow sin to go unpunished. For to do so, allows the unpunished soul to think that it is okay to sin, and therefore they will continue on in their sins. An unpunished soul will not only continue on in its sins, but its heart will become hardened not wanting any longer to be told what is right and do only what is wrong and will therefore live life accordingly doing always what is  wrong. We have a recorded scenario of just such a people in Genesis 6:5 "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (King James Version)
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God therefore commanded Noah to build an ark (huge boat) so that his family would be saved from the coming wrath (punishment) of God upon an unrepentant people. God however is not unjust and as said above is longsuffering. An earthly parent will often give warnings of a coming punishment if a child does not stop doing something wrong. God also gave plenty of time between the time of the building of the ark to the time when the rains came for the people to change their ways. God used Noah to preach to the people. He told them that God was going to destroy the earth and all of its inhabitants with a flood because of their wickedness. But, God also extended His grace to the people.  They all had the opportunity to change their ways and join Noah and his family on the ark to avoid the coming cataclysm and to be saved. But none heeded Noah and all the peoples living on the earth at that time perished in the flood except Noah his wife, his three sons; Shem, Ham, and Japheth and their wives.

The whole world today is facing the coming judgment of God because the whole world goes on today as it always does doing its own thing, neither caring for the welfare of others nor for the care of their eternal life. For they, as Jesus prophesied"But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:37-39 (King James Version). If we continue to read this discourse we see how many will be taken away when the wrath of God comes upon an unrepentant people, while those like Noah, whom hath entered Noah's ark under the umbrella of belief and obedience to God, will be saved.

God, like in the days of Noah as in the days of Adam and Eve, as in the days of the several conquests of Israel, always gives plenty of prior warnings of coming judgment because of unrepentant people. Unrepentant people go on about their business daily caring nothing about the will and ways of God. They follow the lusts of the world which are the pride of life, the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh. All sins fall under these three categories.

We only need open up the daily newspaper to see the reality of this. We read of rape and murder, of robberies of unnatural sexual lusts of every imagination. We read of liars and thieves in the halls of the government and among the business elite, the lawyers. We read of wars which are nothing but the lust of others to control the lives of other in unjust, immoral ways. And this list goes on. Every day we read of the lust of many in so many different ways, grotesque imaginations played out to the death and destruction of others. These scenarios are being played out right now, at this very moment throughout the world and in America. These scenarios are being played out 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year long, day after day.
We look to our politicians and leaders to be an example of how to live. We look to our heroes in sports and in movies to show us how to live by example. But all of these are living immoral lives just Paul wrote about in Romans chapters 1 , where every imagination of evil is listed, how they have given their lives over the follow the ways and will of Satan, living out their lives in gross sins of every kind, not willing to obey god, but creating gods of their own and following the lusts thereof of these gods.

God's Wrath on Unrighteousness (Romans 1:18-32 King James Version):

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."

Does this not sound exactly what is going on in the world today? Does not the America you once knew sound more like the above passage from the book of Romans?

And so, God has said that in the last days, the world will be just as in the days of Noah where every imagination of evil (sin) will be in the hearts of the people.  But, they will not be prepared for the coming of Christ to take away from the world the righteous in Christ.

Matthew 24:37-39 (King James Version):

"But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

But those left behind will suffer the wrath of God as outlined in various scripture passages from Daniel, Ezekiel, Jerimiah, Revelations etc. And Jesus also prophesied what signs will be that points to the last days as given in Matthew 24:5-14 (King James Version):

"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."


Are we not surely now witnessing these prophetic events? Surely we are.
Jesus went so far as to outline the very first sign which will show that the beginning of the last days has indeed begun . He said in "The Parable of the Fig Tree" (Matthew 24:32-33 King James Version):

"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."

The fig tree in scriptures very often refers to the nation of Israel. There when Israel became a nation in 1947-48, this was the beginning of the last days.

Jesus gave the example in scripture of the coming tribulation sign also when he talked about a woman, when she is about to deliver the child, she begins to have birth pains. Likewise when we see these signs we know that the time of His soon coming and of the soon coming of judgment upon an unrepentant world will soon begin.

When the flood began, the door to the ark was shut, so that none could enter in. Gen. 7:16 (King James Version): "And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in."

Likewise when He sends His wrath upon the earth, none whom are not of His will enter into His coming, but they that are not of His shall be shut out, with no hope of entering in.

The wrath of God is well laid out in Revelations. It will not be a time of joy and partying. It will be as Jesus said; "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."Matthew 24:21 (King James Version)

So, with all this said, we know that we are in the last days. God has been giving many warning signs with earthquakes and many other natural disasters as outlined in Matthew 24. All of the early warning signs have been prominently displayed for us. God's spokesmen and prophets have been warning of the times for a very, very long time. But as in the days of old the prophets were stoned and killed. Today likewise in many countries Christians are persecuted and killed. Unbelievers do not want to hear God's words. They would rather live as in the days of Noah and as some have said before, we shall party on for tomorrow we die. They do not want to believe in a loving gracious, judgmental God. They would rather live in denial. After all, if we deny we can do as we will, for nothing will happen if we deny.

How foolish we are as a people. To deny something just because we do not want to believe it is totally foolish. It is like when your mother says do not touch the wood stove when the fire is burning because you will get burned. You can deny and disbelieve all you want, but the fact is if you deny and disbelieve and indeed touch the hot stove, you will get burned. Adam and Eve chose to rather believe the liar than the truth giver, and learned the hard way, disobeying God and found out that they would indeed die if they disobeyed. No, they did not die immediately but they eventually did die. God does not always give out punishment immediately, but eventually you will face the consequences of your sins. You can deny all you want the truth, but that does not mean you are right and that the truths are wrong. Just because a seeing person tells a semi-blind person that the colour of the rose is red, the semi-blind person should believe the truth rather than deny the truth and argue that the rose is yellow. Yes, there are yellow roses, but likewise there are many out there who have and postulate half-truths, and many lies to deceive others. But those who outright deny because they do not want to believe what God says in the scriptures will one day know the truth because one day every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Rom. 14:11 "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." (King James Version)
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"I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear." Isaiah 45:23 (King James Version)

I strongly believe that we are indeed in the last days. All the signs are in place showing us this to be true. America as well as the rest of the world has been given many natural signs with the likes of many, many natural disasters and much, much more. I suggest that perhaps hurricane Sandy and the storm following it are great signs showing God's discontent with not only America's choice of an immoral president, but also because of America's continuous flagrant denial and disobedience to God. After all a president is only a reflection of the people he is leading. God puts into place and removes kings and governments at His will. The fact that He has left the current president in place shows the hardening of the hearts of the people of America and the world. After all, if the people want to deny and disobey as in Romans chapter 2, He will harden their hearts and allow them to live as the like and allow them to reap the consequences of their sins.

Is there hope for America and the world? Yes there is. God says: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 (King James Version)

The time, however, seems to be running out. God will not allow sin to continue forever. He has laid out for us a prophesied timeline of when His judgment is coming and what the punishment and end will be. It is up to you and I now to repent and believe the simple Gospel message. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

The choice is up to you each as individuals to believe and obey and escape the coming wrath. Your denials will not save you. The people in the days of Noah denied and did not believe in the coming flood. After all, it had never rained up to that point in history. So the people would not and did not believe that a flood was coming. Deny as much as they would, it happened. History has recorded it in books and in the geology of the world over. You can deny or accept and act accordingly.

Joshua said as he was leading the people into the Promised Land; "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15 King James Version) The choice is up to you. Whom will you follow and obey? Will you follow the ways of the world and Satan, or the ways and will of God? Your choice.

André

November 9th, 2012

My Heart

Tonight my heart is in a place where, as a child, I never thought it would ever be.

As I child I was taught to trust those in authority. As a child I was taught to respect the elders in my community. As a child I was taught to respect the government. As a child I was taught to respect my parents, my siblings, even myself.

Now, some 50 plus years later, I am no longer a child. All those whom I was taught to respect, I have no respect for. They all have been an illusion, a lie. For, to have respect of another, the other must also respect that which should accept their respect. But these have all let me down. There is no respect among my fellow human beings, one to another.

I look across the seas, and I see disrespect between nations, one to another. I see across the seas, that the people within these other nations likewise have no respect for one another. So, logically this would lead me to believe that disrespect is not just a local problem, but a worldwide problem.

As a child I was taught that we are to love one another. But watching the news, reading the newspapers, hearing the talk of others, one to another on the street, shows me that we do not love one another.

If we all loved one another, if we all respected one another, would we lie, steal cheat, hurt, diss one another, call others names, cause division between each other  etc. Apparently we do. Because I hear the phrase everywhere, "I love you." Is it a lie? I think perhaps it is a lie. It is a deception, being manipulated by the god of this world.

Satan from the time of Adam and Eve has been playing with people's minds all over the world. He manipulates situations to make it appear that what we say, think, hear, do is all right and wonderful. Is it all right and wonderful when there is no love, no respect between fellow human beings? I think not.

Tonight as I read the headlines and heard of the terrible tragedy in Connecticut, where a young man shot and killed 20 innocent children, his mother and others, my heart was grieved. I was reminded of the many shootings in recent years, where young men shoot others, massively and otherwise for no apparent reasons. I was reminded that my theory that there is no love, no respect for others is true.

Scripture tells us that in the last days, it would be like this. It tells us that as it was in the days of Noah, likewise it would be here on earth in these last days. For then, as in now, men's hearts were bent on all things evil continually. And so it would appear to be true.

The source of evil, though begun by Satan, also lives in our hearts. There is no good thing in our hearts, there is none good the Scriptures tell us.
Is this our fate? To be a dying world, where evil will triumph and that man would destroy himself as some have predicted?

It is said, that a young man who had been playing basketball, upon entering the change room to take a shower, found the janitor sitting on a bench reading the Bible. He asked the older man: "Do you understand what you are reading? Do you believe it?" The janitor replied, "yes I understand and believe. In the end we win!"

Do we win, on our own strength? Or is there another whom will lead the battle and lead us in the charge, lead us to victory? Or are we doomed to see our own destruction, with the world being destroyed by the thousands of nuclear bombs that are scattered among the nations?  Will this be our end?  Will this be our legacy to be found maybe millions of years from now from another race, another planet, when perhaps they scrape through the ashes and discover a planet that destroyed itself because there was no respect, no love among its inhabitants?

If I were to come up with another word which describes the malady of this planet, it would be pride. It was pride that caused the adversaries downfall. It is pride that is behind every source of evil. For it is because the world all over which cries "Me, mine, I," that there is evil in this world. It is because of pride that there is no respect, no love between the nations, between individuals.

Shall I cry myself to sleep tonight fearing that Satan has won the battle, that there is no hope for this fallen world? Shall I bend over and kiss my butt goodbye? For today I party on, tomorrow I die.

Thankfully, the janitor is right, we win, or rather should I say we become the victors, for we have an advocate in Jesus Christ whom has already won the war. The end has already been proclaimed. The victory has been won. It is just a matter of the Great Judge to pass sentence on Satan and his followers.

Once that is done, there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more hate. Love will reign, pride will be no more. Disrespect will have been vanquished.
Have you read the book? Have you believed in the One in Whom will be our hero, our King, our Lord and Savior?

What will you do with Jesus? That after all is the ultimate question. Will you love and respect Him, or will you chase after pride and meet your own destruction?

Now, that I have surveyed the beginning to the end, I am no longer saddened, but am filled with joy, knowing like as the janitor knew, we win.
However, there is still one last point. Shall I wait till the Lord comes to respect and love my fellow inhabitants on this earth? Or shall I repent and have a change of heart and begin now to have respect and love for my neighbor?

As I child I was taught to trust those in authority. As a child I was taught to respect the elders in my community. As a child I was taught to respect the government. As a child I was taught to respect my parents, my siblings, even myself.

Yes, I point my finger at myself when I say there is no respect and love in this world. I too am guilty, I too have a prideful heart.

But, to Him I owe, my love, my respect, my devotion, my loyalty till we shall meet Him in eternity because of the cross. How about you?
 
André

False Teachers

In the last days there will be false prophets, false teachers and those whom willingly seek out those who teach what their itching ears want to hear. This is really nothing new. This kind of stuff was going on in the days of Jesus and before. He, Jesus said that in the very last days, it would become worse. We are living in those very last days.

 

When I was in Bible college I was always alert, being careful to discern what I was taught against the teachings that I was hearing. That is not to say I did not receive good teachings, but on occasion I did not always agree with what I was taught and what I believed the scriptures taught. I would sometimes have to do as the good Berians in the book of Acts to go on my own and see if what I was taught agreed with scripture. This is a good way to be sure what you are being told agrees with scripture.

 

You, likewise may have been taught some bad teachings. That is not your fault. It is good to see that the Holy Spirit has given you the discernment to likewise see that in the past you have been taught some false teachings.,

 

When one receives bad counsel, likewise it not his own fault. To learn the truth is the way of Christ. 


André

A Dream of the Lord?

(Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

I am not one to hold that dreams have any significance as a rule. At least, not for me. But on occasion one may come along that may influence my world view or other important aspects of my life.

Before I continue, I would like it to be known that God in times past and perhaps even today does and has given dreams to prophets and others which were terrifically important and significant. For example we read in the Book of Daniel “But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in later days. Your dream, and visions of your head upon your bed, were these.” Dan. 2:28

Here Daniel proceeds to tell the king a prophecy illustrated by a statue which King Nebuchadnezzar saw in a vision, a dream. The prophecy was what will transpire from that time forward till the last days. That is to say that 5 world empires will dominate the world beginning with King Nebuchadnezzar represented as a head of gold and ending with the Roman Empire followed by the final Kingdom of God. Dan. 2:31-45
This prophecy has largely been fulfilled, but not completely. King Nebuchadnezzar was the first ruler, ruling from Babylon, Dan. 2:37-38;7 :1-4, followed by Media-Persia Dan. 7:5, 8:20 then Grecian Empire ruled by Alexander the Great Dan.2:39; 7:6; 8:21. Next was the Roman Empire Dan. 2:40-43Dan. 7:7, this has largely been fulfilled but part is yet to pass. And lastly the Final world Empire, the Kingdom of Heaven ruled by none other than God Himself, Jesus Christ. Dan. 2:44-45

Through dreams God will sometimes give instructions as to what He wants others to do for His purposes.

Job 33:15-16 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds,16 Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their
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Matthew20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Some dreams given by the Lord have good outcomes, while others do not. Most of us are familiar with the dreams of Joseph while he was in prison falsely charged with raping Potiphar’s wife.

5 Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, had a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation. 6 And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his lord’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?”
8 And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”
So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.”
9 Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “Behold, in my dream a vine was before me, 10 and in the vine were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes. 11 Then Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”
12 And Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days. 13 Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. 14 But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. 15 For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.”
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, “I also was in my dream, and there were three white baskets on my head. 17 In the uppermost basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head.”
18 So Joseph answered and said, “This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. 19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.” Genesis 40:5-18

So, last night I had a dream which impacted me and has caused me to reflect on my sins of late and what I should do about it. Like many dreams I have, I cannot recall the whole thing, but the last part stood out.

I was dreaming about an old friend whom I have not seen in many years. The last time I did see him I had the opportunity to witness to him and he came to church with me once. In this dream I was again witnessing to him at one point. In the dream itself I found myself sleeping and having a dream within my dream. (Victor is the name of my friend, please pray for his salvation)

In this particular dream God showed me a bunch of skeletons dressed in robes revealing their bones beneath. I was immediately reminded of the prophecy of Israel whom would return to their land after having been dispersed for a few thousand years. The following prophecy shows not only will the people of Israel return to their own land, but that they will also in the last days return to the Lord as believers, following and obeying God.

The Dry Bones Live (Ezekiel chpt. 37:1-14)
37 The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”’” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. 9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. 11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it,” says the LORD.’”

The following verses likewise show and prophecy that the twelve tribes of Israel shall be re-gathered to rejoin Israel as may many of the gentile nations will likewise do, turning to the Lord God, following and obeying Him.

One Kingdom, One King (Ezekiel 37:15-28)
15 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 16 “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 17 Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand. 18 “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’— 19 say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’ 20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes. 21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. 24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. 25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”’”

What this reminded me of in my dream, is that I, like the people of Israel of old, am a sinner, often running away from God, doing my own thing.

“All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

I am worthy of death, having my flesh to rot away, never to be ever again welcomed into His presence. I, a sinner am worthy of death.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

But God does not leave us hanging in the wind to die of our sins. If we are faithful to confess our sins and return to Him, 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
God has promised to re-gather His people Israel, and draw them back to Him, making them a nation again, which He has already done, but he goes one step further in drawing them back to Him spiritually so that they will worship Him, and He will be their God once again.

God has offered Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of my sins, so that I may enjoy eternity with Him, to be freed once and for all from the influences of sin.

John3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

What this vision of dry bones also reminded me of is that though we may sin now, I must remember that God will not allow us to get away with our sins completely. God punished Israel by dispersing them from their land because of their constant returning to idol’s and because of their habitual sins and unbelief. But, He has promised to restore them back to their land and back into His fold.

How Jesus lamented over Israel.
Matt. 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”

Likewise He laments over us when we turn away from Him. With a vision like that, I am compelled firstly to confess my sins before Him and to repent fully, not repeating the same sins over and over again.

Let us not be like Israel of old continuing on in our sins, but repent less we become like them, being nothing more than a people of dry bones clothed in unrighteousness.
The days are getting shorter. The hand drawing is on the wall. It is not too difficult to see that we are in the last days as prophesied by Jesus.

Matt. Chpt. 24
Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple
24 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what willbe the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceivesyou. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ andwill deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Seethat you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, andkingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning ofsorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and youwill be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many willbe offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And becauselawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The Great Tribulation
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’[c] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. 23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree
32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[d] is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant
45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’[g] 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Do not wait till it is too late to change your ways. Do not be as the slothful virgins, unwise virgins of Matt. 25;1-13.

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.?”

Be assured, He is coming soon. Will He come and find you unprepared. Will He come and find you in some uncompromising situation in which  you will be ashamed?
Get ready now, repent once and for all of your sins.

Luke 21:28
“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

André

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