Q. I read an article about the Iran Leader's Messianic End-Times Mission, in which he speaks about the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, who according to the Shiites, disappeared as a child in the year 941. They say, when he returns, he will reign on earth for SEVEN YEARS, before bringing about a final judgment and the end of the world. Does this have anything to do with the Great Tribulation Period spoken in the Bible?
A. CNN recently had a program on this very question so this is timely. I did with much interest read the article from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, and of course some of the concepts found in Ahmadinejad speech did bring to mind some of the Truths of the Word of God about the End Time, especially this matter of the one known as Imam Mahdi reigning on earth for a period of SEVEN YEARS. It was stated that the Iranian Leader called to the "mighty lord" to hasten the emergence of the promised one, the Shiite Muslim Messiah, the one who will fill this world with justice and peace. Now, I do not know what kind of justice and peace he is talking about when he is demanding that the JEWISH STATE BE "WIPED" OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
In stark contrast, the TRUE MESSIAH, JESUS THE CHRIST has a plan for the People of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Nation of Israel, AND THAT PLAN WILL BE FULFILLED IN SPITE OF ALL THE ATTEMPTS OF THE FORCES OF DARKNESS TO DEFEAT IT. The Lord did not restore the Jewish People, after being driven from their homeland, as foretold in Ezekiel chapter 37, only to bedriven into the Mediterranean Sea and destroyed, O NO, HIS WORD WILL NOT BE BROKEN, HE WILL FULFILL HIS PLAN!
Now understand, the Bible clearly states that there will be a period of time when a Person of Great Power and Leadership will reign on the Earth for a period of SEVEN YEARS. Jesus spoke about this and said, "Therefore when you see the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the Prophet, Standing in the Holy Place, (which means the Temple will be built once again in Jerusalem) then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains...For then there willb e "GREAT TRIBULATION" SUCH AS HAS "NOT" BEEN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD UNTIL THIS TIME, "NO" NOR EVER WILL BE." Matthew 24:21 The Prophet Daniel wrote of this period of time, known also as THE TIME OF JACOBS TROUBLE! Daniel 9:24
The Word of God states, "Let no one deceive you by any means, for that DAY OF CHRIST will not come until the Rebellion Occurs and the Man of Sin is Revealed, the Son of Perdition; who OPPOSES and EXALTS himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as GOD in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is GOD; WHOM THE "LORD" WILL "CONSUME" WITH THE BREATH OF HIS MOUTH AND DESTROY WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING. II Thessalonians 2
This Ruler of Fierce Countenance called the "ANTI-CHRIST" will rise to Power through the Revived Roman Empire, which this very day is taking place through the EUROPEAN UNION!. Please remember, the Old Roman Empire covered the Mid-East where so much trouble is now taking place. When the Rule of the Anti-Christ commences, his rule will be WORLD WIDE, "Andall that dwell upon the Earth shall Worship him whose names are "NOT" written in the BOOK OF LIFE OF THE "LAMB" SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD." Revelation 13:8
Understand, I do not know how the Iranian Leader's comments fit into this whole scenario of the End Times, but one thing is for sure, he and others are dead serious about the "IMMINENT RETURN" of the Imam, who, as he said, will prompt a Global Battle between Good and Evil. NOW, that is quite a statement, especially since we know that those who are among the Radical Muslims have clearly stated that Born Again Christians are part of the EVIL that must be ERADICATED!
Well my Friend, the Holy Infallible Word of God states that this "SEVEN YEAR" PERIOD OF WORLD WIDE CONTROL BY THE "ANTI CHRIST' IS FOR REAL. And at the end of this period of time, the TRUE MESSIAH, THE CRUCIFIED, BURIED, AND RISEN LORD JESUS CHRIST, will come in great power with His Redeemed Body, and will bind the Anti-Christ and all his followers of Darkness, and with His Blood Bought Family will REIGN ON EARTH for a THOUSAND YEARS. "Blessed and Holy is he who has part in the First Resurrection. Over such the Second Death, (which is Eternal Separation from God) has no Power, but they shall be Priests of God and of Christ, AND SHALL "REIGN" WITH HIM A THOUSAND YEARS." Revelation 20:6
QUESTION? ARE YOU READY FOR THE "IMMINENT" RETURN OF JESUS, THE KING OF kings, and LORD OF lords? He said, "Be you also ready, for at an hour that you do not expect, the SON OF MAN WILL COME." "Watch therefore, for you know neither the Day nor the Hour in which the Son of Man is coming." Matthew 24 & 25
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TRUE OR FALSE?
We are all faced with situations at times when we must decide what is TRUE and what is FALSE. Well, one of those situations is the question that comes up constantly about THE BIBLE! IS IT REALLY THE TRUE WORD OF GOD? We all must honestly answer this question! IS IT TRUE OR FALSE?
How do "YOU" answer this very important question? We all know that there are multitudes of people who scoff at the idea that the Bible is the Literal Word Of God recorded through men who were guided by God The Holy Spirit. If you say "FALSE" and that it is just another book written by humans only, apart from any Divine Intervention, then how do you account for the following:
The Prophesies written over a period of some "1500" years that foretold the coming of a Redeemer, the Messiah. That HE would come through the Nation Israel; that HE would be born of the Tribe of Judah and that He would be born of a Virgin; that His name would be called Wonderful, THE MIGHTY GOD, that Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; that HE would be born in the lowly town of Bethlehem; that HE would be Crucified, Buried, and Raised again from the Dead conquering the sting of death; that HE would come a second time at the end of the age and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords with all who acknowledge HIM as their LORD AND SAVIOR.
Yes, Friend, all this and SO MUCH MORE was recorded in the Old Testament Scriptures "HUNDREDS" of years before Jesus Christ finally entered our World of Sin and Woe, and if you say the Bible is "NOT" the Word of God, then you are saying all these prophesies written were the result of PURE CHANCE! I must admit, that in my thinking, that would have to be the greatest miracle of all that all the Scriptures with its marvelous continuity just happened by chance!
No Friend, "ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, ALL SCRIPTURE IS GOD BREATHED, AND IS THEREFORE PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, FOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETE, FULLY EQUIPPED UNTO EVERY GOOD WORK."
YOU CAN NAME ALL THE RELIGIONS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD TODAY, AND THEY ALL HAVE OR WILL HAVE A DEAD FOUNDER, BUT THERE IS ONLY "ONE" THAT HAS A "SAVIOR" WHO WAS CRUCIFIED, BURIED AND WHO ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD AND WAS SEEN ALIVE BY MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS, WALKING WITH HIS FOLLOWERS FOR FORTY DAYS AND SPEAKING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD BEFORE HE ASCENDED AGAIN INTO HEAVEN WHERE HE SITS AT THE FATHERS RIGHT HAND,
AND HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST THE LORD.
HALLELUJAH WHAT A SAVIOR
TRUST HIM FRIEND, FOR HE ALONE HAS THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE
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Q. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST?
A. MUST "DIE" TO "PRODUCE!"
A Judean "DATE SEED" was found together with a large number of other SEEDS during archaeological excavations carried out close to Massada near the Southern End of the Dead Sea. Massada was the last Jewish stronghold following the Roman destruction of the Holy Temple over "1,900" years ago. The age of the SEEDS were determined using Carbon Dating, with only a margin of 50 years, which placed them either right before or right after the Massada revolt. The SEEDS sat in storage for Thirty Years until Elain Solowey of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies was asked to attempt to cultivate them. After the Ancient Date Palm was planted, this 2000 year old seed began to SPROUT and is the Oldest Seed to ever produce a viable young sapling.
As AMAZING as this is, I think of the years that passed by when that SEED that was meant to produce lay DORMANT and UNPRODUCTIVE. The only way that SEED could begin to PRODUCE was to be planted in the earth and "DIE" and through its DEATH, rise to LIFE.
WHAT WERE THE Words OF JESUS? DO YOU RECALL WHAT HE SAID?
"MOST ASSUREDLY I SAY TO YOU, UNLESS A GRAIN OF WHEAT FALLS
INTO THE GROUND AND "DIES" IT ABIDES ALONE, BUT IF IT "DIES"
IT PRODUCES "MUCH" GRAIN!"
When Jesus spoke these words, He was referring to His own Death, His own Crucifixion, and His RESURRECTION. "Looking Unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith; Who for the "JOY" that was set before Him, Endured the Cross, Despising the Shame, and has sat down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God." Hebrews 12:2 Only through His "DEATH" paying for our sins, could there be the glorious Reaping of Souls who would be SAVED from Eternal Separation from God. Souls whose Faith has been placed "ALONE" in the Crucified, Death Conquering Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, "HE THAT HAS THE SON, HAS "LIFE!"
Now, as Believers in the SAVIOR, we too must know the meaning of "DYING TO SELF" in order to be PRODUCTIVE in our walk with the LORD. As the Apostle Paul wrote, "I HAVE BEEN "CRUCIFIED" WITH CHRIST; IT IS "NO LONGER" I WHO LIVE, BUT CHRIST, WHO "LIVES" IN ME. AND THE "LIFE" I NOW "LIVE" IN THE FLESH, I "LIVE" BY "FAITH" IN THE SON OF GOD, WHO "LOVED" ME AND "GAVE" HIMSELF FOR ME." Galatians 2:20
When we "DIE" to SELF-WILL; When we say "NOT MY WILL" "NOT MY WAY" "NOT MY WANTS" and are "ALIVE" to GOD'S WILL, how wonderfully will the SEED OF HIS WORD ROOTED IN OUR HEARTS, "PRODUCE" MUCH FRUIT FOR HIS GLORY!
AND EVERY TRUE BELIEVER SAYS "AMEN"
Q. IS THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST NO LONGER RELEVANT IN THIS PRESENT DAY?
A. "IT WILL "NEVER" LOSE ITS POWER!"
When you open the BIBLE there is one important truth you must keep in mind, "ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD!" ALL SCRIPTURE IS "GOD BREATHED!" II Timothy 3:16 As the Apostle Peter wrote, "PROPHECY "NEVER" CAME BY THE WILL OF MAN, BUT HOLY MEN OF GOD SPOKE AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!" I Peter 1:22
Now Folks, there are many today, who are saying the Bible is no longer Relevant for the 21st Century. This is especially true of the Liberal Bishop who has suggested, "CHRISTIANITY MUST CHANGE OR IT WILL DIE!" He said, "In the process much of the Traditional Understanding of Christianity shaped as it was by the mindset of the First Century must Inevitably be "SACRIFICED" as no longer either "RELEVANT" or "POSSIBLE!" Maybe not Relevant for him,
BUT TOTALLY RELEVANT FOR ME AND FOR MULTITUDES OF BELIEVERS IN THE CRUCIFIED, BURIED, AND RISEN LORD JESUS CHRIST, "WHO IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE; THE ONE AND ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER ABOVE."
You know this man and others like him, prove how "ACCURATE" and "TRUE" the Word of God is for those in the First Century, and for all people in the present Century. "THERE WERE ALSO FALSE PROPHETS AMONG THE PEOPLE, EVEN AS THERE WILL BE "FALSE" TEACHERS AMONG YOU, WHO WILL SECRETLY BRING IN DESTRUCTIVE HERESIES, EVEN DENYING THE LORD WHO BOUGHT THEM, AND BRING ON THEMSELVES SWIFT DESTRUCTION. AND "MANY" WILL "FOLLOW" THEIR DESTRUCTIVE WAYS, BECAUSE OF WHOM, THE WAY OF "TRUTH" WILL BE BLASPHEMED." I Peter 2:1-2
"O the BLOOD that Jesus Shed that Day, Way back at Calvary; Yes the BLOOD that gives me Strength from Day to Day, IT WILL "NEVER" LOSE ITS POWER. For it reaches the Highest Mountain; And it Flows to the Lowest Valley; Yes the BLOOD that gives me Strength from Day to Day, IT WILL "NEVER" LOSE ITS POWER." Remember, "The "MESSAGE" OF THE "CROSS" IS "FOOLISHNESS" TO THOSE WHO ARE "PERISHING" BUT TO "US" WHO ARE "SAVED" IT IS THE "POWER" OF GOD!" I Corinthians 1:18 O yes, Friend
"I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE "GOSPEL" OF "CHRIST"
FOR IT IS THE "POWER" OF GOD UNTO SALVATION
FOR "EVERYONE" WHO BELIEVES." Romans 1:16
Give me that Old Time Religion, Give Me that Old Time Religion, Give Me that Old Time Religion, YES, IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME." How about you, Friend, IS IT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU? Back when Jesus walked this earth, we read, "FROM THAT TIME MANY OF HIS DISCIPLES WENT BACK AND WALKED WITH HIM NO MORE. THEN JESUS SAID TO THE TWELVE, "WILL YOU ALSO GO AWAY?" BUT SIMON PETER ANSWERED HIM,
"LORD, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO? YOU HAVE THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE;
AND WE "BELIEVE" AND "KNOW" THAT YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE
LIVING GOD." John 6:66-69
Believe it Friend, and always understand, YOU WILL "NEVER" IMPROVE" ON THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, WHICH IS "THAT CHRIST "DIED" FOR OUR SINS, ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES, AND THAT HE WAS "BURIED" AND THAT HE "ROSE AGAIN" THE THIRD DAY ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES....AND THAT HE WAS SEEN ALIVE BY MANY WITNESSES." I Corinthians 15, 3-4
GLORY TO GOD, WHAT A WONDERFUL SAVIOR!
WAS IT NECESSARY FOR CHRIST TO DIE ON THE CROSS?"
"IT'S GOD'S WAY!"
It was refreshing to read the results of a poll taken some time ago that centered "on the Death of Jesus Christ. This was the question that was asked, "WAS CHRIST'S DEATH NECESSARY PAYMENT FOR OUR SINS?" Of those who responded, Six percent said, "I don't believe in any of this!" Five percent said, "I simply am not sure!" Twelve percent said, "No, this would make God Sadistic!" But "SEVENTY-SEVEN" PERCENT said, "YES, THE BIBLE MAKES THIS CLEAR!" WOW!
That speaks loud and clear! The Bible clearly states, "Now all things are of GOD, who has Reconciled us to HIMSELF through JESUS CHRIST and has given to us the Ministry of Reconciliation...Now then we are Ambassador's for CHRIST, as though GOD were pleading through us, we implore you on CHRIST'S behalf, be RECONCILED to "GOD," FOR "HE" (GOD) MADE HIM, (CHRIST) WHO KNEW NO SIN, TO BE SIN FOR US, THAT WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM." II Corinthians 5:18-21 "CHRIST has appeared to Put Away Sin, by the SACRIFICE OF HIMSELF....SO CHRIST WAS OFFERED "ONCE" TO BEAR THE SINS OF THE MANY." Hebrews 9:25-28 "WHO HIMSELF, BORE OUR SINS IN HIS BODY ON THE TREE!" I Peter 2:24
You see, Folks, GOD IS HOLY, and HE cannot wink at our Sin. He is not about to say, "Well, even though Mankind has Sinned against My Will and My Word, I'll just bypass judgment on their SIN!" O NO, God cannot wink at our Sin! And we must face the Fact that "ALL HAVE SINNED AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD." And "THE WAGES OF SIN IS "DEATH" BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!" Romans 3:23 & 6:23
Not one of us can ever hope by our own "GOOD WORKS" to gain Heaven, and GOD'S Favor. "Therefore by the Deeds of the Law, "NO FLESH" will be "JUSTIFIED" in GOD'S SIGHT, for by the LAW is the KNOWLEDGE OF SIN." The Law of God is a MIRROR that reveals our Sinfulness, but it CANNOT CLEANSE us of our Sins. But NOW GOD is Declaring that we can be "JUSTIFIED" "FREELY" by HIS GRACE THROUGH THE REDEMPTION THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS: WHOM GOD SET FORTH AS A "PROPITIATION" BY HIS BLOOD, THROUGH FAITH, TO DEMONSTRATE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT HE MIGHT BE "JUST" AND THE "JUSTIFIER" OF THE ONE WHO HAS FAITH IN JESUS!" Romans 3:20-26
Friend, GOD'S HOLINESS and JUST DEMANDS Against our Sin Has Been "FULLY SATISFIED" IN THE SACRIFICE OF HIS SON ON THAT OLD RUGGED CROSS, and we can now be Free of the Guilt and Condemnation of our Sin.
Friends, just two choices, we can Reject what Christ has done for us and PAY FOR OUR SINS OURSELVES AND FACE ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD, OR "ACCEPT" THE PAYMENT THAT JESUS MADE WHEN HE DIED AS OUR SINLESS, PERFECT SUBSTITUTE.
When you "ACCEPT" HIM as your Personal LORD AND SAVIOR, you will then sing,
"AT THE CROSS, AT THE CROSS, WHERE I FIRST SAW THE LIGHT, AND THE BURDEN OF MY HEART ROLLED AWAY. IT WAS THERE BY FAITH I RECEIVED MY SIGHT AND NOW I AM HAPPY ALL THE DAY."
FRIEND, BE SURE TO CHOOSE GOD'S WAY! JESUS IS ALL YOU NEED!