A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

December 29, 2018

As I was re-reading the Book of 2 Thessalonians this morning, I wondered and began to pray, “Lord, have I said enough? If we get cut off electronically or otherwise, has everyone in my sphere of life heard the truth about You, the second coming, and the necessary warnings about the anti-christ and the beast system that You Lord have not hidden, because it is written in Your Book. (Bible). Are people even reading the Bible? (I know many of you are) Do they know the consequences and danger they may be in by not knowing the truth?

Jesus greatest concern about the people alive at the end of the age was “deception”. (Matthew 24) He even wondered if He would find faith on earth when He returned. Do people know there will be a great falling away? (from the true faith) even some that called themselves Christians and may have even preached well for decades…..that even these could be fooled? You can’t “fall away” from something you have not been a part of.

2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 “ Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day (Day of the Lord) will not come unless the falling away comes first, 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 worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

We automatically think that this means a temple in Jerusalem and maybe so…..but the Bible also says that WE are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Does God consider our human bodies a temple? (1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”)

We know that Satan will completely possess the man of perdition aka anti-christ after he “recovers” from a mortal wound. (Revelation 13:3)

2 Thessalonians 2:9,10 “ The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

He may come with the false prophet saying: “We are together” (one world religion) , “We are loved” (tolerance without holiness) , “I am God” (new age already teaches this)

I guess what I’m encouraging all of us to do is to prayerfully study the scriptures more. NOT read someones interpretation of it – although that’s okay if you understand that people can make a mistake. But each one of us needs to read for ourselves, hear and know the Word of God and how to be led by the Holy Spirit. individually. (John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow Me”)

One of our greatest treasures is the written Word of God. It anchors us, protects us, helps us to know the true and living God. Then as we prayerfully follow God, I pray for us all that we will navigate this intense time of deception and do it well. Only Light can shine in the darkness and dispel it.

TREASURE YOUR BIBLE AND KNOW IT WELL even if you don’t understand all you read – read it anyway and ask God for understanding.

Praying it will be a blessed 2019

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

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With the dawn of a new level of technology we are currently living in, it is interesting to ponder the scriptures that are given to us in Revelation as God showed the Apostle John would happen in the end times. Until this time much of it didn’t make sense, but now in light of what is possible we would be wise to revisit these texts. You can read this portion of scripture and think about it…..
Revelation 13;14-17  “And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.  He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.  He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,  and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Notice…..an image was given power and “breath” (as in make to seem alive) and that image was able to speak and make demands. Granted power….can also mean given authority.

This sounds an awful like an “artificial intelligence” AI that we know they are developing. With algorithms that make it seem like it is thinking. And now computers “speak” and answer your questions. Think about ‘Siri” and artificial intelligence that can pretty much can answer any question you ask it. And they have given it a personality.

Then jump to the last part. No one will be able to buy and sell with out the mark or number of the beast. Ask yourself why? They already have RFID chips that can be implanted into the body that can contain all kinds of info. But the point I am making is that it speaks of a technology that was not even in existence a few decades ago. Yet the Apostle John saw it in a vision 2000 years ago as God …who knows the end from the beginning… showed it to him.

Here is another serious scripture concerning the mark…..

Revelation 13:8
“All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

Only those born again will be able to resist this tyranny….

This is a strong warning about taking that mark….

Revelation 14:9, 10 “ Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,  he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. “

Anyway…..my point for all of this is to show that the technology to fulfill these end time scriptures is in place and increasing. If you have been following the news…..even India has gone to a cashless society…..moving the world closer to this reality. (you can google that).

Technology can be good…..but at some point it will cross the line and become in the control of evil. Will we recognize that day when it comes? I hope so…..