36 “And you, son of man, prophesy to the (A)mountains of Israel, and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord! 2 Thus says the Lord God: “Because (B)the enemy has said of you, ‘Aha! (C)The [a]ancient heights (D)have become our possession,’ ” ’ 3 therefore prophesy, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Because they made you desolate and swallowed you up on every side, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, (E)and you are taken up by the lips of (F)talkers and slandered by the people”— 4 therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God! Thus says the Lord Godto the mountains, the hills, the [b]rivers, the valleys, the desolate wastes, and the cities that have been forsaken, which (G)became plunder and (H)mockery to the rest of the nations all around— 5 therefore thus says the Lord God: (I)“Surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, (J)who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with wholehearted joy and[c]spiteful minds, in order to plunder its open country.” ’
6 “Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, and the valleys, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and My fury, because you have (K)borne the shame of the nations.” 7 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “I have (L)raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall (M)bear their own shame. 8 But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come. 9 For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. 10 I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and (N)the ruins rebuilt. 11 (O)I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and [d]bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do (P)better for you than at your beginnings. (Q)Then you shall know that I am the Lord. 12 Yes, I will cause men to walk on you, My people Israel; (R)they shall take possession of you, and you shall be their inheritance; no more shall you (S)bereave them of children.”
13 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Because they say to you, (T)‘You devour men and bereave your nation of children,’ 14 therefore you shall devour men no more, nor bereave your nation anymore,” says the Lord God. 15 (U)“Nor will I let you hear the taunts of the nations anymore, nor bear the reproach of the peoples anymore, nor shall you cause your nation to stumble anymore,” says the Lord God.’ ”
The Renewal of Israel
16 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 17 “Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, (V)they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like (W)the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity. 18 Therefore I poured out My fury on them (X)for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it. 19 So I (Y)scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them (Z)according to their ways and their deeds. 20 When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they (AA)profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ 21 But I had concern (AB)for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.
22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, (AC)but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. 23 And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am (AD)hallowed in you before their eyes. 24 For (AE)I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 (AF)Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you (AG)from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a (AH)new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My (AI)Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.28 (AJ)Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; (AK)you shall be My people, and I will be your God. 29 I will (AL)deliver you from all your uncleannesses. (AM)I will call for the grain and multiply it, and (AN)bring no famine upon you. 30 (AO)And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. 31 Then (AP)you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you (AQ)will [e]loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 (AR)Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”
33 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, (AS)and the ruins shall be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. 35 So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of (AT)Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36 Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. (AU)I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it.”
37 ‘Thus says the Lord God: (AV)“I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will (AW)increase their men like a flock. 38 Like a [f]flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its [g]feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”
Revelation 20 New English Translation (NET Bible)
The Thousand Year Reign
20 Then[a] I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding[b] in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. 2 He[c] seized the dragon—the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan—and tied him up for a thousand years. 3 The angel[d] then[e] threw him into the abyss and locked[f] and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished. (After these things he must be released for a brief period of time.)
4 Then[g] I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge.[h] I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These[i] had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They[j] came to life[k] and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.)[l] This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who takes part[m] in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them,[n] but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.
Satan’s Final Defeat
7 Now[o] when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive[p] the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog,[q] to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea.[r]9 They[s] went up[t] on the broad plain of the earth[u] and encircled[v] the camp[w] of the saints and the beloved city, but[x] fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely.[y]10 And the devil who deceived[z] them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur,[aa] where the beast and the false prophet are[ab] too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.
The Great White Throne
11 Then[ac] I saw a large[ad] white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven[ae] fled[af] from his presence, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then[ag] books were opened, and another book was opened—the book of life.[ah] So[ai] the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds.[aj]13 The[ak] sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death[al] and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 14 Then[am] Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire. 15 If[an] anyone’s name[ao]was not found written in the book of life, that person[ap] was thrown into the lake of fire.
To start, we are all broken people… We are all sinners. We all have a story, each and every one of us. And if we have never walked in someone’s shoes or had to experience everything that they have had to, it is very easy to pre-judge, think they are overreacting, and scoff, and gossip and overlook their cry for help.
I have been there. Ive been broken again and again just to be labeled as angry and lost.
The truth though, is: anger is NOT the answer. Revenge is NOT the answer. Revolt is NOT the answer.
When our founding fathers of the US government wrote the basis for which they would lead the nation, they stated that it was to be under God.
They took God out.
They lived lives blessing God with their tongues, but rejecting him in their hearts, evident from their very unrighteous, selfish, and sinful actions.
We as a nation led by hypocrites, are hypocrites ourselves. We bless with our tongues and kill with our actions. If we cannot bless with our tongues AND bless with our actions, we will be a hopeless, lost, angry, unforgiving, vicious, demonic, jackal-possessed, hissing, grotesque human-kind for all of history right up until the moment when God has had ENOUGH, and removes his every spec of grace to let us go to the pit where us jackals belong.
YES, the government has been corrupt, but so have we!
Revenge is not our own!
Revenge belongs to God!
Humans have WRONGED GOD, our amazing, loving, merciful, holy creator since day 1 until up to this very day, as we still spit on Him, and fornicate with our own pleasures just to give birth to more demons and chaos, and to come back and question why would a loving creator send anyone to hell?! The real question is why would a loving creator put up with all of our ABSOLUTELY INSANE UNREPENTED OF, SELFISH, SELF-INFLICTED, NONSENSE FOR SO LONG?!
Ezekiel 26:19-21 New King James Version
19 “For thus says the Lord God: ‘When I make you a desolate city, like cities that are not inhabited, when I bring the deep upon you, and great waters cover you, 20 then I will bring you down (A)with those who descend into the Pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lowest part of the earth, in places desolate from antiquity, with those who go down to the Pit, so that you may never be inhabited; and I shall establish glory (B)in the land of the living. 21 (C)I will make you a terror, and you shall be no more;(D)though you are sought for, you will never be found again,’ says the Lord God.”
Stop trying to get revenge on your own accord, God is watching everything, you will reap what you sew.
So what are we supposed to do?
We are supposed to pray to God to help us forgive our enemies, forgive everyone. And do our best to be at peace.
Yes we will always have differences, but that is where love covers a multitude of sins.
That is where Christ, who never did anything wrong at all, took a lot, A LOT, of hits for us, not just at death but through his entire life, so we could all have just one more chance at this getting along thing, at this love one another and Love God secret to joy and inner peace concept.
Forgive. Be at peace. Let God sit next to you and hold you if you need to cry. Stop pushing him away, please. Stop pushing forgiveness away. John 3:16, Christ paid for our mistakes.
You think you wanna ride with the bad guys, roll with the rebels, rock like the heathens. NEWS FLASH: your evil and careless choices, have only been given a taste of God’s patience and GRACE, God gave you grace, the dirty and wretched fun you’ve been reckoning with is NOT what Satan is all about, of course he has joined you too, but what you have been experiencing is EXTREME, EXTREME ( AND THAT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT,) GRACE!
You wanna know what it’s like to be Satan’s homeboy, then taste death without hope of resurrection, taste the death of the one’s you love, feel disease, see corruption, wallow at the thought of starving, helpless people, be broken at the injustice and hatred of selfish-God-loathing hearts. Experience suffering and agony. That’s what Satan’s company brings. Not the dirt you think you have been getting away with, that my friend is called, grace.
Jeremiah 18:12-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
God’s Warning Rejected
12 And they said, “That is hopeless! So we will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one [a]obey the dictates[b] of his evil heart.”
13 Therefore thus says the Lord:
“Ask now among the Gentiles, Who has heard such things? The virgin of Israel has done a very horrible thing. 14 Will a man[c]leave the snow water of Lebanon, Which comes from the rock of the field? Will the cold flowing waters be forsaken for strange waters?
15 “Because My people have forgotten Me, They have burned incense to worthless idols. And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways, From the ancient paths, To walk in pathways and not on a highway, 16 To make their land desolate and a perpetual hissing; Everyone who passes by it will be astonished And shake his head. 17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will [d]show them the back and not the face In the day of their calamity.”
Instead of complaining, ask God to help you with your own personal sins, struggles, lies, bitterness, jealousy, hatred, insecurities, wrath, fear, and unbelief.
The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. … For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
Proverbs 18 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Name of the Lord Is a Strong Tower
18 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all [a]wise judgment.
2 A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.
3 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; And with dishonor comes reproach.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, And his mouth calls for blows. 7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a [b]talebearer are like [c]tasty trifles, And they go down into the [d]inmost body.
9 He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are [e]safe. 11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own esteem.
12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.
13 He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear a broken spirit?
15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.
17 The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him.
18 Casting lots causes contentions to cease, And keeps the mighty apart.
19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord.
23 The poor man uses entreaties, But the rich answers roughly.
24 A man who has friends [f]must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
God alone never fails. Though everything in life may seem unknown, up in the air, unexplainable, confusing, and scary during these uncertain times we are in with the Coronavirus and all it’s effects…. One thing is certain. You cannot go wrong being under the protection of the Almighty’s wings, He upholds the righteous…so repent and seek the best protection out there.
Read the scholastic article below on masks and flawed human safety:
Because the cause is not fully known for coronavirus, and there is no cure, God is the ultimate answer, God is actually ALWAYS the answer, it is so sad that we have gone running to so many flawed solutions and running away from the perfect answer, incapable of failing, God. God cannot fail, God cannot break His promises, and never has. God is holy. God is love. God never fails.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
Even if death were to come, God has already pre-determined the fate of His kids/ followers, not our journey or freewill entirely, just the destination, and whether we make it to fulfill our purpose is up to us if we choose to seek God for the direction to our true destiny on earth now and eternally. Don’t give up. So, knowing this, even death itself should not be a scary thing if you have God’s reassurance that there is nothing to be afraid of, as our worries always falsely make things out to be.
The fear of the lord, by obeying His commandments and seeking His spirit through prayer, is the beginning of all understanding.
14 (A)For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it. 15 (B)In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, 16 (C)Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction. 17 In order to turn man from his deed, And conceal pride from man, 18 He keeps back his soul from the Pit, And his life from [a]perishing by the sword.
19 “Man is also chastened with pain on his (D)bed, And with strong pain in many of his bones, 20 (E)So that his life abhors (F)bread, And his soul [b]succulent food. 21 His flesh wastes away from sight, And his bones stick out which once were not seen. 22 Yes, his soul draws near the Pit, And his life to the executioners.
23 “If there is a messenger for him, A mediator, one among a thousand, To show man His uprightness, 24 Then He is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found [c]a ransom’; 25 His flesh shall be young like a child’s, He shall return to the days of his youth. 26 He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, He shall see His face with joy, For He restores to man His righteousness. 27 Then he looks at men and (G)says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, And it (H)did not profit me.’ 28 He will (I)redeem [d]his soul from going down to the Pit, And his life shall see the light.
29 “Behold, God works all these things, Twice, in fact, three times with a man, 30 (J)To bring back his soul from the Pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life….
God is holy and love.
The suffering we see today is solely the result of our, Satan’s, Adam and Eve’s and our ancestors’ selfish disobedience to God.
God said do not have any gods/ idols before Him. Why? Because then we push Him away and expect money to save us, other humans to save us, locks and safes to save us, our own jobs to save us, weapons to save us, doctors and presidents and authorities to save us, medicines and treatments to save us, stuff and materials to save us…basically we are putting our entire lives in the hands of things that don’t last forever/ perishable, and are capable of breaking and failing.
God ALONE, stays the same, can ALWAYS save and NEVER fails.
If you’re afraid today of the the way the world is crumbling from the abusive effects of our own sins, get down on your knees( do not be ashamed at all,) reach out, God is the answer.
Us as humans are so ridiculous and worried about looking silly or being weird, that’s exactly why God allows us to experience some trials, ( trials meant to help break our pride and our idiotic desire to ‘look tight’, to others,) so that our heart will soften and actually be in a genuine place to reach out to Him so that we may approach His holy throne( dark cant approach light, it only makes a shadow,) so He can help. He can help by giving us wisdom, truth, and thus reassurance and peace, joy and hope. God wants to help us, He is loving and merciful.
God is the answer for this broken world.
And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God.
Then all the people hanswered, “Amen, Amen!” while ilifting up their hands. And they jbowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
Time and time again throughout history, humans, NEVER LEARN!
In day of Noah, of Moses, Sodom and Gomorrah, Joseph, in the day of the Israelites( God’s people themselves,) in the times of JESUS CHRIST himself, in the day of the Bubonic plague, the Spanish Flu, World War 1 and World War 2, people NEVER LEARN!
We deserved death from day one, our sin has caused the destruction and chaos, and sickness all around us, our own vicious, selfish, abuse of other humans, outright idiotic choices, and nasty filth ridden indulgence DESERVES DEATH!
And in the midst of disaster, the consequence of our sin, what do we do to ease the pain of our consequences ( coronavirus and economic chaos,)! SIN SOME MORE!! Drink, party, get down in the dirt behaving like pigs, rats, and roaches!
God is watching everything!
Will we be so sad as a human race as to stoop so low as to never once in HISTORY, get down on our knees and PRAY TO GOD! JUST FOR ONCE IN ALL HUMAN HISTORY!
CAN WE DO THINGS RIGHT!!
PRAY! Before death eats you alive!
Isaiah 58:9-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
“If you take away the yoke from your midst, The [a]pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 10 If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your [b]darkness shall be as the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. 12 Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of [c]Streets to Dwell In
Ezekiel 18 New International Version (NIV)
The One Who Sins Will Die
9 He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign Lord.
10 “Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood or does any of these other things[a]11 (though the father has done none of them):
“He eats at the mountain shrines. He defiles his neighbor’s wife. 12 He oppresses the poor and needy. He commits robbery. He does not return what he took in pledge. He looks to the idols. He does detestable things. 13 He lends at interest and takes a profit.
Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head.
Jeremiah 2:26-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 “As the thief is ashamed when he is found out, So is the house of Israel ashamed; They and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their prophets, 27 Saying to a tree, ‘You are my father,’ And to a stone, ‘You gave birth to me.’ For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble They will say, ‘Arise and save us.’ 28 But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, If they can save you in the time of your [a]trouble; For according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah.
The Futility of Idols
21 “Present your case,” says the Lord. “Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob. 22 “Let them bring forth and show us what will happen; Let them show the former things, what they were, That we may [f]consider them, And know the latter end of them; Or declare to us things to come. 23 Show the things that are to come hereafter, That we may know that you are gods; Yes, do good or do evil, That we may be dismayed and see it together. 24 Indeed you are nothing, And your work is nothing; He who chooses you is an abomination.
25 “I have raised up one from the north, And he shall come; From the [g]rising of the sun he shall call on My name; And he shall come against princes as though mortar, As the potter treads clay. 26 Who has declared from the beginning, that we may know? And former times, that we may say, ‘He is righteous’? Surely there is no one who shows, Surely there is no one who declares, Surely there is no one who hears your words. 27 The first time I said to Zion, ‘Look, there they are!’ And I will give to Jerusalem one who brings good tidings. 28 For I looked, and there was no man; I looked among them, but there was no counselor, Who, when I asked of them, could answer a word. 29 Indeed they are all [h]worthless; Their works are nothing; Their molded images are wind and confusion.
😱 Fear of dying, fear of heights, fear of homelessness, fear of the dark, fear of man, fear of beasts, fear of evil, fear of not having what you need for your family, is a Liar. UNGODLY FEAR IS A LIAR, IF, you choose to instead Fear: the Lord, our God, above all else.
The fear of the lord; fearing God, who is without a doubt the scariest in all existence, because He is ultimately THE MOST POWERFUL, AND IS THE SOVEREIGN ABOVE ALL ELSE, makes all other fears seem rather silly when it comes down to thinking sensibly about everything.
Fearing the Lord does not necessarily mean you bust out your front door like the philistine army everytime you have business to take care of, nor does it means you wrestle with tarantulas, or go head on with the devil at a game of life chess, definitely NOT!
FEARing GOD, actually means being obedient to His every commandment, being sensible and responsible to know when to speak and when to silence yourself, choosing battles wisely, practicing self-control and patience, learning to trust God, and realizing it is IMPOSSIBLE for God to break His promises, if you truly love Him, and thus obey Him.
Romans 8:28 All things work together for good, for those that love God.
Lets please Not be like the Israelites in the wilderness whose situation was completely out of their own power to control, and in that matter, they added sin to sin, by completely lacking Faith in God. Hardly believing that He knows how to answer prayers in the midst of extreme hardship.
We are in extreme hardship right now, the whole 🌎 world is… Don’t be foolish, God is watching everything, testing the hearts of humankind, be obedient to Him in this chaos, dont end up ashamed for the path you took after this coronavirus, econimic, national crime -scene -hardship, is all said and done.
God is our Shepherd, WE SHALL have all that we NEED.
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning.This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[b] is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister[c] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sisteris in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.Reasons for Writing12 I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.14 I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.On Not Loving the World15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.Warnings Against Denying the Son18 Dear children, this is the last hour;and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[e]21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.God’s Children and Sin28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.29 If you know that he is righteous,you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.Footnotes:1 John 2:5 Or word, God’s love1 John 2:9 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15, 17; 4:20; 5:16.1 John 2:10 The Greek word for brother and sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 3:10; 4:20, 21.1 John 2:15 Or world, the Father’s love1 John 2:20
Isolation causes tension with the people youre living with.
Isolation strikes up anxiety, causing us to become desperate for freedom.
Isolation makes us fear the unknown.
LEVEL 2: Thinking a bit deeper:
Isolation is awful because it suffocates our ability to do what we would normally do. [Add your own reason here, why you think isolation is awful]
Isolation causes tension with others because we all have differences, that are difficult to sort out.
Alright so gonna cut to the chase…because we get it we’re all suffocating here in one way or another.
If Satan is the enemy doesnt that make us afraid of him? And if fear is always a liar doesnt that make those two statements a contradiction?
What about Eph. 6 spiritual warfare?
We werent ready to fully understand that information back then, it was too overwhelming. God is love, let’s breathe and believe in YAHWEH. Let’s believe in humanity ( if we don’t believe in one another, because of past hurt from something that happened, that is now causing us fear, how will we ever believe in God who made us, if we die inside because our own insecurities, doubts, fears, and worries have choked our dreams, the whole world ( a world made by God,) is gonna die ( like it is right now,) if we don’t even believe in He who made it( I mean like fully believe, believe so much that you praise Him and you share the good things you know about Him. Let us have hope. Let us love one another. He wants us to repent of sin for a loving reason. That we need Him to help us realize, pray and repent, and breathe, God is on the throne.
God is the ONLY ONE, that never changes. We as people are dust in the hands of our Great and loving maker, everything is.
I had an epiphany, realization, aka light-bulb( Which is how God often shows us things,( other times He may speak to us through other people( even children and the homeless or broken, especially those( that are lowly in heart;) that this crazy toilet paper hoarding thing, is a funny, but VERY serious way of showing us as people, (who have trusted too much in money over many years in history, to save us out of every situation in life,) and that some have even hoarded ( rich 1-2%), IS SAD. Maybe it’s ok to have/ save some for rainy days, but hoarding is insane.
Sin is serious, sinning purposely without any effort to repent, sinning that grace may abound, is SERIOUS! just like the Coronavirus situation, sin can lead to death. We should not live rebelliously, but should seek God and pray so we are not naive, and must love one another, and love from a distance even, if we can’t be together in one place. Our own sin done on purpose brings ruin.
We must have Faith in God, but we must also remember that as long as their is sin in the world, ***we must seek Godly wisdom.***
God alone can completely wipe out sin, in His kingdom to come following Christ’s return.
( The devil even tempted Jesus while on Earth… He hadnt eaten, and Satan tells Him if you are the son of man turn these stones to bread, [ throw yourself over this cliff, bow down to me and Ill give you all these nations], Jesus tells the devil, ( who was harrassing his mind,) get behind me Satan, do not put the Lord my God to the test….
CAPTIVATE YOUR THOUGHTS IN CHRIST, what would Jesus do ( how would he react), what would Jesus say, in this or that situation.
Another epiphany( God shows us,) Fear is always a liar, ( fear can come from evil movies( whose outcomes are always determined by ungodly imperfect humans, insecurities, worry, too much negative news, worldly songs and wordly advice, nightmares, etc.) the moment we get scared, we do so many irrational things, even the most viewed as stable and responsible people, can start losing touch with reality.
The truth is we as people are not meant to lead each other, because we can’t fully do it perfectly without encountering exceptions to rules, caveats, odd balls, rare situations. Back in biblical times( ቶዳy), God didnt want people to have Kings, He wanted them to pray and seek Him, and wait patiently for Him, and pay attention for His response, testing to make sure whether it was actually from Him or if evil was trying to hack our mind to input a virus of interference so we couldnt hear Him correctly( you know its God when it’s loving( 1st Cor 13:4-8 and is written in the Bible, and read in context.)
The thing is God has everyone’s instruction manuals( it’s ULTIMATELY, His plan and His will, even if we get off track, His Word is truth, and He keeps His every promise EVERYTIME;) since He made all of us, so our own instructions may not be the same as that for someone else, since we are all unique. Love covers a multitude of sins here, because we are all at different stages in our Faith, so we should give each other grace, as God has given us so much grace in our own lives.
The best thing to do when youre worried about (someone you love, someone in leadership, or authorities, or pastors; whomever has to work as a team to help flocks of people in these current times we are living in,) is pray for them, and if stress levels ever get too high, sing to God. 🙂
Ultimately God is on the throne, no matter what happens, God works everything together for good, for those that love Him. Romans 8:28
Seek God now & repent Before time is gone. And share please, all glory to God, because there comes a point in everybody’s life where we just wanted to give up, but encouragement from somebody else, brought hope and hope brought Courage, thank you God, because I have been there, seemingly endless, times. And through it all, I’ve learned:God alone, is 100% good, I’ve been such a sinner, and how awful to blame God for all this mess in the world, who tried to warn us from the beginning of time, and that we must just Trust Him, for our own good.
The antichrist and the demons know what words are inside of God’s Word, the Bible. After all, it is there for everyone to have as their own. So how do we know when something is truly the Truth?
You will be able to identify REAL TRUTH, if it is 1st Biblical, and ALSO, (and this is a MUST!) IF IT SHOWS GODLY LOVE. Both are needed to have real Truth.
Godly love is gained through listening to God while under pressure,( pressure can be suffering, depression, anxiety, temptation, a headache, hurt, or anything hard to go through,) remember diamonds are made under intense pressure if the piece of carbon in use can hold up.
And when Godly love starts to be gained, from this all, the fruits of the spirit will come about: patience, joy, kindness, self-control, mildness( slow to anger,) humility, long-suffering. Basically, the effect of what comes out from conquering sin, over time, by obedience to God, while under pressure are what evil can never gain, and thus will never have, because evil doesn’t seek to obey God while under pressure.
Every bad thing happening today is not only from Adam and Eve’s sin, but likewise from our own everyday sins Galatians 3:10-1110For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”
If we put MORE faith in doctors, lawyers, weapons, officers, presidents, kings, man, counselors, pastors, technology, etc. than we do in the Sovereign will and power of YAHWEH, we are expecting mere humans to always save us from every single problem in existence. Humans can’t, you can’t, I can’t, no one can, only God.
Evil cannot cast out evil, hate cannot cast out hate, anger cannot cast out anger, only the LOVE OF GOD, obedience to Him in heart and deed can cast out evil. Otherwise Christ would have never been necessary, this broken world could’ve saved itself, which is obviously not true.
When we preach, there must be TRUTH & THE LOVE OF GOD ( compassion for people.) We must forgive everyone, knowing and believing Christ already paid for every wrong and every hurt, because though we can become more and more like Christ, we will never be perfect.
Romans 8:1818I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Matthew 16:2626What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Adam and Eve didn’t obey God, because they did not understand why they had to, and they didn’t fully trust Him, their unbelief, has caused a chain reaction of an exponentially increasing amount of sin that worsens everytime we commit sin, or anytime we trust anything else in this broken world MORE THAN** God, which is sin in of itself. We must stop trying to fix sin, with unbelief, and more sin; we must trust in the Almighty, the hardest part is surrendering anything that proves to be out of our own hands, to Him.
** In this broken world which will always have sin(until God wipes out sin,) we must of course still obey law and exercise Godly wisdom:
Ecclesiastes 8:1-3 1Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance. 2Obey the king’s command, I say, because you took an oath before God. 3Do not be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases.
In Conclusion, we do not need to know everything, and never will, but we do need to have faith & trust God. That is what trust is after all, believing in God, even though we don’t fully understand, knowing that He is THE ALMIGHTY, AND HE IS ABLE! Matt.19:26
YAHWEH alone is God, and He alone is good, and He alone knows everything, thus it is He Alone, that deserves: glory, honor, and praise.
Psalm 91:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a] 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
Because of our sin and our failure to keep constant Faith in God, law is necessary, and not just law, BUT GODLY WISDOM, IS NECESSARY in this broken world, TO AVOID INTOLERABLE CHAOS. A world that just continues to sin and sin and sin and always will sin, needs law and requires us to pray for Godly wisdom to overcome and survive, until our Savior Christ reigns on Earth; it is then that sin will be obliterated, and perfect Faith in God will be renewed in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Matt 19:26 -With God all things are possible, yes this is true… but if there is sin in the midst of stating this, our sin must first be removed:this is accomplished by captivating our thoughts in Christ, knowing that God’s will, not our own, must be done. Or in other words: we must learn how God thinks and identify that concept or thought as Truth( Godly thoughts are: noble, righteous, lovely, pure, and upbuilding. (&1st Cor. 13:4-8), ) We must gain Godly wisdom to overcome all false thoughts and feelings, and never speak them nor act on them. How do we gain Godly wisdom…
Proverbs 9:10 New International Version (NIV)
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Sin hardens hearts, and with each sin the heart gets colder and harder and less loving, hence why the love of many has grown cold today. Getting rid of God in every place, Who is Holy and IS LOVE . And substituting God with sin ( which hardens hearts,) is a recipe for disaster of every kind imaginable: sickness, pestilence,(coronavirus), locusts( famine in Africa right now,) nation rising against nation, the love of money ( which basically entails that we are trying to hold on to this false strength that likewise is perishing, out of our own foolish desperation.)
READ. Romans 5 below…
Enduring through any suffering that came about as a consequence of a sin, (either our own, or from the sin of this evil world,) and making the SELFLESS desicion to not fix our broken situation with the easy and obvious answer, another type of sin, AND TO NOT BLAME anyone or anything during these very hard times, but to instead say it doesn’t matter what so and so has done, “Jesus already paid for it..” Is the beginning of getting to know God better, and gaining wisdom and patience, self-control, love, joy, to OVERCOME..
Romans 5 New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith Triumphs in Trouble
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces [b]perseverance; 4 and perseverance, [c]character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Christ in Our Place
6 For when we were still without strength, [d]in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless
death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned
according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the [e]offense.
For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God
and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many [f]offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s [g]offense
death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of
grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the
One, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore, as through [h]one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one[i] Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among
you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?—1 Corinthians 3:3
AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE DO NOT PREACH THE GOSPEL with the primary purport of trying TO SAVE PEOPLE FROM GOING TO HELL, WE PREACH THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL BECAUSE WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AND WANT to BRING OTHERS THE HOPE THAT COMES IN THE LIGHT OF KNOWING GOD. WE as God’s children, ARE NOT SUPERHEROS THAT CAN SAVE PEOPLE, we are but a Team of servants who are willing to let God use our mouths to preach, our hands to help, our feet to move on his part, with wisdom and holy thoughts that he inspires into our minds, when we learn to hear Him correctly, and not the interceding lies of the devil; THAT IS EXACTLY WHY CHRIST DIED, SO we must STOP TRYING TO CHANGE EACH OTHER, CHRIST DIED FOR ALL OUR SINS: those REPENTED OF and those STILL BEING SANCTIFIED/ WORKED OUT WITH GOD CURRENTLY. WE WILL NOT BE PERFECT WHEN CHRIST RETURNS…WE WILL COME BEFORE THE JUDGE, ALL HAVING COMMITTED CRIME. BUT GOD WILL LOOK INTO OUR HEARTS( SOMETHING NO HUMAN CAN SEE, NOR JUDGE,) TO DECIDE WHO INHERITS HIS KINGDOM. SO let us LIVE LOVINGLY, HUMBLY, AT PEACE, Pray and obey God’s word, be servants, tell others the good news of the gospel in the way God asks to, listening to our conscience He has given us when to speak, and when to exercise self-control, (faith without works is dead,) knowing there are kind and loving, encouraging words, that God once brought to you through a servant that obeyed him and fought fear and shared the love of God ( 1st Cor. 13:4-8, 1St John 4;8, John 3:16,) and those WORDS, BROUGHT LIFE! THE HARDEST PART OF THE FIGHT, though, HAS ALREADY BEEN WON, (John 3:16) GOD IS GOOD.
45000 mph, legs moving faster than a cheetah, physical metabolic defiance, if this was a marathon, everyone would be eating my dust…
[If you haven’t caught on.. this is Not a snippet from Flash or any Superhero/Marvel 🎥 film]
These were my ridiculously and rather humorous thoughts as a college student riding my bike down the streets of Davis, straight out of class, zooming back to my apartment.
I was probably only going 43000 miles per hour (😝)
But it only took less than 2 seconds before I was actually flying, and then falling straight onto my face HARD, eating gravel from the middle of the street, my nose running in blood, the skin ripped up from both legs, feeling the soreness of being bruised and the sudden weight of the severity of the whole situation, did I just get hit by a car, I’M ALIVE? Oh my gosh I’m in the middle of the street, and I’m too afraid to even move.
Too often, we get caught up in Ourselves, we let our thoughts overtake us so much, that we are all caught up in our own minds, we forget to BREATHE, TO LOOK AROUND, TO LIVE, TO REALIZE THERE IS A WHOLE WORLD that isnt just our own world.
Sometimes it isn’t until something goes BOOM!! That we snap out of some really selfish thoughts that we often have.
Stop looking at commercials, Pinterest, Facebook, Social media in general, radio ads, magazines for some picturesque concept of how life is supposed to look.
Let’s realize…EVERYBODY cries, EVERYBODY has had one of those moments where they probably walk away from an argument thinking, “Well cheese and crackers, I seriously just sounded like Cruella Devil [or other Villain of your choice] my reputation is destroyed…” EVERYBODY has probably had a piece of toilet paper stuck in their rear( it don’t matter how cool you think you are, leave it to good ‘ol toilet paper to stick around uninvited.) EVERYBODY has probably been strutting like they own every lightpole and square inch of green turf they pass on the streets, and then completely tripped off the entire sidewalk, as though they fell off Earth, just to try to keep walking like, “HEY I’M BACK!”
GOD made US ALL! BOOM! WAKE UP! Youre probably gonna fall straight off your seat ( E.T. –grabbing- stuff- hes -not -supposed- to- be touching- from- the- fridge -style) if you don’t get outta your own head!
Stop worrying about the past! Stop worrying about what so and so did! Jesus already paid for it!! Forgive them! Instead why dont you do something miraculous( make heaven rejoice!!)send that person ( you have now forgiven,) a thank you, encouragement for what they are doing right, or pray for them whole heartedly.
Prayer helps, ITs a STRONG force! If our hearts are in the right place.
If you have worries about things you need. If its necessities like food, clothing, shelter? Dont worry about fancy, if you have more than enough give cheerfully, never fearfully; if youre barely hanging on in life focus on things of heaven NOT of Earth, the things of Earth are passing, a genuine smile is sometimes the fanciest thing you can own, it shows your heart is in the right place, and God has got your back, Duet.31:6
You know how they say you’ll know who your real friends are when you go through the really rough times, because they will be the ones that stick around..
God feels the same…treat Him right, everybody runs away from Him when they go through rough times blaming Him for everything, or feeling as though He isnt good cause He isnt blessing instantly..if you are being tested, tried, persecuted, or suffereing as a consequence of sin, run to God, dont run away from Him, straight into the spiritual fire..Its like a firefighter trying to stop a bunny from running straight into the inferno of a forest fire, all around is chaos, so much going on, the stress is intense, the fear is real, patience is being tested, wisdom searched, morals uncovered, the firefighter tries to draw the bunny in to save it, but if it runs the other way[ comparably back to the sin essentially] it will just be burned and sadly not survive if it doesnt get out fast enough.
Being God’s friend is unspeakably worth it, He gives true perspective on what really matters, and the demon bullies don’t want you hanging out with Him or His friends, but He made us, we need Him, so do the bullies, we all do:)
41 “Look! An army is coming from the north; a great nation and many kings are being stirred up from the ends of the earth. 42 They are armed with bows and spears; they are cruel and without mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation to attack you, Daughter Babylon. 43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped him, pain like that of a woman in labor. 44 Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets to a rich pastureland, I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?”
45 Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Babylon, what he has purposed against the land of the Babylonians: The young of the flock will be dragged away; their pasture will be appalled at their fate. 46 At the sound of Babylon’s capture the earth will tremble; its cry will resound among the nations.
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You
will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not
alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go
out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
“‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]
30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d]31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these…
The Day and Hour Unknown
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and
they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took
them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Now is the time to draw close to God, His children…and If you dont know Him/ dont have a relationship with the Almighty, call out to Him & repent.
Hope for the Mountains of Israel
“Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. 2 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The enemy said of you, “Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.”’ 3 Therefore prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because they ravaged and crushed you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people’s malicious talk and slander, 4 therefore, mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord: This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, to the desolate ruins and the deserted towns that have been plundered and ridiculed by the rest of the nations around you— 5 this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my burning zeal I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, for with glee and with malice in their hearts they made my land their own possession so that they might plunder its pastureland.’ 6 Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I speak in my jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of the nations. 7 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn.
8 “‘But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. 9 I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, 10 and I will cause many people to live on you—yes, all of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12 I will cause people, my people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children.
13 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because some say to you, “You devour people and deprive your nation of its children,” 14 therefore you will no longer devour people or make your nation childless, declares the Sovereign Lord. 15 No
longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer
will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or cause your nation to fall,
declares the Sovereign Lord.’”
Israel’s Restoration Assured
16 Again the word of the Lord came to me: 17 “Son
of man, when the people of Israel were living in their own land, they
defiled it by their conduct and their actions. Their conduct was like a
woman’s monthly uncleanness in my sight. 18 So I poured out my wrath on them because they had shed blood in the land and because they had defiled it with their idols. 19 I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions. 20 And wherever they went among the nations they profaned my holy name, for it was said of them, ‘These are the Lord’s people, and yet they had to leave his land.’ 21 I had concern for my holy name, which the people of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone.
22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.
24 “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and
you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. 30 I
will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so
that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of
famine. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. 32 I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, people of Israel!
33 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. 35 They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” 36 Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’
37 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Once again I will yield to Israel’s plea and do this for them: I will make their people as numerous as sheep, 38 as numerous as the flocks for offerings
at Jerusalem during her appointed festivals. So will the ruined cities
be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”