Saturday, December 31, 2011

If not now...

No time left for us; these may be the last days to hold onto our resolutions we have made for a new year. If ever you are to keep a promise, may it be the one to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord!

With this new year now upon us, we must boldly proclaim that our only hope for life comes through Jesus. You and I are His witnesses and as such we must move forward to deliver His message of hope, but we must move quickly, for the enemy, the great deceiver who is Satan is among us and he has been working in opposition to us at a relentless pace. We are all that stands between this Adversary of God and those who have yet to make a commitment to follow the One and only God, the Creator of all that is good and righteous.

The Bible says several times over and in many books; old and new testaments alike; the time is come; Psalm 105: Have compassion on Zion, for the appointed time has come. Isaiah 60: Arise and shine, your light has come and the glory of the LORD has dawned. Mark 1: The time has come; the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news! Finally and most importantly in Revelation 14: it says “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come."
The time has come, we have only our mouths and our hands to make known to all other inhabitants of this earth that He is returning, but in this next coming He is coming to reap from a crop from that which has been sown along with the weeds. All will be harvested; but then the harvest will be sorted and those who are judged not to be wholesome, will be thrown into the fire.

You know the hardest part about keeping a promise? It is commitment; with commitment you must continually apply yourself to that which you have made a vow to keep. It is as simple as keeping your word. A key ingredient of keeping your promise is to be consistent in your thought and deed and not to give up even when you are under attack, whether verbally or physically, you must stay focused on your goal and that goal is to give to the LORD all of yourself.

Saint Paul said "To the weak we must become weak, to win them over to Christ" Paul said "He became all things, to all men so that he might win some." He also stated that we do not go into training to win a race only to race aimlessly, we train for a purpose and that purpose is to succeed. 1 Corinthians 9

 The time is running down for us I believe; everyday we see or hear of end time prophecies or of rumors of war. When I was younger and living on a naval base in San Diego in 1980 the sky, at 2:30 in the afternoon turned blood red and that was pretty scary, but not prophetic, what was prophetic is how the earth and her islands were and are shaking with increased frequency. Look at our recent earthquake, although it thankfully was not severe as to cause loss of life,
 It should be grabbing our attention as to our vulnerability and that our hour can come at any time. Are we ready for the end of our time? Have we used what God has given us to tell others that one day He is coming back?

There was a prophet who spoke to his native Israel concerning an end of time, but they did not seem to listen and were destroyed. This message is still active in today’s world, all seasons and all creatures have an end time, and will we listen to his message? Will we obey?

From Jeremiah 8:4-9

 4 “Say to them, ‘This is what the LORD says:  “‘When men fall down, do they not get up?
   When a man turns away, does he not return?
5 Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away?
They cling to deceit; they refuse to return.
6 I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. No one repents of his wickedness,
   saying, “What have I done?” Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle.
7 Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush
   observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD.
 8 “‘How can you say, “We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,” when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?
9 The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the LORD, what kind of wisdom do they have?
The prophet speaks for the LORD asking “What kind of wisdom do they have?” Well in this day we can look around and see what sort of wisdom we believe in. So much emphasis is placed on beauty, on education, on jobs; it is placed on meals, on jewelry and on results; still more is placed on athletic ability, or on entertainment and of course the bottom line, but how much wisdom do we place on doing what is right in the eyes of the LORD. Sunday mornings or afternoons, is that our wisdoms extent when it comes to our time with the LORD?
If I make you feel uneasy that is my intent, in fact I want to make my own self feel uneasy, for there is much to lose when we do everything the easy way. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Matthew 7:13b
I have studied a little about time; I have sought who might have come up with the concept of measuring it and for what reason. This remains a mystery as I’m sure many people began to notice the changes in the heavens and the repetitions that these celestial bodies made and so the concept of measuring time. What wisdom do we suppose we get from our understanding of time? Newton; Einstein, and Dawkins; the last having no belief in God at all; what does this have to do with God you might ask?
Let me read to you what Dawkins says about time in his book “A Brief History of Time”
Dawkins says “…with the distance from the North Pole representing imaginary time and the size of the circle of constant distance from the North Pole representing the spatial size of the universe. The universe starts at the North Pole as a single point. As one moves south, the circles of latitude at constant distance from the North Pole get bigger,
 corresponding to the universe expanding with imaginary time. ... Even though the universe would have zero size at the North and South Poles, these points would not be singularities. ... The laws of science will hold at them ... The history in real time, however, will look very different...
After describing the real time appearance as beginning in a singularity he then wonders which is the "real" time:-
This might suggest that the so-called imaginary time is really the real time, and that what we call real time is just a figment of our imaginations. In real time, the universe has a beginning and an end in singularities that form a boundary to space-time and at which the laws of science break down. But in imaginary time, there are no singularities or boundaries. so maybe what we call imaginary time is more basic, and what we call real time is just an idea we invent to help us describe what we think the universe is really like.
Here is a man of science speaking about imaginary time, something that can not be proven and can not be measured. In his mind God is imaginary as well, but I know better and so do you. Now can I tell you what this wisdom about time has to do with God? Absolutely nothing; in God’s Spirit and through his servants David and later Peter, God tells them a thousand years is like a day.
The real wisdom here is not in knowing how to tell time, but in what you should do with the time you have. For everything has a season that has already been predetermined by God Himself; we are just to follow His watch and try to synch our time with His. The best definition of watch is this verb description of the word.
Verb:   Look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time.
Ezekiel 33:7
7 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.
Ecclesiastes 12:14
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
2 John 1:8
8 Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.
Ephesians 6:18
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.