ATTITUDES ARE IMPORTANT

A BIBLICAL VIEW OF OUR ATTITUDES, AND GOD’S RESPONSES TO THEM.     

Like the Spiritual health “Check Up” which we did a few weeks ago, I believe that an “ATTITUDINAL HEALTH CHECK UP” is as important, or at least nearly as important, and some of these attitudes definitely affect our spiritual health .   If you have not read   A SPIRITUAL HEALTH CHECK FOR CHRISTIANS  the following link will take you to the article.   https://lexcullen.com/2018/03/19/a-spiritual-health-check-for-true-christians/ 

GOD WANTS TO BLESS US, — BUT  — WE BLOCK HIM BY OUR  ATTITUDES.      So let’s look at some of the attitudes that will block God’s blessing in our lives.      

A LAZY ATTITUDE    What does  God think of laziness? well, I think the following passage  of scripture sums it up beautifully.   Heb 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.    Heb 6:11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.
Heb 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.    NIV  

Speaking for myself, I know that there are times when I have been lazy in some areas of my Christian Service for the Lord;  times when I just feel too tired to bother doing another “Post” to my readers.   I convince myself that so few people ever read them, why spend all that time and effort, and rarely does any one ever thinks to post it on to their friends or relatives for them to be blessed, challenged, or comforted etc.   Why bother?   GUILTY!!!    Of course I make excuses, “I’m too busy, or I don’t feel well,” I always have a (reason) excuse. 

The Bible says that by our LOVE for HIM we help, comfort, strengthen and encourage other people in their Christian walk when they feel down, and of course the same thing happens in reverse; their love, friendship and presence also helps comfort and encourage us when we feel down.     When we cut ourselves off from the Lord, don’t read His word, don’t communicate with Him, we BLOCK His blessings to us.   In the same way, when we cut ourselves off from our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, we block them from being able to bless and encourage and strengthen us, BUT we also block the blessing to them, which our love and encouragement should be imparting to them. 

The Bible makes it very clear that the closer we get to the Lord’s return, the more important it becomes for us to BE THERE for each other.    Heb 10:24  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
Heb 10:25  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.   NIV     2 Tim 3:1ff  warns us clearly, that there will be terrible times, (perilous times) in the last days.   In these days you need to know I have your back, and I also need to know that you have my back, in fact, we all need to know that we all have each others back, because if  WE don’t, — the devil will — with a fiery dart in it. 

A  WATCHFUL  ATTITUDE   1Thess 5:1-6  Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you,  for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.   But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.   You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 

It is when we are spiritually half asleep, and not watchful as we should be, that we can become like the five foolish virgins of  Matt 25:1-13  and allow our lamps to burn too low, to be of any use, or even to go out without replenishing the oil (Holy Spirit).    If the Holy Spirit is not burning within us we will not be taken to the marriage.   It is so important that we keep replenishing the Holy Spirit in our lives, as the five wise virgins did when the call went out to go out and greet the Bridegroom, they had plenty of oil stored up.   

Note that they were all VIRGINS, they had all started with oil in their lamps  –  Mat 25:8   The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’  Note that they were not right out of oil, but they had gone off to buy some more and missed the Bridegroom’s coming.    We must watch out that we do not get slack in our Christian walk and allow the Holy Spirit to become a non essential part of our daily life, otherwise we may find that although we are watching and waiting, as all ten Virgins were, we are actually NOT ready when the moment arrives.

Rev 3:2&3    Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.   Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

A GENEROUS ATTITUDE    God wants a people who are like He is, loving, kind, merciful, patient, faithful, gentle, temperate, full of joy and peace and goodness, or generosity.    GAL 5:22-23    This is the fruit of the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.   As True Christians, our lives should be full of this kind of the Holy Spirit’s Fruit all the time.   Do not let it dry up!  

God wants to bless us, but we can block His blessings by wrong attitudes in our lives.   The fruit of the Holy Spirit brings us great blessing, but not only to us, but to those with whom we live, work, worship and communicate.     Let us learn a lesson from  2 Cor  9:6-10    “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.   You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.  “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”   And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.    As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor.  Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 

Once again, this is as much about God blessing us as it is about us blessing God.    God wants to bless us, in fact, God LONGS to bless us, because we are HIS Children.  But as Paul says, DON’T give reluctantly, and DON’T give because you are being PRESSURED to give, but give cheerfully what you have decided in your own heart to give, as a response to GOD’S prompting, and to God’s love, otherwise you are better not to give anything at all,  because it is being given with a wrong attitude.  God loves a CHEERFUL giver, not a RELUCTANT giver.

Luke 21:1-4  “As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.     He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.     “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others.     All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Was Jesus putting down the rich people who gave their gifts?  Not at all!   They gave out of  their wealth, but they didn’t HAVE to give.   They gave what they had decided in their hearts to give, not reluctantly, but as a service to the Lord God whom they worshipped.    What Jesus was trying to convey here is the fact that this poor widow loved God so much, that she was happy to give her all to Him.    She trusted God to bless her with what she would require to live on, and as she gave I’m sure that she had learned in life, that when you put God first in your life, you have no need to worry, maybe she had heard Jesus’ teaching, recorded for us also in Matt 6:31-34  “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’   For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.   But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.   Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Well, enough to chew on for now, I will bring some more on attitudes next time, soon I hope.   In the meantime, know I love you all, and I’ve got your back in the Lord.

God Bless.    Lex Cullen

WHAT DO YOU THINK? – Cont’d.

I shall not be elaborating much on most of the following News items, as the Hyperlink is often self explanatory, but if you are interested in reading more on any of them just click the green Hyperlink to go into the article itself.

New Age Oprah Mocks God and Jesus on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hosted a blasphemous segment with New Age Oprah that they called, “‘Oprah Winfrey gets some career advice from a slightly less famous figure: the Lord.” During the show, they openly mocked God and Jesus.    The latest Opinion Poll in USA has Oprah Winfrey way ahead of President Trump for the 2020 Elections.”     Her “New Age” beliefs are very popular in USA.

Child Sex Crimes Soar By 30% In Sadiq Khan’s London
“The number of sexual offences committed against children in Sadiq Khan’s London has soared to 1,200 in the last year, new figures show.”     Sadiq Khan is the Moslem Mayor of London.

Russian Nuclear Sub “Quietly” Traveled To US Coastline Undetected
Russian submarines are the quietest in the world.

‘Jerusalem is not holy to Muslims, enough with this lie!’     This is an interesting piece of history showing Palestinians never lived in Israel until the 20th Century, and even then they took no interest in Jerusalem until AFTER the 6 day war in 1967.

Venezuela Faces The Return Of Forgotten Diseases     Plagues Old and New are becoming a common problem in the world today. 

https://www.jewsnews.co.il/2018/03/11/end-of-mankind-global-pandemic-warning-as-who-discovers-new-killer-pathogen-with-no-cure.html      WHO warns of Global danger to mankind from unknown killer pathogen.

The US liquidates its two main Mid East air bases at Incirlik and Al-Udeid      USA is getting out of Turkey, which is no friend of either USA or Israel

World War 3: Saudi Arabia to develop NUCLEAR BOMB in defence of IRAN – Crown Prince says       Speaks for itself if the Lord does not return soon!!!

https://www.debka.com/hamas-terrorists-order-military-preparedness-jump-the-gun-on-the-idf/     Israel in the cross hairs again as usual.   See the two below also.

Iranian official on TV: ‘Liberation of Jerusalem is the most important thing’   

An Israel-Hezbollah war could draw in Iran, U.S. intelligence warns

‘Don’t threaten a NUCLEAR power’ Putin REJECTS British ultimatum on Russian spy attack      Is this a threat of Nuclear war?   Sounds like it to me.

Scientists Now Resort To Calling Christians Crazy – ‘New Study’ Attempts to establish a link between religious fundamentalism and brain damage         These crazy,  brainwashed Uni students now calling the only sane people in the world ‘Crazy”  What next?    Maybe all True Christians will finish up in an asylum. 

Institute: Syria may have underground nuclear facility    This is no surprise as they are working with Iran and North Koreans at their facilities.

China Readies For WAR With New Unmanned Super Tanks Powered By AI      Artificial Intelligence will become more and more prolific in many areas as technology increases exponentially. 

Rand Paul: ‘Deep State Is Trying To Bring Trump Down’     Well known for a long time, not acknowledged before by US Senator though.

NYC hasn’t seen snow like this in 130 years     Another sign from the Bible.

Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic     Technology spirals up and up,  See the next item also on technology.

MIT researchers create device they claim can “generate electricity from air”

Hungarian Politician Warns of Anti-Human ‘Global Government’    The One World Gov’t is coming soon, and some world leaders know it and don’t like it.

White Farmers Flee South Africa In Fear of Land Grab     Lies of South African Leaders exposed again.

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/33556/Default.aspx   Trump’s Peace Plan For Israel Almost Ready.   This is a “BIGGIE”   It may not get through, but if it does get enforced, and Israel is divided among her enemies, God will judge America and all signatory nations as promised in Joel 3:1 & 2  “For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,   v 2  I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. 

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2075      Space Wars are coming.   Preparing to take on Jesus perhaps at His “Second Coming”

https://www.debka.com/egypt-licensed-to-assemble-russian-t-90s-tanks-capacity-50-a-year/       America and Britain, selling War machines which will eventually be turned against Israel and possibly against the West also.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43347848  England to sell Typhoons Warplanes to Saudi Arabia    As above.

We have above many news items which are depicted in the Bible as being part of the end of this age.    Wars & rumours of wars, massive world wide political upheaval, massive world wide Seismological upheaval.    Massive increase in knowledge and technology. and massive increase in transport speed and technology.     Hatred of Israel growing among their Moslem neighbors.   Hatred and violent persecution of Christians spreading rapidly in Moslem countries, but more incredibly, in Western Nations also.

God Bless.

Lex Cullen

SPECIAL DAYS AHEAD, BE PREPARED.

More signs of preparations being made for war, and more signs that the end of this age is drawing to a close very soon.    I have mentioned in previous posts that Israel reveals to us God’s Time Clock.    The Bible is centred around God’s chosen people, and the end of this age of grace is centred around the return of Israel to their own land, plus the many signs that Jesus gave in MATTHEW ch 24 and LUKE ch 21, regarding the chaos in the world, and the upheaval of climate change that would begin to increase dramatically.   

Paul spoke of the depravity on men and women which would become rife in the last days in 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5  concludes by saying that they would have a FORM of godliness but that they would deny its power.    ALL  of these prophecies regarding the things which would take place in the world immediately prior to the Rapture of the True Church, also called “The Body of Christ” and “The Bride of Christ” are present today.     For the True Christian it is all about RELATIONSHIP!!!

God said regarding marriage for a man to a woman,  MARK 10:7 & 8  ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, v 8 and the two shall become one flesh, so they are no longer two, but one flesh.    This does not mean that when you get married and are joined together that one of you suddenly disappears, it means that you are a unit, you have been joined by a bond not of glue, but of love for each other.   

I believe that this is a “Type” or “Shadow” of things to come, and it applies spiritually  to our relationship with Jesus Christ.    Jesus is the head, and we are HIS BODY,  and His love for us will unite with our love for Him, and we will become ONE in Him in Spirit as His BRIDE.       We will become a unit, joined together not by an earthly physical love, which is weak and carnal, and so often breaks down, but joined with Him by the “Agape” love of God, a love which can never fail, can never be broken, can never be divided, and always works together in unison and harmony.     GALATIANS 3:27 & 28   For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  v 28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus.

Most of you will know well, I have always said and believed that Jesus can come back at any moment of any day of any month of any year.    But I have also often said to you, YES, there are definitely some special days in God’s dealings with mankind, and that these “Special days” should attract our attention as being worthy of extra note.    Jesus gave many indications in His teachings of how things would be at the time of the Rapture, and of the fact that many would be caught unawares, asleep at the wheel.   

Drivers who go to sleep at the wheel crash out and suffer the consequences.  Christians caught asleep at the wheel will also crash out into the Great Tribulation, and suffer the consequences of not being ready, watching and waiting, not looking for and longing for the return of the Lord Jesus.    

Be aware that there are a number of Special days, “Anniversaries” coming up in the next few days and weeks, and that God LOVES ANNIVERSARIES, these are often called  “The Feasts of the Lord”.    Easter Friday is the Feast of Pesach  “PASSOVER”.     Easter Saturday is called the Feast of Unleavened Bread.     Easter Sunday is called The Feast of “First Fruits”  –   “RESURRECTION MORNING”   –   Seven weeks later we have the feast of “Shavuot”   –  “PENTECOST SUNDAY”  etc.     

The word “FEAST” in Hebrew is the word Mô‛êd  pronounced Mo’ade and it really means “an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season,  conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose)”;  which really means ALL the feast days were an appointment with The Lord God,  fixed annually for a definite purpose, basically an Anniversary of an important occasion both for The Lord, and for the nation of Israel.     

These Appointments were commanded by the Lord, were a “Shadow” of things to come, to be fulfilled by The Lord Jesus Himself.   Passover – the Lamb of God slain for our sins etc. as shown below, and Israel should have known these things, and many did, but most of them rejected Him anyway; they wanted a WARRIOR KING to destroy the Roman Empire and set them free on this earth.   They could not see that they needed to be set free from sin, so that they could SEE the Kingdom of Heaven and enter in to it.

So I want to remind you that we have a number of SPECIAL DAYS coming up, starting tomorrow, Easter Friday – Passover,  the day Jesus died for us and carried our sins to His grave to set us free from the power of sin.  –   Easter Saturday – The day OUR  sin or (leaven) was destroyed, cleansed out from His dead body, making a way for us to be cleansed and forgiven.     Easter Sunday  –  Resurrection Morning, the day Jesus rose from the dead.    –   Does Jesus’ Bride have a very Special Appointment with her Bridegroom on one of these days?    It could very well be.     

Then seven weeks later we have Shavuot  –  Pentecost Sunday on 20th MAY  – Pentecost, the day Jesus’ Bride to be was empowered to serve Him in this world, some say the BIRTHDAY of the Church.    Does Jesus’ Bride have a Special Appointment with her Bridegroom on the birthday of the Church?    Some Bible Scholars believe it could well be.

Please do not rule out any of these days, because although Jesus CAN come any time, He does love Anniversaries, AND I believe He  LOVES surprises for his Bride.

I have become much more aware recently, that any one of us could die suddenly, or be killed in an accident, or a terrorist attack etc. etc.    Would we be ready if such an event were to take us when we were not expecting it?      Then there are also some other Anniversaries coming up VERY SOON,  –  May 14th – ISRAEL’S 70th BIRTHDAY,  the day Israel was declared a Nation again after nearly 2000 years.   A day the world said “It will NEVER happen”   But it was written, and God said “Let it be as it was written some 2000 years ago” and it was so.     MATTHEW 24:34  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.   Is May 14th the end of this generation Jesus spoke about?   Who knows?  It could be.  Are WE ready if it is?   We definitely need to be!

The final Anniversary  important to Israel and to the Lord is Sunday  May 13th  –   Jerusalem Day.   On this day in 1967 The Jews took back the City of Jerusalem along with Judea and Samaria, which for over 20 years had been under Arab and Syrian domination.   A day worthy of celebration for the Jews.   A day important to God also!

REVELATION 3:3   Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 

LUKE  17:26 – 29   And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:  v 27  They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  v  28  Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot:  They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;  v 29  but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.                        Make sure you are not left behind in SODOM when the Rapture takes place!!!

 MATTHEW 25:13  “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”   If you have not read my post called  “A Spiritual Health Check for Christians” posted ten days ago.    I believe it is important that you read it now to see how your Christian life stacks up against God’s word and His criteria for “True Christians.    It is posted under  the Category ” Bible Teaching”

God Bless.

Lex Cullen

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Do you believe that the Return of Jesus Christ to the “clouds i.e. the “Rapture” for His Church will happen very soon?   As I mentioned at the end of a recent post, I could fill a page with news items almost every day which would blow your mind in terms of what is currently taking place in the world, both overtly but even more so covertly.   

Technology is developing at a pace almost unbelievable to the ordinary citizens of the world.    Hatred of Christians and Jews worldwide is also increasing at an alarming rate. “True Christianity” is decreasing at an alarming rate, while more and more “Tares”  see MATTHEW 13:24-30  are putting forth their own versions of Christianity.    We see in this parable that the “Tares” are left behind at the “Rapture” to continue their false teachings and evil doctrines right up to the “Second Coming” at the end of this “Age of Grace” when Jesus returns to the earth” to judge and to separate all the evil people who survived the “Great Tribulation” from the Christians, who also managed to survive.    MATTHEW 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the “tares” and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the “wheat” (i.e. Christians) into my barn.” (i.e. heaven).  

I am putting a few of the latest headlines & or quotes from sections of the article.   If you wish to read the entire article, the Hyperlink will be shown in green before the article, just click the Hyperlink to bring the article up for your perusal.    I will also refresh you on one or two older articles, as a reminder.   All my comments will be in this colour.           Comments taken from the articles themselves will be in black to save confusion.

Turkey-Allied Jihadists Slaughtering Christians, Yazidis in Syria’s Besieged Afrin
“Turkey-linked jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda are taking advantage of the Ankara offensive in the besieged Afrin region in northwestern Syria to slaughter Christians and Yazidis, caution several activists. The warnings come as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced over the weekend that his allied forces conquered the center of the Kurdish-held city of Afrin.”      Erdogan  has become very hardcore – lookout Jews, Christians, Kurds, Yadzidis etc. etc. living in Turkey.   

Turkish Leader Claims Muslim Victory Over Europe, Cites Trump’s ‘Alliance’ With Jews as Obstacle          “A prominent Turkish official has claimed that as a result of demographic trends in Europe, “Europe will be Muslim.” An expert on Islam says this “Islamization” is intentional, a form of silent Jihad explicitly described in the Quran as a way of conquering nations demographically.”      I think any person who has studied the Koran already knows this.   I think also that most people have guessed that Erdogan is the brains behind the Islamisation of  Europe.     I also think that this is already well on its way, and it is speeding up with all the refugees pouring into Europe today.   

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2018/march/erdogans-vision-army-of-islam-to-destroy-israel      Erdogan’s Vision: Uniting an ‘Army of Islam’ to Destroy Israel in 10 Days.”      An interesting article, why the need for the world’s largest army to destroy one of the world’s smallest nations?   So who is next on the list after Israel.   Interesting in light of a previous article where Erdogan was purported to be shown healing people, and accepting worship from them as God.    Besides this, Erdogan has boasted on numerous occasions that Turkey could destroy Israel any time they want to.

War Is On The Horizon
“Have Washington and its British vassal set a stage for testing whether Russia has the stomach for war?”     This is a long but interesting article, it highlights the fact of widespread lies and corruption in all nations, as they try to deceive each other and also their own people.    The world’s populations are almost all entirely ignorant of what is happening behind the scenes in their own country, let alone in other countries.    It shows us that in today’s world we cant trust anybody’s word except God’s word, The Bible.

Official Washington flocking to Doomsday Camps
“A building network of backwoods doomsday camps around the country are pulling in members from affluent areas and even Washington national security officials as the threats grow from nuclear war, an EMP or virus attack.”    The “Mid Tribulation Rapture Christians have been “Prepping” for many years, i.e. “preparing” for three and a half years of chaos under the Antichrist, storing up food, water, fuel, clothes, ammunition etc. etc.    Recently however, as this article shows, the rich and famous are also “Prepping”, perhaps they know more than we think about just what is coming on this world very soon. 

Cardinal Says Vatican Is Surrendering to China’s Communist Government With Deal on Catholic Worship
” The outspoken former bishop of Hong Kong has launched a fresh attack on a proposed agreement between the Vatican and China’s communist government.”    China has always been “Anti Christian” and they have always tightly controlled the State sanctioned Churches, all other churches have been tolerated, but today they are being demolished and their Pastors imprisoned for made up untrue reasons, because they are growing very fast and getting very large.   It is a known fact that there are more Christians in China today than there are members of the Chinese Communist Party. 

Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies
“President Donald Trump will soon make it easier to export some types of lethal U.S.-made drones to potentially dozens more allies and partners.”      These weapons being sold to current “allies” such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, etc. will soon be turned against Israel, the US itself, and Christians in general.    So much for world leaders knowledge of end time Bible prophecies.      It is not only the USA but the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, and even Israel themselves.

Russian commander: Rebels left over 40 tons of chemical weapons in E. Ghouta          “The Syrian Foreign Ministry pointed out that more than 40 tons of poisonous substances were found in the territories liberated from terrorists,” Igor Kirillov, the commander of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Forces, said on Wednesday.”     I find this comment very disputable.  1. E. Ghouta was getting bombed day and night, losing hundreds of children and elderly as well as rebels, as Damascus and Russia, bombed their hospitals and schools day and night.     If they really did have chemical weapons they would have used them in retaliation on Damascus just as Damascus, just a few kilometres away had used them on their people.     2.  Where did these chemical weapons come from?   Most likely from the stores of chemical weapons left behind when Russia was supposed to have destroyed them all a couple of years ago.      3.   If they did have them, they would not have been able to use them with any method of delivery, such as was being used by the Assad regime.   Hmmm, sounds fishy to me!

US Air Force to begin fighter-mounted laser testing this summer
“The US Air Force will this summer begin testing a laser that will be mounted on an F-15 warplane, an official said Monday. The Pentagon last year awarded a $26 million contract to Lockheed Martin for a laser program called SHiELD (Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator.) The idea is to put a laser system on aircraft with an output of about 50 kilowatts to test their ability to zap drones or cruise missiles.”    Did  I say technology was increasing rapidly, this is only the tip of the iceberg as to what is going to be ready within the next year or so, and Antichrist will have the benefit of it all during the Great Tribulation.          

Did China just launch the Mark of the Beast? Mandatory by 2020
“A way to rate obedience and enthusiasm with the party line, complete with rewards and punishments, all tied together with purchase tracking and social shaming.  Book of Revelation, anyone?”       This fits well the the revelation about “Facebook” made by Edward Snowden who fled to Russia after disclosing that the US government was spying on everyone in the world.

Edward Snowden: Facebook Is A Surveillance Company Rebranded As “Social Media”       Edward Snowden slammed Facebook in a Saturday tweet following the suspension of Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) and its political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, over what Facebook says was improper use of collected data. Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post.  They are not victims. They are accomplices.”    We have known for years that facebook knows far more about us than what we have ever put on facebook, don’t be fooled, it is a mine of information used by gov’t agencies also.   see also    Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook mistakes with user data, vows curbs       “Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information”       

https://www.theblaze.com/video/white-south-africans-face-genocide-we-are-cutting-the-throat-of-whiteness      “During an EFF campaign speech Sunday, Malema cranked up the hate and hostilities toward South African whites, saying that his party had decided to remove the mayor of Port Elizabeth because he “is a white man.” He encouraged his followers to “go after the white man” and to cut “the throat of whiteness.”     This article exposes the South African Gov’ts  Lies.   One of the leading  opposition members of parliament made this speech at a rally meeting recently.     

Russian Nuclear Sub “Quietly” Traveled To US Coastline Undetected
“As Russia weighs retaliating against the UK over its decision to expel a cadre of Russian diplomats after determining that senior Russian leaders (perhaps Putin himself) were responsible for a nerve-gas attack on a former Russian spy, RT revealed that a nuclear-powered submarine recently completed a clandestine exercise that brought it all the way to the US coast.”        Someone getting ready for war soon, or just curious sight seers perhaps.

I have dozens more all of which point to the fact that we must really close to the “Rapture” if the Lord is to return for “We who are alive” as well as the “dead in Christ”    These should be out in a few days time.

Keep looking up, & God Bless.

Lex Cullen

 

A Spiritual Health Check For Christians.

Obviously we must allow for God’s grace in our lives, and obviously none of us is perfect or able to live a completely sinless life as yet; that is coming though, and I believe it is coming very very soon, hence the need for a health check now!     I would like you to treat this more as a Bible Study rather than just another blog, as I believe it is extremely important for all of us to check our relationship with Jesus each day.

Many of the following checklist items are ABSOLUTELY essential if we are to be considered “True Christians”, others may be debated as NON ESSENTIAL but very helpful.    I shall put forward my views, but I leave you to prayerfully consider them for yourself, but please take into account the words of scripture, and do not minimise the Lord’s  intent in the passage/s. 

HAVE YOU BEEN BORN AGAIN?   JOHN 3:3  Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are BORN AGAIN, you CANNOT SEE the Kingdom of God.”      The kingdom of God is a spiritual Kingdom, flesh and blood cannot enter a spiritual realm.          JOHN 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.   Many professing Christians tell us that being born again is just radical over the top nonsense.   Jesus disagrees with them, He says this is essential to becoming a True Christian.   (An Imperitive)

HAVE YOU ASKED THE LORD FOR SALVATION?   ROMANS 10:13    “For whosoever SHALL CALL upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.   In another scripture, Jesus says “You don’t have things because you don’t ask for them”,  Paraphrase of  JOHN 16:24.   Clearly we have to ASK God for salvation, it is not inherited through our parents, it is not an automatic thing we receive because we go to church or because we live a good life, or we married a True Christian etc.    (An Imperitive)

HAVE YOU TRULY REPENTED OF ALL SIN AND TURNED AWAY FROM SIN?  ACTS 3:19  “REPENT and be converted, that your sins may be BLOTTED OUT”.     Right through the Bible we are taught that TRUE REPENTANCE is key to God’s forgiveness.  If there is no turning away from our old sinful life, and no turning to obedience to God’s ways, there can be NO forgiveness and no salvation.      (An Imperitive)

DO YOU FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST YOU?    The Lord’s prayer asks the Father to forgive us our sins, AS WE FORGIVE those who sin against us.  The word used here is DEBT  (“opheilēma” something owed,  a due, or morally, a fault.)    But in  MATTHEW  6:14 & 15  “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  v 15  But if you do NOT forgive others their sins, your Father will NOT forgive your sins”.   (New Living Translation.)  The word used is (“paraptōma”  wilful transgression: – fall, fault, offence, sin, trespass.)    (An Imperitive)

ARE YOU IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD?     2 CORINTHIANS  11:2    “For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself.  I promised you as a pure BRIDE to one husband—Christ”.    To be engaged is to be in a relationship.  &    REV 22:17  “The Spirit and THE BRIDE say, “come.”    The Bride is related to her Bridegroom.    In the Lord’s prayer we pray, “Our FATHER who art in heaven”.    A child is related to His father.    Clearly if you are not part of Christ’s bride, you will NOT be part of the “Rapture” because Jesus is coming to collect His BRIDE for their Wedding.     (An Imperitive)

DO YOU CONFESS JESUS BEFORE THE WORLD?   MATTHEW 10: 32-33  “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men,  I will  ALSO CONFESS him before my Father which is in heaven. v 33  But whosoever shall deny me before men, I will ALSO  DENY him before my Father which is in heaven”.      Hiding the fact that you are a Christian before your friends and workmates is actually denying Jesus Christ before them, as it means you have to agree with their talk and their actions.  That is why it is written in  ROMANS 10:9  that  “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”.      (An Imperitive.)  

ARE YOU LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, OR BY YOUR OWN DESIRES?      GALATIONS   5:19-21    “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,  idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that ANYONE living that sort of life WILL NOT INHERIT the Kingdom of God.”      Regarding  “Sexual Immorality”  this term is broad and covers many sexual sins.     For example  ROMANS 1:26 & 27 covers ALL types of homosexuality.        ROMANS 1:29  covers fornication.       2 PETER 2:14    covers adultery.   All of these types of sin are covered in several different places in the Bible.      1 PETER 1:16   “For the Scriptures say, ““You MUST be holy because I am holy.””   So as Paul says,   says  ANYONE living that sort of life WILL NOT INHERIT the Kingdom of God.”    (An Imperitive.)

ARE YOU DOING GOD’S WILL, OR YOUR OWN?    MATTHEW 7:21   “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Only those WHO DO the WILL OF MY FATHER in heaven will enter.”      Jesus was addressing those who are using (or abusing perhaps,) God’s power to cast out demons, heal the sick etc. to build their own kingdoms, thereby making themselves immensely rich, and bringing glory to themselves.     Thus instead of bringing glory to GOD, they have amassed wealth and glory to themselves.    According to Jesus, “Doing God’s will” is  (An Imperitive.)

DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DWELL IN YOU?    1 CORINTHIANS 3:16  “Do you not know that you are the TEMPLE OF GOD and the Spirit of God DWELLS in YOU?”     When we are BORN AGAIN it is the Holy Spirit who enters our heart to complete the work of salvation, changing us from death to life.    EPHESIANS 2:1  “And you who were dead in trespasses and sins, He made alive,”     BECAUSE    ROMANS 8:11  “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you…..”     SO – No Holy Spirit living in you, no spiritual life – no salvation!    (An Imperitive.)

DO YOU ABIDE IN JESUS AND DOES HE ABIDE IN YOU?     JOHN 15:6   “If a man abide NOT in me, he is CAST FORTH as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned”.    ROMANS 8:10  “And if Christ abides in you, the body is DEAD because of sin, but the Spirit is ALIVE because of righteousness.”   Basically if we are not living in Jesus, (JOHN 1:1   “In the beginning was the Word…….)”   So if we are not living in God’s Son / The Word, then God’s Son / The Word cannot bear spiritual fruit in our lives, so we will be cast out.    (An Imperitive.)

IS YOUR LIFE PRODUCING THE FRUIT OF GODLINESS ?   JOHN 15:4   “REMAIN in me, and I WILL remain in you.  A branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you CANNOT be fruitful unless you REMAIN in me.”    Same reason as is given above for abiding in Christ.    (An Imperitive.)

DO YOU LOVE THIS WORLD?   1 JOHN  2:15  “LOVE NOT THE WORLD, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”  &   JAMES 4:4 tells us that  “the friendship of the world is ENMITY with God?”      This present world belongs (temporarily) to Satan, but not for much longer.     Rev 11:15  “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”    Do not love Satan’s world.      (An Imperitive.)

WOULD YOU BE PREPARED TO DIE FOR JESUS RATHER THAN DENY HIM AS YOUR LORD?   MATTHEW 16:24  “Jesus said unto his disciples, If anyone will come after me, let him deny HIMSELF, AND take up HIS CROSS, and follow me.”     REVELATION 12:11  “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”    Jesus is looking for OVERCOMERS,  Satan is looking for UNDERTAKERS.     Deny Jesus, and Jesus will DENY YOU,   as seen above in the sectionDo you confess Jesus”     (An Imperitive.)

DO YOU LOVE THE LORD MORE THAN YOU LOVE YOUR OWN FAMILY?   MATTHEW 10:37   “If you love your father or mother MORE than you love me, you are NOT WORTHY of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter MORE than me, you are NOT WORTHY of being mine.”    If we love our family, or our girl friends or boy friends more than Jesus, they can often influence us away from the Lord to live in the world and become part of the world.    We see this all too often, and it is so sad.    To me to be NOT WORTHY of belonging to Jesus, means we have missed the mark.  I think this one has to be   –   (An Imperitive.)

DO YOU LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD?     MATTHEW   22:37      “Jesus said to him, You shall LOVE the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first COMMANDMENT.    If you do not love God, you are immediately out of His will.    You will not obey or respect Him, you will not read His Word, you will not have any meaningful RELATIONSHIP with Him.    (An Imperitive.)

DO YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF?    MATTHEW 22:39  “And the second command is like the first: ‘LOVE your neighbor THE SAME AS you love yourself.”   WHY?   MATTHEW  22:40   (Because)  “ALL of the law and the writings  of the prophets ARE SUMMED UP in these two commands.”   So the same thing applies as to loving  God.     (An Imperitive.)

DO YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER?    JOHN  13:34 & 35    “So now I am giving you A NEW COMMANDMENT:  –   LOVE EACH OTHER,  just as I have loved you, you should love each other. v35  Your love for one another will PROVE to the world that you are my disciples.”      In other words, it is our love for each other that is the proof that we are indeed TRUE CHRISTIANS.      (An Imperitive.)

DO YOU LOVE YOUR ENEMIES?    MATTHEW  5:44    “I say to you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, bless those who curse you, do GOOD to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you”.     Again this LOVE is the proof of our love for, and obedience to God.      (An Imperitive.)

HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTISED IN WATER?    ACTS  2:38  “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and BE BAPTIZED every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.”   Peter thinks it is essential for the remission of sins.     MARK 16:16   Jesus says  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved…………”     Even although it is not mentioned in every text concerning getting saved, I believe baptism is the confession mentioned in  ROMANS 10:10  ” …….   and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”   

When we get baptised, we confess to the world that Jesus is our Saviour.     We need to understand that when we get baptised, we are saying to the world;  “as a Christian, my old sinful nature is dead, now I am burying it, and when I come up out of the water/grave I am confessing that my new nature, is led and guided by the Holy Spirit which God exchanged for my old nature when I became a Christian”.    

Even Jesus felt it necessary to get baptised,  MATTHEW  3:16    “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”    So we could say this was Jesus’ baptism in water, and it was followed by the Holy Spirit coming upon Him, as seen in ACTS 2:4 when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples.  When we understand this, we understand why it is (An Imperitive.)

HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTISED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?     In ACTS 1 verse 4  Jesus commands His disciples not to leave Jerusalem, but to “TARRY” for the promise of the Father.    In ACTS 1:8  Jesus tell them WHY   “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”    Christians who have never experienced the POWER of the Holy Spirit coming UPON them, will nearly always struggle to witness for Jesus, and many will fall away, as we can see in the world today.    As the command came from Jesus Himself, I believe I would mark this as   (An Imperitive for the best.)   ( A NON ESSENTIAL but very helpful) as the very least.”

DO YOU LONG FOR THE RETURN OF JESUS AND LOOK FOR HIS RETURN EACH DAY?   2 TIMOTHY   4:8   “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that LOVE his appearing.”   Does this imply that only those who long for Jesus to come will receive the crown of righteousness?    It seems to be so in this verse.    Surely True Christians who truly love Him would strive to receive a crown of righteousness?   &   2  PETER  3:12  indicates that we should be  “LOOKING FORWARD to the day of God and HURRYING it along…………..”   Are we looking forward to the day?   True Christians should be.    How long do we want to live in Satan’s territory, “This world is NOT my home, I’m just a passing through”, you could say that we are living in enemy territory, our enemy being Satan is bombing us from all sides daily with the filth of this world?    So as Peter says we should be hurrying that day along,  but HOW?  “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.   I believe prayer is the answer, The Lord’s prayer is a request, is it not?    This could be debated as being  NON ESSENTIAL but very helpful.     Finally, let us remember the words of Jesus to the Churches in REVELATION 3:3  “…………..Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”

So we can see that to be a True Christian there is a lot more to it than just saying I believe that Jesus is God’s Son, and that He died for my sins, please God forgive me my sins, and I ask Jesus to come into my heart and be my saviour, Amen.      That is merely the first step, there are many more steps which are imperatives, and which must be taken before we reach our goal.   

God bless.

Lex Cullen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISRAEL – PART TWO

ISRAEL IN GOD’S COVENANTS.

Gen 15:17  “And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces.    Gen 15:18  On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— ”   

Israel has not yet come into full possession of this covenant which God made with Abram.  This covenant will be fully realised during the millennial period, and even the honest Muslims admit that to be the case.       Palestinians say Israel occupies their lands, — but a Jordanian Muslim says the Koran teaches the land belong to Israel.  Sheikh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi – “God granted the Land of Israel to the Children of Israel and ordered them to settle there. In addition, it is predicted that before the end of days, God will bring the Children of Israel to retake possession of the Land, gathering them from the different countries and nations”  (Sura 17:104)    See article  http://www.quora.com/Does-the-Quran-say-that-the-land-of-Israel-is-for-the-Jews

Also from the same article, the following quote from Sheikh Ahmad Adwan  who introduces himself as a Muslim scholar who lives in Jordan, said on his personal Facebook page that “there is no such thing as “Palestine” in the Koran. Allah has assigned the Holy Land to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment” (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and also  “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59).   And there are many others who agree that  God’s promise to the Children of Israel has never been broken.    (Same article.)

Genesis 17:7-8  “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I will give you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”   Gen 17:10  “This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you:  Every male child among you shall be circumcised.”    God’s part of the covenant  “I will give you and all of your descendants  all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession.”   Abram’s part of the covenant,   “Every male child among you shall be circumcised”.

This was an Everlasting Covenant which God made with Israel, and God cannot lie nor change His mind.  Num 23:19.   Add to this the fact that Israel did also honour their part of the covenant, even though it was God’s covenant, not Abram’s, and to this day every Israeli / Jewish male child is circumcised on the eighth day.

People who do not fully understand the power of “Covenant” in ancient times, believe it is just a contract that can be broken if or when it suits.  In ancient times however, to break a covenant was virtually a death sentence on the party breaking the covenant, as the covenant was sealed by the mingling of the blood of both parties.

Sadly, many Christians have been misled by their leaders, and taught that the Covenant has passed now to the Church, and the Holy land now belongs to the Church.    They say this happened when God created a “New Covenant”   For this reason, many Christians have become Jew haters, and side with the Palestinians in accusing Israel of being “Occupiers” of the land of Israel.

As seen above, even the honest Muslims believe the Holy land belongs to the Jews, and that the Jews will come back before the end of this age of grace from all four corners of the earth to retake their land.    This is being fulfilled today as Jews from all over the world are flocking back to Israel.

GOD’S NEW COVENANT.   The error that the false teaching of “Replacement Theology” makes, is in not fully understanding The New Covenant.    The New Covenant does not replace the old Covenant, but rather it is given to the “CHURCH”  which is made up of  BOTH — JEWS and Gentiles.   The Old Covenant was given to NATIONAL ISRAEL.    That Covenant is still in force today AS WE HAVE SEEN.    National Israel will still inherit the earth, (that is the unsaved Israelis and Jews at Jesus Second Coming to the EARTH, not into the clouds for His Bride) they will then turn to their Messiah and repent in sackcloth and ashes.  see Zech 12:10.

The CHURCH has been grafted into Spiritual Israel  (see Rom 11:17&18) and consists of ALL “TRUE” Christians  —  BOTH — JEWS and Gentiles who have been Born Again during the age of grace,  and the CHURCH shall become the BRIDE OF JESUS.    The CHURCH inherits HEAVEN with Jesus as Her Bridegroom.    National Israel inherits the The Promised Land, on the earth, and they along with all the other nations of the earth, will be ruled by Jesus and His Bride, the Church.   Rev_5:10   &  Rev_20:6. 

Psalm 2:1  Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?      Because Satan wants every Jew, Israeli and Christian on the face of the earth dead.  

As Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad speaking on Al-Hekma TV said in March 2012: “Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis.  See   http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2017/12/13/oops-arab-historian-admits-there-is-no-palestinian-people.html            This was confirmed again by Mahmoud Abbas in the following article.      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/196194#.VZx-YPlS7T9

Now on to more current events and News items, the following items will confirm that if the Lord does not come soon, there will be no one left to come back for.   Imagine a world in which people who hold a certain political ideology could be sought out and summarily executed with surgical precision using autonomous microdrones and with no collateral damage. While this may seem like a great way to eliminate terrorist organizations like ISIS or Al-Qaeda, it could also be used by them to wipe you out.      See    http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1806      You need to watch the video at the end of this article, as these “slaughterbots’  are being used today, and they are to be mass produced in the USA by the millions very soon if not stopped.

Iran’s Syria Bases Near Israel Have Apocalyptic Intent        If you don’t believe the Lord is coming soon for His Church, you need to read this article.    Iran being Shia Muslim, have always said that their “Mahdi” will not come back until there is a massive war against the infidels,  (Jews and Christians), at which time the “Mahdi will return with Jesus to fight the infidels and destroy them at Armageddon, which we know is still a few years away yet, but their intent can already be seen in this article below.    http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1802     Syria is already full of Iranian soldiers weapons, rockets etc. and since their war efforts in helping Iraq and Syria defeat ISIS, they now have a free road from Iran through Iraq and Syria all the way to Israel.     It is possible that they may try to take out Israel first,  (“First the little Satan, see Psalm 83, then the big Satan – America).    We will have to wait and see, however, the Church will be gone years before Armageddon.

Luk_17:28  “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  v:29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.” 
v:30  “Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.    Lot’s day was known for its sexual debauchery, hence the fire and brimstone from heaven.”    Read the following.   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42260548     The World takes note as Australia also follows in the footsteps of Sodom and Gomorrah. 

The Lord’s return is very close, and I could fill a page of News Items nearly every day in which we see end time prophecies either being fulfilled, or lining up in preparation of being fulfilled.   In closing, remember the words of Jesus and the words of Paul.

Jesus said in Mat 24:44  “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”      Could be tomorrow or Christmas day,  no one knows, and no one will be expecting Him.   

And Paul tells us in   Heb 9:28b   He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are EAGERLY WAITING FOR HIM.

Are you TRULY READY if Jesus comes for His Bride TOMORROW?   Are you really  EAGERLY WAITING for Him?       God bless.       Lex