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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Waiting for the Rapture?

Well, it would be a nice idea wouldn't it? Whisk me away Lord... no trial or tribulation for me. Unlike Noah, we don't need a boat and will not go through the storm, won't have to endure any time (let alone 40 days) in the desert, Jonah may have had to spend 3 days in the belly of the whale - but not us! We are going to get zapped outta here...right? WRONG.

Our Savior HIMSELF, said we would endure tribulation in this world;

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

If you believe in the rapture, my hope is with you for sure. However, I think you should examine scripture (from Genesis to Revelation) for yourself, and see if that line of thinking truly lines up with what our Messiah taught.

For example;
 Jeremiah 5: 7"How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken me, and sworn by what are no gods...9Shouldn't I punish them for these things?" says Yahweh; "and shouldn't my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 10"Go up on her walls, and destroy; but don't make a full end. Take away her branches; for they are not Yahweh's. 11For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me," says Yahweh. 12They have denied Yahweh, and said, "It is not he; neither shall evil come on us; neither shall we see sword nor famine. 

I ask you to take a close look at the history of "rapture" theology, it is the invention of man.

  • Prior to 1830 AD, this was unheard of doctrine - taught by no church
  • A man named John Nelson Darby invented this doctrine around 1830 AD, based on essentially one passage in scripture; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, and also his interpretation of the "missing" church from the later chapters in the book of Revelation. 
  • I believe that the Rapture is a great deception, designed to get the eyes of believers off the signs of the times.


SOURCE: http://wallpaper4god.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Mark-7-7-8-free-bible-verse-desktop-wallpapers.jpg

Well, I believe we will have to endure as Noah did, and we are possibly going to need a bigger boat. Those were some CrAZy days, and I think we too must be prepared for a wild ride.

Jeremiah 5:31 tells us this, and asks us an important question, what do you say?
The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?

For an excellent and informative Biblical teaching on what was happening in the days of Noah and what will be happening according to scripture in the days to come I recommend:










Friday, November 20, 2015

To Tame the Savageness of Man

My fellow Americans, my fellow citizens of the world, 
I ask you to consider the words of this man - a crusader for civil rights, social justice and peace. 
A man killed for his convictions, shot down for his ideals. A man who worked for the common people, and I ask you - the people of this planet, to consider taking the dangerous action of standing together for that which he was killed for. #SocialJustice #Freedom #Liberty 


SOURCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoKzCff8Zbs

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM AN NPR ARTICLE (April 4, 2008)
Kennedy spoke of King's dedication to "love and to justice between fellow human beings," adding that "he died in the cause of that effort."
And Kennedy sought to heal the racial wounds that were certain to follow by referring to the death of his own brother, President John F. Kennedy.
"For those of you who are black and are tempted to ... be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling," he said. "I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man."
Many other American cities burned after King was killed. But there was no fire in Indianapolis, which heard the words of Robert Kennedy.
A historian says a well-organized black community kept its calm. It's hard to overlook the image of one single man, standing on a flatbed truck, who never looked down at the paper in his hand — only at the faces in the crowd.
"My favorite poem, my — my favorite poet was Aeschylus," Robert Kennedy said, "and he once wrote:
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until, in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
through the awful grace of God.

"What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black."
Two months later, Robert Kennedy himself was felled by an assassin's bullet. (NPR, 2008)
I would add only to Kennedy's words that we need compassion toward one another, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim, Atheist or other religion... NOW IS THE TIME, WE MUST NOT DELAY. Crusading for social justice is a dangerous business (just ask JFK, RFK or MLK - oh, that's right, we can't because they were murdered for doing it), but fight we must. JUSTICE and FREEDOM, these are things worth standing for - together. We must not look towards governments, we must look towards the people, we must unite as people to, as Kennedy so eloquently stated "tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world" (Kennedy, 1968)
My prayers are with you my brothers and sisters, please remember you are not forgotten, you are not alone.
-JLR Grace

References
NPR. (2008, April 4). Robert Kennedy: Delivering News of King's Death : NPR. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2008/04/04/89365887/robert-kennedy-delivering-news-of-kings-death


Sunday, November 15, 2015

#PrayforParis ... Pray for the WORLD

A Poem by
Karuna Ezara Parikh
SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/Ezara/posts/10153207396043202:0?fref=nf&pnref=story

My fellow Americans, my brothers and sisters across the world,
We MUST call evil, evil. 
We must stand steadfast in the face of fear and be courageous, and we must stand together against those who would seek to spread terror, violence and horror. 
This is not a time to withdraw, or to build walls. 
This is a time to reach out and take each others hands, to walk united - in a show of force - a force of good. 
This is not a time to be politically correct. 
This not a time to be worried about causing offence, this my friends is a time for serious action - from the streets of small towns to the paved walks of great cities, WE MUST CRY FREEDOM. 
DO NOT LET YOUR VOICE BE SILENCED BY FEAR.
Today I pray, not for the peace the world would give, but that peace which only God can give, that peace that passes understanding. I pray for those in the line of fire, those searching for hope, that they would be given the strength and courage to endure. May God bless us and have mercy on our souls, in the matchless name of Christ the King. Amen. 
-JLR Grace

SOURCE: http://www.etonline.com/news/156503_21_of_martin_luther_king_jr_s_most_powerful_quotes/







Thursday, November 12, 2015

Poland, a prayer for independence

"I came here because I love Poland and want to show it," said 27-year-old Piotr, who came with his fiancee. He added: "I came here for my grandfather, who fought in the Warsaw Uprising (against the Nazi occupation of the Polish capital), and for his father, who fought for independence". (AFP.11/12/2015) 

Polish nationalists in front of the National Stadium during the 'March of Independence'
SOURCE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/poland/11989250/EU-flag-burned-as-tens-of-thousands-join-Warsaw-nationalist-demo.html

My thoughts and prayers are with you my Polish brothers and sisters. May God bless and protect those who are demonstrating peaceably for their freedom. 

#NeverAgain 
#WorkDoesNotMakeYouFree 
#StopIslamisation

SOURCE: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_QLI9pj7XlVI/S9za66_w9DI/AAAAAAAAAfc/njPTpbzQd5c/s1600/arbeit_macht_frei1.jpg








AFP. (2015, November 12). EU flag burned as tens of thousands join Warsaw nationalist demo - Telegraph. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/poland/11989250/EU-flag-burned-as-tens-of-thousands-join-Warsaw-nationalist-demo.html

Monday, November 9, 2015

Ukraine, a prayer for safety



As conflicts continue to escalate across the world, and we see refugees fleeing in record numbers unlike anything since the last World War, I want to offer up prayer today for all those oppressed, hurting and living in fear. All of those who live in danger daily, while many turn a blind eye and go on with daily life there are so many who are in the midst - who are enduring this tribulation now.
My prayer is that the Lord is with you, that you would know His peace - not that the world may give but His peace that passes understanding, that you would know hope and love and through these find strength.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. 
The Lord be with all of you. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

I am blessed to have so many who read these words on foreign shores, so far from my home, and it is my heart's desire that today you would know you are in my prayers and on my mind:

Ukraine
Brunei
Afghanistan
Iran 
Iraq 
North Korea
Syria
China
Philippines
Malaysia
Israel
Africa


May God bless you and keep you, may He turn His face to shine upon you and give you His peace.
In Love,
-JLR Grace