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I already know that we are in the last days and so I don’t spend energy trying to figure out if I’m post, pre or whatever “rapture.” I have heard too many unproductive arguments and verbal fighting over which is which and who is right. It doesn’t matter to me because my salvation is not based on which one I believe in and I avoid like the plague conversations that focus on this subject. We are saved by faith, not by fear. So frightening people into the kingdom ain’t going to work. Maybe what will work are those who do hear folks talking about this topic and then they go on a search for the Truth. Of course along the way while looking for Truth, they will find Jesus who is Truth.

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Exodus 23:14-25:40

So often, when I read God’s Word I have to be reminded that the Bible confirms itself, each book explains and confirms all other books. As I read verses twenty through twenty-three, of the twenty-third chapter, the words of David’s Twenty-third Psalm flooded my thoughts,

Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep and guard you on the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared…. When My Angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I reject them and blot them out, (Exodus 23:20-23 AMP)

God promised back then and still promises to day to set a table in the wilderness, in the presence of our enemies. Wow! To be a people in the world but not of the world (John 15;17) means that we live in the midst of those who don’t like us, our enemies (Matthew 12:30). God deals with His enemies, which are our enemies, by placing us in the midst of the enemies. So I put forth some rhetorical questions, who battles God’s enemies, God or us? Does our presence in the midst cause God to send “Hornets” before us to drive out His enemies, or do we wrest power and control away by political force, whichever way we believe that may manifests itself? In other words, can we legislate righteous behavior?

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I agree with Ramona in that we are ALL in end times. Our life on this earth is limited to 100 years at best if God allows us and then we go before Jesus and are in God's presence. I once thought the Pre-Tribulation was the truth and now I am not so sure. But it doesn't matter because we know Jesus is coming again either way so we need to prepare as if today is "the last day". Blessings to everyone.

Jim

Good morning! My name is Andy, and I am a long time reader but first time commenter.

I just wanted to chime in that I do in fact know Greek and that what seems like gobbely gook in the New Testament link today is in fact Greek:

oujdeV oJ uiJov

The first word is pronounced ooh-den and means "neither." The second word is pronounced "hoh" with a short O (as in top), and is the definite article "the." The last word is pronounced "hui- on" and is the word for "son." All of this combines to make the phrase "neither the son" in Matthew 24:36. Hope that helps!

Wow...praying for a time of rejoicing...what a concept! I honestly had not thought of that before. My life has always been one of "survival", just trying to be happy/thankful and making decisions that would afford me "less" pain. When I read life testimonies of other Christians who have gone through much pain/hardship and they are so joyous, I've always wanted that but it has alluded me. I will pray for this! And also praying for God's favor.

I think about the end times a lot and have done so for many years. I read about the end in Revelation and always wondered how we got there. I'm beginning to see it more and more clearly now. The end of last year, I read in Rev. about all these horrible things happening and people still not turning to the Lord. I'm seeing that now, with people not only not turning to the Lord but actually turning away and trying to lead others to do so also.

People frighten me during these times. I remember reading about the lemmings when I was a child and it really disturbed me and I said to myself, "if I were there I would stop them somehow from going off the cliff". When I was a teenager I read extensively about the Holocaust and said to myself, "if I were there I would try to warn people and stop it somehow". Here I am now, with people headed towards that cliff of destruction and they refuse to (or are blinded to) the end results and even worse....people inciting/enticing others to follow them off the cliff. It makes me feel so sad but also frightened by their blindness about the harm they are doing. They promise a utopia where we all are holding hands...singing "Kumbaya" (without the "my Lord" part as that wouldn't be PC) but all I see is them becoming the "borg" (star trek), mindlessly obeying and going off that cliff. Even if one is not a Christian, a simple study of World History would give a glimpse of where they are heading.

Anyway, I work on trying to stay more focused on what God has for me to do, not matter what is happening around me. I look at Christians who have successfully accomplished that for my encouragement in this endeavor as I tend to stop for awhile to watch and contemplate the destruction around me.

In the "What Now" book that goes along with our daily readings, I think it was yesterday that asked, "what would we do/do differently if we knew Jesus was coming back in two weeks"! I sure know I'm going to try and be more focused and working on whatever God calls me to do, for the Kingdom of God and For God's Glory.

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