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WHY DO WE SUFFER?

Why do His saints suffer? We accept this and well indeed! He is schooling us! we were His before our mother's womb bore us. HE LOVED US FROM BEFORE We WERE! He knew us when He made the world! This is true. Fantastic. Beyond the realm of our mind, but as true as we breath right now. And He owns our breaths. Our body, torn and hurting, is His. He has been in our pain and sorrows. He tastes all our emotions, our fears, our disappointments. He was with us when we came out into the world, and He will be with us when we go to Him and are here no more in this body of discontent, this flesh of problems never ending. He will greet us at the door. We will NEVER hurt again! (Romans 8:18-39)

We are His. He had to wait patiently for us to believe. We are His and He is our Savior, Redeemer, Lover of our being, hater of the Devils sin that infected all by Adam and Eve. He conquered our death. We will never die! When the number of our breaths He gave for HIS GLORY ends we will breath, one day, FOR ETERNITY!

We are one of HIS. He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us. He has been waiting for us! He has given us joy, peace and eternity FREE. His blood washes us daily. He is our High Priest in Heaven! His strength keeps us going. His arms engulf us all the time. He caresses us in our sleep. He delivers us from our enemies. We are HIS POSSESSION. The devils know it. We are strange ones here. His name is upon us. He waits for us when we are not with Him in our trials, our broken body, our carnal self. He waits! He is always at our door.

Dear ones, His Spirit is inside our body. He will never depart. His grace is our bridal gift, His hand we will grasp one day and He will give us a wonderful new name that only He knows. It will be a name that exemplifies our love and service for Him while here in the desert of the lost world. The wastelands He will transform one day by His almighty power. Our name is in His Book of Life and our faithfulness recorded on our page in indelible print that God will read out loud before the entire congregation of His family of FAITH, His called out ones. OH GLORY! OH IMMEASURABLE JOY!

Our weaknesses He will use for His purposes. He has been waiting for us to fly into His arms in all our infirmities so He can demonstrate He is ALMIGHTY and HE KEEPS HIS WORD TO US. For in our incapacities, our pain that lingers, the futility of our body that is not yet fully a loving sacrifice for Him, HE WILL show us HIS POWER, HIS LOVE, HIS DELIVERY that will open up wide the curtain revealing a place we have not seen yet where WE AND JESUS walk together! Where flowers grow from the bloodied earth beneath our feet, where praise erupts in the midst of the world around us that is buried in the graveyard of no returns.

WE ARE HIS LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS OF THE LOST WORLD. His Spirit will make that real to those He will put in our path, those He has laid up for us to reveal HIM. Those who we will bless in His name. And we will do it from whatever the circumstances it is He has us in because He is with us. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. His love the height of His gift to us, the KEY to our ministries, the badge of our being in HIM. Grieve not for yourself! Grieve for the lost.

We are one in Christ! Our house stands undivided. God is the Father of our unity in a bond of love that echoes the Love of our Lord for His church. Glory to the Lord! Salvation is The Son. In Christ He has made us one church. Let us walk hand in hand with Him. For we rest in His arms, and He gives us strength in joy and in sorrow. He has promised us forever and He will help us live as children of tomorrow. So let us stand with Him NOW, in The Spirit of truth inside us; His word, will always guide us, and in love, He walks beside us.

One in marriage, to one Lord and Savior, in one body, His church of the called out, One Father Above All, one Spirit, and one moment not afar when all our hopes and dreams, all the infinite and eternal promises of our Lord, and the vanquishing of physical death itself will be made real at His mighty call when we will meet and He will greet,US His Bride, in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord (Jn. 14:1-3). It precedes the conclusion of the age of man (Rev.3:10). We wait patiently for this great moment (2 Thess.3:5). This is our SURE hope (Titus 2:13). The moment of our eternal inheritance (Heb.6:12). We will be removed from the lost world by His call and transformed into an eternal body for His glory! (1 Thess. 4:13-18).

Until His church is removed from the earth, evil cannot have it's full day! This is the period called "The Day of the Lord". A time of great delusion and spiritual "darkness" on earth. We will not be here. We cannot be here! We are His light! (1 Thess.5:4-5). The Holy Spirit in us, as His corporate body, restrains evil until that precise moment (2 Thess. 2:7). We are to watch now for Him and be sober and in so being do His faithful works (1 Thess.5:6-8).

"For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thess.5:9).

Thank you for your loving fellowship. The Lord has blessed me with countless "Friends", but we need to share more in Him.When I was sent to the streets of LA by His grace for His glory, often I walked each day without the faithful in my path, but ever strong in Him. The six years I lived as He lived, was a training ground for me He provided. One thing was made clear to me: the fields ARE ripe but laborer's few. And in total reliance on His grace He strengthened my faith and was my peace in day and night on the street, my great joy, and my defender.
May you prosper by this fellowship in these difficult times we live. Our Lord has called us to meet here through His amazing grace. Let us go on in a fuller fellowship in His love, a love that is His and will follow us Home, while we have these very special opportunities that He has given us..

WE LOOK FOR JESUS! NOT TRIBULATION
Here is a very important scripture. 2 Tim.4:6-8. In the words of Paul by the Holy Spirit:

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Hence forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

I say we can be "Raptured" at any time.
Even NOW.
Some say, even with malice and disdain for the brethren like me that He will arrive at the end of the Great Tribulation to save His church! Some say the middle and others not at all. This is not sound doctrine. It destroys the meaning of His promise of immediacy and the sure hope of our forefathers. It crushes the very attitude we must live in that Paul makes clear above: "...but them also that love his appearing".

Those all keep looking for anti-christ and the Great Tribulation to come and focus on current events to prove their misguided and self serving teachings. They gain many followers! Do you see what the Spirit is saying to us through Paul? I know you do! And Paul will be rewarded as we will:
A crown from the Lord for we who live in His faith LOOKING FOR HIM DAILY and full of The Spirit in total commitment to Him .This is our sure hope! His coming for His church of called out ones.

I believe the best inference of Scripture is that the Rapture will occur at the beginning of the Tribulation. The most important reason I believe this has to do with the issue of imminence. Over and over in Scripture we are told to watch for the appearing of the Lord. We are told “to be ready” (Matt. 24:44), “to be on the alert” (Matt. 24:42), “to be dressed in readiness” (Luke 12:35), and to “keep your lamps alight” (Luke 12:35). The clear force of these persistent warnings is that Jesus can appear at any moment.

Only the pre-Tribulation concept of the Rapture allows for the imminence of the Lord’s appearing for His Church. When the Rapture is placed at any other point in time, the imminence of the Lord’s appearing is destroyed because other prophetic events must happen first.

For example, if the Rapture is going to occur in mid-Trib­ulation, then why should I live looking for the Lord’s appearing at any moment? I would be looking instead for an Israeli peace treaty, the rebuilding of the Temple, and the revelation of the Antichrist. Then and only then could the Lord appear.

This raises the issue of what we are to be looking for. Nowhere are believers told to watch for the appearance of the Antichrist. On the contrary, we are told to watch for Jesus Christ. In Titus 2:13 Paul says we are to live “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” Likewise, Peter urges us to “fix our hope completely on the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13). John completes the apostolic chorus by similarly urging us to “fix our hope on Him” at His appearing (1 John 3:2-3).

And no matter when He comes, we do His word a great disservice, even His power and authority, to say He is coming at Tribulations end or in the middle. Even I, who believe it will be before that time, say He can come NOW! But I am safe. I don't set dates NOR do I say to you "look for anti-christ, look at world events for anti-christ and wait for Great Tribulation to start and then He will come"! WRONG! ERROR! maybe HERESY! If we must go through Tribulation so be it BUT LOOK FOR HIM NOW!

Paul looked for Him 2000 years ago!!! Who says this looking started in the 18 century! The Devil made it up! Those who scoff at the pre-Tribulation Rapture in particular deride as the "escapist" mentality of holding to the Blessed Hope; however Jesus personally advised His disciples to pray that they would escape the Tribulation:

"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:36).

Those who are "accounted worthy to escape" that day, which will fall as a snare upon all who dwell on the earth, will also be spared the temptation of the strong delusion of II Thessalonians 2:11. Jesus prophesied to these, His elect: "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. " (Rev. 3:10) The elders of these elect are seen in the next chapter of Revelation, casting their crowns of gold before the Throne of the Lamb, before the Tribulation begins.

Brethren, no matter when the Lord calls us Home we must keep THE faith which is in the truth of His word. We are to live each day with the joyful hope that He can come now. With this hope we will have great love for our ministry to the lost, because we love Him, and want to do His will daily. Want to reach the lost world with His Gospel of Grace knowing that He is coming. To set dates such as "At the end of the Great Tribulation" is wrong. Or to be certain of it at any other time is wrong! But to live as He would have us is to believe, like Paul, that He can come RIGHT NOW! NEVER give up that hope. TO DO SO WILL FORFEIT THE CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!

A SURE SALVATION AND THE REWARDS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE
What a Savior we have in Jesus. Through him "once saved always saved" is a God enforced truth. We believe the beautiful gospel. So many of us have walked the path of doubt as to our salvation after conduct unbecoming a saint. And because of a lack of bible study, or the failure of good counsel, we have found ourselves between a rock and hard place.

The demons gleefully jump up and down on the t.v screen and The Prince of this world makes his accusations before our Father. And Jesus says "My blood is on this one" and The Father says "its done".

We are not greater, smarter or more slick than Satan. He could destroy our life in a moment. We are in Christ and He is in us. Be mindful that which is in us (The Holy Spirit) is greater than that spirit who is the ruler of this world.

Let's review the scriptures for comfort and maturation.

Paul says in Romans 8:1: "There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus..." And expands that truth to it's conclusive triumph in Romans 8:33:

"Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies."
Nothing can change what is ours through the Lord and our faith in His blood sacrifice that cleaned us forever...and does so each day.

Paul continues: in Romans 8:34-39:
" Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, and that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us".

Now hear what the Spirit, through Paul, has to say:

"What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything created, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord."

Now let's hear what Jesus has to say in John 10:27-28:
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give to them ETERNAL LIFE"
(my emphasis).
He goes on to add in verse 28-29:

"And they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave me to them, is greater than all; and no man is able to take them out of my Father's hand".

You see it is not us who holds on but God who holds us. God is supreme and all powerful. Once saved always saved is guaranteed by Jesus.

WHAT ABOUT HEBREWS 6:4-6?
Many who have read these passages find themselves in a state of high anxiety fearing a loss of salvation for something they did or failed to do. And there are many bible expositors who might go along with this false and highly punitive interpretation. Take heart for what we read above is true: salvation is assured by God once and for all time."He Keeps His Word". But REWARDS are not!

What the writer is talking about is repentance. Repentance is something God has asked believers to DO. Look at Revelation 2 and 3.

He says to every one of the churches to repent. The fruit of salvation are rewards. The root is Christ. The discussion here is about the things that accompany salvation which should be the fruit of the Christian life and the rewards that come to us as its result.

We are being warned of the danger of losing our rewards. They can burn up by our failure to repent (1 Cor.3:11-15).

The work of every Christian will be tested by fire. What we do in the flesh will burn up. What we do in the power of The Spirit will bring rewards. One day we will come before the judgment seat of Christ, not for punishment, but for hopeful commendation.

Has your life counted for Him? Is He first? Oh how we all need Him to be FIRST.

Keeping the promise of heavenly rewards constantly before us enables us to joyfully endure suffering and encourages us to zealously obey God.

One specific kind of reward in heaven will be seeing the fruits of our labor in leading people to Christ and building Christians up in their faith. In a real sense, the actual people whom God has brought to Christ through us and whom God has built up through us will be one of our rewards. Paul said to the Thessalonian believers "who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and joy" (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). He told the Philippian believers that they were his "joy and crown" (Philippians 4:1).

This particular reward motivates us to evangelize and work for building people up in their faith. For as we are used by God to bring people to Christ through our preaching of the gospel, our reward in heaven increases. Therefore we are motivated to evangelize so that we will have a greater reward--the joy of those whom we have labored over being in heaven with us.

There are many different heavenly crowns promised in the Bible. All those who long for and cherish the hope of Christ's second coming will receive a crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8). This longing should in fact be so great that it results in some sense of mourning over the fact that we are physically apart from Christ while on earth, for "blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:4).

A crown of life will be given to those who endure under trial (James 1:12). In this same verse, James also says that the crown of life is promised to those who love the Lord. So enduring trial is somehow connected to our love for Christ--if you love Him, you will persevere under trial. "Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial, for once he has been approved he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him" (James 1:12; see also Revelation 2:10). This reward motivates us to endure temptation or persecution or martyrdom or any other vexing trial that may come our way. For we can press on through the trial knowing that our perseverance will not only result in a heavenly crown, but will prove our love for Christ.

Pastors who joyfully shepherd their congregation and serve as good examples to them will be rewarded with an unfading crown of glory when Christ, the Chief Shepherd, appears (1 Peter 5:2-4). This reward can provide strong encouragement for a pastor to serve his congregation with diligence and joy, knowing that his labor in the Lord is not in vain.

In Matthew 5:3-12 Jesus promises many specific blessings to those who have a certain condition of heart. He says "Blessed [which means `how very happy'] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" (v. 4). What a glorious paradox--Christ says that those who mourn should be happy! How can we make our mourning be compatible with happiness? By looking to the reward! Christians who mourn can be happy because of the promise that they will one day be comforted. Therefore, the promised reward of mourning gives us the strength to persevere through sadness and results in a source of deep joy that cannot be taken away. In verse 8 Jesus says "blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Think about how this can motivate us to keep ourselves pure and "unstained by the world" (James 1:27).

While there are many different kinds of rewards, behind every reward stands the same principle: to glorify God by somehow enhancing our enjoyment of Him in heaven. At the bottom line, being given a heavenly reward means being given greater delight in God, greater love for Him, and a greater experience of Him. For the more satisfaction and joy that His glory brings, the greater its value is exalted and proclaimed. Thus, the ultimate aim of God in giving heavenly rewards is to glorify Himself.

The ultimate joy
Perhaps one of the most astonishing promises of heaven is Revelation 22:4: "And they shall see His face." In heaven we will see God face to face! As Jesus said, we will behold His glory (John 17:24). God's glory is the brilliant shining forth of His moral perfections. Heaven will be basked and soaked in the glory of God: "The Lord God shall illumine them" (Revelation 22:5). Furthermore, the glory of God will reflect off of us and through us and in us to such an extent that we will shine brighter than the sun: "And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever" (Daniel 12:3). Jesus puts it this way: "the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father" (Matthew 13:43).

SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS AND SURE HOPE OF ETERNITY WITH CHRIST

May the Lord bless us here.
Can you use a little nourishment! I'm like my mother, may she rest in peace with the Lord.
Anyone who came to our house in Brooklyn had to eat!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph.1:3:").

We who believe, are seated in Christ in the heavenlies! This is the exalted position He has given us! No matter what our condition is down here, we are positioned in Him above. We are blessed right now with all spiritual blessings. Have you ever stopped to think what you have in Christ? We are justified and sanctified in Him. Either lay hold of them or not. We are most blessed of all peoples.

Ephesians 1:5,7,9,11,13

1.We are adopted as sons and daughters (v. 5).
Adoption grants non-physically related children all the privileges of a natural born child. We are not God’s children naturally. Our spiritual nature makes us enemies of God. But because of the forgiveness of God and the redemption he gives us through Christ, we become God’s adopted children, part of His family.
2. We have redemption and forgiveness of our trespasses (v. 7).
Our sinful nature made us enemies of God and a slave to sin. God has forgiven the believer of these sins and redeemed us from our sinful captivity.
3. We know the mystery of His will (v. 9).
The mystery of his will discussed here is the mystery that God sent Christ in “the fullness of times.” Those who followed God before Christ longed to see and understand the fullness of God’s salvation plan (John 8:56). We have the privilege and blessing of being on this side of Christ, and thus be able to see the details of how God has redeemed us.
4.We have obtained an inheritance (v. 11).
Because we are adopted children of God, we also are heirs of God’s estate (Romans 8:17). My children are heirs to my estate. But that really is not much of a source of hope for them, for my estate pretty much consists of a house with a mortgage on it, a car on which I owe money, some furniture, and a small amount of savings. But what is God’s estate? What does God own? God owns everything (Psalm 50:10-12), and we are the heirs to this estate.
5.We are sealed with the Holy Spirit (v. 13).
In centuries past, letters were sealed with wax and then stamped with the signet ring of the sender. When someone received a letter with the seal intact, they knew the letter had not been tampered with. Furthermore, the seal assured them that the letter had not been forged. The Holy Spirit seals these blessings, assuring us that we aren’t going to be tampered with and assuring us that these blessings are genuine. The Holy Spirit is the guarantee, warranty, or pledge that our salvation (justification and sanctification) will lead to the riches of heaven and our inheritance. There does not seem to be any escape clause mentioned here by which this guarantee can be revoked
In His plan for the ages God the Father made a blueprint so to speak. Here is the one for the church.
1. He chose us in Christ. Eph. 1:4
2.He predestinated us to the place of sonship. Eph. 1:5
3.He made us accepted in the Beloved (Christ). Eph.1:6

"According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love" (Eph.1:4).

The spiritual blessings which you and I have been given are in accord with the divine will and in perfect unison with God's purpose. We are to open our gift to see what God has done for us and then move out IN FAITH and lay hold of them and live on His high plane He has brought us in Christ. This was God's plan before creation. The church was planned, God the Son paid for us, and God the Holy Spirit protects us. The source of all our blessings is God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The source of our salvation is not of ourselves (works), God is (Eph.2:8-9).

"According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world".

God planned our salvation before we were! Christ came down in time to deliver it in His completed work on the cross. The Holy Spirit is the One who convicts us of sin. He brings us to a place of faith in Christ and to a saving knowledge of the grace of God that is revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ.God does the saving and we, the sinning. We were lost and He found us! God chose us before the foundation of the world. He did not choose us because we were good! He chose us so that we could do some good. It is by His sovereign will and His goodness and wisdom that we are here now serving Him.

"You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you..."(John 15:16)

"...that we should be holy and without blame before him in love"

God's choice of us was in order to sanctify us that we might be holy. A holy life is demanded by God's election. We don't then go out and do as we please (Rom.6:1-2). We can't use grace as a license to sin. If we are living IN SIN it is because we are sinners who haven't been saved. A sinner who has been saved will show a change in his way of living.

We are elect of God that we should also be "without blame". God chose Israel and would not allow Balaam to curse Israel or to find fault with His people (Num.23:21). But God found fault with them AND JUDGED THEM in order to sanctify and purify them. God will discipline us when sin is present and unconfessed.

If there is no evidence of change in our lives then we must ask ourselves, "are we one of His elect"? This is what we look for, and God has made provision to absolve us from our sins which all of us do (1 John 2:1-2). The fact that we know we sin is a change in our life! There is NO limited atonement. Christ died for the world as this verse shows.
"And he is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the world" (1 John 2:2)
The call of God has gone out to the whole world. If we hear it and respond, according to our free will, then we are one of the "elect"(John 6:37). Some chose not to. They are the lost.

"Chosen us in him".
God has made His choice.
"But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved in the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereby he called you to our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thess. 2 :13-14). Peter writes in 1 Pet. 1:2, "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ..." God saves sinners needing the blood of Christ to clean them (Rom.9:14-16).

No one knows who the elect are, only God knows. We are to preach His Gospel of Grace to all. The elect are those who heed God's call. Those who don't, have by their free will chosen sin over salvation and are not elect (Rom.9:14).

"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will" (Eph.1:5).

We need to know that we have been chosen in Him in order to stand for God today. This assurance will make a world of difference in our life.

(* The elect are the whosoever wills and the non-elect are the whosoever won'ts" according to His purpose.
The doctrine of election lays an axe at the root of pride, presumption, and despair.)

Predestination means that when God saves you He will see you through to the end. This is all about our sanctification, our spiritual development. It is the work of God in the heart and life of the believer. Our salvation and development as a son and daughter of God is guaranteed by His perfection and His responsibility towards us. Jesus is the author and finisher of the faith He gave us in Him. No one will be lost who is found in Christ according to God's predetermination. See Luke15 and the parable of the one lost sheep. There were 99 left but that one who strayed was as important as the 99. All of us are of equal importance with God. This is election! God will NOT lose one of us! (Rom.8:28-39).

Eph. 1:7. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace".

God the Son paid the price for the church. Back in eternity past God chose us, predestinated us, and made us accepted in the beloved. In time, these plans were realized when Christ walked out unto the stage of life in human form to redeem us who are His church. That redemption was solely and exclusively by His blood (Mt.20:28) We were bought with a price; the life and love of Jesus who gave Himself for us (1 Cor.6:20) . This was a final liberation of us by Him (Gal.3:13).

Do we serve our Lord out of Love?If so we will keep His commandments. We will serve Him in love because He loved us first (1 John 4:19) and gave His life for us (John 14:15). And because we have God the Spirit in us we will love one another and confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (1 John 4:10-16).
Chaim

The body of Christ is diverse. In America we are like a dysfunctional family separated by so many developmental differences, as well as doctrinal disagreements.

It is strange to me why this is so prevalent when we are born again of the same Holy Spirit whose ministries, though diverse, surely was to educate us with the truths Jesus would have us know for our edification.

Christ said we were to love one another with a love that was from our Father and Through His Son. The same love He received from His Father we could have being born again by Him.

But we are carnal. We are ambitious. We still see through a glass darkly.

Would that His love could reign paramount in the motivations of our time here on earth and find it's way into a resounding worldwide fellowship that transcends the worldly church so many have abandoned.

Salvation is guaranteed by Christ but not revival! First repentance then revival

His love, in He who gave His life for us, we aspire to reach, that in OUR LIFETIME, we might kiss this dawn of forever, where love abides, through the slow extinction of the dead self we seek so badly for GOD to make disappear.

So that in trials, we rejoice in hardship, and see exposed, more of His glory, as we are filled with Him. For it is clear, His grace is sufficient, in our weakness, when He can move in us, then when we are dead to Him in self.

Dearly beloved in Christ our Lord. Let us show kindness, one to another, looking out for each other's welfare according to His word, in a manner not unbecoming a saint of God.

For none of us, by ourselves, could stand before the Holy One on that day of revelation of our life, clothed in our own garment of unrighteousness, and hope to step into eternity by any means whatsoever.

For we were bought with the precious blood of God our Savior, that we, as aliens from GOD, could be redeemed from mankind by His sacrifice, and delivered once and for all time for His glory according to the predetermination and divine will of GOD our Father.

Let us live then, in the exercise of His love, one for another, being mindful that, but for the grace of He who saved us, we too would be lost forever in the deadness of our sins that so easily entrap us, that He has delivered us from, into a new and eternal life through Him.

We who are His Bride, the church, are a special love gift to our Lord from His Father, known before the world was made. We are secure in Him. We will not be abandoned to suffer the judgments upon this lost world. It is not His way of loving. Not a brides engagement gift of love! How foolish to read His word thus!
It is Israel and the lost world God our savior will deal with at the end of mans rule on earth. That is done in 7 years called "The Great Tribulation", the latter half more deadly then the former. Don't listen to anyone who preaches the church will be in God's wrath. Send them to me and I will deal with them. You are His pearl of great price; He gave His life for you.
He will not let you down. He will not abandon you to caves and starvation and deadly judgments He will send! Nor to the devil in the Man of Sin.

LOOK UP YOUR REDEMPTION IS NEAR

To live "The Only Way", looking for Him (To Hear His Mighty Voice calling us home) is, indeed, a great Holy Spirit blessing.

When I lived on and walked the streets of LA I got up in the morning and fell asleep at night that way. It was HE and me.

You see I stepped out in faith. I had nothing but Him, and I was rich beyond comparison. I shined in the power of the Spirit of Him who sent me to the street. It was noticeable. From law to grace and a free ticket to eternal life through Him.

He blessed me for 6 years like this, totally relying on His grace to live everyday. He fed and clothed me. By His grace I fed 80 homeless people a day, and the "rich, without money. It was beyond "Hollywood" and otherworldly. He gave me a taste of Heaven on earth and the great delivering power of The Holy Spirit from the bondage of fear for my life, self-addiction and even the devil himself. I was a made man in HIM.

Feast on the blessings He has given you. Recognize them and the fruits of His eternal security. You are blessed and the more you get into it the wiser and stronger you become. Wisdom is to know Him and His real power to take you in His hand and make you a new person, in a "strange land", where you are His ambassador, for His glory, not your gain!

HE IS YOUR BOSS. TAKE UP YOUR CROSS!
GLORY TO THE LORD, OH LORD, WE GIVE YOU THE GLORY!

HE IS COMING!

In "The Lord's Prayer" Jesus prayed
"...Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us..."

If we can't forgive, then we are in sin. That condition, if not corrected, breaks our fellowship with our FATHER until we do so. Christ's intercessory ministry in Heaven, with His holy blood that cleans us daily, will have been sabotaged BY US. And we will be in a continuing state of sin and loss of fellowship with HIM until we repent!

WITHOUT LOVE WHO ARE WE?

We are stranger's to each other. Yet we are meeting here. You say you were born again. I say so too. You say you have come out of untruth to the real God and I say so too. I reach out but no one is there. What is the fear when one has God within?

Where is the strength in love, the joy in truth, and the walk of care and concern in a humble and contrite spirit?


Where is the room for growth through repentance? We sin daily. We are dirty daily. We are imperfect and need His blood to keep us clean daily.

By whose authority do we parade around in scorn and reject those who come to our door in the Holy name of Messiah?

GOD surely has a sign for us that will indicate we are His...and it is not form or rejection, it is LOVE.

Without that there is NO indication that the Holy Spirit is present in the life of such a person no matter what they say.

THE TRA LA LA

You can't overcome yourself!
You don't have the power!
Can you overcome death?
Can you stop the rain or cause the moon to stand still?
You, me, everyone, can we be more then we are?
Can any of us keep ALL the law of Moses?
Can we?
We sin in our heart, if not with our tongue,
Our eyes, our body or mind.
Can we breath life into our dead spirit?
Can we really love without self reward, without merit, feeling,
Giving our life for a stranger?
Why are you disturbed?
We are all the same.
All of us are good for nothing
To God and each other...unless...

WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!
NOT from sex,
Not from thrill,
Nor money,
Not drugs,
Nor woman or man,

From SPIRIT AND THE WORD.
BY HIM WHO DELIVERS FROM DEATH
WHO IS THE TRUTH
NOW AND FOREVER
BY HIM WHO DIED FOR THE WORST OF US
WHO FORGIVES
AND PLEADS HIS BLOOD
RIGHT NOW FOR US
ALL OF US WHO ACCEPT
WE ARE DEAD
PLAYING TRA LA LA
HALF HEARTED
STILL EGOCENTRIC
UPTIGHT
GETTING OFF
ON OUR SIN
PITY, PITY,
NEVER SAYING
"LORD, DELIVER ME!
MY LIFE IS YOURS!
I LOVE YOU!
AND YOU ARE
MY LIFE!
THE REST SAY
TRA LA LA"

MEMBERS OF AA, OTHER CULTS, CHRISTIANS IN BATTLE,
GOD IS ALMIGHTY. GOD IS NOT A HIGHER POWER. ANGELS ARE. SOME FELL WITH SATAN AND SEEK WORSHIP. THEY ARE HIGHER POWERS IN ALL DIFFERENT MANIFESTATIONS IN THE AIR AND ON THE EARTH.THEY CAN DO WHAT APPEARS AS MIRACLES, GET YOU OFF DRUGS THEY GOT YOU ON, STUN YOU WITH "WONDERS". THEY WILL NEVER SAY IN GOOD FAITH "JESUS CHRIST IS LORD AND SAVIOR!"


"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph.6:12).

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you"(Isa.43:2).


"You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU THEN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD"(1John 4:4).


THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR

He is no myth (Gen.3:1; Mt.4:8-11). Powerful, deceptive, having great guile, most subtle, a tempter, a liar, a murderer, most beautiful, having the power of death and destruction under God, and can appear as an angel of light (2Cor.11:14) and fool the very elect if that were possible (Rom.5:12-14; 1Cor.5:5; 1Tim.3:6-7; Heb.2:14; 1Tim.4:1-3; Mt.13:25,28,41; Acts16:16,18; 2Th.2:9). His "I will" marks the introduction of sin into the universe (Isa.14:13). He can manifest through a human form by possession (Ezek.28:11-19; Isa.14:12-17). He is the Christian's worst adversary and the god of this world and prince of the power of the air (Jn.12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 1Pet.5:8; Eph.2:2;6:12-20; Jas.4:7). He can influence carnal and self-confident believers and take them at will, but cannot enter them yet may cause physical and other problems if God permits. He is the accuser of the brethren. Christ's blood keeps us clean (Job 1;1-22; Acts 5:3; 1Cor.5:5; 2Cor.11:3;12:7; 1Tim.1:20; 2Tim.2:26; Lk.22:31-32). The Lord keeps us in faith (Lk.22:31-32; 1Jn.2:1). The weapon of a believer is the whole armor of God (Eph.6:11). Satan, and his gang of fallen angels, called demons, can take full control of non-believers (Eph.2:2; Rev.13:8; Jn.8:44; Mt.8:28-29; 9:33;10:1; 12:43-45; Acts 8:7). He rules the kingdoms of this world and is the power and mastermind behind the world systems (Eph.2:2; Mt.7:22-23; Jn.13:2; 2Cor.4:4; IJn.3:10; Jn.8:44). His presence weakens the nations (Isa.14:12-17) and, one day, he will be cast down from heaven by The Archangel Michael, and take control of the leader of the revived Roman Empire to face off with The Lord and His angels at the conclusion of the great tribulation (Isa.14:12-17; 66:15; Lk.10:18; Rev.12:7-12). He will be the final incarnation of the anti-christ. He will be bound for a 1000 years during the millennium after which he will be let go for a little while to cause an insurrection that will be ultimately defeated by The Word of God who is none other then Jesus Christ (Rev.20:2-3,7-10). After this he will be cast into the lake of fire, his final doom. The notion he reigns in hell is NOT biblical. Those who reject Jesus will spend eternity with him! That is tragic! (Rev.20:10;11-15).

There will be a "church" in the world during the Tribulation but it won't be Spirit filled believer's

Anyone who says the Lord can't call us home this very second is in grave error or a bold faced liar.

RAPTURE BEFORE TRIBULATION

What Is The Proof In Scripture And The Word ?

THE LORD HIMSELF SAID TO THE TRUE CHURCH
"Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you out of the hour of trial, which is to come upon the whole world to test them that dwell upon the earth" (Rev.3:10).

FURTHERMORE
(1) We are told by Christ our redemption can be at any moment and to look for Him. Thus if we think He can come after the start of the tribulation we will look for it and for the man of sin to appear. That would be in direct contradiction to standing ready in the now moment for Jesus to call us home. (1Thess.4:13-18; Titus 2:13)

(2) The bride of Christ is not appointed to wrath and it is Christ who sends the judgments on the earth! Scripture is clear. (1Thess. 5:9; Rev.5:5).

Luke 21:36 is insightful as well. Here the Lord says to the church:
"Watch ye therefore,and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man".

The tribulation is a time of judgment and those who are in Christ are not subject to that fate. Those who dwell upon Earth at this time are Rev.3:10.

More evidence in 11Pet.2:9, when the Lord says to us: "The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation..." And in Rom.5:9"...we shall be saved from wrath through him".

Until this time of "grace" is over the Holy Spirit restrains evil in the world. The church is the corporate vessel that The Spirit indwells. Once the church is removed from the earth evil will have its full day called "The Day of The Lord". It is called this because the Lord is suddenly acting on the earth in judgment. It is the darkest time in human history (1 Thess.5:2-3).

These times and seasons are not for the church (1 Thess.5:1).

The church is not in darkness. We are in the light (1 Thess.5:4-5).

We are to comfort one another with these truths (1 Thess.5:11).

These things cannot happen until the true church is removed from the earth (2 Thess.2:1-12).

(3) The Spirit's outreach to the world during the tribulation is through 144,000 Jews who preach the "gospel of the kingdom" and a mighty angel who preaches the "Everlasting Gospel" which means God's judgment is at hand.
They require a seal in their foreheads.

If they were the true church they would not need a seal; they would have the power of the Holy Spirit.

(4) No man knows the time when Christ will call the church up. According to scripture it can be at any moment. We are to serve in this sure hope we live by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Titus 2:13; Rev.22:12; 1Cor.15:51-52; Phil.3:20)

(5) Remember that the hero's of the tribulation are Jew's and their gentile converts. The apostate church is in power and in bed with political anti-christ..

(6) Take note that in Rev.4:4 we see 24 church elders in heaven with crowns of gold BEFORE the tribulation begins. These church elders are seen up in heaven with others of the church being prepared for the marriage ceremony to the Lord while these tragic events are happening. Scripture is clear: The church will be raptured before the tribulation.

(7) A good comparison in God's love and provision in the Old Testament is Noah and Lot. Noah was provided safety from the flood. Lot was removed from Sodom before God destroyed it. The church will be delivered by Jesus Christ ( Gen.6:3).

(8) In Revelation 7:13-14 John is asked a question by an elder (church designation) as to who this great multitude is that are arrayed in white robes and where did they come from?
John did not recognize them as the church, a group he would have a familiarity with and he says to the elder "you know". Then he is told they have come out of great tribulation and made their robes white by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus). Obviously this group are tribulation saints and not the church (Jn.10:16).

(9) Furthermore this group is seen in Heaven serving God in His temple. Note that this is the manner in which the Jews worship. There is no doubt: the church is with Jesus before the tribulation and is followed up by the tribulation saints (Rev.7:15).
FINALLY OUR LORD TOLD US "DON'T LET YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED..."John 14:1

DEPEND ON CHRIST TO PROTECT HIS BRIDE AND BE FAITHFUL TO HER TO DO WHAT HE HAS PROMISED

WE ARE HIS AND HE WILL DO RIGHT BY US

A CHURCH WITHOUT SIN IS DEAD

"Don't let your heart be troubled..." is the wonderful and soothing word's of our Lord in John 14:1-3. He also tells us, as we read other verses our Savior gave through the Holy Spirit, that we will have troubles (tribulations) but He is always with us, by the abiding ministry of God The Spirit, to insure that, NO MATTER WHAT, we shall overcome through Him.

There are times Satan is allowed to buffet us for our education and growth in Christ. Remember JOB. See in Chap 1 how Satan has an audience before God our Father! This has not stopped yet. It will, at the start of the "Tribulation", when Michael, the archangel, boots him out of the heavens and he lands on earth to indwell the anti-christ according to the word of the Lord.

So though he makes accusations against us, WHICH ARE TRUE, Christ remains our High Priest and by His blood we are never charged with this sin in God's "Book of Life". Our salvation is ALWAYS secure in Jesus! HE keeps us saved, NOT we!

Now, the brethren must grow up and we can't really say who is and who isn't saved. God will make that determination at the proper time.As leaders, in the capacity the Holy Spirit gives to us, we must be good examples.

For instance, we must NOT shirk our responsibility to deliver a message of "REPENTANCE". This is mandatory to GROWTH! Why?

For all the biblical truths to support growth we must COME TO TERMS WITH OUR DEAD NATURE. We must understand the Lord's teachings in full so we can GROW. Sin manifested in our daily life is a tutorial!

For instance:
1.We are reminded of our need for cleansing by Christ's blood daily
2.Our prayer need, to our Father daily, confessing our sins and thanking Him for Jesus who IS PLEADING HIS CLEANSING BLOOD at all times for us.

THE MAN IN THE GLORY
"He shines like a billion suns ablaze
No nighttime in his countenance to see
A more than brilliant face has he.
His clothing is luminescent pure
His hair on fire golden white
And angels minister to him in flight.
He is the Savior of all the world
A plan his Father saw fit to unveil
And intercedes by our days and nights
So the death of sin cannot have might.
His chamber high above the earth
The blood of his an eternal worth
Set out before the alter pure
God the Father forgives for sure.
He is our High Priest
Keeping those of us he owns.
In Christ there is only victory
And we the victors just through him".

3.By this we have a greater depth of understanding of the deep and abiding substance of Christ's completed work on our behalf and how HE KEEPS US FOREVER. Our love will increase. Our recognition of the many facets and stages of the breath and depth of SALVATION. WE ARE SAVED, ARE BEING KEPT SAVED, AND WILL BE FOREVER. THIS IS REAL SECURITY!

4.We will grow in tolerance of others in Christ. Our sins will be the ELIXIR of understanding and the tutorial for growth.

5. A church WITHOUT sin is DEAD!
6.Faith will increase accordingly.
7. We will have taken what appears to inhibit our walk and make it work for us. As a consequence, we will grow in all the attributes that show us more in conformity to our GREAT SAVIOR.

HE HEARS AND HE KNOWS WHAT WE NEED

Somehow God has His mighty hand throughout our lives. We are in His "Book of Life". He has a plan for us.

Dreams are unanswered, even prayer requests we believe are reasonable and "normal" for our human life and nature. We experience disappointment. We leave faith aside and think God has abandoned us or is NOT giving us what we KNOW is right for us.

It has been an experience of mine on occasions and they have been severe. Some have been strange and not so emotionally debilitating. Yet they meant something major in my life THEN and I went away puzzled and without understanding. But God had not abandoned me nor did God ignore my plight.

St Paul had a few! There is a deeper meaning that , in retrospect, is happening we don't realize at the time. Sometimes we don't catch up with God workings in our life till years later.

Paul said "I count it gain, my loss for Christ". He said that those things he left behind were like dung compared to the riches he received in Christ Jesus in what he did receive BY FAITH.

I wanted Columbia Records. I had it in my grasp. God took it away in a most amazing way 2 times( I was very persistent as you can imagine). Finally I stepped away and went to God full time. 23 years later He called me back into the studio and I sang totally for His glory!Today it travels around the world FREELY like His Grace!

I had the the possibility of a big church podium and He gave me the street where I actually lived for 6 years! Still do a street ministry. NO overhead! No compromise!

I had the law tied up in NYC, an eventual judgeship, and was "Who's Who" with a book on law that went worldwide and STILL is 30 years later. He took me into nothing but the bible and I became "what's what!" in the world, but gained eternal life through Jesus, not by law, but by grace.

He has a plan for you. Keep the faith and act powerfully for Him right where you are. These are the small steps you take until you are ready for more revelation and a harder job for Him. EAT HIS BOOK. The Holy Spirit works through The Word.

By the way, he even brought me back from death to do what He has done for me and I am speechless at what He has given me late in my life.

"My grace is sufficient" He told Paul, and, "My strength is made perfect in your weakness".

EARTH FOREVER

Rick;
Mt.13:36-43 explains Mt.24-30.
The Kingdom is the Millennium of 1000 years
At the end God transforms it by cleansing fire.
There is NO END of world OR life on earth.
If you believe, you will live forever on earth and about the galaxies.
John 14:1-3 makes clear Jesus will take out the church from the air.
He does NOT land on earth.
That is 1st part of 2nd coming.
The conclusion of it is on Armageddon day. He lands in Israel which is surrounded by all it's enemies.
He destroys them supernaturally.
Then He stays and rules the earth from Israel
Jerusalem becomes the capital of the world.
His purpose is to finally bring God's rebellious earth
into a state of God's rule.
Even then, at the end of 1000 years there is a rebellion and Satan is overcome and cast into the Lake of Fire with his fallen angels and non believers from all time.
That is the second death.

DON'T BE TROUBLED

We who love our Lord anticipate that day we will be called up to meet Him in the air in fulfillment of His promise recorded in John 14:1-3. Eternal life will be ours, and we will dwell in the house He has built for us forever, the "new Jerusalem". This golden city Jesus has made is described in The Book of Revelation, chapters 21 and 22:1-5. Our departure is the event we know of as "The Rapture" (1 Thess.4:13-18). If we should be in a state of "sleep" we will be first to go up followed by those alive (1 Thess.4:16 ). We are told by the Holy Spirit, speaking through the apostle Paul, to "comfort one another with these words" (1 Thess.4:18).

THE LORD HIMSELF SAID TO THE TRUE CHURCH:"Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you out of the hour of trial, which is to come upon the whole world to test them that dwell upon the earth" (Rev.3:10).(THE DAY OF THE LORD)

Luke 21:36 is insightful as well. Here the Lord says to the church: "Watch ye therefore,and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man".

More evidence in 11Pet.2:9, when the Lord says to us: "The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation..." And in Rom.5:9"...we shall be saved from wrath through him".

There is little comfort for us if we believe, erroneously, that this event will occur during any part of the "Tribulation". Scriptures makes clear that, though we won't know the exact time we will be called up, we can be sure it will precede this most terrible time in the history of the world . We come to this conclusion after a thorough study of the entire bible in the Spirit of Him who has clearly saved us from the wrath to come (1Thess. 5:9; Rev.5:5).

Why review this? Because I am certain many of the brethren are in error over these vital areas in scripture. I see it clearly in so many shock videos on Youtube. There is a blending of God's program for the church age mistakenly with our Father's plan for Israel according to the promises to their forefather's which God WILL honor. In so making this unintentional error we see the church "IN" the Tribulation instead of Heaven and we fail to recognize God's time of Judgment called "the day of the Lord " as a definite period assigned to the unbelieving world and a remnant out of all Israel who will eventually form the Israel God will birth in one day according to old testament prophesy (Isaiah 66.8,15-16)

Think of the order of our God's plan. Israel, the nation, was set aside because of national unbelief. The church, a mystery in the old testament, was called out by our Lord through the apostles and includes Jew and gentile. We are the witness since Christ ascended. Once we are completed and gone,God will begin His mighty work on the planet of Judgment, and the calling out of the believing remnant of Jew's being 144,000 according to Rev.Chap7. They are NOT of the church. The church age is over. Though we will return with the Lord ,on Armageddon day, we are NOT on earth during the last 7 years when Christ Himself is reigning down terrible judgments upon the planet.

Are we less likely to serve the Lord now knowing we will not be in wrath? God forbid. We serve our God day and night even more knowing so many around us, and even our own flesh and blood, are not in the sheep fold now and risk eternal damnation separated from God and us forever. The Holy Spirit is the active force behind our ministry. He will not sleep or relax. The church must be completed. Who will bring in the "last Christian"? What an honor!

For greater details and a complete analysis WITH scripture to support all positions above please go to WWW.THEABALONEKID.COM
where I set forth a clear and careful review that will help you in your understandings, and I trust, be verified by the Holy Spirit in you. And if you have any questions or other understandings let us go over them for the edification of the church and for all our mutual blessings.

In He who delivers eternal life to those who believe,
The Abalone Kid,

SALVATION IS FOR SINNERS ONLY

WE NEED THE BLOOD OF JESUS DAILY BECAUSE WE ARE FORGIVEN SINNERS

WE SIN BUT DON'T PRACTICE SINNING. WE ARE DIFFERENT
SEE THE BOOK OF 1 JOHN FOR A GREAT REVIEW.


1 John 1:8-10 "If we say we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."

1 John 2:1 "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous"

1 John 2:2 "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."

Rom.8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."