Archive for May, 2021

Pray For Rain in Western U.S.

May 28, 2021

Most of the U.S. Southwest is experiencing severe to exceptional drought with no relief in sight. Utah is worst at 98% of its area in severe to exceptional drought followed by New Mexico at 95%, Arizona 95%, Nevada 94%, and California 95%, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor on 5/28/21. North Dakota is also at 93%. The eastern half of the U.S. is in good shape with the Northeast and the Southeast at 0% severe to exceptional drought, the Midwest at 2% and the South at 10% (includes Texas at 20%).

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

May 19, 2021

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls,
prosperity within your palaces.”
(Psalm 122:6-7)

God has commanded us to pray for the “peace of Jerusalem.” With the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza escalating, it is important for all Jews and Christians to do so because Israel’s enemies have vowed to annihilate her, “wipe Israel off the map,” say many (mostly Islamic) foes.

This is nothing new. The holocaust showed that even Caucasians can commit genocide against Jews. To some extent this is fostered by Jews calling themselves God’s “chosen people” which is something of a misnomer. God chose Abraham (or at least he was the first to respond to God’s call) who then sired the Hebrew nation eventually called Israel

Israel was named after the patriarch Jacob who was given that name by God after he wrestled with an angel, “for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:28) The Hebrew word Israel literally means ‘he will rule as God’ according to Strong’s Hebrew dictionary.

Genocide against the Jews goes all the way back to when the Assyrians conquered the northern Kingdom of Israel (also called Samaria) in 722 BC and carried them away into exile. The southern Kingdom of Judah was taken into captivity by the Babylonians in three waves beginning in 600 BC.

However, it must be noted that the reason God allowed Israel and Judah to be captured was because of their iniquity: “The nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile for their iniquity because they acted treacherously against Me, and I hid My face from them; so I gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and all of them fell by the sword.” (Ezekiel 39:23) Likewise, Judah also angered God with their iniquities, turning to idols and practicing witchcraft, so “Judah was carried away into exile to Babylon for their unfaithfulness.” (1Chronicles 9:1)

Today, the Israeli government is largely secular, not being led by God who never wanted them to have a king or other form of secular leadership. Israel’s last ‘Judge’ was the prophet Samuel who served as God’s representative leader over Israel. The people asked Samuel to appoint a king. “But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also.” (1Samuel 8:6-8)

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem does not mean that we approve of how Israel has conducted itself. As history has shown, Israel seldom follows God’s lead. And so our prayers today should also include a call for Israel to seek God and to follow His guidance. Even more so, we must recognize that Israel is still operating under the old covenant with God, which has been rendered obsolete by Jesus bringing forth a new covenant. “Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

Therefore, we must also pray that the Jews recognize that their Messiah has already come and turn to Jesus for their direction and salvation.

Signs of the Times: Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

May 11, 2021

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Fearsome times lie ahead of us: inflation, economic depression, shortages, famine, pestilence, cyberattacks, violence, earthquakes, volcanoes, extreme weather and war. We must learn to conquer fear in order to be the person God wants and needs us to be during this perilous time.

Oh, but we’ll be raptured out before it gets too bad, right? Wrong. This is what Scripture says will happen to the saints:

  • “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.Thenmany false prophets will rise up anddeceive many.And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will growcold.(Matthew 24:9-12)
  • It was granted to him [i.e., the beast, the anti-Christ] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. (Revelation 13:7]

Regardless of when exactly the rapture occurs, Christians will experience difficult, trying times before God graciously removes us from the true horrors to come (i.e., the trumpet and bowl plagues).

  • “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:22)

The key verse for this time period we are entering is in Matthew 24:13: “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

  • This clearly states that to be saved we need to endure to the end (i.e., to when we are taken out of the world by death or by rapture)

The notion that “once saved, always saved” is just not true. Nothing and no one can take it away from us, but we can give it away or walk away from it, hence the great falling away:

  • Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. (Timothy 4:1)

In order to endure, we must first conquer our fears, because fear leads to torment and torment leads to giving up, running away, hiding instead of basking in Jesus’ perfect love:

  • Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (1John 4:17-18)

The key here is understanding what “perfect love” is and how to manifest it:

  • The Greek word for ‘love ‘in the original text is ‘agapē’ which means ‘unconditional love’. This pure and holy love does not come naturally but only through God’s Holy Spirit.
  • The Greek word for ‘perfect’ is ‘teleios’ which means ‘complete.’ In being complete, perfect agapē’ love includes everyone, excluding no one.

Yes, that means true born-again Christians must love their enemies (Matthew 5:44) as well as those they disapprove of, including progressive liberals and those of the LGBTQ+ community. (Mark 12:29-31)

  • Of course, we don’t condone unrighteous behavior, but we are to always to “speak the truth in [agapē] love” (Ephesians 4:15). We must love first and point to sin second, because we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) saved only by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8).

When we are filled with ‘perfect love’ there is no room for fear, because “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” (1John 4:18a)

  • Since this perfect love does not come naturally, we must first receive it from God through the Holy Spirit within us.
  • However, we cannot just bottle it up and keep it for ourselves, because love must be expressed, it cannot exist in a vacuum. Nor can it be directed just to family and friends; it must include everyone.

Any time you find yourself thinking angrily about someone, turn it into a loving prayer for salvation.

  • Otherwise, your anger will open a door for Satan to torment you: “Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,nor give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26)

And any time you are fearful, remember: “But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1John 4:18b)

  • Instead of trying to fight fear, turn instead to Jesus and cast your cares (fears) on Him: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1Peter 5:7, NIV)
  • And then ask Him to fill you with His perfect agapē love and let it flow into you and out of you to everyone you meet or think about.
  • Only then will you be living in this world fear-free.

Signs of the Times – Economy (5/7/21)

May 7, 2021

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”  (Luke 21:25-28)

Inflation is Ramping Up Rapidly

New homes cost $36,000 more because of an epic shortage of lumber and wildly increasing prices. Steel prices have more than tripled.

The following data is the percent increase in prices over a year ago as of last Friday: Lumber: +265%; WTI Crude Oil: +210%; Gasoline: +182%; Heating Oil: +107%; Corn: +142%; Copper: +83%; Soybeans: +72%; Silver: +65%; Sugar: +59%; Cotton: +54%; Platinum: +52%; Natural Gas: +43%; Wheat: +19%; Coffee: +13%.

  • A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius. (Revelation 6:6)

Shortages of Goods Becoming a Problem

On Thursday, Business Insider published a list of some of the most serious shortages that we are going through at the moment, including: Computer chips; Used cars and rental cars; Gas; Plastics and palm oil; Truckers and rideshare drivers; Homes and vacation houses; Lumber; Household products like toilet paper and tampons; Furniture; Chicken; Bacon and hot dogs; Imported foods like cheese, coffee, and olive oil; Chlorine and Corn.

  • The computer chip shortage is already slowing automobile production.
  • These shortages will only drive prices higher and higher

Judge Declares Eviction Moratorium Illegal, Bankruptcies/Homelessness to Come

A federal judge in Washington ruled Wednesday that the CDC did not have legal authority to issue a nationwide eviction moratorium.

  • The build-up of past due rent/mortgage payments is pushing some landlords as well as renters and homeowners toward bankruptcy and homelessness, a tsunami wave that will eventually sink the economy.

Government Handouts Lead to Worker Shortage, Eventual Economic Depression

Bank of America has estimated that 4.6 million workers that would have been in the labor force before the pandemic are staying on the sidelines because of stimulus payments and unemployment benefits equal to or more than many people were making when gainfully employed.

The National Federation of Independent Business surveyed more than 500 small businesses and reported that 42% of them had job openings they couldn’t fill.

  • Socialism has never worked because there is no incentive to work or to do one’s job well. Government produces nothing but debt that taxpayers must cover. When there are not enough workers producing, there is not enough tax income to cover all the debt

The U.S. Economy is Already Slowing Down

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to 498,000, the lowest point since the viral pandemic struck 14 months ago – but still more than twice the normal rate.

The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 6.1% — while it’s still well below the April 2020 peak of 14.7%, it’s about twice the pre-crisis level.

Only 266,000 jobs were added in April, far fewer than expected the as economic recovery sputters.

Federal Debt is at Unsustainable Levels But Progressives Want to Spend Even More

The U.S. debt-to-GDP (Gross Domestic Product) ratio—essentially a country’s debt compared to its annual economic output—was 129% at the end of 2020. In other words, the official U.S. debt was nearly a third larger than the entire US economy.

  • Since then, the government has spent trillions more in economic stimulus and enhanced unemployment benefits – and they want to spend even more money that they don’t have. Printing money at record rates will soon cause this house of cards to collapse yet again, only this time it will be the severest depression yet.
  • After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen… And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore… The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! For in one hour such great riches came to nothing. (Revelation 18:1-2,11,14-17)